Woodburn Dragstrip
7730 Hwy. 219
Woodburn, Oregon
503-982-4461

Ramon Vincent ~ World of Speed Jr Storm Champion

After a rookie season that showed 10 Round Wins, as well as 1 win and 1 Runner-Up, this driver took off in the 2014 season. Finishing with a runner-up at the first race, this racer then took off in the middle of the season. During a six race streak, this racer had four event wins, and proved to us he was indeed deserving of the Jr Storm Championship.

 

Starting off at the first race of the season, it was Rilynn Saucy claiming the first victory after she defeated Ramon Vincent when Vincent turned on the red light bulb.  Following back-to-back rainouts, a victory was earned by 2014 Woodburn Dragstrip Rookie of the Year Ryan Bese when he ended Rilynn’s chance to earn two victories to start the season. The reason that stat is brought to light is because five times in Woodburn Dragstrip’s Jr Dragster history a racer has started the season with back-to-back victories, and all five times that driver won the season championship!  On June 1st, Vincent made his way back into the winner’s circle when he defeated young Bese on a holeshot. With five races in the books, and six to go, the point standings were as follows: Saucy fighting the stats and in the lead with 220 points, then Vincent and Bese tied for second with 210.

 

At the following event, held on June 8th, Ramon Vincent again tasted victory when his stellar .031 reaction time downed Hailey Bellikka in the finals, allowing Vincent to leapfrog over Rilynn Saucy into the point’s lead. Next up was Nicholas Karr bursting through to earn the victory when he defeated young Karson Smith, who was competing for the first time! Karr’s excellent reaction time earned him the ‘holeshot’ victory when Smith ran closer to his dial-in, but did not have the necessary reaction time. On July 5th, Vincent did it again and defeated Bellikka to earn another victory, his third in four races, and boost higher up the point standings ladder. On Sunday, Day #2 of the Double-header weekend, it was ‘LoLo’ Lorenzo Gonzalez earning his first win of the year over Nicholas Karr. Now with only two races remaining, Vincent was enjoyed a 5-round lead over tied-for-second place Karr and Ryan Bese.

At a time where both driver’s would need powerful finishes and early exits for the point’s leader, neither came to fruition as Ramon Vincent earned his fourth class victory of the season when he downed Lorenzo Gonzalez. With a first round exit by Nicholas Karr, and a broken arm rendering Bese race-less, the championship was all but locked up heading into the final race.  However, what wasn’t locked up was second place and the all-important position on Team Woodburn! The point’s going into the last races has Vincent in first with 480, Karr sitting second with 390 Points, Saucy in third with 380, and Gonzalez in fourth with 370, with Bese sitting fifth at 360.  At the final event, Karr and Gonzalez were both defeated in the opening round, meaning that with Saucy’s first round single she would be advancing onto Team Woodburn, who just two weeks later would claim their 16th Team Championship, the most in NHRA History. To cap off the great weekend and great year, Saucy defeated Tate Turner in the final round.

Head-to-Head

Vincent

Saucy

Karr

Gonzalez

Bese

Others

Overall

R. Vincent

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1-2

1-0

2-1

1-0

10-2

15-5

R. Saucy

2-1

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1-0

1-1

1-2

5-3

10-7

N. Karr

0-1

0-1

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1-1

2-1

5-3

8-7

L. Gonzalez

1-2

1-1

1-1

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0-2

3-2

6-8

R. Bese

0-1

2-1

1-2

2-0

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3-2

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 Jr Storm Class, R. Vincent (left column) had a 1-2 record against [Rilynn] Saucy (top row).

Point’s finishes are listed in order of driver name, hometown, and point’s total.

  1. Ramon Vincent, Stayton OR, 520 Points
  2. Rilynn Saucy, Beavercreek OR, 450 Points
  3. Nicholas Karr, Salem OR, 420 Points
  4. Lorenzo Gonzalez, Portland OR, 400 Points
  5. Ryan Bese, Keizer OR, 360 Points

 

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