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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.

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									                      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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