SPOKANE, Wash. - Eddy and Casey Plaizier shared the winner's circle celebration this weekend at Spokane County Raceway for the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series Northwest Thunderfest while a pair of local racers squared off for the Sportsman Motorcycle presented by Harley Davidson championship.
Eddy Plaizier watched his son Casey take out Ryan Water as he waited for his Super Gas final round match up with Ken Harkema. Casey drove his '96 Firebird to a lap of 10.75 seconds at 118.14 mph for his win in Stock Eliminator over Ryan Warter who left early with the red-light foul start.
Minutes later Eddy defended his championship from a year ago taking out Harkema, Spokane, Wash., in 10.127 seconds at 159.68 mph in his '63 Corvette and the celebration was on. The pair will take their trophies back to Edmonton, Alb.
In Super Comp it was the 2011 event champion returning to his winning ways as Bob Woodruff, Maple Valley, Wash., downed Dale Hrenko, Port Orchard, Wash., with a pass of 9.403, 137.67.
Two Spokane County Raceway regulars met up in the Sportsman Motorcycle presented by Harley Davidson final round as Buff Kobs, Coeur d'Alene, Idaho, beat Caleb Dahl with an 8.084, 165.25 mph lap on his '95 Kawasaki.
Daryl Hemley picked up his first win since 2009 and his third overall in the RH Racecars Top Sportsman class as he covered the quarter mile in 7.123 seconds at 194.59 mph to Shawn Herbst's 7.907 at 174.65 and Dan Provost took home the Top Dragster crown when Ryan Carlson red-lighted. Provost, Abbotsford, B.C., drove it out to a 7.197, 189.11.
Pat Byron advanced to the final round in Comp Eliminator for the second year in a row, closing the deal on Ralph Van Paepeghem for the win going 6.941, 191.20 in his dragster. The win was Byron's first divisional in Comp Eliminator.
Rounding out the winners were Joe Sorensen, Woodburn, Ore., in Super Stock and Bill Gee, Silverton, Ore., in Super Street. Sorensen took out former Lucas Oil World Champion Jackie Alley, Eagle, Idaho as the two faced off in a pair of '69 Camaros. Gee raced his '66 Nova to a lap of 11.072, 135.37 over Mike Schoenfeld and his '84 T-Bird.
Northwest Division racers head to north to Mission Raceway Park for their next NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series event, June 14-16.
The following are Sunday's final results from the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series, Northwest Division Northwest Thunderfest at Spokane County Raceway:
SPORTSMAN MOTORCYCLE PRESENTED BY HARLEY DAVIDSON