NOBLE RESULTSDIVISION 4 Thunder Valley Raceway Park Noble, Okla. Sept. 25-27
Results will be posted as soon as they are available.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE NHRA FEDERAL MOGUL DRAG RACING CHAMPIONS BATTLE FOR POINTS AT THUNDER VALLEY THUNDER VALLEY RACEWAY PARK, Noble, Oklahoma--The final race of the NHRA Federal-Mogul Drag Racing Series event presented by OReilly Parts in the South Central Division brought some of 1997s national champions to Noble, Oklahoma. Competition Eliminator national champion Andy Manna Jr. of Covina, Calif., and Super Stock national champion Jimmy DeFrank of Tarzana, Calif., have come to get some extra points at Thunder Valley Raceway Park. There are only three more NHRA Federal-Mogul Drag Racing Series events left on the roster before the Winston Finals in November. This is one of the final events where some racers can get points. Manna and DeFrank have the national championship on their minds as they travel far from their native California homes to reach higher standings in the points race. Jim DeFrank, father of Jimmy DeFrank explained that Jimmy can only go to so many races because of his dedication to school. This was a perfect race for him to attend to try and pick up some points to place him in a better position going into the final leg of the race season. Andy Manna came to this years final South Central division race because he wanted to make a serious run at the national championship this year. Manna said There is plenty of competition here just like there is at any race, but I need to get some points to give me a better place in the points standings. I also hope to get some final wins before going to the Winston Finals. Racing resumes tomorrow at 9:00 a.m. Federal-Mogul Funny Car and Dragster will make two qualifying runs at 1:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m. FEDERAL-MOGUL DRAGSTER 1. Darrell Russell, Cypress, Tex., 5.764, 247.25 2. Bill Hynes, Fairview, Tex., 5.775, 224.38 3. Shelly Howard, Tulsa, Okla., 5.943, 241.74 4. Gene Snow, Ft. Worth, Tex., 6.003, 193.67 5. Gerald Gossman, Garden City, Kansas, 6.006, 226.87 6.Brian Ratliff, Tahlequah, Okla., 6.089, 227.67 7. Edwin Schmeeckle, Gothenburg, Neb., 6.299, 233.22 8. Bill Ancona, Mansfield, Tex., 6.386, 217.02 FEDERAL-MOGUL FUNNY CAR 1. Vern Moats, Des Moines, Iowa, 5.879, 235.29 2. Jackie Stidham, Chickasha, Okla., 5.966, 243.66 3. Tate Branch, Artesia, New Mexico, 6.041, 240.70 4. Clay Pool, Weatherford, Tex., 6.076, 235.17 5. Jimmy Jones, Cleburne, Tex., 6.079, 237.52 6. Todd Simpson, Ponder, Tex., 6.178, 234.68 7. Randy Fleming, Independence, Montana, 6.331, 214.64 8. Bob Alberty, Muskogee, Okla., 7.617, 128.04 COMPETITION 1. Andy Manna Jr., Covina, Calif., C/SR 33 Ford, 9.018, -(0.382) 2. John Fairleigh, Scott City, Kansas, B/A 96 Firebird, 7.595 -(0.375) 3. Arthur Sauceda, Deer Park, Tex., C/D 94 Chassis Craft, 7.331 -(0.369) 4. Bill Kent, Midland, Tex., C/D 95 Dragster, 7.338 -(0.362) 5. John Linton, Tonkawa, Okla., C/ED 92 Chassis Craft, 7.629 -(0.361) 6. Mike Save, Johnston, South Carolina, G/A 92 Cutlass, 9.121 -(0359) 7. Dennis Smiley, Denver City, Tex., B/ED 98 Frameworks, 7.310 -(0.350) 8. Ruben Celedon, Edinburg, Tex., D/A 94 Cutlass, 8.204 -(0.336) SUPER STOCK 1. Brent Johnson, Lecompte, Louisiana, SS/NA 66 Chevy, 11.638 -(0.812) 2. Jimmy DeFrank, Tarzana, Calif., GT/HA 89 Chevy, 10.559 -(0.791) 3. Randall Klein, Lincoln, Neb., SS/NA 56 Nomad, 11.661 -(0.789) 4. Tony DeFrank, Tarzana, Calif., GT/GA 98 Pontiac, 10.411 -(0.789) 5. Bob Dennis, Shorter, Alabama, GT/MA 97 Firehawk, 11.335 -(0.715) 6. Terry Emmons, Pasadena, Tex., SS/JA 97 Pontiac, 10.616 -(0.684) 7. Gary Stinnett, Emporia, Kansas, GT/IA 98 Pontiac, 10.833 -(0.667) 8. Gary McGlasson, Cuba, New Mexico, SS/HA 69 Camaro, 10.254 -(0.646) STOCK 1. Marty Woffard, Gore, Okla., K/S 66 Nova, 12.042 -(0.808) 2. Ronnie Cardwell, Ruston, Lousiana, K/SA 90 Pontiac, 12.505 -(0.745) 3. Bob Dennis, Shorter, Alabama, U/SA 82 Olds, 14.463 -(0.687) 4. Felix Acosta, Belle Rose, Louisiana, E/SA 97 Chevy, 11.402 -(0.598) 5. Ed Dobson, Wellington, Kansas, B/SA 63 Fury, 10.954 -(0.596) 6. Verne Buchanan, Conway, Arkansas, J/SA 73 Mustang, 12.157 -(0.593) 7. Mike Wenke, Conway Springs, Kansas, B/SA 69 Mustang, 10.960 -(0.590) 8. Sharla Joffrion, Bell Rose, Louisiana, G/SA 97 Z28, 11.717 -(0.583)
