2015 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series schedule released

POSTED ON August 25th  - POSTED IN Drag Strip, News

The 2015 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series schedule has been announced by NHRA officials. The 24-race NHRA Mello Yello Series will make its traditional stops across the country and remains the most geographically dispersed U.S. touring series in all of motorsports, reaching fans with its unique brand of high-horsepower entertainment from New England to California, Washington to Florida, and all points between.

Highlighting the schedule once again in 2015 will be the Chevrolet Performance U.S. Nationals, the world’s most prestigious drag race, at Lucas Oil Raceway at Indianapolis, Labor Day weekend, Sept. 2-7.

The season again will open and close at famed Auto Club Raceway at Pomona in Southern California. The season kicks off at Pomona with the NHRA Winternationals, Feb. 5-8, and closes at the historic dragstrip with the final race of the Mello Yello Countdown to the Championship playoffs, the Auto Club NHRA Finals, Nov. 12-15.

Following the season opener, the series returns to Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park near Phoenix for the CARQUEST Auto Parts NHRA Nationals, Feb. 20-22. NHRA teams will traverse the country to make it to the traditional East Coast opener at Florida’s Auto-Plus Raceway at Gainesville for the Amalie Motor Oil NHRA Gatornationals, March 12-15.

Three traditional stops will follow: the popular NHRA Four-Wide Nationals at zMAX Dragway in Charlotte, N.C. (March 27-29); the SummitRacing.com NHRA Nationals at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway (April 10-12); and the O’Reilly Auto Parts NHRA SpringNationals at Royal Purple Raceway near Houston (April 24-26).

In May, the teams will travel to Atlanta for the Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Southern Nationals, May 15-17, and then on to Topeka, Kan., for the NHRA Kansas Nationals at Heartland Park Topeka, May 22-24.

Teams will compete at three races in three weeks in June, starting with the Toyota NHRA Summernationals at Old Bridge Township Raceway Park in Englishtown, N.J. (June 4-7), followed by the Auto-Plus NHRA New England Nationals, June 12-14 at New England Dragway in Epping, N.H., and the NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals, June 19-21 at Bristol (Tenn.) Dragway on Father’s Day weekend.

After a week off, the NHRA Mello Yello Series will make two more stops before the Western Swing. A massive Fourth of July celebration is guaranteed for the Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals, July 2-5 at Norwalk, Ohio. The summer racing parade will continue with the O’Reilly Auto Parts Route 66 NHRA Nationals, which will move to July 9-12 at Route 66 Raceway near Chicago.

The famed Western Swing will begin one week later in 2015 and kicks off with the Mopar Mile-High NHRA Nationals at scenic Bandimere Speedway in Denver, July 24-26.  From there, the teams will trek farther west stopping in Northern California for the NHRA Sonoma Nationals (July 31-Aug. 2) at Sonoma Raceway before finishing the Western Swing near Seattle at Pacific Raceways with the O’Reilly Auto Parts NHRA Northwest Nationals, Aug. 7-9. NHRA teams will then take another week off before heading to Brainerd, Minn., for the Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals, Aug. 20-23.

The last race in the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series regular season at which the final positions for the NHRA Mello Yello Countdown to the Championship can be secured will be the prestigious Chevrolet Performance U.S. Nationals at Lucas Oil Raceway at Indianapolis, Labor Day weekend, Sept. 2-7.

NHRA’s playoffs, the six-race NHRA Mello Yello Countdown to the Championship, kicks off two weeks later with three consecutive weeks of racing: the NHRA Carolina Nationals in Charlotte, N.C. (Sept. 18-20); the AAA Insurance NHRA Midwest Nationals at Gateway Motorsports Park near St. Louis (Sept. 25-27); and the NHRA Nationals at Maple Grove Raceway in Reading, Pa. (Oct. 1-4).

The AAA Texas NHRA FallNationals at the Texas Motorplex near Dallas (Oct. 15-18) will set the stage for the final two Countdown playoff races.  The season concludes out West with the NHRA Toyota Nationals in Las Vegas (Oct. 29-Nov. 1) and the Auto Club NHRA Finals at Auto Club Raceway at Pomona, where world champions will be crowned in Southern California Nov. 12-15.

The Pro Stock Motorcycle class will compete in a 16-race schedule, with six of those races in the NHRA Mello Yello Countdown to the Championship. The location of the 16th bike race will be announced at a later date.

ESPN2, a part of the ESPN network, will again provide exclusive television coverage on a same-day basis of all NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series events, featuring action from qualifying rounds Saturday and eliminations Sunday.

2015 NHRA MELLO YELLO DRAG RACING SERIES SCHEDULE
NHRA Mello Yello Series Regular Season
Feb. 5-8 NHRA Winternationals Pomona, Calif.
Feb. 20-22 CARQUEST Auto Parts NHRA Nationals Phoenix
March 12-15 Amalie Motor Oil NHRA Gatornationals (PSM) Gainesville, Fla.
March 27-29 NHRA Four-Wide Nationals (PSM) Charlotte, N.C.
April 10-12 SummitRacing.com NHRA Nationals Las Vegas
April 24-26 O’Reilly Auto Parts NHRA SpringNationals Houston
May 15-17 Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Southern Nationals (PSM) Atlanta
May 22-24 NHRA Kansas Nationals Topeka, Kan.
June 4-7 Toyota NHRA Summernationals (PSM) Englishtown, N.J.
June 12-14 Auto-Plus NHRA New England Nationals Epping, N.H.
June 19-21 NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals Bristol, Tenn.
July 2-5 Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals (PSM) Norwalk, Ohio
July 9-12 O’Reilly Auto Parts Route 66 NHRA Nationals (PSM) Chicago
July 24-26 Mopar Mile-High NHRA Nationals (PSM) Denver
July 31-Aug. 2 NHRA Sonoma Nationals (PSM) Sonoma, Calif.
Aug. 7-9 O’Reilly Auto Parts NHRA Northwest Nationals Seattle
Aug. 20-23 Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals Brainerd, Minn.
Sept. 2-7 Chevrolet Performance U.S. Nationals (PSM) Indianapolis
NHRA Mello Yello Countdown to the Championship
Sept. 18-20 NHRA Carolina Nationals (PSM) Charlotte, N.C.
Sept. 25-27 AAA Insurance NHRA Midwest Nationals (PSM) St. Louis
Oct. 1-4 NHRA Nationals (PSM) Reading, Pa.
Oct. 15-18 AAA Texas NHRA FallNationals (PSM) Dallas
Oct. 29-Nov. 1 NHRA Toyota Nationals (PSM) Las Vegas
Nov. 12-15 Auto Club NHRA Finals (PSM) Pomona, Calif.
(PSM) – Event will include Pro Stock Motorcycle

