BELL ROSE, La. - Jackie Fricke, Flemington, N.J., and Annie Whitley, Grand Junction, Colo., took home the wins in Top Alcohol Dragster and Top Alcohol Funny Car respectively at this weekend's NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series at No Problem Raceway, Belle Rose, La.
Fricke worked her way through the field beating Terry Schmidt in round one and No. 1 qualifier Megan Meyer in round two for a chance to take on Duane Shields in the final. Fricke then ran 5.309 seconds at 272.28 mph in her final round victory over Shields, Boulder City, Nev., who clocked in at 5.341, 272.25 mph.
Whiteley faced off against Kris Hool, Evansville, Wyo., and posted a winning run of 5.512 seconds, 270.50 mph in her '15 Camaro. Hool, left early with a red light foul start, giving the win to Whitley right from the start.
Louisiana racers Joey Tanksley, Jimmy Hidalgo, Steve Collier and Mark Jones all took home wins as well. Tanksley, Greenwell Springs, La., beat out Craig Bourgeois, Metairie, La., with a 6.884, 193.45 second lap in Comp Eliminator, while Hidalgo, Donaldsonville, La., won over Bill Bagley, Longview, Texas, in Stock with a lap of 11.107, 91.29.
It was Collier, Benton, La., taking home the trophy in Super Gas over Jim Capp and Jones, Marrero, La., running down Crystal Peterson for the SDPC Raceshop Top Dragster title.
Pete Perry put Brandon Bakies on the trailer with a win in Super Stock and David Warren beat out Chase Murray in Super Comp. Perry, Bowie, Texas, went 9.323 at 141.46 for the win over Bakies, Alexandria, La., and Warren drove his '11 dragster to an 8.921 second, 167.70 mph winning pass.
Other racers visiting the winner's circle were Clint Castellow and his '54 Ford over Guy Thompson in Super Street; Henry Kindle, Angleton, Texas, downed Michael Mims in the SDPC Top Sportsman class and Derek Dorey, Kingwood, Texas, beat Ricky Kay in Sportsman Motorcycle.
The following are the final results from the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series event at No Problem Raceway, Belle Rose, La:
TOP ALCOHOL DRAGSTER: Round 1 3) Duane Shields, Boulder City, Nev., 5.244, 273.34 def. 6) Spencer Massey, Fort Worth, Texas, broke 2) Buddy Domingue, Port Neches, Texas, 5.283, 273.82 def. 7) Dean Dubbin, Royalton, Minn., 5.440, 258.53 1) Megan Meyer, Olathe, Kan., 5.252, 272.94 def. 8) Julie Nataas, Santa Barbara, Calif., foul 4) Jackie Fricke, Flemington, N.J., 5.334, 272.23 def. 5) Terry Schmidt, Tuttle, Okla., 6.078, 225.20; Semifinals Shields, 5.300, 272.81 def. Domingue, foul Fricke, 5.274, 272.58 def. Meyer, 5.271, 275.16 Final Fricke, 5.309, 272.25 def. Shields, 5.341, 272.25.
TOP ALCOHOL FUNNY CAR:
SUPER COMP GAMBLERS
SUPER GAS GAMBLERS