CO-LINE RACING RESULTS

NHRA Gatornationals

Mar 13-16 Gainesville, FL

ROUNDRESULTS
ROUND 1Dale Brand, Sully IA, ’06 Monte Carlo, Right lane, (0.026) 5.874 @ 246.71mph defeated Cassie Simonton, Brownsburg IN, ’13 Monte Carlo, (0.073) DQ-Outer Boundary
ROUND 2Dale Brand, Right lane, (0.054) 5.610 @ 258.52 mph defeated Kris Hool, (0.119) 5.676 at 259.01 mph
ROUND 3Dale Brand, Left lane, (0.055) 5.576 @ 260.66 mph defeated Jay Payne, (0.124) 5.627 @ 260.51 mph
FINAL ROUNDDan Pomponio, Left lane, (0.039) 5.662 @ 258.52 mph defeated Dale Brand, (-0.012 foul) 5.592 @ 260.97 mph.

NHRA Dollar General 4-Wide Nationals

Apr 11-13 Charlotte, NC

ROUNDRESULTS
ROUND 1Brand faced Mickey Ferro of Stamford, CT. Ferro had the starting line advantage, but Brand chased him down to take the win at 260.06 mph in 5.643 seconds
ROUND 2Brand had the starting line advantage with a 0.040 reaction time against Andy Bohl of Racine, WI but the car lost power as Brand saw the broken throttle cable dangling in the wind. Bohl drove around him for the win at 257.19 mph in 5.657 seconds. This was Bohl’s quickest pass of the weekend.
ROUND 3Dan Pomponio of Berlin, NJ would go on to win the Top Alcohol Funny Car class, his second win of the season, and third final appearance at NHRA Four-Wide Nationals.
Comments“It’s all about the details,” said Eric Brand, crew chief. “We have never had a throttle cable break in our 20 years of drag racing.”

Crew members for the weekend included Dale Brand, Tana Brand, Eric Brand, Marty Van Wyk, deWayne Lemons, and Tina Lemons.

NHRA O’Reilly Auto Parts Spring Nationals

Apr 25-27 Houston, TX

ROUNDRESULTS
ROUND 1Brand faced Kris Hool of Casper, WY. Brand was first off the starting line with a .042 reaction time and held on for the win by 0.0202 seconds, approximately eight feet. Brand recorded a 5.611 second pass at 260.36 mph to Hool’s losing 5.628 at 259.91 mph.
ROUND 2Brand was up against Steve Harker of Gainesville, GA. Harker qualified just ahead of Brand in the #4 spot. Brand once again had the starting line advantage and crossed the finish line first with a 5.601 second pass at 260.81 mph, his quickest pass of the weekend.
SEMI-FINAL ROUNDBrand faced #1 qualifier Annie Whiteley of Grand Junction, CO. This was the first match-up between the two and Brand had the starting line advantage but Whiteley chased him down just past half-track. It was a very close drag race, but Brand’s 5.601 second effort to Whiteley’s 5.595 second pass just wasn’t enough. The margin of victory was approximately five feet.
FINAL ROUNDWhiteley faced Shane Westerfield of Anaheim, CA. Both had trouble with tire shake, but Westerfield claimed the victory and won the event with a 6.311 pass at 254.23 mph.
NOTESTeam members for the event included Dale, Tana, and Eric Brand, Marty Van Wyk, and deWayne Lemons. Coverage of the Houston event will be televised on ESPN2 on Sunday, May 4 at 11:30 a.m. The Co-Line/Goalsetter car will be idle for three weeks before they head to Topeka, KS to compete in the 26th annual NHRA Kansas Nationals.

