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Pacific ProComp Series 2011 Top Eight

1. Butch Stroupe

2. Steve Will

3. Curtis Clevenger

4. Rich Bailey

5. Makinna Clevenger

6. Ed Wells

7. Steve Laburn

8. Garry Fauble



Stroup Wins ProComp at Funny Car Fever Race in Sacramento

Funny Car Fever 2012 at Sacramento Raceway Park found the hottest temperatures to date. With the high temperature at 110 it was a warm one. The track staff did a good job with track prep, with starting line temperatures reaching 147 degrees, Pacific ProComp cars had very little starting line issues.


1. 733 A Butch Stroupe 6.605 206.28

2. 7628 Makinna Clevenger 6.759 199.69

3. 7155 Steve LaBurn 6.778 203.55

4. 7869 Curtis Clevenger 6.831 207.34

5. 646 D Les Davenport 7.032 162.36

6. 7183 Jesse Adams 7.611 117.62

Results Elimination Round 1

W Butch Stroupe 6.65 200.83

L Jesse Adams No Time

Both Stroupe and Adams had great lights. Adams in the funny car starts to move to the left and grazes the wall. Stoupe takes the stripe.

W Steve LaBurn 6.81 186.73

L Curtis Clevenger No Time

C. Clevenger was quick on the lights with a .017 but that was it. This was Steve LaBurn all the way from the 60 ft on.

W Makinna Clevenger 6.89 164.12

L Les Davenport 7.93 112.95

It was double trouble for Davenport in his front engine dragster with a -.006 and a broken blower belt at about 800 feet. M. Clevenger seeing her win light lifted early and coasted past the finish line.

Results Elimination Round 2

W Butch Stroupe 6.65 204.66

L Bye

Stroupe has his rear engine dragster running very consistent.

W Makinna Clevenger 6.70 198.50

L Steve LaBurn 6.81 195.89

LaBurn was first off the line. 19 year old M. Clevenger had that made up by 60 feet to take the win.

Results for Final Round

W Butch Stroupe 6.68 185.54

L Makinna Clevenger 6.66 200.67

This was a hole shot win for Stroupe.

This makes the second time Stroupe and M. Clevenger have faced each other in final round this year.


Pacific ProComp Adds a Race at Champion Raceway in Medford

Champion Raceway in Medford will be hosting a Pacific ProComp event on July 6-7 during the Night of Fire Drags. The teams will make at least one pass on Friday night, then qualifying continues on Saturday with eliminations Saturday night.

Last year, Steve LaBurn won the Medford event. In additon to Pacific ProComp, there will be Top Sportsman, a jet dragster exhibition and a pair of nitro funny cars.

Racers: If you have a car that can run a low seven or a mid to high six second pass you are welcome to pre-enter. Email us here

Stroupe Wins Cool April Nights in Redding

2012 season champion Butch Stroupe took full advantage of a short field to take the Cool April Nights title away from Makinna Clevenger in the final round when Clevenger's throttle cable came broke. Stroupe was right on the money all weekend and had a .004 light and ran a 6.601 in the final which equaled an .005 package.

In round one, Makinna sawed the tree down with an .002 light and ran a 6.77 but lost the blower belt at 1100 feet. But she won the race on a hole shot to Steve Laburn, who made the long all the way from Orange County! Steve had a respectable .026 light and ran a 6.75 but it wasn't enough. Makinna was able to cover him by .008 at the stripe.

On the other side of the ladder, Stoupe got a single when Curtis Clevenger couldn't make the call after breaking on the final qualifying pass.


