Whiteley wins fifth in a row, Williams back on top

6/17/2012


DIVISION 5
Bandimere Speedway
Morrison, Colo., June 15-17, 2012 

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


Sunday

MORRISON, Colo. Jim Whiteley won Top Alcohol Dragster for the fifth year in a row at the Western Regional Grease Monkey Thunder on the Mountain event at Bandimere Speedway, and former Division 5 champion Kirk Williams overcame quicker cars with unerring consistency to score in Top Alcohol Funny Car.

With his fourth win in his last five outings, Whiteley has tied early season points leader Chris Demke atop the national Top Alcohol Dragster standings and he's done it in two fewer starts. The Grand Junction, Colo., driver dominated this one from start to finish, qualifying No. 1 with a 5.47 and running more than a tenth quicker on his slowest run all weekend than any other driver did on his best.

"I tried to make sure I saw a little more of the bulb than usual before I left," said Whiteley, whose only loss in the last five races came on a -.001 red-light in the Topeka semi's. "It's actually kind of hard to slow yourself down just a little bit on the Tree without slowing down a lot. We've had a decent advantage on the field a time or two over the years, especially here, but never this much."

Whiteley qualified No. 1 with a 5.47 two-tenths ahead of eventual runner-up Edwin Schmeeckle's 5.67. He cruised through eliminations with a 5.52 on his first-round single, a 5.54 against Greg Hunter, who went off the end of the track in the semifinals, and a 5.56 in the final against Edwin Schmeeckle, who did his job with a .051 reaction time but fell back with a 5.77.

"I just tried to not let anything get to me and not do anything wrong," said Whiteley, who also beat Schmeeckle in the final round of this event in 2008 and 2009, the years he finished second in the national standings. "You're not going to have a tenth on the field like this very often, so when you do, you can't afford to let it get away from you."

Williams, who dominated Division 5 in 2010, winning five events for a perfect season, qualified No. 3 this time with a 5.89 well behind Las Vegas regional winner Annie Whiteley's 5.74 and national points leader Tony Bartone's 5.76. "It really knocks the wind out of your sails when you see people running that much better than you are," Williams said, "but this just goes to show that consistency outweighs everything. You won't always win with consistency, but you can win a lot. The track just couldn't take those 5.70 runs, and eventually, it came to us."

Williams struggled with the conditions just like everyone else at the mile-high facility, where the corrected altitude was just short of 10,000 feet, but his team, led by brother Chris Williams and Justin Jacobsen, made three runs within a hundredth of a second of one another in eliminations, a 5.90, 5.91, and 5.91 all at 242 mph. Williams took out veteran Lance Van Hauen in the opening round with a 5.90 and ran a 5.91 in the semifinals against Mike Bell, who was making his first start in 15-time Division 5 champion Vern Moats' car.

"It smoked the tires on that one, and I don't mean 'hazed' the tires; I mean smoke was pouring off them at about 60 feet," Williams said. "I don't know why, but it cleared up, and the car took off. I still can't believe it made it."

The final against Gainesville regional winner Kris Hool, who also was running steady 5.90s, ended early when Hool red-lighted with a -.042 reaction time. "I saw his car when the yellows came down and thought, 'Man, I just got Tree'd,' but then I saw my win-light on at the top end and knew he red-lighted," Williams said. "There was a pretty good crowd on hand, and I wanted to give them a good show, so I stayed in it."

Multi-event winner Clint Neff added another win to his resume taking out Will Hatcheer in the final of Comp Eliminator. Neff, Westminster, Colo., ran 8.386 at 155.85 mph in his '27 roadster.

Defending event champion Shawn Kennedy made it two in a row on the Mountain taking the win in the Jerry Haas Race Cars Top Sportsman series out of Highlands Ranch, Colo., in his '49 Plymouth. Kennedy clocked in at 8.170 seconds, 151.97 mph to oust Daniel McKune of Lakewood, Colo., and his '63 Corvette.