NHRA Kansas Nationals

May 23-25 Topeka, KS

ROUNDRESULTS
QUALIFYING ROUNDBrand qualified 4th in a 16-car Top Alcohol Funny Car Field with a 5.656 elapse time quarter mile pass.
ROUND 1#4 qualified Brand faced #13 qualified John Lombardo, Jr of Brea, CA. Lombardo shook the tires hard at the hit while Brand went right down the groove in 5.694 seconds at 255.29 mph.
ROUND 2Eliminations continued with round two facing Brand against veteran racer Jay Payne of Claremont, CA. Brand had the quicker reaction time and never looked back, clocking a 5.634 second quarter-mile pass at 254.33 mph to Payne’s losing 5.720 at 250.97 mph.
SEMI-FINAL ROUNDBrand took on Doug Gordon of Paso Robles, CA, the first time this pair had faced each other in eliminations. Brand again had the starting line advantage and pulled away throughout the run with a winning 5.673 elapsed time at 252.14 mph to Gordon’s 5.677 at 253.90 mph. Brand wins by approximately six feet.
FINAL ROUNDIn the finals, another first time match-up between Brand and Brian Hough of Junction City, OR. Brand was 0-3 in final round match-ups still looking for his first NHRA National event win while Hough had seven wins, five in Top Alcohol Funny Car and two in Top Alcohol Dragster. Brand straps a big hole shot on Hough and then outruns him to earn Team Co-Line/Goalsetter their first National Event win. Crew Chief Eric Brand knew he needed to make a tune-up change for the final round. “The car was not responding well and was slowing each round” said Brand. The changeup worked and the Co-Line/Goalsetter team recorded a quick 5.639 at 255.58 mph to Hough’s losing 5.689 at 251.39 mph.
NOTESTeam members for the weekend included Dale, Tana, and Eric Brand, Marty Van Wyk, and deWayne and Tina Lemons along with several home crowd spectators at one of the closest events Team Co-Line/Goalsetter will race at this year. Coverage of the Topeka event win is scheduled to air on ESPN2 on Saturday, May 31st at 8:30 a.m. The team will be back in action at a North Central Divisional event at Route 66 Raceway in Joliet, IL on June 6-8.

NHRA Div. 3 LODRS North Central Regional

Jun 6-8 Joliet, IL

ROUNDRESULTS
ROUND 1During their first round of qualifying on Friday, June 6, an engine explosion slowed their qualifying time to a 5.787 second pass at 236.67 mph.
ROUND 2After some body repair work and engine rebuilding, the team was back in action on Saturday. Brand improved his qualifying spot to #2 with a 5.672 pass at 255.77 mph
ROUND 3A slow drizzle began later that evening, cancelling the third qualifying pass and setting the field for race day with Brand qualified second out of 12 cars in an eight-car field.
ELIMINATION ROUNDEliminations began on Sunday with Brand facing Kirk Williams. Williams had a lucky 0.004 reaction time, but Brand chased him down for the first round win with a 5.631 second pass at 257.43 mph to Williams 5.724 losing effort at 250.83 mph.
SEMI-FINAL ROUND Brand had lane choice and went right down the groove recording a victorious 5.617 second pass at 256.65 mph to Andy Bohl’s 5.781 at 255.53 mph.
FINAL ROUNDTwo Iowans qualified number one and number two looking for a Division 3 victory and the Wally trophy. Brand was first off the line and put down his quickest pass of the weekend, a 5.565 at 257.68 mph to Chris Foster’s losing 5.589 effort at 257.28 mph.
NOTESBrand adds another divisional win to his 2014 stats, his second of the year, and fourth in his career in NHRA Top Alcohol Funny Car racing. Team members for the weekend included Dale, Tana, and Eric Brand, Marty Van Wyk, and deWayne and Tina Lemons. Making their first race of the year were honorary team members Carter and Abigail Brand.

