Tedesco, McVey win; records fall at Gateway Motorsports Park

8/6/2016


DIVISION 3
Gateway Motorsports Park
Madison, Ill., Aug. 5-6, 2016


Saturday

MADISON, Ill. - More than 400 racers from the U.S. and Canada converged on Gateway Motorsports Park for the All American Hot Rod Showdown and the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series with Mia Tedesco and Scott McVey taking home big wins

Tedesco of Murrysville, Pa., won the final round of Top Alcohol Dragster eliminations over Megan Meyer of Spring Hill, Kan. Tedesco set a new track E.T. (elapsed time) record of 5.269 seconds during qualifying, then eclipsed that still-new mark with a pass of 5.230 seconds in the final round of eliminations. Tedesco began eliminations as the points leader as number two in points Brandon Booher failed to qualify for the eight-car field.

The GMP win was Tedesco's second consecutive victory and her fifth of the 2016 NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series season. Tedesco also was entered in the Super Gas class and made it to the semifinal but was eliminated.

"Back-to-back wins is pretty cool. We've never done that before," Tedesco said. "And getting to the semifinal in Super Gas felt pretty good. This is our third divisional win and I've won twice in Super Gas so that's five this year."

Tedesco was asked about women dominating the North Central Division Top Alcohol Dragster class after female drivers secured the top three positions in qualifying. A third track record was set by Rachel Meyer of Spring Hill, Kan., when she ran 273.72 mph during qualifying.

"Megan and Rachel, the Meyer family, they do an awesome job," Tedesco said. "They have a stout team and always run well. It was lucky to get by her in the final. God's blessed me a lot this year. It's been phenomenal."

Tedesco reached the final round of eliminations by defeating Jared Dreher in the first round and Rachel Meyer in the semifinal.

Scott McVey of Ile Des Chenes, Manit., CAN., defeated Andrew Bohl of Racine, Wis., in the Top Alcohol Funny Car finale, 5.613 second, 260.56 mph to 5.627, 263.62. To reach the final, McVey defeated Todd Robertson in the first round and Lance Van Hauen in the semifinal. During qualifying, McVey set new track E.T. and miles-per-hour records (5.591 seconds at 259.31 mph). His 260.56-mph pass in the final re-set the track record again.

Troy Galbraith took the holeshot and drove around Steve Ambrose for the win in Comp Eliminator while Nick Folk and Joe Fisher won close finals in Super Stock and Super Gas respectively.   Galbraith, Indianapolis, went 6.821 at 178.47 in his dragster to beat out Ambrose, Woodhaven, Mich., with a 7.748, 167.84 in his '23 Ford roadster.  Folk, Durand, Ill., and Brett Speer, Little Falls, Minn., left the line nearly identical (.015 to .017 reaction times) as Folk ran 9.449 on his 9.44 dial for a .024 second package to Speer's .032.  The Super Gas final was even tighter as Fisher posted a .028 package to Robert Coleman, Columbia, Mo., with a .029, just one one-thousandth of a second behind.

Other winners this weekend were Bryan Merkle beating Daniel Condon in Stock Eliminator; Jeremy Demers knocking out Dusty Meyer in Super Comp; Corey Bentley won in Super Street over Marc Erickson; Les Feist defeated Shanna Snyder in the Spitzer Race Cars Top Dragster; and Don O'Neal took out Joseph Mohana in the Brodix/Steve Schmidt Top Sportsman.

North Central Division racers head to Beech Bend Raceway Park for the next NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series event, Aug. 26-28.

The following are Sunday's final results from the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series, North Central Division Illinois Lottery presents the NAPA All-American Hot Rod Showdown:

TOP ALCOHOL DRAGSTER
Mia Tedesco, Pittsburg, Pa., 5.230, 269.46  def.
Megan Meyer, Spring Hill, Kan., 5.320, 274.39.

TOP ALCOHOL FUNNY CAR
Scott McVey, Ile Des Chenes, Manit., '06 Monte Carlo, 5.613, 260.56  def.
Andy Bohl, Racine, Wis., '16 Camaro, 5.627, 263.62.

COMPETITION ELIMINATOR
Troy Galbraith, Indianapolis, Ind., '14 Spitzer, B/DA, 6.821, 178.47  def.
Steve Ambrose, Woodhaven, Mich., '23 Ford, J/AA, 7.748, 167.84.

SUPER STOCK
Nick Folk, Durand, Ill., '05 Cobalt, GT/AA, 9.449, 134.04  def.
Brett Speer, Little Falls, Minn., '87 Camaro, GT/FA, 10.025, 129.55.

STOCK ELIMINATOR
Bryan Merkle, Johnstown, Ohio, '00 Firebird, AA/SA, 10.399, 122.41  def.
Daniel Condon, Wilmington, Ill., '15 Camaro, FS/G, 10.487, 127.68.

