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Champions crowned at Western Conference Finals
June 29, 2013


Summit Racing Equipment's Don Lower, back row, left, and NHRA's Dave Mohn, back row, right, congratulated the 2013 Western Conference Finals champions. (photos by Harold Hoch)


Lower congratulated John Bandimere Jr., back row, right, and the racers on his track's team who won the Team Championship.


Western Colorado Dragway won the Team Spirit award.

Cade Poe won his second straight Trench Shoring Services NHRA Jr. Drag Racing League Western Conference Finals presented by Lucas Slick Mist and Mile Hi Foods title, adding this year’s 11-year-old title to the 10-year-old class championship he won last year. Victoria Flores (age 16-17) and Chandler Meziere (Motivational Tubing Jr. Comp) earned their second Western Conference Finals Wallys, and Tabitha Boardman (8-9), Michael Gidcumb (10), Logan Shannon (12), Jarrett Crezee (13), Ruby DeGood (14), and Courtney Langley (15) won their first titles at the event, one of the premier races in the NHRA Summit Racing Jr. Drag Racing League.

 

Boardman, who hails from Las Vegas, Nev., and was representing The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, led the 8-9 class final wire to wire. She left the starting line first, .073 to .245, then ran a 13.447 (13.20 dial) to defeat Dutch Farr’s 13.274 (13.14). This was the second straight runner-up finish at this event for Farr, who was part of the Barona 1/8-Mile Drag Strip team.

 

In the 10-year-old class final, Rangely, Colo., racer Dylan LeBleu left the starting line first, .064 to .105, but Michael Gidcumb, of Riverside, Calif., was able to drive around him and win on a 9.823 (9.75) to 9.043 (9.12) count. LeBleu was part of the Western Colorado Dragway team, while Gidcumb represented Auto Club Famoso Raceway.

 

Poe, a Los Alamitos, Calif., resident who raced for Famoso, nailed the Tree in the 11-year-old final, cutting a .011 light, and he paired it with a 9.118 (9.10) to turn on the win light. Brayden Staab, a member of the Kansas Int’l Dragway team from Enid, Okla., settled for runner-up honors with a .103-initiated 9.027 (8.99).

 

Shannon, of Parker, Colo., won the all-Bandimere Speedway team 12-year-old final against Julia Ware of Loveland, Colo. Ware had the better reaction time, .069 to .142, but she broke out with a 9.026 (9.08), opening the door for Shannon, who won with a 9.089 (9.07).

 

Another Bandimere racer won the 13-year-old championship. Crezee, who resides in Littleton, Colo., paired a .024 light with an 8.058 (8.02) to defeat San Diego, Calif., racer Remy Reynolds in the title round. Reynolds, who raced for Barona, ran closer to her dial with a 7.920 (7.91) but came up short due to her .082 light.

 

After finishing as a runner-up at this event two years ago, DeGood, a member of the Heartland Park Topeka team who resides in Kansas City, Mo., was able to go the distance this year, taking top honors in the 14-year-old age bracket. DeGood and Clearwater, Kan., competitor Kaylee Chaffin, who represented Osage Casino Tulsa Raceway Park, left the starting line with nearly identical reaction times, a .058 for Chaffin and a .059 for DeGood. At the top end, both racers broke out with DeGood getting the nod, 8.376 (8.39) to 8.005 (8.02).

 

Sand Springs, Okla., racer Courtney Langley added a Western Conference Finals Wally to her mantle, which already includes a Division 4 championship trophy, when she outlasted 2012 Western Conference Finals champion Cody Webber in the 15-year-old age group. Langley, who was part of the Tulsa team, put together an incredible, .014-second package, coupling a .012 light with a 7.942 (7.94) to turn on the win light. Kingman, Ariz., racer Webber, who was part of the Las Vegas team, cut a .032 light and broke out with a 7.932 (7.97).

 

Lakewood, Colo., driver Flores, the 2010 14-year-old champion, was the final driver standing in the 16-17 age group. Flores, who represented host track Bandimere, had the reaction-time advantage in the final, .034 to .148, and she turned it into an 8.129 (8.10) to 7.943 (8.00) victory over West Jordan, Utah’s Josh Jones, who was on the Rocky Mountain Raceways team.

 

In 2011, Meziere and Joe Harless shared the winner’s circle after each won their age group titles, and this year they raced side by side in the final of the Motivational Tubing Jr. Comp Nationals. Meziere hammered the Tree, cutting a .007 reaction, then he guided his car to a 6.925 to top Harless’ .033-triggered 6.956 in the 6.90 index class.

