Barker back on top at Gainesville Lucas Oil Series event

2015 Gainesville
3/8/2015


DIVISION 2
Auto-Plus Raceway at Gainesville
Gainesville, Fla., March 6-8, 2015

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


Sunday

GAINESVILLE, Fla. In the final results from Auto-Plus Raceway at Gainesville and the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series, Jeffrey Barker, Kathleen, Ga., powered his '06 Cobalt back into the winner's circle after winning here two weeks ago.

Barker worked his way through the Davis Golf Carts Top Sportsman field and ran 6.605 seconds at 200.29 mph to defeat Dylan Stott of Columbus, N.C., clocking in at 6.626, 203.61. Barker, the event's No.1 Qualifier, had the slightest advantage off the tree by a thousandth of a second and held that down the track for a margin of victory of approximately seven inches to defeat Stott for his 14th divisional Wally trophy.

Steve Furr, Harrisburg, N.C., posted a 7.055 second, 174.08 mph pass to eliminate Robert Houston, Spruce Pine, N.C., in the Hickory Enclosed Trailer Sales Top Dragster final. This marks Furr's first win in the class to go along with his ten victories in Super Gas. In Comp Eliminator, John Frech, Cortland, Ohio, secured the win when Randy Daniels, Grantsboro, N.C., went red in the final. Frech picks up his third divisional Wally trophy in 14 final rounds.

Scot Lamar, Hawthorne, Fla., coasted to the win in Super Comp when Logan Watson, Upatoi, Ga., left early at the tree. Lamar remains undefeated in the money round, grabbing his third win in as many finals. Like Lamar, Matt Weston, Wellford, S.C., kept his final round win streak alive by running his '70 Camaro to a lap of 10.995 seconds at 141.64 mph to defeat Leland Poppell, Odum, Ga., for his second career win.

Other racers visiting the winner's circle this weekend were Howard Day, Pigeon Forge, Tenn., with his first win in Super Gas, Mark Nowicki, Gaylord, Mich., in Super Stock, Jeff Hairrington, Kathleen, Ga., in Stock, and Glenn Newmans, Alachua, Fla., in the 11.00 Index category.

Southeast division racers head back to Auto-Plus Raceway at Gainesville this coming weekend for the 46th annual Amalie Oil NHRA Gatornationals, March 12-15. Alabama's Montgomery Motorsports Park will host the next NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series event April 17-19.

The following are Sunday's final results from the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series, Southeast Division event at Auto-Plus Raceway at Gainesville:

COMPETITION ELIMINATOR
John Frech, Cortland, Ohio, dragster, F/D, 10.496, 81.62  def.
Randy Daniels, Grantsboro, N.C., '98 Grand AM, F/SM, foul.

SUPER STOCK
Mark Nowicki, Gaylord, Mich., '98 Avenger, FGT/D, 9.612, 133.65  def.
Byron Worner, Duncannon, Pa., '96 Camaro, SS/IA, 10.002, 129.26.

STOCK ELIMINATOR
Jeff Hairrington, Kathleen, Ga., '14 Mustang, FS/E, 10.067, 131.18  def.
Jeff Longhany, Wade, N.C., '00 Pontiac, A/SA, 10.222, 124.33.

SUPER COMP
Scot Lamar, Hawthorne, Fla., dragster, 10.828, 94.30  def.
Logan Watson, Upatoi, Ga., dragster, foul.

SUPER GAS
Howard Day, Pigeon Forge, Tenn., '63 Corvette, 11.003, 96.71  def.
Craig Porter, Silver Spring, Md., '04 Mustang, foul.

SUPER STREET
Matt Weston, Wellford, S.C., '70 Camaro, 10.995, 141.64  def.
Leland Poppell, Odum, Ga., '96 Achieva, 10.973, 139.17.

TOP DRAGSTER
Steve Furr, Harrisburg, N.C., dragster, 7.055, 174.08  def.
Robert Houston, Spruce Pine, N.C., dragster, 7.118, 167.66.

