WC: Brainerd Saturday summary

QUALIFYING FIELDS SET AT BIR'S THUNDER ON THE LAKES LUCAS OIL RACE BRAINERD, Minn. (May 23, 2009) -- In the final rounds of qualifying at Brainerd Int'l Raceway's Thunder on the Lakes NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series event, Dan ...

QUALIFYING FIELDS SET AT BIR'S THUNDER ON THE LAKES LUCAS OIL RACE

BRAINERD, Minn. (May 23, 2009) -- In the final rounds of qualifying at Brainerd Int'l Raceway's Thunder on the Lakes NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series event, Dan Kracht, Gretna, Neb., held on to No. 1 qualifying spot in Top Alcohol Dragster while Roger Bateman, Calgary, Alb., moved his Top Alcohol Funny Car to the top of the field.

Kracht blasted a 5.395-second, 256.80 mph pass in yesterday's qualifying and that was enough to keep him in the top spot. Because of the odd number of cars in competition, Kracht will have a bye run in the first round of eliminations Sunday. Former division champion Richard Putz of Earlville, Iowa, made a 5.422-second, 263.41 mph lap to move from the No. 5 spot into the No. 2 position.

Bateman, who is the defending division Funny Car champ, started the day in the No. 6 spot and made a 5.588-second, 255.43 mph pass to put him in the top spot. Scott McVey, Winnipeg, Manit., is the second-place qualifier with a 5.693-second, 253.71 mph pass.

Comp Eliminator racer Pat Nahan of St. Cloud, stayed in the No. 1 qualifying spot as did Ronald Roddel, Sioux Falls, S.D., in Super Stock. In Stock Eliminator, Peter Boslovitch, Lockport, Manit., grabbed the No. 1 spot in his '80 Malibu. J.J. Heber, Aurora, Colo., remained No. 1 in Top Sportsman and Dean Dubbin, Royalton, Minn., continues to lead in Top Dragster. Alex Barmettler, Maplewood, Minn., moved to the top of the field for Sportsman Motorcycle presented by Harley Davidson.

Racing continues Sunday at Brainerd Int'l Raceway. Gates open at 7 a.m. Sunday and eliminations start at 9 a.m. Top Alcohol Dragster and Top Alcohol Funny Car will run first round of eliminations on Sunday at noon.

Tickets for the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series event at Brainerd Int'l Raceway are $20 Sunday. Children 6 to 12 years old are $10 and kids 5 and under are admitted free.

Brainerd Int'l Raceway is located at 5523 Birchdale Road in Brainerd. For more information call the track, (866) 444-4455, or visit www.BrainerdRaceway.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 (OR NAME OF EVENT IF APPLICABLE) event at TRACK:

TOP ALCOHOL DRAGSTER
1) Dan Kracht, Gretna, Neb., 5.395 seconds, 256.80 mph
2) Richard Putz, Earlville, Iowa, 5.422, 263.41
3) Edwin Schmeeckle, Gothenburg, Neb., 5.426, 261.88
4) Scott Murray, Winnipeg, Manit., 5.587, 246.21
5) Jared Dreher, Clinton, Ind., 5.925, 228.23

First round TAD pairings

1) Dan Kracht, Gretna, Neb., 5.395 seconds, 256.80 mph vs. Bye

2) Richard Putz, Earlville, Iowa, 5.422, 263.41 vs. 5) Jared Dreher, Clinton, Ind., 5.925, 228.23

3) Edwin Schmeeckle, Gothenburg, Neb., 5.426, 261.88 vs. 4) Scott Murray, Winnipeg, Manit., 5.587, 246.21

TOP ALCOHOL FUNNY CAR
1) Roger Bateman, Calgary, Alb., '08 Mustang, 5.588 seconds, 255.43 mph
2) Scott McVey, Winnipeg, Manit., '05 Monte Carlo, 5.693, 253.71
3) Vern Moats, Des Moines, Iowa, '08 Mustang, 5.720, 254.14
4) Kirk Williams, Glenwood, Iowa, '04 Camaro, 5.758, 250.18
5) Lance Van Hauen, Reinbeck, Iowa, '04 Firebird, 5.766, 244.47
6) Bruce Carlson, Prior Lake, Minn., '06 Corvette, 5.799, 247.25

First round TAFC pairings

1) Roger Bateman, Calgary, Alb., '08 Mustang, 5.588 seconds, 255.43 mph vs. 6) Bruce Carlson, Prior Lake, Minn., '06 Corvette, 5.799, 247.25

2) Scott McVey, Winnipeg, Manit., '05 Monte Carlo, 5.693, 253.71 vs. 5) Lance Van Hauen, Reinbeck, Iowa, '04 Firebird, 5.766, 244.47

3) Vern Moats, Des Moines, Iowa, '08 Mustang, 5.720, 254.14 vs. 4) Kirk Williams, Glenwood, Iowa, '04 Camaro, 5.758, 250.18

COMP ELIMINATOR
1) Pat Nahan, St. Cloud, Minn., dragster, E/D, 7.400 seconds, -0.720 (under index)
2) Tom Schmidt, Lindstrom, Minn., '03 S-10, C/T, 8.277, -0.663
3) Bruno Massel, Woodbridge, Ill., '08 Cobalt, DD/AT, 7.248, -0.652
4) Scott Parks, Burlingame, Kan., dragster, A/ND, 6.829, -0.631
5) Matthew Harris, Nebraska City, Neb., '05 Grand Am, E/A, 7.722, -0.608
6) Paul Pittman, Bloomington, Minn., '07 Cobalt, B/AA, 7.059, -0.581
7) Shaun Vincent, Omaha, Neb., '02 S-10, C/TA, 8.567, -0.563
8) Bub Miller, Overland Park, Kan., '08 Cobalt, I/SMA, 9.133, -0.537
9) Bill Riemenapp, LaCrosse, Wis., '07 GTO, B/EA, 7.829, -0.511
10) Bruce Schmiedl, Regina, Sask., '32 Bantam, A/EA, 7.378, -0.492

