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

Rick Sales Sr ~ Hot Rod I Champion

After two races, this competitor was…politely…nowhere near the lead. A strong third round appearance at the first race then a no-show had him 16th in the points.  At the Oldies But Goodies, he earned a win. Then a runner-up. With consistent round wins, and key head-to-head victories, this racer decimated the class.

At the first point’s event for the Hot Rod I category, rain halted the event before racing could be completed, as Jim Estes and Roy Panschow were dialed up to race in the final round. Unfortunately rain played a part at the next event also, this time halted before eliminations could begin.

At the NAPA Auto Parts Oldies But Goodies, scheduled in 2015 for June 27 & 28th, Rick Sales Sr made his first appearance into the final round for 2014, defeating Jim Booth in a final round that was decided by a red light start. Next up at the July 5th event, Nicholas Shepherd’s Chevrolet roadster downed Rick Sales Sr’s chance at back-to-back event wins. With two events remaining, Sales Sr was in the lead with 220 Points, trailed closely by a group of FOUR racers who were all tied for second place, namely Ron Parks, Dan Stokes, Jim Estes, and Roy Panschow.

The Hot Rod Nationals showcased Jarod Anderson and Ron Parks in the final round.  Anderson leapt with the reaction time advantage, and barreled down the track to get the win, running right on his 10.92 dial-in with a 10.92. Heading into the finals points race, the standings are as follows: Sales Sr with 280 still leads the pack, but Parks is right behind at 250 as the only person with a statistical change to nab away the championship.

Into the final event they went, with point’s leader Rick Sales Sr holding a three-round lead over second place Ron Parks. However, any chance for a comeback was muted after the first pair when Jim Estes took out Parks via a spectacular .008 reaction time start. Sales Sr made it to the first round before bowing out. In the final round was John Masterman and Dan Stokes. Masterman, driving the Buick Skylark, defeated Norman Lemly, Jim Estes, a competition single, and a laddered single to advance to the finals. Meanwhile Stokes, in his ‘backup’ Ford Mustang, defeated Rochelle Pappel, Rick Olson, a single, and Steve Stuart to reach the final round. In the finals, the battle was over before it even began when Stokes turned on the red light, meaning that Masterman would claim category honors.

 

Head-to-Head

Sales Sr

Parks

Stokes

Estes

Stuart

Others

Overall

R. Sales Sr

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0-0

1-0

0-0

1-1

15-3

17-3

R. Parks

0-0

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0-0

0-2

0-0

10-3

10-5

D. Stokes

0-1

0-0

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0-0

1-0

8-4

9-5

J. Estes

0-0

2-0

0-0

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0-1

5-4

7-5

S. Stuart

1-1

0-0

0-1

1-0

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3-3

5-5

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 Hot Rod I Series, R. Sales Sr (left column) had a 1-0 record against [Dan] Stokes (top row).

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

  1. Rick Sales Sr,  Eugene OR, 330 Points
  2. Ron Parks, Salem OR, 280 Points
  3. Dan Stokes, Albany OR, 270 Points
  4. Jim Estes, Oregon City OR, 250 Points
  5. Steve Stuart, Estacada OR, 230 Points

 

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