Reichert, Payne lead fields into Sunday?s Eliminations

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JOLIET, Ill. ? Three-time North Central Division Champion Bill Reichert qualified his Top Alcohol Dragster on top for this weekend?s Chicagoland Dodge Dealers NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series at Route 66 Raceway. Reichert, of Owosso, Mich., ran a 5.343 second run at 266.53 mph to stay ahead of Marty Thacker and Todd Datweiler who are second and third respectively. Thacker clocked in at 5.375, 263.10 mph and Datweiler recorded a 5.383 second, 266.06 mph run. Jay Payne leads the Funny Car field with a pass of 5.669 seconds at 255.34 mph. Payne, who has seven divisional championships and one national championship in his career, is followed by Chuck Cheeseman with a 5.699 second run at 253.37 in the No. 2 spot and Paul Lee in third at 5.716, 248.98. Local Illinois racers are dominating the Top Sportsman class with David Howard of Braidwood on top with a run of 6.895 seconds at 200.26 mph. Palos Hills resident Kevin Lawrence is the only other Top Sportsman racer to surpass the 200 mph mark and sits in the No. 2 spot at 6.895, 200.26 mph. Don Boerma of Tinley Park, Rick Sojka Jr. of Batavia, Anthony Munao of Arlington Heights, and Tim Kirman of Morris are also in the top 10 after final qualifying. John Coughlin jumped to the top of the pack in Super Stock with a lap of 8.826 seconds, 1.124 seconds under the index in his ?04 Cavalier. Coughlin is followed by Ronnie Terrell and Bo Butner in second and third respectively. Dayton, Ohio, racer Donald Holmes put his ?77 Firebird in the No. 1 spot in Stock running 11.497 seconds, 1.253 seconds under the index. Steve Polhill and Dave Edwards round out the top three going into tomorrow?s eliminations. Racing continues Sunday at 8a.m. Gates open at 7 a.m. Tickets are $21. For more information, call Route 66 Raceway, (815) 722-5500. The following are Saturday?s final qualifying results and Sunday?s first-round pairings for TAD and TAFC at 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) Marty Thacker, Robinson, Ill., 5.375, 263.10 3) Todd Datweiler, Herscher, Ill., 5.383, 266.06 4) David Wells, Lemars, Iowa, 5.408, 264.65 5) Richard Putz, Earlville, Iowa, 5.429, 260.11 6) Jeff Wilson, Winfield, Mo., 5.466, 260.41 7) Ken Perry, Gormley, Ont., 5.483, 257.24 8) Edwin Schmeeckle, Gothenburg, Neb., 5.518, 255.48 Not Qualified 9) Brian Badgett, Foristell, Mo., 5.556, 267.27 10) Jeff Bohr, Plymouth, Mich., 5.560, 250.09 11) Tim Bowgren, Valparaiso, Ind., 5.620, 253.99 12) Evan Knoll, Decatur, Mich., 5.628, 249.07 13) Phil Mass, Gurnee, Ill., 5.731, 254.86 14) Scott Murray, Winnipeg, Manit., 5.732, 246.62 15) Russ Lindert, Manteno, Ill., 5.739, 232.83 16) Robin Samsel, Marion, Ind., 5.748, 232.87 17) Denny Hummel, Clinton Township, Mich., 5.750, 239.48 18) Randy Bayne, Elwood, Ind., 5.810, 233.12 19) Paul Fishburn, Rensselaer, Ind., 5.915, 239.61 20) Dana Stripe, Galesburg, Ill., 5.944, 233.56 21) Noah Condo, Monticello, Ind., 6.167, 235.64 22) Robert Ginther, Lansing, Mich., 6.218, 235.47 23) Jeff Veale, Hannon, Ont., 9.682, 82.03 24) Dave Hirata, Lowell, Ind., 17.173, 56.45 First round TAD pairings 1) Bill Reichert, Owosso, Mich., 5.343 seconds, 266.53 mph vs. 8) Edwin Schmeeckle, Gothenburg, Neb., 5.518, 255.48 2) Marty Thacker, Robinson, Ill., 5.375, 263.10 vs. 7) Ken Perry, Gormley, Ont., 5.483, 257.24 3) Todd Datweiler, Herscher, Ill., 5.383, 266.06 vs. 6) Jeff Wilson, Winfield, Mo., 5.466, 260.41 4) David Wells, Lemars, Iowa, 5.408, 264.65 vs. 5) Richard Putz, Earlville, Iowa, 5.429, 260.11 TOP ALCOHOL FUNNY CAR 1) Jay Payne, Claremont, Calif., '04 Camaro, 5.669 seconds, 255.34 mph 2) Chuck Cheeseman, Galena, Ohio, '02 Firebird, 5.699, 253.37 3) Paul Lee, Gaithersburg, Md., '98 Firebird, 5.716, 248.98 4) Mick Snyder, Demotte, Ind., '02 Firebird, 5.729, 247.93 5) Vern Moats, Des Moines, Iowa, '03 