POINTS LEADERS DEMKE, BRAND TRIUMPH IN TOPEKA

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TOPEKA, Kan.– In the final results from Heartland Park Topeka and the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series, Chris Demke, Tujunga, Calif., and Dale Brand of Sully, Iowa, took home the wins in Top Alcohol Dragster and Top Alcohol Funny Car respectively. With their weekend wins, both racers currently sit on top of the NHRA Lucas Oil National Championship point standings.

 

After a long day of racing, Demke worked his way through the field from the No.1 qualifying position and ran 5.336 seconds at 268.44 mph in his final round victory over Randy Meyer, Spring Hill, Kan., who clocked in at 5.383 seconds, 265.53 mph.

 

Brand faced off against John Lombardo Jr., Brea, Calif., and posted a winning run of 5.669 seconds at 256.41 mph in his ’14 Camaro with an approximate margin of victory of 6 feet.  Lombardo drove to a 5.653 second, 256.75 mph lap for his runner up finish, coming up just short two years in a row at this event.

 

Local racer Todd Patterson, Augusta, Kan., took out the event’s No. 1 qualifier Clark Smiley, Denver City, Texas, in the Comp Eliminator final with a 7.962 second, 170.64 mph pass. Other competitors visiting the Winner’s Circle include Michael Compton, Neosho, Mo., in Super Stock; Larry DeForrest, Ramsey, Minn., in Stock Eliminator; and Tony Brown of Hallsville, Texas, used a perfect reaction time off the line to prevail in Super Stock. Robby Lopez, Irving, Texas, picked up the Super Gas trophy while Curt Epperson from Silver Lake, Kan., won the Super Street title in his ’63 Chevy II.

 

In the division’s FinelineGraphics / MadcapEngines Top Dragster class it was Jenifer White, Conroe, Texas, taking the win while Jim White, Haysville, Kan., won in the Jerry Haas Race Cars Top Sportsman category.  Also competing at the event was the Sportsman Motorcycle presented by Harley Davidson class with Curtis Spracklin of Omaha, Neb., taking home the hardware with the assistance of a perfect reaction time.

 

Many of these racers will head to Lucas Oil Raceway at Indianapolis next weekend where they will meet up with the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series, August 27 – September 1 for the Chevrolet Performance U.S. Nationals. The West Central division will continue at Tri-State Raceway in Earlville, Iowa for the next NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series event, September 5-7.

 

The following are Saturday’s final results from the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series, West Central division event at Heartland Park Topeka:

 

TOP ALCOHOL DRAGSTER

Round 1

4) James Thompson, Vernon, Texas, 5.524, 262.79 def. 5) Christine Chambless, ScottCity, Kan., 5.981, 164.95

3) Randy Meyer, Spring Hill, Kan., 5.518, 262.23 def. 6) Todd Odom, Dallas, Texas, 5.711, 239.65

2) Chase Copeland, Gainesville, Texas, 5.503, 262.79 def. 7) Brandon Pierce, Cypress, Texas, 5.582, 222.84

1) Chris Demke, Tujunga, Calif., 5.375, 270.00 def. 8) James Stevens, Gothenburg, Neb., 5.516, 259.86

 

Semifinals

Meyer, 5.358, 268.54 def. Copeland, 15.130, 65.38

Demke, 5.320, 271.02 def. Thompson, 13.356, 62.63

 

Final

Demke, 5.336, 268.44 def. Meyer, 5.383, 265.53

 

TOP ALCOHOL FUNNY CAR

Round 1

3) Dale Brand, Sully, Iowa, ’14 Camaro, 5.710, 256.16 def. 6) Kirk Williams, Glenwood, Iowa, ’04 Camaro, 5.758, 247.52

5) Shane Westerfield, Anaheim, Calif., ’06 Monte Carlo, 7.540, 129.28 def. 4) Kris Hool, Casper, Wyo., ’06 Monte Carlo, broke

1) John Lombardo Jr., Brea, Calif., ’10 Mustang, 5.693, 254.57 def. 9) Nancy Matter, Lewisville, Texas, ’02 Camaro, broke

7) Lance Van Hauen, Reinbeck, Iowa, ’14 Camaro, 5.849, 244.16 def. 2) Annie Whiteley, Grand Junction, Colo., ’10 Mustang, broke

 

Semifinals

Brand, 5.717, 255.97 def. Van Hauen, 5.862, 242.67

Lombardo Jr., 5.713, 254.95 def. Westerfield, 9.608, 90.68

 

Final

Brand, 5.669, 256.41 def. Lombardo Jr., 5.653, 256.75

 

COMP ELIMINATOR

Todd Patterson, Augusta, Kan., ’12 Cobalt, A/SMA, 7.962, 170.64  def. Clark Smiley, Denver City, Texas, ’09 GXP, BB/A, 7.357, 185.23

 

SUPER STOCK

Michael Compton, Neosho, Mo., ’92 Camaro, SS/BS, 9.152, 146.72 def. Justin Jenkins, Beatrice, Neb., ’10 Cobalt, GT/CA, 9.764, 131.56

 

STOCK ELIMINATOR

Larry DeForrest, Ramsey, Minn., ’10 Mustang, D/SA, 10.638, 124.03  def. Duane Dickens, San Clemente, Calif., ’66 Chevy II, K/SA, 11.829, 109.59

 

SUPER COMP

Tony Brown, Hallsville, Texas, dragster, 8.923, 170.26 def. Jeff Lopez, Bedford, Texas, dragster, 8.905, 160.75

 

SUPER GAS

Robby Lopez, Irving, Texas, ’63 Corvette, 9.868, 149.51 def. Trevor Larson, Starbuck, Minn., ’08 Corvette, foul

 

SUPER STREET

Curt Epperson, Silver Lake, Kan., ’63 Chevy II, 10.906, 141.71  def. Greg Parson, Whitehouse, Texas, ’77 Nova, 10.897, 139.41

 

TOP DRAGSTER

Jenifer White, Conroe, Texas, dragster, 6.395, 212.16 def. Matt Driskell, Wellsville, Kan., dragster, 6.659, 201.91

 

TOP SPORTSMAN

Jim White, Haysville, Kan., ’09 Cobalt, 6.834, 179.11 def. Keith Sasich, Bartonville, Texas, ’07 GTO, broke

 

SPORTSMAN MOTORCYCLE PRESENTED BY HARLEY DAVIDSON

Curtis Spracklin, Omaha, Neb., ’05 Kawasaki, 8.678, 144.55 def. Beau Drexler, Lakewood, Colo., ’80 Kawasaki, 8.704, 147.94


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