As the NHRA Division 4 Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series tour heads into it's final
two races, the battle for the Division 4 Comp Eliminator title is still up for
grabs as five drivers still have legitimate shots going into this weekend's
event at Red River Raceway just outside of Shreveport, La. In addition to
battling for valuable points, racers in Comp Eliminator will be vying for bonus
cash provided by the Division 4 Comp Eliminator Shootout along with the $7,000
Roof-Tec "Luck of the Draw" bonus this weekend.
Joey Tanskley, of Greenwell Springs, La., currently
leads the division with 303 points with his C/Dragster, but is followed closely
by the defending Division 4 Champ, Craig Bourgeois, who trails by a mere 11
points in his A/Nostalgia Dragster. The Championship chase isn't limited to the
top two, however. Charlie Watson, Jr., currently third, trails Tanksley by only
two rounds (31 points) with his potent Super Mod Cobalt. Young Chase Williams,
currently fifth, is within striking distance of the leaders, 76 points back with
three events left to claim in his Super Mod Grand Am. The wild card in this
points race is Scott Benham, who currently sits sixth with 210 points, but has
only been to three races in his Super Mod Cavalier.
Championship scenarios are wide open at this
point. Racers in Comp Eliminator can claim their best five out of the first
eight division races they attend towards the Division Championship. Tanksley,
Bourgeois and Watson all have been to six events, leaving two more events to
claim for them. Williams has been to five, leaving three more events for him to
claim. With only three races under his belt, Benham will be able to earn 'full'
points at his next two events rather than replacing events like his competitors,
which clearly makes him the spoiler in the field.