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Osmundson, Belot Jr., Hendrickson, and Markham claim NHRA Summit Racing Series National Championships

Pat Osmundson, Nelson Belot Jr., Brian Hendrickson, and John Markham claimed NHRA Summit Racing Series National Championships at the Auto Club NHRA Finals in Pomona.
11 Nov 2018
Phil Burgess, NHRA National Dragster Editor
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Pat Osmundson, Nelson Belot Jr., Brian Hendrickson, and John Markham claimed NHRA Summit Racing Series National Championships at the Auto Club NHRA Finals in Pomona.

Division 6 winner Pat Osmundson, of Pasco, Wash., claimed the Super Pro victory in his dragster in a terrific final-round battle with Division 2’s Jeremy Hancock, who is based out of Commerce, Ga. Osmundson got a slight reaction time edge, .016 to .019, and ran a near-perfect 8.806 on his 8.80 dial to fend off Hancock’s right-there 7.087 on a 7.08 prediction by just .044-second.

Nelson Belot Jr., who won the Pro wild card drawing, drove his Dalton, Mass.-based ’63 Cutlass to victory for Division 1 when Dustin Loynes’ Division 3-quartered ’80 Firebird out of Walled Lake, Mich., ran too quick and broke out by a hundredth of a second.

In a final-round Sportsman battle of yellow vintage Mopars, Division 3’s Brian Hendrickson powered his Hamilton, Ohio-based '72 Demon to a double-breakout victory over Brent Erickson, who was representing Division 5 with his Omaha, Neb.-based '74 Dart.

Division 2’s John Markham rode his Bowling Green, Ky.-based ’84 Kawasaki to the Motorcycle championship, cutting a near-perfect .002 reaction time that forced his opponent, Division 3’s Jeremy Hicks, to break out aboard his Willard, Ohio-garaged '16 Suzuki.