NC: Bowling Green Friday summary

REICHERT, WILKERSON LEAD QUALIFIERS ON OPENING DAY OF LUCAS OIL SERIES EVENT AT BEECH BEND RACEWAY BOWLING GREEN, Ky. -- Racing kicked off today at Beech Bend Raceway Park's NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series event. The three-day...

REICHERT, WILKERSON LEAD QUALIFIERS ON OPENING DAY OF LUCAS OIL SERIES EVENT AT BEECH BEND RACEWAY

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. -- Racing kicked off today at Beech Bend Raceway Park's NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series event. The three-day race is the last of six in NHRA North Central division competition. Top Alcohol Dragster pilot Bill Reichert of Owosso, Mich., rocketed to the top of the field to grab the No. 1 qualifying spot while Daniel Wilkerson of Springfield, Ill., set the pace in Top Alcohol Funny Car with less of a cushion than his rail-driving counterpart.

Reichert, who was runner-up at this event a year ago, blistered the track with a 5.367-second, 263.20 mph pass. The No. 2 qualifier is Marty Thacker, Robinson, Ill. Thacker made a 5.774-second run at 241.97 mph. Thacker was the winner at this race last year and the two veteran racers are locked in a points battle for the division title but with five wins in six final-round appearances, Thacker has the upper hand and more than 100 points on Reichert. Reichert has been the reigning division and national champion in the class for the last two years.

Top Alcohol Funny Car's Wilkerson is also the defending division champ as well as the son of NHRA Funny Car racer Tim Wilkerson. In the opening round of qualify he peeled off a 5.744-second run at 254.28 mph to take the No. 1 spot. Not far off the pace is Bobby Martin of Beaver Falls, Pa. Martin ran 5.767 seconds at 250 mph, and Demotte, Ind., resident Mick Snyder is in the No. 3 spot with a 5.794-second, 250.04 mph pass.

Bo Butner of Clarksville, Ind., leads the Comp Eliminator field while Kevin Murphy, Mt. Carmel, Ill., is No. 1 in Super Stock. Stock Eliminator racer Sam Hamod, Hobart, Ind., is the best qualifier in his class. Rick Corn, Benton, Ill., sits atop the Top Sportsman category and Marysville, Ohio's Jeffrey Brown leads in Top Dragster.

Racing continues Saturday and Sunday at Beech Bend Raceway Park. Gates open at 7 a.m. both days and qualifying continues Saturday at 8 a.m. Top Alcohol Dragster and Top Alcohol Funny Car will have two more qualifying sessions, at 1 and 4 p.m. Eliminations begin Sunday morning at 9. Top Alcohol Dragster and Top Alcohol Funny Car will run first round at 1 p.m.

Tickets for the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series event are $20 Saturday and $20 Sunday. A two-day pass is $35. For more information, call Beech Bend Raceway, (270) 781-7634, or visit www.BeechBend.com.

The following are Friday's qualifying results from the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series event at Beech Bend Raceway Park:

TOP ALCOHOL DRAGSTER
1) Bill Reichert, Owosso, Mich., 5.367 seconds, 263.20 mph
2) Marty Thacker, Robinson, Ill., 5.774, 241.97
3) Dave Hirata, Lowell, Ind., 5.924, 248.66
4) Ken Perry, Richmond Hill, Ont., 5.973, 174.44
5) Jeff Veale, Hamilton, Ont., 6.202, 230.80
6) Brian Mans, Godfrey, Ill., 6.628, 208.36
7) Tim Bowgren, Valparaiso, Ind., 6.807, 225.03
8) Noah Condo, Monticello, Ind., 7.026, 194.83

TOP ALCOHOL FUNNY CAR
1) Daniel Wilkerson, Springfield, Ill., '07 Monte Carlo, 5.744 seconds, 254.28 mph
2) Bobby Martin, Beaver Falls, Pa., '07 Charger, 5.767, 250.04
3) Mick Snyder, Demotte, Ind., '08 Mustang, 5.794, 250.04
4) Andy Bohl, Racine, Wis., '07 Mustang, 5.830, 247.29
5) Mark Billington, Norcross, Ga., '01 Avenger, 5.904, 247.29
6) Mark Rogers, Highlands, N.C., '02 Firebird, 8.012, 119.37
7) Keeter Ray, Newport Beach, Calif., '08 Mustang, 8.173, 106.64
8) Steve Franke, Indianapolis, '97 Lumina, 9.503, 89.46

COMP ELIMINATOR
1) Bo Butner, Clarksville, Ind., '08 Cobalt, CC/A, 6.974 seconds, -0.626 (under index)
2) Jerry Arnold, Kalamazoo, Mich., dragster, G/ED, 8.036, -0.594
3) Jason Coan, Greentown, Ind., '32 Bantam, G/EA, 8.315, -0.575
4) Craig Bourgeois, Metarie, La., dragster, B/ND, 7.047, -0.563
5) Brian Browell, Lafayette, Ind., dragster, D/D, 7.269, -0.551
6) Robert Bailey, Wabash, Ind., dragster, A/ED, 6.687, -0.533
7) Bill Yates, Johnstown, Ohio, dragster, A/ED, 6.704, -0.516
8) Lee Sharp, Maryville, Tenn., '08 Pontiac, D/SMA, 8.494, -0.516
9) Greg Kamplain, Brownsburg, Ind., dragster, C/DA, 7.128, -0.502
10) Don Eberly, Brunswick, Ga., '06 Cavalier, C/AA, 7.520, -0.500

