Racing finally beat the weather with Brian Tuttle, Rob Dresbach, Randy Wolfe, Erika Johnson and Jared Fitzmaurice find Victory Lane on Sunday (July 18) at Bunker Hill Dragstrip under sunny skies.
Tuttle picked up his third Top eliminator win of the season with his great .003 reaction time and .03 over 6.73 not needed as Todd Shelton suffered problems at the launch and slowed at 38 mph.
Dresbach became the ninth different winner in the tough Modified class as he defeated Troy Rasmus who was trying to become the first repeat winner of the ’21 IHRA Summit Super Series at Bunker Hill. Dresbach was 7.042 on his 7.03 dial-in to hold off Rasmus’ 6.349, 106.36 mph charge.
While Mod has yet to have a repeat winner, Wolfe has dominated the Sportsman class with his fifth win of the season. Wolfe held off Jesse Morgan for the Sportsman win with a .025 to .064 reaction time advantage recording an 8.894 on his 8.84 dial-in to Morgan’s 8.314 on his 8.26 dial-in. Fortunately for the rest of the Sportsman field, Wolfe had to buy back with a first-round loss and didn’t gain significant points, but still leads the category.
Johnson captured her second Jr Dragster win of the year when Jordan Trisler fouled in the final with a close -.010 red light. Johnson from Camden recorded a .051 reaction time a 7.995 on her 7.96 dial-in. It was Trisler’s second runner-up finish, no doubt he’ll be making his way to Victory Lane as a winner soon.
Pure Street has had some great racing throughout the season with Jared Fitzmaurice taking this week’s trophy over Bob Walter.
Another big weekend of racing is on tap with Friday Nite Grudge Racing and test-n-tune (July 23); IHRA Summit Super Series Race #13 (July 24) and the Road King’s Car Club will be hosting their annual “Battle at the Hill” on Sunday, July 25.
Rob Dresbach became the ninth different winner in Modified this season's IHRA Summit Super Series.
Roth and Sparks take Jasper Plastics Quick 8s at Firecracker Race
David Roth and Randy Sparks collected Jasper Quick 8 victories in Top and Modified, respectively at the July 3rd Firecracker event at Bunker Hill Dragstrip. Other winners for the evening included Brian Garrett in Top, Rob Harris in Modified, Randy Wolfe in Sportsman, Erica Johnson in Jr Dragster and K Sparks in Pure Street.
Roth defeated John Nifong in the Jasper Plastics Quick 8 final for Top eliminator with a 5.636 on his 5.63 dial-in to Nifong’s 5.628 on his 5.62 dial-in. Roth had a slight .032 to .051 starting line advantage. In the opening round JP Long edged AJ Gick; Nifong to the win over a redlighting Russ Reist; Dan Dishon took out Terry Tyler and Roth put together a .011 package to better Nick Dishon. Round two saw Roth eliminate Long and Nifong singled when Dan Dishon was unable to make the call setting up the final.
Bill VanTyle opened up Jasper Plastics Quick 8 eliminations in the Modified division with his near perfect .002 reaction time forcing Mike Finney into a breakout; Fred Brazzle the first of the two qualified entries for Tyler Fisher; Sparks edged Stephanie Burns in the third pair and Fisher defeated Kerry Sutton to close out the Quick 8 opening round. Brazzle then took out VanTyle to kick off the second round followed by Sparks out running Fisher to set the stage for the Modified Jasper Plastics Quick 8 final that was decided with Brazzle’s foul start giving Sparks the $400 bonus win.
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Bunker Hill Dragstrip’s 2021 IHRA Summit Super Series will resume this Saturday night (July 10) with the Iron Man Classic kicking off the second half of the 18-race points series. Bill Casner (Top), Adam Confer (Modified), Randy Wolfe (Sportsman) and Tyler Kindle Olinger (Jr Dragster) lead the four points divisions. With the best 15-races of the 18 series events counting toward the championship all categories remain wide open. Gates will open at 1 p.m. with time trials getting underway at 3 p.m. and eliminations projected to start at 6 p.m.
The Friday Night Fun Grudge and test and tune will get the weekend going with gates opening at 5 and runs from 6 to 10 p.m. General admission is only $10 with car and driver entry (includes admission) $25.
Todd Smith rode his Kawasaki to the first OSR Motorcycle event win of the season at Bunker Hill Dragstrip Saturday night. Smith was joined in Victory Lane by Brian Tuttle in Top, John Hochstedler in Modified, Randy Wolfe in Sportsman, Tyler Kindle Olinger in Jr. Dragster and Bryn Jones in Pure Street.
Smith from Mishawaka received an automatic win in the final when Brett Engel riding a Harley-Davidson from Logansport fouled on the start in the first of five special OSR Motorcycle events scheduled for the season. Shane Stevens, Jr from Fort Wayne riding an ’08 Kawasaki ZX14 recorded low elapsed time and fastest speed in eliminations of the motorcycles with a 5.713 at 124.56 mph.
