Short Line Express Market Gambler Shootout
The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway
Las Vegas, Nev. Nov. 3-5
We had an eye opening weekend at the Gambler Nationals. Having qualified at every race
this year and going to the semi finals at almost half of the races we attended, we were
ready to capitalize on the Division 7 final event. The race just didn’t go our way and
because of crewmember mistakes and bad luck we failed to qualify. Here are the results
from Drag Race Central:
LAS VEGAS - Notes from round 1 qualifying in Top Alcohol Funny Car at the NHRA Lucas
Oil Drag Racing Series, Pacific Division, Shortline Express Markets Gambler Shootout at The
Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway listing lane, driver name, elapsed time, top speed, and
position in order following run:
Left Lane: John Patton Runs 5.967/244.29, Now #7
Right Lane: Mark Woznichak Runs 6.255/180.98, Now #11
Patton moves to the centerline just like the rest.
Woz has problems.
LAS VEGAS - Notes from round 2 qualifying in Top Alcohol Funny Car at the NHRA Lucas
Oil Drag Racing Series
Left Lane: Doug Gordon Runs 5.710/250.27, Now #2; Best prior run: 6.062/245.72, Was
Right Lane: Mark Woznichak Runs 6.624/216.93, Now #23; Best prior run: 6.255/180.98,
Jason Rupert is on the bump spot at 5.800.
Two cars next to each other in the order, and both are looking for a big step up to get into
this very tough field. There are 26 quality cars here and remember only 8 get to race.
Gordon gets what he needs and more. It was a very nice looking run.
Woz looked like he had a combination of dead cylinder(s) and maybe a lazy clutch as the car
just didn't move that hard.
Doug Gordon's incremental times: 60ft-0.984 sec., 330ft-2..534, 660ft-3.759/201.
Mark Woznichak's incremental times: 60ft-1.121 sec., 330ft-2.944, 660ft-4.370/173.
The safety truck rolls and there's a cleanup WAY down in the shutdown area in Mark's lane.
LAS VEGAS - Notes from final, round 3 qualifying in Top Alcohol Funny Car at the NHRA
Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series
Left Lane: Mark Woznichak Runs 5.844/248.93, Now #15; Best prior run: 6.255/180.98,
Right Lane: Ross Stickler Runs 5.933/242.98, Now #19; Best prior run: 5.903/244.25,
Woz's crew has been through a major thrash since last round. One of the crewmembers
crossed a couple of the plug wires so the car obviously was a weak pup. But that wasn't the
worst part. The chute shook out and since the car didn't have enough speed to blossom it,
promptly dove underneath the back of the car. Not only did it wrap itself around the rear
axle, but mananged to cause a bunch of damage to the floor panels, plumbing,and anything
else on the bottom of the car. Thanks to ace reporter Jim Luikens for that interesting
Even though the car was certainly capable, it doesn't look like the conditions are here right
now. Mark moved to the centerline and did his best to keep his car off it though it looked
like he might have touched it at least once. It doesn't really matter since the ET on that
excellent driving job just wasn't quick enough.
The Stickler National Guard car got to the finish line under power, but just like all t! hose
before him did not run fast enough to bump in.
Look for the car to be at Pomona with a wonderful promotion for Operation Snowball, which
provides Disneyland trips to the children of service people killed in the Middle East. It's a
great cause that deserves support.
TOP ALCOHOL FUNNY CAR
1) Steve Harker, Gainesville, Ga., '05 Monte Carlo, 5.646 seconds, 254.18 mph
2) Brian Hough, Junction City, Ore., '02 Firebird, 5.655, 254.18
3) Clint Thompson, Klamath Falls, Ore., '05 Monte Carlo, 5.668, 251.86
4) Roger Bateman, Calgary, Alb., '02 Camaro, 5.676, 252.43
5) Jay Payne, Claremont, Calif., '02 Camaro, 5.683, 256.75
6) Larry Miner, Lodi, Calif., '05 Monte Carlo, 5.690, 251.30
7) Ron August Jr., Pleasanton, Calif., '02 Camaro, 5.694, 254.76
8) Doug Gordon, Paso Robles, Calif., '02 Camaro, 5.710, 250.27
9) Von Smith, Oak Ridge, Tenn., '02 Camaro, 5.714, 251.25
10) John Weaver, Newport Beach, Calif., '02 Camaro, 5.742, 249.86
11) Jason Rupert, Yorba Linda, Calif., '02 Camaro, 5.752, 252.19
12) David Ray, Plaistow, N.H., '01 Avenger, 5.786, 247.70
13) Don Hudson, Stockton, Calif., '02 Camaro, 5.790, 242.02
14) Jeff Carroll, Santa Barbara, Calif., '05 Monte Carlo, 5.821, 249.72
15) Ken Kraus, Great Falls, Mont., '02 Camaro, 5.840, 249.26
16) Mark Woznichak, Riverside, Calif., '02 Camaro, 5.844, 248.93
17) Dennis Taylor, Anaheim, Calif., '02 Camaro, 5.849, 246.66
18) Hank Coolidge, Sunburst, Mont., '02 Firebird, 5.869, 247.61
19) Bernie Harrington, Apple Valley, Calif., '02 Camaro, 5.891, 243.15
20) Ross Stickler, Gilbert, Ariz., '03 Corvette, 5.903, 244.25
21) Paul Crifasi, Las Vegas, '95 Integra Type R, 5.939, 241.41
22) John Patton, Peoria, Ariz., '99 Trans Am, 5.967, 244.29
23) Dale Van Gundy, Anaheim, Calif., '97 Firebird, 5.999, 239.65
24) Mike Drake, Glendora, Calif., '01 Avenger, 6.136, 229.70
25) Mert Littlefield, Garden Grove, Calif., '05 Monte Carlo, 6.246, 208.01
26) Steve Gasparrelli, West Covina, Calif., '05 Monte Carlo, 7.634, 138.78