SUPER COMP
Jeremy Demers, Carroll, Iowa, '08 Worthy, 8.898, 181.81  def.
Dusty Meyer, Lenexa, Kan., dragster, 8.864, 169.19.

SUPER GAS
Joe Fisher, Clayton, Ohio, '63 Corvette, 9.908, 163.69  def.
Robert Coleman, Columbia, Mo., '97 Davis, 9.914, 142.66.

SUPER STREET
Corey Bentley, Fremont, Neb., '66 Chevy II, 15.860, 63.89  def.
Marc Erickson, Rockford, Ill., '01 S10, foul.

TOP DRAGSTER
Les Feist, Clearwater, Minn., '13 Miller, 6.275, 221.60  def.
Shanna Snyder, Elkhart, Ind., '06 Spitzer, 6.084, 227.08.

TOP SPORTSMAN
Don O Neal, Evansville, Ind., '99 Monte Carlo, 7.405, 149.46  def.
Joseph Mohana, Bourg, La., '57 Belair, foul.

DRAW/RFC SUPER COMP SHOOTOUT PRESENTED BY MOSER ENGINEERING
Tyler Bohannon, Louisville, Ky., '13 Racecraft, 8.913, 159.87  def.
George Caheely, LaFayette, Ga., '02 Undercover, 8.936, 159.29.

DRAW/RFC SUPER GAS SHOOTOUT PRESENTED BY MOSER ENGINEERING
Steve Hoyt, Ft. Wayne, Ind., '63 Corvette, 9.904, 167.12  def.
Marcus Bush, Aledo, Ill., '77 Nova, 9.918, 154.47.

DRAW/RFC SUPERSTREET SHOOTOUT PRESENTED BY MOSER ENGINEERING
Gary Stinnett, Emporia, Kan., '67 Camaro, 10.911, 142.06  def.
Val Harmon, Luling, La., '67 Chev II, 10.891, 142.45.



Friday

ST. LOUIS, Mo. The Illinois Lottery presents NAPA Auto Parts All American Hot Rod Showdown and the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series today at Gateway Motorsports Park.  The event is the fifth of six events in the NHRA North Central Division that runs through August where competitors will earn points toward national, regional, and divisional championships.

Racers in ten different classes made qualifying and time trial runs today with eliminations in all classes scheduled for Saturday. The Top Alcohol Dragsters and Funny Cars made a pair of qualifying runs and head into eliminations with round 1 at 6 p.m. Saturday evening.  The division's Spitzer Racers Race Cars Top Dragsters and Brodix/Steve Schmidt Competition Engines Top Sportsman series are also in action this weekend with a final qualifying pass Saturday at noon before beginning eliminations.

Gates open Saturday at 7 a.m. with final racing scheduled to begin at 9 a.m.  Tickets are $20 Saturday. Children 15 years and under are admitted free with a paid adult.

The following are Saturday's qualifying results from the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series, North Central Division Illinois Lottery presents the NAPA All-American Hot Rod Showdown:

TOP ALCOHOL DRAGSTER
1) Megan Meyer, Spring Hill, Kan., 5.233 seconds, 270.54 mph
2) Mia Tedesco, Pittsburg, Pa., 5.269, 269.67
3) Rachel Meyer, Spring Hill, Kan., 5.342, 273.72
4) Ken Perry, Markham, Ont., 5.399, 261.07
5) Marty Thacker, Robinson, Ill., 5.426, 263.10
6) Gary Cooper, Wichita, Kan., 5.432, 262.79
7) Jared Dreher, Clinton, Ind., 5.445, 259.96
8) Robin Samsel, Marion, Ind., 5.560, 261.83
Not Qualified
9) Brandon Booher, Urbana, Ill., 5.622, 259.16
10) Don Nolan, Manchester, Ky., 5.717, 250.88

TOP ALCOHOL FUNNY CAR
1) Scott McVey, Ile Des Chenes, Manit., '06 Monte Carlo, 5.591 seconds, 259.31 mph
2) Andy Bohl, Racine, Wis., '16 Camaro, 5.698, 258.81
3) Chris Foster, Davenport, Iowa, '15 Mustang, 5.749, 251.81
4) Kirk Williams, Glenwood, Iowa, '04 Firebird, 5.750, 250.97
5) Lance Van Hauen, Reinbeck, Iowa, '15 Camaro, 5.770, 252.28
6) Tony Bogolo, Hamilton, Ohio, '01 Avenger, 6.074, 243.81
7) Ray Drew, Hales Corners, Wis., '14 Mustang, 9.915, 91.48
8) Todd Robertson, Harrison Twp., Mich., '12 Monte Carlo, 18.946, 36.59

