Fifteen bracket races were contested over three days during the ET Bracket Triple Crown. Let DragChamp show you how they get it done on the west coast.
Feature photo courtesy of Woodburn Dragstrip Facebook page
WOODBURN, OR – There was plenty of racing over the weekend at NHRA sanctioned track, Woodburn Dragstrip. The 10th Annual Night of Fire and ET Bracket Triple Crown Races was a success, despite having to implement a few COVID protocols- such as no spectators. The sponsors for the event are Baxter Auto Parts, Sunbelt Rentals, and Bi-Mart.
The ET Bracket Triple Crown races included an electronics class (Super Pro) and non-electronics class (Pro and Sportsman). There were also motorcycle classes, Outlaw 10.5, Outlaw 8.5, and featured cars to run during the Night of Fire. The electronics and non-electronic classes had bonus races on Friday and Saturday. Like I mentioned before, there was a lot of racing action!
ET Triple Crown Friday Results
Both the electronic and non-electronic classes were contested on the quarter-mile Friday and Saturday. Pro and Sportsman were ran separately until the ladder round of 16 cars, where they were combined into the non-electronics class.
In the non-electronics class, Oregon native Pat Figini wheeled his 69 Mustang into the winner’s circle to collect $3,000. Dustin Martin from Washington settled for the runner up spot in his 67 Chevy.
It was an all dragster final in the electronics class where Jeremy Sears took the win over Nevada’s Shane Thompson. Sears picked up $5,000 to take back home to Washington.
Friday Bonus Shootouts
Danny Wargnier promoted two Friday night eighth-mile shootout races. For the non-electronics class, 64 cars would compete for a bonus purse. The electronic side would have 32 door cars and 32 dragsters racing for their own bonus purse.
Two Washington natives would face off in the final round of the 64 Door Car Shootout. Dustin Martin returned for his second final of the day, but this time the win light came on in his lane. Brad Burton claimed the runner up position in his 72 Pontiac Formula.
The 32 Door Car vs 32 Dragster shootout came down to two Oregon City drivers, Ken Sweo and Kurt Gross. Sweo used the reaction time advantage to claim victory in his 72 Capri.
ET Triple Crown Saturday Results
The non-electronics final was an all Chevy match up between Jesse DeBartolo and Robert Steffen. DeBartolo used his .007 reaction time to drive his 83 S-10 Blazer into the winner’s circle and pick up $3K. Steffen would claim second place in his 78 Nova.
Jeremy Sears drove to his second final round appearance of the weekend where he would face Brian Sells. The two Washington dragsters would battle for a $5,000 payday. Sells was .008 behind at the starting line but took the win over Sears.
Saturday Ultimate Gambler Races
The Danny Wargnier bonus races were back on Saturday featuring an increased payout. The Ultimate Gambler Races competed in the eighth-mile and were open to the first 64 drivers who signed up in each class.
Pat Figini drove his Mustang into his second final round of the weekend, but this time against Bryce Moilanen in his 71 Nova. Moilanen was .009 on the tree to win against Figini’s .020 reaction time.
It was Oregon versus Washington during the all dragster final of the electronic 64 Car Ultimate Gambler Race. Nick Shepherd would also use an .009 reaction time to secure the win over Jiovanni Collechi.
Sunday ET Triple Crown Results
After having fair weather on Friday and Saturday with 72 degree and 81 degree high temperatures, Sunday turned into a scorcher. With a high temperature of 100 degrees in the forecast, officials decided that every class would compete in the eighth-mile and eliminations began promptly at 8:30 am.
In the non-electronics class, two Washington drivers were in the running for the last $3,000 check of the weekend. Wayne Poe came up a little short against Brad Burton, who wasn’t going to settle for another runner up.
In another all Washington final, it was Lane Cavar versus Kevin Heffington for the last $5K payout. Heffington was .018 in his 2020 Racetech, but Cavar was .009 to take the win in his 2004 Mullis dragster.
Weekend Motorcycle Results
Friday’s ET Motorcycle class final round was an all Washington final round between Jeff Massong and Mike O’Leary. Massong rode his 2009 ZX14 into the winner’s circle with his .015 reaction time. O’Leary illuminated the red light on his 76 Kawasaki.
Massong raced to his second final round on Saturday when he staged beside Kerry Drost of Sherwood, Oregon. Neither driver was taking it easy because Drost was .003 red and Massong was .002 green.
Sunday’s ET Motorcycle final round battle was between Kerry Drost and Stacy Hesch. Drost was .00 red again on his 99 Hayabusa, giving the win to Hesch who was .026 on his 83 Suzuki.
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Jessica was born into a family of drag racers and fell in love with the sport at a young age. She began competing at 13 and has been hooked ever since! She even met her husband at the World Footbrake Challenge VII. Jessica works full time as an Ultrasound Technologist but spends almost every weekend chasing win lights at IHRA and NHRA bracket races.