Courtesy NHRA

 

        The second day of qualifying and time trials for the NHRA Div. 7 Finals -- Short Line Express Markets Gambler Shootout is now complete.  The event is the last opportunity for competitors in the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series to earn division-level points toward divisional and national championships. 

        More than 900 drivers from across the country are competing this weekend.  Classes include Top Alcohol Dragster (TAD), Top Alcohol Funny Car (TAFC), Comp Eliminator, Super Stock, Stock, Super Comp, Super Gas and Super Street. The division's Kerker Motorcycle Series, featuring Sportsman Motorcycle, and the Korbel Super E class will also run in conjunction with the event.

        Hometown favorite Duane Shields is the No. 1 qualifier in TAD.  He set the pace with a 5.374-second, 270.00 mph pass.  Currently, there are 19 competitors in the TAD class vying for Sunday's eight-car field.

        Cy Chesterman of Sioux City, Iowa, is the best qualifier in TAFC.

Chesterman's 5.648-second, 254.52 mph effort was enough to put him ahead of the other 14 TAFC drivers.  TAFC also has an eight-car qualifying field.

        Top qualifiers in other classes are Charlie Stewart of Arlington, Texas, in Comp Eliminator; Harry Holton of Modesto, Calif., in Super Stock; and Robert Mulry of Hollister, Calif., in Stock.

        Racing continues Saturday and Sunday at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

Gates open at 7 a.m. both days and racing begins immediately.  Tickets are $20 Saturday and $20 Sunday. Children 6-12 are $6 both days and kids 5 and under are admitted free.  For more information, call Las Vegas Motor Speedway, (702) 644-4444.

 

        The following are Friday's qualifying results from the Short Line Express Market Las Vegas Gambler Shootout at Las Vegas Motor Speedway:

 

TOP ALCOHOL DRAGSTER

1) Duane Shields, Las Vegas, 5.374 seconds, 270.00 mph 

2) David Wells, LeMars, Iowa, 5.412, 264.29

3) Morgan Lucas, Riverside, Calif., 5.443, 264.44

4) Marty Thacker, Robinson, Ill., 5.454, 262.54

5) Steve Federlin, Oregon City, Ore., 5.476, 257.83

6) Robert Perkins, Bluffdale, Utah, 5.495, 258.27

7) David Wilson, London, Great Britain, 5.519, 258.71

8) John Haley, Wayzata, Minn., 5.520, 246.89

Not Qualified

9) Don Hudson, Stockton, Calif., 5.538, 258.67

10) Chris Demke, Tujunga, Calif., 5.542, 260.46

11) Darryl Hitchman, Hanford, Calif., 5.599, 258.27

12) Joey Severance, Spanaway, Wash., 5.662, 257.33

13) Alan Bradshaw, Odessa, Texas, 5.770, 238.93

14) Jack Beckman, North Hills, Calif., 6.957, 134.56

15) Darren Nicholson, Mission Viejo, Calif., 9.700, 99.20 

16) Scott Murray, Winnipeg, Mann., 10.190, 86.36 

17) Mitch Meyers, Hermiston, Ore., 11.578, 77.11 

 18) Randy Eakins, Bradbury CA, 20.769   41.84 

 19) Dennis Swearingen, Santa Clara CA, 22.835   26.79 

 

