Firebird Saturday notes

Shields, Thompson on Top at Firebird CHANDLER, Ariz. -- Duane Shields and Clint Thompson grabbed the top spots for this weekend's NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series Pacific Division Opener at Firebird International Raceway. Shields...

Shields, Thompson on Top at Firebird

CHANDLER, Ariz. -- Duane Shields and Clint Thompson grabbed the top spots for this weekend's NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series Pacific Division Opener at Firebird International Raceway. Shields covered the quarter mile strip in 5.327 seconds at 269.83 mph to lead the Top Alcohol Dragster field with Jim Whiteley following in the No. 2 spot at 5.333, 270.43 mph. Phoenix resident Mark Niver is sixth best with a run of 5.497 seconds.

Thompson, of Klamath Falls, Ore., drove his '06 Monte Carlo to a lap of 5.668 seconds at 253.22 mph for the No. 1 spot in Top Alcohol Funny Car. Terry Ruchman was second at 5.685 seconds, 249.12 mph.

In Comp Eliminator it was Dean Carter of Glendale, Ariz., bettering his No. 1 qualifying time from Friday with a pass of 7.026 seconds on Saturday. Jimmy DeFrank of Chatsworth, Calif., and Mark Yacavone, also of Glendale, are No. 1 in Super Stock and Stock Eliminator.

The Hughes Performance Top Dragster class is led by Danny Hills of Gilbert, Ariz., running 6.477 seconds at 207.05 mph with George Clark of Phoenix, in third.

Rounding out the qualifying action was Aaron Pine of LaMirada, Calif., in Sportsman Motorcycle presented by Harley Davidson and Todd Hoerner of Deer Park, Wash., on top in the Sunset Racecraft Top Sportsman class.

Racing continues Sunday at Firebird International at 8 a.m. Tickets are $28 for adults and children 12 and under are free with a paid adult. FIR is located at 20000 S. Maricopa Road in Chandler. Take I-10 to Maricopa Road, exit No. 162. For more information call the track, (602) 268-0200, or visit www.FirebirdRaceway.com

-credit: nhra

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Series NHRA
Drivers Jimmy DeFrank , Duane Shields , Dean Carter , Todd Hoerner