Lucas Oil Sportsman class updates from Day #4 at the NHRA U.S. Nationals at Lucas Oil Raceway.
INDY – Day #4 of the week-long U.S. Nationals is in the books and DragChamp has class by class results. Racing activities were delayed after a thunderstorm rolled through Lucas Oil Raceway on Saturday morning.
The morning showers resulted in a revised schedule for the day. Comp, Stock, Top Sportsman, and Top Dragster eliminations were pushed off until Sunday. Super Comp and Super Gas racers made only one of their two scheduled rounds on Saturday.
In addition to the Super classes, the Factory Stock cars hit the track twice on Saturday for two rounds of qualifying.
After completing class eliminations on Friday, the class had a scheduled day off to reassemble their cars after tech inspections. With tech complete, the field is set and class winners have been finalized.
Ernie Neal retained his spot at the top of the class with a -1.820 under 10.830 lap in his SS/PA ’96 Caprice. See the final qualifying results below as posted on dragracecentral.com.
Final Super Stock Class Eliminations Results.
Seventeen racers made the call for round four of eliminations on Saturday morning at the U.S. Nationals. In the first pair of the round, Nate Kelley used an 8.902 to defeat Jeremy Mason who’s 8.848 resulted in a breakout loss.
Howie Smith, who had been killing the tree all week, was .007 take .048 to go -.006 under the index in his loss to Chris Sullivan. Sullivan was .019 and 8.930 in the win.
Shawna Stone took an easy win over Mark Cole after he was well off the pace down track. Dusty Meyer was .007 take .071 to go -.013 under the index in his loss to Rock Haas. Haas was .025 and .04 above for the win.
DragChamp pre-race pick Luke Bogacki and drag racing journalist John DiBartolomeo squared off in a great race. Bogacki grabbed a .010 lead off the line, .005 to .015, and needed every bit of it. At the stripe, he took nothing (well .0017 to be exact) to turn back DiBartolomeo 8.933 to and 8.924.
Bogacki keeps his hopes alive to add another U.S. Nationals Wally to his impressive trophy collection.
Edmond Richardson defeated Ray Connolly in a double-breakout race 8.877 to an 8.856. Jeremy Maples survived the round despite his .050 reaction when opponent Daniel Inman posted low E.T. of the round with an 8.803.
Greg Kamplain completed the round with a bye run. Only eight remain in the class as we get closer to crowning a champion on Monday. The ladder is shown below courtesy of dragracecentral.com.
The final 34 Super Gasser’s took to the track on Saturday for round three of eliminations. John Labbous and Phil Smida, two of our pre-race picks to win, advanced to round four.
Labbous over came Dennis Napier’s .009 to take the double-breakout win. Napier had posted back-to-back 9.90’s prior to the breakout loss. Smida took out race car builder Charlie Stewart on a big holeshot to advance.
Other notable races included Randi Lyn Shipp advancing on a double-breakout win over Janice Swan. Shipp is heading to round four in her first race in Super Gas.
2018 U.S. Nationals and world champ Devin Isenhower overcame Kevin Adam’s perfect light to advance. Adam’s took .063 at the stripe to go -.013 under the index.
Young Texas-based racer Joleigh Mitchell continues to impress in her INDY debut. She used a huge holeshot to take down Tom Hack. Hack made news in round one when he laid down a perfect lap, .000 at the tree and 9.900 at the finish line.
Roger Warren won his battle with Tom Stalba. After both drivers left together, they both grabbed some brake pedal at the finish line. Warren came out on top with a 9.903 to Stalba’s slower 9.944.
Rock Haas’ chances for the INDY double evaporated when Kevin Robb laid down .014 total in the other lane. The 17 remaining racers are scheduled for more action on Sunday at the U.S. Nationals. See below for the ladder courtesy of dragracecentral.com.
Factory Stock Showdown
The Factory Stock class completed two qualifying sessions on Saturday in preparation of starting eliminations on Sunday. With just 29 cars entered for the 32-car field, racers weren’t concerned about making the show, only going fast.
Mark Pawuk retained his spot at the top of the field with a best of 7.864 in his Mopar. Pete Gasko was second with a 7.921 in his COPO Camaro and Drew Skillman was third in his Cobra-Jet Mustang with a 7.925.
Final qualifying results and first round pairings are listed below.
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