SUPER STOCK
1) Ronald Roddel, Sioux Falls, S.D., '02 Grand Am, GT/MA, 10.748 seconds, -1.302 (under index)
2) David Bogner, Kearney, Neb., '92 Daytona, SS/CS, 9.353, -1.297
3) Michael Mans, Rogers, Minn., '00 Firebird, SS/CS, 9.430, -1.220
4) Larry DeForrest, Ramsey, Minn., '98 Firebird, SS/IA, 9.857, -1.143
5) Gary Stinnett, Emporia, Kan., '92 Camaro, GT/AA, 9.392, -1.008
6) Justin Jenkins, Beatrice, Neb., '09 Cobalt, GT/CA, 9.705, -0.995
7) Phil Unruh, McPherson, Kan., '69 Camaro, SS/EA, 9.677, -0.973
8) Terry Johnson, Maple Grove, Minn., '85 Mustang, SS/M, 10.940, -0.960
9) Rick Ryan, Aberdeen, S.D., '88 Cutlass, SS/MA, 11.204, -0.946
10) Brad Haugaard, North Branch, Minn., '07 Stratus, GT/EA, 10.020, -0.930

STOCK ELIMINATOR
1) Peter Boslovitch, Lockport, Manit., '80 Malibu, K/SA, 11.599 seconds, -1.351 (under index)
2) Charles Blossom, Woodbury, Minn., '04 Neon, AF/S, 12.848, -1.302
3) James Findell, Zimmerman, Minn., '73 Duster, F/SA, 10.898, -1.252
4) Dale Findell, Cambridge, Minn., '73 Barracuda, H/SA, 11.311, -1.139
5) Tyler Wudarczyk, Salina, Kan., '73 Camaro, G/SA, 11.171, -1.129
6) Ron Glowa, St. Andrews, Manit., '71 Demon, E/SA, 10.873, -1.127
7) James Blair, Pierre, S.D., '69 Camaro, C/SA, 10.580, -1.120
8) Lawrence Line, Wright, Minn., '85 Monte Carlo, K/SA, 11.831, -1.119
9) Jami Jones, Grimes, Iowa, '86 Camaro, G/SA, 11.190, -1.110
10) Stephen Hagberg, Berthoud, Colo., '64 Savoy, A/SA, 10.193, -1.107

TOP SPORTSMAN
1) J.J. Heber, Aurora, Colo., '06 Mustang, 6.896 seconds, 199.88 mph
2) Dave Slatten, Ft. Collins, Colo., '05 Grand Am, 7.053, 196.07
3) Billy Banks Jr., Oak Grove, Mo., '57 Chevy, 7.070, 193.60
4) Charley Whittenburg, Spencer, Iowa, '03 Grand Am, 7.211, 196.87
5) Rick Wilson, Independence, Mo., '69 Camaro, 7.281, 186.25
6) Dustin Premer, Kearney, Neb., '69 Mustang, 7.342, 186.28
7) Rob Meservier, Thunder Bay, Ont., '68 Chevelle, 7.402, 188.81
8) Michael Chitty, Ames, Iowa, '04 Cavalier, 7.451, 186.20
9) Dave Monhollon, Ozawkie, Kan., '67 Chevy II, 7.500, 181.35
10) Gary Loeffelholz, Shafer, Minn., '04 Mustang, 7.508, 179.56

TOP DRAGSTER
1) Dean Dubbin, Royalton, Minn., dragster, 6.126 seconds, 225.79 mph
2) Phil Unruh, McPherson, Kan., dragster, 6.757, 204.85
3) Martin Schmidt, Oak Grove, Minn., dragster, 6.822, 193.85
4) Joel Newman, Royalton, Minn., dragster, 6.836, 178.38
5) Clarence Mayo, Manly, Iowa, dragster, 6.841, 194.80
6) Darin Stettner, Regina, Sask., dragster, 6.967, 188.31
7) Jeremy Siffring, Arlington, Neb., dragster, 6.969, 192.19
8) Ian Parker, Thunder Bay, Ont., dragster, 6.997, 193.71
9) Brad Basgall, Hays, Kan., dragster, 7.044, 190.38
10) Leslie Feist, Clearwater, Minn., dragster, 7.053, 189.68

SPORTSMAN MOTORCYCLE
1) Alex Barmettler, Maplewood, Minn., '78 Kawasaki, 0.004 seconds reaction time
2) Ken Niesen, Brooklyn Park, Minn., '85 Suzuki, 0.005
3) Jeff Arpin, Winnipeg, Manit., '90 Suzuki, 0.005
4) Stan Johnson, Sioux Falls, S.D., '78 Kawasaki, 0.005
5) Donnie Durenberger, Dayton, Minn., '06 Buell, 0.006
6) Zim Dog Hansen, Maplewood, Minn., '92 Suzuki, 0.007
7) Jeff Lanoue, Zimmerman, Minn., '06 Suzuki, 0.007
8) Ron Bray, Anoka, Minn., '08 Ski Doo, 0.008
9) Willie Braddy, Savage, Minn., '99 Kawasaki, 0.008
10) Toby Giese, Kandiyohi, Minn., '83 Suzuki, 0.009

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