Gingles wins first ever, Foster his second this year at Cordova

8/11/2012


DIVISION 5
Cordova Dragway Park
Cordova, Ill., Aug. 10-11, 2012 

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


Saturday

CORDOVA, Ill. At the Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series Summer Showdown presented by Matco Tools event at Cordova Dragway Park, Canadian Gord Gingles picked up the first win of his Top Alcohol Dragster career and Chris Foster his second of the year in Top Alcohol Funny Car.

Gingles was the picture of consistency throughout eliminations, running nothing but 5.30s in the summer heat to outduel a top-flight field that included some of the best cars in the country. The Winnipeg, Man., driver strapped a holeshot on returning veteran Dennis Drath in the final round with an outstanding .016 reaction time and sped to a consistent 5.37 at 267 mph for the victory. Drath, down a couple of car lengths by the half-track mark, shut off to a 6.05 after running between 5.40 and 5.42 all weekend.

Drath qualified in the top half with a 5.42 and took out many-time national event champions Marty Thacker and Chase Copeland in the preliminary rounds of eliminations. With a 5.34, his best run of the weekend, Gingles qualified No. 2 behind Randy Meyer, who set low e.t. with the only run in the 5.20s. Gingles was six-hundredths of a second behind Meyer but seven-hundredths ahead of the rest of the field in qualifying and never ran less than a 5.39 or slower than 266 mph all night.

Gingles established top speed of the meet in a 5.39, 269.51 win over Matthew Cummings in the first round. In the semifinals, his 5.35 was too much for Norwalk regional winner Ken Perry, who led at half-track before slowing to a 5.57 at just 208 mph.

In Top Alcohol Funny Car, Foster qualified No. 2 in a field that featured five drivers in the 5.60s, including No. 1 qualifier and defending event champ Dale Brand, who ran low e.t. of all three qualifying sessions 5.69, 5.63, and 5.61 in his first appearance anywhere all season. "I saw Dale's trailer at the other end of the pits on Friday and thought, 'Oh boy. He's going to be trouble.' That car always runs good," Foster said.

Foster was solidly in the 5.60s all weekend and eventually qualified No. 2 with a 5.64. "The car would get loose in high gear and fishtail, but it ran good every time," he said. "Everybody was. A lot of other cars were right there."

Especially Brand. The Iowa driver established low e.t. of the first two rounds of eliminations, with a 5.61 in the first round, matching his low qualifying time, to eliminate Wayne Butler, and a 5.62 in the semifinals against two-time Cordova winner Kirk Williams, who had an .011 light.

Foster was just a tick behind Brand, with a 5.66 in round one against Scott McVey and a 5.65 against rival Ray Drew's close 5.68 in the semifinals. What would have been a great final ended anticlimactically when Brand had to shut off after the burnout because of a fuel leak. Foster coasted to an 8.07 at 114 mph for his second regional victory of the year, including the Norwalk event in May.

"I heard over the radio that he had some kind of a problem, but the starter wasn't saying anything for a while," Foster said. "I sat back there waiting, and finally he walked over and held up one finger for a single."

With the victory, Foster passed Mickey Ferro, who won the Chicago and Columbus regionals, for the North Central Region lead. "Cordova's not too far from home, and I had aunts and uncles and people who've never seen us race before with us in the winner's circle," he said. "I try not to pay too much attention to the points because whenever you look too far ahead it messes you up, but it looks like it's all going to come down to the last race of the year, in Bowling Green."

In the first final of the day, defending event champion David Billingsley, Decatur, Ill., made it two in a row defeating Travis Gusso in Comp Eliminator. Billingsley ran 8.738 seconds at 151 mph along with a starting line advantage for the win.

The Super Stock final was a heads-up face off of Minnesota runners as Brett Speer, Little Falls, got the early lead only to watch Jason DeForrest, Andover, Minn., drive around him for the win in his '87 Camaro at 138.94 mph.

Monte Green and J.R. Lobner grabbed the trophies in the division's Jerry Haas Race Cars Top Sportsman and the Fineline/Madcap Top Dragster Series, respectively. Green, Haxtun, Colo., beat Rick Wilson, Independence, Mo., in his '95 Probe crossing the finsh line in just over seven seconds at 195 mph, while Lobner, who won earlier this year in Great Bend, Kan., knocked out Phil Unruh. The two had near identical reaction times with Lobner taking the win at the stripe in 6.897 seconds, 193.77 mph.

