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PIERCE, JONES TAKE WINS IN GREAT BEND GREAT BEND, Kan. -- In the final results from S.R.C.A. Drag Strip and the Thunder on the Plains NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series event, Brandon Pierce and Jimmy Jones took home the titles in...

PIERCE, JONES TAKE WINS IN GREAT BEND

GREAT BEND, Kan. -- In the final results from S.R.C.A. Drag Strip and the Thunder on the Plains NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series event, Brandon Pierce and Jimmy Jones took home the titles in Top Alcohol Dragster and Top Alcohol Funny Car respectively.

Moore, Okla., runner Pierce grabbed his first win of the year to go along with two runner-up finishes by ousting Richard Putz of Earlville, Iowa, with a 5.632 second run at 254.04 mph in the final round. Putz qualified No. 1 but slowed to a 5.742 second run while Pierce ran in the 5.60's throughout eliminations.

Defending South Central Division Champion Jones out ran 5-time West Central Division Champion and former National Champion Cy Chesterman of Sioux City, Iowa. Jones clocked in at 5.956 seconds, 241.28 mph to Chesterman's 6.166 at 217.11 mph. Local funny car favorite Mike Newkirk of Great Bend, Kan., lost to Jones.

Richard Freeman took out 2002 Division Champion Lucky Snyder in the Comp final with a 7.950 second lap at 168.43 mph to Snyder's 8.693 second, 155.51 mph run.

In the division's Renova Energy Top Dragster class it was a 7.265 second lap by Brent Camerlinck at 183.24 mph over McPhearson, Kan., resident Phil Unruh with a quicker 7.252 second, 179.42 mph pass. Unruh also advanced to the finals in Super Stock facing off with West Central hitter Gary Stinnett of Emporia., Kan. Stinnett took the win in his '92 Camaro running 9.721 seconds at 133.34 mph.

Fellow Emporia, Kan., racer Luke Siebert beat Troy Henderson of Tecumseh, Kan., in Stock Eliminator with a lap of 10.904 at 117.49 in his '69 Camaro while Jeff Cheney won in Super Comp over Kevin Lawrence of Manhattan, Kan. Cheney is the Defending West Central Division Super Comp Champion, entering this weekend's event second in Super Comp points and first in Super Gas.

Neal Schaffer drove his '89 Firebird to a win in the Jerry Haas Race Cars Top Sportsman class over Ryan Julius running 8.007 seconds at 151.07 mph and Kevin Moore of Littleton, Colo., put his '34 Chevy in the winner's circle with a pass of 10.049 seconds, 156.99 mph over Robert Coleman in Super Gas.

Rounding out the event winner's were Rodger Sauder in Super Street out of Sidney, Neb., and Mike Voss of Maplewood, Minn., in the Sportsman Motorcycle Series presented by Harley Davidson. Sauder beat Scott Cowles in his '72 Barracuda while Voss held off Ryan Sparke of Hays, Kan., on his '04 Kawasaki.

West Central Division racers head to Brainerd International Raceway for the next NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series event, May 25-27.

-credit: nhra

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Drivers Jerry Haas , Richard Freeman