Tom Gaynor, Jody Lang, and Doug Johnson were among the few racers who took home Wally’s at Firebird Raceway over the weekend.
All photos taken by Robert Grice.
The Northwest Division 6 visited Firebird Raceway in Idaho over the weekend for the Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series event.
Totaling out to 379 cars, it was one of the largest events they’ve had in over 20 years.
Read the race recap below to find out who won!
Everyone loves a first-time winner! John Edwards defeated Ralph Van Paepeghem in the final round to take home his first ever LODRS Wally. Edwards had the starting line advantage and never trailed for the win.
Cody Lane was the semi-finalist.
Tom Gaynor defeated Mike Cotton in the final round to take home his third LODRS Wally. Cotton had the starting line advantage, .006 to .024, but had problems and had to lift.
Jody Lang was the semi-finalist.
Speaking of Jody Lang, here he is again! Lang took home the Stock Eliminator Wally after defeating Derrick Ellam in the final round. Jody earned his 54th LODRS Wally, wow!
John Gray was the semi-finalist.
Wade Archer collected his third LODRS Wally after defeating Thomas Bayer in the final round. Archer had the starting line advantage, .028 to .036, and ran closer to the 9.15 index for the victory.
Randy Beck was the semi-finalist.
Mike Coltrin defeated Greg Hehr in the final round of Super Gas. Coultrin had the starting line advantage, .013 to .029, and ran a 10.16 on the 10.15 index.
Evan Kowalski and Dave Meziere were the semi-finalist.
Sean Shaffer has been trying to find his first Wally for a while now, and finally found it in his second final round this year! He was .000 and ran a 11.20 on the 11.15 dial-in to defeat Gordon Boven in the final round.
Jess Dale was the semi-finalist.
Another first-time winner! Darren Shank defeated Ed Olpin in his first final round to take home the trophy. Olpin had problems, giving Shank the victory.
Chad Riley was the semi-finalist.
Doug Johnson defeated Dan Lafferty in the final round to take home the Wally. Lafferty had the starting line advantage, but Johnson held on for the win.
Clinton Geise was the semi-finalist.
Congrats to all the LODRS winners! Read more NHRA news here.
About the author: Megan Strassweg is a 22 year old Super Comp racer from Louisville, Kentucky. She races a 2015 American Dragster sponsored by Coolshirt Systems. She graduated from Western Kentucky University in May of 2020 with a degree in Photojournalism and a minor in Entrepreneurship. Megan works at Jim Butner Auto in the Finance Department. Growing up at the racetrack, drag racing is all she has known and never plans to give up on it.