Super Stock winner Marlin Bogner used a stellar reaction time of .005 seconds for the win as did Monte Pennetta in Super Comp. Bogner, Kearney, Neb., went 10.049 in his '68 Barracuda to beat Justin Jenkins. Pennetta, Centennial, Colo., was .002 off the tree with a 9.525 run to win over local favorite Lindsey Cramsey, Morrison, Colo., at 9.519.

Carson Pedigo recorded a .009 second package in his '70 Chevelle to knock out another local racer in Scott Burton, Golden, Colo., and his '70 Formula while Gene Baldwin, took the trophy in Super Gas over Trevor Larson.

Rounding out this weekend's winners at Bandimere Speedway were Johnny Bates in the Fineline Madcap Top Dragster class over John Lobner; Darryl Bostwick, Littleton, Colo., defeating Greg Strausheim, also of Littleton, in Super Street; and Kyle Olson beating Mike Voss in the Sportsman Motorcycle class presented by Harley Davidson.

West Central Division racers return here to Bandimere Speedway, July 20-22 for the Mopar Mile-High NHRA Nationals.

The following are the final results from the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series Grease Monkey Thunder on the Mountain event at Bandimere Speedway:

TOP ALCOHOL DRAGSTER:
ROUND ONE
4) Greg Hunter, Sheridan, Wyo., 5.780, 248.98 def.
3) Dean Dubbin, Royalton, Minn., 6.032, 231.44;

2) Edwin Schmeeckle, Gothenburg, Neb., 5.694, 252.28 def.
5) Christine Chambless, Scott City, Kan., 7.345, 179.61;

1) Jim Whiteley, Grand Junction, Colo., 5.526, 258.91 was unopposed;

SEMI-FINALS
Whiteley, 5.540, 261.17 def. Hunter, foul;
Schmeeckle, broke was unopposed;

FINALS
Whiteley, 5.566, 261.12 def. Schmeeckle, 5.776, 249.49.

TOP ALCOHOL FUNNY CAR:
ROUND ONE
3) Kirk Williams, Glenwood, Iowa, '04 Camaro, 5.905, 242.23 def.
6) Lance Van Hauen, Reinbeck, Iowa, '12 Camaro, broke;

7) Mike Bell, Fulton, Mo., '10 Mustang, 5.954, 242.10 def.
2) Tony Bartone, Long Island City, N.Y., '09 Mustang, 5.995, 244.03;

1) Annie Whiteley, Grand Junction, Colo., '10 Mustang, 5.769, 247.57 def.
8) Steve Griboski, Aurora, Colo., '04 Firebird, 6.165, 224.47;

4) Kris Hool, Casper, Wyo., '06 Monte Carlo, 5.916, 241.32 def.
5) Scott McVey, Winnipeg, Manit., '06 Monte Carlo, 6.007, 238.76;

SEMI-FINALS
Williams, 5.915, 242.89 def. Bell, 6.087, 234.66;
Hool, 5.957, 242.02 def. Whiteley, 6.115, 237.25;

FINALS
Williams, 5.915, 242.19 def. Hool, foul.

COMPETITION ELIMINATOR
Clint Neff, Westminster, Colo., '27  roadster, K/A, 8.386, 155.85  def.
Will Hatcher, Satanta, Kan., ChasCraft, B/DA, 7.286, 186.61.

SUPER STOCK
Marlin Bogner, Kearney, Neb., '68 Barracuda, SS/AS, 10.049, 127.96  def.
Justin Jenkins, Beatrice, Neb., '10 Cobalt, GT/CA, 10.574, 124.45.

STOCK ELIMINATOR
Carson Pedigo, Andover, Kan., '70 Chevelle, C/SA, 11.411, 113.91  def.
Scott Burton, Golden, Colo., '70 Formula, B/SA, 11.321, 110.72.

SUPER COMP
Monte Pennetta, Centennial, Colo., dragster, 9.525, 157.39  def.
Lindsey Cramsey, Morrison, Colo., dragster, 9.519, 142.48.

SUPER GAS
Gene Baldwin, Ft. Lupton, Colo., '75 Monza, 10.517, 133.88  def.
Trevor Larson, Starbuck, Minn., '08 Corvette, 10.537, 146.62.

