CLERMONT, Ind. -- The final installment of the 2001 North Central Division NHRA Federal-Mogul Drag Racing Series concluded on Monday evening, one day later than scheduled, in the Sunoco Fall Classic at Indianapolis Raceway Park. More than 650 drag racers competed in the weekend's National Hot Rod Association competition, which was delayed by rain on Saturday and Sunday, for more than $158,000 in cash and contingency awards.
Monday’s eliminations featured a dynamic duel in the Federal-Mogul Dragster division, with Keith Stark of Danville, Ill., capturing the victory over Brandon Bernstein of Lake Forest, Calif., with a 5.341 seconds elapsed time, 269.78 mph, to Bernstein’s 5.495, 260.56.
“The track at IRP was just amazing,” said Stark. “This was just a pretty awesome performance for anybody. We’re just glad that it happened to us here this weekend.”
In the Federal-Mogul Funny Car division, Marc White of Glendale Heights, Ill., defeated Kim Fritts of Greenup, Ill., with a 5.825, 225.16 to Fritts’ 6.144, 176.85.
Other winners throughout weekend competition were Bo Bunter of Floyds Knobs, Ind., in Competition Eliminator; Ken Shawver of Defiance, Ohio, in Super Stock; Phillip Lacy of Louisville, Ky., in Stock Eliminator; Kyle Fickler of Huntley, Ill., in Super Comp; Jon Steldt of Milwaukee, Wis., in Super Gas; and Justin Rosenbohm, of LeClaire, Iowa, in Super Street.
Stark and White each took home $1,000 as the Sealed Power Top Qualifier in the Federal-Mogul Dragster and Federal-Mogul Funny Car divisions. Other low qualifier award winners were Steven Ambrose of Woodhaven, Mich., in Competition Eliminator; Jerry Silvens of Van Buren, Ohio, in Super Stock; and Charles Blossom of Woodbury, Minn., in Stock.
An award for Best Appearing Crew went to Russ Lindert of Manteno, Ill., and his Federal-Mogul Dragster crew. The Best Appearing Car award was Gary Agan of Greenwood, Ind., for his 2001 Agan Red in Super Comp. The Best Engineered Car award went to Wayne Hansen of Wabash, Ind., for his 2001 Chevy S-10.
Points champions in the North Central Division Federal-Mogul Series will compete in the NHRA Auto Club Finals in Pomona, Calif., Nov. 8-11.
The following are Monday’s final elimination results from the NHRA Sunoco Fall Classic Federal-Mogul Drag Racing Series event at Indianapolis Raceway Park in Indianapolis:
FEDERAL-MOGUL DRAGSTER Round 1 #1 Keith Stark, Danville, Ill., 5.319 seconds, 275.90 mph def. #8 Shawn Bowen, Montrose, Mich., 5.736, 243.04 #4 Robin Samsel, Marion, Ind., 6.120, 206.13 def. #5 Ben Marshall, New Carlisle, Ohio, 16.426, 72.59 #7 Jeff Bohr, Plymouth, Mich., 5.644, 250.13 def. #2 Bill Reichert, Owosso, Mich., 13.504, 60.88 #3 Brandon Bernstein, Lake Forest, Calif., 8.779, 143.24 def. #6 Phil Mass, Gurnee, Ill., foul, broke Semi-Finals Keith Stark, 5.280, 271.24 def. Robin Samsel, foul, broke Brandon Bernstein, 5.482, 263.31 def. Jeff Bohr, 5.656, 247.93 Finals Stark, 5.341, 269.78 def. Bernstein, 5.495, 260.56 FEDERAL-MOGUL FUNNY CAR Round 1 #1 Marc White, Glendale Heights, Ill., ’01 Firebird, 14.720 seconds, 51.51 mph def. #8 Jeff Lancaster, Hamilton, Ontario, ’96 Firebird, 8.287, 107.95 (foul) #4 Kim Fritts, Greenup, Ill., ’98 Pontiac, 9.216, 107.21 def. #3 Steve Addleman, Fishers, Ind., ’97 Firebird, foul, broke #2 Chuck Cheeseman, Galena, Ohio, ’00 Pontiac, 12.363, 75.33 def. #5 Jeff Craig, Muncie, Ind., foul, broke Semi-Finals Marc White, single, 6.953, 133.25 Kim Fritts, 5.784, 250.27 def. Chuck Cheeseman, 6.140, 190.27 Finals White, 5.825, 225.16 def. Fritts, 6.144, 176.85 COMPETITION ELIMINATOR Bo Butner, Floyds Knobs, Ind., ’00 Pontiac, 10.269 seconds, 81.56 mph def. Steven Ambrose, Woodhaven, Mich., ’23 Ford, 9.339, 93.36 (foul) SUPER STOCK Ken Shawver, Defiance, Ohio., ’78 Pontiac, 10.825 seconds, 118.81 mph def. Tom Sheehan, Newell, Pa., ’00 Sebring, 9.928, 132.21 STOCK Phillip Lacy, Louisville, Ken., ’68 Chevelle, no time, broke, def. Larry Hodge, La Place, Ill., ’75 Skylark, 13.069, 87.53 (foul) SUPER COMP Kyle Fickler, Huntley, Ill., ’00 Dragster, 8.922, 162.83, def., Scott Arnold, West Chester, Ohio, ’95 Dragster, 8.892, 157.53 SUPER GAS Jon Steldt, Milwaukee, Wisc., ’96 Olds, 10.031, 148.19 def. Danny Edwards, Columbus, Ohio, ’85 Daytona, 9.968, 146.81 SUPER STREET Justin Rosenbohm, LeClaire, Iowa, ’73 Vega, 10.930, 122.74 def. Jeff Goodman, Hendersonville, Tenn., ’67 Nova, 10.936, 126.10 BEST APPEARING CREW: 3222 FMD Russ Lindert, Manteno, Ill. BEST APPEARING CAR: 3155 S/C Gary Agan, Greenwood, Ind. BEST ENGINEERED: 351 GT/TC Wayne Hansen, Wabash, Ind.
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