By Michael Stephens
For the Independent
June 29 was another good night of local area ET Racing at Champion Raceway. The car count was a bit low for this event, following the recent NHRA National Open, but all spectators and drivers enjoyed themselves as usual.
Ken Stevens from Springfield won the Sportsman class in his ’67 Camaro with a 1/4 mile time of 13.16 sec on a .067 reaction time. Sportsman runner up was Tom Langdon and his ’13 Mustang from Cave Junction, OR. Langdon had a reaction time of .136 on his final pass of 14.23 sec.
The Motorcycle class was won by Eric Hofstad from Medford, a relative newcomer to Champion Raceway. Hofstad red lighted in the finals. But his opponent, Jerry Stinson (also from Medford), broke out and gave the win to Hofstad’s 10.35 sec pass. For some reason there seemed to be trouble with red lights and break outs all day for this event.
Chuck Thompson won the Pro class in his ’69 Dodge Dart. On his winning pass, Thompson reacted in .036 sec to complete the 1/4 mile in 11.46 sec at 115.99 MPH.
Winner in the Super Pro class was Phillip Greer out of Grants Pass, OR, who had a final pass of 10.52 sec in his ’56 Bel Air on a .030 reaction time. Super Pro runner up was Shane Marsh from Central Point. In his race against Greer, Marsh reacted in .108 sec for a 10.96 sec pass in his ’91 Mustang.
(Due to a slight printing error, records of the top speeds were unavailable for many of the drivers.)
The next ET Race scheduled at Champion Raceway on July 7 has unfortunately been cancelled. Champion Raceway management reported a large net loss after the expense of bringing an NHRA National Open to Southern Oregon, somewhere in the neighborhood of $5,000. Because of this, the track cannot afford to run every single race they have scheduled at the moment. Track manager Kirk Hobson has promised the regular drivers there will be another double points ET Race at a later date in the season, to make up for the lost opportunity.
Along with the street legal races and Midnight Mayhem event, as well as the Night of Fire taking place on July 5th and 6th, there will be plenty of other chances to support Champion Raceway. The Corvette Club is coming to Champion Raceway to participate with other street legal racers on July 19, when local racing parents will also get to see the first ever Fisher-Price Power Wheels race. Kids aged 12 and under can compete in the Factory Bracket, but must wear a helmet. There will also be an Unlimited Bracket, wherein parents can make modifications to their kids’ electrically powered toy car. The event promises to be a fun spectacle, so come on out and watch!