POINTS LEADERS DEMKE, BRAND TRIUMPH IN TOPEKA

POSTED ON August 25th  - POSTED IN Drag Strip, News

TOPEKA, Kan.– In the final results from Heartland Park Topeka and the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series, Chris Demke, Tujunga, Calif., and Dale Brand of Sully, Iowa, took home the wins in Top Alcohol Dragster and Top Alcohol Funny Car respectively. With their weekend wins, both racers currently sit on top of the NHRA Lucas Oil National Championship point standings.

 

After a long day of racing, Demke worked his way through the field from the No.1 qualifying position and ran 5.336 seconds at 268.44 mph in his final round victory over Randy Meyer, Spring Hill, Kan., who clocked in at 5.383 seconds, 265.53 mph.

 

Brand faced off against John Lombardo Jr., Brea, Calif., and posted a winning run of 5.669 seconds at 256.41 mph in his ’14 Camaro with an approximate margin of victory of 6 feet.  Lombardo drove to a 5.653 second, 256.75 mph lap for his runner up finish, coming up just short two years in a row at this event.

 

Local racer Todd Patterson, Augusta, Kan., took out the event’s No. 1 qualifier Clark Smiley, Denver City, Texas, in the Comp Eliminator final with a 7.962 second, 170.64 mph pass. Other competitors visiting the Winner’s Circle include Michael Compton, Neosho, Mo., in Super Stock; Larry DeForrest, Ramsey, Minn., in Stock Eliminator; and Tony Brown of Hallsville, Texas, used a perfect reaction time off the line to prevail in Super Stock. Robby Lopez, Irving, Texas, picked up the Super Gas trophy while Curt Epperson from Silver Lake, Kan., won the Super Street title in his ’63 Chevy II.

 

In the division’s FinelineGraphics / MadcapEngines Top Dragster class it was Jenifer White, Conroe, Texas, taking the win while Jim White, Haysville, Kan., won in the Jerry Haas Race Cars Top Sportsman category.  Also competing at the event was the Sportsman Motorcycle presented by Harley Davidson class with Curtis Spracklin of Omaha, Neb., taking home the hardware with the assistance of a perfect reaction time.

 

Many of these racers will head to Lucas Oil Raceway at Indianapolis next weekend where they will meet up with the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series, August 27 – September 1 for the Chevrolet Performance U.S. Nationals. The West Central division will continue at Tri-State Raceway in Earlville, Iowa for the next NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series event, September 5-7.

 

The following are Saturday’s final results from the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series, West Central division event at Heartland Park Topeka:

 

TOP ALCOHOL DRAGSTER

Round 1

4) James Thompson, Vernon, Texas, 5.524, 262.79 def. 5) Christine Chambless, ScottCity, Kan., 5.981, 164.95

3) Randy Meyer, Spring Hill, Kan., 5.518, 262.23 def. 6) Todd Odom, Dallas, Texas, 5.711, 239.65

2) Chase Copeland, Gainesville, Texas, 5.503, 262.79 def. 7) Brandon Pierce, Cypress, Texas, 5.582, 222.84

1) Chris Demke, Tujunga, Calif., 5.375, 270.00 def. 8) James Stevens, Gothenburg, Neb., 5.516, 259.86

 

Semifinals

Meyer, 5.358, 268.54 def. Copeland, 15.130, 65.38

Demke, 5.320, 271.02 def. Thompson, 13.356, 62.63

 

Final

Demke, 5.336, 268.44 def. Meyer, 5.383, 265.53

 

TOP ALCOHOL FUNNY CAR

Round 1

3) Dale Brand, Sully, Iowa, ’14 Camaro, 5.710, 256.16 def. 6) Kirk Williams, Glenwood, Iowa, ’04 Camaro, 5.758, 247.52

5) Shane Westerfield, Anaheim, Calif., ’06 Monte Carlo, 7.540, 129.28 def. 4) Kris Hool, Casper, Wyo., ’06 Monte Carlo, broke

1) John Lombardo Jr., Brea, Calif., ’10 Mustang, 5.693, 254.57 def. 9) Nancy Matter, Lewisville, Texas, ’02 Camaro, broke

7) Lance Van Hauen, Reinbeck, Iowa, ’14 Camaro, 5.849, 244.16 def. 2) Annie Whiteley, Grand Junction, Colo., ’10 Mustang, broke

 

Semifinals

Brand, 5.717, 255.97 def. Van Hauen, 5.862, 242.67

Lombardo Jr., 5.713, 254.95 def. Westerfield, 9.608, 90.68

 

Final

Brand, 5.669, 256.41 def. Lombardo Jr., 5.653, 256.75

 

COMP ELIMINATOR

Todd Patterson, Augusta, Kan., ’12 Cobalt, A/SMA, 7.962, 170.64  def. Clark Smiley, Denver City, Texas, ’09 GXP, BB/A, 7.357, 185.23

 

SUPER STOCK

Michael Compton, Neosho, Mo., ’92 Camaro, SS/BS, 9.152, 146.72 def. Justin Jenkins, Beatrice, Neb., ’10 Cobalt, GT/CA, 9.764, 131.56

 

STOCK ELIMINATOR

Larry DeForrest, Ramsey, Minn., ’10 Mustang, D/SA, 10.638, 124.03  def. Duane Dickens, San Clemente, Calif., ’66 Chevy II, K/SA, 11.829, 109.59

 

SUPER COMP

Tony Brown, Hallsville, Texas, dragster, 8.923, 170.26 def. Jeff Lopez, Bedford, Texas, dragster, 8.905, 160.75

 

