Texas racers lead winners at Motorplex

4/22/2012


DIVISION 4
Texas Motorplex
Dallas, April 20-22, 2012

Results will be posted as soon as they are available. For detailed results, go to Drag Race Central


Sunday

ENNIS, Texas Four Texas racers were among the winners this past weekend for the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series at Texas Motorplex including Dick Maris in Comp Eliminator and Danny Leibham in Top Sportsman.

Maris, Montgomery, Texas, took the easy win, and the trophy, when Rhett Fulton, St. Gabriel, La., fouled at the start handing the win to Maris while Leibham, Tomball, Texas, took out former division champion Keith Raftery, Lake Charles, La., in the division's Suburban Chevrolet Top Sportsman class.  Leibham drove his '01 Camaro to a lap of 7.071, seconds at 194.77 mph to the quicker Raftery at 6.773 seconds.

John Slater and Benji Gibson were the two other Texas racers scoring wins at the Motorplex as Slater, Katy, Texas, beat Joe Collier, Clyde, Texas, in Super Gas and Gibson, Euless, Texas, won in Sportsman Motorcycle presented by Harley Davidson.  Slater went 168.72 mph in his '03 Grand Am for the win and Gibson clocked in at 155.24 mph on his '05 Hayabusa to defeat Kyle Olson, Moorland, Iowa.

The Sunset Racecraft Top Dragster class went to David Oenes, Henderson, Colo., running 6.294 seconds, 202.82 mph against Mike Weaver, Highlands, Texas, with a 6.912, 194.77 mph run.

Stock and Super Stock saw Louisiana residents Jimmy Hidalgo Jr. and Larry Cummings come out on top.  Hidalgo won over Darrell Erwin, Kennedale, Texas, in 10.395 seconds with his '02 Firebird and Cummings of Hammond, La., ran down Pete Perry, Bowie, Texas with an 8.471, 159.02 mph lap.

Defending Super Comp Lucas Oil National Champion Gary Stinnett, Emporia, Kan., continued his winning ways taking the win over Westley Scott, Greenville, Texas, and Dan Clary, Mustang, Okla., rounded out the winners against Greg Parson in Super Street.  Stinnett went 8.914, 180.36 for his first win of the year and Clary went 134.85 mph in his '66 Nova also picking up his first win of 2012.

Lucas Oil South Central Division racers head south to Houston and Royal Purple Raceway for this weekend's NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series event April 27-29.

The following are the final results from the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series event at Texas Motorplex:

COMPETITION ELIMINATOR
Dick Maris, Montgomery, Texas, ProStart, C/DA, 12.083, 71.93  def.
Rhett Fulton, St. Gabriel, La., dragster, C/ED, foul.

SUPER STOCK
Larry Cummings, Hammond, La., '08 Cavalier, SS/BM, 8.471, 159.02  def.
Pete Peery, Bowie, Texas, '91 Calais, GT/FA, 9.893, 132.00.

STOCK ELIMINATOR
Jimmy Hidalgo Jr., Donaldsonville, La., '02 Firebird, A/SA, 10.395, 117.53  def.
Darrell Erwin, Kennedale, Texas, '69 Camaro, G/SA, 11.352, 113.17.

SUPER COMP
Gary Stinnett, Emporia, Kan., dragster, 8.914, 180.36  def.
Westley Scott, Greenville, Texas, dragster, 8.898, 171.47.


SUPER GAS
John Salter, Katy, Texas, '03 Grand Am, 9.931, 168.72  def.
Joe Collier, Clyde, Texas, '01 Monte Carlo, 9.888, 153.67.

SUPER STREET
Dan Clary, Mustang, Okla., '66 Nova, 10.897, 134.85  def.
Greg Parson, Whitehouse, Texas, '77 Nova, 10.891, 138.29.

 TOP DRAGSTER
David Oenes, Henderson, Colo., dragster, 6.294, 202.82  def.
Mike Weaver, Highlands, Texas, dragster, 6.912, 194.77.

TOP SPORTSMAN
Danny Leibham, Tomball, Texas, '01 Camaro, 7.071, 194.77  def.
Keith Raftery, Lake Charles, La., '68 Camaro, 6.773, 194.27.

SPORTSMAN MOTORCYCLE
Benji Gibson, Euless, Texas, '05 Hayabusa, 8.153, 155.24  def.
Kyle Olson, Moorland, Iowa, '07 Suzuki, foul.


Friday

ENNIS, Texas Racing kicked off today for the NHRA South Central division Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series Old Scholl Showdown at Texas Motorplex with more than 400 racers in eleven classes expected to battle the quarter mile this weekend. 

