WC: Bandimere Saturday summary

WHITELEY, BATEMAN ARE TOP QUALIFIERS AT BANDIMERE SPEEDWAY'S LUCAS OIL SERIES RACE MORRISON, Colo. (June 20, 2009) -- In the final rounds of qualifying at the Grease Monkey Thunder on the Mountain event, a round of the NHRA Lucas...

WHITELEY, BATEMAN ARE TOP QUALIFIERS AT BANDIMERE SPEEDWAY'S LUCAS OIL SERIES RACE

MORRISON, Colo. (June 20, 2009) -- In the final rounds of qualifying at the Grease Monkey Thunder on the Mountain event, a round of the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series at Bandimere Speedway, Grand Junction, Colo., racer Jim Whiteley moved to the top of the Top Alcohol Dragster class while Roger Bateman, Winnipeg, Manit., stayed at the top of the Top Alcohol Funny Car field.

Whiteley took the top spot away from Earlville, Iowa's Richard Putz who failed to improve on Friday's initial qualifying pass of 5.610 seconds at 253.66 mph. Whiteley laid down a 5.527-second, 259.21 mph pass to take the lead. Denver's Eugene Tumbarello is the No. 4 qualifier.

Bateman did not improve on his first qualifying run but the 5.912-second, 244.43 mph pass was enough to keep him atop the field. Kirk Williams, Glenwood, Iowa, moved up to the second spot with a 5.948-second pass at 241.54 mph. Firestone, Colo., resident Paul Anderson is the No. 4 qualifier.

Top Qualifiers in all the other classes stayed the same. Clint Sallee, Glendive, Mont., continues to lead in Comp Eliminator; Eric Bell, Chandler, Ariz., remained No. 1 in Super Stock; and Chad Holtzman, Wichita, Kan., leads in Stock Eliminator. The Top Sportsman leader is Eagle's Mark Lovell and David Oenes, Henderson, Colo., heads up the Top Dragster contingent. Brian Johnson, Nowthen, Minn., kept his '05 Suzuki at the top of the Sportsman Motorcycle field.

Racing continues Sunday at Bandimere Speedway. Gates open at 8 a.m. and eliminations begin at 8:30 a.m. Racers in Top Alcohol Dragster and Top Alcohol Funny Car will run first round at noon.

Tickets for the Grease Monkey Thunder on the Mountain event are $24. Junior tickets, for ages 6 to 12, are $6 and kids 5 and under are admitted free.

The following are Saturday's final qualifying results and Sunday's first-round pairings for TAD and TAFC at the Grease Monkey Thunder on the Mountain event at Bandimere Speedway:

TOP ALCOHOL DRAGSTER
1) Jim Whiteley, Grand Junction, Colo., 5.527 seconds, 259.21 mph
2) Richard Putz, Earlville, Iowa, 5.610, 253.66
3) Edwin Schmeeckle, Gothenburg, Neb., 5.667, 255.19
4) Eugene Tumbarello, Denver, 6.027, 244.52

First round TAD pairings
1) Jim Whiteley, Grand Junction, Colo., 5.527 seconds, 259.21 mph vs. 4) Eugene Tumbarello, Denver, 6.027, 244.52

2) Richard Putz, Earlville, Iowa, 5.610, 253.66 vs. 3) Edwin Schmeeckle, Gothenburg, Neb., 5.667, 255.19

TOP ALCOHOL FUNNY CAR
1) Roger Bateman, Winnipeg, Manit., '09 Mustang, 5.912 seconds, 244.43 mph
2) Kirk Williams, Glenwood, Iowa, '04 Camaro, 5.948, 241.54
3) Vern Moats, Des Moines, Iowa, '09 Mustang, 5.967, 244.56
4) Paul Anderson, Firestone, Colo., '03 Camaro, 6.055, 237.34
5) Lance Van Hauen, Reinbeck, Iowa, '02 Firebird, 6.171, 232.55
6) Robert Kanenwisher, Conifer, Colo., '04 Camaro, 6.179, 232.51

First round TAFC pairings
1) Roger Bateman, Winnipeg, Manit., '09 Mustang, 5.912 seconds, 244.43 mph vs. 6) Robert Kanenwisher, Conifer, Colo., '04 Camaro, 6.179, 232.51

2) Kirk Williams, Glenwood, Iowa, '04 Camaro, 5.948, 241.54 vs. 5) Lance Van Hauen, Reinbeck, Iowa, '02 Firebird, 6.171, 232.55

3) Vern Moats, Des Moines, Iowa, '09 Mustang, 5.967, 244.56 vs. 4) Paul Anderson, Firestone, Colo., '03 Camaro, 6.055, 237.34

COMP ELIMINATOR
1) Clint Sallee, Glendive, Mont., dragster, B/D, 7.054 seconds, -0.666 (under index)
2) Lou Ficco, Wheat Ridge, Colo., '09 GXP, B/AP, 7.778, -0.602
3) Matthew Harris, Nebraska City, Neb., '05 Grand Am, E/A, 8.254, -0.596
4) Steve Holloway, Lakewood, Colo., '06 GTO, B/AA, 7.526, -0.584
5) Dennis Smiley, Denver City, Texas, dragster, A/DA, 7.023, -0.567
6) Bill Kent, Midland, Texas, dragster, C/D, 7.363, -0.557
7) Steve Kalkowski, Ogallala, Neb., '02 Fierbird, B/A, 7.513, -0.527
8) Pat Nahan, St. Cloud, Minn., dragster, E/D, 8.173, -0.457
9) Wade Oman, Castle Rock, Colo., dragster, B/ED, 7.507, -0.443
10) Leslie Carson, Odessa, Texas, '07 Cobalt, B/A, 7.611, -0.429