6.68.........Butch Stroupe
6.78.........Makinna Clevenger
6.82.........Steve Laburn
6.62.........Curtis Clevenger


Pacific ProComp Finalizes 2012 Racing Schedule

April 20-21 Redding Ca ( Cool April Nights )

June 15-16 Sacramento Ca ( Funny Car Fever )

August 3-4 Sacramento Ca ( Fox Hunt )

September 14-15 Sacramento Ca ( Governor Cup )

October 6-7 Redding Ca ( Fall Bar-B-Q Classic )



Steve Will Wins Final Pacific ProComp Event of the Season

The final Pacific ProComp event of the season held in Redding was a great one with perfect California weather and a great ET's all weekend. As usual Butch Stroupe claimed the poll with a 6.63, Makinna Clevenger was second with a respectable 6.74. Steve Will was third with a solid 6.75 while Rich Bailey was fourth with a 7.090, Will Harrison was fifth with a 7.093. Rounding out the field was Curtis Clevenger who suffered some engine damage and was unable to compete in eliminations.

In the first round, Stroupe got the bye run and flew to a 6.59 at 211 MPH. Next, Will took care of Bailey as both drivers red lit but Will was closer to the green and was awarded the win. Regardless, it was a good race as Will stopped the clocks with a 6.72 at 207 MPH to top Bailey's respectable 6.82 at 199 MPH. In the final first round pairing, MakinnaClevenger ran a 6.71 @204 MPH to Harrison's 7.01 @ 190 MPH.

In the semi-finals, Will scored a 6.69 @ 209 MPH holeshot win overStroupe's 6.60 @ 206 MPH. Meanwhile Makinna Clevenger got a bye run into the finals and made it count with a 6.63 @ 205 MPH.

In the finals Will scored his second victory of the year with a 6.68 @ 204 MPH blast over Makinna Clevenger who red lit but made it interesting with an identical 6.68 @ 204 MPH pass.

Final 2011 Points Standings

1 Butch Stroupe 234
2 Steve Will 205
3 Curtis Clevenger 177
4 Rich Bailey 165
5 Makinna Clevenger 145
6 Ed Wells 126
7 Steve Laburn 102
8 Gary Fauble 41
9 Will Harrison 41


LaBurn Wins Nitro Summerfest Event at Champion

Steve LaBurn of Anaheim, Calif., won the Pacific Pro Comp event held in conjunction with the Nitro Summerfest race at Champion Raceway in Medford, Oregon. LaBurn beat Rich Bailey of Salem, Oregon in the final round.

In the first round, Bailey met up with Butch Stroupe of Fulton, Calif., who won the last PPC event in July. Unfortunately, a transmission problem didn't allow Stroupe to back up after the burnout, so Bailey got a single. On the other side of the ladder, LaBurn took on Ed Wells of Creswell, Ore. Wells left early but LaBurn caught him and went on to win with a 6.69 to a close 6.73 at 205 mph for Wells.

In the final round, Bailey was out of the gate first with a .091 to LaBurn's .099. Bailey led most of the way but LaBurn was able to pass him right at the stripe. LaBurn recorded a 7.05 at 175 mph to Bailey's 7.14 at 189.

Pacific Pro Comp Points

Below are the latest point totals for the Pacific ProComp Series with one race remaining:

1. Butch Stroup 169

2. Curtis Clevenger 167

3. Ed Wells 126

4. Rich Bailey 123

5. Steve Will 102

6. Steve LaBurn 102

7. Makinna Clevenger 61

8. Garry Fauble 41


Stoupe Wins in Medford

The Pacific ProComp event held in Medford, Oregon, over the fourth of July Weekend was a hot one as the competition was fierce and the race attracted the biggest crowd in recent memory. The stands were full when the first round of eliminations began A 7:30 PM on July 3rd. California racer Butch Stroupe didn't show signs of any rust as he won the event after parking his racing operation for a two year period.

Round one: Curtis Clevenger beat Garry Fauble with a 6.58 at 209 MPH. Ed Wells took care of Rich Bailey with a 6.78 when Bailey lost fire while backing up from the burnout. To end the round, the number one qualifier, Butch Stroupe, got a bye run to advance into the semis.

In the semi finals: Stroupe took care of Wells in a great side by side match up. Stroupe ran a 6.72 at 211 MPH to Wells' 6.58 at 211 MPH. Finally, Clevenger beat Bailey who filled in to make it a show for the fans as Clevenger would advance regardless of the outcome. Clevenger posted a 6.52 at 210 MPH to Bailey's 7.44 at 188 MPH.

