Archive - Delmar Delaware September 14-15, 2002

Delaware Nitro Nationals
US 13 Dragway - Delmar, DE

Welcome to live coverage from the Screamin' Eagle Performance Parts Nitro Nationals presented by Seaford Harley-Davidson!
Good morning from U.S. 13 Dragway. The skies are gray under warm, humid temps. The pits filled quickly this morning and we're hoping the weather cooperates for a great weekend of racing. Test and Tuning gets underway today at 1pm followed by Qualifying session #1 at 4pm. That's right 4pm. Stay with us throughout the evening for all the results and highlights. Over 35,000 bikes have rolled in town since Thursday for Delmarva Bike Week...and we're hoping for a large portion of them to catch the racing action right here at U.S. 13 Dragway.

A quick couple of notes from the pits..Cliff Dwy rolled in to town last night, surprising most with yet another east coast appearance.
Dwy is definately looking to close the gap in the Joker Machine Pro Modified competition. He'll have to catch Mike Lozano, who is also competing this weekend on a mystery bike, yet to be unveiled. Dwy says an earlier internet story reported Lozano having a "stranglehold" on the points and he wants to change the story. Dwy may be here to stir up the Pro Mod point's but it was the Karaoke competition he stirred up last night for fellow racers and AHDRA staff. Dwy's Sasquatch racing team is hoping he carries the "right tune" on the track as well!
Welcome back Tom Bradford! Bradford's here for the Pro Stock action this weekend. Bradford had the lead for much of the season after 5 back-to-back wins, and John Hammock moved in to the point's lead. Both riders are here this weekend vying for the title!
Riders meeting is coming up and then it's test and tune time! Stay tuned for more this evening after round one qualifying.

Update..test and tune underway..mystery solved...Lozano is piloting John Hammock's Pro Mod machine this weekend!

Test and Tune News..Doug Morrow runs a 9.310 in Spyke Street Pro!
Too bad it's test and tune so the record pass will not count, but stay tuned for qualifying to see if the Carl's Speed Shop team can repeat the number.

Round One Qualifying complete at the Delaware Nitro Nationals...things are quite busy here, as we are literally racing the weather conditions and a last minute emergency has delayed the announcer arrival..therefore guess who's behind the mic?? That would be Craig Tharpe and yours truly. Get hear soon Sean..rescue the listeners!!
Here's the round one numbers..

Delaware Qualifying Round One

SEP (11.50 Index)

Norb Pohl 11.537
Pat Doyle 11.546
H.W. Hargrove 11.548
Leon Collins 11.554
Keith Carper 11.556
John Henderson 11.562
Dennis Copley 11.565
David Atkins 11.583
Dave Ostrowske 11.587
Anthony Whelan 11.613
Larry Paden 11.625
Eleanor Walker 11.708
John Martin 11.721
Charlie Walker 11.727
JP Hendrzak 11.747
Junior Pippin 11.750
Chuck Bothe 11.753
Jim Van Fleet 11.777
Bruce Wevodau 11.779
Donnie Huffman 11.916
Greg Best 11.954
Brent Garcia 12.065
Julia Holliday 12.132
Curtis Talbott 12.172
Kelly Alazanas 12.306
Kevin McDevitt 12.667
Dan Degood 11.471
Larry Guy 11.469
Joe Perry 11.386

Performance Corner Super Eliminator (10.90 Index)

Mike Roberts 10.953
Bruce Croneberger 10.953
Mike Fitzgerald 10.987
Steve Doick 11.052
Ronnie Fensick 11.087
Bruce Wevodau 11.102
Jon Perry 11.149
Blake Holliday 11.156
Charlie Walker 11.187
John Burdynski 11.194
Pat Doyle 11.270
Joe Perry 11.289
Larry Guy 11.366
Willie Herschberger 11.384
Donnie Huffman 11.397
Dwayne Mason 11.408
Gary Schroeder 11.420
Bob Drapp 11.531
Tom Hall 11.824
Eleanor Walker 11.990
John Short 10.796

Nonpareil Super Sport (10.50 Index)

David Doremus 10.505
Harry Montgomery 10.557
Allen Nusbaum 10.577
G.W. Bass 10.597
Derek Poff 10.600
Bruce Croneberger 10.608
Ronnie Fensick 10.697
Susie Wevodau 10.702
Dean Shields 10.771
Richard Meck 10.818
Tim James 10.878
Craig Fisher 10.892
Debi Fisher 11.284
Charles Burley 11.431
Joe Perry 15.108

