LAS VEGAS --
Tue, 30 Oct 2012, 01:42 AM
Whiteley, Bartone Win
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Jim Whiteley and Tony Bartone led the list of winners for the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series Big
O Tries NHRA Nationals at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway while Bo Butner scored the elusive
double taking home the trophy in both Comp and Stock Eliminator.
Jim Whiteley, Tony Bartone, Bo Butner, Luke Bogacki and Steve
Whiteley, Grand Junction, Colo., added a win to his championship season when he knocked out Joey
Severance in a close Top Alcohol Dragster final round. Whiteley clocked in at 5.340 seconds at 270
mph to Severance, Woodburn, Ore., at 5.363, 266 mph. Whiteley, who has already clinched the 2012
National Championship, has six national event wins on the season along with three regional wins.
Whiteley defeated Severance
Whitely was hoping to share the winner's circle with his wife Annie who faced off with Long Island,
N.Y., racer Tony Bartone both driving Ford Mustangs in the Top Alcohol Funny Car class. Bartone
had other thoughts, qualifying No. 1 and marching through eliminations posting both the low elapsed
time and top mph of the event at 5.538 seconds and 253.51 mph. Bartone defeated Whiteley for his
third win of the year with a 5.546 second lap at 261.78 mph to Whiteley's 5.576, 259.26.
Bartone defeated Whiteley
Butner drove his Mustang to a 9.212 second, 146.97 mph pass to defeat Jeff Tueton in Stock
Eliminator for his first win of the day, then came back around to race Lou Ficco for the Comp
Eliminator title. Butner's Cobalt went 8.540 seconds at 158.39 to hold off Ficco and secure the
rare double win and add his name to the list of just 13 drivers in history to accomplish the feat.
Butner defeated Ficco
Dan Fletcher scored his 80th NHRA National event win beating former Lucas Oil National Champion
Larry Stewart in Super Stock. Fletcher, who has three championships of his own, clocked in at
10.476 at 122.98 mph in his Camaro to Stewart's 10.224, 125.95 with his Challenger.
Fletcher defeated Stewart
Luke Bogacki and Steve Apted completed the list of winners as Bogacki out ran Greg Boutte and his
K&N Filters entry in Super Comp while Apted won over Boutte's teammate Steve Williams in Super Gas
for his first national event win of his career. Bogacki, who is still in the hunt for the national
championship, went 9.081, 174.41 to Boutte's 9.087, 177.42. Apted posted a 10.052 second, 164.63
mph pass to Williams' 10.047, 165.50.
Butner defeated Teuton
Most of the racers competing this weekend will return to The Strip for the Short Line Express
Gamblers Shootout next weekend before heading to Auto Club Raceway at Pomona for the season ending
Automobile Club of Southern California NHRA Finals.
Bogacki defeated Boutte
Sunday's final results from the 12th annual Big O Tires NHRA Nationals at The Strip at Las Vegas
TOP ALCOHOL DRAGSTER
Jim Whiteley, 5.340, 270.70 def. Joey Severance, 5.363, 266.21.
TOP ALCOHOL FUNNY CAR
Apted defeated Williams
Tony Bartone, Ford Mustang, 5.546, 261.78 def. Annie Whiteley, Mustang, 5.576, 259.26.
Bo Butner, Chevy Cobalt, 8.540, 158.39 def. Lou Ficco, Pontiac GXP, 7.010, 196.22.
Dan Fletcher, Chevy Camaro, 10.476, 122.98 def. Larry Stewart, Dodge Challenger, 10.224, 125.92.
Bo Butner, Ford Mustang, 9.212, 146.97 def. Jeff Teuton, Dodge Challenger, 11.133, 120.19.
Luke Bogacki, Dragster, 9.081, 174.41 def. Greg Boutte, Dragster, 9.087, 177.42.
Steve Apted, Chevy Corvette, 10.052, 164.63 def. Steve Williams, Corvette, 10.047, 165.50.
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