LAS VEGAS – Persistent rain showers and unfavorable forecasts forced NHRA and track officials to postpone the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series event at The Strip at LVMS scheduled for this past weekend. The event will be run in conjunction with the final NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series event of the year, also held at The Strip in early November.
Eliminations are scheduled for Wednesday, Nov. 2, at 8 a.m. Super Stock will be run in random order while all other classes will race off their current ladder. Top Alcohol Dragster and Funny Car will run eliminations on Thursday, Nov. 3, along with any elimination rounds for other classes not completed on Wednesday. There will be a test and tune event held on Tuesday, Nov. 1, for all classes.
BELLE ROSE, LA – In the final results at the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series, South Central Division, Nitro on the Bayou at No Problem Raceway Gord Gingles, Winnipeg, Manit., and Steve Harker, Gainesville, Ga., took home the wins in Top Alcohol Dragster and Top Alcohol Funny Car respectively.
Gingles, was the number one qualifier who worked his way through the field and earned his fifth divisional win. He ran 5.319 seconds at 269.29 mph in his final round victory over Megan Meyer, Spring Hill, Kan., who had a runner up lap of 5.358 seconds at 270.97 mph.
Harker, faced off against Ro Yale, Bellaire, Texas, and posted a winning run of 5.711 seconds, 248.89 mph in his 2015 Camaro. Yale had a slight advantage at the light and drove to a 5.786 second, 231.52 mph lap for his runner up finish.
BROWNSBURG, IN – A long offseason of hard work was met with reward last Sunday as Top Alcohol Dragster driver Brandon Booher raced to his sixth NHRA regional event final round and first money round since winning Norwalk last year. Racing at the Spring Spectacle of Speed NHRA North Central Region event at Lucas Oil Raceway, Booher fought his way past two of the top blown alcohol cars in the country before falling to one of the class’s rising stars in the final round.
The weekend started positively when a test pass on Thursday yielded a 5.361/265 mph time slip. Drama started in qualifying, though, beginning with a broken blower belt on Friday’s run. A torque-converter seal broke on Saturday’s first pass, then the top blower pulley broke during the final session. Making matters worse, the team later found out that a brake rotor came off during the burnout. Booher and team worked through the night to secure parts, ultimately finishing repairs on Sunday morning after a quick nap.
After a long harsh Michigan winter, Todd Robertson and his ProPower Motorsports team were able to blow out the cob webs and win their first NHRA regional meet on a blissful sunny day at Indianapolis. “I couldn’t think of a better way to shake off the winter blues than a win during the Spectacle of Speed here at Lucas Oil Raceway Park” chuckled long time crew man Ed Youness.
In the first qualifying round of Top Alcohol Funny Car, the Eaton sponsored team ran a 5.65 @255. This landed them in the number 3 qualifying position, which they were able to maintain after two additional qualifying sessions “we looked at the data from our runner-up pass at the US nationals last year, and the conditions and track where similar so we went with it! And it paid off” said team Engineer Jeff Sawruk.
LAS VEGAS – Winners were crowned today for the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series event at The Strip Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Racing action began this morning with elimination rounds for all classes, culminating with the crowning of champions in the winner’s circle celebration. Trophies were handed out in Top Alcohol Dragster and Funny Car, Comp Eliminator and the rest of the classes that make up the nationwide series.
This was the second of seven events for racers to score points toward regional and divisional championships. Pacific Division racers will be heading to Auto Club Dragway at Auto Club Speedway for the next Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series event, May 22-24.