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Sat, 31 Aug 2013, 19:03 PM

42nd Annual Pepsi Nightfire Nationals
Courtesy the New Crew





BOISE, Idaho -

John Hale won AA/Funny Car,
his first Nightfire title after two
previous runner-ups at Firebird.
After twice finishing runner-up at Firebird, John Hale put together an impressive set of runs to win the Pepsi Nightfire Nationals. In the first three rounds of eliminations, the Texan ran 5.90, 5.90, and 5.91 to beat Wally Giavia and Dennis LaCharite before earning the odd-lot semi-final bye. In the final, the Guy Tipton-tuned Camaro flew to the second quickest run by a Funny Car in Firebird history tearing off a sensational 5.77-248.20. Opponent and newly crowned Boise-Bakersfield Blitz champion Dan Horan claimed runner-up at 5.94-231.66.

In Top Fuel, Brett Harris returned to the seat of Colorado team owner Steve Harwood's "Nitro-Hemi" dragster to earn his fourth Nightfire title. Harris qualified on the pole at 5.80 and charged through three rounds of the seven-car field to beat a broken Jim Murphy who had run 5.73-258.17 in an engine damaging semi-final heat with Adam Sorokin.


In Top Fuel, Brett Harris earned
his fourth Nightfire crown at the wheel
of Steve Harwood's "Nitro-Hemi".
Eleven Outlaw Pro Modified Doorslammers rolled into Firebird to battle for an elite 8-car show. Marc Meadors was not to be denied yet a second Firebird victory and third straight West Coast crown. The president of the Goodguys organization ran 6.03 to claim the pole and followed up with a 6.09 (over Craig Cawte); 6.05 (over T.K. Krupa) and a final round 6.03-242.65 (low e.t. of the meet) to upend last year's winner Dan Myers in a rematch of the 2012 event.

The National Dragster Challenge 4-Night Bracketeer Point's Champions were awarded to: Bracketeer Champ-John Shaffer, Pro-Dustin Martin, Heavy-Karl Martin and Sled/Bike-Craig Jensen.

Sunday, August 11, 2013
Pepsi Nightfire Nationals
AA/Funny Car Final
John Hale, Addison, Texas, .133, 5.77, 248.20 def. Dan Horan, Sylmar, Calif., .132, 5.94, 231.66.

AA/Fuel Dragster Final
Brett Harris, Hooper, Utah, .315, 6.99, 132.95 def. Jim Murphy, Santa Rosa, Calif., broke.

Outlaw Pro Modified Final
Marc Meadors, Danville, Calif., .059, 6.03, 242.65 def. Dan Myers, Ramona, Calif., .029, 8.13, 115.41.

Bracketeer
Blu Hayball, Fort Hall, Ida., .002, 7.45 (7.48 dial) def. Chuck Hawk, Jr., Tuscon, Ariz., .019, 7.86 (7.89 dial) 168.47.
Semi-Jason Thomas, Meridian; Jamie Toews, Dawson Creek, British Columbia.
Quarters-Trevor Harkema, Hayden, Ida.; Ed Franek, Payette; John Shaffer, Boise.
Eighth-Mark Kidd, Twin Falls; Troy Pecht, Caldwell; Ken Nelson, Hayden, Ida.; Jim Climer, Kimberly; Mike Nicholson, Vancouver, Wash.; Bruce Williams, Chandler, Ariz.


Goodguys president Marc Meadors
scored the Pro Modified title
with his Pure Hell 2 Camaro.

Pro
Dustin Martin, Federal Way, Wash., .035, 10.12 (10.13 dial) def. Mark Kidd, Twin Falls, .075, 9.43
(9.47 dial) 133.13.
Semi-Rayce Kidd, Twin Falls.
Quarters-Jeff Taylor, Forest Grove, Ore.; Tom Bittick, Caldwell.
Eighth-Dustin Ward, Renton, Wash.; Steve Pyburn, Nampa; Ken Frickey, Nampa; Melissa Jarboe, New
Plymouth.

