THUNDER JAM JULY 28, 2012 Update.
Gates open at Noon and Start Racing at 2:00, We will conduct 2 rounds of qualifying and one round of eliminations. Then take an hour break to start the Thunder Jam Pit party around 5:00 to 5:30. Come see Grave Digger, Ninja Turtle Monster Trucks along with Tulsa County Heat Wave Funny car and The Spirit of Alabama Jet Dragster. We have been told that Grave Digger will be smashing some trucks this weekend also, along with Drag Racing the Ninja Turtle truck. First round of Qualifying for the CBR Construction and Welding Outlaw Door Slammers Shootout class and second round of Bracket eleminations will resume approximately at 7:30.
We will finish the Finials of the CBR Construction and Welding Outlaw Door Slammers Shootout class during the Midnight Drags. Please note that the Midnight drags gate will not open until 11:00 pm if you wish to come in early you will have to pay the Thunder Jam spectator price. However if you watch the Thunder Jam Show you will only have to pay for a Tech card to race at the Midnights/ Carryover spectators to the Midnights are welcome at no charge.
DOUBLE SHOOTOUT RACING THIS WEEKEND AT TULSA RACEWAY PARK!
Tulsa Outlaw Door Slammer SHOOTOUT & Bracket Race THIS SATURDAY then onto the Legendary Midnight Shootout Series Presented by CRB Construction & Welding, LLC!
CBR Construction & Welding Outlaw A Class Payout:
$100.00 Entry Outlaw B Payout:
Win $1,000 Win $300
R-Up $500 R-Up $150
Semi $350 Semi $100
NEW FOR 2012
Two 1/8th mile classes will run as Outlaw Door Slammer A and Outlaw Door Slammer B classes. Both classes will be run in a 5-race point’s series. Cost to enter each class in points is $50 and must be paid prior to first round eliminations of the first race the racer attends (or first race in which points will start to accumulate) You do not have to be in the points to race to race.
The fastest 8 will race on a pro ladder and will be noted as the Outlaw Door Slammer A class.
The next 8 cars (9-16 qualified) will race on a separate pro ladder and will be the Outlaw Door Slammer B class.
CARS THAT DON’T MAKE THE FIELD ARE ELIGIBLE TO RACE IN THE REGULAR BRACKET SERIES.
ALL CARS WILL BE RUN IN PAIRS IN QUALIFYING
Pairing for OUTLAW DOOR-SLAMMER will be on a Pro Ladder. Alternates will be used for first round only. A new ladder will be created with the first alternate taking the place of the number 16 qualifier.
TWO ROUNDS OF QUALIFYING
Gates Open at 5:00PM Bracket Race’s start at 6:00PM Shootout Qualifying starts at 7:00PM
All classes and cars will adhere to the safety Rules and regulations as provided by the National Hot Rod Association. That is, they MUST be NHRA legal for ET and M.P.H (including NHRA license and chassis certification where required). If not deemed safe, the car will be disqualified and no points or monies will be earned for that night.
The racer must break the starting line beams under own power in order to earn round money or points.
ALL CARS MUST HAVE:
THIS CLASS WILL BE RUN WITH A 1/8 MILE FINISH LINE
This class is limited to full body. Both doors must be functional inside and outside. No one piece bodies. No funny car bodies. Driver must sit on left side of car. (i.e. No altereds, dragsters, or street roadsters).
No weight requirements.
To qualify for this class, car must run a minimum of 5.50 1/8 mile ET.
