New Faces Appear (And A Few Familiar) In The Winner’s Circle On Father’s Day
Perfect weather defined racing action from Sunday, June 16th when the Sunoco Race Fuels ET Series, High School, Super Shifter, and Napa Auto Parts Jr Drag Racing Series events were held. On this great Father’s Day, the weather led to amazingly close racing action in all categories. In the end, winners were crowned as Robert Glembocki (Super Pro), Ron Wirostek (Pro), Derrick Jackson (Sportsman), Danny Wargnier (Run Tuff), Dustin Day (High School), John Masterman (Super Shifter), Kaylen Pedro (Jr Fast), Katie Day (Jr Lightning), Nicholas Karr (Jr Thunder), and Spencer David (Jr Tuff) all scored victories. As we make our way later into the season, the points become more and more crucial as battles for season championships and trips to the NHRA Summit ET Finals start to either materialize, or fade to black.
The Super Pro (7.00-11.99, Electronics) category’s final round pretty much defined the entire days’ worth of racing. Robert Glembocki’s fight to make it to the final went through Bill McNeal, Gary Palmateer, David Pracht, and Billy Taylor. For Mike McManus: Dave Sattem, Bill King, Jeremy McGhee, and Tom Avgerakis were the downed opponents. In the final round, Glembocki and McManus left with IDENTICAL .023 reaction times before Glembocki scored victory on the double-breakout by only nine thousandths of a second. Being able to share the winner circle with his father made the day all the more special for Glembocki. Of special note, Bill Heard was crowned the A-1 Performance Trans and Converters Package for the Points winner, when his .021 package held out through Super Pro competition. Recognition should go out to Billy Taylor and Casey Ladd’s third round bout, in which Ladd’s .009 and 10.268 on his 10.26 (.017 package) was scarily not enough to beat Taylor’s .008 package.
Pro bracket competition (9.00-13.99, No Electronics) featured one driver who had absolutely come alive when eliminations began. Ron Wirostek had competition reaction times of a .001, .023, -.008, .013 and .003 in the final round. These reaction times he used to defeat Steve Stuart, Darrell Heard, Dom Andreotti, a single and Michael Pliska. Against Wirostek in the final was Hollis Runge, who took down Tami Nelson, Richard Beyea, Allen Bayless, and Carl Meinig before earning a single in the semis. In the final round Runge ran right on his 10.158 on his 10.15, but with Wirostek’s .003 it was all for not. Pam Hitchcock performed the near impossible in scoring the A-1 Performance Trans and Converters Package for the Points when she cut a .001 reaction time and ran an 11.220 on her 11.22 dial-in.
In the Sportsman category (12.00 and slower, no transbrake), the story was the same as it’s been the entire year; Derrick Jackson into the late rounds. Jackson again made a trip into the final round, eliminating Michael McFadden, Lee Ennis, a single and Robert Glafka. For Brandon Wesselink; a single, Tony Bombara, Chuck Bannister, and Marty Arrigotti were the drivers he defeated. In the final round, Wesselink had a significant starting line advantage but on the double breakout Jackson took the win, earning himself the E-Ticket ride straight to the Quality Concrete & Salem Concrete Paving Winner’s Circle. Jackson was also the winner of the A-1 Performance Trans and Converters Package for the Points with a .031.
The Tualatin Transmission Run Tuff category has drivers who were unfortunate in losing the first round of competition. The category mixes together Sportsman, Pro and Super Pro competitors and allows for new racers to face off. In the final round, Danny Wargnier took the win over Steve Stuart when Stuart fouled out. Wargnier then ran a 7.872 on his 7.87 dial in to put an exclamation point on the day. Barry Sheasgreen was the lone semi-finalist.
The High School series features drivers who are currently enrolled in high school with a state driver’s license. Dustin Day made his way to the final by taking out Jake McGarry and Jacquelyn Roberts, then earning a single. Max McKinney, Chelbi Hageman, and Spencer David were all victims to Chevy Lee Olson’s march to the final round. In the final, Olson turned on the red light by just five thousandths of a second, handing the win to Dustin Day.
Super Shifter is a category that features only manual shifting automobiles. John Masterman made his way into the final round after earning a single, then defeating Charlie Carnahan and Steve Erickson. Jason Hall earned the final round birth by defeating Brent Russell, Rick Livengood and a single. In the final round, the race was over before it began when Hall turned on the red light start, giving Masterman his first win of the season in the category.
Jr Fast (kids age 13-17) is the quickest of our Napa Auto Parts Jr Dragster categories, which features kids age 8-17, competing in half-scale dragster models designed to teach them the basics of racing before their transition into the big cars. Everyone was anxious to go rounds after the category saw incoming point’s leader Kacee Pitts defeated in the first round, but the final two cars in competition were Kaylen Pedro and Carson Wheeler. Pedro defeated Pitts and Cheyanne Helvey before earning a single in the semi-final round. For Wheeler, who was last year’s Jr Lightning Champion; Emily Mix, Dustin Day and Taylor Toftemark were the eliminated enemies. In the final round, Kaylen Pedro uncorked a .012 reaction time and ran a 7.928 on her 7.90 to put together a .040 package (Elapsed time – dial in + reaction time) to defeat Wheeler. Jerold Mix was the number one qualifier with a .001 reaction time.
