Division 5 National Open
CHS Midwest Cooperatives/Cenex Lubricants
w/ Coca Cola Oahe Speedway Points Finale
Sunday, September 25, 2011
The seventh annual running of the NHRA Division 5 National
Open, proved to be one of the best ever at Oahe Speedway.
NHRA Super Comp
Dale Garber, of Pierre, SD, put together the best reaction
time average of Super Comp eliminator with a quick .0107
average through four rounds. Saving his worst reaction
time of the day, .015 for the final, Garber was matched by
Ken Zeller's identical .015 a the start. The
difference was a .004 advantage to Garber at t4eh stripe on
a double breakout run. Zeller, from Smithville, MO,
ran 8.997 on his 9.00. Super Comp index, with Garber closer
at 8.981. Garber defended his 2010 title.
Zeller added Oahe Speedway as the74th track he has competed
on in his racing career. Garber had a close call in
round two against Cal Belden, of Aberdeen, SD,
giving up .002 at the start, crossing the stripe .013 ahead
of Belden to take the win. The margin of victory, .011
put Garber 2.6 feet ahead of Belden at the line.
NHRA Super Gas
An All-Canadian final saw first time visitor, Bill
Cawsey, of Regina, Saskatchewan, and Tom Patterson, Of
Lorette, Manitoba, face off for the Super Gas title.
Cawsey, running his '09 Mustang, left first on Patterson,
gaining .013 at the starting line, on their 10.00 heads up
index. Cawsey's advantage went away at the stripe,
breaking out by just .002 . Patterson, on his second
visit to Oahe, put together an .022 package to take the win.
Patterson ran 10.000 in his first round bye. Cawsey
and Dan Mohr, of Mitchell, SD, had a dead-on 10.00 match in
round two, with Mohr breaking out by .030, advancing Cawsey.
Ron Starkey, of Rapid City, SD, also ran 10.000 against a
breaking out Dennis White, of Brandon, Manitoba, in round
Dennis McBride, of Ainsworth, NE, made his annual trip to
the National Open the same as the last. McBride popped
off a rapid .008 reaction time, and coupled that with an
11.015 run on the 11.00 Super Street index, to take
the win over Jeff Crooks, of Brandon, Manitoba. Crooks
gave up .012 at the start and ran over the 11.00
index at 11.20 in his loss. Mc Bride defeated
Bobi Legner, of Pierre, SD, on their double break out
pairing in round one.
NHRA Stock/Super Stock Combo
Doug Engels, of Watertown, SD, pulled off his second victory
of the weekend, winning the Stock/Super Combo, on
Sunday. Coming off a win, in Saturday's
Koppien-Christensen Memorial Combo, Engels picked up his
third win in the last two National Open weekends at Oahe
Speedway. Engels worked his way through the
field, defeating Mike Corbett 's F/S '65 Chevelle, in
round one. Corbett broke out against Engel's SS/GM
'57 Corvette. Engels advanced through round two and three,
on red lights by Shannon DePoy, E/S, of Lantry, SD and Bryan
Dixon, F/SA, of Mitchell, SD. Tracy
Lindeman, K/SA, of Ethan ran .002 over his dial in round
one, to win over an off pace Rick Wessels, of Belle
Fourche, SD. Lindeman went on to take the win over
2010 Combo winner, Curt Hieb, E/SA, of Chamberlain, SD, on
Hieb's red light. Lindeman would take the bye run in
Semi final action saw Engels chase down Brent Kopetjka,
EF/S, of Norfolk, NE, taking the win on Kopetjka's breakout.
Dean Feiock, of, Pierre, SD, running his M/SA '81 Malibu,
saw an .026 starting line advantage evaporate at the finish
line, breaking out by .004 against Lindeman.
The final found only Engels making the call. Lindeman
withdrew with mechanical difficulties.