De Palma Stopped in Final Round
(KENT, Wash) – Adam Bowdish made sure that Northwest Nationals Competition Eliminator champ Mike De Palma didn’t make it two-in-a-row at Pacific Raceways by downing the Glendale, AZ driver in the final round Sunday at the NHRA Lucas Oil Divisional Presented by Torklift Central RV. Bowdish, from Oregon City, OR, drove his 2005 Cavalier to a final round 8.011 at 155.56 mph.
In Stock Eliminator, it was a battle of former Pacific Raceways track champions with Auburn’s Kelly Thomas winning in a double-breakout race over Jody Lang. Another Kent track former champ, Mark Faul, took home Super Stock honors in a great final round win over Brush Prairie’ Sean Cour. Both drivers ran right on their dial with Faul having a slight starting line advantage.
Seattle’s Barry Hobson put a huge hole-shot on Craig Anderson to win Top Sportsman. Anderson, from Waxahachie, TX, ran right on his dial, but Hobson was better at the start in his 2006 Grand Am. John Chitwood, from Saint Helens, OR, took the other fast class over red-lighting Dustin Hentges to win Top Dragster.
In Super Street, it was an all-Langley, BC final as Brad Vinje beat a fouling Steve Lowe for the Wally. Super Gas was another all-Canadian final with Kelowna’s Mike Shannon beating Ken Mostowich, from Calgary, who turned on the red bulb.
Aaron Kindard pushed Steve Williams further under the index to win Super Comp with an 8.892 at 173.23 on an 8.90. Williams was 8.70 at 181.01 miles per hour in a battle of Division 7 competitors.
Chris Bondy won his first race ever in Pro as he drove his 2007 Mustang GT over Auburn’s Jon Hatley. In Super Pro, Dawson Creek’s Jamie Toelos used a better reaction time to beat fellow Canadian Mark Schuppener. In Sportsman Motorcycle, Kevin Brennan didn’t decide to attend the Kent race until late in the week, but he made the trek from Chilliwack, BC pay off has he beat Yakima’s Jeff Havens in the money round on his ’92 Suzuki.
Final Round Results
Adam Bowdish, Oregon City, OR, 8.011 at 155.56 beat Mike DePalma, Glendale, AZ, 8.967 at 148.62 mph
Mark Faul, Tacoma, WA, 10.565 at 125.63 beat Sean Cour, Brush Prairie, WA, 10.530 at 123.40 mph
Kelly Thomas, Auburn, WA, 11.843 at 105.57 mph beat Jody Lang, Puyallup, WA, 12.074 at 107.83 mph
Barry Hobson, Seattle, 7.024 at 176.05 mph beat Craig Anderson, Waxahachie, TX, 7.148 at 193.18 mph
John Chitwood, Saint Helens, OR, 7.389 at 179.14 mph beat Dustin Hentges, Olympia, WA, red light
Aaron Kinard, San Marcos, CA, 8.892 at 173.23 mph beat Steve Williams, Beaumont, CA, 8.870 at 181.01 mph
Mike Shannon, Kelowna, BC, 9.902 at 162.96 mph beat Ken Mostowich, Calgary AB, red light
Brad Vinje, Langley BC, 10.902 143.58 beat Steve Lowe, Langley, BC, red light
Kevin Brennan, Chilliwack, BC, 8.383 at 152.78 beat Jeff Havens, Yakima, WA, red light
Jamie Toelos, Dawson Creek, BC, 8.190 at 165.60 mph beat Mark Schuppener, West Kelowna, BC, 7.965 at 170.77 mph
Chris Bondy, Bellevue, WA, 12.388 at 113.86 mph beat Jon Hately, Auburn, WA, red light