Top Alcohol Funny Car: A pair of soon-to-be division champions squared off in the Top Alcohol Funny Car final as Division 5 points leader Bateman got the best of Steve Harker, who had already secured the Division 4 title.
Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series • Race 6 • Thunder Valley Motorsports Park Manners, Bateman finish strong at Thunder Valley event by Kevin McKenna photos by Robert Grice and Matt Levonis A dditional championships were decided as the South Central Division Lucas Oil Series reached a conclusion with its annual season finale at Thunder Valley Raceway Park in Noble, Okla. On an historic note, the Nobile event was possibly the first race in history to be contested at three different distances as Alcohol cars ran on a 1,000-foot course, Top Dragster and Top Sportsman raced on an eighth- mile, and everything else ran a full quarter-mile. Mike Manners (Top Alcohol Dragster) and Roger Bateman (Top Alcohol Funny Car) will be remembered as the first 1,000-foot alcohol winners. They were crowned along with Scott Benham (Comp), Jonathan Womack (Super Stock), Slate Cummings (Stock), Billy Torrence (Super Comp), Rustin Mayse (Super Gas), Greg Parson (Super Street), Mark Grame (Top Dragster), Greg Tucker (Top Sportsman), and Larry Eperjesi (Sportsman Motorcycle). Division 4 Director Craig Hutchinson, back row left, congratulated the 11 individual champions who were crowned during the final South Central Division Lucas Oil Drag Top Alcohol Dragster: Former Top Racing Series event of 2008. Dragster standout Manners round one and then defeated maintained his perfect record in Top Division 7’s Chris Demke in the leader Bateman got the best of Steve Benham downed Clark Smiley, Ernest Alcohol Dragster competition as he semifinals, 4.44 to 4.54. Lewis, the Harker, who had already secured the Watson, Division 2 champ David won for the second time in two starts. No. 5 qualifier, reached the final for Division 4 title. Harker and Bateman Eaton, and Joey Tanksley to reach the Racing to 1,000 feet for the first time, the first time this year at a Division were the top two qualifiers in the final, losing five-hundredths to Manners qualified No. 1 with a 4.67 4 event with wins over Diana Harker eight-car field, and Bateman made Competition Index Control violations and then made his way to the final, and Artie Allen. Surprisingly, Aaron three straight 4.7-second runs at the along the way. where he won with a 4.45 after Tatum did not qualify for the event, 1,000-foot distance, including a 4.76 in Self, in his F/EA Bantam, took Brandon Lewis shook hard and shut but after posting three wins and a the final that held off Harker’s 4.82. a huge eight-hundredths CIC hit in off to a 7.15. runner-up finish, he locked up the Earlier, Bateman downed Kebin his round-one win over Charles Manners won a coasting Division 4 Top Kinsley and Kirk Williams to reach his Watson and lost three more in battle against Del Cox Jr. in Alcohol Dragster third straight final round, and Harker round three as he ran a 7.98 to title. stopped former Top Alcohol Dragster defeat Rodger Brogdon, who was Former Top Dragster racer driver Lee Callaway and defeated Bob likely competing in one of his last Mike Manners (right) claimed Top Alcohol Alberty to advance. Comp events as he prepares to his second straight title since Funny Car: A pair return to Pro Stock. Craig moving to Top Alcohol of soon-to-be Comp: Benham kept his slim national Bourgeois, in the midst of the Dragster. (Below) Manners, division champions championship hopes intact with a best season of his career, needed far lane, drove his injected squared off in the pressure-packed win, wheeling his to reach the final round to keep nitro entry to a 4.45 in the Top Alcohol Funny E/SM Pontiac to a final-round win his national championship hopes final to stop Brandon Lewis, Car final as over low qualifier Kevin Self, who alive but now can finish no better who slowed. Division 5 points fouled. Beginning from the No. 6 spot, than second after losing early to Greg Porter. Super Stock: Former Super Gas national champion Womack displayed his versatility, driving his SS/BS Cavalier to the win in Super Stock. A runner-up at the season- opening event in Belle Rose, La., Womack suffered four straight round-one losses before stopping Gary Emmons in the final with an 8.91 on his 8.90 dial. Emmons trailed with a .03-over 10.37. Earlier, Womack defeated former Super Comp national champion Gary to page 63 40 ✦ National DRAGSTER ● Division 4 from page 40 Stinnett and Emmons’ brother, Jerry. He is currently ranked third in the Division 4 standings behind Jerry Emmons and Bryan Chaney. Gary Emmons defeated Chaney in round three and then stopped Joe Teuton’s SS/AH Barracuda in the semifinals on the strength of a .013- second package. Stock: Making just his second start of the year in Stock, Cummings turned on the win light in the final Canadian Roger Bateman (left) won his thir
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