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NEWS & ANALYSIS
Fans were in attendance as the Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series, Pacific Division, hit the Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway April 7-9. Joey Severance and John Lombardo Jr. celebrated with their teams in the winner’s circle following their final round wins.
Severance, Woodburn, Ore., defeated Buddy Domingue and Garrett Bateman in rounds 1 and 2 to meet Chris Demke, Sunland, Calif., in the final round of Top Alcohol Dragster. Severance came off the line first with a great start, mounting a big lead leaving Demke little chance to chase him down. Severance registered a victory run of 5.290 seconds, 273.55 mph; moving one step closer to defending his Lucas Oil National Championship. Demke came in at 5.452 seconds, 269.67 mph.
John Lombardo Jr.
For anyone who had made the trip from California, they were treated to an all-California final round in Top Alcohol Funny Car. Lombardo, Brea, Calif., shot off the starting line first, never looking back for an easy victory. The Brea driver finished at 5.507 seconds, 268.87 mph. Doug Gordon, Paso Robles, Calif., finished second at 5.674 seconds, 263.46 mph.
Doug Lambeck, Irvine, Calif., and Clint Neff, Arvada, Colo., faced off in the Comp Eliminator final round. This California racer received a little help from lady luck as Neff goes red at the line, while Lambeck got off to a shaky start, as his car shot left almost hitting the wall, he straightens out and scores a winning pass of 10.404, 90.66.
Pacific Division racers head to Auto Club Dragway at Auto Club Speedway for the next NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series event, May 19-22.
VOLUME XIX, NUMBER 4 - April 2017
4) Chris Demke, Sunland, Calif., 5.382, 266.37 def. 5) Johnny Ahten, Santa Clarita, Calif., 13.165, 81.26
2) Joey Severance, Woodburn, Ore., 5.327, 269.24 def. 7) Buddy Domingue, Port Neches, Texas, 5.405, 260.76
6) Garrett Bateman, Albany, Calif., 5.340, 269.78 def. 3) Don St. Arnaud, Edmonton, Alb., 5.391, 274.11
1) Shawn Cowie, Surrey, B.C., 5.249, 272.01 def. 8) Casey Grisel, Orangevale, Calif., broke;
Severance, 5.316, 270.75 def. Bateman, 12.406, 74.40;
Demke, 5.456, 267.00 def. Cowie, 10.106, 76.98;
Finals: Severance, 5.290, 273.55 def. Demke, 5.452, 269.67.
Nick Januik (near lane) over Sean Bellemeur.
7) Nick Januik, Las Vegas, Nev., '16 Camaro, 5.901, 253.71 def. 2) Sean Bellemeur, Placentia, Calif., '17 Camaro, 6.245, 188.04;
5) Chris Marshall, McMinnville, Ore., '17 Camaro, 5.682, 257.33 def. 4) Shane Westerfield, Anaheim, Calif., '16 Camaro, 5.745, 255.05;
6) John Lombardo Jr., Brea, Calif., '16 Camaro, 5.488, 268.65 def. 3) Jay Payne, Claremont, Calif., '17 Camaro, 5.620, 264.80;
1) Doug Gordon, Paso Robles, Calif., '15 Camaro, 5.508, 266.69 def. 8) Terry Ruckman, Grand Junction, Colo., '16 Camaro, 11.197, 72.40;
Doug Gordon (near lane) got the first-round win over Terry Ruckman.
Gordon, 5.506, 266.69 def. Marshall, broke;
Lombardo Jr., 5.542, 268.22 def. Januik, 10.274, 82.75;
Lombardo Jr., 5.507, 268.87 def. Gordon, 5.674, 263.46.
COMP ELIMINATOR: Doug Lambeck, Irvine, Calif., '08 Sunfire, D/SMA, 10.404, 90.66 def. Clint Neff, Arvada, Colo., '32 Bantam, K/AA, foul.
SUPER STOCK: Kyle Rizzoli, San Luis Obispo, Calif., '69 Camaro, SS/CA, 9.888, 123.06 def. Darrell Dietz, Medicine Hat, Alb., '10 Mustang, FSS/C, 8.831, 152.21.
STOCK ELIMINATOR: Larry Gilley, Hilmar, Calif., '69 Dart, E/SA, 10.996, 118.28 def. Tibor Kadar, Phoenix, Ariz., '64 Fairlane, A/SA, 10.280, 122.30.
SUPER COMP: Thomas Bayer, Alta Loma, Calif., dragster, 9.044, 155.90 def. Chad Langdon, La Mirada, Calif., dragster, 9.039, 168.62.
SUPER GAS: Casey Plaizier, Edmonton, Alb., '63 Corvette, 10.087, 153.16 def. Steve Williams, Beaumont, Calif., '63 Corvette, 10.067, 155.83.
SUPER STREET: Mark Simonian, Sanger, Calif., '89 Firebird, 11.047, 136.50 def. Ryan Houmard, San Dimas, Calif., '64 Nova, 11.041, 128.48.
TOP SPORTSMAN: Bryan Warr, Riverton, Utah, '04 Corvette, 10.946, 75.10 def. Doug Crumlich, Irvine, Calif., '63 Corvette, foul.
TOP DRAGSTER: Chris Thode, Manteca, Calif., dragster, 6.873, 195.36 def. Andy Spiegel, Acton, Calif., dragster,
TOP COMP: Shane Thompson, dragster, 7.454, 174.50 def. Dick Vander Meer, Nampa, Idaho, dragster, 7.603, 177.74.
SPORTSMAN MOTORCYCLE: Rick Newport, Bluffdale, Utah, '95 Suzuki, 8.569, 145.45 def. Kahea Woods, Las Vegas, Nev., '95 GSXR, 8.823, 149.40.
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