SC: Memphis Friday summary

BENHAM, SHARP LEAD QUALIFIERS AT MEMPHIS MOTORSPORTS PARK'S LUCAS OIL EVENT MILLINTON, Tenn. -- It was late in the night Friday, or early in the morning Saturday depending on your perspective, but the initial rounds of qualifying and...

BENHAM, SHARP LEAD QUALIFIERS AT MEMPHIS MOTORSPORTS PARK'S LUCAS OIL EVENT

MILLINTON, Tenn. -- It was late in the night Friday, or early in the morning Saturday depending on your perspective, but the initial rounds of qualifying and time trials were completed in the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series at Memphis Motorsports Park and Scott Benham, La Grange, Texas, set the pace in Comp Eliminator while Lee Sharp, Marysville, Tenn., headed up the Super Stock contingent. Eliminations will be run Saturday night. More than 400 racers in nine categories are on hand vying for points leading to divisional and national championships at the event which was rescheduled from March due to cold weather.

Benham wheeled his '05 Sunfire to the top of the Comp Eliminator field ahead of No. 2 qualifier Kevin Self of Caddo, Okla., in his '32 roadster and third place qualifier Glen Treadwell from Sorrento, Fla., in a dragster. Sharp took his '05 Cavalier to the top of the Super Stock standings just ahead of Shaun LeBlanc, Bartlett, Tenn., and Time Cole of Collierville, Tenn.

In Stock Eliminator, John Livingston, Murfreesboro, Tenn., bested the field in his '91 Camaro while Keith Raftery, Lake Charles, La., was No. 1 in Top Sportsman. Willis, Texas' Mike Manners finished the night No. 1 in Top Sportsman and Benji Gibson, Euless, Texas, rode to the top of the Sportsman Motorcycle field. Craig Treble, Harvey, La., is the No. 2 qualifier in Sportsman Motorcycle. Treble also campaigns a Pro Stock Motorcycle in NHRA's PowerAde Drag Racing Series.

Competitors have one more round of qualifying before heading into eliminations on Saturday night. For more information contact Memphis Motorsports Park, (901) 358-7223, or visit www.MemphisMotorsportsPark.com.

The following are Saturday's final qualifying results at the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series event at Memphis Motorsports Park:

COMPETITION ELIMINATOR

1) Scott Benham, La Grange, Texas, '05 Sunfire, E/SM, 8.522 seconds, -0.618 (under index)
2) Kevin Self, Caddo, Okla., '32 Bantam, F/EA, 8.096, -0.594
3) Glen Treadwell, Sorrento, Fla., dragster, G/ED, 8.071, -0.579
4) Tim Freeman, Roan Mountain, Tenn., '07 G5, D/SMA, 8.452, -0.558
5) Rodger Brogdon, Tomball, Texas, '05 Cavalier, D/SM, 8.471, -0.539
6) Jenny Treadwell, Mt. Plymouth, Fla., dragster, E/ED, 8.336, -0.534
7) Raymond Martin, Mt. Belvieu, Texas, '32 Bantam, K/AA, 7.856, -0.524
8) Joey Tanksley, Greenwell Springs, La., dragster, C/D, 6.990, -0.520
9) Michael Johnson, Springdale, Ark., '03 Cavalier, G/SMA, 8.854, -0.506
10) Ray Vierheller III, Barberton, Ohio, dragster, D/ED, 7.487, -0.503

SUPER STOCK

1) Lee Sharp, Maryville, Tenn., '05 Cavalier, SS/BS, 8.764 seconds, -1.186 (under index)
2) Shaun LeBlanc, Bartlett, Tenn., '88 Mustang, GT/A, 9.212, -1.088
3) Tim Cole, Collierville, Tenn., '96 Corvette, SS/AX, 8.746, -1.054
4) Byron Latino, Donaldsonville, La., '08 G5, SS/BS, 8.900, -1.050
5) Robert Cruzen, Cleveland, Okla., '02 Cavalier, GT/AA, 9.375, -1.025
6) Jack Huff, Nashville, Tenn., '66 Corvette, SS/KA, 10.525, -1.025
7) Ken Schindler, Hendersonville, Tenn., '71 Corvette, SS/BA, 9.183, -1.017
8) Allen Myrick, Walker, La., '79 Aspen, SS/JA, 10.290, -1.010
9) Brandon Wilkinson, Bowling Green, Ky., '69 Corvette, SS/AA, 8.991, -1.009
10) Mike Crutchfield, Montgomery, Ala., '08 G5, SS/BS, 8.948, -1.002

