Tribune Staff

SCRIBNER — The weekend competition ended Sunday at Scribner's Nebraska Motorplex with Fremonter Hal Bentley taking second place in the super street division.

Bentley, driving his 1969 Chevy Nova, lost to Frank Nichols of Grand Island in the finals by a mere .006 of a second. Bentley finished with an elapsed time of 11.010 and a speed of 123.81 miles per hour. Nichols drove to victory in his 1968 Camaro with an e/t of 11.004 at 138.44 mph.

Also this weekend, Cy Chesterman of Sioux City, Iowa, was the NHRA Federal-Mogul funny car event champion at the Motorplex. Chesterman, driving a 1999 Pontiac, defeated Sam Blue of Red Wing, Minn., in the finals with a victory time of 5.967 at 239.87 mph.

"My crew and I knew that we were doing something right after we ended up in the top qualifying position," Chesterman said. "It was just a matter of keeping the same setup with just a few minor adjustments, and the rest was up to the track."

Blue, driving a 1997 Achieva, finished with an e/t of 6.106 at 236.90 mph. Blue recently won his first national event at the Mopar Mile High Nationals at Denver with his Sturdiwheat Pancakes funny car.

Chesterman has won the event at the Motorplex two years in a row driving his Coca-Cola funny car. The win concluded the fifth of six West Central Division F-M events for Chesterman.

In F-M dragster, Rob Wendland of Lawrence, Kan., who is racing his rookie season, defeated veteran David Wells of LeMars, Iowa, with an e/t of 5.834 at 242.32 mph. Wendland headed into the weekend ninth, while his fellow In-N-Out F-M dragster driver teammate Melanie Troxel of Littleton, Colo., sits fifth in the national points standings. Troxel competed at the Motorplex a year ago driving Wendland's blown-alcohol dragster.

"I think it would be very cool if both of us could make it into the top five by the end of the season," Wendland said.

Wells, finishing with an e/t of 5.881 at 244.49, won the event last year, and began the 1999 season late due to heart surgery in February. An explosion at the Wells Blue Bunny plant in LeMars also delayed the season for Wells, who came into the event sitting in ninth place in the West Central Division.

Other event winners included:

Comp Eliminator — 1. Eloy Lucero, Denver, 7.931, 170.42; 2. John Linton, Tonkawa, Okla., 7.709, 170.32.

Super Stock — 1. Gary Stinnett, Emporia, Kan., 10.653, 122.73; 2. Joe Lo Cicero, Lithonia, Ga., 10.160, 131.32.

Stock Eliminator — 1. Edmond Richardson, Goodlettsville, Tenn., 12.388, 101.49; 2. Mike Wenke, Conway Springs, Kan., 10.825, 120.80.

Super Gas — 1. Lanny Maples, Bixby, Okla., 10.003, 143.24; 2. Paul Pittman, Bloomington, Minn., 9.963, 153.34.

Super Comp — Frank Kohutek, Mesquite, Texas, 8.999, 167.13; 2. Scott Brown, Odessa, Mo., 8.968, 165.80.

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