The NHRA Division 7 Lucas Oil Series Finals Presented By Shortline Express Markets at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway certainly lived up to its pre-event hype. The three-day race attracted an all-time record 970 entries, drew the quickest Top Alcohol Dragster and Top Alcohol Funny Car fields ever assembled and set 15 new records in Comp. And for Las Vegas-area drag-racing fans, Boulder City's Sean Conner upheld the local honor by winning the NHRA Kerker Motorcycle Series finale. Every competitor racing down The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway this weekend felt the pressure, as this event provided the last opportunity of the year for drivers to earn divisional points. These points are used to calculate both divisional and national championships. "This race felt tougher than a national event with all the quality racers here this weekend," said Top Alcohol Funny Car event winner Tate Branch. Branch had no easy path to the winner's circle as two of his three round wins required the Artesia, N.M., resident to defeat 2001 division champions. In the semifinals, Branch defeated West Central Division champion Cy Chesterman and Steve Gasparrelli of the Pacific Division in the final. "I had never beaten Gasparrelli before," said Branch. "I guess this was payback for Noble where I lost to him in the final after I had mechanical problems." The Top Alcohol Dragster category featured a competition between number one and two qualifiers as Morgan Lucas and Mark Hentges battled in the final. Although Lucas had been dominant throughout qualifying and eliminations, he smoked the tires coming off the starting line against Hentges, giving him the win. "I just wanted to take it one round at a time and try to run consistent," said Hentges. "I just tried to stick to my game plan" Winners in other categories were Michael De Palma Jr. (Glendale, Ariz.) in Comp; John Ancona (Covina, Calif.) in Super Stock; Frank Kohutek (Mesquite, Tex.) in Super Comp; Todd Stewart (Turlock, Calif.) in Super Gas; Roger Benne (Scribner, Neb.) in Super Street; Patrick Maher (Aurora, Colo.) in Super Eliminator and Kenny Teer (Torrance, Calif.) in Top Comp. Boulder City's Sean Conner earned the win in NHRA Kerker Motorcycle Series competition. The following are final results from the NHRA Div. 7 Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series Finals Presented By Shortline Express at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway: TOP ALCOHOL DRAGSTER -- Mark Hentges, 5.490 sec./258.47 mph defeated Morgan Lucas, 9.605 sec./90.82 mph TOP ALCOHOL FUNNY CAR -- Tate Branch (Artesia, N.M.) 5.741 sec./249.67 mph defeated Steve Gasparrelli 5.750 sec./249.95 mph COMP ELIMINATOR -- Michael De Palma Jr. (Glendale, Ariz.) '92 Lumina, C/A, 8.141 sec./124.52 mph defeated Don Stratton Jr. (Beloit, Ohio) '34 Chevrolet, B/SR, 9.101, 106.87 SUPER STOCK -- John Ancona (Covina, Calif.) '82 Camaro, GT/JA, 10.935 sec./ 119.01 mph defeated Kevin Helms (Mineola, Tex.) '68 Camaro, SS/IA, 10.579 sec./122.83 mph STOCK ELIMINATOR -- Kevin Helms (Mineola, Tex.) '69 Camaro, B/S, 10.780 sec./ 121.46 mph defeated Tom Roberts (Mira Loma, Calif.) '76 Aspen, J/SA, 11.911 sec./109.73 mph SUPER COMP -- Frank Kohutek (Mesquite, Tex.) '02 Camerom, 9.026 sec./ 166.44 mph defeated Vince Roberts (Mesquite, Tex.) '00 Undercover, 9.031 sec./ 158.30 mph SUPER GAS -- Todd Stewart (Turlock, Calif.) '00 Corvette, 10.075 sec./ 138.13 mph defeated Gerald Turczyn Jr. (Phoenix, Ariz.) '88 Beretta, 10.057 sec./144.38 mph SUPER STREET -- Roger Benne (Scribner, Neb.) '70 Pontiac, 11.115 sec./124.16 mph defeated Dennis Paz (Stockton, Calif.) '41 Willys, 11.131 sec./125.17 mph SUPER ELIMINATOR -- Patrick Maher (Aurora, Colo.) '00 Fritz, 8.032 sec./172.96 mph defeated Chuck Swift (Henderson, Nev.) '96 Frameworks, 8.034 sec./167.57 mph TOP COMP -- Kenny Teer (Torrance, Calif.) '00 Cameron, 7.976 sec./158.02 mph defeated Rick Smyth (North Bend, Ore.) '96 Undercover, 7.935 sec./160.12 mph NHRA KERKER MOTORCYCLE SERIES -- Sean Conner (Boulder City) '98 Koenig, 8.396 sec./151.61 mph defeated Jerry Stinson (Medford, Ore.) '84 Ninja, 9.345 sec./139.82 mph