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Top Alcohol Dragster: Because of the high altitude of the track, the Top Alcohol Dragster field was dominated by blown entries.
NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series • Race 4 • Top Gun Raceway Wayman, Gordon top qualifying, eliminations Kevin Wayman’s second outing in Division 7 competition this year proved to be a successful effort when he jumped to an early lead over Dennis Swearingen in the Top Alcohol Dragster final and went on to win with a 5.54. by John Jodauga photos by Paul Schmitz K evin Wayman and Doug Gordon lived up to their advance billing after qualifying No. 1 in Top Alcohol Dragster and Top Alcohol Funny Car, respectively, and reaching the winner’s circle during Sunday’s eliminations at the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series event, which was a part of the week long Octane Fest in Fallon, Nev. It marked the first win for Wayman in his Top Alcohol Dragster career, and Gordon managed to stop Sean O’Bannon’s two-race winning streak in Division 7 action with his holeshot victory in the final. O’Bannon had been undefeated in Doug Gordon, far lane, made his holeshot lead over points leader Sean O’Bannon stand up for a 5.96 to 5.93 win in the Top Pacific Division action this year with Alcohol Funny Car final. victories in Phoenix and Las Vegas. Others who reached the winner’s White (Hughes Performance Top Hooper (Sportsman), and Austin rebounded handily from his subpar circle were Mike DePalma (Comp), Dragster), Gary Forkner (Sunset Metz (High School). showing in Chicago a week earlier Brian Weber (Super Stock), Jon Racecraft Top Sportsman), Jay when he was eliminated in the first Irving (Stock), Glenn Kern (Super Matthews (Harley-Davidson Top Alcohol Dragster: Because of round of the Jegs Allstars competition Comp), Kent Boehner (Super Gas), Motorcycle), Lonnie Grace (Super the high altitude of the track, the Top and then failed to qualify for the David Adams (Super Street), Terry Pro), David DuBose (Pro), Stan Alcohol Dragster field was dominated event’s regular program, but he was by blown entries. Johnny Ahten had back in his usual form for the this the only injected A/Fuel Dragster event. He led qualifying with a 5.905, entry that made the field. 247.87, which was low e.t. and top Wayman was assisted throughout speed of the meet. the weekend by fellow Utah racer Fittingly he met No. 2 qualifier Jaren Mott, who was racing his own O’Bannon in the final, and he won the entry. The pair met up with each other exciting contest on a .046 to .148 in the semi’s, and Wayman took the holeshot in a 5.96 to 5.93 decision. win, 5.58 to 5.81. In the final, it was Gordon’s victory tightened up the Wayman all the way with low e.t. and point race in the Division 7 standings. top speed of the meet, 5.54 at 256.84 He reduced the lead of first place mph, to easily get past Dennis O’Bannon from 63 to 42 points, and Swearingen, who ran 8.25, 109.68. Gordon moved past Tony Bartone into With his win, Wayman went from second place. The top three drivers in fifth to a second-place tie with Chris the standings — O’Bannon, Gordon, Demke in the Division 7 standings; each and Bartone — have participated in the driver has 128 points. Jim Whiteley is three Division 7 events in which Top Mike DePalma joined O’Bannon and Shawn Cowie as the only two-time winners in this year’s still the points leader with 181. Alcohol Funny Car competition has Division 7 Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series action when he repeated his Tucson, Ariz., victory by been staged this year. driving his I/A ’98 Pontiac to a victory in the Comp final against Dean Carter’s A/ND. Top Alcohol Funny Car: Gordon to page 72 28 ✦ National DRAGSTER ● Division 7 (Left) Brian Weber, driving his from page 28 wheelstanding GT/GA ’86 Camaro, scored a close double- breakout decision against Comp: DePalma, who entered the race Division 7 points leader Tibor with a 43-point lead over rival and fellow Kadar in the Super Stock final. Glendale, Ariz., resident Dean Carter, (Below) Jon Irving’s N/SA ’78 padded that margin by defeating Carter Aspen station wagon prevailed in the final. It was DePalma’s second over Jim Durham’s F/SA ’72 Division 7 victory of the 2009 campaign, Duster in the Stock final by having also won earlier this year in virtue of a .044 to .091 starting- Tucson, Ariz. DePalma claimed his latest line advantage. win by combining a solid .014 light with a (-.48) 8.51 in his I/A ’98 Firebird to defeat Carter’s .048 and a (-.02) 7.74 in his B/ND. DePalma led qualifying with a (-.62) 8.43 and advanced to the final with a which also was .007-over with a 14.887 (-.56) 8.49 conquest of Joe Mozeris’ but lost because of a slightly slower .038 B/ED, which was close with a (-.51) 7.27. reaction time. Durham advanced to the Carter only needed a (-.01) 7.75 to best final on the other side of the ladder with Tyler Hogan, who slowed to an 8.11 on a bye in the semi’s. his 7.88 index, to reach the final round. Kadar and Wann also entered the event in first and second place in the Super Stock: Weber became the fourth standings, but both were defeated in the Super Stock winner in as many Division first round. 7 events this season when he defeated Tucson winner Tibor Kadar in the final. Super Comp: The final between Kern Weber’s starting-line advantage, .003 to and Bill Botelho was quickly decided on .020, paid off at the finish line when his the starting line when Botelho’s GT/GA ’86 Camaro survived a double- dragster left too soon by the narrow breakout decision against Kadar’s GT/AA margin of .002-second. With Kern advantage against Matt Blodgett’s ’72 Forkner’s first victory this year, ’09 Pontiac G5. Weber’s winning time taking a bye run in the semi’s, Botelho Vega and then was almost perfect at the having already recorded two runner- was an 11.05 (11.07 dial) to Kadar’s 9.64 survived a close decision against Bill finish line with an 11.302 on the 11.30 up finishes. on a 9.67 dial. Koski’s dragster when he overcame a altitude-adjusted index. Blodgett broke Forkner defeated Ted Carli’s ’09 Weber was given a bye run in the slight .033 to .036 holeshot to take the out on his run with a .013-under 11.287. Cobalt in the semi’s by virtue of a .028 semi’s following his quarterfinal win win with a 9.307 on the altitude- Adams warmed up for the final with to .036 holeshot. In the other contest, over Brad Rounds’ SS/TB ’02 Chevy adjusted index of 9.30 after Koski broke an 11.29 bye in the semi’s, and Blodgett Silvia defeated Larry Scarth’s ’04 S-10. Kadar advanced to the trophy out by a hundredth with a 9.29. earned his berth by overcoming the Cavalier with a (+.03) 7.02 to a (+.03) round by defeating Mike Graham’s Points leader Gabriel Torres was a slight .035 to .042 holeshot of Rob 7.70 and a .036 to .042 starting-line GT/FA Ford, which succumbed to a -.022 third-round victim in eliminations, but Knoles’ ’69 Camaro to narrowly take the advantage. red-light start. With second place Steve he still extende
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