MADISON — Brandon Booher and Ray Drew took the wins in Top Alcohol Dragster and Top Alcohol Funny Car for the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series, North Central Division NAPA Auto Parts All American Hot Rod Showdown powered by Life on the Line Film at Gateway Motorsports Park.
Brandon Booher of Urbana scored his fifth regional/divisional event win, beating Megan Meyer of Spring Hill, Kan., in the final with a lap of 5.481 seconds at 268.22 mph to Meyer’s 5.496, 264.03.
Meyer made her competition debut here and made three consistent runs during eliminations, but Booher had a small advantage at the green and opened the gap over the first half of the track to take the win in Top Alcohol Dragster in his eighth final round.
Ray Drew of Hales Corners, Wis., picked up his second Top Alcohol Funny Car win, outrunning Kirk Williams of Glenwood, Iowa, at 5.679, 253.22 in the final. Drew had a great light and went right down the groove to take the win while Williams launched his car and struggled to make it through the lane. Drew had his first win last year at the Division 3 opener at Indianapolis.
In Comp Eliminator, Craig Bourgeois of Metarie, La., had a great light, but his car headed out toward the wall and he struggled trying to get it back in the groove. Meanwhile, Robert Bailey of Wabash, Ind., made his full pass in 6.727 seconds, at 183.87 mph, to break a long winning dry spell and grab his first divisional Comp Eliminator trophy since 2007. It’s his fourth in 16 final-round appearances.
In Stock Eliminator, it was the first-ever divisional final round for both drivers, ensuring a first-time winner. Tommy Pettigrew of Gallatin, Tenn., led at the light, as Tim Tosto of Wentzville, Mo., was late and Pettigrew earned his first-ever Stock trophy by a couple car lengths.
In other racing events: Devin Isenhower of Lebanon, in his first-ever divisional final round, put together a nice 0.010 package to win the Super Comp; Drew Skillman of Greenwood, Ind., had a nice light and a nice run to earn his sixth divisional win and his second in Super Stock; in Super Gas Steve Theodor of Columbus, Ohio, ran his tally up to six divisional wins; and Bob Schmidt of Grove City, Ohio, earned his second Super Street win in his second final round.
In Top Dragster Mark Jones of Marrero, La., won the battle at the starting line, but took too much stripe and Tim Paap of Charleston, Ill., grabbed his first-ever trophy in his first-ever final round. In Top Sportsman Jeffrey Barker of Kathleen, Ga., nabbed his 16th victory in 22 final rounds, continuing the domination he showed with three straight wins in Division 2 to open the 2015 season.
The following are Saturday’s final results from the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series, North Central Division NAPA Auto Parts Presents All American Hot Rod Showdown Powered by Life on the Line Film:
TOP ALCOHOL DRAGSTER
7) Marty Thacker, Robinson, Ill., 5.502, 264.13 def. 2) Randy Meyer, Spring Hill, Kan., 5.513, 269.78; 5) Brandon Booher, Urbana, Ill., 5.427, 266.95 def. 4) Tripp Tatum, Germantown, Md., 5.479, 270.97; 6) Megan Meyer, Spring Hill, Kan., 5.443, 261.83 def. 3) Robin Samsel, Marion, Ind., 5.583, 265.59; 1) Mia Tedesco, Pittsburg, Pa., 5.400, 272.50 def. 8) Gary Cooper, Wichita, Kan., 5.417, 262.69
M. Meyer, 5.486, 228.23 def. Thacker, 5.536, 260.36; Booher, 5.424, 266.79 def. Tedesco, 17.316, 42.49
Booher, 5.418, 268.22 def. M. Meyer, 5.496, 264.03.
TOP ALCOHOL DRAGSTER
Brandon Booher, Urbana, Ill., 5.418, 268.22 def. Megan Meyer, Spring Hill, Kan., 5.496, 264.03.
TOP ALCOHOL FUNNY CAR:
1) Steve Harker, Gainesville, Ga., ‘15 Camaro, 5.978, 253.75 def. 8) Steve Franke, Indianapolis, Ind., ‘04 Camaro, 7.249, 165.94; 7) Ro Yale, Bellaire, Texas, ‘96 Daytona, 5.753, 252.61 def. 2) Andy Bohl, Racine, Wis., ‘08 Mustang, 5.842, 254.81; 6) Ray Drew, Hales Corners, Wis., ‘14 Mustang, 5.715, 252.00 def. 3) Mark Billington, Prosper, Texas, ‘05 Monte Carlo, 5.809, 249.81; 4) Kirk Williams, Glenwood, Iowa, ‘04 Firebird, 5.745, 249.16 def. 5) Lance Van Hauen, Reinbeck, Iowa, ‘15 Camaro, 7.930, 182.67
Drew, 5.684, 252.33 def. Yale, broke; Williams, 5.710, 249.95 def. Harker, 5.751, 258.02
Ray Drew, Hales Corners, Wis., ‘14 Mustang, 5.679, 253.52 def. Kirk Williams, Glenwood, Iowa, ‘04 Firebird, 14.228, 69.27.
Robert Bailey, Wabash, Ind., dragster, A/ED, 6.727, 183.87 def. Craig Bourgeois, Metarie, La., dragster, B/ND, 7.600, 135.62.
Drew Skillman, Greenwood, Ind., ‘10 Mustang, FSS/E, 9.007, 141.33 def. Larry Hodge, La Place, Ill., ‘86 Monte Carlo, SS/KA, 10.325, 127.04.
Tommy Pettigrew, Gallatin, Tenn., ‘77 Firebird, K/SA, 11.817, 111.54 def. Tim Tosto, Wentzville, Mo., ‘69 Camaro, B/S, 10.635, 125.76.
Devin Isenhower, Lebanon, Ind., dragster, 8.907, 166.62 def. Ryan Richardson, Greenbrier, Tenn., dragster, 8.908, 167.07.
Steve Theodor, Columbus, Ohio, ‘63 Corvette, 9.883, 158.99 def. Jeremy Siffring, Arlington, Neb., ‘03 Corvette, 9.865, 159.99.
Bob Schmidt, Grove City, Ohio, ‘67 Chevy II, 11.313, 102.45 def. Michelle Furr, Galax, Va., ‘68 Camaro, 11.416, 111.44.
Tim Paap, Charleston, Ill., dragster, 6.379, 201.64 def. Mark Jones, Marrero, La., dragster, 6.352, 209.10.
Jeffrey Barker, Kathleen, Ga., ‘06 Cobalt, 6.681, 200.32 def. Marco Abruzzi, Warren, Ohio, ‘68 Camaro, 7.011, 197.08.