South Central Division Finale at Thunder Valley Raceway

NOBLE, Okla. (October 23, 2009) -- NHRA's South Central division Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series will close out the 2009 season at the Thunder in the Heartland event at Thunder Valley Raceway Park this weekend. The race is the last of six in the division and it could mean division titles are wrapped up in some categories on Sunday. Top qualifiers include Top Alcohol Dragster pilot Richard Putz of Earlville, Iowa, and Steve Harker, Gainesville, Ga., in Top Alcohol Funny Car.

In Top Alcohol Dragster, Putz laid down a 5.455 second, 262.00 mph lap to take the top qualifying position. The West Central division racer has one win on the year and is looking to improve on his No.2 overall standing. Harker posted a 5.742 second lap at 241.02 mph to take the pole in Top Alcohol Funny Car. The reining division champ currently holds the lead in the class, yet Kebin Kinsley is within striking distance of the title.

After Friday's qualifying passes and time trials, other leaders include Comp Eliminator driver Kevin Smith, Parker, Colo.; David Bogner of Kearney, Neb., in his '92 Daytona Super Stocker; and Pacific division's Brian McClanahan from Alta Loma, Calif., in Stock.

Broken Arrow, Okla., resident Keith Haney clocked a 6.714 second, 207.08 mph pass in his '09 GXP to take the pole in the division's Sunset Racecraft Top Sportsman Series while Don Aydelott of Vernon, Texas, ran a 6.462 second, 212.81 mph lap to take the No.1 spot in the TCI Comp Cams Top Dragster Series. Also in conjunction with the event was the NHRA Sportsman Motorcycle Series where Dan Rollman of Oklahoma City, Okla., laid down a 0.000 second reaction time off the line.

Gates open at 8 a.m. on Saturday. Final qualifying and time trials begin at 9 a.m. Top Dragster, Top Sportsman and Comp Eliminator qualify at noon and 4 p.m. Top Alcohol Dragster and Top Alcohol Funny Car qualifying is scheduled at 1 and 5 p.m.

General admission pass is $20 for adults and children 6 to 12 years old are $5 each day. Kids 5 and under are admitted free with a paid adult. Military personnel with valid ID receive a $5 discount. For more information please call Thunder Valley Raceway, (405) 872-3429, or visit www.OkThunder.com.

The following are Friday's qualifying results from the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series, South Central Division event at Thunder Valley Raceway Park:

TOP ALCOHOL DRAGSTER
1) Richard Putz, Earlville, Iowa, 5.455 seconds, 262.00 mph
2) Darryl Hitchman, Greenville, Texas, 5.550, 259.59
3) Brandon Lewis, Broken Arrow, Okla., 5.553, 252.17
4) Dan Mercier, Laprairie, Quebec, 5.591, 256.48
5) Buddy Domingue, Port Neches, Texas, 5.729, 236.77
6) Michael Manners, Willis, Texas, 5.814, 258.39
7) Chase Copeland, Gainesville, Texas, 7.212, 125.15
8) James Thompson, Vernon, Texas, 12.346, 76.66

TOP ALCOHOL FUNNY CAR
1) Steve Harker, Gainesville, Ga., '06 Monte Carlo, 5.742 seconds, 241.02 mph
2) Chris Foster, Davenport, Iowa, '07 Monte Carlo, 5.845, 239.68

COMP ELIMINATOR
1) Kevin Smith, Parker, Colo., '04 Cavalier, B/AA, 7.069 seconds, -0.561 (under index)
2) Rick Brown, Lebanon, Ohio, '00 S-10, B/TA, 8.292, -0.548
3) Clark Smiley, Denver City, Texas, '05 Cavalier, B/SM, 8.158, -0.522
4) Chase Williams, Carthage, Texas, '07 GTO, C/A, 7.461, -0.519
5) Shane Gray, Artesia, N.M., '07 Stratus, B/A, 7.042, -0.518
6) Will Hatcher, Satanta, Kan., dragster, A/DA, 6.646, -0.494
7) Adam Hickey, Hammond, La., '06 Cobalt, C/SMA, 8.316, -0.474
8) Matthew Harris, Nebraska City, Neb., '05 Grand Am, D/A, 7.793, -0.467
9) Keith Hall, Ravenna, Texas, '05 Cavalier, E/SM, 8.607, -0.463
10) Jody Holland, Harrah, Okla., '72 Opel GT, L/AA, 9.095, -0.455

