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Central Ohio racers took home wins and the trophies in four classes for the Buckeye Fuel Wars NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series event at National Trail Raceway with Rick Brown, Lebanon, Ohio, leading the way in the Comp Eliminator division.  Brown Div3_NorthCentral-4cdrove his ’00 S-10 to a lap of 8.797 seconds for the win over Barberton, Ohio’s Ray Vierheller.

Joining Brown in the winner’s circle was Chuck Beach, Delaware, Ohio, Steve Theodor, Lancaster, Ohio, and Rod Ferris of Dover, Ohio.  Beach, who pilots a ’68 Barracuda in Super Stock, took the win over Mary Meints, Panama City Beach, Fla., who fouled at the starting line, while Theodor went 9.905 seconds in his '27 Super Gas roadster to run down Steven Fields, Carleton, Mich., with a 152.11 mph lap in his ’00 Firebird.  Ferris beat fellow Ohio racer Rex Davis of Columbus with his ’66 Chevy II in the Super Street Final.

Another pair of Delaware, Ohio, racers advanced to the finals, falling one round short of taking home the trophy as Troy Coughlin Jr. fell to Michael Shelton, Independence, Ky., in Super Comp who clocked in at 8.910 seconds, 173.32 mph and Andy Horne went down to Curt Fredich, Bulington, Wis., with a stellar reaction time of 0.002 seconds in his ’68 Camaro.  Fredich went 7.035 at 181.25 mph to defeat Horne in a ’10 Mustang at 7.219, 183.97

David Rampy who pulls double duty running in both the Super Stock and Comp Eliminator classes covered the field in his ’89 Super Stock Camaro out of Piedmont, Ala., running 10.270 at 122.20 mph in defeating Johnny Duncan, Charleston, W.V.

In the divisions Spitzer Race Cars Top Dragster class, Dylan Stott, Columbus, N.C., used a near perfect reaction time of 0.001 seconds (0.000 is perfect) with a 6.654 second pass at 198.82 mph in downing Craig Sullivan, Avon, Ind.

Friday morning rain showers have delayed the start of the NHRA JEGS Northern SPORTSnationals.  Officials are drying the track in hopes of getting some qualifying and time trials runs in later this afternoon.

The following are the final results from the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series event at National Trail Raceway:

Rick Brown, Lebanon, Ohio, '00 S-10, B/TA, 8.797, 114.23 def. Ray Vierheller, Barberton, Ohio, McKinney, D/DA, foul
David Rampy, Piedmont, Ala., '89 Camaro, GT/HA, 10.270, 122.20 def. Johnny Duncan, Charleston, W.V., '95 Firebird, GT/HA, 10.553, 126.93
Chuck Beach, Delaware, Ohio, '68 Barracuda, G/SA, 11.095, 108.49 def. Mary Meints, Panama City Bch, Fla., '84 Firebird, I/SA, foul
Michael Shelton, Independence, Ky., dragster, 8.910, 173.32 def. Troy Coughlin Jr, Delaware, Ohio, dragster, 8.945, 169.15
Steve Theodor, Lancaster, Ohio, '27 roadster, 9.905, 153.89 def. Steven Fields, Carleton, Mich., '00 Firebird, 9.891, 152.11
Rod Ferris, Dover, Ohio, '71 Camaro, 11.008, 119.63  def. Rex Davis, Columbus, Ohio, '66 Chevy II, 11.055, 122.47
Curt Fredrich, Burlington, Wis., '68 Camaro, 7.035, 181.25 def. Andy Horne, Delaware, Ohio, '10 Mustang, 7.219, 183.97
Dylan Stott, Columbus, N.C., dragster, 6.654, 198.82 def. Craig Sullivan, Avon, Ind., dragster, 6.663, 194.55
TOP ALCOHOL DRAGSTER (Contested in August)
Brian Mans, Godfrey, Ill., 5.576, 252.47 def. Bill Reichert, Owosso, Mich., 14.089, 52.88
TOP ALCOHOL FUNNY CAR (Contested in August)
Tony Bartone, Long Island City, N.Y., '09 Mustang, 5.630, 256.50 def. Chris Foster, Davenport, Iowa, '11 Mustang, 5.732, 251.63