Woodburn Dragstrip
7730 Hwy. 219
Woodburn, Oregon
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Don DePeel ~ Motorcycle Champion

For the second consecutive year, this racer earned the championship in the ET Motorcycle category.  It’s been five years since somebody has won back-to-back in the Motorcycle class.  This rider did it fantastic fashion as well, winning out the last two points races to sneak into the lead by one round.  To cap off the year, this rider also defeated the other Sunoco Champions to earn King of the Valley honors.

 

At the first event of the season, held at the NWDRA Classic, Jim Werre downed Cody Cumpton in the final round after running a 9.934 on his 9.90 dial-in to start the season off just right!  After this event, the rest of the rider’s season was scheduled for double-header events, meaning a good weekend could mean a serious point’s change for somebody.  With the next event scheduled for the Season Opener, the stage couldn’t be bigger. On Saturday, Don DePeel squared off against Randy Whiteman in the final with both riders having .013 reaction times. The difference being: DePeel had a green .013 and Whiteman had a red .013.  Unfortunately for everyone, the next day’s event was rained out, meaning the next event was going to be at the Rose Festival Drags.  That Saturday, June 14th, Jim Werre reached final round number two of the first three events, this time defeating ‘Mighty Joe’ Lind.  Then on Sunday, we were again at a loss for great racing when rain struck once more.  With four races left on the schedule, the point’s standings featured Jim Werre in the lead with 240 points, and Don DePeel and Joe Lind sitting tied for second with 200.

 

On Saturday of the Night of Fire, Roger Wolff burst into the scene by denying Joe Lind’s second opportunity for a first win of the season when he ran a 9.72 on his 9.68.  Then on Sunday’s event, Gary Tokos downed Jim Werre in the final round when both riders ran exactly on their dial-in.  With two events left, it all came down to the Nitro Motorcycle Nationals.  Day one showcased Don DePeel earning the victory after beating Mark Adams via a .013 reaction time in the final.  With that win, DePeel crept to within 4 rounds of the points lead over Jim Werre.  Then, on Sunday, DePeel put together the necessary events to win the championship and go undefeated over the weekend when he went into the final round and won over Gary Tokos, who coincidentally was the double-up winner LAST year at this event! A fantastic ET Finals was also put together by our Motorcycle team, with 10 points earned from the six representatives (DePeel, Werre, Lind, Tokos, Adams, Shane White) and featured appearances for Jim Werre (Runner-Up), and Joe Lind (Quarterfinals). Congratulations to all who competed in 2014, and we look forward to seeing you this season!

Head-to-Head

DePeel

Werre

Lind

Tokos

Adams

Others

Overall

D. DePeel

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0-1

1-1

0-0

1-0

14-2

16-4

J. Werre

1-0

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2-0

1-1

0-1

12-3

16-5

J. Lind

1-1

0-2

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2-1

1-0

7-3

11-7

G. Tokos

0-0

1-1

1-2

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2-1

5-1

9-5

M. Adams

0-1

1-0

0-1

1-2

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6-2

8-6

How to read Head-to-Head table: To find a comparison of how each driver did facing off against other driver’s read the table starting on the left column, then finding the name to the top row. For example, in the ET Motorcycle Class, D. DePeel (left column) had a 1-0 record against [Jim] Werre (top row).

  1. Don DePeel, Gladstone OR, 430 Points
  2. Jim Werre, Renton WA, 420 Points
  3. Joseph Lind, Maple Valley WA, 370 Points
  4. Gary Tokos, Olympia WA, 340 Points
  5. Mark Adams, Portland OR, 320 Points

 

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