FIELDS SET FOR ELIMINATIONS AT TRI-STATE RACEWAY'S NHRA LUCAS OIL DRAG RACING SERIES EVENT EARLVILLE, Iowa -- Jeff Hamelink is the best qualifier in Top Alcohol Dragster at the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series event at Tri-State ...
FIELDS SET FOR ELIMINATIONS AT TRI-STATE RACEWAY'S NHRA LUCAS OIL DRAG RACING SERIES EVENT
EARLVILLE, Iowa -- Jeff Hamelink is the best qualifier in Top Alcohol Dragster at the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series event at Tri-State Raceway. The event kicked off Friday and will finish off on Sunday with eliminations. Hamelink's initial pass of 5.344 seconds at 258.02 mph on Friday was enough to hold off the competition through two rounds of qualifying on Saturday. In Top Alcohol Funny Car, Andy Bohl held on to the No. 1 spot as well, outpacing the field with a 5.730-seocnd, 250.83 mph pass.
Hamelink, a resident of Savage, Minn., ran just quick enough to hold off the surge of Lowell, Ind., resident Dave Hirata. Hirata jumped from the No. 7 spot after the opening qualifying session to the No. 2 spot with a 5.348-second, 260.41 mph pass. Earlville's Richard Putz improved on Friday's qualifying numbers but his 5.548-second, 258.91 mph pass put him in the seventh qualifying spot in the eight-car field. Hamelink will face No. 8 qualifier Jared Dreher, Clinton, Ind., in the first round of eliminations.
Bohl, a Racine, Wis., racer, did not improve on his initial qualifying run but he was able to hold off former division champion Kirk Williams of Glenwood, Iowa, who also failed to improve on his initial pass but stayed in the No. 2 spot. Bohl will take on Lance Van Hauen, Reinbeck, Iowa, in the opening elimination round. There were a total of 18 Top Alcohol Funny Cars vying for the eight-car field.
Jason Coan, Greentown, Ind., held on to the No. 1 spot in Comp Eliminator and in Super Stock, Ron Roddel, Sioux Falls, S.D., also kept his No. 1 status, and Anthony Bronge, Marengo, Ill., remained No. 1 in Top Dragster. In Stock Eliminator, Robert Shaw, Sedalia, Mo., moved from the No. 3 position to No. 1 while Top Sportsman racer Benjamin Board, Spirit Lake, Minn., wheeled his way to the No. 1 position. In Sportsman Motorcycle, Tom Gilligan, Fremont, Neb., catapulted himself from the No. 10 spot to No. 1.
Racing continues Sunday at Tri-State Raceway. Gates open at 7 a.m. and eliminations start at 8 a.m. Top Alcohol Dragster and Top Alcohol Funny Car will run first round of eliminations at noon.