NW: Series Medford Friday summary

HOUGH, DAVIS SET THE PACE AT CHAMPION RACEWAY'S NHRA LUCAS OIL DRAG RACING EVENT MEDFORD, Ore. (Sept. 25, 2009) -- In the first rounds of qualifying at Champion Raceway's NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series event, Brian Hough of...

HOUGH, DAVIS SET THE PACE AT CHAMPION RACEWAY'S NHRA LUCAS OIL DRAG RACING EVENT

MEDFORD, Ore. (Sept. 25, 2009) -- In the first rounds of qualifying at Champion Raceway's NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series event, Brian Hough of Junction City set the pace in Top Alcohol Funny Car (TAFC) and Justin Davis, Murrieta, Calif., was the best qualifier in Top Alcohol Dragster (TAD).

Hough, who is the reigning division TAFC champion, laid down a 5.747--second, 248.48 mph pass to take the top spot. He is just ahead of Clint Thompson of Klamath Falls who ran 5.817 seconds at 246.30 mph. The two racers vying for points this weekend that will put them ahead of current division TAFC points leader Ken Webster who is not in Medford. Hough will square off against No. 6 qualifier Brian Thiel, Pleasant Grove, Calif., in the opening round of eliminations Saturday.

In TAD, Davis blasted a 5.383-second, 263.10 mph run to put him atop the field. It was more than enough to cover No. 2 qualifier Chris Demke of Sunland, Calif., who ran 5.413 seconds at 262.85 mph. Davis will take on Saugus, Calif., resident Johnny Ahten in the first round of eliminations.

Rob Harrison, N. Vancouver, B.C., lead the Comp Eliminator contingent while Jim Ishwood, Sumas, Wash., is No. 1 in Super Stock. Stock Eliminator racer Hal Sorensen heads up his class, Curt Geise, Auburn, Wash., leads in Top Sportsman and Todd Miller, Fairview, Calif., is No. 1 in Top Dragster. Seattle's Miles Hauer rode his '04 Susuki to the top of the Sportsman Motorcycle presented by Harley Davidson category.

Racing continues Saturday at Champion Raceway. Competitors in each class except TAD and TAFC will have one more qualifying or time trial run before moving into eliminations. The fields for the Alcohol classes are set.

Gates at Champion Raceway open at 8 a.m. Saturday and racing starts at 9 a.m. Eliminations for all categories will begin at 1 p.m. with TAD and TAFC.

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

Champion Raceway is located at the Jackson County All Sports Park. For more information call the track, (541) 830-3784, or visit www.ChampionRaceway.com.

The following are Friday's qualifying results from the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series event at Champion Raceway:

TOP ALCOHOL DRAGSTER
1) Justin Davis, Murrieta, Calif., 5.383 seconds, 263.10 mph
2) Chris Demke, Sunland, Calif., 5.413, 262.85
3) Joey Severance, Spanaway, Wash., 5.466, 258.86
4) Brandon Johnson, Shelton, Wash., 5.478, 259.26
5) Doug Hegge, Vancouver, Wash., 5.576, 256.60
6) Johnny Ahten, Saugus, Calif., 5.661, 244.16

First round TAD pairings
1) Justin Davis, Murrieta, Calif., 5.383 seconds, 263.10 mph vs. 6) Johnny Ahten, Saugus, Calif., 5.661, 244.16

2) Chris Demke, Sunland, Calif., 5.413, 262.85 vs. 5) Doug Hegge, Vancouver, Wash., 5.576, 256.60

3) Joey Severance, Spanaway, Wash., 5.466, 258.86 vs. 4) Brandon Johnson, Shelton, Wash., 5.478, 259.26

TOP ALCOHOL FUNNY CAR
1) Brian Hough, Junction City, Ore., '06 Monte Carlo, 5.747 seconds, 248.48 mph
2) Clint Thompson, Klamath Falls, Ore., '06 Monte Carlo, 5.817, 246.30
3) Sean Bellemeur, Tustin, Calif., '05 Firebird, 5.864, 246.35
4) Dennis Taylor, Anaheim Hills, Calif., '05 Camaro, 5.895, 240.64
5) Jason Rupert, Yorba Linda, Calif., '06 Monte Carlo, 5.989, 211.93
6) Brian Thiel, Pleasant Grove, Calif., '02 Camaro, 6.367, 162.74

First round TAFC pairings
1) Brian Hough, Junction City, Ore., '06 Monte Carlo, 5.747 seconds, 248.48 mph vs. 6) Brian Thiel, Pleasant Grove, Calif., '02 Camaro, 6.367, 162.74

2) Clint Thompson, Klamath Falls, Ore., '06 Monte Carlo, 5.817, 246.30 vs. 5) Jason Rupert, Yorba Linda, Calif., '06 Monte Carlo, 5.989, 211.93

3) Sean Bellemeur, Tustin, Calif., '05 Firebird, 5.864, 246.35 vs. 4) Dennis Taylor, Anaheim Hills, Calif., '05 Camaro, 5.895, 240.64

