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Topeka Alcohol Dragster
May 8, 1997, 12:19 PM

>From the Prodigy Auto Racing BB Thursday-Session 1 - Alcohol Dragster -Left lane first- 1997 NHRA Sears Craftsman Nationals by Bob Orme Number Driver ...

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 Thursday-Session 1 - Alcohol Dragster -Left lane first- 1997 NHRA Sears Craftsman Nationals by Bob Orme Number Driver R/T E.T. Speed TAD 452 SHELLY HOWARD 0.942 6.108 201.97* TAD 7 BILL REICHERT 0.480 7.810 114.89 . . TAD 528 MARK KINSER 0.528 6.058 234.74* TAD 574 DOUG DOUCETTE 0.659 6.343 198.28 Doug dropped a cylinder at about 1000'. . TAD 539 TIM BAXTER 0.641 6.476 150.70 TAD 54 DAVID WELLS 0.509 5.773 245.43 Tim's engine started smoking at half track. . TAD 534 GERALD GOSSMAN 0.503 5.960 236.71 TAD 325 JEFF WILSON 0.498 5.827 232.61 Jeff brought the front up a little on the launch. . TAD 510 L.D. NATION 0.531 7.455 184.91* TAD 703 KEN ZEAL 0.571 14.757 59.92 L.D. wasn't running on all eight. Ken smoked the tires from the launch to the 330' mark TAD 657 MIKE AUSTIN 0.295 5.689 244.76* TAD 721 FRANK PEDREGON 0.505 5.612 250.00 A smooth pass for both cars. . TAD 547 CHRIS RICKETTS 0.740 5.918 239.17* TAD 572 BOB McCOSH 0.541 N/A N/A Bob clicked it off right after the launch. . TAD 52 ALLEN HARTLEY 0.489 5.939 212.41 TAD 22 MICHAEL GUNDERSON 0.515 5.638 250.00 Allen carries a short wheelie for 200', then has raw fuel coming out of the right headers past half track. TAD 72 RICK SANTOS N/A N/A TAD 507 MELANIE TROXEL 0.537 5.793 220.42 Rick broke after the burnout. . TAD 3653 TOM BEECHAM 0.559 6.411 196.89* TAD 508 JIM CAVALIERI 0.736 6.298 187.77 Neither car appeared to running right. . TAD 418 GENE SNOW 0.531 5.856 237.09* single An uneventful pass for The Snowman. . 

Friday-Session 1 - Alcohol Dragster -Left lane first- 1997 NHRA Sears Craftsman Nationals by Bob Orme Number Driver R/T E.T. Speed TAD 703 KEN ZEAL 0.544 5.483 245.63* TAD 52 ALLEN HARTLEY 0.556 5.982 213.47 Ken made a very strong pass, kept it lit all the way down the track. TAD 507 MELANIE TROXEL 0.510 5.732 245.96* TAD 539 TIM BAXTER 0.489 5.759 237.34 Melanie started heading toward the center just after half track. TAD 7 BILL REICHERT 0.660 5.742 239.87* TAD 437 LARRY REEP 0.698 6.009 228.02 No apparent problems for either car. . TAD 22 MICHAEL GUNDERSON 0.520 5.798 242.26* TAD 3653 TOM BEECHAM 0.633 6.025 209.05 Tom was blowing raw fuel out of the left side of the engine from about 100' on down. TAD 572 BOB McCOSH 0.467 5.726 245.49* TAD 72 RICK SANTOS 0.596 5.674 245.96 Bob was dropping cylinders at half track. . TAD 54 DAVID WELLS 0.539 5.833 241.02* TAD 510 L.D. NATION 0.563 7.051 178.99 Nation dropped a couple cylinders at about 100'. . TAD 325 JEFF WILSON 0.506 5.866 239.23 TAD 657 MIKE AUSTIN 0.637 5.675 235.60 Good runs by both cars. . TAD 508 JIM CAVALIERI 0.567 5.935 199.02 TAD 528 MARK KINSER 0.573 5.908 232.31 . . TAD 721 FRANK PEDREGON 0.461 9.703 84.08 TAD 547 CHRIS RICKETTS 0.469 5.798 238.85 Chris brought the front up a little on the launch. Frank was off the throttle at about 700'. TAD 422 DAVID BLOCHING 1.561 22.636 42.93 TAD 452 SHELLY HOWARD 0.935 5.882 237.52 When David woke up, he shook the tires hard on the launch. TAD 574 DOUG DOUCETTE 0.544 6.228 196.12* single Doug was spewing fuel from the left header during most of the run. TAD 517 GARY COOPER 0.667 5.867 219.61* single . .

