BOISE MUFFLER GOLD CUP POINT’S CHASE BEGINS AT STINKER SEASON OPENER
After two weeks of testing, it was nice to finally kick the gates open for a
robust turnout of racers participating at the opening stop in the Boise Muffler
Gold Cup Points Series. Better known as the Stinker Stores Season Opener, the
event enjoyed plenty of sunshine, along with breezy conditions as temperatures
climbed into lower 60’s on both Saturday and Sunday.
Ten different categories were contested each day. From Super Pro through Junior
Dragster as nearly every point’s earning class (with exception to High School,
Alumni, Sport Compact and Club) were on hand for the double header weekend of
We want to convey our thanks to everyone on the Firebird Staff who really worked
their tails off to provide not only outstanding racing conditions, but also an
enjoyable experience for all in attendance.
Out of the hundreds upon hundreds of runs down both the eighth and quarter-mile,
two stood out in particular. One was the wildest, nearly over-the-top
wheelstands we’ve every witnessed. The first round race in the all-new Super
Shifter class belonged to the mighty `56 Chevy nostalgia ride of Scott Downard.
The altered gasser went all but vertical, tagging the rear bumper in nearly 250
feet of sheer bliss as “Rowdy #3” once owned by the late Lloyd Taylor left
everyone in total awe. Remarkably enough, Downard lost the first round heat,
staying after the pass at 10.66 on his 10.55 dial in a losing bid to Rich
Pedraza Jr. The second jaw-dropper belonged to the patriotic `57 Chevy future
Pro Mod ride owned by Dan Coates and wheeled by Andy Neyer. On their fifth
licensing run just before lunchtime on Sunday, they put down the quickest lap of
the season (by anyone), carding a superb 6.59-213.01 mph blast en route to
completing their NHRA Licensing efforts in impressive fashion.
Congratulations to all the champions from the opening weekend of racing. We
thought it would be fun to take an assortment of images from throughout the
weekend and showcase them in our Season Opener photo montage thanks to the
photography of Gary & Jessica Himes, Alex Charlton and the Firebird staff.