Indy ORP Friday qualifying summary

HIRATA, SNYDER OPEN QUALIFYING ON TOP AT ORP'S NHRA LUCAS OIL SERIES EVENT INDIANAPOLIS -- A week later than originally scheduled the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series event at O'Reilly Raceway Park at Indianapolis (ORP) is under...

HIRATA, SNYDER OPEN QUALIFYING ON TOP AT ORP'S NHRA LUCAS OIL SERIES EVENT

INDIANAPOLIS -- A week later than originally scheduled the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series event at O'Reilly Raceway Park at Indianapolis (ORP) is under way. Top Alcohol Dragster pilot Dave Hirata, Lowell, Ind., raced to the No. 1 qualifying position in the category while Demotte, Ind., resident Mick Snyder set the pace in Top Alcohol Funny Car. The three-day event, which was rescheduled from last weekend, will conclude with eliminations on Sunday.

Hirata blistered the quarter-mile with a 5.383-second, 258.32 mph pass. No. 2 qualifier Noah Condo of Monticello, Ind., ran 5.404 seconds at 267.75 mph.

Former division champion Snyder just slipped past second-place qualifier John Bojec, Chardon, Ohio. Snyder ran 5.729 seconds at 252.38 mph to Bojec's 5.736-second, 254.71 mph effort. Brownsburg resident Jeff Burnett is qualified in the sixth spot with a 5.901-second run at 239.31 mph.

Top qualifiers in other classes include Jason Coan, Greentown, Ind.; Jeff Gillman, Marne, Mich., in Super Stock; Joe Schaechter, Moline, Ill., in Stock Eliminator; Chris Ray, Louisville, Ky., in Top Sportsman; and Mike Wharram, Morton, Ill., in Top Dragster.

Qualifying and time trials resume Saturday and eliminations are slated for Sunday. Gates at ORP open at 7 a.m. both days. On Saturday, racing starts at 8 a.m. Top Dragster qualifying is at 11:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m., Top Sportsman qualifying is at noon and 4 p.m., and Comp Eliminator will qualify at 12:30 and 4:30 p.m. Top Alcohol Dragster and Top Alcohol Funny Car qualifying is set for 1 and 5 p.m. Eliminations begin at 8 a.m. Sunday. Top Alcohol Dragster and Top Alcohol Funny Car run first round at noon.

Tickets for the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series event at ORP are $15 Saturday and $15 Sunday. Children 6 to 12 years old are $5 each day and kids 5 and under are admitted free.

ORP is located on Indiana Highway 136, four miles west of Interstate 465 exit 16. For more information call the track, (317) 291-4090, or visit www.OreillyRacewayPark.com.

The following are Friday's qualifying results from the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series event at O'Reilly Raceway Park at Indianapolis:

TOP ALCOHOL DRAGSTER
1) Dave Hirata, Lowell, Ind., 5.383 seconds, 258.32 mph
2) Noah Condo, Monticello, Ind., 5.404, 267.75
3) Ken Perry, Richmond Hill, Ont., 5.453, 262.79
4) Tim Bowgren, Valparaiso, Ind., 5.494, 260.26
5) Bill Reichert, Owosso, Mich., 5.527, 262.49
6) Todd Datweiler, Herscher, Ill., 5.690, 239.06
7) Marty Thacker, Robinson, Ill., 6.246, 161.23
8) Paul Fishburn, Rensselaer, Ind., 13.156, 47.99

Not Qualified
9) Jeff Veale, Hannon, Ont., (no time)

TOP ALCOHOL FUNNY CAR
1) Mick Snyder, Demotte, Ind., '08 Mustang, 5.729 seconds, 252.38 mph
2) John Bojec, Chardon, Ohio, '03 Avenger, 5.736, 254.71
3) Bobby Martin, Beaver Falls, Pa., '08 Charger, 5.774, 243.90
4) Daniel Wilkerson, Springfield, Ill., '07 Monte Carlo, 5.843, 254.04
5) Andy Bohl, Racine, Wis., '08 Mustang, 5.865, 253.95
6) Jeff Burnett, Brownsburg, Ind., '07 Mustang, 5.901, 239.31
7) Jeff Wilson, Winfield, Mo., '06 Monte Carlo, 6.059, 227.88
8) Mark Poyser, Fort Wayne, Ind., '05 Camaro, 6.231, 208.10

Not Qualified
9) John Foster, Davenport, Iowa, '06 Monte Carlo, 6.624, 172.21

COMP ELIMINATOR
1) Jason Coan, Greentown, Ind., '32 Bantam, G/EA, 8.328 seconds, -0.592 (under index)
2) Robert Bailey, Wabash, Ind., dragster, A/ED, 6.655, -0.565
3) David Billingsley, Decatur, Ill., '93 Cutlass, A/EA, 7.398, -0.502
4) Greg Kamplain, Brownsburg, Ind., dragster, C/ED, 7.395, -0.475
5) Mike Farrell, Louisville, Ky., '32 Bantam, A/EA, 7.459, -0.441
6) Steve Ambrose, Woodhaven, Mich., '23 roadster, J/AA, 7.991, -0.409
7) Patrick Stewart, Edwardsburg, Mich., dragster, C/DA, 7.252, -0.388
8) Ian Landies Jr., Clarkrange, Tenn., '03 Cavalier, D/A, 8.198, -0.162
9) Jeremy Bailey, Wabash, Ind., dragster, B/ED, 7.483, 0.003
10) Jacklyn Gebhardt, Jacksonville, Ill., dragster, A/DA, 7.362, 0.182

