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Sat, 12 Apr 2008, 12:10 AM

Lewis and Harker Lead Qualifiers at Motorplex's Lucas Oil Series Event
Courtesy of NHRA Field Marketing





ENNIS, Texas -- After the opening rounds of qualifying at the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series event at Texas Motorplex, Brandon Lewis leads the Top Alcohol Dragster class and Steve Harker is No. 1 in Top Alcohol Funny Car. The three-day event, which kicked off today, is the second of six on the NHRA South Central division calendar.

Broken Arrow, Okla., racer Lewis made a 5.380-second, 261.37 mph pass to put him just ahead of second-place qualifier, Spencer Massey of Fort Worth, Texas. Massey ran 5.390 seconds at 268.81 mph. No. 3 qualifier Aaron Tatum, Oklahoma City, was just off the pace with a 5.391-second, 273.39 mph effort.

Harker, the division's reigning Top Alcohol Funny Car champ from Gainesville, Ga., put down a 5.620-second, 256.21 mph pass. Cleburne, Texas' Jimmy Jones is the No. 2 qualifier with a 5.631-second run at 258.32 mph. Harker's daughter Diana, also of Gainesville, Ga., is the No. 7 qualifier in Top Alcohol Dragster.

Kevin Self, Caddo, Okla., set the pace in Comp Eliminator while Ron Taylor, Lincoln, Neb., wheeled his '57 Chevy to the top of the Super Stock qualifiers. In Stock Eliminator, Stuttgart, Ark., resident Dean Oliver took his '79 Malibu to the No. 1 qualifier spot and Mike Manners, Willis, Texas, leads the Top Sportsman field in his '58 Corvette. Joe Collier, Clyde, Texas, is the top qualifier in Top Dragster and Curtis Nichols III, Alvin, Texas, rode his Suzuki to the top of the Sportsman Motorcycle field.

Racing continues Saturday and Sunday at Texas Motorplex. Gates open at 8 a.m. both days. Final qualifying and time trials will start Saturday at 9 a.m. Top Sportsman and Top Dragster will qualify at 10 a.m. and noon. Top Alcohol Dragster and Top Alcohol Funny Car qualifying sessions are scheduled at 1 and 4 p.m. Eliminations begin Sunday morning at 9. Top Alcohol Dragster and Top Alcohol Funny Car will run first round at noon.

Tickets for the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series event at Texas Motorplex are $15 Saturday and $20 Sunday. Children 5 and under are admitted free. Spectator parking is $5. For more information please call Texas Motorplex, (972) 878-2641, or visit www.TexasMotorplex.com.

The following are Friday's qualifying results from the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series event at Texas Motorplex:

TOP ALCOHOL DRAGSTER
1) Brandon Lewis, Broken Arrow, Okla., 5.380 seconds, 261.37 mph
2) Spencer Massey, Fort Worth, Texas, 5.390, 268.81
3) Aaron Tatum, Oklahoma City, 5.391, 273.39
4) Darvin Martinets, Lake Jackson, Texas, 5.555, 256.94
5) Brandon Pierce, Moore, Okla., 5.558, 247.16
6) David Brounkowski, Cypress, Texas, 5.572, 253.42
7) Diana Harker, Gainesville, Ga., 5.609, 248.07
8) Malcolm Whale, Claremore, Okla., 5.635, 240.55 
Not Qualified
9) Chris Holley, Freeport, Texas, 5.920, 228.34
10) Vitali Kazakevich, Houston, 6.477, 197.16
11) Scott Murray, Winnipeg, Manit., 11.381, 82.35
12) Darryl Hitchman, Celeste, Texas, 12.226, 84.62
 
TOP ALCOHOL FUNNY CAR
1) Steve Harker, Gainesville, Ga., '06 Monte Carlo, 5.620 seconds, 256.21 mph
2) Jimmy Jones, Cleburne, Texas, '99 Camaro, 5.631, 258.32
3) Kebin Kinsley, Kennedale, Texas, '02 Camaro, 5.691, 252.24
4) Steve Burck, Corpus Christi, Texas, '02 Camaro, 5.869, 240.04
5) Burl Brown, Gainesville, Texas, '00 Avenger, 5.894, 232.35
6) Ron Morrison, Oklahoma City, '06 Monte Carlo, 6.007, 245.54
7) Nancy Matter, Austin, Texas, '02 Camaro, 6.441, 238.05
 
COMP ELIMINATOR
1) Kevin Self, Caddo, Okla., '32 Bantam, F/EA, 8.020 seconds, -0.670 (under index)
2) Scott Benham, La Grange, Texas, '05 Sunfire, E/SM, 8.511, -0.649
3) Pete Carbery, Odessa, Texas, '07 Cobalt, B/A, 7.006, -0.644
4) Charles Watson, Humble, Texas, '07 Cobalt, H/A, 8.650, -0.630
5) Craig Bourgeois, Metarie, La., dragster, B/ND, 7.055, -0.615
6) Joey Tanksley, Greenwell Springs, La., dragster, C/D, 6.946, -0.594
7) Sean Dodd, Lewisville, Texas, '06 Cobalt, B/AA, 7.073, -0.577
8) Brad Klein, Amarillo, Texas, '08 Cobalt, B/AP, 7.404, -0.576
9) Will Hatcher, Satanta, Kan., dragster, A/DA, 6.604, -0.576
10) Clark Smiley, Denver City, Texas, '05 Cavalier, B/SM, 8.105, -0.575
 