SUPER STREET
Darryl Bostwick, Littleton, Colo., '80 Mustang, 11.815, 135.14  def.
Greg Strausheim, Littleton, Colo., '86 Thunderbird, foul.

TOP DRAGSTER
Johnny Bates, Ft. Lupton, Colo., dragster, 7.464, 179.78  def.
John Lobner, Desoto, Kan., dragster, 7.419, 178.19.

TOP SPORTSMAN
Shawn Kennedy, Highlands Ranch, Colo., '49 Plymouth, 8.170, 151.97  def.
Daniel McKune, Lakewood, Colo., '63 Corvette, 7.766,
178.59.

SPORTSMAN MOTORCYCLE
Kyle Olson, Moorland, Iowa, '12 Hayabusa, 9.673, 131.81  def.
Mike Voss, Maplewood, Minn., '10 Kawasaki, 9.953, 126.15.

SUPER COMP SHOOTOUT
Jeremy Demers, Carroll, Iowa, dragster, 9.503, 172.96  def.
Michael Miller, Santa Fe, N.M., dragster, 9.526, 167.43.

SUPER GAS SHOOTOUT
Tyler Banks, Sugar Creek, Mo., '57 Chevy, 10.554, 152.69  def.
Brett Schneider, Littleton, Colo., '63 Corvette, foul.

SUPER STREET SHOOTOUT
John Dexter, Centennial, Colo., '68 Camaro, 11.492, 135.76  def.
Rick Freeman, Lakewood, Colo., '67 Camaro, 11.449, 101.75.


Saturday

MORRISON, Colo. Day two is complete and fields were set in the Top Alcohol Dragster and Top Alcohol Funny Car classes for this weekend's NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series Grease Monkey Thunder on the Mountain event at Bandimere Speedway.  Racers in Comp Eliminator and Super Stock also made their final qualify passes along the rest of the classes that make up the nationwide series.    

Racing gets back underway on Sunday for this the third of six events in the West Central division.  Classes in the series range from five-second, 260 mph alcohol dragsters and funny cars to super gas roadsters and wheel standing super stocks, all battling it out on the quarter mile.

Gates open at 8 a.m. on Sunday.  Tickets are $25 for adults, children 6-12 are $6 and kids 5 and under are free with a paid adult.  Bandimere Speedway is located at 3051 S. Rooney Road west of Denver off Interstate 470 in Morrison. For more information please call the track, (303) 697-6001, or visit www.bandimere.com

The following are Saturday's results for the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series Grease Monkey Thunder on the Mountain event at Bandimere Speedway

TOP ALCOHOL DRAGSTER
1) Jim Whiteley, Grand Junction, Colo., 5.474 seconds, 265.27 mph
2) Edwin Schmeeckle, Gothenburg, Neb., 5.672, 253.42
3) Dean Dubbin, Royalton, Minn., 5.963, 235.47
4) Greg Hunter, Sheridan, Wyo., 6.114, 183.00
5) Christine Chambless, Scott City, Kan., 6.685, 238.47

First round TAD pairings
1) Jim Whiteley, Grand Junction, Colo., 5.474 seconds, 265.27 mph vs. Bye

2) Edwin Schmeeckle, Gothenburg, Neb., 5.672, 253.42 vs.
5) Christine Chambless, Scott City, Kan., 6.685, 238.47

3) Dean Dubbin, Royalton, Minn., 5.963, 235.47 vs.
4) Greg Hunter, Sheridan, Wyo., 6.114, 183.00

TOP ALCOHOL FUNNY CAR
1) Annie Whiteley, Grand Junction, Colo., '10 Mustang, 5.745 seconds, 249.81 mph
2) Tony Bartone, Long Island City, N.Y., '09 Mustang, 5.768, 248.39
3) Kirk Williams, Glenwood, Iowa, '04 Camaro, 5.891, 240.94
4) Kris Hool, Casper, Wyo., '06 Monte Carlo, 5.908, 242.15
5) Scott McVey, Winnipeg, Manit., '06 Monte Carlo, 5.978, 239.23
6) Lance Van Hauen, Reinbeck, Iowa, '12 Camaro, 5.990, 236.46
7) Mike Bell, Fulton, Mo., '10 Mustang, 6.015, 240.17
8) Steve Griboski, Aurora, Colo., '04 Firebird, 7.063, 225.90

