Lummus Advances to Two Hot Rod Finals in Doubleheader Weekend at Englishtown

Teammate Townsend Drives Chevy to First Career Pro FWD Win

ENGLISHTOWN , N.J. , Oct. 2, 2006 - When rain postponed the finals of the Palm Beach NHRA Sport Compact Nationals at Moroso Motorsports Park in West Palm Beach last month, it set up a "doubleheader" at this past weekend's NHRA Sport Compact Fallnationals at Old Bridge Raceway Park. The remaining finals of the Palm Beach event were completed during qualifying for the scheduled Fallnationals.

In the rescheduled Palm Beach Hot Rod final, Ron Lummus drove his Garrett Turbo Pontiac past the Honda of Stephanie Eggum to claim his fifth win of the season and 13 th of his career. The 2005 Hot Rod champ drove to victory with an elapsed time of 8.14 seconds at 177.53 mph as Eggum broke her transmission at the starting line.

"First of all I want to thank my wife Shelly," said Lummus. "It felt good for the team to get the win. We really needed that because it's getting close. I know how Stephanie felt because I have been there before. I want to thank all the super guys on our team for making it look easy."

Not to be outdone, Lummus's Bothwell Motorsports teammate Ron Townsend collected his first career Pro FWD win in a Chevy, although it might have come easier than expected as the he simply had to stage his car to claim the victory. His final-round opponent, Jason Hunt, driver of the Mac Tools/Brut Chevy Cobalt, is recovering from injuries sustained in a passenger car accident a few weeks earlier. Despite the free pass, Townsend still powered his Chevy to an elapsed time of 8.63 seconds at 155.24 mph.

"It feels great to get my first Wally," said Townsend. "I saw Jason there even if he wasn't there. I hope he gets better soon. I also want to thank Steve Bothwell. To get two wins in one day (Townsend in Pro FWD, Lummus in Hot Rod) is just incredible. It takes a lot of effort from a lot of people like Ed Hanson, Karl Wallers, and Dave and Bill Hardesty. Now, I have just as many Wallys as my 17-year-old daughter. We can have two Wallys for the mantle."

In the scheduled NHRA Sport Compact Fallnationals at Old Bridge Raceway Park , Lummus advanced his Garrett Turbo Pontiac to the Hot Rod final for a second time before Eggum was able to return the favor of her earlier loss. Lummus qualified No. 2 and defeated Joe Demaree in a Honda Round 1, Mike Crawford's Dodge in Round 2 before facing off with No. 1 qualifier Eggum in the final. Eggum defeated Lummus with a national-record elapsed time of 7.908 seconds at 184.25 mph to Lummus's 8.269 e.t. at 171.27 mph.

In Pro FWD, Townsend made his second final-round appearance of the day before bowing out to points leader Ed Bergenholtz. Despite qualifying No. 6 in the field, Townsend drove past fellow Chevy driver Gary Gardella in Round 1 and had a bye in the second round to advance to the final round. In the final, both drivers struggled but Bergenholtz came away with the win with an elapsed time of 9.110 seconds at 188.31 mph to Townsend's 10.139 e.t. at 120.26.

The season-ending race on the 11-race NHRA Xplod Sport Compact Racing Series is the Nitto NHRA Sport Compact Finals at Auto Club Raceway at Pomona in Pomona , Calif. , on Oct. 21-22.

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