NHRA South Central Division

Jun 20-21 Osage Tulsa Raceway Park,  Tulsa, OK

ROUNDRESULTS
QUALIFYINGIn qualifying, the hot and humid conditions were present, but crew chief Eric Brand had the tune up to lead the team to a second qualifying spot with a 5.628, just eight thousandths behind Annie Whitley in the number one spot.
ROUND 1Brand faced fellow Iowan Kirk Williams, last year’s Division 5 champion, in the first round of competition. The two had almost identical reaction times. Williams got out of the grove and Brand took the win at 257.19 mph in 5.659 seconds to Williams’ losing 5.864 at 245.09 mph.
ROUND 2In round two, Brand faced Shane Westerfield of Anaheim, CA who finished number three in the nation last year. Westerfield was out of the gate first, but the Goalsetter sponsored car chased him down at about the 330 foot mark. Brand clocked a 5.653 at 257.43 mph to Westerfield’s losing 5.722 at 252.33 mph.
FINAL ROUNDIn a very late final round appearance at 10:15 p.m., Brand face Whiteley of Grand Junction, CO, who finished fourth in the nation last year and is a pre-season pick for the national championship this year. Whiteley runnered-up the previous week in Denver, and had won the Tulsa event last year. Brand was first off the line and never looked back resulting in a great drag race with the Goalsetter car recording a 5.613 elapsed time at 255.34 mph to Whiteley’s 5.625 at 255.77 mph. This was Brand’s fastest lap of the weekend and occurred when he needed it most, in the final round!
NOTES“The team worked flawlessly together and we didn’t hurt a thing on the car,” said a very excited Brand. “Each race was a true drag race, there were no “give me’s” this weekend, just great side-by-side drag racing. Eric tuned the car to low ET and progressively quicker each round of eliminations.”

Team members for the weekend included Dale, Tana, and Eric Brand, Marty Van Wyk, and deWayne Lemons.

NHRA O’Reilly Auto Parts Route 66 Nationals

Jun 26-29 Joliet, IL

ROUNDRESULTS
QUALIFYINGBrand qualified fourth out of 21 cars vying for a 16-car field, with a 5.656 pass at 256.55 mph.
ROUND 1Brand had the quicker reaction time and went right down the grove for his quickest pass of the weekend, a 5.604 second quarter mile pass at 257.97 mph to Andy Bohl’s 5.740 second pass at 252.71 mph.
ROUND 2Brand faced Doug Gordon of Paso Robles, CA in the second round. Gordon was first off the line and that was just enough to send Team Co-Line/Goalsetter home in a hole shot win. Brand clocked a 5.608 second pass at 258.37 mph to Gordon’s winning 5.622 at 258.02. The margin of victory was .003 thousandths, a very close drag race!
JEGS ALL-STAR RACEDale Brand and crew went to the semi-finals in the JEGS race, but lost to Dan Pomponio. Brand overpowered the track and lost traction about 200 feet giving the win to Pomponio who recorded a 5.741 second pass at 253.85 mph.
NOTESEvent coverage from Joliet will be on ESPN2 on Saturday, July 5 at 12 noon. Brand now sits in the number 1 spot of the points chase. Team Co-Line/Goalsetter will be traveling to Norwalk, OH and will be competing in the 8th annual Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals July 3-6.

NHRA Summit Racing Equipment Nationals

Jul 3-6 Norwalk, OH

ROUNDRESULTS
QUALIFYINGDale Brand and crew qualified 10th in a 16 car field with a 5.719 second pass. Not their usual top half qualifying spot, but none-the-less, at least qualified. In the third qualifying pass, the Co-Line/Goalsetter car went into such violent tire shake that it set off the on board fire bottles.
ROUND 1On race day, July 5th, Brand faced Doug Gordon of Paso Robles, CA. Gordon’s car fired, but then the crew shut it down giving Brand a solo pass. The run was his smoothest and best of the weekend recording a 5.685 at 258.22 mph. It’s what happened after the finish line, that gave the team some extra coverage on ESPN2. “One of parachutes designed to slow the race car in shut down, hooked under the wheelie bar. This very unusual condition lifted up the back of the car and quickly moved it over about 5′ while going 250+ mph!” shared Brand. Brand was able to keep the car off the wall, but definitely got his attention after the finish line.
ROUND 2Back in action on Sunday, July 6, Brand took on Fred Hagen of Des Plaines, IL. Brand was first out of the gate with a 0.027 reaction time to Hagen’s 0.126. Brand recorded a hole-shot victory with a 5.676 second pass in the quarter mile at 258.76 mph to Hagen’s losing 5.687 effort.
SEMI-FINALSIn the semi-finals, Brand knew he had to be on his game facing fellow Iowan Chris Foster. Both cars launched into hard tire shake with both drivers having to pedal several times. Brand’s car shook so bad that it broke the back body supports and deployed one of the parachutes during the run. Foster clocked a 6.484 to Brand’s 7.189. Foster would go on to the finals, but lost to Steve Harker of Gainesville, GA.
NOTESTeam members for the weekend included Dale, Tana, and Eric Brand, Marty Van Wyk, and deWayne Lemons. Team Co-Line/Goalsetter is idle for several weeks. Next on their radar is the All American Hot Rod Showdown at Gateway Motorsports Park in St. Louis, MO on August 8-9. Brand leads the National Points Standings with 509 points, 85 more than Jay Payne who sits second.

