Courtesy: Jerrie Foss, NHRA P.R.

Contact: Jerrie Foss, NHRA (626) 278-1956

 

SEVERANCE, AUGUST LEAD THE MARCH TO WINNER'S CIRCLE AT LVMS' LUCAS OIL EVENT

LAS VEGAS - More than 700 cars took to The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway this weekend in the Short Line Express Market Gambler Shootout, a round of the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series. By the end of racing Sunday, only 11 made it to the winner's circle.

Among those earning trophies this weekend was Top Alcohol Dragster pilot Joey Severance who scored the win here last week in NHRA's national event. The Spanaway, Wash., resident earned the title with a hole shot win in the final over local favorite Duane Shields of Boulder City. Shields and Severance were the No. 1 and 2 qualifiers, respectively, and in the last round Shields ran the quicker elapsed time, 5.344 seconds to 5.362 seconds, but Severance's quicker reaction time got him to the top end first.

In Top Alcohol Funny Car action, Ron August Jr., Pleasanton, Calif., earned his second win of the season. His other win came at his only other event this year, in Chandler, Ariz. In the final here, August beat veteran driver Roger Bateman of Calgary, Alb. August's 5.689-second, 256.84 mph pass is his best of the weekend and is more than enough to surpass Bateman's 5.951-second, 250.64 mph effort.

Jeff Lane of North Bend, Wash., earned his first win of the season in Comp Eliminator, knocking off Thomas Schmidt, Lindstrom, Minn., in the final. Palmdale, Calif., racer Darren Smith carried his No. 1 qualifying effort in Super Stock to the win over Ryan McClanahan of Alta Loma, Calif. It was Smith's second straight victory. Tony DeFrank, Chatsworth Calif., wheeled his '68 Camaro to the win over Don Keen, Palmdale, Calif., in Stock Eliminator. In the Super Comp final, Justine Jeffrey, Dixon, Calif., grabbed the win from Justin Davis, Murrieta, Calif., and Super Gas racer Randy Balough, Newbury Park, Calif., beat out Brad Pierce, Riverside, Calif. Phoenix's Keith Manogue earned the win in Super Street, beating Joe Lokhaug, Bakersfield, Calif., in the final. Top Sportsman competitor Darin Dolezal scored the trophy over Jim Momjian of Apple Valley, Calif., and in the Top Dragster final Joe Roubicek, Westlake Village, Calif., got to the winner's circle beating Del Cox Jr., Downey, Calif. Sportsman Motorcycle racer Pete Miclette, Garberville, Calif., got the trophy from Tom Lannie, Tucson, Ariz.

NHRA Pacific Division racers head to Fontana, Calif., for the next NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series event. Auto Club Dragway at California Speedway will host the race May 4-6.

 

The following are the final results from the Short Line Express Market Gambler Shootout at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, including Saturday's round-by-round TAD and TAFC results:

 

TOP ALCOHOL DRAGSTER

Round 1

1. Shields, 5.446 seconds, 263.366 mph def. 8. Niver, 5.593, 250.88 2. Severance, 5.456, 261.78 def. Lucas, 5.498, 265.59 6. Smith, 5.760, 238.68 def. 3. Perkins, foul 5. Murray, 5.464, 261.88 def. 4. Bayer, 5.480, 251.81

 

Semifinals

Shields, 5.319, 273.88 def. Murray, 5.423, 263.56 Severance, 5.374, 269.19 def. Smith, 5.683, 245.81

 

Final

Severance, 5.362, 269.51 def. Shields, 5.344, 270.05

 

TOP ALCOHOL FUNNY CAR

Round 1

8. Hudson, 8.619 seconds, 103. 88 mph def. 1. Gordon, foul

2. Woznichak, 5.712, 253.71 def. 7. Taylor, 5.849, 249.72

3. August Jr., 5.908, 253.04 def. 6. Smith, 7.274, 134.85

5. Bateman, 5.894, 248.16 def. 4. Thompson, 6.169, 242.67

 

Semifinals

Bateman, 5.949, 248.39 def. Hudson, 6.233, 243.02

August Jr., 5.733, 253.42 def. Woznichak, 6.802, 148.15

 

Final

August, 5.689, 256.84 def. Bateman, 5.951, 250.64

 

COMP ELIMINATOR

Jeff Lane, North Bend, Wash., '34 Chevy, B/SR, 10.712, 85.07 def. Thomas Schmidt, Lindstrom, Minn., '34 Chevrolet, C/SR, 10.319, 92.19

 

SUPER STOCK

Darren Smith, Palmdale, Calif., '68 Dart, SS/GA, 9.880, 133.26 def. Ryan McClanahan, Alta Loma, Calif., '07 Cobalt, SS/AM, 8.936, 118.73

 

STOCK ELIMINATOR

Tony DeFrank, Chatsworth, Calif., '68 Camaro, F/SA, 11.647, 113.69 def. Don Keen, Palmdale, Calif., '69 Mustang, C/S, foul

 

SUPER COMP

Justine Jeffrey, Dixon, Calif., dragster, 9.059, 164.53 def. Justin Davis, Murrieta, Calif., dragster, 9.034, 167.55

 

SUPER GAS

Randy Balough, Newbury Park, Calif., '63 Corvette, 10.049, 159.93 def. Brad Pierce, Riverside, Calif., '58 Corvette, 10.029, 140.12

 

SUPER STREET

Keith Manogue, Phoenix, '63 Nova, 11.067, 129.50 def. Joe Lokhaug, Bakersfield, Calif., '68 Camaro, 11.078, 137.32

 

TOP SPORTSMAN

Darin Dolezal, Chandler, Ariz., '90 Pontiac, 8.039, 154.12 def. Jim Momjian, Apple Valley, Calif., '07 Grand Am, 8.626, 167.78

 

TOP DRAGSTER

Joe Roubicek, Westlake Village, Calif., dragster, 6.962, 189.55 def. Del Cox Jr., Downey, Calif., dragster, 6.846, 195.82

 

SPORTSMAN MOTORCYCLE

Pete Miclette, Garberville, Calif., '97 Suzuki, 9.448, 107.35 def. Tom Lannie, Tucson, Ariz., '81 Suzuki, foul.