Winners crowned for first of two events at Heartland Park Topeka 

Home state racers Phil Unruh, Jeff Koron and Mike Gordine led the list of winners for the first of two events Aug. 14-16 at Heartland Park Topeka and the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series presented by Aeromotive.

Unruh, McPherson, Kan., took the easy win in Super Stock over Dean Mesenbring who broke in the final allowing McPherson, the defending NHRA West Central Division Champion, to cruise to the win. Koron, Hays, Kan., outran James Ogden for the Fineline Graphics/Madcap Engines Top Dragster trophy. Koran went 6.435 seconds at 195.76 mph in his dragster to Ogden, League City, Texas, who crossed the finish line in 6.714, 165.42

Gordine, out of Salina, Kan., wheeled his ’66 Chevelle to a 10.923 second lap at 131.82 mph in Super Street to defeat John Kastner, Clearwater, Minn., who went 10.934, 130.97 in his ’86 Camaro.

Defending West Central division Stock Champion, Brett Speer, Little Falls, Minn., knocked out Tyler Wudarczyk, Wakarusa, Kan., in the final of Stock Eliminator. Speer’s ’70 Nova clocked in at 10.306, 119.93 for the win while Wudarczyk was 11.503, 102.65 in a ’69 Nova.

Darryle Modesto and Robby Lopez took home the Super Comp and Super Gas titles respectively. Modesto, Davis, Okla., out ran Austin Williams in the double breakout match-up with an 8.866 to an 8.865. Lopez, Grand Prairie, Texas, went 9.910 at 146.86 mph in his ’63 Corvette to end Dennis Hay’s day who went too quick at 8.865 out of Golden, Colo.

The Sportsman Motorcycle presented by Harley-Davidson trophy went to River Ridge, La., racer Dave Gautreaux on his ’03 Suzuki with a 9.130 second lap at 145.02 mph over Robert Sanders, Cypress, Texas, 9.740, 132.84.

The final in Comp Eliminator was carried over to Saturday with Alan Ellis, Mapleton, Utah, taking the win over Shaun Vincent, Omaha, Neb. Ellis clocked in at 6.564 at 201.88 in his roadster to Vincent’s 8.443, 156.66. The Jerry Haas Racecars Top Sportsman final will be run later in the day on Saturday during qualifying for racer #2.

Racers in Top Alcohol Dragster and Funny Car made qualifying runs on Friday that set their fields for Saturday’s eliminations with James Thompson and Jonnie Lindberg leading the fields. The alcohol classes will compete in a single event this weekend.

Thompson, Vernon, Texas, sits on top of the dragster field posting a run of 5.325 seconds at 264.91 mph and is followed by Gord Gingles, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, 5.343, 265.80.

Lindberg, Upplands Vausby, Sweden, drove his ’10 Monte Carlo funny car to a 5.520, 264.86 mph run with reigning funny car national champion Steve Harker in second with a 5.543, 263.46.

COMP: Alan Ellis, Mapleton, Utah, ’23 roadster, 6.564, 201.88 def. Shaun Vincent, Omaha, Neb., ’02 S-10, 8.443, 156.66

SUPER STOCK: Phil Unruh, McPherson, Kan., ’10 Cobalt, SS/CM, 20.389, 64.28 def. Dean Mesenbring, Rochester, Minn., ’92 Camaro, GT/JA, broke.

STOCK ELIMINATOR: Brett Speer, Little Falls, Minn., ’70 Nova, A/SA, 10.306, 119.93 def. Tyler Wudarczyk, Wakarusa, Kan., ’69 Nova, G/SA, 11.503, 102.65.

SUPER COMP: Darryle Modesto, Davis, Okla., dragster, 8.866, 176.63 def. Austin Williams, Burleson, Texas, dragster, 8.865, 158.74.

SUPER GAS: Robby Lopez, Grand Prairie, Texas, ’63 Corvette, 9.910, 146.85 def. Dennis Hay, Golden, Colo., ’85 Corvette, 9.887, 162.55.

SUPER STREET: Mike Gordine, Salina, Kan., ’66 Chevelle, 10.923, 131.82 def. John Kastner, Clearwater, Minn., ’86 Camaro, 10.934, 130.97.

TOP DRAGSTER: Jeff Koron, Hays, Kan., dragster, 6.435, 195.76 def. James Ogden, League City, Texas, dragster, 6.714, 165.42.

SPORTSMAN MOTORCYCLE: Dave Gautreaux, River Ridge, La., ’03 Suzuki, 9.130, 145.02 def. Robert Sanders, Cypress, Texas, ’82 Suzuki, 9.740, 132.84.