Pracht, Curr, Floyd Jr, Fields Score Wins at Annual GM Showdown
At the 16th running of the Buy.Sell.Ride. GM Showdown, excellent weather made for drag races that had everyone on the edge of their seats. Through round after round of eliminations, winners were decided in Super Pro, Pro, Sportsman, Stick Shift, and Run Tuff. David Pracht (Super Pro), Brian Carr (Pro), John Floyd Jr (Sportsman), Dick Arnold (Stick Shift), and Jim Fields (Run Tuff) were those winners.
In the Super Pro category, it was a pair of ‘new’ drivers. David Pracht, who hadn’t raced his skillful Buick Skylark in over a year in a half, reached the final round via competition single first round, then number one qualifier Mark Dawson, and finally Gary Wargnier. Opposite him was Rene Crunelle, racing his first Super Pro since the 2008 season, who defeated Dan Shepherd and Debbie Dawson to earn a single in the semis. In the final round, nearly identical reaction times off the starting line meant it would come down to who could put together the best finish line numbers. Pracht ran a 10.195 on the 10.18, while Crunelle broke out by .003, meaning that ‘beginners luck’ would go to David Pracht. All of Pracht’s elimination reaction times were separated by only .006, not including a perfect .000 reaction time start. Dawson’s .002 reaction time earned the number one qualifier position.
Pro bracket eliminations brought a pair of good friends into the final round. Brian Curr on Clackamas OR defeated David Thompson, Wally Sowins, Hollis Runge, and Jeff Sievers to reach the final round. Meanwhile, Nicholas Shepherd defeated Steve Streyer, Dirk Douthitt, and Chuck Gillespie before earning a semi-final round single. In the finals, both drivers knew they would have to step up their reaction times to defeat their childhood friend. Curr’s reaction time: a .007. For the Shep: a -.002 red light ended his race early. Gillespie’s .005 reaction time was the number one qualifier.
In Sportsman, the final round was between a pair of decorated Sportsman racers. John Floyd Jr, who defeated Wesley Williams, Garry Heinrich and Derek Ringer, before earning the semi-final round single; and Jolene Woodward who defeated Tony Bombara, John Nelson, Briana Marshall, and Kacee Pitts. In the finals, it was the Gresham Transmissions sponsored machine of John Floyd Jr with the starting line advantage that he carried to the Quality Concrete/Salem Concrete Paving Winner’s circle. Alan Morrill was the number one qualifier with a .017.
Run Tuff is a category for contestants who have the misfortune of losing in the first round of competition. In today’s racing, the final round competition was between Jim Fields and Tony Littleton.
Listed are final round results in order of driver name, town, (vehicle type), [reaction time], elapsed time, miles per hour, and (dial-in).
W: David Pracht, Beaverton OR (’70 Skylark) [.027] 10.195, 123.91 (10.18 dial).
R/U: Rene Crunelle, Hillsboro OR (’23 Altered) [.034] 8.897, 146.65 (8.90 dial).
Semi’s: Gary Wargnier, Keizer OR.
W: Brian Curr, Clackamas (’01 Camaro) [.007] 11.751, 115.68 (11.77 dial).
R/U: Nicholas Shepherd, Tigard OR (’38 Chevy) [-.002] 8.961, 132.52 (9.00 dial).
Semi’s: Jeff Sievers, Veneta OR.
W: John Floyd Jr, Gresham OR (’72 Nova) [.054] 12.846, 97.63 (12.8 dial).
R/U: Jolene Woodward, Lyons OR (’72 Chevrolet) [.087] 12.430, 107.39 (12.36 dial).
Semi’s: Kacee Pitts, Lebanon OR.
W: Jim Fields, Beaverton OR (’89 S-10) [.048] 12.143, 102.78 (12.14 dial).
R/U: Tony Littleton, Salem OR (’68 Chevelle ) [.159] 11.252, 118.04 (11.25 dial).
Semi’s: Dan McKamey; Marty Arrigotti, Portland OR.