Camaro, 5.751, 246.39 6) Danny Townsend, Muncie, Ind., '02 RT, 5.797, 248.29 7) Kevin Richardson, Winnipeg, Manitova, '97 Firebird, 5.801, 251.53 8) Steve Addleman, Fishers, Ind., '01 Firebird, 5.822, 247.75 Not Qualified 9) Bruce Carlson, Prior Lake, Minn., '97 Firebird, 5.829, 241.80 10) John Bojac, Chardon, Ohio, '03 Avenger, 6.080, 225.52 11) John Riekas III, Glendale Hts, Ill., '97 Camaro, 6.126, 234.53 12) David Kovar, New Lenox, Ill., '02 Firebird, 6.223, 229.27 13) Fred Hagen, Chicago, Ill., '01 Avenger, 6.328, 191.54 14) Rick Cortino, Wheaton, Ill., '97 Firebird, 6.490, 210.87 15) Steve Franke, Indianapolis, '98 Lumina, 6.917, 208.91 First round TAFC pairings 1) Jay Payne, Claremont, Calif., '04 Camaro, 5.669 seconds, 255.34 mph vs. 8) Steve Addleman, Fishers, Ind., '01 Firebird, 5.822, 247.75 2) Chuck Cheeseman, Galena, Ohio, '02 Firebird, 5.699, 253.37 vs. 7) Kevin Richardson, Winnipeg, Manit., '97 Firebird, 5.801, 251.53 3) Paul Lee, Gaithersburg, Md., '98 Firebird, 5.716, 248.98 vs. 6) Danny Townsend, Muncie, Ind., '02 RT, 5.797, 248.29 4) Mick Snyder, Demotte, Ind., '02 Firebird, 5.729, 247.93 vs. 5) Vern Moats, Des Moines, Iowa, '03 Camaro, 5.751, 246.39 Competition Eliminator 1) Rod Dorsey, North Judson, Ind., '95 Achieva, H/SMA, 9.168 seconds, -0.612 (under index) 2) Robert Bailey, Wabash, Ind., dragster, A/ED, 6.691, -0.599 3) Bill Riemenapp, La Crosse, Wis., '99 Firebird, B/EA, 7.936, -0.594 4) Brian Stufflebeam, Peoria, Ill., '23 roadster, B/AA, 7.215, -0.585 5) Bo Butner III, Floyds Knobs, Ind., '02 Sonoma, PSTA, 7.693, -0.577 6) Michael Hazlett, Indianapolis, '97 Cutlass, B/A, 7.208, -0.572 7) Mike Lund, Bettendorf, Iowa, '34 Chevy, A/SR, 8.076, -0.554 8) Brian Browell, Lafayette, Ind., dragster, D/D, 7.280, -0.550 9) Scott Chamness, Bourbonnais, Ill., dragster, A/D, 6.565, -0.545 10) Steve Ambrose, Woodhaven, Mich., '23 roadster, J/AA, 7.911, -0.539 Super Stock 1) John Coughlin, Delaware, Ohio, '04 Cavalier, SS/CM, 8.826 seconds, -1.124 (under index) 2) Ronnie Terrell, Hebron, Ky., '85 Camaro, SS/KA, 10.447, -1.103 3) Bo Butner III, Floyds Knobs, Ind., '02 Grand Am, SS/BM, 8.649, -1.051 4) Tim Cole, Collierville, Tenn., '96 Corvette, SS/AX, 8.864, -1.036 5) Bret Voges, Van Buren, Ohio, '66 Nova, SS/HA, 9.875, -1.025 6) Brad Allen, Winamac, Ind., '03 S-10, GT/TB, 10.128, -1.022 7) Robin Brown, Madisonville, Ky., '66 Chevy II, SS/K, 10.280, -1.020 8) Irvin Johns, Charlestown, Ind., '02 Cavalier, GT/BA, 9.543, -1.007 9) Morris Voges, Coulterville, Ill., '65 Nova, SS/JA, 10.315, -0.985 10) Len Intelisano, Higganum, Conn., '02 Cavalier, GT/G, 10.070, -0.980 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, 16.512, -1.238 3) Dave Edwards, Washington Ct Hs, Ohio, '78 Trans Am, I/SA, 11.436, -1.164 4) Eric Wilkerson, Seymour, Ind., '76 Cutlass, K/SA, 11.789, -1.161 5) Chuck Beach, Delaware, Ohio, '69 Barracuda, G/SA, 11.167, -1.133 6) Bert Morgan, Charleston, Ill., '76 Buick, R/SA, 13.224, -1.126 7) Bruce Witherspoon, Lansing, Mich., '90 Corvette, E/FIA, 11.521, -1.079 8) Daniel Jeska, Eagan, Minn., '72 Duster, G/SA, 11.230, -1.070 9) Carlton Sweasy, Louisville, Ky., '77 Corvette, J/SA, 11.682, -1.068 10) Brent Darroch, Monaca, Pa., '96 Impala SS, F/FIA, 11.887, -1.063 TOP SPORTSMAN 1) David Howard, Braidwood, Ill., '04 Grand Am, 6.895 seconds, 200.83 mph 2) Kevin Lawrence, Palos Hills, Ill., '02 Cavalier, 6.903, 200.56 3) Tom Stultz, Terra Haute, Ind., '92 Firebird, 6.959, 198.88 4) Greg Lair, Canyon, Texas, '03 Grand Am, 6.965, 199.23 5) Chris Ray, Louisville, Ky., '00 Firebird, 7.038, 197.94 6) Rick Sojka Jr., Batavia, Ill., '97 Firebird, 7.178, 188.83 7) Don Boerma, Tinley Park, Ill., '53 Corvette, 7.182, 192.96 8) Anthony Munao, Arlington Hieghts, Ill., '97 Lumina, 7.203, 190.97 9) Don Peden, Edinburg, Ill., '04 Cavalier, 7.239, 190.57 10) Tim Kirman, Morris, Ill., '01 Grand Am, 7.338, 187.29 --30--
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