Menards NHRA Heartland Nationals presented by Minties Top Alcohol Funny Car winner John Lombardo Jr.
After going winless in his first three starts of the season, John Lombardo Jr. and his NAPA Auto Parts team have impressed lately with back-to-back victories. Following a win at the NHRA Division 7 event in Las Vegas, Lombardo returned to the winner’s circle after a final-round win against Annie Whiteley in Topeka. Starting from the No. 1 spot after a 5.437 run, Lombardo was even quicker in eliminations with a 5.403 in his first-round win against Steve Burk, and a 5.398, 274.16-mph blast in his second-round race against Doug Gordon. Both drivers encountered problems in the final, but Lombardo was able to recover quicker than Whiteley and turned on the win light with an off-pace 6.261.