Firebird Friday notes

Racing Under Way for NHRA Pacific Division Opener Chandler, Ariz. -- In the first rounds of qualifying at Firebird International Raceway, Top Alcohol Dragster driver Duane Shields of Boulder City, Nev., took the top spot with a...

Racing Under Way for NHRA Pacific Division Opener

Chandler, Ariz. -- In the first rounds of qualifying at Firebird International Raceway, Top Alcohol Dragster driver Duane Shields of Boulder City, Nev., took the top spot with a pass of 5.327 seconds at 269.83 mph.

Shields is joined by Top Alcohol Funny Car pilot Brian Hough of Junction City, Ore., who put his '06 Monte Carlo in the No. 1 spot running 5.699 seconds at 255.10 mph. Shields, who won the season opening NHRA PowerAde Drag Racing Series event in Pomona, Calif., is followed by Jim Whiteley of Grand Junction, Colo., who ran 5.352 seconds at 268.49 mph.

Sean O'Bannon of Ontario, Calif., falls in behind Hough with a lap of 5.713 seconds, at 255.55 mph.

Five-time Pacific Division Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series and local runner Dean Carter of Glendale, Ariz., put his nostalgia front engine dragster on top in the Comp Eliminator class with a pass of 7.026 seconds and is followed by Alta Loma, Calif., racer Ross Wilson in the No. 2 spot.

Top qualifiers in other classes were Jimmy DeFrank of Chatsworth, Calif., driving an '08 Cobalt in Super Stock; another Glendale racer in Mark Yacavone in Stock; Denny Hills in Hughes Performance Top Dragster out of Gilbert, Ariz., at 6.477, 207.05; Todd Hoerner of Deer Park, Wash., in his '07 GTO in the Sunset Racecraft Top Sportsman class at 6.656, 208.36; and Aaron Pine rounded out the days action qualifying No. 1 in the Sportsman Motorcycle class presented by Harley Davidson.

Racing continues Saturday and Sunday at 8 a.m. Top Dragster, Top Sportsman and Comp Eliminator qualify at 10:30 a.m. and Top Alcohol Dragsters and Funny Cars qualify at noon and 4 p.m. on Saturday.

Tickets are $28 each day Saturday and Sunday with children 12 and under free with a paid adult.

FIR is located at 20000 S. Maricopa Road in Chandler. Take I-10 to Maricopa Road, exit No. 162. For more information call the track, (602) 268-0200, or visit www.FirebirdRaceway.com

-credit: nhra

Write a comment
Show comments
About this article
Series NHRA
Drivers Jimmy DeFrank , Duane Shields , Dean Carter , Todd Hoerner