Heavy
Lucas Hull, Middleton, .061, 12.44 (12.53 dial), 108.19 def. Karl Martin, Riverton, Utah, .083,
11.57 (11.67 dial) 116.27.
Semi-Tom Davis, Meridian.
Quarters-Bill Meyers, Nampa; Kristi Shawver, Meridian; Richard Rush, Boise.

Sled/Bike
Gerard Stanberry, Boise, .024, 9.43 (9.39 dial) 143.35 def. David Kletzien, Boise, -.038, 9.55
(9.43 dial), 141.22
Semi-Rich Pedraza, Boise.
Quarters-Chase Bittick, Middleton; Jacob Wood, Meridian;

Bracketeer Consolation
Dan Lafferty, Wendell, Ida., .026, 7.09 (7.09 dial) 182.00 def. Chris Jaggers, Middleton, .033,
8.27 (8.28 dial), 157.06.
Semi-Derek Rose, St. Albert, Alberta; Donny Toia ; Tuscon, Ariz.
Quarters-Ed Cutler, Meridian; Camille Shaffer, Meridian; Mike Goad, Anacortes, Wash.; Rayce Kidd,
Twin Falls.

Pro Consolation
David Chun, Jr., Vancouver, Wash., .079, 8.58 (8.54 dial), 155.57 def. Chad Campbell, Meridian,
..090, 10.39 (10.40 dial), 120.44.
Semi-Chris McCallum, Grand Junction, Colo.
Quarters-Doug Wickfors, Eagle; Matt Compton, Boise.

Meridian Automotive & Machine
National Dragster Challenge 4-Day Series - Bracketeer

1. John Shaffer, Boise, 1038
2. Chuck Hawk Jr., Tucson, Ariz., 838
3. Blu Hayball, Fort Hall, 687
4. Chris Jagges, Middleton, 685
5. Bud Preuss, Grand Junction, Colo., 587
6. Ken Nelson, Hayden, 584
6. Tom Koenen, North Bend, Ore., 584
7. Jon Bradford, Tucson, Ariz., 486
8. Jamie Towes, Dawson Creek, B.C., 485
8. Andy Schmall, Idaho Falls, 485
9. Trevor Harkema, Hayden, 484
9. Troy Pecht, Caldwell, 484
9. Rayce Kidd, Twin Falls, 484
10. Ryan Cook, Idaho Falls, 437

Pro
1. Dustin Martin, Federal Way, Wash., 789
2. Mark Kidd, Twin Falls, 686
3. David Chun Jr., Vancouver, Wash., 637
4. Larry Pittenger, Williams, Ariz., 585
5. Randy Williamson, Boise, 537

Heavy
1. Karl Martin, Riverton, Utah, 1042
2. Luke Jacobson, Nampa, 636
3. Duston Wurtz, Meridian, 587
4. Lucas Hull, Middleton, 587
5. Bill Meyers, Nampa, 485

Sled/Bike
1. Craig Jensen, Chubbuck, 590
2. Richie Pedraza, Boise, 490
3. Jacob Wood, Meridian, 489
4. Gerard Stanberry, Boise, 438
5. Scott Grondahl, Nampa, 437

Best Appearing Car: Mike Gondziola, Saskatoon, Sask., `68 Camaro
Best Appearing Crew: Dan Myers, Ramona, Calif., `69 Camaro
Best Engineered: Mike Winston, Orangevale, Calif., `67 GTO
Quickest Door Car: Jake Neibauer, Billings, Mont., 7.48, 183.29
Quickest Open Wheel: Jon Bradford, Tucson, Ariz., 7.03, 191.65
Quickest Sled/Bike: Dave Allen, Meridian, 8.63-159.80
Long Distance: Tony & Michael Bartone, Long Island City, NY

