Johnson, Garber, Starkey, Lebner win at Open

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					 Division 5 National Open

Johnson, Garber, Starkey, Lebner win at Open
photos by Matt Levonas                                     Mitchell, S.D., went on to win the                                                                                       Randy Johnson, far lane, took
                                                           event, beating Korry Petterson in the                                                                                    the breakout win in the final
    OAHE SPEEDWAY, Pierre, S.D.                            final round by two-hundredths, 11.07                                                                                     round of the Stock/Super Stock
(Sept. 20-21) — The fourth annual CHS                      (10.99 dial) to 11.01 (10.90).                                                                                           Combo class when his .046 to
Midwest Cooperatives/Cenex Lubricants                          During Sunday’s event, Randy                                                                                         .091 starting-line advantage
NHRA Division 5 National Open was                          Johnson made a habit of grabbing a                                                                                       was enough to push opponent
completed on Sunday, Sept. 21, one day                     huge starting-line advantages and                                                                                        Rick Wessels under, 12.27
after Oahe Speedway hosted the second                      running close to his dial. He sealed the                                                                                 (12.25 dial) to 11.11 (11.13).
annual Zander Auto Supply/Anderson                         Stock/Super Stock final by grabbing
Contractors Aaron Koppien Memorial                         nearly a half-tenth on the normally
Stock/Super Stock Combo event. Most                        quick Rick Wessels. In Super Comp,
of the drivers in Sunday’s Stock/Super                     hometown-hero Dale Garber won with
Stock race competed in Saturday’s                          quick lights of .006, .017, and .005 in
special event as well.                                     the last three rounds. Black Hawk,
    The race commemorated the late                         S.D., racer Bobi Legner won in Super
driver Koppien and featured his father,                    Street, and her husband, Doug, nearly
Steve, as a competitor, who fell victim                    did the same in Super Gas if not for a
to a perfect light by Rod Neugabauer                       -.002 red-light against titlist Ron                   Dale Garber, near lane, drove his ’03 Worthy dragster to a win by cutting a .005 light in his
in the second round. Neugabauer, of                        Starkey. — Brad Littlefield                           defeat of ethanol driver Schaun Schnathorst in the Super Comp final, 9.06 to 8.97 (9.01 index).


       RECORD BREAKERS
 The following NHRA national records were set at the Division 5
 National Open at Oahe Speedway in Pierre, S.D.:
  Class         Driver                               E.T.                      MPH
  SS/NA         Rick Ryan . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11.00 . . . . . . . . . . 118.82
  GT/IA         Ron Roddel . . . . . . . . . . . . 10.32 . . . . . . . . . . 129.51
  SS/K          Matt Steen . . . . . . . . . . . . 10.68 . . . . . . . . . . 125.40    Ron Starkey, far lane, coasted to victory in his ’67               Bobi Legner, near lane, drove her ’67 Chevelle to
  B/SA          Steve Koppien. . . . . . . . . . 10.16 . . . . . . . . . . 129.82      Nova when opponent Doug Legner red-lighted by                      victory in the Super Street category. She left with
  J/SA          Steve Hutar. . . . . . . . . . . . 11.45 . . . . . . . . . . 114.07    .002-second before running dead on with a 10.020                   opponent David Rae and came much closer to the
                                                                                       in the Super Gas final.                                            11.03 index, 11.09 to 11.14.


  Bracket Racing North America
                  DIVISION 1                               Bike/Sled Combo                                       NUMIDIA DRAGWAY                                       Street
                                                           W: David Ashby (’93 Kawasaki) — 8.628, 77.43          Numidia, Pa. (Sept. 7)                                W: Ken Mallow (’04 GMC) — 10.71, 66.1 (10.64
ESTA SAFETY PARK                                           (8.49 dial). R/U: Jeff Strickler (’07 Suzuki) —       Super Pro                                             dial). R/U: Leroy Sensenig (’72 Duster) — 7.77,
Cicero, N.Y. (Sept. 7)                                     6.069, 118.37 (6.02 dial). Semi’s: Kevin Wuest        W: T.C. Smith Sr. (’04 Undercover) — 7.655,           84.2 (7.74 dial). Semi’s: Lukas Birks (’95 Z28
King of the Track                                          (’01 Polaris); Eric Conkling (’06 Harley-Davidson).   174.62 (7.65 dial). R/U: Randy Krause (’06 S&W)       Camaro).
W: Vince Musolino (’05 dragster) — 7.663,                  Jr. Dragster A                                        — 7.741, 171.75 (7.76 dial).                          Jr. Dragster
175.09 (7.66 dial). R/U: Dick Aversa (’07                  W: Robbie LaPointe — 7.877 (7.91 dial).               Pro                                                   W: Mikayla Warner — 7.98 (7.94 dial). R/U:
Trailblazer) — foul. Semi’s: Ryan Beckwith (’87            R/U: Matt Bunal — foul. Semi’s: Kali Stever;          W: Mary Ellen Watkins (’56 Chevy) — 13.588,           Danielle Williams — 7.97 (7.94 dial). Semi’s:
Firebird); Eddie Reilly (’85 Ranger).                      Hunter Woodcock.                                      96.46 (13.59 dial). R/U: Dave Brassington (’87        Tessa Sheaffer.
Super Pro                                           
				
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Description: OAHE SPEEDWAY, Pierre, S.D. (Sept. 20-21) - The fourth annual CHS Midwest Cooperatives/Cenex Lubricants NHRA Division 5 National Open was completed on Sunday, Sept. 21, one day after Oahe Speedway hosted the second annual Zander Auto Supply/Anderson Contractors Aaron Koppien Memorial Stock/Super Stock Combo event.
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