Racers in Comp Eliminator took to the track today for two qualifying session along with the Suburban Chevrolet Top Sportsman and Sunset Racecraft Top Dragster classes.  All three classes will have a final qualifying session on Saturday followed by round 1 of eliminations at 5 p.m. 

Saturday will be highlighted by the "Old School Showdown" featuring hot rods from the Texas Blown Fuel Association, the Southwest Jr Fuel Association and an old school, match race between AA Fuel nostalgia funny cars.

Gates open at 8 a.m. for the Lucas Oil event and the Showdown starts at 4 p.m. with Opening Ceremonies.  Tickets are $20 Saturday and $20 Sunday.  Children 6-15are just $10 and kids 5 and under are admitted free with a paid adult. Texas Motorplex is located on Hwy. 287, two miles west of Ennis, between Interstates 35 and 45. For more information call the track, (972) 878-2641, or visit www.texasmotorplex.com.

The following are Friday's qualifying results from the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series event at Texas Motorplex:

COMPETITION ELIMINATOR
1) Travis Gusso, Sioux Falls, S.D., '10 Cobalt, D/SM, 8.396 seconds, -0.544 (under index)
2) Duane Robison, Gardner, Kan., '10 GXP, C/A, 7.387, -0.543
3) Mike Trumble, Pasadena, Texas, '06 Cobalt, E/SMA, 8.407, -0.533
4) Dick Maris, Montgomery, Texas, dragster, C/DA, 7.017, -0.533
5) Don Thomas, Amarillo, Texas, dragster, C/ED, 7.346, -0.514
6) William West, Dumas, Texas, '02 Neon, D/AA, 7.661, -0.509
7) Rhett Fulton, St. Gabriel, La., dragster, C/ED, 7.381, -0.479
8) Kevin Self, Caddo, Okla., '32 Bantam, F/EA, 7.975, -0.475
9) Matt Harris, Nebraska City, Neb., '05 Grand Am, E/A, 7.806, -0.454
10) Will Hatcher, Satanta, Kan., dragster, A/DA, 6.609, -0.451

SUPER STOCK
1) Jeff Colvert, Arkadelphia, Ark., '69 Mustang, SS/F, 9.272 seconds, -1.078 (under index)
2) Randy Hopkins, Mission, Texas, '10 Mustang, SS/AAA, 8.387, -1.013
3) Keith Mawhee, Carrollton, Texas, '95 Achieva, GT/DA, 9.532, -0.968
4) Bryan Chaney, Claremore, Okla., '92 Camaro, GT/IA, 10.319, -0.881
5) Jonathan Womack, Houston, Texas, '07 Cavalier, SS/BS, 8.794, -0.856
6) Pete Peery, Bowie, Texas, '91 Calais, GT/FA, 9.948, -0.852
7) Ed Wright, Sand Sprgs, Okla., '96 Trans Am, SS/JA, 10.161, -0.839
8) Brett Candies, Thibodaux, La., '10 Mustang, GT/AA, 9.262, -0.838
9) Chris Chaney, Claremore, Okla., '02 Cavalier, GT/EA, 9.822, -0.828
10) Norvell Bowers, Sulphur Spgs, Texas, '83 Firebird, GT/KA, 10.658, -0.792

STOCK ELIMINATOR
1) Kevin Helms, Schriever, La., '10 Challenger, A/S, 9.879 seconds, -1.071 (under index)
2) Kyle Ratcliff, Denton, Texas, '98 Firebird, C/SA, 10.454, -0.946
3) Sam Pourciau, Walker, La., '00 Camaro, B/SA, 10.369, -0.881
4) Verne Buchanan, Conway, Ark., '73 Mustang, H/SA, 11.294, -0.856
5) Joe LeBlanc, Westmoreland, Kan., '81 Malibu, M/SA, 11.997, -0.853
6) Bill McClister, Shoreacres, Texas, '72 Mustang, E/SA, 10.852, -0.848
7) Jonathan Womack, Houston, Texas, '05 Corvette, A/SA, 10.170, -0.830
8) Jerry Emmons, Pasadena, Texas, '69 Camaro, B/SA, 10.423, -0.827
9) Brett Candies, Thibodaux, La., '12 Mustang, BB/SA, 9.531, -0.769
10) Jacob Pitt, Mansfield, Texas, '77 Volare, G/SA, 11.231, -0.769

