George Stassi and Grant Durie both raced to their first NHRA National event win this weekend at the NHRA Arizona Nationals at Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park.
Stassi, Brea, Calif., faced off with Washington racer and NHRA Northwest division hitter Jody Lang in the final for the Super Stock title. Stassi took the holeshot by .008 seconds which forced Lang into running too quick and breaking out by .009 seconds. Stassi crossed the finish line in 10.622 on his 10.60 dial for the win in his ’67 Camaro.
Canadian resident Durie (Vegreville, Alb.) took home the Top Dragster presented by RacingRVs.com with a lap of 6.824 seconds, 194.27 mph in his ’10 dragster for his first win. Durie beat out Tom Koenen, Tucson, Ariz., who left early by just .001 second with the red light foul start.
Ed Olpin, Pleasant Grove, Utah, was looking to make it two in a row in Super Gas coming off a double up in Pomona, Calif., having won in both Super Gas and Top Sportsman two weeks ago. Olpin meet up with Aaron Kinard, Temecula, Calif., who had plans of his own, taking the win and the trophy in 9.909 seconds, 157.43 mph in his ’63 Corvette.
Kyle Rizzoli and Val Torres each grabbed their fifth national event win as Rizzoli faced off with Justin Lamb in a close final round in Stock, and Torres won on a double breakout with Marko Perivolaris in Super Comp. Rizzoli, San Luis Obispo, Calif., took a .004 second lead at the start on Lamb, Henderson, Nev., and held on to win by .0025 seconds or about 6 inches going 10.498 at 118.52 mph. Torres, Valinda, Calif., drove his ’15 dragster to the win in 8.869, 172.83 to Perivolaris, Petaluma, Calif., 8.865, 184.65.
Mike Ferderer, Buckley, Wash., and Rickey House, Humble, Texas, rounded out the weekend’s winners as Ferderer collected his 24th NHRA Wally trophy and House his second. Ferderer took the easy win in Top Sportsman presented by Racing RVs.com when Richard Okerman, Torrance, Calif., red lighted his chances away. Ferderer ran it out to a 7.254 second lap at 187.83 mph. House won in Top Fuel Harley after a runner up finish at the season opener in Pomona, Calif. House cruised to the win against the red lighting Bob Malloy, Glen Mills, Pa.
NHRA Pacific Division racers will return to Wild Horse Pass next weekend for the Pacific Division Lucas Oil Series opener, March 3-5.
The following are the final results from the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series and the NHRA Arizona Nationals at Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park:
George Stassi, Chevy Camaro, 10.622, 119.91 def.
Jody Lang, Chevy Malibu, 11.021, 117.82.
Kyle Rizzoli, Chevy Camaro, 10.498, 118.52 def.
Justin Lamb, Camaro, 10.966, 116.90.
Val Torres, Dragster, 8.869, 172.83 def.
Marko Perivolaris, Dragster, 8.865, 184.65.
Aaron Kinard, Chevy Corvette, 9.909, 157.43 def.
Ed Olpin, Corvette, Foul - Red Light.
TOP DRAGSTER presented by RACINGRVS.COM
Grant Durie, Dragster, 6.824, 194.27 def.
Tom Koenen, Dragster, Foul - Red Light.
TOP SPORTSMAN presented by RACINGRVS.COM
Mike Ferderer, Pontiac Grand Am, 7.254, 187.83 def.
Richard Okerman, Chevy Beretta, Foul - Red Light.