Tuttle became the fourth different winner of the year in Top eliminator with his Buick topping John Nifong from Plymouth. Tuttle was near perfect on the final run with a .007 reaction time and running a 6.593 on his 6.59 dial-in at 102.41 mph.
Former IHRA World Champion John Hochstedler from Niles, Mich. captured the Modified class win defeating Fred Brazzle from Logansport. Hochstedler overcame Brazzle’s starting line advantage recording a 6.840 on his 6.84 dial-in.
Wolfe won his second Sportsman class title of the young season with a final round victory over defending class champion Brad Fisher from Peru. Wolfe had the better reaction time and held off Fisher’s quicker pickup truck.
A point battle appears to be brewing in the Jr. Dragster class as Tyler Kindle Olinger and Nicholas Rasmus both have two wins a piece with Kindle Olinger edging Rasmus in this week’s final.
In Pure Street it was Jones riding a Harley-Davidson over Donny Kinney from Scotts, Mich. in his second straight final round appearance.
Racing resumes next weekend with the Midwest Nostalgia Pro Stocks on hand Saturday of a double header weekend in the track’s IHRA Summit Super Series. Super Series events are scheduled for both Saturday night and Sunday, May 29 and 30. The regular Friday Night Fun Night for grudge racing and time trials is also on tap. Spectator admission is $10 each day.
John Hochstedler and longtime companion Pam Hensley celebrated their Modified class win in Bunker Hi
Rocky VanNote, Adam Confer, Brad Fisher and Nicholas Rasmus scored wins Saturday night under threatening skies for the third race of the 2021 season at Bunker Hill Dragstrip.
VanNote from Redkey took the Top eliminator title with a final round win over Nick Dishon from Kokomo after defeating Nick’s father Dan in the semi-finals. In the final, VanNote recorded a 5.854 elapsed time at 118.08 mph as Dishon suffered mechanical troubles on the start.
The Modified final was the closest race of the day with Confer from Logansport taking the win by a .0003-second margin of victory over Richard Lidgard of Walkerton. The reaction time advantage went to Confer by .0058 seconds while Lipgard was closer to his dial-in by .0055 seconds.
Defending Sportsman track champion Brad Fisher from Peru picked up his first final round win of the year as he edged Dave McVicker of Lagro who was in his third straight final round. Fisher had a great .0053 second reaction time as both drivers broke out on their dial-ins. (The Sportsman final run is pictured above.)
Rasmus from Peru became the first repeat winner of the season as he scored his second straight Jr. Dragster victory with a final round win over Dawson Gortney from Goshen.
Bob Walter took the Pure Street class win in his Chevy Sonic over Donny Kinney from Scotts, Mich.
Racing resumes next weekend with the fourth race in the track’s IHRA Summit Super Series on Saturday (May 22). The event will also be the first race of the season for the OSR motorcycle class. The regular Friday Night Fun Night for grudge racing and time trials is also scheduled. The first special event of the year is coming up Memorial Day weekend with the Midwest Nostalgia Pro Stock Association making an appearance on Saturday, May 29.
Mike Pyle (Modified), David Roth (Top), Randy Wolfe (Sportsman) and Nick Rasmus (Jr. Dragster) took wins Saturday night at Bunker Hill Dragstrip’s second race of the 18-race 2021 IHRA Summit Super Series.
Pyle the defending Modified champion from Silver Lake took the final round win over Wesley Sargent, the first week’s winner.
The Top eliminator final saw David Roth from Columbia City score the win against Andre Ambrose of Peru. The Top final was one of the closest of the day with Roth running a 5.5756 on his 5.57 dial-in while Ambrose broke out by a mere .0006 going 6.4394 on his 6.44 dial-in.
Wolfe knocked off last week’s winner Dave McVicker in the Sportsman final and two new faces were in the final of Jr. Dragster with Nick Rasmus from Peru taking a close win over Tinley Gortney of Goshen and J. Hasley won the Pure Street class over K. Neff.
The IHRA Summit Super Series returns next Saturday, May 15 for race number 3. Gates open at 11 a.m., time trials begin at 1 p.m. and racing eliminations get the green light at 4 p.m. The track will host its Friday Night Fun Night with grudge racing and time trials from 6 to 10 p.m.
Wesley Sargent (Modified) from Sharpsville, Bill Casner (Top) from Kokomo, Dave McVicker (Sportsman) of Lagro and Tyler Kindle-Olinger (Jr. Dragster) from Warsaw captured wins Saturday night as Bunker Hill Dragstrip launched its 65th season of racing.
Jr. Dragster winner Tyler Kindle-Olinger celebrates in Victory Lane.