NW: Eagle Point Friday summary

COWIE, RUCKMAN LEAD QUALFIERS AT CHAMPION RACEWAY'S NHRA LUCAS OIL DRAG RACING SERIES EVENT EAGLE POINT, Ore. -- The first day of racing at the OnlineAuction.com Northwest Challenge, a round of the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing...

COWIE, RUCKMAN LEAD QUALFIERS AT CHAMPION RACEWAY'S NHRA LUCAS OIL DRAG RACING SERIES EVENT

EAGLE POINT, Ore. -- The first day of racing at the OnlineAuction.com Northwest Challenge, a round of the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series, is complete, setting the stage for eliminations tomorrow. Shawn Cowie, Richmond, B.C., set the pace in Top Alcohol Dragster while Grand Junction, Colo., resident Terry Ruckman led the Top Alcohol Funny Car field. Medford's Mike Austin is No. 7 in the TAD field and Clint Thompson of Klamath Falls is fourth in the TAFC class.

Cowie laid down a 5.372-second pass at 265.38 mph to outpace No. 2 qualifier Joey Severance of Spanaway, Wash. Severance ran 5.419 seconds at 257.92 mph. Austin's 5.634-second, 256.94 mph effort was just enough to keep him off the bump spot in the eight-car field.

Ruckman ran 5.748 seconds at 249.81 mph. It was just enough to cover Ontario, Calif., racer Sean O'Bannon's 5.757-second, 251.77 mph pass. Reigning division champ Brian Hough of Junction City, Ore., is in the No. 3 spot with a 5.823-second, 247.61 mph run. Thompson clocked in at5.846 seconds and 249.72 mph.

In Comp Eliminator, Rob Harrison, N. Vancouver, B.C., is the No. 1 qualifier and Oregon City racer Adam Bowdish is No. 3 while Medford resident Mark Stewart is in the fifth spot. Jimmy DeFrank, Chatsworth, Calif., is the top qualifier in Super Stock and the No. 2 qualifier in Stock Eliminator. In Stock Eliminator DeFrank follows Hal Sorensen of Vancouver,Wash. Trabuco, Calif., resident Gary Ross leads the Top Sportsman contingent followed closely by Mke Molea of Grants Pass. Greg Carlile, Lake Stevens, Wash., is atop the Top Dragster category and Leeland King, Shelton,Wash., is No. 1 in the Sportsman Motorcycle category. Also in the two-wheeled category, Medford residents Jerry Stinson and Nick Kessler are No. 3 and No. 5, respectively.

Racing continues Saturday at Champion Raceway. Gates open at 9 a.m. Final qualifying and time trials are scheduled from 10:30 a.m. to noon and eliminations begin at noon. Top Alcohol Dragster and Top Alcohol Funny Car will run first round of eliminations at 1 p.m.

Tickets for the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series event at Champion Raceway are $15. Children 9 and under are admitted free with a paid adult.

Champion Raceway is located in the Jackson County Speed Park. For more information call the track, (541) 830-3724, or visit www.ChampionRaceway.com.

The following are Friday's final qualifying results, including Saturday's first-round pairings for TAD and TAFC, from the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series, Northwest Division OnlineAuction.com Northwest Challenge at Champion Raceway:

TOP ALCOHOL DRAGSTER

1) Shawn Cowie, Richmond, B.C., 5.372 seconds, 265.38 mph
2) Joey Severance, Spanaway, Wash., 5.419, 257.92
3) Bobby Mirizio, Riverside, Calif., 5.478, 260.01
4) Justin Davis, Murrieta, Calif., 5.499, 260.01
5) Randy Eakins, Carson City, Nev., 5.521, 256.55
6) Kevin Wayman, South Jordan, Utah, 5.542, 255.24
7) Mike Austin, Medford, Ore., 5.634, 256.94
8) Brandon Johnson, Shelton, Wash., 5.684, 251.67

First round TAD pairings
1) Shawn Cowie, Richmond, B.C., 5.372 seconds, 265.38 mph vs. 8) Brandon Johnson, Shelton, Wash., 5.684, 251.67

2) Joey Severance, Spanaway, Wash., 5.419, 257.92 vs. 7) Mike Austin, Medford, Ore., 5.634, 256.94