Saturday, August 10, 2013
AA/Funny Car Final Qualifying
1.  John Hale, Addison, Texas, 5.84, 241.22
2.  Jason Rupert, Yorba Linda, Calif, 5.87, 242.52.
3.  Dan Horan, Sylmar, Calif., 5.89, 248.82.
4.  Tim Boychuk, Edmonton, Alberta, 5.99, 238.72.
5.  Robert Overholser, Clovis, Calif., 6.02, 232.85
6.  Kris Krabill, Tacoma, Wash., 6.05, 238.41.
7.  Dennis La Charite, Torrance, Calif., 6.17, 230.35.
8.  Mark Sanders, Maple Valley, Wash., 6.19, 232.85.
9.  Chris Davis, Spokane, Wash., 6.43, 196.16.
10.  Scott Stanger, West Point, Utah, 6.53, 219.94.
11.  Cameron Ferre, Huntington Beach, Calif., 6.61, 205.80.
12.  Wally Giavia, Klamath Falls, Ore., 7.02, 141.02.

AA/Fuel Dragster Final Qualifying
1.  Brett Harris, Hooper, Utah, 5.80, 247.38.
2.  Adam Sorokin, La Crescenta, Calif., 5.83, 224.83.
3.  Jim Murphy, Santa Rosa, Calif., 5.84, 237.52.
4.  Rick White, San Diego, Calif., 5.85, 248.00.
5.  Tony Bartone, Long Island City, New York, 5.93, 218.92.
6.  Brendan Murry, San Jose, Calif., 6.36, 230.35.
7.  Ron August, Pleasanton, Calif., 6.39, 212.91.

Outlaw Pro Modified Final Qualifying
1.  Marc Meadors, Danville, Calif., 6.03, 241.41.
2.  Dan Myers, Ramona, Calif., 6.09, 211.51.
3.  Rod Burbage, Anderson, Calif., 6.12, 236.53.
4.  Mike Gondziola, Saskatoon, Sask., 6.18, 232.79.
5.  Tim "TK" Krupa, Valencia, Calif., 6.19, 231.83.
6.  John Scialpi, Phelan, Calif., 6.39, 222.44.
7.  Jeremy Hanger, Fullerton, Calif., 6.43, 217.44.
8.  Craig Cawte, Cranbook, British Columbia, 6.53, 189.03.
1st Alt. Mike Weiss, Port Orchard, Wash., 6.65, 209.15.
2nd Alt. Lee Smith, Salem, Ore., 6.81, 216.03
3rd Alt. Yvonne Lucas, Maple Valley, Wash., 11.33, 76.16.

Bracketeer
Bud Preuss, Grand Junction, Colo., .037, 7.96 (7.92 dial) 164.02 def. Stan Leerkamp, Olympia,
Wash., .044, 7.54 (7.49 dial) 179.03.
Semi-John Shaffer, Boise; Jake Neibauer, Billings, Mont.
Quarters-Mike Nicholson, Vancouver, Wash., Rayce Kidd, Twin Falls; Chris Jaggers, Middleton.
Eighth-Matt Schoenfeld, Magna, Utah; Ken Nelson, Hayden, Ida.; Tom Koenen, North Bend, Ore.; Arron
Spitzer, Arlington, Wash.; Sean Shaffer, Boise; Tom Avgerakis, Newberg, Ore.; Tom Malicki, Brush
Prairie, Wash.

Pro
Randy Williamson, Boise, .030, 9.44 (9.43 dial) def. Dustin Martin, .030, 10.138 (10.14 dial)
131.64.
Semi-Michael McCallum, Grand Junction, Colo.
Quarters-David Deming, Nampa; Steve Pyburn, Nampa; Gary Hall, Brigham City, Utah.
Eighth-Larry Pittenger, Williams, Ariz.; Dustin Ward, Renton, Wash.; Dennis Jorgenson, Nampa; Bruce
Stewart, Middleton; Joe Witherspoon, Jerome.

