First-timers Lin, Lamb win NHRA bracket finals at The Strip



            Hollywood scriptwriters could not have pounded out a better storyline.  Juddi Lin and Justin Lamb both won final rounds in their respective classes in their very first attempts at NHRA-sanctioned bracket racing at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway Saturday night.  And while neither is old enough to legally drink or smoke, they defeated drag-racing veterans more than twice their age.  If their feats didn't make NHRA history, at least it counts as the most memorable night of the 2003 Jerry's Nugget Championship Drag Racing Series.
            Lin, 19, has become quite an item lately.  After surviving two serious illegal-street racing accidents which also destroyed two cars, the Las Vegas native swore off the dangerous pastime and decided to compete only at The Strip's Midnight Mayhem series.  On Saturday night, Lin decided to give bracket racing a try and entered her '89 Honda CRX in the Sport Compact class.  Lin defeated Michael Dudley, 38, in the final round of Sport Compact competition to claim her first trophy.

            Not to be outdone, Lamb, 15, made his way to the finals of the Pro class and defeated Dennis Evans, 10.482 sec./127.56 mph to 10.577 sec./125.97 mph to claim his first trophy in his very first try as well.  The 15-year-old is a licensed driver in Nevada and is a veteran of NHRA Jr. Dragster competition.

            John Phlegar, 2002 Pro champion, won the Super Pro finale after he trailered future father-in-law Ron Landram in the semi-final.  Boulder City's Nick Ariotti claimed Street honors.  Las Vegas firefighter Andy Lewis defeated Dave Phillips for the Motorcycle trophy.


            Pat Jones of Norco, Calif., defeated Don Steed for Super Eliminator honors.  Jones donated his winnings ($1,000) to the Larry Winters Recovery Fund.  Winter, 52, suffered head injuries in a finish-line crash on March 30 during an NHRA Division 7 event at Tucson, Ariz.  He remains hospitalized in the Intensive Care Unit in a Tucson hospital.  The Super E Association also donated $500 to the fund.


            Saturday morning Short Line Express Markets Jr. Dragster winners included: Tristan Craig (Thunder class), Neisha Mackay (Lightning class) and Alyshe Janoska (Rookie division).

            The Strip at LVMS is quiet during the Easter weekend and returns with Test 'n' Tune and Titan Auto Insurance Midnight Mayhem on Friday, April 25, and Short Line Express Markets NHRA Jr. Drag Racing League and Jerry's Nugget Championship Drag Racing Series action on Saturday, April 26.



Winner: John Phlegar (Las Vegas) '72 Chevelle 9.985 sec./130.96 mph

Runner-up: Jeremy Rapp (Las Vegas) '97 Mullis dragster 8.270 sec./163.16 mph



Winner: Justin Lamb (Henderson) '88 Monte Carlo 10.482 sec./127.56 mph

Runner-up: Dennis Evans (Las Vegas) '72 Challenger 10.577 sec./125.97 mph



Winner: Juddi Lin (Las Vegas) '89 Honda CRX 16.172 sec./74.89 mph

Runner-up: Michael Dudley (Las Vegas) '00 VW Beetle 19.691 sec./64.62 mph



Winner: Andy Lewis (Las Vegas) 8.086 sec./157.69 mph

Runner-up: Dave Phillips (Las Vegas) '77 Kawasaki 9.610 sec./137.00 mph



Winner: Nick Ariotti (Boulder City) '72 Duster 12.498 sec./104.75 mph

Runner-up: Bill Dudley (Las Vegas) '74 Nova 12.813 sec./104.53 mph



Winner: Pat Jones (Norco, Calif.) '96 Frameworks dragster 8.060 sec./158.20 mph

Runner-up: Don Steed (Fallbrook, Calif.) '01 Victory dragster 8.084 sec./166.33 mph

No. 1 Qualifier: Charles Johnson (Torrance, Calif.) 8.069 sec./171.42 mph


JR. DRAGSTER -- THUNDER (1/8-mile)

Winner: Tristan Craig (Henderson) 11.034 sec./60.20 mph

Runner-up: Justin Ebel (Las Vegas) 13.086 sec./47.89 mph

No. 1 Qualifier: Mackenzie Phillips (Cedar City, Utah)



Winner: Neisha Mackay (Sandy, Utah) 8.031 sec./79.17 mph

Runner-up: Patrick Clark (Las Vegas)

No. 1 Qualifier: Amanda Phillips (Cedar City, Utah)


JR. DRAGSTER -- ROOKIE (1/8-mile)

Winner: Alyshe Janoska (Irvine, Calif.) 13.523 sec./46.84 mph

Runner-up: Marchella Jackson (Las Vegas) 14.564 sec./43.31 mph