Engels, Lobner, Pittman score in Brainerd

6/7/2015


DIVISION 5
Brainerd Int'l Raceway
Brainerd, Minn., June 6-7, 2015

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


Sunday

BRAINERD, Minn.  Doug Engels qualified No. 1 in Comp Eliminator and out ran the competition straight to the winners circle for this weekend's NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series Thunder at the Lakes at Brainerd International Raceway. Engels was joined by J.R. Lobner, Paul Pittman and the rest of the winners in the celebration.

Engels, Watertown, S.D., faced off with number three qualifier Clint Sallee, Glendive, Mont., and had the power to hold off Sallee with a 7.201 second lap at 185.05 mph to Sallee's quicker 6.797, 203.49. Both drivers are former West Central division champions.

Lobner, Gardner, Kan., was out first on Brad Basgall in the Fineline Graphics / Madcap Racing Top Dragster class with a .008 second reaction time and cruised to 6.963 second win as Basgall had problems from the start.

In the Jerry Haas Race Cars Top Sportsman class it was Pittman, Bloomington, Minn., taking the win over Tom Schmidt, Lindstrom, Minn., who was out first but ran too quick by .013 seconds. Pittman went 6.656 on the 6.64 dial at 212.23 mph in his '13 Camaro for the win.

Abe Loewen and Tyler Wudarczky captured the wins in Super Stock and Stock respectively. Loewen, Regina, Sask., took the holeshot on Mark Jenkins, Wymore, Neb., and ran 9.526 on the 9.52 dial to down Jenkins. Wudarczyk, Wakarusa, Kan., drove his '69 Nova past Ben Line, International Falls, Minn., covering the quarter mile in 11.472 seconds at just over 100 mph.

Three Minnesota racers won in the super index classes as Jordan Pratt downed Austin Sharpe in Super Comp, Mark McMasters ousted Chuck Rose in Super Gas and Tony Leonard knocked off Jeff Landholm in Super Street. Pratt and Sharpe were close off the line but Pratt, Otsego, Minn., was better at the stripe in a double break out 8.894 to an 8.855. McMasters, Owatonna, Minn., was better at both ends of the tracks running 9.899 seconds, just .001 off the index, and Leonard, Hastings, Minn., had a tenth of a second lead at the start with a near perfect 10.901 second pass to hold off Jeff Landholm.

In Sportsman Motorcycle presented by Harley-Davidson, it was Cameron Belisle out of Hugo, Minn., winning over Jason Clampitt, Lino Lakes, Minn. Clampitt was out first but Belisle had the power to run him down posting a 9.335 second pass on his '90 Kawasaki at 132.06 mph.

In the Super Shootouts, Chris Bishop, Grand Rapids, Minn., beat Jeremy Lehrke in Super Comp; John Gosh, Big Lake, Minn., ended Russ Ginger's day in Super Gas; and Laurie Pederson-Duffield won over Amy Jo Luberda in Super Street.

Adman Kritzky and Candace Jurgens took the honors in the NHRA Summit Jr. Drag Racing League. Kritzky, St Paul Park, Min., held off local racer Chandler Niemeyer, Brainerd, Minn., in the 8-12 year old class and Jurgens, Watertown, S.D., beat Meagen Neil in the 13-17 year old division.

West Central Division racers head to Bandimere Speedway for the next NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series event, June 19-21.

The following are Sunday's final results from the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series, West Central Division Thunder at the Lakes event at Brainerd International Raceway:

COMP
Doug Engels, Watertown, S.D., dragster, D/D, 7.201, 185.05 def.
Clint Sallee, Glendive, Mont., dragster, B/D, 6.797, 203.49.

SUPER STOCK
Abe Loewen, Regina, Sask., '98 Grand Am, SS/DM, 9.526, 134.82 def.
Mark Jenkins, Wymore, Neb., '02 Cavalier, GT/D, 9.761, 133.49.

STOCK
Tyler Wudarczyk, Wakarusa, Kan., '69 Nova, G/SA, 11.472, 106.47 def.
Ben Line, International Falls, Minn., '69 Mustang, C/SA, 10.801, 122.62.

