Following the NHRA Northwest Division Meetings in
Seattle, the host site for the 36th Annual Division 6 Summit E.T. Finals
was confirmed and Spokane County Raceway in Airway Heights, Wash.
(outside of Spokane), will be the next stop in the rotating series for
the Team Finals on Aug. 29-31, Sept. 1, 2013.
This will mark the first time in the three and a half decade history of
the E.T. Finals that Spokane will host the event, a region that is often
recognized as the Inland Empire.
Plans are already going together to take 58 racers to Spokane. All
together, 50 racers will earn spots from within the Boise Muffler Gold
Cup chase in Super Pro, Pro, Sportsman and Sled/Bike. Six additional
racers will qualify from the Junior Dragster program and two will earn
positions from the High School Series, to make-up a full 58-member team.
Out of the mix will come those who qualify for the Race of Champions
event on Saturday, which will once again see the top six racers in Super
Pro, Pro, Sportsman and Sled/Bike compete within the very special “race
within a race”. The four overall winners will earn trips to the Summit
national championship held in conjunction with the NHRA World Finals in
Pomona in November.
The new 2013 NHRA Rule Books are now available. We will have them in the
Firebird booth at the Boise Roadster Show in March.
Seattle, Washington...The 2012 NHRA Division 6 Award’s Banquet took
place at the Seattle Airport Marriott on Saturday evening, January 12th.
Champions were crown in the Lucas Oil Drag Race Series, Summit Series,
and an assortment of other programs. In addition, six people were
recognized into the Division 6 Hall of Fame. The recipients included
Jack Shannon, Steve Denbo, Hank Johnson, Frank Hall, Jess Jones, and
Shannon was the Division 6 Director from 1969 to 1977; Denbo was a racer
and past NHRA Certification team member, track announcer and former
P.I.R. manager; Johnson was a former Top Fuel, Funny Car and BB/Funny
Car competitor; Hall was a former Funny Car driver and Division 6
Director; Jones was a crew chief for Hank Johnson; and Weiss was a
60’s-era Top Fuel standout.
Recognized for their dedication to event coverage and photography, the
Firebird facility was acknowledged for the National Dragster Media Award
presented on behalf of NHRA newspaper editor Phil Burgess.
A tip of the hat goes out to all the division champions and assortment
of other award recipients. Noteworthy amongst a bevy of special plaques
and trophies was the presentation for Racer of the Year, which was
handed out to Brad Burton, the 2012 NHRA Stock eliminator World Champion
(who also won the season opening Ignitor at Firebird).