Three Local Racers Take Wins at Firebird CHANDLER, Ariz. -- If there is such thing as home field advantage in NHRA Drag Racing it took place this weekend at Firebird International Raceway for the Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series with...
Three Local Racers Take Wins at Firebird
CHANDLER, Ariz. -- If there is such thing as home field advantage in NHRA Drag Racing it took place this weekend at Firebird International Raceway for the Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series with three local racers taking home wins and another advancing to the final round.
Kevin Kleineweber of Phoenix, led off with a win in the Hughes Performance Top Dragster class over Steve Casner of Sheridan, Calif., running 7.039 seconds at 180.65 mph to Casner's 7.219, 180.69 mph. Joining Kleineweber were Keith Manogue in Super Street and Matt Hartford in the Sunset Racecraft Top Sportsman class. Both of Phoenix, Manogue drove his '63 Nova to a 10.905 second pass at 139.52 mph over Jeff Jackson while Hartford beat Martin Vazquez in his '63 Corvette with a lap of 7.779 seconds, 161.29 mph.
Dan Fletcher won over Glendale, Ariz., resident and defending division champion Dean Carter in Comp Eliminator. The Churchville, N.Y., racer recorded an 8.630 second, 120.12 mph pass to hold off Carter.
In the top alcohol classes it was Brandon Johnson outrunning Bob Perkins in Top Alcohol Dragster and Doug Gordon of Paso Robles, Calif., over No. 1 qualifier Clint Thompson in Top Alcohol Funny Car. Johnson, of Sheldon, Wash., beat Mark Niver of Phoenix, in the semifinals before running a 5.558 second 246.93 mph to beat Perkins in the final. Gordon slowed in the final but held on for the win with a 6.208 second, 246.17 mph pass.
Defending NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series Super Comp National Champion Shawn Langdon of Mira Loma, Calif., went to the final round in two categories picking up the win in Super Comp over Aaron Kinard before loosing to Tommy Phillips of Forney, Texas, in the final of Super Gas. Phillips ran 9.906 seconds at 151.27 mph in his '63 Corvette.
Rounding out this weekend's winners were Ryan McClannahan of Alta Loma, Calif., in Super Stock; Mike Cotten of Broken Arrow, Okla., in Stock; and Tom Medlin of La Mirada, Calif., in the Sportsman Motorcycle Series presented by Harley Davidson.