SUPER COMP
Jordan Pratt, Otsego, Minn., dragster, 8.894, 168.64 def.
Austin Sharpe, Omaha, Neb., dragster, 8.855, 174.35.

SUPER GAS
Mark McMasters, Owatonna, Minn., '57 Corvette, 9.899, 161.38 def.
 Chuck Rose, S. Sioux City, Neb., '71 Challenger, 9.893, 150.97.

SUPER STREET
Tony Leonard, Hastings, Minn., '70 Nova, 10.901, 119.93 def.
Jeff Landholm, Oakland, Neb., '68 Camaro, 10.926, 142.97.

FINELINE GRAPHICS & MADCAP RACING TOP DRAGSTER
J.R. Lobner, Gardner, Kan., dragster, 6.963, 161.69 def.
Brad Basgall, Hays, Kan., dragster, 40.424, 37.37.

JERRY HAAS RACE CARS TOP SPORTSMAN PRESENTED BY AEROMOTIVE
 Paul Pittman, Bloomington, Minn., '13 Camaro, 6.656, 212.23 def.
Tom Schmidt, Lindstrom, Minn., '09 GXP, 6.927, 200.62.

SPORTSMAN MOTORCYCLE PRESENTED BY HARLEY DAVIDSON
 Cameron Belisle, Hugo, Minn., '90 Kawasaki, 9.335, 132.06 def.
Jason Clampitt, Lino Lakes, Minn., '79 Kawasaki, 9.931, 129.39.



Saturday

BRAINERD, Minn. Racing kicked off today for the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series Thunder at the Lakes Day at Brainerd International Raceway.  The event is the second in the NHRA West Central Division with racers earning points toward both national and divisional championships along with their share of the event purse and contingency money.

Fans are treated to super-competitive drag racing in a number of different classes including: Comp Eliminator, Super Stock, Stock Eliminator, Super Comp, Super Gas, Super Street, Sportsman Motorcycle, Top Sportsman, Top Dragster, and Snowmobile.  The West Central Division stretches from Wyoming to Wisconsin and from Colorado to Kansas, and includes parts of Canada.

Racers in Comp Eliminator, Top Sportsman and the Top Dragster classes made three qualifying runs today setting the fields for Sunday's eliminations that are scheduled to begin at 9 a.m. Gates open at 7 a.m.  Tickets for the event are $25 for adults and children 12 and under are free with a paid adult.  For more information call Brainerd International Raceway, (866) 444-4455 or visit www.brainerdraceway.com.

The following are Saturday's final qualifying results from the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series, West Central Division Thunder at the Lakes event at Brainerd International Raceway:

COMPETITION ELIMINATOR
1) Doug Engels, Watertown, S.D., dragster, D/D, 7.144 seconds, -0.616 (under index)
2) Todd Patterson, Augusta, Kan., '10 Cobalt, A/SMA, 7.869, -0.571
3) Clint Sallee, Glendive, Mont., dragster, B/D, 6.634, -0.546
4) Travis Gusso, Sioux Falls, S.D., '10 Cobalt, D/SM, 8.416, -0.524
5) Joseph Wilczek, Little Falls, Minn., '00 Mustang, BB/AT, 6.648, -0.522
6) Pat Nahan, Sartell, Minn., dragster, E/D, 7.391, -0.489
7) Bruce Schmiedl, Regina, Sask., '32 Bantam, A/EA, 7.393, -0.427
8) Bruno Massel, Woodridge, Ill., '10 Cobalt, DD/AT, 7.254, -0.366
9) Douglas Kjono, Grand Forks, N.D., dragster, F/D, 8.259, -0.311