First round TAFC pairings
1) Annie Whiteley, Grand Junction, Colo., '10 Mustang, 5.745 seconds, 249.81 mph vs.
8) Steve Griboski, Aurora, Colo., '04 Firebird, 7.063, 225.90

2) Tony Bartone, Long Island City, N.Y., '09 Mustang, 5.768, 248.39 vs.
7) Mike Bell, Fulton, Mo., '10 Mustang, 6.015, 240.17

3) Kirk Williams, Glenwood, Iowa, '04 Camaro, 5.891, 240.94 vs.
6) Lance Van Hauen, Reinbeck, Iowa, '12 Camaro, 5.990, 236.46

4) Kris Hool, Casper, Wyo., '06 Monte Carlo, 5.908, 242.15 vs.
5) Scott McVey, Winnipeg, Man., '06 Monte Carlo, 5.978, 239.23

COMPETITION ELIMINATOR
1) Will Hatcher, Satanta, Kan., dragster, B/DA, 7.171 seconds, -0.619 (under index)
2) Alan Ellis, Mapleton, Utah, '23 roadster, A/AA, 6.908, -0.602
3) Lou Ficco, Wheatridge, Colo., '09 GXP, B/AA, 7.370, -0.600
4) Pat Nahan, Sartell, Minn., dragster, E/D, 7.913, -0.567
5) Clint Neff, Westminster, Colo., '27 roadster, K/A, 8.328, -0.562
6) Joe Mozeris, Phoenix, Ariz., dragster, B/ED, 7.371, -0.549
7) Bill Kent, Midland, Texas, dragster, B/D, 7.104, -0.546
8) Clint Sallee, Glendive, Mont., dragster, B/D, 7.105, -0.545
9) Wade Oman, Castle Rock, Colo., dragster, B/DA, 7.322, -0.468
10) Vince Roberts, Forney, Texas, '32 Bantam, K/AA, 8.389, -0.441

SUPER STOCK
1) Carroll Warling, Brighton, Colo., '74 Grand Am, GT/MA, 11.427 seconds, -1.063 (under index)
2) Don Kennedy, Mesa, Ariz., '05 Sunfire, GT/AA, 9.766, -0.974
3) David Bogner, Kearney, Neb., '09 Daytona, GT/EA, 10.349, -0.971
4) Phil Unruh, McPherson, Kan., '10 Cobalt, SS/CM, 9.148, -0.952
5) Tim Nicholson, Concordia, Kan., '66 Chevy II, GT/I, 10.694, -0.946
6) Gene Bichlmeier, Norfolk, Neb., '66 Chevy II, GT/I, 10.717, -0.923
7) Ron Parness, Conifer, Colo., '67 Chevy II, SS/GA, 10.356, -0.864
8) Jim Beuthel, Castle Rock, Colo., '91 Cutlass, GT/CA, 10.230, -0.830
9) Ritch Ahrens, Greeley, Colo., '85 Firebird, GT/EA, 10.532, -0.788
10) Abe Loewen, Regina, Sask., '98 Grand Am, SS/FM, 10.419, -0.741

STOCK ELIMINATOR
1) Steve Couch, Sidney, Neb., '09 Challenger, F/SA, 11.588 seconds, -1.012 (under index)
2) Carson Pedigo, Andover, Kan., '70 Chevelle, C/SA, 11.166, -0.954
3) Bob Johnson, Aurora, Colo., '67 Mustang, D/SA, 11.328, -0.952
4) Michael Brand, Thornton, Colo., '73 Formula, F/SA, 11.698, -0.902
5) Scott Burton, Golden, Colo., '70 Formula, B/SA, 11.076, -0.884
6) Monty Jones, Osceola, Neb., '86 Camaro, G/SA, 11.903, -0.857
7) Dwayne Scheitlin, Brighton, Colo., '71 Challenger, B/SA, 11.110, -0.850
8) Mike Jeffrey, Lexington, Neb., '80 Diplomat, V/SA, 15.647, -0.833
9) John Cooper, LaPorte, Colo., '67 Fairlane, B/SA, 11.147, -0.813
10) Tony Hernandez, Denver, Colo., '65 Corvette, D/S, 11.440, -0.790

