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  Pappel Racing at the Woodburn Hot Rod Nationals 2013
  Pappel Racing Fun! August 2013
  Pappel Racing runs 3 cars at the Hot Rod Nationals 2012
  Pappel Racing at Night Fire - Woodburn Dragstrip
  Pappel Family Racing from Eugene, Oregon Prepares to Race Hard in 2010
  Pappel Racing finishes 2009 at the Division Six Finals
  GET READY FOR THE NHRA 2009 DRAG RACING SEASON!
  GET READY FOR THE NHRA 2009 DRAG RACING SEASON!
  Rochelle Wins at Woodburn to seal the Track Championship!
  Rochelle wins again! 3 in a row and another NHRA Crystal Trophy!
 
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Pappel Racing at the Woodburn Hot Rod Nationals 2013 Top
  August 10-11, 2013 Woodburn Dragstrip Hot Rod Nationals – A beautiful weekend at the racetrack. Saturday Rochelle is driving the 1927 Ford Suncoast Roadster in Hot Rod I, qualifying with a .010 reaction time running 10.767 at 125.90 miles per hour. Round one of the gamblers race Rochelle WINS running 10.792 on the 10.76 dial and a .069 RT. Round two another WIN running 10.704 at 125.55 mph. Round three the other lane has a better start and the Roadster is out running 10.753 on the 10.71 dial and a .072 RT. Ron is driving the 1927 Ford Brogie Roadster in Top Gas (electronics class). Friday Ron makes some test runs and has reaction times of .015, -.002, .022 running a 8.789 pass at 155.70 miles per hours. Saturday qualifying Ron runs 8.692 at 155.27 and a -.002 RT. Round one WIN at the finish line running 8.753 on the 8.68 dial when Ron lifts the throttle as the other car has trouble down track. Round two is a tough race at the finish line when the favor goes to the other driver by .0086 seconds Ron runs 8.758 on a 8.71 dial and a .017 RT. Saturday afternoon there is a second gamblers race Ron WINs round one running an impressive 8.751 on the 8.75 dial and a .010 reaction time. Round two WIN when the opponent goes red and the Roadster runs 8.714 on the 8.73 dial and a .024 RT. Round three semi finals Ron and the roadster looses traction down track and out running 8.782 on the 8.82 dial. Sunday Rochelle runs 10.688 on the 10.72 dial breaking out of competition with a .024 reaction time in round one. Ron is #2 qualifier with a .002 RT but is taken out in round one running 8.675 on the 8.70 dial and a .030 dial. Great weekend of racing with family and friends at the Drag Strip!
 
Pappel Racing Fun! August 2013 Top
  June 22nd and 23rd, 2013 Woodburn Dragstrip, 37th Annual Oldies but Goodies – The weather does not cooperate for this race at all. Saturday qualifying Ron #7 with a .012 reaction time running 9.838 at 152.46 mph. Jim qualifies with a .019 reaction time running 10.715 at 126.95 mph. Gamblers race Jim get edged out in the Suncoast roadster at the finish line by .0107 seconds with his .024 RT running 10.747 at 124.49 mph. Ron is in the Brogie Roadster goes out in a double break out at the finish line by .006 seconds. Sunday is cool and rain off and on all day. Jim runs his first round of competition at 3:12 pm goes red and is eliminated. Ron waits to race until 4:45 pm when they finally cancel the race for the day.

July 6, 2013 Woodburn Dragstrip Nostalgia Hot Rod Series. Rochelle is driving the Suncoast 27 Ford Roadster in Hot Rod I class. Qualifying with a .018 reaction time running 10.675 at 127.86 mph. Round one is not enough at the finish line as she runs 10.744 on the 10.67 dial with a .062 RT. In the gamblers race Rochelle wins round one running 10.751 on the 10.73 dial and a .040 RT. Round two goes down with a -.005 RT. Ron is running Top Gas in the Brogie roadster qualifying #9 running a 8.714 at 156.46 mph and a .013 RT. Round one of Top Gas the win light goes on when Ron Runs 8.721 on the 8.73 dial and a .035 RT as his opponent goes Red. Round two Ron runs 8.721 on the 8.73 dial and a .019 RT breaking out against his opponent that has a .021 package.

