WEST VALLEY CITY, UT – The Pacific Division arrives at Rocky Mountain Raceways for the Night of Fire Doubleheader Sept. 21-24. The event is one of 45 scheduled across the country where drivers in the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series earn points leading to divisional and national championships as well as a chance at a share of the year-end purse of more than $519,000. Categories include Comp Eliminator, Super Stock, Stock Eliminator, Super Comp, Super Gas and Super Street. The Pacific Division Top Sportsman Series, Top Dragster Series and Sportsman Motorcycle Series will also run in conjunction with the event.
The first race on the doubleheader starts with qualifying and time trials on Thursday at 9:00 a.m. Top Dragster, Comp Eliminator and Top Sportsman qualify at noon and 4 p.m. on Thursday. Eliminations will begin at 12:30 p.m. on Friday followed by Jet car exhibitions at 9 p.m.
CONCORD, NC – The Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series was in full effect this past weekend during the 10th annual NHRA Carolina Nationals at zMAX Dragway. Frank Aragona and John Labbous Jr., both moved closer to National Championship rings with final round victories Sunday.
Aragona, Freehold N.J., squared off against Comp Eliminator Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series National points leader David Rampy of Piedmont, Ala. Aragona took the starting line advantage and powered his way down the strip to victory, running 7.388 seconds, 171.31 mph; Rampy 7.354 seconds, 160.94 mph.
Severance faced off against Garrett Bateman, Albany, Ore., and posted a winning run of 5.285 seconds, 272.80 mph with Bateman coming in close behind at 5.269 seconds, 277.69 mph for his runner up finish.
Westerfield got the Top Alcohol Funny Car win with a pass of 5.490 seconds at 270.27 mph as he faced off against Sean Bellemeur, Placentia, Calif., in the final. Westerfield left the line first and extended his lead all the way to the finish line.
Justin Lamb took home the elusive double in winning both the Super Stock and Stock titles. Lamb, Henderson, Nev., drove his Super Stock ’10 Chevrolet to a pass of 8.696 seconds, 146.48 mph, taking the win over Rick McKinney, Richmond, B.C., at 10.792, 121.00. In Stock Eliminator, Lamb wheeled his ’17 Camaro to the win in 8.919 seconds, 172.05 mph against Kyle Rizzoli, San Luis Obispo, Calif., and his ’69 Camaro with a 10.427 second, 120.14 mph pass.
Stock standout Cummings of Hammond, La., lined up in his Corvette against John Brimer, Burleson, Texas. Cummings initially took the starting line advantage, and Brimer broke out attempting to chase him down. Cummings brought home the divisional Wally trophy at 10.409 seconds, 125.69 mph, Brimer 10.483 seconds, 125.05 mph.
In an all Texas Super Comp final round, Phillips of Forney got off the line first and successfully held off Alan Savage of Mexia for the final round victory. Phillips’ victory pass clocked in at 8.928 seconds, 164.69 mph. Savage followed up at 8.959 seconds, 161.52 mph.
EARLVILLE, IA – Racers Megan Meyer, Olathe, Kan., and Kirk Williams, Glenwood, Iowa, took home wins in Top Alcohol Dragster and Top Alcohol Funny Car Sunday evening at Tri-State Raceway in Earlville, Iowa. This event concluded the six race Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series in the NHRA West Central division.
Meyer faced off against Mike Edstrom, Maple Grove, Minn., running 5.337 seconds, 272.39 mph, for the holeshot win. Edstrom runner upped at 5.294 seconds, 271.62 mph.
Williams captured the Top Alcohol Funny Car victory with a pass of 5.617 seconds, 256.26 mph. Kris Hool, Evansville, Wyo., had mechanical issues midway through his pass, finishing up at 7.508 seconds, 126.33 mph.
OLD BRIDGE, NJ- Russell Linke and Scott Benham scored big victories in front of a cheering home crowd during the NHRA Northeast division Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series at Old Bridge Township Raceway Park.
Linke, who lives minutes away from the track in Old Bridge, gave up the starting line to charging Fred Thibeault, Middleton, N.S., but Thibeault took too much stripe and broke out. Linke earned the Stock Eliminator divisional Wally trophy, making a winning pass of 10.519 seconds, 115.65 mph; Thibeault 10.212 seconds, 126.01 mph.
New Jersey Comp Eliminator standouts Benham of Jackson and Aragona of Freehold squared off in the final round. Benham pulled the minor upset, running 8.076 seconds, 162.02 mph to hold off Aragona, 7.365 seconds, 177.72 mph.
EARLVILLE, IA – The NHRA West Central Division concludes its season with the NHRA Division 5 Finals at Tri-State Raceway on September 8-10. The event is one of 45 scheduled across the country where drivers in the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series earn points leading to divisional, regional and national championships as well as a chance at a share of the year-end purse of more than $519,000.
Categories include Top Alcohol Dragster, Top Alcohol Funny Car, Comp Eliminator, Super Stock, Stock Eliminator, Super Comp, Super Gas and Super Street. The division’s Jerry Haas Race Cars Top Sportsman, Fineline Graphics & Madcap Racing Top Dragster and NHRA Sportsman Motorcycle Series are also in competition.