REICHERT, PAYNE GRAB EARLY LEADS IN CHICAGOLAND

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JOLIET, Ill. ? In the first rounds of qualifying at Route 66 Raceway for the Chicagoland Dodge Dealers NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series, Top Alcohol Dragster driver Bill Reichert and Top Alcohol Funny Car pilot Jay Payne took the No. 1 qualifying positions in their classes. Reichert, of Owosso, Mich., outran the field with a pass of 5.343 seconds at 266.53 mph. Reichert, who leads the North Central Division points standings and has two wins and two runner-up finishes this year, is followed by David Wells with a run of 5.408 seconds at 264.65 mph. Reichert, a 3-time NHRA Division Champion, picked up wins earlier this year in Stanton, Mich., and in Houston. Wells also has two wins this year making trips to the winner?s circle in Atlanta and Brainerd, Minn. Payne from Claremont, Calif., clocked in at 5.669 seconds, 255.34 mph in his ?02 Camaro and is followed by Paul Lee out of Maryland with a 5.761 second lap at 248.98 mph. Payne and Lee have each collected three wins so far this season. Mick Snyder is leading the North Central Division and sits in the fourth qualifying spot in funny car behind Vern Moats of Des Moines, Iowa, in third. Judson, Ind., racer Rod Dorsey grabbed the No. 1 spot in Comp. Eliminator with a run of 9.207 seconds, 0.537 seconds under the index and is followed by Brian Stufflebeam in his ?23 roadster at 7.270, 0.530 seconds under. Ronnie Terrell put his ?85 Camaro on top in Super Stock with a run of 10.447 seconds, 1.103 seconds under the index while Donald Holmes of Dayton, Ohio, leads Stock Eliminator with an 11.497 second run. The Top Sportsman class is lead by David Hudson of Braidwood, Ill., with a lap of 6.914 seconds at 200.83 mph with Tom Stultz in second at 6.959, 198.88 mph. Racing continues Saturday at 9 a.m. Gates open at 7 a.m. Tickets are $19 Saturday and $21 Sunday for adults and children 12 and under are admitted free. For more information, call Route 566 Raceway, (815) 727-RACE. The following are Friday?s qualifying results from the Chicagoland Dodge Dealers NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series event at Route 66 Raceway: TOP ALCOHOL DRAGSTER 1) Bill Reichert, Owosso, Mich., 5.343 seconds, 266.53 mph 2) David Wells, Lemars, Iowa, 5.408, 264.65 3) Marty Thacker, Robinson, Ill., 5.446, 263.00 4) Todd Datweiler, Herscher, Ill., 5.473, 260.41 5) Ken Perry, Gormley, Ont., 5.483, 257.24 6) Jeff Wilson, Winfield, Mo., 5.497, 259.76 7) Richard Putz, Earlville, Iowa, 5.507, 260.11 8) Jeff Bohr, Plymouth, Mich., 5.609, 250.09 Not Qualified 9) Edwin Schmeeckle, Gothenburg, Neb., 5.619, 255.48 10) Tim Bowgren, Valparaiso, Ind., 5.620, 253.99 11) Phil Mass, Gurnee, Ill., 5.731, 254.86 12) Robin Samsel, Marion, Ind., 5.748, 232.87 13) Russ Lindert, Manteno, Ill., 5.782, 232.83 14) Randy Bayne, Elwood, Ind., 5.810, 233.12 15) Paul Fishburn, Rensselaer, Ind., 5.915, 239.61 16) Noah Condo, Monticello, Ind., 6.215, 235.64 17) Robert Ginther, Lansing, Mich., 6.218, 235.47 18) Scott Murray, Winnipeg, Manit., 6.321, 211.46 19) Dave Hirata, Lowell, Ind., 17.173, 56.45 20) Denny Hummel, Clinton Twnshp, Mich., (no time) TOP ALCOHOL FUNNY CAR 1) Jay Payne, Claremont, Calif., '02 Camaro, 5.669 seconds, 255.34 mph 2) Paul Lee, Gaithersburg, Md., '98 Firebird, 5.761, 248.98 3) Vern Moats, Des Moines, Iowa, '03 Camaro, 5.783, 229.90 