SUPER STOCK
1) Jeff Gillman, Marne, Mich., '05 Sunfire, SS/BS, 8.797 seconds, -1.253 (under index)
2) Ronnie Terrell, Hebron, Ky., '85 Camaro, SS/JA, 10.065, -1.235
3) Irvin Johns, Charlestown, Ind., '07 Cobalt, GT/CA, 9.475, -1.225
4) Dave Layer, Dayton, Ohio, '08 Cobalt, GT/FA, 9.906, -1.194
5) Tony DePillo, Dayton, Ohio, '64 Plymouth, SS/B, 9.018, -1.182
6) Charlie Westcott, Parma, Mich., '68 Austin Healy, SS/AH, 8.626, -1.174
7) Tom Plant, Rosedale, Ind., '03 S-10, SS/TD, 10.127, -1.173
8) Paul Adams, Barboursville, W.V., '64 Fairlane, SS/B, 9.030, -1.170
9) Don O'Malley, Decatur, Ill., '64 Corvette, SS/JA, 10.147, -1.153
10) Robert Harrison, Albion, Ill., '66 Nova, SS/KA, 10.418, -1.132

STOCK ELIMINATOR
1) Joe Schaechter, Moline, Ill., '66 Chevy II, I/S, 11.311 seconds, -1.189 (under index)
2) Nichole Stephenson, Williamsport, Ind., '91 Delta 88, DF/S, 14.722, -1.178
3) Carlton Sweasy, Louisville, Ky., '77 Corvette, G/SA, 11.151, -1.149
4) Kevin Suiter, St. Charles, Mo., '69 Camaro, B/SA, 10.430, -1.120
5) Fred Suiter, Defiance, Mo., '69 Camaro, B/SA, 10.436, -1.114
6) Lyn Smith, Pontiac, Ill., '72 Gran Sport, G/SA, 11.194, -1.106
7) Mike Morgan, Brazil, Ind., '76 Pontiac, K/SA, 11.850, -1.100
8) John Summers, Franklin, Ky., '85 Mustang, L/S, 11.905, -1.095
9) David Walther, Lanesville, Ind., '69 Camaro, G/S, 11.111, -1.089
10) David Edwards, Washington C.H., Ohio, '94 Camaro, C/SA, 10.623, -1.077

TOP SPORTSMAN
1) Chris Ray, Louisville, Ky., '05 Cavalier, 6.716 seconds, 212.16 mph
2) Mike Coughlin, Delaware, Ohio, '06 Cobalt, 6.868, 205.13
3) Timothy Kirman, Morris, Ill., '01 Grand Am, 6.897, 201.25
4) Rick Corn, Benton, Ill., '05 Stratus, 6.928, 200.92
5) Anthony Munao, Arlington Heights, Ill., '07 Cobalt, 6.977, 201.04
6) Greg Burba, Beaver Creek, Ohio, '63 Corvette, 7.025, 198.79
7) Tom Stultz, Terre Haute, Ind., '92 Firebird, 7.051, 205.72
8) Reed Hughes, Terre Haute, Ill., '68 Camaro, 7.062, 191.89
9) Don Peden, Edinburg, Ill., '07 Cobalt, 7.150, 191.02
10) Mark Mabry, W. Frankfort, Ill., '05 Grand Am, 7.156, 190.51

TOP DRAGSTER
1) Mike Wharram, Morton, Ill., dragster, 6.524 seconds, 209.07 mph
2) Richard Edwards, Terre Haute, Ind., '48 Fiat, 7.016, 192.93
3) John Coughlin, Delaware, Ohio, dragster, 7.037, 191.78
4) Edward Dudley, Fishers, Ind., dragster, 7.076, 194.66
5) Craig Sullivan, Avon, Ind., dragster, 7.090, 193.49
6) Vince Nannini, Lake Bluff, Ill., dragster, 7.094, 191.02
7) Dean McIlvain, New Carlisle, Ohio, dragster, 7.100, 193.57
8) Rick Forish, New Palestine, Ind., dragster, 7.229, 188.23
9) Jeremy Bargo, Barbourville, Ky., dragster, 7.232, 187.36
10) James Monroe, Bloomington, Ind., dragster, 7.232, 183.29

-credit: nhra

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Series NHRA
Drivers Mike Coughlin , Patrick Stewart , David Walther , Steve Ambrose , Ian Landies Jr. , Mike Farrell , Jeff Wilson , Marty Thacker , Jacklyn Gebhardt , Ken Perry , Bill Reichert , Todd Datweiler , Mick Snyder , Bobby Martin , Daniel Wilkerson , Robert Harr
Teams Williams