HOUSTON – Forrest Fair and Shane Westerfield each grabbed wins at the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series season opener for the NHRA Central Region/South Central Division at Royal Purple Raceway this past weekend.
Fair, Haughton, La., came from the No. 5 qualifying position with a pair of 5.273 second runs in rounds 1 and 2, and a 5.340 at 265.85 mph in the final to defeat defending Lucas Oil Central Region champion Gord Gingles in Top Alcohol Dragster. Gingles clocked in at 5.387, 272.78. Fair beat Buddy Domingue and No. 1 qualifier David Brounkowski in rounds 1 and 2.
Lake Forest, California racer Westerfield qualified No. 2 and faced off with No. 1 qualifier and fellow Californian John Lombardo Jr., Brea, Calif., in the Top Alcohol Funny Car final. Westerfield used a starting line advantage combined with a 5.562 second run at 261.22 mph to hold off the quicker Lombardo at 5.531, 263.87.
The new NHRA Harley Davidson Drag Racing Series kicked off this weekend running in conjunction with the Lucas Oil Series with their first of ten events in the 2013 season. Doug Horne used a string of 6.3 second runs to capture the Top Fuel title. Horne knocked out Alvin Kobernausz and Jay Turner, and then went unopposed in the final when Brook McCabe broke on his semifinal winning run and was unable to repair the damage.
A number of home state racers made trips to the winner’s circle on Sunday led by reigning NHRA Lucas Oil Super Gas National Champion Jeff Lopez and his ’63 Corvette. The Bedford, Texas, racer won over Jay Bunce in Super Gas. Gary Emmons, Keith Hall and Bob Gulitti also added wins for Texas with Emmons, Friendswood, Texas, beating Austin Williams in Stock; Hall, Ravenna, Texas, won in Comp over Adam Hickey; and the Orteq Top Sportsman trophy went to Gulitti, Tomball, Texas, with a 6.696 second,
203.98 mph win against Keith Raftery.
Other winners in the Lucas Oil Series were Gilbert Johnson, Lecompte, La., in Super Stock; William Carrel in Super Comp; Morgan Speranzo in Super Street; and Pete Vicari in the Sunset Racecraft Top Dragster class.
Joining Horne for wins at the inaugural Harley Davidson Drag Racing Series were Dale Niles in Pro Dragster, Clint Rabb in Pro Gas, Neil Sonder in Street Pro and Michael Majeska in Hot Street.
Michael Nash, Texarkana, Texas, ran down Robert Sanders, Katy, Texas, in Sportsman Motorcycle presented by Harley Davidson.
The following are the final results from the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series event at Royal Purple Raceway:
TOP ALCOHOL DRAGSTER
Forest Fair, 5.340, 265.85 def. Gord Gingles, 5.387, 272.78
TOP ALCOHOL FUNNY CAR
Shane Westerfield, 5.562, 261.22 def. John Lombardo Jr., 5.531, 263.87
Keith Hall, Ravenna, Texas, ’05 Cavalier, D/SM, 8.398, 157.58 def. Adam Hickey, Ponchatoula, La., ’06 Cobalt, C/SMA, 8.220, 159.64.
Gilbert Johnson, Lecompte, La., ’95 Achieva, GT/HA, 10.186, 123.17 def. Tim Hebert, Thibodaux, La., ’68 Barracuda, SS/AH, 8.658, 153.72.
Gary Emmons, Friendswood, Texas, ’98 Firebird, C/SA, 10.533, 109.71 def. Austin Williams, Burleson, Texas, ’72 Duster, F/SA, foul.
William Carrell, Ardmore, Okla., dragster, 8.915, 171.82 def. Bart Nelson, La Porte, Texas, dragster, 8.956, 158.67.
Jeff Lopez, Bedford, Texas, ’63 Corvette, 9.903, 148.76 def. Jay Bunce, Piedmont, Okla., ’67 Chevy II, 9.893, 147.49.
Morgan Speranzo, Pensacola, Fla., ’69 Camaro, 10.904, 150.95 def. Mike Flores, Keithville, La., ’87 Camaro, foul.
Pete Vicari, Crown Point, La., dragster, 6.598, 184.14 def. Jerry Holt, Colliersville, Okla., dragster, 6.381, 215.51.
Bob Gulitti, Tomball, Texas, ’11 Camaro, 6.695, 203.98 def. Keith Raftery, Lake Charles, La., ’68 Camaro, 6.506, 210.93.
SPORTSMAN MOTORCYCLE PRESENTED BY HARLEY DAVIDSON
Michael Nash, Texarkana, Texas, ’12 Koenig, 7.878, 159.01 def. Robert Sanders, Katy, Texas, ’04 Kawasaki, 9.978, 129.69.
TOP FUEL HARLEY
Doug Horne, Aberdeen, Md., ’10 Harley, 6.363, 237.09 def. Brook McCabe, Roanoke Rapids, N.C., ’11 Harley, broke.
PRO DRAGSTER HARLEY
Dale Niles, Purlear, N.C., ’10 Derringer, 7.483, 171.90 def. Scott Truett, Wichita, Kan., ’12 Magnum, 8.010, 169.27.
PRO GAS HARLEY
Clint Rabb, Lloydminster, Alb., ’09 Street Glide, 7.240, 184.07 def. Mark Biernbaum, Dripping Springs, Texas, ’95 Buell, 18.900, 38.35.
STREET PRO HARLEY
Neil Sonder, Mont Belvieu, Texas, ’04 Harley, 10.992, 119.30 was unopposed.
HOT STREET HARLEY
Michael Majeska, League City, Texas, ’00 M2 Cyclone, 10.892, 127.98 was unopposed.
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