Russ Dutnecht

Russ Dutnecht

Hot August Nites drag racing event sizzles

Here's what happened during the Hot August Nites drag racing event held during Riverboat Days

Hot August Nites, indeed.

With temperatures climbing past 30 degrees for the event, held August 5 and 6 during Riverboat Days, the race certainly lived up to its name.

Sunday kicked off with the continuation of Points brackets racing where Delany Ribeiro extended her reign as the Jr.’s Champion, holding on to the top spot from the previous event and giving her a solid lead in the points race. She battled with Quinn Amado, who took second place in an exciting all girls battle.

In the Sportsman Class, that runs 8.60 seconds and up, Tom Ponzini took first while Steve Derby, a first time racer at the Terrace Drag Racing Association (TDRA) took second.

For Pro, which runs anywhere from 7.36 – 8.59 seconds on the one-eighth mile track, Ken Kaperlari, racing out of Telkwa in his ‘56 Chevy Belair took first place.

Kris Barnett, once again proving his strength and fierceness as a competitor, took first in the Super Pro class.

But that wasn’t his only win – he took the weekend as an opportunity to propose to his girlfriend, Desiree Faber, who accepted his proposal.

Monday’s races included MacCarthy Motor’s Quick 8, in which the eight fastest machines on the property go head-to-head in an all-out heads up race for cash followed by the King of the YXT, where Terrace racers are pitted against each other to see who is the most consistent racer of the day.

Chris Bie took the top spot and Delany Ribeiro made it a double win by taking first in the Jr. King (or in her case, Queen) of the YXT.

Full results below:


Sunday’s winners

Jr. Dragster:

1st- Delany Ribeiro

2nd- Maddy Amado

3rd- Lou Ribeiro


1st- Tom Ponzini

2nd- Steve Derby

3rd- Randy Kluss


1st- Ken Kaperlari

2nd- Laurence Wilkins

3rd- Randy Baker

Super Pro:

1st- Kris Barnett

2nd- Norm Schweggler

3rd- Gord Hidber


Mondays winners:

King of the YXT Jr. Dragster:

1st- Delany Ribeiro

King of the YXT:

1st- Chris Bie

2nd- Dwayne Adams


1st- John Wreggitt

Quick 8:

1st-Russ Gutknecht Super Pro:

1st-Russ Gutnecht

2nd-Bruce Daum

3rd- Gord Hidber