NHRA Div. 3 LODRS North Central Regional

Aug. 8-9 St.Louis, MO

ROUNDRESULTS
QUALIFYING ROUND 1Mother Nature made for an interesting race weekend at the drag strip for Team Co-Line/Goalsetter August 8-9 at the All American Hot Rod Showdown in St. Louis, MO. This was the first time Dale Brand and crew had raced at this picturesque track with the St. Louis Arch in the distance. Rain on Thursday canceled the testing Brand intended to do. Rain delayed the first round of qualifying. An electronics failure in the first qualifying pass cut the ignition and Team Co-Line was on the outside still looking in with only one more qualifying pass remaining.
QUALIFYING ROUND 2The second qualifying session was also rain delayed, pushing the session back to approximately midnight. Brand dominated the session with a 5.594 at 257.97 mph to take the number one qualifying spot in a field of eight cars.
ROUND 1In the first round, Brand faced Wayne Butler of Forest City, IL. Brand was first out of the gate and never looked back recording a 5.641 second quarter-mile pass at 257.83 mph to Butler’s losing 5.792 at 248.61 mph.
ROUND 2In the second round, Ray Drew of Hales Corner, WI, broke a blower shaft in the burn-out giving Brand a single pass. Brand clocked a 5.596 at 259.46 mph, losing lane choice to Steve Harker of Gainesville, GA by only six thousandths of a second.
FINAL In the final round in the wee early morning hours of Sunday, Brand was first off the starting line with a stellar 0.004 reaction time. About 40 feet out, Brand overpowered the track, losing traction and did an impressive job driving to keep the car off the wall and from crossing the center line. Harker, in the other lane, also had trouble, but further down the track. Harker won the event with a 6.294 at 229.82 mph to Brand’s losing 12.333.
NOTES“We have strong race team and a very strong race car,” said an excited and tired Brand. “Looking forward to Brainerd, MN. “Our challenge is to keep 3000 horsepower under control and hooked up to the track! It’s going to be exciting!”

Team members for the weekend included Dale, Tana, and Eric Brand, deWayne Lemons, and Marty Van Wyk.

NHRA Lucas Oil Nationals

Aug. 14-17 Brainerd, MN

ROUNDRESULTS
QUALIFYING“Hurry up and wait” was the name of the game for Team Co-Line/Goalsetter at the 33rd annual Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals in Brainerd, MN last weekend August 15-17. Dale Brand and crew qualified third with a 5.662 second pass at 256.50 mph.

Brand is leading the nationwide points chase, but both the #2 and #3 cars were in attendance at Brainerd, looking to close the gap.

