BAYTOWN, Texas - Faced with a pessimistic forecast, NHRA and track officials moved up the start of eliminations to Saturday afternoon for the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series at Royal Purple Raceway with several rounds of competition begin completed before the rain made its way in about 8:30 p.m. forcing final eliminations in most classes to be rescheduled at future events.
Prior to the rain, Duane Shields and Mike Strasburg made their way through rounds one and two and will face off in the final of Top Alcohol Dragster. Shields qualified No. 2 and beat Randy Meyer and David Brounkowski while Strasburg qualified No. 1 and outran Karl Brounkowski and Forrest Fair.
In Top Alcohol Funny Car it was Jay Payne leading the field in qualifying and advancing to the final with wins over Annie Whiteley and Mark Billington. Payne will meet Shane Westerfield in the final as he won over Ulf Leanders and Jonnie Lindberg in rounds one and two.
Several of the NHRA Harley-Davidson Drag Racing Series classes saw final round action led by Clint Rabb and Michael Majeska in the Pro Gas and Street Pro classes. Rabb beat Lance Bonham on his '13 Street Glide while Majeska held off Neil Sonder with a lap of 10.621 seconds at 127.19 mph.
Mageska was both pulling double duty running in two classes this weekend. Majeska also won in the Harley 10.50 Index class over Eddie Godson.
Darrell Schwalbach beat Larry Fore in the final of Draggin' Bagger and Tony Dekerlegand won over William Rowe in Hot Street.
Super Street, Stock, Sportsman Motorcycle, Super Stock, Top Dragster, and Competition Eliminator will be completed in Belle Rose, La., in two weeks, during the JEGS Cajun SPORTSnationals.
Super Gas, Super Comp and Top Sportsman will be completed during the Division 4 Lucas Oil event at Ennis, Texas, May 2-4.
The Harley Pro Fuel and Top Fuel finals will be contested during qualifying for the Harley-Davidson Drag Racing Series Division 1 event at Virginia Motorsports Park, April 4-5.
The Top Alcohol Dragster finals will be contested either at the national event at Gainesville this coming weekend, or back here in Baytown at the national event next month.
The Top Alcohol Funny Car final will be contested during the Division 7 Lucas Oil event at Las Vegas March 21-23.
The following are results for rounds one and two of Top Alcohol Dragster and Funny Car from the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series event and final rounds from the NHRA Harley-Davidson Drag Racing Series at Royal Purple Raceway:
TOP ALCOHOL DRAGSTER: Round 1 2) Duane Shields, Boulder City, Nev., 5.380, 272.50 def. 7) Randy Meyer, Spring Hill, Kan., 7.890, 150.51 3) David Brounkowski, Cypress, Texas, 5.364, 258.02 def. 6) Chase Copeland, Gainesville, Texas, 5.489, 261.02 1) Mike Strasburg, Lindon, Utah, 5.395, 270.59 def. 8) Karl Brounkowski, Magnolia, Texas, 5.644, 245.27 5) Forrest Fair, Haughton, La., 5.301, 271.08 def. 4) Michael Manners, Willis, Texas, 5.443, 264.75 Semifinals Shields, 5.271, 274.83 def. D. Brounkowski, 6.221, 167.05 Strasburg, 5.646, 271.79 def. Fair, 14.352, 86.58 Final Shields vs. Mike Strasburg (at the national event at Gainesville this coming weekend, or in Baytown at the national event next month) TOP ALCOHOL FUNNY CAR: Round 1 2) Jonnie Lindberg, Stockholm, Sweden, '06 Monte Carlo, 5.610, 255.92 def. 7) Kris Hool, Evansville, Wyo., '06 Monte Carlo, 5.682, 258.37 3) Shane Westerfield, Anaheim, Calif., '06 Monte Carlo, 5.730, 257.48 def. 6) Ulf Leanders, Viksjotors, Sweden, '06 Monte Carlo, 11.982, 78.55 5) Mark Billington, Prosper, Texas, '06 Monte Carlo, 5.845, 250.46 def. 4) John Lombardo Jr., Brea, Calif., '14 Mustang, 9.183, 98.46 1) Jay Payne, Claremont, Calif., '09 Mustang, 5.663, 249.72 def. 8) Annie Whiteley, Grand Junction, Colo., '10 Mustang, broke Semifinals Westerfield, 5.723, 256.06 def. Lindberg, 10.595, 81.75 Payne, 5.684, 249.39 def. Billington, broke Final Payne vs. Westerfield (at the Division 7 Lucas Oil event at Las Vegas March 21-23)
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