SUPER STOCK
1) David Bogner, Kearney, Neb., '92 Daytona, SS/CS, 9.446 seconds, -1.204 (under index)
2) Larry DeForrest, Ramsey, Minn., '98 Firebird, SS/IA, 9.843, -1.157
3) Robert Cruzen, Cleveland, Okla., '02 Cavalier, GT/EA, 9.799, -1.151
4) Allan Patterson, Augusta, Kan., '66 Nova, SS/KA, 10.434, -1.116
5) Tony Cowell, Weatherford, Texas, '81 Camaro, GT/JA, 10.504, -1.096
6) Jimmy DeFrank, Thousand Oaks, Calif., '09 Cobalt, SS/BS, 8.856, -1.094
7) Justin Jenkins, Beatrice, Neb., '09 Cobalt, GT/CA, 9.614, -1.086
8) Jason Tinberg, Shawnee, Kan., '05 Cavalier, GT/CA, 9.635, -1.065
9) Jonathan Womack, Houston, Texas, '07 Cavalier, SS/BS, 8.889, -1.061
10) Jeremy Stock, Sandusky, Ohio, '85 Camaro, GT/JA, 10.547, -1.053

STOCK ELIMINATOR
1) Brian McClanahan, Alta Loma, Calif., '02 Firebird, B/SA, 10.302 seconds, -1.248 (under index)
2) Tom Moock, Eagle, Neb., '81 Malibu, M/SA, 12.067, -1.083
3) A.J. Patterson, Augusta, Kan., '97 Camaro, C/SA, 10.623, -1.077
4) Jerry Davis, Santa Fe, Texas, '72 Duster, G/SA, 11.259, -1.041
5) Gary Emmons, Friendswood, Texas, '98 Firebird, C/SA, 10.681, -1.019
6) S.E. Buchanan, Hot Springs, Ark., '67 Barracuda, G/SA, 11.298, -1.002
7) Dean Oliver, Stuttgart, Ark., '79 Malibu, K/SA, 11.949, -1.001
8) Leon Philpot, Grand Prairie, Texas, '71 Corvette, D/SA, 10.864, -0.986
9) Tyler Wudarczyk, Salina, Kan., '73 Camaro, G/SA, 11.317, -0.983
10) Verne Buchanan, Conway, Ark., '73 Mustang, H/SA, 11.499, -0.951

TOP SPORTSMAN
1) Keith Haney, Broken Arrow, Okla., '09 GXP, 6.714 seconds, 207.08 mph
2) Raymond Vettel, Phillips, Neb., '70 Barracuda, 6.746, 204.31
3) Brian Barnett, Yukon, Okla., '68 Camaro, 6.764, 208.38
4) Greg Tucker, Lindsay, Okla., '09 GXP, 6.800, (no speed)
5) Joshua Vettel, Phillips, Neb., '04 Stratus, 6.874, 199.55
6) Jerry Holt, Collinsville, Okla., '08 GTO, 6.875, 204.73
7) Greg Lair, Canyon, Texas, '04 Grand Am, 6.901, 204.63
8) Gregory Porter, Edmond, Okla., '08 GXP, 6.958, 183.07
9) Joe Roubicek, Westlake Village, Calif., '68 Camaro, 7.008, 194.93
10) Johnny Shook, Lamesa, Texas, '09 Cobalt, 7.052, 193.84

TOP DRAGSTER
1) Don Aydelott, Vernon, Texas, dragster, 6.462 seconds, 212.81 mph
2) Brandon Chauvin, Gonzales, La., dragster, 6.594, 204.77
3) Phil Unruh, McPherson, Kan., dragster, 6.670, 204.91
4) Howard Mc Cullar, McAlester, Okla., dragster, 6.695, 199.68
5) Kevin Ford, Amarillo, Texas, dragster, 6.718, 198.76
6) Jenifer White, Conroe, Texas, dragster, 6.740, 199.02
7) Ray Miller, Spring Hill, Fla., dragster, 6.778, 198.15
8) Mike Weaver, Highlands, Texas, dragster, 6.798, 196.67
9) Mark Grame, Overland Park, Kan., dragster, 6.837, 196.33
10) Keith Raftery, Lake Charles, La., dragster, 6.850, 193.59

SPORTSMAN MOTORCYCLE
1) Dan Rollman, Oklahoma City, Okla., '77 Kawasaki, ETMX, 0.000 seconds reaction time
2) Ken Niesen, Brooklyn Park, Minn., '85 Suzuki, ETMX, 0.009
3) Tom Gilligan, Fremont, Neb., '77 Kawasaki, ETMX, 0.013
4) Larry Eperjesi, Lake Dallas, Texas, '00 Suzuki, ETMX, 0.017
5) Robert Sanders, Houston, Texas, '04 Kawasaki, ETMX, 0.018
6) Brian Johnson, Nowthen, Minn., '05 Suzuki, ETMX, 0.022
7) Jerry Pomilla, Conroe, Texas, '85 Suzuki, ETMX, 0.031
8) Lisa Bennett, Lucas, Texas, '95 Suzuki, ETMX, 0.037
9) Rob Bennett, Lucas, Texas, '07 Suzuki, ETMX, 0.188

-credit: nhra