MARK BARNHART started off the year on a real positive note. Driving his purple-flamed Dragster built originally by Dan Soran, Mark put together a string of round wins at the Stinker Stores Season Opener (Sunday) to put him self in a tie for first place in the Kidd Performance Super Pro division (and number #1 in the Land of the Leaders Challenger. The Emmett racer beat Christopher Northup first round with a .018, 7.63 (7.62 dial); then Rod Page in round two with a .034, 7.68 (7.62 dial); and followed that up by a .017, 7.67 (7.65 dial) to defeat Mark Kidd in the third round. In the quarter's he beat Mike Coltrin with his best run of eliminations, a .016, 7.64 (7.64 dial) before stopping a redlighting (by -.007) Tom Malicki in the semi's with a .038, 7.69 (7.62 dial). In the final, Mark hit a .030 and ran 7.66 (7.64 dial) to upend Jim Cox in the final. Congratulations to Mark and Juliet for reaching the Winner's Circle at the opening point's stop of 2015.
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