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Winners Are Crowned At Cinco de Mayo Event

A marvelous May 5th was had by all, as with warm weather and a cool breeze winners were crowned in the Sunoco Race Fuels ET Series, Napa Auto Parts Jr Drag Racing Series, Super Shifters, Pick-Up, and High School classes. Namely, Roger Weddle (Super Pro) Thomas Jackson III (Pro), Jerry Durant Jr (Sportsman), Cheyanne Helvey (Jr Fast), Austin Varner (Jr Lightning), Alisha Miller (Jr Thunder), Steve Canton (Pick-Up), Mark Boehi (Super Shifter) and Jake McGarry (High School) likely all enjoyed the 2013 Cinco de Mayo date.

In Super Pro (7.00-11.99, Electronics), Roger Weddle and Bill Bityk were the final two soldiers to do battle. To make it there, Weddle had to go through Sue Mitchell, Mark Pracht, Tom Malicki, a single, and David Chun Jr. For Bityk, Richard LaChance, a competition single, Debbie Dawson, Randy McCool, and a laddered single were his opponents to the final round. In the finals, Bityk’s car make a hard move towards the right lane wall right after the launch, and even after expertly correcting the move was far behind Weddle, who cruised to an easy victory. Additionally, a special note to David Pracht, who earned the A-1 Performance Trans and Converters Package for the Points award with a .020 total package.

Pro Bracket competition featured a final round between Thomas Jackson III and Casey DePeel. For Jackson, the road to the final meant going through many multi-time champions, Robert Rhines, William Breese, Mike Hansen, Ryan Schaefer and Steve Stuart. On the other side of the ladder, DePeel fought valiantly through ET Finals Champ Scott Lang, Reid Rund, Pat Figini, a single and former National Champion Steve Kelly to make it to the final. In the final round, Jackson was off first .033 to DePeels .052, and never looked back running an 11.811 on his 11.80 to seal the deal. Richard Beyea was the winner of the A-1 Performance Trans and Converters Package for the Points, putting together a .028 in the Jeff Lewis Auto Body ’57 Chevrolet.

For the Sportsman category, Jerry Durant Jr and Brian Nelson were the last two competitors to line up. For Durant, he had to face off with Tracy Herinckx, Jerry Weber, Jim Lamkin, Lavonne Goodman and Sadie Floyd to reach the final. Nelson, went through Elvon Kauffman, Nolan Griffith, John Floyd Jr and Derrick Jackson to make it into the final round. In the final, Durant left with a .024 reaction time, gaining over a tenth of a second advantage which he used to secure the victory at the finish line. John Floyd Jr was the winner of the A-1 Performance Trans and Converters Package for the Points with a .024 in his ’72 Nova.

In the Napa Auto Parts Jr Fast (kids age 13-17) series, it was a battle of the ladies as five of the six quarterfinalists were all of the female variety. In earlier competition, Cheyanne Helvey defeated Dustin Day and Emily Mix before earning a single pass into the finals. Kacee Pitts meanwhile, defeated Jerold Mix, Carson Wheeler, and Hayley Jackson to make it into the final round. In the final, Kacee Pitts gained almost six hundredths of a second advantage on the starting line before breaking out by seven thousandths of a second at the finish line, giving the win to Helvey who was the number two qualifier.

Jr Lightning (kids age 10-14) featured a storyline that is becoming scarily popular for the rest of the field, as Austin Varner scored his third victory is four races. To get there, Varner defeated sister Liz Varner and Anthony Friesen before earning the single in the semi-final round. Blake Johnson defeated Kyler Pitts, a single, and Katie Day to make it to the final round in his first year of racing. In the final, Johnson had a starting line advantage of almost .06, but was unable to capitalize at the finish when he broke out by .069, meaning that Varner now has a commanding seven round lead over second place Friesen.

In Jr Thunder (kids age 8-10), the final round had one new driver in the form of Alisha Miller, and one repeat from the previous day in the form of Trevin Walberg. For Miller, getting to the final meant winning against Rilynn Saucy and Nicholas Karr, and for Walberg it meant defeating Ramon Vincent and Conner Rice. In the final round, the race was over as soon as it started when Walberg turned on the red light by .030 of a second.

The Pick-Up series ran its first race, and with 16 competitors it proves to be a series that will last. Of the two drivers in the final, there was one who had never won a race, Steve Canton, and one who had never been to a final, Tony Bombara. Canton went through veteran racers Rene Crunelle, Dell King and Tim McDaniel before earning a single in the final. For Bombara, the defeated list included the names of Bill Allen, Derek Shoepe, a single and number one qualifier Pat James, after the Break the Chain sponsored machine of James broke out by .019. In the final round, Canton was off first with a .041 light, but the race ended shortly afterwards when Bombara turned on the red light, ending his day. A reminder to all drivers that the next race is on Sunday, June 2nd.

