WC: Great Bend Saturday summary

Pairings are Set at S.R.C.A. Dragstrip GREAT BEND, Kan. (April 25, 2009) -- Qualifying is complete at S.R.C.A. Dragstrip with pairings set for Sunday's eliminations. This is the first of six events set for the Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series...

Pairings are Set at S.R.C.A. Dragstrip

GREAT BEND, Kan. (April 25, 2009) -- Qualifying is complete at S.R.C.A. Dragstrip with pairings set for Sunday's eliminations. This is the first of six events set for the Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series West Central Division. Top qualifiers included Brandon Lewis of Broken Arrow, Okla., in Top Alcohol Dragster and Roger Bateman, Calgary, Manit., in Top Alcohol Funny Car.

Lewis grabbed the top spot by posting a 5.487 second, 255.77 mph pass, placing him more than a second ahead of the competitive field. Justin Davis from Murrieta, Calif., sits in the No.2 qualifying position heading into eliminations. In Top Alcohol Funny Car, Roger Bateman will start Sunday off with a first round bye. His best pass of 5.720 seconds placed him in the lead of the seven car field.

Bruno Massel, Woodbridge, Ill., claimed the No.1 Comp Eliminator spot in his '08 Cobalt. Last year's reining event champ, Lou Ficco, Wheatridge, Colo., sits in the No.3 spot going into eliminations. Larry Schmidt out of Grand Island, Neb., drove his '55 Bel Air to the top spot in Super Stock with Zimmerman, Minn., resident James Findell, piecing together the best run in Stock.

In other qualifying action, Ray Vettel Jr. of Phillips, Neb., took the No.1 spot in the Top Sportsman class presented by Jerry Haas Race Cars. Phil Unruh from McPherson, Kan., piloted his rail over 200 mph to reach the No. 1 spot in Top Dragster and Tom Gilligan, Fremont, Neb., will head into Sportsman Motorcycle eliminations at the head of the class.

Racing continues Sunday, April 26th with gates opening at 7 a.m and elimination beginning at 8 a.m. Eliminations for Top Alcohol begin at noon. General admission pit pass is $15. Children 12 and under are admitted free with a paid adult.

The following are Saturday's final qualifying results from the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series, West Central Division event at SRCA Dragstrip:

TOP ALCOHOL DRAGSTER


1) Brandon Lewis, Broken Arrow, Okla., 5.487 seconds, 255.77 mph
2) Justin Davis, Murrieta, Calif., 5.581, 254.71
3) Richard Putz, Earlville, Iowa, 5.607, 252.52
4) Dan Kracht, Gretna, Neb., 5.646, 249.35
5) Edwin Schmeeckle, Gothenburg, Neb., 5.726, 206.86
6) Darryl Hitchman, Greenville, Texas, 5.735, 246.21
7) Eugene Tumbarello, Denver, Colo., 5.839, 242.63
8) Scott Peterson, Bellingham, Wash., 5.930, 239.19

Not Qualified
9) Malcolm Wahle, Claremore, Okla., 5.934, 233.68

First round TAD pairings

1) Brandon Lewis, Broken Arrow, Okla., 5.487 seconds, 255.77 mph vs. 8) Scott Peterson, Bellingham, Wash., 5.930, 239.19

2) Justin Davis, Murrieta, Calif., 5.581, 254.71 vs. 7) Eugene Tumbarello, Denver, Colo., 5.839, 242.63

3) Richard Putz, Earlville, Iowa, 5.607, 252.52 vs. 6) Darryl Hitchman, Greenville, Texas, 5.735, 246.21

4) Dan Kracht, Gretna, Neb., 5.646, 249.35 vs. 5) Edwin Schmeeckle, Gothenburg, Neb., 5.726, 206.86

TOP ALCOHOL FUNNY CAR


1) Roger Bateman, Calgary, Manit., '08 Mustang, 5.720 seconds, 248.25 mph
2) Sean O'Bannon, Ontario, Calif., '06 Monte Carlo, 5.823, 245.90
3) Bruce Carlson, Prior Lake, Minn., '06 Corvette, 6.006, 242.10
4) Paul Anderson, Firestone, Colo., '02 Camaro, 6.025, 237.42
5) Kirk Williams, Glenwood, Iowa, '02 Camaro, 6.027, 238.22
6) Vern Moats, Des Moines, Iowa, '08 Mustang, 6.204, 223.02
7) Robert Kanenwisher, Conifer, Colo., '02 Camaro, 6.520, 211.99

First round TAFC pairings

1) Roger Bateman, Calgary, Manit., '08 Mustang, 5.720 seconds, 248.25 mph vs. Bye

2) Sean O'Bannon, Ontario, Calif., '06 Monte Carlo, 5.823, 245.90 vs. 7) Robert Kanenwisher, Conifer, Colo., '02 Camaro, 6.520, 211.99

3) Bruce Carlson, Prior Lake, Minn., '06 Corvette, 6.006, 242.10 vs. 6) Vern Moats, Des Moines, Iowa, '08 Mustang, 6.204, 223.02

4) Paul Anderson, Firestone, Colo., '02 Camaro, 6.025, 237.42 vs. 5) Kirk Williams, Glenwood, Iowa, '02 Camaro, 6.027, 238.22

