BOISE, Idaho - Kris Krabill, Tom Gresham and Craig Jensen defended their NAPA Auto Parts Ignitor Championship this past weekend at Firebird Raceway. Krabill took the win in Nostalgia Funny Car, Gresham won in Super Comp and Jensen repeated in Sportsman Motorcycle presented by Harley-Davidson.
Krabill, out of Bellevue, Wash., and running for car owner Bucky Austin, faced off with Dan Horan in a classic 1 vs. 2 battle. Horan led all qualifiers in the No. 1 position with Krabill sitting second coming into eliminations. The pair marched through rounds one and two as both ran 5.80's in their semifinal match ups. Krabill got the early lead in the final and held off the hard charging Horan who ran quicker with a 5.845 second lap to Krabill's winning 5.906 at 242.19 mph.
Gresham, Ore., racer Gresham, took home the trophy and the win in Super Comp when Coltan Hiatt, Fernley, Nev., rolled the beams, leaving early with the red-light foul start and Jensen won the battle of snowmobiles as he faced off with Zane Robinson. Jensen, Chubback, Idaho, had a big lead at the start and held on for the win running 10.165 seconds at 103.56 mph to Robinson's 11.900 at 104.03.
Jimmy DeFrank had the better reaction time over Brad Rounds to capture the Super Stock title and take the trophy back to California while Tibor Kadar, Peoria, Ariz., won against former Lucas Oil World Champion Brad Burton, Snohomish, Wash., in Stock Eliminator.
The home state racers took several trophies in the bracket classes as Carl Youngstrom doubled up winning in both the Pro and the Heavy classes and was joined by Boise's Joseph Karnes in the Sportsman category. Youngstrom beat Bruce Compton, Boise, Idaho, in Pro then outran Glen Phillips, Middleton, Idaho, in Heavy, while Karnes held on for the win against Ron Wurtz out of Caldwell, Idaho.
In Top Dragster it was Dan Provost, Abbotsford, B.C., with a near perfect .002 second reaction time to defeat Terry Wilcox. Provost went 7.205 at 187.96 mph to Wilcox's 7.624, 176.96.
In one of the closest finals of the day, Ed Olpin , Pleasant Grove, Utah, drove his '63 Corvette to the win against David Holmes, Spokane, Wash. Olpin's 10.159 held off Holmes' 10.151 in his '63 Plymouth.
Super Street saw a first time winner in Chris Cannon, Bothell, Wash., who covered the quarter mile in 11.146, 143.51 in his '68 Camaro in a double breakout win with home state racer Steven Reynolds, Nampa, Idaho, and his '71 Nova, while Steve Downs won in the RH Racecars Top Sportsman Series. Downs ran down Robert Strohm, Seattle, clocking in at 7.646 seconds, 172.54 mph.
Brigham City, Utah, racer Chris Hall, upended Rayce Kidd, Twin Falls, Idaho, to round out the list of winners. Hall drive his '66 Chevy II to a 10.652 second lap at 124.22 mph to Kidd's 9.110, 161.52 for the Super Pro title.
Northwest Division racers head to Spokane County Raceway for the next NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series event, May 16-18.
The following are the final results from the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series 44th Annual NAPA Auto Parts Ignitor event at Firebird Raceway:
NOSTALGIA FUNNY CAR
SPORTSMAN MOTORCYCLE PRESENTED BY HARLEY DAVIDSON