The Super Shifter class, designed in its entirety around manual shifting machines, showcased some spectacular races. In the final round, Mark Boehi was the only person standing between Barry Sheasgreen and back-to-back victories. To reach the final, Boehi went through Randy Ashley, two-time champion John Masterman, and Dick Arnold. For Sheasgreen, the trip to the final meant defeating Bob Johnson, a single and Steve Erickson. In the final round, Sheasgreen turned on the red light by a slim ten thousandths of a second, meaning that Mark Boehi’s ’78 Camaro would make the trip to the Quality Concrete/Salem Concrete Paving Winner’s Circle.

In the High School category, it was a matchup of the new and the experienced, as Jake McGarry and Chevy Olson lined up. McGarry, in his first round race, defeated CJ Ferrell, Jacquelyn Roberts, and Emily Mix on his way to the final round. For Olson, the battle went through Chelbi Hageman and Spencer David before earning the semi-final round single. In the final round, McGarry had a .048 reaction to Olsons’ .138, and that was all she wrote as McGarry ran an 11.399 on his 11.38 dial-in to secure the victory.

In the Run Tuff category, Mike Saucy made it look easy, coming back from a long hiatus to defeat Angelo Palamaris in the final round. Saucy’s .016 light in the final round was more than enough to lock in the win after Palamaris slowed to a 13.777 on his 13.55.

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).

Super Pro
W: Roger Weddle, Brooks OR (’68 Cuda) [.011] 10.575, 108.89 (10.43 dial).
R/U: Bill Bityk, Salem OR (’63 Dodge) [.370] 10.254, 123.89 (10.11 dial).
Semi’s: David Chun Jr, Vancouver WA.

W: Thomas Jackson III, Carlton OR (’70 El Camino) [.033] 11.811, 111.08 (11.80 dial).
R/U: Casey DePeel, Gladstone OR (’48 Beetle) [.052] 10.350, 131.21 (10.31 dial).
Semi’s: Steve Kelly, Vancouver WA; Steve Stuart, Estacada OR.

W: Jerry Durant Jr, Oregon City OR (’05 Dodge) [.024] 14.062, 85.83 (13.91 dial).
R/U: Brian Nelson, Dallas OR (’06 Charger) [.184] 14.078, 100.28 (14.01 dial).
Semi’s: Sadie Floyd, Happy Valley OR; Derrick Jackson, McMinnville OR.

Jr Fast
W: Cheyanne Helvey, Milwaukie OR (’09 Eickmann) [.085] 8.020, 83.26 (8.00 dial).
R/U: Kacee Pitts, Lebanon (’10 Half Scale 4-Link) [.026] 7.893, 77.19 (7.90 dial).
Semi’s: Hayley Jackson, McMinnville OR.

Jr Lightning
W: Austin Varner, Astoria OR (’05 Akron) [.204] 8.985, 73.24 (8.96 dial).
R/U: Blake Johnson, Woodburn OR (’05 Akron) [.148] 11.261, 57.54 (11.33 dial).
Semi’s: Katie Day, Estacada OR.

Jr Thunder
W: Alisha Miller, Warren OR (’04 Akron) [.063] 8.958, 74.04 (8.93 dial).
R/U: Trevin Walberg, Junction City OR (’09 Eickmann) [-.030] foul.
Semi’s: Nicholas Karr, Salem OR; Conner Rice, Milwaukie OR.

W: Steve Canton, Boring OR (’32 Ford) [.041] 12.056, 111.39 (11.98 dial).
R/U: Tony Bombara, Sutherlin OR (’76 Chevy) – foul.
Semi’s: Pat James, Boring OR.

Super Shifter
W: Mark Boehi, Portland OR (’78 Camaro) [.048] 11.558, 118.00 (11.49 dial).
R/U: Barry Sheasgreen, Tigard OR (’71 Vega) [-.010] 11.634, 118.63 (11.68 dial).
Semi’s: Dick Arnold, Washougal WA; Steve Erickson, Portland OR.

High School
W: Jake McGarry, Philomath OR (’73 Nova) [.048] 11.399, 117.09 (11.38 dial).
R/U: Chevy Olson, Warrenton OR (’78 Sunbird) [.138] 12.490, 107.19 (12.46 dial).
Semi’s: Emily Mix, Aumsville OR.

Run Tuff
W: Mike Saucy, Beavercreek OR (’68 Valiant) [.016] 10.908, 110.06 (10.76 dial).
R/U: Angelo Palamaris, Albany OR (’09 Challenger) [.298] 13.777, 103.23 (13.55 dial).
Semi’s: Richard Beyea, Salem OR; Dave Fowler, Springfield OR.

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