NHRA West Central Division Racers Continue Fight for Lucas Oil Series Points TOPEKA, Kansas -- NHRA's West Central Division will continue its 2004 Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series season at Heartland Park Topeka this weekend, Aug. 27-28, with the...
NHRA West Central Division Racers Continue Fight for Lucas Oil Series Points
TOPEKA, Kansas -- NHRA's West Central Division will continue its 2004 Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series season at Heartland Park Topeka this weekend, Aug. 27-28, with the NHRA Division Five Heartland Championships presented by Goodyear. The race is the fifth of six in division competition.
Defending NHRA Lucas Oil Series West Central Division Top Alcohol Funny Car (TAFC) Champion Cy Chesterman is well on his way to reclaiming his title. He ban the 2004 season by winning at Great Bend, Kan., Brainerd, Minn., and Denver. He also scored victories at national events in Gainesville, Fla., and Las Vegas. In 2003, Chesterman, of Sioux City, Iowa, made it to the final round at all seven of the NHRA Lucas Oil divisional events he attended. He scored wins at Brainerd International Raceway, Nebraska Motorplex, in Scribner, Neb., Tri-State Raceway in Earlville, Iowa, and at an out-of-division event in Las Vegas. He was runner-up at Bandimere Speedway, Heartland Park Topeka, and at S.R.C.A. Drag Strip in Great Bend.
Chesterman's most likely challenger will be Kirk Williams of Glenwood, Iowa, who currently sits in second place in the West Central Division points standings. Williams finished second in the points last year after winning the division TAFC crown in 2002. Last year he beat Chesterman in Denver and was runner-up to him in Brainerd and in Earlville.
Defending Top Alcohol Dragster (TAD) champion David Wells is trying to earn his fifth division title. Wells won two out-of-division races last year, in Joliet, Ill., and Noble, Okla., and was runner-up at Brainerd, Minn., and Nebraska Motorplex. He won the West Central title last year without benefit of a win in the division. Wins in the division were spread among six different drivers, many of which were from out of division. Wells won the Brainerd division event this year, but Randy Meyer and Shelly Howard have the other two wins.
Meyer, of Spring Hill, Kan., has been the division's strongest runner in TAD so far. Meyer was not behind the wheel last year, but as crew chief on the car, led the team to the national championship with Alan Bradshaw as their driver. Making good on his NHRA West Central Division return as a driver, Meyer won the first event of the year in Great Bend. He got a head start on the 2004 season by competing at out-of-division races in Houston and Memphis, Tenn., where he made two final-round appearances. He was runner-up in Houston and won the
Memphis event. He was also runner-up to Wells at the second West Central Division event of the year in Brainerd.
The final race on the NHRA West Central Division Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series schedule is at Tri-State Raceway in Earlville, Iowa, Sept. 10-12.