Champions Crowned At Sunoco Series, Jr Series, & High School Series
Devon Hilton (Super Pro), Nicholas Shepherd (Pro), Derrick Jackson (Sportsman), Mark Adams (Bike/Sled), Travis Hilton (High School), Jessie Skerjanec (Jr. Fast), Carson Wheeler (Jr. Lightning), and Maria Marroquin (Jr. Thunder) earned championships in their respective classes on Saturday, August 18th at Woodburn Dragstrip. In addition, team members were selected to represent Woodburn Dragstrip at the NHRA Northwest Division Summit ET Finals to be held at Pacific Raceway on Labor Day weekend.
Event winners in the Sunoco Race Fuels ET Series were Danny Wargnier (Super Pro), Carl Wilkerson (Pro), Jerry Durant, Jr. (Sportsman), and Don DePeel (Bike/Sled). Travis Hilton won the High School event. Jessie Skerjanec was successful in Jr. Fast and Maria Marroquin did the same in Jr. Thunder. Meanwhile, Taylor Toftemark earned the victory in Jr. Lightning at this event. Curt Landis won Run Tuff and Dallas Hill took top honors in Jr. Tuff.
Danny Wargnier saved his best reaction time for the finals where he met Kurt Gross and scored a perfect light for his second victory of the year. Al Lyda and Dan Shepherd were semi-finalists. In Pro, Carl Wilkerson was the beneficiary of the red light by Ryan Schaefer. Had Schaefer not red-lit, Wilkerson would have, but by NHRA rule, the first red light decides the outcome. Pat Figini and Nick Shepherd were semi-finalists. Jerry Durant. Jr. used his win over Denis Kern in Sportsman, to vault into the top 6 in his class and qualify for the Race of Champions to be held at Pacific Raceways. Marty Arrigotti and Derrick Jackson were semi-finalists. Don DePeel took the win over Eric Johns in Bike/Sled while Jack Britton and Mark Adams were semi-finalists.
Travis Hilton faced Jacque Roberts in the High School finals and was unstoppable with a .009 reaction time. His win secured the Championship over second place, Kenny McGary. Both racers qualify to race at the NHRA Northwest Division Summit ET Finals.
Top Jr. Dragster qualifiers were: Dylan Hough .008 (Jr. Thunder); Josh McMyne .003 (Jr. Lightning); and Dustin Day .005 (Jr. Fast).
In the Junior Dragster competition, both Jessie Skerjanec (Jr. Fast) and Maria Marroquin (Jr. Thunder) won the event and the season championship. Skerjanec downed Emily Mix who went red by .002. Dustin Day was the lone semi-finalist. Maria faced Dylan Hough in the Jr. Thunder finals and ran within a hundredth of her dial-in to take the win. Elizabeth Varner and Trevin Walberg earned semi-final finishes. Taylor Toftemark hole-shot her way to the win over Anthony Friesen in Jr. Lightning with Jerold Mix and Chad Tallan as semi-finalists. The Jr. Lightning Series Championship was decided in the first round when both Carson Wheeler and Dallas Hill were defeated. Carson earned the championship on the first tie-breaker, having one more round win in series competition.
Following is the final results with the driver’s name, city, car, reaction time, elapsed time, miles per hour and dial in for each class.
W: Danny Wargnier, Keizer, OR (’08 GTO) .000, 7.936, 170.90 (7.92 dial).
R/U: Kurt Gross, Oregon City, OR (’01 Undercover) .047, 7.860, 169.87 (7.86 dial).
Semi’s: Al Lyda, Hillsboro, OR; Dan Shepherd, Newberg, OR
W: Carl Wilkerson (’70 Chevelle) -.008, 11.005, 118.84 (11.01 dial).
R/U: Ryan Schaefer, Tigard, OR (’72 Chevy) -.006 foul.
Semi’s: Pat Figini, Oregon City, OR; Nicholas Shepherd, Tigard, OR
W: Jerry Durant, Jr., Oregon City, OR (’05 Dodge) .052, 14.207, 81.30 (14.05 dial).
R/U: Denis Kern, Longview, WA (’78 Futura Coupe) .174, 13.283, 102.99 (13.24 dial).
Semi’s: Marty Arrigotti, Portland, OR; Derrick Jackson, McMinnville, OR
W: Don DePeel, Gladstone, OR (’74 Kawasaki) .017, 8.635, 141.24 (8.58 dial).
R/U: Eric Johns, Milwaukie, OR (’05 Kawasaki) .040, 9.509, 137.42 (9.44 dial).
Semi’s: Jack Britton, Salem, OR; Mark Adams, Portland, OR
W: Travis Hilton, Vancouver, WA (Camaro) .009, 14.894, 77.90 (14.84 dial).
R/U: Jaque Roberts, Monmouth, OR (’65 Mustang) .210, 18.363, 72.28 (18.32 dial).
Semi’s: Chevy Lee Olson, Warrenton, OR; Luke Hammond, Corvallis, OR
W: Curt Landis, Newberg, OR (’65 Chevelle) .070, 10.242, 129.40 (10.21 dial).
R/U: Eli Taghon, Canby, OR (’72 Nova) -.001 foul.
W: Jessie Skerjanec, Estacada, OR (Junior Dragster) .011, 7.894, 82.78 (7.90 dial).
R/U: Emily Mix, Aumsville, OR (’04 Eickmann) -.002 foul.
Semi’s: Dustin Day, Estacada. OR
W: Taylor Toftemark, Castle Rock, WA (’03 Half Scale) .042, 9.037, 70.49 (8.94 dial).
R/U: Anthony Friesen, Sutherlin, OR (Junior Dragster) .153, 12.573, 50.95 (12.32 dial).
Semi’s: Jerold Mix, Aumsville, OR; Chad Tallan, Milwaukie, OR
W: Maria Marroquin, Wood Village, OR (’99 Dragster) .123, 9.815, 66.90 (9.80 dial).
R/U: Dylan Hough, Junction City, OR (’10 Motivational) .068, 13.029, 49.17 (12.91 dial).
Semi’s: Elizabeth Varner, Astoria, OR; Trevin Walberg, Junction City, OR
W: Dallas Hill, Vancouver, WA (Jr. Dragster) .187, 8.665, 74.31 (8.63 dial).
R/U: Carson Wheeler, Wilsonville, OR -.015 foul.
Semi’s: Connor Rice, Milwaukie, OR; BreeAnn Ciofani, Ridgefield, WA