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  • Wayne Yearbury wins Top Doorslammer at the NZ Nationals: 20th Mar 2012

Over the weekend, at Fram Autolite Dragway, Wayne Yearbury secured his second Nationals win at the IHRA New Zealand Nationals held in Meremere.

Eight competitors fronted for the P & I Pascoe Cartage Top Doorslammer bracket. The first qualifying session was lead by Squig Miles, in his STA Parts 65 Falcon, with an engine damaging PB of 7.104. Russell Lowe was in second with a 7.137 in his Camaro. Craig Brown broke the diff head in his 55 Chevy. Chad Tully recorded an 8.158 in his Falcon and Trevor Smith shut off his Statesman.

Wayne Yearbury secured his second Nationals win at the IHRA New Zealand Nationals held in Meremere.
Chad Tully recorded an 8.158 in his Falcon
The second session was lead out by Lowe who improved by .001 with a 7.136 pass. Trevor Smith got in a 7.31 pass at 194 mph. Wayne Yearbury recorded a 6.884 at 209.65 mph to move into the top spot in the Wayco 53 Studebaker. Rod Benjes recorded a 7.383 at 187.81 in his Chev Baretta.
Russell Lowe qualified in second position with a 7.038 at 175.39, blowing the burst panel in the process.
All entrants who participated in the third session improved upon their qualifying times. Lowe moved into second position with a 7.038 at 175.39, blowing the burst panel in the process. Benjes gained 2 tenths with a 7.184 at 186.9, but stayed in fourth. Trevor Smith also improved with a 7.314 at 193.9.
In the first round, Trevor Smith was to face Rod Benjes, but he was shut down after his burnout with an oil leak.
Rod Benjes was the only driver to come out in the fourth session and he took third position with a 7.103 at 190.57, which relegated Squig's 7.104 to fourth.
Rod Benjes was the only driver to come out in the fourth session and he took third position with a 7.103 at 190.57.
Kevin McGregor started out in Top Street, but ended up in Top Doorslammer where his 7.325 at 186.25 placed him in sixth.
Kevin McGregor started out in Top Street, but ended up in Top Doorslammer and progressed to the final.
In Sundays first round, Wayne Yearbury faced Craig Brown who had replaced the broken diff head. Craig did multiple wheelstands while Wayne unleashed a 6.447 at 216.06 for Low ET and the win. McGregor had a 7.346 solo pass in his Castrol Edge Camaro. Trevor Smith was to face Rod Benjes, but he was shut down after his burnout with an oil leak. Rod advanced with a 7.367 at 186.82.
Craig Brown replaced a broken diff head, but suffered multiple wheelstands to loose in the first round

The second round saw Wayne with the bye, which he used to record a 6.818 at 221.09 for Top Speed honours. The other semi final saw Kevin McGregor on a 7.309 at 185.84 solo as Rod Benjes could not front as he had a damaged rear seal.

McGregor got the better start in the final, .078 to .080, but then shut off to coast through. Yearbury recorded a 6.782 at a slowing 165mph, with a blown burst panel, to secure his second NZ Nationals win. His first Nationals title was in 1986 in Top Alcohol.