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SPARCO FALL FLING – TUESDAY RESULTS

 

The first day of the Sparco Fall Fling presented by Optima Batteries began a little later than expected as the amount of rain this area received in the last week upset a lot of the race track surface. With a Test & Tune session scheduled to allow racers to become acclimated to the race track, along with the Super Tuesday American Race Cars/Racetech Dragster Shootout, it was still going to be an ambitious schedule. Bristol Dragway crew worked diligently to scrape the entire eighth-mile and re-prep it to the standards both they, along with the Fling staff expects.

It was last year when the usually Spring Fling event was moved to the Fall and renamed in an effort to take advantage of a better weather pattern and the racers responded. “We love Bristol and want to stay there, yet we felt it was important to find a time of year that Bristol had better weather so that our racers can fully enjoy the experience we have to offer,” explained co-promoter Kyle Seipel.

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PARKER, HOUGH WIN IN WOODBURN NHRA DIV. 6 LODRS

 

In the final results from Woodburn Dragstrip and the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series Kim Parker closed the deal in Top Alcohol Dragster for her first Lucas Oil Series win while Brian Hough collected his 18th in Top Alcohol Funny Car.
 
Parker defeated Garrett Bateman and Casey Grisel in rounds one and two for the right to race No. 1 qualifier Shawn Cowie in the final. Parker, Graham, Wash., saved her best run of eliminations in a 5.239 second, 275.90 mph lap to defeat Cowie who slowed to a 5.582, 195.27 for his runner up finish. 

SPORTSMAN VETERAN BOBURKA HAS SEEN DRAG RACING EVOLVE

 

The more drag racing changes, the more it stays the same for Jim Boburka.

Take for instance, the NHRA U.S. Nationals. While it is still the toughest trophy to earn on the 24-race tour, the approach has changed drastically. 

Try as he might, Boburka cannot seem to get the point across to today's drag racing youth just how tough racing the NHRA U.S. Nationals used to be. Indeed, the struggle was real.

SHIELDS, GILL WIN IN NEW ENGLAND DIV. 1 NHRA LODRS

 

Duane Shields and Matt Gill raced to victory at this weekend’s NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series at New England Dragway and the final stop in the NHRA Northeast Division Lucas Oil Series.
 
Shields, Boulder City, Nev., collected his fourth win of the year having won earlier at Gainesville Raceway, Lebanon Valley Dragway and Maple Grove Raceway. Shields qualified number one in Top Alcohol Dragster and took out Dan Page in the semifinals to advance to the final round against Josh Hart who was coming off a big win at the U.S. Nationals in Indianapolis. Shields saved his best run of eliminations for last as he crossed the finish line in 5.213 seconds at 278.92 mph to defeat Hart.
 

HIDALGO WINS STOCK, JUST MISSES DOUBLE AT NHRA DIV. 2 LODRS

 
Jimmy Hidalgo Jr. raced his way into the final round in not one by two classes this weekend for the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series at South Georgia Motorsports Park and took home the win in Stock Eliminator.
 
The second-generation driver, Hidalgo worked his way through the fields in both Stock and Super Stock and posted a solid .024 second package in Stock to take out Daniel Young, Palm Harbor, Fla., for the first half of the possible double-up. Young ran too quick as he tried to chase Hidalgo down.
 
In the Super Stock final, Hidalgo, Donaldsonville, La., faced off with Jeff Longhany, Wade, N.C., who got the jump off the start and took the win as Hidalgo was forced to run too quick and broke out. Longhany posted a 9.842 second lap at 133.91 mph.

RAIN FORCES RELOCATION OF NHRA DIV. 5 EARLVILLE EVENT

 

The NHRA West Central Division Lucas Oil Drag Racing Event, previously scheduled for Tri-State Raceway September 5-7, has been postponed. Track officials have deemed the majority of the facility unusable for parking with more heavy rain predicted.

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MOTA DOUBLES, NEFF WINS IN COMP WINNERS AT NHRA DIV. 7 LODRS DOUBLE HEADER

 

Larry Mota, Orem, Utah, doubled up this weekend at the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series Double Header at Rocky Mountain Raceways winning both events in Sportsman Motorcycle and Clint Neff advanced to the final round in both events scoring the win in Sunday’s Comp Eliminator final.
 
Mota outran the field on Friday for the win then worked his way into the final again on Sunday to face off against Jason Clampitt, Lino Lakes, Minn. Clampitt was out first and looked to end Mota’s day but ran too quick and broke out to give Mota his second win of the weekend on his ’15 Kawasaki.
 
Neff, Arvada, Colo., was the runner up to Ralph Van Paepeghem on Friday then closed the deal on Sunday with a Comp Eliminator win over Don Bevers, Tucson, Ariz., Neff drove his ’32 roadster to a lap of 9.193 seconds, 101.97 mph after Bevers red lighted by just .001 seconds.

COUGHLIN AND DREW CROWNED CHAMPIONS AT BEECH BEND RACEWAY PARK

 
In the final results from Beech Bend Raceway Park and the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series, Troy Coughlin Jr., Delaware, Ohio, and Ray Drew, Hales Corners, Wis., took home the wins in Top Alcohol Dragster and Top Alcohol Funny Car respectively.
 
Coughlin Jr., worked his way through the field and ran 5.385 seconds at 269.13 mph in his final round victory over Robin Samsel, Marion, Ind., who clocked in at 9.665 seconds, 84.33 mph.
 
Drew faced off against Phil Esz, Amelia, Ohio, and posted a winning run of 5.748 seconds, 247.29 mph in his ’14 Mustang. Esz drove to a 10.133 second, 79.55 mph lap for his runner up finish.

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