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Final Elimination Rounds from the 2016 Lucas Oil Drag Boat Racing Series Spring Nationals from Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park

Final Elimination Rounds from the 2016 Lucas Oil Drag Boat Racing Series Spring Nationals at WHP

Chandler, ARIZ. (March 26, 2016) – The men and women of the Lucas Oil Drag Boat Racing Series were in the Valley this weekend, doing head to head battle on the lake at Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park as they piloted their rides for a win.

Top Fuel Hydros, Top Alcohol Hydros, Top Alcohol Flats, Pro Mods, Pro Outlaw and more qualified Thursday and Friday for Sunday’s Valley of the Sun NAPA Spring Nationals.

The “Speed Sport Special” left the water and blew over during the first round of qualifying, destroying the boat when it reentered the water nose first.  Cole Thurston and the top alcohol flat “Big Trouble” would also have trouble in the first round of Saturday’s qualifying.  “Big Trouble” ended up in big trouble when it left the water, doing a double barrel roll before landing right side up.  The rear spoiler was torn off in the process.

Top Fuel Hydro

Top Fuel Hydro saw the reunion of Eddie Knox Racing’s “Problem Child” and Daryl Ehrlich.  Not surprising, but Ehrlich piloted “Problem Child” into the finals where he would meet Bryan Sanders and the “Nitrochondriac” on the rope.

Ehrlich cut a better light with a .184 against Sanders .316, but Sanders’ 3.573, 252.525 mph pass would seal win for Sanders.  “Problem Child” ran a 4.064, 238.398 mph pass

Top Alcohol Hydro

“Total Kaos” piloted by Rick Allen and Andy Reynolds in “Running with Scissors” met on the line for the final round of Top Alcohol Hydro.  Allen got off the line first with a .087 light against Reynolds’ .089.  In a close race, Allen ran a 4.502 at 199.947 mph for the win.  Reynolds ran a respectable 4.580, 198.203 mph pass.

Top Alcohol Flat

Bill Miller and “Party to the Max” and Don Bausher in “Habit Forming” were the final pairing in Top Alcohol Flat.  Miller got off the line first with a .047 light.  Bausher left with a slower .217 light, but went on to run a 5.403, 150.845 mph pass for the win.  Miller’s 5.699, 136.634 mph pass wasn’t enough to take the win.

Pro Mod

It would be Casey Beal in “Split Decision 3” and Jimmy Booher in “Fist Full of Dollars” meeting in the final round of Pro Mod.  Booher got off the line first with a .032 light and never looked back, running a 7.032 at 170.778 mph for the win.  Beal’s 7.053, 171.429 mph pass wasn’t enough to take it away.

Pro Outlaw

Tom Brasher and Gus Ward made it to the Pro Outlaw finals.  When the tree dropped, Brasher went red by -.030 giving Ward and easy win.  Ward ran a 5.377 at 168.350 mph on his pass.

Pro Eliminator

Brad Parrack and Brian Schmidi worked their way through the ladder to the final round of Pro Eliminator.  When the tree dropped, Schmidi left with a .376 light against Parrack’s 6.856.  Parrack’s failure to launch handed the win to Schmidi.  Schmidi ran 10.502, 68.234 mph run on his final pass of the day.

Quick Eliminator

Mark Reese and Jeremy Denny paired for the final round of Quick Eliminator.  In a hole shot win, Denny got off the line first with a .037 light against Reese’s .241.  Denny ran a 6.122, 134.216 mph pass.  Reese left on a .241 light, and ran a quicker, but losing 6.054 at 146.621 mph.

Top Eliminator

Bob Prigmore and Bill McGuinn met in the Top Eliminator finals.  McGuinn got off the line first with a .051 light and never looked back, running a 9.045 at 113.636 mph pass for the win.  Prigmore left on a .213 light and ran a 15.891, 95.440 mph pass.

Modified Eliminator

Armand LeBarre and Chris Hedland made it to the finals in Modified Eliminator.  Hedland left first with a .104 light and went on to run a 10.342 at 91.743 mph for the win.  LeBarre left with a .278 light and ran a 10.428, 93.458 mph pass.

Stock Eliminator

Danny Montoya and Bob Holloway were the final pair in Stock Eliminator.  Montoya went red by -.036, but took the win with a 11.375, 85.714 mph pass after Holloway could put up a number.

River Racer

K. Randy Melvin and Scott Dolezal rose through the River Racer ranks to the final elimination round.  Melvin got off the line first with a .250 light against Dolezal’s .283, but the advantage off the start wasn’t enough as Dolezal went on to run a 13.321, 69.606 mph pass to best Melvin’s 14.476, 65.407 mph pass.

Personal Watercraft

Brian Marble and Tom Tutera went head to head in the Personal Watercraft finals.  In another hole shot win, Tutera left first with a .812 light against Marble’s 1.011.  The advantage would be enough for Tutera’s slower ET of 18.997 at 49.342 mph to take the win against Marble’s faster, but losing 17.807, 55.249 mph pass.

Congratulations to all of the Lucas Oil Drag Boat Racing Series Valley of the Sun NAPA Spring National winners.

The next round of the Lucas Oil Drag Boat Racing Series will be held at the Blue Water Hotel and Casino in Parker, Arizona April 15 – 17, 2016 for the Colorado River Challenge.  Click here to learn more.

Scroll down to check out some of Lucas Oil Drag Boat Racing Series final elimination round action on the lake Saturday.

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