The Second half of the season (2012) consisted of 4 races; Lewistown Drag strip, Spokane County Raceway, Yellowstone Drag Strip and Renegade Raceway.
Lewistown Dragstrip 8/11/12-8/12/12
On Friday in Lewistown Fred Ray and Chuck Roark displayed at Sparks Auto Plaza which are always great hosts. Sparks Auto Plaza has been a supporter of our race for many years now and we appreciate it! Thanks Sparks Auto Plaza! Saturday Brent Jones, Chuck Roark, and Fred Ray displayed at the car show in downtown Lewistown. We enjoyed seeing many new faces and handing out posters and free passes. The car show was a huge success. Friday late afternoon we all headed back to the racetrack and was joined by Terry Dockter to make our first run on the new asphalt. Yes thatís what I said, Lewistown has NEW asphalt and I might say its mighty smooth. All four cars made nice passes and we were ready for Saturday. All cars made two more runs on Saturday and the track had plenty of spectators. We want to say thank you to the Lewistown Racetrack for all their hard work on all the upgrades to the raceway. We are looking forward to 2013.
Spokane County Raceway: 8/18/12
Our next stop was Spokane Raceway. Chuck Roark, Brent Jones, Elaine Sellers, Terry Dockter and David Spease represented the North West Funny Cars. This was a Chicago style race, all cars made two passes and the fastest two cars went to the final. There were 14 funny cars that showed up for the field. After qualifying was over Elaine had made it to the final round. On the final pass Elaineís car headed to the center and she had to lift letting the Wild Side Funny Car take the win. It was a great weekend for the NWFC.
Yellowstone Drag Strip: 9/1/12-9/2/12
After Spokane we headed to Billings for the Burn the Point Cruise, Brent and Chuck displayed their cars in downtown Billings. We gave away free passes and posters all night long. Saturday morning Brent Jones, Chuck Roark, Elaine Sellers, and David Spease prepared their cars for the first run of the weekend. We made two passes on Saturday night and the stands were full! We made two more passes on Sunday with the quickest runs being Chuck running a 6.88, Elaine running a 6.95, Brent running a 7.14, David running a 7.30. It was a great weekend. We would like to thank all of the hard working people at Yellowstone Drag Strip for putting this great race together!
Renegade Raceway 9/28/12-9/30/12
Elaine Sellers Represented the North West Funny Cars at Renegade Raceway. She made it into the final against the Zeus funny car and took the win for a Wally! All of us at the NWFC are very proud of Elaine! Girls Rule!
-Brent and Cassie Jones
The NWFC Triathlon
Our first race of the season started out at Spokane County Raceway Park. This was an open show 16 car field Chicago style event. Which means, all cars make two qualifying passes and the two quickest cars go to the final. There were 3 cars from the NWFC joined in this event; Elaine Sellers, Chuck Roark and Brent Jones. All three cars represented the group well, with Chuck qualifying the best @ 6.96, Elaine Sellers @ 7.08, and Brent Jones @ 7.22. Chuck just missed the final round he was #3 qualifier. Elaine fought through some issues with the front end shaking and Brent Jones destroyed two blower belts at the 1,000 ft mark.
The competition consisted of many different cars from all over the North West including Alters and Funny Cars. There was never a dull moment. We are excited for the next race on August 18 2012! All are hoping to improve their times!
Helena Valley Timing Association-June 30- July 10, 2012
Our second event started out at the car show at the Broadwater Grounds in Helena Montana. As expected, there was a great turnout of cars and spectators. Chuck Roark, Brent Jones and Fred Ray displayed their cars for the show. We gave away posters, fired up the cars, and let some youngsters sit in the cars.
Sunday morning we found ourselves at the Helena Airport. Fred Ray, Terry Dockter, Chuck Roark and Brent Jones came to compete. The Helena Valley Timing Association personnel worked hard at prepping the track. The show started with our traditional cackle fest lineup. The pits were full of cars and ready to race.
