Sean Cowie and Shane Westerfield raced to victory in the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series and the Menards NHRA Heartland Nationals presented by Minties at Heartland Motorsports Park.
Cowie qualified No. 2 in Top Alcohol Dragster and faced off with Monroe Guest for the title and the trophy. The pair left the line together and stayed glued throughout the quarter-mile with Cowie edging out Guest with a 5.235 second lap at 275.62 mph to Guest's 5.273, 272.83.
In Top Alcohol Funny Car it was Shane Westerfield collecting his eighth career and second win of the season with a lap of 5.508, 268.87. Gordon went into tire shake off the line and recovered quickly but could not catch Westerfield crossing the finish line in 5.838, 261.17.
The national event winner's circle saw three new faces today as Danielle Jaramillo-Miller, Kevin Theobald and Dusty Meyer each collected their first NHRA Wally trophy. Jaramillo-Miller was better at both ends of the track as she forced Don Nichols to play catch up in Super Comp. Nichols broke out by .003 seconds in doing so and Jaramillo-Miller tripped the clocks in 8.920 seconds.
Bob Fuller took the holeshot on Theobald in Super Gas, but it was Theobald reeling Fuller in with a 9.927 second lap at 155.81 mph for the win. Meyer worked his way through the Top Sportsman presented by Racing RV's field collecting four wins before an easy final round when Phil Dion was unable to make the call. Meyer ran it out to a 6.970 at 196.96.
In Super Stock, Michael Mans grabbed his third national event win as Gary Stinnett broke in his semifinal round and could not advance, Tyler Wudarczyk took the Stock title when Marion Stephenson turn on the red-light, and Phil Unruh won in Top Dragster presented by Racing RVs over Steve Will.
Jay Turner joined the rest of the winners in defeating Tii Tharpe in the Mickey Thompson Top Fuel Harley. Turner clocked in at 6.260, 226.54 for his first win of the year and tenth of his career.
The following are the final results from the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series and the Menards NHRA Heartland Nationals presented by Minties at Heartland Motorsports Park:
TOP ALCOHOL DRAGSTER
Shawn Cowie, 5.235, 275.62 def. Monroe Guest, 5.273, 272.83.
TOP ALCOHOL FUNNY CAR
Shane Westerfield, Chevy Camaro, 5.508, 268.87 def. Doug Gordon, Camaro, 5.838, 261.17.
Michael Mans, Pontiac Firebird, 8.668, 154.83 def. Gary Stinnett, Chevy Camaro, Broke - No Show.
Tyler Wudarczyk, Pontiac Firebird, 10.869, 99.71 def. Marion Stephenson, Chevy Camaro, Foul - Red Light.
Danielle Jaramillo-Miller, Dragster, 8.920, 150.51 def. Don Nichols, Dragster, 8.897, 168.85.
Kevin Theobald, Viper, 9.927, 155.81 def. Bob Fuller, Chevy Corvette, 9.956, 158.22.
TOP DRAGSTER presented by RACINGRVS.COM
Phil Unruh, Dragster, 6.349, 218.12 def. Steve Will, Dragster, Foul - Red Light.
TOP SPORTSMAN presented by RACINGRVS.COM
Dusty Meyer, Chevy S-10, 6.970, 196.96 def. Phil Dion, Chevy Corvette, Broke - No Show.
MICKEY THOMPSON TOP FUEL HARLEY
Jay Turner, Dixie, 6.260, 226.54 def. Tii Tharpe, Dixie, 6.760, 182.72.