Big Shake Up In The Sunoco Race Fuels & Napa Auto Parts Jr Series Points Standings
With only four races left in the Sunoco Race Fuels ET Series, and three races left in the Napa Auto Parts Jr Drag Racing Series, Super Shifter, and Pick-Up Series, the competitiveness of every round was multiplied ten-fold at the July 7th event. Taking into account also that of the eight classes that were run on Sunday, there were FIVE lead changes in the point’s standings…self-explanatory. At the end of the day, Devon Hilton (Super Pro), Don DePeel (Pro), Jerry Durant Jr (Sportsman), Gary Ericksen (Run Tuff), Jerry Durant Jr (Pick-Up), John Masterman (Super Shifter), Dustin Day (Jr Fast), Austin Varner (Jr Lightning), Conner Rice (Jr Thunder), and Kacee Pitts (Jr Tuff) all scored individual class wins, with position changes abound.
In the Sunoco Race Fuels Super Pro category, Devon Hilton and Tony Henderson faced off in the final round. Hilton’s journey into the final was through Debbie Dawson, Matt Claussen, Loretta McCool, and Robert Glembocki before earning the single in the semi’s. For Henderson: Mike McManus, a laddered single, Rod Andreas, Vicki Shepherd and Al Lyda were the defeated racers. In the final round, Hilton unloaded a .005 reaction time to score the win. Hilton averaged a .005 reaction time through the six rounds eliminations, with a .009 being his ‘worst’. Tony Henderson was the number one qualifier with a perfect reaction time. Al Lyda defeated Gary Palmateer in the Spotlighted Showdown, when his .035 package was just good enough to down Palmateer’s .036, with the margin of victory coming down to just .0012. Gary Wargnier won the A-1 Performance Trans and Converters Package for the Points with a .021 package.
Sunoco Race Fuels Pro Bracket competition featured racing action that included multiple .00 reaction times, perfect lights a-plenty, and heavy upsets. With a final round between drivers Don DePeel and Steve Stuart, you know racing was action packed. DePeel’s trip into the final was through drivers Dave Nassimbene, Richard Potter, Richard Beyea, and Pat Figini before a single in the semi’s. On Stuart’s side of the ladder, Cliff Mansfield, George Churilla, Hollis Runge, Dave Fowler, and Dean Tabert. In the final round, the race was over before it even began, when Stuart turned on the red light by .021, giving DePeel the win. Fowler was the number one qualifier, and was also involved in the Spotlighted Showdown, when he faced off with the hot hand of Nicholas Shepherd in the first round. Shepherd, who in the last four races had a win and two runner-up finishes, found himself on the wrong side of Fowler’s .005 package, and found himself out in the first round of eliminations. Shepherd’s .020 package in the third time trial won him the A-1 Performance Trans and Converters Package for the Points.
The Sunoco Race Fuels Sportsman category showed off the numbers 1, 3, 4, and 6 qualifiers in the semi-final round, and the number three and six in the final. Jerry Durant Jr, the number three, faced off with Ramon Cooper, Marty Arrigotti, Chuck Bannister, and Robert Glafka. Jerry Weber, the number six, downed opponents Dell King, Amy Fields, Ernie Lucas, and Jim Lamkin to reach the final. In the final round, both drivers left with identical .039 reaction time starts…both ran one hundredth off their respective dial-ins…but Durant Jr did it with a 3 and Weber with a 7, meaning that by just .004 Durant Jr scored the win. Jim Lamkin won the A-1 Performance Trans and Converters Package for the Points with a .034.
Run Tuff is a category for racers who aren’t on the fortunate side of winning in the first round. In the final round, Gary Ericksen was able to score a win over Walt Pearce, courtesy of his .024 reaction time start. Ericksen then ran a 10.982 on his .96 dial. Charlie Carnahan and David Pracht were the semi-finalists.
Pick-Up series came down to Jerry Durant Jr and Tim McDaniel as the ’05 Dodge and ’57 Studebaker lined up to do battle. Durant Jr took out Steve Sherman, Jim Rasmussen and Pat James to get into the final, whereas McDaniel downed points leader Steve Canton, Tony Bombara, and Jim Fields to make the journey into the final. Durant Jr was off first with a green light start, but the race ended shortly afterwards when McDaniel turned on the red light start. A special congratulations went out at this point to Jerry Durant Jr, as doubling up is a rare feat, especially when it’s done in the same day!! The Spotlighted Showdown of the event was by far the final round, which gave Durant Jr the double-up win.
Super Shifter is the manual-shifting category that we allow for all manual cars to drive in. The category has been run rickshaw by John Masterman, and that tradition continued on this day. Masterman’s four reaction times through eliminations were .019 against Charlie Carnahan, .011 against Bruce Poppino, .048 on a single and .012 in the final round to take down Jim Wise. One thing is for certain, and that is that Masterman has his ’79 Camaro operating smoothly.
