THACKER, GORDON LEAD WINNERS AT SUMMIT MOTORSPORTS PARK
NORWALK, Ohio Marty Thacker and Doug Gordon raced to victories at the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series North Central division Ninth Annual Mickey Mart Rewards Cavalcade of Stars presented by Budweiser event at Summit Motorsports Park.
Reigning North Central Region Top Alcohol Dragster champion Thacker came out of the eighth qualifying spot knocking out No. 1 qualifier Jared Dreher and No. 4 qualifier Robin Samsel to earn a trip to the final round. The Robinson, Ill., racer faced off with Brandon Booher, Urbana, Ill. Thacker was out first with the early lead and pulled away for the win in 5.430 seconds at 265.69 mph to Boohers 5.523, 238.98.
Gordon, Paso Robles, Calif., qualifier No. 1 in Top Alcohol Funny Car and raced through eliminations downing Tony Bogolo and DJ Cox Jr. in rounds one and two. In the final it was Michigan racer Todd Robertson with a big starting line advantage only to see Gordon streak by about half track for the win. Gordon posted a 5.604, 262.90 to Robertsons 6.342, 150.61 for his second win of the year having won two weeks ago at the OReilly Auto Parts NHRA SpringNationals.
In two of the closest finals of the day, Tony Fagnilli won in the Brodix Steve Schmidt Top Sportsman class and Mike Delahanty took the honors in Stock Eliminator. Fagnilli, Corapolis, Pa., drove his 11 GXP to a 6.869, 200.47 mph to nip Scotty Haas and his 63 Corvette by about 7 inches. Hass, Stillman Valley, Ill., crossed the finish line in 7.087 seconds, 194.41 mph. Delahanty and Tim Fletchers final was even closer as Delahanty, Novi, Mich., won by just .0010 seconds or about two inches with his 64 Belvedere.
The NHRA Harley-Davidson Drag Racing Series was also in action this weekend with Len Darnell winning for the third time this year in Top Fuel Harley. Darnell, Vancover, Wash., ran in the mid six second range all weekend including a 6.366 second pass at 217.46 mph to defeat Chris Streeter, Cleveland, Ohio, in the final. Joining Darnell was David Larson in Pro Fuel beating Steve Pleasant and Charley Douglass over Ken Miller in Street Pro.
Douglas was looking to double up but fell to John Toth in Hot Street Harley. David Cartwright took home a pair of NHRA Wally trophies as he outran Ken Winsor in Draggin Bagger on Sunday after also defeating Winsor on Friday in the final from Virginia Motorsports Park that was postponed due to weather and completed this weekend at Summit Motorsports Park.
Rounding out the Harley-Davidson Series winners were David Dennick in Screamin Eagle Performance and William Rowe Jr. in Pro Gas. Dennis Fisher, Springboro, Ohio, won in Pro Fuel Harley that was also postponed from Virginia.
Other winners in the Lucas Oil Series were David Billingsley, Decatur, Ill., in Comp; Nick Morris, Bardstown, Ky., in Super Stock; Barry Ryan, Howell, Mich., in Super Comp; Jon Pellicane, Attica, N.Y., in Super Gas; Philip Smida, Canfield, Ohio; in Super Street; Marco Abruzzi, Warren, Ohio, in Spitzer Race Cars Top Dragster and Glenn Hall, Gordon, Wis., over Scott Hagen in Pro Stock Snowmobile.
