Lakefest 2014 @ Lake Marble Falls, 8/8-10, 2014
Marty Logan takes a quiet moment to reflect before his Pro Mod finals
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Marble Falls, TX.,(Aug. 10th, 2014) With qualifying done and the ladders set, the Lucas Oil Drag Boat Racing Series began eliminations in all the Pro and Sportsman classes on Sunday. The top drivers in each of the Pro classes looked to use their number one ranking to their advantage.(Top Fuel Hydro, Scotty Lumbert, Randy Ball, Top Alcohol Flat Bottom and Marty Logan, Pro Mod)
After an event filled round one of qualifying Saturday, Sunday's first round looked like a carbon copy as the the Top Alcohol Flat Bottoms came up for round one. The second pair up was Chuck Hartsfield's Son of Speed against multi-time class champ, Tony Scarlatta, Shazam.
As both boats fired up, Hartsfield's lurched forward with the starting rope getting hung on the wing end plate. As the rope recoiled, it swamped the back of the boat and sent it down. As the boat went nose up, Hartsfield turned on his capsule air supply and was alright, but upset, after divers freed him. Scarlatta coasted through the starting beams for the win.
Sanders Sneaks By with Top Fuel Hydro Win
Eliminations didn't go well for the top qualifiers, but it gave Bryan Sanders, Nitrochondriac and Jeff Gregory, E3/Safety Kleen(fourth and fifth) the chance to run for the win from the bottom of the bracket. Sanders got the jump off the start by a tenth, but his boat sputtered with Gregory going by at mid-track. Gregory had his own problems and slowed, with Sanders sneaking past at the line for victory.
Top Fuel Hydro Eliminations
Bryan Sanders, Nitrochondriac, 4.337 @ 221.370
Jeff Gregory, E3/Safety Kleen, 4.261 @ 157.101
Bryan Sanders, Nitrochondriac
Jeff Gregory, E3/Safety Kleen, 3.871 @ 238.398
Scotty Lumbert, Spirit of Texas, N/T
Scotty Lumbert, Spirit of Texas
Bryan Sanders, Nitrochondriac, 3.799 @ 227.273
Daryl Ehrlich, Problem Child, 5.012 @ 114.016
Jeff Gregory, E3/Safety Kleen, 3.906 @ 235.110
Glen Wilson, Toxic Rocket, 4.540 @ 146.000
Ball Best All Weekend for Flat Bottom Sweep
Randy Ball, The Oklahoman, swept the Top Alcohol Flat Bottoms after taking the pole in qualifying Saturday and following it up with a finals win over Bill Miller, Party to the Max. But it wasn't without some excitement along the way.
As Ball launched it double jumped and was still airborne going past the starting buoy. As the boat landed it nearly clipped a lane marker and went down the track almost sideways. Miller, who saw Ball having problems, coasted through the top end hoping Ball had a lane disqualification, which he didn't.
Top Alcohol Flat Bottom Eliminations
Randy Ball, The Oklahoman, 7.269 @ 136.637
Bill Miller, Party to the Max, 13.857 @ 52.488
Randy Ball, The Oklahoman, 6.009 @ 99.390
Bill Miller, Party to the Max, 20.849 @ 34.822
Tony Scarlatta, Shazam, 5.299 @ 159.303(Red light)
Bill Miller, Party to the Max, 5.929 @ 95.896
Mike Martin, Dazed and Confused, 6.361 @ 121.526
Chuck Hartsfield, Sons of Speed, N/T(sank on line)
Tony Scarlatta, Shazam, N/T
Randy Ball, The Oklahoman, 5.292 @ 151.853
Don Bausher, Habit Forming, 5.646 @ 147.900
Logan Outlasts Stout Pro Mod Field
Marty Logan, Livin' Tha Dream, had the best boat all weekend and it showed as he made his way through the 19-car field to the finals against Randy Benson in Texas Bounty Hunter. Benson tried to jump Logan on the start but went red handing the victory to Logan, who outran the index on the top end.
