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Tom Bayer Racing Notes & NewsletterOctober 26, 2010
By Bob Johnson Fontana, Calif. August 28, 2010

Thomas Bayer won the seventh race of the 8-event Lucas Oil Super Comp Association series at Auto Club Dragway, Fontana, Calif., driving his Lucas Oil Products, Toyo Tires, K&N Filters, B&M Converters and Crower Racing sponsored dragster. Bayer entered the event primarily to test the Team dragster, but went to the final round where he defeated Andrew Madrid.

Bayer, who had entered only four of the eight events on the Lucas Super Comp schedule, qualified with an 8.902 second timing for the second best qualifying time, tied with Chad Langdon. Jeff Derencin was the top qualifier of the day with a perfect 8.900.

Eliminations began with Thomas running .009 off the index to beat Chuck Babcock, in the second round he used a .002 reaction time to beat Nevada racer Corey LeClair, and in round three he used a .010 reaction time and 8.901 to beat newly crowned series champion Bobby Dye Jr.

Thomas-who won the Lucas Oil Super Comp championship in 2004-got a bye run in the quarterfinals, and in the semifinals he ran 8.919, 150.92 mph to defeat Jeff Murdock, losing with a too quick 8.887. Andrew Madrid had a .010 advantage at the start of the final round against Bayer, but the Lucas Oil Products, Toyo Tires, K&N Filters, B&M Converters and Crower Racing entry got the win light with an 8.925, 156.84 to a losing 8.935, 160.61 for Madrid.





Thomas Bayer defeated Andrew Madrid in the final round



Bayer got to the final round with a win over Jeff Murdock

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Fontana, Calif. August 28, 2010 Thomas Bayer had the pleasure of driving Lucas Oil marketing director Tom Bogner's Lucas Oil sponsored '57 Chevy Corvette during the Southern California Pro Gas Assoc., event at Auto Club Dragway. While driving his dragster to a final round victory in the Super Comp class, Thomas won three rounds of Pro Gas eliminations with Bogner's Corvette before losing to Travis Balough's Corvette in the quarterfinal round.

Bayer defeated Steve Parsons, 2010 Pro Gas Champion Val Torres, and Brenden Herem before losing to Balough in a double breakout contest.



Bakersfield, Calif. Sept 16-18, 2010
Thomas Bayer went into the fifth race of the six race Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series event at Auto Club Famoso Raceway in Bakersfield holding the divisional points lead in both Super Gas and Super Comp. Thomas went to the third round with the Lucas Oil Products, Toyo Tires, K&N Filters, B&M Converters and Crower Racing Super Comp entry at Bakersfield, but lost early with the Super Gas Corvette.



Medford, Ore. Sept 24-26, 2010
Tom Bayer Racing lost some ground at the Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series event at Medford, Oregon, losing in the early rounds with both cars. With a few weeks off before the grueling stretch beginning with the Las Vegas Nationals, the break will give the team time to regroup, prep the cars for the three major events in late October through the Auto Club Finals at Pomona in mid-October, with a goal of winning a divisional championship and finishing in the national top ten with both cars.



2010 Racing Schedule
(Remaining Major Events)

Oct 28-31 NHRA Las Vegas Nationals
Nov 3 Las Vegas Supreme Sportsman Series
Nov 4-7 NHRA LODRS at Las Vegas
Nov 11-14 NHRA Auto Club Finals at Pomona
Nov 25-28 Las Vegas Bracket Nationals

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Tom Bayer Racing Team Facts:
  • Six Series Championships in Seven Years-Time NHRA Lucas Oil Division Champion.
  • 2010-National Dragster Challenge at Auto Club Dragway champion-Tom Bayer Racing Team Car.
  • 2010 Lucas Oil Super Comp Assoc., event winner: August 2010
  • 2010 NHRA Summit.com Nationals Super Comp runner-up.
  • 2010 NorCal Super Comp Assoc., event winner: July 2010.
  • 2010 NHRA Super Gas Champion at LODRS event at Tucson, Ariz.
  • 2010 Super Series Champion at Las Vegas Motor Speedway-Tom Bayer Racing Team Car.
  • 2009 NHRA Pacific Division Super Comp Champion.
  • 2009 NHRA Lucas Oil Super Comp National Points runner-up.
  • 2009 NHRA-Jeg's Sports-Nationals Super Comp Champion-Auto Club Dragway.
  • 2009 NHRA Jegs Sports-Nationals Super Comp Runner-up-Tom Bayer Racing Team Car.
  • 2009 NHRA Lucas Oil Series Super Comp Champion at Phoenix.
  • 2009 NHRA Lucas Oil Series Super Comp Runner-up at Phoenix-Tom Bayer Racing Team Car.
  • 2009 NHRA Kragen O'Reilly NHRA Winternationals Super Gas runner-up.
  • 2009 NHRA LODRS Super Comp runner-up at Infineon Raceway.
  • 2009 Lucas Oil Slick Mist NHRA Nationals Super Comp Champion.
  • 2008 NHRA Jeg's All-Stars Top Alcohol Dragster Champion.
  • 2008 Lucas Oil Series Super Comp Champion at Infineon Raceway-Tom Bayer Racing Team Car.
  • 2008 SummitRacing.com NHRA Nationals at Las Vegas Super Gas runner-up.
  • 2007 NHRA Northwest (Division 6) Top Alcohol Dragster Championship.
  • 2007 NHRA-Lucas Oil Top Alcohol Dragster national championship runner-up.
  • 2007 Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals, Brainerd, Minn., Super Comp runner-up.
  • 2007 NHRA Lucas Oil Super Gas Champion at Phoenix, Ariz.
  • 2006 NHRA-Lucas Oil Pacific Division Super Gas Champion.
  • 2006 NHRA-Lucas Oil Pacific Division Super Comp Champion.
  • 2004 NHRA Auto Club Finals Super Comp Champion.




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