The NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series All American Hot Rod Showdown was completed this weekend at Gateway Motorsports Park with Robin Samsel, Tony Bogolo, and Troy Galbraith all taking wins and leading their teams to the winner’s circle.
Samsel, Marion, Ind., mildly upset Christine Chambless of Scott City, Kan., in the Top Alcohol Dragster final round. Chambers had mechanical issues from the get-go and lost power during the beginning of the run. Samsel cruised to victory at 5.378 seconds, 266.32 mph.
In the Top Alcohol Funny Car final round, Ray Drew, Hales Corners, Wis., got off the line first but stumbled toward the latter part of the run, clocking in at 5.849 seconds, 255.92 mph. Bogolo, Hamilton, Ohio, made his quickest pass of the weekend, 5.594 seconds, 256.89 mph, to capture the divisional event Wally trophy.
In a battle of Comp Eliminator standouts, Galbraith, Indianapolis, edged out local former Lucas Oil National Champion and current NHRA reporter Bruno Massel of Elmhurst in a close final round. The Indy racer recorded a victory pass of 6.723 seconds,187.60 mph.
In the Spitzer Race Cars Top Dragster final round local racer Matt Sackman of Channahon got off the starting line first and held off Danny Nelson, Batesville, Ark., for the divisional Wally. Sackman ran 6.246 seconds, 214.93 mph. Mark McDonald, Boonville, Ind., cut a perfect light and ran the number for a .006 second package to eliminate local Top Sportsman runner, Scott Haas of Stillman Valley; for the Brodix/Steve Schmidt Top Sportsman Wally.
The other drivers visiting the winner’s circle were Tyler Caheely in Super Stock, Brett Speer in Stock Eliminator, Rock Haas in Super Comp, Jeff Webb in Super Gas, David Rae in Super Street, Joey Fuesting in Super Comp Shootout, Steve Hoyt in Super Gas Shootout, and Matt Ball in Super Street Shootout.
The following are Sunday’s final results from the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series, North Central All American Hot Rod Showdown event at Gateway Motorsports Park:
TOP ALCOHOL DRAGSTER:
3) Kirk Wolf, Cedar Creek, Texas, 5.304, 272.50 def. 6) Marina Anderson, Lombard, Ill., broke;
4)Christine Chambless, Scott City, Kan., 5.450, 256.84 def. 5) Jerry Powell, Atlanta, Ind., broke;
7)Robin Samsel, Marion, Ind., 5.331, 266.74 def. 2) Brandon Greco, Roscoe, Pa., 5.376, 261.78;
1)Marty Thacker, Robinson, Ill., 5.409, 265.33 was unopposed;
Chambless, 5.387, 261.72 def. Thacker, 5.737, 207.27;
Samsel, 5.332, 266.85 def. Wolf, foul;
Samsel, 5.378, 266.32 def. Chambless, 21.394, 51.40.
TOP ALCOHOL FUNNY CAR:
1) Kirk Williams, Glenwood, Iowa, '04 Firebird, 13.173, 71.91 was unopposed;
3) Ray Drew, Hales Corners, Wis., '14 Mustang, 5.581, 253.66 def. 6) Bob Thomas, Britton, Mich.,
'01 Daytona, 6.290, 225.18;
4) Tony Bogolo, Hamilton, Ohio, '01 Avenger, 5.631, 257.83 def. 5) Phil Esz, Amelia, Ohio, '17 Camaro, 5.687, 255.63;
2) Chris Foster, Davenport, Iowa, '15 Mustang, 5.609, 259.86 def. 7) Steve Franke, Indianapolis, Ind., '04 Camaro, 6.211, 236.42;
Drew, 5.559, 260.16 def. Foster, 5.587, 259.81;
Bogolo, 5.632, 256.94 def. Williams, 15.565, 61.12;
Bogolo, 5.594, 256.89 def. Drew, 5.849, 255.92.
Troy Galbraith, Indianapolis, Ind., '14 Spitzer, B/DA, 6.723,187.60 def. Bruno Massel, Elmhurst,
Ill., '13 dragster, I/D, 6.649, 183.79.
Tyler Caheely, Rock Springs, Ga., '00 Chevy S10, SS/TB, 9.764, 109.62 def. Mike Stokes,Hopkinsville, Ky., '05 Cavalier, SS/BM, foul.
Brett Speer, Pierz, Minn., '70 Nova, B/SA, 10.421, 117.74 def. Russ Speer, Ottertail, Minn., '78
Camaro, H/SA, 11.710, 109.61.
Rock Haas, Commerce, Mich., '16 American, 8.906, 168.91 def. Philip Smida, Canfield, Ohio, '15
American, 8.916, 167.24.
Jeff Webb, Goodlettsville, Tenn., '03 Corvette, 9.905, 156.86 def. Rodney Benson, Scott City, Mo.,
'70 Mustang, 9.900, 164.27.
David Rae, Gillette, Wyo., '73 Camaro, 11.264, 117.58 def. Brian Horton, , , '78 Malibu, foul.
SPITZER RACE CARS TOP DRAGSTER
Matt Sackman, Channahon, Ill., '10 Spitzer, 6.246, 214.93 def. Danny Nelson, Batesville, Ark., '17
Racecraft, 6.130, 220.98.
BRODIX/STEVE SCHMIDT TOP SPORTSMAN
Mark McDonald, Boonville, Ind., '67 Mustang, 6.606, 207.50 def. Scott Haas, Stillman Valley, Ill.,
'53 Corvette, 6.835, 198.23.
DRAW/RFC SUPER COMP SHOOTOUT PRESENTED BY MOSER ENGINEERING
Joey Fuesting, Grayslake, Ill., '16 Mcilvain, 8.901, 167.49 def. Tyler Caheely, Rock Spring, Ga.,
'05 Undercover, 8.882, 170.54.
SUPER GAS SHOOTOUT
Steve Hoyt, Fort Wayne, Ind., '63 Corvette, 9.911, 170.79 def. Derek Denney, Pleasant View, Tenn.,
'06 Corvette, 9.876, 158.30.
DRAW/RFC SUPER STREET SHOOTOUT PRESENTED BY MOSER ENGINEERING
Matt Ball, Troy, Ohio, '91 Chevy S10, 10.945, 123.86 def. Brandon Bergschneider, Waverly, Ill.,
'70 Super BEE, 10.958, 132.82.