FIRST DAY QUALIFYING COMPLETE AT BANDIMERE SPEEDWAY'S NHRA LUCAS OIL EVENT Local racers take early qualifying leads MORRISON, Colo. -- In the first rounds of qualifying at the Grease Monkey Thunder on the Mountain event, a round...
FIRST DAY QUALIFYING COMPLETE AT BANDIMERE SPEEDWAY'S NHRA LUCAS
Local racers take early qualifying leads
MORRISON, Colo. -- In the first rounds of qualifying at the Grease Monkey Thunder on the Mountain event, a round of the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series, Jim Whitely leads the Top Alcohol Dragster class and Doug Gordon tops the Top Alcohol Funny Car field. Racers in the alcohol classes are vying for a spot in the eight-car elimination field.
Whitely, a Grand Junction, Colo., resident, outran the field with a pass of 5.652 seconds at 254.81 mph. The No. 2 qualifier, Bluffdale, Utah's Cody Perkins, ran 5.713 seconds at 247.57 mph.
Gordon, a Paso Robles, Calif., racer, covered the quarter-mile in 5.986 seconds at 241.28 mph to lead the pack. Roger Bateman, Calgary, Alb., is the second place qualifier with a 6.003-second, 238.51 mph pass.
Local favorites top several of the other categories. Lou Ficco, Wheatridge, Colo., is No. 1 in Comp Eliminator, Danny Gruninger of Morrison is No. 2 and Steve Holloway, Lakewood, Colo., is No. 3 Sterling, Colo., racer Deric Kramer is in fourth place in the category. In Super Stock Morrison's James Weakland set the pace in his '68 Camaro and Darren Wall of Littleton in No. 3. Denver's Tony Hernandez heads up the Stock Eliminator field in his '65 Corvette while Mark Lovell of Eagle, Colo., leads in Top Sportsman. In Top Dragster, Clif Bakx, Kleefield, Manit., is to top qualifier and Don Johnson, Casper, Wyo., is No. 1 in Sportsman Motorcycle.
Racing continues Saturday and Sunday at Bandimere Speedway. Gates open at 8:30 a.m. Saturday and qualifying and time trials continue at 9 a.m. Top Alcohol Dragster and Top Alcohol Funny Car will have qualifying sessions at 3 and 6 p.m. Eliminations begin on Sunday. Gates open at 8 a.m. and racing starts at 8:30 a.m. Top Alcohol Dragster and Top Alcohol Funny Car will run first round at noon.
Tickets for the Grease Monkey Thunder on the Mountain event are $20 Saturday and $22 Sunday. A two-day pass is $40. Children 6 to 12 years old are $6 each day and kids 5 and under are admitted free.
Bandimere Speedway is located at 3051 S. Rooney Road in Morrison; west of Denver off I-470. For more information call the track, (303) 697-4870, or visit www.Bandimere.com.