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Go behind the scenes at the Radial Tire Racing Association's Championship Finals hosted by North Star Dragway in Denton, Texas.

SATURDAY HIGHLIGHTS

PRO DRAG RADIAL

Brant Campbell qualified ninth in Pro Drag Radial with a 4.40 and in the first round of eliminations used a .002 reaction time and 4.62 at 161 to take out Barry Lutz. In round two, Campbell posted his best run of the weekend with a 4.38 at 170 but it was no match for Jason Michalak's 3.90 at 194 mph.
Jeff Sitton and the "Hyde" camp led by Stevie Fast Jackson enjoyed career best numbers at the RTRA Championship Finals, but came up short in the final round. Sitton defeated Mark Moore and Taylor Lastor in his march to the finals but in a powerhouse match up with Jason Michalak, Sitton lost traction on a chilly racetrack shortly after leaving the line and had the best seat in the house to watch Michalak post the second quickest pass in drag radial racing history (3.890) to take the event win.
Jason Michalak shattered the drag radial record books at North Star Dragway in Denton, Texas as the first radial tired machine to dip into the 3.80's with this 3.87 blast during first round eliminations at the Radial Tire Racing Association Championship Finals! Michalak and company are now the quickest drag radial racers on the planet!
Team Bad9er Racing and driver Jason Michalak entered the RTRA Championship Finals in third place, hunting down precious points in the inaugural series Championship battle in the Pro Drag Radial class. After marching past Brant Campbell and Mike Kimmis, Michalak met Jeff Sitton in the final round and blew up the scoreboards with a 3.89 at 194 mph, the second quickest pass in drag radial history. With this impressive win, Michalak shot to the top of the points standings and was crowned 2015 RTRA Pro Drag Radial Class Champion!

 

Taylor Lastor qualified sixth with a 4.12 at 153 mph in his 1990 Ford Mustang and took a first round win over Justin Martin. In round two, Lastor's .014 reaction time and 4.00 at 194 mph took out Rick Thornton's best pass of the weekend with a 3.95 at 195 mph. Lastor's holeshot win ended the Championship hopes for Thornton who came into the event atop the points chase. In the semi-finals, a 4.31 at 132 mph run for Lastor came up short to event runner up Jeff Sitton's 3.92 at 192 mph.
Lebanon, Missouri's Mike Kimmis made his first appearance at North Star Dragway at the RTRA Championship Finals and a career best 4.10 at 192 mph qualified him fifth heading into eliminations. Kimmis laid down a 4.12 at 190 mph to score a round one victory over Rhonda Trietsch and moved into the semi-finals on bye run. In the semis, Kimmis blew the tires off at the hit of the throttle while Jason Michalak posted a 3.89 at 197 mph to advance.
Justin Martin's beautiful 1972 Chevy Nova looks fast just sitting in the pit area and a 4.60 at 127 mph qualified him eleventh at North Star Dragway. Martin struggled on raceday and bowed out in round one, but it was all smiles as the team enjoyed a full season of RTRA racing and top five finish in the points chase.


 

X275

 