TOP SPORTSMAN
1) Mark Lovell, Eagle, Colo., '04 Viper, 6.672 seconds, 212.36 mph
2) Raymond Vettel, Phillips, Neb., '70 Camaro, 6.830, 207.59
3) Dave Slatten, Ft. Collins, Colo., '05 Grand Am, 7.042, 196.99
4) Mike Chitty, Ames, Iowa, '04 Cavalier, 7.049, 196.07
5) Greg Lair, Canyon, Texas, '12 Camaro, 7.051, 199.14
6) Jim White, Haysville, Kan., '09 Cobalt, 7.134, 196.04
7) Monte Green, Huxten, Colo., '95 Probe, 7.134, 193.16
8) J.J. Heber, Centennial, Colo., '06 Mustang, 7.263, 192.66
9) Arnie Fisher, Brighton, Colo., '04 S-10, 7.287, 189.60
10) John Baker, Grand Junction, Colo., '08 Cobalt, 7.379, 187.63

TOP DRAGSTER
1) B.J. Verkler, Thornton, Colo., dragster, 6.163 seconds, 232.71 mph
2) David Oenes, Henderson, Colo., dragster, 6.390, 217.18
3) Phil Unruh, McPherson, Kan., dragster, 6.812, 203.61
4) Les Feist, Clearwater, Minn., dragster, 6.819, 199.79
5) Darren Stettner, Regina, Sask., dragster, 6.885, 196.33
6) Hank Brown, Muscatine, Iowa, dragster, 6.894, 197.16
7) Ryan Dowell, Loveland, Colo., dragster, 6.927, 193.63
8) Robert Ross, Pueblo, Colo., dragster, 6.928, 198.73
9) Sondi Abbott, Elizabeth, Colo., dragster, 6.962, 192.71
10) Kent Kroeker, Grant, Neb., dragster, 7.017, 193.35

SPORTSMAN MOTORCYCLE
1) Kyle Olson, Moorland, Iowa, '12 Hayabusa, ETMX, 0.013 seconds reaction time
2) Mike Voss, Maplewood, Minn., '10 Kawasaki, ETMX, 0.028
3) Jason Clampitt, Lino Lakes, Minn., '10 Suzuki, ETMX, 0.049
4) Ted Alegria, Bennett, Colo., '00 Hayabusa, ETMX, 0.064
5) Schaun Schnathorst, Huron, S.D., '06 Destroyer, ETMX, 0.116
6) Leland Sykes, Aurora, Colo., '99 Kawasaki, ETMX, 0.122
7) Leonard Fox, Aurora, Colo., '00 Kawasaki, ETMX, 0.337
8) Rudy Fife, Denver, Colo., '79 Suzuki, ETMX, 0.350


Friday

MORRISON, Colo. NHRA West Central division racers are back in action this week at Bandimere Speedway for the Grease Monkey Thunder on the Mountain event.  The event is the third of six for the 2012 West Central Division Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series and the first in the Central Region for the Top Alcohol Dragster and Funny Car competitors.

Racers in 11 different classes made qualifying and time trial runs today including the series' premier Top Alcohol Dragsters and Top Alcohol Funny Cars who will have two additional qualifying runs tomorrow at 3:30 and 6:30 p.m., that will set the fields for Sunday's eliminations.  The divisions Jerry Haas Top Sportsman and Fineline Madcap Top Dragster classes ran a pair of qualifying runs today with two more on Saturday as well. 

Gates open at 8 a.m. with racing set to get underway at 9 a.m. on Saturday and 9 a.m. on Sunday.  Tickets are $20 Saturday and $25 on Sunday for adults, children 6-12 are just $6 and kids 5 and under are free with a paid adult.   For more information please call Bandimere Speedway (303) 697-6001, or visit www.bandimere.com.

