Booher, Foster shine at Route 66 Raceway Lucas Oil Series event

6/9/2013


DIVISION 3
Route 66 Raceway
Joliet, Ill., June 7-9, 2013 

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


Sunday

JOLIET, Ill. - At the North Central NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series Burndown at Sundown event at Route 66 Raceway, Brandon Booher went the distance for the first time in his Top Alcohol Dragster career and Chris Foster for the second race in a row in Top Alcohol Funny Car.

Booher, who qualified high at the first two races this season only to be upset in the opening round, paced an outstanding field (5.44 bump) with a career-best 5.32 at 271 mph and stayed in the 5.30s throughout eliminations, including a 5.38 in the final against Chris Demke, who smoked the tires, backpedaled, and lost with a 5.92 at 252 mph.

"Finally," said Booher, who had three previous runner-ups, including one in national event competition. "The car's been running well for a while now, but we could never put it all together in eliminations. Everybody was within a few hundredths in qualifying, and to win against this caliber of competition makes it even more special."

Fifteen drivers attempted to qualify for the 8-car field, and the top seven cars were within six-hundredths of a second of one another, from 5.32 to 5.38. Booher defeated 2012 Central Region champ Gord Gingles in round one with a 5.35 at 269 mph and veteran Ken Perry in the semi's with an almost identical 5.35 at 270.

Demke was even stronger on race day, when almost everybody else slowed down. He set low e.t. of both preliminary rounds, with a 5.30 (low e.t. of the meet) against Jared Dreher in round one and a 5.31 in the semifinals against Robin Samsel, who had upset five-time world champ Bill Reichert in the opening round. With his fourth runner-up of 2013, Demke overtook rival Jim Whiteley for first place in the national standings.

"If Demke had stepped up to a .20-something in the final, there's not a whole lot we could have done about it," Booher said. "It's not like we could've just gone from a .35 to a .25 doesn't work that way. If we knew how to run .20s, we'd be doing it, but 5.32 is getting down there. This car is a player now."

In Top Alcohol Funny Car, Foster, appearing in the final at this race for the fourth year in a row, edged Cassie Simonton in one of the best races of the season. Never have two finalists been more evenly matched: Both ran 5.64s in the first round and 5.62s in the semi's.

Simonton had lane choice by a thousandth of a second and had the better of two excellent reaction times, .056 to .057, but Foster was slightly stronger on the top end for a 5.63 to 5.66 win. "She almost beat me," said Foster, who earned his first career win at this event in 2009. "I got my head together just in time. I don't know why, but I'd been overthinking things. You know how people tell you to get your head in the game? I needed to get my head out of the game and do what comes naturally."

A .208 reaction time in the first round against Wayne Butler almost cost Foster the race. "I was thinking about stupid things, like how my foot didn't feel right on the clutch pedal, and I just wasn't focused," he said. "It's easy to short-shift when you see the other guy's whole car in front of you, but I kept telling myself, 'don't do it, don't do it,' and I didn't in either gear. I could tell I was catching him, but I was afraid I was going to run out of racetrack before I got there."

Foster tracked down Butler for a close come-from-behind win, 5.64 to 5.78. In the semifinals, he beat perennial rival Andy Bohl in a matchup of the season's first two winners, 5.62 to 5.67, crossing the finish line first by the exact same margin by which he'd beaten Butler a round earlier: 11 feet.

Simonton, who took out Ray Drew in the first round, won the other semifinal over Jay Payne, the second-most prolific driver in divisional/regional history, in an even closer race, 5.62 to 5.63. This was her third career final, including back-to-back national events last season, in Chicago and Norwalk.

Chicago based racer John Scali Jr. drove his '67 Camaro to the Brodix/Steve Schmidt Top Sportsman win as he held off the quicker Michael Jones, Montville, Ohio, and his '96 Beretta. Scali went 7.075 at 184.22 to Jones' 6.950, 196.59.

Marco Abruzzi picked up his third NHRA Wally trophy of the weekend when he knocked out Bill Riddle in the Spitzer Race Cars Top Dragster class as Riddle left early with a foul start. Abruzzi won in both Top Dragster and Top Sportsman for the postponed Lucas Oil Series event from Indianapolis that was completed earlier in the weekend. The Warren, Ohio racer beat Troy Stone and Billy Thoman respectively.

Mike Farrell, Louisville, Ky., also won for the postponed event over David Billingsley, Decatur, Ill., in Comp Eliminator.

The Route 66 Burndown at Sundown Comp Eliminator trophy went to Greg Kamplin who defeated Mark Kirkman in his '01 dragster for his second win in as many races taking the win last month in Norwalk, Ohio.

