SC: Houston Saturday summary

WAHL, BARTONE ARE TOP QUALIFIERS AT HOUSTON RACEWAY PARK'S LUCAS OIL SERIES EVENT BAYTOWN, Texas (May 16, 2009) -- In the final rounds of qualifying at the Texas Sportsman Challenge, a round of the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series...

WAHL, BARTONE ARE TOP QUALIFIERS AT HOUSTON RACEWAY PARK'S LUCAS OIL SERIES EVENT

BAYTOWN, Texas (May 16, 2009) -- In the final rounds of qualifying at the Texas Sportsman Challenge, a round of the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series at Houston Raceway Park, Malcolm Wahle, Claremore, Okla., moved in to the No. 1 qualifier spot in Top Alcohol Dragster. Top Alcohol Funny Car racer Tony Bartone, Long Island City, N.Y., remained in the top spot in his class. Fields in all classes are now set for eliminations on Sunday.

Wahle moved up from the No. 2 spot with a 5.348-second, 266.21 mph pass. No. 2 qualifier Michael Manners of Willis, Texas, also improved on Friday's outing with a 5.383-second, 263.82 mph pass but it was not enough to get him past Wahle. Friday's top qualifier, Dallas's Todd Odom, did not better his numbers and slipped into the third qualifying spot. Wahle will take on No. 8 qualifier Karl Brounkowski, Magnolia, Texas, in the opening round of eliminations.

Bartone also failed to improve on his opening day run of 5.666 seconds at 257.92 mph but it was still enough to keep him atop the field. Corpus Christi, Texas, racer Steve Burck moved from the No. 3 spot into No. 2 with a 5.766-second, 249.67 mph lap. Bartone will square off against the defending division champion Steve Harker of Gainesville, Ga., in round one of eliminations.

Raymond Martin, Mt. Belvieu, Texas, remained the best qualifier in Comp Eliminator and James Caro, Houma, La., kept his '05 Stratus atop the Super Stock field. In Stock Eliminator, R.J. Sledge, Boeme, Texas, kept his top qualifier status as did Billy Torrence of Kilgore, Texas, in Top Sportsman. Top Dragster racer Michael Kile of Westlake, La., stayed No. 1 in Top Dragster and Raegan Gentili, Crosby, Texas, held on to the top spot in Sportsman Motorcycle presented by Harley Davidson.

Racing continues Sunday at Houston Raceway Park. Gates open at 8 a.m. and eliminations start at 9 a.m. 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 Houston Raceway Park are $20. Children 6 to 12 years old are $10 and kids 5 and under are admitted free.

Houston Raceway Park is located at 2525 FM 565 South. It is east of the Houston Metro area. For more information call Houston Raceway Park, (281) 383-7223, or visit www.HoustonRaceway.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 Houston Raceway Park:

TOP ALCOHOL DRAGSTER

1) Malcolm Wahle, Claremore, Okla., 5.348 seconds, 266.21 mph
2) Michael Manners, Willis, Texas, 5.383, 263.82
3) Todd Odom, Dallas, 5.472, 264.44
4) Del Cox Jr., Downey, Calif., 5.527, 262.54
5) Brandon Lewis, Broken Arrow, Okla., 5.565, 267.11
6) Brandon Pierce, Moore, Okla., 5.607, 252.14
7) Darryl Hitchman, Celeste, Texas, 5.615, 256.50
8) Karl Brounkowski, Magnolia, Texas, 5.948, 243.68

Not Qualified
9) Chase Copeland, Walters, Okla., 6.055, 245.99
10) Vitali Kazakevich, Houston, 6.512, 228.50
11) Carl Magee, Victoria, Texas, 6.973, 210.34

First round TAD pairings
1) Malcolm Wahle, Claremore, Okla., 5.348 seconds, 266.21 mph vs. 8) Karl Brounkowski, Magnolia, Texas, 5.948, 243.68

2) Michael Manners, Willis, Texas, 5.383, 263.82 vs. 7) Darryl Hitchman, Celeste, Texas, 5.615, 256.50