Rivera Primo Super Gas

Jeff Friess 9.926
Wanda Poff 9.961
Everett Chichester 9.967
Richard Meck 10.084
Dale Miller 10.111
Willie Herschberger 10.113
Dale Tyson 10.114
Shawn Vantucci 10.114
Wes Hearn 10.209
Brett Degood 10.218
Craig Kirsch 10.252
Dan Dalke 10.386
Charlie Walker 10.749
John Burdynski 10.982
Craig Pollard 9.895

Spyke Street Pro

Doug Morrow 9.371 141.82
Nick Gonatas 9.467 142.94
John Levak 10.097 131.69
Donnie Huffman 10.263 127.11
Rick Cathcart 11.545 114.69
John Jenkins 11.701 118.60

Joker Machine Pro Modified

Mike Lozano 8.524 150.52
Cliff Dwy 8.687 148.63
Paul Smith 8.723 151.38
Dale Raudenbush 8.753 143.79
Kurt Matte 8.772 146.72
Junior Pippin 8.786 135.09
Shaun Reno 8.881 144.81
Eddie Lee 8.994 145.16
N/Q
Juan Sakata 9.321 136.61
Robert Smitty Smith 9.515 134.18

Pro Gas

Frank Dove 8.423 147.85
Daron Jemison 8.518 143.10
Michael McDole 8.705 147.78
Lee Hitz 9.593 135.74
Ken Browne 12.156 114.48
Bill Adorno 23.475 24.34

Pro Stock

Tom Bradford 7.700 166.69
John Hammock 7.740 167.41
Dirk Higgins 7.809 163.36
Dale Raudenbush 7.894 158.67

Kresto Pro Drag

Chuck Jones 7.706 166.88
Jeff Eboch 8.241 160.48
Rick Neal 8.583 144.18
James Wohfeil 8.586 150.27
Mark Derrickson 9.387 136.96
Leonard Jacobs 10.971 70.28
Scott Ianaro 11.547 102.00


HD Afterparts.com Pro Fuel

Chris Streeter 7.298 189.95
Ray Cason 7.487 173.67
Mike Lehman 7.615 161.56
Sam White 8.565 118.20
Dean Comunal 12.524 56.81

JIMS Top Fuel

Bill Furr 6.893 187.26
Sonny Michalowski 7.162 174.21
Tommy Sloan 7.409 180.86
Tracy Kile 7.539 174.14
Chad Cox 7.699 162.83
Dean Comunal 7.910 156.38
Steve Moore 8.142 147.61
Russ Hildenbrand 8.196 121.06
N/Q
Tak Shigematsu 8.429 169.58
Brian Skinner 9.335 124.61
Drums Brancaccio 24.778 21.23


Round Two is complete followed by a fireworks celebration..we are now underway with final round qualifying! Here's the round two numbers.

Delaware Qualifying Round Two

SEP(11.50 Index)

John Martin 11.504
H.W. Hargrove 11.512
Kelly Alazaus 11.536
Norb Pohl 11.537
Pat Doyle 11.546
Junior Pippin 11.550
Leon Collins 11.554
Charlie Walker 11.555
Keith Carper 11.556
Curtis Talbott 11.560
John Henderson 11.562
Dennis Copley 11.565
Anthony Whelan 11.572
David Atkins 11.583
David Ostrowske 11.587
Larry Paden 11.625
Bruce Wevodau 11.660
Dan Degood 11.660
JP Hendrzak 11.679
Eleanor Walker 11.708
Donnie Huffman 11.711
Chuck Bothe 11.753
Jim Van Fleet 11.777
Greg Best 11.954
Joe Perry 12.048
Brent Garcia 12.065
Julia Holliday 12.132
Kevin McDevitt 12.667
Ron Veronie 11.479
Larry Guy 11.469


Performance Corner Super Eliminator (10.90 Index)

Willie Herschberger 10.922
Mike Fitzgerald 10.944
Blake Holliday 10.952
Bruce Croneberger 10.953
John Burdynski 10.996
Steve Doick 11.052
Bruce Wevodau 11.069
Bob Drapp 11.080
Ronnie Fensick 11.087
Jon Perry 11.149
Charlie Walker 11.187
Pat Doyle 11.248
Joe Perry 11.289
Donnie Huffman 11.304
Gary Schroeder 11.328
Larry Guy 11.335
Dwayne Mason 11.408
Eleanor Walker 11.547
Tom Hall 11.824
John Short 10.796

Nonpareil Super Sport (10.50 Index)

