NW: Acton Friday summary

Action Underway at Yellowstone Drag Strip ACTON, MT. -- The Summer Championships at Yellowstone Drag Strip commenced under grey skies that made way for sunshine later in the afternoon. In the first rounds of qualifying, Top...

Action Underway at Yellowstone Drag Strip

ACTON, MT. -- The Summer Championships at Yellowstone Drag Strip commenced under grey skies that made way for sunshine later in the afternoon. In the first rounds of qualifying, Top Alcohol Dragster driver Richard Putz, from Earlville, IA., and Top Alcohol Funny Car pilot Clint Thompson, of Klamath Falls, OR., took the No. 1 qualifying positions in their classes.

Thompson's top spot was a result of his '06 Chevrolet running to a time of 5.736 seconds at a top speed of 247.79 mph. In the runner up spot was Terry Ruckman from Grand Junction, CO., who will look to claim the top spot for him-self later on this weekend. Putz time of 5.493 seconds down the quarter mile was second to none, during which he hit a top speed of 257.53 mph. Jim Whiteley of Grand Junction, CO., took the No. 2 qualifying spot with a time of 5.514 seconds.

In Comp Eliminator action Wheatridge, CO., resident Lou Ficco sits atop the qualifying ladder with a time of 7.474 seconds in his '04 Cavalier. The '05 Cavelier of Rob Harrison from Vancouver, BC., sits in the No. 2 spot with the clock reading 8.107 seconds. Peter Boslovitch, who hails from Lockport, MB., set a time of 11.946 seconds, good enough for the pole position in the Stock Eliminator class.

Sean Cour of Brush Prairie, WA., piloted his brand new '08 Cobalt to the No.1 spot in Super Stock with a time of 9.497 seconds. Home town hopeful Gaby Collazo from Billings slipped into the No.4 qualifying position on his 05' Suzuki while Miles Hauer of Seattle, WA., topped the sheet with an impressive .007 reaction time.

In the fast and furious Top Sportsman class Dave Slatten of Ft Collins, CO., kept his Chevrolet right down broadway hitting a top speed of 194.02 mph landing him with a class best time of 7.108 seconds. Yellowstone Drag Strips own Ron Omo of Billings, MT., sits in the No. 3 spot in Top Dragster with a time of 6.823 seconds. Ahead of him was Steve Cook of Rexburg, ID., and the best time in the class was laid down by Clif Bakx of Grunthal, AB., with a blistering top speed of 205.35 mph.

Racing continues Saturday and Sunday at Yellowstone Drag Strip. The gates open at 8 a.m., and tickets are 25$ on Saturday and Sunday. For more information, call Yellowstone Drag Strip at 406-861-RACE or visit them on the web at www.yellowstonedragstrip.com.

The following are Friday's qualifying results from the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series, Northwest Division 5th Annual Summer Championships at Yellowstone Dragstrip:

TOP ALCOHOL DRAGSTER
1) Richard Putz, Earlville, Iowa, 5.493 seconds, 257.53 mph
2) Jim Whiteley, Grand Junction, Colo., 5.514, 261.78
3) Joey Severance, Spanaway, Wash., 5.585, 252.57
4) Shawn Cowie, Richmond, B.C., 5.615, 255.53
5) Roger Bateman, Calgary, Alb., 5.711, 245.27
6) Greg Tacke, Great Falls, Mont., 5.749, 244.65
7) Kevin Wayman, South Jordan, Utah, 6.157, 168.39

TOP ALCOHOL FUNNY CAR
1) Clint Thompson, Klamath Falls, Ore., '06 Monte Carlo, 5.736 seconds, 247.79 mph
2) Terry Ruckman, Grand Junction, Colo., '01 Firebird, 5.760, 246.98
3) Paul Anderson, Erie, Colo., '07 Charger, 5.785, 247.61
4) Brian Hough, Junction City, Ore., '05 Monte Carlo, 5.846, 246.62
5) Sean O'Bannon, Ontario, Calif., '08 Monte Carlo, 5.857, 246.71
6) John Evanchuk, Edmonton, Alb., '02 Firebird, 5.913, 240.55
7) Hank Coolidge, Sunbrst, Mont., '02 Firebird, 5.993, 231.12
8) Robert Kanenwisher, Conifer, Colo., '02 Camaro, 6.374, 212.56

COMPETITION ELIMINATOR
1) Lou Ficco Jr., Wheat Ridge, Colo., '04 Cavalier, B/AP, 7.474 seconds, -0.696 (under index)
2) Rob Harrison, N. Vancouver, B.C., '05 Cavalier, J/A, 8.107, -0.603
3) Dale Giroux, Canyon Creek, Alb., '05 Cavalier, B/AA, 7.369, -0.551
4) Bruce Schmiedl, Regina, Sask., '32 Bantam, A/EA, 7.704, -0.486
5) Casey Plaizer, Edmonton, Alb., '04 Cavalier, C/SMA, 8.758, -0.432
6) Clint Neff, Arvada, Colo., '23 roadster, K/A, (no time)

