SUPER STREET — 23rd annual NHRA Northwest Nationals, July 9-11, Seattle
Saxby is the newest king of the Northwest
Darrel Saxby jubilantly hoisted his first career Wally after defeating Bob Sims in a double-breakout final round.
After identical .013 lights, Saxby, near lane, got the win light with a 10.868 to Sims’ further-out 10.845.
by Phil Burgess crazy because the last three years I red-lit
myself like 15 times, so maybe that was some
G rowing up in Washington state in the
1960s and 1970s, Darrel Saxby idolized
“the King of the Northwest,” nitro racer
Jerry Ruth, so when the longtime Super Street
and bracket racer saw his hero, who was taking
payback,” he said. “When Brett Oglesbee, who I
know really well, red-lit to me in the fourth
round, I really began to think it might be my
day, and then beating Tom Manfred, another
local guy I run all the time, made it even better.
he was probably in the same boat because the
conditions obviously got a little better.
“I had my wife and oldest daughter with me,
plus nephews and cousins and people from
part in the Cacklefest late Sunday at the NHRA In my opinion, he’s the best Super Street racer Spokane [Wash.] that I race with, and Tom
Northwest Nationals, he took it as a positive sign in our division, so it meant a lot to beat him.” Manfred and his wife came down to be part of the
that he, too, might be a king of the Northwest. The old home week continued in the final winner’s circle with us, so it was cool,” said Saxby.
“We were just coming down the return road with a battle against another area racer, Bob Saxby offered his condolences to the family of
after winning the semifinals when I saw him Sims, who was hot off a victory at the Division Mark Niver, who died in a racing accident earlier
being pushed out in his car for the Cacklefest,” 7 NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series event in
recalled Saxby. “He had this big smile on his Woodburn, Ore. The duo had identical .013 About the winning car
face, like he still loved being in the car. It made lights, but Sims took too much stripe and broke
the hair stand up on my arms. That gave me a out with a 10.845 on the 10.90 index to arrel Saxby has raced his four-link-
really good feeling going into the final.”
Seeing Ruth was just the latest good feeling he
Saxby’s lesser-offending 10.868.
“That was a good old heads-up race,” raved
D equipped ’66 Chevelle for 13 years in a
variety of classes, relying on a 427-cid
was having at the event. Surrounded by a cadre of Saxby. “He came around me and took the stripe small-block that he built himself around a
friends and relatives, Saxby had advanced easily by a couple of feet, and I was thinking, ‘Man, I Dart block and heads and a Herbert roller
through the event’s first four rounds on red-lights, hope he’s too quick,’ and then my light came on. I cam that he designed. An 850cfm Holley
then defeated good friend Tom Manfred in a to- thought I was set up for .89 with a five, so I think takes in air and fuel. A Dedenbear-cased
the-wire green-light transmission built by Randy Ray at Randy’s
race in the semifinals, Racing Transmissions accepts power from
10.91 to 10.95. a Hughes converter and pushes it to the
“Getting all of ground via Hoosier tires.
those red-lights was Saxby offered his thanks to wife Cheryl
and daughters Hailey and Rachel; brother
Larry Saxby and all of the guys at Aussie
Saxby called this Machine; brothers Lyle and John and sister
semifinal clash with good Maureen; his father, Louie; Emily Eye;
friend Tom Manfred’s Tyler Irish; Nick Steinhauer; and all of the
Quarter Horse Mustang racers and staff at Spokane County
his key win. Saxby Raceway. Saxby dedicated the race in the
moved to his first final memory of his mother, Hazel, and his best
round with a 10.910 to friend Terry Enman.
66 National DRAGSTER
SUPER STREET QUALIFYING
(Right) Sims tied a .015 (Top 16 of 25 first-round winners)
light to a 10.90 in the 1. Bruce White, Everett, Wash. (’69 Nova) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10.902 (0.002)
2. Jim Mabry, Maple Valley, Wash. (’75 Vega) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10.902 (0.002)
semifinals, leaving Brad 3. Steve Lowe, Langley, B.C. (’68 Camaro) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10.911 (0.011)
Craig little room to 4. David Adams, Livermore, Calif. (’85 Mustang) . . . . . . . . . . . . 10.914 (0.014)
maneuver. Sims took the 5. Brett Oglesbee, Spokane, Wash. (’75 Vega) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10.914 (0.014)
6. Becky Lindsey, Puyallup, Wash. (’66 Nova) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10.914 (0.014)
win over Craig’s 10.9