The following are Friday's qualifying results from the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series Grease Monkey Thunder on the Mountain event at Bandimere Speedway:


TOP ALCOHOL DRAGSTER
1) Greg Hunter, Sheridan, Wyo., 6.218 seconds, 178.02 mph
2) Edwin Schmeeckle, Gothenburg, Neb., 6.838, 139.47
3) Christine Chambless, Scott City, Kan., 7.463, 124.90
4) Jim Whiteley, Grand Junction, Colo., 12.158, 80.28

TOP ALCOHOL FUNNY CAR
1) Tony Bartone, Long Island City, N.Y., '09 Mustang, 5.768 seconds, 247.79 mph
2) Annie Whiteley, Grand Junction, Colo., '10 Mustang, 5.829, 247.93
3) Kirk Williams, Glenwood, Iowa, '04 Camaro, 5.949, 238.89
4) Kris Hool, Casper, Wyo., '06 Monte Carlo, 5.959, 241.84
5) Steve Griboski, Aurora, Colo., '04 Firebird, 7.063, 225.90
6) Mike Bell, Fulton, Mo., '10 Mustang, 7.806, 122.62
7) Scott McVey, Winnipeg, Manit., '06 Monte Carlo, 10.795, 98.03

COMPETITION ELIMINATOR
1) Will Hatcher, Satanta, Kan., dragster, B/DA, 7.198 seconds, -0.592 (under index)
2) Alan Ellis, Mapleton, Utah, '23 roadster, A/AA, 6.926, -0.584
3) Clint Sallee, Glendive, Mont., dragster, B/D, 7.105, -0.545
4) Pat Nahan, Sartell, Minn., dragster, E/D, 7.942, -0.538
5) Clint Neff, Westminster, Colo., '27 roadster, K/A, 8.361, -0.529
6) Joe Mozeris, Phoenix, Ariz., dragster, B/ED, 7.412, -0.508
7) Wade Oman, Castle Rock, Colo., dragster, B/DA, 7.368, -0.422
8) Vince Roberts, Forney, Texas, '32 Bantam, K/AA, 8.411, -0.419
9) Lou Ficco, Wheatridge, Colo., '09 GXP, B/AA, 7.551, -0.419
10) Bill Kent, Midland, Texas, dragster, B/D, 7.249, -0.401

SUPER STOCK
1) Tim Nicholson, Concordia, Kan., '66 Chevy II, GT/I, 10.732 seconds, -0.908 (under index)
2) Gene Bichlmeier, Norfolk, Neb., '66 Chevy II, GT/I, 10.748, -0.892
3) Don Kennedy, Mesa, Ariz., '05 Sunfire, GT/AA, 9.892, -0.848
4) Carroll Warling, Brighton, Colo., '74 Grand Am, GT/MA, 11.660, -0.830
5) Ron Parness, Conifer, Colo., '67 Chevy II, SS/GA, 10.390, -0.830
6) Phil Unruh, McPherson, Kan., '10 Cobalt, SS/CM, 9.334, -0.766
7) Jim Beuthel, Castle Rock, Colo., '91 Cutlass, GT/CA, 10.300, -0.760
8) David Bogner, Kearney, Neb., '09 Daytona, GT/EA, 10.608, -0.712
9) Abe Loewen, Regina, Sask., '98 Grand Am, SS/FM, 10.527, -0.633
10) Jeffrey Johnson, Aurora, Colo., '88 Cougar, GT/EA, 10.691, -0.629

STOCK ELIMINATOR
1) Bob Johnson, Aurora, Colo., '67 Mustang, D/SA, 11.379 seconds, -0.901 (under index)
2) Steve Couch, Sidney, Neb., '09 Challenger, F/SA, 11.786, -0.814
3) Tony Hernandez, Denver, Colo., '65 Corvette, D/S, 11.440, -0.790
4) Carson Pedigo, Andover, Kan., '70 Chevelle, C/SA, 11.341, -0.779
5) Monty Jones, Osceola, Neb., '86 Camaro, G/SA, 11.993, -0.767
6) Michael Brand, Thornton, Colo., '73 Firebird, F/SA, 11.889, -0.711
7) John Cooper, LaPorte, Colo., '67 Fairlane, B/SA, 11.255, -0.705
8) Mike Jeffrey, Lexington, Neb., '80 Diplomat, V/SA, 15.778, -0.702
9) Neal Rhodes, Elizabeth, Colo., '66 Mustang, E/SA, 11.742, -0.698
10) Jerry Mooney, Wall, S.D., '69 Mustang, C/S, 11.385, -0.685

