PUTZ, ANDERSON GET TO THE WINNER'S CIRCLE AT YELLOWSTONE DRAG STRIP; BILLINGS RACERS MENHOLT, COLLAZO ALSO SCORE ACTON, Mont. -- Richard Puzt scored the Top Alcohol Dragster win at the 4th Annual Summer Championships, a round of the...
PUTZ, ANDERSON GET TO THE WINNER'S CIRCLE AT YELLOWSTONE DRAG STRIP; BILLINGS RACERS MENHOLT, COLLAZO ALSO SCORE
ACTON, Mont. -- Richard Puzt scored the Top Alcohol Dragster win at the 4th Annual Summer Championships, a round of the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series, at Yellowstone Drag Strip while Paul Anderson grabbed the Top Alcohol Funny Car win. Billings racers Derek Menholt and Gaby Collazo also made their way to the winner's circle.
Putz, the Earlville, Iowa, resident who qualified No. 1, made his best run of the weekend in the final, a 5.568-second pass at 239.02 mph, to beat No. 2 qualifier Cody Perkins of Bluffdale, Utah, in the final. Perkins's final-round pass of 5.590 seconds at 254.90 mph was also his best run of the event but it was not enough to get around Putz.
Anderson, a resident of Erie, Colo., had qualified in fourth place and in the final he squared off against reigning division champion Brian Hough of Junction City, Ore. Anderson's 5.917-second, 243.90 mph pass was enough to hold off Hough's 5.953-second effort at 244.07 mph.
The Top Sportsman final featured an all-Billings lineup. Menholt, who had qualified No. 2, wheeled his '68 Camaro to the win over Jeff Scheller in his '92 Camaro. Sportsman Motorcycle finalist Collazo rode an '02 Yamaha around the event's No. 1 qualifier Buff Kobs of Coeur D'lene, Idaho, on board his '95 Kawasaki.
In Comp Eliminator, Deric Kramer, Sterling, Colo., took the win over top qualifier Dean Carter of Glendale, Ariz. Henderson, Nev., racer Justin Lamb took his No. 1 qualifying effort in Super Stock to the winner's circle by beating Eagle, Idaho's Jackie Alley in the final. In Stock Eliminator, it was Tommy Gaynor, Vancouver, Wash., who grabbed the trophy when he beat out Jeff Parker, Casper, Wyo., in the final. Super Comp racer Andy Morris, Olympia, Wash., got the win over Daryl Baker, Dewinton, Alb., and in Super Gas, Evan, Colo., resident Jeff Taylor beat out Billy Maddox of Sidney, Neb. Don Miller, Jordan, Utah, drove his Super Street entry to the win over Yakima, Wash., racer Jay Fulcher and in Top Dragster, Clint Menghini of Belt, Mont., won over Blu Hayball of Fort Hall, Idaho.
This was the last of six races in NHRA Northwest division competition but racers can still travel to out-of-division events to earn points toward national and divisional championships. The final NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series of the season is scheduled October 19-21 in NHRA's Southeast division.