Sport Compact Title to Arndt
Bernd Arndt took the victory at the first two events in the 2011 Woodburn Dragstrip Sport Compact Pro Series and set himself up as the early leader in the point standings. On April 30th, Arndt earned the victory over Joe Moore while Bud Kuhns was runner-up at the second event. William Breese took top honors at the third event on June 19th, defeating Berndt in the finals.
For Berndt, the first three events in the series and the second three events in the series would be completely opposite. In the first three events, with two victories and one runner-up, Berndt had earned 200 points. Bud Kuhns and William Breese each had 120 points at this point and were tied for second. At the final three events in the series, Arndt would earn 120 points and the door would be open for Breese and Kuhns if they could take advantage of the opportunity. That is exactly what happened at event number four. Breese and Kuhns met in the finals with Breese taking the win. Kuhns was top point earner at event number five but Arndt still maintained a 50-point advantage over second place. It would take a minor miracle for Breese or Kuhns at the final event, but as they say, “in drag racing, any racer can win on any given day.”
Fourteen racers showed for the final event, which means that four rounds and 80 points would go to the winner. A first round loss would equal 30 points. Therefore Arndt would secure the championship unless either Kuhns or Breese would win the event and Arndt would lose in the first round. Arndt was up to the challenge winning his first two rounds. The same was true for Breese. They would meet in the semi’s where the red-light appeared in Arndt’s lane. Breese went on to the finals where he met and defeated the 2005 Sport Compact Pro champion, Ken Schaffer.
With the victory in the final event, William Breese secured second place while three-time Sport Compact Champion, Bud Kuhns, finished in third place. Ken Schaffer and Joe Moore finished fourth and fifth, respectively. Having earlier earned the Sport Compact Pro Championship (2006), congratulations go to Berndt Arndt, now two-time champion, who raced his ’93 VW to the 2011 Woodburn Dragstrip Sport Compact Pro Championship.