Heavy
Karl Martin, Riverton, Utah, .013, 11.80 (11.73 dial) 104.23 def. Lonnie Jesser, Meridian, .134,
11.57 (11.58 dial) 111.70.
Semi-Josh Cutts, Rigby, Ida.
Quarters-Ron Wurtz, Caldwell; Travis Bowins, Meridian; Tom Davis, Meridian.

Sled/Bike
Craig Jensen, Chubbuck, Ida., .084, 9.76 (9.73 dial) 125.24 def. Rich Pedraza, Jr., .011, 10.16
(10.05 dial) 120.33.
Semi-Jacob Wood, Eagle.
Quarters-Scott Grondahl, Nampa; Zak Pedraza, Boise.

Bracketeer Consolation
Andy Morris, Olympia, Wash., .024, 7.69 (7.76 dial) 1601.11 def. David Myhre, Sheridan, Calif.,
..035, 7.89 (7.84 dial) 150.47.
Semi-Necia Cox, Boise.
Quarters-Diana Anderson, Twin Falls; Bob Seamons, Ogden, Utah.

Pro Consolation
Paul Nicolosi, Nampa, .030, 10.86 (10.85 dial) 120.53 def. Steve Kelly, Vancouver, Wash., .056,
10.93 (10.88 dial) 111.28.
Semi-Cody Clark, Pocatello; Keith Blackwood, Boise.
Quarters-Jim Coryat, Nampa; Brent Borchers, Meridian; AJ Armstrong, Star; Phil Sielaff, Pine, Ida.

Pro Dash
Tom Bittick, Caldwell, .047, 11.50 (11.50 dial) 115.96 def. Lisa Thomas, Meridian, -.028, 9.88
(9.91 dial) 132.82.
Semi-Larry Lamberson, Boise; Nicholas Shepherd, Tigard, Ore.

Bracketeer Dash
Mark Kidd, Twin Falls, .016, 7.60 (7.62 dial) 165.19 def. Bob Seamons, Ogden, Utah, .015, 8.20
(8.22 dial) 156.52.
Semi-Mike Nicholson, Vancouver, Wash.; Chuck Hawk Jr., Tucson, Ariz.

Friday, August 9, 2013
Bracketeeer
John Shaffer, Boise, .017, 11.19 (9.84 dial) 82.88 def, Chuck Hawk Jr., Tucson, Ariz., -.006 foul,
8.23 (7.92 dial) 130.89.
Semi-Andy Schmall, Idaho Falls; Rodney Snider, Grand Junction, Colo.
Quarter-Thomas Bayer, Fontana, Calif.; Mark Sievers, Grand Junction, Colo.; Judy Radford, Baker
City, Ore.
Eighth-Tom Clark, Spokane, Wash.; Donny Toia, Tucson, Ariz.; Katie Nelson-Bootsma, Hayden, Ida.;
Tom Koenen, North Bend, Ore.; Rayce Kidd, Twin Falls; Arron Spitzer, Arlington, Wash.; Greg Hicks,
Las Vegas, Nev.

Pro
Chris Hall, Brigham City, Utah, .032,10.32 (10.28 dial), 122.76 def. Rachelle Nielsen, Rexburg,
Ida., .087, 10.09 (10.07 dial), 133.31.
Semi-Larry Pittenger, Williams, Ariz.
Quarter-Matt Comptom, Boise; Don Faldowski, West Point, Utah.
Eighth-Doug Wickfors, Eagle; Stan Deming, Nampa; Melissa Jarboe, New Plymouth; Phil Garrison,
Flagstaff, Ariz.; Bryan Carmac, Palisade, Colo.

Heavy
Karl Martin, Riverton, Utah, .112, 11.86 (11.66 dial), 100.53 def. Mike Ritz, Boise,.176, 13.20
(13.00 dial), 106.25.
Semi-Bill Meyers, Nampa
Quarters-Luke Jacobson, Nampa; Paul Sanders, Black Canyon City, Ariz.; Shayne Schaefer, Boise.
Sled/Bike
Rich Pedraza Jr., Boise, .064, 10.06 (9.99 dial), 124.98 def. Jacob Wood, Meridian, --.092 foul,
10.02 (10.03 dial), 124.79.
Semi-Michael Watts, Boise; Scott Grondahl, Nampa.

