First-year racers Tom Pappas and his son, Jim Pappas, made themselves at home at Spokane County Raceway, site of the Northwest Division's third NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series event of the season. Other event winners were Ken Webster (Top Alcohol Funny Car), Doug Lambeck (Comp), Jerry Earp (Super Gas), Jay Fulcher (Super Street), Michael Strickland (Auto Max USA Top Sportsman), and Buff Kobs (Sportsman Motorcycle presented by Harley-Davidson).
NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series • Race 3 • Spokane County Raceway Rookie father-son duo double at inaugural event Shawn Cowie, near lane, won his fourth divisional event of the season by defeating defending Division 6 champion Joey Severance, 5.49 to 5.56. by Kelly Wade photos by Rich Carlson F irst-year racers Tom Pappas and his son, Jim Pappas, made themselves at home at Spokane County Raceway, site of the Northwest Division’s third NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series event of the season. The race was also the inaugural event for the newly renovated facility, which boasts 700 feet of concrete that makes for a supreme racing surface. The stands were filled The Top Alcohol Funny Car final was decided at the Tree once again, and Ken Webster, near lane, scored his first final-round win with enthusiastic fans cheering for their light when Ron August Jr.’s car lurched through the stage beam and tripped the red-light. respective favorites, and the Pappas were in the perfect setting to double up No. 1 qualifier got a bye run in the Geoff Goodwin, was inducted into the Lambeck, competing in his third event with a Super Comp win for Tom and a first round, where he set low e.t. and Canadian Motorsports Hall of Fame in of the season, scored the final-round win Top Dragster triumph for Jim. top speed, and he repeated the Mission 2008, collected round-wins over Dave over Ray Hadford by .011-second. In addition to the Pappas collecting final when he disposed of Dale Carlson Germain and Trevor Lebsack before Lambeck, of Corona Del Mar, Calif., their first wins, division-dominating Top in the semi’s. getting the easy win in the final when drove his ’06 Pontiac to an easy win in Alcohol Dragster pilot Shawn Cowie, The final round pitted Cowie against August lurched through the stage beam the first round over a red-lighting Super Stock ace Jody Lang, and early reigning Division 6 champion Joey and red-lighted by a bunch. Adding Patrick Byron, then won over Mission Stock standout Greg Kielman repeated Severance, and after running the table insult to injury, Pleasanton, Calif., runner-up Brandon Huhtala, though recent Mission Raceway wins by scoring all weekend, it was no time for Cowie to resident August, who was making his both were under the index. Adam in Spokane, Wash. back down; he clicked off a 5.49 at 264 first Northwest Division appearance, Bowdish was next in line, and both ran Other event winners were Ken mph to Severance’s 5.56, 247. Cowie’s dropped an intake valve and popped the under the index, but Lambeck pulled out Webster (Top Alcohol Funny Car), dominance was rewarded with a 190- blower on the ill-fated run. the win by seven-thousandths, and Doug Lambeck (Comp), Jerry Earp point lead in the division standings. August beat John Evanchuk before Lambeck got the single into the final. (Super Gas), Jay Fulcher (Super his semifinal defeat of points leader Clint Neff finished the event with the Street), Michael Strickland (Auto Max Top Alcohol Funny Car: Webster, Brian Hough, who suffered extensive points lead despite a first-round exit. USA Top Sportsman), and Buff Kobs who is competing in his first season in parts damage during his run and pulled (Sportsman Motorcycle presented by the class, collected his first win with a safely to a stop before the finish line. Super Stock: Chevy Malibu driver Harley-Davidson). final-round defeat of Division 7’s Ron Lang, the division points leader at the Northwest Division racers will head August Jr. Webster, whose team owner, Comp: Reigning Division 6 champion conclusion of the event, appears to be to Pacific Raceways June 19-21 for their getting comfortable at the top with back- next NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing to-back wins. With the Mission win still Series event. fresh in his memory, Lang rocketed to the final round from the No. 16 Top Alcohol Dragster: Cowie qualifying position with defeats of Troy continues to dominate and scored his Olsonawski, Rob Youngblood, and Don fourth win in as many attempts. The Thomas to get the bye into the final, where he got the win light when Eagle, Both racers ran .477 under their respective Idaho’s Jackie Alley was .016-second indexes, but Doug Lambeck, far lane, got early off the starting line. the nod in the Comp final thanks to a .017- Alley put away Jim Storms to earn second green light to Ray Hadford’s the second-round bye and was better at not-too-shabby .028. to page 70 26 ✦ National DRAGSTER ● Division 6 Idaho, winner) traded places in terms of from page 26 the outcome of the final round, so when they exited early in Spokane, it left room for a new pair of finalists. Event both ends in the third round against winner Earp and runner-up Mark Resen Caitlin Setters before collecting a round- clocked identical .031-second reactions, win in the semi’s when Steve Hanby but Earp ran closer to the index in the broke out by .019-second. double-breakout match for the win. Earp, in his second event of the Stock: Kielman is quickly season, twice ran dead on the 10.05 establishing himself as a force to be index, once in the second round and reckoned with, as evidenced by his win once in the semi’s, and Resen had three in Mission and victory in Spokane. lights during eliminations that were .017 Kielman, the division points leader or better, setting the stage for a well- over Mark Faul by 37 markers, put matched and exciting final. Super Stock racer Jody Lang, far lane, won a second consecutive Northwest Division together an incredible package in the event on a red-lighting opponent when Jackie Alley fouled by .016-second. quarterfinals, a .003-second reaction Super Street: Fulcher made a big with a 12.111 on his 12.11 dial, to beat jump to the top of the division standings round, Pappas was nearly flawless on round two, his opponent was in the Brian Seaburg and collect the critical with his final-round victory over the Tree with a .001 reaction to assist in red by .097-second. bye run into the final, where he was Abbotsford, B.C., racer Gerry Epp. disposing of Mission winner Jon Riedel. Strickland was better at both ends of all but handed the win when John Fulcher drove his ’67 Camaro to a He ran .006 over his dial in the quarters the track than Brian Stief (third round) Langdon was -.115 at the Tree. stellar .007-second launch and ran .007- to beat Garth Giroux, who broke out by and Mission winner Randy Johnson Reigning division Stock champ and second over the index in a third-round .005, and earn a bye run into the final, (semi’s). The win placed Strickland at Super Stock winner Lang was surely single and cut his best light against an where he got a lucky break when Tom the top of the Division 6 standings, eight hoping to double but was downed by opponent, .016, to win the final on a Koenen broke. markers ahead of second-place Spencer Langdon in a third-round double- holeshot. North Bend, Ore., resident Koenen Martin. breakout match. Mission winner Larry Miner and was second in the divisional standings at Boise winner Tom Manfred both lost the conclusion of the event. Sportsman Motorcycle: No. 1 Super Comp: Competing in just his their footing in the first round; Miner qualifier Dan Patridge had a string second event, Tom Pappas drove his couldn’t quite run the number and Top Sportsman: Moses Lake, of luck helping him along the way to dragster to a final-round victory over Manfred was .011-second too quick off Wash., racer Strickland made his first the final. In the first round, Patridge Brian Preszler with a neat .019-second the starting line. trip to the winner’s circle when he advanced on a red-lighting Joe reaction and 9.058 on the 9.05 index. piloted his ’07 Mustang to a final- Lesine, and Gary Stemple left before Pappas ran five-thousandths over the
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