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Final round results
Top Alcohol Dragster -- Bill Reichert, 5.322, 266.53 def. Duane Shields, 5.364, 271.95.
Top Alcohol Funny Car -- Frank Manzo, Chevy Monte Carlo, 5.494, 264.55 def. Fred Tigges, Dodge Avenger, 5.595, 256.21.
Competition Eliminator -- Jirka Kaplan, '23-T Ford, 6.951, 211.63 def. Brian Browell, Dragster, 7.846, 125.46.
Super Stock -- Shane Carr, Chevy Cobalt, 8.542, 155.29 def. Gary Richard, Ford Mustang, 9.347, 143.87.
Stock Eliminator -- Jeff Teuton, Dodge Challenger, 11.055, 107.71 def. Sam Pourciau, Chevy Camaro, broke.
Super Comp -- Brian Folk, Dragster, 8.945, 161.40 def. Britt Cummings, Dragster, 8.911, 164.89.
Super Gas -- Ryan Herem, Chevy Corvette, 9.902, 149.03 def. Kevin Kleineweber, Chevy Lumina, 9.850, 159.49.
Drag Race Central's Sportsman wrap up is here
Charlie Westcott Jr. Wins Fourth Mopar HEMI Challenge at Indy
Charlie Westcott Jr. continued his family's dominance of the MoparR HEMIR Challenge event at the Mac Tools U.S. Nationals, powering to his fourth career victory at the Indy race and banking the record $15,000 winner's purse in a final-round fight with his father, Charlie Westcott Sr., at Lucas Oil Raceway.
"Congratulations to Charlie Westcott Jr. on winning the 11th annual Mopar HEMI Challenge," said Pietro Gorlier, President and CEO of Mopar, Chrysler Group LLC's service, parts and customer-care brand. "Mopar is proud to support this outstanding event, which recognizes the grassroots racers who are the backbone of the Mopar brand."
Westcott Jr. swept the Mopar HEMI Challenge, which features Super Stock A/HEMI (SS/AH) 1968 Dodge Darts and Plymouth Barracudas in head-to head-battle, also claiming the $1,000 bonus for seizing the No. 1 Qualifier spot in the 20-car field. He drove his 1968 "Warfish" Plymouth Barracuda to victories over Steve Kent, Chuck Comella and Gary Wolkwitz to set up a father-and-son battle with Westcott Sr., who dispatched of Rick Houser, Stephen Herbert and Wendell Howes on his road to the final.
The elder Westcott, winner of the 2009 Mopar HEMI Challenge U.S. Nationals event, gave his son a lesson off the starting line in the final, recording a 0.010 reaction time to Jr.'s tardier 0.103 mark. However, youth would win out at the finish line, as Westcott Jr. pulled away in the battle of '68 Plymouth Barracudas with an 8.441-second run at 158.50 mph to his father's 8.549/157.65 effort. Including Westcott Sr.'s $2,000 runner-up purse, the Westcott clan will take $18,000 and the Mopar HEMI Challenge trophy back to their home in Parma, Mich.
"The heat has been killer, and we fought some issues with both our cars, but it ended up with me and my dad in the final," said Westcott Jr., who also triumphed at the Mopar HEMI Challenge U.S. Nationals event in 2005-2006 and 2008. "We've got a good rivalry going; the last two times I ran him in a final he beat me. We race wide open and we don't have any gimmes. He ran a really good race. He had me a lot better on the reaction time; he treed me by a tenth.
"It's a big deal to win here. Last year we broke both our motors here and went home with our tails between our legs. We came back stronger than ever, qualified No. 1 and No. 2, and basically had the field covered all weekend.
"This is the most cash that's ever been put up at a Mopar HEMI Challenge. We basically took every dime that was up for grabs, including a $250 Mopar eStore gift certificate my dad won in a raffle during the Mopar Sportsman BBQ on Thursday. It couldn't have went any better. We didn't blow anything up and we captured all the prize money, so we'll go home happy."
Jeff Teuton Wins in Mopar Challenger Drag Pak at Indy
Jeff Teuton of Houma, La., captured a historic victory for MoparR at the most historic race on the NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing schedule, driving his 2009 Mopar Challenger Drag Pak to the overall win in Stock Eliminator at the 57th Annual Mac Tools U.S. Nationals at Lucas Oil Raceway on Friday, Sept.2. The victory was the first overall Stock Eliminator NHRA National event win for Mopar's modern-day package car.
"What a great weekend for Mopar and Jeff Teuton," said Pietro Gorlier, President and CEO of Mopar, Chrysler Group LLC's service, parts and customer-care brand. "Everyone at Mopar congratulates Jeff and his team on their great performance. Reaching the finals and winning is a true testament to our Mopar Challenger Drag Pak."
Teuton faced the 2002 Camaro of Sam Pourciau in the final round, taking the victory easily with an 11.055-second elapsed time at 107.71 mph after Pourciau's engine exploded shortly after launch. Teuton also captured his individual class win (F/SA) in Stock Eliminator at the event.
"It's really amazing to capture this historic win in the Mopar Challenger Drag Pak during the 60th Anniversary of the NHRA, at their biggest event," said Teuton, owner of the Southland Chrysler Group dealership in his hometown of Houma. "I've always competed in Mopar and Chrysler products, and I'm just having a ball. I'm proud of my car. I've sold Mopar Drag Paks, and I've been a dealer for 44 years. I've been racing since 1958 and this is a pretty good milestone."
The Mac Tools U.S. Nationals hosted a fleet of Mopar Challenger Drag Paks, with more than 20 entered in the Stock and Super Stock fields. The Drag Paks also dominated the qualifying charts in Stock, with David Barton of Robesonia, Pa. qualifying No. 1 overall with a 9.676-elapsed time. Barton also triumphed in the A/SA class eliminations, defeating fellow Drag Pak racer Doug Duell in the class final. A total of six Mopar Challenger Drag Paks qualified in the Top 10 in Stock at the U.S. Nationals, including Charlie Fitzsimmons, who started No. 5 and fell to Teuton in the fifth round of Stock eliminations.
For more information on the Mopar Challenger Drag Pak, including the 2011 Mopar Challenger V-10 Drag Pak, the first and only 500-plus cubic-inch V-10 drag-race package car, visit http://www.mopar.com.
Jeff Teuton was victorious in Stock Eliminator during the U.S. Nationals, which marked the first overall Stock Eliminator NHRA National event win for Mopar's modern-day package car.
Final Hemi shootout qualifying
3651 SS/AH Charlie Westcott Jr., Parma MI, '68 Barrac 8.425 9.30 -0.875
Hemi Shootout round two qualifying
1. 3651 SS/AH Charlie
Westcott Jr., Parma MI, '68 Barrac 8.425 9.30 -0.875