By Ed Evans
THE DRAG Race Season Opener at the Terrace/Kitimat Regional Airport went off without a hitch, even with the weather threatening on Sunday, May 13.
Several new cars were there with Prince Rupert’s Gord Hidber running his Chevy II to a respectable 6.4 second run.
Pierre Amado brought out his new ride, a Duster. Pierre even beat his brother Paul in his Demon in a heads up race in time trials.
“The only time he ran fast is when he raced me,” said Paul jokingly after the run.
It was a Daum Saturday as Tanner Daum took home “JR King of the YXT” and his father, Bruce Daum took “King of The YXT.”
Wade Barnett in his yellow Altered took “Gamblers.”
Sunday started out with a sprinkling, threatening to turn to rain, however it cleared up in the afternoon during eliminations, turning to hot and sunny.
Delany Ribero won “Jr. Dragster,” cutting a perfect light (0.500). Lou Ribero won second place and Tanner Daum won his second podium position of the weekend with a third place in “Jr. Dragster.”
“Sportsman” was won by yours truly, Ed Evans.
After making it to the semi finals, I had to race last year’s defending champion Dana Amado. Dana lost by a fender and took home third place, setting up the finals with Doug Ribero. Ribero took home second place.
“Pro” had Craig Baker take out Brandon Roth in the finals and John Simms in his bike took home third place.
“Super Pro” saw Paul Amado take out Kris Barnett in his Altered for first place and Russ Gutnechkt and his 50’s pickup winning third place.
There were not enough bikes/sleds this year for their own class, so they have been rolled into the regular classes depending on how fast they run.
A good weekend of racing was had by all. A big thanks goes out to all of the volunteers who helped pull this race off.
For more information or to see more photos, check out the websites www.terracedrags.ca or www.prautoclub.com.
Next up: The season’s second race at the Terrace/Kitimat Regional Airport is June 16th and 17th.
King of the yxt Jr.: Tanner Daum, Kitimat
King of the yxt: Bruce Daum, Kitimat
Gambler: Wade Barnett, Terrace
1st Delaney Ribero, Kitimat
2nd Lou Ribero, Kitimat
3rd Tanner Daum, Kitimat
1st Ed Evans, Prince Rupert
2nd Doug Ribero, Kitimat
3rd Dana Amado, Kitimat
1st Craig Baker
2nd Brandon Roth, Kitimat
3rd John Simms, Smithers
1st Paul Amado, Kitimat
2nd Chris Barnett, Terrace
3rd Russ Gutnechkt, Smithers