3) Todd Odom, Dallas, 5.472, 264.44 vs. 6) Brandon Pierce, Moore, Okla., 5.607, 252.14

4) Del Cox Jr., Downey, Calif., 5.527, 262.54 vs. 5) Brandon Lewis, Broken Arrow, Okla., 5.565, 267.11

TOP ALCOHOL FUNNY CAR

1) Tony Bartone, Long Island City, N.Y., '09 Mustang, 5.666 seconds, 257.92 mph
2) Steve Burck, Corpus Christi, Texas, '02 Camaro, 5.766, 249.67
3) Burl Brown, Gainesville, Texas, '00 Avenger, 5.770, 250.97
4) Kebin Kinsley, Kennedale, Texas, '02 Camaro, 5.821, 251.06
5) Jimmy Jones, Cleburne, Texas, '06 Monte Carlo, 5.860, 248.07
6) Lee Callaway, Baytown, Texas, '09 Mustang, 5.899, 248.71
7) Ro Yale, Houston, '98 Daytona, 6.585, 217.49
8) Steve Harker, Gainesville, Ga., '06 Monte Carlo, 12.248, 80.73

First round TAFC pairings

1) Tony Bartone, Long Island City, N.Y., '09 Mustang, 5.666 seconds, 257.92 mph vs. 8) Steve Harker, Gainesville, Ga., '06 Monte Carlo, 12.248, 80.73

2) Steve Burck, Corpus Christi, Texas, '02 Camaro, 5.766, 249.67 vs. 7) Ro Yale, Houston, '98 Daytona, 6.585, 217.49

3) Burl Brown, Gainesville, Texas, '00 Avenger, 5.770, 250.97 vs. 6) Lee Callaway, Baytown, Texas, '09 Mustang, 5.899, 248.71

4) Kebin Kinsley, Kennedale, Texas, '02 Camaro, 5.821, 251.06 vs. 5) Jimmy Jones, Cleburne, Texas, '06 Monte Carlo, 5.860, 248.07

COMP ELIMINATOR

1) Raymond Martin, Mt. Belvieu, Texas, '32 Bantam, K/AA, 7.772 seconds, -0.608 (under index)
2) Joey Tanksley, Greenwell Springs, La., dragster, C/D, 6.893, -0.587
3) Clark Smiley, Denver City, Texas, '05 Cavalier, B/SM, 8.102, -0.578
4) Adam Hickey, Hammond, La., '06 Cobalt, C/SMA, 8.267, -0.563
5) Scott Benham, La Grange, Texas, '05 Sunfire, E/SM, 8.527, -0.563
6) Craig Bourgeois, Metairie, La., dragster, B/ND, 6.975, -0.555
7) Mike Trumble, Pasadena, Texas, '08 Cobalt, A/SMA, 8.016, -0.544
8) Brian Self, Magnolia, Texas, '63 Corvette, C/A, 7.453, -0.527
9) Stephen Rosen, Harahan, La., dragster, G/ED, 8.058, -0.502
10) Shane Gray, Artesia, N.M., '06 Stratus, B/A, 7.058, -0.502

SUPER STOCK

1) James Caro, Houma, La., '05 Stratus, SS/BM, 8.343 seconds, -1.307 (under index)
2) Gary Emmons, Friendswood, Texas, '96 Firebird, SS/IA, 9.871, -1.129
3) Jonathan Womack, Houston, '07 Cavalier, SS/BS, 8.825, -1.125
4) Lloyd Wofford, Jonesboro, Ark., '78 Volare, SS/JA, 10.185, -1.115
5) Terry Pearson, Spanish Fort, Ala., '05 Cavalier, GT/CA, 9.590, -1.110
6) Ed Wright, Tulsa, Okla., '96 Trans Am, SS/JA, 10.190, -1.110
7) Dale Hulquist, Crosby, Texas, '98 Grand Am, GT/HA, 10.255, -1.095
8) Byron Latino, Donaldsonville, La., '08 G5, SS/BS, 8.860, -1.090
9) Jerry Emmons, Pasadena, Texas, '91 Calais, GT/CA, 9.651, -1.049
10) Stephen Hebert, Westlake, La., '68 Barracuda, SS/AH, 8.705, -1.045