ROUND 1In the first round on Saturday night after a short rain delay, Brand took out Lance Van Hauen of Reinbeck, IA. Team Co-Line/Goalsetter clocked a 5.660 pass at 255.34 mph, his quickest of the weekend, to Van Hauen’s losing 7.991 at 174.64 mph.
ROUND 2On Sunday, after several rain delays and a complete weather change from Saturday’s qualifying and round one win, Brand faced Shane Westerfield of Anaheim, CA. Westerfield was sitting third in the points chase. Westerfield was first off the line but experienced tire shake and clicked it off early. Brand also shook the tires, but was able to drive out of it and recorded a 5.730 pass at 258.02 mph to Westerfield’s losing 14.912. “This was a big round win for us,” said a very excited Brand. “Time will tell but this round may be the round that decides the points at the end of the year.”
SEMI-FINALSBrand had a bye run in the semi-finals due to a low car count, only nine cars in a 16-car field. Fortunately for Brand it was a bye as the team broke the output shaft of the transmission seven-tenths of a second into the run and coasted thru the finish line. “It was bad luck that it happened, but good fortune that it happened when it did and not in the final round,” shared Brand.
FINALSThe Co-Line/Goalsetter crew got the car put back together and Brand was strapped in and helmet on sitting in the lanes, only three pair back from running the final round when the NHRA track officials called the race due to the rain delays and the track not having any lights. Brand will face Scott McVey of Winnipeg, MB, Canada and will run the final round at the Earlville, IA race on Sept. 5-6.
NOTESCrew members for the weekend included Dale, Tana, and Eric Brand, Marty Van Wyk, and deWayne Lemons. Team Co-Line/Goalsetter will be competing this weekend, Aug 22-24 in Topeka, Kansas.
9-5 FINAL RESULTSOn Sept. 5, in Earlville, IA the Co-Line/Goalsetter Top Alcohol Funny Car sponsored team needed to finish what they started at the NHRA 33rd annual Lucas Oil Nationals in Brainerd, MN back in August which was postponed due to a rain. As one of the crew’s qualifying rounds for the Earlville race, Brand faced Scott McVey of Winnipeg, MB, Canada. Brand had the better reaction time, but moved to the right of the groove at about 400 feet. He couldn’t get the car back and had to lift. McVey went straight down the track recording a winning 5.796 at 250.55 mph to Brand’s losing 6.698 at 155.60 mph earning McVey the Wally trophy.

NHRA Div. 5 LODRS Central Regional

Aug. 22-24 Topeka, KS

ROUNDRESULTS
NEW INFOSporting a new 2015 Camaro body, Team Co-Line/Goalsetter competed last weekend Aug 22-23 in the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series, West Central Division, event at Heartland Park in Topeka, KS. On Thursday night, prior to the event, Dale Brand and crew tested their new 2015 Camaro body. “A big thanks to BZ Auto of Sully and Cory Brand of Co-Line Graphics for preparing the new car body so quickly for this race,” said Dale Brand. “Our goals for the weekend included dialing in the aerodynamics of the Camaro body and to win the event. Both goals achieved!”

QUALIFYINGBrand qualified 3rd in an eight-car field with a 5.706 second quarter-mile pass at 256.41 mph.
ROUND 1In the first round of eliminations, Brand faced Kirk Williams of Glenwood, IA. “The temperature on the tow vehicle read 102 degrees,” commented Brand. “Pretty sure these were the hottest conditions I have ever raced in!” Williams was first off the line, but Brand passed him at the 1000-ft mark to take the win at 256.16 mph in 5.710 seconds to Williams losing 5.758 at 247.52 mph.
ROUND 2In round two, Brand faced another fellow Iowan, Lance Van Hauen of Reinbeck, IA. Brand was first off the line and clocked a 5.717 second pass at 255.97 mph for the win light. Van Hauen ran a 5.862 at 242.67mph.

FINAL ROUND NOTESBefore the final round, the Co-Line/Goalsetter team was 20 minutes into turning the car when they realized they had a spun rod bearing. “Eric made the call to change engines mid-way through our turn of the car. In less than one hour, Team Co-Line/Goalsetter had made a complete engine change and test fired the car before heading up to the staging lanes. Very few teams have the will to try let alone the ability to accomplish this challenge between rounds,” said a very sincere Brand about the team effort needed to win the race.
FINALThe final round paired Brand against the #1 qualifier of the weekend, John Lombardo, Jr. of Brea, CA. Lombardo finished last season number two in points and currently sits ninth in the nation this year. Brand was first off the line with a 0.044 reaction time to Lombardo’s 0.077. And at the finish line, that was what made the difference. Brand clocked a slower 5.669 to Lombardo’s 5.653, but won on a hole shot at the starting line. “That was a close drag race. We won by 17 thousandths of a second!” concluded a very excited Brand.
NOTESTeam members for the weekend included Dale, Tana, and Eric Brand, deWayne Lemons, and Marty Van Wyk. Brand and team are sitting first in the nation in points leading the second place team by 106 points. The team has yet to complete Brainerd’s final round which will be done in Earlville, IA Sept. 5-6, which is also the next event for the team.