David Doremus 10.505
GW Bass 10.514
BR Nalley 10.536
Harry Montgomery 10.546
Allen Nusbaum 10.577
Derek Poff 10.600
Bruce Croneberger 10.608
Ronnie Fensick 10.697
Susie Wevodau 10.702
Dean Shields 10.771
Craig Fisher 10.788
Richard Meck 10.818
Tim James 10.878
Debi Fisher 11.284
Charles Burley 11.431
Joe Perry 15.108

Rivera Primo Super Gas (9.90 Index)

Jeff Friess 9.910
Craig Pollard 9.958
Everett Chichester 9.959
Wanda Poff 9.961
Willie Herschbeger 10.056
Richard Meck 10.084
Dale Miller 10.095
Dale Tyson 10.114
Shawn Vantucci 10.114
Wes Hearn 10.209
Brett Degood 10.218
Craig Kirsch 10.252
Dan Dalke 10.377
Craig Drago 10.414
Charlie Walker 10.749
John Burdynski 10.982

Spyke Street Pro

Doug Morrow 9.371 141.82
Nick Gonatas 9.467 142.94
John Levak 10.051 135.52
Donnie Huffman 10.254 127.89
John Jenkins 11.329 120.75
Rick Cathcart 11.545 114.69

Kresto Pro Drag

Chuck Jones 7.706 166.88
Jeff Eboch 8.241 160.48
Rick Neal 8.583 144.18
James Wohlfeil 8.586 150.27
Leonard Jacobs 8.718 129.96
Mark Derrickson 9.387 136.96
Scott Ianaro 11.547 102.00

Joker Machine Pro Modified

Mike Lozano 8.524 150.52
Cliff Dwy 8.540 149.67
Paul Smith 8.723 151.38
Dale Raudenbush 8.753 143.79
Kurt Matte 8.772 146.72
Junior Pippin 8.786 135.09
Shaun Reno 8.881 144.81
EddieLee 8.916 146.43
N/Q
Juan Sakata 9.321 136.61
Robert Smith 9.322 136.03

Pro Gas

Frank Dove 8.423 147.85
Daron Jemison 8.518 143.10
Michael McDole 8.632 149.55
Lee Hitz 9.502 136.75
Ken Browne 12.156 140.29
Bill Adorno 16.363 41.50

HD Afterparts.com Pro Fuel

Chris Streeter 7.298 189.95
Mike Lehman 7.482 168.72
Ray Cason 7.487 173.67
Dean Comunal 8.109 152.54
Sam White 8.323 114.24
Tommy Sloan 8.367 103.49

Pro Stock

Tom Bradford 7.662 167.84
Dale Raudenbush 7.708 165.83
John Hammock 7.736 166.69
Dirk Higgins 7.809 163.36


JIMS Top Fuel

Bill Furr 6.893 187.26
Sonny Michalowski 7.162 174.21
Tracy Kile 7.217 183.18
Tommy Sloan 7.314 178.85
Steve Moore 7.467 154.10
Russ Hildenbrand 7.577 146.38
Chad Cox 7.699 162.83
Dean Comunal 7.910 156.38
N/Q
Tak Shigematsu 8.429 169.58
Brian Skinner 9.335 124.61
Ziggy Stewart 10.440 85.64
Drums Brancaccio 20.585 31.30




A special note of thanks to Colleen Mattioli (Judge Judy) for staging today's 50/50 drawing to benefit the DRAW organization. Colleen collected a little more than $1,100!
That's fantastic! Now the winning ticket story..the amount to win..$554..the winner Anthony Whelan bike #554 and to top it off..today's his birthday. Looks like it was his day and he may want to try that 554 in the next lottery! Congrats to Anthony and our thanks to him for generously donating a portion of his winnings back to DRAW!

Rain Drops are falling on our heads and the track..so we are in rain delay!
The rain finally caught up with us and it appears we may be done for the night. Stay tune for an update later tonight or first thing in the morning.

Good morning from U.S. 13 Dragway under rainy conditions. We are in a rain delay here on Sunday elimination day. If we are able to race, we will lead off with a final round of JIMS Top Fuel qualifying and all other classes will be laddered from thier rounds completed yesterday. I'll be back with the latest when there's news to tell.

No hope for clearing has forced AHDRA officials to cancel Sunday's show at the Delaware Nitro Nationals. This event will be completed at the October Rockingham event.
Further details on the scheduling of remaining Top Fuel qualifying and eliminations will be posted on www.ahdra.com soon.