July 7, 2013 Woodburn Dragstrip – Sunoco Race Series. Drivers get two qualifying rounds. Rochelle qualifies with a .020 RT running 10.641 at 128.2 mph. Hot Rod I class needed a better reaction time and cannot catch up running 10.679 on the 10.66 dial and a .064. Ron qualifies #11 with a .013 RT. Round one win running 8.728 on the 8.72 dial and a .023 RT. Round two not enough traction and the other guy wins as the roadster runs 8.789 on the 8.74 dial and a .040 RT. Good weekend of family and fun!
 
Pappel Racing runs 3 cars at the Hot Rod Nationals 2012 Top
  Rochelle Pappel in the final round at the Hot Rod Nationals!

August 3rd Woodburn Dragstrip is a test day for Rochelle. She makes 12 passes on the Friday night test and tune in the heat. As Rochelle works on her launch and 60 foot times we make a decision to make some major changes to the transmission. We head back to the shop and pull the transmission with plans on changing the planetary gears and valve body. The roadster goes back together smooth and ready for the Hot Rod Nationals.

August 10th Woodburn Dragstrip Friday night test for the Hot Rod Nationals. The weather is great and we are preparing for a big weekend of drag racing. Rochelle test her Roadster making 11 runs down track. After several red lights she takes control and becomes one with her car. Reaction times of .0033, .010, .003 and .007 consecutively.

August 11 and 12 Woodburn Dragstrip Hot Rod Nationals. Saturday is qualifying and a gamblers race. Jim is running the Vega in the Street Maching I. He qualifies well running 11.239 with a .029 reaction time. Jim goes -.003 red in the first round of the gamblers. Rochelle is running the Sun Coast Roadster in the Hot Rod I class. She qualifies rinning 10.71 at 125.38 mph and a .027 reaction time. In the gamblers race Rochelle wins round one running 10.753 on the 10.67 dial and a .047 RT. Round two Rochelle runs 10.784 on the 10.73 dial and a .023 RT but the other car gets to the finish line first by .0115 seconds. Ron is running Top Gas driving the Brogie Roadster. Qualifying is good running 8.60 at 158.45 mph and a .016 RT. SUNDAY – Jim wins round one in the vega running 11.445 on the 11.42 dial. Round two Jim has the better light but goes too fast running 11.446 on the 11.46 dial. Ron breaks the input shaft in the Brogie roadster in round one and is done. Rochelle saves the day and is the Pappel Racing star. In the final qualifying run Rochelle has a .001 reaction time and is the #1 qualifies. Round one Rochelle takes command running 10.886 on the 10.88 dial. Round two Rochelle’s .018 reaction takes her to the finishline running 10.918 on the 10.90. Round three she has a single making a statement with a PERFECT LIGHT .000 and runs 10.787 on the 10.92 dial. The weather has changes and the team is hesitant to make too drastic of change in her dial in. Final Round Rochelle has the better light .047 but goes too fast running 10.813 on the 10.88 dial. Rochelle hits the brakes at the finish line but still takes too much stripe. Runner Up at her first Hot Rod Nationals in the Roadster is GREAT!
 
Pappel Racing at Night Fire - Woodburn Dragstrip Top
  May 12 Woodburn Dragstrip – Sunoco Race Fuels ET Series. Rochelle gets some more seat time in before the Season Opener next weekend. Her runs go from 10.652 to 10.991 as we make adjustments to the car and she gets used to launching on the trans-brake button (wow that is awesome). Ron drives in the Super Pro Class (electronics allowed). Qualifying goes well running 8.652 and 8.672 and a .020 RT. First round his opponent has a .001 light and runs .009 seconds off his number. Tough package to beat so congratulations went to the other lane this time. Great day of fun and drag racing, getting ready for the first big race of the year.

May 19th Woodburn Dragstrip – Season Opener. Saturday Rochelle qualifies number 1 with a perfect .000 reaction time. Rochelle wins first round of the Gamblers race running 10.74 at 127.49 mph with a .041 RT. Round two Rochelle and her roadster jump the gun and go out with a red light. Ron qualifies well with a .008 reaction time. Ron is out in the first round running 8.619 on the 8.63 dial in a close finish line race and a .008 RT. Sunday the Pappel Racing family is sitting in the rain until the race is called at noon.