TOP SPORTSMAN
Jeffrey Barker, Kathleen, Ga., '06 Cobalt, 6.605, 200.29  def.
Dylan Stott, Columbus, N.C., '67 Mustang, 6.626, 203.61.

11.00 INDEX
Glenn Newmans, Alachua, Fla., '91 S-10, 10.957, 116.98  def.
George Emanuel, High Springs, Fla., '55 Chevy, 10.953, 119.24.



Saturday

GAINESVILLE, Fla. Racers made early rounds of eliminations and final qualifying runs today, as the fields were set for the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series event at Auto-Plus Raceway at Gainesville. 

Racers in eleven classes of competition took to the track that included the division's Davis Golf Cart Top Sportsman and Hickory Enclosed Trailers Top Dragsters, Comp Eliminator, Stock and Super Stock. Gates open at 8 a.m. on Sunday with racing scheduled to start at 9 a.m.  Tickets are $50 for a weekend pass for adults and children 12 and under are free with a paid adult. For more information please call Auto-Plus Raceway at Gainesville at (352) 377-0045 or visit www.autoplusraceway.com.

The following are Saturday's final qualifying results from the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series, Southeast Division event at Auto-Plus Raceway at Gainesville:

COMPETITION ELIMINATOR
1) Lee Sharp, Maryville, Tenn., '09 G5, D/SMA, 8.164 seconds, -0.726 (under index)
2) Van Puckett, Monroe, Ga., '05 Cavalier, G/AA, 8.124, -0.726
3) Steve Ambrose, Woodhaven, Mich., '23 roadster, J/AA, 7.639, -0.691
4) Jim Kimbrough, Pace, Fla., dragster, C/DA, 6.891, -0.649
5) Tony Terry, Forest, Va., '11 Cobalt, G/AA, 8.209, -0.641
6) Randy Daniels, Grantsboro, N.C., '98 Grand AM, F/SM, 8.569, -0.631
7) Steve Szupka, Willow Grove, Pa., dragster, F/ED, 7.990, -0.620
8) Patrick Ross, Avon Lake, Ohio, '05 Grand AM, D/A, 7.643, -0.607
9) Rodney Rosenstiel, Pace, Fla., '23 roadster, AA/AM, 6.365, -0.595
10) Jenny Treadwell, Mount Plymouth, Fla., dragster, E/ED, 8.260, -0.590

SUPER STOCK
1) Jonathan Womack, Houston, Texas, '05 Cavalier, SS/BS, 8.541 seconds, -1.109 (under index)
2) Marion Stephenson, Williamsport, Ind., '90 Sunbird, GT/FA, 9.740, -1.060
3) Bill Skillman, Greenwood, Ind., '14 Mustang, FSS/D, 8.891, -1.009
4) Jeff Adkinson, Damascus, Ga., '00 Firebird, SS/JA, 10.032, -0.968
5) Allen Wade, Rochester, Ind., '69 Camaro, SS/DA, 9.234, -0.966
6) Ronnie Dutton, Southside, Ala., '80 Monza, GT/KA, 10.488, -0.962
7) Kevin Helms, Schriever, La., '11 Challenger, FSS/E, 9.089, -0.961
8) Gary Richard, Bay Shore, N.Y., '10 Mustang, FGT/A, 9.039, -0.961
9) Bobby Dennis, Shorter, Ala., '91 Calais, GT/LA, 10.591, -0.959
10) Gary Coccaro, Panama City, Fla., '10 Cobalt, SS/BS, 8.698, -0.952

