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Sun, 9 Sep 2001, 11:22 AM

Qualifying Completed at Tri-State Raceway in Spite of Mother Nature
Courtesy of NHRA Marketing





EARLVILLE, Iowa - Although the morning hours were not promising, NHRA and track officials were able to get in the final rounds of qualifying and time trials at the NHRA Federal-Mogul Drag Racing Series event presented by Winnebago at Tri-State Raceway. The start of the day's activities was delayed by nearly three hours, but once underway, they did not stop. In fact, the track and air conditions were so good that speed and elapsed time (e.t.) records in Federal-Mogul Dragster were set and reset during the day.

In Federal-Mogul Dragster, Denver resident Bruce Bowler, who was the runner-up here a year ago, was the No. 1 qualifier. Bowler made a 5.428-second, 252.73-mph record-setting pass to surpass Randy Meyer's 5.509-second, 244.43-mph effort. Bowler set the track e.t. record last year at 5.431 seconds. This year he reset the speed record as well at 257.51 mph.

In Federal-Mogul Funny Car, Chuck Cheeseman, an out-of-division racer from Galena, Ohio, took the top spot. Cheeseman's 5.826-second, 250.48-mph pass eclipsed Sioux City resident Cy Chesterman's 5.864-second, 247.18 mph run. The top qualifiers in other categories were Brian Olson of Peru, Ind., in Competition Eliminator; Michael Mans of Rogers Minn., in Super Stock; and Chuck Blossom of Galena, Ohio, in Stock.

Eliminations begin Sunday at 8 a.m. Gates at Tri-State Raceway open at 7 a.m. Federal-Mogul Dragsters and Funny Cars run at noon. For more information call the track, (319) 923-3724.

The following are Saturday's final qualifying results from the NHRA Federal-Mogul Drag Racing Series event presented by Winnebago at Tri-State Raceway, including tomorrow's eliminations pairings for Federal-Mogul Dragster and Funny Car:

FEDERAL-MOGUL DRAGSTER
1) Bruce Bowler, Denver, 5.428 seconds, 252.73 mph vs. 
8) Jef Mamelink, Savage, Minn., 5.756, 218.28

2) Randy Meyer, Spring Hills, Kan., 5.509, 244.43 vs. 
7) Billy Bybee, McLean, Texas, 5.694, 248.68

3) Paul Jones, Stockton, Calif., 5.520, 255.60 vs. 
6) Phil Mass, Gurnee, Ill., 5.689, 249.30

4) Chris Ricketts, N. Kansas City, Mo., 5.520, 251.81 vs. 
5) David Wells, LeMars, Iowa, 5.552, 255.17
	
Not Qualified
9) Lee Calaway, Channelview, Texas, 5.769, 244.56
10) Marty Thacker, Robinson, Ill., 5.829, 241.54
11) Jared Dreher, Clinton, Ind., 5.946, 228.60
12) Ed Schmeeckle, Gothenburg, Neb., 7.754, 119.30
13) Bill Reichert, Owosso, Mich., 8.363, 101.52

FEDERAL-MOGUL FUNNY CAR 
1) Chuck Cheeseman, Galena, Ohio, '01 Trans Am, 5.826 seconds, 250.48 mph vs. 
8) Robert Kanenwisher, Conifer, Colo., '00 Avenger, 6.166, 236.22

2) Cy Chesterman, Sioux City, Iowa, '99 Trans Am, 5.864, 247.18 vs. 
7) Wayne Butler, Manito, Ill., '98 Firebird, 6.099, 229.00

3) Vern Moats, Des Moines, Iowa, '01 Firebird, 5.928, 24.10 vs. 
6) Tate Branch, Artesia, N.M., '99 Avenger, 6.032, 239.80

4) Randy Fleming, Independence, Mo., '99 Firebird, 5.946, 247.25 vs. 
5) Kirk Williams, Glenwood, Iowa, '97 Pontiac, 5.970, 245.70
	
Not Qualified
9) Gage Chaffee, Big Lake, Minn., '96 Cutlass, 6.387, 218.02
10) Daniel Crownhart, Mundelein, Ill., '00 Corvette, 6.428, 215.82
11) Scott McVey, Winnipeg, Man., '96 Cutlass, 6.446, 219.19
12) Larry Bakke, Madison, Wis., '97 Camaro, 7.354, 146.17
13) Kevin Newburgh, Rock Falls, Ill., '94 Corvette, DQ

COMP ELIMINATOR
1. Brian Olson, Peru, Ind., dragster, A/ND, 7.277 seconds, -0.643 under index
2. Scott Parks, Burlingame, Kan., dragster, A/ND, 7.286, -0.634
3. Mike Nahan, Sarteil, Minn., dragster, E/D, 7.581, -0.619
4. David Rampy, Piedmont, Ala., '32 roadster, B/AA, 7.259, -0.611
5. Jerry Arnold, Kalamazoo, Mich., dragster, E/ED, 8.540, -0.590
6. David Billingsly, Decatur, Ill., '93 Cutlass, C/AA, 7.579, -0.561
7. Doug Engels, Watertown, S.D., dragster, D/ED, 7.450, -0.560
8. Scott Benham, Lagrange, Texas, '96 Lumina, E/AA, 8.320, -0.530
9. Edward Shalkowski, Hawley Texas, dragster, F/ED 8.496, -0.514
10. Tom Snyder, Longmont, Colo., '23 roadster, A/A, 6.834, -0.506

SUPER STOCK
1. Michael Mans, Rogers Minn., '00 Firebird, GT/JA, 10.587, -1.063
2. Randall Klein, Lincoln Neb., '56 Nomad Wagon, SS/NA, 11.388, -1.062
3. Jerry Silveus, Van Buren Ohio, '00 Firebird, GT/JA, 10.599, -1.051
4. Andrew Olson, Peru Ind., '67 Nova, SS/GA, 9.859, -0.991
5. Ernie Penner, Pembina N.D., '99 Firebird, GT/KA, 10.774, -0.976
6. Don Sofranko, Davenport Iowa, '66 Nova, SS/L, 10.603, -0.947
7. Bret Voges, Arlington Ohio, '69 Camaro, SS/HA, 9.977, -0.923
8. Chad Voges, South Bend Ind., '87 Camaro, GT/EA, 10.037, -0.913
9. Ron Taylor, Lincoln Neb., '56 Nomad, SS/MA, 11.256, -0.894
10. Bob Jaspersen, Lakeville Minn., '67 Chevy II, SS/HA, 10.019, -0.881

STOCK ELIMINATOR
1. Charles Blossom, Woodbury Minn., '91 Syclone, AT/SA, 11.456, -1.344
2. Jerry Stealy, E. Moline Ill., '86 Camaro, H/SA, 11.251, -1.199
3. Steve Brack, Lawrence Kan., '86 Camaro, I/S, 11.391, -1.109
4. Bob Gibson, Bettendorf Iowa, '65 Malibu, L/S, 11.932, -1.068
5. Kevin Helms, Mineola Texas, '69 Camaro, B/S, 10.458, -1.042
6. Jim Petersen, Davenport Iowa, '80 Dodge, FT/SA, 12.630, -1.020
7. MaryAnn Method, Kennewick Wash., '70 Nova, B/SA, 10.533, -1.017
8. Bob Shaw, Sedalia Mo., '85 El Camino, U/SA, 14.140, -1.010
9. Johnny Diekema, Wilton Iowa, '70 Nova, B/S, 10.497, -1.003
10. Darwin Hardy, Muskegon Mich., '84 Buick, U/SA, 14.152 -0.998







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