Reigning Lucas Oil Top Fuel Hydro Champ Sanders Declared Winner of Windy Haas Memorial
WHEATLAND, Missouri (June 11, 2017) – Bryan Sanders and Nitrochondriac remained perfect in pursuit of a repeat Lucas Oil Drag Boat Racing Series Top Fuel Hydro championship, but this celebration was a muted one.
“It’s disappointing because we really wanted to put on a show for the fans,” Sanders said Sunday at Lucas Oil Speedway after sustained strong winds forced the final run against Kevin Burgess in Locked and Loaded to be cancelled. Sanders, on the basis of a 260 miles-per-hour run in the semifinals earlier in the day, was declared the winner at the 6th annual John Haas Memorial Drag Boat Classic. It gave the Houston, Texas, driver a third win in three attempts in 2017. The final three pro divisions fell victim to the conditions that caused Lake Lucas to turn choppy with no forecast of a wind break until near nightfall. Travis Tuttle in Short Fuse was declared winner in Top Alcohol Hydro and Tony Scarlata in Shazam took the Top Alcohol Flat without a finals run. The divisions that were able to make finals runs saw Shawn Reed in Top Secret capture the Pro Mods, Eric Dement in Real Bad Boy take the Pro Outlaw, Tim Connelly in Crazy Train won Pro Eliminator, Steve Prewitt in Hold My Beer & Watch take Quick Eliminator and Kelvin Perkins driving Blown Money take Top Eliminator. Other winners included Bill Miles in Krazy Kracker (Modified Eliminator), Al Kirschner in Plum Krazy (Stock Eliminator), Tracy Lowe in Intimidator (River Racer) and Nate Stephenson driving Dominator (Personal Watercraft). Sanders had a strong run earlier Sunday in the semifinals, going 260.4665 with a 3.56-second elapsed time at 1,000 feet. Burgess won his semifinal in Locked and Loaded at 184.8973 mph and a 4.237 ET after opponent Scott Compton in Liquid Voodoo was disqualified for not staying within its lane. “We had a tuneup in the boat and we wanted to see what it would do,” Sanders said of his anticipation for a finals run. “I wanted to run, but I understand. You have to go with safety. “I think this boat was very capable of running a low 3.4 (ET) and above 260 (mph). Believe it or not, a couple of runs we made this weekend, it should have been way over the 260 range but that head wind was pushing the boat back and pushing the ET down. It the wind wasn’t blowing, we would have tagged 270 (Saturday) we think.” Sanders said it was a weekend to celebrate, especially considering the big picture of the series title chase. “It’s a win and we’ll take it. I really wanted to race for it, but we’ll take them as we get them,” Sanders said. “That’s three in a row and hopefully we can carry the momentum into the next race and keep it going.” Tuttle had a 196.465 mph semifinal run in Short Fuse, strong enough for the Top Alcohol win. Scarlata went 164.233 in Shazam in the Top Alcohol Flat semifinal. SUNDAY’S RESULTS, JOHN HAAS MEMORIAL TOP FUEL HYDRO Winner- NITROCHONDRIAC BRYAN SANDERS, HOUSTON, TX TOMMY THOMPSON, LOCUS GROVE, OK Runner-up – LOCKED AND LOADED KEVIN BURGESS, SPOKANE VALLEY, WA TOM SORCI, NEEDLES, CA # 1 Qualifier: 246L NITROCHONDRIAC BRYAN SANDERS, HOUSTON, TX TOMMY THOMPSON, LOCUS GROVE, OK 3.4665, 260.8402 (-0.1617) TOP ALCOHOL HYDRO Winner – SHORT FUSE TRAVIS TUTLE, RIO VISTA, TX SAME Runner-up – BAD MOON RISING DALE RIGGS, TROUP, TX BUZZY BOASE, MAGNOLIA, TX # 1 Qualifier: 414L RUNNING WITH