STOCK ELIMINATOR
1) Gary Summers, Franklin, Ky., '78 Mustang, T/SA, 13.211 seconds, -1.189 (under index)
2) Drew Skillman, Bargersville, Ind., '12 Mustang, FS/B, 8.931, -1.069
3) Kevin Helms, Schriever, La., '10 Challenger, FS/C, 9.253, -1.047
4) Peter Noriega, Hialeah, Fla., '80 Malibu, M/SA, 11.805, -1.045
5) Bill Skillman, Greenwood, Ind., '14 Mustang, FS/A, 8.682, -1.018
6) Kaitlyn Adkinson, Damascus, Ga., '91 Camaro, I/SA, 11.323, -0.977
7) Mitch Truman, N. Manchester, Ind., '95 Camaro, C/SA, 10.424, -0.976
8) Eddie Brooks, Deer Park, N.Y., '10 Mustang, FS/H, 10.535, -0.965
9) Gary Richard, Bay Shore, N.Y., '10 Mustang, FS/D, 9.641, -0.959
10) Gregory Rowe, Bridgeton, N.C., '94 Firebird, C/SA, 10.456, -0.944

TOP SPORTSMAN
1) Jeffrey Barker, Kathleen, Ga., '06 Cobalt, 6.598 seconds, 210.60 mph
2) Dylan Stott, Columbus, N.C., '67 Mustang, 6.620, 203.77
3) Jeff Pittman, Conover, N.C., '68 Chevelle, 6.632, 206.76
4) Mike Coughlin, Delaware, Ohio, '13 Camaro, 6.648, 209.69
5) Sandy Wilkins, Mount Ulla, N.C., '69 Camaro, 6.734, 203.77
6) Jeff Brooks, Fredericksburg, Va., '51 Henry J, 6.754, 201.94
7) Marc Caruso, Canandiagua, N.Y., '09 Cobalt, 6.847, 196.04
8) Arthur DeCesare, Mooresville, N.C., '63 Corvette, 6.910, 197.74
9) John Benoit, Montpelier, Vt., '10 GXP, 6.913, 205.16
10) Ronald Proctor, Harpers Ferry, W.V., '09 Cobra, 6.936, 196.99

TOP DRAGSTER
1) Lindsey Barker, Kathleen, Ga., dragster, 6.450 seconds, 206.83 mph
2) Jeffrey Burns, Mount Juliet, Tenn., dragster, 6.601, 205.69
3) Casey Spradlin, Ranburne, Ala., dragster, 6.606, 205.26
4) Angie Travis, Hickory, N.C., dragster, 6.606, 200.80
5) Brian Bednar, Ocala, Fla., dragster, 6.613, 204.91
6) Steve Furr, Harrisburg, N.C., dragster, 6.630, 199.32
7) Mike Lago, Boynton Bch, Fla., dragster, 6.645, 200.38
8) Larry Roberts, Laurens, S.C., dragster, 6.654, 200.77
9) Brad Barone, Picayune, Miss., dragster, 6.659, 209.26
10) Mike Laws, Orlando, Fla., dragster, 6.720, 196.59

11.00 INDEX
1) Dallas Burger, Sumner, Ga., '68 Camaro, 11.00, 11.003 seconds, 0.003 (over index)
2) Mike Clifford, Daytona Beach, Fla., '66 Barracuda, 11.00, 11.008, 0.008
3) Jon Enfield, Dade City, Fla., '72 Nova, 11.00, 11.041, 0.041
4) Bob Juarbe, Ocala, Fla., '66 Nova, 11.00, 11.047, 0.047
5) Jack Aspinwall, Brunswick, Ga., '82 Malibu Wgn, 11.00, 11.059, 0.059
6) Viktor Adams, Gainesville, Fla., '89 Firebird, 11.00, 11.079, 0.079
7) Glenn Newmans, Alachua, Fla., '91 S-10, 11.00, 11.079, 0.079
8) George Emanuel, High Springs, Fla., '55 Chevy, 11.00, 11.080, 0.080
9) Corky Bumpus, Ocala, Fla., '67 Barracuda, 11.00, 11.084, 0.084
10) Travis Bryant, Bowman, Ga., '68 Camaro, 11.00, 11.095, 0.095


Preview

GAINESVILLE, Fla. - Auto-Plus Raceway at Gainesville to host the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series Southeast Division on March 6-8. The event is 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 Comp Eliminator, Super Stock, Stock Eliminator, Super Comp, Super Gas and Super Street. The division's Davis Golf Carts Top Sportsman Series and Hickory Enclosed Trailer Sales Top Dragster Series will also be run in conjunction with the event.

