NC: Joliet Friday summary

MURRAY, MARTIN LEAD QUALIFIERS AT ROUTE 66 RACEWAY JOLIET, Ill. -- In the opening rounds of qualifying at Route 66 Raceway's NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series, Scott Murray, Winnipeg, Manit., set the pace in Top Alcohol Dragster...

MURRAY, MARTIN LEAD QUALIFIERS AT ROUTE 66 RACEWAY

JOLIET, Ill. -- In the opening rounds of qualifying at Route 66 Raceway's NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series, Scott Murray, Winnipeg, Manit., set the pace in Top Alcohol Dragster and Beaver Falls, Pa., racer Bobby Martin leads in Top Alcohol Funny Car. So far, there are 12 TAD and 15 TAFC vying for a spot in Sunday's eight-car eliminations field in each class.

Murray laid down a 5.350-second, 257.63 mph pass to put him ahead of the competition. Today's No. 2 qualifier, Noah Condo of Monticello, Ind., is just off the pace with a 5.392-second, 265.43 mph pass. At the end of qualifying, reigning North Central division and TAD national champion Bill Reichert finds himself in the No. 11 spot after a 16.470-second run.

Martin's 5.638-second, 258.71 mph pass was just enough to put him ahead of former division champ Mick Snyder, Demotte., Ind., who ran 5.686 seconds at 256.60 mph. The No. 3 and 4 qualifiers, defending division titlist Daniel Wilkerson, Springfield, Ill., and Chicago's Fred Hagen, ran 5.687 seconds and 5.688 seconds, respectively.

Bruno Massel, Woodbridge, Ill., wheeled his '08 Cobalt to the top of the Comp Eliminator field while Jeff Gilman, Marne, Mich., took his '05 Firebird to the No. 1 spot in Super Stock. Stock Eliminator racer Chuck Beach, Delaware, Ohio, went to the top of the field with his '68 Barracuda. Terre Haute, Ind., racer Tom Stultz heads up the Top Sportsman field and Mike Wharram, Morton, Ill., is No. 1 in Top Sportsman. The best qualifier in the exhibition Pro Stock Snowmobile category is Ron Bray, Anoka, Minn., on his '07 Ski Doo.

Racing continues Saturday and Sunday at Route 66 Raceway. Gates open at 7 a.m. both days. Final qualifying and time trials will continue at 9 a.m. Saturday. Top Alcohol Dragster and Top Alcohol Funny Car will have two qualifying sessions, at 5 and 8 p.m. The Pro Stock Snowmobile exhibition qualifying is slated for 6 and 9 p.m. Eliminations start Sunday at 8 a.m. Opening ceremonies are scheduled for 12:45 to be followed by first round of eliminations for Top Alcohol Dragster and Top Alcohol Funny Car at noon.

            Tickets for the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series event at
Route 66 Raceway are $19 Saturday and $21 Sunday.  A two-day ticket is
$32.  Children 12 and under are admitted free with a paid adult.

Route 66 Raceway is located in Joliet off Interstate 80 at Highway 53. For more information call the track, (815) 727-RACE, or visit www.Route66Raceway.com.

The following are Friday's qualifying results from the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series event at Route 66 Raceway:

TOP ALCOHOL DRAGSTER

1) Scott Murray, Winnipeg, Manit., 5.350 seconds, 257.63 mph
2) Noah Condo, Monticello, Ind., 5.392, 265.43
3) Duane Shields, Boulder City, Nev., 5.395, 264.03
4) Marty Thacker, Robinson, Ill., 5.404, 266.64
5) Jeff Hamelink, Savage, Minn., 5.471, 266.16
6) Dave Hirata, Lowell, Ind., 5.502, 258.07
7) Todd Datweiler, Herscher, Ill., 5.508, 249.81
8) Brian Mans, Godfrey, Ill., 5.703, 251.86