The following are final results from the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series, North Central Division Ninth Annual Mickey Mart Rewards Cavalcade of Stars presented by Budweiser:
TOP ALCOHOL DRAGSTER:
6) Brandon Booher, Urbana, Ill., 5.475, 263.92 def. 3) Jeff Veale, Stoney Creek, Ont., 5.614, 256.16
8) Marty Thacker, Robinson, Ill., 5.456, 263.41 def. 1) Jared Dreher, Clinton, Ind., foul
2) Michael Manners, Willis, Texas, 5.593, 257.28 def. 7) Jerry Powell, Atlanta, Ind., 5.715, 227.31
4) Robin Samsel, Marion, Ind., 10.831, 71.78 def. 5) Mia Tedesco, Pittsburg, Pa., broke
Booher, 5.440, 265.48 def. Manners, 10.926, 73.58
Thacker, 5.429, 264.86 def. Samsel, 5.414, 259.46
Thacker, 5.430, 265.69 def. Booher, 5.523, 238.98
TOP ALCOHOL FUNNY CAR:
5) DJ Cox Jr., Whiteford, Md., '11 Monte Carlo, 5.667, 255.97 def. 4) Andy Bohl, Racine, Wis., '08 Mustang, 8.101, 116.51
3) Chris Foster, Davenport, Iowa, '15 Mustang, 5.646, 256.89 def. 6) Paul Noakes, London, Ont., '09 Mustang, 5.840, 251.34
7) Todd Robertson, Harrison Twp., Mich., '12 Monte Carlo, 5.799, 249.26 def. 2) Steve Harker, Gainesville, Ga., '13 Monte Carlo, 5.785, 248.89
1) Doug Gordon, Paso Robles, Calif., '15 Camaro, 5.682, 263.05 def. 8) Tony Bogolo, Hamilton, Ohio, '01 Avenger, 5.896, 245.45
Gordon, 5.568, 264.34 def. Cox Jr., 5.696, 257.09
Robertson, 5.657, 254.81 def. Foster, broke
Gordon, 5.604, 262.90 def. Robertson, 6.342, 150.61
David Billingsley, Decatur, Ill., '14 Camaro, L/AA, 8.733, 153.07 def. Todd Frantz, Louisville, Ky., '08 G5, D/SMA, foul.
Nick Morris, Bardstown, Ky., '98 Mustang, FGT/F, 9.917, 123.51 def. Bob Marshall, Columbus, Ohio, '65 Coronet, SS/AA, foul.
Mike Delahanty, Novi, Mich., '64 Belvedere, AA/SA, 10.372, 125.73 def. Tim Fletcher, Churchville, N.Y., '69 Camaro, F/SA, 11.125, 116.22.
Barry Ryan, Howell, Mich., dragster, 8.914, 163.65 def. Chris Balcom, Guilford, Ind., dragster, 8.939, 157.23.
Jon Pellicane, Attica, N.Y., '13 Corvette, 9.907, 155.63 def. Justen Moser, Portland, Ind., '10 Corvette, 9.918, 156.86.
Philip Smida, Canfield, Ohio, '88 Cavalier, 10.912, 142.82 def. Dennis Floyd, Wakeman, Ohio, '67 Camaro, 10.897, 138.00.
Marco Abruzzi, Warren, Ohio, dragster, 6.423, 216.13 def. Tom Fisher, Englewood, Ohio, dragster, 6.590, 194.97.
Tony Fagnilli, Corapolis, Pa., '11 GXP, 6.869, 200.47 def. Scotty Haas, Stillman Valley, Ill., '53 Corvette, 7.087, 194.41.
PRO STOCK SNOWMOBILE
Glenn Hall, Gordon, Wis., '15 Arctic CAT, 8.321, 155.40 def. Scott Hagen, Oxford, Mich., '13 Ski DOO, 8.563, 150.05.
NHRA Harley-Davidson Drag Racing Series
TOP FUEL HARLEY
Len Darnell, Vancover, Wash., '01 Harley, 6.366, 217.46 def. Chris Streeter, Cleveland, Ohio, '10 Harley, 7.024, 201.82.
PRO FUEL HARLEY
David Larson, Topeka, Kan., dragster, 9.011, 151.85 def. Steve Pleasant, Peru, Ind., '14 Falcon, broke.
PRO FUEL HARLEY (from Virginia rain out)
Dennis Fisher, Springboro, Ohio, 11 Harley, 7.394, 172.76 def. Janette Thornley, Sacramento, Calif., 11 Hawaya, 8.092, 161.30
DRAGGIN BAGGER HARLEY
David Cartwright, Evansville, Ind., '07 Road Glide, 11.393, 120.09 def. Ken Winsor, Alexandria, Va., '09 Street Glide, 11.792, 114.57.
STREET PRO HARLEY
Charley Douglass, Staunton, Va., '92 Sportster, 9.225, 158.45 def. Ken Miller, Waynesburg, Ohio, '15 FXR, 9.325, 146.16.
HOT STREET HARLEY
John Toth, Twilight, Pa., '12 HD, 9.825, 135.91 def. Charley Douglass, Staunton, Va., '92 Sportster, 10.261, 130.51.
SCREAMIN' EAGLE PERFORMANCE HARLEY
David Dennick, Eighty Four, Pa., '00 Harley, 10.557, 131.52 def. William R Rowe Jr, Hellertown, Pa., '06 Destroyer, 10.353, 119.39.
PRO GAS HARLEY
William R Rowe Jr, Hellentown, Pa., '06 Destroyer, 10.107, 138.77 was unopposed.
Virginia Motorsports Park Harley-Davidson Series
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