Gates at Auto-Plus Raceway at Gainesville open at 8 a.m. each day. Qualifying and time trials start Friday at 10 a.m. and continue Saturday at 9 a.m. Comp Eliminator, Top Dragster and Top Sportsman qualify on Friday at 4:30 p.m. and Saturday at 12:30 and 5:30 p.m. Eliminations continue on Sunday morning at 9 a.m. Comp, Top Dragster and Top Sportsman round 1 begins at 10 a.m. Tickets for Auto-Plus Raceway at Gainesville are $50 for a Weekend Pass. Children 12 and under are admitted free with a paid adult.

Auto-Plus Raceway at Gainesville is located on State Road 225, 3.5 miles north of the Gainesville Municipal Airport. For more information call the track, 352-377-0046, or visit www.AutoPlusRaceway.com.

NHRA LUCAS OIL DRAG RACING SERIES: Fact Sheet

WHAT: NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series - The third of seven events in the 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 more than $519,000. Categories include Comp Eliminator, Super Stock, Stock Eliminator, Super Comp, Super Gas and Super Street. The division's Davis Golf Carts Top Sportsman Series and Hickory Enclosed Trailer Sales Top Dragster Series will also be run in conjunction with the event.

WHERE: Auto-Plus Raceway at Gainesville, Gainesville, Fla. Track is located on State Road 225, 3.5 miles north of the Gainesville Municipal airport.

WHEN: Friday through Sunday, March 5-8.

SCHEDULE:
FRIDAY, March 6 - Qualifying and time trials begin at 10 a.m. Comp Eliminator, Top Dragster and Top Sportsman qualify at 4:30 p.m.

SATURDAY, March 7 - Qualifying and time trials begin at 9 a.m. Comp Eliminator, Top Dragster and Top Sportsman qualify at 12:30 and 5:30 p.m.

SUNDAY, March 8 - Eliminations continue at 9 a.m. Round 1 of Comp Eliminator, Top Dragster and Top Sportsman is at 10 a.m.

 TICKETS: GENERAL ADMISSION/PIT PASS Event Pass $60, Weekend Pass $50, Sunday $10. Children 12 and under are admitted free with a paid adult. For more information please call Auto-Plus Raceway at Gainesville, (352) 377-0046 or visit www.autoplusraceway.com.

2014 EVENT WINNERS: Scott Richardson, Comp Eliminator; Tyler Caheely, Super Stock; Jeff Harrington, Stock Eliminator; Scott Lamar, Super Comp; Steve Furr, Super Gas; Chris Depascale, Super Street; John Benoit, Top Sportsman; Joe Di Pasquale, 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 2015 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 $124,000 point fund from JEGS High Performance. The 2015 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 2015 JEGS Allstars. Points are based on in-division races only.

The winning division and regional teams will share $25,000 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 2015 JEGS Allstars champion who also wins the national event will have his/her Allstars prize doubled.

Davis Golf Carts Top Sportsman Series: Run in conjunction with the NHRA Lucas Oil Series, competitors in the Top Sportsman class are vying for division championships and a share in the year-end purse.

Hickory Enclosed Trailer Sales Top Dragster Series: Run in conjunction with the NHRA Lucas Oil Series, competitors in the Top Dragster class are vying for division championships and a share in the year-end purse

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 Southeast Division NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series event. The Moser Sportsman Shootout will be held at the 2015 Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series event at Silver Dollar Raceway with a posted purse of $15,000, with the winner taking home up to $5,000.


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