 

Bolstered by Crezee’s win and Ware’s runner-up finish, Bandimere Speedway Team 5 narrowly edged out The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway for the team championship. Bandimere 5 scored 31 points to Las Vegas’ 30. Each member of the winning team earned a Wally. Bandimere Team 4 finished third with 26, followed by Auto Club Famoso Raceway Team 1 with 24 points and Barona 1/8-Mile Drag Strip Team 2 with 23. In all, 40 different teams of 10 racers competed at the event.

 

The Team Spirit award was once again hotly contested with the teams from Western Colorado Dragway and Auto Club Famoso Raceway waging quite a battle for the coveted award. Both decorated their grandstands and had strong crowds of parents and racers cheering on racers throughout eliminations. In the end, Western Colorado edged Famoso for the award. It is the second straight year Western Colorado has won the award.

For additional winner's circle photos as well as the final-round pictures, visit the album on the JDRL Facebook page: http://on.fb.me/18pN3FP


Results from the 2013 NHRA Jr. Drag Racing League Western Conference Finals:

8-9
 
Quarterfinalists: Dutch Farr (Canyon Lake, Calif.); Solidea Ficco (Wheat Ridge, Colo.); Dominic Dexter (Morrison, Colo.); Branson Kaiser (Littleton, Colo.); Tabitha Boardman (Las Vegas, Nev.).
 
Driver R.T. E.T. (Dial)
Quarters
Farr .082 13.213 (13.31)
Ficco .011 **13.037 (13.14)
 
Dexter .145 13.265 (13.13)
Kaiser .064 **13.016 (13.13)
 
Boardman .181 13.170 (13.00)
bye      
 
Semi's
Boardman .082 13.513 (13.24)
Dexter .237 13.364 (13.22)
 
Farr .019 13.325 (13.29)
bye      
 
Final
Boardman .073 13.447 (13.20)
Farr .245 13.274 (13.14)
 
**breakout

10
 
Quarterfinalists: Dylan LeBleu (Rangely, Colo.); Aleah Peres (Galva, Kan.); Michael Gidcumb (Riverside, Calif.); Caleb Van Sant (Pella, Iowa); Chandler Thyssen (Lakewood, Colo.); Brooke Rainey (Wilton, Calif.).
 
Driver R.T. E.T. (Dial)
Quarters
LeBleu .056 9.158 (9.04)
Peres .125 11.743 (11.48)
 
Gidcumb .049 9.846 (9.83)
Van Sant .225 9.189 (9.11)
 
Thyssen .083 9.052 (9.03)
Rainey .022 9.085 (8.98)
 
Semi's
LeBleu .002 9.157 (9.10)
Thyssen .073 9.179 (9.07)
 
Gidcumb -.006 9.763 (9.77)
bye      
 
Final
Gidcumb .105 9.823 (9.75)
LeBleu .064 **9.043 (9.12)
 
**breakout

11
 
Quarterfinalists: Keoki Desa (North Las Vegas, Nev.); Trevor Bolton (Lakewood, Colo.); Brayden Staab (Enid, Okla.); Carisa Wilkerson (Lakewood, Colo.); Jenna Ficco (Wheat Ridge, Colo.); Jeff Rudd (Northglenn, Colo.); Cade Poe (Los Alamitos, Calif.).
 
Driver R.T. E.T. (Dial)
Quarters
Desa .026 8.949 (9.02)
Bolton .013 **8.967 (9.09)
 
Staab .029 9.007 (8.99)
Wilkerson .050 8.935 (8.90)
 
Ficco .051 9.016 (8.95)
Rudd .088 9.165 (9.07)
 
Poe .029 9.119 (9.09)
bye      
 
Semi's
Staab .021 9.070 (8.99)
Desa .094 9.001 (8.94)
 
Poe .082 9.110 (9.05)
Ficco -.008 *9.022 (8.99)
 
Final
Poe .011 9.118 (9.10)
Staab .103 9.027 (8.99)
 
*red-light **breakout

12
 
Quarterfinalists: Logan Shannon (Parker, Colo.); Kobe Freeman (Littleton, Colo.); Dylan Sipes (Lakewood, Colo.); Kamron Whitfield (Littleton, Colo.); Julia Ware (Loveland, Colo.); Dalton Sipes (Wellington, Colo.).
 
Driver R.T. E.T. (Dial)
Quarters
Shannon .035 9.135 (9.06)
Freeman .047 9.060 (8.98)
 
Dy. Sipes .179 9.018 (8.99)
Whitfield .095 **9.249 (9.27)
 
Ware .105 9.105 (9.01)
Da. Sipes .024 9.175 (8.98)
 
Semi's
Shannon .038 9.105 (9.10)
bye      
 
Ware .014 9.126 (9.03)
Dy. Sipes .171 9.070 (9.00)
 
Final
Shannon .142 9.089 (9.07)
Ware .069 **9.026 (9.08)
 
**breakout

13
 
Quarterfinalists: Jarrett Crezee (Littleton, Colo.); Jared Jones (West Jordan, Utah); Remy Reynolds (San Diego, Calif.); Gunnar Matthews (Gower, Mo.); Dawson Freeman (Littleton, Colo.).
 
