NC: Series Bowling Green Saturday summary

REICHERT, HARKER TAKE OVER TOP QUALIFYING SPOTS AT BEECH BEND RACEWAY PARK'S LUCAS OIL DRAG RACING SERIES EVENT BOWLING GREEN, Ky. (Aug. 29, 2009) -- Nearly 600 racers in 10 categories took to the strip at Beech Bend Raceway Park ...

REICHERT, HARKER TAKE OVER TOP QUALIFYING SPOTS AT BEECH BEND RACEWAY PARK'S LUCAS OIL DRAG RACING SERIES EVENT

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. (Aug. 29, 2009) -- Nearly 600 racers in 10 categories took to the strip at Beech Bend Raceway Park during qualifying and time trials for the NHRA North Central division's Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series event. Defending event champion Bill Reichert, Owosso, Mich., blasted the field in Top Alcohol Dragster to move into the No. 1 spot while Gainesville, Ga., racer Steve Harker moved into the top spot in Top Alcohol Funny Car.

Reichert peeled off a 5.262-second, 265.64 mph blast to move knock Robin Samsel of Marion, Ind., out of the No. 1 position. Samsel did not improve on Friday's 5.370-second, 262.39 mph effort.

Harker moved up from the No. 3 spot with a 5.621-second, 255.48 mph run while Andy Bohl, Racine, Wis., also improved, moving from the No. 6 slot to No. 2 with a 5.680-second, 255.10 mph run. Friday's best qualifier, Chris Foster of Davenport, Iowa, failed to surpass his initial 5.684-second, 251.53 mph lap.

In Comp Eliminator, Adam Hickey, Hammond, La., jumped to the No. 1 spot from No. 3 while Super Stock racer James Caro, Houma, La., kept his '05 Stratus in the No. 1 position. In Stock Eliminator, Jim Boudreau, Tewksbury, Mass., stayed atop the pack in his '69 Camaro. Top Sportsman competitor John Benoit, Montpelier, Vt., moved ahead of Eric Burnett, Charlestown, Ind., for the top qualifying spot and Jerry Powell II, Kokomo, Ind., continued to lead the Top Dragster contingent.

Racing continues Sunday at Beech Bend Raceway Park. Gates open at 8 a.m. and eliminations begin immediately. Racers in 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. 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 Saturday's final qualifying results and Sunday's first-round pairings for TAD and TAFC at the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series event at Beech Bend Raceway Park:

TOP ALCOHOL DRAGSTER
1) Bill Reichert, Owosso, Mich., 5.262 seconds, 265.64 mph
2) Robin Samsel, Marion, Ind., 5.370, 262.39
3) Ken Perry, Richmond Hill, Ont., 5.386, 257.97
4) Marty Thacker, Robinson, Ill., 5.434, 262.90
5) Dave Hirata, Lowell, Ind., 5.437, 261.32
6) Tim Bowgren, Valparaiso, Ind., 5.468, 254.18
7) Brandon Booher, Urbana, Ill., 5.542, 256.36
8) Brian Mans, Godfrey, Ill., 5.651, 246.12

Not Qualified
9) Dave Hill, Valparaiso, Ind., 5.801, 252.85

First round TAD pairings
1) Bill Reichert, Owosso, Mich., 5.262 seconds, 265.64 mph vs. 8) Brian Mans, Godfrey, Ill., 5.651, 246.12

2) Robin Samsel, Marion, Ind., 5.370, 262.39 vs. 7) Brandon Booher, Urbana, Ill., 5.542, 256.36

3) Ken Perry, Richmond Hill, Ont., 5.386, 257.97 vs. 6) Tim Bowgren, Valparaiso, Ind., 5.468, 254.18

4) Marty Thacker, Robinson, Ill., 5.434, 262.90 vs. 5) Dave Hirata, Lowell, Ind., 5.437, 261.32

TOP ALCOHOL FUNNY CAR
1) Steve Harker, Gainesville, Ga., '06 Monte Carlo, 5.621 seconds, 255.48 mph
2) Andy Bohl, Racine, Wis., '07 Mustang, 5.680, 255.10
3) Chris Foster, Davenport, Iowa, '07 Monte Carlo, 5.684, 251.53
4) Mick Snyder, Demotte, Ind., '09 Mustang, 5.692, 254.23
5) Fred Hagen Jr., Des Plaines, Ill., '09 Mustang, 5.726, 250.51
6) Bobby Martin, Beaver Falls, Pa., '08 Charger, 5.735, 254.42
7) Rob Atchison, London, Ont., '06 Monte Carlo, 5.767, 245.00
8) Thomas Carter, Victoria, Texas, '08 Monte Carlo, 5.796, 254.71

Not Qualified
9) Paul Noakes, London, Ont., '98 Mustang, 5.884, 237.92
10) Tony Bogolo, Hamilton, Ont., '99 Mustang, 5.892, 242.58
11) Mark Rogers, Highlands, N.C., '02 Firebird, 5.953, 233.84
12) Mark Billington, Norcross, Ga., '01 Avenger, 5.973, 240.51
13) Jason McKnight, Barrie, Ont., '08 Impala, 6.614, 195.36

First round TAFC pairings
1) Steve Harker, Gainesville, Ga., '06 Monte Carlo, 5.621 seconds, 255.48 mph vs. 8) Thomas Carter, Victoria, Texas, '08 Monte Carlo, 5.796, 254.71

2) Andy Bohl, Racine, Wis., '07 Mustang, 5.680, 255.10 vs. 7) Rob Atchison, London, Ont., '06 Monte Carlo, 5.767, 245.00

