Top Alcohol Dragster pilot Dan Kracht scored his first win of the season in the Thunder at the Lakes event at Brainerd International Raceway Sunday.

Roger Bateman made his way to the winner's circle for the first time this year in his Top Alcohol Funny Car.

Kracht, who was in the final round at an out-of-division race in Dallas in April, scored the win in his second outing of the year. Starting from the No. 1 qualifying spot, he laid down a 5.434-second, 242.58 mph pass against runner-up Jared Dreher, who red-lighted in the final round.

Mike Wiblishouser took off from the starting line at Brainerd International Raceway Saturday during the Thunder at the Lakes NHRA Divisional Race. Brainerd Dispatch/Kelly Humphrey » Purchase reprints of this photo.

Bateman squared off against Prior Lake's Bruce Carlson in the first round of eliminations and had a bye run in the semis. In the final he was slated to run against Scott McVey. However, in his win over Vern Moats in the semis, McVey damaged his motor and was unable to make the call in the final, handing the win to Bateman.

Bub Miller earned the win in Comp Eliminator, beating Matthew Harris.

Super Stock racer Justin Jenkins wheeled his 2009 Cobalt to the winner's circle against veteran Gary Stinnett.

In Stock Eliminator, Brad Haugaard, North Branch, drove his 1972 Demon to the win over Curtis Hieb.

The Super Comp win went to Kevin Dyck who ousted Mark Potts.

Todd Nielsen beat Chuck Rose for the Super Gas win.

The Super Street champion was Troy Luberda of Foley, who beat Steve Domingues.

Rob Meservier grabbed the win in Top Sportsman over Vern Laurin Jr. of Duluth.

The Top Dragster winner was Clarence May over Brad Basgall.

Nowthen, Minn., racer Brian Johnson rode his 2005 Suzuki to the winner's circle in the Sportsman Motorcycle presented by Harley Davidson class. Johnson beat Zach Schrupp of Mound.

NHRA West Central Division racers head to Denver for the next NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series event at Bandimere Speedway June 19-21.

Final results


Round 1

1) Dan Kracht, Gretna, Neb., no time def. bye

4) Scott Murray, Winnipeg, Manit., 5.516, 250.32 def. 3) Edwin Schmeeckle, Gothenburg, Neb., 5.926, 245.27

5) Jared Dreher, Clinton, Ind., 9.825, 140.33 def. 2) Richard Putz, Earlville, Iowa, 11.262, 73.25


Dreher, no time def. bye

Kracht, 5.406, 258.32 def. Murray, 8.568, 130.53


Kracht, 5.434, 242.58 def. Dreher, foul


Round 1

1) Roger Bateman, Calgary, Alb., '08 Mustang, 5.948, 248.57 def. 6) Bruce Carlson, Prior Lake, '06 Corvette, 6.072, 244.74

2) Scott McVey, Winnipeg, Manit., '05 Monte Carlo, 7.244, 237.21 def. 5) Lance Van Hauen, Reinbeck, Iowa, '04 Firebird, 7.717, 209.98

3) Vern Moats, Des Moines, Iowa, '08 Mustang, 5.761, 246.03 def. 4) Kirk Williams, Glenwood, Iowa, '04 Camaro, 6.054, 217.98


Bateman, 5.604, 251.72 def. bye

McVey, 5.747, 249.44 def. Moats, 5.897, 252.80


Bateman, 8.126, 105.23 def. McVey, broke


Bub Miller, Overland Park, Kan., '08 Cobalt, I/SMA, 9.158, 146.43 def. Matthew Harris, Nebraska City, Neb., '05 Grand Am, E/A, 7.767, 174.57


Justin Jenkins, Beatrice, Neb., '09 Cobalt, GT/CA, 9.737, 128.36 def. Gary Stinnett, Emporia, Kan., '92 Camaro, GT/AA, 9.461, 146.07


Brad Haugaard, North Branch, '72 Demon, F/SA, 11.158, 116.90 def. Curtis Hieb, Chamberlain, S.D., '98 Firebird, F/SA, 11.672, 114.13


Kevin Dyck, Winnipeg, Manit., dragster, 9.903, 138.66 def. Mark Potts, Gillette, Wyo., dragster, 9.956, 162.82


Todd Nielsen, Fremont, Neb., '90 Firebird, 9.900, 151.15 def. Chuck Rose, S. Sioux City, Neb., '71 Challenger, 9.908, 153.74


Troy Luberda, Foley, '73 Corvette, 10.910, 140.27 def. Steve Domingues, Derby, Kan., '67 Camaro, foul


Rob Meservier, Thunder Bay, Ont., '68 Chevelle, 7.315, 184.80 def. Vern Laurin Jr., Duluth, '93 Daytona, 7.908, 174.03


Clarence Mayo, Manly, Iowa, dragster, 6.887, 194.24 def. Brad Basgall, Hays, Kan., dragster, 7.081, 189.68


Brian Johnson, Nowthen, '05 Suzuki, 9.097, 130.97 def. Zach Schrupp, Mound, '06 Kawasaki, 8.647, 154.53