Jr Dragsters, Sport Compacts, Car Club Challenge & Volkswagen Showdown Shine On Saturday
It was a bright and sunny day on the 27th of April, and for Ken Schaffer, Bud Kuhns, Cliff Mansfield, Nick Allison, Bernd Arndt, Jerold Mix, Austin Varner, Dylan Hough, and Kaylen Pedro, it was even better! Victorious were the ones who fought hard, and were dedicated through intense rounds of racing, against competitors who are well experienced. Despite many racers competing well enough to win many other races, there can only be one who is victorious.
The Car Club Challenge offers a special challenge, with competitiveness set on high as teams of five racers gather to see who can earn the most points against the other teams. The two teams that did the most battle were ‘The Gladiators’: racers Hollis Runge, Cliff Mansfield, and Barry Greathead; and ‘The Big Three: Kris Allison, Tiffany Wilson, and Dwayne Lorsen. After the dust settled, the Gladiators came out on top 6-4, earning themselves a free entry into the next Car Club Challenge event.
In the Car Club Street Tires class, Tiffany Wilson defeated Chris Hill in the semi-finals to advance to the final two. On the other side of the ladder, Dwayne Lorsen defeated Del Loose and his 2005 Mustang GT to advance to the final round. In the final round, Wilson dialed in at a 14.15 and Lorsen a 14.08. Off the starting line, Lorsen left first…with a red light start! Tiffany, who was -.005 also, was able to score the victory because of the severity of Lorsen’s red light start.
Car Club Slicks featured a couple of experienced finalist. Cliff Mansfield went through Tony Littleton before having a bye pass in the semi-final round. Hollis Runge went through Kris Allison and Barry Greathead to advance to the final round. In the finals, Mansfield left with a .043 reaction time to Runge’s .014. The two drivers finished neck and neck, with Mansfield getting the nod as Runge broke out by .019.
In Sports Compact Sportsman, Bud Kuhns had to rely on his racing machine to earn the victory after Matt Gerharter took over .05 of a second advantage on the starting line. Kuhns went through David Dixon and defending SC-Sportsman Champion Hoppy Hopkins en route to the final round. Likewise, Gerharter took out Carolyn Williams and Thomas Major on his march to the finals. In the finals, Kuhns found himself .054 of a second behind Gerharter on the starting line, but was able to finish him at the top end running a 17.372 on his 17.32 dial, while Gerharter slowed by over three tenths of a second.
Sports Compact Pro offered spectacular racing action and a dynamite close final round. Ken Schaffer took out Bernd Arndt in the first round, in which the drivers had .013 and .019 lights respectively, before riding the wave of a single pass into the final round. For Tim Knudsen, the final round meant beating last year’s Champion William Breese, and Jon Walker to advance. In the final, Knudsen left first with a .015 reaction time to Schaffer’s .011, but Schaffer obliterated the clocks when he ran an 11.004 on his 10.99 dial in, to put together a total package of .025 to grab the victory.
In the Volkswagen Showdown Series, a class that showcased 25 drivers in the inaugural event, racing action was tight. Bernd Arndt battled through Mark Hunt, Ryan Jones, Mike Canon, and Travis Matney before reaching the final round. Brett Schroeder, on the other side of the ladder, took down crowd favorite Kelli Christensen, Burnout King Ricky ‘The Racer’ Elverud, Suzanne Wall, and defending Sunoco Race Fuels ET Series Super Pro Champion Devon Hilton, in which Schroeder ran on his number with a 9, en route to the final. In the finals, with the spotlight on high, cameras set to flash, and press ready to interview for the first ever Volkswagen Showdown Event Champion, Brent Schroeder turned on the red light by eight thousandths of a second, handing the victory to Bernd Arndt.
In the Napa Auto Parts Jr Drag Racing Series Jr Thunder Category, Dylan Hough took out Trevin Walberg and Austin Weigel to reach the final round, while Nicholas Karr took out the points leader Ramon Vincent and Conner Rice before reaching the final. In the final round, Hough found himself down by a measly .008 on the starting line, but used the performance of his Olympus Trailers racing machine to charge past Karr into the Winners Circle, taking the win by eight hundredths of a second.