SUPER GAS

Robby Lopez, Irving, Texas, ’63 Corvette, 9.868, 149.51 def. Trevor Larson, Starbuck, Minn., ’08 Corvette, foul

 

SUPER STREET

Curt Epperson, Silver Lake, Kan., ’63 Chevy II, 10.906, 141.71  def. Greg Parson, Whitehouse, Texas, ’77 Nova, 10.897, 139.41

 

TOP DRAGSTER

Jenifer White, Conroe, Texas, dragster, 6.395, 212.16 def. Matt Driskell, Wellsville, Kan., dragster, 6.659, 201.91

 

TOP SPORTSMAN

Jim White, Haysville, Kan., ’09 Cobalt, 6.834, 179.11 def. Keith Sasich, Bartonville, Texas, ’07 GTO, broke

 

SPORTSMAN MOTORCYCLE PRESENTED BY HARLEY DAVIDSON

Curtis Spracklin, Omaha, Neb., ’05 Kawasaki, 8.678, 144.55 def. Beau Drexler, Lakewood, Colo., ’80 Kawasaki, 8.704, 147.94

Winners crowned at Heartland Park

POSTED ON August 24th  - POSTED IN Drag Strip, News
DIVISION 5
Heartland Park Topeka
Topeka, Kan., Aug. 22-23, 2014

Results will be posted as soon as they are available. For detailed results, go toDrag Race Central

 


Saturday

TOPEKA, Kan. – The NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series tackled the quarter mile strip at Heartland Park Topeka with hundreds of racers going head to head in today’s elimination rounds for the annual event.  Winners were crowned in Top Alcohol Dragster and Funny Car, Comp Eliminator and the rest of the classes that make up the nationwide series.

Many of these racers will head to Lucas Oil Raceway at Indianapolis next weekend where they will meet up with the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series, Aug. 27-Sept. 1 for the Chevrolet Performance U.S. Nationals.  The West Central division Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series is back in action the following weekend, Sept. 5-7 at Tri-State Raceway in Earlville, Iowa.

The following are Saturday’s final results from the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series, West Central Division event at Heartland Park Topeka:

TOP ALCOHOL DRAGSTER:
ROUND ONE
4) James Thompson, Vernon, Texas, 5.524, 262.79 def.
5) Christine Chambless, Scott City, Kan., 5.981, 164.95;

3) Randy Meyer, Spring Hill, Kan., 5.518, 262.23 def.
6) Todd Odom, Dallas, Texas, 5.711, 239.65;

2) Chase Copeland, Gainesville, Texas, 5.503, 262.79 def.
7) Brandon Pierce, Cypress, Texas, 5.582, 222.84;

1) Chris Demke, Tujunga, Calif., 5.375, 270.00 def.
8) James Stevens, Gothenburg, Neb., 5.516, 259.86;

SEMI-FINALS
Meyer, 5.358, 268.54 def. Copeland, 15.130, 65.38;
Demke, 5.320, 271.02 def. Thompson, 13.356, 62.63;

FINALS
Demke, 5.336, 268.44 def. Meyer, 5.383, 265.53.

TOP ALCOHOL FUNNY CAR:
ROUND ONE
3) Dale Brand, Sully, Iowa, ’14 Camaro, 5.710, 256.16 def.
6) Kirk Williams, Glenwood, Iowa, ’04 Camaro, 5.758, 247.52;

5) Shane Westerfield, Anaheim, Calif., ’06 Monte Carlo, 7.540, 129.28 def.
4) Kris Hool, Casper, Wyo., ’06 Monte Carlo, broke;

1) John Lombardo Jr., Brea, Calif., ’10 Mustang, 5.693, 254.57 def.
9) Nancy Matter, Lewisville, Texas, ’02 Camaro, broke;

7) Lance Van Hauen, Reinbeck, Iowa, ’14 Camaro, 5.849, 244.16 def.
2) Annie Whiteley, Grand Junction, Colo., ’10 Mustang, broke;

SEMI-FINALS
Brand, 5.717, 255.97 def. Van Hauen, 5.862, 242.67;
Lombardo Jr., 5.713, 254.95 def. Westerfield, 9.608, 90.68;

FINALS
Brand, 5.669, 256.41 def. Lombardo Jr., 5.653, 256.75.

COMPETITION ELIMINATOR
Todd Patterson, Augusta, Kan., ’12 Cobalt, A/SMA, 7.962, 170.64  def.
Clark Smiley, Denver City, Texas, ’09 GXP, BB/A, 7.357, 185.23.

SUPER STOCK
Michael Compton, Neosho, Mo., ’92 Camaro, SS/BS, 9.152, 146.72  def.
Justin Jenkins, Beatrice, Neb., ’10 Cobalt, GT/CA, 9.764, 131.56.

STOCK ELIMINATOR
Larry DeForrest, Ramsey, Minn., ’10 Mustang, D/SA, 10.638, 124.03  def.
Duane Dickens, San Clemente, Calif., ’66 Chevy II, K/SA, 11.829, 109.59.

SUPER COMP
Tony Brown, Hallsville, Texas, dragster, 8.923, 170.26  def.
Jeff Lopez, Bedford, Texas, dragster, 8.905, 160.75.

SUPER GAS
Robby Lopez, Irving, Texas, ’63 Corvette, 9.868, 149.51  def.
Trevor Larson, Starbuck, Minn., ’08 Corvette, foul.

SUPER STREET
Curt Epperson, Silver Lake, Kan., ’63 Chevy II, 10.906, 141.71  def.
Greg Parson, Whitehouse, Texas, ’77 Nova, 10.897, 139.41.

TOP DRAGSTER
Jenifer White, Conroe, Texas, dragster, 6.395, 212.16  def.
Matt Driskell, Wellsville, Kan., dragster, 6.659, 201.91.

TOP SPORTSMAN
Jim White, Haysville, Kan., ’09 Cobalt, 6.834, 179.11  def.
Keith Sasich, Bartonville, Texas, ’07 GTO, broke.

SPORTSMAN MOTORCYCLE PRESENTED BY HARLEY DAVIDSON
Curtis Spracklin, Omaha, Neb., ’05 Kawasaki, 8.678, 144.55  def. Beau Drexler, Lakewood, Colo., ’80 Kawasaki, 8.704, 147.94.

