GLENDALE HEIGHTS RESIDENT WHITE LEADS QUALIFYING

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In the first rounds of qualifying at the Route 66 Season Opener, a round of the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series, local favorite Marc White is in the No. 1 spot in Top Alcohol Funny Car (TAFC) and Keith Stark is in the top spot in Top Alcohol Dragster (TAD). White, who resides in Glendale Heights, Ill., ran more than three-tenths of a second quicker than the second qualifier. That may not seem like a lot but in a sport where times are measured to the thousandth of a second, it is significant. White's 5.648-second, 253.42-mph effort may carry him into eliminations Sunday, especially if the predicted rain shortens qualifying. Meanwhile, TAD pilot Stark's 273.94-mph run is the fifth all-time fastest pass in the class. But it was the Danville, Ill., resident's time, 5.307 seconds, which gave him the top qualifying position. Top qualifiers in other classes are Steve Ambrose of Woodhaven, Mich., in Comp Eliminator; Bo Butner of Floyds Knobs, Ind., in Super Stock; and Jerry Stealy of East Moline, Ill., in Stock. Qualifying at the Route 66 Season Opener continues Saturday. Gates at Route 66 Raceway open at 8 a.m. and racing begins immediately. TAD and TAFC are schedule to make two qualifying runs; at 1 p.m. and at 4 p.m. A Jet Car exhibition is planned at 5 p.m. Route 66 Raceway will host its High School Pit Crew Competition on Saturday as well. It is scheduled at noon and 2 p.m. Tickets, including pit pass, for the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series event are $18 Saturday and $20 Sunday. Children 12 and under are admitted free with a paid adult. For more information call the track, (815) 727-RACE, or visit the web site, www.Route66Raceway.com. The following are Friday's qualifying results from the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series event at Route 66 Raceway: TOP ALCOHOL DRAGSTER 1. Keith Stark, Danville, Ill., 5.307 seconds, 273.94 mph 2. Russ Lindert, Maneno, Ill., 5.346, 260.21 3. Marty Thacker, Robinson, Ill., 5.386, 264.70 4. Shelly Howard, Tulsa, Okla., 5.519, 260.21 5. David Wells, Lemars, Iowa, 5.534, 259.51 6. Tim Rudy, Mason, Ohio, 5.588, 234.17 7. Bill Reichert, Owosso, Mich., 5.703, 258.57 8. Phil Mass, Gurnee, Ill., 5.705, 257.33 NOT QUALIFIED 9. Jeff Bohr, Plymouth, Mich., 5.762, 240.51 10. Robin Samsel, Marion, Ind., 5.769, 230.13 11. Shawn Bowen, Grand Blanc, Mich., 5.822, 246.35 12. Jeff Wilson, Winfield, Mo., 5.837, 246.75 13. Jared Dreher, Clinton, Ind., 6.058, 218.72 14. Mick Snyder, Demotte, Ind., 6.288, 243.02 15. Ben Marshall, New Carlisle, Ohio, 6.354, 217.67 16. Dave Hirata, Lowell, Ind., 10.473, 79.66 17. T.J. Zizzo, Round Lake, Ill., 12.479, 95.29 18. Dave Hedges Jr., Plainwell, Mich., 12.823, 90.27 19. Gary Ward, Cincinnati, Disqualified 20. Paul Jones, Stockton, Calif., Disqualified