Severance and Bohl dominate at Indy
Nearly 700 cars competed in the seven sportsman categories at the Chevrolet Performance U.S. Nationals at Lucas Oil Raceway at Indianapolis over the Labor day weekend. Joey Severance and Andy Bohl led the list of winners for the most prestigious race of the season with wins in Top Alcohol Dragster and Top Alcohol Funny Car respectively.
In the Top Alcohol Dragster final, Severance and Cameron Ferre paired up and have shown similar numbers with this round going to Severance. Severance ran 5.314 seconds at 271.90 mph in his final round victory over Ferre of Huntington Beach, Calif. Severance collected his ninth Wally trophy, and his first win at Indy. This is the third win this season for Severance.
Bohl faced off against Annie Whiteley, Grand Junction, Colo., and posted a winning run of 5.621 seconds, 258.17 mph in his ‘08 Mustang. Bohl had a big starting line advantage and held off Whiteley’s ‘15 Camaro as she started to run him down but she ran out of track. Bohl has one national event career win and one runner-up finish in Top Alcohol Funny Car.
Greg Kamplain from nearby Brownsburg, Ind., raced to a 6.845 second win in the Comp Eliminator class over Craig Bourgeois. Kamplain used a .002 second reaction time and made his best pass of the weekend to capture his second U.S. Nationals victory. Kamplain has four national event wins, with two in Comp Eliminator, including his win in Indy in 2012.
Jeff Roell, Danbury, Conn. joined the list of national event winners taking home his first trophy, in his first final round appearance. Roell took down Jimmy DeFrank, Thousand Oaks, Calif., in the Super Stock final with a .003 reaction time and maintained a perfect trip to the stripe.
Kyle Ratcliff put his’98 Firebird in the Stock Eliminator winner’s circle by knocking out Tom Rambo in his ’68 Camaro with a pass of 10.608 seconds at 120.55 mph. This was the second career win for Ratcliff in Stock Eliminator.
In one of the best final round match ups of the day, Luke Bogacki, Carterville, Ill., defeated Anthony Fetch, Colonia, N.J., in Super Comp. Bogacki got the starting line advantage and the easy win as Fetch slowed down the track. Bogacki has a career national event record of nine wins and four runner-ups. He has five Super Comp wins; his most recent at the 2015 Brainerd event.
Lee Klingensmith, Uniontown, Penn., capped off his day with his first national event win in a double breakout. Klingensmith had a 9.896 second lap at 158.33 mph for the win in Super Gas over Francis Chick, Milford, N.H. who went 9.882 seconds at 165.60 mph.
TOP ALCOHOL DRAGSTER: Joey Severance, 5.314, 271.90 def. Cameron Ferre, 12.155, 87.81.
TOP ALCOHOL FUNNY CAR: Andy Bohl, Ford Mustang, 5.621, 258.17 def. Annie Whiteley, Chevy Camaro, 5.638, 262.23.
COMP ELIMINATOR: Greg Kamplain, Dragster, 6.845, 194.02 def. Craig Bourgeois, Dragster, 6.912, 189.39.
SUPER STOCK: Jeff Roell, Ford Mustang, 9.560, 135.54 def. Jimmy DeFrank, Chevy Cobalt, 8.822, 152.19.
STOCK ELIMINATOR: Kyle Ratcliff, Pontiac Firebird, 10.608, 120.55 def. Tom Rambo, Chevy Camaro, 11.194, 113.44.
SUPER COMP: Luke Bogacki, Dragster, 9.265, 129.18 def. Anthony Fetch, Dragster, 10.731, 70.05.
SUPER GAS: Lee Klingensmith, Ford T, 9.896, 158.33 def. Francis Ross, Chevy Camaro, 9.882, 165.60.