Oregon’s Joey Severance capitalized on a miniscule late start by Rosedale’s Hugh Ridley to take the win in top alcohol dragster at last weekend’s 18th annual Lordco B.C. Nationals at Mission Raceway Park.
More than 325 cars came out for the event, and excellent weather greeted the participants and crowd.
In top alcohol funny car, California’s Steve Gasparelli beat Brian Hough for the class win, repeating his victory of last year. Gasparelli made the quickest and fastest run in Canadian history in the first round of eliminations, going 5.573 seconds at 261 mph, breaking both the Mission and the national records.
The comp eliminator win was earned by Jeff Lane, in his defeat of Utah’s Alan Ellis.
Top sportsman saw two Canadians in the final round. Mission’s Zak Clarke took on Red Deer Alberta’s Dave Robinson. Clarke got the better leave on the starting line, but he ran quicker than his dial in and Robinson took the win. Clarke and his brand new ‘67 Nova won the “Best Engineered” race car award at the event.
Top dragster was won on the starting line as Arizona’s Tom Koenen got the easy win over Jim Morris who lit the red light handing Koenen the automatic win. Koenen would have been very tough to beat though as he almost had a perfect light; less than .004 of a second from perfect).
Super stock eliminator was an epic battle between multi-time event winner Jody Lang and the 2011 World Champion Jackie Alley. She was second off the starting line, but ran closer to her dial-in for a 12/10,000ths of a second victory. It was less than two inches at 135 mph.
In stock eliminator, Brad Burton defeated Dallas Glenn.
Super comp saw Chilliwack’s Stefan Kondolay defeat Seattle’s Ed Hauter in the final round. It was Stefan’s second win in a row in division six competition. Kondolay had a great .011 reaction time and won by a half-car length.
The final round in super gas was not that close as Abbotsford’s Marv Wiebe took a .036 starting line advantage and he ended up with a .030 package forcing Randy Sides under the 9.90 index with a 8.898. Wiebe’s worst reaction time of the weekend was a .026 in round three.
The super street final was won on the starting line as Mike Scheffler went way red. Everett’s Allen Macham had a .021 light and ran it out to a very strong 10.910 ET.
In the motorcycle final, Omond got an easy win when Jeff Haven’s bike left in second gear. That made him late at the tree and he could not catch Omond who had a great .012 reaction time.
Two bracket classes competed on the weekend as well.
In super prot, Mike Shannon defeated Randy Beck, while in pro bracket, Mission’s Jim Behnke defeated Jason Biscay.