Other racers visiting the winner's circle this weekend were T.J. Diekema over Nick Siebert in Stock Eliminator; Matthew Kreft in a double breakout with Chris Brown in Super Comp; multi-national event winner Tommy Phillips defeating Marc Erickson in Super Gas; Steve Domingues beating Ted Ash in Super Street; and Joe Klemme taking the win in Sportsman Motorcycle presented by Harley-Davidson against Kurt Clark.

West Central Division racers head to Heartland Park Topeka for the next NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series event, August 24-25.

The following are the final results from the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series Summer Showdown presented by Matco Tools event at Cordova Dragway:

TOP ALCOHOL DRAGSTER:
ROUND ONE
4) Dennis Drath, Larkspur, Colo., 5.427, 266.74 def. 5) Chase Copeland, Gainesville, Texas, 6.060, 208.39;

2) Gord Gingles, Winnipeg, Manit., 5.394, 269.51 def. 7) Matthew Cummings, Pompano Beach, Fla., 5.830, 247.52;

8) Marty Thacker, Robinson, Ill., 5.828, 247.11 def. 1) Randy Meyer, Spring Hill, Kan., 6.010, 264.03;

6) Ken Perry, Markham, Ont., 5.436, 263.05 def. 3) Jared Dreher, Clinton, Ind., 5.535, 246.35;

SEMIFINALS
Drath, 5.407, 267.00 def. Thacker, 9.645, 117.11;
Gingles, 5.356, 266.53 def. Perry, 5.575, 208.04;

FINALS
Gingles, 5.379, 267.96 def. Drath, 6.058, 171.88.

TOP ALCOHOL FUNNY CAR:
ROUND ONE
1) Dale Brand, Sully, Iowa, '06 Monte Carlo, 5.615, 254.23 def. 8) Wayne Butler, Forest City, Ill., '02 Firebird, 5.885, 232.47;

3) Ray Drew, Hales Corner, Wis., '04 Firebird, 5.677, 254.52 def. 6) Lance Van Hauen, Reinbeck, Iowa, '12 Camaro, 5.798, 245.99;

4) Kirk Williams, Glenwood, Iowa, '02 Camaro, 6.771, 173.94 def. 5) Mike Bell, Fulton, Mo., '11 Mustang, 8.977, 99.22;

2) Chris Foster, Davenport, Iowa, '11 Mustang, 5.663, 255.19 def. 7) Scott McVey, Winnipeg, Manit., '06 Monte Carlo, 6.567, 156.88;

SEMIFINALS
Brand, 5.626, 253.56 def. Williams, 5.738, 250.37;
Foster, 5.659, 255.00 def. Drew, 5.685, 253.80;

FINALS
Foster, 8.076, 114.30 def. Brand, broke.

COMPETITION ELIMINATOR
David Billingsley, Decatur, Ill., '93 Cutlass, L/AA, 8.738, 151.00 def. Travis Gusso, Sioux Falls, S.D., '10 Cobalt, E/SM, 8.513, 159.06.

SUPER STOCK
Jason DeForrest, Andover, Minn., '87 Camaro, GT/DA, 9.624, 138.94 def. Brett Speer, Little Falls, Minn., '89 Camaro, GT/DA, 10.049, 130.99.

STOCK ELIMINATOR
T. J. Diekema, Mason City, Iowa, '62 Fury, E/SA, 10.798, 120.31 def. Nick Siebert, Wamego, Kan., '85 Camaro, I/SA, 11.797, 106.99.

SUPER COMP
Matthew Kreft, Council Bluffs, Iowa, dragster, 8.878, 175.41 def. Chris Brown, Wichita, Kan., dragster, 8.868, 173.61.

SUPER GAS
Tommy Phillips, Forney, Texas, '57 Corvette, 9.890, 149.53 def. Marc Erickson, Rockford, Ill., '01 S-10, 9.880, 152.43.

SUPER STREET
Steve Domingues, Derby, Kan., '67 Camaro, 10.892, 144.12 def. Ted Ash, Topeka, Kan., '61 Corvette, 10.879, 146.27.

TOP DRAGSTER
J.R. Lobner, Gardner, Kan., dragster, 6.897, 193.77 def. Phil Unruh, McPherson, Kan., dragster, 6.447, 213.13.