Also winning this weekend was Todd Frantz over Jeremy Duncan in Super Stock, Greg Hill beat out Brett Speer in Stock; Dave Crawford fell to Luke Bogacki in Super Comp; Pat Martin edged Tim Gillespie in Super Gas; and Ricky Shipp Jr. won on a hole shot over Connie Rudy in Super Street.

North Central Division racers are back at Route 66 Raceway at the end of the month when they will join the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series for the O'Reilly Auto Parts NHRA Route 66 Nationals June 27-30.

The following are Sunday's final results from the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series, North Central Division Four Seasons Heating & Air Conditioning Burndown at Sundown:

TOP ALCOHOL DRAGSTER:
ROUND ONE
4) Ken Perry, Markham, Ont., 5.414, 259.41 def.
5) Marty Thacker, Robinson, Ill., foul;

3) Chris Demke, Tujunga, Calif., 5.308, 271.19 def.
6) Jared Dreher, Clinton, Ind., 5.449, 258.86;

7) Robin Samsel, Marion, Ind., 5.396, 265.43 def.
2) Bill Reichert, Owosso, Mich., 5.417, 255.58;

1) Brandon Booher, Urbana, Ill., 5.350, 269.08 def.
8) Gordon Gingles, Winnipeg, Manit., 5.538, 263.87;

SEMI-FINALS
Booher, 5.352, 270.48 def. Perry, 5.403, 264.44;
Demke, 5.317, 270.54 def. Samsel, foul;

FINALS
Booher, 5.380, 268.71 def. Demke, 5.932, 252.00.

TOP ALCOHOL FUNNY CAR:
ROUND ONE
4) Cassie Simonton, Brooklyn Park, Minn., '06 Monte Carlo, 5.648, 256.36 def.
5) Ray Drew, Hales Corner, Wis., '04 Firebird, 5.749, 249.53;

3) Andy Bohl, Racine, Wis., '08 Mustang, 5.623, 256.16 def.
6) Paul Noakes, London, Ont., '02 Mustang, 5.784, 250.69;

2) Chris Foster, Davenport, Iowa, '11 Mustang, 5.646, 255.63 def.
7) Wayne Butler, Forest City, Ill., '02 Firebird, 5.781, 250.00;

1) Jay Payne, Claremont, Calif., '09 Mustang, 5.761, 254.38 def.
 8) Todd Robertson, Harrison Twp., Mich., '06 Monte Carlo, 7.248, 127.01;

SEMI-FINALS
Foster, 5.629, 256.45 def. Bohl, 5.675, 256.41;
 Simonton, 5.628, 255.05 def. Payne, 5.638, 256.41;

FINALS
Foster, 5.638, 255.77 def. Simonton, 5.660, 254.23.

COMPETITION ELIMINATOR
Greg Kamplain, Brownsburg, Ind., dragster, B/ED, 7.621, 124.72  def.
 Mark Kirkman, Monmouth, Ill., BOS, A/DA, foul.

SUPER STOCK
Todd Frantz, Louisville, Ky., '88 Beretta, GT/DA, 9.633, 138.86  def.
Jeremy Duncan, Charlestown, Ind., '69 Camaro, SS/GA, 9.889, 127.62.

STOCK ELIMINATOR
Greg Hill, Louisville, Ky., '71 Camaro, E/SA, 10.934, 116.11  def.
Brett Speer, Little Falls, Minn., '70 Nova, B/SA, 10.619, 123.98.

SUPER COMP
Luke Bogacki, Carterville, Ill., dragster, 8.916, 176.26  def.
Dave Crawford, Dewitt, Iowa, dragster, 8.894, 181.57.

SUPER GAS
Pat Martin, London, Ohio, '27 roadster, 9.922, 159.87  def.
Tim Gillespie, Xenia, Ohio, '33 Ford, 9.932, 146.97.

SUPER STREET
Ricky Shipp Jr., Needham, Ind., '70 Nova, 10.910, 135.76  def.
Connie Rudy, Lima, Ohio, '75 Gremlin, 10.890, 139.07.

TOP DRAGSTER
Marco Abruzzi, Warren, Ohio, dragster, 9.683, 92.32  def.
Bill Riddle, Fowlerville, Mich., dragster, foul.

TOP SPORTSMAN
John Scali, Chicago, Ill., '67 Camaro, 7.075, 184.22  def.
Mike Jones, Montville, Ohio, '96 Beretta, 6.950, 196.59.

