Sports Briefs

Posted: Tuesday, June 26, 2001

Banta wins Pro Street Class at drag races

Bill Banta, driving a 1936 Chevrolet pickup, took the Pro Street Class Sunday in Kenai Peninsula Racing Lions Drag Racing Division action on the one-eighth-of-a-mile dragstrip at the Soldotna Municipal Airport.

Bing Bordon, driving a 1996 dragster, took second in the Pro Street Class, while Gordon Goode was third in his 1971 Chevrolet Chevelle.

In the Super Street Class, Bill Bushnell was first in his 1974 Chevrolet Nova, while John Thirlwell was second in his 1968 Chevrolet Impala and Ken Diamond was third in his 1999 Chevrolet SS Camaro.

Finally, in the Street Class, Bert Nelson took first in his 1972 Ford Pinto while Marty Anderson was second in his 1992 Chevrolet pickup and Wes Mingan was third in his 1977 Chevrolet pickup.

The Drag Racing Division will be back in action on July 7 with the Mayors Grudge Match. In addition to normal points racing, the mayors from Kenai, Soldotna, Homer and the Kenai Peninsula Borough will square off. July 8 will then be the Dealership Grudge Match and the final points race of the 2001 season.

Kenai Peninsula Racing Lions Drag Racing Division


at Soldotna Municipal Airport

Pro Street Class 1. Bill Banta, 1936 Chevrolet pickup, #36; 2. Bing Bordon, 1996 225-foot dragster, #121; 3. Gordon Goode, 1971 Chevrolet Chevelle, #5; 4. Gary Tullos, Formula/500, #37; 5. Rod Peterkin, 1968 Chevrolet Chevelle, #728; 6. Don Petroze, 1959 Studebaker Silverhawk, #1959.

Super Street Class 1. Bill Bushnell, 1974 Chevrolet Nova, #3; 2. John Thirlwell, 1968 Chevrolet Impala, #68; 3. Ken Diamond, 1999 Chevrolet, SS Camaro, #99; 4. David Nicholes, 1955 Ford pickup, #55; 5. Dick Cockroft, 1970 Plymouth Cuda, #21; 6. Becky Britton, 1982 Chevrolet Camaro, #1982; 7. Dana Diamond, 1976 Chevrolet Camaro, #16; 8. Mike Meyers, 1968 Dodge Charger, #6268.

Street Class 1. Bert Nelson, 1972 Ford Pinto, #4; 2. Marty Anderson, 1992 Chevrolet pickup, #454; 3. Wes Mingan, 1977 Chevrolet pickup, #35; 4. Bobby Childers, 1967 Oldsmobile Cutlass, #24; 5. Rex Savely, 1980 Dodge pickup, #98.

Uribe keeps lead in Homer Jackpot Derby

Anglers brought in several halibut over 220 pounds last week, but nobody was able to displace Don Uribe of Carmel Valley, Calif., as the leader of the Homer Jackpot Halibut Derby. Uribe boated his 250.2-pound halibut on June 6.

Still in second place is Tom Sharbono of Coeur dAlene, Idaho. Sharbono landed his 231.2-pound halibut on June 10.

New on the list is Jerry Knight of Riverton, Wyo. Wednesday, Knight caught a 229.6-pound fish that put him in third place. Knight is just ahead of Donna Shunko of Algoa, Texas, who caught a 229.0-pound fish on June 9.

Also new on the list is Ralph Spring of Meadville, Pa. Spring landed a 222.2-pound fish on June 19 to move into fifth place.

Bird takes Solstice Fun Run/Walk

Mario Bird won the 5-kilometer Solstice Fun Run/Walk Friday with a time of 17 minutes, 23 seconds. Kent Peterson, with a time of 22:26, was the next fastest man.

The top woman in the race was Frances Haering, with a time of 29:14. The next fastest was Pam Carters 31:23.

John McGlasson finished the race in 21:28 and was the first boy to cross the finish line, while Trevor Baldwin was close behind with a 21:29.

Marci Mohler finished in 21:55 and was the first girl to finish the race, while Elena Bird was next at 23:47.

Alaska Sports Car Club comes to area

The Alaska Sports Car Club, with the support of M & J Racing out of Homer, will race at the Soldotna Municipal Airport on Saturday and Sunday. Saturdays races will be from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., while Sundays racing will be from noon to 5 p.m.

The event also gives people a chance to run their own car at the Alaska Sports Car Club Autocross. Registration will be at 3 p.m. Saturday, while racing will begin at 4 p.m.

The Alaska Sports Car Club also will race in Soldotna July 28 and 29.

For more information, call 260-3926.

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