Drag racers put on how for big crowd

The Wine Country Racing Association kicks off season with great opener

STEVE LACHNER brought his 1955 Chevy Belair from Kelowna to line up against Oroville, WA's Ernie Bartelson's 1951 Chevy 2 door at Richter Pass Motorplex last weekend in Osoyoos.

STEVE LACHNER brought his 1955 Chevy Belair from Kelowna to line up against Oroville, WA's Ernie Bartelson's 1951 Chevy 2 door at Richter Pass Motorplex last weekend in Osoyoos.

The Wine Country Racing Association (WCRA) had a great opening day on May 1.

The WCRA attracted a crowd of fans like no season-opener has seen. More than 61 drivers flocked to the track from British Columbia and Washington state.

Here are the weekend’s trophy winners:

Street Bracket: Riley Martin from Oliver won the Mustang showdown against Osoyoos’ Tim Hiebert. Martin drove a 1980, while Hiebert a ’90.

In the pro bracket, Paul Fode of Kelowna raced his 1970 Plymouth Cuda past Chip Sabyan of Oliver in his 1984 Olds Cutless. In the Super Pro: Brad Baxendale of Osoyoos and his 1969 Beaumont zipped by Kayle Shaw of Penticton and his 1972 Chevy Vega. Grand Forks’ Art Raymon won the bike/sled with  a 2001 Suzuki Katana,  beating out Chase Cranna of Kamloops and his 2003 Suzuki.

Reaction Time: Two perfect .500 lights were picked up on Sunday. Trophies were given to Martin and Osoyoos’ Neil Ericson.

The spring segment of drag racing will continue at RPM with back-to-back weekends May 29 and June 5. The gates will open at 9 a.m. Racing will begin at 10 a.m. Final elimination rounds will start at 1 p.m.

 

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