Saturday, July 13, 2024

Friday Sportsman Results from the U.S. Nationals

DragChamp has full Friday coverage of the Lucas Oil sportsman racing activities from the NHRA U.S. Nationals at Lucas Oil Raceway.

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INDY – Day #3 is in the books and DragChamp has Friday updates for the Lucas Oil sportsman classes from the NHRA U.S. Nationals.

The day included Super Stock class eliminations, two rounds of Super Comp and Super Gas eliminations, HEMI Challenge racing, and one final round of qualifying for Comp, Top Sportsman, and Top Dragster.

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JEGS Allstars Champions

In a special ceremony on Saturday, the 2019 JEGS Allstars champions were awarded their commemorative jackets by Scott Woodruff of JEGS.

Jegs Allstars Winners

The 2019 champions included from left to right, Kynon Dinkel, Darian Boesch, Chris Dodd, Jeff Lopez, Jeff Dona, Frank Aragona, Ray Drew, and Scott Woodruff.

Competition Eliminator

With three rounds of qualifying in the books, Brad Plourd kept his AA/AM 6-second buggy on the pole with a -.780 under 6.260. John Marottek remained in second place with a -.669 under 6.811 in his A/ND dragster.

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Brad Plourd Comp

Doug Engels held onto the third spot with a -.625 under 7.385 in his D/DA dragster. DragChamp pre-race pick Craig Bourgeois moved up to fourth with a -.625 in his A/ND.

Final qualifying results are posted below courtesy of dragracecentral.com.

Comp racers are scheduled for one round of eliminations on Saturday.

Super Stock

Friday was class eliminations day for the Super Stock competitors. Racers battled throughout the day for a shot at the coveted INDY class winner trophy and bragging rights for another year.

Ernie Neal held on to the #1 spot with his SS/PA ’96 Caprice. His -1.820 under 10.830 easily covered the field. He was followed by Lincoln Morehead who garnered a -1.453 under 9.547 lap from his SS/JA ’89 Camaro.

Class winners will be posted as soon as results are final. Listed below are the final qualifying results pending tech inspection as posted on dragracecentral.com.

Super Stock competitors will have Saturday off in order to get their cars back together after teardowns. They will move into eliminations on Sunday morning at the U.S. Nationals.

Stock Eliminator

Friday was an off day for the Stock competitors as they recovered from class eliminations and teardowns on Thursday. The Stock class is scheduled for three rounds of final eliminations beginning Saturday morning.

Final qualifying results after tech inspections are listed below as found on dragracecentral.com.

Final U.S. Nationals Stock class eliminations results (after tech inspections)

Super Comp

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Jeremy Maples

The 8.90 racers moved through two more rounds of eliminations on Friday after completing first round on Thursday evening. The 134-car field is now down to just 17 competitors after three rounds of eliminations.

Two of our three DragChamp pre-race picks in Super Comp fell by the third round. Tom Stalba and Brad Plourd are out leaving Luke Bogacki to carry the DragChamp flag.

Other notables still in contention include the “King” Edmond Richardson, Ray Connolly, John Dibartolomeo, Lynn Ellison, and Jeremy Maples.

The Super Comp ladder for round four is posted below courtesy of dragracecentral.com.

Super Comp is scheduled for one round of eliminations on Saturday.

Super Gas

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Gary Mitchell

Like Super Comp, the 9.90 competitors completed two rounds of eliminations on Friday. This narrowed the field from 130 to 17 after three rounds of competition.

As for the DragChamp pre-race picks, only Phil Smida remains in competition. Iggie Boicesco fell in round one and John Labbous missed the tree in his round three defeat.

Randi Lyn Shipp continues to impress in her Super Gas debut. Shipp is moving into round four of competition. Joining her are a list of notables including Jeff Lopez, Roger Warren, Steve Hoyt, Nathan Vrooman, and Devin Isenhower.

The Super Gas class is scheduled for one round of competition on Saturday evening.

Top Sportsman

The Top Sportsman field was finalized on Friday after the third round of qualifying was complete. Lester Johnson kept his ’55 Chevy at the top of the ladder with a 6.154. Jeff Connelly of Arizona was second with a 6.167 lap in is ’19 Camaro.

See the full qualifying list below as posted on dragracecentral.com.

The Top Sportsman class is scheduled for one round of competition on Saturday at the U.S. Nationals.

Top Dragster

Qualifying at Indy drew excitement and anticipation from the Top Dragster contingent. After three rounds of qualifying, the bump was a stout 6.234. Ross Laris snagged the top spot in qualifying with a 6.100 lap. He bumped Bob Button from the top spot in the final qualifying session by .007-second.

See the full qualifying list below as posted on dragracecentral.com.

Top Dragster competitors will move into first round of final eliminations on Saturday.

Factory Stock Showdown

The fast factory cars finally hit the track on Friday for round one of qualifying. And to everyone’s surprise, a Mark Pawuk and his Mopar grabbed the pole with a 7.946 lap.

After struggling to keep up with the Ford’s and Chevy’s all season, maybe the Mopar’s have turned the corner.

Pete Gasko and Drew Skillman both posted 7.97’s to grab the two and three spots after one round of qualifying.

Factory Stock Showdown qualifying results as posted on dragracecentral.com.

There are two more rounds of Factory Stock qualifying scheduled for Saturday at the U.S. Nationals.

HEMI Challenge

Jimmy Daniels Hemi Challenge trophy check

The Dodge HEMI Challenge raced to completion on Friday with Jimmy Daniels earning his fourth consecutive win in the specialty event. Jimmy led qualifying with an 8.473 and never looked back.

In the final, Daniels took the .0664-second win over Rich Locker.

Click here to see DragChamp’s HEMI Challenge race day coverage.

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DragChamp is your source for NHRA Lucas Oil sportsman drag racing news and drag race results. Follow DragChamp for daily updates throughout the week.

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