The following are Saturday’s final qualifying results from the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series, West Central Division event at Heartland Park Topeka:

TOP ALCOHOL DRAGSTER
1) Chris Demke, Tujunga, Calif., 5.325 seconds, 268.12 mph
2) Chase Copeland, Gainesville, Texas, 5.391, 265.53
3) Randy Meyer, Spring Hill, Kan., 5.396, 266.27
4) James Thompson, Vernon, Texas, 5.415, 266.00
5) Christine Chambless, Scott City, Kan., 5.432, 257.73
6) Todd Odom, Dallas, Texas, 5.451, 258.57
7) Brandon Pierce, Cypress, Texas, 5.497, 251.30
8) James Stevens, Gothenburg, Neb., 5.503, 260.21
Not Qualified
9) Jeff Veale, Stoney Creek, Ont., 5.532, 261.62
10) Gordon Gingles, Winnipeg, Manit., 5.543, 266.00
11) Joey Severance, Woodburn, Ore., 5.549, 263.77
12) Aaron Tatum, Oklahoma City, Okla., 5.567, 260.81
13) Dean Dubbin, Royalton, Minn., 5.646, 245.27
14) Eugene Tumbarello, Denver, Colo., 5.759, 229.12

TOP ALCOHOL FUNNY CAR
1) John Lombardo Jr., Brea, Calif., ’10 Mustang, 5.670 seconds, 256.41 mph
2) Annie Whiteley, Grand Junction, Colo., ’10 Mustang, 5.702, 254.76
3) Dale Brand, Sully, Iowa, ’14 Camaro, 5.706, 256.41
4) Kris Hool, Casper, Wyo., ’06 Monte Carlo, 5.726, 254.86
5) Shane Westerfield, Anaheim, Calif., ’06 Monte Carlo, 5.734, 254.14
6) Kirk Williams, Glenwood, Iowa, ’04 Camaro, 5.777, 249.16
7) Lance Van Hauen, Reinbeck, Iowa, ’14 Camaro, 5.943, 240.25
8) Mark Billington, Prosper, Texas, ’06 Monte Carlo, 5.945, 244.43
Not Qualified
9) Nancy Matter, Lewisville, Texas, ’02 Camaro, 5.979, 240.08
10) Billy Davis, Rogers, Ark., ’10 Mustang, 6.227, 185.97

COMPETITION ELIMINATOR
1) Clark Smiley, Denver City, Texas, ’09 GXP, BB/A, 7.397 seconds, -0.533 (under index)
2) Todd Patterson, Augusta, Kan., ’12 Cobalt, A/SMA, 7.964, -0.526
3) Shaun Vincent, Omaha, Neb., ’02 S-10, C/TA, 8.490, -0.510
4) Bruno Massel, Woodridge, Ill., ’10 Cobalt, DD/AT, 7.119, -0.501
5) Pat Nahan, Sartell, Minn., dragster, E/D, 7.416, -0.464
6) Jim Greenheck, Schofield, Wis., ’12 Camaro, C/AA, 7.426, -0.444
7) Duane Robison, Gardner, Kan., ’09 GXP, C/A, 7.475, -0.395
8) Terry Ticel, Lawrence, Kan., ’09 GXP, G/AA, 8.472, -0.378
9) William Hatcher, Satanta, Kan., dragster, A/DA, 6.733, -0.367
10) Mitch Withers, Pratt, Kan., ’07 GTO, A/A, 6.796, -0.314

SUPER STOCK
1) Jason DeForrest, Andover, Minn., ’05 Cavalier, GT/BA, 9.383 seconds, -0.867 (under index)
2) Mike Town, Paola, Kan., ’84 Regal, GT/MA, 10.925, -0.825
3) Ed Wright, Tulsa, Okla., ’96 Trans Am, SS/JA, 10.182, -0.818
4) Rob Cruzen, Cleveland, Okla., ’02 Cavalier, GT/EA, 9.847, -0.803
5) Phil Unruh, McPherson, Kan., ’10 Cobalt, SS/CM, 8.734, -0.766
6) Tony Shaffer, Independence, Mo., ’80 Malibu, GT/KA, 10.695, -0.755
7) Carroll Warling, Brighton, Colo., ’74 LeMans, SS/MA, 11.100, -0.750
8) Chris Chaney, Claremore, Okla., ’92 Camaro, GT/IA, 10.459, -0.741
9) Robert Cruzen, Las Vegas, Nev., ’06 Cobalt, GT/AA, 9.360, -0.740
10) Michael Mans, Rogers, Minn., ’00 Firebird, SS/AS, 8.890, -0.710

STOCK ELIMINATOR
1) Larry DeForrest, Ramsey, Minn., ’10 Mustang, D/SA, 10.541 seconds, -1.009 (under index)
2) Ryan Montford, Wichita, Kan., ’13 Camaro, BB/SA, 9.342, -0.958
3) Jamie Greening, Columbia, Mo., ’96 S-10, O/S, 12.150, -0.950
4) Duane Dickens, San Clemente, Calif., ’66 Chevy II, K/SA, 11.734, -0.916
5) Bruno Massel, Woodridge, Ill., ’14 Camaro, AAA/SA, 8.788, -0.912
6) Jacob Pitt, Mansfield, Texas, ’69 Barracuda, C/SA, 10.543, -0.857
7) Arthur Thibert, Tilbury, Ont., ’80 Malibu, K/SA, 11.796, -0.854
8) Mark Kirby, Bakersfield, Calif., ’73 Duster, F/SA, 11.025, -0.825
9) Brad VanLant, Linn Creek, Mo., ’71 Duster, E/SA, 10.876, -0.824
10) Dic Geary, Broomfield, Colo., ’85 Camaro, I/SA, 11.543, -0.757

