Manners and Lombardo take wins at second Heartland Park event

Michael Manners and John Lombardo scored big wins in Top Alcohol Dragster and Top Alcohol Funny Car respectively at the NHRA Lucas Oil West Central division presented by Aeromotive at Heartland Park Topeka. It was a great weekend of back to back regional and divisional racing events.

Top Alcohol Dragster and Funny Car competed in a single race over the weekend. Manners, Houston, picked up his second win of the season to strengthen his lead in the Top Alcohol Dragster regional points race. In a very close final round, Manners went 5.270 seconds at 269.94 mph and covered Randy Meyers’, Spring Hill, Kan., 5.273-second pass at 271.95 mph. This was the best run of the weekend for both racers, as they ran almost identical times; only difference was the reaction time.

In Top Alcohol Funny Car, Lombardo, Brea, Calif., conquered a deep and talented field for his third straight win this season. Lombardo leads the regional points standings at 106 points ahead of the field.

Alan Ellis, Mapleton, Utah, outlasted his competition all weekend in Comp Eliminator and took home two trophies. Ellis ran consistent all weekend, then was handed the final win from Pat Nahan, Sartell, Minn., who was too anxious at the tree.

In a couple of races it was a matter of inches that determined a victory. In Super Stock, it was a battle of the ’87 Camaros as Brad Zaskowski, Belding, Mich., won by a margin of two inches defeating Troy Ross, Emporia, Kan. It was a one inch margin of victory in the Sportsman Motorcycle presented by Harley-Davidson for Ricky Kay. Kay, Humble, Texas, was almost dead on the dial running 9.942 seconds at 126.80 mph and barely defeating Cameron Belisle, Hugo, Minn., who ran 9.287 seconds at 134.11 mph.

In Saturday’s action, Jeffrey Hostetler, Chilicothe, Mo., knocked out Jimmy Lewis, Forney, Texas, in the Top Sportsman class from event #1. In the final, that was held over from Friday, Hostetler went 7.597 at 181.23 mph to Lewis’s quicker 7.070, 196.02

Round 1

4) Randy Meyer, Spring Hill, Kan., 5.423, 268.33 def. 5) Bradley Thompson, Vernon, Texas, 15.068, 65.68; 6) Michael Manners, Houston, Texas, 5.415, 216.31 def. 3) Forrest Fair, Haughton, La., 5.454, 245.85; 7) Megan Meyer, Spring Hill, Kan., 5.436,
245.27 def. 2) Gord Gingles, Winnipeg, Manit., 5.445, 263.20; 1) James Thompson, Vernon, Texas, 5.381, 260.81 def. 8) Brandon Pierce, Cypress, Texas, 14.613, 65.21

Manners, 5.614, 261.12 def. M. Meyer, 5.843, 258.47; R. Meyer, 5.326, 272.12 def. J. Thompson, 5.349, 266.32;

Manners, 5.270, 269.94 def. R. Meyer, 5.273, 271.95.

Round 1

1) Jonnie Lindberg, Upplands Vausby, Sweden, ’10 Monte Carlo, 6.069, 243.63 def. 8) Lance Van Hauen, Reinbeck, Iowa, ’15 Camaro, 8.223, 165.62; 2) Steve Harker, Gainesville, Ga., ’13 Monte Carlo, 5.879, 247.88 def. 7) Kirk Williams, Glenwood, Iowa, ’04 Camaro, 10.941, 89.82; 3) John Lombardo Jr., Brea, Calif., ’14 Mustang, 5.543, 262.74 def. 6) Kris Hool, Evansville, Wyo., ’10 Monte Carlo, 5.797, 252.80; 4) Scott McVey, Winnipeg, Manit., ’06 Monte Carlo, 5.679, 255.97 def. 5) Jay Payne, Claremont, Calif., ’14 Camaro, 5.717, 256.36

Lindberg, 5.574, 262.74 def. McVey, 5.620, 259.46; Lombardo Jr., 5.528, 265.01 def. Harker, 5.561, 263.10

Lombardo Jr., 10.317, 81.68 def. Lindberg, foul.

COMP ELIMINATOR: Alan Ellis, Mapleton, Utah, ’23 roadster, A/AP, 7.064, 143.19 def. Pat Nahan, Sartell, Minn., dragster, E/D, foul.

SUPER STOCK: Brad Zaskowski, Belding, Mich., ’87 Camaro, GT/E, 9.899, 133.08 def. Troy Ross, Emporia, Kan., ’87 Camaro, SS/BM, 8.991, 143.61.

STOCK ELIMINATOR: Jacob Pitt, Mansfield, Texas, ’69 Barracuda, C/SA, 10.705, 116.42 def. Charley Downing, Britton, Mich., ’10 Mustang, FS/J, 10.952, 120.69.

SUPER COMP: Jordan Pratt, Otsego, Minn., dragster, 8.927, 167.88 def. Craig Schultz, Winona, Minn., dragster, 8.890, 169.21.

SUPER GAS: Don Johnson, Lufkin, Texas, ’12 Corvette, 9.886, 170.5 def. Kay Collier, Benton, La., ’68 Camaro, 9.885, 154.97.

SUPER STREET: Rob Boyer, Mount Hope, Kan., ’73 Nova, 10.901, 127.87 def. Jim Burrell, Clande, Texas, ’70 Torino, foul.

TOP SPORTSMAN: Curt Harshfield, Sioux City, Iowa, ’55 Chevy, broke def. Jim White, Haysville, Kan., ’09 Cobalt, broke.

TOP DRAGSTER: Matt Driskell, Wellsville, Kan., dragster, 6.562, 203.46 def. J.R. Baxter, Waxahachie, Texas, dragster, 6.658, 201.10.

SPORTSMAN MOTORCYCLE: Ricky Kay, Humble, Texas, ’92 Suzuki, 9.942, 126.80 def. Cameron Belisle, Hugo, Minn., ’90 Suzuki, 9.287, 134.11.