Minimal decal’s on race cars this will be decided by TRP
NOTE WE WILL RUN THIS SAME RACE AT THUNDER JAM JULY 28th
The Legendary Midnight Shootout Series
Small Tire Rules 1/8 mile $50.00 Entry
1. Must have headlights
2. Must have at least one working taillight
3. Muffler (turbo is not required)
4. Car MUST be driven to the lanes
5. No tube chassis cars allowed
6. No wheelie bars
7. Any slick side wall marked "29.5x10.5 - 11.00" or smaller, Non W. Only 'W' tire allowed is a 28.0x10.50w
... 8. ET street tire size: 28x13.5 or 30x12.5 max
9. Any drag radial with a 15" rim diameter
Big Tire Rules 1/8 mile $75.00 Entry
1. Must be full-bodied
2. Both doors must be functional inside and out
3. No one piece bodies
4. No funny car bodies
5. Driver must sit on the left side
6. Must have headlights
7. Must have at least one working taillight
8. No weight restrictions
ALL INDEX CLASSES ARE 1/4 Mile
7.90 Index = Dragsters $40.00 Entry
10.50 Index = Full bodied cars $40 Entry
12.00 Index $25.00 Entry
13.50 Index $25.00 Entry
Bike Classes and Rules
9.50 Index $25.00 Entry
1. No slicks
2. No wheelie bars
3. Leathers are recommended
4. Kill switch with tether is required
Outlaw Motorcycle $35.00 Entry
1. Full leathers are required
2. BRING IT!
WHITELEYS DOUBLE UP AGAIN IN TULSA
Cummings Grabs A Double of His Own
TULSA, Okla. – In a performance even more impressive than their sweep of the Las Vegas race earlier this year, the husband-and-wife team of Jim and Annie Whiteley ran the table at the Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series Osage Casino event at Tulsa Raceway Park. This time, both ran low e.t. in the final, Jim a 5.34 for the Top Alcohol Dragster title and Annie a 5.67 for the win in Top Alcohol Funny Car.
Jim, who already was in a commanding position for the national championship in Top Alcohol Dragster, scored for the fifth time in seven starts this year and completed a perfect regional season with his third victory, stopping Randy Meyer in the final. Meyer, who edged him for the No. 1 qualifying spot, went up in smoke not far off the line and coasted to a 7.21 at 137 mph.
"Randy's car has been running well wherever he goes – I don't care what the conditions have been," Whiteley said. "I'm trying not to think too much about the championship at this point. Our goal was to win this race, and we did it." He had low e.t. of all three rounds of eliminations, beginning with a 5.38 against Mark Taliaferro. A 5.342 in the semifinals eliminated Texas driver James Thompson and stood for low e.t. until his even quicker 5.340 against Meyer in the final.
From the top end, Whiteley watched as his wife got the best of returning veteran Mike Bell in a close Top Alcohol Funny Car final, 5.67 to 5.75. "I was standing down there all by myself, and I have to say, I really enjoyed it," he said. "That was her first night run, and she got the job done."
Whiteley (5.78 over Scott McVey), Bell (5.77 over Bryan Brown), No. 1 qualifier Mark Billington (5.76 over Lance Van Hauen), and former Division 5 champ Kirk Williams (5.75 over Billy Davis) won the first round with remarkably similar runs. In the semi's, Whiteley defeated Williams, who won the Denver regional last weekend, in one of the best races of the weekend, 5.73 to 5.80. Bell, now driving for 15-time division champion Vern Moats, took the green and idled off the line in the other semi when Billington, who had low e.t. of the meet until the final, was unable to appear.
In the final, both drivers made their quickest and fastest runs of the weekend, and Whiteley prevailed with low e.t. of the meet, 5.67, opposite Bell's right-there 5.75. "I think people are really going to be impressed when they see the numbers that car runs before the year is over," Jim said. "She's really got a hot rod right now. The Strasburg family is doing a phenomenal job, and [crew chief] Roger [Bateman] has a lot of really good ideas. The more time Roger has to think about it, the better the car's going to run."
Slate Cummings scored the rare double of his own taking home not one but two NHRA Wally trophies this weekend. Cummings, Hammond, La., took out home state racer Jared Swinehart, Piedmont, Okla., in Super Stock with a 9.308 second lap at 135 mph then came back to face off with fellow Hammond, La., racer Jody Simoneaux in the final of Stock Eliminator. Cummings raced to a 10.867 second lap but took the win immediately when Simoneaux left early with a redlight start.
