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CHAMPIONS CROWNED AT ROYAL PURPLE

BAYTOWN, TX – The NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series came to town this past weekend at the NHRA SpringNationals at Royal Purple Raceway. Brenda Grubbs, Tim Snively, Lyndon Rutland, and Koy Collier celebrated with their teams in winner’s circle.

Grubbs, Magnolia, Texas, squared off against fellow Texan Craig Gualtiere of Amarillo in the Super Stock final round. Grubbs took the lead from the starting line and never looked back as she earned her second national event Wally trophy with a victory pass of 9.284 seconds, 138.47 mph. Gualtiere recorded a runner up pass of 9.691 seconds, 132.43 mph.

The Stock final round between Snively, Fayetteville Ark., and Brandon Bakies, Alexandria, La., came down the wire. Bakies took a small lead off the starting line, but Snively was able to catch and edge him for the victory peaking at 11.745 seconds, 110.84 mph. Bakies followed up at 11.091 seconds, 114.30 mph.

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POWER IN THE PARK STARTS THE NHRA NORTHEAST DIVISION

PETERSBURG, VA – NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series Northeast division begins with Power in the Park at Virginia Motorsports Park on April 20-22. The event is one of 44 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 MXI/Magnaflux Top Dragster and Top Sportsman Series’ presented by Select Performance will run in conjunction with the event as will the Pro Stock Snowmobile Series presented by Ultimax.

Gates at Virginia Motorsports Park open at 7:30 a.m. on Friday and 8 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday. Qualifying and time trials start at 8:30 a.m. on Friday and Saturday. Comp Eliminator qualify Friday at 12 noon and 4 p.m. and Saturday at 10:30 a.m. The first-round of eliminations for Comp Eliminator is scheduled for Saturday at 1:30 p.m. Top Alcohol Dragster and Top Alcohol Funny Car qualify Friday at 1, 3:30 and 6 p.m. Eliminations for Top Alcohol Dragster and Top Alcohol Funny Car are Saturday at 3, 5 and 7 p.m. Eliminations will continue Sunday at 10 a.m. for all other classes.

Tickets for the Power in the Park event at Virginia Motorsports Park are free for Friday, Saturday and Sunday. For more information please call Virginia Motorsports Park, (804) 862-3174, or visit www.virginiamotorsports.com.

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LOPEZ WINS BACK TO BACK AT TEXAS MOTORPLEX DOUBLE HEADER

ENNIS, TX – In the final results from Texas Motorplex and the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series two local racers claimed victories taking home the trophies in Stock Eliminator and Super Street. In Stock, Jeff Lopez, Irving, Texas, made a winning pass against Jerry Emmons in the final round with a time of 9.387 seconds, 136.91 mph, making this Lopez’s second win of the double header weekend. In Supper Street, John Long Jr, Red Oak, Texas, went up against John Leibham with a very tight finish taking the win with a run of 10.873, 121.40.

A pair of NHRA South Central Division hitters went to battle in the Super Stock final and reigning division champion Ross Laris took on Darian Boesch in the SDPC Top Dragster Final. Larris, Raceland, La., took the win running 6.050 seconds at 234.04 mph to Boesch’s 6.114, 222.66.  Slate Cummings out ran Jimmy Hidalgo in Super Stock clocking in at 9.414, 139.18 in his ’03 Cavalier to Hidalgo’s 9.737, 134.08 in his ’99 Firebird.

Other racers visiting the winner’s circle this weekend were Adam Hickey, Ponchatoula, La., in Comp Eliminator; Steve Collier, Benton, La., in Super Comp and Jim Capp, Willis Texas, in Super Gas, In the division’s Top Sportsman class it was Allen Firestone, Velma, Okla., taking the win and in Sportsman Motorcycle it was Ricky Kay from Humble, Texas.

