Author: Kauffman, Elvon
Date published: November 12, 2010
WOODBURN DRAGSTRIP, Woodburn, Ore. (Oct. 3) - The Aerospace Components King of the Track race and National DRAGSTER Challenge were held on the same day. Racer entry into the National DRAGSTER Challenge is by invitation only and is open to racers who have competed at Woodburn Dragstrip in the current year. Two hundred racers gave their best effort with the goal of earning the Wally, and Danny Wargnier (Super Pro), Robert Rhines (Pro), Derrick Jackson (Sportsman), and Roger Wolff (Bike/Sled) succeeded in accomplishing the feat.
The Aerospace Components King of the Track event featured the four champions from the 2010 Woodburn Dragstrip Sunoco Race Fuels Championship Series for the Wally and King of the Track title. In the first round, Nicholas Shepherd (Pro) defeated Mark Adams (Bike/Sled) when Adams broke out by .015-second. The other first-round pairing was also decided by a breakout when Jackson (Sportsman) ran a 12.78 on a 12.80 dial to defeat Kurt Gross (Super Pro). In the final, Shepherd chose a 12.48 as his dial, and Gross selected a 7.64. Shepherd's excellent .017 reaction time proved to be too much for Gross to overcome, and Shepherd's '62 Chevy ran a 10.49 to seal the victory. Super Pro champion Gross ran a strong 7.64 after a .047 reaction time with his '01 Undercover dragster for runner-up honors.
In National DRAGSTER Challenge competition, Shane Thompson made the trip from Las Vegas with his Nova and met Wargnier in the Super Pro final. After running consistent 7.84s and 7.85s through four rounds, a redlight start for Thompson in the final put an end to his day. Wargnier's '72 Vega ran an 8.98 for the victory and second consecutive ND Challenge title.
In Pro, it was 10-time track champion Rhines stopping Pat Figini in a double-breakout affair. Rhines broke out by .008-second with his '68 Pontiac while Figini's '69 Mustang was under by .014- second.
Sixteen-time track champion and current Sportsman champ Jackson earned another victory with his '67 Dodge A 100, this time by stopping the '76 Maverick of 2007 Sportsman track champion Kathy Figini. Rhines coupled a .027 reaction time with a 12.88 for the win.
Six-time Motorcycle track champion Wolff scored on his '06 Kawasaki over Buffy Taylor in the Bike/Sled competition. Wolff took a .021 to .041 reaction-time advantage and never looked back, winning by a 9.67 to 10.86 count.
- Elvon Kauffman