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.