PAC: Sonoma Friday summary

WHITELEY, TAYLOR LEAD QUALIFYING AT INFINEON RACEWAY'S LUCAS OIL SERIES EVENT SONOMA, Calif. -- In the opening day of qualifying at Infineon Raceway's NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series event presented by Korbel, 10 Top Alcohol ...

WHITELEY, TAYLOR LEAD QUALIFYING AT INFINEON RACEWAY'S LUCAS OIL SERIES EVENT

SONOMA, Calif. -- In the opening day of qualifying at Infineon Raceway's NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series event presented by Korbel, 10 Top Alcohol Dragsters and 15 Top Alcohol Funny Cars tackled the quarter-mile vying for the eight-car eliminations fields. Jim Whiteley, Grand Junction, Colo., outpaced the TAD field and Dennis Taylor, Anaheim, Calif., wheeled his TAFC to the No. 1 spot.

Whitely ran 5.311 seconds at 270.86 mph which put him ahead of Shelton, Wash., resident Brandon Johnson and his 5.326-second, 270.54 mph effort. Brittney Force, the daughter of NHRA Funny Car champion John Force, is qualified in the No. 7 spot. The Yorba Linda, Calif., resident is wheeling the same TAD, owned and tuned by Jerry Darien, that Ashley Force earned her stripes in.

Taylor's 5.642-second, 254.52 mph pass was just enough to get by No. 2 qualifier Larry Miner of Lodi, Calif. Miner ran 5.656 seconds at 254.57 mph.

Dewey, Ariz., racer Jim Cowan was the best qualifier in Comp Eliminator and Brian McClanahan, Alta Loma, Calif. Lead the Super Stock field. Phoenix's John McGann drove his '70 Nova to the top spot in Stock Eliminator, Robert Broguiere, Wildomar, Calif., heads up Top Sportsman qualifying and Jim Luttrell, Apache Junction, Ariz., tops the Top Dragster field. Tom Medlin, La Mirada, Calif., rode to the head of the Sportsman Motorcycle class.

Racing continues Saturday and Sunday at Infineon Raceway. Gates open at 7 a.m. both days. Qualifying and time trials continue Saturday at 8 a.m. and eliminations will begin at 8 a.m. Sunday. Top Alcohol Dragster and Top Alcohol Funny Car will have two more qualifying runs, at noon and 4 p.m., on Saturday and they will run first round of eliminations at noon on Sunday.

Tickets for the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series event presented by Korbel are $20 each day. Children 12 and under are admitted free. For more information call Infineon Raceway, (707) 938-8448, or visit www.InfineonRaceway.com.

The following are Friday's qualifying results from the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series event presented by Korbel at Infineon Raceway:

TOP ALCOHOL DRAGSTER

1) Jim Whiteley, Grand Junction, Colo., 5.311 seconds, 270.86 mph
2) Brandon Johnson, Shelton, Wash., 5.326, 270.54
3) Mark Niver, Phoenix, 5.351, 266.95
4) Duane Shields, Boulder City, Nev., 5.377, 272.01
5) Chris Demke, Sunland, Calif., 5.466, 263.10
6) Randy Eakins, Carson City, Nev., 5.468, 264.13
7) Brittany Force, Yorba Linda, Calif., 5.583, 245.23
8) Doug Hegge, Vancouver, Wash., 5.962, 248.61

Not Qualified
9) Danny Valadez, San Rafael, Calif., 7.086, 214.35
10) Del Cox Jr., Downey, Calif., 14.626, 81.33