SUPER STOCK
1) Phil Unruh, McPherson, Kan., '10 Cobalt, SS/CM, 8.491 seconds, -1.009 (under index)
2) Jason DeForrest, Andover, Minn., '05 Cavalier, GT/AA, 9.220, -0.880
3) Justin Jenkins, Beatrice, Neb., '10 Cobalt, GT/CA, 9.536, -0.864
4) Tyler Wudarczyk, Wakarusa, Kan., '92 Camaro, GT/IA, 10.402, -0.798
5) Curtis Hieb, Chamberlain, S.D., '10 Mustang, FSS/L, 10.013, -0.787
6) Jon Jamison, Emmetsburg, Iowa, '64 Chevelle Wgn, SS/OA, 11.531, -0.769
7) Terry Johnson, Maple Grove, Minn., '85 Mustang, SS/M, 10.837, -0.763
8) Jim Langer, Shafer, Minn., '72 Mustang, SS/I, 9.801, -0.749
9) Brett Speer, Little Falls, Minn., '89 Camaro, GT/FA, 10.053, -0.747
10) Charlie Berner, Watertown, S.D., '65 Chevelle, SS/MA, 11.112, -0.738

STOCK ELIMINATOR
1) Larry DeForrest, Ramsey, Minn., '10 Mustang, FS/H, 10.396 seconds, -1.104 (under index)
2) Skip Lisell, Fridley, N.M., '77 Cadillac, T/SA, 13.401, -0.999
3) Bruno Massel, Woodridge, Ill., '15 Camaro, FS/A, 8.703, -0.997
4) Ryan Montford, Wichita, Kan., '13 Camaro, FS/C, 9.386, -0.914
5) Corey Hopkins, North Branch, Minn., '69 Dart, G/SA, 11.105, -0.895
6) Rachelle Thibert, Louisburg, Kan., '80 Malibu, K/SA, 11.763, -0.887
7) Arthur Thibert, Tilbury, Ont., '80 Malibu, K/SA, 11.809, -0.841
8) Kari Findell, Zimmerman, Minn., '73 Duster, F/SA, 11.019, -0.831
9) Richard Muhlenhardt, Watertown, Minn., '86 GMC, P/SA, 12.621, -0.829
10) Kevin Love, Portage La Prairie, Manit., '76 Firebird, K/SA, 11.821, -0.829

JERRY HAAS RACE CARS TOP SPORTSMAN PRESENTED BY AEROMOTIVE
1) Bill Krech, Inver Grove Hts., Minn., '10 Camaro, 6.550 seconds, 211.69 mph
2) Paul Pittman, Bloomington, Minn., '13 Camaro, 6.571, 213.10
3) Jim White, Haysville, Kan., '09 Cobalt, 6.633, 209.10
4) J.J. Heber, Centennial, Colo., '06 Mustang, 6.756, 202.45
5) Mike Chitty, Ames, Iowa, '04 Cavalier, 6.779, 202.48
6) Scott Javers, Tea, S.D., '11 Cobalt, 6.790, 203.03
7) Rich Smith, Wentzville, Mo., '04 Cavalier, 6.829, 200.95
8) Rick Bowman, Solon, Iowa, '68 Camaro, 6.855, 201.91
9) Tom Schmidt, Lindstrom, Minn., '09 GXP, 6.921, 198.76
10) Curt Harshfield, Sioux City, Iowa, '55 Chevy, 6.982, 193.43

FINELINE GRAPHICS & MADCAP RACING TOP DRAGSTER
1) Scott Murray, Winnipeg, Manit., dragster, 6.346 seconds, 218.09 mph
2) Jeff Koron, Hays, Kan., dragster, 6.382, 211.86
3) Phil Unruh, McPherson, Kan., dragster, 6.457, 213.00
4) Brad Basgall, Hays, Kan., dragster, 6.585, 205.04
5) Afton Swanson, Denver, Iowa, dragster, 6.620, 202.00
6) Les Feist, Clearwater, Minn., dragster, 6.663, 201.76
7) J.R. Lobner, Gardner, Kan., dragster, 6.712, 202.45
8) John Lobner, Desoto, Kan., dragster, 6.820, 199.35
9) Mike Kritzky, St. Paul Park, Minn., dragster, 6.848, 193.49
10) Neil Bode, New Ulm, Minn., dragster, 7.365, 181.40