The race was three rounds of funny cars and alters smoking their tires from the starting line to the finish. The final consisted of Chuck and Brent going head to head with Chuck posting a 5.41 and Brent posting a 5.45. Brent cut the better light and crossed the finish line first. Terry Dockter and Fred Ray also did a great job on navigating the 1/8 mile. We just want to give a special thanks to everyoneís hard work.
We would like to congratulate Elaine and Ron Sellers on their victory at Renegade Raceway, and for bringing home the Wally! Way to go!
Lost Creek Raceway-July 6-7
Our third event started out with Brent Jones displaying at Brooks Hanna Ford, Chuck Roark displaying at Walmart in Butte and Elaine Sellers displaying at the Albertsons in Anaconda. That night around 5:00 we all rolled into Lost Creek Raceway including Fred Ray. We all got our pits set up and got ready to make our first pass at 8:00 that night.
The evening air was good for the mile high racetrack the corrected elevation was 6900 ft. Fred Ray and Elaine Sellers paired up and made two low 5 second runs. Next up was Chuck Roark and Brent Jones, with Chuck running the quickest run of the weekend a 4.67 and Brent ran a 4.83.
The next day around noon everyone warmed their cars up preparing to make a run at 1:00. Elaine found out they had no oil pressure and were unable to make the call. Fred Ray and Chuck Roark paired up and Brent Jones had a Bye. With the temperatures in the mid 80s Fred and Chuck made their run. Chuck ran a 4.95 and Fred ran a 5.05. Chuck had difficulties in the slow down area and the car got to bouncing violently and broke a cross member in the chassis and he was done for the weekend. Brent was up next and ran a 4.73.
Elaineís crew had the oil pan off the engine in no time and discovered the oil pump had locked up causing some damage and they were not able to participate for the rest of the weekend. So it was up to Brent and Fred to finish up the show. In the next round both drivers red lit, with Fred running a 5.14 and Brent running a 4.74.
For the final round with Brent in the right lane and Fred in the left lane, both cars left side by side with Brent crossing the stripe first with a 4.77 against Fredís 5.09.
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- Brent and Cassie Jones
The 2012 Schedule has changed again! We have added another race at the Spokane County Raceway, August 18, Napa Night of Fire. We would like to thank Craig Smith for putting together a program that our funny cars can fit into. We expect to see many familiar faces, and many new ones.
Chuck Roark recently tried his luck at the Bakersfield March Meet in the 7.0 class. Fred Ray packed his parachutes. Ray Williamson dusted the valve covers off. Matt Meyer bought a new set of cylinder heads. Terry Dockter built another engine. Elaine Sellers has a new engine program and new flames. Brett Briden is just taking it easy. Brent Jones has rebuilt the funny car from top to bottom and plans to test it in may. Winter is getting long, I sure hope spring comes soon so we can go racing!
-Brent & Cassie Jones
Friday night started out in downtown Billings at the Burn The Point Cruise where our cars were on display. There were thousands of people looking at the cars. We handed out tickets for the weekend race and NWFC posters, it was a great time.
Saturday we all arrived at the track, there was Matt Meyer, Ray Williamson, Fred Ray, Terry Dockter, Chuck Roark, and Brent Jones. This was our first 6 car show, we decided to do the race in a Chicago style format. There would be 3 qualifying runs and the 2 fastest cars would be in the final.
8:00 PM rolled around and it was time for 1st round.Matt vs. Chuck and Chuck was across the finish line first running a ET 7.25 @ 185mph. Matt ran a close ET 7.48 @ 184 mph. Next up was Brent running a ET 7.15 @ 189 mph and Fredís Et 7.29 @ 177 mph. Then Terry and Ray were up, Terry hit the wall with minor damage to the headers. Ray made a clean pass with the all new Hemi and clutch combination, ET 8.12 @ 155 mph. Ray had some issues with the blower leaking gear oil, instead of taking a chance and hurting the new combination he decided to sit out the rest of the race. Terry needed some extra time to fix his car so he would sit out the next qualifying pass.
