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Sun, 24 Sep 2000, 08:14 AM

Santos Sets Track Records at Thunder Valley
Courtesy of NHRA Marketing





NOBLE, Okla. - Rick Santos reset his own track elapsed time record set yesterday and established a new track speed record during today's final qualifying for the Thunder Valley Autumn Classic, the final event in the NHRA South Central Division Federal-Mogul Drag Racing Series. Santos driving his Oakwood Homes Federal-Mogul Dragster, bettered yesterday's mark of 5.615 by nearly two tenths of a second with a pass of 5.421 seconds at 260.19 mph. His 260.19 mph blew out the old record of 253.09 mph set by Bobby Taylor in 1997.

Jay Meyer of Freeport, Texas follows Santos in the number two spot with a run of 5.530 at 254.81. Meyer has already clinched the dragster championship in the South Central Division but is chasing Santos in the points battle for the national title. Meyers is in a must win situation this weekend to keep his title hopes alive.

Local Favorite, Shelley Howard, of Tulsa, Okla., jumped to the number four spot in the dragster class with a final run of 5.559 at 255.31 mph. Howard is looking for her first win of the season and will meet up with Troy Buff in round one.

In Federal-Mogul Funny Car, it was Randy Fleming knocking off Todd Simpson for the number one spot and the $1000 Winston Top Qualifier money. The cool night air made for excellent racing conditions as Fleming covered the quarter mile in 5.887 seconds at 248.75 mph. This is Fleming's first pole position in the funny car category.

Simpson who sat out the final qualifying session dropped to the number two spot with a time of 5.901, 241.41 mph. Tate Branch, who is expected to win the South Central Division Federal-Mogul Funny Car Championship failed to qualify as he had traction problems in all three qualifying efforts and could only muster a best run of 7.345 seconds landing him in the number eleven spot.

The following are Saturday's qualifying results and Sunday's pairings from the NHRA South Central Division Federal-Mogul Drag Racing Series event at Thunder Valley Raceway Park.

FEDERAL-MOGUL DRAGSTER
1. Rick Santos, San Leandro, Calif., 5.421 seconds, 260.19 miles per hour vs. 
8. Lee Callaway, Channelview, Texas, 5.761, 241.80

2. Jay Meyer, Freeport, Texas, 5.530, 254.81 vs. 
7. Joe Fuentes, Leander. Texas, 5.738, 201.83

3. Bruce Bowler, Denver, Colo., 5.543, 252.38 vs. 
6. Kent Nuckols, Albuquerque, N.M., 5.735, 252.52

4. Shelly Howard, Tulsa, Okla., 5.559, 255.31 vs. 
5. Troy Buff, Spring, Texas, 5.609, 255.10

Not qualified
9. Larry Traugott, Woodword, Okla., 5.861, 239.48
10. Randy Meyer, Spring Hill, Kan., 5.999, 216.45
11. Sergio, Recio, El Paso, Texas., 6.002, 236.65
12. Gene Snow, Ft. Worth, Texas, 6.012, 222.22
13. Larry Becktold, Luther, Okla., 7.045, 190.96
14. Bill Ancona, Mansfield, Texas, 7.061, 125.40
15. James Thompson, Jr., Vernon, Texas, 8.357, 98.52

FEDERAL-MOGUL FUNNY CAR
1. Randy Fleming, Independence, Mo., '99 Trans Am, 5.887 seconds, 248.75 mph vs. 
8. Bob Alberty, Muskogee, Okla., '98 Pontiac, 6.406, 206.94

2. Todd Simpson, Ponder, Texas, '00 Avenger, 5.901, 241.41 vs. 
7. Warren Dauzat, Baton Rouge, La., '96 Achieva, 6..390, 221.18

3. Pete Swayne, Orange, Calif., '97 Firebird, 6.009, 242.98 vs. 
6. Lawren Jones, Albuqurque, N.M., '00 Corvette, 6.238, 208.47

