Massey and Bohl winners in Thunder Valley

10/9/2016


DIVISION 4
Thunder Valley Raceway Park
Lexington, Okla., Oct. 7-9, 2016


Sunday

LEXINGTON, Okla., Winners were crowned Sunday for the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series Thunder in the Heartland at Thunder Valley Raceway Park as each champion took home their share of the event purse and contingency postings along with bragging rights and the champion's trophy.

A Texas-Oklahoma showdown was on full display as Spencer Massey, Fort Worth, Texas, and Monroe Guest, Bixby, Okla., took to the starting line in the Alcohol Dragster final round. Massey made Texas proud; running a victory pass of 5.607 seconds, 256.26 mph to easily beat Guest who ran 10.462 seconds, 91.86 mph with issues right off the start.

In the Top Alcohol Funny Car final round, Andy Bohl, Racine, Wis., ran 5.586 seconds, 263.54 mph to soundly defeat Scott McVey, Ile Des Chenes, Manit., who suffered mechanical issues and could only watch as Bohl disappeared down track. 

The audience was on their feet, as fellow Oklahoman Kevin Self, Caddo, Okla., won the champion's trophy in the Comp Eliminator final round. Self hit a winning pass of 7.785, 162.24 to handily defeat Brian Browell, Lafayette, Ind., 8.140, 116.97.

Tommy McPhillips, Forney, Texas, almost doubled up, claiming the champion's trophy in Super Gas and just falling short in the Super Comp final round. Phillips, Forney, posted a runner-up pass of 8.880, 181.01 just giving enough leeway to Taryn Greene, Burleson, Texas, 8.885, 178.53 in the Super Comp finale. In Super Gas the finale, McPhillips hit a winning pass of 9.911, 166.72 outlasting Heidi Robison, Gardner, Kan., 9.888, 163.96.

In the Top Sportsman Presented  by Sunset Performance finale, Larry Demers, Carroll, Iowa, ran 7.153, 191.08 to edge out Bob Gulitti of Tomball, Texas, 6.721, 204.31 for the champion's trophy while Lynn Ellison, Central City, Ky., had an easy time, running 6.322, 213.82 beating out Michael Greene, Burleson, Texas, who fouled at the line in the final round of Top Dragster Presented by KPE.

Sportsman Motorcycle Presented by Harley-Davidson was also on display over the weekend as John Fitzpatrick, Park City, Kan., clocked in at 8.774, 139.42 defeating Robert Sanders, Cypress, Texas, 9.110, 140.86.

Other drivers visiting the winner's circle were Slate Cumming in Super Stock; Austin Williams in Stock Eliminator; and Dell Hall in Super Street.

A number of specialty events were also contested with  Jimmy Hidalgo Jr., winning in Stock/Super Stock Combo; Raymond Miller in Super Comp Gambler; Clark Mundt in Super Gas Gambler; Austin Williams in Super Street Gambler; and Philip Yates in Bike Gambler.

The following are Sunday's final results from the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series, South Central Division Thunder in the Heartland:

TOP ALCOHOL DRAGSTER
Spencer Massey, Fort Worth, Texas, 5.607, 256.26 def.
Monroe Guest, Bixby, Okla., 10.462, 91.86.

TOP ALCOHOL FUNNY CAR
Andy Bohl, Racine, Wis., '16 Camaro, 5.586, 263.54 def.
Scott McVey, Ile Des Chenes, Manit., '06 Monte Carlo, 28.000, no speed.

COMPETITION ELIMINATOR
Kevin Self, Caddo, Okla., '32 Bantam, F/EA, 7.785, 162.24 def.
Brian Browell, Lafayette, Ind., '15 dragster, D/D, 8.140, 116.97.

SUPER STOCK
Slate Cummings, Hammond, La., '03 Cavalier, SS/BM, 8.673, 143.79 def.
Robert Cruzen, Cleveland, Okla., '10 Chevrolet, GT/AA, 9.343, 141.15.

STOCK ELIMINATOR
Austin Williams, Burleson, Texas, '72 Duster, F/SA, 11.215, 103.90 def.
Jimmy Hidalgo Jr., Donaldsonville, La., '04 GTO, E/SA, 10.928, 109.13.

SUPER COMP
Taryn Greene, Burleson, Texas, '14 TNT, 8.885, 178.53 def.
Tommy Phillips, Forney, Texas, '14 TNT, 8.880, 181.01.

