COMPETITION ELIMINATOR – Jason Coan may not race frequently, but when he does he is a contender for winning an event. How well his fellow competitors know, since he scored U.S. Nationals victory No. 3 in Competition Eliminator on Sunday, Sept. 6 at Lucas Oil Raceway at Indianapolis.
Coan, who has three other national-event wins in his long career, put his G/EA with a ’32 Bantam body in the winner’s circle by outdoing a field of 40 racers. He did so after qualifying No. 26 with an 8.158 on an 8.72 index. His time was .562 under.
Coan, of Kokomo, Ind., was not challenged in the final against Division 4 racer Craig Bourgeois in his B/ND. He had a .223 reaction time, and his dragster turned a 6.827 at 182.85, which was .483 under his 7.31 index. After a .042 light, Coan’s altered ran an 8.140 at 158.61 that was .540 under his index.
To reach the final, Coan had to contend with fellow Division 3 racer Todd Frantz in the Johns & Frantz A/EA also clad with a ’32 Bantam body. Though the pair had close reaction times, the race was over early when Frantz’ car headed toward the center line, forcing him to lift and back off to a high 10-second time. Coan throttled back to a .458-under 8.222 at 147.58.
Coan had a fourth-round bye. In round three he fended off the challenge of Scott McClay from California in his C/ED with a .016 light and a run of 8.176 at 154.26, which was .544 under his 8.72 index. McClay had a .057 light and a 7.229 at 182.67 on his 7.75 index or .521 under.
Jim Greenheck in his 2012 Camaro C/AA went .436 red against Coan in the second round. Brian Browell in his D/D also fouled against Coan by .013 in the opening round.
Bourgeois, who won the Jeg’s All-Stars race on Friday, could have received a bonus from Jeg’s if he doubled up. He started toward that goal by defeating David Billingsley in round one and then put away Sean Dodd of D4 in the second round and D3 racers Terry Smith and Greg Kamplain in the next two rounds before having the round-five bye.
A 6.837, which was .623 under his 7.46 index, put Bourgeois No. 12 in the field. He gave up .15 in CIC penalties in the wins over Dodd and Smith, while Coan lost only .04 going into the final.
Frantz started from the eighth spot in the field by turning a 7.274 that was .636 under his 7.91 index. He eliminated D2 racers Danny Holt and Gary Coccaro in the first two rounds before using .116 in CIC to beat Frank Aragona in round three. Frantz used a better light to defeat Matt Harris in round four.
The other D3 racers in the field were Bruno Massel, Chad Voges, Mike Farrell, Allen Wilson, Andy Holt, Greg Tabler, Brian Stufflebeam, and Ed Bennett.