It was 10:00 PM and we were ready for the 2nd qualifying pass. Matt and Ray were up 1st, with Matt running a ET 7.42 @ 189 MPH. Fred lifted early running a ET 7.73 @ 137 MPH. Next Chuck ran a ET 7.11 @ 188 MPH and Brent set the pace for the weekend and ran a ET 7.07 @ 200 MPH, but unfortunately, he broke a valve spring retainer and was done for the weekend.
SUNDAY! SUNDAY! SUNDAY! It was a beautiful morning and everyone was busy getting ready. Matt and Terry were up 1st, Matt made a nice pass running a ET 7.42 @ 188 MPH and Terryís ET 8.04 @ 152 MPH. Fred ran a ET 7.34 @ 184 MPH and Chuck ran a ET 7.13 @ 188 MPH and that finished up qualifying.
1. Brent Jones ET 7.07 @ 200 MPH
2. Chuck Roark ET 7.11 @ 188 MPH
3. Fred Ray ET 7.29 @ 177 MPH
4. Matt Meyer ET 7.42 @ 189 MPH
5. Terry Dockter ET 8.04 @ 152 MPH
6. Ray Williamson ET 8.12 @ 155 MPH
It was time for the final round with Chuck vs. Fred. The beautiful nova of Fred Ray, and Chuck Roarkís 23T alter were towed to the line. Both cars rolled through the water and did nice burnouts. They both pulled to the line, the tension was high! The light turned green and it was Chuck that left and crossed the finish line 1st. Chuckís ET 7.15 @ 192 MPH, and Fred ran a ET 7.37 @ 177 MPH.
We would like to thank Derek Menholt and Dennis Mcknire for inviting us to the race. Everyone at the track did a great job! The traction was great and we all had a great weekend!
Brent W. Jones
The Drags at Lewistown !!!
Friday morning started out at Sparks Auto Plaza, they are always a great host to display the cars at. Matt Meyer had his Pontiac firebird and Brent Jones had his olds firenza were there on display. We gave posters away and talked to the people that stopped by. Well 5:00 rolled around and the dealership closed up so we decided to tow the cars down to Main Street and park them along the street. We chatted with a few more folks and had lots of people honking and waving.
The next morning we found ourselves at the track, itís the longest running NHRA track there is. There was Terry Docktor, Fred ray, Matt Meyer, and Brent Jones to battle it out on the 1/4 mile. First round was Brent VS Matt, Matt had a fuel problem and shut it off after the burnout so Brent made a single and ran a ET 7.42. Next up was Terry and Fred, Terry made it to the stripe first with a ET 7.48. The next round was Matt VS Terry, both cars made nice passes with Matt running a ET 7.72 and Terryís ET 7.52. Brent and Fred were up next, after a couple of nice burnouts they pulled up to the line. Fred smoked the tires at the hit of the throttle, Brent hooked up and ran a ET 7.41. Terry had some engine problems after the second pass and couldnít make the call for the last pass. So Fred made a single pass for the third round having traction issues. So the final pass was Brent and Matt to battle it out for 1st and 2nd place. Both cars left good, but Brent was first to cross the stripe running a ET 7.46 and Matt running a ET 7.82.
After the race was over I went and looked at the finish line and the cars had been Black tracking clear across the finish line, the cars were a hand full on the top end. We want to thank Sparks Auto Plaza for their support and Kevin Olson and all the people that helped out at the track.
Mile High Drags at Lost Creek Raceway
the weekend began to approach, the weather forecast was looking good.
Things where shaping up to turn out to be another great weekend for the
North West Funny Cars. Sharing the weekend was Chuck Haines in his Jet
Friday Chuck Roark and Brent Jones displayed their cars at Brooks Hannah
Ford in Butte MT. while Fred Ray and
Matt Meyer displayed at the Albertsonís in Anaconda.
Friday evening after a day of displaying the cars the guys were ready to
make a run. The air was about as good as it gets. The Lost
Creek Raceway crew had done a great job of prepping the surface.
Each year the track surface gets better and better.
The first line-up was Fray Ray against Matt Meyer. Fred Ray with
his beautiful 69 Nova had quite a ride when he spun off the line and
headed straight for the wall. All turned out well, as he was able to
recover and regain control. Next up was Brent Jones and Chuck Roark.