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SEVERANCE, GORDON, AND BERTOZZI LEAVE THE STRIP WITH WALLY’S

Las Vegas –Joey Severance, Doug Gordon, and Anthony Bertozzi celebrated with their teams in winner’s circle this past weekend following the conclusion of the Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series Pacific division event at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

In the Top Alcohol Dragster final round, Kim Parker, Graham, Wash., grabbed the starting line advantage, but quickly had traction issues. Severance, Woodburn, Ore., powered through, surpassing Parker for the victory running 5.224 seconds, 276.07 mph. Parker came in second at 5.721 seconds, 260.36 mph. Severance continues the defence of his 2017 Lucas Oil World Championship.

2017 Lucas Oil Top Alcohol Funny Car World Champion Shane Westerfield, Anaheim, Calif., squared off against fellow Californian and TAFC standout Doug Gordon of Paso Robles. Westerfield gained the slight edge at the starting line but had mechanical issues, Gordon blew past him for the final round win; hitting his full stride at 5.462 seconds, 270.48 mph.

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LUCAS OIL WINNERS CROWNED AT GALOT MOTORSPORTS PARK

RALEIGH, NC – David Rampy continued to add to him impressive career total and Michelle Furr and Jeff Strickland remained hot in 2018 taking wins at this weekend’s NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series at GALOT Motorsports Park.

Rampy ran down Mark Moreland who took the early lead but could not hold off the charging Rampy out of Piedmont, Ala. Rampy went 4.561 seconds at 144.26 for the win in Comp Eliminator.

Furr, coming off a win in Super Gas at the Gainesville Raceway NHRA Southeast Divisional took the win in Super Comp in a close race from start to finish with Sherman Adcock. Furr, Galax, Va., clocked in at 7.660, 143.41 to Adcock’s breaking out 7.649 on the 7.650 index.

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DUBBIN, WILLIAMS TAKE HOME BIG WINS IN TEXAS

ENNIS, TX – In the first half of the double header NHRA South Central Division Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series event at Texas Motorplex Dean Dubbin and Kirk Williams took home the wins in Top Alcohol Dragster and Top Alcohol Funny Car respectively.

Dubbin, Royalton, Minn., came out of the No. 8 qualifying position and defeated Megan Meyer in the final for the win with a lap of 5.565 seconds, 258.76 mph.  Dubbin beat out No. 1 qualifier Shane Conway and Buddy Domingue in rounds one and two to advance to the final round.

Williams qualified fourth and knocked out Kris Hool and Mark Billington to advance to the final round match up with Annie Whiteley.   Williams then laid down a lap of 5.572 seconds at 260.51 for the win as Whiteley had problems crossing the line at 9.763.

In Comp eliminator it was Craig Bourgeois, Metairie, La., beating out Adam Hickey, Ponchatoula, La., and Korey Mawhee, Frisco, Texas, held off Justin Jenkins, Beatrice, Neb., in Super Stock

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THE STRIP AT LAS VEGAS MOTOR SPEEDWAY HOSTS THE NHRA PACIFIC DIVISION

LAS VEGAS – The NHRA Pacific Division returns to the Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway on April 13-15. The event is one of 44 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 Pacific Division Top Sportsman Series, Top Dragster Series and Sportsman Motorcycle Series will also run in conjunction with the event.

Gates at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway open at 7 a.m. each day. Qualifying and time trials start Friday at 8 a.m. and continue Saturday at 8 a.m. Top Dragster and Top Sportsman qualify Friday at noon and 4 p.m., and Saturday at 10:30 a.m. Top Alcohol Dragster and Top Alcohol Funny Car qualify Friday at 3:30 p.m. and noon and 4:30 p.m. on Saturday. Comp Eliminator qualifying is set for 4:30 p.m. on Friday and 11a.m. and 4:15 p.m. on Saturday. Eliminations begin Saturday afternoon and continue Sunday at 8 a.m. with round one of Top Alcohol Dragster and Top Alcohol Funny Car at noon.

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