COMPETITION ELIMINATOR
1) Brian Browell, Lafayette, Ind., '15 MR2, D/D, 7.197 seconds, -0.663 (under index)
2) Troy Galbraith, Indianapolis, Ind., '14 Spitzer, B/DA, 6.832, -0.628
3) Greg Kamplain, Brownsburg, Ind., '14 Spitzer, B/ED, 6.933, -0.617
4) Chad Voges, St. Peters, Mo., '14 Neil & Parks, K/AA, 7.683, -0.617
5) Steve Ambrose, Woodhaven, Mich., '23 Ford, J/AA, 7.784, -0.616
6) Rick Brown, Lebanon, Ohio, '00 S10, B/TA, 8.271, -0.609
7) Robert Bailey, Wabash, Ind., '03 Agan, A/DA, 6.567, -0.603
8) Keith Mawhee, Carrollton, Texas, '02 Cavalier, D/A, 7.767, -0.583
9) Mike Farrell, Louisville, Ky., '34 Chevrolet, B/SR, 7.852, -0.568
10) Brian Stufflebeam, Peoria, Ill., '23 T Bucket, A/EA, 7.366, -0.554

SUPER STOCK
1) Geoff Turk, Yorkville, Ill., '15 Challenger, FSS/C, 8.662 seconds, -0.988 (under index)
2) Joshua Twitchell, Elkhart, Ind., '02 S10, GT/TB, 9.878, -0.972
3) Matt Hoover, Adamsville, Tenn., '01 S10, GT/TB, 9.893, -0.957
4) Todd Frantz, Louisville, Ky., '88 G5, GT/EA, 9.762, -0.888
5) Tyler Bohannon, Louisville, Ky., '88 Camaro, GT/GA, 10.050, -0.850
6) Chris Chaney, Claremore, Okla., '92 Camaro, GT/GA, 10.061, -0.839
7) Jeff Adkinson, Damascus, Ga., '05 Sunfire, GT/CA, 9.562, -0.838
8) Jeff Bryson, Morton, Ill., '02 Alero, GT/MA, 10.926, -0.824
9) Dennis Breeden, Plainville, Ind., '10 Dodge, FSS/K, 9.745, -0.805
10) Kim Fritts, Greenup, Ill., '12 Mustang, FSS/B, 8.399, -0.801

STOCK ELIMINATOR
1) Slate Cummings, Hammond, La., '00 Corvette, B/SA, 10.321 seconds, -0.929 (under index)
2) Jeff Tietz, Spring Grove, Ill., '15 Copo, FS/F, 10.285, -0.915
3) Jamie Greening, Columbia, Mo., '96 S10, O/S, 12.207, -0.893
4) David Walther, Lanesville, Ind., '69 Camaro, G/S, 11.008, -0.892
5) Ryan Kirkpatrick, Selma, Ind., '14 Camaro, FS/C, 9.417, -0.883
6) Tim Weinzapfel, Mount Vernon, Ind., '66 Bel Air Wagon, R/S, 13.075, -0.875
7) Doug Duell, Newburgh, Ind., '69 Cuda, C/SA, 10.550, -0.850
8) Thomas Pettigrew, Gallatin, Tenn., '77 Firebird, K/SA, 11.816, -0.834
9) Arthur Thibert, Tilbury, Ont., '80 Malibu, L/SA, 11.868, -0.832
10) Chris Chaney, Claremore, Okla., '69 Camaro, A/SA, 10.190, -0.810

TOP SPORTSMAN
1) Mick Snyder, Demotte, Ind., '63 Corvette, 6.177 seconds, 230.69 mph
2) Lester Johnson, Cynthiana, Ky., '55 Belair, 6.318, 225.07
3) Scott Krueger, Prior Lake, Minn., '06 Cobalt, 6.430, 223.36
4) Glenn Butcher, Doylestown, Ohio, '68 Camaro, 6.523, 212.90
5) Tim Molnar, Seville, Ohio, '68 Camaro SS, 6.613, 209.36
6) Andy Horne, Delaware, Ohio, '10 Mustang, 6.677, 204.85
7) Tim Kirman, Morris, Ill., '01 Grand AM, 6.685, 207.40
8) Kynon Dinkel, Terre Haute, Ind., '04 Cavalier, 6.733, 205.60
9) Mark Mc Donald, Boonville, Ind., '67 Mustang, 6.737, 202.79
10) Joseph Mohana, Bourg, La., '57 Belair, 6.742, 205.35