TOP SPORTSMAN
1) Jim White, Haysville, Kan., '09 Cobalt, 6.765 seconds, 207.11 mph
2) Jerry Holt, Collinsville, Okla., '08 GTO, 6.781, 204.57
3) Jerry Tucker, Lindsay, Okla., '09 GXP, 6.802, 205.19
4) Jimmy Lewis, Forney, Texas, '12 GXP, 6.946, 201.52
5) Gary Songy Jr., Lacombe, La., '11 GXP, 7.033, 197.13
6) Joseph Mohana, Bourg, La., '57 Bel Air, 7.050, 198.99
7) Joe Pigford, Pasadena, Texas, '09 GXP, 7.130, 193.96
8) Craig Anderson, Waxahachie, Texas, '12 Cobalt, 7.163, 192.55
9) Trent Wilson, Castroville, Texas, '68 Camaro, 7.243, 191.38
10) Allen Firestone, Velma, Okla., '01 S-10, 7.272, 165.64

TOP DRAGSTER
1) Jerry Holt, Collinsville, Okla., dragster, 6.412 seconds, 211.86 mph
2) Keith Raftery, Lake Charles, La., dragster, 6.443, 202.76
3) David Oenes, Henderson, Colo., dragster, 6.471, 215.48
4) Larry Eidson, Mineral Wells, Texas, dragster, 6.503, 203.16
5) Lee Lightfoot, Odessa, Texas, dragster, 6.517, 213.77
6) Robert Cool, La Place, La., dragster, 6.535, 204.42
7) Jenifer White, Conroe, Texas, dragster, 6.547, 204.32
8) Michelle LeBleu, Lake Charles, La., dragster, 6.574, 207.40
9) Mallori Rodgers, McAlester, Okla., dragster, 6.578, 203.49
10) Douglas Barnhart, Katy, Texas, dragster, 6.615, 218.55

SPORTSMAN MOTORCYCLE
1) Raegan Gentili, Crosby, Texas, '83 Suzuki, ETMX, 0.008 seconds reaction time
2) Dave Gautreaux, River Ridge, La., '03 GSXR, ETMX, 0.012
3) Lisa Bennett, Lucas, Texas, '95 Suzuki, ETMX, 0.015
4) Curtis Spracklin, Omaha, Neb., '05 Kawasaki, ETMX, 0.029
5) Robert Varela, Coppell, Texas, '08 Hayabusa, ETMX, 0.035
6) Micheal Nash, Texarkana, Texas, '83 Honda, ETMX, 0.036
7) Mike Hudson, Broken Arrow, Okla., '77 Kawasaki, ETMX, 0.046
8) Derek Dorey, Kingswood, Texas, '03 Kawasaki, ETMX, 0.048
9) Jerry Pomilla, Conroe, Texas, '85 Suzuki, ETMX, 0.066
10) Benji Gibson, Euless, Texas, '05 Hayabusa, ETMX, 0.071


Preview

ENNIS, Texas - Texas Motorplex host the Old School Showdown in Texas, the second stop for the South Central Division, on April 20-22, 2012. The event is one of 43 scheduled across the country where drivers earn points leading to divisional and national championships as well as a chance at a share of the year-end purse of more than $519,000. Categories include Comp Eliminator, Super Stock, Stock Eliminator, Super Comp, Super Gas and Super Street. The division's Suburban Chevrolet Top Sportsman Series, Sunset Racecraft Top Dragster Series and NHRA Sportsman Motorcycle Series presented by Harley Davidson will also run in conjunction with the event.

Gates at Texas Motorplex open at 8 a.m. each day. Top Dragster, Comp Eliminator and Top Sportsman qualify twice on Friday at noon and 4 p.m. and have one session on Saturday at noon. Eliminations begin Saturday at 2 p.m. and continue Sunday at 9 a.m.  Top Dragster, Comp Eliminator and Top Sportsman run round one at 5 p.m. on Saturday and start round two Sunday 10 a.m.

Tickets for the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series event at Texas Motorplex are $15 Friday, $20 Saturday and $20 Sunday. Children 13 to 17 years old are $5 Friday, $10 Saturday and $10 Sunday. Children 12 and under are admitted free with a paid adult

For more information call the track, 972-878-2641, or visit www.texasmotorplex.com.

NHRA LUCAS OIL DRAG RACING SERIES OLD SCHOOL SHOWDOWN: Fact Sheet

WHAT: NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series the second of six events in South Central Division competition where drivers earn points leading to divisional and national championships as well as a chance at a share of the year-end purse of more than $519,000. Categories include Comp Eliminator, Super Stock, Stock Eliminator, Super Comp, Super Gas and Super Street. The division's Suburban Chevrolet Top Sportsman Series, Sunset Racecraft Top Dragster Series and NHRA Sportsman Motorcycle Series presented by Harley Davidson will also be run in conjunction with the event.

