Joey Severance, Shane Westerfield, and Justin Lamb locked up the Lucas Oil national championships in their respective classes during the NHRA Toyota Nationals at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway this past weekend.
Severance, Woodburn, Ore., clinched his third consecutive Lucas Oil Top Alcohol Dragster national championship, defeating second-ranked Shawn Cowie, Surrey, B.C., in the final round. Severance took a strong lead, running 5.286 seconds, 270.16 mph, never allowing Cowie to catch up. Cowie clocked in at 5.402 seconds, 271.95 mph.
Shane Westerfield, Anaheim, Calif., did not make it to the final round of Top Alcohol Funny Car but garnered enough points to clinch the national championship. In the final round, Ulf Leanders, Viksjofors, Sweden, eliminated Larry Dixon, Avon, Ind. Leanders mounted a strong lead and cruised to the finish line. Dixon had mechanical issues and was unable to complete a pass. Leanders registered a victory pass of 6.845 seconds, 198.47 mph.
Lamb, Henderson, Nev., clinched the Super Stock national championship, gaining enough points through four rounds of competition. Lamb continued his winning ways in the Stock final round. The Henderson racer cut a .010-second reaction time, running 9.831 seconds, 133.66 mph to edge out Randi Lyn Shipp, Floyds Knobs, Ind., in a double breakout and close in on the Stock national championship.
Marko Perivolaris, Petaluma, Calif., kept his championship aspirations alive as he ran 9.062 seconds, 171.58 mph to upend Vegas native Mark Potts in the Super Comp final round.
The other drivers visiting the Lucas Oil winner’s circle were Greg Kamplain in Comp Elimnator, Ryan McClanahn in Super Stock, and Val Torres in Super Gas.
The following are Sunday’s final results from NHRA Toyota Nationals at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway:
Top Alcohol Dragster
Joey Severance, 5.286, 270.16 def.
Shawn Cowie, 5.402, 271.95
Top Alcohol Funny Car
Ulf Leanders, Chevy Camaro, 6.845, 198.47 def.
Larry Dixon, Camaro, foul
Greg Kamplain, dragster, 7.021, 166.81 def.
Tom Mettler, Dodge Dakota, foul
Ryan McClanahan, Chevy Cobalt, 10.305, 94.06 def.
Darrell Dietz, Ford Mustang, foul
Justin Lamb, Chevy Camaro, 9.831, 133.66 def.
Randi Lyn Shipp, Pontiac Firebird, 10.961, 118.69
Marko Perivolaris, dragster, 9.062, 171.58 def.
Mark Potts, dragster, 9.080, 149.31
Val Torres, Chevy Corvette, 14.673, 81.41 def.
Tanner Hiatt, Corvette, foul