COWIE, BELLEMUER GUSSO HEAD INTO THE U.S. NATIONALS ELIMINATIONS AS SPORTSMAN NO. 1 SEEDS
Shawn Cowie stepped up big in Friday's second and final qualifying session to secure the title of quickest sportsman racer on the grounds at Lucas Oil Raceway, as he took the No. 1 qualifying position in Top Alcohol Dragster away from Thursday's top runner Megan Meyer.
Joining Cowie atop the leaderboard was Sean Bellemeur (Funny Car), Travis Gusto (Top Alcohol Funny Car), and Scott Libersher (Factory Stock Showdown) as many of the Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series categories moved into final eliminations.
The supercharged alcohol cars set the pace for the final session of qualifying, taking two of the first three spot. Cowie's 5.179 elapsed time at 280.54 miles per hour provided a comfortable cushion atop the qualifying list and put him ahead of Matthew Cummings, who was second with a 5.206, 276.86. Meyer dropped to fourth with a 5.231, 275.51.
Bellemeur remained the class of the Funny Cars with a 5.491, 267.32 performance, finishing just ahead of Chris Marshall who made a big move in the final session with a 5.500, 266.58. Doug Gordon was third with a 5.507, 268.30.
Comp Eliminator shuffled in a big way as Frank Affronti's Thursday -.731 provisional #1 took an index hit and fell to No. 33. G/Altered racer Travis Gusso found his way into the top spot with a "conservative" -.686 (8.294) run in his G/Altered Cobalt. Sean was second with an 8.019, -0.681 in his G/Altered Cobalt. Defending series champion Frank Aragona was third.
The Factory Stock Showdown cars got one session in, and it was Scott Libersher taking his Illinois-based 2020 Camaro to the top spot with a 7.973, 173.27 173.27. Dan Condon came up .001 short as he ended up second. Aaron Stanfield was third with a 7.998 172.30. Lindsey Weelock is on the bubble with an 8.449.