REICHERT, BRAND TAKE WINS AT ROUTE 66|
JOLIET, Ill. – Bill Reichert and Dale Brand took home the wins from the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series Burndown and Sundown event this past weekend at Route 66 Raceway in Joliet, Ill. Reichert, the defending and five-time Top Alcohol Dragster National Champion, qualified on top then recorded the low elapsed time of each round of eliminations on his way to the win. In the final it was Reichert, Owosso, Mich., posting a lap of 5.551 seconds at 263.87 mph to defeat Dave Hirata, Lowell, Ind., who was the No. 2 qualifier.
Brand, Sully, Iowa, also qualified on top then ran 5.50’s and 5.60’s throughout the day, eliminating Cassis Simonton, Brownsburg, Ind., and Thomas Carter, Victoria, Texas, in rounds 1 and 2. Brand faced off against No. 3 qualifier Chris Foster in the final with the better 5.624, 248.43 mph pass.
In Comp Eliminator it was Rick Brown, Lebanon, Ohio, taking on and holding off David Rampy for the win in his ’00 S-10 with a run of 8.191 seconds at 164.45 mph while Mike Coughlin picked up his second win of the year in Top Sportsman with his ’06 Cobalt. Coughlin, Delaware, Ohio, clocked in at 6.761 seconds, 201.52 mph in beating Kevin Waller, Louisville, Ky. Coughlin also won the season opener at Lucas Oil Raceway in May.
Jeff Dona, Gordonville, Mo., made his way to the winner’s circle in the Super Stock class with a win over Rock Haas, White Lake, Mich., and Bo Butner beat Kevin Zaskowski, Grand Rapids, Mich., with a 9.593, 129.84 mph run in his ’10 Mustang. Haas also reached the final in Super Gas where he would not be outdone posting the win over Pat Martin in his ’05 Corvette.
Ron Bray picked up a couple of wins this weekend in Pro Stock Snowmobile winning both the Route 66 Raceway event over Rick Daly, Union Springs, N.Y., and the weather delayed event from Norwalk, Ohio, as he outran Edwin Wirbel, Hope, Mich.
Joining Haas with wins in the index super classes was Steve Mikus of Ashley, Mich., in Super Comp taking the win over Kevin Dyck, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Can., and Ricky Shipp, Needham, Ind., who knocked out Edward Jirousek, Elyria., Ohio, in Super Street.
Rounding out the weekend’s winners was Tony Atchison out of Greenville, Ill., in Top Dragster with a lap of 6.925 seconds at 188.94 mph over Mark Krupka, Elgin, Ill.
Most of the North Central Division racers will head to Norwalk, Ohio, to join the NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series at the Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals, June 23-26, and then the completion of their Norwalk Lucas Oil divisional event the following weekend that was postponed due to weather last month.