SUPER GAS
Tommy Phillips, Forney, Texas, '63 Corvette, 9.911, 166.72 def.
Heidi Robison, Gardner, Kan., '09 Undercover, 9.888, 163.96.

SUPER STREET
Dell Hall, Hewitt, Texas, '04 Grand Am, 10.904, 131.00 def.
Todd Pullen, Amarillo, Texas, '68 Camaro, 10.917, 140.75.

TOP SPORTSMAN
Larry Demers, Carroll, Iowa, '10 Cobalt, 7.153, 191.08 def.
Bob Gulitti, Tomball, Texas, '11 Chevrolet, 6.721, 204.31.

TOP DRAGSTER
Lynn Ellison, Central City, Ky., '11 M&M, 6.322, 213.82 def.
Michael Greene, Burleson, Texas, '08 Undercover, foul.

SPORTSMAN MOTORCYCLE PRESENTED BY HARLEY DAVIDSON
John Fitzpatrick, Park City, Kan., '82 Suzuki, 8.774, 139.42 def.
Robert Sanders, Cypress, Texas, '82 Suzuki, 9.110, 140.86.

STOCK/SUPER STOCK COMBO
Jimmy Hidalgo Jr., Donaldsonville, La., '04 GTO, 10.893, 114.94 def.
Troy Ross, Emporia, Kan., '87 Camaro, 9.091, 147.29.

SUPER COMP GAMBLER
Raymond Miller, Spring City, Tenn., '17 Miller, broke def.
Tyler Banks, Kansas City, Mo., '08 Worthy, broke.

SUPER GAS GAMBLER
Clark Mundt, Longview, Texas, '63 Corvette, 9.908, 157.34 def.
Holden Laris, Raceland, La., '08 Don Davis, 9.902, 161.23.

SUPER STREET GAMBLER
Austin Williams, Burleson, Texas, '69 Camaro, broke def.
Chris Haralson, Azle, Texas, '70 Camaro, broke.

BIKE GAMBLER
Philip Yates, Wichita, Kan., '06 Zx14, 8.836, 142.00 def.
Derek Dorey, Kingwood, Texas, '03 Trac/razor, 8.928, 142.81.



Saturday

LEXINGTON, Okla. Racers in the Top Alcohol Dragster and Funny Car classes made final qualifying runs today along with round 1 of eliminations for the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series Thunder in the Heartland at Thunder Valley Raceway Park. 

The event is the final event in the NHRA South Central Division with racers earning points toward national, regional and divisional championships as well as a share of the year-end purse of more than $500,000.  Other classes include Comp Eliminator, Sunset Performance Top Sportsman and KPE Top Dragster that took to the track on Friday and will conclude on Sunday with final eliminations and the winner's circle celebration. 

Gates open on Sunday at 8 a.m.  Racing begins at 9 a.m.  Tickets for the event are $20 for adults, children 12 and under are free with a paid adult.  For more information call Thunder Valley Raceway Park (405) 872-3429 or visit www.OKthunder.com.

The following are Saturday's final qualifying results from the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series, South Central Division Thunder in the Heartland:

TOP ALCOHOL DRAGSTER
1) Charles Grospitch, Brownsburg, Ind., 5.281 seconds, 272.89 mph
2) Monroe Guest, Bixby, Okla., 5.336, 265.95
3) Jay Livingston, Wilsonville, Ore., 5.355, 265.25
4) Brandon Booher, Urbana, Ill., 5.382, 268.25
5) Spencer Massey, Fort Worth, Texas, 5.389, 272.80
6) Aaron Tatum, Oklahoma City, Okla., 5.408, 268.65
7) Dean Dubbin, Royalton, Minn., 5.420, 256.99
8) David Brounkowski, Cypress, Texas, 5.443, 263.31
Not Qualified
9) James Stevens, Gothenburg, Neb., 6.184, 199.33
10) Gary Cooper, Wichita, Kan., 6.654, 252.73
11) James Thompson, Vernon, Texas, 10.952, 71.66
12) Karl Brounkowski, Magnolia, Texas, 11.634, 82.37
13) Megan Meyer, Spring Hill, Kan., 12.257, 79.62
14) Bradley Thompson, Vernon, Texas, 14.290, 74.88
15) Terry Schmidt, Tuttle, Okla., (no time)

