PUTZ, EVANCHUK TOP QUALIFIERS AT YELLOWSTONE DRAG STRIP; LOCAL RACERS AMONG QUALIFYING LEADERS ACTON, Mont. -- In the final rounds of qualifying at the 4th Annual Summer Championships, a round of the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing...
PUTZ, EVANCHUK TOP QUALIFIERS AT YELLOWSTONE DRAG STRIP; LOCAL RACERS AMONG QUALIFYING LEADERS
ACTON, Mont. -- In the final rounds of qualifying at the 4th Annual Summer Championships, a round of the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series, at Yellowstone Drag Strip Richard Putz, Earlville, Iowa, overtook the No. 1 qualifying position in Top Alcohol Dragster and John Evenchuk, Edmonton, Alb., remained in the top spot in Top Alcohol Funny Car. Billings racer Derek Menholt moved to the No. 1 spot in Top Sportsman and a host of Billings residents qualified in the top 10 in Sportsman Motorcycle.
Putz moved from the No. 6 qualifying spot with a 5.593-second, 251.95 mph pass while Bluffdale, Utah's Cody Perkins slipped to the No. 2 position. The top four qualifiers in the category, Putz, Perkins, Shawn Cowie of Richmond, B.C., and Greg Tacke of Great Falls, Mont., are within three one-hundredths-of a second from each other.
Evanchuk did not improve on Friday's initial qualifying effort of 5.895 seconds, 239.02 mph but it was enough to keep him in the No. 1 spot. Klamath Falls, Ore., racer Clint Thompson did move from the No. 7 spot to second place with a 5.905-second, 246.12 mph run and Brian Hough of Junction City, Ore., is just off the pace in third place with a 5.913-second, 244.69 mph pass.
Dean Carter, Glendale, Ariz., leads in Comp Eliminator, Justin Lamb is still No. 1 in Super Stock and Bob Gullett, Calgary, Alb., moved to the top of the Stock Eliminator field. Buff Kobs holds on to the top spot in Sportsman Motorcycle and Clif Bakx, Kleefeld, Manit., remains the best qualifier in Top Dragster.
Along with Menholt in Top Dragster qualifying are Billings residents Todd Litton (No. 5), Ken Neibauer (No. 7) and Jake Niebauer (No. 10). And among the top 10 qualifiers in Sportsman Motorcycle are Billings racers Mark Biernbaum (No. 2), R.J. McAnulty (No. 5), Pete Loomis (No. 6), Bobby Trotter (No 7), Baby Collazo (No. 9) and Shane Farnsworth (No. 10).
Racing continues Sunday at Yellowstone Drag Strip. Gates open at 8 a.m. and eliminations start at 10 a.m. Top Alcohol Dragster and Top Alcohol Funny Car run first round at noon.
Tickets for the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series event are $25. Children 7 to 18 years old are $15 and kids 6 and under are admitted free.
Yellowstone Drag Strip is located at 8405 Raceway Road, north of Billings. Take US 3 from Billings, 17 miles to Acton, follow signs to Yellowstone Drag Strip. For more information call the track, (406) 245-RACE, or visit www.YellowStoneDragStrip.com.