John Plaster; Harley Eliminator Series Champion
In the first ever Harley Eliminator event, a six race series started just this year, competition was great among the different riders. However, as in the standard for bracket-style eliminations, the final round could only consist of two of the great racers, namely John Plaster and Mike Graver. Plaster defeated Gary Tokos before earning himself a single pass in the semis, and Graver took down Kerry Drost and Mike Bracken to make his way to the final round. In the final round, Graver had a near-perfect .009 reaction time, but it was all for not as his biked slowed a full second, running a 12.809 on the 11.80, giving the Inaugural Harley Eliminator win to Plaster, who ran a 10.664 on the 10.60.
The final round of the second points earning event consisted of riders John Plaster and Bob Osborne. For Osborne, the final meant winning against Dana Herold before earning the single. For Plaster, attending his second final round meant taking down Mike Bracken and Gary Tokos. In the final round, both riders had excellent reaction times: .016 for Plaster to Osborne’s .023, but it was no matter as Plaster ran a 10.815 on his 10.38 to seal the win.
For the third straight event, the results of the final round were the same: John Plaster wins. Plaster used average reaction times of a .019 (including a .003) to down Mike Bracken, a single and Bob Osborne in the final round. Thanks to series sponsor Gary Tokos, Plaster was awarded an additional $100 cash, as well as the Woodburn Dragstrip Winner’s Plaque, to his victory. With this win, Plaster now enjoyed a comfortable lead of 210 points, with second place Mike Graver with 120, and a three-way tie for third between Gary Tokos, Mike Bracken, and Bob Osborne.
To the cheers of almost everyone in the category, John Plaster didn’t collect the winning plaque for the first time this year! Instead, the final round for this event featured Nick Stute, who defeated Plaster and Mike Graver; and Tyler Baker who defeated Bob Osborne and Dana Herold. In the final round, Stute had a stellar .025 reaction time and rode on to the victory when Baker broke out at the finish line. Herold was the number one qualifier. At this point in the season, Plaster still enjoyed a comfortable lead with 240 total Points. In second rode Mike Graver with 160 Points, and third place was held by Bob Osbourne.
The next event was held at the 20th Annual NW Nitro Motorcycle Nationals, meaning bigger bike count and even more fierce competition. Through five rounds of eliminations, Gary Tokos again as the motorcycle to beat when he defeated Miles Furrow in the final round. Tokos used a starting line advantage of over .26, which was good for him considering Furrow ran closer to his posted dial in. Tokos enjoyed a very good weekend, winning the previous day’s gambler race, as well as then finishing runner-up in the King of the Hill Challenge. With John Plaster unable to attend this event, therefore not earning any points compared to Tokos’ 90-point day, the points were as follows: Plaster with 240, Tokos with 220, and Graver with 200. Unfortunately, the set up for a great final day of racing was departed by Mother Nature, as rain forced the cancellation of the final point’s event, crowning John Plaster the Harley Elimination Series Champion.
Final point’s standings are listed in order of rider name, total points, and total round wins.
1. John Plaster, 240 Points, 9 Round Wins
2. Gary Tokos, 220 Points, 6 Round Wins
3. Mike Graver, 200 Points, 5 Round Wins