Chuck ran a great pass with a 4.72 out of the box and Brent ran a 4.87.
Saturday, with all the cars worked over and tuned up to run
harder. The second pass of the weekend began about 1:30pm after the
stands filled. I believe with a record amount of Spectators. This time
Matt Meyer was racing Chuck Roark. After Meyers
finished his sandwich at the lights he managed to sneak out a 5.14 but
was nothing to Chuckís 4.71 nice straight pass. Brent and Fred both
had to pedal on their run. Brent Jonesís car developed mechanical
problems but still managed to run a 4.81; he was out the rest of the
weekend. After the funny cars the Jet car made his first pass of the
day. All went smooth for Chuck Hainesís great looking Jet Car. Next
round of Funny Cars was set for 4pm and Steve Cook with his Blown
Alcohol Top Dragster stood in to run with Matt Meyers.
Cook had a full weekend with racing 2 cars and pitting a third. We thank
you for helping us out on such a busy weekend. With a little confusion
at the light Steve Cook left early and after that Meyer still cut a .008
light. He was determined to get a great pass in. With a borrowed motor
from Brent Jones and a tune up by Terry Dockter and help from others
Meyers was sneaking up on his new combination. Roark was set to run Fred
Ray but was shut down on the line because of a split fuel line fitting,
afterwards it was a good thing, as they had found pushed out intake
gaskets. It had shaped up that 2 cars were out of the race. Not very
common for the North West Funny Cars as they take a great deal of pride
about always running a good close race.
set for the final round was Fred Ray and Matt Meyers. With Meyers tuned
up even more than usual was set to give Ray a run for his money. Both
cars came off the line hard and ran straight as ever, and Fred Ray took
the winners circle. Meyer did have transmission difficulties in
high gear, but would not have been enough to beat Ray. Great Job Fred
your car is always running consistent. I would also like to thank Brooks
Hannah Ford for all their support with a Brand new very nice F250 tow
vehicle; you canít travel much nicer than that. Also thank you to
Albertsonís in Anaconda along with all the Lost Creek crew and all
there sponsors for supporting us. Without all the tracks support we
could never have this much fun.
Ray Williamson and Teri Fifield
A Blast from the Past In Helena Montana
Sunday! Sunday! Sunday! Drag races at the Helena Airport. Terry Dockter, Brent Jones, Fred Ray, and Chuck Roark started the race off with a cackle fest in front of the packed stands.
The track put out a very good effort to prep the track for the funny cars but since it only gets used twice a year, itís pretty slick. For the first round it was Fred vs. Brent, and Chuck vs. Terry. When the smoke cleared on the two passes, Brent and Chuck crossed the stripe first. For the second round, the same pairs went back hoping for better traction. The cars were peddling and spinning the tires and once again Brent and Chuck won the rounds.
For the final round it was Chuck vs. Brent and Terry vs. Fred. Fred used up all of his lane and Terry smoked the tires to the win. Chuck and Brent both had quite a peddle fest with both cars at some point in the lead. Brent crossed the finish line first, but Chuck had the quickest pass of the weekend. We would like to thank Helena Timing Association for all of their effort and a great weekend.
Our next stop is Lost Creek Raceway, we will have cars on 7/15/11 at Albertsons in Anaconda and Brooks Hannah Ford in Butte. Come see us!
-Brent & Cassie Jones
Walla Walla Weekend at the Drags
The weekend started with Matt Meyer and Brent Jones displaying at the Napa store on Issac St. in Walla Walla on Friday. The Napa store is always a great host with hot dogs, refreshments, and great people to mingle with.
Saturday morning started out with Brent and Matt each making a test pass to test out the new concrete on the track. Both cars had to abort with the concrete being a little green. This last winter Walla Walla Dragstrip made the whole 1/8 mile concrete. The surface is very nice and very flat and fast.
Well, at 5:00pm both funny cars pulled up for first round. The track was in very good shape, so both cars were hoping for good ETs. In a flash round one was over with Brent, Lawless Racing, setting a new track record of 4.46 ET, 158 MPH. Matt Meyer had engine trouble that ended his day.
