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Larson, Vandeventer star at Brainerd International Raceway Thunder at the Lakes

Brett Speer and Ben Line led the list of winners as Brainerd International Raceway hosted the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series West Central Division for Thunder at the Lakes.
08 Aug 2017
Posted by NHRA.com staff
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Preview | Saturday

In the final results from Brainerd International Raceway and the Thunder at the Lakes Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series it was Kendra Larson and Jeremiah Vandeventer leading the list of winners that took home the hardware and bragging rights.

Larson, of Starbuck, Minn., lined up against Todd Bruce, Horace, N.D., in the final of the Fineline Madcap Top Dragster with Larson taking the early lead and holding off Bruce with a lap of 7.486 seconds at 179.49 mph in his ‘07 dragster.  Bruce was right behind but crossed the line second at 7.665, 169.15.

Vandeventer pulled one out over Michael Freischel in the Jerry Haas Top Sportsman as Freischel, Cottage Grove, Minn., took a huge lead off the line but gave it all back to Vandeventer, Hastings, Neb., who posted an 8.818 at 182.11 to beat Freischel’s 7.518, 177.86.

Reigning West Central Division Lucas Oil Champion Brett Speer drove his ’87 Camaro to the Super Stock win over Eric Bell and his ’68 Barracuda.  Speer, Pierz, Minn., crossed the line in 10.038 seconds at 124.02 mph to Bell’s loosing but quicker 9.170, 142.42 out of Chandler, Ariz.

Gary Stinnett added a win to his impressive resume and Ben Line took home another NHRA Wally trophy for the home state of Minnesota.  Stinnett and Ed Shaughnessy both left the line together in the Super Comp final and crossed the finish together with Stinnett, Emporia, Kan., taking the win in a double breakout 8.894 to a 8.889.   Line, International Falls, Minn., meet up with Ron Mattson, Cloquet, N.M., in Stock Eliminator.  Line and his ’69 Mustang ran down Mattson and his ’70 Camaro with a 10.515 second, 121.39 mph run to Mattson’s 10.837, 119.73.

Rounding out the Lucas Oil winners were Kevin Dyck, Winnipeg, Manit., in Super Gas; Corey Bentley, Fremont, Neb., in Super Street; and Kyle Lundberg, Isanti, Minn., in Sportsman Motorcycle.  The Comp Eliminator final round will be contested at the Lucas Oil Series event in Earlville, Iowa, Sept. 8-10.

The NHRA Summit Jr. Drag Racing League was also in action this weekend at BIR with Chelsey Mohr leading the charge picking up the win in the Advanced class.  Mohr beat out Chandler Niemeyer of Brainerd, Minn., running 7.873 to an 8.046.  Joseph Lindberg won over Aspen Meagher in Jr. Intermediate and Blake Noysen beat out Eleanor Lindberg in Jr. Novice.

Most of the NHRA West Central Division racers will be back at Brainerd International Raceway this coming weekend when they will meet up with the racers in the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series, Aug. 17-20.

The following are Monday's final results from the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series, West Central Division Thunder at the Lakes:

COMP ( completed at Tri-State)
Bruno Massel, Elmhurst, Ill., ’10 Cobalt, 6.874, 193.52 def.
Doug Engels, Watertown, S.D., ’05 dragster, 7.455, 144.06

SUPER STOCK
Brett Speer, Pierz, Minn., '87 Camaro, GT/JA, 10.038, 124.02  def. Eric Bell, Chandler, Ariz., '68 Barracuda, GT/EA, 9.170, 142.42. 

STOCK ELIMINATOR
Ben Line, International Falls, Minn., '69 Mustang, C/SA, 10.515, 121.39  def. Ron Mattson, Cloquet, Minn., '70 Camaro, E/SA, 10.837, 119.73. 

SUPER COMP
Gary Stinnett, Emporia, Kan., '17 Miller, 8.894, 181.18  def. Ed Shaughnessy, Coleraine, Minn., '10 Erickson, 8.889, 154.92. 

SUPER GAS
Kevin Dyck, Winnipeg, Manit., '12 Corvette, 9.913, 163.22  def. Scott Mc Masters, Rose Creek, Minn., '69 Camaro, 9.885, 145.39. 

