NAMPA RACER SCOTT STEPHENS SCORES WIN AT FIREBIRD RACEWAY'S LUCAS OIL DRAG RACING SERIES EVENT BOISE, Idaho (May 4, 2009) -- The 39th Annual NAPA Auto Parts Ignitor presented by Dan Wiebold Ford, a round of the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag...
NAMPA RACER SCOTT STEPHENS SCORES WIN AT FIREBIRD RACEWAY'S LUCAS OIL DRAG RACING SERIES EVENT
BOISE, Idaho (May 4, 2009) -- The 39th Annual NAPA Auto Parts Ignitor presented by Dan Wiebold Ford, a round of the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series, is in the books. Although most of the final rounds were delayed a day by rain, it was worth the wait for the racers who ended up in the winner's circle Monday, including Nampa's Scott Stephens who earned the Top Sportsman win. Stephens was joined in the winner's circle by Super Stock racer Steve Wann of Modesto, Calif., and Clarance Bidniack, a Stock Eliminator competitor from Edmonton, Alb.
Stephens had qualified his '98 Monte Carlo in the No. 11 spot and beat top qualifier Curt Geise of Auburn, Wash., in the semis. In the final he squared off against No. 10 qualifier Robert Matthews, Gig Harbor, Wash. Stephens made a 13.033-second, 64.96 mph pass when Matthews red-lighted in his '67 Nova.
Wann was the No. 2 Super Stock qualifier in his '69 Barracuda and in the final he took on Sandy, Ore., resident Bill Parmenter in a '57 Chevy. Wann ran 9.907 seconds at 133.31 mph to Parmenter's 12.409-second, 103.12 mph run in a double-breakout win. Bidniack ran his '70 Roadrunner against Tibor Kadar of Peoria, Ariz., in the final. In another double-breakout race, Bidniack ran 10.970 seconds at 119.96 mph to Kadar's 10.879-second, 119.87 mph effort in his '67 Camaro.
Super Comp racer Steve Apted, Medford, Ore., also made it to the winner's circle when he ousted Bart Hiatt of Fallon, Nev., in the final. Dave Kelly, Walla Walla, Wash., scored the win in Super Gas as he beat Ken Heard of Rindgefield, Wash. The win in Super Street went to Tom Manfred, Liberty Lake, Wash., who bested Steve Reynolds, another Nampa racer. In Sportsman Motorcycle presented by Harley Davidson, Gary Moreno, La Verne, Calif., earned the win over Seattle's Miles Hauer. In Super Pro, Meridian resident Ed Cutler scored the win over Ed Sexton of Star and Caldwell racer Troy Pecht grabbed the win in Pro, beating Chris Hall of Brigham City, Utah, in the final.
Eliminations in Comp Eliminator and Nostalgia Top Fuel were finished on Sunday. Jeff Lane, North Bend, Ore., beat Clint Neff, Arvada, Colo., in Comp Eliminator and Mike McLennan, Oakley, Calif., got the win in Nostalgia Top Fuel over Jim Murphy, Santa Rosa, Calif.
The final round of Top Dragster, between J.R. Leerkamp of Olympia, Wash., and Jon Riedel of Arlington, Wash., will be run during the division's race at Pacific Raceways in Kent, Wash.
Northwest division racers head to Mission (B.C.) Raceway Park for the next NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series event, 19-21, 2009.
The following are the final results from the 39th Annual NAPA Auto Parts Ignitor presented by Dan Wiebold Ford at Firebird Raceway:
Steve Wann, Modesto, Calif., '69 Barracuda, SS/HA, 9.907, 133.31 def. Bill Parmenter, Sandy, Ore., '57 Chevrolet, SS/MA, 12.409, 103.12
Clarance Bidniak, Edmonton, Alb., '70 Roadrunner, B/SA, 10.970, 119.96 def. Tibor Kadar, Peoria, Ariz., '67 Camaro, D/SA, 10.879, 119.87
Steve Apted, Medford, Ore., '67 Corvette, 9.131, 162.89 def. Bart Hiatt, Fallon, Nev., dragster, 9.127, 173.44
Dave Kelly, Walla Walla, Wash., '02 Firebird, 10.221, 149.45 def. Ken Heard, Ridgefield, Wash., '86 Mustang, 10.206, 147.63
Tom Manfred, Liberty Lake, Wash., '81 Mustang, 11.204, 126.76 def. Steve Reynolds, Nampa, Idaho, '71 Nova, 11.156, 127.42
Scott Stephens, Nampa, Idaho, '98 Monte Carlo, 13.033, 64.96 def. Robert Matthews, Gig Harbor, Wash., '67 Nova, foul
Gary Moreno, La Verne, Calif., '06 H-D, 9.776, 133.55 def. Miles Hauer, Seattle, '81 Suzuki, 9.551, 103.37
Ed Cutler, Meridian, Idaho, '72 Vega, 9.685, 126.22 def. Ed Sexton, Star, Idaho, '66 Galaxie, 10.358, 129.40
Troy Pecht, Caldwell, Idaho, '68 Camaro, 10.116, 131.08 def. Chris Hall, Brigham City, Utah, '70 Camaro, 10.265, 128.79
The following categories were completed Sunday night:
Jeff Lane, North Bend, Wash., '07 Cobalt, C/SMA, 8.454, 156.54 def. Clint Neff, Arvada, Colo., '23 roadster, K/A, 8.283, 140.84.
NOSTALGIA TOP FUEL
Mike McLennan, Oakley, Calif., dragster, 6.775, 190.15 def. Jim Murphy, Santa Rosa, Calif., '09 Dragster, broke.