Cowie, Surrey, B.C., picked up career win number ten in Top Alcohol Dragster as he took out Julie Nataas of Santa Barbara, Calif., in the final round. Nataas was out first but Cowie quickly made up the difference and raced to a 5.272 second lap at 274.72 mph. Nataas qualified No. 1 with a great 5.115, 280.49 mph lap but slowed in the final clocking in at 5.481, 272.50. The win was Cowie’s fourth of the year.
Brea, Calif., racer Lombardo grabbed his third win in 2017 by knocking out Annie Whiteley in the Top Alcohol Funny Car final. Lombardo won on a hole shot crossing the finish line in 5.420 seconds, 271.41 mph to the quicker Whiteley at 5.417, 273.22.
LAS VEGAS – The 2017 Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series concluded its final regional event Sunday night at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway in Las Vegas, as champions celebrated with their teams in winner’s circle.
Several World championships were clinched this weekend along with all the 2017 NHRA Lucas Oil Divisional and Regional Championships . After clinching the 2017 Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series Super Stock World championship at the resent Toyota NHRA Nationals, Justin Lamb, Henderson, Nev., clinched the Stock World championship to become just the third driver in NHRA history to win two world championships in the same season. Austin Williams, Burleson, Texas, locked up the Super Comp World championship, and Lynn Ellison, Central City, Ky., captured the 2017 Top Dragster presented by Racing RV’s World championship.
LAS VEGAS – The postponed Pacific Division, Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series event from Rocky Mountain Raceways was concluded yesterday at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway in Las Vegas. Michael Dalrymple, Bryan, Warr, and Chris Borges celebrated with their teams in winner’s circle.
Dalrymple, Sunnyside, Wash., cut a great light (.010 second), running 10.060 seconds, 156.66 mph to outpace Casey Plaizier, Edmonton, Alb., for the Super Gas divisional event Wally trophy. Plaizier ran 10.067 seconds, 142.49 mph.
Utah racer, Warr of Riverton, ran 7.111 seconds, 191.35 mph to edge out John Tiegen, Grand Praririe, Alb., 7.406 seconds, 180.50mph; in a competitive Top Sportsman final round.
Las Vegas – The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway will host the Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series on November 2-5, 2017. 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 Pacific Division Top Sportsman Series, Top Dragster Series and the NHRA Sportsman Motorcycle Series will also run in conjunction with the event. In addition, the postponed Salt Lake City Divisional event from August will be completed on Wednesday prior to the final event.
The event also marks the final stop on the nationwide series to earn points toward regional and divisional championships for all classes and the second to last stop for NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series National Championship points.
Randy Daniels, Grantsboro, N.C., met with Larry Pritchett, Clarkrange, Tenn., in the Comp Eliminator final round. Daniels took home the divisional Wally trophy with a pass of 8.22 seconds at 533.81 mph in his ’07 Pontiac to Pritchett’s 7.914 seconds, 147.49 mph.
In the Super Gas final round, it was Ray Miller III, Spring City, Tenn., ending Joe Eckels day with a winning run of 9.919, 162.08. Miller maintains his championship contention.
The Moser Sportsman Shootout pitted a highly competitive matchup between the Carolinas on Saturday. Local driver Steven Furr, of Harrisburg and Kevin Brannon, Boiling Springs, S.C., took the starting line. After an even launch, Furr pulled ahead running 4.111, 167.88 mph to narrowly defeat Brannon, and capture the Moser Sportsman Shootout Championship.
LAS VEGAS – Joey Severance, Shane Westerfield, and Justin Lamb locked up the Lucas Oil National Championships in their respective classes, as the Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series continued during the NHRA Toyota Nationals at Las Vegas Motor Speedway this past weekend.
Severance, Woodburn, Ore., clinched his third consecutive Lucas Oil Top Alcohol Dragster National Championship, defeating second ranked Shawn Cowie, Surrey, B.C., in the final round. Severance took a strong lead running 5.286 seconds, 270.16 mph, never allowing Cowie to catch up, who clocked in at 5.402 seconds, 271.95 mph.
ROCKINGHAM, NC – Rockingham Dragway will host the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series Southeast Division on October 27-29. The event is one of the 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 division’s Stotts Ford Top Sportsman Series and Hickory Enclosed Trailer Top Dragster Series will run in conjunction with the event along with Pro Fuel Harleys and a 300 mph Jet Dragster.
Highlighting Saturday’s action is the NHRA Southeast Division Moser Sportsman Shootout, a specialty event where drivers will compete in a dial-in/breakout handicap format on an eighth-mile with a $15,000 cash purse up for grabs. The winner could pocket $5,000 along with a specially designed Moser Sportsman Shootout trophy. Eliminations begin at 12:30 p.m. on Saturday.