TOP ALCOHOL FUNNY CAR

1) Cy Chesterman, Sioux City, Iowa, '03 Trans Am, 5.648 seconds, 254.52 mph

2) Tate Branch, Artesia, N.M., '99 Avenger, 5.668, 244.65

3) Robert Lee, Whittier, Calif., '02 Camaro, 5.788, 242.98

4) Dennis Taylor, Anaheim Hills, Calif., '02 Camaro, 5.823, 244.69

5) Mark Woznichak, Ontario, Calif., '02 Camaro, 5.842, 247.79

6) Brett Williamson, Campbell, Calif., '01 Corvette, 5.867, 245.09

7) Bucky Austin, Fife, Wash., '02 Firebird, 6.079, 188.28

8) John Weaver, Hanford, Calif., '98 Firebird, 6.156, 242.32

Not Qualified

9) Greg Hunter, Rock Springs, Wyo., '98 Mustang, 6.602, 228.50

10) Bernie Harrington, Apple Valley, Calif., '01 Dodge, 6.660, 168.37

11) Jeff Carroll, Santa Barbara, Calif., '97 Firebird, 9.576, 107.74

12) Mert Littlefield, Garden Grove, Calif., '02 Camaro, 9.630, 87.52 

13) Steve Gasparrelli, West Covina, Calif., '03 Pontiac, 10.802, 79.92 

14) Ed Marx, Discovery Bay, Calif., '98 Avenger, 12.580, 63.50 

15) Doug Gordon, Paso Robles, Calif., '02 Camaro, 15.082, 56.61 

 

 

COMP ELIMINATOR

1) Charlie Stewart, Arlington, Texas, '63 Corvette, F/EA, 5.994 seconds, -3.206 under index

2) Jirka Kaplan, Calgary, Alb., '23-T Ford, BB/AM, 7.005, -1.005

3) Santo Volpe, Drums, Calif., '32 roadster, A/SR, 8.014, -0.766

4) Thomas Schmidt, Linstrom, Minn., '33-T Ford, C/SR, 8.703, -0.727

5) Sean Dodd, Lewisville, Texas, '99 Camaro, PSTA, 7.749, -0.681

6) Steve Wilmoth, Peoria, Ariz., '34 Chevy, S/SR, 8.750, -0.680

7) John Chamberlain, Napa, Calif., dragster, B/D, 6.851, -0.679

8) Peter Rock Costello, (hometown not available), K/AA, 8.115, -0.675

9) Adam Bowdish, West Linn, Ore., '89 Trans Am, F/SM, 8.965, -0.675

10) Mike Trumble, Pasadena, Texas, A/SMA, 8.138, -0.672

 

SUPER STOCK

1) Harry Holton, Modesto, Calif., '68 Belvedere, SS/AA, 8.911 seconds, -1.412 under index

2) Bill Chaffin Jr., Woodland Hills, Calif., '87 GM, SS/DX, 8.217, -1.363 

  

3) John Stock, Sandusky, Ohio, '85 Camaro, GT/IA, 10.472, -1.318

4) Chuck Rayburn, Castro Valley, Calif., '64 Belvedere, SS/BA, 9.140, -1.310

5) Dave Raybourn, Modesto, Calif., '68 Dart, SS/AA, 8.949, -1.301

6) Bo Butner III, Floyds Knobs, Ind., '96 Acheiva, SS/BM, 8.648, -1.292

7) Gene McBean, Chardon, Ohio, '69 Mustang, SS/GA, 9.844, -1.276

8) Jerry Jenkins, Modesto, Calif., '68 Barracuda, SS/AA, 8.899, -1.262

9) Steve Sweitzer, Jersey Shore, Pa., '92 Firebird, GT/EA, 9.966, -1.254

10) Buz Post, Arlington, Texas, '02 Grand Am, SS/AM, 8.544, -1.246

 

STOCK ELIMINATOR

1) Robert Mulry, Hollister, Calif., '74 Firebird, K/SA, 11.691 seconds, -1.579 under index

2) Gene Buell, Hesperia, Calif., '70 Challenger, D/SA, 10.762, -1.388

3) Chris Whitney, Sun Valley, Calif., '67 Fairlane, F/S, 11.053, -1.347

4) Marka Gallina, Henderson, Nev., '89 Trans Am, E/FIA, 11.574, -1.336

5) Steve Wann, Modesto, Calif., '70 GTX, B/SA, 10.518, -1.322

6) Neil Smedley, Phoenix, '81 Trans Am, P/SA, 12.792, -1.298

7) Jeff Lee, Anthem, Ariz., '70 AMX, E/S, 10.969, -1.281

8) Ken Etter, Riverside, Calif., '77 Volare, I/SA, 11.665, -1.245

9) Robert Pond, Riverside, Calif., '67 Fairlane, A/S, 10.288, -1.242

10) Keith Lynch, Mt. Ayr, Iowa, '70 Nova, B/SA, 10.604, -1.236

 

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