Not Qualified
9) Denny Hummel, Clinton Twp., Mich., 6.211, 165.66
10) Zach Beard, Avon, Ind., 8.889, 114.50
11) Bill Reichert, Owosso, Mich., 16.470, 49.08
12) Tim Bowgren, Valparaiso, Ind., 17.141, 55.92

TOP ALCOHOL FUNNY CAR

1) Bobby Martin, Beaver Falls, Pa., '08 Charger, 5.638 seconds, 258.71 mph
2) Mick Snyder, Demotte, Ind., '08 Mustang, 5.686, 256.60
3) Daniel Wilkerson, Springfield, Ill., '05 Monte Carlo, 5.687, 256.99
4) Fred Hagen, Chicago, '08 Mustang, 5.688, 259.61
5) John Bojec, Chardon, Ohio, '03 Avenger, 5.727, 247.29
6) Andy Bohl, Racine, Wis., '07 Mustang, 5.743, 253.85
7) Jeff Wilson, Winfield, Mo., '05 Monte Carlo, 5.752, 247.88
8) John Foster, Davenport, Iowa, '05 Monte Carlo, 5.782, 250.69

Not Qualified
9) Jeff Burnett, Brownsburg, Ind., '08 Mustang, 5.890, 249.95
10) Steve Harker, Gainesville, Ga., '05 Monte Carlo, 5.916, 245.63
11) Ray Drew, Hales Corner, Wis., '04 Firebird, 6.059, 243.90
12) Steve Franke, Indianapolis, '98 Lumina, 6.437, 203.34
13) Rick Cortino, Wheaton, Ill., '97 Firebird, 6.966, 170.30
14) Jay Payne, Claremont, Calif., '07 Mustang, 8.172, 111.97
15) Von Smith, Oak Ridge, Tenn., '08 Mustang, 9.116, 95.50

COMP ELIMINATOR

1) Bruno Massel, Woodbridge, Ill., '08 Cobalt, DD/AT, 7.366 seconds, -0.684 (under index)
2) Jerry Arnold, Kalamazoo, Mich., dragster, G/ED, 8.027, -0.623
3) Jason Coan, Greentown, Ind., '32 Bantam, G/EA, 8.283, -0.617
4) Jeff Taylor, Floyds Knobs, Ind., '05 Grand Am, H/SMA, 8.958, -0.602
5) Steve Ambrose, Woodhaven, Mich., '23 roadster, J/AA, 7.836, -0.564
6) Robert Bailey, Wabash, Ind., dragster, A/ED, 6.670, -0.550
7) Jacklyn Gebhardt, Jacksonville, Ill., dragster, A/DA, 6.630, -0.520
8) Mike Hazlett, Indianapolis, '97 Cutlass, B/A, 7.131, -0.519
9) Greg Kamplain, Brownsburg, Ind., dragster, C/DA, 7.113, -0.517
10) Bill Yates, Johnstown, Ohio, dragster, A/ED, 6.703, -0.517

SUPER STOCK

1) Jeff Gillman, Marne, Mich., '05 Sunfire, SS/BS, 8.824 seconds, -1.226 (under index)
2) Robert Harrison, Albion, Ill., '66 Nova, SS/KA, 10.354, -1.196
3) Roy Whittemore, Geneseo, Ill., '88 Mustang, GT/EA, 9.761, -1.189
4) Jeremy Duncan, Charlestown, Ind., '98 Firebird, SS/IA, 9.822, -1.178
5) Jerry Silveus, Van Buren, Ohio, '05 Cavalier, GT/CA, 9.525, -1.175
6) Irvin Johns, Charlestown, Ind., '08 Cobalt, GT/CA, 9.530, -1.170
7) Jeff Dona, Gordonville, Mo., '69 Camaro, SS/HA, 9.771, -1.129
8) Tom Randall, Montgomery, Ill., '02 Cavalier, GT/CA, 9.572, -1.128
9) Ray Paquet, Holt, Mich., '64 Thunderbolt, SS/B, 9.077, -1.123
10) Paul Hellenberg, Dry Ridge, Ky., '05 Cavalier, GT/BA, 9.428, -1.122

