LAS VEGAS -
Ellis, out of Mapleton, Utah, left nothing to chance as he marched through eliminations in Comp Eliminator and took out the final racer who could catch him, Donald Thomas in the final round. Driving his familiar '23 roadster, Ellis clocked in at 6.887 seconds at 160.90 mph to defeat Thomas, Amarillo, Texas, who got out of the grove, got out of the throttle and could only watch as Ellis drove away for the win and the championship. This was Ellis' 4th win of the year and his first NHRA Lucas Oil World Championship.
Stock Eliminator saw a number of racers come into the weekend with a shot at the title with Drew Skillman leading the points and Justin Lamb having the best chance to catch him. Michael Brand, Bo Butner and Austin Williams all lost in the early rounds leaving Lamb, Henderson, Nev., the lone threat to catch Skillman. Lamb beat Ted Romero in round 4 which virtually gave him the championship with a 5th round bye run advancing to the semifinals and assuring him of passing Skillman with 645 points to Skillman's 644. The championship is Lamb's first as he went three for three in final rounds this year.
The final NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series Championship to be decided is in Super Stock with Byron Worner leading the points with 644. Jimmy DeFrank and Dan Fletcher fell out of contention this past weekend needing to win the event to overtake Worner. That leaves Jeff Dona as the only driver standing in the way or Worner and the championship. Dona needs to win the final event this coming weekend at Auto Club Raceway at Pomona to overtake Worner.
Doug Horne put an exclamation point on his Top Fuel Harley NHRA Harley-Davidson Drag Racing Series Championship beating No. 2 finisher Tommy Grimes in the final with a lap of 6.403 seconds at 225.82 mph to Grimes' 6.536, 193.77. Horne clinched the championship with his fifth win of the season last month at Bristol Dragway
Newly crowned Stock Eliminator Champion Lamb was pulling double duty this weekend and took home the event win in Super Stock as was DeFrank who won in Stock. DeFrank, Chatsworth, Calif., held off Chuck Rayburn in his '69 Camaro running 10.465 at 125 mph to Rayburn's 10.039 at 131.
Mera Silvia and Ted Carli outlasted the fields in Top Dragster and Top Sportsman. Mera, Upland, Calif., won easily over Jess Adams, Yuba City, Calif., when Adams broke and Carli also won an easy final round when Gary Miserva, Sherwood Park, Alb., left early with a red light foul start.
Other winners in the Lucas Oil Series were Gary Wamboldt, Lakewood, Colo., over Michael Dalrymple in Super Comp; Clint Fishel, Phoenix, defeated Brad Pierce in Super Gas; and Brad Vinje, Langley, B.C., beat Jimmy Galante in Super Street.
Local racer Sean Conner, Boulder City, Nev., won a close one against Tom Medlin in the Sportsman Motorcycle Series presented by Harley-Davidson. Conner's 8.398, 150.53 beat Medlin's 8.355, 157.26.
Dale Milles and Clint Rabb took home Harley-Davidson Series trophies as Nilles, Purlear, N.C., took out Bill Bentz and Rabb knocked off Jeff Marsh with a 7.620, 161 mph lap.
Rounding out the Harley-Davidson winners were Larry Fore taking the double win in Draggin Bagger and Hot Street while Edward Golson won in Street Pro.
