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Dane Lachelt Wins First Championship!
The first ever Dragparts.com Blown Alcohol Thunder Pro Comp Racing Series season is already in the books and the first Champion has been crowned. Dane Lachelt won the series convincingly by winning three races in a row. Hard charging "Lady Elaine" Sellers in her 1967 Nova funny car gave Lachelt a run for his money as she was runner up to him at the same three events he had won.
Lachelt along with his father Neal who reside in British Columbia, clinched the first ever Championship by only having to make one round at the final event held in Spokane at the Jet Car Finals. His big lead made it almost impossible for second place finisher Rich Bailey to catch him. Mike Peck who was also tied for second chose not to compete at the final race.
Lachelt went on to win the event over Sellers in a very close final round. Bailey won the Good Vibrations Best Reaction Time Award with an impressive .004 light. Nine cars competed in the final Spokane event in front of a giant crowd. Two cars had to withdraw at the race due to unexpected engine problems.
A sixth race was to be held in the Fall at The Eagle Motorplex in Ashcroft but it was canceled due to onging management problems at the facility.
Final 2014 Point Standings
1. Dane Lachelt 168
2. Rich Bailey 136
3. Elaine Sellers 110
4. Mike Peck 106
5. Brent Jones 80
Kevin McCurdy 60, David Spease 60, Kelly Flansaas 60, Norm Mitchell 60 (tied)
7. John Evans, Todd Miller 40 (tied)
8. Mike Lema 30, Dave Hix 30, Alan Hougardy, Pete Krona 30, Jim Attewell 30, Roger Hansen 30 (tied)
9. Frank Miller 20, Shane Wheatherford 20, George Moore 20 (tied)
10. Jeff Krittenbrink 10 (and one other)
Dane Lachelt Wins in Repeat Final at Spokane!
Once again it was a classic Pro Comp final of funny car vs. dragster at the Dragparts.com Blown Alcohol Thunder race held in Spokane during the Fox Hunt Drags. Dane Lachelt ended up in the winner's circle for the second time this season after defeating "Lady Elaine" Sellers in a repeat of the Yakima event.
While many in the grandstands were hoping for a funny car win it wasn't to be as "Lady Elaine" was unable to stage her car in time and the auto start timing system automatically timed out giving the win to Lachelt who had staged first. Lachelt of British Columbia now takes command of first place while Mike Peck and Rich Bailey are now tied for second going into the final race of the series to also be held in Spokane, August 15-16 during the Jet Car Finals.
Ten cars competed in the Drag Parts.com Blown Alcohol Thunder class. The track had a great crowd and the racing surface was excellent in spite of the 5,800 foot corrected altitude.
Update: Pete Krona won the Good Vibrations Best Reaction Time Award.
Points after Spokane Fox Hunt
1. Dane Lachelt 122
2. Mike Peck, Rich Bailey 106 (tied)
3. Elaine Sellers 70
Kevin McCurdy 60, David Spease 60 (tied)
5. Brent Jones 50
6. John Evans, Todd Miller 40 (tied)
7. Mike Lema 30, Dave Hix 30, Alan Hougardy, Kelly Flansaas 30, Pete Krona 30, Jim Attewell 30, Norm Mitchell 30
Roger Hansen 20 (tied)
8. Frank Miller 20, Shane Wheatherford 20,
9. Jeff Krittenbrink 10
Dane Lachelt Wins Yakima Event with a Strong 4.13 Performance to Take Out Crowd Favorite Lady Elaine
Renegade Raceway in Yakima is the great Northwest's answer to Bakersfield. It's an old but improved track which enjoys dry weather most of the time and has a strong local fan base. Plus it has an alcohol free family friendly atmosphere. This past weekend was one of the track's biggest shows in years featuring a DragParts.com Blown Alcohol Thunder points event, a pair of jets and the Summit Racing Series. The fans and racers supported it as there were 11 cars on the property and full grandstands on both sides of the track.
The father and son Canadian combo of Dane and Neil Lanchelt won the event, took low ET and best reaction time winning a total of $1,300 plus an extra $100.00 for the Good Vibrations Best ET award from the Canada event and a Wally.
In the final, Dane took on crowd favorite Lady Elaine who was fresh off a big win in Boise. As the lights came down, Dane was on a good straight 4.13 pass, meanwhile, Lady ElaIne made a valiant charge but was slightly out of shape and headed towards the center line but didn't cross it.