4) Mick Snyder, Demotte, Ind., '02 Firebird, 5.794, 247.79 5) Kevin Richardson, Winnipeg, Manit., '97 Firebird, 5.858, 251.53 6) Steve Addleman, Fishers, Ind., '01 Firebird, 5.862, 247.75 7) Chuck Cheeseman, Galena, Ohio, '02 Firebird, 5.934, 248.61 8) Danny Townsend, Muncie, Ind., '02 RT, 6.001, 247.11 Not Qualified 9) John Bojac, Chardon, Ohio, '03 Avenger, 6.090, 225.52 10) John Riekas III, Glendale Hts, Ill., '97 Camaro, 6.126, 233.68 11) David Kovar, New Lenox, Ill., '02 Firebird, 6.228, 226.81 12) Fred Hagen, Chicago, '01 Avenger, 6.328, 191.54 13) Rick Cortino, Wheaton, Ill., '97 Firebird, 6.648, 208.94 Comp Eliminator 1) Rod Dorsey, North Judson, Ind., '95 Achieva, H/SMA, 9.207 seconds, -0.573 (under index) 2) Brian Stufflebeam, Peoria, Ill., '23 roadster, B/AA, 7.270, -0.530 3) Bob Book, Frankfort, Ill., dragster, A/D, 6.585, -0.525 4) Bill Riemenapp, La Crosse, Wis., '99 Firebird, B/EA, 8.006, -0.524 5) Terry Smith, Williamstown, W.V., '32 Bantam, D/EA, 8.494, -0.516 6) Mike Lund, Bettendorf, Iowa, '34 Chevy, A/SR, 8.122, -0.508 7) Steve Ambrose, Woodhaven, Mich., '23 roadster, J/AA, 7.965, -0.485 8) Michael Hazlett, Indianapolis, '97 Cutlass, B/A, 7.298, -0.482 9) Doug Engels, Watertown, S.D., dragster, D/ED, 7.520, -0.480 10) Mike Farrell, Lousiville, Ky., '32 Bantam, A/EA, 7.527, -0.463 Super Stock 1) Ronnie Terrell, Hebron, Ky., '85 Camaro, SS/KA, 10.447 seconds, -1.103 (under index) 2) Bo Butner III, Floyds Knobs, Ind., '02 Grand Am, SS/BM, 8.678, -1.022 3) Brad Allen, Winamac, Ind., '03 S-10, GT/TB, 10.128, -1.022 4) Robin Brown, Madisonville, Ky., '66 Chevy II, SS/K, 10.289, -1.011 5) Morris Voges, Coulterville, Ill., '65 Nova, SS/JA, 10.315, -0.985 6) Jeff Dona, Gordonville, Mo., '69 Camaro, SS/IA, 10.062, -0.938 7) Bobby Rashid, Grosse Point, Mich., '82 Firebird, GT/CA, 9.770, -0.930 8) Mike Mans, Rogers, Minn., '00 Firebird, GT/HA, 10.428, -0.922 9) Al Corda, Elk Mound, Wis., '01 Firebird, SS/IA, 10.086, -0.914 10) Jim Pancake, Delaware, Ohio, '68 Barracuda, SS/AA, 8.990, -0.910 Stock Eliminator 1) Donald Holmes, Dayton, Ohio, '77 Firebird, J/SA, 11.497 seconds, -1.253 (under index) 2) Steve Polhill, Landon, Ont., '82 Escort, DF/S, 16.552, -1.198 3) Eric Wilkerson, Seymour, Ind., '76 Cutlass, K/SA, 11.789, -1.161 4) Dave Edwards, Washington Ct Hs, Ohio, '78 Trans Am, I/SA, 11.463, -1.137 5) Chuck Beach, Delaware, Ohio, '69 Barracuda, G/SA, 11.167, -1.133 6) Bert Morgan, Charleston, Ill., '76 Buick, R/SA, 13.230, -1.120 7) Bruce Witherspoon, Lansing, Mich., '90 Corvette, E/FIA, 11.521, -1.079 8) Carlton Sweasy, Louisville, Ky., '77 Corvette, J/SA, 11.682, -1.068 9) Brent Darroch, Monaca, Pa., '96 Impala SS, F/FIA, 11.887, -1.063 10) Dennis Dunlap, Paris, Ill., '79 Trans Am, J/SA, 11.689, -1.061 TOP SPORTSMAN 1) David Howard, Braidwood, Ill., '04 Grand Am, 6.914 seconds, 200.83 mph 2) Tom Stultz, Terra Haute, Ind., '92 Firebird, 6.959, 198.88 3) Greg Lair, Canyon, Texas, '03 Grand Am, 7.028, 197.88 4) Chris Ray, Louisville, Ky., '00 Firebird, 7.038, 197.94 5) Don Boerma, Tinley Park, Ill., '53 Corvette, 7.185, 192.96 6) Rick Sojka Jr., Batavia, Ill., '97 Firebird, 7.219, 188.10 7) Anthony Muno, Arlington Hieghts, Ill., '97 Lumina, 7.295, 188.67 8) Daniel Howorth, Yorkville, Ill., '03 Camaro, 7.343, 187.18 9) Tim Kirman, Morris, Ill., '01 Grand Am, 7.384, 187.29 10) Don Peden, Edinburg, Ill., '04 Cavalier, 7.430, 185.38 -30-
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