ALEX STEEN CLAIMS JR. DRAGSTER TITLE AT THIRD STOP IN MEADOW GOLD SERIES
It’s almost hard to believe that temperatures climbed
into the upper-80’s by mid-afternoon on the third Test Day of the 2012
Season, but it did. In fact, a record was set for the greater Treasure
Valley as the thermostat topped out at 90 degrees! Considering previous
highs have basically been in the low 60’s, this was an over-the-top
heat-wave that had just about everyone chugging bottles of water and
Gatorade throughout the day to stay hydrated.
In addition to a full day of testing, the third stop in the Meadow Gold
Jr. Dragster Series took place following three qualifying heats. Alex
Steen swept the overall title by running 7.92 (7.94 dial)-82.02 mph to
defeat a redlighting (-.016) by Jacob Geier who finished at 9.01 (8.94
dial)-78.19. Semi-final positions were collected by Chandler Steen and
Casey Compton, while Wes Morris, Kaylessa Alwine, and Justin Hof earned
Several racers either upped their speed in the 100 mph club or
established new marks throughout the jam-packed day of testing. The
quickest full-bodied run of the day belonged to Tom Franks who nailed a
couple of mid-8.50 laps with his injected Opel GT. Amongst a sea of
Street Bike riders, Chris Batten was king of the speed burners, dipping
into the high 8’s at nearly 160 miles per hour.
An assortment of racers were on hand setting up their combination for
the fast approaching Ignitor-Lucas Oil Drag Race Series meet on May 3-6.
Terry Anderson (SS), Rob Youngblood (SS), Dave Goff (SG) and Mike Hering
(Stk) all look very strong in the hotter than normal conditions.
Others who made a number of solid laps included: Larry Lamberson, Wayne
Ryder, Carl Youngstrom, Jeffrey Langan, and quite a cross-section of
other Super Pro, Pro and Sportsman Gold Cup racers (in addition to all
those who were there just to test). It was “oh so nice” to see Melissa
Jarboe finish up her day with a perfect .000 reaction time (even though
it’s not a Perfect Light Club Qualifying day) after continuing to get
her combination dialed in.
It was even good to see several racers making their first trip out to
the raceway this season. We really enjoyed seeing Eric Flowers, Jim
Tattersall, Andres Chavez, Brian Ross (running the Bill Muchow Mustang),
Rich Pedraza Jr. (who was debuting his all-white Nova with limited
success), Larry Troudt, Eldon Twitty (who was making his first runs of
the year with a much more potent `63 Ranchero), and a number of others
we may have overlooked.
Thanks to everyone who came out in droves to enjoy the beautiful
sun-filled day. We all look forward to the next two events on schedule,
both the Fairly Reliable Bob’s Club Challenge Series on Friday, April
27th, and the United Dairymen of Idaho Spring High School & Alumni
Championships presented by the College of Western Idaho on Sunday, April