TOP SPORTSMAN SERIES PRESENTED BY AEROMOTIVE
Monte Green, Huxten, Colo., '95 Probe, 7.010, 195.56 def. Rick Wilson, Independence, Kan., '69 Camaro, 6.933, 199.26.

SPORTSMAN MOTORCYCLE SERIES PRESENTED BY HARLEY-DAVIDSON
Joe Klemme, Davenport, Iowa, '77 Kawasaki, 8.880, 142.54 def. Kurt Clark, Davenport, Iowa, '76 Kawasaki, 8.590, 136.18.

SUPER COMP SHOOTOUT
Kyle Friis, Omaha, Neb., dragster, 8.905, 147.21 def. Bill Banks, Sugar Creek, Mo., dragster, 8.929, 170.47.

SUPER GAS SHOOTOUT
Rick Bowman, Solon, Iowa, '60 Corvette, 9.913, 159.97 def. Brian Folk, Durand, Ill., '07 Camaro, 9.899, 153.82.

SUPER STREET SHOOTOUT
Steve Domingues, Derby, Kan., '67 Camaro, 10.846, 152.64 def. Gregory Gilligan, Fremont, Neb., '66 Nova, foul.


Friday

CORDOVA, Ill. The NHRA West Central Division is back at Cordova Dragway this weekend for the Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series Summer Showdown presented by Matco Tools. The event is one of six events in the division and one of 43 that will take place throughout the year from coast to coast. More than 400 of the best racers from the region took to the track today in hopes of grabbing valuable points leading toward national, regional, and divisional championships. Kirk Williams is coming off a win at Bandimere Speedway in Top Alcohol Funny Car, while Kris Hool leads the class in the regional points standings. Randy Meyer sits on top of the Top Alcohol Dragster points, followed by Canadian racer Gordon Gingles and Mark Taliaferro in second and third.

Racers made qualifying and time trial runs today as the 260 mph Top Alcohol Dragsters and Funny Cars ran a pair of qualifying runs that will be followed by final qualifying and all rounds of eliminations on Saturday night. The division's Fineline/Madcap Top Dragster and Jerry Haas Race Cars Top Sportsman classes also made two runs today with a final qualifying session tomorrow.

Gates open at 7 a.m. on Saturday with final qualifying and time trials scheduled to begin at 8 a.m. Eliminations kick off at 9 a.m. with Super Comp and Super Gas. Tickets are $25 for Saturday's Summer Showdown that will run into the night with final eliminations. Children 6-12 are just $5, and kids 5 and under are free with a paid adult. For more information call the track at 309-654-2110 or visit www.cordovadragway.com.

The following are Friday's qualifying results from the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series Summer Showdown presented by Matco Tools at Cordova Dragway:

TOP ALCOHOL DRAGSTER
1) Randy Meyer, Spring Hill, Kan., 5.280 seconds, 266.74 mph
2) Jared Dreher, Clinton, Ind., 5.417, 251.67
3) Dennis Drath, Larkspur, Colo., 5.421, 264.60
4) Chase Copeland, Gainesville, Texas, 5.430, 267.43
5) Gord Gingles, Winnipeg, Manit., 5.446, 262.28
6) Ken Perry, Markham, Ont., 5.471, 260.31
7) Matthew Cummings, Pompano Beach, Fla., 5.507, 241.15
8) Marty Thacker, Robinson, Ill., 5.531, 257.78
Not Qualified
9) Dean Dubbin, Royalton, Minn., 5.911, 244.21
10) Don Nolan, Manchester, Ky., 9.555, 65.20

TOP ALCOHOL FUNNY CAR
1) Dale Brand, Sully, Iowa, '10 Monte Carlo, 5.635 seconds, 254.90 mph
2) Chris Foster, Davenport, Iowa, '11 Mustang, 5.653, 255.39
3) Kirk Williams, Glenwood, Iowa, '02 Camaro, 5.655, 252.61
4) Mike Bell, Fulton, Mo., '10 Mustang, 5.699, 252.52
5) Ray Drew, Hales Corner, Wis., '04 Firebird, 5.748, 251.81
6) Scott McVey, Winnipeg, Manit., '06 Monte Carlo, 5.790, 250.51
7) Wayne Butler, Forest City, Ill., '02 Firebird, 5.801, 249.67
8) Lance Van Hauen, Reinbeck, Iowa, '02 Camaro, 5.969, 230.13
Not Qualified
9) Bruce Carlson, Prior Lake, Minn., '97 Firebird, 6.006, 239.53
10) Todd Robertson, Harrison Twp., Mich., '06 Monte Carlo, 6.174, 227.11