PRO STOCK SNOWMOBILE
Louie Wirbel, Marion, Mich., '04 Ski Doo, 8.272, 156.44  def.
Ron Bray, Anoka, Minn., '12 Ski Doo, 8.385, 151.07.


Saturday

JOLIET, Ill. Day two is in the books and the fields are set for Top Alcohol Dragster and Top Alcohol Funny Car at the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series Burndown at Sundown event at Route 66 Raceway. Qualifying was also finalized in Comp Eliminator, Top Sportsman and Top Dragster while the remaining classes ran round 1 of eliminations that will continue on Sunday.

Gates open on Sunday at 8 a.m. with racers battling it out in head to head competition for a chance at taking home the trophy and their share of cash and contingency awards.  Tickets are $20 for adults and kids 12 and under are free with a paid adult.  For more information call the track at (888) 629-RACE.

The following are Saturday's final qualifying results from the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series, North Central Division Four Seasons Heating & Air conditioning Burndown at Sundown:

TOP ALCOHOL DRAGSTER
1) Brandon Booher, Urbana, Ill., 5.328 seconds, 271.46 mph
2) Bill Reichert, Owosso, Mich., 5.355, 265.22
3) Chris Demke, Tujunga, Calif., 5.361, 271.79
4) Ken Perry, Markham, Ont., 5.380, 264.18
5) Marty Thacker, Robinson, Ill., 5.396, 265.12
6) Jared Dreher, Clinton, Ind., 5.396, 260.86
7) Robin Samsel, Marion, Ind., 5.400, 267.16
8) Gordon Gingles, Winnipeg, Manit., 5.445, 270.27
Not Qualified
9) Dave Hirata, Lowell, Ind., 5.504, 264.08
10) Aaron Olivarez, Sandy, Utah, 5.535, 267.16
11) William Litton, La Jolla, Calif., 5.536, 260.46
12) Dean Dubbin, Royalton, Minn., 5.619, 247.43
13) Don Nolan, Manchester, Ky., 5.679, 258.52
14) Dave Hill, Valparaiso, Ind., 5.864, 246.62
15) Noah Condo, Monticello, Ind., 5.970, 176.97
16) Ray Hack, Valparaiso, Ind., 6.513, 187.16

First round TAD pairings
1) Brandon Booher, Urbana, Ill., 5.328 seconds, 271.46 mph vs.
8) Gordon Gingles, Winnipeg, Manit., 5.445, 270.27

2) Bill Reichert, Owosso, Mich., 5.355, 265.22 vs.
7) Robin Samsel, Marion, Ind., 5.400, 267.16

3) Chris Demke, Tujunga, Calif., 5.361, 271.79 vs.
6) Jared Dreher, Clinton, Ind., 5.396, 260.86

4) Ken Perry, Markham, Ont., 5.380, 264.18 vs.
5) Marty Thacker, Robinson, Ill., 5.396, 265.12

TOP ALCOHOL FUNNY CAR
1) Jay Payne, Claremont, Calif., '09 Mustang, 5.541 seconds, 260.66 mph
2) Chris Foster, Davenport, Iowa, '11 Mustang, 5.569, 259.06
3) Andy Bohl, Racine, Wis., '08 Mustang, 5.572, 258.02
4) Cassie Simonton, Brooklyn Park, Minn., '06 Monte Carlo, 5.634, 257.14
5) Ray Drew, Hales Corner, Wis., '04 Firebird, 5.646, 253.71
6) Paul Noakes, London, Ont., '02 Mustang, 5.814, 255.48
7) Wayne Butler, Forest City, Ill., '02 Firebird, 5.862, 245.85
8) Todd Robertson, Harrison Twp., Mich., '06 Monte Carlo, 5.919, 224.81
Not Qualified
9) Kevin Newburgh, Rock Falls, Ill., '06 Stratus, 5.982, 244.60
10) Kirk Williams, Glenwood, Iowa, '04 Firebird, 6.077, 243.50
11) Rob Pfeister, Louisville, Ky., '02 Camaro, 6.187, 228.58
12) Brian Harvanek, Cheswick, Pa., '02 Camaro, 11.013, 52.77

First round TAFC pairings
1) Jay Payne, Claremont, Calif., '09 Mustang, 5.541 seconds, 260.66 mph vs.
8) Todd Robertson, Harrison Twp., Mich., '06 Monte Carlo, 5.919, 224.81

2) Chris Foster, Davenport, Iowa, '11 Mustang, 5.569, 259.06 vs.
7) Wayne Butler, Forest City, Ill., '02 Firebird, 5.862, 245.85