 Friday-Session 2 - Alcohol Dragster -Left lane first- 1997 NHRA Sears Craftsman Nationals by Bob Orme Number Driver R/T E.T. Speed TAD 72 RICK SANTOS 0.439 5.589 250.34* TAD 325 JEFF WILSON 0.488 5.723 244.10 Good runs by both cars. . TAD 3653 TOM BEECHAM 0.537 6.346 192.34 TAD 572 BOB McCOSH 0.481 5.683 246.23 Tom had raw fuel spraying out of the left bank for most of the run. TAD 437 LARRY REEP 0.564 5.918 233.58* TAD 54 DAVID WELLS 0.530 6.065 238.28 David got up on three wheels at about 300', had to back off for a moment. TAD 452 SHELLY HOWARD 0.027 5.854 238.28* TAD 507 MELANIE TROXEL 0.484 7.323 129.21 Melanie started drifting toward the wall at about 800'. . TAD 510 L.D. NATION 0.611 7.168 184.50 TAD 422 DAVID BLOCHING 0.733 6.266 216.39 Nation didn't have all of the cylinders firing at the launch. TAD 547 CHRIS RICKETTS 0.496 5.762 243.37 TAD 22 MICHAEL GUNDERSON 0.522 5.655 246.50 Good runs by both cars. . TAD 52 ALLEN HARTLEY 0.528 6.050 218.02 TAD 721 FRANK PEDREGON 0.525 5.629 247.11 Allen's car was spitting parts at about 300'. . TAD 418 GENE SNOW 0.454 5.814 234.98* TAD 508 JIM CAVALIERI 0.516 6.069 214.08 . . TAD 657 MIKE AUSTIN 0.526 5.790 235.47 TAD 7 BILL REICHERT 0.455 5.695 242.98 Mike had some pretty hard tire shake at about 100'. . TAD 528 MARK KINSER 0.552 5.864 239.42 TAD 703 KEN ZEAL 0.575 5.538 239.36 Mark shook the tires about 100 feet out. . single TAD 517 GARY COOPER 0.693 5.785 228.94 No apparent problems.  . single TAD 574 DOUG DOUCETTE 0.518 5.987 214.13 There were sparks flying from under the rear end at the 300' mark. 

Alcohol Dragster Qualifying List After Session 2, Friday 1997 NHRA Sears Craftsman Nationals by Bob Orme Pos Name Number E.T. Speed When 1 KEN ZEAL TAD 703 5.483 245.63 Fri1 2 RICK SANTOS TAD 72 5.589 250.34 Fri2 3 FRANK PEDREGON TAD 721 5.612 250.00 Thu1 4 MICHAEL GUNDERSON TAD 22 5.638 250.00 Thu1 5 MIKE AUSTIN TAD 657 5.675 235.60 Fri1 6 BOB McCOSH TAD 572 5.683 246.23 Fri2 7 BILL REICHERT TAD 7 5.695 242.98 Fri2 8 JEFF WILSON TAD 325 5.723 244.10 Fri2 9 MELANIE TROXEL TAD 507 5.732 245.96 Fri1 10 TIM BAXTER TAD 539 5.759 237.34 Fri1 11 CHRIS RICKETTS TAD 547 5.762 243.37 Fri2 12 DAVID WELLS TAD 54 5.773 245.43 Thu1 13 GARY COOPER TAD 517 5.785 228.94 Fri2 14 GENE SNOW TAD 418 5.814 234.98 Fri2 15 SHELLY HOWARD TAD 452 5.854 238.28 Fri2 16 MARK KINSER TAD 528 5.864 239.42 Fri2 17 LARRY REEP TAD 437 5.918 233.58 Fri2 18 JIM CAVALIERI TAD 508 5.935 199.02 Fri1 19 ALLEN HARTLEY TAD 52 5.939 212.41 Thu1 20 GERALD GOSSMAN TAD 534 5.960 236.71 Thu1 21 DOUG DOUCETTE TAD 574 5.987 214.13 Fri2 22 TOM BEECHAM TAD 3653 6.025 209.05 Fri1 23 DAVID BLOCHING TAD 422 6.266 216.39 Fri2 24 L.D.NATION TAD 510 7.051 178.99 Fri1