TOP ALCOHOL FUNNY CAR 1. Marc White, Glendale Hts., Ill., '01 Firebird, 5.648 seconds, 253.42 mph 2. Jeff Craig, Muncie, Ind., '01 Dodge, 5.985, 245.81 3. Bobby Martin, Beaver Falls, Pa., '00 Avenger, 6.043, 241.80 4. Dave Kovar, Frankfort, Ill., '00 Pontiac, 6.045, 215.03 5. Vern Moats, Des Moines, Iowa, '01 Firebird, 6.069, 241.76 6. Ray Drew, Union Grove, Wis., '98 Mustang, 6.083, 231.08 7. Todd Veney, Indianapolis, '98 Firebird, 6.110, 216.20 8. John Reikas, Glendale Hts., Ill., '98 Camaro, 6.264, 221.60 NOT QUALIFIED 9. Jeff Lancaster, Hamilton, Ont., Can., '96 Firebird, 6.398, 222.80 10. Kim Fritts, Greenup, Ill., '98 Firebird, 6.657, 101.03 11. Chuck Cheeseman, Galena, Ohio, '01 Firebird, 28.00, 0.00 COMP ELIMINATOR 1. Steve Ambrose, Woodhave, Mich., '23 Ford, J/AA, 7.818 seconds, -0.662 under index 2. Bo Butner, Floyds Knobs, Ind., '01 Firebird, D/AA, 7.763, -0.657 3. Fred Allen, Winamac, Ind., '23 T roadster, A/EA, 7.412, -0.618 4. Russ Kelly, Omaha, Neb., '99 dragster, A/ED, 6.782, -0.568 5. Bill Zaskowski, Grand Rapids, Mich., '92 Camaro, F/SM, 9.008, -0.542 6. Mike Clarahan, Farmington Hills, Mich., '32 Austin, A/AA, 6.878, -0.532 7. Joe Swearengin, Overland Pk., Kan., '97 Olds, D/EA, 8.491. -0.529 8. Douglas Stewart, Edwardsburg, Mich., '00 dragster, B/ED, 7.004, -0.506 9. Brian Antony, Northfield, Minn., '00 Avenger, C/A, 7.593, -0.497 10. Charlie Westcott, Parma, Mich., '98 Grand Am, H/SM, 9.297, -0.483 SUPER STOCK 1. Bo Butner, Floyds Knobs, Ind., '96 Achieva, SS/BM, 8.420 seconds, -1.280 under index 2. Michael Manns, Rogers, Minn., '00 Firebird, GT/IA, 10.295, -1.205 3. Charlie Westcott, Parma, Mich., '99 Grand Am, GT/E, 9.633, -1.167 4. Dan Larson, St. Paul, Minn., '85 Camaro, SS/KA, 10.413, -1.137 5. Teresa Butner, Floyds Knobs, Ind., '96 Achieva, SS/DM, 9.009, -1.111 6. Gary Tompa, Saginaw, Mich., '84 Firebird, SS/J, 10.003, -1.097 7. Don O'Malley, Decatur, Ill., '64 Corvette, SS/JA, 10.212, -1.088 8. Rodney Dorsey, North Judson, Ind., '96 Achieva, SS/EM, 9.450, -1.050 9. Rock Running, Lapeer, Mich., '96 Achieva, GT/HA, 10.312, -1.038 10. Brad Zaskowski, Grand Rapids, Mich., '87 Camaro, GT/I, 10.213, -1.037 STOCK ELIMINATOR 1. Jerry Stealy, East Moline, Ill., '86 Camaro, I/SA, 11.113 seconds, -1.487 under index 2. Donald Holmes, Dayton, Ohio, '78 Firebird, K/SA, 11.469, -1.481 3. Bert Morgan, Charleston, Ill., '75 Buick, R/SA, 13.036, -1.314 4. Bruce Parsons, Lewisburg, Ohio, '85 Camaro, K/SA, 11.650, -1.300 5. Travis Gusso, Sioux Falls, S.D., '88 Mustang, M/S, 11.883, -1.267 6. Robert Downing, Britton, Mich., '83 Malibu Wagon, O/SA, 12.194, -1.256 7. Sam Hamod, Hobart, Ind., '84 Trans Am, J/SA, 11.569, -1.181 8. Darwin Hardy, Muskegon, Mich., '84 Buick, U/SA, 13.972, -1.178 9. Ben Wenzel Sr., Freeland, Mich., '67 Camaro, E/S, 10.779, -1.171 10. Chris Hill, Warren, Mich., '86 S-10, HT/SA, 13.281, -1.169
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