3) Andy Bohl, Racine, Wis., '08 Mustang, 5.572, 258.02 vs.
6) Paul Noakes, London, Ont., '02 Mustang, 5.814, 255.4
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4) Cassie Simonton, Brooklyn Park, Minn., '06 Monte Carlo, 5.634, 257.14 vs.
5) Ray Drew, Hales Corner, Wis., '04 Firebird, 5.646, 253.71

COMPETITION ELIMINATOR
1) Mark Kirkman, Monmouth, Ill., dragster, A/DA, 6.452 seconds, -0.658 (under index)
2) Bo Butner, Floyds Knobs, Ind., '95 Avenger, CC/AT, 7.074, -0.656
3) David Billingsley, Decatur, Ill., '93 Cutlass, L/AA, 8.695, -0.645
4) Scott Chamness, Kankakee, Ill., dragster, B/D, 6.636, -0.634
5) Brian Browell, Lafayette, Ind., dragster, D/D, 7.160, -0.630
6) Arnie Martel, Tewksbury, Mass., '07 GTO, B/EA, 7.673, -0.627
7) Jeremy Bailey, N. Manchester, Ind., dragster, B/DA, 6.775, -0.615
8) Rick Brown, Lebanon, Ohio, '00 S-10, B/TA, 8.176, -0.614
9) Steve Ambrose, Woodhaven, Mich., '23 roadster, J/AA, 7.737, -0.613
10) Greg Kamplain, Brownsburg, Ind., dragster, B/ED, 6.859, -0.611

SUPER STOCK
1) Ray Skillman, Greenwood, Ind., '12 Mustang, SS/AAA, 8.293 seconds, -1.107 (under index)
2) Bo Kenney, Manassas, Va., '12 Mustang, SS/AAA, 8.363, -1.037
3) Bill Skillman, Greenwood, Ind., '13 Mustang, SS/BA, 8.895, -1.005
4) Bill Dyer, Port Byron, Ill., '85 Mustang, SS/N, 10.953, -0.997
5) Jeff Taylor, Sellersburg, Ind., '94 Achieva, GT/HA, 10.063, -0.987
6) Brandon Wilkinson, Bowling Green, Ky., '68 Corvette, SS/B, 8.917, -0.983
7) Michael Mans, Rogers, Minn., '00 Firebird, SS/AS, 8.628, -0.972
8) Jason DeForrest, Andover, Minn., '87 Camaro, GT/DA, 9.536, -0.964
9) Allen Wade, Rochester, Ind., '69 Camaro, SS/DA, 9.237, -0.963
10) Todd Frantz, Louisville, Ky., '88 Beretta, GT/DA, 9.545, -0.955

STOCK ELIMINATOR
1) Bo Kenney, Manassas, Va., '08 Mustang, AA/SA, 8.874 seconds, -1.126 (under index)
2) Charley Downing, Britton, Mich., '10 Mustang, G/S, 10.827, -1.073
3) Luke Ubelhor, Bristow, Ind., '10 Challenger, B/S, 10.157, -1.043
4) Bill Skillman, Greenwood, Ind., '12 Mustang, AA/SA, 9.007, -0.993
5) Kevin Skinner, Grove City, Ohio, '13 Mustang, AA/SA, 9.013, -0.987
6) Larry DeForrost, Ramsey, Minn., '10 Mustang, E/SA, 10.734, -0.966
7) Tim Lowe, Macy, Ind., '72 Gran Sport, K/SA, 11.742, -0.908
8) Greg Hill, Louisville, Ky., '71 Camaro, E/SA, 10.794, -0.906
9) Tom Rambo, Washington C.H., Ohio, '68 Camaro, G/SA, 11.098, -0.902
10) Bob Gere, Salem, Wis., '72 Gran Sport, L/SA, 11.802, -0.898

TOP SPORTSMAN
1) Eric Burnett, Charlestown, Ind., '05 Cavalier, 6.368 seconds, 224.43 mph
2) Glenn Butcher, Doylestown, Ohio, '69 Camaro, 6.513, 211.06
3) Lester Johnson, Cynthiana, Ky., '55 Bel Air, 6.559, 214.89
4) Randy Primozic, Willoughby Hills, Ohio, '01 Cavalier, 6.609, 209.33
5) Mike Coughlin, Delaware, Ohio, '13 Camaro, 6.615, 211.23
6) Brandon Baxter, Granville, Ill., '08 Stratus, 6.617, 210.50
7) Billy Thoman, Mt Washington, Ky., '63 Corvette, 6.622, 206.10
8) David Howard, Braidwood, Ill., '02 Trans Am, 6.711, 208.17
9) Mike Jones, Montville, Ohio, '96 Beretta, 6.744, 204.60
10) Tim Kirman, Morris, Ill., '01 Grand Am, 6.753, 208.10