Bracketeer Consolation
David Myhre, Sheridan, Calif., .009, 7.83 (7.82 dial), 164.59 def. Don Anderson, Twin Falls, .045,
9.30 (9.30 dial), 157.56.
Semi-Tom Malicki, Brush Prairie, Wash.; Jim Tattersall, Eden, Ida.
Quarters-Shane Marsh, Central Point, Ore.; Butch Warner, Surprise, Ariz.; Larry Spitali, Glendale,
Ariz.; Nick Nicholson, Vancouver, Wash.

Pro/Heavy Consolation
Steve Kelly, Vancouver, Wash., .014, 10.87 (10.86 dial), 119.41 def. Steve Pyburn, Nampa, .055,
9.88 (9.88 dial), 136.77.
Semi-Keith Blackwood, Boise; Michael McCallum, Grand Junction, Colo.
Quarters-Ken Frickey, Nampa; Chris Wingert, Lewiston, Ida.; Tyler Rush, Boise; AJ Armstrong, Star.

TOP 5 Meridian Automotive & Machine Bracketeer Series
National Dragster Challenge

Bracketeer Eliminator
1. John Shaffer, Boise, 545 points
2. Jon Bradford, Tucson, Ariz., 444
2. Chuck Hawk Jr., Tucson, Ariz., 444
3. Ryan Cook, Idaho Falls, 395
4. Chris Jaggers, Middleton, 393
4. Andy Schmall, Idaho Falls, 393
5. Judy Radford, Baker City, Ore., 342

Pro eliminator
1. David Chun Jr., Vancouver, Wash., 495
2. Chris Hall, Brigham City, Utah, 445
3. Phil Garrison, Flagstaff, Ariz., 443
4. Larry Pittenger, Williams, Ariz., 393
5. Paul Nicolosi, Nampa, 344
5. Rachelle Nielsen, Rexburg, 344

Heavy eliminator
1. Karl Martin, Riverton, Utah, 445
2. Luke Jacobson, Nampa, 444
3. Duston Wurtz, Meridian, 395
4. Mike Ritz, Boise, 344
5. Levi Burlile, Nampa, 293

Sled/Bike eliminator
1. Craig Jensen, Chububuck, 295
2. Richie Pedraza, Boies 245
3. Liz Micheletty, Kuna, 244
3. Scott Grondahl, Nampa, 244
4. Jacob Wood, Meridian, 194
5. Michael Watts, Boise, 193

Final Top Fire-Open Wheel Qualifying
Top Fire-Open Wheel
1. Jon Bradford, Tucson, Ariz., 7.03, 191.65.
2. Dan Lafferty, Wendell, Id., 7.14, 191.48.
3. Mark Sievers, Grand Junction, Co., 7.17, 178.71.
4. Greg Carlile, Lake Stevens, Wa, 7.19, 190.55.
5. Darryn O'Connor, Fort St John, BC., 7.19, 187.34.
6. Tom Koenen, North Bend, OR., 7.20, 188.83.
7. Kacee Jo Bootsma-Morris, Outlook, Wa., 7.33, 182.62.
8. Dale Green, Covington, Wa., 7.37, 183.22.
9. Cody Hiatt, Boise, Id., 7.39, 181.74.
10. Ken Nelson, Hayden, Ida., 7.40, 182.37.
11. Tim Wallce Jr, Meridian, Id., 7.43, 181.15.
12. Brett Pruess, Grand Junction., 7.52, 178.81.

