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

Taylor Toftemark ~ Jr Lightning Champion

Halfway through the 2014 season, the Jr Lightning category looked to be a fight for the ages, with six driver’s within striking distance of the point’s lead. However, that would only last until the conclusion of the next race, when your eventual champion won two of the three races held in the month of June, boosting herself into a point’s lead that none would be able to catch.

 

At the first event of the season, rain halted the final round before Austin Varner and Emily Mix could face off. After two rainouts, the next event showcased Dustin Day getting the victory over number one qualifier Taylor Toftemark after both drivers ran right on their dial-in.  Then, at event #6 of the 12-race World of Speed Series, Jerold Mix defeated Kacee Pitts with a reaction time advantage of nearly .04. With half of the races over, there were three drivers who were tied for the point’s lead with 200: Toftemark, Varner, and Pitts, with Day sitting fourth with 190 points.

 

In the second half of the season, one of the three points-leaders started off with a win as Taylor Toftemark downed Adam Lint after running an 8.04 on her 8.03 dial-in.  21 days later, Toftemark won again when she downed Austin Varner after Varner turned on the red light by -.025. Then, on July 5th, ‘World Famous’ Wes Morris eliminated all the competition, including final round opponent Katie Kapler. The next day, it was Carson Wheeler defeating Kacee Pitts in an exciting final round that featured both drivers suffering rare mechanical failures. With two events left, Toftemark now had built a 6-round lead over second place Varner, and a 9-round lead over third place Wheeler.

 

Now with two events left, the chase for second place was all the more critical.  At that second to last event, Taylor Toftemark earned her third win of the season when she defeated Anthony Friesen. Heading into the final event, second place was Austin Varner with 410, then Carson Wheeler with 390, and Pitts in fourth with 380. Whoever could perform the best at the final event would earn the spot on Team Woodburn, and represent their track alongside Toftemark at the ET Finals.  At the final event, Varner was defeated first round, opening the door for Wheeler and Pitts to make a move.  After both drivers advanced to the semi-finals, the winner would have the best chance to take over second place.  With green reaction times a pair, and a slight advantage to Wheeler (.027 to a .047), it was a race to the finish line that was won by Wheeler despite running farther off his dial-in (7.918 on the 7.90 dial to Pitts’ 7.912 on the 7.90 dial).  Despite being defeated by young Riley Kirby who had a stellar .033 reaction time to win the final round, Wheeler was able to surpass Varner by one round to finish second in the season points.

Head-to-Head

Toftemark

Wheeler

Varner

Pitts

Friesen

Others

Overall

T. Toftemark

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1-1

1-1

1-2

2-0

14-2

19-6

C. Wheeler

1-1

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2-1

2-0

0-0

6-6

11-8

A. Varner

1-1

1-2

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0-0

0-1

9-3

11-7

K. Pitts

2-1

0-2

0-0

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1-1

7-5

10-9

A. Friesen

0-2

0-0

1-0

1-1

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2-5

4-8

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 Lightning Class, T. Toftemark (left column) had a 1-1 record against [Carson] Wheeler (top row).

 

  1. Taylor Toftemark, Castle Rock WA, 550 Points
  2. Carson Wheeler, Wilsonville OR, 450 Points
  3. Austin Varner, Astoria OR, 440 Points
  4. Kacee Pitts, Lebanon OR, 430 Points
  5. Anthony Friesen, Sutherlin OR, 340 Points

 

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