As most know, we love featuring outstanding photography from quite a cross-section of events on our website. It’s just plain fun getting to look back at many of our events from the perspective captured by quite an array of top-notch photographers.

We’re not sure we featured a photo of every champion at this year’s Classic in the event photo montage, but we came pretty close. We want to congratulate all of this year’s winners. A big tip of the hat is extended to this year’s Classic Grand Champion Chris Hall from Brigham City, Utah, for not only sweeping the Pro class, but also scoring two additional round victories in the runoff, sweeping the $5,000 grand championship title. Only seventeen other racers have won this feat dating back to the start of the Classic.

Hall makes number 18 and remarkably enough, he is the third racer from the state of Utah (Bill Matern and Brian Sanderson are the other two) to pull off the feat. A tip of the hat is also extended to Yakima’s Doug Widhalm (Super Pro) and Dana Carson (Sportsman) and John Floyd Jr., Gresham, Ore. (Heavy) for earning coveted NHRA Idaho State Wally plaque titles. Additionally, congratulations to Jacob Wood, Meridian (Sled/Bike), and Junior Wally’s earned by: Brittani Bachman, Sandy, Utah, and Mason Euteneier Asbury, Yakima, Wash., during the weather-delayed Monday finish.

Thanks again to everyone who made the trip to Classic XVIII. We are grateful to everyone’s support of our year-end family festival of fun. We hope you enjoy all the terrific photography from this year’s Halloween weekend.

We also want to say thanks to everyone on the Firebird staff (several of which are pictured below), many of which started working on Monday and continued right on through the following Monday, to pull off the first seven-day event in Firebird history. As most would acknowledge, we have some of the hardest working and most dedicated staff on the drag racing planet. From the front gates to starting line, tech inspection/pit control to food service, end-of-track crew to souvenir store, tower to clean up crew and all points in between—thanks for everything.

In case you hadn’t heard, the dates are already set for Classic XVIX, so mark your calendars for October 10-14, 2012.

If by chance we don’t see you at this year’s Banquet on November 19th, we do wish everyone the very best during the off-season and look forward to seeing you when the track opens for its 45th season of NHRA Drag Racing in April of 2012.


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