TEAM FIREBIRD FINISHES FOURTH AT DIVISION 6 SUMMIT E.T. FINALS

Firebird’s best 58 racers put up a valiant fight during the Summit E.T. Finals at Pacific Raceways in Kent, Wash. In the end, the track team championship was collected by Team Woodburn who accumulated 68 points, while Portland International finished second at 64, Bremerton third at 63, and Team Firebird finished fourth overall with a total of 60 points. The top five was rounded out by the home track (Pacific), which claimed a net 50 rounds wins (points).

Throughout Sunday’s final eliminations, Firebird carried the lead during a big part of the first, second and third round of racing. Quite a number of Firebird competitors waded their way into the late rounds of competition. The final Firebird racer still in during the late rounds of racing was Lucas Hull, who finished in the semi-finals of Sportsman eliminator.

In the Race of Champions special event, both Mark Kidd (in Pro) and Duston Wurtz (in Sportsman) came within a whisker of earning a trip to Pomona and the NHRA World Finals in November. Both Firebird racers finished runner-up, just one round win shy of the Division 6 title. In the Pro final, Kidd was defeated by Robert Steffen, Olympia, Wash., while Wurtz lost a close heat to Woodburn bracket gun Derrick Jackson in Sportsman.

All but one class came to a conclusion on Sunday. Firebird still has one racer in the hunt for the Race of Champions and an opportunity to earn a trip to Pomona. Firebird’s Zak Pedraza earned the bye run in Sled/Bike (with 3 rides still in), which was pushed to a Monday morning finish (due to the 5:30 pm curfew). Two motorcycles and the Pedraza Polaris drag sled will run off for the Division 6 title on Labor Day Monday (morning).