COMP ELIMINATOR
1) Rob Harrison, N. Vancouver, B.C., '05 Cavalier, J/A, 7.800 seconds, -0.580 (under index)
2) Brandon Huhtala, Puyallup, Wash., '97 Cutlass, C/A, 7.421, -0.559
3) Brian Moscini, Redwood City, Calif., '05 Grand Am, C/AA, 7.490, -0.500
4) Doug Lambeck, Corona Del Mar, Calif., '06 Sunfire, D/SMA, 8.502, -0.468
5) J.D. Zink, Chico, Calif., dragster, A/ND, 6.975, -0.445
6) Craig Schuck, Springfield, Ore., dragster, C/ED, 7.453, -0.417
7) Aaron Strong, Milton, Wash., '05 Cavalier, F/A, 8.207, -0.413
8) Steve Graham, S. San Francisco, Calif., '04 Grand Am, C/A, 7.619, -0.361
9) Justin Lamb, Henderson, Nev., '09 Cobalt, G/SMA, 9.146, -0.184
10) Tom Tucker, Redmond, Ore., '98 Lumina, F/A, 8.475, -0.145

SUPER STOCK
1) Jim Isherwood, Sumas, Wash., '67 Belvedere, SS/EA, 9.598 seconds, -1.052 (under index)
2) Rob Youngblood, Nampa, Idaho, '76 Corvette, SS/J, 10.204, -0.896
3) Mike Blackstone, Livermore, Calif., '90 Calais, SS/BS, 9.063, -0.887
4) Jim Storms, Renton, Wash., '98 Avenger, GT/FA, 10.225, -0.875
5) Tom Armanino, San Mateo, Calif., '68 Camaro, SS/HA, 10.104, -0.796
6) Troy Olsonawski, Federal Way, Wash., '66 Malibu, SS/NA, 11.684, -0.766
7) Bruce Lippstreu, Fairfield, Calif., '98 Grand Am, GT/FA, 10.347, -0.753
8) Jim Sherry, Folsom, Calif., '97 Firebird, GT/EA, 10.208, -0.742
9) Jackie Alley, Eagle, Idaho, '69 Camaro, SS/DA, 9.837, -0.663
10) Terry Anderson, Meridian, Idaho, '67 Nova, SS/H, 10.231, -0.569

STOCK ELIMINATOR
1) Hal Sorensen, Vancouver, Wash., '86 Camaro, H/SA, 11.220 seconds, -1.230 (under index)
2) Tommy Gaynor, Vancouver, Wash., '98 Camaro, C/SA, 10.663, -1.037
3) Dave Kuhnhoff, Pleasant Hill, Calif., '68 Coronet, F/SA, 11.243, -0.907
4) Terry Hembree, Idaho Falls, Idaho, '69 Camaro, E/SA, 11.131, -0.869
5) Chad Loge, Brentwood, Calif., '70 Roadrunner, B/SA, 10.684, -0.866
6) Gary Humrichouse, Collegeville, Calif., '69 Camaro, F/SA, 11.306, -0.844
7) Brian Stewart, Medford, Ore., '90 Firebird, L/SA, 12.165, -0.835
8) Craig Bloom, Gresham, Ore., '69 Camaro, A/SA, 10.470, -0.830
9) Chris Barnes, Vashon, Wash., '64 Savoy, C/SA, 10.886, -0.814
10) Tom Gaynor, Vancouver, Wash., '96 Firebird, C/SA, 10.898, -0.802

TOP SPORTSMAN
1) Curt Geise, Auburn, Wash., '08 GTO, 6.985 seconds, 202.85 mph
2) Gary Zellner, Scio, Ore., '53 Corvette, 7.488, 183.92
3) Daryl Hemnley, Burley, Wash., '02 Cavalier, 7.503, 183.24
4) Robert Matthews, Gig Harbor, Wash., '67 Nova, 7.637, 178.85
5) Doug Arthur, Auburn, Wash., '90 Beretta, 7.678, 180.60
6) Randy Johnson, Snohomish, Wash., '04 Cavalier, 7.725, 179.28
7) Dean Shank, Richland, Wash., '05 S-10, 8.309, 166.03

TOP DRAGSTER
1) Todd Miller, Fairview, Ore., '23 roadster, 6.749 seconds, 202.33 mph
2) George Nann, Novato, Calif., dragster, 6.935, 196.33
3) Jimmy Johnson, Santa Rose, Calif., dragster, 7.000, 195.22
4) Rich Bailey, Salem, Ore., dragster, 7.041, 188.99
5) Roger Ponder, Central Point, Ore., '32 Bantam, 7.046, 188.36
6) Chuck Glanz, Myrtle Creek, Ore., dragster, 7.048, 190.54
7) Mike Henderson, Tacoma, Wash., dragster, 7.106, 188.33
8) Wes Garvin, Kennewick, Wash., '32 Bantam, 7.118, 185.95
9) Ryan Priddy, Chino, Calif., dragster, 7.144, 187.42
10) Ryan Carlson, Maple Valley, Wash., dragster, 7.200, 183.79

SPORTSMAN MOTORCYCLE
1) Miles Hauer, Seattle, '04 Suzuki, SMC, 0.002 seconds reaction time
2) Tracy Bailey, Coos Bay, Ore., '75 Kawaski, SMC, 0.011
3) Nick Kessler, Medford, Ore., '78 Kawasaki, SMC, 0.014
4) Pete Miclette, Garberville, Calif., '97 Suzuki, SMC, 0.021
5) Jeff Havens, Yakima, Wash., '95 Suzuki, SMC, 0.025
6) Leeland King, Shelton, Wash., '97 Kawasaki, SMC, 0.033

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