ASBURY, Mo. -- The Central States Supercharger series kicked off its 2013 season headlining the annual Memorial Weekend Classic at Mo-Kan Dragway in Asbury, Missouri. With a capacity crowd and sunshine overhead the weekend was perfect for some old school blown drag racing as the CSS series brought twelve cars to entertain the crowd including the debut of several new members including Bill Seals, Mike Allison, Ted McCord and Kenny Stroud. This even also marked the debut of the new nitro combinations for Scott Gaulter's "Nitro Madness" machine driven by Sean Belt.
Final Qualifying Order: 1. Aaron Leyda (Bartlesville, OK) - 4.2513 2. Sean Belt (Wichita, KS) - 4.2513 3. Mark Bowman (Oklahoma City, OK) - 4.2519 4. John Umlauf (Rolla, MO) - 4.212* 5. Craig Donnelly (Kansas City, KS) - 4.370 6. Anthony Whitfield (Elk City, KS) - 4.40 7. Howard Knowles (Carthage, MO) - 4.51 8. Adam Smith (Copan, OK) - 4.75 - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 9. Bill Seals (Raytown, MO) - 4.788 10. Mike Allison (Lathrop, MO) - 4.819 11. Ted McCord (Claremore, OK) - 4.842 12. Kenny Stroud (Tulsa, OK) - 4.8427
The first round of eliminations was called to the lanes and the teams laid down some great passes as Howard Knowles and Mark Bowman started off the action. Knowles got the jump at the starting line but lead quickly faded as Bowman drove around to take the win, posting a 4.31 at 167 mph over Knowles' 4.59 at 154 mph.
John Umlauf wheeled his blown front engine dragster through the waterbox set to race Adam Smith in a pair of beautiful blown front engine dragsters. Both were tardy off the line but Smith had the advantage early and posted a 5.18 at 144 mph, but it wasn't enough to hold off Umlaufs' quicker 4.50 at 160 mph as Umlauf moved on.
First Round Results: (W) Mark Bowman (.076 rt) 4.31 @ 167 mph vs. (L) Howard Knowles (.026 rt) 4.59 @ 154 mph (W) Aaron Leyda (.076 rt) 4.19 @ 176 mph vs. (L) Craig Donnelly (.076 rt) 4.39 @ 160 mph (W) John Umlauf (.281 rt) 4.50 @ 160 mpg vs. (L) Adam Smith (.162 rt) 5.18 @ 144 mph (W) Sean Belt (.116 rt) 4.32 @ 170 mph vs. (L) Anthony Whitfield (.021 rt) 6.44 @ 73 mph
In the first pair of the semi-finals, Mark Bowman and Sean Belt pulled to the line in their blown altereds. Belt took over a tenth of a second advantage off the starting line and as the cars passed the 330' cone they were nose to nose. Bowman made a move and drove around Belt at the stripe posting a 4.21 at 169 mph to advance over Belt's 4.35 at 169 mph as Bowman moved into the final.
Semi-Final Round Results: (W) Mark Bowman (.172 rt) 4.21 @ 169 mph vs. (L) Sean Belt (.065 rt) 4.35 @ 169 mph (W) Aaron Leyda (.066 rt) 4.24 @ 167 mph vs. (L) Adam Smith (.133 rt) 4.76 @ 147 mph
It had been over a year since Aaron Leyda or Mark Bowman had visited the winners circle in CSS competition and one of them was about to put that streak to an end. Number one qualifier Leyda hoped to cap off a solid outing and seal the deal against Bowman, yet Bowman came into the final with lane choice and a slight performance advantage from the previous round.
Final Round Results:
The Central State Superchargers would like to thank Holzman Racecars and The Car Shop Inc. for the support of the 2013 bonus programs. At this event, Mark Bowman took home the Holzman Racecars "Quick Reaction Time" bonus with his .013 reaction time in the final round and Bill Seals won the Car Shop Inc. "Outside Looking In" bonus. The next stop on the CSS schedule brings the wild bunch to Kansas International Dragway in Wichita, KS on Saturday July 20th. For more information visit them online at www.cssuperchargers.com.
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