COMPETITION ELIMINATOR
1) Scott Parks, Burlingame, Kan., dragster, A/ND, 6.812 seconds, -0.608 (under index)
2) David Billingsley, Decatur, Ill., '93 Cutlass, L/AA, 8.740, -0.600
3) Greg Kamplain, Brownsburg, Ind., dragster, B/ED, 6.891, -0.589
4) Pat Nahan, Sartell, Minn., dragster, E/D, 7.405, -0.585
5) Mark Kirkman, Monmouth, Ill., dragster, A/DA, 6.499, -0.561
6) Shaun Vincent, Omaha, Neb., '02 S-10, C/TA, 8.486, -0.554
7) Bruno Massel, Woodbridge, Ill., '10 Cobalt, DD/AT, 7.146, -0.524
8) Scott Chamness, Bourbonnais, Ill., dragster, B/D, 6.729, -0.511
9) Travis Gusso, Sioux Falls, S.D., '10 Cobalt, E/SM, 8.569, -0.501
10) Will Hatcher, Satanta, Kan., dragster, B/DA, 6.860, -0.500

SUPER STOCK
1) Drew Skillman, Greenwood, Ind., '12 Mustang, SS/AAA, 8.373 seconds, -1.027 (under index)
2) Paul Hellenberg, Dry Ridge, Ky., '05 Cavalier, GT/AA, 9.216, -0.884
3) Tim Nicholson, Concordia, Kan., '66 Chevy II, GT/I, 10.066, -0.884
4) Phil Unruh, McPherson, Kan., '10 Cobalt, SS/CM, 8.619, -0.881
5) Carroll Warling, Brighton, Colo., '74 Grand Am, GT/MA, 10.885, -0.865
6) Michael Mans, Rogers, Minn., '00 Firebird, SS/AS, 8.738, -0.862
7) Brina Splingaire, N. Riverside, Ill., '08 Cobalt, GT/BA, 9.398, -0.852
8) Matthew Lund, Bettendorf, Iowa, '98 Firebird, SS/IA, 9.863, -0.837
9) Bill Rink, Naperville, Ill., '74 GTO, SS/LA, 10.618, -0.832
10) Doug Engels, Watertown, S.D., '57 Corvette, SS/GM, 9.471, -0.829

STOCK ELIMINATOR
1) Bill Skillman, Greenwood, Ind., '12 Mustang, AA/SA, 8.902 seconds, -1.098 (under index)
2) Brad VanLant, Linn Creek, Mo., '71 Duster, D/SA, 10.569, -0.981
3) James Findell, Zimmerman, Minn., '73 Duster, E/SA, 10.780, -0.920
4) Johnny Diekema, Blue Grass, Iowa, '69 Nova, B/S, 10.288, -0.912
5) Greg Hill, Louisville, Ky., '71 Camaro, E/SA, 10.793, -0.907
6) Andrew Hill, Lousiville, Ky., '70 Camaro, D/SA, 10.661, -0.889
7) Drew Skillman, Greenwood, Ind., '12 Mustang, AA/SA, 9.113, -0.887
8) Don Duke, Indianola, Iowa, '68 Camaro, B/S, 10.313, -0.887
9) Kari Findell, Zimmerman, Minn., '73 Duster, F/SA, 10.972, -0.878
10) Carson Pedigo, Andover, Kan., '70 Chevelle, C/SA, 10.532, -0.868

TOP SPORTSMAN SERIES PRESENTED BY AEROMOTIVE
1) Joe Palmer, Carol Stream, Ill., '06 GTO, 6.766 seconds, 203.34 mph
2) Tom Harger, Des Moines, Iowa, '96 Cutlass, 6.787, 206.64
3) Jerry Holt, Collinsville, Okla., '08 GTO, 6.796, 203.89
4) Jim White, Haysville, Kan., '09 Cobalt, 6.812, 206.92
5) Rick Sojka, Montgomery, Ill., '01 Firebird, 6.845, 199.67
6) Curt Fredrich, Burlington, Wis., '68 Camaro, 6.847, 202.91
7) Rich Smith, Wentzville, Mo., '04 Cavalier, 6.863, 203.37
8) Tom Schmidt, Lindstrom, Minn., '63 Corvette, 6.863, 202.70
9) J.J. Heber, Centennial, Colo., '06 Mustang, 6.905, 201.31
10) Rick Wilson, Independence, Kan., '69 Camaro, 6.912, 198.88

