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Tim Paap Wins Top Dragster, McDonald T/S Runner-up at MWDRS St. Louis Event

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    Tim Paap put his American dragster in the winner's circle at the St. Louis event Sunday, Aug. 16 of the Mid-West Drag Racing Series. He is shown at the first special national event at Indy in July. / Photo by Fred Noer
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    Mark McDonald and his 1967 Mustang have been in both St. Louis finals at Mid-West Drag Racing Series races this season. He followed his June 20 victory with a runner-up Sunday, Aug. 16. He is shown at the first Indy special national event in July. / Photo by Fred Noer

TOP DRAGSTER and TOP SPORTSMAN – Tim Paap and Mark McDonald from Division 3 were high performers in Top Dragster and Top Sportsman, respectively, at the Mid-West Drag Racing Series race Sunday, Aug. 16 at World Wide Technology Raceway.

Paap scored his first win of the season in T/D, a category sponsored by Race Star Wheels. After winning at the same track on June 20, McDonald finished as the runner-up in T/S, which is sponsored by Pat Musi Racing Engines.

The race was the fifth national event of the season for the series, whose title sponsor is Summit Racing Equipment.

Paap, who lives in Charleston, Ill., won the final when fellow Division 3 T/D competitor Matt Sackman fouled by .007 second. Both drivers made full passes, nonetheless. Paap, after a .028 light, turned a 3.888 at 186.28 on his 3.88 dial-in, while Sackman went .005 over his 3.89 dial at 185.05.

On his Facebook page Paap expressed appreciation for helping him win to Chad Crawford, Morgan Crawford, Jeff Barker, Lindsey Barker, Phillip Oakley, Al Peavler, and Judd Coffman.

Racers Qualify Together in Top Half of Field

Driving a 2018 American dragster with a 775-inch Chevy on nitrous, Paap qualified seventh at 3.903 at 185.89. One slot ahead of him was Sackman in his 2010 Spitzer with a 557-inch blown Chevy at 3.880 at 185.03. The field had 27 drivers.

Paap faced Dana Kutz, another D3 racer, in the first round, but he went .083 red. In round two, Bryce Micke was in the other lane, but he lost the race at the starting line with a .153 light. Paap was .048, so he backed off at the top end to a 3.919 at 162.61 on a 3.85 dial. Micke ran 4.517 at 149.80 on a 4.48 dial.

Another gift was presented to Paap in the third when Oklahoma racer Bob Alberty Jr. triggered a .004 red light. Paap flirted with a foul in the semifinals when he hit a .001 light and then ran 3.902 at 178.10 on a 3.86 dial. He needed the excellent leave because Tony Lucei went .008 over his 4.23 at 165.70, but his light was .055.

Sackman advanced to the final by defeating a broken Shayne Lawson in the first round. Sackman previewed how his day would go with a perfect light and a 3.915 run that was just .005 under his dial.

Sackman Wins by Only .006 Second Over John Biagi

Opponent Shaunda Blinzler was behind a tenth at the hit in round two, so Sackman backed off at the stripe while she broke out in pursuit. His closest race was against D3 racer John Biagi in the third round, winning by .006 second, mostly on the starting line, where Sackman had a .027-.034 advantage. He ran 3.892 at 180.40 on his 3.89 dial to Biagi’s 4.001 at 177.58 on his 4.00 dial.

To reach the final, Sackman had to face No. 1 qualifier Anita Strasburg of Utah, who had a .019-.039 lead off the line. She broke out by .052 on her 3.81 dial. Sackman’s time was a 3.935 at 160.59 on a 3.89 dial.

The other D3 racers in the field were Phillip Oakley, Jeff Libla, Kathy Fisher, Blake Peavler, Al Peavler, Jeff Mandell, K.C. Ingram, Jim Prevo, Bob Mandell III, Terry Kammler, Ken Storey, and Jay Oakley.

Sackman, who also runner-upped at the first St. Louis race, is second in the points standings, and Paap is eighth. Biagi is in third place, Danny Nelson is sixth, and Phillip Oakley is No. 10. He won the June 20 St. Louis race but suffered first-round breakage in losing Aug. 16.

McDonald Comes Ever So Close in the Final Round

In Top Sportsman, McDonald, a Boonville, Ind., resident, broke out by .001 second in the final, turning a 4.249 at 165.99 in his 1967 Mustang after a .022 light. Winner Marty Blair from Texas, driving a 1996 Corvette, left with a .013 bulb and went 4.488 at 157.04 on his 4.46 dial.

McDonald, who moved up to fourth in the points standings, qualified No. 7 at 4.250 at 167.16 and won the first round when Dan Wilson had a .313 light to McDonald’s .030, enabling him to back off at the stripe to a 4.298 at 156.92 on a 4.26 dial. Wilson was .007 over his 4.55 dial.

Jeff Mandell of Division 3 went .082 red against McDonald in round two. Another Mandell, Bob, did the same in round three, but only by .006. McDonald had the semifinal bye, while Blair defeated a fouling John Baker. In the first two rounds Blair won over Billy Thoman of D3 and Bob Gullitti of D4 before receiving a round-three bye.

Besides those already mentioned, the other D3 racers in the field were Rick Corn, Troy Finner, Vince Nannini, Justin Sowders, Jerry King, and Rodney Benson.

Double Points to Be Extra Incentive at Martin Race in September

The next stop on the series calendar is Sept. 11-12 at U.S. 131 Motorsports Park near Martin, Mich. Double points will be awarded to racers at the event.

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