Round two, Brent paired up with one of the local favorite dragsters. With the win going to Brent and resetting the track record again to a 4.45 ET, 159 MPH.
The last round was a single by Brent, with an excited crowd wondering if he could do it again. He prevailed and beat the record a third time to a 4.44 ET, 158 MPH. Leaving the new track record set at 4.44 ET at 159 MPH.
Our Next destination is at the Helena MT 6/25/11 car show at the historic Broadwater grounds, and the race 6/26/11 at the Rocky Mountain Training Track near the Helena Airport. The cars attending are: Terry Dockter, Fred Ray, Chuck Roark, and Brent Jones. Itís sure to be a Blast From The Past. See You there!
The Blowout In Walla Walla 9/17/2010
Brent Jones and Matt Meyer made the trip to Walla Walla Washington arriving Thursday night and Friday morning. On Friday by noon the cars were on display at the Napa store in downtown Walla Walla also accompanied by some of the local racers. With the local radio station sending some funny car noise over the radio waves. We had a great turnout with plenty of people admiring the cars and looking forward to the races. The Napa store was a great host and we sure appreciated it.
Friday night under the lights we decided to make a test pass. So around 8:00 pm both cars lined up, with the track being a little on the green side. Jones skated to a 4.80 at 148 MPH and Meyer to a 4.98 at 134 MPH.
Saturday morning the weather forecast was looking threatening for the afternoon. So at 5:00 the funny cars lined up again with the air conditions being pretty good, other then the high humidity, we were hoping for pretty good numbers. Jones ran a 4.69 at 148 MPH and Meyer with a bang and a cloud of smoke ran a 5.07 at 119 MPH. With flames flickering under Meyers body Jones climbed out of his car and ran over and helped the track official put the fire out. The cars were towed back to the pits and the damage on Meyers car was assessed, and the cylinder wall had failed. Then the rain came. Jones was planning on making a third pass but the rain never stopped. So the cars were loaded up and headed for home on Sunday in the rain. We always enjoy coming to Walla Walla, the track is always prepped good and the track members are always great to work with. We appreciate all their hard work. See you next year!
- Brent and Cassie Jones
Lewistown Dragstrip 8/15/2010
The long Lewistown Drag Race weekend started out wet and finished bright and sunny. The car display in Lewistown was a good time to get caught up on what had been happening this summer. The sky was cloudy and dripped rain all day. Fred, Brent and Dave all showed their cars Friday, visiting with people who stopped to look at the cars.
Saturday was Race Day and was spent under cover or in a motor home trying to stay dry.
Sunday didnítí disappoint us, the clouds cleared and the big Montana sky showed herself with a nice hot day. There were no big winners or big losers on race day. The tires smoked and the transmissions broke, and but fun was had by all. Fred, Terry and Brent all made it down the track safely and Matt Meyer made his final two passes in his attempt to get his own funny car license.
The crowd loved the fast cars and the loud burnouts. All in all it was the perfect way to spend the weekend.
- Marj Ray
Click on the pics!
Lost Creek Raceway 7/30-7/31 2010
Second round the pairings were the same with Bob and Brent going first with Brent taking the win. Ray and Fred lined up again with the same results as first round. So that set up the pairing for the final round with Brent VS Ray for first and second place and Fred VS Bob for third and fourth place.
-Brent and Cassie Jones
-Thanks to Joy Loague for the pictures!
Helena Timing Association: Blast From the Past
He may not look the part, but Brent
Jones is a grizzled veteran of the drag wars with over 20 years
building, tuning and driving race
cars, His funny
car success has ranged from season champion in the International
Blown Alcohol Association to wins in the highly competitive California
Independent Funny car Association. But the Helena event has to be
one of his most unusual wins.
Phillips County Motor Sports, June 6 2010
The Dockter is In
The good "Dockter" was indeed in. In his altered, deep in the fours, in command of the race and in danger of breaking the track record. His first pass set the stage when the primered coupe popped the wheels off the line and broke the front wing on touchdown with the gas pedal firmly planted even after the transmission seal loosed fluid on the tires and track. His subsequent runs were a little less dramatic but with a 4.56, another 4.56 and a 4.54, threatening the track record of 4.50 with bracket-like consistency.
