The NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series is in town this weekend for it’s double header at Heartland Park Topeka in Topeka, Kan. Chad Voges, Jeff Strickland, and J.R. Baxter celebrated with their teams in the winner circle Friday night following their final round victories, ending the first half of the double header.
Voges, racing out of St. Peters, Mo., lined up against former Lucas Oil World Champion and current NHRA host on FOX, Bruno Massel, Elmhurst, Ill. Massel cut the better light but Voges was able to chase him down for the competitive victory in the Comp Eliminator final round; posting a winning run of 7.601 seconds, 162.27 mph. Bruno Massel came in a close second at 6.950 seconds, 197.91 mph.
In the Stock Eliminator final round both drivers were quick on their launch, however defending World Champion Strickland hailing from Red Bay, Ala., tripped a perfect light, running 9.943 seconds, 111.53 mph. Tim Ames, League City, Texas, fouled all the line ensuring Strickland’s victory.
In a Texas v. Texas final round, Hunter Patton racing out of Highlands mounted a huge a lead but it proved to be surmountable. Baxter out of Waxahachie, scored a .001 second reaction time on the tree and powered his way down the dragstrip to spoil Patton’s lead for the victory in Fineline Graphics/Madcap Racing Top Dragster.
Local fans in attendance witnessed two local racers defeat Texas opponents, in their respective final rounds. Mark Grame from Overland Park upended Austin Williams of Burleson, Texas, running closer to his 8.90 index for the Super Comp event Wally. Sportsman Motorcycle standout John Fitzpatrick, from Park City, emerged victorious in a double breakout, defeating Micheal Nash of Texarkana, Texas.
The other drivers visiting the Lucas Oil winner’s circle were Kevin Helms in Super Stock; Raymond Miller in Super Gas; Brian Percival in Super Street; and Jeffrey Barker in Top Sportsman.
Chad Voges, St. Peters, Mo., N&P, K/AA, 7.601, 162.27 def. Bruno Massel, Elmhurst, Ill., '10 Cobalt, DD/AT, 6.950, 197.91.
Kevin Helms, Plant City, Fla., '10 Challenger, FSS/E, 9.070, 146.34 def. Greg Stanfield, Bossier City, La., '15 Copo, FSS/C, 8.615, 151.49.
Jeff Strickland, Red Bay, Ala., '15 Copo, FS/D, 9.943, 111.53 def. Tim Ames, League City, Texas, '71 Plymouth, E/S, foul.
Mark Grame, Overland Park, Kan., '11 Fritz, 8.909, 181.03 def. Austin Williams, Burleson, Texas, '15 Miller, 8.897, 164.99.
Raymond Miller, Spring City, Tenn., '68 Camaro, 9.918, 163.20 def. Kevin Moore, Littleton, Colo., '34 Chevrolet, 9.934, 159.38.
Brian Percival, Lakewood, Colo., '69 Dart, 10.905, 141.88 def. Tony Jones, Gilmer, Texas, '67 Camaro, 10.885, 144.41.
John Fitzpatrick, Park City, Kan., '82 Suzuki, 8.508, 153.53 def. Micheal Nash, Texarkana, Texas, '12 Koenig, 7.957, 156.86.
Jeffrey Barker, Kathleen, Ga., '06 Cobalt, 7.131, 145.14 def. Rick Wilson, Independence, Mo., '69 Camaro, foul.
J.R. Baxter, Waxahachie, Texas, '16 Miller, 6.171, 208.68 def. Hunter Patton, Highlands, Texas, '09 TNT, 6.438, 199.79.
SUNDAY RESULTS - GALBRAITH WINS, BARKER DOUBLES UP
Troy Galbraith and Jeffrey Barker both found themselves in the winner’s circle at the NHRA West Central Region Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series at Heartland Park Topeka Sunday evening.
Midwest runner Galbraith of Indianapolis, Ind., faced off with southeast standout David Rampy, Piedmont, Ala., in the Comp Eliminator final round. Galbraith pulled off the upset and sent Rampy back to Alabama without the Wally trophy. Galbraith completed a victory pass of 6.783 seconds, 184.95 mph.
Event champion from the first half of the double header, Jeffrey Barker, Kathleen, Ga., had no plans of slowing down as he made it to the final round of the Top Sportsman presented by Jerry Haas Race Cars final round. Opposing him was Terry Pope, Blair, Neb. Barker scored his second event Wally, tripping a great reaction time of .006 seconds, finishing up at 6.671 seconds, 205.10 mph.
Kansas native, Phil Unruh of McPherson successfully upended 2016 defending World Champion Jeff Strickland, Red Bay, Ala., in the final of Top Dragster presented Fineline Graphics/Madcap Racing. Strickland went red at the line, giving Unruh the easy pass of 10.559 seconds, 88.44 mph. Michael Nash, Texarkana, Texas, mounted a big lead in the Sportsman Motorcycle final round and took the win, Gordon Fangmeyer, Lincoln, Neb., broke out attempting to catch up. Nash finished at 7.929 seconds, 155.79 mph.
Local racers Jeremy Smith, Great Bend and Brett Thornton of Bushton, both brought back event Wally trophies to their cities in the Super Comp and Super Street classes.
The other drivers visiting the Lucas Oil winner’s circle were Chris Chaney in Super Stock; Jeff Lopez in Stock Eliminator; and Robert Coleman in Super Gas.
The NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series continues its tour in the West Central Division at Brainerd International Raceway August 12. The following are Sunday’s results from the NHRA West Central Division Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series at Heartland Park Topeka:
Troy Galbraith, Indianapolis, Ind., Spitzer, B/DA, 6.783, 184.95 def. David Rampy, Piedmont, Ala., '32 Bantam, A/EA, 7.266, 170.90.
Chris Chaney, Claremore, Okla., '90 Camaro, GT/KA, 9.997, 132.06 def. Matthew Lund, Bettendorf, Iowa, '98 Pontiac, SS/IA, foul.
Jeff Lopez, Irving, Texas, '17 Copo, FS/C, 9.324, 143.11 def. Chris Knudsen, Grimes, Iowa, '69 Camaro, C/S, 10.629, 125.17.
Jeremy Smith, Great Bend, Kan., '08 Undercover, 8.904, 180.04 def. Austin Williams, Burleson, Texas, '15 Miller, 8.925, 167.43.
Robert Coleman, Columbia, Mo., '27 T Roadster, 9.902, 148.82 def. Heidi Robison, Gardner, Kan., '09 Undercover, 9.924, 165.27.
Brett Thornton, Bushton, Kan., '68 Chevelle, 10.911, 148.59 def. Randy Davin, Topeka, Kan., '67 Camaro, 10.922, 154.03.
Michael Nash, Texarkana, Texas, '12 Koenig, 7.929, 155.79 def. Gordon Fangmeyer, Lincoln, Neb., '83 Suzuki, 8.498, 160.14.
Jeffrey Barker, Kathleen, Ga., '06 Cobalt, 6.671, 205.10 def. Terry Pope, Blair, Neb., '02 Cavalier, 7.165, 194.27.
Phil Unruh, McPherson, Kan., '16 Miller, 10.559, 88.44 def. Jeff Strickland, Red Bay, Ala., '14 American, foul.