Topeka: B&J Transmissions report

TOPEKA, Kan. - Federal Mogul Funny Car drivers Pat Austin and Cy Chesterman made the Advance Auto Parts Nationals FMFC final round an all B&J Transmission affair. Fellow B&J racer Sam Blue made it to the semifinals where he fell to eventual ...

TOPEKA, Kan. - Federal Mogul Funny Car drivers Pat Austin and Cy Chesterman made the Advance Auto Parts Nationals FMFC final round an all B&J Transmission affair. Fellow B&J racer Sam Blue made it to the semifinals where he fell to eventual runner up Chesterman. In Federal Mogul Dragster, Shelly Howard worked her way through a tough field to make it to the semifinals in her entry.

Austin came out of the No. 1 qualifying spot to march on to victory lane in his Pro/Max Performance Firebird. In the final he defeated Chesterman, who came out of an uncharacteristic 15th qualifying spot on his way to the finals. In round one, Chesterman took out No. 2 qualifier Randy Fleming, who set top speed of the event at 255.48 mph with a B&J Transmission. The final was all Austin, as Chesterman had motor problems and slowed to an elapsed time of 6.631 at 153.91 mph, while Austin streaked to a 5.758 at 250.09 mph. Austin, a distributor for B&J, campaigns one of B&J's new triple sprag transmissions.

In FMD, Shelly Howard led the way for the B&J contingent, qualifying No. 4 and making it to the semifinals where she was defeated by eventual winner Gary Ormsby, Jr. Howard took the holeshot, but Ormsby's 5.521 at 253.66 mph just edged her tireshaking 5.597 at 252.28 mph.

<pre> FMFC RESULTS: Round 1:

Pat Austin, Tacoma WA, '00 Firebird, Left lane, (0.483) 5.694 250.23 def. Scott McVey, Winnepeg MB, '97 Cutlass, (0.461) 7.139 197.59

Cy Chesterman, Sioux City IA, '99 Trans Am, Left lane, (0.471) 5.725 252.14 def. Randy Fleming, Independence MO, '99 Firebird, (0.453) 5.924 239.53

Sam Blue, Red Wing MN, '00 Firebird, Left lane, (0.507) 5.820 247.38 def. Kris Hool, Casper WY, '97 Firebird, (0.516) 6.240 230.76

Lynn Engels, Watertown SD, '00 Camaro, Right lane, (0.591) 5.973 238.64 def. Kirk Williams, Glenwood IA, '97 Firebird, Broke

Round 2:

P Austin, Left lane, (0.537) 5.716 250.55 def. K Prososki, (0.411) 6.553 225.60

C Chesterman, Left lane, (0.475) 5.707 251.53 def. B Carlson, Broke

S Blue, Left lane, (0.537) 5.799 249.72 def. L Engels, (0.467) 7.785 118.00

Round 3:

C Chesterman, Left lane, (0.484) 5.758 250.88 def. S Blue, (0.492) 5.866 246.66

P Austin, Left lane, (0.495) 5.725 251.30 def. S Gasparrelli, Broke

Round 4:

P Austin, Left lane, (0.477) 5.758 250.09 def. C Chesterman, (0.443) 6.631 153.91

Low ET: Pat Austin 5.694 seconds

Top Speed: Randy Fleming 255.48 MPH

FMD RESULTS:

Round 1:

Troy Buff, Spring TX, URC-CAM, BAD, Left lane, (0.547) 5.640 245.94 def. Duane Shields, Las Vegas NV, Hadman-BAE, BAD, (0.500) 5.844 221.49

Shelly Howard, Tulsa OK, Uyehara-CRE, BAD, Right lane, (0.507) 5.511 253.71 def. Chris Dakin, Tipp City OH, McKinney-TFX, TAD, (0.507) 6.098 235.35

Round 2:

S Howard, Left lane, (0.641) 5.543 251.34 def. B Bowler, (0.479) 10.243 82.08

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Series NHRA
Drivers Duane Shields , Shelly Howard , Kirk Williams , Troy Buff
Teams Williams