SUPER STOCK
1) Kevin Murphy, Mt. Carmel, Ill., '88 Cutlass, GT/MA, 10.758 seconds, -1.292 (under index)
2) Lee Sharp, Maryville, Tenn., '05 Cavalier, SS/CM, 8.558, -1.242
3) Irvin Johns, Charlestown, Ind., '08 Cobalt, GT/CA, 9.496, -1.204
4) Rich South, Pickerington, Ohio, '05 Sunfire, GT/EA, 9.767, -1.183
5) Dave Layer, Dayton, Ohio, '08 Cobalt, GT/FA, 9.962, -1.138
6) Roger Keeling, Scott Depot, W.V., '08 Cobalt, GT/BA, 9.469, -1.081
7) Dan Kyle, Lawrenceburg, Ind., '87 Firebird, GT/FA, 10.033, -1.067
8) Charlie Bohannon, Valley Station, Ky., '67 Corvette, SS/HA, 9.849, -1.051
9) Jack Huff, Nashville, Tenn., '82 Camaro, GT/JA, 10.558, -1.042
10) Ken Vaughn, Columbia, Tenn., '68 Camaro, SS/D, 9.466, -1.034

STOCK ELIMINATOR
1) Sam Hamod, Hobart, Ind., '90 Formula, I/SA, 11.353 seconds, -1.247 (under index)
2) M.J. Quinn, Louisville, Ky., '85 Camaro, J/SA, 11.518, -1.232
3) Greg Rowe, Bridgeton, N.C., '89 Nova, K/SA, 11.723, -1.227
4) Jim Boudreau, Tewksbury, Mass., '69 Camaro, C/SA, 10.479, -1.221
5) David Horn, Decatur, Ill., '77 Trans Am, H/SA, 11.245, -1.205
6) John Livingston, Murfreesboro, Tenn., '91 Camaro, K/SA, 11.774, -1.176
7) Kent LaPorte, Lafayette, La., '91 Camaro, J/SA, 11.602, -1.148
8) Judy McCormack, Oxford, Mich., '03 Dakota, K/SA, 11.832, -1.118
9) Bud Rowe, Bridgeton, N.C., '94 Camaro, D/SA, 10.741, -1.109
10) Eric Wingo, Springfield, Tenn., '66 Chevy II, F/S, 10.998, -1.102

TOP SPORTSMAN
1) Rick Corn, Benton, Ill., '05 Stratus, 6.675 seconds, 209.33 mph
2) Tom Stultz, Terre Haute, Ind., '92 Firebird, 6.715, 195.68
3) Ronnie Davis, Suwanee, Ga., '63 Corvette, 6.914, 201.82
4) Timothy Kirman, Morris, Ill., '01 Grand Am, 6.981, 199.14
5) Billy Thoman, Mt. Washington, Ky., '63 Corvette, 6.995, 196.53
6) Keith Raftery, Lake Charles, La., '07 GTO, 7.015, 199.14
7) Belva Brinegar, Middletown, Ohio, '03 Mustang, 7.021, 199.14
8) Bill Yates, Johnstown, Ohio, '04 Cavalier, 7.053, 199.14
9) Stephen Brinegar, Germantown, Ohio, '97 Probe, 7.079, 199.14
10) Reed Hughes, Terre Haute, Ind., '68 Camaro, 7.108, 192.33

TOP DRAGSTER
1) Jeffrey Brown, Marysville, Ohio, dragster, 6.879 seconds, 190.70 mph
2) Rick Firebaugh, Imperial, Mo., dragster, 6.903, 196.53
3) J.R. McKague, Chamois, Mo., dragster, 6.911, 192.33
4) Pascal Lecompte, New Baltimore, Mich., dragster, 6.916, 195.68
5) Rick Forish, New Palestine, Ind., dragster, 6.940, 194.83
6) Dean McIlvain, New Carlisle, Ohio, dragster, 6.958, 193.99
7) Ray Miller III, Spring Hill, Fla., dragster, 6.986, 200.02
8) Lester Adkins, Corydon, Ky., dragster, 6.989, 186.74
9) Troy Williams, Bradenton, Fla., dragster, 7.010, 180.74
10) Bill Empke, W. Palm Beach, Fla., dragster, 7.079, 193.16

-credit: nhra

Be part of something big

Write a comment
Show comments
About this article
Series NHRA
Drivers Tim Wilkerson , Mark Billington , Marty Thacker , Bo Butner , Ken Perry , Bill Reichert , Mick Snyder , Bobby Martin , David Horn , Daniel Wilkerson
Teams Williams