WHERE: Texas Motorplex, Ennis, Texas.  Track is located on Hwy. 287, two miles west of Ennis, between Interstates 35 and 45.  From Dallas, take I-45 to Hwy. 287 west to the track, or take I-35E to Hwy. 287 east to the track.  From Fort Worth, take Hwy. 287 east to Waxahachie toward the track.

WHEN:  Friday through Sunday, April 20-22, 2012

SCHEDULE: FRIDAY, April 20 - Gates open at 8 a.m. Time Trials start at 9 a.m. Top Dragster, Comp Eliminator and Top Sportsman qualifies at noon and 4 p.m.

SATURDAY, April 21 - Gates open at 8 a.m. Time Trials start at 9 a.m. Top Dragster, Comp Eliminator and Top Sportsman qualifying starts at noon. Eliminations start at 2 p.m. with round one Top Dragster, Comp Eliminator and Top Sportsman scheduled for 5 p.m.  

SUNDAY, April 22 - Gates open at 8 a.m. Eliminations continue at 9 a.m. Round 2 for Top Dragster, Comp Eliminator and Top Sportsman begin at 10 a.m.

TICKETS: GENERAL ADMISSION/PIT PASS - $15 Friday, $20 Saturday, $20 Sunday. Children 13 to 17 years old are $5 Friday, $10 Saturday, $10 Sunday. Children 12 and under are admitted free with a paid adult. For more information please call Texas Motorplex, (972) 878-2641, or visit www.TexasMotorplex.com.

2011 EVENT WINNERSForrest Fair, Top Alcohol Dragster; Tony Bartone, Top Alcohol Funny Car; Keith Hall, Comp Eliminator; Randall Klein, Super Stock; Jimmy Hidalgo, Stock Eliminator; Joel Covington, Super Comp; Jeff Lopez, Super Gas; Craig Pfanenstiel, Super Street, Monte Green, Top Sportsman; Jimmy Lewis, Top Dragster; Lisa Bennett, Sportsman Motorcycle

BONUS PROGRAMS: NHRA LUCAS OIL DRAG RACING SERIES POINTS FUND: a $519000 point fund from Lucas Oil, which will be shared by 2012 NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series divisional, regional and national champions.  Regional awards: include $10,000 each to the Top Alcohol Dragster and Top Alcohol Funny Car champions with Divisional awards of  $3,000 to the champions in both Competition and Super Stock; $2,000 each to the champions in Stock, Super Comp, Super Gas and Super Street.  The seven national champions will share a bonus of $135,000.

JEGS ALLSTARS: The best of the best from each of NHRA's seven divisions will compete for a share of the $119,000 point fund from Jegs High Performance.  The 2012 Jegs Allstars event will culminate a year-long points battle between drivers in each of NHRA's Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series' eight classes as well as Top Sportsman and Top Dragster.  The top points earner in each category will qualify to represent his/her division at the 2012 Jegs Allstars.  Points are based on in-division races only. 

The winning division's team will share $20,000 and individual awards include $7,000 each to the Top Alcohol Dragster and Top Alcohol Funny Car champions, $6,000 to champions in Comp Eliminator and Super Stock, $5,000 to Top Sportsman and Top Dragster champions, and $4,500 to the Stock, Super Comp, Super Gas, and Super Street champions.  Runners-up in all categories will earn $2,000 apiece.  Each Allstars competitor will also receive a share of a $25,000 towing fund to get to the event.

Event sponsor, Jegs High Performance, is offering a "double up" bonus to Jegs Allstars participants. Any 2012 Jegs Allstars champion who also wins the national event will have his/her Allstars prize doubled.

SUBURBAN CHEVROLET Top Sportsman Series: Run in conjunction with the Lucas Oil Series, competitors in the Top Sportsman class are vying for division championships.  The top points finisher will earn a year-end bonus of $1,500, the runner-up will get $1000 and the third place finisher will receive $500.  Top Sportsman racers may run the six South Central Division Lucas Oil events as well as three Lucas Oil Series races in the other NHRA divisions.

SUNSET RACECRAFT TOP DRAGSTER SERIES: Run in conjunction with the Lucas Oil Series, competitors in the Top Dragster class are vying for division championships.  The top points finisher will earn a year-end bonus of $1,500, the runner-up will get $1000 and the third place finisher will receive $500.

NHRA SPORTSMAN MOTORCYCLE SERIES presented by HARLEY DAVIDSON: The NHRA Sportsman Motorcycle Series presented by Harley Davidson, run in conjunction with the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series, is an opportunity for competitors in NHRA's Sportsman Motorcycle class to earn points toward divisional championships.  The $14,000 champions' purse posted by Harley Davidson will be paid to 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place points finishers in NHRA divisions that host Sportsman Motorcycles.


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