Pro Modified (7.00)
Marty Logan, Livin' Tha Dream, 6.996 @ 174.757
Randy Benson, Texas Bounty Hunter, 7.194 @ 167.900(Red light)
Marty Logan, Livin' Tha Dream, 6.998 @ 176.817
Tim Ortiz, Empty Pockets, 7.110 @ 168.224(Red light)
Randy Benson, Texas Bounty Hunter
Tim Ortiz, Empty Pockets, 7.012 @ 169.811
Shawn Reed, Top Secret, 7.076 @ 170.132
Randy Benson, Texas Bounty Hunter, 7.031 @ 168.856
Rick Allen, Total Kaos, 7.095 @ 162.162
Marty Logan, Livin' Tha Dream, 6.970 @ 174.081
Tim Ortiz, Empty Pockets, 8.341 @ 99.668
Terry Kain, Razing Kain, 7.226 @ 155.172(Red light)
Randy Benson, Texas Bounty Hunter, 7.692 @ 121.131
Reagan Everett, Alcohol Dependent, 7.851 @ 100.559
Marty Logan, Livin' Tha Dream, 7.005 @ 173.077
Shannon Beal, Split Decision 2, 6.966 @ 164.234(Broke out)
Shawn Reed, Top Secret, 7.114 @ 162.455
Kyle Brawley, Wild Child, 7.234 @ 164.234
Rick Allen, Total Kaos, 7.035 @ 161.580
Travis Tuttle, Short Fuse, 7.066 @ 169.173
Terry Kain, Razing Kain
Bye(Mickey Snider, Top Gun failed to show)
Tim Ortiz, Empty Pockets, 7.019 @ 167.910
Todd MacAnally, Mayhem, 6.544 @ 182.566(Broke out)
Shawn Reed, Top Secret, 7.015 @ 170.132
Tommy Thompson, For a Few Dollars More, 7.037 @ 170.132
Travis Tuttle, Short Fuse, 7.069 @ 169.811
Rick Blethroade, Wild Thing, 7.880 @ 157.342
Kyle Brawley, Wild Child, 7.072 @ 167.910
Chad Cupit, Warpath, 6.975 @ 170.778(Broke out)
Reagan Everett, Alcohol Dependent, 7.082 @ 164.835
Jim Richards, Alka-Hauler, 7.097 @ 169.173
Randy Benson, Texas Bounty Hunter, 7.170 @ 172.084
Kevin Helm, The Woody, 6.960 @ 165.138(Broke out)
Rick Allen, Total Kaos, 7.011 @ 154.374
Lee Warren, Say When, N/T
Marty Logan, Livin' Tha Dream, 7.074 @ 158.451
Robert Leas, Desperado, 7.162 @ 175.097
Shannon Beal, Split Decision 2, 7.027 @ 164.835
Jimmy Booher, Hillbilly Xpress, 7.080 @ 168.539
The Pro Outlaw class is basically a second chance race for the Pro Mod round one losers, run to 1,000'. Chad Cupit, Warpath, threw away a near perfect 5.516 going red by .137 handing the win to Jim Richards, Alka-Hauler.
Jim Richards, Alka-Hauler, 5.617 @ 167.464
Chad Cupit, Warpath, 5.516 @ 163.514(Red light)
Tyler Tuttle, Lucas Oil Texas Outrigger, got the jump on David Cooper from the start and never looked back taking the victory.
Tyler Tuttle, Lucas Oil Texas Outrigger, 6.043 @ 152.532
David Cooper, Gambler, 6.397 @ 110.658
Pro Eliminator (8.00)
Joe McIntyre, Hydro Commando had a slight advantage at the start then held on to edge out James Salesberry by .0240 at the stripe.
Joe McIntyre, Hydro Commando, 8.069 @ 131.387
James Salesberry, 8.090 @ 132.158
Top Eliminator (9.00)
Top qualifier Sambo Smith, Crapshooter didn't need much help, but GW Goff gave it to him anyway going red at the start by .048.
Sambo Smith, Crapshooter, 9.189 @ 91.650
GW Goff, Blurred Lines, 9.040 @ 109.622(Red light)
Modified Eliminator (10.00)
Johnny Lackey, Redneck Foreplay got a hundredth at the start then inched away to beat Kenneth Tullar by .076.
Johnny Lackey, Redneck Foreplay, 10.041 @ 106.509
Kenneth Tullar, High-n-Dry, 10.106 @ 103.211
Stock Eliminator (11.00)
Brian Winslet, Flat Fancy gave Hoppy Harris, Livin' Large, the win early when he went .078 red.
Hoppy Harris, Livin' Large, 11.118 @ 90.909
Brian Winslet, Flat Fancy, 11.150 @ 83.256
It was two outboards in the River Racer finals with top qualifier, Denise Hodges, Aquatic Therapy, holding serve. Hodges was a hundredth behind on the start, but drove around Mike Carter, Long Shot to win by .204.
Denise Hodges, Aquatic Therapy, 12.451 @ 84.826
Mike Carter, Long Shot, 12.668 @ 89.109
It was son versus mother in the Personal Watercraft 1 finals with PJ Sternadel, Whita Maker, finally returning a whipping from his mom, Becky Sternadel, Nuff Said, PJ hit a .041 light getting a little more than three tenth in the bank then held on to win by only .074 at the stripe.
PJ Sternadel, Whita Maker, 12.949 @ 67.771
Becky Strenadel, Nuff Said, 13.507 @ 70.367
Two young friends paired off in the Personal Watercraft 2 finals with Kevin Walton, Water Warrior and Dakota Sternadel in a double break out run. Walton was the lesser of the offenders to take the win.
Kevin Walton, Water Warrior, 17.476 @ 53.412
Dakota Sternadel, Ghost Rider, 16.066 @ 58.480(Broke out)
It was David versus Goliath in the 2nd Chance finals with JJ Sternadel on his jet ski going against River Racer, Tyler Boehme who gave up almost four seconds on the dial-in. Boehme was a wee bit early going red by a mere .002(2/1,000th) giving the win the Sternadel.
JJ Sternadel, Water Bender, 16.202 @ 59.016
Tyler Boehme, Slippery Pickle, 12.375 @ 82.192(Red light)