Saturday-Round 1 - Alcohol Dragster -Left lane first- 1997 NHRA Sears Craftsman Nationals by Bob Orme Number Driver R/T E.T. Speed TAD 572 BOB McCOSH 0.470 5.755 244.03W TAD 547 CHRIS RICKETTS 0.411 5.834 241.41 Bob managed to drive around the quicker starting Chris. . TAD 657 MIKE AUSTIN 0.528 5.748 245.36W TAD 54 DAVID WELLS 0.469 5.809 242.26 That was a close one, MOV .002 . TAD 418 GENE SNOW No show TAD 721 FRANK PEDREGON 0.471 5.743 245.29W Gene's car sounded very rough, and he shut it off at the line. Frank's car spit a few parts at about 300'. TAD 72 RICK SANTOS 0.464 5.646 247.18W TAD 452 SHELLY HOWARD 0.485 5.813 236.40 A smooth run for both cars. . TAD 539 TIM BAXTER 0.430 5.948 233.46 TAD 7 BILL REICHERT 0.473 5.730 240.70W Tim started losing power at about 1000'. . TAD 325 JEFF WILSON 0.427 6.116 202.29W TAD 507 MELANIE TROXEL 0.489 6.295 219.67 Both cars shook the tires at about 60', and they both were all over their lanes. TAD 517 GARY COOPER 0.648 5.955 211.71 TAD 22 MICHAEL GUNDERSON 0.472 5.739 242.78W Gary's engine didn't sound like it was running right, and his ET shows it. TAD 703 KEN ZEAL 0.509 5.500 245.56W TAD 437 LARRY REEP 0.444 5.912 236.46 A strong pass for Ken. No apparent problems for Larry. .

Sunday-Round 2 - Alcohol Dragster -Left lane first- 1997 NHRA Sears Craftsman Nationals by Bob Orme Number Driver R/T E.T. Speed TAD 572 BOB McCOSH 0.461 5.662 250.69 TAD 721 FRANK PEDREGON 0.453 5.595 251.32W Good runs by both cars. . TAD 657 MIKE AUSTIN 0.427 5.757 221.29 TAD 22 MICHAEL GUNDERSON 0.480 5.670 247.79W Mike shook the tires at about 300'. . TAD 72 RICK SANTOS 0.455 5.552 253.37W TAD 7 BILL REICHERT 0.488 5.692 244.36 Good runs by both cars. . TAD 703 KEN ZEAL 0.467 6.923 185.37 TAD 325 JEFF WILSON 0.477 5.681 247.59W Ken was up in smoke immediately, and skated all the way down the track.

Sunday-Round 3 - Alcohol Dragster -Left lane first- 1997 NHRA Sears Craftsman Nationals by Bob Orme Number Driver R/T E.T. Speed TAD 325 JEFF WILSON 0.386 5.657 247.79 TAD 22 MICHAEL GUNDERSON 0.444 5.651 249.51W Michael smoked the tires on the launch and still has a decent run. TAD 721 FRANK PEDREGON 0.411 10.321 78.74 TAD 72 RICK SANTOS 0.449 5.617 252.38W Frank shook the tires hard at about 100', and had to back off.

Sunday-Round 4 - Alcohol Dragster -Left lane first- 1997 NHRA Sears Craftsman Nationals by Bob Orme Number Driver R/T E.T. Speed TAD 72 RICK SANTOS 0.455 5.585 251.53W TAD 22 MICHAEL GUNDERSON 0.452 5.662 230.71 Smooth runs for both cars.

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