SUPER STOCK
1) Ron Taylor, Lincoln, Neb., '57 Chevy, SS/MA, 11.074 seconds, -1.076 (under index)
2) Bryan Chaney, Claremore, Okla., '02 Cavalier, GT/GA, 10.133, -1.067
3) Pete Peery, Bowie, Texas, '91 Calais, GT/CA, 9.646, -1.054
4) Randall Klein, Lincoln, Neb., '56 Nomad, SS/NA, 11.400, -1.050
5) Butch Marlow, Canton, Texas, '68 Camaro, SS/JA, 10.250, -1.050
6) Keith Mawhee, Carrollton, Texas, '95 Achieva, GT/DA, 9.785, -1.015
7) Gilbert Johnson, Lecompte, La., '91 Calais, GT/JA, 10.595, -1.005
8) Jason Tinberg, Shawnee, Kan., '05 Cavalier, GT/BA, 9.618, -0.932
9) Jerry Emmons, Pasadena, Texas, '05 Cavalier, GT/BA, 9.639, -0.911
10) Elisha Boyd, Sumrall, Miss., '05 95, GT/BA, 9.644, -0.906
 
STOCK ELIMINATOR
1) Dean Oliver, Stuttgart, Ark., '79 Malibu, K/SA, 11.713 seconds, -1.237 (under index)
2) Kent LaPorte, New Iberia, La., '91 Camaro, J/SA, 11.515, -1.235
3) R.J. Sledge, Boerne, Texas, '67 Fairlane, F/SA, 11.027, -1.123
4) Jim Cimarolli, Sulphur Springs, Texas, '69 Nova, B/SA, 10.460, -1.090
5) Kevin Scott, Rowlett, Texas, '90 Trans Am, K/SA, 11.863, -1.087
6) Terry Emmons, League City, Texas, '69 Camaro, B/SA, 10.474, -1.076
7) Tom Moock, Eagle, Neb., '81 Malibu, M/SA, 12.096, -1.054
8) James Paul, Ft. Worth, Texas, '73 Duster, F/SA, 11.107, -1.043
9) Martin Burke, Leonard, Texas, '69 Mustang, B/SA, 10.544, -1.006
10) Leon Philpot, Grand Prairie, Texas, '71 Corvette, D/SA, 10.847, -1.003
 
TOP SPORTSMAN
1) Mike Manners, Willis, Texas, '58 Corvette, 6.638 seconds, 212.73 mph
2) Keith Haney, Broken Arrow, Okla., '07 GTO, 6.817, 206.89
3) Joseph Mohana, Bourg, La., '57 Chevy, 6.838, 202.79
4) Glen Barrilleaux, Oakwood, Texas, '07 GTO, 6.863, 173.70
5) Keith Raftery, Lake Charles, La., '07 GTO, 6.865, 201.61
6) Bert Prejean, St. Amant, La., '06 GTO, 6.867, 201.76
7) Tommy Turner, Naples, Fla., '06 GTO, 6.871, 201.55
8) Billy Torrence, Kilgore, Texas, '07 Cobalt, 6.970, 197.97
9) Heidi Robison, Gardner, Kan., '63 Corvette, 7.055, 192.99
10) Chris Gulitti, Spring, Texas, '98 Firebird, 7.096, 193.18
 
TOP DRAGSTER
1) Joe Collier, Clyde, Texas, dragster, 6.106 seconds, 223.84 mph
2) Mike Manners, Willis, Texas, dragster, 6.190, 219.22
3) Michael Kile, Westlake, La., dragster, 6.496, 209.75
4) Don Aydelott, Vernon, Texas, dragster, 6.576, 207.08
5) Donnel Gaines, Stephenville, Texas, dragster, 6.833, 196.16
6) Larry Eidson, Mineral Wells, Texas, dragster, 6.859, 194.16
7) Jimmy Lewis, Forney, Texas, dragster, 6.862, 194.58
8) Jason Dennis, Lubbock, Texas, dragster, 6.896, 193.43
9) David Strain, Kenner, La., dragster, 6.926, 194.30
10) Jenifer White, Conroe, Texas, dragster, 6.940, 193.43
 
SPORTSMAN MOTORCYCLE
1) Curtis J. Nichols III, Alvin, Texas, '00 Suzuki, 0.000 seconds reaction time
2) Mike McCullah, Houston, '00 Suzuki, 0.002
3) Larry Eperjesi, Lake Dallas, Texas, '00 Koenig, 0.002
4) Peter Pollet, Paulina, La., '88 Harley, 0.003
5) Rob Bennett, Lucas, Texas, '07 Suzuki, 0.005
6) Craig Treble, Hensley, Ark., '01 Hayabusa, 0.005
7) James Enloe, Prairieville, La., '86 Suzuki, 0.013
8) Chris Oravecz, Canal Winchester, Ohio, '81 Suzuki, 0.014
9) Michael Nash, Texarkana, Texas, '83 Honda, 0.016
10) Jerry Pomilla, Conroe, Texas, '85 Suzuki, 0.016





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