SUPER STOCK
1) Sean Cour, Brush Prairie, Wash., '08 Cobalt, GT/AA, 9.497 seconds, -1.393 (under index)
2) Jim Beuthel, Castle Rock, Colo., '91 Cutlass, GT/CA, 9.909, -1.301
3) Alan Falcone, Seattle, Wash., '91 Calais, GT/CA, 9.946, -1.264
4) Ron Parness, Conifer, Colo., '67 Chevy II, SS/HA, 10.152, -1.258
5) Jeff Lane, North Bend, Wash., '08 Cobalt, SS/BS, 9.268, -1.152
6) Rob Youngblood, Nampa, Idaho, '76 Corvette, SS/J, 10.483, -1.137
7) Rick Paton, Edmonton, Alb., '02 Camaro, SS/BS, 9.361, -1.059
8) Art Congdon, Calgary, Alb., '91 Calais, GT/CA, 10.170, -1.040
9) Paul Klein, Minot, N.D., '66 Chevy II, SS/MA, 11.686, -1.034
10) Norm Lapointe, Edmonton, Alb., '06 Cobalt, GT/BA, 10.060, -0.990

STOCK ELIMINATOR
1) Peter Boslovitch, Lockport, Manit., '80 Malibu, K/SA, 11.946 seconds, -1.614 (under index)
2) Brad Burton, Golden, Colo., '72 Formula, E/SA, 11.135, -1.435
3) Scott Burton, Golden, Colo., '71 Formula, D/SA, 11.004, -1.406
4) Wesley Libby, Mead, Wash., '71 Challenger, A/SA, 10.493, -1.337
5) Jeff Lane, North Bend, Wash., '96 Corvette, C/SA, 10.914, -1.336
6) Stephen Hagberg, Berthoud, Colo., '64 Savoy, A/SA, 10.515, -1.315
7) Bob Gullett, Calgary, Alb., '68 Nova, G/S, 11.501, -1.279
8) Dic Geary, Broomfield, Colo., '72 Camaro, H/SA, 11.780, -1.260
9) Glenn Person, Mesa, Ariz., '70 Challenger, C/SA, 11.181, -1.069
10) Charlene Gullett, Calgary, Alb., '80 Malibu, L/SA, 12.552, -1.058

SPORTSMAN MOTORCYCLE
1) Miles Hauer, Seattle, Wash., '81 Suzuki, SMC, 0.007 seconds reaction time
2) Leeland King, Shelton, Wash., '90 Kawasaki, SMC, 0.023
3) Doug Rathbun, Oak Harbor, Wash., '74 Kawasaki, SMC, 0.024
4) Gaby Collazo, Billings, Mont., '05 Suzuki, SMC, 0.029
5) Gary Moreno, La Verne, Calif., '06 H-D, SMC, 0.030
6) R.J. McAnulty, Billings, Mont., '05 Suzuki, SMC, 0.035
7) Mike Voss, Maplewood, Minn., '06 Kawasaki, SMC, 0.038
8) Pete Loomis, Billings, Mont., '02 Kawasaki, SMC, 0.039
9) Ron Gledhill, Taylorsville, Utah, '07 Suzuki, SMC, 0.039
10) Shane Farnsworth, Billings, Mont., '06 H-D, SMC, 0.056

TOP SPORTSMAN
1) Dave Slatten, Fort Collins, Colo., '05 Grand Am, 7.108 seconds, 194.02 mph
2) Jamie Schwartzkopf, Torrington, Wyo., '63 Corvette, 7.125, 191.59
3) J.J. Hebor, Centennial, Colo., '06 Mustang, 7.224, 189.50
4) Roy Trees, Riverton, Wyo., '03 Grand Am, 7.403, 188.31
5) Brian Steif, Billings, Mont., '63 Corvette, 7.528, 183.07
6) Todd Litton, Billings, Mont., '04 Cavalier, 7.601, 175.46
7) Todd Fleck, Medicine Hat, Alb., '06 GTO, 7.719, 177.86
8) Jake Neibauer, Billings, Mont., '63 Corvette, 7.732, 176.28
9) Robert Matthews, Gig Harbor, Wash., '67 Nova, 8.049, 169.40
10) Karley Trees, Riverton, Wyo., '94 Lumina, 8.058, 169.81

TOP DRAGSTER
1) Clif Bakx, Grunthal, Manit., dragster, 6.515 seconds, 205.35 mph
2) Steve Cook, Rexburg, Idaho, dragster, 6.756, 197.19
3) Ron Omo, Billings, Mont., dragster, 6.823, 197.62
4) Sarah Smith, Worland, Wyo., dragster, 7.219, 185.77
5) Rick Mickelson, Smithfield, Utah, dragster, 7.269, 182.80
6) Les Feist, Clearwater, Minn., dragster, 7.287, 184.12
7) Denny Menholt, Billings, Mont., dragster, 7.314, 183.74
8) Eddy Plaizier, Edmonton, Alb., dragster, 7.326, 184.55
9) John Baker, Grand Junction, Colo., '32 Bantam, 7.427, 182.95
10) Annie Whiteley, Grand Junction, Colo., '32 Bantam, 7.540, 181.72

-credit: nhra

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