NHRDA Pacific Coast Diesel Nationals
Presented by ISSPRO Woodburn Dragstrip! 2014 MBRP Diesel Drag Racing Series
The calendar says summer, but racers and fans were greeted by spring-like weather in Woodburn, Oregon, as the NHRDA headed to the West Coast for the seventh stop in 2014. Rain showers interrupted the drag racing schedule several times, but in between the rain drops, diesel drag racing fans were treated to some great racing and pulling action at the Pacific Coast Diesel Nationals presented by ISSPRO.
Ryan Milliken and Jarid Vollmer remained unbeaten and dominant in Pro Stock and Pro Street, while Northwest racers in Super Street, Super Diesel and Sportsman Diesel took home trophies in their own backyard.
Milliken remained unbeaten in NHRDA Pro Stock in 2014, taking home his 7th event title of the season. Despite being a long way from his Navarre, Florida home, Milliken didn't miss a beat in Oregon. He topped qualifying with an 8.99-second run, and in the final was the recipient of good fortune as Rick Fletes had a mechanical issue in his '73 Nova, giving Milliken the easy win. For Fletes, it was his second runner-up finish of 2014.
Congrats to Ryan and Team Dirty Max!
Vollmer took a shot at the national record in qualifying, running as quick as 8.860 and as fast as 157.72 mph, tantalizingly close to the record marks of 8.81, 159 mph. In the end, he was unable to eclipse those lofty numbers, but "The Iron Man" wowed the crowd with several strong runs. Like Milliken, Vollmer is undefeated in 2014, and Woodburn marked his 6th event win of 2014 (he did not compete in one event this season). As the season enters the stretch run, it's a good bet that Vollmer will continue running hard no matter how big his points lead gets.
Congrats to Jarid and Team Bully Dog!
Jerry Mullins proved that playing on homecourt is just as much of an advantage in drag racing as it is in the stick and ball sports. Mullins, who lives 13 miles east of Woodburn in Molalla, qualified on the pole in his 2003 Chevy, running a best of 10.35. In round one, he improved to a 10.22 at over 134 mph on a bye run, before facing Andrea Coddens in the semi-finals. In the race of the day, Mullins used a .185 to .271 reaction advantage coupled with a 10.196 ET, to hold off Coddens' 10.138, which was low ET of the event in Super Street. The margin of victory was 28 thousandths of a second.
In the final, Mullins outran Canadian racer Justin Sherba to post his first victory of the season.
Congrats to Jerry Mullins!
Like Super Street winner Jerry Mullins, Matt Rumgay took home a big win at his home track. The racer out of Oregon City drove his 2007 Dodge into the winner's circle at Woodburn by being on the right side of a few close races, including in the final where his 12.02 on the 11.90 index was just enough to edge Verlon Southwick's 12.11.
Despite the loss, Southwick moved into third place in the Super Diesel points.
Congrats to Matt Rumgay!
Although Trey Sikes still holds a commanding points lead in Sportsman Diesel, Jim Calhoun proved at Woodburn that he's not going down without a fight. The savvy veteran picked up his second win of the season, and with two events remaining in the western half of the NHRDA tour, Calhoun, who hails from Kent, Wash., could continue to inch closer to Sikes in the points.
At Woodburn, Calhoun made five runs between 13.42 and 13.52, and used a string of solid reaction times to outpace the competition. In the final, he had his worst light of the day, but it didn't matter after Verlon Southwick turned on the red light.
Congrats to Jim Calhoun!
Hansen's rare double win didn't come easy or cheap, as he suffered mechanical failure that prematurely ended his pull in the Super Stock class. The win, his first of 2014 in Super Stock, moved him into third place in the points.
Congrats to Tom Hansen!
Hansen used a monster pull of 284 feet to knock out fellow Utah puller Weylin Richards in the 3.0 class. It marked his third win of 2014, and earned him the top spot in the national points with just three races to go. Hansen's margin over second place Dan Clarke is just 6 points, the closest points chase in the NHRDA so far this season.
Congrats to Tom Hansen!
Parlette, who won the season opener in Bakersfield, tallied his second win of 2014. His pull of 278 feet outdistanced the second place finisher by a whopping 62 feet. With the win, the Snohomish, Wash., resident moved into third place in the points in his 2007 Dodge.
Congrats to Garrett Parlette!
Damon Martin emerged victorious in one of the best Burnout Contests of the season. He faced some stiff competition, but after 45 seconds of roasting the back tires on his 2003 Ford F-350 (and producing a gigantic cloud of smoke) the crowd judged Damon as king of the burnouts in Woodburn.
Alisha's 2009 Chevy was the clear winner in the Show n Shine, as her big black truck with perfectly placed pink accents was definitely a crowd favorite. Alisha, who drove down from Kent, Wash., also competed in the sled pull.
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