NORWALK, Ohio – Bill Reichert and Paul Gill raced to the wins in Top Alcohol Dragster and Top Alcohol Funny Car this weekend at the Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals at Summit Racing Equipment Motorsports Park.
Reichert, the 5-time Top Alcohol Dragster NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series National Champion, ran down Dan Page with a lap of 5.334 seconds at 264.70 mph for his fourth win of the year and his second national event win of 2012 bringing his career total to 26. Page, in his first national event final round, clocked in at 5.436, 266.06.
Gill faced off with Cassie Simonton in his Ford Mustang coving the quarter-mile in 5.639 seconds, 255.92 mph for his 3rd national event win and first of the season in three final round appearances. Simonton smoked the tires and could only watch as Gill pulled away.
David Rampy surpasses the 80 win mark in beating Bo Bunter in Comp Eliminator going 178.85 mph his roadster while Al Kenny returned to the Summit Motorsports Park winner’s circle with a win over Brad Plourd in Super Comp. Kenny went 8.911 on the 8.90 index as Plourd broke out with an 8.876. Kenny won the 2008 event here in Norwalk.
Four racers celebrated their first ever NHRA National event win led by Chad Taylor and his Chevy Camaro in Super Stock over Jeff Dona. Nathan Vrooman used a perfect 0.00 second reaction time to take the win against Steve Theodor in Super Gas and second generation driver Mike Laws won in Top Dragster with a run of 6.729, 197.80 to Robert Mandell at 202.39 mph. Gary Wojnowski took home his first NHRA Wally trophy beating Jeff Sexton in Top Sportsman.
Rounding out the winners was Larry Hill in Stock Eliminator who won for the first time since 1995 in his Plymouth Barracuda over Randy Wilkes.
The following are the final results from the Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals at Summit Racing Equipment Motorsports Park:
Top Alcohol Dragster — Bill Reichert, 5.334, 264.70 def. Dan Page, 5.436, 266.06.
Top Alcohol Funny Car — Paul Gill, Ford Mustang, 5.639, 255.92 def. Cassie Simonton, Chevy Monte Carlo, 12.598, 93.17.
Competition Eliminator — David Rampy, Bantam Roadster, 7.303, 178.85 def. Bo Butner, Chevy
Cobalt, 8.541, 158.09.
Super Stock — Chad Taylor, Chevy Camaro, 10.414, 124.80 def. Jeff Dona, Pontiac Firebird, foul.
Stock Eliminator — Larry Hill, Plymouth Barracuda, 10.538, 114.02 def. Randy Wilkes, Pontiac
Firebird, 10.443, 129.29.
Super Comp — Al Kenny, Dragster, 8.911, 163.69 def. Brad Plourd, Dragster, 8.876, 163.95.
Super Gas — Nathan Vrooman, Chevy Beretta, 9.952, 156.10 def. Steve Theodor, ’27-T Ford, 9.873, 155.10.
Top Dragster — Mike Laws, Dragster, 6.729, 197.80 def. Robert Mandell, Dragster, 6.590, 202.39.
Top Sportsman — Gary Wojnowski Sr., Olds Cutlass, 6.906, 202.36 def. Jeff Sexton, Chevy Cavalier, foul.
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