In the final round: Stroupe ran a 6.60 to Clevenger's 6.52 in a hole shot to win the event.



Steve Will Wins PPC Opener

A threatening forecast kept many of the Pacific ProComp cars at home but the cars that did make the event put on a great show for the fans which included some spectacular extra long burnouts. On Friday, everyone got one qualifying pass due to the threat of rain. Saturday turned out to be a beautiful day so everyone got two qualifying runs prior to eliminations.

By the time eliminations began it was a packed house. Taking the win was Steve Will who ran close to seven flat in the final against Curtis Clevenger. Sadly for Clevenger, he broke a throttle cable right at the starting line.

JE Pistons Offers $100 Gift Certificate to PPC Low Qualifier
At every Pacific ProComp race in 2011, JE Pistons will award the low qualifier a $100.00 gift certificate towards a set of JE Pistons. The award called the "JE Pistons Low Qualifier Bonus Award" is a program designed to make qualifying more exciting and serve as an incentive to racers to compete for the pole position. To be eligible for the award, a JE Pistons decal must be placed on both sides of the race car.


2011 Pacific ProComp Schedule

April 15-16 Redding Dragstrip, Redding Ca. Cool April Nights

June 4,5 Redding,CA "National Open"

July 1-2 Champion Raceway, Medford, Or. Night of Fire

August 5-6 Champion Raceway, Medford Or. Nitro Summerfest

August 27-28 Fontana, Ca "pending completion of a sound wall"

October 8-9 Redding, Ca

Top Eliminator West Renamed Pacific ProComp

Beginning in 2011, Top Eliminator West will be renamed Pacific ProComp. "When I would talk to people about Top Eliminator West they would almost always say “that’s just likethe old Pro Comp class that would run dragsters and funny cars together.” So after great consideration I will be changing the name to Pacific ProComp. I think that people will identify with the class more readily, because we do run any car (rear engine dragsters, front engine dragsters, funny cars, pro mods, alterds, Etc.) with any engine combination" explained association president Curtis Clevenger.

In addition to the name, there will be other changes made in the off-season including raising the index to 6.60 and make it an all run class. "The index change will save parts, draw more cars and still be a crowd-pleasing show. There will be a bigger turn out of cars in the 6.60-6.90 range and more cars will show up to compete if they know that they are going to make first round. We will still make qualifying exciting with incentives for the top qualifier" Clevenger said.

Also, all electronics on the throttle after the car is launched and down track will not be permited except on engine timing. Everything else will remain the same with a heads up 4 tenths pro-tree. There will also be no limits on cubic inch, fuel, blowers or nitrous, chassis or body style.

Wardell Wins in Sonoma...and Secures Championship

Wardell was unstoppable all year and won the Championship

Aaron Wardell
won the Pacific ProComp finale held in conjunction with the Pinks All Out race in Sonoma, Sept 17-19. The race was a good one with the PPC teams getting a lot of great exposure in front of a big stadium size crowd at Infineon Raceway.

Wardell who had already clinched the 2010 PPC Championship, beat Frank McBee Jr. driving a front engine dragster in the final round. Wardell driving the familiar yellow J Ray Concrete entry ran a 6.40 in the final round just as McBee went up in smoke.

McBee stopped Clevenger in the semi-finals

McBee beat Curtis Clevenger in the semis after getting up to the line in the nick of time after battling some mechanical problems. On that pass, McBee had his best pass of the weekend by making a scorching 6.47 pass to beat Clevenger's 7.00 run. Clevenger made it to the semis by beating Rich Bailey who traveled all the way from Salem OR. Clevenger made a respectable 6.52 pass to knock of Bailey's 7.26 in the opening round.

On the other side of the ladder, Wardell got a bye in the semis but knocked out MaKinna Clevenger in round one with a stout 6.47 to MaKinna's 7.31. The Sonoma event was MaKinna's first race competing in the TEW series and by all accounts had a great outing.
Also in round one, LA's Steve Laburn lost to McBee when he broke out by over a tenth of a second.

