The drought is over: Division 5 wins first JEGS Allstars title
Saturday, June 28, 2014

by Kevin McKenna, NHRA National Dragster Senior Editor

It wasn’t exactly the 107-year drought that die-hard Chicago Cubs fans have had to endure, but for the racers in the NHRA West Central Division and their longtime Division Director Rob Park, 29 years of frustration was more than enough. In a dominant performance, the Division 5 team crushed the competition at the annual JEGS Allstars race, which features the best NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series racers from each of NHRA’s seven geographical divisions.

The Division 5 squad put four of their racers into the winner’s circle, including Phil Unruh (Top Dragster), Brett Speer (Stock), Trevor Larson (Super Gas), and Roger Sauder (Super Street). Going into the final round, the Division 5 team needed just one win light to clinch the long-awaited title, and Unruh delivered when he drove his 6.3-second dragster to a win over Division 1 racer Scott Luken.

One of the most exciting final rounds came in Stock, where Speer used a holeshot to get the best of Division 2 representative Robbie Shaw in a heads-up, no-breakout A/SA battle. Speer’s 10.23 held off Shaw’s 10.17 effort.

The Division 5 ended the first round with five of their starters remaining in competition; the rout was on when all five drivers also advanced to the final round. In the final tally, the Division 5 team banked 1,400 points, easily outdistancing the Division 2 team, which finished second with 1,000 points. No other team was able to score more than 600 points.

Other winners were Greg Kamplain, who grabbed a win for the host team from Division 3 when he defeated defending champion Bruno Massel in the Comp final. Another past Allstars winner, Ray Miller III of Division 2, returned to the winner’s circle after stopping Division 7’s George Garbiso in the Super Comp final.

Division 2 ace Mike Crutchfield successfully defended his title in Super Stock when he drove past his friend and traveling partner Gary Corccaro in the final round.

In the Top Alcohol portion of the JEGS Allstars competition, the team from the Central Region dominated the event, earning the specially designed perpetual trophy that accompanies the win. Randy Meyer scored the bulk of the points for the Central Region when he drove to victory over West Region’s Joey Severance in the Top Alcohol Dragster final. John Lombardo Jr. won his first JEGS Allstars title when he wheeled his NAPA Legend Batteries entry to a win over Dan Pomponio in the Top Alcohol Funny Car final.

All 10 of the JEGS Allstars winners will now be eligible for the special double-up bonus from JEGS Mail Order if they are able to also win during tomorrow’s final eliminations at Route 66 Raceway.

Final-round results

Top Alcohol Dragster
Randy Meyer, 5.362, 267.64  def. 
Joey Severance, 7.862, 117.22.

Top Alcohol Funny Car
John Lombardo Jr., Ford Mustang, 5.663, 256.89  def.
Dan Pomponio, Chevy Monte Carlo, 5.763, 253.28.

Greg Kamplain, Dragster, 6.886, 192.33  def.
Bruno Massel, Dragster, 7.137, 141.64.

Super Stock
Mike Crutchfield, G5, 9.113, 146.45  def.
Gary Coccaro, Sunfire, 8.915, 149.90.

Brett Speer, Nova, 10.234, 126.30  def.
Robbie Shaw, Firebird, 10.177, 129.13.

Super Comp
Ray Miller, Dragster, 8.954, 173.56  def.
George Garbiso, Dragster, 8.951, 174.37.

Super Gas
Trevor Larson, Corvette, 9.939, 163.22  def.
Randy Sides, Camaro, 9.964, 159.91.

Super Street
Rodger Sauder, Barracuda, 10.870, 145.56  def.
Clint Parker, Camaro, foul.

Top Dragster
Phil Unruh, Dragster, 6.418, 210.60  def.
Scott Luken, Dragster, 7.107, 191.21.

Top Sportsman
Jerry Albert, Camaro, 6.920, 200.65  def.
Michael Daniele, Cavalier, 7.089, 190.16.


JEGS Allstars final team points
Division 5 1,400
Division 2 1,000
Division 4 600
Division 1 500
Division 3 500
Division 6 500
Division 7 400