Reichert, Snyder Lead Qualifying at Route 66

JOLIET, Ill. (June 13, 2009) - In the final rounds of qualifying at Route 66 Raceway and this weekend's NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series it was Bill Reichert and Mick Snyder leading the way.

Defending Lucas Oil National Champion Reichert covered the quarter mile strip in 5.282 seconds at 269.89 mph for the No. 1 spot in Top Alcohol Dragster. Ken Perry fell just shy of the top spot with a run of 5.292 seconds, 264.70 mph.

Ray Drew, Hales Corner, Wis., made a great pass midway through the final Top Alcohol Funny Car qualifying session to jump to the No. 1 spot at 5.598 seconds, 258.62 mph only to have Demotte, Ind., racer Mick Snyder run an even better pass at 5.558 seconds, 257.97 mph dropping Drew to No. 2. Drew will face off against John Bojec in round one of Sunday's eliminations while Snyder will run No. 8 qualifier Bobby Martin.

Illinois racer Kevin Murphy of Mt. Carmel, jumped around Tim Kish, Kalamazoo, Mich., in the Super Stock category for the top spot as did Richard Barga, Sidney, Ohio, in Comp Eliminator where Bruno Massel of Woodbridge, Ill., held onto second.

Gary Summers, Franklin, Ky., remained No. 1 spot in Stock Eliminator with Dean Dubblin, Royalton, Minn., and Eric Burnett, Clarksville, Ind., leading the Spitzer Race Cars Top Dragster and Dart Top Sportsman classes respectively. Dubblin clocked in at 6.154 seconds, 220.62 mph followed by Mike Wharram, Morton, Ill., at 6.280, 216.03 mph. Burnett ran 6.441, 221,85 mph with Chris Ray in the No. 2 spot out of Louisville, Ky., at 6.519,218.87.

Edwin Wirbel rounded out the leaders taking the pole in Pro Stock Motorcycle on his '06 Skidoo.

Racing continues Sunday at Route 66 Raceway. Gates open at 8 a.m. with round one of eliminations for Top Alcohol Dragster and Top Alcohol Funny Car set for 1 p.m. Tickets are $20 for adults and children 12 and under are free. For more information, call Route 66 Raceway (815) 727-RACE or visit

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