Over 180 vehicles staged for the first round of competition in Kil-Kare Dragway’s 2012 Season Opener. In the super Pro Quarterfinals we would see Matt Barrett of Beavercreek dialing a 5.20 to the 6.53 of Jose Diaz from Parma, Ohio. Diaz would have the better light with a .510 and would take the win with a 6.569 pass. Next would be Mike Sturgill of Beavercreek dialing a 4.74 to the 4.97 of JR Lockhart from Riverside. Sturgill would have a .513 reaction time and would take the win light with a 4.743 pass. The next pair would be Tim Louderback of Xenia and Rob Osting of West Milton. Rob would go red moving Louderback to the next round. The bye run for the round would go to Troy Coughlin Jr of Delaware.
            In the semis it would be Louderback dialing a 5.08 to the 4.78 of Coughlin. Reaction times would show .511 for both racers, with Coughlin taking the win light on a 4.783 pass. Sturgill would have the bye run to the finals.
            In the finals it would be Sturgill would dial a 4.74 to the 4.78 of Coughlin. Coughlin would have the better reaction time with a .518 and would take the breakout win with a 4.781.

   

            In Pro Quarterfinal action we would see Doug Thompson of Columbus dial an 8.50 to the 6.80 of Doug Caplinger from Xenia. Caplinger would cut a .502 light and would take the win light with a 6.809 pass. Next would be Doug Caplinger on the double entry, dialing a 6.80 to the 7.31 of Deb Bigler from Beavercreek. Caplinger would grasp the better light with a .535 and would take the win light with a 6.996 pass. James Sanders of Riverside would ride the bye to the semis.
            Semifinal action would see the IDDU’s James Sanders dialing a 6.78 to the 6.80 of Caplinger. Caplinger would take the starting line advantage with a .509 light and would get the win light with a 6.801. Doug Caplinger would have both entries meet in the finals and take both winner and runner up in the Pro class.

   

            Sportsman quarterfinal action would see Doug Thompson of Columbus dialing a 13.21 to the 12.98 of Steve Layton from Galloway. Layton would be .002 better at the tree; however it would be Thompson with the round win on a 13.226 pass. Next would be Howard Ledford of Kettering dialing a 12.00 to the 13.15 of Troy Layton from Columbus. Layton would cut a .549 light and would take the win with a 13.188 pass. Next pair would be Walt Crum III of Beavercreek dialing a 13.75 to the 12.31 of Dale Buck from Dayton. Buck would have the starting line advantage with a .511, but would give it all back at the stripe to your breakout winner Walt Crum on a 13.755 pass. Bob Maxwell of Columbus would have the bye run.
            In the semis we would see Thompson dialing a 13.20 to the 13.14 of Layton. Layton would go red moving Thompson to the finals. The last pair for the round would be Maxwell dialing a 13.86 to the 13.75 of Crum. Maxwell would be better at the tree with a .608, but it would be Crum on the breakout win with a 13.804 pass.
            In the finals it would be Thompson dialing a 13.22 to the 13.75 of Crum. Thompson would take the reaction time battle with a .533 and would see the win light on a 13.279 pass.

   

 

 


            In the Buckminn’s D&D Harley Davidson Pro Bike Division we would see Brain Shope of Xenia dialing a 9.74 to the 8.79 of Darrell Carmichael from Tipp City. Carmichael would have the better light with a .525, but Shope would take the win with a 9.746 pass. Next would be Austin Stidham dialing a 9.32 vs. Roger Wilhelm dialing a 9.91 both from Urbana. Stidham would be better at the tree by .002, but it would be Wilhelm on the win light with a 9.952. Next pair to stage would be Steve Withem of Fairborn dialing a 10.65 to the 9.06 of Kevin Hoskins from Cincinnati. Hoskins would cut a .530 light but would turn on the breakout bulb moving Withem to the semis on a 10.690 ride. The last pair for the round would be Thad Neeld of St. Paris dialing a 9.10 to the 8.75 of Bradley Shellhaas from Springfield. Neeld would come off the line with a .504 light, but it would be Shellhaas at the finish line with an 8.993 ride.
            In the semis we would see Withem dial a 10.65 to the 9.95 of Wilhelm. Withem had the better light with a .515, and would take the win light with a 10.700 ride. Next would be Shope dialing a 9.74 to the 8.98 of Shellhaas. Shellhaas would cut a .505 light along with a 9.061 ride for the round win.
            In the finals we would see Withem dialing a 10.66 to the 8.98 of Shellhaas. Shellhaas would have the better light with a .517 and would take the win with a 9.015 ride for the first Buckminn’s D&D Harley Davidson Pro Bike win of the year.

   

            In the Jr. Dragsters we would see Dylan Spring of Newark and Logan Back of New Carlisle dialing heads up 8.90. Back would go red moving Spring to the semis. Next would be Kylie Derifield of Lebanon dialing a 7.90 to the 8.90 of Kyle Beavers from Urbana. Derifield would take the better reaction time with a .551, however it would be Lil’ Beavers with the breakout win on an 8.962 pass. Scott Chitty of Uniontown would have the bye run into the semis.
            In the semis it would be Spring dialing an 8.90 to the 7.90 of Chitty. Spring would go red, moving Chitty to the finals to face bye runner Kyle Beavers.
            In the finals we would see Beavers dialing an 8.90 to the 7.90 of Chitty. Chitty would have the better reaction time with a .543 and would take the Junior Dragster win with a 7.975 pass.

   

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