REICHERT INCREASES DIVISION POINTS LEAD, SNYDER SCORES FIRST WIN AT BEECH BEND RACEWAY PARK'S LUCAS OIL SERIES EVENT BOWLING GREEN, Ky. (Aug. 30, 2009) -- NHRA North Central division Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series competitors closed...
REICHERT INCREASES DIVISION POINTS LEAD, SNYDER SCORES FIRST WIN AT BEECH BEND RACEWAY PARK'S LUCAS OIL SERIES EVENT
BOWLING GREEN, Ky. (Aug. 30, 2009) -- NHRA North Central division Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series competitors closed out the 2009 season at Beech Bend Raceway Park this weekend. Defending event champion Bill Reichert scored the Top Alcohol Dragster win again, increasing his lead in the division point standings, while Mick Snyder, Demotte, Ind., earned his first Top Alcohol Funny Car win of the year.
Reichert carried his No. 1 qualifying momentum into the winner's circle when he beat Brandon Booher of Urbana, Ill., in the final. Although Booher left first, Reichert laid down a 5.387-second, 261.22 mph pass which was more than enough to cover Booher's 5.658-second, 227.96 mph lap. This was Reichert's fifth final-round appearance on the divisional level this year and his fourth win.
The Top Alcohol Funny Car final was anticlimactic because Andy Bohl broke on the burnout, giving Snyder a free pass to the winner's circle. However, in the semis, Snyder beat No. 1 qualifier Steve Harker, Gainesville, Ga. This was Snyder's third final-round appearance this year and his first win while Bohl has had been to the finals at his last three races. He also has one win on the year.
Veteran Comp Eliminator racer David Rampy wheeled his roadster to the win over Chad Voges, St. Peters, Mo., and Jeremy Duncan, Charlestown, Ind., drove his '69 Camaro to the win in Super Stock, beating Charlie Bohannon, Valley Station, Ky., in the final. Chris Stephenson, Tipton, Ind., ousted Brent Robbins, Cookeville, Tenn., in the Stock Eliminator final as Corey Glidewell, Corinth, Miss., beat Brad Plourd, Maple Valley, Wash., to grab the Super Comp title. Steven Hoyt, Ft. Wayne, Ind., took his '63 Corvette all the way to the Super Gas win, taking out Michael Ruff, Orlando, Fla., in the final round. The Super Street win went to Eureka, Mo., racer Louis Murray when he checked Bowling Green's own Mark Smith in the final. The win in Top Sportsman went to Warren, Ohio's Marco Abruzzi who beat out Bill Gibson, Steger, Ill. Robert Cireddu, Perry, Ohio, joined the other winners when he jettisoned Brandon Chauvin, Gonzales, La., in the Top Dragster final.
This was the last NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series event on the North Central division calendar. Racers may continue to earn points at out-of-division races until the last divisional event, which is slated for Nov. 5-8 in Las Vegas.
The following are the final results from the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series event at Beech Bend Raceway Park:
TOP ALCOHOL DRAGSTER
1) Bill Reichert, Owosso, Mich., 5.479, 246.84 def. 8) Brian Mans, Godfrey, Ill., 5.573, 245.85
7) Brandon Booher, Urbana, Ill., 5.527, 257.97 def. 2) Robin Samsel, Marion, Ind., broke
3) Ken Perry, Richmond Hill, Ont., 5.405, 260.16 def. 6) Tim Bowgren, Valparaiso, Ind., 14.908, 47.47
5) Dave Hirata, Lowell, Ind., 5.576, 252.85 def. 4) Marty Thacker, Robinson, Ill., 5.562, 263.31
Reichert, 5.341, 265.22 def. Hirata, 14.146, 59.43
Booher, 5.534, 258.37 def. Perry, 10.010, 53.40
Reichert, 5.387, 261.22 def. Booher, 5.658, 227.96
TOP ALCOHOL FUNNY CAR
1) Steve Harker, Gainesville, Ga., '06 Monte Carlo, 5.652, 256.36 def. 8) Thomas Carter, Victoria, Texas, '08 Monte Carlo, 9.335, 97.15
2) Andy Bohl, Racine, Wis., '07 Mustang, 5.647, 255.43 def. 7) Rob Atchison, London, Ont., '06 Monte Carlo, 20.936, 37.98
6) Bobby Martin, Beaver Falls, Pa., '08 Charger, 5.631, 256.06 def. 3) Chris Foster, Davenport, Iowa, '07 Monte Carlo, 9.147, 91.53
4) Mick Snyder, Demotte, Ind., '09 Mustang, 5.636, 256.36 def. 5) Fred Hagen Jr., Des Plaines, Ill., '09 Mustang, 5.645, 254.52
Snyder, 5.646, 255.68 def. Harker, 5.699, 255.24
Bohl, 5.626, 257.28 def. Martin, 5.804, 252.61
Snyder, 8.523, 104.74 def. Bohl, broke
David Rampy, Piedmont, Ala., '32 Bantam, A/EA, 7.425, 147.83 def. Chad Voges, St. Peters, Mo., '32 Bantam, K/A, 8.077, 138.13
Jeremy Duncan, Charlestown, Ind., '69 Camaro, SS/GA, 9.787, 131.90 def. Charlie Bohannon, Valley Station, Ky., '67 Corvette, SS/HA, 9.851, 126.66
Chris Stephenson, Tipton, Ind., '86 Firebird, H/SA, 11.368, 115.76 def. Brent Robbins, Cookeville, Tenn., '86 Camaro, H/SA, 11.419, 114.30
Corey Glidewell, Corinth, Miss., dragster, 8.915, 165.62 def. Brad Plourd, Maple Valley, Wash., dragster, 8.901, 161.40
Steven Hoyt, Ft. Wayne, Ind., '63 Corvette, 9.909, 161.81 def. Michael Ruff, Orlando, Fla., '67 Camaro, 9.915, 164.25
Louis Murray, Eureka, Mo., '73 Camaro, 10.885, 150.60 def. Mark Smith, Bowling Green, Ky., '82 Mustang, 10.837, 136.61
Marco Abruzzi, Warren, Ohio, '68 Camaro, 10.429, 85.71 def. Bill Gibson, Steger, Ill., '01 Grand Am, foul
Robert Cireddu, Perry, Ohio, dragster, 6.791, 194.21 def. Brandon Chauvin, Gonzales, La., dragster, 6.809, 197.57