In the NAPA Auto Parts Jr Fast category, Dustin Day and Taylor Toftemark were in the final round showdown. Day defeated Kacee Pitts and Jerold Mix to enter his third final of the weekend, without a win to show for it. For Toftemark the opponents defeated were Spencer David and Hayley Jackson. In the final round, Day had almost a .07 advantage on the starting line to secure his win. The Spotlighted Showdown of the day was definitely when Day faced off with incoming points leader Kacee Pitts in the first round. Day left quite a bit on the starting line with a .085 reaction time start, but when Pitts turned on the red light start it left everybody wide open to try and steal away the lead, which Day did from the number one qualifying position.
For the NAPA Auto Parts Jr Lightning category, Austin Varner and Anthony Friesen competed in the final round. For Varner, who had won the Wally on Saturday, today defeated Josh McMyne and Katie Day. Meanwhile, on the other side of the ladder, Friesen downed Adam Lint and Kyler Pitts to travel into the final. In the final round, Varner had a significant starting line advantage which he parlayed into a victory. The Spotlighted Showdown goes to Varner over Day in the semi’s, as the battle for the points lead was decided by Varner. Pitts was the number one qualifier.
The NAPA Auto Parts Jr Thunder category showcased a battle between two ten year olds as Conner Rice and Trevin Walberg lined up in the final. Rice’s adventure into the final round was through a single pass, Dylan Hough and Nicholas Karr. For Walberg: Ryan Bese and Alisha Miller were the opponents, before earning a single. In the final, Rice unleashed a stellar .017 reaction time, running a 10.936 on his 10.80 dial-in to earn the victory. The final round was by far the Spotlighted Showdown as it determined a 40 point swing in the point standings between Rice and Walberg. Rice was the number one qualifier.
Jr Tuff is a race for drivers who aren’t fortunate enough to get a victory in the first round, allowing them to continue racing. On this day, Kacee Pitts earned the victory over Adam Lint. Despite not having the starting line advantage, Pitts used her experience at the finish line to earn the victory. Josh McMyne was the lone semi-finalist.
Winner: Devon Hilton, Vancouver WA (’12 Mondon) [.005] 8.159, 165.10 (8.12 dial).
R/U: Tony Henderson, Vancouver WA (’71 Dragster) [.068] 8.274, 160.28 (8.27 dial).
Semi’s: Al Lyda, Hillsboro OR.
Winner: Don DePeel, Gladstone OR (’74 Kawasaki) [.033] 8.630, 150.42 (8.59 dial).
R/U: Steve Stuart, Estacada OR (’66 Chevelle) [-.021] 9.181, 140.12 (9.19 dial).
Semi’s: Dean Tabert, Tigard OR.
Winner: Jerry Durant Jr, Oregon City OR (’05 Dodge) [.039] 13.863, 96.86 (13.85 dial).
R/U: Jerry Weber, Albany OR (’82 Chevy) [.039] 14.587, 92.30 (14.57 dial).
Semi’s: Jim Lamkin, Clackamas OR; Robert Glafka, Battle Ground WA.
Winner: Gary Ericksen, Vancouver WA (’89 Probe) [.024] 10.982, 116.98 (10.96 dial).
R/U: Walt Pearce, Twisp WA (’32 Chevy) [.146] 13.147, 100.45 (13.20 dial).
Semi’s: Charlie Carnahan, Salem OR; David Pracht, Hillsboro OR.
Winner: Jerry Durant Jr, Oregon City OR (’05 Dodge) [.047] 13.876, 96.86 (13.89 dial).
R/U: Tim McDaniel, Lebanon OR (’57 Studebaker) [-.019] foul.
Semi’s: Jim Fields, Beaverton OR; Pat James, Boring OR.
Winner: John Masterman, Milwaukie OR (’79 Camaro) [.012] 12.318, 97.11 (12.17 dial).
R/U: Jim Wise, Lebanon OR (’40 Ford) [.180] 11.786, 116.00 (11.55 dial).
Semi’s: Jason Hall, Sublimity OR.
Winner: Dustin Day, Estacada OR (’07 Dragster) [.049] 8.333, 76.14 (.049 dial).
R/U: Taylor Toftemark, Castle Rock WA (’03 Half Scale) [.118] 8.027, 80.97 (7.99 dial).
Semi’s: Jerold Mix, Aumsville OR; Hayley Jackson, McMinnville OR.
Winner: Austin Varner, Astoria OR (’05 Akron) [.104] 8.929, 72.15 (8.90 dial).
R/U: Anthony Friesen, Sutherlin OR (’98 Universal) [.220] 10.974, 57.79 (10.95 dial).
Semi’s: Kyler Pitts, Lebanon OR; Katie Day, Estacada OR.
Winner: Conner Rice, Milwaukie OR (’04 Akron) [.017] 10.936, 57.90 (10.80 dial).
R/U: Trevin Walberg, Junction City OR (’09 Eickmann) [.081] 9.144, 70.16 (9.06 dial).
Semi’s: Nicholas Karr, Salem OR.
Winner: Kacee Pitts, Lebanon OR (’10 Half Scale) [.119] 7.953, 74.37 (7.90 dial).
R/U: Adam Lint, Vancouver WA (’99 Motivational) [.091] 8.074, 61.90 (7.90 dial).
Semi’s: Josh McMyne, SalemOR.