Driver R.T. E.T. (Dial)
Quarters
Crezee -.008 8.041 (8.01)
Jones -.053 *8.036 (8.00)
 
Reynolds .061 7.963 (7.91)
Matthews .100 8.236 (8.22)
 
Freeman -.009 8.861 (8.78)
bye      
 
Semi's
Crezee .076 8.057 (8.02)
Freeman .088 **8.764 (8.83)
 
Reynolds .063 7.913 (7.97)
bye      
 
Final
Crezee .024 8.058 (8.02)
Reynolds .082 7.920 (7.91)
 
*red-light **breakout

14
 
Quarterfinalists: Ruby DeGood (Kansas City, Mo.); Kaylee Chaffin (Clearwater, Kan.); Kyle Baker (Grand Junction, Colo.); Mason Faucett (Hutchinson, Kan.); Colton Rainey (Wilton, Calif.).
 
Driver R.T. E.T. (Dial)
Quarters
DeGood -.002 8.389 (8.37)
bye      
 
Chaffin .045 8.014 (8.01)
Baker -.024 *8.641 (8.62)
 
Faucett .049 8.052 (8.03)
Rainey .112 8.039 (7.99)
 
Semi's
DeGood .058 8.413 (8.38)
Faucett .074 8.077 (7.99)
 
Chaffin -.010 8.027 (8.01)
bye      
 
Final
DeGood .059 8.376 (8.39)
Chaffin .058 **8.005 (8.02)
 
*red-light **breakout

15
 
Quarterfinalists: Cody Webber (Kingman, Ariz.); Brandon Marcheski (Mesa, Ariz.); Kallee Mills (Sand Springs, Okla.); Courtney Langley (Sand Springs, Okla.); Chase Van Sant (Pella, Iowa); Trey Vetter (Henderson, Nev.); Conner Chen (Westminster, Colo.).
 
Driver R.T. E.T. (Dial)
Quarters
Webber .039 7.996 (7.96)
bye      
 
Marcheski .010 7.978 (7.93)
Mills .066 **7.874 (7.90)
 
Langley .006 7.941 (7.93)
Van Sant .017 **8.086 (8.11)
 
Vetter .124 8.306 (8.11)
Chen .080 9.766 (9.45)
 
Semi's
Webber .017 7.990 (7.99)
Marcheski .011 7.947 (7.92)
 
Langley .044 7.959 (7.92)
Vetter -.057 *8.472 (8.12)
 
Final
Langley .012 7.942 (7.94)
Webber .032 **7.932 (7.97)
 
*red-light **breakout

16-17
 
Quarterfinalists: Taylor Vetter (Henderson, Nev.); Chynna Candlin (Silver Plume, Colo.); Victoria Flores (Lakewood, Colo.); Brandon Seraphine (Fullerton, Calif.); Josh Jones (West Jordan, Utah); Dakota Allison (Des Moines, Iowa).
 
Driver R.T. E.T. (Dial)
Quarters
Vetter .062 8.001 (7.99)
Candlin -.015 *8.069 (8.05)
 
Flores .011 8.154 (8.12)
Seraphine .052 8.108 (8.08)
 
Jones .044 8.072 (8.06)
Allison .080 **8.011 (8.02)
 
Semi's
Flores -.046 8.112 (8.14)
bye      
 
Jones .006 8.067 (8.05)
Vetter .047 **8.014 (8.02)
 
Final
Flores .034 8.129 (8.10)
Jones .148 **7.943 (8.00)
 
*red-light **breakout

Jr. Comp
 
Quarterfinalists: Joe Harless (Colorado Springs, Colo.); Charlie Ruckman (Grand Junction, Colo.); Chandler Meziere (Escondido, Calif.); Mariah Alegria (Bennett, Colo.); Jalen Dyer (Lakewood, Colo.).
 
Driver R.T. E.T. (Dial)
Quarters
Harless .022 6.940 (6.90)
Ruckman .035 6.970 (6.90)
 
Meziere .030 6.924 (6.90)
Alegria .110 **6.852 (6.90)
 
Dyer .028 6.921 (6.90)
bye      
 
Semi's
Meziere .011 6.842 (6.90)
Dyer -.003 *6.877 (6.90)
 
Harless .046 6.907 (6.90)
bye      
 
Final
Meziere .007 6.925 (6.90)
Harless .033 6.956 (6.90)
 
*red-light **breakout

 


 
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