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Wallys were Won during the 2017 NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series’ Division 7 Season Opener Eliminations from Wild Horse Pass

Chandler, ARIZ. (March 6, 2017) – On the heels of the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing’s Arizona Nationals comes another awesome drag racing event at Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park, NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series’ Division 7 Season Opener.

Drag racers from across the country made their was to Arizona’s Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park to compete for a Wally in the Pacific Division’s first race of the 2017 drag racing season.  Arizona’s own drag racers would put up some fierce competition for some of those coming in from out of state.

After Friday and Saturday’s Qualifying sessions, the ladders were set and Elimination rounds would starts in a couple of classes as soon as Saturday afternoon.  Top Alcohol Dragster, Top Alcohol Funny Car, Comp Eliminator, Super Stock, Stock Eliminator, Super Comp, Super Gas, Super Street, Top Sportsman, Top Dragster and Sportsman Motorcycle teams made for a busy day on the dragstrip as they were all competing for the coveted Wally.


Surrey, British Columbia’s Shawn Cowle and Woodburn, Oregon’s Joey Severance met on the line for the final round of Top Alcohol Dragster.  Severance broke on the line, handing the win to Cowle.  Cowle ran a 5.236 at 275.62 mph to take home the Wally.


In Top Alcohol Funny Car, Paso Robles, California’s Doug Gordon and his 2015 Camaro faced off against Anaheim, California’s Shane Westerfield and his 2016 Camaro.  Westerfield’s .020 light over Gordon’s .107 would earn him the win as Gordon ran a quicker and faster 5.439 at 270.70 mph.  Westerfield ran a 5.453 at 268.87 mph in the reaction time winning run.


Competition Eliminator saw Eastvale, California’s Tony Mandella and his 2001 Chevrolet S-10 meeting North Bend, Washington’s Jeff Lane and his 2010 Chevrolet Cobalt in the final round of eliminations.  Mandella running on a 8.92 dial and Lane running on a 8.66 dial.  In a double breakout, Lane would breakout by less, running a 8.132 against Mandella’s 8.440.


After five rounds of Super Stock eliminations, Anchorage, Alaska’s Ray Martin driving his 2014 COPO Camaro and North Bend, Washington’s Cody Lane in his 2005 Chevrolet Cavalier met on the strip for the final round.  Running on an 8.70 dial and leaving on a .027 light, Lane got off the line first and went on to run a 8.864 at 136.59 mph for the Super Stock win.  Martin left on a .128 light, running a 8.947 at 137.98 mph.


In an all California Super Comp final, Clovis and Corona would face off as Corona’s Madison Whitten and Clovis’ Allison McKoane met at the tree in the finals.  Both running the class’ 8.90 index, Whitten broke out after running a 8.866.  McKoane ran a 8.905 at 174.96 mph to take home the Wally.  Mesa’s Bobby Marcheski was the #1 qualifier.


Lancaster, California’s Brent Calvert was feeling the pressure when he pulled his 2014 Cobra Jet Mustang into the beams, competing against Phoenix’s Tibor Kadar in his 1964 Ford Fairlane.  Calvert running on a 8.72 dial and Kadar running on a 10.19 dial.  Kadar left the line pulling a huge wheelie after leaving on a .040 light.  Trying to play catch up, Calvert went red by -.020.  Kadar broke out, running a 10.168 at 129.23 mph for the win.


Sun City, Arizona’s Bernie Polvadore and his 1993 Pontiac Grand Prix would meet Bluffdale, Utah’s Terry Keddington and his ’57 Corvette in the final round of Super Gas.  Both running the class’ 9.90 index, Polvadore nailed the dial after running a 9.900 at 168.64 mph.  His .055 reaction time against Keddington’s .026 reaction time would cost time the win as Keddington ran a 9.919 at 165.03 mph.


Running on a 10.90 index, Super Street saw Corona, California’s Greg Ventura in his ’66 Nova meeting Glendale, Arizona’s Ryan Giacone in his ’88 Ford Thunderbird in the finals.  Giacone broke out, running a 10.865.  Ventura ran a 10.905 for the win.


Top Sportsman saw Anchorage, Alaska’s double-duty driving Ray Martin and his ’63 Corvette meeting Pleasant Grove, Utah’s Ed Olpin and his ’68 Camaro at the tree in the finals.  Martin was dialed in at 6.87 while Olpin dialed in at 7.00.  When the tree dropped, Olpin got off the line first with a .045 reaction time against Martin’s .110.  Olpin ran a 7.026 at 194.44 mph.  Matrin ran a respectable 6.879 at 200.68 mph, but his RT would cost him yet again another Wally this weekend.


Apache Junction, Arizona’s John Taylor and Chino, California’s Ryan Priddy worked their way up the Top Dragster ladder and met in the final round.  Running on a 6.56 dial, Priddy got off the line first with a .007 light against Taylor’s .012 light.  Priddy ran a 6.619 at 190.46 mph for the win.  Taylor broke out, running a 7.748 at 172.08 mph on 7.68 dial.


In Sportsman Motorcycle, Acton, California’s Steve Kaplan on his 2004 Hayabusa facing off against Wittmann, Arizona’s Jay Thompson and his ’73 Suzuki KZ.  Thompson cut a .037 light and went on to run a 9.522 at 130.78 mph on a 9.50 dial, taking home the Wally in the process.  Kaplan left on a .085 light and ran a 9.043 at 147.97 mph on a 8.97 dial.

Congratulations to all at the 2017 Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series Division 7 class winners.

Scroll down to check out some of the drag racing action on both the starting and finish lines during Sunday’s Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series Division 7 Season Opener from Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park.

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