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Sat, 13 Oct 2001, 02:19 PM

Final NHRA Division 3 FMDR Series Event of 2001 Kicks Off with Friday
Courtesy of NHRA Marketing

Sunoco Fall Classic Draws More than 500 Competitors From Across Nation



Action at IRP

INDIANAPOLIS - The NHRA Sunoco Fall Classic, the final National Hot Rod Association North Central Division Federal-Mogul Drag Racing Series event of 2001, began late Friday morning after heavy rains delayed the start of action in the three-day competition at Indianapolis Raceway Park. More than 650 competitors from across the nation are expected for the weekend event, with more than $158,000 in prize money at stake in the final divisional meet of the year.

Friday’s action featured more than 500 cars in opening qualifications and time trials. In the highlight of Friday’s qualifications, Keith Stark of Danville, Ill., recorded a dynamic 5.361 elapsed time, posting a 270.18 miles per hour top speed, in the Federal-Mogul Dragster category to grab the top spot in the eight-car field of category qualifiers after the first day of the event.

In the Federal-Mogul Funny Car division, Marc White of Glendale Heights, Ill., posted a 5.755 elapsed time, running the quarter-mile with a top speed of 249.51 mph to grab the top qualifying position in the category headed into Saturday.

Other top qualifiers on Friday included Sam Walker of Kokomo, Ind., in the Jeg’s Super Quick Series; Santo Volpe of Drums, Pa., in Comp Eliminator; Chuck Gallagher of Holly, Mich., in Super Stock; and Jerry Stealy of East Moline, Ill., in Stock.

Time trials for Super Gas and Super Street also took place Friday, with qualifications in both of those divisions set to begin on Saturday. Overall, participants are competing for points and prize money in nine categories during the event.

Qualifications continue all day Saturday at IRP with gates opening at 7 a.m. Final qualifications and time trials are scheduled to begin at 8 a.m. Federal-Mogul Dragster and Federal-Mogul Funny Car qualifying sessions are scheduled at 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. On Sunday, the event will conclude with gates opening at 7 a.m. and final eliminations starting at 8 a.m. Eliminations in the Federal-Mogul Dragster and Federal-Mogul Funny Car categories will begin at 1 p.m.

Tickets are $15 at the gate both Saturday and Sunday. Children 12 and under are admitted free with a paid adult. For more information, contact IRP at 317-291-4090.

The following are Friday’s qualifying results from the NHRA Federal-Mogul Drag Racing Series event at Indianapolis Raceway Park in Indianapolis:

FEDERAL-MOGUL DRAGSTER 1. Keith Stark, Danville, Ill., 5.361 seconds, 270.18 mph 2. Bill Reichert, Owosso, Mich., 5.455, 256.41 3. Brandon Bernstein, Lake Forest, Calif., 5.05, 245.76 4. Ben Marshall, New Carlisle, Ohio, 5.611, 257.51 5. Jeff Bohr, Plymouth, Mich., 5.651, 247. 93 6. Phil Mass, Gurnee, Ill., 5.675, 254.74 7. Shawn Bowen, Montrose, Mich., 5.733, 251.04 8. Randy Bayne, Elwood, Ind., 5.754, 245.36

FEDERAL-MOGUL FUNNY CAR 1. Marc White, Glendale Heights, Ill., ’01 Firebird, 5.755 seconds,249.51 mph 2. Chuck Cheeseman, Galena, Ohio, ’00 Pontiac, 5.855, 246.98 3. Steve Addleman, Fishers, Ind., ’97 Firebird, 5.948, 242.32 4. Kim Fritts, Greeup, Ill., ’98 Pontiac, 5.995, 238.41 5. Jeff Craig, Muncie, Ind., 6.002, 241.67 6. Jeff Lancaster, Hamilton, Ont., ’96 Firebird, 6.698, 209.20

