Lewis, Foster Crowned at Thunder Valley Raceway NOBLE, Okla. (October 25, 2009) -- Hundreds of racers in 11 categories commanded the strip this weekend at Thunder Valley Raceway, which completed the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series for the...
Lewis, Foster Crowned at Thunder Valley Raceway
NOBLE, Okla. (October 25, 2009) -- Hundreds of racers in 11 categories commanded the strip this weekend at Thunder Valley Raceway, which completed the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series for the South Central division. In the end, Top Alcohol Dragster pilot Brandon Lewis of Broken Arrow, Okla., took home the final win light and locked down the division Championship. Top Alcohol Funny Car driver Chris Foster out of Davenport, Iowa, also picked up a victory and is making a last minute push for the West Central division title.
Lewis kept the momentum going this weekend as he picked up his third Top Alcohol Dragster victory in a row. He laid down a healthy 5.319 second, 271.00 mph pass to drive around Richard Putz of Earlville, Iowa, and grab the NHRA Wally trophy.
In the all Iowa final, Foster's 5.735 second, 248.07 mph lap was more than enough to take out the struggling Lance Van Hauen of Reinbeck. This marks Foster's third divisional win of the year and places him in strong contention with Andrew Bohl for NHRA's division five title.
Other top honors went to Scott Parks, Burlingame, Kan., in Comp Eliminator; Jason Tinberg, Shawnee, Kan., won in Super Stock; and Jerry Hefler of Kennedale, Texas, earned the title in Stock with every opponent faced in eliminations taking a red light on the tree. The Super Gas trophy was awarded to Lonnie Grim, Benton, Ark., in his '63 Corvette; Gary Stinnett of Emporia, Kan., wheeled his dragster to another Super Comp win; and Val Harmon from Luling, La., was victorious in Super Street.
The Sunset Racecraft Top Sportsman Series trophy went to Jerry Helfrich of Forney, Texas, and Keith Raftery, Lake Charles, La., jumped up to the No.2 spot in the divisional rankings with his victory in the TCI Comp Cams Top Dragster Series. The Sportsman Motorcycle Series presented by Harley Davidson was mastered by Alex Barmettler, Maplewood, Minn., with a 9.408 second, 138.27 mph pass.
The following are Sunday's final results from the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series, South Central Division event at Thunder Valley Raceway Park:
TOP ALCOHOL DRAGSTER:
6) Darryl Hitchman, Greenville, Texas, 5.496, 258.17 def. 3) Malcolm Wahle, Claremore, Okla., 6.303, 162.71;
2) Brandon Lewis, Broken Arrow, Okla., 5.484, 270.35 def. 7) Michael Manners, Willis, Texas, 9.281, 88.04;
4) Richard Putz, Earlville, Iowa, 5.537, 256.70 def. 5) Dan Mercier, Laprairie, Quebec, 19.668, 37.51;
8) Brandon Pierce, Moore, Okla., 5.612, 261.17 def. 1) James Thompson, Vernon, Texas, 5.690, 269.13;
Putz, 5.502, 258.39 def. Pierce, 5.613, 266.90; Lewis, 5.273, 272.14 def. Hitchman, 5.969, 204.31;
Lewis, 5.319, 271.00 def. Putz, 5.486, 260.71.
TOP ALCOHOL FUNNY CAR:
2) Steve Harker, Gainesville, Ga., '06 Monte Carlo, 5.685, 252.38 def. 7) Ron Morrison, Oklahoma City, Okla., '06 Monte Carlo, 5.979, 243.11;
3) Chris Foster, Davenport, Iowa, '06 Monte Carlo, 5.723, 251.18 def. 6) Burl Brown, Gainesville, Texas, '09 Mustang, 5.983, 235.04;
5) Lance Van Hauen, Reinbeck, Iowa, '05 Firebird, 5.824, 247.25 def. 4) Jimmy Jones, Cleburne, Texas, '06 Monte Carlo, 5.921, 203.25; 1) Vern Moats, Des Moines, Iowa, '08 Mustang, broke was unopposed;
Van Hauen, 5.788, 246.91 def. Moats, 5.685, 254.38; Foster, 5.772, 235.41 def. Harker, foul;
Foster, 5.735, 248.07 def. Van Hauen, 10.115, 97.66.
Scott Parks, Burlingame, Kan., dragster, A/ND, 6.890, 193.09 def. Kevin Self, Caddo, Okla., '32 Bantam, F/EA, 8.064, 164.62.
Jason Tinberg, Shawnee, Kan., '05 Cavalier, GT/CA, 9.647, 135.13 def. Jimmy DeFrank, Chatsworth, Calif., '09 Cobalt, SS/BS, 8.918, 152.10.
Jerry Hefler, Kennedale, Texas, '65 Impala, N/SA, 12.561, 104.90 def. Verne Buchanan, Conway, Ark., '73 Mustang, H/SA, foul.
Gary Stinnett, Emporia, Kan., dragster, 8.920, 180.10 def. Terry Edwards, Cameron, Mo., dragster, 8.904, 179.78.
Lonnie Grim, Benton, Ark., '63 Corvette, 9.893, 161.31 def. Rustin Mayse, Frost, Texas, '01 Corvette, foul.
Val Harmon, Luling, La., '67 Chevy II, 10.879, 134.10 def. Gordon Abbott, Strawn, Texas, '77 Vega Wgn, 10.878, 132.46.
Jerry Helfrich, Forney, Texas, '90 Cutlass, 7.979, 165.80 def. Joe Roubicek, Westlake Village, Calif., '68 Camaro, 7.016, 190.31.
Keith Raftery, Lake Charles, La., dragster, 6.846, 194.46 def. Tim Mazur, St. Joseph, Mo., dragster, foul.
Alex Barmettler, Maplewood, Minn., '78 Kawasaki, 9.408, 138.27 def. Jerry Pomilla, Conroe, Texas, '85 Suzuki, 8.449, 154.08.