The North West Funny Cars began the weekend at the car show in downtown Malta where the breezy but beautiful weather brought out the metal flake and chrome in abundance. Lots of cars from swift current and other Canadian sites added to the Montana collection of rods, roadsters and radical race cars. Members of the NWFC had the privilege and responsibility of judging the car show and had a difficult time choosing among the many sweet rides.
After the two previous June events at PCMS were rained out, racers and fans joyfully awoke to a bluebird Sunday and the enthusiasm ran as high as the rpm of the engines powering down the mostly concrete track.
The floppers were scheduled to run first round just after lunch, and at 1:00 they were being tugged into the lanes, ready to rumble.
First round, first pair matched Terry Dockter with former crew member Ray Williamson, the latter driving the newly assembled and beautifully flamed entry owned by Matt Meyer. Terry shocked the troops with the first of his three4.50's but the Williamson crew had obviously put more than a little" exotic logic" into their entry with a great 4.64. Combine that with a hole shot and the new machine logged it's first win.
Second pair matched Brent Jones against David Spease, with the Lawless Firenza outrunning the Phantom car with a 4.77 over a 5.75.
Second round placed Dockter and Jones at the head of the lanes and Doc unloaded another 4.56 while Jones improved to a 4.69 and was able to parlay his early leave into a win.
Spease improved to a 5.48and notched a win when Williamson rolled the lights and got a no-time.
Anticipation ran high for the Williamson/Jones match up and it did not disappoint with the old "Exotic Logic" drive train pushing the Meyer flame job to a great 4.60 while Jones ran a 4.74. An early light gave the "Lawless" car a hole shot win by .008. That my friends, was a drag race.
The Dockter continued his dominance over the field with is 4.54 and all the funny car crews were impressed but a little disappointed that the North West Funny Cars didn't quite go home with the track record. Take notice, diggers, funny cars rule and we will be back.
A New Race Season 2010
Members of the
NWFC are busy in their garages getting their cars ready for the 2010
Wheelin' Walla Walla Weekend
September 5-6, 2009
Jones set low e.t. and won the final of the North West Funny Cars
segment of the Yellowstone Raceway Labor Day event, a lot of credit is
due to Fred Ray, whose Nova is not only pretty but going faster at every
event. And we can't ignore the very solid numbers and competitive passes
turned in by David Spease and Ray Williamson. The group agreed to toss
the 7.50 index and the result was some pretty good numbers.
Lewistown Drag Strip
report for the weekend of the race in Lewistown wasn't too encouraging
except maybe for Sunday. But we were hoping for a one day event on
Saturday and there was a good chance it would rain.
Lost Creek Raceway
Want to hear some excuses why it took so long to post this story? I've
got some good ones. Since the Anaconda race took place on the same
weekend as the Northwest Nationals in Seattle, which this writer tries
to attend every year, I had to make up for it by loading up the recently
acquired LT1 6-speed Camaro and driving to Seattle for the Good Guys
event the following weekend. And I had to drive on Thursday so I could
attend events on Friday. And Friday night many of the street rods raced
their cars out at Pacific Raceways. This writer loves to see cars in
motion and can look at only so many cars sitting, no matter how
beautiful, and the night at the track was really pretty exciting.
season began we had some pretty anxious North West Funny Car drivers,
since the first race was rained out in Malta, and the only one of us who
got to drive his car before Anaconda on July 18 was Dave Spease who made
runs in Spokane. After a winter of rebuilding engines, painting bodies
and otherwise preparing for the season, then a long tow to Malta, it was
pretty disappointing to sit around for two days in the rain.
night at the track only one funny car made a test pass, with Jones'
Firenza making a solid run, but the clocks malfuncioned so no time was
recorded.Saturday was round-robin race day for the funny cars, with best
passes being Ray, 5.04, Williamson 5.05, Spease 5.09 and Jones 4.87. The
final was Ray and Jones, with Jones making his best pass while Ray
absolutely boiled the tires at the hit.Fred Ray has his 540 engine
rebuilt and installed in his pretty Nova and is fully capable of running
those high fours. Traction held him back at this race, but I've been
saying all spring that Fred is loaded for bear and the rest of us are
looking a little furry. Fred and his wife Marge have been solid
performers for the group since it's inception and now would like to turn
on some more win lights. They surely will.
