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Mon, 10 Sep 2001, 08:46 AM

News and Notes from the NHRA Summit Racing Series Northwest Division Finals
Courtesy of NHRA Marketing

Among the class racers competing at this years NHRA Summit Racing Series Finals was Stock Eliminator racer Jody Lang. With a top 10 finish in National standings last year, and a handful of national and divisional event victories to his credit, Lang is a standout in the Stock category. Lang's most recent victory was only two weeks ago, when the Puyallup, Wash. runner won the NHRA Federal-Mogul Drag Racing Series Event held at Renegade Raceways in Yakima, Wash. Unfortunately, Lang didn't fare as well at the NHRA Summit Racing Series Northwest Division Finals. Lang, who was racing for Portland International Raceway in the Pro category, was eliminated in the first round in both Saturday and Sunday's competition behind the wheel of his '69 Chevelle.

Team Madras Racing Rookies Give Jr. Racer's a Boost

When Beaverton, Ore. racers Don Gould and Allen Toetly discovered that in their very first year competing in the NHRA Summit Racing Series program at Madras Raceway, that they'd both qualified to race at the Summit Series Finals at Firebird Raceway, the rookie racers had an idea.

"Part of my livelihood used to include the production vinyl lettering. I raced circle track for a number of years and found that when you'd go to a bigger event, like the Summit Racing Finals, people would always be in need of lettering. Since I still had all my equipment I decided to bring it to Firebird to make letters for anyone who needed them for a minimal fee and donate the proceeds to Firebird, Madras and Woodburn to put towards their Jr. programs. I have a few grandkids and wanted it to go to a good cause. We figured that we'd raise a few hundred dollars. We actually wound up raising exactly $900 on the button. We were shocked," said Gould.

Sunday morning, Gould and his crew, Holley Gould, Ray Ewert, Miki Brad Hall, Brian Hall, and friend Allen Toetly, gladly handed over $300 to each of the three tracks, who were no doubt very thankful for the contribution

Special Awards

Receiving the award for Best Engineered Car was Melvin and Clydeen Dick, of Lake View, Oregon for their unique Super Pro roadster, which Clydeen campaigns in the class. Honors for Best Appearing Car/Bike went to Steve and Shannon Miller, of Yakima Washington for their '89 Suzuki motorcycle. The Canadian Cup, which is given to the "North of the Border" team who accumulates the largest point total after Sunday's final eliminations, was awarded to Team Mission, who accumulated 46 points in the Team Championship. The Mission, B.C. team finished 4th in points overall, in a tie with Portland International Raceway, in Portland Ore.

For their undying cheers and "T-E-A-M" support, the Team Spirit Award went to Bremerton Raceway, located in Bremerton Wash. Though they didn't win the overall Team Championship the Bremerton folks still had loads to cheer about. They finished third in points, with an impressive 58 points.

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