A slew of Texas racers grabbed wins this weekend led by Don Thomas in Comp out of Amarillo, Texas. Thomas drove his dragster to the win in 7.36 seconds against Clark Smiley while Danny Leibham and Rob McKinley won out of Texas in the division’s Suburban Chevrolet Top Sportsman and in Sunset Racecraft Top Dragster classes. Leibham went 192.55 mph in 7.157 seconds to down Russell Marr and McKinley clocked in at 6.073, 231.64 to defeat Jerry Holt, Collinsville, Okla.
Rounding out the weekend’s winners at Tulsa Raceway were Scooter Choate, Hubbard, Texas in Super Comp over Kyle Fickler; Rustin Mayse beating Jeff Lopez in Super Gas; Tony Jones fell to Ted Ash in Super Street; and Mike McCullah beat Chris LeBouef in the Sportsman Motorcycle presented by Harley Davidson class.
South Central Division racers head to Thunder Valley Raceway Park for the next NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series event, Sept. 14-16.
The following are the final results from the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series Osage Casino event at Tulsa Raceway Park:
TOP ALCOHOL DRAGSTER:
4) Alan Bradshaw, Odessa, Texas, 5.457, 252.80 def. 5) Chase Copeland, Gainesville, Texas, 5.501, 256.26
3) James Thompson, Vernon, Texas, 5.523, 254.28 def. 6) Gord Gingles, Winnipeg, Manit., 5.633, 259.61
1) Randy Meyer, Spring Hill, Kan., 5.448, 264.60 def. 8) David Brounkowski, Cypress, Texas, 5.611, 248.39
2) Jim Whiteley, Grand Junction, Colo., 5.390, 264.91 def. 7) Mark Taliaferro, Odessa, Texas, 5.587, 259.61
Meyer, 5.386, 264.86 def. Bradshaw, 6.200, 199.76
Whiteley, 5.344, 267.37 def. Thompson, 17.097, 67.94
Whiteley, 5.340, 265.90 def. Meyer, 7.216, 137.88
TOP ALCOHOL FUNNY CAR:
1) Mark Billington, Prosper, Texas, '05 Monte Carlo, 5.769, 240.34 def. 8) Lance Van Hauen, Reinbeck, Iowa, '12 Camaro, broke
3) Kirk Williams, Glenwood, Iowa, '04 Camaro, 5.759, 247.29 def. 6) Billy Davis, Rogers, Ark., '06 Avenger, 6.125, 189.98
4) Mike Bell, Fulton, Mo., '10 Mustang, 5.771, 248.98 def. 5) Bryan Brown, Gainesville, Texas, '06 Monte Carlo, 5.992, 219.51
2) Annie Whiteley, Grand Junction, Colo., '10 Mustang, 5.784, 247.97 def. 7) Scott McVey, Winnipeg, Manit., '06 Monte Carlo, 10.504, 103.25
Whiteley, 5.730, 250.83 def. Williams, 5.806, 245.14
Bell, broke def. Billington, broke
Whiteley, 5.672, 251.34 def. Bell, 5.753, 250.18
Don Thomas, Amarillo, Texas, dragster, C/ED, 7.360, 177.93 def. Clark Smiley, Denver City, Texas, '09 GXP, BB/A, 7.543, 181.98
Slate Cummings, Hammond, La., '05 Cavalier, SS/BS, 9.308, 135.39 def. Jared Swinehart, Piedmont, Okla., '92 Camaro, GT/AA, 9.596, 137.54
Slate Cummings, Hammond, La., '99 Firebird, B/SA, 10.867, 101.64 def. Jody Simoneaux, Hammond, La., '67 Chevy II, E/SA, foul
Scooter Choate, Hubbard, Texas, dragster, 8.869, 176.93 def. Kyle Fickler, Tonganoxie, Kan., dragster, 8.863, 164.89
Rustin Mayse, Grandview, Texas, '03 Corvette, 9.933, 148.89 def. Jeff Lopez, Bedford, Texas, '63 Corvette, 9.918, 157.41
Ted Ash, Topeka, Kan., '61 Corvette, 10.950, 146.19 def. Tony Jones, Gilmer, Texas, '67 Camaro, foul
Danny Leibham, Tomball, Texas, '01 Camaro, 7.157, 192.55 def. Russell Marr, Forney, Texas, '03 Cavalier, 7.307, 184.72
Rob McKinley, Conroe, Texas, dragster, 6.073, 231.64 def. Jerry Holt, Collinsville, Okla., dragster, 6.500, 197.77.
