MANNER, HARKER, TREBLE LEAD WINNERS AT RED RIVER GILLIAM, La. -- Champions were crowned at Red River Raceway for the fifth of six events in the NHRA South Central Division Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series. Leading the way into...
MANNER, HARKER, TREBLE LEAD WINNERS AT RED RIVER
GILLIAM, La. -- Champions were crowned at Red River Raceway for the fifth of six events in the NHRA South Central Division Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series. Leading the way into winner's circle and taking his share of the more than $200,000 in purse and contingency awards was Michael Manners of Willis, Texas, in Top Alcohol Dragster.
Manners' beat No. 2 qualifier Brandon Pierce and David Brounkowski on his way to the final where he ran 5.524 seconds at 265.38 mph in beating Aaron Tatum. This was Manner's first South Central Division Top Alcohol Dragster win.
Steve Harker grabbed his third divisional win on the year in Top Alcohol Funny Car which should wrap up the divisional championship. The Gainesville, Ga., racer drove to a 5.681 second lap at 253.33 mph for the win over Steve Burck of Corpus Christi, Texas, with a run of 5.944 seconds at 237.50 mph.
A group of Louisiana racers headed up the remainder of Sunday's winners with Craig Treble of Harvey, La., taking the trophy in the Sportsman Motorcycle class presented by Harley Davidson. Treble is also a regular on the NHRA PowerAde Drag Racing circuit running a pro stock motorcycle. Val Harmon, Luling, La., won in Super Street over Rodney Grant of W. Monroe, La., Bret Prejean won out of St. Amant, La., in the divisions Reher-Morrison Top Sportsman class, and Butch Thibodaux Jr. of Thibodaux, La., took the win in Super Gas.
A pair of Kansas racers won in Comp Eliminator and Super Stock with Bub Miller of Overland Park, beating Adam Hickey, of Hammond, La., and Phil Unruh out of McPherson, Kan., took the Super Stock trophy in his '69 Camaro.
Winners in other categories were Jerry Hefler, Kennedale, Texas, in Stock Eliminator and Kevin Ford, Amarillo, Texas, in the TCI Comp Cams Top Dragster class over Allen Constantine, La Place, La.
South Central Division racers will close out the 2008 Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series season in Oklahoma later this month at Thunder Valley Raceway Park in Noble, Okla., Oct. 17-19.
The following are the final results from the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series event at Red River Raceway:
TOP ALCOHOL DRAGSTER:
4) Brandon Lewis, Broken Arrow, Okla., 5.493, 259.36 def. 5) Diana Harker, Gainesville, Ga., 5.655, 256.99
3) David Brounkowski, Cypress, Texas, 5.410, 267.11 def. 6) Spencer Massey, Fort Worth, Texas, 5.495, 261.42
7) Michael Manners, Willis, Texas, 5.420, 265.53 def. 2) Brandon Pierce, Moore, Okla., 5.798, 226.20
1) Aaron Tatum, Moore, Okla., 5.569, 259.31 def. 8) Kimmelyn Buff Pesz, The Woodlands, Texas, 5.349, 270.54
Tatum, 5.755, 214.86 def. Lewis, foul
Manners, 5.455, 268.60 def. D. Brounkowski, 5.488, 265.01
Manners, 5.524, 265.38 def. Tatum, 14.563, 72.38
TOP ALCOHOL FUNNY CAR:
1) Steve Harker, Gainesville, Ga., '06 Monte Carlo, 5.713, 252.90 def. bye
7) Ro Yale, Houston, '96 Avenger, 8.159, 115.48 def. 2) Burl Brown, Gainesville, Texas, '00 Avenger, broke
3) Steve Burck, Corpus Christi, Texas, '02 Camaro, 5.858, 246.80 def. 6) Lee Callaway, Baytown, Texas, '07 Mustang, 5.943, 240.12
4) Kebin Kinsley, Kennedale, Texas, '03 Camaro, 5.882, 247.66 def. 5) Ron Morrison, Oklahoma City, '06 Monte Carlo, broke
Burck, 8.232, 103.14 def. Yale, broke
Harker, 5.668, 253.56 def. Kinsley, 5.885, 244.21
Harker, 5.681, 253.33 def. Burck, 5.944, 237.50
Bub Miller, Overland Park, Kan., '08 Cobalt, I/SMA, 9.173, 140.74 def. Adam Hickey, Hammond, La., '08 Cobalt, C/SMA, 8.242, 155.72.
Phil Unruh, McPherson, Kan., '69 Camaro, SS/EA, 9.662, 137.81 def. Jerry Emmons, Pasadena, Texas, '05 Cavalier, GT/BA, 9.584, 137.75.
Jerry Hefler, Kennedale, Texas, '65 Impala, M/SA, 12.132, 108.12 def. Jody Simoneaux, Napoleonville, La., '67 Nova, F/SA, 11.159, 108.46
Travis Prudhomme, George West, Texas, dragster, 8.905, 176.24 def. Billy Torrence, Kilgore, Texas, dragster, 8.912, 185.79
Butch Thibodaux Jr, Thibodaux, La., '88 Camaro, 9.905, 147.46 def. Craig Anderson, Waxahachie, Texas, '63 Corvette, 9.933, 158.99.
Val Harmon, Luling, La., '67 Chevy II, 10.906, 137.37 def. Rodney Grant, W. Monroe, La., '69 Camaro, 10.888, 144.36
Craig Treble, Harvey, La., '01 Hayabusa, 8.691, 152.99 def. Curtis Spracklin, Omaha, Neb., '78 Kawasaki, 14.959, 50.92
Bert Prejean, St. Amant, La., '06 GTO, 6.922, 188.23 def. Bob Gulitti, Tomball, Texas,'88 Firebird, 7.469, 181.25
Kevin Ford, Amarillo, Texas, dragster, 7.043, 178.76 def. Allen Constantine, La Place, La., dragster, 12.200, 66.54