STOCK ELIMINATOR

1) Chuck Beach, Delaware, Ohio, '68 Barracuda, G/SA, 11.060 seconds, -1.240 (under index)
2) Sam Hamod, Hobart, Ind., '90 Formula, I/SA, 11.459, -1.141
3) David Horn, Decatur, Ill., '77 Trans Am, H/SA, 11.316, -1.134
4) Jim Harrison, Albion, Ill., '66 Nova, K/SA, 11.844, -1.106
5) Jerry Stealy, E Moline, Ill., '86 Camaro, G/SA, 11.204, -1.096
6) Gary Summers, Franklin, Ky., '85 Mustang, M/S, 12.078, -1.072
7) Bob Gere, Salem, Wis., '71 Gran Sport, L/SA, 11.948, -1.052
8) Wade Owens, Cape Girardeau, Mo., '66 Chevelle, M/SA, 12.116, -1.034
9) Fred Suiter, Defiance, Mo., '69 Camaro, B/SA, 10.536, -1.014
10) Buddy Hughes, Louisville, Ky., '66 Nova, K/SA, 11.952, -0.998

TOP SPORTSMAN

1) Tom Stultz, Terre Haute, Ind., '92 Firebird, 6.635 seconds, 211.33 mph
2) Chris Ray, Louisville, Ky., '05 Cavalier, 6.651, 216.00
3) Greg Tucker, Lindsay, Okla., '07 GTO, 6.807, 205.85
4) Timothy Kirman, Morris, Ill., '01 Grand Am, 6.859, 201.31
5) Belva Brinegar, Middletown, Ohio, '03 Mustang, 6.895, 201.28
6) Ralph Crocker Sr., Waterford, Mich., '02 Cavalier, 6.902, 202.67
7) Tommy Turner, Naples, Fla., '07 GTO, 6.914, 201.04
8) Rick Corn, Benton, Ill., '05 Stratus, 6.919, 200.26
9) Rick Sojka Sr., Batavia, Ill., '98 Firebird, 6.929, 199.37
10) Stephen Brinegar, Germantown, Ohio, '97 Probe, 6.961, 199.61

TOP DRAGSTER

1) Mike Wharram, Morton, Ill., dragster, 6.562 seconds, 207.08 mph
2) Tom Elliott, Brooks, Ky., dragster, 6.566, 213.57
3) Jeffrey Brown, Marysville, Ohio, dragster, 6.727, 196.16
4) Rick Firebaugh, Imperial, Mo., dragster, 6.829, 193.82
5) Mark Krupka, Elgin, Ill., dragster, 6.833, 196.93
6) Dean McIlvain, New Carlisle, Ohio, dragster, 6.946, 192.99
7) Pascal Lecompte, New Baltimore, Mich., dragster, 6.947, 192.36
8) Jimmy Lewis, Forney, Texas, dragster, 6.948, 192.49
9) James Monroe, Bloomington, Ind., dragster, 7.030, 190.73
10) Jeremy Siffring, Fremont, Neb., dragster, 7.036, 190.35

PRO STOCK SNOWMOBILE

1) Ron Bray, Anoka, Minn., '07 Ski Doo, 8.615 seconds, 150.53 mph
2) Edwin Wirbel, Midland, Mich., '08 Skidoo, 8.745, 122.23
3) Mike Golaski, Lindstrom, Minn., '03 Skidoo, 8.899, 141.11
4) James Cooper, Waterport, N.Y., '07 Skidoo, 9.002, 148.01
5) Rich Stumpf, Almont, Mich., '02 Thundercat, 11.470, 113.69

-credit: nhra

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Drivers Steve Harker , Chuck Beach , Steve Ambrose , Duane Shields , Jay Payne , Jeff Wilson , Marty Thacker , Jacklyn Gebhardt , Von Smith , Bill Reichert , Todd Datweiler , Fred Hagen , Mick Snyder , Bobby Martin , David Horn , Daniel Wilkerson , Robert Harr