NHRA JEG’S SUPER QUICK SERIES 1. Sam Walker, Kokomo, Ind., ’00 Dodge, 4.413, 156.64 2. Tom Stultz, Terre Haute, Ind., ’92 Pontiac, 4.426, 142.45 3. Dustin Miller, Ozawkie, Kan., ’94 Cutlass, 4.462, 149.67 4. Ryan Hargett, Evansville, Ind., ’98 Monte Carlo, 4.477, 148.41 5. Mike Bagley, Indianapolis, Ind., ’96 Spitzer, 4.511, 154.37 6. Ron Leach, Reading, Ohio, ’99 Jr Race Cars, 4.538, 153.89 7. Tim Branon, Madisonville, Ken., 4.538, 151.48 8. Danny Bettinger, Kettering, Ohio, ’96 Dragster, 4.546, 146.34 9. Troy Anthony, Pleasant Hill, Ohio, ’99 Chassis Craft, 4.559, 151.89 10. Paul Mann, Jasper, Ind., ’90 Firebird, 4.565, 150.05

COMP ELIMINATOR 1. Santo Volpe, Drums, Pa., ’63 Corvette, AA/A, 6.842 seconds, -0.608 under index 2. Bo Bunter, Floyds Knobs, Ind., ’00 Pontiac, E/AA, 8.133, -0.597 3. Steven Ambrose, Woodhaven, Mich., ’23 Ford, I/AA, 7.924, -0.566 4. Mike Hazlett, Indianapolis, Ind., ’97 Olds, B/A, 7.257, -0.553 5. Jerry Arnold, Kalamazoo, Mich., ’98 Dragster, E/EA, 8.593, -0.537 6. Robert Bailey, Wabash, Ind., ’99 Dragster, A/ED, 6.827, -0.523 7. David Billingsley, Decatur, Ill., ’93 Cutlass, C/AA, 7.585, -0.515 8. Steve Johnson, Milwaukee, Wisc., ’97 Pontiac, E/A, 8.489, -0.411 9. Mike Farrell, Louisville, Ken., ’32 Bantam, A/EA, 7.571, -0.409 10. Thomas Kent, Lawrenceburg, Ind., ’97 Chassis Craft, C/D, 7.227, -0.403

SUPER STOCK 1. Chuck Gallagher, Holly, Mich., ’94 Sunbird, SS/AM, 8.427 seconds, -1.123 under index 2. Jerry Silveus, Van Buren, Ohio, ’00 Firebird, GT/JA, 10.574, -1.076 3. Ronnie Terrell, Hebron, Ken., ’85 Chevy, SS/KA, 10.527, -1.023 4. Andrew Olson, Peru, Ind., ’64 Nova, SS/GA, 9.848, -1.002 5. Teresa Butner, Floyds Knobs, Ind., ’96 Achieva, SS/DM, 9.200, -1.000 6. Gary Tompa, Saginaw, Mich., ’84 Firebird, SS/J, 10.128, -0.972 7. Mark Nowicki, Gaylord, Mich., ’98 Avenger, GT/HA, 10.396, -0.954 8. Don O’Malley, Decatur, Ill., ’01 Firebird, SS/JA, 10.358, -0.942 9. Dave Layer, Beaver Creek, Ohio, ’90 Cavalier, GT/GA, 10.267, -0.933 10. Alan Coffman, Corydon, Ind., ’67 Camaro, SS/HA, 9.968, -0.932

STOCK 1. Jerry Stealy, East Moline, Ill., ’86 Camaro, I/SA, 11.271, -1.329 2. Charles Blossom, Woodbury, Minn., ’91 GMC, AT/SA, 11.512, -1.288 3. James Paquet, Eaton Rapids, Mich., ’98 Dodge, FT/SA, 12.385, -1.265 4. Lewis Conkey, London, Ohio, ’88 Camaro, N/S, 12.148, -1.102 5. Bruce Parsons, Lewisburg, Ohio, ’85 Camaro, K/SA, 11.848, -1.102 6. David Edwards, Washington Ct., Ohio, ’78 Trans Am, J/SA, 11.648, -1.102 7. Bo Fowler, Clayton, Ind., ’80 Plymouth, J/SA, 11.658, -1.092 8. John Foxbower, Franklin, Ohio, ’68 Mustang, C/SA, 10.663, -1.037 9. Dave Edwards, Trenton, Ohio, ’73 Duster, H/SA, 11.431, -1.019 10. William Beaudin, Sterling Heights, Mich., ’71 Barracuda, 10.540, -1.010



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