Harkema Is Queen Of The Send-Off

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Katie Harkema won the title of Queen of the Send-Off on Sunday at Rocky Mountain Raceways. (Chris Dake photo)
Katie Harkema won the title of Queen of the Send-Off on Sunday at Rocky Mountain Raceways. (Chris Dake photo)
Katie Harkema won the title of Queen of the Send-Off on Sunday at Rocky Mountain Raceways. (Chris Dake photo)

WEST VALLEY CITY, Utah – Katie Harkema claimed Rocky Mountain Raceways’ Queen of the Send-Off title on Sunday. Harkema won the most rounds during the Summer Send-Off weekend. She made it to the final round in the Electronics class both Saturday and Sunday.

Utah local Tracy Holt won Sunday’s Electronics final round against Harkema, posting a 4.660 e.t., on a 4.65 dial-in, over Harkema’s 5.187 e.t. on a 5.21 dial-in. Dan Lafferty, from Wendell, Idaho, took home the Electronics win on Saturday, besting Harkema in the final round with a 7.504 e.t. on a 7.50 dial-in over Harkema’s 8.093 e.t. on a 8.10 dial-in. In addition to bragging rights, Harkema will take home a set of Hoosier slicks, a drum of Sunoco fuel, and a host of other prizes.
Saturday’s drag racing action also included Non Electronics, Top Junior, Quick Junior, and Nitro Funny Cars.

Scott Parsons, from Monroe, Utah posted a 10.33 dial-in for Saturday’s Non-Electronics final where he faced off against Magna, Utah resident Dan Pratt. Parsons claimed the win over Pratt with a 10.364 e.t. on the scoreboard at 120.69 mph.

Brothers Jared and Jake Jones went head-to-head in the Top Junior final round. Jared Jones prevailed with an 8.018 e.t., beating Jake’s 8.033 e.t. on the 8.0 dial-in. Seth Anderson, a recent NHRA Jr. Drag Racing League Western Conference Finals winner, bested Shante Henderson for the Quick Junior win, running 9.064 e.t on a 9.07 dial-in.

James Day in the Pedaler posted the top speed of Saturday’s first round of Nitro Funny Cars with a 5.920 e.t. at 238.53 mph. Dale Van Gundy piloted the Quarter Pounder to the second round’s best performance with a 6.029 e.t. at 236.46 mph.

Sunday featured 1/8 mile drag racing on Rocky Mountain Raceways’ Young Kia Drag Strip. West Jordan, Utah resident Jeff Durfey raced his ’08 Kawasaki to victory in the final round of Non-Electronics, posting a 5.897 e.t. on a 5.90 dial-in, against Jesse Sanderson’s 7.431 e.t. on a 7.46 dial-in.