Perry, Payne Outrun the Field at Route 66 Raceway

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Racing has concluded at the Indicom Electric NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series event today at Route 66 Raceway. Top Alcohol Dragster driver Ken Perry and Top Alcohol Funny Car pilot Jay Payne scored wins and took home their share of cash and contingency awards worth more than $200,000.

Perry residing in Gormley, Ont., outran Marty Thacker of Robinson, Ill., in the final run to make it to the winner’s circle. Perry got off the line first running a pass of 5.414 seconds at 262.13 mph while, Thacker just could not keep up finishing with a time 5.548 seconds at 260.06 mph.

Payne of Claremont, Calif., was able to get passed Chuck Cheeseman of Galena, Ohio in the final with a time of 5.676 seconds at 257.73 mph. Cheeseman finished with a pass of 5.736 seconds at 251.25 mph.

In the Comp Eliminator category Jason Coan of Greentown, Ind., took the win driving a '32 Bantam. Coan defeated Brian Browell of Lafayette, Ind., with a time of 8.695 seconds at 122.97 mph. Also clinching a victory was Jeff Niceswanger of Zanesville, Ohio, who drove a '86 Camaro and outpaced Joe Covert of Saukville, Wis.

Austin Fernstrum of Menominee, Mich., finished with a time of 11.984 seconds at 108.45 mph beating Greg Hill of Louisville, Ky., in Super Stock. Another Ohio racer, Austin Fernstrum of Menominee, won in Super Comp. Fernstrum got passed Louisville, Ky., racer Greg Hill with a pass of 11.984 seconds at 108.45 mph.

Super Comp driver Troy Galbraith of Indianapolis, made a pass of 8.866 seconds at 163.35 mph to finish at the top over Jeff Spierling of Streator, Ill. Super gas racer Ken Bowers of Antwerp, Ohio, landed a spot in the winner’s circle driving a ’57 Corvette beating out Murray Hebert of Baxter, Minn. In Super Street, Jim Cappiello of Willis, Texas, ran a time of 10.912 seconds at 132.62 mph for the win over Randi Lynn Shipp of Whiteland, Ind.

Mike Coughlin of Delaware, Ohio, ran 7.025 seconds at 193.96 mph to finish in the top spot over Billy Vaughn of Knoxville, Tenn., in the Dart Top Sportsman Division. In the Spitzer Top Dragster category, brother of Mike Coughlin, Jon Coughlin also from Delaware, Ohio took home a trophy getting the win over Brian Folk of Durand, Ill. Coughlin ran a time of 7.476 seconds at 146.04 mph while Folk ran 7.863 seconds at 127.47 mph. In the Pro Stock Motorcycle category, Ron Bray of Anoka, Minn., with a pass of 8.653 seconds at 150.88 mph defeated Edwin Wirbel of Midland, Mich.

The next stop for racers in the North Central Division is Mid-Michigan Motorplex in Stanton Michigan.

The following are Saturday’s qualifying results from the Indicom Electric NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series from Route 66 Raceway in Joliet, Ill.:

TOP ALCOHOL DRAGSTER:

Round 1
5) Marty Thacker, Robinson, Ill., 5.498, 262.90 def. 4) Kate Harker, Gainesville, Ga., 5.429, 258.07
3) Noah Condo, Monticello, Ind., 5.653, 221.16 def. 6) Todd Datweiler, Herscher, Ill., 5.705, 236.59
2) Ken Perry, Gormley, Ont., 5.392, 259.41 def. 7) Dave Hedges Jr., Plainwell, Mich., 5.717, 247.07
1) Bill Reichert, Owosso, Mich., 5.386, 268.71 def. 8) Dave Hirata, Lowell, Ind., 5.648, 255.87

Semifinal
Perry, 6.574, 115.25 def. Condo, broke; Thacker, 5.474, 263.00 def. Reichert, 5.381, 274.94

Final
Perry, 5.414, 262.13 def. Thacker, 5.548, 260.06

TOP ALCOHOL FUNNY CAR:

Round 1
8) Mick Snyder, Demotte, Ind., '02 Firebird, 5.739, 255.34 def. 1) Daniel Wilkerson, Springfield, Ill., '06 Monte Carlo, 5.749, 254.52
3) Marty Nothstein, Orefield, Pa., '07 Charger, 5.762, 253.71 def. 6) Jeff Wilson, Winfield, Mo., '06 Monte Carlo, 6.057, 205.07
2) Jay Payne, Payne, 5.676, 257.73 def. 7) Scott McVey, Winnipeg, Manit., '00 Avenger, 7.629, 160.94
4) Chuck Cheeseman, Galena, Ohio, '02 Firebird, 5.734, 253.09 def. 5) Andy Bohl, Racine, Wis., '00 Firebird, 5.763, 248.25

Semifinal
Cheeseman, 5.775, 244.34 def. Snyder, 5.781, 255.97; Payne, 5.694, 257.73 def. Nothstein, 5.830, 252.90

Final
Payne, 5.676, 257.73 def. Cheeseman, 5.736, 251.25

TOP ALCOHOL FUNNY CAR
Jay Payne, Claremont, Calif., '07 Mustang, 5.676, 257.73 def. Chuck Cheeseman, Galena, Ohio, '02 Firebird, 5.736, 251.25

TOP ALCOHOL DRAGSTER
Ken Perry, Gormley, Ont., 5.414, 262.13 def. Marty Thacker, Robinson, Ill., 5.548, 260.06.

COMPETITION ELIMINATOR
Jason Coan, Greentown, Ind., '32 Bantam, G/EA, 8.695, 122.97 def. Brian Browell, Lafayette, Ind., dragster, D/D, foul

SUPER STOCK
Jeff Niceswanger, Zanesville, Ohio, '86 Camaro, GT/FA, 10.216, 113.88 def. Joe Covert, Saukville, Wis., '05 Grand Am, SS/AS, 15.470, 78.74

STOCK ELIMINATOR
Austin Fernstrum, Menominee, Mich., '91 Camaro, F/FIA, 11.984, 108.45 def. Greg Hill, Louisville, Ky., '71 Camaro, E/SA, 10.977, 119.54

SUPER COMP
Troy Galbraith, Indianapolis, dragster, 8.866, 163.35 def. Jeff Spierling, Streator, Ill., dragster, 8.858, 153.88

SUPER GAS
Ken Bowers, Antwerp, Ohio, '57 Corvette, 9.877, 159.01 def. Murray Hebert, Baxter, Minn., '71 Vega, foul

SUPER STREET
Jim Cappiello, Willis, Texas, '68 Camaro, 10.912, 132.62 def. Randi Lynn Shipp, Whiteland, Ind., '69 Camaro, 10.899, 137.08

TOP SPORTSMAN
Mike Coughlin, Delaware, Ohio, '06 Cobalt, 7.025, 193.96 def. Billy Vaughn, Knoxville, Tenn., '01 S-10, 7.097, 192.85

TOP DRAGSTER
John Coughlin, Delaware, Ohio, dragster, 7.476, 146.04 def. Brian Folk, Durand, Ill., dragster, 7.863, 127.47

PRO STOCK SNOWMOBILE
Ron Bray, Anoka, Minn., '03 Ski Doo, 8.653, 150.88 def. Edwin Wirbel, Midland, Mich., '03 Ski Doo, foul

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