TOP SPORTSMAN
1) Bob Gulitti, Tomball, Texas, ’11 Camaro, 6.471 seconds, 215.44 mph
2) Allen Firestone, Velma, Okla., ’13 Camaro, 6.476, 217.81
3) Norman Brungardt, Liberal, Kan., ’13 Camaro, 6.726, 205.98
4) Jim White, Haysville, Kan., ’09 Cobalt, 6.731, 209.46
5) Keith Sasich, Bartonville, Texas, ’07 GTO, 6.754, 205.98
6) Greg Lair, Canyon, Texas, ’14 Camaro, 6.773, 206.26
7) J.J. Heber, Centennial, Colo., ’06 Mustang, 6.803, 200.26
8) Michael Chitty, Ames, Iowa, ’04 Cavalier, 6.807, 203.06
9) Royce Freeman, Lindsay, Okla., ’09 GXP, 6.854, 205.94
10) Rich Smith, Wentzville, Mo., ’04 Cavalier, 6.912, 200.47

TOP DRAGSTER
1) Wade Pennington, Ada, Okla., dragster, 6.257 seconds, 220.51 mph
2) Mike Meier, Walford, Iowa, dragster, 6.359, 214.55
3) Jenifer White, Conroe, Texas, dragster, 6.363, 211.06
4) Bradley Thompson, Vernon, Texas, dragster, 6.394, 215.75
5) Phil Unruh, McPherson, Kan., dragster, 6.457, 212.33
6) Lee Ramey, Marlow, Okla., dragster, 6.523, 210.97
7) Jeff Koron, Hays, Kan., dragster, 6.553, 207.91
8) Larry Piper, Wamego, Kan., dragster, 6.566, 206.29
9) Mallori Rodgers, McAlester, Okla., dragster, 6.603, 202.18
10) Matt Driskell, Wellsville, Kan., dragster, 6.652, 202.15

SPORTSMAN MOTORCYCLE PRESENTED BY HARLEY DAVIDSON
1) John Fitzpatrick, Park City, Kan., ’95 Suzuki, ETMX, 0.000 seconds reaction time
2) Robert Sanders, Katy, Texas, ’82 Suzuki, ETMX, 0.002
3) Cameron Belisle, Hugo, Minn., ’90 Suzuki, ETMX, 0.005
4) Curtis Spracklin, Omaha, Neb., ’05 Kawasaki, ETMX, 0.005
5) Jason Clampitt, Lino Lakes, Minn., ’79 Kawasaki, ETMX, 0.009
6) Ricky Martin, Coweta, Okla., ’80 Kawasaki, ETMX, 0.009
7) Les Knaak, Wichita, Kan., ’09 Hayabusa, ETMX, 0.010
8) Beau Drexler, Lakewood, Colo., ’80 Kawasaki, ETMX, 0.010
9) Leland Sykes, Denver, Colo., ’99 Kawasaki, ETMX, 0.013
10) David Olsen, Littleton, Colo., ’13 Timblin, ETMX, 0.013

NHRA Lucas Oil Series kicks off in Topeka

POSTED ON August 23rd  - POSTED IN Drag Strip, News

DIVISION 5
Heartland Park Topeka
Topeka, Kan., Aug. 22-23, 2014

Results will be posted as soon as they are available. For detailed results, go toDrag Race Central

 


Friday

TOPEKA, Kan. – NHRA West Central division racers converged on Heartland Park Topeka for the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series.  The event is the fifth of six events that run through September where competitors will earn points toward both national and divisional championships.

Racers in 10 different classes made qualifying and time trial runs today with eliminations in all classes scheduled for Saturday. The Top Alcohol Dragsters and Funny Cars made a pair of qualifying runs and head into eliminations with round 1 at 6 p.m. Saturday evening.  The division’s Fineline Madcap Top Dragsters and Jerry Haas Racecars Top Sportsman are also in action this weekend with a final qualifying pass Saturday morning before beginning eliminations.

Gates open Saturday at 7 a.m. with final racing scheduled to begin at 9 a.m.  Tickets are $15 on Saturday for adults, children 4-12 are $5 and kids 3 and under are free with a paid adult.  For more information please call the track, (800) 43-RACES, or visit www.HPT.com.

The following are Friday’s qualifying results from the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series at Heartland Park Topeka:

The following are Friday’s qualifying results from the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series, West Central Division event at Heartland Park Topeka:

TOP ALCOHOL DRAGSTER
1) Chris Demke, Tujunga, Calif., 5.325 seconds, 268.12 mph
2) Chase Copeland, Gainesville, Texas, 5.391, 265.53
3) Randy Meyer, Spring Hill, Kan., 5.396, 266.27
4) James Thompson, Vernon, Texas, 5.415, 266.00
5) Christine Chambless, Scott City, Kan., 5.432, 257.73
6) Todd Odom, Dallas, Texas, 5.451, 258.57
7) Brandon Pierce, Cypress, Texas, 5.497, 251.30
8) James Stevens, Gothenburg, Neb., 5.503, 260.21
Not Qualified
9) Jeff Veale, Stoney Creek, Ont., 5.532, 261.62
10) Gordon Gingles, Winnipeg, Manit., 5.543, 266.00
11) Joey Severance, Woodburn, Ore., 5.549, 263.77
12) Aaron Tatum, Oklahoma City, Okla., 5.567, 260.81
13) Dean Dubbin, Royalton, Minn., 5.646, 245.27
14) Eugene Tumbarello, Denver, Colo., 5.759, 229.12

First round TAD pairings
1) Chris Demke, Tujunga, Calif., 5.325 seconds, 268.12 mph vs.
8) James Stevens, Gothenburg, Neb., 5.503, 260.21

2) Chase Copeland, Gainesville, Texas, 5.391, 265.53 vs.
7) Brandon Pierce, Cypress, Texas, 5.497, 251.30

3) Randy Meyer, Spring Hill, Kan., 5.396, 266.27 vs.
6) Todd Odom, Dallas, Texas, 5.451, 258.57

4) James Thompson, Vernon, Texas, 5.415, 266.00 vs.
5) Christine Chambless, Scott City, Kan., 5.432, 257.73

