Jul 17 2010

Cross-Border Fun in Mission

We had a fun weekend racing in Mission over the 4th of July weekend, and there were more than a few cross-border rivalries renewed in the process. USA vs. Canada was featured in the final on both days of the double header, and … USA came out on top both days.

Dearinger and Pople Set for Saturday's Final

Despite a modest turnout, a good time was had by all.  With the weekend being bracketed by the Woodburn divisional and the Seattle national events, as well as many being drawn to family 4th festivities, it was left to the real die-hard racers to make up the field.  But with a number of the PNSCA top ten not there, the opportunity to make up ground in the Power Punch Series was ripe.

Saturday, there nine cars entered going into round one of qualifying.  it was 4 Canadian racers and 5 from the US.  The final count was 4 and 4, as Emmett McKillop had engine trouble and couldn’t make the call. Several racers in the points chase lost first round: Ed Hauter, Emily Williams, and Tom Gresham. In the final, it was Mike Pople from Canada, and Rick Dearinger from Washington, with Rick going to the winners circle with the better .016 package.

Williams Got Her First SC Victory

There was a thinner crowd on Sunday as we had a couple of broken cars, and a few folks headed back to the US for 4th of July activities. Five racers competed, Justin Bond, Rick Dearinger, Tom Gresham, Mike Pople, and Emily Williams. Williams qualified #1 with an 8.91 and got the bye. Round one was Bond over Gresham, and Pople over Dearinger for the round two bye. Emily Williams beat Justin Bond on a red light to go in the final, and beat Pople on a double breakout (8.89 to an 8.88) for her first win in Super Comp. This moved Emily into third place in the season points chase. Ed Hauter moved around Bob Woodruff into first place.

Next race is a single day on July 24th back at Mission Raceway in British Columbia, Canada, during the NHRA National Open event.