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NHRA Sportsman Classes at Pomona


Ed Olpin won Top Sportsman in this Camaro and Super Gas in his ’63 Corvette.

The NHRA kicked off the 2017 season with the 57th annual Circle K NHRA Winternationals Feb. 9-12 at Auto Club Raceway at Pomona.

Out of all the Lucas Oil winners, Ed Olpin, Pleasant Grove, Utah, had the most successful weekend by taking home a pair of NHRA Wally trophies. In the Super Gas final round, Olpin left the starting line with a nearly perfect light (.009), taking home the win at 9.886, 168.98 to Robert Naber’s, Ontario, Calif., 9.882, 163.06.

Olpin then returned to the starting line to beat out Jeff Gillette, Benicia, Calif., and win his second Wally of the weekend, in Top Sportsman Presented by Racing in a close 6.978, 298.26 to 6.939, 193.24.

In Top Alcohol Dragster, defending 2016 NHRA Lucas Oil National Champion, Joey Severance (far lane), Woodburn, Ore., opened 2017 with a perfect start facing off with Garrett Bateman, Albany Ore., for Oregon bragging rights in the final round. Severance took the starting line advantage and stayed out in front of Bateman posting the low elapsed time of the event at 5.214 seconds, 275.51 mph to Bateman’s runner up pass of 5.486 seconds, 263.10 mph.