Lucas Oil Sportsman Saturday Race Results from the Southern Nationals
ATLANTA – Lucas Oil sportsman racers made a couple of rounds on Saturday prior to racing being halted for rain. While the NHRA didn’t get a full day completed, there was a lot of sportsman racing to cover. See full results by class listed below.
Out of eight pair in the opening round, there were three bye runs after several racers were no shows. After several uneventful runs, we saw three really good races at Atlanta Dragway.
Jim Kimbrough, last week’s 4-Wide winner, fell in the opening frame to #1 qualifier Joseph Arrowsmith. To turn on the win light, Arrowsmith used a ton of index posting a -.628 under lap for the win. Kimbrough was right there with a -.565 under pass.
In other action, David Rampy fell on a holeshot to Glen Treadwell. Brad Plourd drove pass two-time 2019 national event runner up Randy Daniels. Team DragChamp pick to win Craig Bourgeois took a close win over Allen Wilson after both posted -.5 under passes.
After running class eliminations on Friday, the Super Stock field moved into first round of final eliminations on Saturday. Brad Plourd, a DragChamp pick to win this week, fell to Darrin Christen in a heads up SS/GA round one match.
Our other two picks, Tyler Caheely and Byron Worner both advanced to round two. In round three Caheely turned on the win light to advance to the Big Show on Sunday. Worner lost a good race to Division 4 standout Aaron Stanfield.
Several racers punched their ticket to Sunday including: Emily Volkman, the “Godfather” Larry Cummings, James Hill, Mike Crutchfield, Jeff Longhany, Jeff Adkinson, Jerry Hatch, Brandon Bakies, and Joe Tysinger.
Stock kicked off the daily activities with round two of eliminations. After going 3-for-3 in round one, Team DragChamp lost two in round two. Lucas Walker lost a heads up race with Brett Candies while Jeff Taylor gave up the finish line to Chip Johnson.
Slate “Baby Gap” Cummings carried the torch when he overcame Gale Pinkston’s .008 light to move into round three.
Cody Phillips and Robbie Shaw had the best run of round two. Both drivers were .00x at the tree and .02x above their dial ins. Shaw escaped the winner by just .0065.
Shaw won another close race in round three. He narrowly defeated Marion Stephenson by .005 when both drivers were .05x at the tree and .03x over. Cummings overcame another stellar light by Brett Candies to win the double breakout race.
Keith Bakies, Chip Johnson, Jim Marshall, and Jeff Warren punched their tickets to Sunday’s Big Show.
Division 4 racers have dominated the Super Comp action this season. In round two, D4 competitors won six of the eleven pairings. Team DragChamp picks Sherman Adcock and Ray Miller III joined those advancing to round three.
The third round was tough on the D4 drivers as only Trene Cressonie and Shannon Brinkley advanced. Trene took out Super Comp national points leader Ray Miller III in round three.
Team DragChamp is still alive as Sherman Adcock moved past Ross Laris to stay alive. 4-Wide winner Jonathan Anderson, Jim Woeber, and Krystle Woeber will race on Sunday.
After a strange round one which saw a large number of .04 – .07 lights, , racers got their delay boxes dialed in for round two. Team DragChamp pick Steve Furr fell to Robert Stigall on a holeshot. That left Jim Perry to carry the flag which he did.
The best race of the round was Wes Neely and Lee Klingensmith. Wes was .004 behind at the tree but closer to the index by .006 to take the win by .002.
Jim Perry advanced to round four after last week’s runner up Shannon Brinkley turned it red. Wes Neely won another close race with Al Walker. Neely was .009 and got behind .001 to win the double breakout race.
Jamie Southards defeated Super Comp points leader Ray Miller III in round three. Robert Stigall won a dead-heat with Jeff Jensen as both drivers posted .082 packages. Jeff Webb and Ricky Hall left with .016 lights but Webb won when he posted a 9.909 to Hall’s 9.917.
Sherman Adcock’s chances at a double disappeared when he gave up the stripe to Rich Price.
Division 4 competitors showed out in Top Dragster much like then did in Super Comp. In round one, seven of the 14 winners were from the Land of the Good Guys. With only one lap on the day, all of the round one winners will now race in Sunday’s bid show.
NHRA Spring Nationals champ Ross Laris earned the bye run based on his #1 qualifying performance. Aaron Stanfield kept his double up hopes alive when opponent Howard Bowman missed the tree.
Darian Boesch took a bye when Robery May was a no show. 2018 #2 driver Mark Jones secured the win after posted a dead on “0” 6.210 lap against Robert Houston. Clint Riley took out a tire-shaking J.R. Baxter.
Jeremy Hancock survived Bill Earnest’s .002 light after Earnest ran a tenth over his dial. Team DragChamp pick Steve Cohen advanced to round two but Jeff Strickland fell to Mario Boesch’s .012-pack.
Other racer’s moving into Sunday’s round two include: Madison Ellison, Megan Strassweg, Robert Cool, Larry Roberts, and Steve Furr.
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