WC: Cordova Saturday summary

THACKER WINS AGAIN; WILLIAMS TAKES FUNNY CAR TITLE CORDOVA, Ill. -- Marty Thacker and Kirk Williams took home big wins at this weekend's NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series Summer Showdown presented by Matco Tools. Thacker of ...


CORDOVA, Ill. -- Marty Thacker and Kirk Williams took home big wins at this weekend's NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series Summer Showdown presented by Matco Tools. Thacker of Robinson, Ill., used a hole-shot along with a 5.438 second pass to take the win over Diana Harker in the Top Alcohol Dragster class. The win stretches Thacker's lead in the NHRA North Central Division and may have locked up the division championship. Harker hurt the motor on the run but still ran a quicker 5.416 second pass at 260.31 mph.

Williams also won on a hole-shot with a 0.019 second reaction time giving his 5.799 second, 250.55 mph run the win over Vern Moats with a lap of 5.702 seconds at 251.91 mph. This is Williams, the 2002 NHRA West Central Division Champion, first win of the season to go along with a runner-up finish at Denver back in June.

Davenport, Iowa, racer Rick Verkler fell one round short in the Ethanol Top Dragster class loosing to JR Lobner of De Soto, Kan., who clocked in at 7.541 seconds at 174.39 mph.

The Comp Eliminator trophy went to Doug Engels of Watertown, S.D., taking out Arnie Martel with a pass of 7.727 seconds at 149.36 mph and the Jerry Haas Race Cars Top Sportsman win went to Michael Chitty of Ames, Iowa, in his '97 Firebird.

A pair of Nebraska racers advanced to the winner's circle with Don Nichols of Lincoln winning over David Nelson in Super Gas and Jeff Landholm of Oakland winning in Super Street.

Brad Haugaard won in Super Stock out of North Branch, Minn., Jerry Simpson won in Stock Eliminator over Chris Stephenson, and Terry Edwards took the win in Super Comp over Marion, Iowa, racer Jarod Bowman. In the Sportsman Motorcycle class presented by Harley Davidson, Alex Barmettler of Maplewood, Minn., held off Davenport, Iowa, resident Tom Klemme.

West Central Division racers head to Heartland Park Topeka, for the next NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series event, August 22-23.

The following are the final results from the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series Summer Shootout presented by Matco Tools event at Cordova:


Round 1
1) Diana Harker, Gainesville, Ga., 5.421, 261.88 def. 8) Edwin Schmeeckle, Gothenburg, Neb., 16.766, 41.24

2) Marty Thacker, Robinson, Ill., 5.525, 262.64 def. 7) Todd Datweiler, Herscher, Ill., 5.584, 254.23

3) Jeff Hamelink, Savage, Minn., 5.549, 262.28 def. 6) Dana Stripe, Galesburg, Ill., 5.771, 243.19

5) Jared Dreher, Clinton, Ind., 6.682, 195.76 def. 4) Dave Hirata, Lowell, Ind., 13.971, 73.65

Harker, 5.470, 256.50 def. Dreher, broke
Thacker, 5.518, 244.03 def. Hamelink, 5.468, 266.00

Thacker, 5.438, 266.16 def. Harker, 5.416, 260.31


Round 1
1) Mick Snyder, Demotte, Ind., '08 Mustang, 5.699, 251.63 def. 8) Wayne Butler, Forest City, Ill., '02 Firebird, 6.198, 230.06

3) Roger Bateman, Calgary, Alb., '08 Mustang, 5.726, 251.63 def. 6) John Foster, Davenport, Iowa, '07 Monte Carlo, 6.012, 240.77

4) Kirk Williams, Glenwood, Iowa, '02 Camaro, 5.821, 243.28 def. 5) Lance Van Hauen, Reinbeck, Iowa, '05 Firebird, 5.844, 241.20

2) Vern Moats, Des Moines, Iowa, '08 Mustang, 6.658, 146.88 def. 7) Paul Anderson, Erie, Colo., '07 Charger, 9.147, 98.05

Williams, 6.106, 188.96 def. Snyder, broke
Moats, 5.790, 251.34 def. Bateman, 5.963, 236.67

Williams, 5.799, 250.55 def. Moats, 5.702, 251.91


Doug Engels, Watertown, S.D., dragster, D/ED, 7.727, 149.36 def. Arnie Mass., '34 Chevy, B/SR, 11.786, 54.07.


Brad Haugaard, North Branch, Minn., '07 Stratus, GT/EA, 10.314, 128.63 def. Matt Lund, Bettendorf, Iowa, '90 Camaro, GT/CA, 9.815, 134.20.


Jerry Simpson, Streator, Ill., '67 Camaro, E/SA, 11.307, 110.76 def. Chris Stephenson, Brownsburg, Ind., '78 LeBaron, J/SA, 12.361, 105.66.


Jeff Landholm, Oakland, Neb., '68 Camaro, 10.950, 140.31 def. Lane Dicken, Long Grove, Iowa, '01 Beretta, 10.982, 128.40.


Terry Edwards, Cameron, Mo., dragster, 8.915, 163.85 def. Jarod Bowman, Marlon, Iowa, dragster, 8.914, 150.33.


Don Nichols, Lincoln, Neb., '68 Camaro, 9.910, 152.18 def. David Nelson, Randall, Minn., '99 Camaro, 9.895, 151.70.


Alex Barmettler, Maplewood, Minn., '78 Kawasaki, 9.396, 136.33 def. Tom Klemme, Davenport, Iowa, '77 Kawasaki, 8.793, 139.11.


Michael Chitty, Ames, Iowa, '97 Firebird, 7.756, 172.17 def. Mark Mabry, W. Frankfort, Ill., '05 Grand Am, 7.201, 188.99.


J.R. Lobner, De Soto, Kan., dragster, 7.541, 174.39 def. Rick Verkler, Davenport, Iowa, dragster, 6.976, 185.23.

-credit: nhra

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Series NHRA
Drivers Vern Moats , Marty Thacker , Jerry Haas , Todd Datweiler , Mick Snyder , Kirk Williams , David Nelson
Teams Williams