Mike McCullah, Houston, '00 Suzuki, 8.255, 156.66 def. Chris LeBouef, Lafayette, La., '09 Hayabusa, 8.367, 145.94
AHDRA'S NEXT STOP: TULSA RACEWAY PARK FOR THE MID-WEST NITRO NATIONALS PRESENTED BY ROUTE 66 HARLEY-DAVIDSON, JUNE 30TH – JULY 1ST
Pfafftown, N.C., June 11, 2012 – As AHDRA gears up for a second-time appearance at Tulsa Raceway Park for the AHDRA/Screamin’ Eagle Performance Parts Mid-West Nitro Nationals presented by Route 66 Harley-Davidson, we’ll be singing – Oklahoma, where the Harleys come rumbling down the plain, and the nitromethane can sure smell sweet, when the east meets the west at Tulsa Raceway Park on June 30th and July 1st.
AHDRA President Craig Tharpe says, “The demand for a Harley drag racing event in the area has grown tremendously, and I am grateful to the staff at Tulsa Raceway Park and this year's presenting sponsor, Route 66 Harley-Davidson, for making it possible to hold the event at this first class facility.”
Route 66 Harley-Davidson is Oklahoma’s premier Harley-Davidson dealership. Owned and operated by Dale Rhoads, they offer the largest selection of Harley-Davidson motorcycles, clothing and accessories in Oklahoma. Route 66 Harley-Davidson is Oklahoma’s #1 volume dealer and was the only dealership in Oklahoma to receive Harley-Davidson’s prestigious “Bar & Shield Award”.
The staff of Route 66 Harley-Davidson will welcome race fans with not one but two fun-filled evenings. On Wednesday, June 27th, the AHDRA Nitro Party will be at Joe’s Crab Shack, which is located at 7646 E. 61st Street, Tulsa, OK. The party starts at 7pm and will feature Racebikes, AHDRA Racer, Mike Bahnmaier, giveaways and more. On Thursday, June 28th, the AHDRA Nitro Party will be at Twin Peaks, which is located at 7007 S. Memorial Drive, Tulsa, OK. The party starts at 7pm and will feature AHDRA Racers, Racebikes, giveaways and more.
Racing action gets underway at Tulsa Raceway Park, Friday, June 29th, with a Test & Tune session from 3pm – 8pm. On Saturday, June 30th, the gates open at 8am with qualifying for Sportsman Classes beginning at 10am. On Sunday, July 1st, Opening Ceremonies begin at 12:15pm followed by Pro Eliminations beginning at 12:30pm.
Admission to the Mid-West Nationals presented by Route 66 Harley-Davidson is $50 for the weekend and $30 for single-day passes. H.O.G. members receive a $5 discount at the gate, and children 11 and under are admitted free. Active and reserve Military are admitted free with a valid Military ID. Each event ticket gives fans direct access to the pits for an up-close look at the motorcycles in competition as well as time to observe and meet the race teams. An assortment of vendors will be on
hand along with the AHDRA Merchandise Store.
Discount tickets are available at Route 66 Harley-Davidson. The Host Hotel for the Mid-West Nitro Nationals will be the Best Western Tulsa Airport, 222 North Garnett Road, Tulsa, OK 74116 (located at exit 14 off I-244; 2 miles from Tulsa Raceway). Toll free 888-438-0780 or 918-438-0780 – Reserve now for the special AHDRA group rate.
For more information on the AHDRA-Mid-West Nitro Nationals presented by Route 66 Harley-Davidson or the 2012 AHDRA/Screamin’ Eagle Performance Parts Championship Series, please contact 336-924-2095 or visit www.ahdra.com.
For more information on Route 66 Harley-Davidson, please contact 918-622-1340 or visit www.route66h-d.com.
For more information on Tulsa Raceway Park, please contact 918-437-7223 or visit www.tulsaracewaypark.com.
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