Yukon, Oklahoma's Bob Bales wheeled his 2002 Pontiac Trans Am to the number six qualifying spot with a 4.56 at 161 mph. In the quarterfinal round of eliminations, Bales spun the tires at the hit of the throttle and had a great view of Justin Curry crossing the centerline in a huge wheelstand. Curry's 5.23 centerline foul lost over Bales' 10.03. Bales met his match in the semi-finals as he again struggled for traction and Eric Moore took the win light with an impressive 4.54 at 153 mph. 
Clint Downs entered the RTRA Championship Finals fourth in X275 points standings and borrowed a car from fellow racer T.J. Gatlin to compete at North Star Dragway. Downs qualified ninth with a nice 4.58 and advanced to the quarterfinals to meet top qualifier Jared Johnston. Downs knew he had to cut a light as Johnston was living in the 4.40 range, but he pushed it too far with a .386 red light. Downs clicked off a 4.57 at 156 mph to Johnston's winning 4.43 at 161 mph.
Eric Moore had a career outing at North Star Dragway after qualifying seventh with a 4.57 elapsed time. Moore, who lives literally two miles from the track, took down Richard Crich, Chad Smallwood, Odie Sturgeon and Bob Bales to meet Jared Johnston in the finals. Crew chief Josh Lindsay gave Moore a great car throughout eliminations including a stout 4.51 in the quarterfinals, but a very cold racetrack finally bit the hopeful Moore in his hunt for his first X275 event win. In the final, Moore was off the line first but lost traction almost immediately, while Johnston also struggled, Johnston's 5.15 at 103 took the stripe over Moore's 9.43.  
Jared Johnston and Eric Moore squared off in the X275 final round at North Star Dragway. Moore was looking for his first win while Johnston was simply padding the stat sheet after a truly remarkable season of competition. A tricky track kept both racers from making full runs, but Johnston's 5.15 at 103 was enough to take the stripe and claim victory at the RTRA Championship Finals.
Justin Curry of Beach City, Texas qualified mid-pack with a 4.65 elapsed time in his 1968 Camaro powered by a 465 cubic inch small block. Curry stepped it up in round one of eliminations with a 4.62 to defeat Lloyd Westmoreland. Round two found another win light with a 4.64 over Chase Driskell and in round three Curry went into a huge power wheelstand which sent him across the centerline and ended his weekend.
Austin, Texas racer Michelle Kato enjoyed a very successful outing at the RTRA Championship Finals. Kato came from the bottom half of the field to upset Tyler Stubbe in first round with a 4.76 to Stubbe's 4.78. Round two found yet another higher qualified car go down to Kato as her 5.14 was enough to advance over Eric Stubbs' 5.58. The beat went on for Kato as she met number four qualifier Mike Buttafuoco in the quarterfinals. Kato was off the line first and never trailed, taking the win with a 4.78 to Buttafuoco's off pace 7.87. The semi-final match up with top qualifier and points leader Jared Johnston ended Kato's march as her 4.72 at 148 mph was no match for Johnston's 4.49 at 162 mph, but the Kato camp was all smiles after a career outing to end the 2015 RTRA X275 season. 
Jared Johnston has become a household name in X275 drag radial racing. In a few short years, the team from Missouri have found the winners circle across the country and proven they can compete with the best of the best. Johnston totally dominated X275 competition in the inaugural season of the Radial Tire Racing Association and capped off a stellar performance at North Star Dragway with the event win and was crowned 2015 X275 RTRA Class Champion, followed by a shower of champagne!


LIMITED 275

 

Eric Tobar wheeled his 2002 Chevy Camaro the number four qualifying position with a 4.86 and went two rounds on raceday before being eliminated by Michael Hollis when he was forced to shutoff with a leak on the starting line. Despite an early exit at the final event of the season, Tobar's stellar season kept him atop the points standings as he was crowned 2015 RTRA Limited 275 Class Champion.
Stephen Barnett and Travis Thomason paired up in the final round action of Limited 275. This one was settled on the starting line when Barnett went .373 red and threw away a quicker 4.91 at 143 mph to Thomason's winning 4.92 at 142 mph. 
Jim Staples qualified seventh with a 4.89 in the twenty six car field of Limited 275 entrants. A first round win over Daniel Pachar and round two win over Miguel Varela paired him with Travis Thomason in the quarterfinals. Staples' 1981 Corvette posted a 4.97 at 142 mph but came up short to Thomason's 4.96 at 142 mph in a close drag race at the stripe. 
Number ten qualifier Michael Hollis wheeled his 1970 Chevy Nova past Matt Holubec, Brent Gibbs and Eric Tobar to meet Stephen Barnett in the semi-final round. Both drivers were on their game at the starting line, but Barnett had the horsepower as his 4.88 at 144 mph got the win over Hollis' close 4.91 at 140 mph.
Travis Thomason enjoyed a stellar performance in his 1990 Ford Mustang by qualifying number two and took home a big win back to Broken Arrow, Oklahoma in the very competitive RTRA Limited 275 category.  



 

 

FRIDAY HIGHLIGHTS

Pro Drag Radial 

Jeff Sitton, nationally feared grudge racer turned drag radial phenom, posted the world's first 200 mph nitrous drag radial pass in pre-race testing. Sitton then backed that up with a 3.902 at 202 mph in qualifying Friday night to score the number two spot heading into Saturday. Under tuning guidance from "Stevie Fast" Jackson this car is sure to contend for more records and the win at North Star Dragway in the Pro Drag Radial class.
Bad9er Racing's Jason Michalak of Cypress, Texas wheeled his wicked blown 2008 Corvette to a world record pass last night at North Star Dragway just north of Dallas. In the third session of Radial Tire Racing Association Pro Drag Radial qualifying, Michalak posted the world's quickest drag radial elapsed time with a 3.900 at 193 mph. The final qualifying session and eliminations will be held today where the team led by master tuning from Billy Stocklin and Frankie Taylor hope to contend for the inaugural RTRA Pro Drag Radial class Championship and if conditions are ideal, we might see the world's first ever 3.80 elapsed time time on drag radials.