TOP ALCOHOL FUNNY CAR

1) Dennis Taylor, Anaheim, Calif., '05 Camaro, 5.642 seconds, 254.52 mph
2) Larry Miner, Lodi, Calif., '06 Monte Carlo, 5.656, 254.57
3) Brian Hough, Junction City, Ore., '05 Monte Carlo, 5.688, 254.23
4) Alexis De Joria, Venice, Calif., '08 Charger, 5.718, 253.61
5) Bret Williamson, Campbell, Calif., '01 Corvette, 5.718, 251.16
6) Mark Woznichak, Ontario, Calif., '02 Camaro, 5.737, 254.04
7) Sean Bellemeur, Tustin, Calif., '05 Monte Carlo, 5.737, 253.75
8) Doug Gordon, Paso Robles, Calif., '06 Monte Carlo, 5.759, 255.82

Not Qualified
9) John Patton, Peoria, Ariz., '02 Trans Am, 5.764, 249.67
10) Ron August Jr., Pleasanton, Calif., '08 Mustang, 5.767, 254.28
11) Von Smith, Santa Clarita, Calif., 5.786, 243.55
12) Brian Thiel, Pleasant Grove, Calif., '02 Camaro, 5.866, 248.75
13) Brian Smith, Fullerton, Calif., '07 Camaro, 6.269, 248.66
14) Steve Gasparrelli, West Covina, Calif., '07 Mustang, 8.658, 103.97
15) Jay Payne, Claremont, Calif., '07 Mustang, 11.702, 120.14

COMPETITION ELIMINATOR

1) Jim Cowan, Dewey, Ariz., '08 Cobalt, I/AA, 8.127 seconds, -0.663 (under index)
2) Dan Fletcher, Churchville, N.Y., '08 Cobalt, C/EA, 8.054, -0.646
3) Pat Byron, Hoquiam, Wash., dragster, C/D, 6.880, -0.630
4) J.D. Zink, Chico, Calif., dragster, A/ND, 6.872, -0.628
5) Ross Wilson, Upland, Calif., '05 Pontiac, C/SMA, 8.240, -0.620
6) Rob Harrison, N. Vancouver, B.C., '05 Cavalier, J/A, 7.814, -0.586
7) Dean Carter, Glendale, Ariz., dragster, B/ND, 7.056, -0.574
8) Jon Haire, Napa, Calif., dragster, A/ND, 6.932, -0.568
9) Steve Graham, S. San Francisco, Calif., '04 Grand Am, C/A, 7.462, -0.518
10) Tom Huggins, Santa Paula, Calif., '08 GTO, B/A, 7.144, -0.496

SUPER STOCK

1) Brian McClanahan, Alta Loma, Calif., '67 Camaro, SS/GA, 9.585 seconds, -1.265 (under index)
2) Eric Bell, Chandler, Ariz., '70 Barracuda, SS/FA, 9.588, -1.162
3) Mike Blackstone, Livermore, Calif., '90 Calais, SS/BS, 8.840, -1.110
4) Brian Zavala, El Monte, Calif., '96 Achieva, GT/FA, 10.035, -1.065
5) Jack Bystrom, Rancho Cucamonga, Calif., '68 Camaro, SS/FA, 9.691, -1.059
6) Chuck Stubeck, Chatsworth, Calif., '69 Roadrunner, SS/FA, 9.713, -1.037
7) Darren Smith, Palmdale, Calif., '68 Dart, SS/EA, 9.617, -1.033
8) Mark Vieira, Turlock, Calif., '68 Dart, SS/AH, 8.732, -1.018
9) Dave Raybourn, Modesto, Calif., '68 Barracuda, SS/AH, 8.771, -0.979
10) Carmeron Kallas, Bluffdale, Utah, '05 Cavalier, GT/AA, 9.422, -0.978

