Top Dragster from Gainesville
March 20, 2020 • 1 Comment
Coming down from Chester MD in Division 1, Alden Miller made it to Rd 3 where he lost to eventual runner up Anthony Bertozzi.
Despite leaving real hard, Vaughn Cauffield from Lake Placid FL failed to make the cut. Vaughn ended up number 33.
Al Kenny driving a Dan Page Top Dragster lost 1st round, Very unlike for the Kenny family.
Unfortunately for Marverick Palmatier, his Top Dragster was not able to qualify for the show. However it should be in contention for Best Appearing.
Arcadia FL's Richard Mills qualified number 30 in the Top Dragster presented by Vortech Superchargers category. Strong 200 mph entry.
Tony Positano, a strong Canadian entry qualified with a 6.47 at 211 mph. Tony failed to advance past 1st round.
William Brown's, Race Tech-Chevy Top Dragster ran 6.23 to capture the number 12 spot. However William was unable to make Rd 1
Mullis Race Cars Michael Kalin of Niagara Falls NY made it to Rd 3 where he redlighted against Les Feist .
Zach Sackman, Antron Brown crewman, entered Top Dragster at the Gators. However Zach lost in Rd 2 to Al Miller, Right lane, (0.001) 6.60 6.617 0.017, to Zach's (0.018) 6.14 6.161 0.021
Elite Race Cars Larry Strickland from Oxford FL powered his Chevy TD to number 17 spot. Not a good place when you have to run Anthony Bertozzi in Rd 1.
Wayne Landry showed No Fear putting his dragster in the number 10 spot with a fine 6.21 at 224 mph. Wane headed home to St. Bernard LA after a redlight in round 2.
Davis Custom Golf Carts sponsored Angela Travis made it to the semis where she lost to event winner Ross Laris.
Les Feist, past TD winner, took his number 7 qualifier to a semi final finsh. Les lost to Anthony Bertozzi.
Number 8 qualifier Steve Furr smokes the tires hard. Steve lost in round 3 when Travis came up with a triple zip light.
While some might say Anthony Bertozzi had a good weekend with 2 runnerup finishes, I doubt very much that Anthony was happy with it. Bertozzi has doubled up in the past I believe, and I think he was hoping to do it again.
The Top Dragster final was a stand-off between veteran racers Ross Laris, near lane, and Anthony Bertozzi. Laris launched first, .013 to .029, and put a 6.194 on the board that was just .004-second off his 6.19 dial. Bertozzi's 6.119 was too quick for his 6.13 target.
Top Dragster victor Ross Laris, of Raceland, La., reached the eighth final round of his career at the Amalie Motor Oils NHRA Gatornationals and picked up his third national event win.
There were no surprises for those who follow the Top Dragster class as two of the three racers to advance to the final round came from the same team. It was then, however, when Brian Bednar of Ocala, Fla., and Daniel Hill of Thompsons Station, Tenn., squared off to see who would claim their first win. Bednar, who started racing in 1989 before taking a break until 2015, made his first final round and while he put up a valiant race against Hill, he was unable to secure the win light.
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