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Chad Lidy (John Bisci photo)

MAY 14 — You can’t even say he won it by a nose. Chad Lidy of Effingham, Illinois, won the final round of Pro eliminations by just .0008 sec. over Tim Shaffer of Maryland Heights, Missouri, this evening at the Dragplex at Gateway Motorsports Park. The Pro finale was a fight to the finish as Lidy’s 1976 Camaro posted a reaction time of .017 sec. to Shaffer’s .012 sec. Lidy took the win, 6.527 sec. at 101.75 mph, to Shaffer’s 6.752 sec. at 100.12 mph. Lidy now stands second in the Pro class points to leader Jeremy McKague.

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Charles Willis Jr. (John Bisci photo)

It was an all-Illinois final in the Super Pro Motorcycle class. Charles Willis Jr., of Highland, scored his third  win of the 2016 season by defeating Scott Leonard of Glen Carbon, 9.833 sec. at 135.58 mph to 9.061 sec. at 146.26 mph. Willis, who is retired from the U.S. Army, was quicker off the starting line with a reaction time of .026 sec. to Leonard’s .036 sec. Willis Jr. leads the Super Pro Motorcycle points battle by just six over Leonard.

Ben Stum of Hillsboro, Missouri, won the Street Car Heads-Up class over Chad Berton of Valley Mines, Missouri.

Tim Horstman of Festus, Missouri, won the Super Pro finale over Dustin Whitrock of O’Fallon, Missouri.

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Danny Ratulowski

Danny Ratulowski of Highland, Illinois, defeated Larry Wilkerson of St. Charles, Missouri, in the Sportsman final.

Jim Huggett of Florissant, Missouri, won the “Box/No-Box” 1/4-mile Bonus final over Tim Shaffer. Deb Schneider of Collinsville, Illinois, won the Trophy class.

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Jake Matternich (John Bisci photo)

NHRA Jr. Dragster victories were claimed by points leader Jake Matternich (Thunder) and Clayton McGinnis (Lightning).

Final-round results, indicating racer, hometown, vehicle, reaction time, elapsed time, top speed:

Super Pro

Winner: Tim Horstmann (Festus, Missouri) 2007 Racecraft dragster  .006  5.264 sec. 120.55 mph.

Runner-up: Dustin Whitrock (O’Fallon, Missouri) 1975 Vega  .233  5.703 sec. 116.16 mph



Winner: Chad Lidy (Effingham, Illinois) 1976 Camaro  .017  6.527 sec. 101.75 mph.

Runner-up: Tim Shaffer (Maryland Heights, Missouri) 1970 Roadrunner  .012  6.752 sec. 100.12 mph.



Winner: Danny Ratulowski (Highland, Illinois) 2001 Camaro  .012  12.937 sec. 94.45 mph.

Runner-up: Larry Wilkerson (St. Charles, Missouri) 1987 Mustang  .025  12.987 sec. 105.05 mph.


Super Pro Motorcycle

Winner: Charles Willis Jr. (Collinsville, Illinois) 2002 Hayabusa  .026  9.833 sec. 135.58 mph.

Runner-up: Scott Leonard (Glen Carbon, Illinois) 2002 Hayabusa  .036  9.061 sec. 146.26 mph.


Box/No-Box 1/4-Mile Bonus

Winner: Jim Huggett (Florissant, Missouri) 2010 Pro Fab dragster  .025  7.485 sec. 176.88 mph.

Runner-up: Tim Shaffer (Maryland Heights, Missouri) 1970 Roadrunner  -.010 (fouled)  11.152 sec. 97.61 mph.


Street Car Heads-Up

Winner: Ben Stum (Hillsboro, Missouri) 1999 Firehawk  .008  9.573 sec. 151.83 mph.

Runner-up: Chad Berton (Valley Mines, Missouri) 2006 Corvette  .166  9.431 sec. 153.79 mph.



Winner: Deb Schneider (Collinsville, Illinois) 2001 Camaro  .084  13.082 sec. 102.04 mph.

Runner-up: Tracy Gustafson (Nashville, Illinois) 2003 Chevrolet S-10  .077  16.252 81.03 mph.


Jr. Dragster Thunder

Winner: Jake Matternich (Independence, Missouri) .057  9.0006 sec. 71.81 mph.

Runner-up: Nick Dokman (Fairview Heights, Illinois)  .145  9.303 sec. 65.43 mph.


Jr. Dragster Lightning

Winner: Clayton McGinnis (Independence, Missouri) .025  7.890 sec. 82.00 mph.

Runner-up: Paige Teel (Quincy, Illinois)  .036  7.882 sec. 79.99 mph.