BOISE RESULTSDIVISION 6 Firebird Raceway Boise, Idaho April 11-13
Results will be posted in the evening after each day of competition.
Results Friday after the first round of qualifying at the Firebird Raceway, the first of six events in the Northwest Division in the 1997 NHRA Federal-Mogul Drag Racing Series: After the first day of qualifying at the 27th Auto Parts 'n Stuff Ignitor presented by Bob Rice Country, part of the five million dollar NHRA Federal-Mogul Drag Racing Series, at Firebird Raceway, Chess Bushey and Steve Sommer take an early lead in the Federal-Mogul Dragster and Funny Car categories, respectively. Bushey is currently seated in the provisional top qualifying spot in Federal-Mogul Dragster with a track record setting 5.66-second, 245-mph run. In Federal- Mogul Funny Car Sommer is the early leader with a track record setting 6.25-second, 230-mph pass. The Federal Mogul Dragsters and Funny Cars receive two more qualifying laps on Saturday, at 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. before final elimination rounds on Sunday at 12:00 p.m. FEDERAL-MOGUL DRAGSTER 1. Chess Bushey (Ramona, CA), 5.666 e.t., 245.83 mph 2. Frank Pedregon (Alta Loma, CA), 5.755 e.t., 241.48 mph 3. Randy Smith (W. Kansas City, MO), 5.796 e.t., 237.65 mph 4. Mark Woods Jr. (Kingsburg, CA), 5.990 e.t., 235.84 mph 5. Mark Henteges (Federal Way, WA), 6.987 e.t., 229.94 mph 6. Dave Szybunka (Edmonton, Alberta), 6.211 e.t., 232.07 mph 7. Darren Nicholson (Laguna Hills, CA), 6.295 e.t., 228.83 mph 8. Paula Gauge (Bothell, WA), 6.626 e.t., 203.16 mph FEDERAL-MOGUL FUNNY CAR 1. Steve Sommer (Nampa, ID), 6.256 e.t., 230.82 mph 2. Brian Hough (Junction City, OR), 6.312 e.t., 223.21 mph 3. Jett Field (Pocatello, ID), 6.455 e.t., 210.18 mph 4. Mitch Meyers (Hermiston, OR), 6.477 e.t., 222.22 mph 5. Dan McGlone (Gladstone, OR), 6.590 e.t., 226.58 mph 6. Russ Parker (Salem, OR), 7.598 e.t., 121.93 mph 7. Craig Petersen (Missoula, MT), 8.989 e.t., 107.88 mph 8. Kerry Noriera (Richfield, ID), 13.731 e.t., 58.80 mph
Saturday Qualifying Final:
Final qualifying results Saturday after the second round of qualifying at the Firebird Raceway, the first of six events in the Northwest Division in the 1997 NHRA Federal-Mogul Drag Racing Series: After the Second day of qualifying at the 27th Auto Parts 'n Stuff Ignitor presented by Bob Rice Country, part of the five million dollar NHRA Federal-Mogul Drag Racing Series, at Firebird Raceway, Chess Bushey and Steve Sommer remain on top in the Federal-Mogul Dragster and Funny Car categories, respectively. Bushey is seated in the provisional top qualifying spot in Federal-Mogul Dragster with a track record setting 5.57- second, 245-mph run. In Federal-Mogul Funny Car Sommer is the leader with a 6.09-second, 232-mph pass. The Federal Mogul Dragsters and Funny Cars start final elimination rounds on Sunday at 12:00 p.m. FEDERAL-MOGUL DRAGSTER 1. Chess Bushey (Ramona, CA), 5.577 e.t., 247.04 mph 2. Frank Pedregon (Alta Loma, CA), 5.745 e.t., 240.57 mph 3. Tiffani Hyland (Eugene, OR), 5.796 e.t., 239.48 mph 4. Darren Nicholson (Laguna Hills, CA), 5.850 e.t., 238.03 mph 5. Dale Carlson (Olympia WA), 5.884 e.t., 236.40 mph 6. Mark Hentges (Federal Way, WA), 5.884 e.t., 235.04 mph 7. Mark Woods Jr. (Kingsburg, CA), 5.903 e.t., 237.84 mph 8. Dave Szybunka (Edmonton, Alberta), 6.211 e.t., 232.07 mph FEDERAL-MOGUL FUNNY CAR 1. Steve Sommer (Nampa, ID), 6.093 e.t., 233.07 mph 2. Russ Parker (Salem, OR), 6.185 e.t., 226.47 mph 3. Roger Bateman (Calgary, Alberta), 6.209 e.t., 236.22 mph 4. Dan McGlone (Gladstone, OR), 6.216 e.t., 225.84 mph 5. Jett Field (Pocatello, ID), 6.249 e.t., 222.66 mph 6. Brian Hough (Junction City, OR), 6.312 e.t., 223.21 mph 7. Mitch Meyers (Hermiston, OR), 6.477 e.t., 222.22 mph 8. Craig Petersen (Missoula, MT), 6.729 e.t., 162.01 mph COMPETITION ELIMINATOR 1. Bob Panella (Stockton, CA), E/A, 8.555 e.t. 2. Randy Jones (Dana Point, CA), D/A, 8.241 e.t. 3. Clint Sallee (Glendive, MT), C/D, 7.423 e.t. 4. Jim Warter (Fox Island, WA), B/SM, 9.107 e.t. 5. Bruce Perkin (Maple Ridge, BC), B/SM, 9.124 e.t. 6. Ron Schuster (Salem, OR), C/D, 7.587 e.t. 7. Lynn Welfringer (Laconner, WA), E/ED, 9.325 e.t. 8. Rick Dingle, (Olympia, WA), DQ SUPER STOCK ELIMINATOR 1. GTHA Jimmy DeFrank 10.502 11.73 -1.228 2. GTEA Rod Stults 10.142 11.31 -1.168 3. SSAA Bucky Hess 9.227 10.33 -1.103 4. SSCX Bill Nelson 10.681 11.78 -1.099 5. SSBA Joe Aluise 9.472 10.54 -1.068 6. SSKA Diane Stewart 10.947 11.93 -0.983 7. GTEA Byron Setters 10.342 11.31 -0.968 8. SSAM Terry Sherrill 