Cavalcade of Stars at Norwalk, Ohio

Words by Eric Lotz

Marty Thacker and Doug Gordon raced to victories at the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series North Central division Ninth Annual Mickey Mart Rewards Cavalcade of Stars presented by Budweiser event at Summit Motorsports Park May 15-17.

Reigning North Central Region Top Alcohol Dragster champion Thacker came out of the eighth qualifying spot knocking out No. 1 qualifier Jared Dreher and No. 4 qualifier Robin Samsel to earn a trip to the final round.  The Robinson, Ill., racer faced off with Brandon Booher, Urbana, Ill. Thacker was out first with the early lead and pulled away for the win in 5.430 seconds at 265.69 mph to Booher’s 5.523, 238.98.

Doug Gordon  (Barb Castello photo)

Gordon, Paso Robles, Calif., qualifier No. 1 in Top Alcohol Funny Car and raced through eliminations downing Tony Bogolo and DJ Cox Jr. in rounds one and two.  In the final it was Michigan racer Todd Robertson with a big starting line advantage only to see Gordon streak by about half track for the win.  Gordon posted a 5.604, 262.90 to Robertson’s 6.342, 150.61 for his second win of the year having won two weeks ago at the O’Reilly Auto Parts NHRA SpringNationals.