April, 21, 2009
When finally we begin to feel some heat in the sun, we start thinking
track temperatures. When burning rubber smells better than burning
leaves, we know spring, and racing, may be at hand. Members of the North
West Funny Cars have been doing their spring chores and Dave Spease has
his car together and running with Brent Jones giving an assist on the
re-built engine. Brent has his motor ready to install and as soon as he
can get his crew away from his new toy maybe his car will get assembled.
Fred Ray will show up with a brand new 540 in his pretty little Nova and
Terry Docktor will be using a hemi in his car this season. Ray
Williamson bought some hemi parts himself and would like to add a clutch
and trans, but will run the Chevy and Glide this year.
January 22, 2009
Members of the North West Funny Cars have been busy getting ready for
next season. Work is being done on posters which will be printed once
the schedule is finalized. There will be a race in Malta in June and we
can all hope it doesn't rain for that event. June is a rainy month in
many parts of Montana but we can't let that stop us from scheduling a
race then. There will likely be a race in Helena, a first for our group,
and Lewistown will have us back for another event.
There are plans for a race in Yakima like the Nitro Nights last year and the organizers have indicated they will invite our group to participate. We may not have the Rocky Mountain Invitational at Lost Creek this year, that is nitrous outlaws vs. alcohol funnies, but hopefully there will be at least one funny car show just the same. Brent Jones is rebuilding his 509 inch Chevy with a new billet crankshaft and at the same time is helping David Spease get his engine ready for action. Members who are reading this, let us know what changes you have made for the year and we'll post it on the site. Cassie Jones has re-worked the web site and it looks great and has some added features. Thanks, Cassie. It's hard to imagine drag racing in the middle of such a winter, but just thinking about it seems to melt some of the ice.
- Steve Wheat
by Steve Wheat
When David Spease
and his fiancee' Brenda left Bonners Ferry, Idaho on their way to the
North West Funny Cars final event in Malta, Montana, they traveled US
Highway 2 across the northern tier of the state, known locally as the
"Highline". The June 8 event at the Phillips County Motor
Sports dragstrip was rained out and had been re-scheduled for September
20-21 and Spease was facing a 12 hour tow, over half-way across the
fourth largest state. The route passes north of 200-square-mile Flathead
Lake and cuts through the southeast corner of the "Crown of the
Continent", Glacier Park.
second pair of Spease and Docktor put on a similar show, with both
drivers up on the wheel, trying to stay in the groove and see through
the smoke. Docktor loves his winged coupe body and against the wishes of
the other members of the NWFC, showed up without his Mustang funny car
body. He won the round with a 4.96 against Spease's 5.15. Track
officials didn't want to interfere with the group's annual fund-raising
banquet and auction at 5:00 pm so it was decided to run the remaining
three passes on Sunday.
Blower VS Bottle: Thin Air Throwdown at Lost Creek
By Steve Wheat
Creek Raceway is an NHRA eighth mile track sitting at 5,288 feet near
Anaconda, Montana. On a typical high-elevation, blue-sky day, the view
of snow-capped mountains compete with the near-by Anaconda Mining
Company smokestack, built in 1919, that rises 585 feet into that big
blue sky. It is one of the largest free-standing brick structures in the
world and they say you could drive a jeep around the top rim.
On August 23rd Lost Creek hosted the third annual 'Rocky Mountain Invitational', a heads-up between alcohol funny cars and nitrous outlaws. The alcohol cars are all members of the North West Funny Cars (thenwfc.com) and this weekend the group was represented by Fred Ray, Ray Williamson, David Spease and Brent Jones. Hired gun Ken Kraus was sitting in for Williamson who had recent back surgery. NWFC member Mark Auguiar was not participating in the shootout but by all appearances had a successful test session.