The Jr Lightning (kids age 10-14) category’s final round was just as it should be: number one qualifier versus number two. The number one qualifier, Kyler Pitts, advanced to the final by defeating Austin Varner, then a single. Katie Day took out Josh McMyne and Adam Lint to make it into the final. In the final, Day and Pitts had almost identical reaction times before Katie Day ran just 13 thousandths off her number to score the win. Pitts’ .011 reaction time was what earned himself the number one qualifying spot.
In the Jr Thunder (kids age 8-10) class, Nicholas Karr and Trevin Walberg were the final two cars in competition. Karr defeated Adam Duncan-Robinson and Rilynn Saucy before earning a single. Walberg downed Cooper Chun, Alisha Miller and Conner Rice to move into the final. In the last round of competition, Karr used a starting line advantage of .040 and running a 13.650 on his 13.64 to secure the victory. Ramon Vincent was the number one qualifier with a .006
The Jr Tuff category, just like its ‘big car’ counterparts, is for racers who have the misfortune of losing in the first round. In the final round it was Spencer David and Emily Mix, with David getting the nod after Mix broke out by .004 despite having the better reaction time. Adam Duncan-Robinson was the lone semi-finalist.
Listed are final round results, in order of driver name, residence, (vehicle year and make/model), [reaction time], elapsed time, miles per hour, and (dial-in).
W: Robert Glembocki, Bend OR (’67 Nova) [.023] 9.764, 134.56 (9.77 dial).
R/U: Mike McManus, Happy Valley (’01 Tuttle) [.023] 8.465, 166.60 (8.48 dial).
Semi’s: Tom Avgerakis, Lake Oswego OR; Billy Taylor, Kelso WA.
W: Ron Wirostek, Brush Prairie WA (’23 T Altered) [.003] 9.825, 128.53 (9.78 dial).
R/U: Hollis Runge, Dallas OR (’74 Nova) [.076] 10.158, 129.27 (10.15 dial).
Semi’s: Michael Pliska, Happy Valley OR.
W: Derrick Jackson, McMinnville OR (’67 A100) [.037] 12.717, 100.73 (12.74 dial).
R/U: Brandon Wesselink, Beavercreek OR (’70 Duster) [.010] 13.845, 98.44 (13.88 dial).
Semi’s: Marty Arrigotti, Portland OR; Robert Glafka, Battleground WA.
W: Danny Wargnier, Keizer OR (’08 GTO) [.070] 7.872, 174.41 (7.87 dial).
R/U: Steve Stuart, Estacada OR (’66 Chevelle) [-.029] 9.224, 140.80 (9.24 dial).
Semi’s: Barry Sheasgreen, Tigard OR.
W: Dustin Day, Estacada OR (’83 Camaro) [.096] 16.385, 81.53 (16.40 dial).
R/U: Chevy Olson, Warrenton OR (’78 Sunbird) – foul.
Semi’s: Spencer David, Eugene OR.
W: John Masterman, Milwaukie OR (’79 Camaro) [.047] 12.013, 117.53 (11.96 dial).
R/U: Jason Hall, Sublimity OR (’13 Mustang) – foul.
Semi’s: Steve Erickson, Portland OR.
W: Kaylen Pedro, Scappoose OR (’07 Akron) [.012] 7.928, 80.6 (7.90 dial).
R/U: Carson Wheeler, Wilsonville OR (’08 Eickmann) [.042] 7.976, 91.12 (7.94 dial).
Semi’s: Taylor Toftemark, Castle Rock WA.
W: Katie Day, Estacada OR (’05 Motivational) [.046] 8.183, 79.07 (8.17 dial).
R/U: Kyler Pitts, Lebanon OR (’10 Eickmann) [.048] 9.354, 66.57 (9.30 dial).
Semi’s: Adam Lint, Vancouver WA.
W: Nicholas Karr, Salem OR (’96 Universal) [.069] 13.650, 43.90 (13.64 dial).
R/U: Trevin Walberg, Junction City OR (’09 Eickmann) [.108] 9.251, 70.06 (9.20 dial).
Semi’s: Conner Rice, Milwaukie OR.
W: Spencer David, Eugene OR (’06 Motivational) [.294] 7.927, 82.26 (7.90 dial).
R/U: Emily Mix, Aumsville OR (’04 Eickmann) [.013] 7.896, 83.30 (7.90 dial).
Semi’s: Adam Duncan-Robinson, Vancouver WA.