ATLANTA – Lucas Oil sportsman competitors had a full day of racing at the NHRA Southern Nationals. After spending the morning running time trials, qualifying, and class eliminations, some classes moved directly into eliminations.
Super Comp, Super Gas, and Stock Eliminator ran first round on Friday. Originally scheduled for Saturday, round one was moved up in the schedule due to a 90% chance of rain on Saturday.
Joseph Arrowsmith drove his G/AA ’06 Pontiac to the number one spot with a -.628 under 8.242 lap. He just edged out Bad Brad Plourd’s AA/AM buggy.
Team DragChamp pick Craig Bourgeois was 4th with a -.603 under effort.
Final Qualifying Order
Competition Eliminator Ladder
Division 1 hitter Bryan Worner pushed his ’90 Camaro to a -1.137 under 9.863 lap to take the one spot in Super Stock. He edged out Marion Stephenson’s GT/IA ’06 Cobalt by .004-second.
Bryan and his brother Byron both took home class elimination trophies in addition to Bryan’s #1 qualifying effort. The brother’s also celebrated their birthday on Thursday.
Final Super Stock Qualifying Order
Super Stock Eliminations Ladder
After missing the Super Stock pole by .004-second, Marion Stephenson claimed the Stock pole with a -1.043 under 10.207 pass in his B/SA ’15 Camaro.
After three rounds of qualifying, racers moved into final eliminations on Friday afternoon. Qualifying and first round results are listed below.
Bracket racing super star Lucas Walker advanced to round two on Friday.
Stock Eliminator Final Qualifying Order
Stock Eliminator Eliminations Ladder
All three Team DragChamp picks to win in Stock won first round. Watch for Jeff Taylor, Slate Cummings, and Lucas Walker to make some noise this weekend.
After receiving three time trials Friday morning–a rare treat for the class–Super Comp racers jumped head first into eliminations. Team DragChamp picks Ray Miller III and Sherman Adcock both advanced to round two. Our other pick, Craig Anderson didn’t compete.
The Laris Motorsports team was in full force at Atlanta. All three team members advanced on Friday.
Notable first round winners included Cole Cummings, Jonathan Anderson, Shannon Brinkley, and Billy Upton.
The Miller Race Cars team grabbed the top two qualifying spots after Ray Jr. and Ray III both posted 8.908 laps in round one.
Qualifying Order Super Comp
Super Comp Eliminations Ladder
Like their 8.90 counterparts, Super Gas racers received three time trials on Friday. After getting dialed in, racers moved into final eliminations on Friday afternoon.
Team DragChamp picks Jim Perry and Steve Furr advanced to round two while Rusty Cook bowed out in round one.
4-Wide Super Gas runner up Shannon Brinkley captured the one spot with a 9.901 in his Corvette roadster.
Qualifying Order Super Gas
Super Gas Eliminations Ladder
Ross Laris once again qualified on the pole with a 6.107 effort. Ross won from the pole at the last race he attended, the Spring Nationals in Houston. We’ll see if he can duplicate that feat in Atlanta.
With a short field of just 27 cars, the field was spread out from Laris’s 6.10 to Howard Bowman’s 7.89 ET. This difference will create some large handicap starts on Saturday.
Team DragChamp picks Jeff Strickland was 18th while Steve Cohen was 20th in qualifying.
Madison Ellison qualified 24th with a 7.325 lap. Her father, former world champion Lynn, is performing crew chief duties this weekend.
Top Dragster Final Qualifying Order
Top Dragster Eliminations Ladder
If the rain holds off, all of the Lucas Oil sportsman will hit the track for several rounds of eliminations on Saturday. Stay tuned to DragChamp as we will post daily results as they are available.