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Tue, 24 Sep 2013, 10:03 AM
SIX FIRST TIME WINNERS CROWNED AT JEGS SPORTSNATIONALS
Courtesy of NHRA Field Marketing
JEGS Northern SPORTSnationals Winners
Six drivers scored their first NHRA national event win today at the JEGS Northern SPORTSnationals
NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series event at National Trail Raceway joined by David Billingsley and
Jeff Sexton who notched their fifth and third respectively.
In a repeat performance from last year, Billingsley captured the Comp Eliminator title knocking out
Chuck Haubiel with a pass of 8.707 seconds at 151.41 mph to the quicker Haubiel, Gahanna, Ohio, at
Fairborn, Ohio, racer Sexton took out Jerry Albert, Avon, Ohio, in the division's Brodix/Steve
Schmidt Top Sportsman class running 7.016, 172.21. Sexton has two wins in Super Stock to go along
with this, his first win in Top Sportsman. Albert was looking for his third win in a row here in
Columbus having won this event last year and the Lucas Oil divisional earlier this year.
It was nearly a family affair for the Sextons as Jeff's son BJ advanced to the finals in the
Spitzer Race Cars Top Dragster class before falling to Andy Johnson, Cynthiana, Ky. Johnson
qualified third and marched through the field posting a final round time of 6.209 at 192.44 mph for
his first win.
Jeff Sexton defeated Jerry Albert
in the Top Sportsman final.
Topping a 99-car Super Stock field was Stephan Belanger, Elizabeth, Ind. with a stellar .008 second
reaction time combined with a 9.275 second pass at 140.40 mph to down Kenny Schindler,
Local runner Chuck Beach of Delaware, Ohio, won in Stock Eliminator in his '68 Barracuda defeating
Leonard Mattingly while Leo Zynda took the trophy in Super Comp over Jack Sepanek. Beach held on
with an 11.009 second lap to Mattingly's 10.225. Zynda had to run down Sepanek, who was coming off
a big win last week at the NHRA national event in Charlotte, N.C., with an 8.925 second run.
Rusty Cook and Donnie Durenberger Jr. capped off the first time winners with Cook beating Ray
Connolly in Super Gas and Durenberger ousting George Maxson in Super Street. Cook went 9.922 to
run down Connolly while Durenberger got the hole shot on Maxson and held on in a double breakout.
Pat Donovan, 59 of Culpeper, Va., was involved in a single car accident in the shutdown area during
the first round of Top Sportsman competition Sunday afternoon.
Donovan was conscious and alert when transported by air med to Grant Hospital in Columbus where he
was later released.
The following are the final results from the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series JEGS Northern
SPORTSnationals at National Trail Raceway:
David Billingsley, Decatur, Ill., '93 Cutlass, 8.707, 151.41 def. Chuck Haubiel, Gahanna, Ohio, '10
Cobalt, 8.150, 162.84
Stephen Belanger, Elizabeth, Ind., '05 Cavalier, 9.275, 140.40 def. Kenny Schindler,
Hendersonville, Tenn., '71 Corvette, 9.180, 144.53
Chuck Beach, Delaware, Ohio, '68 Barracuda, 11.009, 109.97 def. Leonard Mattingly, Cox Creek, Ky.,
'00 Formula, 10.225, 129.05
Leo Zynda, Clinton Township, Mich., '97 dragster, 8.925, 172.23 def. Jack Sepanek, Moosic, Pa., '02
dragster, 8.955, 157.63
Rusty Cook, Cynthiana, Ky., '99 Corvette, 9.922, 169.93 def. Ray Connolly, Elyria, Ohio, '63
Corvette, 9.898, 152.16
Donnie Durenberger Jr. Starbuck, Minn., '68 Camaro, 10.891, 126.02 def. George Maxson, Beavercreek,
Ohio, '68 Camaro, 10.883, 125.23
Andy Johnson, Cynthiana, Ky., '13 dragster, 6.209, 192.44 def. BJ Sexton, Brookville, Ohio, 6.789,
Jeff Sexton, Fairborn, Ohio, '03 Cavalier, 7.016, 172.21 def. Jerry Albert, Avon, Ohio, '97 Camaro,
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