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									                      NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series • Race 5 • Heartland Park Topeka

                      Massel keeps title hopes alive; Lewis, Bateman score

Brandon Lewis ran an outstanding 5.26 at 273 mph under the lights to win an all-Tigerflow Systems Top Alcohol Dragster final. (Inset) No. 1 qualifier Monroe Guest had the best
weekend of his budding alcohol racing career before his car broke in the water box against Lewis.

by Brad Littlefield                            Tigerflow affair with Brandon Lewis           Dan Kracht now
photos by Barry Bergeron                       singling against Monroe Guest (Mr.            driving) missed the cut.
                                               Tigerflow himself). Tigerflow-                   Guest continued his

T    he competition was fierce as ever at
     the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing
Series event where racers from various
                                               sponsored Super Gas driver Tommy
                                               Phillips also took top honors in Super
                                               Gas. Additionally, the group as a whole
                                                                                             ascension up the
                                                                                             Sportsman ranks. The
                                                                                             former divisional event
divisions stop to battle Division 5’s          won the Phoenix Custom Apparel Best           winner in Top
finest en route to the Mac Tools U.S.          Appearing Crew award.                         Sportsman switched to
Nationals. The drama was accentuated              Roger Bateman repeated his Top             an A/Fuel Dragster
by the nighttime setting that arrived late     Alcohol Funny Car triumph from a              recently and qualified
during final eliminations Saturday.            year ago to all but seal the deal atop        No. 1 with an
   Bruno Massel scored what was                the Division 5 standings. Other Lucas         impressive 5.22, which
perhaps the biggest win of the event; he       Oil Sportsman winners were Steve              held as low e.t. of the
needed to pace national championship           Wann (Super Stock), Brad Haugaard             event. Lewis wasn’t far
rival Dan Fletcher, who also won in            (Stock), Duane Hawkes (Super Comp),           behind him, though,
Comp at the Division 1 event at Cecil          Charlie Owens (Super Street), Jerry           and he blistered the         Jay Payne was unhurt after his FireIce Top Alcohol Funny
County Dragway. Massel’s turbocharged          Holt (ABK Insurance Top Dragster),            quarter-mile with a          Car hit the retaining wall at a sharp angle. Payne even
WyoTech DD/AT ’08 Cobalt has been a            Tom Donovan (Jerry Haas Race Cars             5.24 at 276 mph in a         apologized to the safety crew and assisted in the cleanup.
shining example of what a sport compact        Top Sportsman), and Alex Barmettler           semifinal win against
vehicle can do on the dragstrip                (Sportsman Motorcycle presented by            Scott Murray to secure lane choice over        on race day, but the veteran driver had a
consistently, and another win in his           Harley-Davidson).                             Guest in the final round.                      nasty incident in the first round when
pocket has placed him in prime position                                                         The Kodak moment with the two               his FireIce Ford Mustang took out the
to aim for a number 1 on his window.           Top Alcohol Dragster: A great                 Tigerflow dragsters racing each other          330-foot timing cone and turned back
   Tigerflow Systems-sponsored teams           amount of injected nitro drivers showed       in the final with header flames                toward the retaining wall, destroying the
also enjoyed a big weekend. The Top            up to take advantage of the great air         coloring the night air didn’t                  front end of his race car in the process.
Alcohol Dragster final was an all-             conditions at this event, but Ed              materialize after Guest had problems           Payne was unhurt, and in a classy move,
                                                                   Schmeeckle was the        getting his car to fire. Lewis singled to he apologized to the safety crew for the
                                                                   only one who              a 5.26 victory.                                mess and grabbed a broom to assist in
                                                                   qualified in the field,                                                  cleaning it up.
                                                                   and he did so by          Top Alcohol Funny Car: A strong                    Bateman was the No. 1 qualifier on
                                                                   securing the bump         contingent of entries was indicated by         Friday and really turned up the volume
                                                                   spot. Former              the final qualifying order; the top five       on race day. The Canadian driver put
                                                                   Division 5 champions      cars were between 5.64 and 5.68. No. 2         away Kebin Kinsley in the first round
                                                                   Richard Putz and          qualifier Jay Payne was obviously one of       with a 5.62 and posted low e.t. with a
                                                                   Randy Meyer (with         the favorites to reach the winner’s circle     5.59 in a victory over Pomona and Las
                                                                                                                                            Vegas winner Tony Bartone in the
                                                                                                                                            semifinals. Lance Van Hauen made his
(Above) Bruno Massel, far lane, collected yet another Comp                                                                                  first final-round appearance after a hard-
win in his turbocharged WyoTech entry when William West                                                                                     fought win against Vern Moats in round
turned on the red-light against him in the final. (Right) Roger                                                                             one and a freebie against Wayne Butler
Bateman and the rest of Dr. Brian Friesen’s Winnipeg, M.B.-                                                                                 in the semi’s, but he was unable to
based Doc’s Holiday team celebrated a Top Alcohol Funny Car                                                                                 return for the final round, so Bateman
win in which they also qualified No. 1, set low e.t., and all but                                                                           took the green light for the easy win.
locked up a second consecutive Division 5 crown.                                                                                                                             to page 90

