24th Annual Lakefest @ Lake Marble Falls, 8/7-9/15
By JM Hallas
Marble Falls, Tx.,(Aug. 8, 2015) After a fortunate and relatively uneventful day 1 of the Lucas Oil Drag Boat Racing Series at Lakefest 2015, Saturday gave drivers another chance to get in the field or improve position on the ladder. . There were a couple 'almosts' and some broken parts, but no major incidents. Once again the were no problems during Saturday's qualifying, the closest was Bill Miller, Party to the Max, Top Alcohol Flat nearly cork-screwing his boat into the water.
Saturday brought another two rounds of qualifying to set the fields for Sundays eliminations. It would be another long, hot day as drivers, crews and fans started early at the 24th Annual Lakefest on Lake Marble Falls. Several of the Pro Class drivers/teams opted out of round 3 passes after successful passes in round 2.
Friday highlights saw Bryan Sanders take the top spot in Top Fuel Hydro, with Mike Fry(Top Alcohol Hydro) and Don Bausher(Top Alcohol Flats) also grabbing the number 1 spots in Pro qualifying.
Pro Outlaw had Tommy Thompson snag the pole with Travis Tuttle, in the final pass of the day after a timing malfunction earlier, getting the honors in Pro Modified.
By days end, none of the Pro Class top qualifiers would be able to hold their position.
Friday Sportsman top qualifiers included Terry Williams(Quick Eliminator), Shelby Ebert(Pro Eliminator), Justin Chandler(Top Eliminator), Greg Carr(Modified Eliminator), Steve Walls(Stock Eliminator), Michael Ratliff(River Racer), Becky Sternadel(PWC 1) and JJ Sternadel(PWC 2).
Only four of the eight Sportsman boats from Friday could hang on to the top spot.
Lumbert Leaps to Top Fuel Hydro Pole
Scotty Lumbert in the David Kirkland owned, MavTV, Spirit of Texas jumped past Bryan Sanders for the top spot in Top Fuel Hydro round 2. Lumbert picked up 2/10th from Friday with his pass of 3.639 @ 215.085. Sanders picked up a tenth on his Friday time, but it was only good enough for second less than 6/100th of Lumbert's time.
All six Top Fuel Hydros cracked the four-second barrier setting up some close eliminations Sunday. The 3-4 match up finds Silvey and Plate only 8/100th apart.
Top Fuel Hydro qualifying
Scotty Lumbert, Spirit of Texas, 3,639 @ 215.085
Bryan Sanders, Hydrochondriac, 3.693 @ 234.302
Jarrett Silvey, Speed Sport Special, 3,750 @ 213.736
Todd Plate, Problem Child, 3.836 @ 201.721
Kyle Brawley, E3/Safety Kleen, 3.840 @ 198.203
Tommy Rice, Liquid Voodoo, 3.999 @ 223.547
DeClark Does it in Top Alcohol Hydro
Mike DeClark, Little White Lie, overtook Mike Fry for the number one spot in Top Alcohol Hydro qualifying Saturday bettering his Friday numbers. DeClark ran it through with a 4.437 @ 201.126 taking a little more than 2/10th off his previous best. Fry picked up a slight bit on his Friday fast time, but not enough to retake the spot back.
Top Alcohol Hydro qualifying
Mike DeClark, Little White Lie, 4.437 @ 201.126
Mike Fry, Mean Streak II, 4.468 @ 199.947
Steve Streeter, Untouchable, 4.600 @ 195.363
Rick Allen, Total Kaos, 5.168 @ 129.620
Dale Riggs, Bad Moon Rising, DNQ
Ball Bashes ET Record in Top Alcohol Flat
After nearly crashing during his Friday afternoon run, Randy Ball, The Oklahoman, came back Saturday determined to make a better pass. Well his determination paid off with a smooth 5.111 @ 161.568 taking a leg up on the national ET record currently held by Tony Scarlotta, Shazam(5.151). Ball came out in round 3 needing a 5.18 or better to back up the record. Another sweet run and the numbers showed 5.144 to get the back up pass needed to secure the record.
Top Alcohol Flat qualifying
Randy Ball, The Oklahoman, 5.111* @ 161.568
Don Bausher, Habit Forming, 5.222 @ 160.806
Bill Miller, Party to the Max, 5.322 @ 149.850
Ronnie Hayes, Flying Dutchman, 5.719 @ 143.541
Bill Diez, War Party, 5.897 @ 141.456
Bryan Miller, Hang 'em High, DNQ
* denotes new ET record
Richards Races to Top Spot in Pro Outlaw
After running under the index on Friday, Jim Richards, Alka Hauler, slowed it down and took over the top from Tommy Thompson in Pro Outlaw qualifying. Richards laid down a pass of 5.413 @ 169.607 besting Thompson's pass by 4/100th.
Pro Outlaw qualifying(5.40)
Jim Richards, Alka Hauler, 5.413 @ 169.607
Travis Tuttle, Short Fuse, 5.434 @ 165.893
Lee Warren, Say When, 5.438 @ 169.607
Shannon Beal, Split Decision 2, 5.450 @ 160.428
Tommy Thompson, A Few Dollars More, 5.457 @ 157.828
Terry Kain, Racing Kain, 5.990 @ 140.004
Gus Ward, Whiskey Tango Foxtrot, 8.666 @ 57.586
Robert Lee, Desperado, DNQ
Reed Wrestles Away Pro Mod Pole
Shawn Reed, Top Secret, put together a near perfect package to snag the number one spot away from Travis Tuttle in Pro Modified. After cutting a .030 light, Reed ran it through with 7.002 @ 173.745. With the reaction time and ET it worked out to a .032 package. Tuttle, who led after Friday's run couldn't put up a better pass.
Pro Modified qualifying(7.00)
Shawn Reed, Top Secret, 7.002 @ 173.745
Travis Tuttle, Short Fuse, 7.022 @ 174.081
Randy Benson, Texas Bounty Hunter, 7.047 @ 172.084
Tyler Speer, Climax, 7.057 @ 170.455
Mike Lamb, Just One More, 7.073 @ 163.636
Jimmy Booher, Fist Full of Dollars, 7.108 @ 169.811
Marty Logan, Livin' Tha' Dream, 7.108 @ 161.002
Casey Beal, Another Split Decision, 7.113 @ 170.455
Jacob Schneider, Blown Crazy Too, 7.117 @ 170.455
Chris Bean, Team Sound Design, 7.467 @ 155.440
Chris Armstrong, Alcohol Dependent, 7.528 @ 115.979
Doug Maderer, Outta Reach, 7.609 @ 160.714
Mickey Snider, Top Gun, 7.867 @ 160.714
Kevin Helm, The Woody, DNQ
Dave Watkins, Monkey Business, DNQ
Sportsman class top qualifiers
Quick Eliminator(6.00) Ronnie Hodge, Ripsaw, 6.001 @137.741
Pro Eliminator(8.00) Shelby Ebert, 8.033 @ 147.300
Top Eliminator(9.00) GW Goff, Blurred Lines, 9.001 @ 110.837
Modified Eliminator(10.00) Greg Carr, Aint Scared, 10.002 @ 100.446
Stock Eliminator(11.00) Steve Walls, Sotally Tober, 11.026 @ 90.180
River Racer(12.00+ dial in) Michael Ratliff, Capitol Punishment, 12.005 @ 82.342
PWC 1(dial in) Becky Sternadel, Nuff Said, 13.599 @ 70.093
PWC 2(dial in) Cole Tutle, Kaboom, 20.454 @ 45.45