David Rampy, Dan Fletcher, and Kevin Helms all added to their win counts, while Bradley Johnson, Brad Basgall, and Randy Cruickshank each captured their first NHRA national event win at the Mopar Mile-High NHRA Nationals at Bandimere Speedway.
Rampy bagged his 96th national event win after he ran down Jessie Oman, who got the jump in the Comp Eliminator final round. Oman took the early lead by .025-second, but Rampy’s ’32 roadster had the power at the top end to take the win in 7.720 seconds at 166.46 mph.
Fletcher, who hit the 100-wins milestone earlier this month, grabbed No. 101 and his eighth at Bandimere Speedway when he knocked out Justin Jenkins in Super Stock. Fletcher pulled out a great .002-second reaction time, then held on to win in 11.122 seconds as Jenkins ran too quick as he tried to chase down Fletcher.
In Stock, it was Helms collecting his 26th national event win and third up on the mountain. Helms went 11.296 in his Challenger to take out Scott Wells and his Camaro, which ran 12.624. Helms doubled up at Bandimere back in 2005 when he won in both Stock and Super Stock.
Johnson used a nice .009-second reaction time to help secure his first win, and Basgall and Cruickshank had similar reaction times (.010 Basgall, .011 Cruickshank) in their first national event victories. Johnson defeated Morgan Minor in a double breakout, running 10.464 seconds at 152.18 to Minor’s 10.432, 145.97 for the Super Gas title. Basgall won easily over Jason Covington, who had problems off the start in Top Dragster presented by Racing RVs, and Cruickshank took the Top Sportsman presented by Racing RVs title when Bud Preuss left early with a red-light foul start.
Kris Whitfield and Troy Grant rounded out the winner’s circle as Whitfield defended his Mile-High win from a year ago, beating Gary Wamboldt in Super Comp, and Grant put John Bianco on the trailer in Super Street. Whitfield took the early lead and the win in 9.544 seconds, and Grant was .005 on the Tree, forcing Bianco to break out by just .001-second.
The following are the final results from the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series Mopar Mile-High NHRA Nationals at Bandimere Speedway:
David Rampy, roadster, 7.720, 166.46 def.
Jessie Oman, dragster, 7.328, 183.42
Dan Fletcher, Chevy Camaro, 11.122, 116.46 def.
Justin Jenkins, Chevy Cobalt, 10.298, 131.88
Kevin Helms, Dodge Challenger, 11.296, 106.82 def.
Scott Wells, Chevy Camaro, 12.624, 105.54
Kris Whitfield, roadster, 9.544, 149.70 def.
Gary Wamboldt, dragster, 9.515, 154.03
Bradley Johnson, Chevy Camaro, 10.464, 152.18 def.
Morgan Minor, roadster, 10.432, 145.97
Troy Grant, Chevy II, 11.553, 124.60 def.
John Bianco, Chevy, 11.499, 140.07
TOP DRAGSTER presented by RACING RVs
Brad Basgall, dragster, 6.901, 191.08 def.
Jason Covington, dragster, 6.679, 206.13
TOP SPORTSMAN presented by RACING RVs
Randy Cruickshank, Chevy Corvette, 8.209, 134.63 def.
Bud Preuss, Camaro, foul