Texas racers win big at Louisiana’s Thunder Road

Texas racers dominated the winners circle Sept. 18-20 at the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series event at Thunder Road Raceway Park in Gilliam, La.

Jerry Emmons, Pasadena, Texas, worked his way through the field in his’69 Chevrolet and ran 10.404 seconds at 124.89 mph in his final round victory in Stock Eliminator over Austin Williams, Burleson, Texas.

Another Texas racer took home a win in Super Comp as Tony Brown, of Hallsville, Texas, faced off against Joel Covington, Center, Texas. Brown posted a winning run of 8.902 seconds at 182.65 mph while Covington went 8.915 seconds at 176.97 mph. Brown got his second Super Comp win in a close race with a margin of victory of 0.0040 seconds, approximately 12 inches over Covington of Center, Texas.

In Comp Eliminator, it was Craig Bourgeois, Metarie, La, scoring the win over Troy Galibraith, Indianapolis. Bourgeois posted a winning run of 7.155 seconds at 140.30 mph. Bourgeois was off the line first and was able to get the win over Galibraith earning his thirteenth divisional Wally.

In the division’s Sunset Racecraft Top Sportsman Series it was Jerry Jordan, Longview, Texas, taking the win over Jimmy Lewis, Forney, Texas. This was a close race between these two Top Sportsman racers.Jordan had a margin of victory of 0.0080 seconds,

approximately 2 feet after a winning pass of 7.518 seconds at 184.04 mph. Lewis had a runner-up finish of 7.019 seconds at 195.99 mph.

In the division’s KPE Better Performance Engine Top Dragster series it was J.R. Baxter, Waxahachie, Texas, taking the win over Larry Eidson, of Mineral Wells, Texas. Baxter was almost perfect at both ends of the track to take the double-breakout win.

In the Sportsman Motorcycle Series presented by Harley-Davidson,Lisa Bennett took the Sportsman Motorcycle win when Derek Dorey broke out. Bennett from Lucas, Texas, ran an 8.213 second lap, at 156.15 mph on her ’95 Suzuki as Derek Dorey, Kingwood, Texas ran a pass of 9.066 seconds at 138.93 mph.

Other racers visiting the winner’s circle this weekend were Clint Rigby, League City, Texas earning his first Super Stock divisional Wally;Jimmy Lewis, Forney, Texas, got the easy win in Super Gas; and Frank Kohuteki, Mesquite, Texas walked away with the Super Street Wally in a double breakout victory.

South Central Division racers head to Thunder Valley Raceway Park for the next NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series event, October 9-11.

COMP ELIMINATOR: Craig Bourgeois, Metarie, La., ’05 dragster, B/ND, 7.155, 140.30 def. Troy Galbraith, Indianapolis, Ind., ’14 Spitzer, B/DA, 7.158, 138.53.

SUPER STOCK: Clint Rigby, League City, Texas, ’69 Camaro, SS/FA, 10.098, 130.39 def. Stephen Bell, Shreveport, La., ’15 Camaro, FSS/C, 8.457, 146.97.

STOCK ELIMINATOR: Jerry Emmons, Pasadena, Texas, ’69 Chevrolet, A/SA, 10.404, 124.89 def. Austin Williams, Burleson, Texas, ’72 Duster, E/SA, foul.

SUPER COMP: Tony Brown, Hallsville, Texas, ’04 Worthy, 8.902, 182.65 def. Joel Covington, Center, Texas, ’04 Mullis, 8.915, 176.97.

SUPER GAS: Jimmy Lewis, Forney, Texas, ’58 Corvette, 14.888, 54.86 def. Steve Collier, Benton, La., ’72 Vega, foul.

SUPER STREET: Frank Kohutek, Mesquite, Texas, ’77 Vega, 10.899, 134.77 def. John Leibham, Tomball, Texas, ’68 Chevy, 10.891, 133.65.

TOP SPORTSMAN: Jerry Jordan, Longview, Texas, ’03 Ford, 7.518, 184.04 def. Jimmy Lewis, Forney, Texas, ’09 GXP, 7.019, 195.99.

TOP DRAGSTER: J.R. Baxter, Waxahachie, Texas, ’11 M&M, 6.439, 203.74 def. Larry Eidson, Mineral Wells, Texas, ’07 TNT, 6.457, 208.97.

SPORTSMAN MOTORCYCLE: Lisa Bennett, Lucas, Texas, ’95 Suzuki, 8.213, 156.15 def. Derek Dorey, Kingwood, Texas, ’03 Trac razor, 9.066, 138.93.