MaKinna Clevenger competes in TEW for the first time.

A big thanks to Simon Procopenko for making the Sonoma Pinks All Out race the site of the final TEW race of the season. Simon worked with Infineon Raceway early in the year to get the TEW featured in the Pinks All Out program.

PPC Final Points Standings:

1. Aaron Wardell 400
2. Curtis Clevenger 219
3. Frank McBee Jr. 208
4. Steve LaBurn 153
5. Rich Bailey 124
6. Simon Procopenko 119
7. Jerry Kumre 55
8. MaKinna Clevenger 41

Sonoma Photo Highlights by Mark Nelson

Rich Bailey made the tow from Oregon and made his best runs all year.

Jerry Kumre qualified well but was unable to make the call in round one.

McBee went to the finals in Sonoma after beating Clevenger.



Wardell Wins Big in Medford

Aaron Wardell (top) had a great outing in Medford as he made impressive runs all weekend driving the J Ray Concrete sponsored dragster. In the final round he beat Oregon's Rich Bailey who smoked the tires at the hit. Aaron's winning time was a solid 6.45.

Steve LaBurn made the long tow all the way from Orange County and had this wild wheelstand in the semi final round against Bailey. Photos by Larry McFarland.

Guest Column
PPC is Where it's at for NHRA Blown Alcohol Refuges

Having raced PPC and NHRA on back to back weekends, we got the chance to compare both series. And let me tell you, the contrast is startling! We have become more or less outlaws in NHRA's Lucas Oil Series, a series that we have been big supporters of for years. How? Since the Top Dragster class went to a 64 car field where anyone with a pulse can qualify, the Top Dragster class has quickly evolved into a drive up and drive back Super Comp style program.

In Top Dragster, if you don't have a radiator in your race car or a golf cart for towing, you need not return to any more NHRA events. We were told by an official that full size tow vehicles joins a growing ban which also includes non self-starting cars and even noisy generators. And this is not a slam on the NHRA officials as they were all very accommodating and as nice as they could be, it's just that the class itself is no longer conducive to the equipment we have. That rule is fine for most Super Comp style cars, but where do all those rear engine blown alcohol cars and funny cars go? Other than TEW they really have no place to go.

It was at Medford that Brent Sanford (my crew chief) and I finally realized that we have one option and that's to become PPC racers as NHRA has ruled us out of existence with these regulations that don't favor blown alcohol cars. And that's too bad as there are so few Top Alcohol cars still competing at the divisional level. Meanwhile, the spectator count continues to dwindle at the divisional events too. I don't know how much longer Top Alcohol will compete at the divisional level but one very prominent crew chief told me that Top Alcohol will be gone sooner than we think.

So what does this have to do with PPC? We have something that NHRA doesn't have: a class of mostly six second blown alcohol and injected cars that put on a great show on a limited budget. We put on the kind of show the spectators think of when they want to go to a drag race. PPC is much more exciting than Top Dragster and a lot less costly than Top Alcohol.

The fans love the PPC cars. How do I know this? Just look at the fan reaction at Pinks All Out. Yes, the fans came to see Pinks but it was the PPC cars that they gravitated to in the pits and in the stands when the PPC cars ran. Many had never seen blown alcohol cars before and they loved what they saw. We may never win over the Top Fuel or Top Alcohol purists but the mind set that blown alcohol dragsters are not exciting to watch is simply not true. We can win over a good ol' Saturday night crowd any time at any place. PPC has a great roster of cars and the teams we have met this year are all class acts.

We have peeled off the "TD" that was on our car next to our competition number because our car is no longer a Top Dragster, it's a ProComp Dragster. I'd like to encourage other Top Eliminator West racers to begin to refer to their cars as Top Eliminator West cars too. We need to have pride in what we do and take TEW to a new level.

Thank you for allowing us the opportunity to race with you and thanks for making us feel welcomed in your group. Let's make 2011 a banner year for PPC.