STOCK ELIMINATOR

1) R.J. Sledge, Boerne, Texas, '67 Fairlane, F/SA, 10.875 seconds, -1.275 (under index)
2) David Buckner, New Waverly, Texas, '72 Duster, E/SA, 10.791, -1.209
3) Jerry Davis, Santa Fe, Texas, '72 Duster, F/SA, 10.982, -1.168
4) Butch Marlow, Canton, Texas, '77 Roadrunner, H/SA, 11.295, -1.155
5) Sammy Pizzolato, Houma, La., '69 Corvette, B/SA, 10.415, -1.135
6) Ronnie West, Broussard, La., '70 Roadrunner, A/SA, 10.172, -1.128
7) John Duzac, Covington, La., '67 Camaro, D/S, 10.682, -1.118
8) S.E. Buchanan, Hot Springs, Ark., '67 Barracuda, F/SA, 11.033, -1.117
9) Steven Hall, Sweeney, Texas, '67 Mustang, C/SA, 10.588, -1.112
10) Bill McClister, Shoreacres, Texas, '72 Mustang, E/SA, 10.889, -1.111

TOP SPORTSMAN

1) Billy Torrence, Kilgore, Texas, '09 GXP, 6.525 seconds, 215.34 mph
2) Glen Barrilleaux, Oakwood, Texas, '07 GTO, 6.614, 214.14
3) Keith Raftery, Lake Charles, La., '07 GTO, 6.716, 201.97
4) Scott Randall, Carrollton, Texas, '08 GXP, 6.767, 203.46
5) Keith Haney, Broken Arrow, Okla., '09 GXP, 6.865, 204.57
6) Bert Prejean, St. Amant, La., '06 GTO, 6.883, 203.00
7) Jerry Holt, Collinsville, Okla., '08 GTO, 6.897, 203.06
8) Gregory Porter, Edmond, Okla., '08 Pontiac, 6.900, 200.17
9) Bob Fitzhenry, Tomball, Texas, '02 Corvette, 7.022, 196.16
10) Johnny Shook, Lamesa, Texas, '08 Cobalt, 7.122, 193.32

TOP DRAGSTER

1) Michael Kile, Westlake, La., dragster, 6.344 seconds, 217.21 mph
2) Jimmy Lewis, Forney, Texas, dragster, 6.621, 204.35
3) Keith Raftery, Lake Charles, La., dragster, 6.650, 202.36
4) John Brimer, Burleson, Texas, dragster, 6.678, 198.55
5) Allen Constantine, La Place, La., dragster, 6.705, 201.04
6) Kevin Ford, Amarillo, Texas, dragster, 6.759, 201.76
7) Ed Ridenhour, Kennedale, Texas, dragster, 6.780, 198.61
8) Shane LeJeune, Eunice, La., dragster, 6.786, 198.03
9) Larry Strickland, Oxford, Fla., dragster, 6.787, 194.16
10) John Garner, Houston, dragster, 6.793, 203.89

SPORTSMAN MOTORCYCLE

1) Raegan Gentili, Crosby, Texas, '83 Suzuki, 0.001 seconds reaction time
2) Michael Nash, Texarkana, Texas, '83 Honda, 0.002
3) Jerry Pomilla, Conroe, Texas, '85 Suzuki, 0.003
4) Lisa Bennett, Lucas, Texas, '84 Suzuki, 0.003
5) Larry Eperjesi, Lake Dallas, Texas, '00 Suzuki, 0.004
6) Rob Bennett, Lucas, Texas, '07 Suzuki, 0.006
7) James Enloe, Prairieville, La., '86 Suzuki, 0.008
8) David Latino, Donaldsonville, La., '05 Suzuki, 0.010
9) Ben Brown, Irving, Texas, '04 Hayabusa, 0.011
10) Shane Eperjesi, Lake Dallas, Texas, '08 Suzuki, 0.012

-credit: nhra

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