THACKER, SNYDER LEAD WINNERS AT ORP'S LUCAS OIL DRAG RACING SERIES EVENT INDIANAPOLIS -- Marty Thacker of Robinson, Ill., wheeled his Top Alcohol Dragster to the winner's circle for the first time this season at the NHRA Lucas Oil...
THACKER, SNYDER LEAD WINNERS AT ORP'S LUCAS OIL DRAG RACING SERIES EVENT
INDIANAPOLIS -- Marty Thacker of Robinson, Ill., wheeled his Top Alcohol Dragster to the winner's circle for the first time this season at the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series event at O'Reilly Raceway Park. He was joined there by Demotte, Ind., resident Mick Snyder who also scored his first win of the season. The race was the fifth of seven in the NHRA North Central division.
Thacker, whose best showing of the season before today was a runner-up finish at the division event in Joliet, Ill., qualified in the No. 4 spot and in the semis he took out Bill Reichert, the event's top qualifier from Owosso, Mich., with his best run of the weekend, a 5.412-second, 268.54 mph lap to Reichert's 5.470-second, 261.27 mph pass. In the final, Thacker faced off against Jeff Bohr of Plymouth, Mich. Thacker ran 5.441 seconds at 267.37 mph while Bohr slowed to a 9.691-second run at 98.07 mph.
Snyder, the division's defending Top Alcohol Funny Car champ, was the No. 2 qualifier for the event. He knocked off Mark Poyser of Fort Wayne in the first round and Chicago's Fred Hagen in the semis. In the final, he was slated to take on No. 1 qualifier Andy Bohl of Racine, Wis., but Bohl was unable to make the call giving Snyder a pass to the winner's circle. Despite being unopposed in the final, Snyder still laid down a 5.754-second, 250.55 mph pass.
In Comp Eliminator, Wabash, Ind., resident Robert Bailey earned his second win of the season, beating Woodhaven, Mich., resident Steve Ambrose in the final. Dan Olding drove his '99 Monte Carlo to the Super Stock win over Nashville's Stan Perry and his '69 Camaro. In the Stock Eliminator final, John Keihn of Muncie drove his '72 Grand Sport around Keith Lynch of West Manchester, Ohio, for the win. Lake Bluff, Ill., resident Vince Nannini scored the Super Comp win, beating out Bill Sharpe of Louisville, Ky., while the Super Gas win went to Travis Mazza of Washington , D.C., who beat Carl Root Jr. of Washington, Ill. Paul Richardson, Woodburn, Ind., joined the winner's circle crowd after knocking off Nikki Looney, Danville, Ohio, in the final and the Top Sportsman win went to Daniel Howorth of Yorkville, Ill., over Jerry Albert of Avon, Ohio.
NHRA North Central division racers head to National Trail Raceway for the next NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series event. The Hebron, Ohio, facility will host the race next weekend, July 27-29.