Doug Engels qualified No. 1 in Comp Eliminator and out-ran the competition straight to the winners circle during last weekend’s NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series at Brainerd International Raceway.
Engels faced off with No. 3 qualifier Clint Sallee in the finals and had the power to hold him off with a 7.201-second lap at 185.05 mph to Sallee’s quicker 6.797, 203.49. Both drivers are former West Central division champions.
J.R. Lobner was out first on Brad Basgall in the Fineline Graphics/Madcap Racing Top Dragster class with a .008-second reaction time and cruised to a 6.963-second win as Basgall had car problems from the start.
In the Jerry Haas Race Cars Top Sportsman class, Paul Pittman took the win over Tom Schmidt, who was out first but ran too quick by .013 seconds. Pittman went 6.656 seconds on the 6.64 dial at 212.23 mph in his ’13 Camaro for the win.
Abe Loewen and Tyler Wudarczky captured wins in Super Stock and Stock, respectively. Loewen took the holeshot on Mark Jenkins in the finals and ran 9.526 seconds on the 9.52 dial to down Jenkins. Wudarczyk drove his ’69 Nova past Ben Line, covering the quarter mile in 11.472 seconds at just over 100 mph.
Three Minnesota racers won in the super index classes as Jordan Pratt downed Austin Sharpe in Super Comp, Mark McMasters ousted Chuck Rose in Super Gas and Tony Leonard knocked off Jeff Landholm in Super Street. Pratt and Sharpe were close off the line but Pratt was better at the stripe in a double break-out, 8.894 seconds to 8.855. McMasters was better at both ends of the tracks, running 9.899 seconds, just .001 off the index, and Leonard had a tenth of a second lead at the start with a near perfect 10.901-second pass to hold off Jeff Landholm.
In Sportsman Motorcycle presented by Harley-Davidson, Cameron Belisle beat Jason Clampitt, who was out first but Belisle had the power to run him down, posting a 9.335-second pass on his ’90 Kawasaki at 132.06 mph.
In the Super Shootouts, Chris Bishop beat Jeremy Lehrke in Super Comp; John Gosh ended Russ Ginger’s day in Super Gas; and Laurie Pederson-Duffield won over Amy Jo Luberda in Super Street.
Adman Kritzky and Candace Jurgens took the honors in the NHRA Summit Jr. Drag Racing League. Kritzky held off local racer Chandler Niemeyer in the 8-12 year old class and Jurgens beat Meagen Neil in the 13-17 year old division.
West Central Division racers head to Bandimere Speedway for the next NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series event, June 19-21.
The following are Sunday’s final results from the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series, West Central Division Thunder at the Lakes:
Doug Engels, Watertown, S.D., dragster, D/D, 7.201, 185.05 def. Clint Sallee, Glendive, Mont., dragster, B/D, 6.797, 203.49.
Abe Loewen, Regina, Sask., ’98 Grand Am, SS/DM, 9.526, 134.82 def. Mark Jenkins, Wymore, Neb., ’02 Cavalier, GT/D, 9.761, 133.49.
Tyler Wudarczyk, Wakarusa, Kan., ’69 Nova, G/SA, 11.472, 106.47 def. Ben Line, International Falls, Minn., ’69 Mustang, C/SA, 10.801, 122.62.
Jordan Pratt, Otsego, Minn., dragster, 8.894, 168.64 def. Austin Sharpe, Omaha, Neb., dragster, 8.855, 174.35.
Mark McMasters, Owatonna, Minn., ’57 Corvette, 9.899, 161.38 def. Chuck Rose, S. Sioux City, Neb., ’71 Challenger, 9.893, 150.97.
Tony Leonard, Hastings, Minn., ’70 Nova, 10.901, 119.93 def. Jeff Landholm, Oakland, Neb., ’68 Camaro, 10.926, 142.97.
FINELINE GRAPHICS & MADCAP RACING TOP DRAGSTER
J.R. Lobner, Gardner, Kan., dragster, 6.963, 161.69 def. Brad Basgall, Hays, Kan., dragster, 40.424, 37.37.
JERRY HAAS RACE CARS TOP SPORTSMAN PRESENTED BY AEROMOTIVE
Paul Pittman, Bloomington, Minn., ’13 Camaro, 6.656, 212.23 def. Tom Schmidt, Lindstrom, Minn., ’09 GXP, 6.927, 200.62.
SPORTSMAN MOTORCYCLE PRESENTED BY HARLEY DAVIDSON
Cameron Belisle, Hugo, Minn., ’90 Kawasaki, 9.335, 132.06 def. Jason Clampitt, Lino Lakes, Minn., ’79 Kawasaki, 9.931, 129.39.