June 16th Woodburn Dragstrip – GM showdown. Ron is running the Super Pro electronics class. In the first run down the track during time trials the RT front brake disc and caliper break past the finish line. The car comes to a safe stop but is done for the day. Rochelle is running in the Pro class winning her first round running 10.778 with a .054 RT. In round two Rochelle goes out with a -.015 RT, her car runs well running 10.803 on the 10.79 dial.

June 17th Woodburn Dragstrip – Sunoco Race Fuels ET Series. Ron is crew chief as parts are on order for his car. Rochelle is running in the Pro Class driving her 1927 Ford qualifies well with a .018 RT. Round one Rochelle is beat at the line when the other car has a better light and she takes the roadster across the finish line to quick running 10.968 on the 10.98 dial.

June 23rd and 24th Woodburn Dragstrip – Oldies but Goodies Drags. Jim is running in the Hot Rod 1 class. Jim is qualifying on Saturday running 11.698 at 127.5 mph. Ron makes a qualifying run 8.959 at 153.34 mph. Sunday is eliminations Jim’s win light go on when he runs 10.682 on the 10.66 dial and a spectacular .001 RT. Round two Jim earns a bye and runs 10.587 on the 10.59 prediction. Round three (semi finals) Jim’s roadster is late on the tree and his opponent wins as he runs 10.560 on the 10.58 dial. Ron is number one qualifier and is rewarded with a single in the first round running 8.714 at 154.37 mph. Round two is a close race at the finish line but the win light goes to the other lane as Ron runs 8.713 on the 8.68 dial.

July 27th and 28th Woodburn Dragstrip – NIGHT FIRE. Saturday Rochelle is running the non electronics Pro class. She qualifies number 1 with a .003 reaction time running 10.548 at 128.44 mph. She gets the bye in round one running 10.525 at 128.73 mph. Round two Rochelle breaks out running 19.472 on the 10.52 dial. Ron is running the electronics Super Pro class qualifying #4 with a .003 RT. Round one win with a .002 RT running 8.564 on the 8.564 dial. Round two Ron has a .011 RT and the other lane has a .014 RT race is determined by inches when the win light goes to the other lane by .0072 seconds. The Saturday night race is Door Cars vs Dragsters. Ron’s roadster is in the door class winning round one running 8.562 on the 8.56 dial. Round two Ron leaves early with a -.007 RT. Sunday Rochelle is eliminated early running 10.499 on the 10.51 dial. In the buy back round Rochelle spins the tires off the line but cannot get back running 10.561 on the 10.50 dial with a .031 RT. Ron goes a few rounds Sunday winning round one 8.809 on the 8.56 dial and a .028 RT. Round three Ron wins with his opponent goes red and Ron runs 8.55 on the 8.56 dial at 157.09 mph. Round 4 (quarter finals) Ron’s roadster cannot keep his lead as the dragster in the other lane runs 7.127 at 176.81 against his 8.573 at 156.71 mph. Margin of victory in the other lane .0086. The nitro funny cars and jet cars were a treat to see. Definitely a race not to miss. We will be there next year!

 
Pappel Family Racing from Eugene, Oregon Prepares to Race Hard in 2010 Top
  Ron Pappel, patriarch of Pappel Family Racing, says he caught the racing bug while working on cars in high school. Pappel\'s two children, Jim, 22 and Rochelle, 15 have inherited their father\'s talents and love of drag racing. \"My kids started driving very young. Rochelle started racing a junior dragster at 8 years old and has been the highlight of our team. Jim began driving at 13 years of age in junior dragsters and now drives a Pro Class Vega,\" says Pappel. In addition to their racing team, Ron and his wife Karen also own and operate a car dealership in their hometown of Eugene, Oregon.

Since 2002 the Pappel Racing Team has earned many championships, but this family is not about to rest on its laurels. \"During our 2009 season, we finished very well in spite of missing some points races during the season. Rochelle finished top three at Champion Raceway and I finished 3rd overall in Super Pro,\" says Pappel. \"We are looking forward to the 2010 season. Jim will run the Vega in Pro Class at events throughout the year and I will be running the 27 Super Pro/Super Gas Roadster.\"

Pappel notes that his daughter Rochelle is on track for one of her best years ever, not only on the drag strip, but in school as well. She will be racing her Junior Fast Class car and will also be participating in some high school driving events in a full size car.

