NC: Series Bowling Green Friday summary

SAMSEL, FOSTER LEAD QUALIFYING AT BEECH BEND RACEWAY'S LUCAS OIL ERIES SEVENT BOWLING GREEN, Ky. (Aug. 28, 2009) -- Although the schedule had to be rearranged a bit due to rain earlier in the day, the opening round of qualifying is complete at...

SAMSEL, FOSTER LEAD QUALIFYING AT BEECH BEND RACEWAY'S LUCAS OIL ERIES SEVENT

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. (Aug. 28, 2009) -- Although the schedule had to be rearranged a bit due to rain earlier in the day, the opening round of qualifying is complete at the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series event at Beech Bend Raceway Park. Robin Samsel, Marion, Ind., is the best qualifier in Top Alcohol Dragster and Davenport, Iowa's Chris Foster is No. 1 in Top Alcohol Funny Car.

Samsel outpaced the Top Alcohol Dragster field by more than a tenth of a second, putting him squarely in the No. 1 spot. His 5.370-second, 255.29 mph run was more than enough to cover No. 2 qualifier Ken Perry of Richmond Hill, Ont. Perry ran 5.475 seconds at 257.97 mph. Currently, there are nine Top Alcohol Dragsters vying for a spot in the eight-car elimination field.

Top Alcohol Funny Car's Foster laid down a 5.684-second, 251.53 mph pass to put him ahead of Mick Snyder, Demotte, Ind., who made a 5.692-second, 253.09 mph run. So far, there are 13 Top Alcohol Funny Car racers trying to make the eight-car elimination field.

In Comp Eliminator, Jason Coan, Greentown, Ind., leads the field while Super Stock racer James Caro of Houma, La., is No. 1 in his class. Jim Boudreau, Tewksbury, Mass., leads the Stock Eliminator contingent. The Top Sportsman field is headed up by Eric Burnett, Charlestown, Ind., and Jerry Powell II of Kokomo, Ind., is No. 1 in Top Dragster.

Qualifying and time trials continue Saturday and eliminations start Sunday at Beech Bend Raceway Park. Gates open at 8 a.m. both days and racing starts immediately. Top Dragster, Top Sportsman and Comp Eliminator will qualify twice on Saturday, starting at 12:30 and 4 p.m. Top Alcohol Dragster and Top Alcohol Funny Car sessions are scheduled at 1 and 5 p.m. On Sunday, Top Alcohol Dragster and Top Alcohol Funny Car will run first round at noon.

Tickets for the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series event at Beech Bend Raceway are $20 Saturday and $20 Sunday. Children 12 and under are admitted free with a paid adult.

Beech Bend Raceway Park is located 2 miles north of Bowling Green on Beech Bend Road. For more information call the track, (270) 781-7634, or visit www.BeechBend.com.

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

TOP ALCOHOL DRAGSTER
1) Robin Samsel, Marion, Ind., 5.370 seconds, 255.29 mph
2) Ken Perry, Richmond Hill, Ont., 5.475, 257.97
3) Brandon Booher, Urbana, Ill., 5.542, 256.36
4) Tim Bowgren, Valparaiso, Ind., 5.568, 251.53
5) Bill Reichert, Owosso, Mich., 5.600, 222.80
6) Brian Mans, Godfrey, Ill., 5.672, 243.94
7) Dave Hill, Valparaiso, Ind., 6.099, 246.48
8) Marty Thacker, Robinson, Ill., 6.215, 232.43

Not Qualified
9) Dave Hirata, Lowell, Ind., 20.089, 51.31

TOP ALCOHOL FUNNY CAR
1) Chris Foster, Davenport, Iowa, '07 Monte Carlo, 5.684 seconds, 251.53 mph
2) Mick Snyder, Demotte, Ind., '09 Mustang, 5.692, 253.09
3) Steve Harker, Gainesville, Ga., '06 Monte Carlo, 5.739, 252.05
4) Bobby Martin, Beaver Falls, Pa., '08 Charger, 5.763, 251.86
5) Rob Atchison, London, Ont., '06 Monte Carlo, 5.804, 245.00
6) Andy Bohl, Racine, Wis., '07 Mustang, 5.816, 251.72
7) Tony Bogolo, Hamilton, Ont., '99 Mustang, 5.892, 242.58
8) Mark Billington, Norcross, Ga., '01 Avenger, 5.973, 240.51

Not Qualified
9) Mark Rogers, Highlands, N.C., '02 Firebird, 5.999, 233.48
10) Jason McKnight, Barrie, Ont., '08 Impala, 6.614, 195.36
11) Thomas Carter, Victoria, Texas, '09 Monte Carlo, 6.659, 197.51
12) Fred Hagen Jr., Des Plaines, Ill., '09 Mustang, 7.000, 136.25
13) Paul Noakes, London, Ont., '98 Mustang, 11.175, 72.30