STOCK ELIMINATOR

1) John McGann, Phoenix, '70 Nova, D/SA, 10.735 seconds, -1.115 (under index)
2) Hal Sorensen, Vancouver, Wash., '69 Camaro, AA/SA, 9.797, -1.103
3) Andy Kimball, Henderson, Nev., '66 Fairlane, E/S, 10.867, -1.083
4) Tom Gaynor, Vancouver, Wash., '96 Firebird, C/SA, 10.666, -1.034
5) Peter Dodge, Redding, Calif., '68 Camaro, B/S, 10.485, -1.015
6) Jim Meador, Yorba Linda, Calif., '67 Camaro, D/SA, 10.849, -1.001
7) Staci Smith, Palmdale, Calif., '00 Dakota, I/SA, 11.608, -0.992
8) Mike Johnston, Highland, Calif., '97 Firebird, C/SA, 10.731, -0.969
9) Bob Aceves, Coarsegold, Calif., '68 Firebird, E/SA, 11.046, -0.954
10) Tony Hewes, Reno, Nev., '71 Mustang, D/SA, 10.902, -0.948

TOP SPORTSMAN

1) Robert Broguiere, Wildomar, Calif., '06 GTO, 6.922 seconds, 199.67 mph
2) Wayne Silvia, Upland, Calif., '04 Cavalier, 7.144, 192.88
3) Val Torres Jr., Valinda, Calif., '07 Cobalt, 7.234, 191.65
4) Brad Wagner, Henderson, Nev., '96 Cutlass, 7.236, 191.81
5) Curt Geise, Auburn, Wash., '08 GTO, 7.250, 191.40
6) Dean Hall, Guerneville, Calif., '63 Corvette, 7.358, 187.31
7) Gary Forkner, Temecula, Calif., '06 GTO, 7.374, 185.79
8) Chris Newman, Lancaster, Calif., '08 Cobalt, 7.378, 186.95
9) Joe Roubicek, Westlake Village, Calif., '63 Corvette, 7.476, 146.26
10) Rich Takahashi, San Gabriel, Calif., '02 Cavalier, 7.489, 186.02

TOP DRAGSTER

1) Jim Luttrell, Apache Junction, Ariz., dragster, 6.338 seconds, 220.48 mph
2) Denny Hills, Gilbert, Ariz., dragster, 6.389, 215.34
3) Paul Gladden, Tracy, Calif., dragster, 6.651, 203.19
4) Joe Roubicek, Westlake Village, Calif., dragster, 6.758, 199.23
5) Jimmy Johnson, Santa Rose, Calif., dragster, 6.791, 197.65
6) Tony Jardino, San Dimas, Calif., dragster, 6.800, 195.99
7) Todd Barton, Norwalk, Calif., dragster, 6.826, 196.33
8) Will Boxold, Orangevale, Calif., dragster, 6.840, 197.48
9) Tom Koenen, North Bend, Ore., dragster, 6.876, 196.07
10) Carolyn Hills, Gilbert, Ariz., dragster, 6.888, 194.77

SPORTSMAN MOTORCYCLE

1) Tom Medlin, La Mirada, Calif., '86 GSXR, SMC, 0.012 seconds reaction time
2) Jay Matthews, Henderson, Nev., '98 GSX-R, SMC, 0.014
3) Don Tankage, Huntington Beach, Calif., '00 Kawasaki, SMC, 0.014
4) Ron Gledhill, Taylorsville, Utah, '07 Suzuki, SMC, 0.017
5) James Surber, Sherter Cove, Calif., '99 Buell, ETMX, 0.019
6) Jeff Havens, Yakima, Wash., '95 Katana, SMC, 0.020
7) Jordan Miclette, Redway, Calif., '97 Suzuki, ETMX, 0.033
8) Katie Sullivan, Corning, Calif., '78 Kawasaki, SMC, 0.033
9) Gary Oaks, Las Vegas, '78 Kawasaki, SMC, 0.035
10) Leeland King, Shelton, Wash., '90 ZX9, SMC, 0.036

-credit: nhra

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Drivers Brian Smith , Dave Raybourn , Duane Shields , Steve Graham , Jay Payne , Dean Carter , Von Smith , John Patton , Doug Gordon , Tom Huggins , Dennis Taylor , Dan Fletcher , Jay Matthews , Bret Williamson , Ron August , Katie Sullivan , James Surber , Brian Thiel , Brittany Force
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