Jr Lightning showed a repeat face in the Quality Concrete/Salem Concrete Paving Winner’s circle. Austin Varner beat Clay Saches, Paige Costagno, and earned the single in the semi-finals to reach the final round. Meanwhile, Adam Lint had a single in the first round as he was your number 1 qualifier with a .010 reaction time, and then took down Katie Day in the 2nd round and Anthony Friesen in the semi’s with another stellar .012 reaction time. In the final, Varner used a reaction time advantage of .022 to put space between himself and Lint before running a 8.981 on his 8.94 dial in to take the win.
In Jr Fast, everybody was wanting to advance to the final round after incoming points leader Carson Wheeler lost in the first round by a miniscule 5 thousandths of a second. However, scheduled eliminations and insurance only allow two drivers! Jerold Mix took down Kaylen Pedro, Spencer David, and sister Emily Mix in the semi-final round. Meanwhile, Cheyanne Helvey was everybody’s best friend after taking out Carson Wheeler in the first round and Haley Jackson in the second before earning the single pass in the semi’s. In the final round, Mix lost three hundredths of a second to Helvey, but made it up by running a 7.933 on his 7.91 dial in to take the win, and the points lead.
In the Jr Tuff category, Kaylen Pedro scored her second straight event victory in as many career races, this time taking out Taylor Toftemark in the final after Toftemark turned on the red light by 13 thousandths of a second. Josh McMyne was the lone semi-finalist.
Listed are final round results, in order of Driver name, hometown, (vehicle make/model), [reaction time], E.T., MPH, and (dial-in).
Car Club Street Tires
W: Tiffany Wilson, Vancouver WA (’96 Pontiac) [-.005] 14.375, 87.10 (14.15 dial).
R/U: Dwayne Lorsen, Tualitin OR (’12 Challenger) [-.105] foul.
Semi’s: Del Loose, Vancouver WA; Chris Hill, Keizer OR.
Car Club Slick Tires
W: Cliff Mansfield, Odell OR (’73 Ford Pick Up) [.043] 9.404, 140.62 (9.40 dial).
R/U: Hollis Runge, Dallas OR (’74 Nova) [.014] 10.141, 129.70 (10.16 dial).
Semi’s: Barry Greathead, Eugene OR.
Sports Compact Sportsman
W: Bud Kuhns, Roseburg OR (’96 Wagon) [.166] 17.372, 79.77 (17.32 dial).
R/U: Matt Gerharter, Roseburg OR (’89 Civic) [.112] 16.479, 89.76 (16.15 dial).
Semi’s: Hoppy Hopkins, Beavercreek OR; Thomas Major, Salem OR.
Sports Compact Pro
W: Ken Schaffer, Portland OR (’97 Supra) [.011] 11.004, 118.68 (10.99 dial).
R/U: Tim Knudsen, Salem OR (’95 Civic) [.015] 13.394, 101.04 (13.20 dial).
Semi’s: Jon Walker, Junction City OR.
Volkswagen Showdown Series
W: Bernd Arndt, Tigard OR (’93 Corrado) [.163] 11.878, 116.18 (11.90 dial).
R/U: Brett Schroeder, Milkwaukie OR (’01 Golf) [-.008] foul.
Semi’s: Devon Hilton Vancouver WA; Travis Matney, Ridgefield WA.
W: Jerold Mix, Aumsville OR (’10 Motivational) [.067] 7.933, 81.23 (7.91 dial).
R/U: Cheyanne Helvey, Milwaukie OR (’09 Eickmann) [.037] 9.684, 67.62 (9.62 dial).
Semi’s: Emily Mix, Aumsville OR.
W: Austin Varner, Astoria OR (’02 Fluge) [.033] 8.981, 71.90 (8.94 dial).
R/U: Adam Lint, Vancouver WA (’95 Billups) [.056] 8.259, 78.56 (8.16 dial).
Semi’s: Anthony Friesen, Sutherlin OR.
W: Dylan Hough, Junction City OR (’10 Motivational) [.332] 9.325, 71.03 (9.20 dial).
R/U: Nicholas Karr, Salem OR (’02 Dragster) [.324] 13.498, 45.47 (13.29 dial).
Semi’s: Conner Rice, Milwaukie OR; Austin Weigel, Keizer OR.
W: Kaylen Pedro, Scappoose OR (’05 Fluge) [.050] 8.277, 79.73 (8.08 dial).
R/U: Taylor Toftemark, Castle Rock WA (’03 Half Scale) [-.013] 7.983, 80.56 (8.00 dial).
Semi’s: Josh McMyne, Salem OR.