Author: Marchetti, Herman
Date published: November 12, 2010
SPOKANE COUNTY RACEWAY, Airway Heights, Wash. (Sept. 18) -Spokane County Raceway held its second annual National DRAGSTER Challenge and Aerospace Components King of the Track events. The lure of the Wally brought out a lot of racers.
The Jr. Dragster Lightning final featured brothers Dylan and Jake Nickerson fighting for the title. Dylan dialed in at 11.90 and Jake at 11.24. Dylan left first with a .064 reaction time, and Jake left with a .084. Jake ran an 11.32 to beat Dylan's 12.01.
In the Sportsman final, 74-year-old Charles Quillin faced Shannon Hensley. Quillin took the stripe with a 13.98 to Hensley's quicker 13.91.
The Open final had Brett Oglesbee racing his '75 Chevy Vega against Chris Meehan's '78 Chevy Malibu. Meehan broke out with an 11.88 while Oglesbee's 10.95 prevailed for the Wally win.
The Pro Wally went to Dave Oien, in his '66 Dodge Coronet, when he defeated James Hornby's '76 Chevy. It was Oien winning with a 10.96 to Hornby's 12.55.
The Super Pro final came down to veteran racer Earl "Leroy" Carnes and Kevin Carlson. Carnes laid down a stellar .007 reaction time to Carlson's respectable .031, and Carnes took the win with a 10.77 to Carlson's 8.04. Leroy's win was a crowd favorite because he captured his first Wally ever after six decades of racing.
The Aerospace Components King of the Track title came down to two class winners, and it was a breakout win for 2010 Pro champ Oien, who carded an 11.00 to beat Oglesbee's 10.97. - Herman Marchetti