Saturday Qualifying Final:
RACE DAY AT THE TRACK FOR LOCAL MEDIA DRAG RACERS THUNDER VALLEY RACEWAY PARK, Noble, Oklahoma--Thunder Valley Raceway Park was the site of a media drag race today as the second day of the NHRA Federal-Mogul Drag Racing Series event presented by OReilly Parts got under way. The race featured some very well known media newspapers and radio stations. The Norman Oklahoman newspaper, KKG Radio, KKNG Radio, The Twister newspaper, KXY Radio, American Drag News, and The Daily Oklahoman all came down to the track for a day of fun and drag racing. A few of the drivers had so much fun, such as Jaconna Aguirre of the Norman Oklahoman, that she said Im looking forward to trying this again next year. I had a great time. Aguirre finished in the runner-up position with her co-pilot professional driving instructor, Federal-Mogul Marketing Manager, David Hakim. Mr. Hakim said This is a wonderful way to get media coverage of race, and its a great way for both the professional drivers of the NHRA and the local media to meet and have a lot of fun. Drivers in the NHRA Federal-Mogul Drag Racing series who also participated in what is know as co-piloting the cars include some well know Funny Car and Dragster drivers. Among those drivers were Federal-Mogul Dragster drivers Darrell Russell, Bill Hynes, and Billy Bybee. From the Federal-Mogul Funny Car category drivers Tate Branch and local Chickasha resident Jackie Stidham also lent a helping hand. The winner of the media drag race was KKG Radio host Eric Alexander who drove with Jackie Stidham into the winners circle. Could this be a fortelling of how Stidham will race in tomorrows eliminations? Only time and fast driving will tell. Gates open tomorrow at 8:00 a.m. Eliminations begin at 9:00 a.m. with Federal-Mogul Funny Car and Dragster starting at Noon. 1998 NHRA FEDERAL-MOGUL DRAG RACING SERIES Final qualifying positions at Thunder Valley Raceway Park, Noble, Oklahoma, the final of six rounds in the 1998 NHRA South Central Division Federal-Mogul Drag Racing Series, listing driver, hometown, state, vehicle, elapsed time in seconds, speed in miles per hour. FEDERAL-MOGUL DRAGSTER 1. Darrell Russell, Cypress, Tex., 5.764, 247.25 2. Bill Hynes, Fairview, Tex., 5.775, 224.38 3. Troy Buff, Spring, Tex., 5.800, 248.41 4. Lary Reep, Austin, Tex., 5.826, 242.45 5. Shelly Howard, Tulsa, Okla., 5.882, 242.71 6. Gene Snow, Ft. Worth, Tex., 5.885, 237.84 7. Jim Thompson, Vernon, Tex., 5.909, 240.83 8. Edwin Schmeeckle, Gothenburg, Neb., 5.917, 234.19 FEDERAL-MOGUL FUNNY CAR 1. Vern Moats, Des Moines, Iowa, 5.879, 235.29 2. Jackie Stidham, Chickasha, Okla., 5.912, 244.16 3. Tate Branch, Artesia, New Mexico, 6.016, 240.25 4. Todd Simpson, Ponder, Tex., 6.017, 241.48 5. Todd Paton, Ontario, Calif., 6.026, 244.10 6. Clay Pool, Weatherford, Tex., 6.076, 235.17 7. Jimmy Jones, Cleburne, Tex., 6.079, 237.52 8. Randy Fleming, Independence, Montana, 6.130, 233.70 COMPETITION 1. Pete Carbery, Odessa, Tex., B/A 89 Cutlass, 7.548 -(0.422) 2. John Fairleigh, Scott City, Kansas, B/A 96 Firebird, 7.555 -(0.415) 3. Arthur Sauceda, Deer Park, Tex., C/D 94 Chassis Craft, 7.298 -(0.402) 4. Andy Manna Jr., Covina, Calif., C/SR 33 Ford, 9.005, -(0.395) 5. Mike Saye, Johnston, South Carolina, G/A 92 Cutlass, 9.092 -(0.388) 6. Brian Self, Durant, Okla., B/A 96 Pontiac, 7.062 -(.0368) 7. Jason Tinberg, Bonner Springs, Kansas, D/EA 96 Olds, 8.677 -(0.363) 8. Mike