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Mon, 25 Sep 2000, 08:44 AM

Hentges Claims Division Title in Record Style at Southern Oregon Dragway
Courtesy of NHRA Marketing

MEDFORD, Ore.-- All Mark Hentges of Federal Way, Wash. had to do was win in the semifinal round to clinch the NHRA Northwest Division Federal-Mogul Dragster Championship-he did one better-won the event. Not only did Hentges win the Snap-on Tools/KBOI News Channel 5 Valley Thunder Federal Mogul Dragster Championship he demolished the track e.t. and speed records in the process. In Federal-Mogul Funny Car, John Hyland of Springfield, Ore. also took home Southern Oregon Dragway championship honors and track e.t. and speed records.

It was no easy task, but Hentges worked his way through the 8-car, five-second field to take his third victory of the year in Northwest Division competition. In a strange twist, Hentges had to go through three A-Fuel dragsters on his way to the win. Hentges, who drives a blown dragster, met up with Southern Calif. racer, Gary Anderson of Anaheim, Calif. in round one. Anderson never had a chance in this one as Hentges streaked to the win with a run of 5.540 seconds at 252.92 mph. The second A-Fuel dragster to fall was Gregg Lawrence of Salem, Ore. who shook the tires hard at the start and couldn't recover fast enough to catch Hentges who ran 5.572 seconds at 257.08 mph to Lawrence's pass of 5.724 seconds at 243.50 mph to clinch the division championship and a trip to the final round. The final pitted Hentges against the quickest A-fuel dragster in qualifying, Brandon Henkelman of San Jose, Calif. Hentges got a big jump at the start and cruised to the win and a new track speed record with a pass of 5.569 seconds at 257.46 mph. Hentges also owns the track e.t record, which he set in qualifying with a blistering pass of 5.513 seconds. "When I saw the win light come on after the semi's I was just relieved," said Hentges. "I've been No. 2 so many times, and the crew has worked so hard, I don't think this has set in yet. Now we are going to go to some national events and have some fun."

Hyland's win at Southern Oregon Dragway was an historic one. It is historic because it marks the first time three people in one family have won a NHRA national event and a NHRA divisional event. Hyland's daughter, Tiffani and son, Sean have both won numerous divisional events and at least one national event, while dad has only won on the National level. Hyland began the eliminations with a first round bye run of 5.750 seconds that saw him break his own track record he set in Saturday's qualifying. Hyland made it into the final by beating, Renegade Raceway Federal-Mogul Funny Car Champion, Russ Parker of Salem, Ore. with a track speed record run of 5.758 seconds at 248.46 mph. Hyland entered the record books by beating Dan McGlone of Gladstone, Ore. in the final with a "slow" run of 5.820 seonds at 234.35 mph to McGlone's pass of 5.926 seconds at 239.24 mph. Also in Federal-Mogul Funny Car eliminations, McGlone met up with Bucky Austin of Fife, the semifinals. McGlone beat Austin it what may be the ultimate holeshot and closest finish in Federal-Mogul Funny Car history, .000017 (seventeen millionth of a second). McGlone ran 5.956 seconds with a reaction time of .465 to Austin's run of 5.882 seconds with a .539 reaction time.

Other winners include, Jim Warter of Fox Island, Wash. in Comp; Bill Blakeney of Bell, Calif. in Super Stock; Steve Wann of Modesto, Calif. in Stock; Jeff Yoder of Gresham, Ore. in Super Comp; Mike Ferderer of Buckley, Wash. in Super Gas; and John Uyeyama of Davis, Calif. in Super Street.

The following are the final results from the NHRA Federal-Mogul Drag Racing Series event at Southern Oregon Dragway:

First Round
1) Mark Hentges, Federal Way, Wash., 5.540 seconds, 252.92 mph def. 
8) Gary Anderson, Anaheim, Calif., 6.320, 189.82

2) Steve Federlin, Oregon City, Ore., 5.649, 251.36 def. 
7) Paul Jones, Stockton, Calif., 5.754, 239.23

3) Brandon Henkelman, San Jose, Calif. 5.552, 255.77 def. 
6) John Shoemaker, Sacramento, Calif., 5.711, 245.85

4) Gregg Lawrence, Salem, Ore., 5.681, 248.61 def. 
5) Duane Shields, Las Vegas, Nev., 5.996, 207.31

Hentges, 5.527, 257.08 def. Lawrence, 5.724, 243.50
Henkelman, 5.579, 242.20 def. Federlin, 5.644, 249.66

Hentges, 5.569, 257.46* def. Henkelman, 5.638, 235.75
*Track record

First Round 
1) John Hyland, Springfield, Ore., '00 Camaro, 5.750* seconds, 247.15 mph def. 
8) Bye

2) Bucky Austin, Fife, Wash., '00 Camaro, 5.831, 244.51 vs. 
7) Clint Thompson, Klamath Falls, Ore., '97 Camaro, 18.106, 43.78

3) Dan McGlone, Gladstone, Ore., '99 Camaro, 5.815, 243.30 vs. 
6) Lloyd Bandle, Jacksonville, Ore., '96 Pontiac Firebird, 5.987, 242.17

4) Russ Parker, Salem, Ore., '00 Dodge Avenger, 5.905, 244.56 def. 
5) Ron August Jr., Pleasanton, Calif., '00 Chevrolet Camaro, 5.959, 247.23 

Hyland, 5.758, 248.46* def. Parker, 5.912, 243.17
McGlone, 5.956, 240.98 def. Austin, 5.882, 244.82

Hyland, 5.820, 234.35 def. McGlone, 5.926, 239.24
*Track Record
Jim Warter, Fox Island, Wash., '92 Chevrolet Camaro, B/SM, 8.911, 151.01 def. 
Brian Hyerstay, Eugene, Ore., Dragster, G/D, 9.512, 133.10

Bill Blakeney, Bell, Calif., '68 Camaro, SS/HA, 10.226, 128.62 def. 
Steve Wann, Modesto, Calif., '98 Dodge Avenger, GT/TD, 10.969, 120.34(Breakout)

Steve Wann, Modesto, Calif., '70 Plymouth GTX, C/SA, 10.896, 120.95 def.
Gary McCoy, Eagle, Idaho, '70 Plymouth Cuda, E/S, Foul

Jeff Yoder, Gresham, Ore., 8.973, 157.28 def. 
Mike Drzayich, Auburn, Wash., Foul

Mike Ferderer, Buckley, Wash., '00 Pontiac Firebird, 10.051, 157.38 def.
John Peterson, Basin City, Wash., '96 Firebird, 9.980, 148.11(Breakout)

Ron Fitzhugh, Forest Hill, Calif., '64 Chevrolet Nova, 11.474, 135.51 def.
John Uyeyama, Davis, Calif., '55 Austin, Foul 

Brian Hudson, Kennewick, Wash., '80 Suzuki, 9.086, 144.77 def. 
Leeland King, Shelton, Wash., '90 Kawasaki, 8.412, 154.56

Mark Barnhart, Emmett, Idaho, Dragster, 7.675, 171.14 def. 
Wes Garvin, Kennewick, Wash., '23 Roadster, 7.746, 170.42

Brandon Yoder, Gresham, Ore., 9.167, 66.77 def. 
Corey Yoder, Gresham, Ore., 9.131, 72.12

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