Points after Yakima
1. Mike Peck, Rich Bailey 76 Dane Lachelt (tied)
2. John Evans, Todd Miller 40 (tied)
3. Elaine Seller, Mike Lema 30, Keith McCurdy 30, Dave Hix 30, David Staife, Alan Hougardy, Kelly Flansaas 30 (tied)
4. Frank Miller 20, Shane Wheatherford 20, Brent Jones 20, Roger Hansen 20 (tied)
5. Jeff Krittenbrink 10
Mike Peck Wins Ashcroft Race
Congratulations to Mike Peck for winning the DragParts.com Blown Alcohol Thunder race at Eagle Motorsplex in Ashcroft, Canada. A good crowd was on hand to see Peck take low ET of the event and then beat Canadian John Evens in the finals. Dane Lachelt had the Good Vibrations Best Reaction time for the event.
Points after Ashcroft
1. Mike Peck, Rich Bailey 46 (tied)
2. John Evans, Todd Miller 40 (tied)
3. Dane Lachelt, Mike Lema 30, Keith McCurdy 30, Dave Hix 30 (tied)
4. Frank Miller 20, Shane Wheatherford 20 (tied)
Inaugural Race at Champion Raceway in the Books
Cold, wet weather did its best not to cooperate for the Inaugural DragParts.com Blown Alcohol Thunder race at Champion Raceway in Medford, Oregon, but by mid-day the clouds and rain finally succumbed to sunshine. However, the weather hurt the spectator turnout and the menacing weather forecast reduced the field to seven cars as entries from San Diego, Seattle and Redmond dropped out due to the forecast. Still the race went on and spectatords slowly made their way in the gate from as far as Rufus, Oregon near the Washington-Oregon border.
In the finals, Rich Bailey driving the "Capitol Auto Group Rocketeer" dragster met up with Todd Miller in Donn Hosford's "Survivor" Trans Am bodied Funny Car. Bailey with his low compression combination had low ET of the meet in the second round with a 7.15 at 189 MPH. Miller was on an off the throttle but still had the second best ET of the day in round one to advance to the finals.
At the hit, Miller was out first while Bailey suffered tire shake but got back on the throttle even though catching Miller was insurmountable at that point. However, at the top end Miller had some rods exit the block and got oil under the back tires and crossed the center line while tagging the wall. Miller was checked out by medical personel and was OK but the car suffered minor body damage.
Because Miller crossed the centerline Bailey was declared by the track's starter the winner.
The Good Vibrations Best Reaction Time went to Todd Miller.
The series is sponsored by Dragparts.com and Good Vibrations, with product support from Power Punch Performance Lubricants, NGK Spark Plugs and WrightWay Blower Services.
Points after Medford
1. Rich Bailey 46
2. Todd Miller 40
3. Mike Lema 30, Keith McCurdy 30, Dave Hix 30
4. Frank Miller 20, Shane Wheatherford 20
DragParts.com Blown Alcohol Thunder: A New Race Series for Spectators, Racers and the Track
A new six race series called the "Dragparts.com Blown Alcohol Thunder Pro Comp Racing Series" will be competing at four tracks including Renegade Raceway in Yakima, Spokane County Raceway, Eagle Motorplex in Ashcroft Canada and Champion Raceway, in Medford.
The format is designed to include all types of funny cars (any year of body), roadsters and dragsters (both rear engine and front engine) that are equipped with any type of roots blower or injected on nitro.
The format will be "Chicago Style" meaning each car will make two passes in prime time with the quickest two cars coming back for the final round. In the final, the car that reaches the finish line first wins the event regardless of the ET. The cars leave the starting line heads up and there is no index or ET restrictions or limits as entertainment to the fans in the stands is our number one priority.
At each event, the cars will all race together similar to the old NHRA Pro Comp class. In addition to being paid per round, the winner of the series will receive a cash bonus, jacket and trophy. There will be contingency awards and all race teams competing in the series will receive free entry for one driver and four crew members if they pre-enter at least two weeks prior to a race. Each race is run independently by each facility.
The Dragparts.com Blown Alcohol Thunder Pro Comp Racing Series is primarily designed for racers that currently have a blown alcohol car and can not fit into the current nostalgia groups due to the body style year, engine location or perhaps not quick enough to compete in the NHRA Top Alcohol Regional Series. But all blown cars are welcome providing they are an open wheel car or a funny car and use a roots blower. In addition injected nitro is permitted. Screw blowers are not allowed except on cars that weigh over 2500 lbs. Other than that there are no restrictions.