TOP DRAGSTER
1) Phil Unruh, McPherson, Kan., dragster, 6.409 seconds, 213.98 mph
2) Jerry Holt, Collinsville, Okla., dragster, 6.410, 214.86
3) James Monroe, Bloomington, Ind., dragster, 6.443, 210.83
4) Mark Krupa, Elgin, Ill., dragster, 6.446, 214.04
5) Hank Brown, Muscatine, Iowa, dragster, 6.525, 208.59
6) Phillip Oakley, Owensboro, Ky., dragster, 6.535, 205.22
7) Craig Sullivan, Avon, Ind., dragster, 6.543, 198.09
8) Ryan Smith, Kenosha, Wis., dragster, 6.623, 202.27
9) Jeff Koron, Hays, Kan., dragster, 6.647, 205.60
10) Dan Phelps, Labadie, Mo., dragster, 6.655, 202.67

SPORTSMAN MOTORCYCLE SERIES PRESENTED BY HARLEY-DAVIDSON
1) Kurt Clark, Davenport, Iowa, '76 Kawasaki, ETMX, 0.001 seconds reaction time
2) Travis McMann, Marengo, Iowa, '87 Kawasaki, ETMX, 0.005
3) Jason Clampitt, Lino Lakes, Minn., '10 Suzuki, ETMX, 0.010
4) Jacob Verscla, Kewanee, Ill., '78 Kawasaki, ETMX, 0.012
5) Mike Voss, Maplewood, Minn., '10 Kawasaki, ETMX, 0.015
6) Kyle Olson, Moorland, Iowa, '12 Hayabusa, ETMX, 0.017
7) Bill Momuth, Hamshire, Ill., '97 Suzuki, ETMX, 0.018
8) Tom Klemme, Davenport, Iowa, '86 Kawasaki, ETMX, 0.024
9) Andy Sanquist, Sherrard, Ill., '73 Kawasaki, ETMX, 0.025
10) Dan Beale, Hillsdale, Ill., '76 Kawasaki, ETMX, 0.036

SUPER STREET SHOOTOUT
1) Donnie Durenberger, Dayton, Minn., '68 Camaro, S/ST, 10.901 seconds, 0.001 (over index)
2) Gregory Gilligan, Fremont, Neb., '66 Nova, S/ST, 10.905, 0.005
3) Steve Domingues, Derby, Kan., '67 Camaro, S/ST, 10.906, 0.006
4) Corey Bentley, Fremont, Neb., '66 Nova, S/ST, 10.907, 0.007
5) Rod Cady, Erie, Ill., '65 Chevy II, S/ST, 10.915, 0.015
6) Jeff Landholm, Oakland, Neb., '68 Camaro, S/ST, 10.916, 0.016
7) Fred Fisher, Lemont, Ill., '79 Malibu, S/ST, 10.918, 0.018
8) Jeremy Lehrke, Omaha, Neb., '75 Vega, S/ST, 10.919, 0.019

SUPER COMP SHOOTOUT
1) Tommy Phillips, Forney, Texas, dragster, S/C, 8.909 seconds, 0.009 (over index)
2) Gary Jenkins, Napierville, Ill., '02 Dakota, S/C, 8.910, 0.010
3) Kyle Friis, Omaha, Neb., dragster, S/C, 8.912, 0.012
4) Mike Vance, St. Peters, Mo., '23 roadster, S/C, 8.913, 0.013
5) Kari Larson, Starbuck, Minn., dragster, S/C, 8.914, 0.014
6) Larry Bernshausen, Manito, Ill., dragster, S/C, 8.915, 0.015
7) Russ Brown, Burlington, Iowa, dragster, S/C, 8.916, 0.016
8) Bill Banks, Sugar Creek, Mo., dragster, S/C, 8.918, 0.018

