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LODRS Divisional at Phoenix

Lane Father and Son Crowned, Olpin Wins Third Wally of Season


Words by Keith Yazdanseta

Photos by Aaron Anderson

Shawn Cowie took the TAD win.


Champions were recognized Sunday, March 5, for the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series, Pacific Division Drag Race at Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park. Fans in attendance were treated to Top Alcohol Dragster, Top Alcohol Funny Car, Comp, Super Stock, Super Gas, and the rest of the classes that encompass the nationwide sportsman series.


Sunday was a special day for father and son, Jeff and Cody Lane of North Bend, WA, as both took home divisional Wally trophies. In the Comp Eliminator final round, Jeff Lane took the starting line advantage running 8.132 148.92 defeating Tony Mandella, Eastvale, CA, 8.440, 145.09. In the Super Stock finale, Cody Lane made a victory pass of 8.864, 136.59 outlasting Ray Martin, Anchorage, AK, 8.947, 137.98.


Ed Olpin, Pleasant Grove, UT, scored his third Wally of the season. Olpin doubled up at the Winternationals last month, winning Wally’s in Top Sportsman and Super Gas. Currently Ed sit atop the divisional standings in both classes.

Paul Gladden’s Top Sportsman car has a terrific paint scheme, but went out in the first round.

Pro Stock regular Erica Enders drove a Super Gas roadster. Although she had a great .006 Reaction time, she ran under the index and lost in the first round to Mark Lewis.


Shawn Cowie, Surrey, B.C., earned his 18th divisional Wally trophy, running 5.236 seconds at 275.62 mph to win the final round in Top Alcohol Dragster. Cowie took full of advantage of Joey Severance’s, Woodburn, OR, mechanical issues who broke at the starting line.


In the Top Alcohol Funny Car finale, Shane Westerfield, Anaheim, CA, started with a great light and held power to hold on for a holeshot win, coming in at 5.453 seconds, 268.87 mph. Westerfield won his fourth Lucas Oil Divisional Wally trophy, second of the season. Doug Gordon, Paso Robles, CA, completed a runner-up pass of 5.439 seconds, 270.70 mph.


Local Stock Eliminator driver Tibor Kadar, Phoenix, AZ, took home the divisional Wally trophy as Brent Calvert, Lancaster, CA, fouled at the starting line.


The Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series returns to the Southwest Division April 7-9, at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, Las Vegas, Nev.

VOLUME XIX,  NUMBER 3 - March  2017


Joey Severance (far lane) with James Stevens during qualifying.


Round 1


3) Duane Shields, Boulder City, NV, 5.288, 276.01 def. 4) James Stevens, Gothenburg, Neb., 5.373, 266.53;


6) Joey Severance, Woodburn, OR, 5.286, 271.46 def. 1) Chris Demke, Sunland, CA, 5.306, 270.59;


2) Shawn Cowie, Surrey, B.C., 5.288, 272.17 def. 5) Johnny Ahten, Santa Clarita, CA, 5.363, 259.76;




Cowie, 5.241, 275.11 def. Shields, 5.290, 275.06; Severance, broke was unopposed;




Cowie, 5.236, 275.62 def. Severance, broke.



Greg Seth-Hunter was driving Annie Whiteley’s TAFC at this event.

Defending TAFC champion, Jonnie Lindberg.


Round 1


4) Doug Gordon, Paso Robles, CA, '15 Camaro, 5.485, 265.33 def. 5) Mike Doushgounian, San Martin, CA, '13 Monte Carlo, foul;


1) Greg Seth-Hunter, Castle Rock, Colo., '15 Camaro, 5.513, 268.81 def. 8) William Bernard, Englewood, CO, '09 Mustang, 5.587, 258.42;


2) Jonnie Lindberg, Brownsburg, IN, '16 Camaro, 5.487, 265.90 def. 7) Chris Marshall, McMinnville, OR, '17 Camaro, 5.549, 261.07;


3) Shane Westerfield, Anaheim, CA, '16 Camaro, 5.508, 267.43 def. 6) Steve Gasparrelli, West Covina, CA, '16 Camaro, 5.525, 264.86;




Westerfield, 5.473, 269.19 def. Lindberg, 9.206, 152.43; Gordon, 5.438, 269.94 def. Seth-Hunter, 5.478, 269.03;




Westerfield, 5.453, 268.87 def. Gordon, 5.439, 270.70.


COMP ELIMINATOR: Jeff Lane, North Bend, WA, '10 Cobalt, C/SMA, 8.132, 148.92 def. Tony Mandella, Eastvale, CA, '01 S-10, C/TA, 8.440, 145.09.


SUPER STOCK: Cody Lane, North Bend, WA, '05 Cavalier, SS/BS, 8.864, 136.59 def. Ray Martin, Acchorage, AK, '14 Camaro, FSS/C, 8.947, 137.98.


STOCK ELIMINATOR: Tibor Kadar, Phoenix, AZ, '64 Fairlane, A/SA, 10.168, 129.23 def. Brent Calvert, Lancaster, CA, '14 Mustang, FS/AA, foul.


SUPER COMP: Allison Mckoane, Clovis, CA, '05 Undercover, 8.905, 174.96 def. Madison Whitten, Corona, CA, '14 American, 8.866, 172.59.


SUPER GAS: Terry Keddington, Bluffdale, UT, '57 Corvette, 9.919, 165.03 def. Bernie Polvadore, Sun City, AZ, '93 Grand Prix, 9.900, 168.64.


SUPER STREET: Greg Ventura, Corona, CA, '66 Nova, 10.905, 137.69 def. Ryan Giacone, Glendale, AZ, '88 Thunderbird, 10.865, 146.67.


TOP SPORTSMAN: Ed Olpin, Pleasant Grove, Utah, '68 Camaro def. Ray Martin, Anchorage, Alaska, '63 Corvette.


TOP DRAGSTER: Ryan Priddy, Chino, CA, '12 Spitzer, 6.619, 190.46 def. John Taylor, Apache Junction, AZ, '06 Quay, 7.748, 172.08.


SPORTSMAN MOTORCYCLE: Jay Thompson, Wittmann, AZ, '73 Suzuki KZ, 9.522, 130.78 def. Steve Kaplan, Acton, CA, '04 Hayabusa, 9.043, 147.97.


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