TOP SPORTSMAN
1) Mark Lovell, Eagle, Colo., '04 Viper, 6.711 seconds, 210.83 mph
2) Dave Slatten, Ft. Collins, Colo., '05 Grand Am, 7.042, 196.99
3) Greg Lair, Canyon, Texas, '12 Camaro, 7.093, 198.29
4) Mike Chitty, Ames, Iowa, '04 Cavalier, 7.119, 193.49
5) Jim White, Haysville, Kan., '09 Cobalt, 7.161, 195.25
6) Monte Green, Huxten, Colo., '95 Probe, 7.209, 192.00
7) Arnie Fisher, Brighton, Colo., '04 S-10, 7.287, 189.60
8) J.J. Heber, Centennial, Colo., '06 Mustang, 7.303, 191.13
9) John Baker, Grand Junction, Colo., '08 Cobalt, 7.379, 186.77
10) Dave Walters, Brighton, Colo., '69 Chevelle, 7.403, 183.74

TOP DRAGSTER
1) B.J. Verkler, Thornton, Colo., dragster, 6.285 seconds, 228.19 mph
2) David Oenes, Henderson, Colo., dragster, 6.404, 216.31
3) Phil Unruh, McPherson, Kan., dragster, 6.812, 203.16
4) Robert Ross, Pueblo, Colo., dragster, 6.928, 198.73
5) Darren Stettner, Regina, Sask., dragster, 7.004, 193.43
6) Les Feist, Clearwater, Minn., dragster, 7.004, 197.19
7) Sondi Abbott, Elizabeth, Colo., dragster, 7.012, 190.51
8) Hank Brown, Muscatine, Iowa, dragster, 7.025, 194.13
9) Brandon Rhodes, Littleton, Colo., dragster, 7.047, 192.00
10) Kent Kroeker, Grant, Neb., dragster, 7.049, 192.58

SPORTSMAN MOTORCYCLE
1) Kyle Olson, Moorland, Iowa, '12 Hayabusa, ETMX, 0.013 seconds reaction time
2) Mike Voss, Maplewood, Minn., '10 Kawasaki, ETMX, 0.056
3) Rudy Fife, Denver, Colo., '79 Suzuki, ETMX, 0.116
4) Leonard Fox, Aurora, Colo., '00 Kawasaki, ETMX, -0.014
5) Leland Sykes, Aurora, Colo., '99 Kawasaki, ETMX, -0.023
6) Schaun Schnathorst, Huron, S.D., '06 Destroyer, ETMX, -0.070


Preview

Grease Monkey Thunder on the Mountain will be held at Bandimere Speedway on June 15-17, 2012.  The event is one of six in the West Central Division and one of 43 scheduled across the country where drivers earn points leading to divisional, regional and national championships as well as a chance at a share of the year-end purse of more than $519,000. Categories include Top Alcohol Dragster, Top Alcohol Funny Car, Comp Eliminator, Super Stock, Stock Eliminator, Super Comp, Super Gas and Super Street. The division's Jerry Haas Race Cars Top Sportsman Series, Fineline Madcap Top Dragster Series and the Sportsman Motorcycle Series presented by Harley Davidson will also run in conjunction with the event.

Gates at Bandimere Speedway open at 8 a.m. each day.  Qualifying and time trials kick off Friday at 10:30 a.m. and continue Saturday at 9 a.m. Top Dragster, Top Sportsman and Comp Eliminator will have qualifying runs at noon and 3 p.m. on Friday and two sessions on Saturday at 2:30 and 5:30 p.m.  Top Alcohol Dragster and Top Alcohol Funny Car will have one qualifying session on Friday at 4 p.m., and two on Saturday, at 3:30 and 6:30 p.m.  Eliminations begin on Sunday at 8:30 a.m.

