Las Vegas, NV
Fans were in attendance as the Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series, Pacific Division hit the Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway this past weekend. 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 Garret 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.
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.
Other drivers visiting the winner’s circle were Kyle Rizzoli in Super Stock; Larry Gilley in Stock Eliminator; Thomas Bayer in Super Comp; Casey Plaizier in Super Gas; Mark Simonian in Super Street; and Rick Newport in Sportsman Motorcycle.
Bryan Warr, Riverton, Utah, picked up the easy win in the Top Sportsman final round as Doug Crumlich, Irvine, Calif., went red at the starting line. Warr registered his victory pass at 10.946, 75.10. Chris Thode, Manteca, Calif., cruised to victory in the Top Dragster final round, running 6.873, 195.36 defeating Andy Spiegel, Acton, Calif., 6.732, 198.52. Shane Thompson, runs 7.454, 174.50 to outlast Dick Vander Meer, Nampa, Idaho,7.603,177.74 in the Top Comp final round.
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.
The following are Sunday's final results from the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series, Pacific Division event at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway:
TOP ALCOHOL DRAGSTER:
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;
Severance, 5.290, 273.55 def. Demke, 5.452, 269.67.
TOP ALCOHOL FUNNY CAR:
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;
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.
Doug Lambeck, Irvine, Calif., '08 Sunfire, D/SMA, 10.404, 90.66 def. Clint Neff, Arvada, Colo.,
'32 Bantam, K/AA, foul.
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.
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.
Thomas Bayer, Alta Loma, Calif., dragster, 9.044, 155.90 def. Chad Langdon, La Mirada, Calif.,
dragster, 9.039, 168.62.
Casey Plaizier, Edmonton, Alb., '63 Corvette, 10.087, 153.16 def. Steve Williams, Beaumont,
Calif., '63 Corvette, 10.067, 155.83.
Mark Simonian, Sanger, Calif., '89 Firebird, 11.047, 136.50 def. Ryan Houmard, San Dimas, Calif.,
'64 Nova, 11.041, 128.48.
Bryan Warr, Riverton, Utah, '04 Corvette, 10.946, 75.10 def. Doug Crumlich, Irvine, Calif., '63
Chris Thode, Manteca, Calif., dragster, 6.873, 195.36 def. Andy Spiegel, Acton, Calif., dragster,
Shane Thompson, , , dragster, 7.454, 174.50 def. Dick Vander Meer, Nampa, Idaho, dragster, 7.603,
Rick Newport, Bluffdale, Utah, '95 Suzuki, 8.569, 145.45 def. Kahea Woods, Las Vegas, Nev., '95
GSXR, 8.823, 149.40.