Smith, Bohannon, Mattingly take Doorslammer titles by ProQuest


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									 Division 3 National Open

Smith, Bohannon, Mattingly take Doorslammer titles
 Mitch Smith, far lane, won the
 NHRA Dart Top Sportsman final
 over Tom Blincoe. Smith cut a .007
 light and ran an easy 4.74 (4.62
 dial) to beat Blincoe’s shutoff 7.02.

photos by Gary Carter                       is named in honor of family patriarch         (Right) Charlie Bohannon, far
                                            Charlie Bohannon.                                lane, won the Super Stock
   OHIO VALLEY RACEWAY,                         Former Division 3 champion Mattingly          final when Josh Epperson
Louisville, Ky. (Oct. 4-5) — Two-time       regained his winning form in Stock with a        red-lighted. (Below) In the
Division 3 NHRA Dart Top Sportsman          final-round victory over Mark Poole.          Stock final, Tommy Mattingly,
Series champion Mitch Smith kept his        Driving his O/SA ’65 Chevelle wagon,                  far lane, had the better
2008 title hopes alive with a victory at    Mattingly had the better reaction time               reaction time and ran a
the 34th annual NHRA Doorslammer            and ran a (+.02) 7.88 to beat Poole’s dead-         (+.02) 7.88 to beat Mark
National Open. Smith moved into             on 7.10. Other Sunday winners were Dale                Poole’s dead-on 7.10.
second place, only 25 points behind         Johnson (Super Pro), Tim Knieriem (Pro
Tom Stultz, who finished his season         E.T.), Travis Sells (Trophy), and Zach
with 320 points after a disappointing       Rinnert (Jr. Dragster).
red-light in round two. Joining Smith           In Saturday’s action, Aaron Glaser
in the winner’s circle were Charlie         defeated Chris Ray in the VP Racing
Bohannon (Super Stock) and Tommy            Fuels Top Sportsman Shootout
Mattingly (Stock).                          presented by Elite Performance, Donnie
   Driving his ’06 GTO, Smith scored        Fuller won the Super Stock/Stock
an easy final-round victory over Tom        combo over Todd Frantz, and Billy
Blincoe with a near-perfect .007            Thoman beat brother Tony in the final
reaction time and a 4.74 (4.62 dial).       of the Top Sportsman bonus race. Other
Blincoe, who had .00 lights in the          Saturday winners were Brad Goodman
previous two rounds, experienced            (Super Pro), Lincoln Helm (Pro E.T.),
problems off the line and slowed to a       Daniel Davenport (Trophy), and Nick
7.02. Eric Burnett led all qualifiers       Michal (Jr. Dragster). — Steve Waldron
with a 4.301 from his twin-
turbocharged ’05 Cavalier.
   There were three Bohannons in final
rounds Sunday, with Charlie driving his       Glaser wins VP Racing Fuels Top Sportsman Shootout
SS/HA ’67 Corvette to victory over a
red-lighting Josh Epperson in Super
Stock. Bohannon’s brother, Joe, made it      R    acing as an alternate
                                                  for defending Division
                                             3 champion Mike Coughlin,
                                                                                                                                                 VP Racing Fuels Top
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