Woodburn Dragstrip
7730 Hwy. 219
Woodburn, Oregon

Great Weather For Nostalgia Hot Rod Series & Jr Drag Racing Series

May 4th featured the Nostalgia Hot Rod Series’ second point’s event, as well as the third for the Napa Auto Parts Jr Drag Racing Series. After a great day of side-by-side racing, the dust settled to award winners Gary Palmateer (Top Gas), Norman Lemly (Hot Rod I), Gregg Heriford (Street Machine I), Mark Tabert (Hot Rod II), Robert Glafka (Street Machine II), Bruce Poppino (Stick Shift), Doug Powers (Inline/Flathead), Jarod Anderson (Run Tuff), Dustin Day (Jr Fast), Anthony Friesen (Jr Lightning), Rilynn Saucy (Jr Thunder) and Patrick Briseno (Jr Tuff). All of these finalists fought through a long and hot day, but at the end the ability to hold the winners plaque made it worth the trip.

In Top Gas (1975-Older, Electronics) competition, Gary Palmateer never changed the 10.90 dial in on the side of his car, and proved that was the way to race. Through eliminations, Palmateer downed Kevin Petersen, Mike Miller, and Sue Mitchell before earning a bye in the semis to go into the final. Meanwhile, Robert Glembocki, the number 1 qualifier, earned the single in the first round before going through Bill Bityk, Richard Dietrich, and Steve Schmitt to earn his way into the final round. In that final, Palmateer used a .017 reaction time to his advantage, then went down and ran a 10.908 on his 10.90 dial-in to score a .025 package in the final round of eliminations! Talk about saving the best for last. In his four rounds of competitive eliminations, Palmateer ran 10.912, 10.926, 10.917, and 10.908, providing the consistency needed to win.

Hot Rod I (1959 and Older, 11.99 and Quicker) eliminations battered 8 drivers with loses before going down to the final with drivers Norman Lemly and Steve Canton. Lemly’s route to the final went through racers Jarod Anderson, a single pass, and Jim Estes, who the round before took down last year’s champion Paul Comeau, before advancing to the finals. For Canton, Tim McDaniel and Marc Pruett were the victims before taking the single in the semis. In the final round, Canton (dialed in at an 11.85 to Lemly’s 11.55) had the starting line advantage by .06 hundredths of a second. Lucky for Lemly, Canton slowed to a 12.083, allowing Norman to slip around.

In Street Machine I (1960-1975, 11.99 and quicker), the champion from a year ago, Gregg Heriford, and the three-time and defending Sunoco Race Fuels Pro bracket champion Nicholas Shepherd battled it out in the final. To get there, Heriford defeated Jerry Cooksey, Steve Stuart, Tony Littleton, and number one qualifier Todd McMillan to earn the single in the semi-final round. On the other side of the ladder, Shepherd, your number two qualifier, beat Michael Pliska, Dan Stokes, a single, Rich Potter and Jeff Sievers to reach the final round. The final had one of the better races of the day, as Heriford and Shepherd were separated by a mere thirteen thousandths of a second on the starting line, before Shepherd raced to the finish line and broke out by sixteen thousandths of a second trying to stay in front.

Hot Rod II’s (1959 and Older, 12.00 and Slower) final round showed off number one and two qualifier Mark Tabert and Lyle Scott. Tabert went through Ryan Smith and John Hite to earn his way into the final, while Scott went through Dawn Dietrich and 2011 HR II Champion Jeff Enger. In the final round, Tabert used a starting line advantage of almost a tenth of a second to stay ahead of Scott, and send his 1954 Chevrolet into the winner circle, after both drivers were off their respective dial-in by five hundredths of a second.

In Street Machine II (1960-1975, 12.00 and Slower), the final round featured two very dedicated and decorated racers in the form of Robert Glafka and Gordon Cady Jr. Glafka eliminated Ken Sweo and Marty Arrigotti before earning the semi-finals bye. For Cady Jr, Duane Turner, Leon Torgerson and Randy Nichols were the ones who were defeated. In the final round, Glafka and Cady Jr showed why they are two drivers nobody wants to mess with, as they went .022 and .020 off the starting line. Cady Jr ran a 12.583 on his 12.55 for a respectful .053 package (a package is determined by adding together your reaction time’s difference from a perfect light [.000] and the amount you are off of your dial-in, which is this case was .033). Unfortunately for Cady, Glafka ran a 12.118 on his 12.10, which gave him a .040 package to win the race.

Inline/Flathead competition showcased number three and four qualifiers Doug Powers and CJ Stokes. Powers went through Richard Bjerklund and Jim Johnson, while Stokes took out Dave Mueller and Walt Skoczylas to punch their tickets into the final round. In the finals, Stokes had the starting line advantage by .032, but his Plymouth was unable to run the number at the top end as he slowed to a 15.307 on the 15.07. Stokes, who now has two consecutive final round appearances, currently sits in the top point’s position.

In Stick Shift, Bruce Poppino showed why he wants to be the one to win the championship, as he shifted his way into the Quality Concrete/Salem Concrete Paving Winner’s Circle. To get there, he took out Randy Ashley before earning a single. For Shawn Choruby, the winner at the first event, he took down last year’s champion, Paul Carbaugh, and Dick Arnold in the semis. In the final round, Choruby had a mechanical malfunction, allowing Poppino to take the win.

The Run Tuff category is one that allows racers with the misfortune of losing in the first round of eliminations a second chance to claim victory. In the final, Jarod Anderson took down Kevin Petersen after Anderson ran a 10.889 on the 10.88 dial-in. Ken Sweo and Dale Hale were the semi-finalist.