 

Kyle Huettel lit up the sky with major nitrous flames during Friday night qualifying in his 2002 Camaro. His 4.02 at 186 mph secured the number three spot and all expectations are to see the Bad9er Camaro in the three's on Saturday.
Arnold, Missouri's Mark Woodruff posted a 4.13 at 190 mph in his 2010 ZR1 Pro Drag Radial entry. This is Woodruff's first appearance at North Star Dragway in Denton, Texas.
Rick Thornton's show stopping 1965 twin turbocharged Corvette struggled in the three qualifying attempts on Friday night. Thornton and crew chief Grant McCrary enter the event leading the Pro Drag Radial points standings and enter a very important final day of racing where the pressure is on to step up in the final qualifying session and go rounds to keep their title chances alive.
Barry Lutz of Topeka, Kansas is making his first appearance at North Star Dragway in Pro Drag Radial action this weekend. Lutz's 1971 Chevelle is packing a Procharged BBC under the hood and posted a best of 4.23 at 173 to qualify sixth after Friday night's three sessions.

X275

Jared Johnston has set the X275 world on fire over the past two season of competition. His event win totals and top qualifying efforts have literally become countless and no mercy was shown at the RTRA Championship Finals as Johnston's 4.41 at 162 mph holds a firm grasp atop the qualifying charts. Johnston is your points leader and highly favored to clinch the inaugural X275 RTRA Championship at North Star Dragway this weekend in his 1992 Ford Mustang from Raymore, Missouri.
Odie Sturgeon is enjoying a career best weekend as his 4.50 at 155 mph qualified second in a huge field of X275 entries. His 1971 Chevy Nova is packing a 582 cubic inch big block under the hood and Sturgeon is looking strong heading into today's final qualifying and eliminations.
Chase Driskell has an RTRA X275 event win under his belt from earlier in the season at Tulsa Raceway Park and posted a 4.524 at 155 mph to qualify third with one session to go before eliminations begin this afternoon. 
Mike Buttafuoco from Spring, Texas blasted to a 4.525 at 154 mph in his beautiful 1979 Chevy Camaro which qualified him fourth in a tight pack atop the standings. 
Eric Stubbs posted career best numbers with a 4.528 at 158 mph in his 2003 Ford Mustang which qualified him fifth after Friday's action concluded. Stubbs has been improving throughout the season in RTRA X275 action and hopes to take home the big win back to Beach City, Texas this weekend.
John Cook is making his first X275 appearance in his jaw dropping 1966 Chevy Corvette. This car turned heads all afternoon in the pit area and posted a best of 5.31 at 136 mph for the racer out of Moore, Oklahoma. 


LIMITED 275

Stephen Barnett used a stout 4.840 at 144 mph to hoist himself to the top of the standings in a twenty two car field of Limited 275 racers. Barnett's 582 cubic inch powered 1990 Ford Mustang has been a strong contender throughout the season and aims to end the 2015 season with a win at North Star Dragway.
Eric Tobar entered the RTRA Championship Finals with a commanding lead in the points chase and his 4.86 at 143 mph qualified him third after Friday's three sessions. Tobar is the absolute favorite to clinch the inaugural RTRA Limited 275 Class Championship this weekend at North Star Dragway in his 2002 Chevy Camaro with a 421 cubic inch engine under the hood.
Roy Kees battled to keep his front end on the ground during Limited 275 qualifying action. The Louisiana native wheeled his 1969 Chevy Nova to a best of 5.23 which has him fifteenth with one qualifying session remaining before eliminations begin this afternoon.
Benny Wilmeth is back in Limited 275 action after a wall banging incident over the summer sidelined the team for a few months. His newly rebuilt 1972 Chevy Nova posted a best of 5.05 which has him qualified thirteenth at the moment.
Kenny Rodriguez of Conroe, Texas made several runs during pre-race testing and improved throughout the day to post a 4.96 at 140 mph during qualifying which has him tenth in his 1991 Chevy S-10 truck. 

 

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