TOP ALCOHOL FUNNY CAR
1) John Lombardo Jr., Brea, Calif., ’10 Mustang, 5.670 seconds, 256.41 mph
2) Annie Whiteley, Grand Junction, Colo., ’10 Mustang, 5.702, 254.76
3) Dale Brand, Sully, Iowa, ’14 Camaro, 5.706, 256.41
4) Kris Hool, Casper, Wyo., ’06 Monte Carlo, 5.726, 254.86
5) Shane Westerfield, Anaheim, Calif., ’06 Monte Carlo, 5.734, 254.14
6) Kirk Williams, Glenwood, Iowa, ’04 Camaro, 5.777, 249.16
7) Lance Van Hauen, Reinbeck, Iowa, ’14 Camaro, 5.943, 240.25
8) Mark Billington, Prosper, Texas, ’06 Monte Carlo, 5.945, 244.43
Not Qualified
9) Nancy Matter, Lewisville, Texas, ’02 Camaro, 5.979, 240.08
10) Billy Davis, Rogers, Ark., ’10 Mustang, 6.227, 185.97

First round TAFC pairings
1) John Lombardo Jr., Brea, Calif., ’10 Mustang, 5.670 seconds, 256.41 mph vs.
8) Mark Billington, Prosper, Texas, ’06 Monte Carlo, 5.945, 244.43

2) Annie Whiteley, Grand Junction, Colo., ’10 Mustang, 5.702, 254.76 vs.
7) Lance Van Hauen, Reinbeck, Iowa, ’14 Camaro, 5.943, 240.25

3) Dale Brand, Sully, Iowa, ’14 Camaro, 5.706, 256.41 vs.
6) Kirk Williams, Glenwood, Iowa, ’04 Camaro, 5.777, 249.16

4) Kris Hool, Casper, Wyo., ’06 Monte Carlo, 5.726, 254.86 vs.
5) Shane Westerfield, Anaheim, Calif., ’06 Monte Carlo, 5.734, 254.14

COMPETITION ELIMINATOR
1) Clark Smiley, Denver City, Texas, ’09 GXP, BB/A, 7.397 seconds, -0.533 (under index)
2) Todd Patterson, Augusta, Kan., ’12 Cobalt, A/SMA, 7.997, -0.493
3) Shaun Vincent, Omaha, Neb., ’02 S-10, C/TA, 8.513, -0.487
4) Bruno Massel, Woodridge, Ill., ’10 Cobalt, DD/AT, 7.155, -0.465
5) Pat Nahan, Sartell, Minn., dragster, E/D, 7.416, -0.464
6) Jim Greenheck, Schofield, Wis., ’12 Camaro, C/AA, 7.450, -0.420
7) William Hatcher, Satanta, Kan., dragster, A/DA, 6.733, -0.367
8) Terry Ticel, Lawrence, Kan., ’09 GXP, G/AA, 8.532, -0.318
9) Mitch Withers, Pratt, Kan., ’07 GTO, A/A, 6.796, -0.314
10) Michael Compton, Neosho, Mo., ’05 Cavalier, E/SM, 8.708, -0.292

SUPER STOCK
1) Jason DeForrest, Andover, Minn., ’05 Cavalier, GT/BA, 9.383 seconds, -0.867 (under index)
2) Mike Town, Paola, Kan., ’84 Regal, GT/MA, 10.925, -0.825
3) Ed Wright, Tulsa, Okla., ’96 Trans Am, SS/JA, 10.182, -0.818
4) Rob Cruzen, Cleveland, Okla., ’02 Cavalier, GT/EA, 9.847, -0.803
5) Tony Shaffer, Independence, Mo., ’80 Malibu, GT/KA, 10.695, -0.755
6) Carroll Warling, Brighton, Colo., ’74 LeMans, SS/MA, 11.104, -0.746
7) Robert Cruzen, Las Vegas, Nev., ’06 Cobalt, GT/AA, 9.360, -0.740
8) Chris Chaney, Claremore, Okla., ’92 Camaro, GT/IA, 10.472, -0.728
9) Phil Unruh, McPherson, Kan., ’10 Cobalt, SS/CM, 8.775, -0.725
10) Michael Mans, Rogers, Minn., ’00 Firebird, SS/AS, 8.890, -0.710

STOCK ELIMINATOR
1) Ryan Montford, Wichita, Kan., ’13 Camaro, BB/SA, 9.342 seconds, -0.958 (under index)
2) Jamie Greening, Columbia, Mo., ’96 S-10, O/S, 12.150, -0.950
3) Duane Dickens, San Clemente, Calif., ’66 Chevy II, K/SA, 11.734, -0.916
4) Larry DeForrest, Ramsey, Minn., ’10 Mustang, D/SA, 10.665, -0.885
5) Bruno Massel, Woodridge, Ill., ’14 Camaro, AAA/SA, 8.818, -0.882
6) Arthur Thibert, Tilbury, Ont., ’80 Malibu, K/SA, 11.806, -0.844
7) Mark Kirby, Bakersfield, Calif., ’73 Duster, F/SA, 11.025, -0.825
8) Brad VanLant, Linn Creek, Mo., ’71 Duster, E/SA, 10.884, -0.816
9) Dic Geary, Broomfield, Colo., ’85 Camaro, I/SA, 11.543, -0.757
10) Mike Jeffrey, Lexington, Neb., ’80 Diplomat, V/SA, 14.782, -0.718

TOP SPORTSMAN
1) Bob Gulitti, Tomball, Texas, ’11 Camaro, 6.471 seconds, 215.44 mph
2) Allen Firestone, Velma, Okla., ’13 Camaro, 6.619, 212.39
3) Norman Brungardt, Liberal, Kan., ’13 Camaro, 6.726, 205.98
4) Jim White, Haysville, Kan., ’09 Cobalt, 6.731, 208.84
5) Keith Sasich, Bartonville, Texas, ’07 GTO, 6.754, 205.98
6) Greg Lair, Canyon, Texas, ’14 Camaro, 6.773, 206.26
7) J.J. Heber, Centennial, Colo., ’06 Mustang, 6.803, 200.26
8) Michael Chitty, Ames, Iowa, ’04 Cavalier, 6.807, 203.00
9) Royce Freeman, Lindsay, Okla., ’09 GXP, 6.870, 205.32
10) Rich Smith, Wentzville, Mo., ’04 Cavalier, 6.923, 199.73

