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Texas Sportsman Challenge starts season at Royal Purple Raceway

In the final results from the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series and the South Central Division Texas Sportsman Challenge at Royal Purple Raceway, local racers Jonathan Womack and Travis Salter took home wins in Super Stock and Super Gas respectively.

Womack, the 2004 Super Gas NHRA Lucas Oil National Champion and Houston resident, scored his third divisional NHRA Wally trophy ousting Jacob Pitt, Mansfield, Texas, running 9.621 seconds at 106.64 mph in his ’05 Cavalier. Pitt left early with a foul start handing the win to Womack. Slater of Baytown, Texas, clocked in at 9.902 on the 9.90 dial forcing Jackson Collier, West Monroe, La., to break out. The win is Slater’s third in Super Gas.

The Comp Eliminator final was close at the start as a pair of Texas racers faced off for the trophy. Keith Hall, Ravenna, Texas, took the win in his Cavalier defeating Bill Kent’s ’11 dragster out of Midland, Texas, by about a tenth of a second for this sixth win in the Lucas Oil Series.

Veteran racer Greg Stanfield and Bobby Brannon were identical at the start of the Stock final round but Stanfield quickly took the lead and raced to his 24th divisional event win having also won in Super Stock and in Comp over the years. This was Stanfield’s first win in Stock since 1986.

Super Comp also saw a great race with a .009 second package taking out a .013 second package as Christopher Dodd, Double Oak, Texas, ended Austin Williams’ day. The win in Dodd’s first Lucas Oil win in his first final round.

Both Johnny Shook and Allen Constantine won right off the start as Kyle Firestone and Christopher Bermond both left early with foul starts.  Shook took his second win in the Sunset Performance Top Sportsman class as did Constantine in the KPE Top Dragster. Shook, Lamesa, Texas, went 7.361, 165.44 in his ’07 Pontiac while Constantine wheeled his dragster to a 6.334 second lap at 194.66 mph.

Tony Brown, Hallsville, Texas, was out first in Super Street and held on to beat Van Arnold, Houston, running 10.986 at 142.97 in his ’55 Chevy.

The NHRA Harley-Davidson Drag Racing Series was also in action at Royal Purple Raceway this weekend with David Larson, Topeka, Kan., sweeping the Pro Fuel Harley class qualifying No. 1 and then taking out reigning series champion Janette Thornley, Statesville, N.C., in the final. Larson clocked in at 7.285 seconds at 177.53 mph to Thornley’s 7.422, 174.21.

John Toth took home a pair of Harley Series wins taking both the Street Pro and the Hot Street classes. Toth, Charlerio, Pa., beat out Michael Majeska in Street Pro and Don Henry Lynn in Hot Street. Majeska also advanced to a pair of final rounds and held off Charles Whitfield, Aurora, Colo., in the Screamin’ Eagle Performance class for his win.

Darrell Schwalbach, Omaha, Neb., rounded out the Harley Series winner’s in the Draggin’ Bagger category and Robert Sanders, Cypress, Texas, won on a hole shot over Michael Matthews, LaGrange, Texas, for the Sportsman Motorcycle presented by Harley-Davidson title.

South Central Division racers head to No Problem Raceway for the next NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series event, April 8-10.

COMP ELIMINATOR: Keith Hall, Ravenna, Texas, ’05 Cavalier, E/SM, 8.495, 159.95 def. Bill Kent, Midland, Texas, dragster, B/D, 6.792, 193.05.

SUPER STOCK: Jonathan Womack, Houston, ’05 Cavalier, SS/BS, 9.621, 106.64 def. Jacob Pitt, Mansfield, Texas, ’03 Stratus, FGT/D, foul.

STOCK ELIMINATOR: Greg Stanfield, Bossier City, La., ’10 Challenger, FS/D, 9.847, 120.78 def. Bobby Brannon, Bossier City, La., ’69 Camaro SS, A/SA, 10.645, 101.51.

SUPER COMP: Christopher Dodd, Double Oak, Texas, dragster, 8.905, 177.18 def. Austin Williams, Burleson, Texas, dragster, 8.902, 170.58.

SUPER GAS: Travis Salter, Baytown, Texas, ’67 Camaro, 9.902, 156.66 def. Jackson Collier, W. Monroe, La., ’68 Camaro, 9.882, 158.59.

SUPER STREET: Tony Brown, Hallsville, Texas, ’55 Chevy, 10.986, 142.97 def. Van Arnold, Houston, ’67 Chevy P/U, 10.992, 138.48.

TOP SPORTSMAN: Johnny Shook, Lamesa, Texas, ’07 Pontiac, 7.361, 165.44 def. Kyle Firestone, Velma, Okla., ’73 Dodge, foul.

TOP DRAGSTER: Allen Constantine, La Place, La., dragster, 6.334, 194.66 def. Christopher Bermond, Bay Saint Louis, Miss., dragster, foul.

SPORTSMAN MOTORCYCLE : Robert Sanders, Cypress, Texas, ’82 Suzuki, 9.180, 131.87 def. Michael Matthews, LaGrange, Texas, ’05 Suzuki, 8.437, 161.02.

PRO FUEL HARLEY: David Larson, Topeka, Kan., dragster, 7.285, 177.53 def. Janette Thornley, Mocksville, N.C., ’15 HRP, 7.422, 174.21.

DRAGGIN BAGGER HARLEY: Darrell Schwalbach, Omaha, Neb., ’06 Road Glide, 10.830, 125.05 def. Neil Sauder, Magnolia, Texas, ’15 Road Glide, broke.

STREET PRO HARLEY: John Toth, Charlerio, Pa., ’01 Harley, 9.217, 145.96 def. Michael Majeska, League City, Texas, ’00 Buell, 10.007, 130.86.

HOT STREET HARLEY: John Toth, Charlerio, Pa., ’12 Harley, 9.997, 137.11 def. Don Henry Lynn, Belle Vernon, Pa., ’13 Harley, 12.849, 104.38.

SCREAMIN’ EAGLE PERFORMANCE HARLEY: Michael R Majeska, League City, Texas, ’02 Sportster, 10.815, 87.28 def. Charles Whitfield, Aurora, Colo., ’06 Destroyer, 10.469, 109.43.