SUPER STREET
Corey Bentley, Fremont, Neb., '66 Chevy II, 10.939, 145.08  def. Ronnie Luberda, Foley, Minn., '71 Nova, 10.884, 140.31. 

TOP SPORTSMAN
Jeremiah Vandeventer, Hastings, Neb., '96 Mustang, 8.818, 182.11  def. Michael Freischel, Cottage Grove, Minn., '01 Pontiac, 7.518, 177.86. 

TOP DRAGSTER
Kendra Larson, Starbuck, Minn., '07 Mullis, 7.486, 179.49  def. Todd Bruce, Horace, N.D., '40 Ford, 7.665, 169.15. 

SPORTSMAN MOTORCYCLE
Kyle Lundberg, Isanti, Minn., '12 Hayabusa, 8.598, 147.34  def. Toby Giese, Kandiyohi, Minn., 10.132, 124.67. 

SATURDAY

The following are Saturday's final qualifying results from the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series, West Central Division Thunder at the Lakes:

COMPETITION ELIMINATOR
1) Doug Engels, Watertown, S.D., '05 Frameworks, D/ED, 7.314 seconds, -0.706 (under index)
2) Daryl Arrowsmith, Ham Lake, Minn., '16 Chevrolet, G/AA, 8.230, -0.680
3) Jim Greenheck, Schofield, Wis., '12 Camaro, C/AA, 7.299, -0.641
4) Shaun Vincent, Omaha, Neb., '02 S-10, C/TA, 8.408, -0.632
5) Bruno Massel, Elmhurst, Ill., '10 Cobalt, DD/AT, 6.972, -0.628
6) Clint Sallee, Glendive, Mont., dragster, B/D, 6.661, -0.609
7) Bruce Schmiedl, Regina, Sask., '32 Bantam, A/EA, 7.343, -0.567
8) Travis Gusso, Sioux Falls, S.D., '10 Cobalt, D/SM, 8.477, -0.563
9) Doug Kjono, Grand Forks, N.D., '06 Cobalt, AA/AF, 22.209, 14.229

SUPER STOCK
1) Randy Hopkins, Mission, Texas, '14 Mustang, FSS/C, 8.654 seconds, -0.996 (under index)
2) Jason DeForrest, Andover, Minn., '05 Cavalier, GT/EA, 9.107, -0.993
3) Bill Rink, Naperville, Ill., '74 Pontiac, SS/MA, 10.872, -0.978
4) Michael Mans, Rogers, Minn., '00 Firebird, SS/AS, 8.656, -0.944
5) Terry Johnson, Maple Grove, Minn., '85 Ford, SS/M, 10.674, -0.926
6) Tyler Wudarczyk, Wakarusa, Kan., '88 Camaro, SS/JA, 10.130, -0.870
7) Eric Bell, Chandler, Ariz., '68 Barracuda, GT/EA, 9.254, -0.846
8) Justin Jenkins, Beatrice, Neb., '09 Cobalt, GT/GA, 9.576, -0.824
9) Jeff Adkinson, Damascus, Ga., '05 Sunfire, GT/GA, 9.625, -0.775
10) Gene Bichlmeier, Norfolk, Neb., '66 Nova, GT/M, 10.188, -0.762

STOCK ELIMINATOR
1) Jackie Olson, Ipswich, S.D., '86 GMC, P/SA, 12.283 seconds, -1.167 (under index)
2) Jay Randall, Maple Grove, Minn., '78 Regal, V/SA, 14.476, -1.024
3) Brian Schultz, Mesa, Ariz., '70 Duster, E/SA, 10.726, -0.974
4) Ben Line, International Falls, Minn., '69 Mustang, C/SA, 10.497, -0.903
5) Ron Mattson, Cloquet, Minn., '70 Camaro, E/SA, 10.813, -0.887
6) Bill Feist, Maple Grove, Minn., '69 Mustang, A/S, 10.069, -0.881
7) Randy Mans, Rogers, Minn., '00 Firebird, A/SA, 10.131, -0.869
8) Larry DeForrest, Ramsey, Minn., '10 Mustang, FS/D, 9.742, -0.858
9) Arthur Thibert, Tilbury, Ont., '80 Malibu, L/SA, 11.865, -0.835
10) Jeff Adkinson, Damacus, Ga., '69 Camaro, B/SA, 10.418, -0.832