\"Rochelle has had much success in school sports. In addition to playing varsity volley ball, she is working towards breaking the school record in the intermediate hurdles and high hurdles as well as running the anchor for the 4X relay on the varsity track team,\" says Pappel. He says that the team\'s proudest moment came when Rochelle won the 2007 NHRA Western Conference Finals championship in the 12-year-old class at Bandemere Speedway in Denver, Colorado. She was the first female Division Six driver to win a national championship in any junior dragster class. \"After winning that event, Rochelle returned to be honored as the Division Six Driver of the Year,\" says Pappel. Nearly 600 of the top Junior Dragster racers in the country go to Bandemere Speedway once a year to compete for one of eight prestigious Wally Trophys and a National Title.

Sponsored by K&N, Pappel Racing Team has earned 9 Track Championships, 2 Division Six Titles and 1 National Championship. \"I believe that having great sponsors like K&N has given our family the opportunity to drive cars equipped with outstanding safety and performance products,\" says Pappel. \"K&N has definitely contributed to the success of our family race team.\"

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Pappel Racing finishes 2009 at the Division Six Finals Top
  BAugust 15, Woodburn Dragstrip, is the Junior Drag Racing League Don Rhyne Classic Gold Crown Finals. Rochelle qualifies number six with a .031 RT. In the first round of competition Rochelle wins with a “Perfect Light” .000 RT as her car runs 7.950 on the 7.90 dial at 83.34 miles per hour. Round two Rochelle breaks out by .008 seconds as her car runs 7.892 on the 7.90 dial in. The second race in the afternoon had the same results as Rochelle runs 7.915 on the 7.92 dial and a .005 RT. It was a fun weekend with over 80 junior dragsters in competition. Rochelle has won this race 4 times.

September 3-7, Woodburn Dragstrip, NHRA Division Six Championship race. Thursday and Friday is test and tune with inclimate on the weather radar for the weekend. Ron works on data with a surprise of roll-out differences on the track starting line and data in his roadster computer. Saturday is rain delays off and on. First round of eliminations in the Race of Champions, Ron goes red -.014 while the roadster runs a 9.231 on a 9.23 dial. Rochelle is allowed only one time trial running 7.971 with a -.001 RT. Round one she takes her dragster across the 1/8th mile strip winning running 8.007 in a hole shot on the 7.95 dial. Round two Rochelle is taken out when her dragster runs 7.979 on the 7.99 dial. After much controversy, round one of Super Pro Div 6 Championship is going to run in the dark under the lights for the first time at Woodburn. Ron runs 9.212 on the 9.21 dial but red lit by -.016 RT. Many Super Pro drivers were frustrated with the safety of the track as there were not enough lights on the shut down end of the track. The race was delayed on Sunday and carried over to Monday. Ron made it to the 3rd round in Sport Compact before all the racing was finished.



September 20, Woodburn Dragstrip, NHRA National Dragster Challenge. Rochelle is fired up and ready to race. Round one the win light goes on when Rochelle’s Dragster runs 7.905 on the 7.90 dial and a .034 RT. Round two is another win running 7.990 and a .061 RT. Round three semi finals Rochelle’s reaction time of .019 gives her the hole shot victory running 7.954 on the 7.90 dial. Final round is a good race until a break out by .008 seconds running 7.892 on the 7.90 dial. Ron qualifies 5th in the Roadster with a .001 RT. Round one win running 9.120 on the 9.12 dial. Round two Ron is eliminated when he runs 9.142 on the 9.12 dial at 159.77 miles per hour. Runner up for Rochelle in the Junior Dragster Fast Class. Good Job!

The 2010 Pappel Racing Team schedule should be posted in January after the Division Six tracks post their schedules.



2010 is going to be a “BLAST” Just you watch and see!!!


 
GET READY FOR THE NHRA 2009 DRAG RACING SEASON! Top
  The following is the TENTATIVE SCHEDULE for March and April 2009:
March 7-8 Woodburn Dragstrip Test-n-tune Tentative
March 21-22 Woodburn Dragstrip Test-n-tune Tentative
March 28 Woodburn Dragstrip Test-n-tune Tentative
March 29 Woodburn Dragstrip Sunoco Fuels Championship Series
April 5 Woodburn Dragstrip Sunoco Fuels Championship Series
April 11 Woodburn Dragstrip Junior Drag Race League/Sunoco Fuels Championship Series
April 18-19 Woodburn Dragstrip Tulip Festival Drags/Sunoco Fuels Championship Series
April 26 Woodburn Dragstrip Sunoco Fuels Championship Series/Land of the Leaders


