NHRA Arizona Nationals Winners
For the second time and the second NHRA race of the year weather has put a damper on sportsman racing. With temps in low 40’s on Friday and morning rain showers the sportsman were pushed to Saturday for their one and only shot down the track followed by eliminations in the afternoon. Temps were in the mid 50’s but at least there was no rain. One round of eliminations were completed and all finals were finished up on Sunday with cloudy skies and temps in the mid 60’s.
Comp: Bill Kent over Ralph Van Paepeghem
Both Drivers have been in the finals before, but neither have a NHRA Wally to their name. Kent did not get a clean run during qualifying and wound up number 12. Paepeghem was the number one qualifier. Paepeghem had the better light…. .050 to Kent’s .095 in the fianl, but Kent had the performance advantage and gets his first NHRA national event win.
Super Stock: Just Lamb over Rick McKinney
Lamb has been on his game all day and in the finals he gave no room to McKinney to get in on him. Lamb does very well at this track with 3 wins. Lamb’s .025 light and dead on with .008 was to much for McKinney’s .059 and breaking out by .018. Lambs gets his 25 NHRA national event win.
Stock: Cody Lane over Jimmy DeFranks
DeFrank is no stranger to winner circle, but today it was all Lane, with a .020 package DeFrank had his work cut out for him. DeFrank was on time with a .018 light, but Lane pushed him out and took home his 5 NHRA national event win.
Super Comp: Craig Anderson over Kevin Wright
Wright was a little sharper on the tree, .018 to Anderson’s .028. Wright held it to the wood and although he was .018 over the index he pulled out a .0022 at the stripe. Wright takes home his 9th NHRA national event win.
Super Gas: Ron MacKenzie over Ken Mostowich
Neither driver hit the tree and both drivers broke out, but it was MacKenzie’s better light and braking out by less, .007 to Mostowich’s .018 brake out. MacKenzie gets his first NHRA national event win.
Top Dragsters: James Warden over Ed Olpin
Warden has been hammering the tree all day, Olpin is having a pretty good day as well. Olpin’s .028 in no match for Warden’s .002, Olpin takes the stripe as Warden pedals the finish line for the win. Oplin brakes out by an oh so close .002. This is Warden’s first NHRA nationals event win.
Top Sportsman: Bart Smith over Joe Roubicek
Both drivers are not running close to there dial, but Roubicek is way off his dial along with a late light. Smith’s .027 light and .025 over his dial is more than enough to get the win. Smith starts of the season right with back to back wins this season and his 3rd over all NHRA national event win.
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