Looking Ahead to 2015:
March 12-15, 2015
43rd Annual O'Reilly
Boise Roadster Show
Les Schwab Tires
Expo Idaho - Boise
May 14-17, 2015
45th Annual NAPA
Ignitor Nitro Opener
August 13-16, 2015
44th Annual Pepsi
Sept. 3-6, 2015
Summit E.T. Finals
Host Track: Firebird Raceway
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Track Champion Profile: BRUCE COMPTON
Every week we are taking a moment to feature each of our Boise Muffler Gold Cup Champions. One of Firebird’s toughest categories, the Performance Solutions Pro class, was captured by Bruce Compton. A former Sportsman track champion, Compton held off the challenge of Joe Witherspoon, Tom Davis, Dan Wilder, Seth McLean and Jeffrey Langan (Top 5) by just three round wins.
We’ll let him describe a few things that stood out from his season, a championship that he shares with his granddaughter, Casey (Junior Dragster), who we will profile in a separate feature.
Name: Bruce Compton
Family members: Karen, Matt & Liana and Casey, Shannan, Lauren, and Ty Gaynor.
Profession: Retired Boise city firefighter and self employed auto repair.
Sponsors: My wife and our dime and Performance Solutions.
Anyone else you'd like to say thanks to: Thanks always to my family and many friends like Dale Miller, Glen Watts, Jerry Hodges, Mike and Dana Drummond, Lynn Johnston, and many others that help keep all our stuff going to the track.
Number of years drag racing: I drag raced way back in the early 70`s for awhile, but then went circle track racing for many years. In about 1999 Fred Johnston and I built the yellow car and have been drag racing since. In those years we put six dedicated race cars on the track.
Favorite moment of the season: My favorite race of the season was with Levi Burlile. Levi was always after me because Grandpa Tom Davis and I were close in points all year. I don`t remember the date but we got together for a round and I won it. When we tuned on to the return road I looked back at Levi and his arm was out of the car giving me the finger. I laughed all the way back.
Least favorite: That would be getting timed out on the starting line. Why? Because it was close to the last point’s race, four racers within three rounds, third round of the day and it was my own fault.
As best you can recollect, your best single run in eliminations this year: I don`t remember any particular race except to say that many rounds were won or lost by thousands of seconds.
Do you have one event that stands out from last year and why was it was special: Having not won a Pro point’s race all year makes it hard to pick a standout event. I went to final`s, semi`s, and quarter`s many times but who remembers second, third or fourth except maybe the point total. My best for the season was a win on Friday night at the Nightfire. Any win at that event is a thrill.
Any final thoughts you’d like to add or observations from this past season: At the Bracket finals the loss in the fifth round of the Race of Champions was a big disappointment, but all in all the year was fun. Winning the Pro championship at Firebird is a big deal considering the caliber of competitors and to have Casey win the Junior championship in the same year is a pretty special family accomplishment. Lastly; many thanks to the New family for the great facility we race at. It only gets better.
Images provided by Himes & Charlton Photography.
NEW CREW REVEALS NEW TRACK IMPROVEMENTS FOR 2015 SEASON
In a move to further elevate and enhance the race facility, it has been a beehive a activity and work at the track starting the day after the final event of the season.
The concrete pads were laser profiled by Ellis Profiling and diamond ground by Edge Grinding the first weekend of November. The pads are now finely polished, which was headed up by a team of experts headed up by Jeff Fetty with high-end terrazzo fine-diamond polishers.
Concurrently, McAlvain Construction, one of the premiere concrete companies in the Pacific Northwest earned the bid to extend the concrete surface by 200’ to nearly half track under the guidance and insight of a number of track and industry experts. Now completed, it is impressive to say the least. In addition, the water boxes behind the starting line were also removed and replaced.
Dedicated to further enhancing the Firebird facility, general manager Scott New conveyed, “All of us in the New family are committed to providing racers and our fans a first-rate facility to participate at and enjoy. This is a pledge on behalf of everyone who supports our race track and our long-term vision of producing quality events throughout our racing calendar starting in March and continuing through October. We can’t wait for 2015!”
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