NHRA Div. 5 LODRS Central Regional

Sept. 5-7 Earlville, IA

ROUNDRESULTS
QUALIFYINGWith Friday’s events being rained out, Brand only had two qualifying passes, one the final round of Brainerd, and another one on Saturday. Team Co-Line/Goalsetter qualified fifth out of a small six-car field with a 5.761 second quarter mile pass at 251.63 mph.
ROUND 1On race day, Sunday, Brand faced the #2 qualifier, Ray Drew of Hales Corner, WI. Brand was first out of the gate and never looked back clocking a winning 5.636 pass at 259.46 mph, his fastest pass of the weekend and the classes fastest pass so far.
SEMI-FINALSIn the semi-finals, Brand took on Kirk Williams of Glenwood, IA. Williams had traction trouble early, pedaling twice before he gave up and Brand earned the win with a 5.667 second pass at 258.47 mph.
FINALSIn the finals, once again the Co-Line/Goalsetter sponsored car just had too much power for less than desirable track conditions. Brand nailed the reaction tree with a 0.047 light to McVey’s 0.131. But Brand was all over the track, pedaling the car as he saw the center line and guard rail. McVey won another final round with a 5.718 second pass at 252.90 mph to Brand’s losing 5.986 at 249.26 mph.
NOTESAnd for once, Brand was a man of view words summing up a very disappointing weekend for the team, “Earlville is just not enough track for the Goalsetter bad ass race car!”

Team members for the weekend included Dale, Tana, and Eric Brand, deWayne Lemons, and Marty Van Wyk. Honorary crew member Carter Brand was also in attendance as well as many local Lynnville and Sully fans. The team is on to North Carolina this weekend, to compete in the 7th NHRA Carolina Nationals in Concord, NC.

NHRA Carolina Nationals

Sept. 12-14 Charlotte, NC

ROUNDRESULTS

NHRA AAA Texas Fall Nationals

Sept. 18-21 Dallas, TX

ROUNDRESULTS
QUALIFYINGThe Co-Line/Goalsetter sponsored NHRA Alcohol Funny Car competed in the 29th Annual AAA Texas NHRA Fall Nationals in Dallas, TX Sept 19-21. Dale Brand and crew qualified eighth out of 21 cars with a 5.668 second quarter-mile pass at 259.61 mph.
ROUND 1In the first round on Saturday night, Brand faced fellow Iowan Chris Foster of Davenport. With an air temperature of 90 degrees, Brand was first off the line and never looked back clocking a 5.654 second pass at 259.81 mph to Foster’s losing 6.064. Foster had problems late in the run and backed off the throttle.
ROUND 2On Sunday, Brand’s second round match-up placed him against the #1 qualifier John Lombardo, Jr of Brea, CA. Brand had the quicker reaction time and made his fastest pass of the weekend, a 5.635 at 260.26 mph. Lombardo made a move to the left right off the starting line, but couldn’t catch Brand, giving Team Co-Line/Goalsetter the upset win.
SEMI-FINALSIn the semi-finals, Brand had lane choice against Terry Ruckman of Grand Junction, CO. Brand nailed the tree with a 0.034 reaction time to Ruckman’s 0.062. But Brand went into early tire shake, overpowering the track at the hit of the throttle. He tried to recover, but made a quick move to the left having to lift and by that time Ruckman was long gone. Ruckman recorded a 5.699 second pass at 253.80 mph to Brand’s losing 10.759 effort. This was the first time Brand and Ruckman faced in other in competition.
NOTESBrand still leads the national point choice by 44 points. Steve Harker, the winner of the Dallas event, closed the gap with his sixth National Event win. Brand and crew are back home to sort things out before they travel to Reading , PA. In Reading, the team will finish the North Carolina event that was postponed a couple weeks ago as well as compete in the 30th Annual NHRA Nationals at Maple Grove Raceway.

Crew members Dale, Tana, & Eric Brand, deWayne Lemons, and Marty Van Wyk were glad to be back home for a few days after racing three weekends in a row. TV coverage of the Dallas event is scheduled for Oct. 5 at 10 p.m. CST on ESPN2.