THACKER, BOHL START LUCAS OIL SERIES SEASON ON A HIGH NOTE WITH WINS AT ORP INDIANAPOLIS -- The first race of the NHRA North Central division Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series season is in the books as competitors from across the ...
THACKER, BOHL START LUCAS OIL SERIES SEASON ON A HIGH NOTE WITH WINS AT ORP
INDIANAPOLIS -- The first race of the NHRA North Central division Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series season is in the books as competitors from across the division converged on O'Reilly Raceway Park at Indianapolis this weekend. Upset was the word of the day in Top Alcohol Dragster as the top four qualifiers in the eight-car field fell in the opening round of eliminations. In the end, No. 5 qualifier Marty Thacker, Robinson, Ill., came away with the win. Things were slightly less dramatic in Top Alcohol Funny Car where the top qualifier, Andy Bohl of Racine, Wis., scored the win.
Thacker, a former division champion who qualified with a 5.473-second pass, made his best run of the weekend in the final where he faced off against Jeff Bohr of Plymouth, Mich. Thacker ran 5.430 seconds at 266.95 mph to Bohr's 5.965-second, 199.05 mph run.
In the Top Alcohol Funny Car final, Bohl took on the reigning division champ Daniel Wilkerson, the son of Tim Wilkerson who pilots a Funny Car in NHRA's PowerAde Drag Racing Series. Bohl laid down a 5.665-second, 255.68 mph pass to Wilkerson's 6.024-second, 188.49 mph run.
David Billingsley, Decatur, Ill., earned the win in Comp Eliminator, beating out No. 1 qualifier Jason Coan, Greentown, Ind. John Coughlin, Delaware, Ohio, won in Super Stock beating Columbus, Ohio's Craig Marshall. Coughlin was joined in the winner's circle by his brother Mike who won in Top Sportsman. The Delaware, Ohio, resident beat Timothy Kirman of Morris, Ill., in the final round. Muncie, Ind., racer John Keihn beat Donald Long, Celina, Ohio, in the Stock Eliminator final. Mike Fuqua, Hendersonville, Tenn., took home two trophies, winning in Super Comp and Super Gas. In Super Comp he beat Rod Finney, Greenwood, Ind., and in Super Gas he got the win over Carl Root, Washington, Ill. The win in Super Street went to Ricky Shipp, Whiteland, Ind., who beat Mark Hackett, Quincy, Ill., and in Top Dragster, Fishers, Ind., resident Edward Dudley beat Craig Sullivan, Avon, Ind., in final.
North Central Division racers head to Norwalk, Ohio, for the next NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series event. Summit Motorsports Park will host the second of the division's six races May 16-18.
The following are the final results from the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series event at O'Reilly Raceway Park at Indianapolis:
TOP ALCOHOL DRAGSTER:
8) Paul Fishburn, Rensselaer, Ind., 5.497, 259.56 def. 1) Bill Reichert, Owosso, Mich., 5.410, 266.79
7) Jeff Bohr, Plymouth, Mich., 5.553, 258.07 def. 2) Dave Hirata, Lowell, Ind., 16.097, 64.03
6) Tim Bowgren, Valparaiso, Ind., 5.510, 259.51 def. 3) Noah Condo, Monticello, Ind., 5.508, 238.98
5) Marty Thacker, Robinson, Ill., 5.460, 264.34 def. 4) Ken Perry, Richmond Hill, Ont., 5.570, 218.48
Thacker, 5.455, 267.16 def. Fishburn, 5.628, 210.83
Bohr, 5.419, 258.42 def. Bowgren, 13.669, 66.07
Thacker, 5.430, 266.95 def. Bohr, 5.695, 199.05
TOP ALCOHOL FUNNY CAR:
1) Andy Bohl, Racine, Wis., '08 Mustang, 5.641, 255.58 def. 8) John Foster, Davenport, Iowa, '06 Monte Carlo, 6.195, 182.38
7) Jeff Wilson, Winfield, Mo., '06 Monte Carlo, 6.017, 216.97 def. 2) John Bojec, Chardon, Ohio, '03 Avenger, 6.458, 185.95
3) Daniel Wilkerson, Springfield, Ill., '07 Monte Carlo, 5.747, 253.80 def. 6) Jeff Burnett, Brownsburg, Ind., '07 Mustang, 6.018, 207.98
5) Bobby Martin, Beaver Falls, Pa., '08 Charger, 5.803, 251.81 def. 4) Mick Snyder, Demotte, Ind., '08 Mustang, 5.778, 250.51
Bohl, 5.701, 253.75 def. Martin, 8.615, 103.65
Wilkerson, 5.681, 253.85 def. Wilson, 6.011, 241.67;
Bohl, 5.665, 255.68 def. Wilkerson, 6.024, 188.49.
David Billingsley, Decatur, Ill., '93 Cutlass, A/EA, 7.380, 183.52 def. Jason Coan, Greentown, Ind., '32 Bantam, G/EA, 8.305, 156.32
John Coughlin, Delaware, Ohio, '07 Cobalt, SS/CM, 8.878, 138.29 def. Craig Marshall, Columbus, Ohio, '98 Grand Am, SS/AM, 9.772, 106.86
John Keihn, Muncie, Ind., '72 Gran Sport, G/SA, 11.338, 114.77 def. Donald Long, Celina, Ohio, '69 Camaro, G/SA, 11.409, 114.42
Mike Fuqua, Hendersonville, Tenn., dragster, 8.906, 169.47 def. Rod Finney, Greenwood, Ind., '32 Bantam, 8.899, 149.91
Mike Fuqua, Hendersonville, Tenn., '00 Corvette, 9.867, 161.65 def. Carl Root, Washington, Ill., '63 Chevy II, 9.837, 149.91
Ricky Shipp, Whiteland, Ind., '70 Nova, 10.929, 126.73 def. Mark Hackett, Quincy, Ill., '70 Camaro, 10.884, 129.13
Mike Coughlin, Delaware, Ohio, '06 Cobalt, 6.870, 197.22 def. Timothy Kirman, Morris, Ill., '01 Grand Am, 6.931, 200.08
Edward Dudley, Fishers, Ind., dragster, 7.032, 192.52 def. Craig Sullivan, Avon, Ind., dragster, 7.077, 189.98