COMP ELIMINATOR
1) Jason Coan, Greentown, Ind., '32 Bantam, G/EA, 8.307 seconds, -0.573 (under index)
2) David Rampy, Piedmont, Ala., '32 Bantam, A/EA, 7.296, -0.564
3) Adam Hickey, Hammond, La., '06 Cobalt, C/SMA, 8.253, -0.557
4) Brian Browell, Lafayette, Ind., dragster, D/D, 7.254, -0.556
5) Ernest Watson, Humble, Texas, '05 Cavalier, A/SMA, 8.007, -0.553
6) Lee Sharp, Maryville, Tenn., '09 GXP, D/AA, 7.711, -0.539
7) Rick Brown, Lebanon, Ohio, '00 S-10, B/TA, 8.307, -0.533
8) Glen Treadwell, Sorrento, Fla., dragster, G/ED, 8.031, -0.529
9) Robert Bailey, Wabash, Ind., dragster, A/ED, 6.674, -0.526
10) Paul Pittman, Bloomington, Minn., '07 Cobalt, B/AA, 7.116, -0.514

SUPER STOCK
1) James Caro, Houma, La., '05 Stratus, SS/BM, 8.378 seconds, -1.272 (under index)
2) Lee Sharp, Maryville, Tenn., '08 Cobalt, SS/CM, 8.600, -1.200
3) John Coughlin, Delaware, Ohio, '07 Cobalt, SS/CM, 8.617, -1.183
4) Gary Summers, Franklin, Ky., '85 Mustang, SS/N, 11.070, -1.180
5) Jeff Colvert, Arkadelphia, Ark., '69 Mustang, SS/G, 9.592, -1.158
6) Lloyd Wofford, Jonesboro, Ark., '78 Volare, SS/JA, 10.172, -1.128
7) Rick Twitchell, Cape Coral, Fla., '03 S-10, GT/TC, 10.278, -1.122
8) J.W. Hames, Madison, Miss., '89 Daytona, GT/IA, 10.379, -1.121
9) John Armstrong, Kingston, N.S., '69 Corvette, SS/AA, 8.882, -1.118
10) Rich South, Pataskala, Ohio, '05 Sunfire, GT/EA, 9.833, -1.117

STOCK ELIMINATOR
1) Jim Boudreau, Tewksbury, Mass., '69 Camaro, B/SA, 10.265 seconds, -1.285 (under index)
2) Robert Holmes, Dayton, Ohio, '69 Nova, J/SA, 11.466, -1.284
3) Irvin Johns, Charlestown, Ind., '09 Challenger, A/SA, 10.118, -1.182
4) Wade Owens, Cape Girardeau, Mo., '66 Chevelle, M/SA, 11.988, -1.162
5) Gary Summers, Franklin, Ky., '85 Mustang, O/S, 12.240, -1.160
6) Sam Hamod, Hobart, Ind., '90 Firebird, I/SA, 11.447, -1.153
7) John Livingston, Murfreesboro, Tenn., '90 Camaro, J/SA, 11.603, -1.147
8) David Horn, Decatur, Ill., '77 Trans Am, H/SA, 11.317, -1.133
9) Tibor Kadar, Peoria, Ariz., '67 Camaro, D/SA, 10.739, -1.111
10) David Walther, Lanesville, Ind., '69 Camaro, G/S, 11.089, -1.111

TOP SPORTSMAN
1) Eric Burnett, Charlestown, Ind., '05 Cavalier, 6.742 seconds, 207.98 mph
2) John Benoit, Montpelier, Vt., '68 Camaro, 6.777, 202.00
3) Billy Thoman, Mt. Washington, Ky., '63 Corvette, 6.826, 197.51
4) Mike Coughlin, Delaware, Ohio, '06 Cobalt, 6.917, 202.73
5) Randy Primozic, Wickliffe, Ohio, '01 Cavalier, 6.935, 192.03
6) Thomas Turner Jr., Naples, Fla., '06 GTO, 6.946, 201.67
7) Marco Abruzzi, Warren, Ohio, '68 Camaro, 6.958, 199.14
8) Jerry Barker, Ft. Valley, Ga., '06 Cobalt, 6.959, 200.38
9) Reed Hughes, Terre Haute, Ind., '68 Camaro, 6.994, 194.32
10) Stephen Brinegar, Germantown, Ohio, '97 Probe, 7.003, 198.93

TOP DRAGSTER
1) Jerry Powell II, Kokomo, Ind., dragster, 6.068 seconds, 227.80 mph
2) Tom Elliott, Brooks, Ky., dragster, 6.431, 213.47
3) Ray Miller, Spring Hill, Fla., dragster, 6.608, 201.13
4) Jason Dennis, Lubbock, Texas, dragster, 6.707, 200.80
5) Mark Harmon, Sunman, Ind., dragster, 6.734, 199.70
6) Jimmy Lewis, Forney, Texas, dragster, 6.750, 198.88
7) Phillip Oakley, Owensboro, Ky., dragster, 6.752, 196.44
8) Dean Mc Ilvain, New Carlisle, Ohio, dragster, 6.775, 199.08
9) Allen Constantine, La Place, La., dragster, 6.781, 198.20
10) Mark Jones, Marrero, La., dragster, 6.794, 200.56

-credit: nhra

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Drivers Steve Harker , Mike Coughlin , Mike Harmon , Mark Billington , David Walther , David Rampy , Marty Thacker , Ken Perry , Bill Reichert , Fred Hagen , Mick Snyder , Bobby Martin , David Horn , Paul Pittman , Mark Jones