Severance, Hough earn first alcohol titles of 2010

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					                    NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series • Race 3 • Woodburn Dragstrip

                    Severance, Hough earn first alcohol titles of 2010




 Brian Hough, far lane, began his championship title defense on a high note when he
 handily defeated Jeff Ashwell in the Top Alcohol Funny Car final, 5.70 to 5.85.

by Candida Benson                                            (Stock), Michael Dalrymple
photos by Rich Carlson                                       (Super Comp), Steve
                                                             Laskowske (Super Gas),
                                                                                               RECORD BREAKERS
A        fter not being scheduled at the first event
         and rain postponing the second, alcohol
         racers in NHRA’s Northwest Division finally Barry Hobson (Top
got their first shot at division gold at the 33rd
annual Les Schwab Tires Challenge, the third
                                                             Bob Sims (Super Street),
                                                             Tom Malicki (Top Dragster),

                                                             Sportsman), and Pete
                                                             Miclette (Sportsman
                                                                                                  The following NHRA national records were established at the
                                                                                                  Division 6 NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series event at Woodburn
                                                                                                  Dragstrip in Woodburn, Ore.:
                                                                                                  Class             Driver                     E.T.             MPH
                                                                                                  H/A               Jim Warter                8.75             153.71
event on the 2010 Division 6 NHRA Lucas Oil                  Motorcycle presented by              SS/ES             Jim Caughlin             11.65             111.71
Drag Racing Series schedule. Though the                      Harley-Davidson).                    N/SA              Bill Edgeworth           11.78             111.70
calendar may have changed over, the event very                   Last year, Cowie was             P/SA              Brian Thompson           12.65             102.78
much had the feel of 2009 with last year’s top two undefeated in the Division
points finishers, Shawn Cowie and Joey                       6 events he attended, but
Severance, doing battle in the Top Alcohol                   Severance quickly put an end to any ideas the                including a 5.394 in the opening round that stood
Dragster final and reigning Top Alcohol Funny Car            reigning division champ may have had about                   as low e.t. of the weekend.
champ Brian Hough picking right up where he left             doing it again when he edged Cowie in the final                  Hough ended the 2009 season with a win
off last season.                                             round. Severance nabbed three-thousandths on                 and began his 2010 campaign in the same
    Severance won the heavyweight battle in Top              the Tree and outpaced low qualifier Cowie, 5.41 to fashion, stopping Jeff Ashwell in the title round.
Alcohol Dragster, and he and Hough were joined               5.42, to come out in front by a scant .018-second. After qualifying No. 1 with a 5.66, Hough
in the winner’s circle by Brandon Huhtala (Comp),            The victory capped a spectacular day for                     stayed in the 5.6s the opening round to oust
Tony Mandella (Super Stock), Steve Cozakos                   Severance in which he ran back-to-back 5.39s,                Jim Peters and earn the second-round bye. In
                                                                                                                          the final, Ashwell got the jump on the starting
                                                                                                                          line, but, as he had been all day, Hough was
                                                                                                                          significantly better on the track and easily
                                                                                                                          drove away to a 5.70 to 5.85 victory.
                                                                                                                              Huhtala, last year’s second-place Comp
                                                                                                                          finisher, hoisted himself back up to upper part of
                                                                                                                          the standings with a strong performance that
                                                                                                                          ended with him in the winner’s circle. Aided by a
                                                                                                                          few red-light starts, including by final-round
                                                                                                                          opponent Rob Harrison, Huhtala went through the
                                                                                                                          event unscathed with his 7.97 index left intact
                                                                                                                          from start to finish.
                                                                                                                              Mandella made the long haul from Rancho
                                                                                                                          Cucamonga, Calif., pay off when he eked out a
                                                                                                                          win in Super Stock. Mandella was strong as he
Joey Severance, far lane, did what no one could do last year by stopping Shawn Cowie in the Top Alcohol Dragster final. worked his way through eliminations. He put
Severance got the reaction-time advantage and was slightly better on the racetrack to edge Cowie by .018-second.          together the best package of the competition, a
94 National DRAGSTER
                                                                                                                         and lost in a 9.89 to 9.88 decision. The victory
                                                                                                                         closed out a solid day on the dragstrip for
                                                                                                                         Laskowske, who won a close six-thousandths race
                                                                                                                         with Boise Super Comp winner an
				
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Description: After not being scheduled at the first event and rain postponing the second, alcohol racers in NHRA's Northwest Division finally got their first shot at division gold at the 33rd annual Les Schwab Tires Challenge, the third event on the 2010 Division 6 NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series schedule. Severance won the heavyweight battle in Top Alcohol Dragster, and he and Hough were joined in the winner's circle by Brandon Huhtala (Comp), Tony Mandella (Super Stock), Steve Cozakos (Stock), Michael Dalrymple (Super Comp), Steve Laskowske (Super Gas), Bob Sims (Super Street), Tom Malicki (Top Dragster), Barry Hobson (Top Sportsman), and Pete Miclette (Sportsman Motorcycle presented by Harley-Davidson).
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