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Thunder Valley takes team title, Hefler doubles

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ENNIS – Thunder Valley Raceway Park dominated the team competition to take home the championship for the NHRA South Central Division Summit Racing Series at Texas Motorplex while Jeff Hefler scored a double taking home the trophies in both the No Electronics-Street and in the No Electronics-Quick category.

Thunder Valley Raceway Park, Noble, Okla., racked up 76 points for the Team Championship followed by North Star Dragway and Texas Raceway in second and third respectively.

Hefler, out of Fort Worth, Texas and racing for Wichita Raceway Park, held off fellow Texas racer Jamie Haines Deer Park, Texas, in the No Electronics-Street class running 12.118 seconds at 104.95 mph to Haines’ run of 12.036, 111.33 then went on to face off with Mike Griggs, Tuttle, Okla., in the final of No Electronics-Quick.

Hefler clocked in at 9.790 seconds at 129.58 mph to beat Griggs running 10.404, 120.19 in his ’68 Camaro. Hefler drove matching ’67 Novas for his pair of wins.

In the Super Pro class it was Sandra Marshall, Newella, Okla., leading the team from Thunder Valley Raceway Park and taking the trophy in her ’99 dragster.

Marshall went 7.860 at 171.51 in defeating Chad Hankins, Winnsboro, Texas, at 8.606, 151.46.

Brad Young and Tony Davis rounded out the day’s winners making their way to the winner’s circle.

Young, Burleson, Texas (Texas Raceway), won in Pro over Joe Gitthens driving his ‘67 Chevy II to a lap of 10.725 seconds on a 10.72 dial at 132.02 mph to Gitthens’ 10.756, 120.93 loosing effort.

Houston resident, Davis, went 9.135 seconds on his ’86 Suzuki in ousting William Keel, San Antonio, Texas. Keele, recorded a pass of 9.256, 138.22 mph on his ’82 Kawasaki.

Sunday’s winners will advance to the NHRA Summit Racing Series National Championship next month in Pomona, Calif., at the Automobile Club of Southern California NHRA Finals.

The following are Sunday’s final results from the NHRA Summit Racing Series Finals at Texas Motorplex:



Sandra Marshall, Newella, Okla., ’99 dragster, 7.860 seconds, 171.51 def. Chad Hankins, Winnsboro, Texas, ’66 Chevy II, 8.606, 151.46


Brad Young Burleson, Texas, ’67 Chevy, 10.725, 132.02 def. Joe Gitthens, Edmond, Okla., ’94 Camaro, 10.756, 120.93


Jeff Hefler, Fort Worth, Texas, ’67 Nova, 9.790, 129.58 def. Mike Griggs, Tuttle, Okla., ’68 Camaro, 10.404, 120.19


Jeff Hefler, Fort Worth, Texas, ’67 Nova, 12.118, 104.94 def. Jamie Haines, Deer Park, Texas, ’99 Camaro, 12.036, 111.33


Tony Davis, Houston, ’86 Suzuki, 9.135, 132.87 def. William Keele, San Antonio, Texas, ’82 Kawasaki, 9.256, 138.22



Thunder Valley

Raceway Park 76

North Star Dragway 60

Texas Raceway 54

Wichita Raceway Park 51

Houston Raceway Park 50

Texas Motorplex 43

Paris Dragstrip 27

Edinburg Int’l Raceway 20

Hobbs Motorsports Park 19

Tulsa Raceway Park 17

No Problem Raceway 15

Lubbock Dragway 9

Rosewell Raceway Park 2

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