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 action.

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.


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