Jason Clampitt laid down a 152.90 mph run on his 2010 Suzuki motorcycle Saturday to earn the No. 1 qualifier position and then followed it with three strong runs on Sunday to repeat as Sportsman Motorcycle champion during Thunder at the Lakes at Brainerd International Raceway.
Clampitt defended his event title by taking out Kyle Olson in the finals with a run of 9.050 seconds and 145.50 mph.
Thunder at the Lakes is an NHRA West Central Division points race, where drag racers from all over the country compete for a shot at a national championship this fall and piece of a $500,000 prize purse.
For the second time in three years, Phil Unruh earned a trip to the Winner’s Circle after his finals win in the Top Dragster Class. His finals win over John Lobner was sweet revenge after Lobner ended Unruh’s bid to repeat as event champion last year during Thunder at the Lakes. Unruh was the No. 1 qualifier with the fastest time of the weekend: 213.70 mph. He beat Lobner with a run of 6.516 seconds and 204.70 mph.
Pat Nahan had his eye on a repeat championship in the Competition Eliminator Class and was well on his way after finishing Saturday’s qualifying session as the No. 1 qualifier, but ran up against Bruno Massel in the finals. A former Lucas Oil National Champion, Massel ran down Nahan with a run of 7.119 seconds and 177.86 mph. It was Massel’s second straight win in the Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series.
Doug Engels and James Findell won in Super Stock and Stock Eliminator, respectively, with Engels driving his ’57 Corvette past Larry DeForrest going 124.90 mph in 9.493 seconds. Findell beat Tom Mosbek in his ’72 Duster when Mosbeck’s car broke.
Dave Slatten won the the Rock Haas Top Sportsman Class by beating Tom Schmidt in the finals. Slatten’s last run was 7.064 seconds at 195.93 mph. In Super Comp, Kevin Dyck took down No. 1 qualifier Ken Griffiths with a run of 8.899 seconds and 183.27 mph. Driving a 2009 Mustang, Bill Cawsey squeeked out a win over Frank Nichols in Super Gas by posting a 9.863 seconds and 160.06 mph. And Brian Tuma and his ‘79 Malibu won Super Street with a finals victory over Gary Stinnett. Tuma ran 10.907 seconds and 132.04 mph.
Junior Dragsters made an appearance for the first time at Thunder at the Lakes. They were divided into two classes, for ages 8-12 and 13-17. Jordan Pratt beat Carter Lindquist to win the Junior Dragster 13-17 class and Garrett Lindquist beat Zach Zavadil to win the 8-12 class.
West Central Division racers head to Bandimere Speedway in two weeks for the next NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series event, June 15-17. Next up at Brainerd International Raceway is the Wednesday Night Drags, Street Legal Style Wednesday night and then the Bracket Drag Racing Series Friday through Sunday, along with IWA Snowmobile Watercross and Superbike racing Saturday.
Final results from 2012 Thunder at the Lakes NHRA Divisional Race:
Finals: Phil Unruh of McPherson, Kan., 6.516, 204.70 def. John Lobner of De Soto, Kan. 6.870, 196.79
Semifinals: Unruh def. David Harrington of Shawnee Mission, Kan.; Lobner def Dustin Long of Mitchell, S.D.
Finals: Dave Slatten of Fort Collins, Colo. 7.064, 195.93 def. Tom Schmidt of Lindstrom, broke
Semifinals: Slatten had a bye; Schmidt def. JJ Heber of Centennial, Colo.
Finals: Bruno Massel of Woodridge, Ill., 7.119, 177.86 def. Pat Nahan of Sartell, 7.417, 170.86
Semifinals: Massel had a bye; Nahan def. Clint Sallee of Glendive, Mont.
Finals: James Findell of Zimmerman 28.748 44.08 def. Tim Mosbeck of Andover, foul
Semifinals: Findell def. Ron Mattson of Cloquet; Mosbeck def. Denny Nelson of Stacy
Finals: Doug Engles of Watertown, S.D. 9.493, 124.90 def. Larry DeForest of Ramsey, 9.699, 139.10
Semifinals: Engles had a bye; DeForest def. Tom Randall of Montgomery, Ill.
Finals: Bill Cawsey of Regina, Saskatchewan 9.863, 160.06 def. Frank Nichols of Grand Island, Neb. 9.859, 161.69
Semifinals: Cawsey def. Jeff Kinney of Minnetonka; Nichols def. Brian Nygaard of Watertown, S.D.
Finals: Kevin Dyck of East St. Paul, Manitoba 8.899, 183.27 def. Ken Griffiths of Eden Prairie 8.877, 167.26
Semifinals: Dyck def. Luke Bogacki of Carterville, Ill.; Griffiths def. Trevor Larson of Starbuck
Finals: Brian Tuma of Baxter 10.907, 132.04 def. Gary Stinnett of Emporia, Kan., 10.904, 145.25
Semifinals: Tuma def. Jeff Landholm of Oakland, Neb.; Stinnett had a bye
Finals: Jason Clampitt of Lino Lakes 9.050, 145.50 def. Kyle Olson of Moorland, Iowa, 8.847, 150.97
Semifinals: Clampitt def. Jim Remington of Forest Lake: Olson def. Donnie Durenberger of Dayton
Junior Dragster - 13-17
Finals: Jordan Pratt of Otsego def. Carter Lindquist of Minnetonka
Semifinals: Pratt def. Tevin Zavadil of Clearwater; Lindquist def. Emily Durenberger of Dayton
Junior Dragster - 8-12
Finals: Garrett Lindquist of Minnetonka def. Zach Zavadil of Clearwater
Semifinals: Lindquist had a bye; Zavadil def. Logan Carter of Carlisle, Iowa
Long Motorsports Super Comp Shootout
Matthew Kreft of Council Bluffs, Iowa def. Ed Shaughnessy of Coleraine
Long Motorsports Super Gas Shootout
Matthew Kirchner of Rice def. Frank Nichols of Grand Island, Neb.
Long Motorsports Super Street Shootout
Scott Cowles of Fremont, Neb., def. Andrew Field of Chippewa Falls, Wis.