SUPER GAS SHOOTOUT
1) John Miller, Waterloo, Iowa, '90 Trans Am, S/G, 9.906 seconds, 0.006 (over index)
2) Larry Bernshausen, Manito, Ill., '77 Vega Wgn, S/G, 9.907, 0.007
3) Rick Bowman, Solon, Iowa, '60 Corvette, S/G, 9.908, 0.008
4) Brian Folk, Durand, Ill., '07 Camaro, S/G, 9.909, 0.009
5) Nathan Vrooman, Wabash, Ind., '91 Beretta, S/G, 9.911, 0.011
6) Carl Root, Washington, Ill., '63 Chevy II, S/G, 9.912, 0.012
7) Greg Cooper, Archie, Mo., '27 roadster, S/G, 9.913, 0.013
8) Danielle Davis, Belgrade, Minn., '66 Nova, S/G, 9.914, 0.014


Preview

CORDOVA, Ill. Cordova Dragway Park will host the NHRA West Central Division Summer Showdown presented by Matco Tools on August 10-11, 2012.  The event is 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 $500,000. 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 presented by Aeromotive, Fineline Madcap Top Dragster Series and the Sportsman Motorcycle Series presented by Harley Davidson will also run in conjunction with the event.

Gates at Cordova Dragway Park open at 7 a.m. Friday and Saturday. Qualifying and time trials start Friday morning at 9 a.m. and continue Saturday at 8 a.m.  Comp Eliminator, Top Dragster and Top Sportsman will have two qualifying sessions on Friday, at 4 and 6:30 p.m., and Saturday at 11 a.m.  Top Alcohol Dragster and Top Alcohol Funny Car will qualify at 5 and 8 p.m. Friday and at noon on Saturday. Eliminations begin at 9:45 a.m. Saturday. Top Alcohol Dragster and Top Alcohol Funny Car will run first round of eliminations Saturday at 5 p.m.

            Tickets for the Summer Showdown presented by Matco Tools at Cordova Dragway Park are $20 Friday and $25 Saturday. Children 6 to 12 years old are $5 each day and children 5 and under are admitted free with a paid adult.

Cordova Dragway Park is located three miles north of Cordova on Highway 84; 10 miles north of I-80 exit No. 1.  For more information call the track, (309) 654-2110, or visit www.CordovaDrag.com. 

NHRA LUCAS OIL DRAG RACING SERIES: Fact Sheet

WHAT: Summer Showdown presented by Matco Tools the fourth of six events in the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series Southeast Division competition 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 $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 presented by Aeromotive, Fineline/Madcap Top Dragster Series and the Sportsman Motorcycle Series presented by Harley Davidson will also run in conjunction with the event.

WHERE: Cordova Dragway Park, Cordova, Ill.  Track is located 3 miles north of Cordova on Highway 84;

10 miles north of I-80 exit No. 1.

WHEN:  Friday through Saturday, August 10-11, 2012

SCHEDULE: FRIDAY, August 10 - Gates open at 7 a.m.  Qualifying and time trials begin at 9 a.m. Comp Eliminator, Top Sportsman and Top Dragster qualifying starts at 4 and 6:30 p.m.  Top Alcohol Dragster and Top Alcohol Funny Car qualifying is at 5 and 8 p.m.

SATURDAY, August 11 - Gates open at 7 a.m.  Qualifying and time trials are scheduled to begin at 8 a.m. Comp Eliminator, Top Sportsman and Top Dragster final qualifying start at 11 a.m.  Top Alcohol Dragster and Top Alcohol Funny Car final qualifying sessions are at noon. Eliminations begin at 5 p.m. for Top Alcohol Dragster and Top Alcohol Funny Car.

TICKETS: GENERAL ADMISSION/PIT PASS - $20 Friday, $25 Saturday. Children 6-12 years old are $5 each day and children 5 and under are admitted free with paid adult.  For more information please call Cordova Dragway Park, (309) 654-2110 or visit www.CordovaDrag.com.

2011 EVENT WINNERS: Randy Meyer, Top Alcohol Dragster; Dale Brand, Top Alcohol Funny Car; David Billingsley, Comp Eliminator; Michael Mans, Super Stock; Chris Knudsen, Stock Eliminator; Pat Fitzpatrick, Super Comp; Pat Martin, Super Gas; John Miller, Super Street; John Scali., Top Sportsman, Donald Speer, Top Dragster; Curtis Spracklin, 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 2013 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 2013 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


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