NHRA NORTH CENTRAL DIVISION SEASON OPENER COMPLETE AT ROUTE 66 RACEWAY

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The NHRA North Central division racers finished their season opening Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series event at Route 66 Raceway. In Top Alcohol Dragster, David Wells took the win, while in Top Alcohol Funny Car, Jeff Craig motored into the winner's circle. Wells was the No. 6 qualifier in the eight-car field but the LeMars, Iowa, resident saved the best for last. He made his best pass of the weekend, a 5.404-second, 261.83 mph effort, in the final, defeating Ken Perry of Toronto, Ont. Muncie, Ind., racer Craig had the most consistent Top Alcohol Funny Car on the property this weekend and demonstrated it in all three rounds of eliminations. Craig made a 5.688-second run in the first round, a 5.640-second pass in the semifinals, and in the finals he ran 5.640 seconds at 255.19 mph. In the first round, Craig defeated the defending division champion Chuck Cheeseman from Galena, Ohio, and in the finals he drove past Paul Lee of Gaithersburg, Md. Winners in other categories were Jack Slagle, Reynoldsburg, Ohio, in Comp Eliminator; Irvin Johns, Charlestown, Ind., in Super Stock; Kyle Riley, Chicago, in Stock; Greg Kamplain, North Salem, Ind., in Super Comp; Al Gavlovsky, Bemidji, Minn., in Super Gas; Dustin Richardson, Woodburn, Ind., in Super Street; and Rick Corn, Benton, Ohio, in Top Comp. North Central Division racers head to Indianapolis Raceway Park in Indianapolis for the next NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series event, May 16-18. The following are the final results from the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series event at Route 66 Raceway: TOP ALCOHOL DRAGSTER Round One 6) David Wells, LeMars, Iowa, 5.794, 255.97 def. 3) Marty Thacker, Robinson, Ill., 9.142, 965.06; 1) Tony Bartone, Manhasset, N.Y., 5.449, 261.17 def. 8) Todd Datweiler, Herscher, Ill., 12.011, 106.40; 2) Bill Reichert, Owosso, Mich., 5.339, 274.16 def. 7) Keith Stark, Danville, Ill., 5.936, 218.65; 5) Ken Perry, Toronto, Ont., 5.513, 253.52 def. 4) Jeff Wilson, Winfield, Mo., 7.368, 124.18; Semifinals Perry, 5.557, 254.81 def. Bartone, 6.138, 180.65; Wells, 5.429, 260.76 def. Reichert, 5.816, 249.39; Finals Wells, 5.404, 261.83 def. Perry, 5.860, 253.56. TOP ALCOHOL FUNNY CAR Round One 2) Jeff Craig, Muncie, Ind., Dodge R/T, 5.688, 252.47 def. 7) Chuck Cheeseman, Galena, Ohio, Pontiac Firebird, 5.873, 248.57; 1) Vern Moats, Des Moines, Iowa, Firebird, 5.985, 247.38 def. 8) Bobby Martin, Beaver Falls, Pa., Dodge Avenger, 7.851, 134.52; 6) Dale Brand, Sully, Iowa, Firebird, 5.679, 246.08 def. 3) Marc White, Glendale Hts., Ill., Firebird, 7.374, 126.30; 5) Paul Lee, Gaithersburg, Md., Firebird, 5.703, 251.34 def. 4) Kirk Williams, Glenwood, Iowa, Firebird, 5.705, 250.51; Semifinals Craig, 5.640, 255.19 def. Brand, 5.916, 246.39; Lee, 5.882, 247.25 def. Moats, 5.780, 248.39; Finals Craig, 5.642, 255.48 def. Lee, 6.402, 184.65. COMP ELIMINATOR Jack Slagle, Reynoldsburg, Ohio, '98 Grand Am, D/SMA, 8.869, 135.06 def. Mike Lund, Bettendorf, Iowa, '34 Chevrolet, A/SR, 9.116, 98.05. SUPER STOCK Irvin Johns, Charlestown, Ind., '02 Cavalier, GT/BA, 9.488, 139.11 def. Bill Rowe Jr., Eureka, Mo., '67 Nova, SS/GA, 9.910, 131.84. STOCK ELIMINATOR Kyle Riley, Chicago, '77 LeMans, N/SA, 12.390, 99.78 def. Danny Byrd, Sikeston, Mo., '67 Chevy II, F/S, 10.915, 121.28. SUPER COMP Greg Kamplain, North Salem, Ind., Dragster, 8.903, 160.40 def. Jeremy Jensen, Clarksville, Tenn., Dragster, 8.933, 145.85. SUPER GAS Al Gavlovsky, Bemidji, Minn., '27 Ford T, 9.875, 138.76 def. Mike Coughlin, Delaware, Ohio, '63 Corvette, 9.858, 145.89. SUPER STREET Dustin Richardson, Woodburn, Ind., '87 Firenza, 10.918, 139.17 def. Robert D'Alessandro, Lombard, Ill., '89 Camaro, 10.862, 139.99. TOP SPORTSMAN Rick Corn, Benton, Ohio, '00 Dodge, 7.591, 151.95 def. Jeff Belloma, Della, Iowa, '63 Chevy Corvette, foul.
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