PERKINS, EVANCHUK LEAD QUALIFIERS AT YELLOWSTONE DRAG STRIP ACTON, Mont. -- In the first rounds of qualifying at Yellowstone Drag Strip's 4th Annual Summer Championships, a round of the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series, Cody...
PERKINS, EVANCHUK LEAD QUALIFIERS AT YELLOWSTONE DRAG STRIP
ACTON, Mont. -- In the first rounds of qualifying at Yellowstone Drag Strip's 4th Annual Summer Championships, a round of the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series, Cody Perkins, Bluffdale, Utah, set the pace in Top Alcohol Dragster and John Evanchuk, Edmonton, Alb., was top qualifier in Top Alcohol Funny Car.
Perkins' 5.643-second, 250.69 mph pass was just enough to get him by No. 2 qualifier, Mike Austin of Medford, Ore. Austin ran 5.649 seconds at 253.66 mph.
In Top Alcohol Funny Car, Evanchuk has a little more breathing room over second-place qualifier Cy Chesterman of Sioux City, Iowa. Evanchuk ran 5.895 seconds at 239.02 mph to Chesterman's 5.951-second, 247.25 mph effort. Chesterman, however, has little room to maneuver as No. 3 qualifier Paul Anderson, Erie, Colo., ran 5.954 seconds at 244.60 mph and Brian Hough, the reigning division champion from Junction City, Ore., made a 53959-second, 240.00 mph pass for the No. 4 spot.
In other qualifying, Billings is well represented, particularly in the Sportsman Motorcycle class where six of the top nine qualifiers are locals. Coeur D'lene, Idaho's Buff Kobs is in the top spot in Sportsman motorcycle but Mark Biernbaum, the No. 2 qualifier, and R.J. McAnutly, Pete Loomis and Bobby Trotter, the No. 4, 5 and 6 qualifiers, and Gaby Collzo, No. 8, and Shane Farnsworth, No. 9, are all from Billings.
In Comp Eliminator, Deril Kramer, Sterling, Colo., set the bar while Super Stock racer Justin Lamb, Henderson, Nev., is No. 1 in his class. Grand Junction, Colo., racer Mike Coe wheeled his '73 Dart to the top spot in Stock Eliminator, Frank Tamez, Yakima, Wash., is No. 1 in Top Sportsman and Clif Bakx, Kleefeld, Manit., tops the Top Dragster field.
In Top Sportsman, Billings residents Derek Menholt (No. 2), Todd Litton (No. 5) and Ken Neibauer (No. 7) are all among the top 10 qualifiers. And in Top Sportsman, Paul Menholt of Billings is No. 5.
Racing continues Saturday and Sunday at Yellowstone Drag Strip. Gates open at 10 a.m. Saturday and 8 a.m. Sunday. Qualifying and time trials resume at noon. Comp Eliminator qualifying is at 3 and 7 p.m. and Top Alcohol Dragster and Top Alcohol Funny Car sessions are slated for 4 and 8 p.m. Eliminations begin Sunday morning at 10. Top Alcohol Dragster and Top Alcohol Funny Car run first round at noon.
Tickets are for the 4th Annual Summer Championships are $25 Saturday and $25 Sunday. Children, 7 to 18 years old are $15 each day. Kids 6 and under are admitted free.
Yellowstone Drag Strip is located at 8405 Raceway Road, north of Billings. Take US 3 from Billings, 17 miles to Acton, follow signs to Yellowstone Drag Strip. For more information call the track, (406) 245-RACE, or visit www.YellowStoneDragStrip.com.