TOP DRAGSTER
1) Wade Pennington, Ada, Okla., dragster, 6.341 seconds, 219.22 mph
2) Mike Meier, Walford, Iowa, dragster, 6.359, 214.55
3) Jenifer White, Conroe, Texas, dragster, 6.363, 211.06
4) Phil Unruh, McPherson, Kan., dragster, 6.457, 212.33
5) Bradley Thompson, Vernon, Texas, dragster, 6.479, 213.43
6) Jeff Koron, Hays, Kan., dragster, 6.557, 207.91
7) Larry Piper, Wamego, Kan., dragster, 6.595, 206.29
8) Mallori Rodgers, McAlester, Okla., dragster, 6.631, 201.88
9) Lee Ramey, Marlow, Okla., dragster, 6.660, 208.26
10) Matt Driskell, Wellsville, Kan., dragster, 6.664, 201.76

SPORTSMAN MOTORCYCLE PRESENTED BY HARLEY DAVIDSON
1) Robert Sanders, Katy, Texas, ’82 Suzuki, ETMX, 0.004 seconds reaction time
2) John Fitzpatrick, Park City, Kan., ’95 Suzuki, ETMX, 0.005
3) Cameron Belisle, Hugo, Minn., ’90 Suzuki, ETMX, 0.005
4) Curtis Spracklin, Omaha, Neb., ’05 Kawasaki, ETMX, 0.005
5) Jason Clampitt, Lino Lakes, Minn., ’79 Kawasaki, ETMX, 0.009
6) Ricky Martin, Coweta, Okla., ’80 Kawasaki, ETMX, 0.009
7) Leland Sykes, Denver, Colo., ’99 Kawasaki, ETMX, 0.013
8) Micheal Nash, Texarkana, Texas, ’12 Koenig, ETMX, 0.016
9) Schaun Schnathorst, Huron, S.D., ’06 Destroyer, ETMX, 0.021
10) Les Knaak, Wichita, Kan., ’09 Hayabusa, ETMX, 0.023

Division 5 returns to Heartland Park Topeka

POSTED ON August 22nd  - POSTED IN Drag Strip, News

DIVISION 5
Heartland Park Topeka
Topeka, Kan., Aug. 22-23, 2014

Results will be posted as soon as they are available. For detailed results, go to Drag Race Central

 


Preview

TOPEKA, Kan. – NHRA West Central division arrives back at Heartland Park Topeka on August 22-23. The event is one of six in the NHRA West Central division and one of 44 scheduled across the country where drivers earn points leading to divisional, regional and national championships as well as a chance at a share of the year-end purse of more than $519,000. Categories include Top Alcohol Dragster, Top Alcohol Funny Car, Comp Eliminator, Super Stock, Stock Eliminator, Super Comp, Super Gas and Super Street. The division’s Jerry Haas Race Cars Top Sportsman Series, Fineline Graphics/Madcap Top Dragster Series and the Sportsman Motorcycle Series presented by Harley-Davidson will also run in conjunction with the event.

Gates at Heartland Park open at 7 a.m. both days. Qualifying and time trials are Friday at 9 a.m. and Saturday at 8 a.m. Top Sportsman, Top Dragster and Comp Eliminator qualify Friday at 3:45 and 6:15 p.m. and 10:30 on Saturday.  Top Alcohol Dragster and Top Alcohol Funny Car qualify Friday at 5 and 7:30 p.m. Eliminations start Saturday at noon with Top Alcohol Dragster and Top Alcohol Funny Car at 6 p.m.

Tickets for Heartland Park are $15 Friday and $15 Saturday. Children 4-12 are just $5. Children 3 and under are free. All tickets include a pit pass.

Heartland Park is located at 7530 SW Topeka Blvd., Topeka, KS 66619. For more information call the track, (800) 43-RACES, or visit www.HPT.com.

NHRA LUCAS OIL DRAG RACING SERIES: Fact Sheet

WHATNHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series the one of six events in West Central Division competition where drivers earn points leading to divisional, regional and national championships as well as a chance at a share of the year-end purse of more than $519,000. Categories include Top Alcohol Dragster, Top Alcohol Funny Car, Comp Eliminator, Super Stock, Stock Eliminator, Super Comp, Super Gas and Super Street. The division’s Jerry Haas Race Cars Top Sportsman Series, Fineline Graphics/Madcap Top Dragster Series and the Sportsman Motorcycle Series presented by Harley-Davidson will also run in conjunction with the event.

WHEREHeartland Park, Topeka, Kan. Track is located at 7530 SW Topeka Blvd., Topeka, KS 66619

WHEN: Friday through Saturday, August 22-23

SCHEDULEFRIDAY, Aug. 22 – Gates open at 7 a.m. Qualifying and time trials begin at 9 a.m. Comp Eliminator, Top Sportsman and Top Dragster qualify at 3:45 and 6:15 p.m. Top Alcohol Dragster and Top Alcohol Funny Car qualify at 5 and 7:30 p.m.

SATURDAY, Aug. 23 – Gates open at 7 a.m. Qualifying and time trials are scheduled to begin at 8 a.m. Comp Eliminator, Top Sportsman and Top Dragster final qualifying start at 10:30 a.m. Eliminations begin at noon with Top Alcohol Dragster and Top Alcohol Funny Car at 6 p.m.

TICKETS: GENERAL ADMISSION/PIT PASS – $15 Friday, $15 Saturday. Children 4-12 are just $5 each day. Children 3 and under admitted free with paid adult. Free pit pass with admission. For more information please call Heartland Park, (800) 43-RACES or visit www.HPT.com

2013 EVENT  WINNERSGord Gingles, Top Alcohol Dragster; Jay Payne, Top Alcohol Funny Car; Bruno Massel, Comp Eliminator; Dan Fletcher, Super Stock; Brett Speer, Stock Eliminator; Gary Stinnett, Super Comp; Brandon Harris, Super Gas; Kyle Lawrence, Super Street; Michael Chitty, Top Sportsman, Rodney Fraizer, Top Dragster; Tom Gilligan, Sportsman Motorcycle.

