Tucson Friday notes

SHIELDS, RUCKMAN LEAD QUALIFIERS AT SIR'S LUCAS OIL SERIES EVENT TUCSON, Ariz. -- In the opening day of racing at Southwestern Int'l Raceway's NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series event presented by Budweiser, Duane Shields, Boulder...

SHIELDS, RUCKMAN LEAD QUALIFIERS AT SIR'S LUCAS OIL SERIES EVENT

TUCSON, Ariz. -- In the opening day of racing at Southwestern Int'l Raceway's NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series event presented by Budweiser, Duane Shields, Boulder City, Nev., topped the Top Alcohol Dragster field while Terry Ruckman of Grand Junction, Colo., was the No. 1 qualifier in Top Alcohol Funny Car. Qualifying continues tomorrow until noon when eliminations will begin.

Shields, the reigning division champ, laid down a 5.397-second, 267.96 mph pass that put him ahead of Sunland, Calif., racer Chris Demke. Demke ran 5.421 seconds at 263.98 mph. In the first round of eliminations tomorrow, Shields will face No. 8 qualifier, Canadian racer Shawn Cowie of Delta, B.C.

Ruckman's 5.684-second, 250.51 mph pass was enough to give him the edge over Doug Gordon of Paso Robles, Calif. Gordon covered the quarter-mile with a 5.715-second, 253.95 mph pass. Ruckman will take on No. 8 qualifier Ken Kraus of Great Falls, Mont., in the opening round of eliminations.

Glendale, Ariz., racer Mike DePalma set the pace in Comp Eliminator and Phoenix's Kip Martin wheeled his '64 Mustang to the top of the Super Stock field. Chirs Denton of Chandler, Ariz., heads the Stock Eliminator field; Deer Park, Wash., resident Todd Hoerner is No. 1 in Top Sportsman; Denny Hills, Gilbert, Ariz., is the best qualifier in Top Dragster; and Mitchel Lippen rode to the top of the Sportsman Motorcycle field.

Some Tucson residents also made their presence felt in the qualifying fields. Tom Lannie is the No. 3 qualifier in Sportsman Motorcycle while Don Bevers and Tom Koenen are the sixth-place qualifiers in Super Stock and Top Dragster, respectively.

Racing continues Saturday at SIR. Gates open at 7 a.m. and final eliminations are slated from 9 a.m. to noon. Eliminations will start immediately with first round of Top Sportsman, Top Dragster and Comp Eliminator. First round of eliminations for Top Alcohol Dragster and Top Alcohol Funny Car is scheduled at 3 p.m.

Tickets for the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series event presented by Budweiser at SIR are $20. Children 10 and under are admitted free with a paid adult.

SIR is located 15 miles east of Downtown Tucson. Take Interstate 10 to Houghton Road (exit 275) and go south to Dawn Road. Turn right to the entrance of the track. For more information call SIR, (520) 762-9700, or visit www.SIRace.com.

-credit: nhra

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Series NHRA
Drivers Duane Shields , Doug Gordon , Todd Hoerner