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