Litchfield racer Dustin Bryant ended the month of May with a big payday as he went to victory lane in the Coles County Dragway Double Nickel High Roller $5K race.
Bryant posted a 6.549 elapsed time on a 6.54 dial-in to beat Jay Billingsley of Decatur, who ran a 5.450 on a 5.43 dial-in. Bryant had a .537 reaction time, with a top speed of 102.77 miles per hour for his 1975 Chevrolet Monza in the final race.
Bryant wasn’t the only Litchfield racer to have success at Coles County on May 29, with Roger Burdell piloting his 1975 Chevrolet Vega to a spot in the High Roller quarterfinals and Dustin’s father, Phil Bryant making it to the finals of the Mini Roller before red-lighting and falling to Dustin Brenton of Rosedale, IN.
Day two of the Double Nickel event would yield more success for the Litchfield gang. Litchfield’s Corey Wood finished second to Jason McConnell of Humboldt, in the JT Muffler Quick 16, running a 5.992 on a 5.93 dial to McConnell’s 5.375 on a 5.36 dial.
In addition to Wood, who also made it down to 14 cars in the High Roller race, Phil Bryant made it to the semifinals in the Quick 16, while Litchfield’s Rich Komor was a semifinalist in the High Roller race.
On May 22 and 23, the Bryants made back-to-back finals in successive days in two different states.
Racing at Beacon Dragway in Paducah, KY, on May 22, Phil Bryant advanced up the ladder until running into Kenny Thomas in the Super Pro finale as Bryant settled for second on the day.
Just four hours after returning home from Paducah, Dustin Bryant made his way south to World Wide Technology Raceway in Madison. Bryant, who qualified fourth in the pro class, went red in the final by just .008 seconds as the win light went to Mike Ratulowski of Highland.
While the Bryants were in Kentucky and Illinois, Rich Komor was in Indiana at US 41 International Dragway for the Twin $10k’s. Komor made it down to four cars in the race on May 22, and down to seven in the May 23 race for a solid payday after a 400-mile round trip.
No Delay Nationals
Most recently, the Litchfield gang raced at the 23rd annual Bernie Mann Memorial No Delay Nationals, held June 10-13, at Wabash Valley Dragway in Terre Haute, IN.
The race drew over 175 cars in the four days, with 1,900 passes made down the track and more than $30,000 in payouts distributed.
The competition was tough to crack, but the group did have some success on the weekend. Randy Weller made it down to four cars in the Honey Creek Collision $5k Main Event, before bowing out against eventual winner Jordan Wilhelm.
In addition to Weller, Dustin Bryant, Timothy Hearn and Rich Komor also made the trip to Terre Haute.