SUPER STOCK
1) Eric Bell, Chandler, Ariz., '70 Challenger, SS/EA, 10.011 seconds, -1.469 (under index)
2) Larry Schmidt, Grand Island, Neb., '55 BelAir, SS/PA, 12.516, -1.444
3) Ronald Roddel, Sioux Falls, S.D., '02 Grand Am, GT/MA, 11.552, -1.438
4) Carroll Warling, Brighton, Colo., '74 Grand Am, SS/MA, 11.667, -1.433
5) Jim Beuthel, Castle Rock, Colo., '91 Cutlass, GT/CA, 10.207, -1.333
6) Gene Bichlmeier, Norfolk, Neb., '66 Chevy II, GT/I, 10.851, -1.279
7) Ron Parness, Conifer, Colo., '67 Chevy II, SS/HA, 10.478, -1.272
8) Justin Jenkins, Beatrice, Neb., '09 Cobalt, GT/DA, 10.385, -1.255
9) David Bogner, Kearney, Neb., '92 Daytona, SS/CS, 10.303, -1.177
10) Jim Voth, Buhler, Kan., '86 Monte Carlo, GT/E, 10.464, -1.176

STOCK ELIMINATOR
1) Chad Holzman, Wichita, Kan., '08 Cobra Jet, A/SA, 10.510 seconds, -1.670 (under index)
2) Jack Foshee, Taylor, Ariz., '80 D-150, K/SA, 12.489, -1.471
3) Brad Burton, Golden, Colo., '72 Formula, E/SA, 11.483, -1.457
4) Scott Burton, Golden, Colo., '71 Formula, D/SA, 11.365, -1.415
5) Tony Hernandez, Denver, '65 Corvette, F/S, 11.697, -1.353
6) Jimmy Holzman, Wichita, Kan., '08 Cobra Jet, AA/SA, 10.398, -1.352
7) Stephen Hagberg, Berthoud, Colo., '64 Savoy, A/SA, 10.922, -1.258
8) John Cooper, LaPorte, Colo., '67 Fairlane, B/SA, 11.212, -1.238
9) Tom Moock, Eagle, Neb., '81 Malibu, M/SA, 12.944, -1.236
10) Mike Coe, Grand Junction, Colo., '73 Dart, G/S, 11.925, -1.225

TOP SPORTSMAN
1) Mark Lovell, Eagle, Colo., '05 Viper, 6.758 seconds, 208.52 mph
2) Greg Lair, Canyon, Texas, '04 Grand Am, 7.171, 197.16
3) Dave Slatten, Ft. Collins, Colo., '05 Grand Am, 7.247, 191.29
4) J.J. Heber, Centennial, Colo., '06 Mustang, 7.262, 192.66
5) Joshua Vettel, Phillips, Neb., '04 Stratus, 7.302, 190.67
6) Brad Wagner, Henderson, Nev., '97 Cutlass, 7.400, 189.12
7) Bill Bernard, Littleton, Colo., '94 Ciera, 7.428, 186.33
8) Ray Vettel Jr., Phillips, Neb., '70 Barracuda, 7.484, 191.81
9) Jim White, Haysville, Kan., '09 Cobalt, 7.517, 182.53
10) Johnny Shook, Lamesa, Texas, '09 Cobalt, 7.538, 181.03

TOP DRAGSTER
1) David Oenes, Henderson, Colo., dragster, 6.840 seconds, 198.93 mph
2) Steve Johnson, Arvada, Colo., dragster, 6.861, 194.21
3) Ryan Dowell, Johnstown, Colo., dragster, 6.945, 195.93
4) Lyle Burnham, Henderson, Nev., dragster, 6.945, 196.62
5) Scott Lewis, Sterling, Colo., dragster, 7.000, 197.05
6) Phil Unruh, McPherson, Kan., dragster, 7.041, 198.44
7) Kent Kroeker, Grant, Neb., dragster, 7.088, 194.66
8) Monte Green, Haxtun, Colo., dragster, 7.135, 190.92
9) Jim Caudill, Littleton, Colo., dragster, 7.158, 184.50
10) Barbara Heggie, Laramie, Wyo., dragster, 7.276, 178.12

SPORTSMAN MOTORCYCLE
1) Brian Johnson, Nowthen, Minn., '05 Suzuki, 0.000 seconds reaction time
2) Tom Gilligan, Fremont, Neb., '00 Kawasaki, 0.000
3) Ken Niesen, Brooklyn Park, Minn., '85 Suzuki, 0.004
4) Bryan Entz, Wichita, Kan., '05 Kawasaki, 0.005
5) Dave Olsen, Littleton, Colo., '88 Kawasaki, 0.013
6) Leland Sykes, Aurora, Colo., '99 Kawasaki, 0.017
7) Don Johnson, Casper, Wyo., '96 Suzuki, 0.024
8) Darwin Glaze, Broomfield, Colo., '02 Suzuki, 0.024

-credit: nhra

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Drivers Mark Lovell , Gene Bichlmeier , Vern Moats , Kirk Williams , Brian Johnson , Steve Johnson , John Cooper , Matthew Harris , Scott Lewis , Steve Kalkowski , Monte Green
Teams Williams