TOP DRAGSTER
1) Shanna Snyder, Elkhart, Ind., '06 Spitzer, 6.038 seconds, 235.27 mph
2) Mike Coughlin, Delaware, Ohio, '16 Dan Page, 6.075, 224.92
3) Zach Sackman, Channahon, Ill., '10 Spitzer, 6.142, 231.04
4) Andrew Johnson, Cynthiana, Ky., '13 Spitzer, 6.145, 235.60
5) Darian Boesch, Kenner, La., '16 Profab, 6.205, 220.98
6) Ashley Tidrick, Cynthiana, Ky., '10 Agan, 6.211, 218.76
7) Joe Hessling, Toledo, Ohio, '14 American, 6.239, 223.17
8) Tim Paap, Charleston, Ill., '10 American, 6.265, 215.13
9) Kathy Fisher, Lima, Ohio, '15 American, 6.314, 214.38
10) Robert Moser, Portland, Ind., '12 American, 6.320, 220.80


Preview

MADISON, Ill. Gateway Motorsports Park hosts the Illinois Lottery presents the NAPA All-American Hot Rod Showdown on August 5-6. The event is one of 45 scheduled across the country where drivers in the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series 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 and Spitzer Race Cars Top Dragster Series will also run in conjunction with the event.

Gates at Gateway Motorsports Park open at 7 a.m. both days. Qualifying and time trials are Friday at 9 a.m. and continue on Saturday at 9 a.m. Top Dragster, Top Sportsman and Comp Eliminator qualify Friday at 3 and 8 p.m. and Saturday at noon. Eliminations for Top Dragster, Top Sportsman and Comp Eliminator begin Saturday at 4 p.m. Top Alcohol Dragster and Top Alcohol Funny Car qualify Friday at 6 and 9 p.m. with eliminations on Saturday beginning at 6 p.m.

Tickets for the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series event at Gateway Motorsports Park are $20 each day. Children 15 years and under are admitted free with a paid adult.

Gateway Motorsports Park is located five minutes from downtown St. Louis at the intersection of Interstates 55/70 and Ill. Route 203. For more information call the track, (618) 215-8888, or visit the web site at www.GatewayMotorsportsPark.com. 2

NHRA LUCAS OIL DRAG RACING SERIES: Fact Sheet

WHAT: Illinois Lottery presents the NAPA All-American Hot Rod Showdown, one of six events in North Central Division Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series 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 and Spitzer Race Cars Top Dragster Series will also run in conjunction with the event.

WHERE: Gateway Motorsports Park, Madison, Ill. Gateway International Raceway is located five minutes from downtown St. Louis at the intersection of Interstates 55/70 and Ill. Route 203 (Exit 4).

WHEN: Friday through Saturday, Aug. 5-6

SCHEDULE: FRIDAY, Aug. 5 - Gates open at 7 a.m. Qualifying and time trials begin at 9 a.m. Top Dragster, Top Sportsman and Comp Eliminator qualify at 3 & 8 p.m. Top Alcohol Dragster and Top Alcohol Funny Car qualify at 6 & 9 p.m.

SATURDAY, Aug. 6 - Qualifying and time trials continue at 9 a.m. Top Dragster, Top Sportsman and Comp Eliminator qualify at noon with eliminations at 4 p.m. Eliminations for Top Alcohol Dragster and Top Alcohol Funny Car is at 6 p.m.

TICKETS: GENERAL ADMISSION/PIT PASS - $20 Friday, $20 Saturday. Children 15 and under are admitted free with a paid adult. For more information call Gateway Motorsports Park at (618)215-8888, or visit www.gatewaymsp.com.

2015 EVENT  WINNERS: Brandon Booher, Top Alcohol; Ray Drew, Top Alcohol Funny Car; Robert Bailey, Comp Eliminator; Drew Skillman, Super Stock; Tommy Pettigrew, Stock Eliminator; Devin Isenhower, Super Comp; Steve Theodor, Super Gas; Bob Schmidt, Super Street; Tim Papp, Top Sportsman; Jeffrey Barker, 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 2016 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 2017 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 2017 Jegs Allstars to be held at the 2017 K&N Filters NHRA Route 66 Nationals. 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 2017 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; Bullet Racing Cams; Jim Butner Auto Sales; Coan Engineering; CTECH Aluminum Trailer Cabinets; G-Force; Indy Gear; Jax Wax Car Care Products; Kamplain Machine; Liberty's Gears; Miller Electric Mfg. Co.; Quick Fuel Technology; Ray Skillman.com; T&E Auto Haulers; TL Smith Construction; Total Seal Piston Rings. Plus a year-end Spitzer Race Cars/Indy Gear Competition Eliminator Shootout presented by Indy Gear to be held Saturday, August 29 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. 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 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 2016 Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series event at Beech Bend Raceway Park with a posted purse of $15,000, with the winner taking home up to $5,000.

TOP DRAGSTER AND TOP SPORTSMAN FAST FOUR SHOOTOUTS: The top four racers following the second round of qualifying for the Spitzer Race Cars Top Dragster Series and the Brodix/Steve Schmidt Competition Engines Top Sportsman Series will qualify for the Fast


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