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Fri, 19 Sep 2008, 09:58 PM

Coan, Sharp, McCormack, Prime and Swigart Lead Qualifying
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At SportsNational after Day One



HEBRON, Ohio -- Nearly 500 sportsman competitors from across the country have traveled to National Trail Raceway to compete at the Jegs NHRA Northern SPORTSnationals this weekend. The SPORTSnationals series concentrates its attention on the Sportsman ranks, while maintaining the importance and thrills of a National event. Saturday's action at National Trail Raceway will include class eliminations in Stock and Super Stock which features the popular Mopar Hemi Challenge. Also on tap for Saturday is the Jegs Top Dragster Showdown.

Jason Coan of Greentown, Ind., came out on top in the battle of the '32 Bantams as Coan took his Bantam down the track at 8.290 seconds, to lead the Comp Eliminator field. Hot on his heels was defending Lucas Oil National Champion Frank Aragona Jr., out of Freehold, N.J., running an 8.292-second pass in the fellow Bantam Roadster. Super Stock top qualifying time of the day went to Maryville, Tenn. resident Lee Sharp, driving his '05 Cavalier to the line in 8.518 seconds. Judy McCormack, of Oxford, Mich., took the top spot in Stock Eliminator, leading the class with her 11.770-second pass.

In other action, John Prime, from Thomastown, Conn., ran to a time of 6.799 seconds, at 201.58 mph, to lead the very fast Top Sportsman class. Local favorite and Jegs sponsored racer Mike Coughlin of Delaware, Ohio, is keeping the Wally Trophy in sight by qualifying a close second. In Top Dragster action, Tom Swigart of Xenia, Ohio powered his '32 Bantam to a 6.410-second run, while reaching speeds of greater then 200 mph.

The action continues tomorrow with qualifying and time trials scheduled for 8 a.m. Special features include the Mopar Hemi Challenge at 1 p.m., the Jegs Top Dragster Showdown at 2 p.m., and the always exciting jet cars are scheduled for 3 and 6 p.m.

Saturday general admission tickets are $20 for adults and $5 for children (8-12). For more information please contact National Trail Raceway, (740) 928-5708 or www.nationaltrailraceway.com.

The following are Friday's qualifying results from the NHRA Fourth annual JEGS Northern SPORTSnationals:

COMP ELIMINATOR
1) Jason Coan, Greentown, Ind., '32 Bantam, G/EA, 8.290 seconds, -0.590 (under index)
2) Frank Aragona Jr., Freehold, N.J., '32 Bantam, G/EA, 8.292, -0.588
3) Jeff Taylor, Floyds Knobs, Ind., '05 Grand Am, H/SMA, 8.977, -0.583
4) Todd Patterson, Augusta, Kan., '08 Cobalt, D/A, 7.778, -0.582
5) Robert Bailey, Wabash, Ind., dragster, A/ED, 6.646, -0.574
6) Lee Sharp, Maryville, Tenn., '08 G5, D/SMA, 8.451, -0.549
7) Rick Brown, Lebanon, Ohio, '00 S-10, B/TA, 8.333, -0.547
8) Nick Morgan, Newark, Ohio, '07 Stratus, B/AP, 7.353, -0.527
9) Gerry Russo, Saddle River, N.J., '04 Cavalier, C/SMA, 8.351, -0.509
10) Bill Yates, Johnstown, Ohio, dragster, A/ED, 6.718, -0.502
 
SUPER STOCK
1) Lee Sharp, Maryville, Tenn., '05 Cavalier, SS/CM, 8.518 seconds, -1.282 (under index)
2) Irvin Johns, Charlestown, Ind., '08 Cobalt, GT/CA, 9.504, -1.196
3) Larry Hodge, La Place, Ill., '86 Monte Carlo, SS/KA, 10.370, -1.180
4) Charlie Westcott, Parma, Mich., '68 Barracuda, SS/AH, 8.585, -1.165
5) Ronnie Terrell, Hebron, Ky., '85 Camaro, SS/JA, 10.149, -1.151
6) Charlie Bohannon, Valley Stn, Ky., '67 Corvette, SS/HA, 9.749, -1.151
7) Rich South, Pickerington, Ohio, '05 Sunfire, GT/EA, 9.802, -1.148
8) Charlie Westcott Jr., Parma, Mich., '68 Barracuda, SS/AH, 8.605, -1.145
9) Jerry Silveus, Van Buren, Ohio, '05 Cavalier, GT/DA, 9.671, -1.129
10) Jim Evanuik, N. Versailles, Pa., '02 ZX-2, GT/A, 9.174, -1.126

STOCK ELIMINATOR
1) Judy McCormack, Oxford, Mich., '03 Dakota, K/SA, 11.770 seconds, -1.180 (under index)
2) Greg Hill, Louisville, Ky., '71 Camaro, E/SA, 10.826, -1.174
3) Donnie Beeler, Elizabethtown, Ky., '67 Camaro, G/S, 11.028, -1.172
4) David Barton, Robesonia, Pa., '65 Coronet, A/SA, 10.128, -1.172
5) Bert Morgan, Charleston, Ill., '75 Buick Wgn, Q/SA, 12.934, -1.166
6) Bruce Witherspoon, Lansing, Mich., '90 Corvette, G/SA, 11.158, -1.142
7) Brett McFarland, Manchester, Ohio, '68 Camaro, A/S, 10.113, -1.137
8) Jim Marshall, Scottsville, N.Y., '80 Corvette, F/SA, 11.028, -1.122
9) Rick Winchester, Cincinnati, Ohio, '73 Camaro, H/SA, 11.328, -1.122
10) Terry Dye, Binghton, Mich., '91 Daytona, BF/S, 13.841, -1.109
 
TOP SPORTSMAN
1) John Prime, Thomastown, Conn., '68 Camaro, 6.799 seconds, 201.58 mph
2) Mike Coughlin, Delaware, Ohio, '06 Cobalt, 6.861, 204.32
3) Ronnie Davis, Suwanee, Ga., '63 Corvette, 6.869, 201.61
4) Billy Thoman, Mt Washington, Ky., '63 Corvette, 6.870, 201.82
5) Tom Stultz, Terre Haute, Ind., '92 Firebird, 6.878, 202.45
6) Ralph Crocker Sr., Waterford, Mich., '02 Cavalier, 6.892, 203.28
7) Belva Brinegar, Middletown, Ohio, '03 Mustang, 6.911, 201.67
8) Tommy Turner, Naples, Fla., '06 GTO, 6.922, 202.24
9) Keith Raftery, Lake Charles, La., '07 GTO, 6.971, 200.11
10) Jeff Brooks, Fredericksburg, Va., '51 Henry J, 6.980, 197.16
 
TOP DRAGSTER
1) Tom Swigart, Xenia, Ohio, '32 Bantam, 6.410 seconds, 212.63 mph
2) Edward Dudley, Fishers, Ind., dragster, 6.628, 205.44
3) Bob Cireddu, Perry, Ohio, dragster, 6.906, 188.89
4) Tom Koenen, North Bend, Ore., dragster, 6.931, 193.65
5) Billy Smith, Pickerington, Ohio, dragster, 6.932, 191.70
6) Dean McIlvain, New Carlisle, Ohio, dragster, 6.942, 193.85
7) Marco Abruzzi, Warren, Ohio, dragster, 6.947, 195.39
8) Wayne Hofmann, New Preston, Conn., dragster, 6.966, 192.96
9) Ed Alessi Jr, Bethpage, N.Y., dragster, 7.003, 191.57
10) Keith Raftery, Lake Charles, La., dragster, 7.018, 191.97





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