TOP ALCOHOL FUNNY CAR
1) Jonnie Lindberg, Upplands Vausby, Sweden, '10 Camaro, 5.530 seconds, 262.00 mph
2) Jeff Jones, Weatherford, Texas, '00 Monte Carlo, 5.539, 261.93
3) Andy Bohl, Racine, Wis., '16 Camaro, 5.544, 265.25
4) Bill Bernard, Littleton, Colo., '09 Mustang, 5.560, 260.64
5) Scott McVey, Ile Des Chenes, Manit., '06 Monte Carlo, 5.570, 260.56
6) Kris Hool, Evansville, Wyo., '16 Camaro, 5.597, 263.23
7) Kirk Williams, Glenwood, Iowa, '04 Firebird, 5.640, 258.02
8) Lance Van Hauen, Reinbeck, Iowa, '15 Camaro, 5.735, 235.29
Not Qualified
9) Steve Gasparrelli, West Covina, Calif., '16 Camaro, 5.779, 255.97

COMPETITION ELIMINATOR
1) Brian Self, Carthage, Texas, '14 Camaro, C/A, 7.216 seconds, -0.744 (under index)
2) Brian Browell, Lafayette, Ind., '15 MR2, D/D, 7.120, -0.740
3) Kevin Self, Caddo, Okla., '32 Bantam, F/EA, 7.759, -0.721
4) Clark Smiley, Denver City, Texas, '09 GXP, BB/A, 7.251, -0.709
5) Keith Hall, Ravenna, Texas, '05 Cavalier, D/SM, 8.336, -0.704
6) Todd Patterson, Augusta, Kan., '10 Cobalt, A/SMA, 7.859, -0.681
7) Terry Ticel, Lawrence, Kan., '10 GXP, G/AA, 8.242, -0.668
8) Don Thomas, Amarillo, Texas, '09 Spitzer, B/DA, 6.794, -0.656
9) Matt Harris, Nebraska City, Neb., '05 Grand AM, E/A, 7.703, -0.647
10) Greg Porter, Edmond, Okla., '08 Cobalt, D/SMA, 8.337, -0.643

SUPER STOCK
1) Stephen Bell, Shreveport, La., '15 Camaro, FSS/B, 8.143 seconds, -1.057 (under index)
2) Jack Hodge, Muskogee, Okla., '12 Ford, FSS/B, 8.185, -1.015
3) Brian Stufflebeam, Peoria, Ill., '98 Pontiac, SS/JA, 10.037, -0.963
4) Ed Wright, Sand Springs, Okla., '96 Trans Am, SS/JA, 10.051, -0.949
5) Tim Nicholson, Concordia, Kan., '66 Chevy II, GT/I, 10.013, -0.937
6) Tyler Wudarczyk, Wakarusa, Kan., '88 Camaro, SS/JA, 10.098, -0.902
7) Chris Chaney, Claremore, Okla., '02 Chevy, GT/FA, 9.900, -0.900
8) Jonathan Womack, Houston, Texas, '07 Cavalier, SS/BS, 8.753, -0.897
9) Korey Mawhee, Frisco, Texas, '95 Achieva, GT/EA, 9.767, -0.883
10) Robert Cruzen, Cleveland, Okla., '02 Cavalier, GT/EA, 9.770, -0.880

STOCK ELIMINATOR
1) Jim Hale, Van Buren, Ark., '66 Plymouth, K/SA, 11.619 seconds, -1.031 (under index)
2) Jeff Lopez, Irving, Texas, '14 Copo, FS/C, 9.278, -1.022
3) Jamie Greening, Columbia, Mo., '96 Chevrolet, O/S, 12.104, -0.996
4) Phillip Giles, Flatonia, Texas, '14 Cheverolet, FS/C, 9.335, -0.965
5) Rachelle Thibert, Louisburg, Kan., '81 Malibu, K/SA, 11.738, -0.912
6) Stuart Goertzen, Buhler, Kan., '67 Cougar, D/S, 10.596, -0.904
7) Jerry Davis, Santa Fe, Texas, '71 Duster, D/SA, 10.647, -0.903
8) Verne Buchanan, Conway, Ark., '73 Mustang, G/SA, 11.099, -0.901
9) Tracy Pedigo, Andover, Kan., '70 Camaro SS, B/SA, 10.355, -0.895
10) Janie Braswell, Weatherford, Texas, '69 Camaro, G/SA, 11.106, -0.894