SCISSOR ANDY REYNOLDS, LAKE WYLIE, SC SAME 4.4533, 199.2356 (0.0787) TOP ALCOHOL FLAT Winner – SHAZAM TONY SCARLATA, PERRIS, CA TOMMY THOMPSON, LOCUS GROVE, OK Runner-up PARTY TO THE MAX BILL MILLER, TAYLOR, TX MAX & LINDA DAVIS, MONTGOMERY, TX # 1 Qualifier: 339L SHAZAM TONY SCARLATA, PERRIS, CA TOMMY THOMPSON, LOCUS GROVE, OK 5.0896, 164.1918 (0.3392) PRO MOD Winner – TOP SECRET SHAWN REED, LAKE TAPPS,, WA SAME Runner-up – LIVIN THE DREAM MARTY LOGAN, MIDLOTHIAN, TX SAME 6.9980, 172.7861 (0.0847) 7.0746, 167.8137 (-0.0012) # 1 Qualifier: 326S CAN’T TOUCH THIS SHELBY EBERT, WAMEGO, KS TODD EBERT, WAMEGO, KS 7.0347, 179.1622 (-0.0140) PRO OUTLAW Winner – REAL BAD BOY ERIC DEMENT, LULING, TX SAME Runner-up – A FEW DOLLARS MORE TOMMY THOMPSON, LOCUST GROVE, OK SAME 5.9376, 111.9643 (0.2470) 5.4611, 158.4960 (1.1529) # 1 Qualifier: 103L WILDFIRE ROBERT LEAS, CLIMAX SPRINGS, MO JEFF WOODRUFF, SUNRISE BEACH, MO 5.4163, 165.6474 (-0.0270) PRO ELIMINATOR Winner – CRAZY TRAIN TIM CONNELLY, ST. ANN, MO SAME Runner-up – JUST ANOTHER QUICKIE DAVID SCHMIDT, SMITHTON, IL DAVID SCHMIDT, SMITHTON, IL 8.1505, 142.6499 (0.0702) 8.0570, 139.8681 (-0.0585) # 1 Qualifier: 357L ON THE EDGE DARYL BUSBY, ST. LOUIS, MO SAME 8.0020, 0.0000 (0.4173) QUICK ELIMINATOR Winner – HOLD MY BEER & WATCH STEVE PREWIT, MIDLAND, TX SAME Runner-up – PURE INSANITY ROCK GUTHRIE, CRUMP, TN SAME 6.0310, 136.4354 (0.0846) 5.9912, 137.4930 (0.2502) # 1 Qualifier: 540K PURE INSANITY ROCK GUTHRIE, CRUMP, TN SAME 6.0045, 135.0065 (0.0754) TOP ELIMINATOR Winner – BLOWN MONEY KELVIN PERKINS, RUSSELLVILLE, KY SAME Runner-up – WINKIN BLINKIN NOD GARRETT FARNSWORTH, BONNOTS MILL, MO SAME 9.2775, 114.0603 (0.0735) 8.9534, 126.8768 (0.3902) # 1 Qualifier: 828S TEXAS HIGHRISK KEVIN CONKLIN, MIDLAND, TX JIM BURNS, CORPUS CHRISTI, TX 9.0015, 112.9810 (0.2063) MODIFIED ELIMINATOR Winner – KRAZY KRACKER BILL MILES, IMPERIAL, MO SAME Runner-up – AIN’T SCARED GREG CARR, SCHLATER, MS SAME 10.0801, 104.5486 (0.1488) 10.1034, 94.8671 (0.2061) # 1 Qualifier: 053K GHOST RIDER TERRY OLSON, RICHMOND, KY SAME 10.0037, 102.5881 (0.1551) STOCK ELIMINATOR Winner – PLUM KRAZY AL KIRSCHNER, LAKE JACKSON, TX SAME Runner-up – NUBY RIPPLES HARDY COLE, JOPLIN, MO SAME 11.0752, 88.9898 (0.1449) 10.9889, 100.5315 (-0.0465) # 1 Qualifier: 327K NUBY RIPPLES HARDY COLE, JOPLIN, MO SAME 11.0065, 102.3874 (0.3141) RIVER RACER Winner – INTIMDATOR TRACY LOWE, ARKADELPHIA, AR SAME Runner-up AQUATIC THERAPY DENISE HODGES, EMPORIA, KS SAME 12.3373, 92.3102 (-0.0422) 12.1267, 85.2981 (-0.1775) # 1 Qualifier: 101S AQUATIC THERAPY DENISE HODGES, EMPORIA, KS SAME 12.0047, 86.1231 (0.0549) PERSONAL WATERCRAFT Winner – DOMINATOR NATE STEPHENSON, SHAWNEE, OK RANDY BALL, SHAWNEE, OK Runner-up OHEEZY ON THE SHAMRO RYAN O’HARA, OLATHE, KS SAME 17.3732, 53.0995 (0.3230) 14.5740, 64.0381 (0.3947) # 1 Qualifier: 996S JUST A LITTLE QUICKI HALEE MCINTYRE, BROKEN BOW, OK JOE MCINTYRE, BROKEN BOW, OK 17.7558, 53.6994 (0.1085) Next on the dirt: Open-wheel action returns to the Lucas Oil Speedway dirt track next Saturday night. It will be the Lucas Oil ASCS National Winged Sprint Car Tour Presented by MAVTV Motorsports Network for the finale of ASCS Bob Westphal Memorial Cup Speedweek 2017. In addition, the Lucas Oil POWRi WAR Sprint Car Series will be on hand. Gates open at 5 p.m. with hot laps at 7 and racing at 7:35.
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