 
GET READY FOR THE NHRA 2009 DRAG RACING SEASON! Top
  The following is the TENTATIVE SCHEDULE for March and April 2009:
March 7-8 Woodburn Dragstrip Test-n-tune Tentative
March 21-22 Woodburn Dragstrip Test-n-tune Tentative
March 28 Woodburn Dragstrip Test-n-tune Tentative
March 29 Woodburn Dragstrip Sunoco Fuels Championship Series
April 5 Woodburn Dragstrip Sunoco Fuels Championship Series
April 11 Woodburn Dragstrip Junior Drag Race League/Sunoco Fuels Championship Series
April 18-19 Woodburn Dragstrip Tulip Festival Drags/Sunoco Fuels Championship Series
April 26 Woodburn Dragstrip Sunoco Fuels Championship Series/Land of the Leaders


 
Rochelle Wins at Woodburn to seal the Track Championship! Top
  September 20th Woodburn Dragstrip and the Jr. Drag Racing Series count down. Rochelle has moved up into second position in the Junior Fast class and 6 rounds behind the leader with the last two races on the line. Rochelle qualifies number 3 with a .010 RT (reaction time). In round one she draws the points leader, win and you have a chance or loose and there is no chance to take the Championship. Rochelle wins round one with a hole shot victory running 8.141 on the 8.08 dial at 81.65 mph. Round two the win light comes on in another hole shot victory when her car runs 8.170 on the 8.09 dial and a .027 RT. Round three semi finals the win light comes on when her 8.112 on the 8.07 dial and a .032 RT holds strong. The final round Rochelle runs her number and wins the race running 8.073 on the 8.07 dial and a .061 RT.



September 21st Woodburn Dragstrip, the final points race and the Track Championship is on the line. Rochelle is now only one round behind the leader. In round one Rochelle is matched up against the points leader again. Everyone at the track knows that this is the race of the season for the Junior Fast Class. Rochelle earns the WIN when her car goes 8.142 on the 8.13 dial. The remainder of the race was cancelled due to weather. Rochelle was 12 rounds behind the points leader with only 4 races to go earlier in the season. Rochelle has won her last 19 rounds of racing competition including the last two points races at Woodburn Dragstrip to win the Track Championship in the Junior Fast Class. The other two races won were the NHRA Junior Dragster Challenge in Coosbay and the Gold Crown Final at Woodburn.

Jim Pappel Goes some rounds at the Club Challenge in Woodburn. Ron qualifying for the National Dragster Challenge (the race was cancelled due to weather)

 
Rochelle wins again! 3 in a row and another NHRA Crystal Trophy! Top
  After the double race in Woodburn on the 6th and 7th Rochelle’s Junior Dragster motor was shipped overnight to Cheetah for an overhaul. The motor was suspicious of piston wear and the team did not want to take a chance for the last two races of the season. Thanks to James at Cheetah Supply in Arizona the motor was back in the car by Friday. The Pappel Racing team heads to Coosbay Speedway for some testing and the NHRA Junior Dragster Challenge race of the season for Coosbay.

September 14th at Coosbay Speedway. Rochelle qualified 3rd overall with a .028 reaction time. In round one Rochelle wins in a heads up race when both cars dial 7.98 seconds. Rochelle runs 8.035 and wins in a hole shot with a .022 RT. In the final round Rochelle wins the NHRA Crystal Award when she gets a hole shot win again running 8.075 on the 8.00 dial and a .025 RT. Rochelle is on a role with 13 round wins in a row. Hopefully she can keep it up through the two final races in Woodburn.

September 13th is the Eugene Celebration with the downtown streets closed for a great car show. With 85 entries the show was a success and Jim’s Pro Class Vega was a hit winning the “Mister Quick” award. Watch for Jim to race at the Woodburn Club Challenge and the National Dragster Challenge on September 20 and 21.

August 19th and 20th Pappel Racing cars on display at the Brasher’s Northwest Auto Auction for their annual Checkered Flag event. Ron sneaks in and wins 3 elimination heats of go cart racing to be the 2008 Brasher’s Go Cart Champ. Thank you to Brasher’s for a great event and their support of the Pappel Racing Team!

 
 
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