In the Jr Fast (kids age 13-17) category, the final round battle was between Dustin Day and Hayley Jackson, daughter of famed Sportsman racer Derrick Jackson. Day took out Jerold Mix, Cheyanne Helvey and Kacee Pitts before advancing to the finals, while Jackson marched past last year’s Jr Lightning champion Carson Wheeler before earning a bye in the semis. In the final round, Day ran an 8.153 on his 8.15 to take the win over Jackson, who broke out running an 8.791 on her 8.83 dial-in.

Jr Lightning (kids age 10-14) pitted Anthony Friesen against Katie Day in the final. Friesen went through Liz Varner, Austin Varner and a single pass to advance to the finals. Meanwhile, Day took out Josh McMyne, Adam Lint, and Chad Tallan to meet Friesen. In the final round, Friesen used a .032 to .065 advantage over Day to win on the holeshot, as Friesen was off by .035 and Day only .017.

In Jr Thunder (kids age 8-10), Rilynn Saucy broke through for her first win over Trevin Walberg. Saucy defeated Haley Bellikka, and Dylan Hough before earning a single pass in the semis. For Walberg, who was up late Friday night putting in a new motor, the victories against Conner Rice, Tommy Tallan and Ramon Vincent were hard earned. In the final round, Trevin Walberg had a .021 reaction time…and left second! Walberg’s .021 reaction time and 9.148 on his 9.08 would have literally won against any other package in the Jr Thunder category that day…except for the one put together by Rilynn Saucy, who went .016 on the starting line and ran a 13.177 on her 13.11 dial in.

In Jr Tuff, Patrick Briseno scored the victory in his first career race over Conner Rice. Briseno had a .021 reaction time start and ran 11.052 on his 10.98 dial in to take the victory over Rice, who slowed at the top end of the race track. Clay Sachse was the lone semifinalist.

Final round results are listed in order of driver name, home town, (vehicle make/model), [reaction time], elapsed time, miles per hour, and (dial-in).

Top Gas
W: Gary Palmateer, Monmouth OR (’68 Firebird) [.017] 10.908, 130.34 (10.90 dial).
R/U: Robert Glembocki, Bend OR (’67 Nova) [.062] 9.728, 136.46 (9.74 dial).
Semi’s: Steve Schmitt, Beaverton OR.

Hot Rod I
W: Norman Lemly, Oregon City OR (’55 Nomad) [.217] 11.663, 116.82 (11.55 dial).
R/U: Steve Canton, Boring OR (’32 Victoria) [.152] 12.083, 110.34 (11.85 dial).
Semi’s: Jim Estes, Oregon City OR.

Street Machine I
W: Gregg Heriford, Vancouver WA (’72 Vega) [.022] 10.336, 130.22 (10.32 dial).
R/U: Nicholas Shepherd, Tigard OR (’62 Chevy II) [.035] 10.684, 122.44 (10.70 dial).
Semi’s: Jeff Sievers, Veneta OR.

Hot Rod II
W: Mark Tabert, Sherwood OR (’54 Bel Air) [.105] 13.650, 98.36 (13.60 dial).
R/U: Lyle Scott, Portland OR (’37 Chevy) [.226] 12.553, 109.35 (12.50 dial).
Semi’s: Jeff Enger, Newberg OR; John Hite, Tualitin OR.

Street Machine II
W: Robert Glafka, Battle Ground WA (’70 Torino) [.022] 12.118, 107.87 (12.10 dial).
R/U: Gordon Cady Jr, Vancouver WA (’65 El Camino) [.020] 12.583, 106.24 (12.55 dial).
Semi’s: Randy Nichols, Lafayette OR.

W: Doug Powers, Portland OR (’64 Valiant) [.100] 16.681, 77.74 (16.58 dial).
R/U: CJ Stokes, Halsey OR (’74 Plymouth) [.068] 15.307, 91.56 (15.07 dial).
Semi’s: Jim Johnson, Portland OR; Walt Skoczylas, Aloha OR.

Stick Shift
W: Bruce Poppino, West Linn OR (’65 Mustang) [.039] 11.666, 103.27 (11.50 dial).
R/U: Shawn Choruby, Tigard OR (’66 Mustang) – broke.
Semi’s: Dick Arnold, Washougal WA.

Run Tuff
W: Jarod Anderson, Springfield OR (’55 Bel Air) [.048] 10.889, 122.43 (10.88 dial).
R/U: Kevin Peterson, Portland OR (’56 Pick Up) [.098] 10.114, 129.06 (10.06 dial).
Semi’s: Ken Sweo, Oregon City OR; Dale Hale, La Center WA.

Jr Fast
W: Dustin Day, Estacada OR (’07 Dragster) [.045] 8.153, 78.85 (8.15 dial).
R/U: Hayley Jackson, McMinnville OR (’04 Motivational) [.068] 8.791, 74.42 (8.83 dial).
Semi’s: Kacee Pitts, Lebanon OR.

Jr Lightning
W: Anthony Friesen, Sutherlin OR (’98 Universal) [.032] 10.735, 59.94 (10.70 dial).
R/U: Katie Day, Estacada OR (’05 Motivational) [.065] 10.467, 62.05 (10.45 dial).
Semi’s: Chad Tallan, Molalla OR.

Jr Thunder
W: Rilynn Saucy, Beavercreek OR (’99 Motivational) [.016] 13.177, 47.65 (13.11 dial).
R/U: Trevin Walberg, Junction City OR (’09 Eickmann) [.021] 9.148, 69.61 (9.08 dial).
Semi’s: Ramon Vincent, Stayton OR.

Jr Tuff
W: Patrick Briseno, Woodburn OR (’05 Akron) [.021] 11.052, 57.89 (10.98 dial).
R/U: Conner Rice, Milwaukie OR (’04 Akron) [.270] 10.422, 60.84 (10.32 dial).
Semi’s: Clay Sachse, Kelso WA.

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