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Comp: Massel left the track having
accomplished two things that may be
equally important in getting him closer
to winning the season title: He won the
race and preserved his permanent index
in the process. Though he lost nine-
hundredths in Competition Index
Control penalties at the event, his           Steve Wann, near lane, made his trip from California worthwhile with a Super   Brad Haugaard, far lane, used a .007 light in the Stock
consistency on the Tree and the               Stock win against David Bogner in the final and a semifinal effort in Stock.   final to handle a solid effort put forth by Tyler Wudarczyk.
misfortune of his last two opponents
prevented him from having to use every        event. He took the show on the road            winner Phillips’ shot at a double in           races pretty decisively en route to the
bit of horsepower from within the 136-        and collected Stock win No. 2 with an          the quarterfinals.                             final. The first-time finalist from
cid chambers of his mighty                    impressive showing at this race. While            Hawkes met Jordon Stallbaumer in            Northfield, Minn., left too soon in his
four-cylinder.                                his lights weren’t anything to write           the main event. Stallbaumer, a fellow          ’64 Falcon and allowed Owens the
    Massel’s biggest obstacle came in         home about during some of the middle           Kansan and first-time finalist, cut two        win via a red-light.
staying in front of first-round opponent      rounds, Haugaard and his ’72 Demon             .00 lights in a row prior to the final.
Steve Kalkowski with a (-.58) 7.25,           never surrendered a starting-line              Both did a remarkable job of running           Top Dragster: Holt, who won earlier
setting him back an initial seven-            advantage during any of the six rounds.        dead on the 8.90 dial in the final, and it     this year in Dallas, took his ’08 TNT
hundredths in CIC. Massel had to sweat        He did his best work in the semi’s,            was Hawkes with an .008 light and .017-        dragster from Collinsville, Okla., and
no more after his win against Kevin           where he cut a .019 light and ran dead         second package to flicker the win light.       brought home another Wally. He had a
Smith in the second round, singling in        on his 11.12 dial to edge Jarrod Granier.                                                     Long day, meaning that he had to race
the quarterfinals and receiving red-             Tyler Wudarczyk, of Salina, Kan.,           Super Gas: There are racers who are            brothers Daren and Dustin Long in the
lights from Clark Smiley and William          awaited Haugaard in the final with his         as good as Phillips in the Super-class         first and final rounds of eliminations.
West in the final two rounds. West had        similarly dialed ’73 Camaro. Wudarczyk         ranks, but it is doubtful that there are       Neither were able to give Holt the
won the previous two rounds with big          had just prevented Wann from turning           any who are better. The “Tommy” in             challenge they are capable of putting
holeshots against Cordova, Ill., winner       a great day into a career milestone by         TNT Racecars might as well have built          forth; Daren red-lighted in round one
Scott Parks and No. 1 qualifier Pat           beating him in the semifinals via a            himself a bulldozer when he crafted his        and Dustin’s car broke in the final.
Nahan.                                        breakout despite a .005 to .027 reaction-      ’57 Corvette considering the way he                In between those rounds, Holt did a
                                              time disadvantage, thus preventing a           mauled his opponents in eliminations.          great job of wheeling his rail past the
Super Stock: One of the West                  double-up win from occurring. Haugaard         The Forney, Texas, resident, who      
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