PUTZ, BATEMAN SCORE BIG WINS AT BANDIMERE SPEEDWAY A host of local racers also make it to the winner's circle MORRISON, Colo. -- In the final results from Bandimere Speedway's Grease Monkey Thunder on the Mountain Lucas Oil ...
PUTZ, BATEMAN SCORE BIG WINS AT BANDIMERE SPEEDWAY
A host of local racers also make it to the winner's circle
MORRISON, Colo. -- In the final results from Bandimere Speedway's Grease Monkey Thunder on the Mountain Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series event Richard Putz scored his second win of the season in Top Alcohol Dragster and Roger Bateman made his first trip of the year to the winner's circle in Top Alcohol Funny Car. Lakewood residents Steve Holloway and A.J. Percival also made their way to the winner's circle and we joined by Denver's Matt Wagner and Mitch Mustard of Arvada.
Putz, a resident of Earlville, Iowa, qualified in the No. 5 spot and made his best run of the weekend in the semis when he took out top qualifier, Jim Whiteley of Grand Junction, Colo. Putz ran 5.604 seconds at 249.86 mph to Whiteley's 5.648-second, 254.86 mph run. In the final Putz beat Bluffdale, Utah's Cody Perkins. Perkins had qualified in the No. 2 spot and ran strong in the first two rounds of eliminations but in the final he slowed to an 8.150-second, 111.63 mph pass and could not catch Putz who laid down a 60.67-second, 243.72 mph run. This was Putz's third final-round appearance in three races.
Bateman, a veteran racer out of Calgary, Alb., took his No. 1 qualifier momentum into the winner's circle. In the semis Bateman defeated Cy Chesterman, the division's reigning Top Alcohol Funny Car champ from Sioux City, Iowa, with a 5.960-second, 241.02 mph pass to Chesterman's 6.011-second, 238.64 mph effort. In the final, Bateman faced off against Kirk Williams of Glenwood, Iowa. Bateman's 5.964-second, 241.67 mph effort was just enough to cover Williams' 5.978-second, 243.06 mph run.
Holloway took the win in Comp Eliminator, beating out Todd Patterson of Augusta, Kan. Wagner, the winner in Super Gas, is a crew member for local Pro Stock racer V. Gaines and was wheeling a car that Gaines uses to burn in the tires for his Pro Stock ride. In the final round, Wagner beat Mike Wiblishouser of Blair, Neb. Percival, earned the win in Super Street, beating Grand Junction, Colo., racer Scott Allen. Mustard took the win in Top Dragster, defeating Justin Lamb, Henderson, Nev., in the final.
In Super Stock, Tim Nicholson, Concordia, Kan., earned the win over Castle Rock resident Dana Verdoorn. Stock Eliminator racer Troy Henderson got the win, taking out Dustin Lindsey, Evergreen, Colo., in the final, and in Super Comp, Duane Kohl, Lincoln, Neb., got the win light over Jim Schultz, Salina, Kan. Robert Costa, Albuquerque, N.M., beat Dave Slatten, Fort Collins, Colo., in the Top Sportsman final and Alex Barmettler and Mike Voss, both of Maplewood, Minn., squared off in the Sportsman Motorcycle final with Barmettler taking the win.
NHRA West Central division racers head to Cordova Dragway Park for the next NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series event. The race, which runs August 2 and 3, is the first NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series event for the Cordova, Ill., facility.