COMP ELIMINATOR
1) Bruno Massel, Woodbridge, Ill., '08 Cobalt, DD/AT, 7.260 seconds, -0.700 (under index)
2) Pat Nahan, St. Cloud, Minn., dragster, E/D, 7.590, -0.650
3) Lou Ficco, Wheatridge, Colo., '09 GXP, B/AP, 7.360, -0.640
4) Clint Sallee, Glendive, Mont., dragster, B/D, 6.749, -0.621
5) Matthew Harris, Nebraska City, Neb., '05 Grand Am, E/A, 7.855, -0.595
6) Scott Parks, Burlingame, Kan., dragster, A/ND, 6.980, -0.590
7) Clark Smiley, Denver City, Texas, '05 Cavalier, B/SM, 8.235, -0.575
8) Will Hatcher, Satanta, Kan., dragster, A/DA, 6.686, -0.564
9) Shaun Vincent, Omaha, Neb., '02 S-10, C/TA, 8.728, -0.542
10) Steve Kalkowski, Ogallala, Neb., '02 Fierbird, B/A, 7.135, -0.535

SUPER STOCK
1) Larry Schmidt, Grand Island, Neb., '55 BelAir, SS/PA, 11.753 seconds, -1.487 (under index)
2) Allan Patterson, Augusta, Kan., '66 Nova, SS/KA, 10.356, -1.454
3) Mike Town, Paola, Kan., '84 Regal, GT/MA, 10.878, -1.442
4) Carroll Warling, Brighton, Colo., '74 Grand Am, SS/MA, 11.023, -1.397
5) Jim Beuthel, Castle Rock, Colo., '91 Cutlass, GT/CA, 9.695, -1.245
6) Ronald Roddel, Sioux Falls, S.D., '02 Grand Am, GT/LA, 10.902, -1.208
7) David Bogner, Kearney, Neb., '92 Daytona, SS/CS, 9.689, -1.201
8) Tim Nicholson, Concordia, Kan., '66 Chevy II, GT/I, 10.320, -1.180
9) Ron Taylor, Lincoln, Neb., '57 Chevy, SS/MA, 11.248, -1.172
10) Ron Parness, Conifer, Colo., '67 Chevy II, SS/HA, 9.972, -1.168

STOCK ELIMINATOR
1) James Findell, Zimmerman, Minn., '73 Duster, F/SA, 10.979 seconds, -1.441 (under index)
2) Thomas Moock, Eagle, Neb., '81 Malibu, M/SA, 12.108, -1.332
3) Mike Jeffrey, Lexington, Neb., '80 Diplomat, V/SA, 14.835, -1.315
4) Jami Jones, Grimes, Iowa, '86 Camaro, G/SA, 11.287, -1.283
5) John Cooper, LaPorte, Colo., '67 Fairlane, B/SA, 10.527, -1.283
6) Brad Burton, Golden, Colo., '72 Formula, E/SA, 11.012, -1.258
7) Stephen Hagberg, Berthoud, Colo., '64 Savoy, A/SA, 10.303, -1.247
8) Stuart Goertzen, Buhler, Kan., '67 Cougar, D/S, 10.819, -1.241
9) Mike Coe, Grand Junction, Colo., '73 Dart, G/S, 11.229, -1.241
10) Brent Hajek, Ames, Okla., '08 Cobra Jet, A/SA, 10.311, -1.239

TOP SPORTSMAN
1) Ray Vettel Jr., Phillips, Neb., '70 Barracuda, 6.932 seconds, 196.13 mph
2) Joshua Vettel, Phillips, Neb., '04 Stratus, 7.022, 194.88
3) Charley Whittenburg, Spencer, Iowa, '03 Grand Am, 7.111, 192.25
4) J.J. Heber, Aurora, Colo., '06 Mustang, 7.116, 195.90
5) Dave Slatten, Ft. Collins, Colo., '05 Grand Am, 7.222, 191.59
6) Billy Banks Jr., Oak Grove, Mo., '57 Chevy, 7.250, 190.86
7) Rick Smith, Wentzville, Mo., '04 Cavalier, 7.339, 188.02
8) Dustin Premer, Kearney, Neb., '69 Mustang, 7.412, 185.00
9) Rick Wilson, Independence, Mo., '69 Camaro, 7.510, 183.07
10) Bill Goldammer, Mitchell, S.D., '96 Cutlass, 7.513, 181.57

TOP DRAGSTER
1) Phil Unruh, McPherson, Kan., dragster, 6.853 seconds, 201.28 mph
2) Scott Lewis, Fleming, Colo., dragster, 6.899, 203.80
3) Jeremy Siffring, Arlington, Neb., dragster, 6.954, 191.16
4) Darren Stettner, Regina, Sask., dragster, 6.999, 188.70
5) Grant Pederson, Brookings, S.D., dragster, 7.022, 189.19
6) Clarence Mayo, Manly, Iowa, dragster, 7.120, 190.30
7) Paul Moore, Hutchinson, Kan., dragster, 7.135, 155.69
8) Brian Percival, Englewood, Colo., dragster, 7.136, 188.04
9) Les Feist, Clearwater, Minn., dragster, 7.166, 189.26
10) Brad Basgall, Hays, Kan., dragster, 7.180, 187.73

SPORTSMAN MOTORCYCLE
1) Tom Gilligan, Fremont, Neb., '00 Kawasaki, ETMX, 0.001 seconds reaction time
2) Brian Pearson, Topeka, Kan., '06 Suzuki, ETMX, 0.001
3) Jeff Morgan, Davenport, Iowa, '78 Kawasaki, ETMX, 0.002
4) Curtis Spracklin, Omaha, Neb., '00 Kawasaki, ETMX, 0.003
5) Michael Schaffer, Great Bend, Kan., '03 Suzuki, , 0.004
6) Brian Johnson, Anoka, Minn., '05 Suzuki, ETMX, 0.004
7) Stan Johnson, Sioux Falls, S.D., '78 Kawasaki, ETMX, 0.005
8) Bryan Entz, Wichita, Kan., '05 Kawasaki, , 0.015
9) Ken Niesen, Brooklyn Park, Minn., '85 Suzuki, , 0.015
10) Mike Voss, Maplewood, Minn., '04 Kawasaki, , 0.017

-credit: nhra

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