SPORTSMAN MOTORCYCLE PRESENTED BY HARLEY DAVIDSON
1) Dave Olsen, Littleton, Colo., '78 Kawasaki, ETMX, 0.003 seconds reaction time
2) Felica Olsen, Littleton, Colo., '88 Kawasaki, ETMX, 0.013
3) Jeremy Berg, Newport, Minn., '20 Suzuki, ETMX, 0.013
4) Mike Voss, Maplewood, Minn., '10 Kawasaki, ETMX, 0.016
5) Kayla Lundberg, Isanti, Minn., '73 Kawasaki, ETMX, 0.019
6) Jimmy Paulson, Stacy, Minn., '12 Clampitt, ETMX, 0.022
7) Jason Clampitt, Lino Lakes, Minn., '79 Kawasaki, ETMX, 0.026
8) Kyle Olson, Moorland, Iowa, '12 Hayabusa, ETMX, 0.031
9) Cameron Belisle, Hugo, Minn., '90 Kawasaki, ETMX, 0.038
10) Bruce Sampson, Forest Lake, Minn., '82 Kawasaki, ETMX, 0.039



Preview

BRAINERD, Minn. NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series West Central Division returns to Brainerd International Raceway for the Thunder at the Lakes on June 6-7.  The event is the second of six in the division and one of 45 scheduled across the country where drivers earn points leading to divisional and national championships as well as a chance at a share of the year-end purse of more than $519,000. Categories include Comp Eliminator, Super Stock, Stock Eliminator, Super Comp, Super Gas and Super Street. The division's Jerry Haas Race Cars Top Sportsman, Fineline Graphics & Madcap Racing Top Dragster and NHRA Sportsman Motorcycle Series presented by Harley-Davidson are also in competition.

Gates at BIR open at 7 a.m. every day. Qualifying and time trials start Saturday at 9 a.m. Top Sportsman, Top Dragster and Comp Eliminator qualify Saturday at 11 a.m., 2 and 5 p.m. Eliminations start Sunday at 9 a.m. 

Tickets for the Thunder at the Lakes at BIR are $25 each day. Children 12 and under are admitted free with a paid adult.  For more information call the track, (866) 444-4455, or visit www.BrainerdRaceway.com.

NHRA LUCAS OIL DRAG RACING SERIES: Fact Sheet

WHAT: NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series, Thunder at the Lakes, one of six events in West Central Division competition where drivers earn points leading to divisional and national championships as well as a chance at a share of the year-end purse of more than $519,000. Categories include Comp Eliminator, Super Stock, Stock Eliminator, Super Comp, Super Gas and Super Street. The division's Jerry Haas Race Cars Top Sportsman, Fineline Graphics & Madcap Racing Top Dragster and NHRA Sportsman Motorcycle Series presented by Harley-Davidson are also in competition.

WHERE: Brainerd International Raceway, Brainerd, Minn. Track is located a few miles north of the Brainerd area off Highway 371. The track is located on the east side of the highway.

WHEN: Saturday through Sunday, June 6-7

SCHEDULE: SATURDAY, June 6 - Gates open at 7 a.m. Qualifying and time trials begin at 9 a.m. Top Sportsman, Top Dragster and Comp Eliminator qualify at 11 a.m., 2 and 5 p.m.

SUNDAY, June 7 - Gates open at 7 a.m. Eliminations begin at 9 a.m.

TICKETS: GENERAL ADMISSION/PIT PASS - $25 Saturday, $25 Sunday. Children 12 and under are admitted free with a paid adult. For more information please call Brainerd International Raceway, (866) 444-4455 or visit www.BrainerdRacewayandResort.com.

2014 EVENT WINNERS: Clint Neff, Comp Eliminator; Todd Curtis, Super Stock; Scott Dugdale, Stock Eliminator; Keith Lundberg, Super Comp; Trevor Larson, Super Gas; Bob Hallgren, Super Street; Gery Lockman, Top Sportsman, Matt Driskell, 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 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 regional and division team 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.

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 presented by Aeromotive: 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 GRAPHICS & MADCAP RACING ENGINES 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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