Tickets for the Grease Monkey Thunder on the Mountain event are $10 Friday, $20 Saturday and $25 Sunday.  Children 12 and under are free on Friday. On Saturday and Sunday children 6-12 are $6 each day. Children five and under are free.

Bandimere Speedway is located at 3051 S. Rooney Road; west of Denver off Interstate 470 in Morrison.  For more information call the track, (303) 697-6001, or visit www.Bandimere.com.

NHRA LUCAS OIL DRAG RACING SERIES: Fact Sheet

WHAT: NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series Grease Monkey Thunder on the Mountain event where drivers earn points leading to divisional, regional and national championships as well as a chance at a share of the year-end purse of more than $519,000. Categories include Top Alcohol Dragster, Top Alcohol Funny Car, Comp Eliminator, Super Stock, Stock Eliminator, Super Comp, Super Gas and Super Street. The division's Jerry Haas Race Cars Top Sportsman Series, Fineline Madcap Top Dragster Series and the Sportsman Motorcycle Series presented by Harley Davidson will also run in conjunction with the event.

WHERE: Bandimere Speedway, Morrison, Colo. Track is located at 3051 S. Rooney Road; west of Denver off Interstate 470 in Morrison.

WHEN: Friday through Sunday, June 15-17, 2012

SCHEDULE: FRIDAY, June 15 - Gates open at 8 a.m. Qualifying and time trials begin at 10:30 a.m. Top Dragster, Top Sportsman and Comp Eliminator qualifying starts at noon and 3 p.m. Top Alcohol Dragster and Top Alcohol Funny Car qualifying begins at 4 p.m.

SATURDAY, June 18 - Gates open at 8 a.m. Qualifying and time trials are scheduled to begin at 9 a.m. Top Dragster, Top Sportsman and Comp Eliminator qualifying starts at 2:30 and 5:30 p.m. Top Alcohol Dragster and Top Alcohol Funny Car final qualifying sessions are at 3:30 and 6:30 p.m. ET Eliminations begin at 4 p.m.

SUNDAY, June 17 - Gates open at 8 a.m. Eliminations begin at 8:30 a.m.

TICKETS: GENERAL ADMISSION/PIT PASS - $10 Friday, $20 Saturday, $25 Sunday. Children 12 and under free on Friday. Children (ages 6 to 12) are $6 Saturday and $6 Sunday. Children 5 and under are admitted free with paid adult. For more information please call Bandimere Speedway, (303) 697-6001 or visit www.bandimere.com

2011 EVENT WINNERS: Jim Whiteley, Top Alcohol Dragster; Roger Bateman, Top Alcohol Funny Car; Lou Ficco Jr., Comp Eliminator; Todd Morse, Super Stock; Bob Johnson Stock Eliminator; Gary Stinnett, Super Comp; Kevin Moore, Super Gas; Michael Otis, Super Street; Shawn Kennedy, Top Sportsman, Karla Rhodes, Top Dragster; Mike Voss, Sportsman Motorcycle.

BONUS PROGRAMS:
NHRA LUCAS OIL DRAG RACING SERIES POINTS FUND
: a $519,000 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.

AEROMOTIVE LOW QUALIFIER BONUS: A $3,000 bonus fund paid to the low qualifiers in Comp Eliminator, Super Stock and Stock Eliminator at each of the division's six races. The best qualifying driver in Comp Eliminator and Super Stock will each get $200 per event, while the best qualifier in Stock Eliminator will get $100 per race.

JERRY HAAS RACE CARS TOP SPORTSMAN SERIES: The Jerry Haas Race Cars Top Sportsman Series, run in conjunction with the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series, is an opportunity for competitors in the West Central division's Top Sportsman class to earn points toward divisional championships. The $2,750 champions' purse posted by Jerry Haas Race Cars will be paid to 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place points finishers.

FINELINE MADCAP TOP DRAGSTER SERIES: The West Central Division Top Dragster Series, run in conjunction with the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series, is an opportunity for competitors in the West Central division's Top Dragster class to earn points toward divisional championships. The $2,750 champions' purse will be paid to 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place points finishers.

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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