3) Chris Foster, Davenport, Iowa, '07 Monte Carlo, 5.684, 251.53 vs. 6) Bobby Martin, Beaver Falls, Pa., '08 Charger, 5.735, 254.42

4) Mick Snyder, Demotte, Ind., '09 Mustang, 5.692, 254.23 vs. 5) Fred Hagen Jr., Des Plaines, Ill., '09 Mustang, 5.726, 250.51

COMP ELIMINATOR
1) Adam Hickey, Hammond, La., '06 Cobalt, C/SMA, 8.215 seconds, -0.595 (under index)
2) Glen Treadwell, Sorrento, Fla., dragster, G/ED, 7.965, -0.595
3) Robert Bailey, Wabash, Ind., dragster, A/ED, 6.614, -0.586
4) Rick Brown, Lebanon, Ohio, '00 S-10, B/TA, 8.256, -0.584
5) Steve Ambrose, Woodhaven, Mich., '23 roadster, J/AA, 7.819, -0.581
6) Jason Coan, Greentown, Ind., '32 Bantam, G/EA, 8.302, -0.578
7) Brian Browell, Lafayette, Ind., dragster, D/D, 7.236, -0.574
8) David Rampy, Piedmont, Ala., '32 Bantam, A/EA, 7.288, -0.572
9) Ernest Watson, Humble, Texas, '05 Cavalier, A/SMA, 8.005, -0.555
10) Lee Sharp, Maryville, Tenn., '09 GXP, D/AA, 7.695, -0.555

SUPER STOCK
1) James Caro, Houma, La., '05 Stratus, SS/BM, 8.378 seconds, -1.272 (under index)
2) Rick Twitchell, Cape Coral, Fla., '03 S-10, GT/TC, 10.174, -1.226
3) Gary Summers, Franklin, Ky., '85 Mustang, SS/N, 11.038, -1.212
4) Lee Sharp, Maryville, Tenn., '08 Cobalt, SS/CM, 8.600, -1.200
5) Jeff Colvert, Arkadelphia, Ark., '69 Mustang, SS/G, 9.558, -1.192
6) John Coughlin, Delaware, Ohio, '07 Cobalt, SS/CM, 8.609, -1.191
7) Rich South, Pataskala, Ohio, '05 Sunfire, GT/EA, 9.769, -1.181
8) Jerry Silveus, Van Buren, Ohio, '05 Cavalier, GT/CA, 9.543, -1.157
9) John Armstrong, Kingston, N.S., '69 Corvette, SS/AA, 8.848, -1.152
10) Terry Earwood, Deland, Fla., '82 Camaro, SS/KA, 10.403, -1.147

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) Gary Summers, Franklin, Ky., '85 Mustang, O/S, 12.143, -1.257
4) Irvin Johns, Charlestown, Ind., '09 Challenger, A/SA, 10.118, -1.182
5) M.J. Quinn, Louisville, Ky., '85 Camaro, I/SA, 11.427, -1.173
6) Wade Owens, Cape Girardeau, Mo., '66 Chevelle, M/SA, 11.988, -1.162
7) Sam Hamod, Hobart, Ind., '90 Firebird, I/SA, 11.447, -1.153
8) Floyd Russo, Gonzales, La., '01 Trans Am, B/SA, 10.402, -1.148
9) John Livingston, Murfreesboro, Tenn., '90 Camaro, J/SA, 11.603, -1.147
10) David Horn, Decatur, Ill., '77 Trans Am, H/SA, 11.317, -1.133

TOP SPORTSMAN
1) John Benoit, Montpelier, Vt., '68 Camaro, 6.492 seconds, 211.89 mph
2) Eric Burnett, Charlestown, Ind., '05 Cavalier, 6.606, 214.11
3) Tom Stultz, Terre Haute, Ind., '92 Firebird, 6.677, 210.67
4) Billy Thoman, Mt. Washington, Ky., '63 Corvette, 6.826, 197.51
5) Randy Primozic, Wickliffe, Ohio, '01 Cavalier, 6.874, 199.05
6) Mike Coughlin, Delaware, Ohio, '06 Cobalt, 6.882, 203.77
7) Belva Brinegar, Middletown, Ohio, '03 Mustang, 6.903, 200.95
8) Jerry Barker, Ft. Valley, Ga., '06 Cobalt, 6.919, 200.71
9) Thomas Turner Jr., Naples, Fla., '06 GTO, 6.928, 201.94
10) Stephen Brinegar, Germantown, Ohio, '97 Probe, 6.933, 201.85

TOP DRAGSTER
1) Jerry Powell II, Kokomo, Ind., dragster, 6.068 seconds, 227.80 mph
2) Tom Elliott, Brooks, Ky., dragster, 6.280, 218.83
3) Don Hurst, Tell City, Ind., dragster, 6.283, 214.72
4) Mike Wharram, Morton, Ill., dragster, 6.402, 211.36
5) Jason Dennis, Lubbock, Texas, dragster, 6.473, 203.61
6) Ray Miller, Spring Hill, Fla., dragster, 6.608, 201.13
7) Mark Harmon, Sunman, Ind., dragster, 6.651, 199.70
8) Brandon Chauvin, Gonzales, La., dragster, 6.688, 197.02
9) Jimmy Lewis, Forney, Texas, dragster, 6.730, 198.88
10) Phillip Oakley, Owensboro, Ky., dragster, 6.752, 196.44

-credit: nhra

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Drivers Steve Harker , Mike Coughlin , Mike Harmon , Mark Billington , Terry Earwood , David Rampy , Steve Ambrose , Marty Thacker , Ken Perry , Bill Reichert , Fred Hagen , Mick Snyder , Bobby Martin , David Horn