Final Top Fire-Full Bodied Qualifying
1. Jake Neibauer, Billings, Mont., 7.48, 183.29.
2. Mark Austin, Garden City, Ida., 7.68, 174.96.
3. Brad Pruess, Grand Junction, Co., 7.90, 170.71.
4. Mike Winston, Orangevale, Ca., 8.17, 158.00.
5. Judy Radford, Baker City, Ore., 8.22, 164.95.
6. Donny Toia, Tucson, Ariz., 8.35, 158.56.
7. Butch Warner, Surprise, Ariz., 8.40, 165.53.
8. Jamie Toews, Dawson Creek, B.C., 8.45, 161.05.
9. Tom Franks, Boise, Ida., 8.45, 157.92.
10. Brad Pattan, Emmett, Ida., 8.50, 162.54.
11. Rodney Snider, Grand Junction, Colo., 8.52, 160.00.
12. Kenneth Covington, Grand Junction, Colo., 8.55, 158.03.

Thursday, August 8, 2013
Bracketeeer
John Shaffer, Boise, .017, 11.19 (9.84 dial) 82.88 def, Chuck Hawk Jr., Tucson, Ariz., -.006 foul,
8.23 (7.92 dial) 130.89.
Semi-Andy Schmall, Idaho Falls; Rodney Snider, Grand Junction, Colo.
Quarter-Thomas Bayer, Fontana, Calif.; Mark Sievers, Grand Junction, Colo.; Judy Radford, Baker
City, Ore.
Eighth-Tom Clark, Spokane, Wash.; Donny Toia, Tucson, Ariz.; Katie Nelson-Bootsma, Hayden, Ida.;
Tom Koenen, North Bend, Ore.; Rayce Kidd, Twin Falls; Arron Spitzer, Arlington, Wash.; Greg Hicks,
Las Vegas, Nev.

Pro
Chris Hall, Brigham City, Utah, .032,10.32 (10.28 dial), 122.76 def. Rachelle Nielsen, Rexburg,
Ida., .087, 10.09 (10.07 dial), 133.31.
Semi-Larry Pittenger, Williams, Ariz.
Quarter-Matt Comptom, Boise; Don Faldowski, West Point, Utah.
Eighth-Doug Wickfors, Eagle; Stan Deming, Nampa; Melissa Jarboe, New Plymouth; Phil Garrison,
Flagstaff, Ariz.; Bryan Carmac, Palisade, Colo.

Heavy
Karl Martin, Riverton, Utah, .112, 11.86 (11.66 dial), 100.53 def. Mike Ritz, Boise,.176, 13.20
(13.00 dial), 106.25.
Semi-Bill Meyers, Nampa
Quarters-Luke Jacobson, Nampa; Paul Sanders, Black Canyon City, Ariz.; Shayne Schaefer, Boise.
Sled/Bike
Rich Pedraza Jr., Boise, .064, 10.06 (9.99 dial), 124.98 def. Jacob Wood, Meridian, --.092 foul,
10.02 (10.03 dial), 124.79.
Semi-Michael Watts, Boise; Scott Grondahl, Nampa.

Bracketeer Consolation
David Myhre, Sheridan, Calif., .009, 7.83 (7.82 dial), 164.59 def. Don Anderson, Twin Falls, .045,
9.30 (9.30 dial), 157.56.
Semi-Tom Malicki, Brush Prairie, Wash.; Jim Tattersall, Eden, Ida.
Quarters-Shane Marsh, Central Point, Ore.; Butch Warner, Surprise, Ariz.; Larry Spitali, Glendale,
Ariz.; Nick Nicholson, Vancouver, Wash.

Pro/Heavy Consolation
Steve Kelly, Vancouver, Wash., .014, 10.87 (10.86 dial), 119.41 def. Steve Pyburn, Nampa, .055,
9.88 (9.88 dial), 136.77.
Semi-Keith Blackwood, Boise; Michael McCallum, Grand Junction, Colo.
Quarters-Ken Frickey, Nampa; Chris Wingert, Lewiston, Ida.; Tyler Rush, Boise; AJ Armstrong, Star.





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