Whiteley, Rampy among winners at Amalie Motor Oil NHRA Gatornationals

Ann Marie Whiteley and David Rampy raced to victory to highlight NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series action at this weekend’s Amalie Motor Oil NHRA Gatornationals at Gainesville Raceway.
20 Mar 2017
Posted by NHRA.com staff
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Ann Marie Whiteley and David Rampy raced to victory at this weekend’s Amalie Motor Oil NHRA Gatornationals at Gainesville Raceway. Whitely grabbed her fourth national event win in Top Alcohol Funny Car, and Rampy added his 93rd national event win.

Whiteley, Grand Junction, Colo., ran 5.412 seconds, 273.22 mph to defeat Dan Pomponio, Berlin, N.J., who was unable to return to the starting line after breaking following the semifinal round. Whiteley ran the 10th-quickest pass and tied John Lombardo for seventh fastest in the history of Top Alcohol Funny Car. The Colorado driver eliminated Bill Naves and Andy Bohl in the first two rounds before taking out Lombardo to advance to the final round.

It was a back and forth final round in a competitive Top Alcohol Dragster finale between Justin Ashley, Plainview N.Y., and Rich McPhillips, Phonexville, Pa. McPhillips started strong out of the gate, but Ashley began to chase him down and pulled past McPhillips to win his first Wally in his national event debut. Ashley made a winning pass of 5.232 seconds, 275.96 mph over McPhillips’ runner-up pass of 5.258 seconds, 277.20 mph.

Piedmont, Ala., racer Rampy won on the starting line against Wes Leopold, Bethel Park, Pa., in the final round of Comp Eliminator. Leopold took off too soon, fouling at the line. Rampy registered victory pass of 8.099, 118.68. The Alabama racer defeated Jenny Treadwell in semifinals to advance to the final round.

Jeffrey Barker, Kathleen, Ga., cruised to victory in the Top Sportsman presented by RacingRVs.com final round. Barker ran 6.554, 211.59, defeating Casey Spradlin, Ranburne, Ala., who finished second at 6.789, 206.86.

In the final of round of School of Automotive Machinists Factory Stock Showdown, David Barton, Robesonia, Pa., took the starting-line advantage and held the lead to win. Barton registered his winning run at 8.131, 168.47. Chuck Watson, Gross Ille, Mich., was runner-up at 8.227, 167.76.

The other drivers visiting the winner’s circle were Fred Allen in Super Stock; Terry Nagel in Stock Eliminator; Jacob Elrod in Super Comp; and Sherman Adcock in Super Gas.

The following are the final results from the Amalie Motor Oil NHRA Gatornationals at Gainesville Raceway:

TOP ALCOHOL DRAGSTER
Justin Ashley, Plainview N.Y., 5.232 seconds, 275.96 def.
Rich McPhillips, Phonexville, Pa., 5.258, 277.20

TOP ALCOHOL FUNNY CAR
Ann Marie Whiteley, Grand Junction, Colo., 5.412, 273.22 def.
Dan Pomponio, Berlin, N.J., broke

COMP ELIMINATOR
David Rampy, Piedmont, Ala., 8.099, 118.68 def.
Wes Leopold, Bethel Park, Pa., foul

SUPER STOCK
Fred Allen, Mary Esther, Dr., 9.295 112.21 def.
Michael Volkman, Campobello, S.C., 10.172, 133.49

STOCK ELIMINATOR
Terry Nagel, Breckenridge, Mich., 11.067, 113.72 def.
Richard Mace, Jackson, Fla., 11.989, 110.40

SUPER COMP 
Jacob Elrod, Lima, Ohio 8.917, 179.42 def.
Troy Williams, Daytona Beach, Fla., 8.931,174.23

SUPER GAS
Sherman Adcock, Fortson, Ga., 9.908, 155.24 def.
David Tatum, Palmetto, Ga., 9.900, 166.42

TOP SPORTSMAN PRSENTED BY RACINGRVS.COM
Jeffrey Barker, Kathleen, Ga., 6.554, 211.59 def.
Casey Spradlin, Ranburne, Ala., 6.789, 206.86

FACTORY STOCK SHOWDOWN
David Barton, Robesonia, Pa., 8.131, 168.47 def.
Chuck Watson, Gross Ille, Mich., 8.227, 167.76