The following are the final results from the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series event at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway:
TOP ALCOHOL DRAGSTER: Round 1 5) Garrett Bateman, Albany, Ore., 14.209, 77.80 def. 4) Johnny Ahten, Santa Clarita, Calif., broke 1) Joey Severance, Woodburn, Ore., 5.284, 271.13 def. 8) Megan McKernan, Sierra Madre, Calif., 14.280, 54.35 3) Chris Demke, Tujunga, Calif., 5.411, 270.32 def. 6) Ray Martin, Anchorage, Alaska, 10.542, 58.70 2) Jim Whiteley, Grand Junction, Colo., 5.275, 272.34 def. 7) Shawn Cowie, Delta, B.C., 5.359, 266.58 Semifinals Bateman, 5.515, 255.82 def. Severance, 8.914, 125.19 Whiteley, 5.287, 271.19 def. Demke, 5.498, 212.96 Finals Whiteley, 5.317, 271.02 def. Bateman, 5.322, 261.83 TOP ALCOHOL FUNNY CAR: Round 1 4) Jay Payne, Claremont, Calif., '09 Mustang, 5.708, 256.45 def. 5) Steve Harker, Gainesville, Ga., '06 Monte Carlo, 9.037, 97.49 3) Ulf Leanders, Viksjotors, SWEDEN, '06 Monte Carlo, 5.615, 263.26 def. 6) Shane Westerfield, Anaheim, Calif., '06 Monte Carlo, broke 2) Annie Whiteley, Grand Junction, Colo., '10 Mustang, 5.630, 256.26 def. 7) John Lombardo Jr., Brea, Calif., '06 Monte Carlo, 5.777, 256.60 8) Clint Thompson, Klamath Falls, Ore., '06 Monte Carlo, 5.604, 257.04 def. 1) Tony Bartone, Long Island City, N.Y., '06 Monte Carlo, 5.670, 259.26 Semifinals Whiteley, 5.596, 256.99 def. Leanders, 5.595, 261.88 Payne, 5.730, 255.10 def. Thompson, 11.880, 72.60 Finals Whiteley, 5.596, 257.73 def. Payne, 5.638, 257.24 COMP ELIMINATOR Alan Ellis, Mapleton, Utah, '23 roadster, A/AP, 6.887, 160.90 def. Donald Thomas, Amarillo, Texas, dragster, C/ED, 12.123, 69.68. SUPER STOCK Justin Lamb, Henderson, Nev., '10 Cobalt, SS/CM, No Time, was unopposed. STOCK ELIMINATOR Jimmy DeFrank, Chatsworth, Calif., '69 Camaro, B/SA, 10.465, 125.54 def. Chuck Rayburn, Castro Valley, Calif., '64 Belvedere, CC/SA, 10.039, 131.15. SUPER COMP Gary Wamboldt, Lakewood, Colo., dragster, 9.049, 165.74 def. Michael Dalrymple, Sunnyside, Wash., dragster, 9.048, 170.92. SUPER GAS Clint Fishel, Phoenix, Ariz., '88 Beretta, 10.061, 141.16 def. Brad Pierce, Riverside, Calif., '58 Corvette, 10.060, 141.05. SUPER STREET Brad Vinje, Langley, B.C., '68 Camaro, 11.061, 139.52 def. Jimmy Galante, Sun Valley, Calif., '67 Nova, 11.059, 141.88. TOP DRAGSTER Mera Silvia, Upland, Calif., dragster, 16.022, 78.06 def. Jesse Adams, Yuba City, Calif., dragster, broke. TOP SPORTSMAN Ted Carli, Temecula, Calif., '09 Cobalt, 6.794, 204.98 def. Gary Miserva, Sherwood Park, Alb., '07 Stratus, foul. SPORTSMAN MOTORCYCLE PRESENTED BY HARLEY DAVIDSON Sean Conner, Boulder City, Nev., '98 Kawasaki, 8.398, 150.53 def. Tom Medlin, La Mirada, Calif., '93 GSXR, 8.355, 157.26. TOP FUEL HARLEY Doug Horne, Aberdeen, Md., '10 Harley, 6.403, 225.82 def. Tommy Grimes, Winston Salem, N.C., '12 Harley, 6.536, 193.77. PRO DRAGSTER HARLEY Dale Nilles, Purlear, N.C., '11 Weekend, 7.525, 132.00 def. Bill Bentz, Prescott Valley, Ariz., '08 Weekend, broke. PRO GAS HARLEY Clint Rabb, Lloydminster, Alb., '09 Street Glide, 7.620, 161.09 def. Jeff Marsh, Woodburn, Ore., dragster, 11.877, 72.10. DRAGGIN BAGGER HARLEY Larry Fore, Commerce City, Colo., '03 Harley, 13.116, 102.09 was unopposed. STREET PRO HARLEY Edward Golson, Conifer, Colo., '08 Harley, 11.485, 122.34 was unopposed. HOT STREET HARLEY Larry Fore, Commerce City, Colo., '00 Buell, 21.425, 56.38 was unopposed.
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