Lucas Oil Summernationals
Lucas Oil Raceway at Indianapolis, IN
July 18-19, 2020
words and photos by Rick Eaton
Top Fuel Harley
Rain Postpones Final Rounds Of Lucas Oil Nhra Summernationals At Indianapolis
The final rounds of the Lucas Oil NHRA Summernationals at Indianapolis at Lucas Oil Raceway have been delayed due to inclement weather.
After a lengthy rain delay before the finals in Top Fuel and Funny Car, NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series officials announced the fourth race of the 2020 season will be completed during the Denso Spark Plugs NHRA U.S. Nationals, which takes place Sept. 3-6 at Lucas Oil Raceway.
In Top Fuel Harley Jay Turner will face Randal Andras in the final. Andras will have lane choice over Turner.
The NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series continues Aug. 6-9 with the NHRA Indy Nationals at Lucas Oil Raceway at Indianapolis.
Eliminations Round 1
|Driver||Randal Andras||Tii Tharpe|
|660 FT MPH||182.70||113.55|
Weather conditions: air temperature 86 degrees, relative humidity 69 percent, barometer 29.00 inches, adjusted altitude 3,972 feet, track temperature 98 degrees. Andras is 2 – 1 against Tharpe in prior events. Tharpe with the starting line advantage, but has problems early and clicks it off. Andras with his quickest and fastest pass of the weekend for the win.
|Driver||Rich Vreeland||Jay Turner|
|660 FT MPH||177.09||171.84|
This is the first time Vreeland and Turner have faced each other in eliminations. Turner with the starting line advantage and the power to hold on for the hole shot win. This was a great drag race…Jay Turner’s MOV: 0.0088 seconds (approximately 3 feet). Turner with his quickest pass of the weekend for the win. Vreeland with his quickest and fastest pass of the weekend in the losing effort.
|Driver||Ryan Peery||Rickey House|
|660 FT MPH||177.46||179.83|
Peery with the starting line advantage and his quickest and fastest pass of the weekend for the win. He runs low E.T. of the round for the win. He will have lane choice over Andras in the semifinal.
|Driver||Chris Smith||Tyler Wilson|
|660 FT MPH||114.48||177.86|
This is the first time Smith and Wilson have faced each other in eliminations. Wilson with the starting line advantage and never trailed for the win. He runs his quickest and fastest pass of the weekend for the win. He will have lane choice over Turner in the semifinal. Smith lost traction early and he was off and on the throttle a couple times, but could not get it to hook up.
Eliminations Round 2
|Driver||Jay Turner||Tyler Wilson|
|660 FT MPH||158.22||51.02|
Weather conditions: air temperature 89 degrees, relative humidity 65 percent, barometer 29.03 inches, adjusted altitude 4,088 feet, track temperature 106 degrees. Wilson is 1 – 0 against Turner in prior events. Turner with the starting line advantage and never trails as Wilson has problems right at the hit of the throttle.
|Driver||Ryan Peery||Randal Andras|
|660 FT MPH||174.62||179.16|
Andras with the starting line advantage and never trails for the win. Randal Andras’ MOV: 0.0656 seconds (approximately 19 feet). Andras will have lane choice over Turner in the final.
Chris Smith Qualifies #1 with Low ET, Tii Tharpe Has Top Speed after 2 Qualifying Sessions
- Chris Smith vs Tyler Wilson (Smith has lane choice)
- Rich Vreeland vs Jay Turner (Vreeland has lane choice)
- Rick House vs Ryan Peery (House has lane choice)
- Randal Andras vs Tii Tharpe (Andras has lane choice)
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