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Mon, 10 Nov 2008, 07:44 PM

Cowie and Harker Score at LVMS
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Photo copyright 2008 Bob Johnson Photography

NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series 2008 Season Complete


Shawn Cowie
It took a day longer than planned but the Short Line Express Market Gambler Shootout, a round of the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, is in the books. It was the last of 44 races on the 2008 Lucas Oil Series schedule and boasted more than 800 cars with racers vying for last-minute points toward divisional and national titles. Ultimately, Shawn Cowie, Richmond, B.C., wheeled his Top Alcohol Dragster to the winner's circle and was joined there by Top Alcohol Funny Car pilot Steve Harker of Gainesville, Ga.

Cowie qualified in the No. 5 spot and took out No. 1 qualifier Michael Manners of Willis, Texas, in the semifinals. In the final round he squared off against Phoenix's Mark Niver. Cowie laid down a 5.460-second lap at 266.32 mph which was more than enough to cover Niver who slowed to an 11.418-second pass. For Cowie, the win marked his first trip to the winner's circle after three straight runner-up finishes.

Steve Harker
After qualifying second, Harker made his best run of the weekend in the final round with a 5.582-second, 257.92 mph lap against Jay Payne of Claremont, Calif. who red-lighted. Harker has excelled all season to earn the South Central division championship. He has been to the final round at all nine of the divisional events he has attended and this marks his fifth win.

In Comp Eliminator, Dan Fletcher, who wrapped up his third national championship a couple of weeks ago, put an exclamation point on his season with two wins in two weeks in Vegas. The Churchville, N.Y., resident beat out Arnie Martel of Tewksbury, Mass., in the finals of the Lucas Oil event.

Perry Hall, Md., racer Lee Zane beat Tibor Kadar, Peoria, Ariz., in the Stock Eliminator final today. Zane also earned his second national championship in the category. Although Zane could not earn any more points in the category, winning the race prevented other drivers from catching him.

Frank Grossi, Upland, Calif., wheeled his '05 Sunfire to the win in Super Stock, beating out Justin Lamb of Henderson, Nev. In Super Comp, Mitch Mustard, Arvada, Colo., took the win over Chad Langdon, La Mirada, Calif., while Ryan Herem, Quartz Hills, Calif., wheeled his Super Gas entry to win, beating out Dave Kelly, Walla Walla, Wash. Montrose, Colo., racer Justin Beaver grabbed the Super Street win besting Nikki Cannon, Bothell, Wash., in the final. The Top Sportsman win went to Joseph Mohana, Bourg, La., who ousted Ray Martin of Anchorage, Alaska, while Les Figueroa, Lake Havasu, Ariz., earned the Top Dragster win over Tom Koenen of Tucson, Ariz. In Sportsman Motorcycle presented by Harley Davidson, Brian Johnson, Anoka, Minn., jettisoned Aaron Pine of La Mirada, Calif. In the Top Fuel Harley exhibition class, Doug Vancil of Cedar Crest, N.M., scored the win from Phil Schmidt, Orangevale, Calif.

Round 1
1) Michael Manners, Willis, Texas, 5.264, 265.01 def. 
8) Chris Demke, Sunland, Calif., 5.385, 263.31

7) Mark Niver, Phoenix, 5.403, 262.79 def. 
2) Duane Shields, Boulder City, Nev., 5.388, 263.77

6) Jeff Isbell, Salt Lake City, 5.424, 262.64 def. 
3) Del Cox Jr., Downey, Calif., 5.513, 261.62

5) Shawn Cowie, Richmond, B.C., 5.375, 268.22 def. 
4) Kimmelyn Buff Pesz, The Woodlands, Texas, 5.294, 269.56

Niver, broke def. Isbell, no show
Cowie, 5.412, 269.08 def. Manners, 14.316, 69.48

Cowie, 5.460, 266.32 def. Niver, 11.418, 110.05 

Round 1
6) Terry Ruckman, Grand Junction, Colo., '01 Firebird, 5.654, 252.10 def. 
3) Doug Gordon, Paso Robles, Calif., '06 Monte Carlo, foul

1) Roger Bateman, Calgary, Alb., '08 Mustang, 5.583, 256.94 def. 
8) Ron August Jr., Pleasanton, Calif., '08 Mustang, 5.742, 244.43

2) Steve Harker, Gainesville, Ga., '05 Monte Carlo, 5.591, 257.24 def.
7) Von Smith, Oak Ridge, Tenn., '08 Mustang, 5.717, 249.72

5) Jay Payne, Claremont, Calif., '07 Mustang, 5.638, 257.63 def. 
4) Steve Gasparrelli, West Covina, Calif., '07 Mustang, 5.739, 255.63

Harker, 5.585, 253.37 def. Ruckman, 12.344, 101.29
Payne, 7.359, 128.59 def. Bateman, DQ

Harker, 5.582, 257.92 def. Payne, foul

Dan Fletcher, Churchville, N.Y., '08 Cobalt, F/AA, 8.147, 157.45 def.
Arnie Martel, Tewksbury, Mass., '08 Cobalt, I/SMA, 9.232, 143.87

Frank Grossi, Upland, Calif., '05 Sunfire, GT/AA, 9.263, 132.13 def.
Justin Lamb, Henderson, Nev., '08 Cobalt, SS/AS, 9.343, 138.19

Lee Zane, Perry Hall, Md., '98 Firebird, D/SA, 12.218, 77.84 def. 
Tibor Kadar, Peoria, Ariz., '77 Firebird, L/SA, broke

Mitch Mustard, Arvada, Colo., dragster, 9.124, 159.48 def. 
Chad Langdon, La Mirada, Calif., dragster, 9.152, 153.79

Ryan Herem, Quartz Hills, Calif., '62 Corvette, 10.118, 133.39 def. 
Dave Kelly, Walla Walla, Wash., '02 Firebird, 10.097, 150.33

Justin Beaver, Montrose, Colo., '65 Nova, 11.043, 127.80 def. 
Nikki Cannon, Bothell, Wash., '67 Nova, 11.017, 141.64

Joseph Mohana, Bourg, La., '57 Chevy, 7.069, 196.79 def. 
Ray Martin, Anchorage, Alaska, '63 Corvette, 7.242, 189.36

Les Figueroa, Lake Havasu, Ariz., dragster, 6.962, 192.96 def. 
Tom Koenen, Tucson, Ariz., dragster, 6.961, 193.07

Brian Johnson, Anoka, Minn., '05 Suzuki, 9.241, 134.18 def. 
Aaron Pine, La Mirada, Calif., '94 GSX-R, 8.387, 156.97 

Doug Vancil, Cedar Crest, N.M., '00 H-D, 6.354, 226.89 def. 
Phil Schmidt, Orangevale, Calif., '04 H-D, 6.467, 191.46

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