4. Steve Addleman, Sioux Falls, S.D., '97 Firebird, 6.073, 199.60 vs. 
5. Kirk Williams, Glenwood, Iowa, '97 Pontiac, 6.078, 241.02

Not Qualified
9. Richard Shaver, San Antonio, Texas, '98 Avenger, 6.407, 156.90
10. Kurt Prososki, Bellveue, Neb., '96 Daytona, 6.454, 224.77
11. Tate Branch, Artesia, N.M., '99 Avenger, 7.345, 139.21
12. Ron Morrison, Oklahoma City, Okla., '97 Cutlass, 7.465, 213.82
13. Jimmy Jones, Cleburne, Texas, '97 Camaro, 7.957, 106.34

COMPETITION
1. Larry Pritchett, Clarkrange, Tenn., '97 Grand Am, D/SM, 8.128 seconds,
-0.602 under the index
2. Brian Self, Houston, Texas, '00 S-10, A/T, 7.659, -0.521
3. Pete Carbery, Odessa, Texas, '89 Cutlass, B/A, 7.392, -0.478
4. Clint Sallee, Glendive, Mont., '00 dragster, C/D, 7.195, -0.475
5. Mike Trumble, Pasadena, Texas, '92 Camaro, D/SM, 8.257, -0.437
6. Jeff Naiser, Houston, Texas, '00 S-10, A/T, 7.714, -0.466
7. Joey Tanksley, Greenwell Springs, La., '92 dragster, B/ED, 7.095, -0.455
8. Joe Shalkowski, Thornton, Colo., '96 dragster, F/ED, 8.575, -.445
9. Roger Brogdon, Tomball, Texas, '90 Trans Am, 8.286, -0.444
10. Arthur Sauceda, Deer Park, Texas, '00 dragster, C/D, 7.229, -0.441

SUPER STOCK
1. Bob Dennis, Shorter, Ala. '97 Firehawk, GT/MA, 11.135 seconds, -0.915
under the index.
2. John Clegg, Victoria, Texas, '99 Firebird, SS/AM8.702, -0.848
3. Keith Mawhee, Carrollton, Texas, '98 Pontiac, SS/CM, 9.077, -0.823
4. Brent Johnson, Lecompte, La., '66 Impala, SS/NA, 11.631, -0.819
5. Buggs Dennis, Shorter, Ala., '88 Cutlass, SS/DA, 11.816, -0.784
6. Jimmy DeFrank, Tarzana, Calif., '89 Camaro, GT/HA, 10.597, -0.753
7. Don Bevers, Tucson, Ariz., '91 Probe, SS/BM, 8.976, -0.724
8. Jeff Miller, Pearland, Texas, '97 Firehawk, GT/AA, 9.676, -0.724
9. Billy Ingels, Marnille, Mo., '74 Trans Am, SS/JA, 10.588, -0.712
10.  Frank Weaver, Waco, Texas, '97 Trans Am, GT/IA, 10.790, -0710

STOCK
1. Verne Buchnan, Conway, Ark., '73 Mustang, J/SA 11.711 seconds, -1.039
under the index.
2. Jim Cimarolli, Sulphur Springs, Texas, '70 Nova, C/SA, 10.769, -0.931
3. Martin Burke, Flower Mound, Texas, '69 Mustang, C/SA, 10.834, -0.866
4. Jeff Hefler, Mansfield, Texas, '97 Trans Am, F/SA, 11.185, -0.865
5. Floyd Colley, Waco, Texas, '84 Daytona, BF/SA, 14.390, -0.860
6. Mike Wenke, Conway Springs, Kan., '69 Mustang, B/SA, 10.712, -0.838
7. Marty Woddard, Gore, Okla., '66 Nova, L/S, 12.171, -0.829
8. Barron Gill, Winnsboro, La., '70 Nova, C/S, 10.834, -0.816
9. Martin Wilkes, Derby, Kan., '69 Fairlane, D/SA, 11.045, -0.805
10. Mike Cotton, Broken Arrow, Okla., '72 Duster, H/SA, 11.645, -0.805






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