PCMS hosts MDRA race
July 22, 2020
Despite not being able to welcome back many racers from Canada the Hi-Line Drag Strip was able to host over 80 cars last weekend as they hosted their annual Montana Drag Racing Association (MDRA) event.
"They have the border closed for non-essential travel and racing is considered non-essential. So none of our Canadian friends can be here and that is a big chunk of our racers," Phillips County Motor Sports President Dan Stout said.
It was the first PCMS race of the season and despite the COVID-19 Virus, the track was able to host a successful weekend.
"It's going way better than we expected and we are pretty happy," Stout said.
Out of respect for the Canadian racers that normally make the trip across the border, the track played O Canada through the loudspeakers. While neighbors from the north were not able to attend, many drivers from the south drove up to compete in the MDRA event.
"In an MDRA race all four tracks get together and each track has a race and you have to compete in at least three to be eligible to win a state championship,"
While last weekend was the Malta MDRA race, the next MDRA race will be held in Lewistown on Saturday, August 8, and Sunday, August 9.
PCMS hopes to hold its next racing event over the Labor Day weekend in September. The Quick 16 and Gambler Race is scheduled to be held on Saturday, September 5, a PCMS Points Race is set for Sunday, September 6, and the Iron Man Race (the final points race) will be held on Monday, September 7.
Winners from last Saturday's race included David Crossley of Havre, who won the Super Pro class with a dial-in of 6.02 seconds, an elapsed time of 6.0007, a reaction time of .0563 and a top speed of 114.04 miles per hour. Billings' Gary Stoppel was runner up with a dial-in time of 6.37, an elapsed time of 6.5380, a reaction time of .0563 at 114.04 MPH. The No Box Pro class was won by Nick Westburg of Billings who had a dial-in of 6.75, an elapsed time of 6.8150, a reaction time of .0191, and a top speed of 100.85 MPH. Havre's Gary Mathwich was runner up on the No Box Class. Mathwich had a dial-in of 6.89, a reaction time of .0469, an elapsed time of 6.9352, and a top speed of 98.47.
The Sportsman class was swept by a pair of Craigs from Havre on Saturday as Craig Otterstom won the event and Craig Shaw was runner up. Otterstrom had a dial-in of 10.01, a reaction of .2075, an elapsed time of 9.9856, and a top speed of 72.16. Shaw had a dial-in of 7.80, an elapsed time of 7.9442, a reaction time of -.0102, and a top speed of 89.16.
The Junior Dragster event was won by Ayden Blevins of Billings who had a dial-in time of 7.94, reaction time of .0319, elapsed time of 7.9558, and top speed of 81.18. Glasgow's Blake Lloyd was runner up and had a dial-in of 7.99, 8.0185, a reaction of .0872, and a top speed of 80.23.
Sunday's winners saw a repeat in the Junior Dragster class as Blevins and Lloyd repeated their standings. Blevins won the event with a dial-in of 7.90, a reaction time of .0173, an elapsed time of 7.9612, and a top speed of 78.71. Lloyd was runner-up with a dial-in time of 7.82, a reaction time of .1240, an elapsed time of 7.8666, and a top speed of 81.15.
The winner of Sunday's Super Pro class was Britney Thorton of Lewistown who had a dial-in time of 4.87, an elapsed time of 4.8533, a reaction time of .6572, and top speed of 144.14. Havre's Steve Neiffer was runner-up and had a dial-in 4.87, but his other numbers were unavailable. Havre's Stacey Klungland won Sunday's No Box class with a dial-in of 7.09, a reaction time of .0299, elapsed time of 7.0621, and a top speed of 97.13. Billings Nick Westburgwas runner up with a dial-in time of 6.81, reaction time of .0368, elapsed time of 6.7734, and a top speed of 101.33. The Sportsman class was won by Bob Reynolds of Fromberg. Reynolds had a dial-in time of 8.93, reaction time of .0400, elapsed time of 7.9612, and top speed of 74.49. Scott West was runner-up and had a dial-in time of 9.40, a reaction time of .1514, an elapsed time of 9.4048, and a top speed of 75.35.