SUPER COMP
1) Holden Laris, Raceland, La., '12 TNT, S/C, 8.901 seconds, 0.001 (over index)
2) David Dale, Oyster Creek, Texas, '07 Undercover, S/C, 8.902, 0.002
3) Cody Wampler, Walters, Okla., '02 Cameron, S/C, 8.903, 0.003
4) Conner Pullen, , , '09 TNT, S/C, 8.904, 0.004
5) Todd Kujawa, Elkhart, Ind., '09 American, S/C, 8.904, 0.004
6) Dustin Bowman, Edmond, Okla., '00 Undercover, S/C, 8.907, 0.007
7) Tommy Phillips, Forney, Texas, '14 TNT, S/C, 8.907, 0.007
8) Jay Bunce, Piedmont, Okla., '05 Monden, S/C, 8.908, 0.008
9) Doug Wegner, Broken Arrow, Okla., '10 TNT, S/C, 8.909, 0.009
10) Vernon Rowland, Blanchard, Okla., '13 Monden, S/C, 8.909, 0.009

SUPER STREET
1) Chris Vang, Parker, Colo., '67 Chevrolet, S/ST, 10.900 seconds, 0.000 (over index)
2) Tommy Oldham, Venus, Texas, '98 S-10, S/ST, 10.900, 0.000
3) Donna Watson, Forney, Texas, '71 Vega, S/ST, 10.902, 0.002
4) Ed Ridenhour, Kennedale, Texas, '68 Chevy, S/ST, 10.903, 0.003
5) Chris Haralson, Azle, Texas, '70 Camaro, S/ST, 10.907, 0.007
6) Dell Hall, Hewitt, Texas, '04 Grand Am, S/ST, 10.909, 0.009
7) Kevin Seymour, Moundridge, Kan., '73 Vega, S/ST, 10.911, 0.011
8) Jason Owens, White Oak, Texas, '68 Camaro, S/ST, 10.912, 0.012
9) Gary Nicholson, Kansas City, Mo., dragster, S/ST, 10.912, 0.012
10) Rustin Mayse, Grandview, Texas, '69 Camaro, S/ST, 10.915, 0.015

TOP SPORTSMAN
1) Bob Gulitti, Tomball, Texas, '11 Chevrolet, 6.405 seconds, 216.76 mph
2) Allen Firestone, Velma, Okla., '13 Camaro, 6.560, 214.89
3) Jim White, Haysville, Kan., '09 Cobalt, 6.576, 212.51
4) Mark McDonald, Boonville, Ind., '67 Mustang, 6.681, 203.80
5) Royce Freeman, Lindsay, Okla., '13 Camaro, 6.717, 209.69
6) Vince Hoda, D{iberville, Miss., '68 Camaro, 6.719, 203.57
7) Joseph Mohana, Bourg, La., '57 Belair, 6.731, 205.33
8) Kyle Firestone, Velma, Okla., '51 Chevrolet, 6.743, 209.15
9) Monte Green, Haxtun, Colo., '07 Ford, 6.859, 200.98
10) Jimmy Lewis, Forney, Texas, '12 GXP, 6.881, 201.20

TOP DRAGSTER
1) Wade Pennington, Ada, Okla., '13 Monden, 6.010 seconds, 234.49 mph
2) Shanna Snyder, Elkhart, Ind., '06 Spitzer, 6.043, 230.82
3) Dustin Thompson, Vernon, Texas, '16 Copeland, 6.109, 224.94
4) Mark Jones, Marrero, La., '09 Spitzer, 6.135, 221.07
5) J R Baxter, Waxahachie, Texas, '16 Miller, 6.160, 221.62
6) William Swann, Carrolton, Texas, '10 Monden, 6.177, 225.84
7) Bob Albert Jr., Broken Arrow, Okla., '06 Monden, 6.220, 226.75
8) Jim Thorp, Mertzon, Texas, '16 TNT, 6.225, 217.28
9) Jenifer White, Conroe, Texas, '12 Spitzer, 6.226, 212.21
10) John Strassweg, Evansville, Ind., '08 Undercover, 6.235, 213.21