Race teams are not obligated to race the whole series and can select a race or races close to them or events that fit into their schedule. There are no membership dues but teams must get on the list by emailing us. Include name, phone number, email address, type of car, and races they plan to attend. Sign up here
DragParts.com Blown Alcohol Thunder Series Schedule
May 10 Season Opener, Champion Raceway, Medford OR
June 6 Old Time Drags, Ashcroft, Canada
June 27-28 Nitro Nights Under the Lights, Renegade Raceway, Yakima WA
July 18-20 Lucas Oil Jet Car Invitational, Spokane County Raceway, Spokane WA
August 15-17 Nitro Night of Fire, Spokane County Raceway, Spokane WA
Tracks, Pre Entry and Payout
Medford (Champion Raceway)
Promoter Kirk Hobson 541-290-3724
Race: Season Opener May 10
Limit to the amount of cars entered in Pro Comp: 10
Payout for Champion Raceway
Saturday Medford May 10th. This is a one day race but there is an optional test and tune on Friday.
600.00 Runner Up
200.00 Round two session*
200.00 round one session*
Plus 100.00 for best reaction time of the event
*200 per pass with no minimum ET
Race schedule 5,7, finals at 9PM on Saturday.
Important Information: For courtesy entry of one driver and 4 crew members you must Pre-Enter 15 days prior to each event. Please fill out entry and mail it or fax it to the address at the bottom of the form. Pre-race is available to any entry that fits the description of cars in the paragraphs above.
Pre-Enter Season Opener May 10 Click Here for Form
Yakima (Renegade Raceway)
Promoter Derek Snelson 253-380-4829
Race: Nitro Nights Under the Lights June 27-28
Limit to the amount of cars entered in Pro Comp: None
Special awards: Burn out contest and nicest back up girl
NHRA Wally given to the winner
Free weekend motel stay included for teams making a pass on Friday Night
Payout for Yakima Race
Win 1,100 (and a Wally) RU 600
All Pre Finalists not making the finals paid on performance include:
4.0 to 4.20 $300.00
4.20 to 4.50 $200.00
4.50 to 5.00 $100.00
Important Information: For courtesy entry of one driver and 4 crew members you must Pre-Enter 30 days prior to the event. Please fill out entry and mail it to the address at the bottom of the form. Pre-race is available to any entry that fits the description of cars in the paragraphs above.
Pre-Enter Nitro Nights Under the Lights June 27-28 Click Here for Form
Spokane (Spokane County Raceway)
Promoter Craig Smith 509-244-3333
Dates: Fox Hunt July 19 and Nitro Night of Fire August 16
Limit to the amount of cars entered in Pro Comp: none
Payout for both Spokane races:
Payout based on performance:
6.00 to 6.20 = 500.00 per round
6.21 to 6.60 = 400.00 per round
6.61 to 7.00 = 300.00 per round
7.01 to 7.60 = 200.00
7.51 or slower 0.00 per round
Important Information: For courtesy entry of one driver and 4 crew members you must Pre-Enter 30 days prior to each event. Please fill out entry and mail it or fax it to the address at the bottom of the form. Pre-race is available to any entry that fits the description of cars in the paragraphs above.
Pre-Enter Night of Fire August 15-17 Click Here for Form
About DragParts.com Blown Alcohol Thunder
Dragparts.com Blown Alcohol Thunder Pro Comp Racing Series is not an association. In fact, there is no formal membership at this time. Blown Alcohol Thunder was simply devised as a racing series primarily for cars that don't fit in any of the current nostalgia groups dominating the west coast, although nostalgia cars are welcome to compete in the series.
The rules are simple
each car must be a center steer car and able to pass a routine tech inspection and must use a roots blower of any size or utilize injected nitro. This is not handicapped bracket racing as there are no handclap starts or break outs. The faster you go the more you get paid.
Each race is promoted independently by each track at their existing marquee events. Each track sets it's own payout and is responsible for paying the racer at the conclusion of the event. Every team must enter independently by downloading the forms found on this web site 30 days in advance. All late entries are subject to an entry fee.
How the Points System Works
Every driver gets 10 points for pulling into the gate and then earns 10 points per round for every round completed. The eventual winner of each event will get a bonus of six extra points for winning the race.
A racer that shows up and makes 2 rounds will get 30 points.
A racer that makes the two rounds and makes it to the final as runner up will get 40 points.
A racer that makes the two rounds and makes it to the final and wins the event gets 46 points.
In the case of a racer that made one round but had one of the two fastest ETs and went to the final would get 30 points. If that same racer won he would get 36 points
Break rule: If a racer can't make it to the final due to breakage the third fastest driver would go in their place and would get the 10 extra points for making an extra round or the 16 extra points if he were to win.
Tie break rule - If at the end of the year there is a tie, the driver with the lowest ET of the series would break the tie and win the series.
Summery - in a nut shell you get 10 points for showing up and 10 points for every round you compete in and an extra 6 bonus points if you win the event.