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NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Division 7 Racers Compete at Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park

Chandler, ARIZ. (March 5, 2016) – On the heels of the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing series Arizona Nationals, NHRA Division 7 drag racers rolled into Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park to compete in the divisional event.  Just under 500 competitors and their teams made their way to the dragstrip to compete for the all coveted Wally in their respective classes.

Everything from alcohol fueled Dragsters and Funny Cars to super quick motorcycles could be seen running down the quarter mile.  After qualifying on Friday and Saturday, Sunday’s elimination rounds would determine the winning teams as after each pass the losing competitor would be put on the trailer.

A great story comes out of great competitors.  During qualifying Saturday, Alcohol Funny Car driver Steve Macklyn blew his only motor making a pass.  Qualified for the 8 car Funny Car field the engine issues would have sent Macklyn  packing back to Utah.  Being a true competitor, Shane Westerfield came to his rescue, loaning Steve one of his spare engines to keep him in the competition.  After making some changes to the car, Macklyn would later go out Chris Marshall in round 1 on Sunday.

In Top Alcohol Dragster, Woodburn, Oregon’s Joey Severance would come up against Surrey, British Columbia’s Shawn Cowle.  Cowle had his work cut out for him as Severance was No. 1 qualifier.  Cowle left the line with a .064 light against Severance’s quicker .052.  The finish line told a different story as Cowle ran a 5.261 at 277.26 mph for the win.  Severance ran a 5.666 at 226.13 mph.

Anaheim CA’s Shane Westerfield’s good deed paid it forward as he would race through the ranks and take the win in Top Alcohol Funny Car.  Shane raced Las Vegas, NV’s Nick Januik in the finals.  Both Shane and Nick left the tree with identical .033 lights.  Shane’s 5.440, 272.23 mph pass earned him the Wally as Januik ran a slower 5.600, 264.49 mph pass.

Eugene, OR’s Paul Nero and Wyomissing, PA’s John Taylor Jr. raced each other in the final round of Top Dragster eliminations.  Taylor had trouble when the tree dropped.  Nero ran a 7.581 at 131.19 mph for the win.

Competition Eliminator saw San Bernardino, CA’s Ross Wilson and his ’05 Sunfire up against Arvado, CO’s Cliff Neff and his ’32 Bantam in the finals.  In a double break out, Neff broke out by less.  Neff ran a 7.680 at 164.65 mph on a 8.22 dial.  Wilson ran a 8.217 at 165.40 mph on a 8.72 dial.

Lake Havasu City’s Ed Niquette and his ’05 Cavalier and Brea, CA’s George Stassl in his ’67 Camaro made it to the Super Stock finals.  Stossl broke out at the line, giving Niquette the win.  Niquette was on his game, running a 8.450 at 161.21 mph on a 8.45 dial.

In Stock Eliminator, Alta Loma, CA’s Brian McClanaham and his ’69 Camaro met Cave Creek’s Mike Cotten and his ’73 Duster in the finals.  Cotten got off the line first with a .028 light against McClanaham’s .039, but it wouldn’t be enough for McClanaham’s 9.910, 125.11 mph pass on a 9.88 dial.  Cotten ran a 10.959, 118.93 mph pass on a 10.90 dial.

Running on an 8.90 index, Super Comp drivers Evan Kowalski out of Riverside, CA and Saint George, UT’s Parker Theobald raced their was through the field into the finals.  Kowalski broke out by .021, handing the win to Theobald.  Theobald ran a 8.912 at 162.06 mph for the win.

In an all California, all Chevrolet Super Gas final, drivers Marco Perlvolaris out of Petalima in his ’67 Camaro and Temecula’s Aaron Kinard in his ’63 Corvette would race to bring the Wally home to the Golden state.  Perlvolaris pushed a little too hard, running a 9.880 on the class’ 9.90 index.  Kinard 9.915 at 161.38 mph for the win.

In Super Street, Hollister, CA’s Mark Yeager in his ’69 Camaro ran against Glendale’s Ryan Giacone in his ’88 Thunderbird.  Running on a 10.90 index, Yeager left the line on a .013 light against Giacone’s .031.  Yeager went on to run a 10.901 at 148.46 mph for the win.  Giacone ran a 10.913 at 144.00 mph.

In Top Sportsman, Fort Collins, CO’s Dave Slatten in his ’05 Grand Am would meet Riverton, UT’s Bryan Warr at the tree in the finals. When the tree dropped, Warr cut a .008 light against Slatten’s .018.  Warr took the win light with a 7.010, 196.47 mph pass on a 6.97 dial.  Slatten ran a 6.730 on a 6.70 dial.

Glendale’s DJ Martin rode his rode his ’05 Hayabusa into the finals in Sportsman Motorcycle.  He would face Elk Grove, CA’s Anthony Vanetti on his ’00 Suzuki GS.  Vanetti got off the line first with a .019 light against Martin’s .059.  Vanetti ran a 8.200 at 142.26 mph for the win.  DJ ran a 8.829 at 147.52 mph.  Queen Creek’s Eric Juaquin was the No. 1 qualifier.

Congratulations to all of NHRA Division 7 winners and runners up.

Scroll down to check out some of the action on the track Sunday.

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