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Mon, 23 Jun 2014, 17:33 PM

Demke and Payne Take Wins at Yellowstone
Courtesy of NHRA Field Marketing

ACTON, Mont. - The NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series headed to Yellowstone Drag Strip over the weekend and Chris Demke, Tujunga, Calif., and Jay Payne, Claremont, Calif., took home the wins in Top Alcohol Dragster and Top Alcohol Funny Car respectively. Rain threatened the Lucas Oil event, but was finally wrapped up on Monday with a few classes running final eliminations. Other classes that didn't finish are scheduled to run their eliminations at other Lucas Oil events within the series.

Demke, worked his way through the field and ran 5.459 seconds at 264.13 mph in his final round victory over Joey Severance, Woodburn, Ore., who had a final round pass of 5.502 seconds, 260.01 mph. Demke and Severance both left together off the line but Demke pulled away from Severance to take home the win and the Wally. This is Demke's 2nd win of the year and took his first win at the Winternationals in Pomona, Calif.

Payne faced off against Clint Thompson, Klamath Falls, Ore., and posted a winning run of 5.720 seconds, 250.72 mph in his 2009 Mustang. Thompson drove to a 5.694 second, 252.28 mph lap for his runner up finish. Payne had the better light off the line and Thompson had the better car down the track but Payne pulled away with the final round win on a holeshot.

Other racers visiting the winner's circle this weekend were Terry Anderson, Meridian, Idaho, in Super Stock; Clarence Bidniak, Edmonton, Alb., in Stock Eliminator; T.J. Hinman, Bozeman, Mont., in Super Comp; Tom Manfred, Liberty Lake., in Super Street; Trevor Ritchie, Sherwood Park, Alb., in the Big Rentals Top Dragster; and Mike Voss, Maplewood, Minn, in Sportsman Motorcycle presented by Harley-Davidson.

Other classes that did not finish their final rounds due to the rain delay were Comp Eliminator, Super Gas and the RH Racecars Top Sportsman. Comp will continue their final round at Woodburn Dragstrip, Super Gas will finish at Mission Raceway and the RH Racecars Top Sportsman will finish their final round at Pacific Raceways.

Northwest Division racers head to Woodburn Dragstrip for the next NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series event, July 11-13.

The following are the final results from the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series event at Yellowstone Dragstrip:

Round 1
2) Joey Severance, Woodburn, Ore., 5.425, 263.20 def. 3) Shawn Cowie, Surrey, B.C., 5.463, 261.93;
1) Chris Demke, Tujunga, Calif., 5.509, 265.85 def. 4) Jeff Ashwell, Keizer, Ore., 5.708, 247.16;

Demke, 5.459, 264.13 def. Severance, 5.502, 260.01.

Round 1
6) Clint Thompson, Klamath Falls, Ore., '06 Monte Carlo, 5.724, 251.49 def. 1) Brian Hough,
Junction City, Ore., '10 Mustang, 5.688, 251.25;
2) Greg Hunter, Sheridan, Wyo., '06 Monte Carlo, 5.760, 250.04 def. 5) John Evanchuk, Edmonton,
'06 Monte Carlo, 5.889, 242.45;
3) Jay Payne, Claremont, Calif., '09 Mustang, 5.737, 251.06 def. 4) Jirka Kaplan, Calgary, Alb.,
'09 Mustang, 7.760, 125.16;

Payne, 5.740, 251.63 def. Hunter, 5.797, 247.97;
Thompson, 6.001, 193.65 was unopposed;

Payne, 5.720, 250.74 def. Thompson, 5.694, 252.28.

Terry Anderson, Meridian, Idaho, '67 Nova, SS/H, 10.313, 129.08  def. Carroll Warling, Brighton,
'74 Pontiac, SS/MA, 11.305, 113.78.

Clarence Bidniak, Edmonton, Alb., '70 Roadrunner, C/SA, 11.020, 112.31  def. Ryan Warter, Olalla,
Wash., '75 Firebird, J/SA, 12.197, 107.35.

T.J. Hinman, Bozeman, Mont., '23 Ford T, 9.317, 145.16  def. Robbie White, Calgary, Alb., '01
Mullis, 9.324, 154.33.

Tom Manfred, Liberty Lake, Wash., '81 Mustang, 11.384, 128.07  def. Sandy Cawsey, Regina, Sask.,
'67 Fairlane, 11.275, 125.82.

Trevor Ritchie, Sherwood Park, Alb., '08 TNT, 7.317, 175.64  def. Paul Menholt, Billings, Mont.,
'10 Spitzer, 6.918, 187.03.

SPORTSMAN MOTORCYCLE PRESENTED BY HARLEY-DAVIDSON Mike Voss, Maplewood, Minn., '10 Kawasaki, 9.775,
134.14  def. Dave Toth, Medicine Hat, Alb., '89 Kawasaki, broke.

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