PERRY, MARTIN SCORE PRESTIGIOUS U.S. NATIONALS WINS GLENDORA, Calif. (Sept. 8, 2009) -- The Mac Tools U.S. Nationals presented by Lucas Oil, The Big Go, is arguably the most prestigious race on NHRA's calendar. For seven Lucas Oil...
PERRY, MARTIN SCORE PRESTIGIOUS U.S. NATIONALS WINS
GLENDORA, Calif. (Sept. 8, 2009) -- The Mac Tools U.S. Nationals presented by Lucas Oil, The Big Go, is arguably the most prestigious race on NHRA's calendar. For seven Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series competitors the dream of a win at "Indy" came true this weekend.
Top Alcohol Dragster racer Ken Perry won just the second national event of his career when he ousted Michael Manners of Willis, Texas, in the final round. Perry earned the win on a hole-shot, running 5.404 seconds at 260.66 mph to Manners's 5.402-second, 262.49 mph pass. The Richmond Hill, Ont., resident's last national event win came in Joliet, Ill., in 2005.
Bobby Martin, Beaver Falls, Pa., scored the win in Top Alcohol Funny Car. Martin qualified in the No. 8 spot and in the final he beat No. 2 qualifier Steve Harker of Gainesville, Ga. Martin laid down a 5.670-second, 254.18 mph run to Harker's 6.187-seocnd, 166.60 mph effort.
In Comp Eliminator, David Rampy won The Big Go for the fourth time, when he knocked out Joey Tanksley of Greenwell Springs, La. Larry Stewart Jr., Clinton, Miss., beat Bettendorf, Iowa's Michael Lund in the Super Stock final, and the Stock Eliminator win went to Gary Waldo, Hillsboro, Ore., when he jettisoned Michael Iacono of Wading River, N.Y. Edmond Richardson, who before the U.S. Nationals had 44 national event wins to his credit, scored just his first at Indy. The Greenbriar, Tenn., resident took out Franklin Di Bartolo in the Super Comp final. Reigning Super Gas national champion, Brian Forrester, Parrish, Fla., grabbed the win over Craig Anderson of Waxahachie, Texas.