Rich Bailey
Capitol Auto Group Racing
Car Number 6671 ProComp

Governors Cup Ends to 2009 Season

The biggest race is the last.

The Governors Cup started only 10 years after the Winter Nationals that makes it one of the top races in California. This one being to 40th Annual brought even more status to the winner.

The Qualifying started out even more intense for two cars in the field. Porcopenko and Stroupe were the only two drivers that could with the championship and qualifying points could make the difference. Right out of the trailer Stroupe ran an impressive 6.305 with Porcopenko a slightly too fast 6.298.

Final Qualifying Order:
Butch Stroupe 6.305 225.04 mph
Kenny Buzdas 6.310 225.55
Simon Procopenko 6.333 225.63
Steve LaBurn 6.490 220.16
Pete Ortiz 6.700 215.48
Curtis Clevenger 7.361 200.42
Michael Halstead 7.813 179.00

TEW started the race with 6 cars, Buzdas without the block on the last qualifying run.

First round Stroupe has a complete handle on Halstead with a 6.64 to 12.55 with engine issues. Procopenko drove around Clevenger as Clevenger was all over the track. LaBurn took out Ortiz Jr. when Ortiz had trouble.

Semi brought Stroupe the bye to the final. Procopenko had the long road to the final, he had to go through LaBurn. This round would also determine the champ for TEW of 2009. The pressure was all on him; win and you are the champ, loose and Stroupe is the champ. When the tree came down and both sides were green all he had to do is get to the stripe first and below 6.30. LaBurn’s car at 600’ sneezed the nitrous and looked a lot like a Jet Car. Procopenko ran 6.42. The Championship was done, but they still had the cup to settle. Just like all year the cars that battled for the championship were still fighting for the race. Final round was late at night, 11:30 pm, with Stroupe winning the 40th Governor’s Cup 6.45 to 6.29.

I can’t believe that the year is over. It seems like we just got started at Funny Car Fever. I don’t know about you guys, but I can’t wait to race at Medford again. I do hear that TEW will have a couple of new cars with us for next year. Lastly, I want to tell you all that you put on a fantastic show and that will help the class to continue to grow.

Thank you again,
Curtis Clevenger

Famous Fox Hunt Results
Wow! The 35th annual Famous Fox Hunt started out fast. Everyone in the class seems to be stepping up. Friday afternoon Kenny Buzdas ran a 6.10 and then slowed to a perfect 6.300. Clevenger's first pass out of the trailer blew up the pro charger unit and had to use the “Plan B” car. When first call came Simon Procopenko laid down the number to shoot for 6.333 at 233.85 mph. Thank you J. Ray Concrete for low qualifying bonus money, or Simon thanks you, again!

Final Qualifying Order:

Prior to round one, Buzdas had to drop out with the timing gear in pieces. First round put Porcopenko against LaBurn. Procopenko came out on top with a 6.35 to a breakout 6.25. It's Procopenko in the Final again. That makes 3 out of 4 finals. Next up were McBee and Clevenger. With Clevenger cutting .001 reaction time, McBee’s 6.37 almost didn’t catch him, I said almost. Stroupe moved on the starting line First and reached the Final line first and put the Outcast funny car on the trailer.

The semi final show was McBee and Stroupe. Stroupe’s pass was clean and straight but too fast as he ran a 6.28. McBee however was left then right, no no, then left again. I think he ran 1531 feet, but got the win light after all. The final was set Porcopenko and McBee. It looked good on paper and should be a great race. Then McBee moved .201 red and the race was over. Procopenko took another win. Great job Porcopenko crew!

This year the championship is coming down to two cars, Porcopenko and Stroupe both from Santa Rosa, CA. They are only 40 points apart, two rounds. Don’t miss Governors Cup it will be a battle!

Thank you for a great show
Top Eliminator West
Curtis Clevenger


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April 20-21
Redding Dragstrip
Cool April Nights

June 15-16
Sacramento Raceway
Funny car Fever

August 3-4
Sacramento Raceway
Fox Hunt

September 14-15
Sacramento Raceway
Govy Cup

October 6-7
Redding, Ca