TOP DRAGSTER
1) Troy Stone, Elkhart, Ind., dragster, 6.019 seconds, 236.05 mph
2) Mike Wharram, Morton, Ill., dragster, 6.050, 231.99
3) Dan Norris, Wixom, Mich., dragster, 6.233, 224.28
4) Andy Johnson, Cynthiana, Ky., dragster, 6.293, 219.33
5) Tom Elliott, Brooks, Ky., dragster, 6.294, 218.34
6) Michael Smith, Owosso, Mich., dragster, 6.313, 224.62
7) Bryan Keller, Macedonia, Ohio, dragster, 6.317, 211.26
8) Kevin Fisher, Lima, Ohio, dragster, 6.381, 211.00
9) Ashley Tidrick, Logansport, Ind., dragster, 6.387, 216.76
10) James Monroe, Bloomington, Ind., dragster, 6.387, 212.73

PRO STOCK SNOWMOBILE
1) Louie Wirbel, Marion, Mich., '04 Ski Doo, 8.345 seconds, 155.65 mph
2) Ron Bray, Anoka, Minn., '12 Ski Doo, 8.363, 152.09
3) Ed Illgen, Rockford, Ill., '10 Ski Doo, 8.396, 152.69
4) Nick Washburn, Watertown, N.Y., '13 Ski Doo, 8.503, 147.04
5) Todd Serra, Commerce Twp, Mich., '09 Ski Doo, 8.513, 147.49
6) Brian Werner, Hubbard, Ohio, '01 Yamaha, 8.523, 151.29
7) Scott Hagen, Oxford, Mich., '03 Ski Doo, 8.627, 151.68
8) Frank Bombe, Shelby Twp, Mich., '03 Ski Doo, 8.867, 143.63




Friday

JOLIET, Ill. The NHRA North Central division is at Route 66 Raceway for the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series and the Burndown at Sundown event with two featured shows on Saturday that will include jet cars, nostalgia, Injected Nitro Dragsters and Top Alcohol Funny Cars.  Featured show times are 4 and 8 p.m.

This weekend's event is one of six in the division and one of 44 that will take place throughout the year from coast to coast with more than 400 of the best racers from the region looking for valuable points leading toward national, regional and divisional championships.

Racers made qualifying and time trial runs today as the 260-mph Top Alcohol Dragsters and Funny Cars made their initial qualifying run with two more to follow in Saturday at 4 and 8 p.m.  The divisions Comp Eliminator, Spitzer Race Cars Top Dragster and Brodix/Steve Schmidt Top Sportsman ran a single qualifying session today and will make two more on Saturday that will set their fields for Sunday's eliminations.

Gates open at 7 a.m. on Saturday with the rest of the classes in competition receiving one final qualifying and time trial pass beginning at 9 a.m. followed by round 1 of eliminations.  Tickets are $20 for adults and kids 12 and under are free with a paid adult.  For more information call the track at (888) 629-RACE or visit www.route66raceway.com<http://www.route66raceway.com>.

The following are Friday's qualifying results from the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series, North Central Division Four Seasons Heating & Air conditioning Burndown at Sundown:

TOP ALCOHOL DRAGSTER
1) Bill Reichert, Owosso, Mich., 5.355 seconds, 265.22 mph
2) Chris Demke, Tujunga, Calif., 5.387, 269.03
3) Brandon Booher, Urbana, Ill., 5.389, 269.89
4) Jared Dreher, Clinton, Ind., 5.396, 260.86
5) Robin Samsel, Marion, Ind., 5.417, 263.00
6) Ken Perry, Markham, Ont., 5.461, 264.08
7) Dave Hirata, Lowell, Ind., 5.504, 264.08
8) Marty Thacker, Robinson, Ill., 5.566, 261.17
Not Qualified
9) William Litton, La Jolla, Calif., 5.696, 260.46
10) Don Nolan, Manchester, Ky., 5.738, 256.02
11) Dave Hill, Valparaiso, Ind., 5.925, 243.85
12) Noah Condo, Monticello, Ind., 5.970, 176.97
13) Ray Hack, Valparaiso, Ind., 6.513, 187.16
14) Aaron Olivarez, Sandy, Utah, 8.279, 106.87
15) Dean Dubbin, Royalton, Minn., 12.587, 97.17