3) Bobby Mirizio, Riverside, Calif., 5.478, 260.01 vs. 6) Kevin Wayman, South Jordan, Utah, 5.542, 255.24

4) Justin Davis, Murrieta, Calif., 5.499, 260.01 vs. 5) Randy Eakins, Carson City, Nev., 5.521, 256.55

TOP ALCOHOL FUNNY CAR

1) Terry Ruckman, Grand Junction, Colo., '01 Firebird, 5.748 seconds, 249.81 mph
2) Sean O'Bannon, Ontario, Calif., '06 Monte Carlo, 5.757, 251.77
3) Brian Hough, Junction City, Ore., '06 Monte Carlo, 5.823, 247.61
4) Clint Thompson, Klamath Falls, Ore., '06 Monte Carlo, 5.846, 249.72
5) Doug Gordon, Paso Robles, Calif., '06 Monte Carlo, 5.940, 249.39
6) Russ Parker, Salem, Ore., '04 Firebird, 5.975, 241.07
7) Brian Thiel, Pleasant Grove, Calif., '02 Camaro, 6.016, 230.53
8) Tim Nemeth, Chilliwack, B.C., '02 Camaro, 6.060, 209.01

Not Qualified
9) Todd Miller, Fairview, Ore., '03 Camaro, 6.089, 221.45
10) Larry Miner, Woodbridge, Calif., '06 Monte Carlo, 7.350, 125.97

First round TAFC pairings
1) Terry Ruckman, Grand Junction, Colo., '01 Firebird, 5.748 seconds, 249.81 mph vs. 8) Tim Nemeth, Chilliwack, B.C., '02 Camaro, 6.060, 209.01

2) Sean O'Bannon, Ontario, Calif., '06 Monte Carlo, 5.757, 251.77 vs. 7) Brian Thiel, Pleasant Grove, Calif., '02 Camaro, 6.016, 230.53

3) Brian Hough, Junction City, Ore., '06 Monte Carlo, 5.823, 247.61 vs. 6) Russ Parker, Salem, Ore., '04 Firebird, 5.975, 241.07

4) Clint Thompson, Klamath Falls, Ore., '06 Monte Carlo, 5.846, 249.72 vs. 5) Doug Gordon, Paso Robles, Calif., '06 Monte Carlo, 5.940, 249.39

COMP ELIMINATOR

1) Rob Harrison, N. Vancouver, B.C., '05 Cavalier, J/A, 7.883 seconds, -0.517 (under index)
2) J.D. Zink, Chico, Calif., dragster, A/ND, 6.944, -0.516
3) Adam Bowdish, Oregon City, Ore., '89 Trans Am, H/SM, 9.095, -0.465
4) Jim Warter, Olalla, Wash., '92 Camaro, F/SM, 8.893, -0.427
5) Mark Stewart, Medford, Ore., '98 Achieva, G/SMA, 8.954, -0.406
6) Bob Marshall, Langley, B.C., '06 GTO, B/AA, 7.239, -0.401
7) Aaron Strong, Milton, Wash., '05 Cavalier, F/A, 8.280, -0.400
8) Randy Jones, Monarch Beach, Calif., '05 Cavalier, E/SM, 8.836, -0.304
9) Ryan Warter, Olalla, Wash., '98 Lumina, F/A, 8.408, -0.272
10) Mark Wolfe, Marysville, Wash., '94 Thunderbird, AA/AT, 7.405, 0.315

SUPER STOCK

1) Jimmy DeFrank, Chatsworth, Calif., '08 Cobalt, SS/BS, 8.806 seconds, -1.144 (under index)
2) Alan Falcone, Seattle, '91 Calais, GT/CA, 9.747, -0.953
3) Brad Rounds, Reno, Nev., '01 S-10, SS/TB, 9.305, -0.945
4) Jeff Lane, North Bend, Wash., '08 Cobalt, SS/BS, 9.039, -0.911
5) Don Thomas, Spruce Grove, Alb., '04 Grand Am, GT/DA, 9.938, -0.862
6) Art Congdon, Calgary, Alb., '91 Calais, GT/CA, 9.866, -0.834
7) Sean Cour, Brush Prairie, Wash., '05 Cavalier, GT/DA, 9.975, -0.825
8) Jim Storms, Renton, Wash., '73 Barracuda, GT/FA, 10.281, -0.819
9) Rick Pike, Langley, B.C., '56 Chevy, SS/PA, 12.167, -0.783
10) Norm Lapointe, Edmonton, Alb., '05 Cobalt, GT/BA, 9.814, -0.736