8.902 9.87 -0.968 STOCK ELIMINATOR 1.KSA Joe Sorensen 12.087 13.38 -1.293 2. MSA Bill Kost 12.329 13.59 -1.261 3. BSA Chuck Rayburn 10.677 11.93 -1.253 4. BSA Don Little 10.688 11.93 -1.242 5. KSA Kris Johnson 12.148 13.38 -1.232 6. MSA Steve Hanby 12.433 13.59 -1.157 7. CSA Aldon Miller 11.026 12.09 -1.064 8. BSA Tom Skjonsberg 10.874 11.93 -1.056 BUSHEY READY TO SET FIRE TO THE COMPETITION AT THE IGNITOR Federal-Mogul Dragster's Chess Bushey seems to be the unstoppable force at Firebird Raceway after two track record smashing runs of 5.66 and 5.577 e.t. The previous track record of 5.84, set by Tiffany Hyland at the same event last year had thought to be a tough goal however the track surface and the weather conditions proved to be ideal for Bushey's high horsepower entry. Bushey, from Ramona, CA, continues his pace after his most recent win at the 1997 Atsco Nationals in Phoenix, AZ, earlier this year. His car is currently the fastest in the country competing in the Federal-Mogul Dragster category. Chess began racing in the early 1960's with an injected gas dragster. In 1967 he moved into a Jr. Fuel Dragster which is where he stayed in domination with. Bushey is recognized as one of the pioneers in the injected nitromethane dragster engine which he competes with currently. ALUISE SETS NATIONAL RECORDS IN TWO CLASSES Joe Aluise Jr., one of the countries most competitive stock class racers knew that the weather conditions and track surface of Boise's Firebird Raceway would allow him to set the national records he has been in search of since last season. The Laurel, MD, based racer had been trying to set the super stock and stock national records since off-season testing but could not find the required optimum conditions at three previous races this year. When asked why he brought his two car team to Idaho from Washington, D.C., Aluise replied, "to set records" and that he did with ease. He set the A/SA record with a run of 10.640 e.t., 125.62 mph, and the SS/BA record with a 9.472 e.t. at 141.37 mph. Aluise's race car stable consists of his 1963 Plymouth Belvedere (A/SA) and his 1964 Plymouth Savoy (SS/BA) entries. Both are powered by 426 cubic inch, Chrysler hemi engines.
BOISE, ID Final round results Sunday at Firebird Raceway/Boise, the first of six events in the Northwest Division in the 1997 NHRA Federal-Mogul Drag Racing Series: Advancing from the second qualifying position, Frank Pedregon won the Federal-Mogul Dragster category at the NHRA Federal-Mogul Drag Racing Series event held at the 27th Auto Parts 'n Stuff Ignitor at Firebird Raceway. Joining Pedregon in the winners circle was Roger Bateman who claimed the Federal-Mogul Funny Car title. Pedregon and Bushey both ran 5.81-second runs, but Pedregon's starting line reaction was quicker giving him the win. Bushey was considered the favorite to win being the #1 qualifier and ran consistent 5.6-second runs all weekend, but he slept at the starting line and handed Pedregon his first drag racing win. Roger Bateman's victory in the Federal-Mogul Funny Car came at the expense of Dan McGlone. In the final round Bateman recorded a 6.05-second, 237-mph run to take the win. The NHRA-Winston Divisional Top Qualifier Bonus pays $2,500 per event to top drivers in five classes of cars. This weekend bonus payouts include $1,000 each to Federal-Mogul Funny Car driver Steve Sommer and Federal-Mogul Dragster driver Chess Bushey, $200 each in Competition and Super Stock awarded to Bob Panella and Jim DeFrank, and $100 in Stock Eliminator awarded to Joe Sorensen.
BOISE RESULTSDIVISION 6 INSTANT STATS Firebird Raceway, Boise, Idaho Federal-Mogul Dragster W: Frank Pedregon (Alta Loma, CA) - 5.81, 239.17 R/U: Chess Bushey (Ramona, CA) - 5.81, 241.54 Federal-Mogul Funny Car W: Roger Bateman (Calgary, Alberta) - 6.05, 237.71 R/U: Dan McGlone (Gladstone, OR) - 6.35, 227.15 Competition W: Bob Panella (Stockton, CA) - 8.55, 145.86 R/U: Jim Warter (Fox Island, WA) - 9.09 e.t., 151.51 Super Stock W: Don Thomas (n/a) - 10.39 R/U: Jimmy DeFrank (Tarzana, CA) - 10.64 Stock W: Bill Hegard Jr. (Vancouver, WA) - 11.24 R/U: Mary Ann Method (Kennewick, WA) - (red light) Super Comp W: Mike Seekins (Seattle, WA) - 9.26 R/U: Michael Peck (Woodville, WA) - (red light) Super Gas W: Todd Hoerner (Spokane, WA) - 10.22 R/U: Dan Lafferty (Twin Falls, ID) - (red light) Super Street W: Ron Cross (Springfield, OR), - 11.24 R/U: Loren Olsen (Port Orchard, WA) - 11.27 Korbel Super Eliminator W: Mark Barnhart (Emmet, ID), - 8.26 R/U: John Evans (West Valley, UT) - (red light)