Gingles and Drew win in Earlville, Iowa 

At Tri-State Raceway in Earlville, Iowa, racers Gord Gingles, Winnipeg, Manit., and Ray Drew, Hales Corners, Wis., took home the wins in Top Alcohol Dragster and Top Alcohol Funny Car respectively on Sept. 13. This event concludes the six race Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series in the West Central Division.

Gord Gingles faced off against defending event champion Randy Meyer, Spring Hill, Kansas, and posted a winning run of 5.358 seconds, 263.00 mph. Meyer slowed to a 6.156 second, 183.39 mph lap for his runner up finish. Meyer was slow off the light and had trouble moving down the track. Gingles made a clean start and drove away to take the win.

Drew got the Top Alcohol Funny Car win with a pass of 6.118 seconds at 239.31 mph. He faced off against Bill Bernard, Littleton, Colo., in the final, who left too early at the tree.

Todd Patterson, Augusta, Kan., was better at the line and was first to the stripe in Comp Eliminator posting a time of 7.863 seconds, 171.97 mph in his ’10 Cobalt. Patterson defeated Mark Kirkman, Monmouth, Ill., who had a lap of 6.475 seconds at 186.85 mph in the money round.

It was a battle of the Cobalts in Super Stock as Tom Cain, Louisburg, Kan., in an ’09 Cobalt took the win over Brina Splingaire, N. Riverside, Ill., in her ’08 Cobalt by 0.0005 seconds, approximately 1 inch.

In the Jerry Haas Race Cars Top Sportsman Series, Jeff Southerland, Andover, Ill., took the win over Terry Pope, Blair, Neb., and scored a winning run of 7.732 seconds, 175.30 mph. Matt Kreft, Council Bluffs, Iowa, earned the win in the Fineline Graphics/Madcap Top Dragster Series with a lap of 7.078 seconds at 195.00 mph.

TOP ALCOHOL DRAGSTER:

ROUND 1
1) Randy Meyer, Spring Hill, Kan., 5.322, 273.44 def. 8) Dean Dubbin, Royalton, Minn., 5.684, 248.57; 4) Brandon Booher, Urbana, Ill., 5.375, 270.32 def. 5) Mike Newkirk, Great Bend, Kan., 5.434, 261.98; 6) James Stevens, Gothenburg, Neb., 5.439, 260.41 def. 3) Jared Dreher, Clinton, Ind., 12.614, 86.90; 7) Gord Gingles, Winnipeg, Manit., 5.301, 262.85 def. 2) Mia Tedesco, Pittsburg, Pa., 5.352, 262.90

SEMIFINALS
Meyer, 5.265, 275.06 def. Booher, 5.387, 272.56; Gingles, 5.580, 259.21 def. Stevens, 5.692, 255.19;

FINAL
Gord Gingles, Winnipeg, Manit., 5.358, 263.00 def. Randy Meyer, Spring Hill, Kan., 6.156, 183.39.

TOP ALCOHOL FUNNY CAR:

ROUND 1
1) Kirk Williams, Glenwood, Iowa, ’04 Firebird, 5.687, 253.28 was unopposed; 3) Ray Drew, Hales Corners, Wis., ’14 Mustang, 5.678, 254.76 def. 6) Wayne Butler, Forest City, Ill., ’02 Mustang, broke; 2) Todd Robertson, Harrison Twp., Mich., ’12 Monte Carlo, 11.997, 67.61 def. 7) Kris Hool, Evansville, Wyo., ’10 Monte Carlo, broke; 5) Bill Bernard, Littleton, Colo., ’09 Mustang, 5.879, 243.72 def. 4) Chris Foster, Davenport, Iowa, ’15 Mustang, 6.054, 196.16

SEMIFINALS
Drew, 5.714, 254.33 def. Robertson, 8.357, 108.39; Bernard, 5.887, 251.91 def. Williams, 6.076, 180.62;

FINAL
Ray Drew, Hales Corners, Wis., ’14 Mustang, 6.118, 239.31 def. Bill Bernard, Littleton, Colo., ’09 Mustang, foul.

COMP ELIMINATOR: Todd Patterson, Augusta, Kan., ’10 Cobalt, A/SMA, 7.863, 171.97 def. Mark Kirkman, Monmouth, Ill., Bos, A/DA, 6.475, 186.85.

SUPER STOCK: Tom Cain, Louisburg, Kan., ’09 Cobalt, SS/BS, 8.773, 143.89 def. Brina Splingaire, N. Riverside, Ill., ’08 Cobalt, GT/BA, 9.348, 141.09.

STOCK ELIMINATOR: Johnny Diekema, Blue Grass, Iowa, ’65 Corvette, AA/S, 9.900, 135.20 def. Larry Henderson, Holden, Mo., ’69 Nova, B/S, 10.460, 122.32.

SUPER COMP: Trevor Larson, Starbuck, Minn., dragster, 8.948, 162.10 def. Cal Belden, Aberdeen, S.D., dragster, 8.884, 163.28.

SUPER GAS: David Nelson, Palmyra, Mo., ’01 Corvette, 9.881, 159.14 def. Randy Nygaard, Watertown, S.D., ’90 Cavalier, foul.

SUPER STREET: Jerry Jones, Indianola, Iowa, ’81 Monte Carlo, 10.899, 134.75 def. Wayne Christopher, Milan, Ill., ’84 Monte Carlo, 10.892, 129.26.

TOP SPORTSMAN: Jeff Southerland, Andover, Ill., ’98 Cutlass, 7.732, 175.30 def. Terry Pope, Blair, Neb., ’02 Cavalier, 7.323, 188.54.

TOP DRAGSTER: Matt Kreft, Council Bluffs, Iowa, dragster, 7.078, 195.00 def. David Harrington, Shawnee Mission, Kan., dragster, 6.803, 199.26.

SPORTSMAN MOTORCYCLE: Patrick Roetto, Wichita, Kan., ’09 Suzuki, 9.252, 143.37 def. Cody Duffield, Rockford, Iowa, ’95 Suzuki, 8.560, 149.17.

JUNIOR DRAGSTER: Aiva Moore, Marion, Iowa, dragster, 7.926, 79.72 def. Paige Teel, Quincy, Ill., dragster, 8.926, 70.95.