GREAT BEND, KS – In the first half of the double header at SRCA Dragstrip and the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series Cornbelt Classis David Rampy continued his winning ways with his 61st NHRA divisional event win and Mike Town and Mark Grame grabbed their second straight wins at SRCA.
Alabama racer Rampy and Nebraska runner Matt Harris left the line together with .018 second reaction times in Comp Eliminator but Rampy had the power to pull away with a 7.631 second, 152.50 mph pass for the win in his ’32 roadster with Harris clocking in at 8.770, 125.90. The win was also Rampy’s third divisional of the year to go with this 99 NHRA national event wins.
Jason DeForrest, Andover, Minn., was out on Town, Paola, Kan., in the Super Stock final before Town laid down a 10.805 on the 10.80 dial to take the win and the NHRA Wally trophy by about two feet over the quicker DeForrest at 9.457, 131.93.
GREAT BEND, KS – The NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series West Central Division arrives at SRCA Dragstrip on September 27-30, for a double-header weekend. The event combines the weather postponed Lucas Oil Cornbelt Classic from Tri-State Raceways with SRCA Dragstrip’s annual Thunder on the Plains. The event is combined with the Great Bend Airfest Airshow for an action packed weekend. NHRA categories include Top Alcohol Dragster and Funny Car, Comp Eliminator, Super Stock, Stock Eliminator, Super Comp, Super Gas and Super Street. The division’s Advance Product Design Top Sportsman, Fineline Graphics & Madcap Racing Top Dragster and NHRA Sportsman Motorcycle Series are also in competition.
For the first race of the double header, qualifying and time trials begin on Thursday at 8:45 a.m. Top Dragster, Comp and Top Sportsman qualify at 11 a.m., 3 and 6 p.m. On Friday eliminations beginning at 8:45 a.m. Top Alcohol Dragster and Top Alcohol Funny Car will compete in just a single event over the weekend with opening round of qualifying set for 4 p.m. on Friday.
REYNOLDS, GA – Silver Dollar Raceway host the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series Southeast Division on September 27-29. The event is one of 44 scheduled across the country where drivers in the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series earn points leading to divisional and national championships as well as a chance at a share of the year-end purse of more than $519,000. Categories include Comp Eliminator, Super Stock, Stock Eliminator, Super Comp, Super Gas and Super Street. The division’s Stott’s Ford Top Sportsman Series and Hickory Enclosed Trailer Sales Top Dragster Series will also be in competition.
Gates at Silver Dollar Raceway open at 8 a.m. each day. Hickory Enclosed Top Dragster & Stott’s Ford Top Sportsman qualifies Friday at 1, 3 and 6 p.m. with Elimination rounds beginning at 11 a.m. on Saturday.
Tickets for Silver Dollar Raceway are $20 each day. Children 12 and under are admitted free with a paid adult.
Silver Dollar Raceway is located on State Highway 96 West, just west of U.S. Highway 341. For more information call the track, (478) 847-4414, or visit ww.silverdollarraceway.com.
MADISON, IL – In the final results from the AAA Insurance NHRA Midwest Nationals and the Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series, David Rampy claimed victory and took home is his 99th NHRA national event win this weekend at Gateway Motorsports Park.
Rampy, Piedmont, Ala., worked his way through the field and ran 7.240 seconds at 166.13 mph in his final round victory over Allen Wilson, Kokomo, Ind., who clocked in at 8.238 seconds, 163.75 mph. Wilson took the starting line advantage off the line but could not hold off Rampy, giving Rampy win number 99 at the national level.
Leah Pritchett was victorious over Stephen Bell in the SAM Factory Stock Showdown for her second win in as many races having won in Factory Stock at the US Nationals earlier this month. Pritchett clocked in at 8.001 seconds at 172.36 mph in her ’15 Challenger. Bell left the line but quickly had problems and watched Pritchett disappear down track.
MOHNTON, PA – In the final results from Maple Grove Raceway and the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series, Troy Coughlin Jr., Delaware, Ohio, and Sean Bellemeur, Placentia, Calif., took home the wins in Top Alcohol Dragster and Top Alcohol Funny Car respectively.
Coughlin qualified number one and worked his way through the field taking out Brandon Greco and Duane Shields in rounds two and three, then went 5.328 seconds at 272.89 mph in his final round victory over Josh Hart, Ocala. Fla., who clocked in at 5.366 seconds, 273.66 mph.
Bellemeur faced off against Phil Burkart, Yorkville, N.Y., and posted a winning run of 5.489 seconds, 268.28 mph in his ‘17 Chevy Camaro. Burkart drove to a 5.745 second, 261.52 mph lap for his runner up finish. The win is Bellemeur’s third in a row at Maple Grove and the Dodge NHRA Nationals.
WOODBURN, OR – In the final results from Woodburn Dragstrip and the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series Kim Parker closed the deal in Top Alcohol Dragster for her first Lucas Oil Series win while Brian Hough collected his 18th in Top Alcohol Funny Car.
Parker defeated Garrett Bateman and Casey Grisel in rounds one and two for the right to race No. 1 qualifier Shawn Cowie in the final. Parker, Graham, Wash., saved her best run of eliminations in a 5.239 second, 275.90 mph lap to defeat Cowie who slowed to a 5.582, 195.27 for his runner up finish.
Hough, Junction City, Ore., just out powered Doug Gordon of Paso Robles, Calif., in a great final round with Hough covering the quarter-mile in 5.513 at 268.17 to Gordon’s 5.591, 268.17. Hough downed Tyson Parker and reigning NHRA World Champion Shane Westerfield in early rounds.
WOODBURN, OR – The NHRA Northwest Division returns to Woodburn Dragstrip on September 14-16. The event is one of 44 scheduled across the country where drivers in the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series earn points leading to divisional, regional and national championships as well as a chance at a share of the year-end purse of more than $519,000. Categories include Top Alcohol Dragster, Top Alcohol Funny Car, Comp Eliminator, Super Stock, Stock Eliminator, Super Comp, Super Gas and Super Street. The division’s JBS Top Sportsman Series, RAD Top Dragster Series and the Sportsman Motorcycle Series will also run in conjunction with the event.
Gates at Woodburn Dragstrip opens at 8 a.m. each day. Qualifying and time trials are Friday and Saturday at 9 a.m. Top Alcohol Dragster and Funny Car have test sessions Friday at noon and 4 p.m. and qualifying rounds on Saturday at noon, 2:30 and 5 p.m. Eliminations start Sunday at 9 a.m. Top Alcohol Dragster and Funny Car run round 1 at noon.