Pacific Raceways Saturday summary

SHIELDS, HOUGH STAY NO. 1 QUALIFIERS IN PACIFIC RACEWAYS' RAIN-DAMPENED EVENT KENT, Wash. -- In the final rounds of Top Alcohol Dragster and Top Alcohol Funny Car qualifying at Pacific Raceways' NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series...

SHIELDS, HOUGH STAY NO. 1 QUALIFIERS IN PACIFIC RACEWAYS' RAIN-DAMPENED EVENT

KENT, Wash. -- In the final rounds of Top Alcohol Dragster and Top Alcohol Funny Car qualifying at Pacific Raceways' NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series event presented by Bret Chevrolet, Duane Shields and Brian Hough were the top qualifiers. Eliminations in the two classes have been slated for Saturday night but rained hampered racing throughout the day so the schedule may change. If they don't run tonight, they will run eliminations on Sunday along with the other nine categories.

Shields has been the Top Alcohol Dragster top qualifier throughout the event. His 5.291-second, 272.83 mph effort on Friday was enough to keep the Boulder City, Nev., resident in the top spot. Thomas Bayer of Fontana, Calif., is the No. 2 qualifier. He ran 5.351 seconds at 265.22 mph on Friday and that was enough to hold off the rest of the field.

Hough, the division's reigning Top Alcohol Funny Car champion, laid down a 5.591-second 258.22 mph pass in the early rounds of qualifying and it was enough to keep him ahead of No. 2 qualifier Clint Thompson of Klamath Falls, Ore. Thompson qualified with a 5.656-second run at 257.73 mph.

Top qualifiers in other classes are Chuck Smithfield, Battleground, Wash., in Comp Eliminator; Steve Polack, Enumclaw, Wash., in Super Stock; Tom Gaynor, Vancouver, Wash., in Stock Eliminator; Todd Hoerner, Deer Park, Wash., in Top Sportsman; Paul Gladden, Tracy, Calif., in Top Dragster; and Seattle's Miles Hauer in Sportsman Motorcycle.

Racing continues Sunday at Pacific Raceways' Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series event presented by Bret Chevrolet. Gates open at 8 a.m. and eliminations start at 10 a.m.

Tickets for the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series event are $20. Children 7 to 14 years old are $4 each day and kids 6 and under are admitted free.

Pacific Raceways is located at 31001 144th Ave., SE, in Kent. For more information call the track, (253) 639-5927, or visit www.PacificRaceways.com.

-credit: nhra

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