“The Bull” Keeps on Ticking!

Fresh off their first ever NHRA national event level win at Brainerd — the Manitoba-based team owned by Clif Bakx scored yet again during the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series event at Heartland Park Topeka the very next weekend..


Canadian Top Alcohol Dragster driver Gord Gingles (from Winnipeg) stayed hot  during the WIBW Thunder in the Heartland NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series event by winning his 2nd NHRA regional event of the season (and the third of his career).          

Gingles, who drove “The Bull” A/Fueler to a tight final-round decision over defending national champ Jim Whiteley the previous weekend in Brainerd, got off the line first again and pounded out low e.t. of the meet – 5.354, a slight improvement on his 5.358 semifinal time – to put away Randy Meyer this time in a final-round battle of the top two drivers in the region in 2012.

Gingles qualified No. 1 with a 5.40 and clocked a 5.43 in the first round against veteran Edwin Schmeeckle. He stepped up to a 5.358, low e.t. of the weekend to that point, in the semifinals against John Finke, which cost Finke the East Region title.


Round 1

3) Randy Meyer, Spring Hill, Kan., 5.454, 260.31 def. 6) Christine Chambless, Scott City, Kan., 5.596, 254.47

4) John Finke, Selkirk, N.Y., 5.688, 245.90 def. 5) Jackie Fricke, Flemington, N.J., broke

1) Gord Gingles, Winnipeg, MB., 5.432, 266.69 def. 8) Edwin Schmeeckle, Gothenburg, Neb., 5.646, 249.63

7) James Stevens, Gothenburg, Neb., 5.574, 257.63 def. 2) Mark Taliaferro, Odessa, Texas, 9.567, 83.34


Meyer, 5.420, 262.64 def. Stevens, 5.507, 258.47

Gingles, 5.358, 269.19 def. Finke, 5.533, 250.23

Final Round

Gingles, 5.354, 268.01 def. Meyer, 5.467, 260.31

Posting and Photo by: Bruce Biegler