STOCK ELIMINATOR

1) Hal Sorensen, Vancouver, Wash., '69 Camaro, J/SA, 11.589 seconds, -1.161 (under index)
2) Jimmy DeFrank, Chatsworth, Calif., '69 Camaro, B/SA, 10.411, -1.139
3) Jeff Lane, North Bend, Wash., '96 Corvette, C/SA, 10.590, -1.110
4) Andrew Wiebe, Richmond, B.C., '72 Olds, F/SA, 11.067, -1.083
5) Brian McClanahan, Alta Loma, Calif., '02 Pontiac, A/SA, 10.217, -1.083
6) Steve Cozakos, Marysville, Wash., '69 Nova, G/SA, 11.291, -1.009
7) Peter Dodge, Redding, Calif., '68 Camaro, B/S, 10.561, -0.939
8) Gary Humrichouse, Collegeville, Calif., '69 Camaro, F/SA, 11.222, -0.928
9) Larry Peterson, Eugene, Ore., '71 Chevelle, B/SA, 10.647, -0.903
10) Craig Bloom, Gresham, Ore., '69 Camaro, A/SA, 10.408, -0.892

TOP SPORTSMAN

1) Gary Ross, Trabuco, Calif., '05 Grand Am, 7.013 seconds, 195.90 mph
2) Mike Molea, Grants Pass, Ore., '33 Willys, 7.169, 188.17
3) Gary Zellner, Scio, Ore., '53 Corvette, 7.501, 184.67
4) Daryl Hemley, Burley, Wash., '02 Cavalier, 7.542, 182.33
5) Robert Matthews, Gig Harbor, Wash., '67 Nova, 7.628, 178.54
6) Randy Johnson, Snohomish, Wash., '04 Cavalier, 7.653, 178.87
7) Doug Arthur, Auburn, Wash., '90 Beretta, 7.690, 179.80
8) Ricky Dickinson, Enumclaw, Wash., '96 Cutlass, 7.692, 177.88
9) Larry Scarth, Manhatten Beach, Calif., '05 Cavalier, 7.817, 176.70
10) Lee Goroenson, Gresham, Ore., '97 Cutlass, 8.037, 170.69

TOP DRAGSTER

1) Greg Carlile, Lake Stevens, Wash., dragster, 6.586 seconds, 209.49 mph
2) Jimmy Johnson, Santa Rose, Calif., dragster, 6.753, 196.33
3) Matt Mahoney, Puyallup, Wash., '23 T, 6.862, 198.35
4) Rich Bailey, Salem, Ore., dragster, 6.884, 194.24
5) Mike Peck, Woodinville, Wash., dragster, 6.977, 194.91
6) Eddie Wells, Eugene, Ore., dragster, 7.023, 190.97
7) Dave Morgan, Concord, Calif., dragster, 7.045, 190.08
8) John Whitmore, Myrtle Creek, Ore., dragster, 7.083, 190.32
9) John Propp, Auburn, Calif., dragster, 7.122, 188.49
10) Eric Stroh, Gig Harbor, Wash., dragster, 7.189, 184.37

SPORTSMAN MOTORCYCLE

1) Leeland King, Shelton, Wash., '90 Kawasaki, SMC, 0.001 seconds reaction time
2) Jeff Havens, Yakima, Wash., '95 Suzuki, SMC, 0.001
3) Jerry Stinson, Medford, Ore., '84 Ninja, SMC, 0.006
4) Doug Rathbun, Oak Harbor, Wash., '74 Kawasaki, SMC, 0.008
5) Nick Kessler, Medford, Ore., '78 Kawasaki, SMC, 0.009
6) Miles Hauer, Seattle, '81 Suzuki, SMC, 0.009
7) Tony McVey, North Hills, Calif., '06 H-D, SMC, 0.016
8) Jim Shellenberger, Salem, Ore., '79 Kawasaki, SMC, 0.023
9) Craig Rych, North Bend, Ore., '76 Kawasaki, SMC, 0.033

-credit: nhra

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