Woodburn Dragstrip
7730 Hwy. 219
Woodburn, Oregon

Buggin’ Time Completes with Race Winners in Hilton, Morrow, and Major

An excellent day of hot racing was completed at the 9th Annual Double J Motorwerks PACIFIC WATERLAND event.  Race winners included Devon Hilton (Pro), Mike Morrow (Sportsman), and Thomas Major (Run Tuff).  Aside from racing, there were family-friendly activities as far as the eye could see.  From car shows to swap meets, and everything in between, there were plenty of fun times for everybody involved. 


Of special notes, Rick ‘The Racer’ Elverud was again declared the Burnout King, this time winning $150 cash. Also included were four gorgeous silver coins, courtesy of Halsey Automotive Repair. Car Show Award winners will be posted later on as they are compiled.


On the racing side, racers duked it out all season long to have the opportunity to compete at this season-ending race for the championship.  Going into it, Bernd Arndt had a four-round lead over second place Devon Hilton, who himself only had a two round lead over third and fourth in points, Don Fritschie and Jerry Caddell respectively.  With all four of these gentlemen in the ‘Pro’ category, things were set to be exciting.  Surprising to everyone, Bernd Arndt was defeated in the first round—something that hadn’t happened to him the entire season long.  Second round had Caddell and Fritschie battling for third in the point’s standings, with Caddell getting the win.  However, from the opposite side of the ladder in the 5th qualifying position, Devon Hilton had defeated Artem Goncinamyuks, Ryan McLintock, and then Caddell in the semi-final round to advance to the finals.  With a win, Hilton would claim the Volkswagen Showdown championship, and he did just that after final round opponent Molly McFerran turned on the red light by a slim -.098. 


In the Volkswagen Sportsman category, it was a good day to be the higher qualified racer.  Throughout eliminations of the final 16 racers, it was all the higher qualified racers that won.  In the semi-final round, Robert Andreotti defeated Lee Caldwell, son of Halsey Automotive Repair owner Tom Caldwell, by virtue of running a 15.153 on his 15.08 dial-in.  His win advanced him into the final round to face off against either Mike Morrow or Mike ‘the Cannon’ Canon.  Morrow left first with the reaction time advantage, and took it to the house by running a 15.00 on the 14.90 dial.  In the final round, both racers were set up to light the stage, but it ended prematurely when Andreotti turned on the red light bulb by just .037, meaning that Morrow would be the event Champion in the Sportsman category.


Run Tuff is a category for competitors who have the misfortune of losing in the first round. Thomas Major and Stephen Whittaker lined up to race in the final round after battling through other tough racers.  Hardened by competition, Major left with an electric .056 reaction time start before running a 15.599 on his 15.40 dial-in to get the win over Whittaker.  Bernd Arndt and Kory Crosen were the semi-final finishers.


It would be with remorse if we didn’t send the greatest of thank you’s to everybody who participated in this year’s event.  Thank you to Carrie and Joey Marstall for putting on the event, as well as all of the amazing volunteers who donated their time and energy into the phenomenal event that everybody was able to attend.


Listed below are final round results, in order of driver name, hometown, (vehicle year/model) [reaction time], elapsed time, miles per hour, and (dial-in).


VW Pro
W: Devon Hilton, Vancouver WA (’62 Karmann Ghia) [.178] 15.468, 57.16 (11.55 dial).
R/U: Molly McFerran, Portland OR (’85 Audi) [-.098] 13.915, 83.68 (12.65 dial).
Semi’s: Jerry Caddell, Puyallup WA.

VW Sportsman
W: Mike Morrow, Lincoln City OR (’12 GTI) [.116] 14.817, 93.59 (14.90 dial).
R/U: Robert Andreotti, Scappoose OR (’67 Bug) [-.037] 15.255, 85.64 (15.08 dial).
Semi’s: Lee Caldwell, Portland OR; Mike Canon, Salem OR.

VW Run Tuff
W: Thomas Major, Salem OR (’72 Bug) [.056] 15.599, 82.97 (15.40 dial).
R/U: Stephen Whittaker, Gresham OR (’02 Audi S4) [.347] 12.537, 120.06 (12.44 dial).
Semi’s: Bernd Arndt, Tigard OR; Kory Crosen, Salem OR.

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