BONUS PROGRAMS:
NHRA LUCAS OIL DRAG RACING SERIES POINTS FUND
: a $519,000 point fund from Lucas Oil, which will be shared by 2014 NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series divisional, regional and national champions. Regional awards include $10,000 each to the Top Alcohol Dragster and Top Alcohol Funny Car champions with Divisional awards of $3,000 to the champions in both Competition and Super Stock; $2,000 each to the champions in Stock, Super Comp, Super Gas and Super Street. The seven national champions will share a bonus of $135,000.

JEGS ALLSTARS: The best of the best from each of NHRA’s seven divisions will compete for a share of the $124,000 point fund from Jegs High Performance. The 2015 Jegs Allstars event will culminate a year-long points battle between drivers in each of NHRA’s Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series’ eight classes as well as Top Sportsman and Top Dragster. The top points earner in each category will qualify to represent his/her division at the 2015 Jegs Allstars. Points are based on in-division races only.

The winning regional and division team will share $25,000 and individual awards include $7,000 each to the Top Alcohol Dragster and Top Alcohol Funny Car champions, $6,000 to champions in Comp Eliminator and Super Stock, $5,000 to Top Sportsman and Top Dragster champions, and $4,500 to the Stock, Super Comp, Super Gas, and Super Street champions. Runners-up in all categories will earn $2,000 apiece. Each Allstars competitor will also receive a share of a $25,000 towing fund to get to the event.

Event sponsor, Jegs High Performance, is offering a “double up” bonus to Jegs Allstars participants. Any 2015 Jegs Allstars champion who also wins the national event will have his/her Allstars prize doubled.

AEROMOTIVE LOW QUALIFIER BONUS: A $3,000 bonus fund paid to the low qualifiers in Comp Eliminator, Super Stock and Stock Eliminator at each of the division’s six races. The best qualifying driver in Comp Eliminator and Super Stock will each get $200 per event, while the best qualifier in Stock Eliminator will get $100 per race.

JERRY HAAS RACE CARS TOP SPORTSMAN SERIES presented by Aeromotive: The Jerry Haas Race Cars Top Sportsman Series, run in conjunction with the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series, is an opportunity for competitors in the West Central division’s Top Sportsman class to earn points toward divisional championships. The $2,750 champions’ purse posted by Jerry Haas Race Cars will be paid to 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place points finishers.

FINELINE GRAPHICS & MADCAP RACING ENGINES TOP DRAGSTER SERIES:The West Central Division Top Dragster Series, run in conjunction with the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series, is an opportunity for competitors in the West Central division’s Top Dragster class to earn points toward divisional championships. The $2,750 champions’ purse will be paid to 1st, 2nd, and 3rdplace points finishers.

NHRA SPORTSMAN MOTORCYCLE SERIES presented by HARLEY-DAVIDSON: The NHRA Sportsman Motorcycle Series presented by Harley-Davidson, run in conjunction with the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series, is an opportunity for competitors in NHRA’s Sportsman Motorcycle class to earn points toward divisional championships. The $14,000 champions’ purse posted by Harley-Davidson will be paid to 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place points finishers in NHRA divisions that host Sportsman Motorcycles.

SPOTLIGHT ON SPEED: KORBYNN STALLBAUMER

POSTED ON August 20th  - POSTED IN Drag Strip, News

SPOTLIGHT ON SPEED: KORBYNN STALLBAUMER

Korbynn Stallbaumer is no stranger to spirited points battles in Heartland Park Topeka’s E.T. Bracket Drag Racing Series, winning a Sportsman track championship and also posting second and third-place finishes over the past several seasons.

As Stallbaumer closes in on what could be another title, she is determined to concentrate on what she can control on the track and not anything else.

“It’s been a good year so far, but as for the whole points thing, I try not to pay too close of attention to it,” Stallbaumer said. “I definitely just do one race and one round at a time and see how it goes.”

So far that strategy has worked well, with Stallbaumer holding a 294-point lead in the Sportsman standings over Kelli Siebert as the season begins to wind down.

If  Stallbaumer is able to close out her championship run, it would add to what has already been a big year for the Wakarusa racer, who recently earned her college degree from the University of Saint Mary in Leavenworth.

“I’m done with school, graduated, and right now I’m just kind of helping out with the family business (Land Air Express),” said Stallbaumer, who also played college basketball for the Spires.

With her schooling complete, Stallbaumer could ostensibly have more time to race, and perhaps move up in class, but she said she’s content to remain in the Sportsman division and continue to race her 1983 Chevy pickup.

“The truck’s only really able to do bracket racing, and if I were to do any more I’d have to get in my brothers’ cars and I don’t think they’re ready to get out of them,” she said. “So I’ll just stick to bracket racing whenever there’s races in town.”

 

 

SPOTLIGHT ON SPEED: KORBYNN STALLBAUMER

Korbynn Stallbaumer is no stranger to spirited points battles in Heartland Park Topeka’s E.T. Bracket Drag Racing Series, winning a Sportsman track championship and also posting second and third-place finishes over the past several seasons.

As Stallbaumer closes in on what could be another title, she is determined to concentrate on what she can control on the track and not anything else.

“It’s been a good year so far, but as for the whole points thing, I try not to pay too close of attention to it,” Stallbaumer said. “I definitely just do one race and one round at a time and see how it goes.”

So far that strategy has worked well, with Stallbaumer holding a 294-point lead in the Sportsman standings over Kelli Siebert as the season begins to wind down.

If  Stallbaumer is able to close out her championship run, it would add to what has already been a big year for the Wakarusa racer, who recently earned her college degree from the University of Saint Mary in Leavenworth.

“I’m done with school, graduated, and right now I’m just kind of helping out with the family business (Land Air Express),” said Stallbaumer, who also played college basketball for the Spires.

With her schooling complete, Stallbaumer could ostensibly have more time to race, and perhaps move up in class, but she said she’s content to remain in the Sportsman division and continue to race her 1983 Chevy pickup.

“The truck’s only really able to do bracket racing, and if I were to do any more I’d have to get in my brothers’ cars and I don’t think they’re ready to get out of them,” she said. “So I’ll just stick to bracket racing whenever there’s races in town.”

HPT.com will feature racers throughout the 2014 season. If you have someone you would like to see spotlighted send details and contact information to rick.peterson@cjonline.com - Rick can also be reached on Twitter @peterson_rick

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