TOP SPORTSMAN
1) Paul Pittman, Bloomington, Minn., '13 Camaro, 6.584 seconds, 213.64 mph
2) Scott Javers, Tea, S.D., '15 Camaro, 6.717, 212.06
3) Joseph Mohana, Bourg, La., '57 Belair, 6.765, 204.98
4) Michael Chitty, Ames, Iowa, '04 Cavalier, 6.863, 202.70
5) Tom Schmidt, Lindstrom, Minn., '09 GXP, 6.905, 185.82
6) Dusty Meyer, Lenexa, Kan., '05 S-10, 6.944, 198.50
7) Curt Harshfield, Sioux City, Iowa, '55 Chevrolet, 6.976, 193.52
8) Terry Pope, Blair, Neb., '02 Cavalier, 7.054, 197.59
9) Brian Antony, Lonsdale, Minn., '01 Avenger, 7.082, 195.05
10) Rob Meservier, Thunder Bay, Ont., '68 Chevelle, 7.128, 189.68

TOP DRAGSTER
1) Les Feist, Clearwater, Minn., '13 Miller, 6.183 seconds, 228.07 mph
2) Phil Unruh, McPherson, Kan., '16 Miller, 6.194, 222.18
3) Scott Murray, Winnipeg, Manit., '98 RED, 6.264, 225.00
4) Wally Stelmach, Winnipeg, Manit., '08 Dan Page, 6.402, 220.40
5) Donna Patterson, Lorette, Manit., '01 Undercover, 6.604, 212.76
6) Roger Clark, Silver City, Iowa, '10 M&M, 6.810, 196.27
7) Daryl Forrest, Winnepeg, Manit., '09 Wetch, 6.929, 194.60
8) Scott Cusey, Buffalo, Minn., '01 Boulton, 6.938, 194.52
9) Greg Krause, Escondito, Calif., '02 Worthy, 7.128, 189.20
10) Tim Richards, Winnipeg, Manit., '10 Monden, 7.137, 194.77

SPORTSMAN MOTORCYCLE
1) Dave Olsen, Littleton, Colo., '12 Kawasaki, SMC, 0.000 seconds reaction time
2) Stan Moulzolf, Foley, Minn., '97 SkiDoo, SMC, 0.001
3) Wyatt Niesen, Brooklyn Park, Minn., 'xx Suzuki, SMC, 0.001
4) Rudy Fife, Lakewood, Colo., '79 Kawasaki, SMC, 0.003
5) Mike Voss, Maplewood, Minn., '12 Kawasaki, SMC, 0.004
6) Bruce Sampson, Forest Lake, Minn., '99 Suzuki, SMC, 0.005
7) Michael Shelton, Great Bend, Kan., '09 Hayabusa, SMC, 0.005
8) Jason Clampitt, Lino Lakes, Minn., '79 Kawsaki, SMC, 0.009
9) Patrick Roetto, Wichita, Kan., '09 Hayabusa, SMC, 0.010
10) Donnie Durenberger, Dayton, Minn., '81 Kawasaki, SMC, 0.011


PREVIEW

BRAINERD, Minn. – Brainerd International Raceway hosts the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series West Central Division for Thunder at the Lakes on August 11- 13. 

The event is one of 45 scheduled across the country where drivers in the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series earn points leading to divisional and national championships as well as a chance at a share of the year-end purse of more than $519,000. Categories include Comp Eliminator, Super Stock, Stock Eliminator, Super Comp, Super Gas and Super Street. The division’s Jerry Haas Race Cars Top Sportsman, Fineline Graphics & Madcap Racing Top Dragster and NHRA Sportsman Motorcycle Series are also in competition.

Tickets for the Thunder at the Lakes at BIR are $25 each day. Children 12 and under are admitted free with a paid adult.  For more information call the track, (866) 444-4455, or visit www.brainerdracewayandresort.com. 

Friday, August 11
Gates Open at 7 a.m.
Test and Tune at 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Saturday, August 12
Gates Open at 7 a.m.
Time Trails & Qualifying at 9 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Top Dragster, Comp, and Top Sportsman Qualifying at 11 a.m., 2 & 5 p.m.

Sunday, August 13
Gates open at 7 a.m.
Round 1 at 9 a.m.