TOP ALCOHOL FUNNY CAR
1) Chris Foster, Davenport, Iowa, '11 Mustang, 5.618 seconds, 258.07 mph
2) Cassie Simonton, Brooklyn Park, Minn., '06 Monte Carlo, 5.656, 255.34
3) Andy Bohl, Racine, Wis., '08 Mustang, 5.673, 257.14
4) Ray Drew, Hales Corner, Wis., '04 Firebird, 5.765, 253.71
5) Jay Payne, Claremont, Calif., '09 Mustang, 5.775, 254.76
6) Paul Noakes, London, Ont., '02 Mustang, 5.862, 255.48
7) Wayne Butler, Forest City, Ill., '02 Firebird, 5.862, 245.85
8) Kirk Williams, Glenwood, Iowa, '04 Firebird, 6.077, 243.50
Not Qualified
9) Rob Pfeister, Louisville, Ky., '02 Camaro, 6.204, 228.58
10) Todd Robertson, Harrison Twp., Mich., '06 Monte Carlo, 7.991, 168.03
11) Kevin Newburgh, Rock Falls, Ill., '06 Stratus, (no time)

COMPETITION ELIMINATOR
1) David Billingsley, Decatur, Ill., '93 Cutlass, L/AA, 8.711 seconds, -0.629 (under index)
2) Arnie Martel, Tewksbury, Mass., '07 GTO, B/EA, 7.673, -0.627
3) Brian Browell, Lafayette, Ind., dragster, D/D, 7.165, -0.625
4) Scott Chamness, Kankakee, Ill., dragster, B/D, 6.657, -0.613
5) Rick Brown, Lebanon, Ohio, '00 S-10, B/TA, 8.178, -0.612
6) Jim Greenheck, Schofield, Wis., '12 Camaro, C/AA, 7.310, -0.600
7) Jeremy Bailey, N. Manchester, Ind., dragster, B/DA, 6.790, -0.600
8) Chuck Haubiel, Gahanna, Ohio, '10 Cobalt, C/SM, 8.160, -0.600
9) Shaun Vincent, Omaha, Neb., '02 S-10, C/TA, 8.457, -0.573
10) Ray Skillman, Greenwood, Ind., '06 Cobalt, E/SMA, 8.415, -0.565

SUPER STOCK
1) Ray Skillman, Greenwood, Ind., '12 Mustang, SS/AAA, 8.293 seconds, -1.107 (under index)
2) Bill Skillman, Greenwood, Ind., '13 Mustang, SS/BA, 8.895, -1.005
3) Bo Kenney, Manassas, Va., '12 Mustang, SS/AAA, 8.399, -1.001
4) Jeff Taylor, Sellersburg, Ind., '94 Achieva, GT/HA, 10.063, -0.987
5) Bill Dyer, Port Byron, Ill., '85 Mustang, SS/N, 10.974, -0.976
6) Jason Deforrest, Andover, Minn., '87 Camaro, GT/DA, 9.536, -0.964
7) Allen Wade, Rochester, Ind., '69 Camaro, SS/DA, 9.237, -0.963
8) Todd Frantz, Louisville, Ky., '88 Beretta, GT/DA, 9.545, -0.955
9) Jeff Bryson, Morton, Ill., '02 Alero, GT/MA, 10.802, -0.948
10) Brandon Wilkinson, Bowling Green, Ky., '68 Corvette, SS/B, 8.961, -0.939

STOCK ELIMINATOR
1) Bo Kenney, Manassas, Va., '08 Mustang, AA/SA, 8.886 seconds, -1.114 (under index)
2) Charley Downing, Britton, Mich., '10 Mustang, G/S, 10.827, -1.073
3) Luke Ubelhor, Bristow, Ind., '10 Challenger, B/S, 10.157, -1.043
4) Kevin Skinner, Grove City, Ohio, '13 Mustang, AA/SA, 9.013, -0.987
5) Bill Skillman, Greenwood, Ind., '12 Mustang, AA/SA, 9.042, -0.958
6) Larry DeForrost, Ramsey, Minn., '10 Mustang, E/SA, 10.757, -0.943
7) Tim Lowe, Macy, Ind., '72 Gran Sport, K/SA, 11.742, -0.908
8) Tom Rambo, Washington C.H., Ohio, '68 Camaro, G/SA, 11.126, -0.874
9) Ben Wenzel Sr., Freeland, Mich., '67 Camaro, C/S, 10.478, -0.872
10) Drew Skillman, Greenwood, Ind., '12 Mustang, AAA/SA, 8.849, -0.851

