NHRA West Central Division racers took to the track May 15-17 at S.R.C.A. Dragstrip in Grand Bend, Kan., for the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series Thunder on the Plains as J.R. Lobner led the list of winners advancing to the final round in both the Fineline Madcap Top Dragster and the Jerry Haas Racecars Top Sportsman classes.
The Gardner, Kan., racer faced off with Haysville, Kan., racer Jim White in the Top Sportsman final with Lobner taking a big starting line advantage and holding on for the win in a double break out. Lobner went 7.265 seconds at 183.24 mph to White’s quicker 6.714, 207.43.
Lobner then came back around to take on defending West Central Division Top Dragster Champion Matt Driskell out of Wellsville, Kan. Driskell ended Lobner’s quest for the double up with a pass of 6.684, 191.10 to Lobner’s 6.817, 190.67.
In Comp Eliminator, Todd Patterson, Augusta, Kan., added another NHRA trophy to his resume as he knocked out Don Thomas. Thomas got the early lead but Patterson’s 7.975 second lap at 169.34 in his ’10 Cobalt proved to be too much for the Amarillo, Texas, resident.
Tyler Wudarczyk and Larry Henderson each picked up wins as Wudarczyk downed Justin Jenkins in Super Stock and Henderson, Oak Grove, Mo., ended Jim Grande’s day in Stock. Wudarczyk, Wakarusa, Kan., ran down Jenkins, Beatrice, Neb., in his ’92 Camaro while Henderson had an easy win when Grande left early with a foul start.
Bradley Johnson, Morrison, Colo., was better at both ends of the track in defeating Paul Cambron, Ness City, Kan., in Super Gas, and Jim Burrell posted a .004 second package for the win over Jeff Landholm, Oakland, Neb., in Super Street. Burrell, Clande, Texas, had a .003 second reaction time and ran 11.051 on the 11.05 index in his ’70 Torino.
In the Sportsman Motorcycle presented by Harley-Davidson class it was Rudy Fife, Lakewood, Colo., riding a ’79 Kawasaki past John Fitzpatrick, Park City, Kan. The pair left the line together with Fife taking the win in 8.924 seconds at 140.18 mph.
Chris Burrell, Claude, Texas, saved his best for last when he ran dead on the index in the final run of the day with a 9.050-second lap at 164.45 mph in Super Comp. Paired with a .011 reaction time, Burrell downed Gary Wamboldt out of Lakewood, Colo.
West Central Division racers head to Brainerd International Raceway for their next NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series event, June 6-7.
COMP ELIMINATOR: Todd Patterson, Augusta, Kan., ’10 Cobalt, A/SMA, 7.975, 169.34 def. Don Thomas, Amarillo, Texas, dragster, C/ED, 7.412, 176.86.
SUPER STOCK: Tyler Wudarczyk, Wakarusa, Kan., ’92 Camaro, GT/IA, 10.555, 121.42 def. Justin Jenkins, Beatrice, Neb., ’10 Cobalt, GT/CA, 9.689, 132.78.
STOCK ELIMINATOR: Larry Henderson, Oak Grove, Mo., ’69 Nova, B/S, 10.734, 123.72 def. Jim Grande, Kasson, Minn., ’69 Camaro, D/S, foul.
SUPER COMP: Chris Burrell, Claude, Texas, dragster, 9.050, 164.45 def. Gary Wamboldt, Lakewood, Colo., dragster, 9.039, 166.37.
SUPER GAS: Bradley Johnson, Morrison, Colo., ’67 Camaro, 10.096, 147.57 def. Paul Cambron, Ness City, Kan., ’90 Corvette, 10.137, 160.18.
SUPER STREET: Jim Burrell, Clande, Texas, ’70 Torino, 11.051, 146.89 def. Jeff Landholm, Oakland, Neb., ’68 Camaro, 11.053, 141.73.
TOP DRAGSTER: Matt Driskell, Wellsville, Kan., dragster, 6.684, 191.10 def. J.R. Lobner, Gardner, Kan., dragster, 6.817, 190.67.
TOP SPORTSMAN: J.R. Lobner, Gardner, Kan., ’05 S-10, 7.265, 183.24 def. Jim White, Haysville, Kan., ’09 Cobalt, 6.714, 207.43.
SPORTSMAN MOTORCYCLE: Rudy Fife, Lakewood, Colo., ’79 Kawasaki, 8.924, 140.18 def. John Fitzpatrick, Park City, Kan., ’82 Suzuki, 8.992, 144.64.