STOCK ELIMINATOR

1) John Livingston, Murfreesboro, Tenn., '91 Camaro, K/SA, 11.831 seconds, -1.119 (under index)
2) Jim Hale, Van Buren, Ark., '67 Barracuda, F/SA, 11.036, -1.114
3) John Duzac, Covington, La., '67 Camaro, D/S, 10.770, -1.030
4) John Summers, Franklin, Ky., '85 Mustang, M/S, 12.132, -1.018
5) Sammy LaPorte, New Iberia, La., '87 Firebird, N/SA, 12.306, -0.994
6) Danny Byrd, Sikeston, Mo., '69 Camaro, F/S, 11.112, -0.988
7) Donnie Beeler, Elizabethtown, Ky., '67 Camaro, G/S, 11.222, -0.978
8) Wade Owens, Cape Girardeau, Mo., '66 Chevelle, M/SA, 12.183, -0.967
9) Bill McClister, Shoreacres, Texas, '72 Mustang, E/SA, 11.052, -0.948
10) Painter Stevenson, Flowery Branch, Ga., '69 Nova, G/SA, 11.359, -0.941

TOP SPORTSMAN

1) Keith Raftery, Lake Charles, La., '07 GTO, 6.513 seconds, 212.19 mph
2) Mike Manners, Willis, Texas, '58 Corvette, 6.668, 213.84
3) Lee Adkins Jr., Linden, Tenn., '57 Chevy, 6.681, 204.98
4) Bert Prejean, St. Amant, La., '06 GTO, 6.711, 207.37
5) Earl Folse, Raceland, La., '68 Camaro, 6.735, 207.11
6) Greg Hinds, Arab, Ala., '63 Corvette, 6.880, 200.65
7) Joseph Mohana, Bourg, La., '57 Chevy, 6.885, 201.55
8) Greg Tucker, Lindsay, Okla., '07 GTO, 6.900, 203.52
9) Ronnie Davis, Suwanee, Ga., '63 Corvette, 6.906, 197.91
10) Jeffery Pittman, Conover, N.C., '68 Chevelle, 6.937, 194.97

TOP DRAGSTER

1) Mike Manners, Willis, Texas, dragster, 6.021 seconds, 227.08 mph
2) Michael Kile, Westlake, La., dragster, 6.281, 219.36
3) Pete Vicari, Crown Point, La., dragster, 6.629, 205.60
4) Don Aydelott, Vernon, Texas, dragster, 6.657, 205.85
5) Rick Wickline, Granbury, Texas, dragster, 6.657, 203.98
6) Chris Bermond, Bay St. Louis, Miss., dragster, 6.831, 197.54
7) Kevin Ford, Amarillo, Texas, dragster, 6.832, 195.45
8) Andre Landry, Pierre Part, La., dragster, 6.837, 197.08
9) Phil Unruh, McPherson, Kan., dragster, 6.842, 199.52
10) Monroe Guest, Mannford, Okla., dragster, 6.874, 193.90

SPORTSMAN MOTORCYCLE

1) Benji Gibson, Euless, Texas, '05 Hayabusa, ETMX, 0.004 seconds reaction time
2) Craig Treble, Harvey, La., '01 Hayabusa, ETMX, 0.006
3) Raegan Gentili, Crosby, Texas, '83 Suzuki, ETMX, 0.009
4) Michael Nash, Texarkana, Texas, '83 Honda, ETMX, 0.019
5) David Latino, Donaldsonville, La., '05 Suzuki, ETMX, 0.021
6) James Enloe, Prairieville, La., '86 Suzuki, ETMX, 0.031
7) Rich Gentili, Humble, Texas, '83 Suzuki, ETMX, 0.032
8) Randal Guitreau, Prairieville, La., '75 Kawasaki, ETMX, 0.033
9) Curtis J. Nichols III, Alvin, Texas, '00 Suzuki, ETMX, 0.071
10) Jerry Pomilla, Conroe, Texas, '85 Suzuki, ETMX, 0.083

-credit: nhra

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