Heartland Park E.T. Bracket summary 2005-04-16

Results from First HPT E.T. Bracket Series Event Presented by NAPA Auto Parts TOPEKA, Kan. (April 16, 2005) - Over two hundred cars were on hand for the first Heartland Park Topeka E.T. Bracket Drag Race Series event on Saturday, with winners...

Results from First HPT E.T. Bracket Series Event Presented by NAPA Auto Parts

TOPEKA, Kan. (April 16, 2005) - Over two hundred cars were on hand for the first Heartland Park Topeka E.T. Bracket Drag Race Series event on Saturday, with winners being crowned in five different elimination categories.

Gary Stinnett (Emporia, Kan.), the 1998 NHRA Super Comp National Champion, claimed the NAPA Auto Parts Super Pro category with a final round win over Mark Grame (Overland Park, Kan.) Stinnett drove to a 7.148-second pass at 187.86 MPH on a 7.12-second dial-in, while Grame broke out by three one-thousandths . Grame went 7.307-seconds on a dial-in of 7.31.

Kurt Butts (Mulvane, Kan.) went through seven rounds of competition to win the Diamond House Jewelers Pro E.T. class. Butts defeated Bub Miller (Edwardsville, Kan.) in the final round, going 8.992-seconds on an 8.96-second dial-in. Miller broke out by five one-thousandths, going 11.145-seconds on an 11.15-second dial.

James Kunkel (Benton, Kan.) claimed the top spot in the Muffler Shop of Topeka Sportsman class, holding off Cory Melton (Wichita, Kan.) in the final round. Kunkel went 22.091-seconds on a 22.06-second dial-in, while Melton went 12.497-seconds on a 12.49-second dial.

Dorothy Woodworth (Randolph, Kan.) repeated her season opening performance from 2004 with a win in the first event of the season in the Curtis Henderson CPA Trophy class, defeating Steven Cates (Emporia, Kan.) in the finals. After winning the season opener last year, Woodworth went 13.496-seconds on a 13.50-second dial-in, and won the double-breakout round with Cates going 14.385-seconds on a 14.40-second dial.

After winning the Motorcycle/ATV class going away last season, J.P. Smith (Topeka, Kan.) earned his first win of 2005 with a 13.286-second pass in the final round to defeat Paul Mustain (Ozawkie, Kan.), who slowed to a 21.855-second pass.

Racers will be back in action on Sunday as the first E.T. bracket drag race weekend concludes. Gates open to the public at 8 a.m., with E.T. series racing scheduled to begin around noon. Spectator and crew admission is $10, while children 12 and under will be admitted for $1 thanks to the Topeka Capital-Journal Kids Club.

Heartland Park Topeka, a multi-purpose racing facility located in Topeka, Kan. annually hosts NHRA POWERade drag racing, Championship OFF-Road Racing (CORR), and the Sports Car Club of America (SCCA) in addition to many other events throughout the race season.

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