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AHDRA SERIES HEADS TO WOODBURN 8/27-28


STIFF COMPETITION IN BRISTOL,TENNESSEE, RATTLES THE CHAMPIONSHIP STANDINGS AS AHDRA SERIES HEADS TO WOODBURN, OREGON, AUGUST 27TH & 28TH.


The final-four mark has arrived for AHDRA’s Screamin’ Eagle Performance Parts National Championship Points Series following the meet at Bristol Dragway on August 13th & 14th.


Make no mistake about it: there is still plenty of room in several of AHDRA’s 15 classes of competition for upsets and comeback championship titles as competitors load up for this weekend’s Team Latus Motors Harley-Davidson Northwest Nationals.


In the Screamin’ Eagle Top Fuel category, also touted as “Kings of the Sport,” Mike Romine of Sturgis, MI, took the field by storm in Bristol, winning the event and putting himself at the top of the leader board in national standings.


Mike Lehman of W. Palm Beach, FL, and former champ Doug Vancil of Albuquerque make up the second and third spots, respectively—and depending on the performance at this weekend’s Oregon event, the standings could shuffle yet again.


At press time, Romine was not expected to compete in Woodburn but will likely be watching the results there closely as Lehman and Vancil are expected to attend. No matter what the outcome in Woodburn, with fewer than 100 points separating the riders, the battle is expected to stretch out until November’s final show in Las Vegas.


Another notable contender and in fourth position is Tracy Kile of Hatfield, PA, who is still in contention despite a big explosion on his Top Fuel ride in Bristol. Kile won the Screamin’ Eagle Top Fuel title at last year’s Woodburn event. He will be returning this year to defend the title and ultimately to improve his chances for a national championship.


Prior to Bristol, Mike Lehman not only led the Top Fuel standings but was also out front in the JIMS Pro Fuel category. That changed quickly, when he leapt ahead in the Top Fuel chase with his Bristol win, as did Chris Streeter (Cleveland, OH), who nudged ahead of Lehman in the Pro Fuel standings with his Bristol runner-up finish. Streeter and Lehman are both scheduled to be on the track in Oregon, furthering this battle for the top spot that could flip-flop in just six seconds.


The Kresto Pro Drag field is hotter than ever following a win for California’s Phil Schmidt in Bristol that landed him 9 points in front of a determined John Breckenridge of Sultan, WA. Schmidt and Breckenridge will go head-to-head in Oregon. This is yet another contest that could ping-pong until season’s end.


Reigning champion Junior Pippin of Conyers, GA, leads the pack in the Samson Pro Modified standings with Canadian Doug Ainsworth making a valiant move to take the lead. With not even 100 points separating them, Ainsworth could take the lead if he can hold off Pippin this weekend in Oregon. Ohio’s Paul Smith held the pair off in Bristol for a win and sits in the third spot in the standings.


In “projected winner” news, all indications are that the championship is sealed for Mike Lozano of San Antonio, TX in S & S Pro Gas competition; the same goes for Old Zionsville, PA’s Dale Raudenbush. Both riders are several hundred points out front and showing no signs of slowing down the charge to their respective championship titles.


Travis Lummus of Waynesville, NC, has an adequate lead on his quest to regain his G2 Street Pro championship. He would have to sit out the remainder of the season for any other rider to have a remote chance at snagging this title. Not likely you will see that happen, so the chase here will be for the #2 plate. Jeff King and Zach Johnson make up that race. Johnson is coming off a big win in Bristol that moves him closer to King, who currently holds the second position. No word at press time on these three riders’ plans for Oregon.


In sportsman categories, riders will be looking for rounds and then more rounds. AHDRA awards 20-points per round for full fields at national events—and what a difference a round can make!


Just ask New Jersey’s Joey Sternotti and Michael Ray of Memphis. The pair is separated by fewer than 80 points in the S & S 124 Challenge competition. Sternotti lost to Ray in Bristol with a red light foul, but still holds the lead heading into Oregon, where the pair will likely meet. Perhaps Sternotti was anxious for good reason in Bristol, where he reportedly popped a marriage proposal to his lady and crew chief Rose at the big-end track scales. Rumor has it that she said “yes.”


Jamie McNaughton has the advantage in Screamin’ Eagle V-Rod over Larry Edmondson who pulled a big win in Bristol. Mike Roberts is holding the cards for now in Drag Masters Hot Street over Dan Norlin. Brett DeGood has a 100-point plus lead on Greg Krenik in Rucker Performance Super Gas, but it’s Krenik with the lead in S & S Super Sport over Julia Holliday.


Donnie Huffman of Lakeland, FL, has twice the pressure, leading the standings both in SEP and in his championship title class, Performance Corner Super Eliminator. He is definitely on the roster for Oregon, where he will make a move for more winning rounds.


Dan DeGood knows what it feels like to win two championship titles in one year, and he’s set to hold on to at least one of them with the lead in Syn3 ET competition. Coming off a win in Bristol, in Oregon he stands to make a personal historical mark when winning just one round will give him his 500th line pass victory.


Fans can see who scores the much-needed points at this weekend’s Team Latus Motors Harley-Davidson Northwest Nationals in Woodburn, Oregon.


Gates open Saturday and Sunday, August 26th and 27th, at 8:00 a.m. Racing starts both days at 9:00 a.m.


Admission is $40 for the weekend and $25 for a single-day pass. H.O.G. members receive a $5 discount at the gate. Children 11 and under are admitted free. Advance discount tickets are available at Team Latus Motors Harley-Davidson.


Following the Team Latus Motors Harley-Davidson Northwest Nationals, the AHDRA Screamin’ Eagle Performance Parts Championship Series moves on to Gateway International Raceway (Madison, IL) on September 3rd and 4th and then to Rockingham Dragway (Rockingham, NC) on October 15th and 16th before the big finale on November 13th and 14th at The Strip in Las Vegas, NV.


For more information on the AHDRA Screamin’ Eagle Performance Parts national points series, please contact 336-924-2095 or visit www.ahdra.com.

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