The nitrous car everyone was talking about was a beautiful, early Camaro owned and driven by Shane Heintz and he happened to be paired with Jones first round. Traction problems for the Camaro allowed Jones' 4.90 to take him out. He wasn't the only one, as Jones' string of 4 second runs, including a 4.85, took him to the final where he beat Kraus driving Williamson's 'Exotic Logic' car. Kraus ran a series of high fours and low fives and was the second fastest car in the invitational, therefore met Jones in the final.
the interest of full disclosure, and as an excuse for not having
round-by-round results, I must admit this writer crews for Brent Jones
'Lawless Racing' entry and was a little busy all day.
some track surface and re-paving problems in the past, Lost Creek was in
the best shape anyone could remember. Track operators didn't stint on
the VHT and some darn good 60 foot times resulted. Just off the concrete
there was some tire smoke and crossed up cars, conditions which may have
favored the more consistent alcohol cars, which won 12 of the 16
nitrous outlaw group was made up of Heintz, Ken Bohenek's GTO and the
Novas of Kevin Delap and Joey Bauer.
All four North West Funny cars began the weekend with a display in downtown Anaconda, where every Friday they have a car show, live music and food vendors. There was a large crowd and many people said they'd never been to the track but might attend Saturday's race. And hopefully they did, because there was a lot of good hard, side-by-side racing with almost no attrition, but more than a few clouds of smoke in that big, blue sky.
July 15, 2008
Lewistown Raceway is the longest continuously running NHRA dragstrip in
the country, having begun in 1957. But the fans attending the event on
July 12-13 weren't there to study history, they were there to see it
being made. Besides the Big Buck Shootout going on, the North West Funny
Cars were in the house. Fred Ray and his wife/crew Marge towed in from
Lincoln with their beautiful new Nova, which was painted by: Ray
Williamson, the telephone man, who called in from Fairfield with his
Olds Cutlass. And where did Ray learn his chops? From: Terry Dockter,
Mr. Experience, with his '84 Mustang from Havre.
All day Friday the cars of Williamson and Jones were displayed at Dean
Newton, Inc., hosted by friendly owner Duane Sparks. It got pretty busy
after Fred Lark of KXLO and KLCM did a radio interview with Ray and
Brent plus track manager Kevin Olson.
Sunday was another hot, clear day with only a breeze, and the funny cars
were ready to go at 1:00. Jones and Dockter did a nice, side-by-side run
with Jones slipping by with a 7.62 against Doc's 7.79. Williamson is
facing back surgery so put Ken Kraus in the seat against Fred Ray and
got beat by a 7.86 against an 8.01.
July 7, 2008
Three North West Funny Cars made the trip to Yakima's Renegade Raceway to participate in the first annual "Nitro Nights Under the Lights." They were; Ray Williamson, David Spease and Brent Jones. The alcohol funny cars always attract lots of attention, but there were many exciting cars on the property, including the restored 70's top fueler of legendary Jerry Ruth, and several teams from Alaska.
Next stop, Lewistown, Montana next weekend.
June 9, 2008
The farmers around Malta were glad for the rainy weather, but the drivers, crews, and fans of drag racing, not so much. Yes, we have been rained out our first two races.
The Saturday car show, where we displayed our four funny cars, almost made up for not being able to race on Sunday
The average fan did not know much about our methanol-burning funny cars, but they sure wanted to learn. They were all super friendly and excited about what we could do on Sunday. When we took turns firing the engines at 1:00 a big crowd gathered and while they loved it, you could tell they hungered for more.
We are sorry the weather prevented us from giving the fans what they wanted but they will just have to wait. We are glad to announce the NWFC has rescheduled an appearance in Malta for September 20th thru the 21st.
A bonus to the Saturday car show was a visit to the grand opening of the Great Plains Dinosaur Museum which a few of us had a chance to go check out.
Our next event will be in Yakima on July 4th- 5th .... It won't rain in the desert will it?
The NWFC was represented in Malta by Fred Ray, Ray Williamson, Terry Dockter and Brent Jones
May 29, 2008
knew weeks ahead that the weather didn't look