Reichert, Snyder On Top at Route 66

JOLIET, Ill. (June 12, 2009) - In the first rounds of qualifying at Route 66 Raceway, Top Alcohol Dragster driver Bill Reichert, Owosso, Mich., and Top Alcohol Funny Car pilot Mick Snyder, Demotte, Ind., took the No. 1 qualifying positions in their classes.

Reichert is coming off a big win in the 25th Anniversary JEGS Allstars last Saturday here at Route 66 Raceway during the NHRA UA Route 66 Nationals. The reigning NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series National Champion laid down a lap of 5.282 seconds at 269.89 mph for the top spot and is followed by Jim Whiteley who won the national event last weekend here in Joliet.

Snyder drove to the opening round top spot in his '09 Mustang with a time of 5.625 seconds at 256.80 mph with Davenport, Iowa, racer Chris Foster right on his heels at 5.654 at 251.91 mph.

A second JEGS Allstar Champion is continuing to shine this weekend with Bruno Massel, Woodbridge, Ill., in Comp Eliminator taking the No. 1 spot in his '08 Cobalt. Massel beat former Comp National Champion Sal Biondo in the allstar final last weekend.

In the divisions Dart Top Sportsman class it was Glenn Butcher, Doylestown, Ohio, leading the field in his '68 Camaro at 6.738 seconds, 207.69 mph and Mike Wharram, Morton, Ill., topped the Spitzer Race Cars Top Dragster class at 6.360, 212.53.

Top qualifiers in other classes are Tim Kish, Kalamazoo, Mich., in Super Stock and Gary Summers, Franklin, Ky., in Stock. Kish is followed by John Coughlin of Delaware, Ohio, in the No. 2 spot. Coughlin is pulling double duty this weekend and is qualified seventh in Top Dragster. In Pro Stock Snowmobile Edwin Wirbel, Hope, Mich., put his '06 Skidoo on top running 8.508 seconds at 135 mph.

Racing continues Saturday and Sunday at Route 66 Raceway. Gates open at 8 a.m. Top Alcohol Dragsters and Top Alcohol Funny Cars will make their final qualifying runs at 5 and 8 p.m. on Saturday.

Tickets are $20 each day for adults and children 12 and under are free. For more information, call Route 66 Raceway, (815) 722-4180 or visit

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