Mia Tedesco raced to her first win in Top Alcohol Dragster and Steve Harker grabbed his 18th in Top Alcohol Funny Car Aug. 24 at the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series event at Beech Bend Raceway Park in Bowling Green, Ky.
Tedesco, Murrysville, Pa., qualified No. 2 and ran 5.30’s throughout eliminations to defeat John Finke, Wayne Morris and Marty Thacker for the win and the trophy to go along with her Super Gas and Super Comp trophies she has won previously in her career. Driving the Hirata Family Motorsports dragster, she clocked off a 5.327 second pass at 270.75 mph in the final round with former division champion Thacker who ran 5.463, 259.31.
Harker, Gainesville, Ga., ran consistent as well with laps of 5.629, 5.602 and 5.639 as he worked his way through the field. Harker beat out Wayne Butler and Andy Bohl in rounds one and two before ending Rob Pfeister’s day with a 5.639, 257.33 pass in the final. Pfeister qualified eighth and took out No. 1 qualifier and class hitter Tony Bartone in round one and former division champion Chris Foster in round two. Then ran his best elapsed time of the event in the final, 6.076, 215.82 in his losing effort.
Defending event champion Rylee Stufflebeam took home the Super Stock trophy to Peoria, Ill., beating Todd Frantz while Sandy Wilkins won for the first time in the Brodix/Steve Schmidt Top Sportsman in one of the closest races of the day. The Mt. Ulla, N.C., racer went 6.855 seconds at 201.10 to win by about 10 inches.
Steve Whitlow would then bettered Wilkins winning by less than a thousandth of a second (.0008) over 2013 event champion Troy Coughlin Jr. in Super Gas. Whitlow was out first and held on with a 9.907 at 141.18.
Joe Hessling joined in as a first time winner taking the Super Comp crown in a borrowed car from Rob Moser of Moser Engineering. Hessling defeated second-generation driver Ryan Richardson, Greenbrier, Tenn., with a run of 8.899 at 173.99.
North Central Division racers head to Lucas Oil Raceway at Indianapolis this coming weekend for the Chevrolet Performance US Nationals where they will meet up with the drivers in the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series.
COMP ELIMINATOR: Van Puckett, Monroe, Ga., ’05 Cavalier, G/AA, 8.888, 111.42 def. Drew Skillman, Bargersville, Ind., ’06 Cobalt, E/SMA, foul.
SUPER STOCK: Rylee Stufflebeam, Peoria, Ill., ’98 Firebird, SS/JA, 15.166, 61.96 def. Todd Frantz, Louisville, Ky., ’88 Camaro, GT/EA, broke.
STOCK ELIMINATOR: Jimmy Hidalgo Jr., Donaldsonville, La., ’04 GTO, F/SA, 11.080, 108.83 def. Chris Butcher, Burlington, Mass., ’86 Camaro, H/SA, 11.241, 115.45.
SUPER COMP: Joe Hessling, Toledo, Ohio, dragster, 8.899, 173.99 def. Ryan Richardson, Greenbrier, Tenn., dragster, 8.892, 166.85.
SUPER GAS: Steve Whitlow, Hendersonville, Tenn., ’01 Mustang, 9.907, 141.18 def. Troy Coughlin Jr., Delaware, Ohio, ’57 Corvette, 9.901, 162.88.
SUPER STREET: Scotty Rienschield, Brookville, Ind., ’69 Corvette, 10.895, 143.55 def. Ken MacNicol, Hendersonville, Tenn., ’81 Grand Prix, 10.892, 128.48.
TOP DRAGSTER: Christopher Carrico, Fort Wayne, Ind., dragster, 6.500, 202.45 def. Al Peavler, Olney, Ill., dragster, 6.574, 203.52.
TOP SPORTSMAN: Sandy Wilkins, Mt Ulla, N.C., ’69 Camaro, 6.855, 201.10 def. Todd Stewart, Kilgore, Texas, ’67 Camaro, 7.219, 183.29.
COMP SHOOTOUT PRESENTED BY INDY GEAR: Brian Browell, Lafayette, Ind., dragster, 7.323, 182.58 def. Todd Frantz, Louisville, Ky., ’08 Pontiac G5, 8.419, 154.55.
SUPER COMP SHOOTOUT PRESENTED BY MOSER ENGINEERING: Michelle Furr, Galax, Va., dragster, 8.873, 166.01 def. Kendra Rienschield, Brookville, Ind., dragster, foul.
SUPER GAS SHOOTOUT PRESENTED BY MOSER ENGINEERING: Gary Rogers, Tipton, Tenn., ’66 Chevelle, 9.848, 150.36 def. Joey Fuesting, Waukegan, Ill., ’68 Camaro, foul.
SUPER STREET SHOOTOUT PRESENTED BY MOSER ENGINEERING: Philip Smida II, Canfield, Ohio, ’88 Cavalier, 10.930, 132.11 def. Dewey Boggs III, Lancaster, Ohio, ’67 Camaro, 10.950, 141.80. (Richard Muir file photo)