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For the second-time in three weeks, Duane Shields scored a Top Alcohol Dragster victory in the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series, and Steve Harker continued his successful season with his fourth Top Alcohol Funny Car win of the year when competition in the Southeast Division resumed at Atlanta Dragway after a four-month break. Drivers who helped themselves by reaching the winner's circle were Arnie Martel (Comp), Hugh Meeks (Super Stock), Jack Zimmerman (Stock), Lauren Freer (Super Comp), Frank Altilio (Super Gas), William Carmichael (Super Street), Ray Miller (Top Dragster), and William Thigpen (Top Sportsman).
NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series • Race 5 • Atlanta Dragway Shields, Harker continue late-season hot streaks Duane Shields, near lane, kept himself in the Top Alcohol Dragster season title race and extended his Division 2 points lead by defeating fellow A/Fuel racer Robin Samsel in the final round, 5.37 to 13.31. by Kevin McKenna With just a few races remaining in and cemented his place atop the South- national champion Bartone. In photos by Chip Bralley the 2009 NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing east Division standings after dominating qualifying, Bartone led the tough eight- Series, late-season events like this one the class. The top qualifier with a 5.37, car field with a 5.66, and Harker was F or the second-time in three weeks, Duane Shields scored a Top Alcohol Dragster victory in the NHRA take on an added importance for drivers battling for divisional and national championships. Drivers who Shields never ran slower than that on race day. He opened eliminations with a 5.35, then lowered the boom on his just two-hundredths behind in the No. 2 spot. Harker took care of business on his Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series, and helped themselves by reaching the semifinal bye with a 5.27. side of the ladder with a 5.65 in round Steve Harker continued his successful winner’s circle were Arnie Martel Samsel matched Shields’ pace in one against John Sullivan and a 5.64 season with his fourth Top Alcohol (Comp), Hugh Meeks (Super Stock), the opening round with a 5.35 against in the semi’s to get past Mickey Ferro, Funny Car win of the year when Jack Zimmerman (Stock), Lauren Don Fiorelli, then earned a spot in the who grabbed five-hundredths at the competition in the Southeast Division Freer (Super Comp), Frank Altilio final with a 5.50 to 5.74 win against start but couldn’t hold the lead with a resumed at Atlanta Dragway after a (Super Gas), William Carmichael second-ranked Artie Allen. 5.71 with Harker finishing first by two- four-month break. Shields all but (Super Street), Ray Miller (Top hundredths. Bartone missed lane wrapped up the division title with his Dragster), and William Thigpen (Top Top Alcohol Funny Car: Less than choice by a thousandth of a second final-round victory over Robin Samsel, Sportsman). a week after his runner-up at the Mac heading into the final after running a and Harker claimed his fourth win in Tools U.S. Nationals, Harker reached 5.64 in his semifinal win against Jay seven final rounds when he drove past Top Alcohol Dragster: Shields another final, and this time he sealed Payne, who was close behind with a Tony Bartone. scored his fifth victory of the season the deal with a win over former 5.66. Harker saved his best for last with low elapsed time of the weekend, a 5.63, in the final after Bartone fouled. Comp: With Martel fighting for both the Division 2 title and a spot in the top 10 national standings, it was not a surprise when his teammate, Fred Allen, didn’t make it to the starting line for the final round. Martel, who qualified No. 3 and beat George Gallimore, Jenny Treadwell, and Larry Pritchett on his way to the final, was able to cruise to his second divisional title of the season with a coasting 16- second run. After qualifying No. 4, Allen fought hard to reach the final with wins against Danny Holt, chassis builder Steve Harker, far lane, scored his second NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series event win of the season and pulled into second place Gary Wisecarver, low qualifier Brian in the national standings. He ran a 5.63 in his I40 Inc. Monte Carlo beside Tony Bartone’s red-light in the Top Alcohol Funny Car final. to page 76 44 ✦ National DRAGSTER ● Division 2 Arnie Martel, who won Comp at the season-opening race in from page 44 Bradenton, Fla., singled in the final round for his second win of the year when he elected to leave his C/SR roadster, which is Browell, and current Division 2 points driven by final-round opponent Fred Allen, in the pits. leader Glen Treadwell. Super Stock: Former national champion Meeks made the most of his first appearance in Division 2 competition this year with a final- round victory over current points leader Mike Crutchfield. Meeks grabbed a six-hundredths lead off the starting line and cruised to a 10.08 on his 10.07 dial. Meeks earned a bye run in the quarterfinals and then punched his ticket to the final by stopping Andy Fogle’s SS/GA Camaro in the semi’s. 9.930 to stop Adcock’s 9.903. Adding a .028 start and crossed the stripe perfect reaction times, including a .001 Crutchfield, who has not lost in the the reaction times, Altilio crossed the first but broke out by three- in the final round against Steve Furr, first round this season and won the finish line first by less than a thousandths. who currently shares the points lead South Georgia Motorsports Park event thousandth of a second. Points leader Mike De Sio suffered with Casey Spradlin. In the final, in April, topped former two-time Altilio was prepared to face another a rare first-round loss, allowing Miller ran a 6.80 on his 6.79 dial, and national champ Jimmy DeFrank in tough challenge in the semifinals when Carmichael to move into second place. Furr matched his dial with a 7.155. round three and then earned a bye he was paired with former Division 2 Former Division 2 champ Griggs is Super Comp winner Freer just after beating Kenny Horne in a heads- champ and U.S. Nationals winner Mike lurking just outside the top ten missed a chance to double after losing up SS/DM battle in the quarterfinals. Ruff, but that race ended early when following his impressive performance, to Miller in the semifinals, and Furr stopped Scot King in the other semi- Stock: A -.001 red-light by Adam final with a .05-over 7.16. Miller is Da
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