The following are the final results from the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series Burndown at Sundown event at Route 66 Raceway:
TOP ALCOHOL DRAGSTER:
5) Jared Dreher, Clinton, Ind., 5.493, 258.02 def. 4) Robin Samsel, Marion, Ind., 13.390, 71.63
6) Brian Mans, Godfrey, Ill., 5.379, 265.33 def. 3) Marty Thacker, Robinson, Ill., 5.695, 199.37
2) Dave Hirata, Lowell, Ind., 5.373, 264.96 def. 7) Jerry Powell, Kokomo, Ind., 5.606, 251.53
1) Bill Reichert, Owosso, Mich., 5.312, 264.08 def. 10) Dean Dubbin, Royalton, Minn., 8.037, 112.87
Hirata, 13.716, 78.10 def. Mans, broke
Reichert, 5.278, 269.89 def. Dreher, 5.448, 256.31
Reichert, 5.551, 263.87 def. Hirata, 17.409, 72.18
TOP ALCOHOL FUNNY CAR:
1) Dale Brand, Sully, Iowa, '10 Monte Carlo, 5.574, 259.01 def. 8) Cassie Simonton, Brownsburg, Ind., '09 Monte Carlo, 6.817, 145.69
3) Chris Foster, Davenport, Iowa, '11 Mustang, 5.649, 254.90 def. 6) Andy Bohl, Racine, Wis., '08 Mustang, 5.758, 206.95
7) Brian Harvanek, Cheswick, Pa., '02 Camaro, 5.657, 254.38 def. 2) Fred Hagen, DesPlaines, Ill., '10 Mustang, broke
4) Thomas Carter, Victoria, Texas, '09 Mustang, 5.608, 259.76 def. 5) John Bojec, Mentor, Ohio, '10 Monte Carlo, 5.829, 251.72
Brand, 5.614, 258.07 def. Carter, 5.729, 258.22
Foster, 5.703, 251.34 def. Harvanek, 14.144, 63.34
Brand, 5.624, 248.43 def. Foster, 10.569, 77.01
Rick Brown, Lebanon, Ohio, '00 S-10, B/TA, 8.191, 164.45 def. David Rampy, Piedmont, Ala., '32 Bantam, A/EA, 7.273, 170.77
Jeff Dona, Gordonville, Mo., '98 Firebird, SS/HA, 9.765, 131.34 def. Rock Haas, White Lake, Mich., '08 Mustang, SS/CA, 9.174, 139.43
Bo Butner, Floyds Knobs, Ind., '10 Mustang, AA/SA, 9.593, 129.84 def. Kevin Zaskowski, Grand Rapids, Mich., '69 Camaro, F/SA, 11.206, 106.19
Steve Mikus, Ashley, Mich., dragster, 8.919, 154.12 def. Kevin Dyck, Winnipeg, Manit., dragster, 8.885, 180.02
Rock Haas, White Lake, Mich., '05 Corvette, 9.922, 153.65 def. Pat Martin, London, Ohio, '27 roadster, 9.899, 162.96
Ricky Shipp, Needham, Ind., '71 Nova, 12.677, 80.52 def. Edward Jirousek, Elyria, Ohio, '92 Mustang, 10.877, 131.19
Mike Coughlin, Delaware, Ohio, '06 Cobalt, 6.761, 201.52 def. Kevin Waller, Louisville, Ky., '00 Firebird, 7.146, 168.11
Tony Atchison, Greenville, Ill., dragster, 6.925, 188.94 def. Mark Krupka, Elgin, Ill., dragster, 6.576, 207.27
PRO STOCK SNOWMOBILE
Ron Bray, Anoka, Minn., '11 Ski Doo, 8.426, 152.02 def. Rich Daly, Union Spgs, N.Y., '03 Ski Doo, 8.999, 113.20
NORWALK PRO STOCK SNOWMOBILE
Ron Bray, Anoka, Minn., '11 Ski Doo, 8.366, 151.46 def. Edwin Wirbel, Hope, Mich., '03 Ski Doo, 8.443, 152.35
TOP DRAGSTER FAST FOUR
Troy Stone, Elkhart, Ind., dragster, 6.183, 182.08 def. Glenn Sheppard, Hamilton, Ohio, dragster, 6.076, 226.47
TOP SPORTSMAN FAST FOUR
Charley Whittenburg, Spencer, Iowa, '68 Camaro, 6.490, 214.96 def. John Scali, Chicago, Ill., '67 Camaro, 6.954, 185.36
SUPER COMP SHOOTOUT
Pat Martin, London, Ohio, dragster, 8.907, 174.77 def. Steve Mikus, Ashley, Mich., dragster, 8.895, 150.85
SUPER GAS SHOOTOUT
Carl Root, Washington, Ill., '63 Chevy II, 9.938, 147.34 def. Edward Rudek, Mt. Prospect, Ill., '03 Corvette, 9.885, 145.19
SUPER STREET SHOOTOUT
Craig Schultz, Winona, Minn., '79 Monza, 10.872, 133.61 def. Alex Miller, Mansfield, Ohio, '80 Camaro, 10.866, 136.36