TOP SPORTSMAN
1) Glenn Butcher, Doylestown, Ohio, '69 Camaro, 6.574 seconds, 210.08 mph
2) Mike Coughlin, Delaware, Ohio, '13 Camaro, 6.680, 210.44
3) Randy Primozic, Willoughby Hills, Ohio, '01 Cavalier, 6.682, 207.56
4) Brandon Baxter, Granville, Ill., '08 Stratus, 6.683, 208.59
5) Tim Kirman, Morris, Ill., '01 Grand Am, 6.753, 205.16
6) Lester Johnson, Cynthiana, Ky., '55 Bel Air, 6.772, 212.43
7) Mike Jones, Montville, Ohio, '96 Beretta, 6.794, 203.58
8) Rick Sojka, Montgomery, Ill., '01 Firebird, 6.818, 202.97
9) Michael Donato, Arlington Hts, Ill., '06 Grand Am, 6.863, 197.94
10) David Howard, Braidwood, Ill., '02 Trans Am, 6.865, 201.64

TOP DRAGSTER
1) Mike Wharram, Morton, Ill., dragster, 6.119 seconds, 229.16 mph
2) Troy Stone, Elkhart, Ind., dragster, 6.121, 225.11
3) Dan Norris, Wixom, Mich., dragster, 6.260, 223.65
4) Michael Smith, Owosso, Mich., dragster, 6.313, 224.62
5) Andy Johnson, Cynthiana, Ky., dragster, 6.336, 219.33
6) Ashley Tidrick, Logansport, Ind., dragster, 6.387, 214.59
7) James Monroe, Bloomington, Ind., dragster, 6.427, 210.83
8) Rick Forish, New Palestine, Ind., dragster, 6.438, 210.90
9) Ed Dudley, Fishers, Ind., dragster, 6.445, 211.13
10) Dave Connolly, Elyria, Ohio, dragster, 6.451, 212.36

PRO STOCK SNOWMOBILE
1) Ed Illgen, Rockford, Ill., '10 Ski Doo, 8.396 seconds, 152.62 mph
2) Louie Wirbel, Marion, Mich., '04 Ski Doo, 8.415, 155.42
3) Brian Werner, Hubbard, Ohio, '01 Yamaha, 8.541, 151.29
4) Scott Hagen, Oxford, Mich., '03 Ski Doo, 8.640, 151.68
5) Ron Bray, Anoka, Minn., '12 Ski Doo, 18.662, 36.55
6) Nick Washburn, Watertown, N.Y., '13 Ski Doo, (no time)



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JOLIET, Ill. - Route 66 Raceway will host Burndown at Sundown on June 7-9, 2013. The event is the third of six events in the North Central Division and one of 44 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 Brodix/Steve Schmidt Top Sportsman Series, Spitzer Race Cars Top Dragster Series, and Pro Stock Snowmobile will also be run in conjunction with the event.

Gates at Route 66 Raceway open at 7 a.m. each day. Qualifying and time trials start at 9 a.m. Friday and 9 a.m. Saturday. Top Dragster and Top Sportsman will qualify on Friday at 2:30 p.m. and Saturday at 2 and 7 p.m. Comp Eliminator will qualify at 3:30 p.m. on Friday and noon and 3 p.m. on Saturday. Top Alcohol Dragster and Top Alcohol Funny Car qualify Friday at 4 p.m. and Saturday at 4 p.m. and 8 p.m. which kick off the Burndown at Sundown showtimes that also include Jets Cars and nostalgia exhibitions. Eliminations will begin Sunday at 9 a.m. with Top Alcohol Dragster and Top Alcohol Funny Car running eliminations at noon.

Tickets for the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series event at Route 66 Raceway are $16 Friday, $20 Saturday and $20 Sunday. Children 12 and under are admitted free with a paid adult.

Route 66 Raceway is located at 3200 S. Chicago Street in Joliet, off Interstate 80 at Highway 53. For more information call the track, (888) 629-7223, or visit www.Route66Raceway.com

NHRA LUCAS OIL DRAG RACING SERIES: Fact Sheet

WHAT: NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series Burndown at Sundown, the third of six events in North Central 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 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 Brodix/Steve Schmidt Top Sportsman Series, Spitzer Race Cars Top Dragster Series and Pro Stock Snowmobile will also run in conjunction with the event.

WHERE: Route 66 Raceway, Joliet, Ill. Track is located in Joliet off Interstate 80 at Highway 53. Go south on Highway 53 and the track is on the left at 3200 S. Chicago Street.

