Lefter, Swinarski among Holley Nationals top qualifiers Friday LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- Indianapolis' T.J. Lefter led first round qualifying in the API-Vic Richards Quick-8 Top Dragster class following Friday's first round of time trials at...
Lefter, Swinarski among Holley Nationals top qualifiers Friday LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- Indianapolis' T.J. Lefter led first round qualifying in the API-Vic Richards Quick-8 Top Dragster class following Friday's first round of time trials at the 2nd annual Holley Nationals at the Ohio Valley Raceway. The race is the fifth of nine national events on the IHRA Snap-on Tools Championship Drag Racing Series. Lefter, driving a 1995 Spitzer Dragster utilizing a 387-inch supercharged Chevy engine, covered the 1/8-mile in 4.204 seconds, at 166.85 miles per hour. Jeff Schefus of Waukesha, Wisc. was the fastest in Top Dragster qualifying. Schefus ran 4.423, 156.98 to take the top spot. Hamburg, N.Y.'s Mike Swinarski took top qualifying honors in Top Sportsman, as he drove his 1968 Camaro to a 4.413 elapsed time at 167.87 mph. Hometown driver Mike Farrell was the quickest in Modified, driving a 1932 Bantam Roadster to a qualifying pass of 4.858 seconds. Defending Quick Rod World Champion Mike Fuqua, of Hendersonville, Tenn., paced the Quick Rod field in his 1997 dragster as top qualifier; Cynthiana, Ky.'s Rusty Cook continued his domination in Super Rod by claiming the top qualifying position; and another Cynthiana, Ky. driver, Billy Smith, drove his 1971 Opel GT to the top spot in Hot Rod. Duluth, Ga.'s Dale Anderson was the quickest in Super Stock, while Billy Robbins of Byrdstown, Tenn. was the fastest in a 1979 Malibu Stationwagon in Stock qualifying. Holley Nationals qualifying will continue Saturday, as gates open at 8 a.m. Final eliminations begin Sunday at 12 noon.
Holley Nationals qualifying results
LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- Qualifying results for the 2nd annual Holley Nationals at the 1/8-mile Ohio Valley Raceway. Following are the top five qualifiers for each of the eight sportsman categories that are in competition at the event. The race is the fifth of nine national events on the IHRA Snap-on Tools Championship Drag Racing Series. API-Vic Richards Quick-8 Top Dragster: 1. T.J. Lefter, Indianapolis, Ind., 4.204, 166.85; 2. Kevin Hamstra, Demotte, Ind., 4.227, 166.66; 3. Dave Price, Norwalk, Ohio, 4.273, 167.03; 4. Jim Fudge, Leesburg, Fla., 4.353, 166.51; 5. Ed Lyons, Wayne, Mich., 4.444, 165.86. Top Dragster: 1. Jeff Schefus, Waukesha, Wisc., 4.423, 156.98; 2. Tim Decoff, New Haven, Vt., 4.473, 158.47; 3. Mac Sherrill, Shefield Lake, Ohio, 4.478, 161.63; 4. Britt Cummings, Hammond, La., 4.515, 156.14; 5. John Deakins, Louisville, Ky., 4.522, 154.47. Top Sportsman: 1. Mike Swinarski, Hamburg, N.Y., 4.413, 167.87; 2. Kenny Rucker, Pond Gap, W.Va., 4.510, 161.05; 3. Kevin O'Dell, South Sioux City, Neb., 4.568, 154.58; 4. L.E. Norwood, Charlotte, N.C., 4.658, 155.17; 5. Brian Daniels, Jackson, Ohio, 4.706, 155.95. Modified: 1. Mike Farrell, Louisville, Ky., 4.858 seconds (-0.792 sec.); 2. Amy Glaser, Shepherdsville, Ky., 4.895 (-0.655); 3. Joey Tanksley, Baton Rouge, La., 4.947 (-0.603); 4. Tom Elliott, Brooks, Ky., 5.000 (-0.600); 5. Bo Butner, Floyds Knobs, Ind., 5.617 (-0.583). Quick Rod (5.70 index): 1. Mike Fuqua, Hendersonville, Tenn., 5.702 seconds; 2. Bill Day, Frankfort, Ky., 5.708; 3. Michael Barclay, Henderson, Tenn., 5.710; 4. Butch Burton, Chester, S.C., 5.716; 5. Mark Hutson, Cottontown, Tenn., 5.724. Super Rod (6.40 index): 1. Rusty Cook, Cynthiana, Ky., 6.403 seconds; 2. Eddie Holbrook, Eastern, Ky., 6.411; 3. Johnny Labbous Sr., Mt. Juliet, Tenn., 6.413; 4. Bob Dawes, Trenton, Ohio, 6.419; 5. Scott Vandewalker, Whitehouse, Tenn., 6.433. Hot Rod (7.00 index): 1. Billy Smith, Cynthiana, Ky., 7.000 seconds; 2. Charlie Taylor, Louisville, Ky., 7.003; 3. Danny Waters Jr., LaGrange, N.C., 7.006; 4. Glenn Zarecor, Atoka, Tenn., 7.007; 5. John Burns Jr., Galloway, Ohio, 7.008. Super Stock: 1. Dale Anderson, Duluth, Ga., 7.139 seconds (-0.811 sec.); 2. Tim Worner, Duncannon, Pa., 6.899 (-0.751); 3. Roger Keeling, Scott Depot, W.Va., 6.471 (-0.729); 4. Steve Koch, Mount Washington, Ky. 6.995 (-0.705); 5. Alan Coffman, Mauckport, Tenn., 6.452 (-0.698). Stock: 1. Billy Robbins, Byrdstown, Tenn., 7.546 seconds (-1.104 sec.); 2. Don Hayward, West Chester, Ohio, 8.490 (-0.760); 3. Carl Gouldin, Williamsport, Tenn., 7.363 (-0.737); 4. Paul Crowe, Winchester, Ky., 7.664 (-0.736); 5. Dave Walther, Lanesville, Ind., 7.295 (-0.705).
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