Howard, Cheeseman, Billingsley victorious at Route 66

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Defending NHRA South Central Division Top Alcohol Dragster Champion Shelly Howard picked up her first win of the season at this weekend's Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series event at Route 66 Raceway. Howard took out Russ Lindert in the final with her best run of the day covering the quarter mile in 5.605 seconds at 254.42. It was Howard's 0.484-second reaction time, however, that gave her the lead she needed and sent her to the winner's circle. Howard ran 5.60's throughout eliminations, defeating Jeff Wilson and Ken Perry on her way to the final. Lindert ended a long weekend for Marty Thacker in their semi-final match-up when Thacker lost a blower belt giving Lindert the win and the trip to the finals to face Howard. Thacker competed in the NHRA Southeast Division event in Bristol, Tenn. on Saturday where he took home the win over number one qualifier John Haley. Multiple Top Alcohol Funny Car Champions faced off in the final at Route 66 with defending Division Champion Chuck Cheeseman taking the win over Very Moats with a pass of 5.923-seconds at 245.36 mph to Moats' 5.946, 241.89. Cheeseman has four North Central Funny Car Championships to his name while Moats is a multiple funny car champion in the NHRA West Central Division. Decatur, Ill., resident David Billingsley took the win in Comp Eliminator over Fred Allen with a run of 7.634 at 178.19 mph. Winner's from Saturday's eliminations were Craig Michael of Coshoeton, Ohio, in Super Stock; Larry Hodge of LaPlace, Ill., in Stock; Brian Folk of Durand, Ill., in Super Comp; Robert Zimmerman of Fon du Lac, Wis., in Super Gas; and Wayne Christopher of Milan, Ill., in Super Street. The NHRA North Central Division makes its next stop on the Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series at Edgewater Sports Park, August 2-4. The following are final results from the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series event at Route 66 Raceway: TOP ALCOHOL DRAGSTER Round 1 8. Ken Perry, Gormley, ONT CAN, 5.678 seconds, 251.63 mph def. 1. Keith Stark, Danville, Ill., 5.810, 220.84 2. Russ Lindert, Manteno, Ill., 5.590, 252.14 def. 7. Tim Rudy, Mason, Ohio, 10.908, 76.17 3. Marty Thacker, Robinson, Ill., 5.593, 259.16 def. 6. David Wells, Lemars, Iowa, 5.759, 250.55 4. Shelly Howard, Tulsa, Okla., 5.624, 255.15 def. 5. Jeff Wilson, Winfield, Mo., 6.074, 188.04 Semi-Finals Howard, 5.652, 253.14 def. Perry, 5.810, 209.79 Lindert, 5.943, 228.73 def. Thacker, 9.944, 82.49 Finals Howard, 5.605, 254.42 def. Lindert, 5.587, 251.11 TOP ALCOHOL FUNNY CAR Round 1 1. Marc White, Glendale Hts., Ill., '01 Firebird, 5.857 seconds, 241.84 mph def. 8. Ray Drew, Union Grove, Wis., '98 Mustang, 6.513, 163.89 7. John Reikas, Glendale Hts., Ill., '97 Camaro, 6.176, 230.69 def. 2. Kim Fritts, Greenup, Ill., '98 Firebird, 6.587, 179.92 3. Vern Moats, Des Moines, Iowa, '01 Firebird, 6.031, 242.63 def. 6. Bobby Martin, Beaver Falls, Pa., '00 Avenger, 6.215, 237.38 5. Chuck Cheeseman, Galena, Ohio, '01 Firebird, 5.928, 243.85 def. 4. Jeff Craig, Muncie, Ind., '01 Dodge, 5.942, 243.63 Semi-Finals Cheeseman, 5.912, 245.00 def. White, broke Moats, 6.056, 241.11 def. Reikas, 6.629, 214.93 Finals Cheeseman, 5.923, 245.36 def. Moats, 5.946, 241.89 COMPETITION ELIMINATOR David Billingsley, Decatur, Ill., '93 Cutlass C/AA, 7.634, 178.19 def. Fred Allen, Winamac, Ind., '23 Ford A/EA, 7.622, 173.34 Eliminations Completed Saturday: SUPER STOCK Craig Michael, Coshocton, Ohio, '66 Belvedere SS/EA, 10.631, 122.30 def. Brad Zaskowski, Grand Rapids, Mich., '87 Camaro GT/I, 10.505, 127.44 STOCK Larry Hodge, LaPlace, Ill., '75 Skylark M/SA, 12.577, 104.15 def. Keith Lynch, Mount Ayr, Ill., '69 Camaro H/SA, 12.114, 108.30 SUPER COMP Brian Folk, Durand, Ill., '99 dragster, 8.920, 157.39 def. Shannon Mingee, St. Joe, Ill., '01 dragster, 8.880, 155.63 SUPER GAS Robert Zimmerman, Fon du Lac, Wis., '92 Cavalier, 9.905, 140.24 def. Keith McPherson, Leonard, Mich., '63 Corvette, 11.226, 102.39 SUPER STREET Wayne Christopher, Milan, Ill., '84 Monte Carlo, 10.913, 120.24 def. Robert Richardson, Fort Wayne, Ind., '68 Camaro, 10.911, 138.58
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