By JM Hallas
Marble Falls, TX – After two days of qualifying it was time for the final eliminations at the Lucas Oil Drag Boat Racing Series, 26th Annual LakeFest. Today was the day to find out who would take home the championship trophies in each class, and maybe set a new record or two in the process. Although with the heat and air density it would be difficult.
Recapping Saturday final qualifying; In the Pro classes Bryan Sanders(Nitrochondriac)-Top Fuel Hydro, Travis Tutle(Short Fuse)- Top Alcohol Hydro and Tony Scarlotta(Shazam)-Top Alcohol Flats went to their rooms on top the qualifying sheets.
The Pro Modifieds saw Mike Lamb(Just 1 More) keep the number one spot while the Gus Ward(Whisky Tango Foxtrot) snagged the Pro Outlaw number one spot on his final pass.
By JM Hallas
Marble Falls, TX – With the first day of Lucas Oil Drag Boat Racing Series qualifying completed, Saturday was a last chance for racers in all classes to move up the starting ladder and/or test out any changes made from Friday.
Recapping Friday qualifying; In the Pro classes Scott Compton(Liquid Voodoo)-Top Fuel Hydro, Travis Tutle(Short Fuse)- Top Alcohol Hydro and Tony Scarlotta(Shazam)-Top Alcohol Flats slept well knowing, at least for the night, that they were on top the qualifying sheets.
The Pro Modifieds saw Mike Lamb(Just 1 More) grab the number one spot while the Levi Walker(Got 1 More) took the Pro Outlaw number one spot.
By JM Hallas
Marble Falls, TX – Friday kicked off thew first of three days of the Lucas Oil Drag Boat Racing Series on Lake Marble Falls. Friday and Saturday are qualifying for all the classes in competition as drivers try to get themselves set in good bracket position and get their boats dialed in for eliminations on Sunday.
The day started early for the Sportsman racers with their opening rounds of qualifying beginning at 9:00am. The first round of Pro qualifying followed the Sportsman, around 10:30am, as drivers made their first passes. With no issues throughout the day with wind or damages all Sportsman classes along with the Pro Mods and Pro Outlaws got three passes in.
INDIANAPOLIS – The Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series Division 3 Summer Shootout double header kicks off this week at Lucas Oil Raceway August 10-13. The event will include the postponed event from earlier this year along with the Summer Shootout originally schedule for August.
Racing categories include Top Alcohol Dragster and Funny Car, Comp Eliminator, Super Stock, Stock Eliminator, Super Comp, Super Gas and Super Street. The division’s Brodix/Steve Schmidt Top Sportsman Series and Spitzer Race Cars Top Dragster Series will run in conjunction with the event along with Pro Stock Snowmobile.
Lucas Oil Raceway will host a Test and Tune event on Wednesday, Aug. 9, followed by the rescheduled event from April on Thursday. Racers will receive a single time run followed by all rounds of eliminations for all classes except Top Alcohol Dragster and Funny Car.
Top Qualifiers include Mike De Clark, Tony Scarlata, Gary Bauer, and Tyler Speer
PARKER, AZ – Fresh off a record-setting weekend a fortnight ago in Phoenix, Bryan Sanders remains the king of the Lucas Oil Drag Boat Series after qualifying Tommy Thompson’s “Nitrochondriac” Top Fuel Hydro boat atop the Colorado River Challenge elimination ladder with a steady pass of 3.488 seconds at 252.3 mph.
Mike De Clark (Top Alcohol Hydro), Tony Scarlata (Top Alcohol Flat), Gary Bauer (Pro Mod), and Tyler Speer (Pro Outlaw) also impressed the appreciative crowd lining the Colorado River in front of the Blue Water Casino, putting their vessels in the No. 1 slots of their respective categories.
Bob Pizza, Tony Scarlata, Shawn Reed and Cole Allen share winner’s circle
CHANDLER, AZ – Bryan Sanders saved his best pass for last, setting a world record top speed of 268.40 mph during a 3.451-second victory over Daryl Ehrlich in the Top Fuel Hydro final of the Valley of the Sun Spring Nationals at Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park.
With the crowd on its feet anticipating the big pass after Sanders went 267.96 mph during his semifinal bye run, the Houstonian delivered with a picture-perfect run that lit up the scoreboards.
“That was just awesome,” Sanders said of his record run. “We tried to get it last year and came up a little bit short so we came out in the first race this year and got it done. That was a great deal.
Marble Falls, TX – After two days of qualifying it was finally time for the racers and crews to put it all on the line in the quest for the win, series points and, of course, the payday that comes with the win.
The weekend ran the gamut of weather conditions and then emotions on Sunday. Friday is was scorching hot, so hot I saw the devil at the sno-cone stand, Saturday was cloudy, not as hot, but humid(air you could wear), and most did. Then Sunday, after the course was resurfaced overnight(code for rained on it), it was cooler, a bit muggy, but windy causing several delays in racing for rough water.
In the race for $1,000 Magnum Custom Trailers reaction time bounty, Mickey Snider in his Pro Modified held the honors Friday and Saturday with a .0012 reaction time. Sunday saw Marcus Kinsey pick up the cash with a .00001, that’s um, 1/10,000th from perfect. In talking to Kinsey during a break he related that it was just nothing but luck. He adjusted his leave light because of the holding rope and the boat getting blown closer to the timing beams. Heck of an on-the-fly adjustment.