Trumble, Pasedena, Tex., D/SM 92 Chevy, 8.457 -(0.363) SUPER STOCK 1. Jimmy DeFrank, Tarzana, Calif., GT/HA 89 Chevy, 10.480 -(0.870) 2. Bob Dennis, Shorter, Alabama, GT/MA 97 Firehawk, 11.198 -(0.852) 3. Brent Johnson, Lecompte, Louisiana, SS/NA 66 Chevy, 11.629 -(0.821) 4. Randall Klein, Lincoln, Neb., SS/NA 56 Nomad, 11.656 -(0.794) 5. Tony DeFrank, Tarzana, Calif., GT/GA 98 Pontiac, 10.411 -(0.789) 6. Gary Stinnett, Emporia, Kansas, GT/IA 98 Pontiac, 10.799 -(0.701) 7. Terry Emmons, Pasadena, Tex., SS/JA 97 Pontiac, 10.616 -(0.684) 8. Ken Howell, Baytown, Tex., GT/D 82 Firebird, 9.982 -(0.668) STOCK 1. Ronnie Cardwell, Ruston, Lousiana, K/SA 90 Pontiac, 12.067 -(0.883) 2. Marty Woffard, Gore, Okla., K/S 66 Nova, 11.977 -(0.873) 3. Bob Dennis, Shorter, Alabama, U/SA 82 Olds, 14.391 -(0.759) 4. Felix Acosta, Belle Rose, Louisiana, E/SA 97 Chevy, 11.263 -(0.737) 5. Pat Joffrion, Belle Rose, Louisiana, F/SA 97 SS, 11.428 -(0.722) 6. Sharla Joffrion, Bell Rose, Louisiana, G/SA 97 Z28, 11.583 -(0.717) 7. Mike Cotten, Broken Arrow, Okla., H/SA 73 Duster, 11.733 -(0.717) 8. Verne Buchanan, Conway, Arkansas, J/SA 73 Mustang, 12.065 -(0.685)
FEDERAL-MOGUL DRAGSTER DRIVER DARRELL RUSSELL EARNS AN IMPORTANT WIN ON THE ROAD TO THE FINALS THUNDER VALLEY RACEWAY PARK, Noble, Oklahoma -- The final day of the NHRA Federal-Mogul Drag Racing Series event present by OReilly Parts was a step in the right direction for Federal- Mogul Dragster driver Darrell Russell. Russell, from Cypress, Texas, is currently in contention for the NHRA Federal-Mogul Drag Racing Series national championship title. He is currently in third place in the race for the title behind Mike Gunderson, of Middleburg, Florida and Rick Santos, of San Leandro, California, who is in the number one position. Russells win today at Thunder Valley Raceway Park gave 85 points to place Russell only two points behind Santos. Russell said of his current position I need to just concentrate on my racing. There are some important national events coming up in Texas [Dallas and Houston] and I want to have a few more great races so Im in a good position going into the Winston Finals in Pomona, California. Local Federal-Mogul Funny Car driver Jackie Stidham, of Chickasha, Okla., was not able to make it through the first round due to engine problems. Stidhams engine broke 60 feet into the track giving a win to Jimmy Jones. This would have been the fourth win in a row for Stidham who said Im really disappointed that I went out in the first round, but things like that happen to everyone. I think that one of the most upsetting things about this race was that I had so many friends and family who came out to see me race. I wish I could have given them a better showing.
NOBLE RESULTSDIVISION 4 INSTANT STATS Thunder Valley Raceway Park, Noble, Okla. Federal-Mogul Dragster W: Darrell Russell, Cypress, Tex., 98 Meyer, 5.689, 248.48 R/U: James Thompson, Vernon, Tex., 98 Monden, 5.860, 243.17 Federal-Mogul Funny Car W: Todd Simpson, Ponder, Tex., 98 Avenger, 5.973, 241.28 R/U: Jimmy Jones, Cleburne, Tex., 97 Camaro, 6.199, 234.43 Competition W: Pete Carbery, Odessa, Tex., B/A 89 Cutlass, 7.658, 160.22 R/U: Dennis Smiley, Denver City, Tex., B/ED 98 Frameworks Dragster, 7.869, 127.87 Super Stock W: Gary Stinnett, Emporia, Kansas, GT/IA 98 Pontiac, 10.829, 121.27 R/U: Tom Cassen, North Platte, Neb., GT/BA 97 Olds., 10.026, 132.86 Stock W: Harvey Emmons, Pasadena, Tex., 69 Camaro, 11.960, 111.81 R/U: Bill Dixon, Oklahoma, Okla., 81 Chevy, 13.418, 98.72 Super Comp W: Paul Buell, Ft. Worth, Tex., 92 Dragster, 8.913, 165.01 R/U: Jimmy Lewis, Mesquite, Tex., 89 TransAm, 8.897, 163.51 Super Gas W: Donald Hughes, Austin, Tex., 94 Beretta, 9.889, 148.00 R/U: Robert Greener, Jenks, Okla., 75 Monza, 9.884, 136.34 Super Street W: Kevin Huckaby, Red Oak, Tex., 78 Malibu, 10.925, 115.08 R/U: Jeremy Wilson, Moore, Okla., 80 Corvette, 10.959, 123.18