SPORTSMAN MOTORCYCLE PRESENTED BY HARLEY DAVIDSON
1) Robert Sanders, Cypress, Texas, '82 Suzuki, ETMX, 0.003 seconds reaction time
2) Philip Yates, Wichita, Kan., '06 Zx14, ETMX, 0.004
3) Patrick Roetto, Wichita, Kan., '09 Suzuki, ETMX, 0.006
4) Derek Dorey, Kingwood, Texas, '03 Trac/razor, ETMX, 0.010
5) 'mike ''plumber'' Hudson', Borken Arrow, Okla., '87 Kawasaki, ETMX, 0.011
6) Fast Eddie Glaze, Missouri Citi, Texas, '10 Suzuki, ETMX, 0.014
7) Larry Eperjesi, Lake Dallas, Texas, dragster, ETMX, 0.019
8) John Fitzpatrick, Park City, Kan., '82 Suzuki, ETMX, 0.020
9) Les Knaak, Wichita, Kan., '09 Suzuki, ETMX, 0.025
10) Shane Eperjesi, Lake Dallas, Texas, '16 Grothus, ETMX, 0.054



Preview

LEXINGTON, Okla. - Thunder Valley Raceway Park will host the Thunder in the Heartland, the final event for the NHRA South Central Division, on October 7-9. 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 Sunset Performance Top Sportsman Series, KPE Top Dragster Series and NHRA Sportsman Motorcycle Series presented by Harley-Davidson will also be run in conjunction with the event.

Gates at Thunder Valley Raceway open at 8 a.m. each day. Time Trials are Friday and Saturday at 9 a.m. Top Dragster, Comp Eliminator and Top Sportsman qualify Friday and Saturday at noon and 3 p.m. Top Alcohol Dragster and Top Alcohol Funny Car qualify Friday at 4 p.m. and Saturday at 1 p.m. Top Alcohol Dragster and Top Alcohol Funny Car run round one of eliminations on Saturday at 4:00 p.m. and rounds two and three on Sunday. Eliminations continue for all other classes on Sunday at 9 am. A special Jet Car exhibition will close the nights on both Friday and Saturday at 7 p.m.

Tickets for Thunder Valley Raceway are $20 Friday, $20 Saturday and $20 Sunday. Children 12 and under are admitted free with a paid adult.

Thunder Valley Raceway is located off Highway 77 South, south of Highway 9E. For more information call the track, (405) 872-3429, or visit www.OKThunder.com. 2

NHRA LUCAS OIL DRAG RACING SERIES: Fact Sheet

WHAT: NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series Thunder in the Heartland, the last of six events in South 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 Sunset Performance Top Sportsman Series, KPE Top Dragster Series and NHRA Sportsman Motorcycle Series presented by Harley-Davidson will also be run in conjunction with the event.

WHERE: Thunder Valley Raceway, Noble, Okla. Track is located off Highway 77 South, south of Highway 9E. From I-35 take exit 108A (Hwy. 9E) east to Highway 77 and go south. Follow the signs to the track.

WHEN: Friday through Sunday, Oct. 7-9

SCHEDULE: FRIDAY, Oct. 7 - Gates open at 8 a.m. Time Trials start at 9 a.m. Top Dragster, Comp Eliminator and Top Sportsman qualify at noon and 3 p.m. Top Alcohol Dragster and Top Alcohol Funny Car qualify at 1 and 4 p.m. Jet Cars at 7 p.m.

SATURDAY, Oct. 8 - Gates open at 8 a.m. Time Trials start at 9 a.m. Top Dragster, Comp Eliminator and Top Sportsman qualify at noon and 3 p.m. Top Alcohol Dragster and Top Alcohol Funny Car qualify 1:00 and round one of eliminations at 4 p.m. Jet Cars at 7 p.m.

SUNDAY, Oct. 9 - Gates open at 8 a.m. Eliminations continue at 9 am. Round two for Top Alcohol Dragster and Top Alcohol Funny Car begin at 1p.m.

TICKETS: GENERAL ADMISSION/PIT PASS - $20 Friday, $20 Saturday, $20 Sunday. Children 12 and under are admitted free with a paid adult. For more information please call Thunder Valley Raceway, (405) 872-3429, or visit www.OKThunder.com.

2015 EVENT WINNERS: Randy Meyer, Top Alcohol Dragster; Jonnie Lindberg, Top Alcohol Funny Car; John Keilers, Comp Eliminator; Troy Ross, Super Stock; Ryan Montford, Stock Eliminator; Jay Bunce, Super Comp; Travis Slater, Super Gas; Lyle Owens, Super Street; Sean Dodd, Top Sportsman; Ross Laris, Top Dragster; John Fitzpatrick, 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 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. 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 Allsta


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