WHEN: Friday through Sunday, June 7-9, 2013

SCHEDULE: FRIDAY, June 7 - Qualifying and time trials begin at 9 a.m. Top Dragster and Top Sportsman qualifying start at 2:30 p.m. Comp Eliminator qualifying starts at 3:30 p.m. Top Alcohol Dragster and Top Alcohol Funny Car qualify at 4 p.m.

SATURDAY, June 8 - Qualifying and time trials begin at 9 a.m. Comp Eliminator qualify at noon and 3 p.m. Top Dragster and Top Sportsman qualify twice at 2 and 7 p.m. Top Alcohol Dragster and Top Alcohol Funny Car qualifying sessions are scheduled at 4 and 8 p.m. and will kick off the Burndown at Sundown shows that include Jet Car and Nostalgia exhibitions runs.

SUNDAY, June 9 - Eliminations begin at 9 a.m. Round 1 for Top Alcohol Dragster and Top Alcohol Funny Car begin at noon.

TICKETS: GENERAL ADMISSION/PIT PASS - $16 Friday, $20 Saturday, $20 Sunday. Children 12 and under are admitted free with a paid adult. For more information please call Route 66 Raceway, (888) 629- RACE (7223), or visit www.Route66Raceway.com.

2012 EVENT WINNERS: Bill Reichert, Top Alcohol Dragster; Mickey Ferro, Top Alcohol Funny Car; Rick Brown, Comp Eliminator; Don O'Malley, Super Stock; Craig Marshall, Stock Eliminator; Steve Mikus, Super Comp; Bruce Johnson, Super Gas; Alex Miller, Super Street; Stephen Brinegar, Top Sportsman; James Monroe, Top Dragster

BONUS PROGRAMS:
NHRA LUCAS OIL DRAG RACING SERIES POINTS FUND
: a $519,000 point fund from Lucas Oil, which will be shared by 2013 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 and regional teams 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 2013 Jegs Allstars champion who also wins the national event will have his/her Allstars prize doubled.

DRAW/RFC Super Eliminator Shootouts presented by Moser Engineering: The top 8 qualifiers in Super Comp, Super Gas and Super Street compete in special Shootouts presented by Moser Engineering that benefit DRAW (Drag Racing Association of Women) and RFC (Racers For Christ). Qualifying and eliminations take place on Friday.

COMPETITION ELIMINATOR BONUS: A $5,250 per event non-contingent round money bonus is awarded to Competition qualifiers by the following companies: Book Racing Enterprises; Browell Bellhousing; Bruno's Automotive Products; Bullet Racing Cams; Jim Butner Auto Sales; Coan Engineering; CTECH Aluminum Trailer Cabinets; Indy Gear; Jax Wax Car Care Products; Kamplain Machine; Liberty's Gears; Miller Electric Mfg. Co.; Ray Skillman.com; Speedco; T&E Auto Haulers; Total Seal Piston Rings. Plus a year-end Miller/JEGS Competition Eliminator Shootout presented by Steve Schmidt Competition Engines to be held Saturday, August 24 at NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series event at Beech Bend Raceway Park in Bowling Green, Ky.

SPITZER RACE CARS TOP DRAGSTER CLASS: Run in conjunction with the Lucas Oil Series, competitors in the Spitzer Race Cars Top Dragster class are vying for division championships and a share in the $3,200 event purse as well as points leading to a divisional championship. Top Dragster racers may earn points at the six North Central Division Lucas Oil events as well as the NHRA Jegs Northern SPORTSnationals. Points may also be earned at other NHRA division Top Sportsman series events.

BRODIX/STEVE SCHMIDT TOP SPORTSMAN CLASS: Run in conjunction with the Lucas Oil Series, competitors in the Brodix/Steve Schmidt Top Sportsman Class are vying for division championships and a share in the $4,400 event purse plus contingency awards as well as points leading to a divisional championship and a year-end purse of $4,500. Top Sportsman racers may earn points at the six North Central Division Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series events as well as the NHRA Jegs Northern SPORTSnationals and the NHRA Doorslammer National Open. Points may also be earned at other NHRA out-of-division Top Sportsman series events.

MOSER SPORTSMAN SHOOTOUT: Drivers who compete in seven NHRA sportsman classes will be eligible to participate in a new sportsman shootout program sponsored by Moser Engineering. Moser Engineering Sportsman Shootout qualifying points will be earned by competitors in Super Stock, Stock, Super Comp, Super Gas, Super Street, Top Dragster and Top Sportsman at each North Central Division NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series event. The Moser Sportsman Shootout will be held at the 2013 JEGS Northern SPORTSnationals with a posted purse of $15,000, with the winner taking home up to $5,000.


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