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NHRA Sportsman Classes at Las Vegas

Photos by Rick Shute and Ron Lewis

The sportsman racers took to The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, but did not run Four-Wide as did the pros, making it much easier on the racers and fans alike.

Top Alcohol Dragster : Jackie Fricke (far lane), 5.319, 267.32 def. Joey Severance, 5.286, 273.94. Fricke had the advantage off the line and she held on to take the holeshot win (.042 to .076) by about 6 inches. This was her fourth NHRA National event win.

Top Alcohol Funny Car : Chris Marshall (far lane), Chevy Camaro, 5.709, 263.05 def. Doug Gordon, Camaro, 6.155, 261.93. Marshall got the starting line advantage and never trailed as Gordon lost traction right at the hit. Marshall started to lose traction and pedaled it. Gordon also pedaled it but couldn't get it to hook up. The two have never met before in the final round, although Gordon won all three of their matches at previous events. 

Competition Eliminator: Doug Lambeck (far lane), Pontiac Sunfire, 8.507, 146.05 def. Josh Lee, Bantam roadster, 9.371, 110.46. Lambeck had a .021 to .134 Reaction Time advantage that kept him ahead to the finish line. 

Super Stock: Anthony Bertozzi (far lane), Pontiac Grand Am, 9.214, 142.45 def. Don Thomas, Grand Am, 10.602, 123.86. The veteran Bertozzi was competing in his 21st final round in Super Stock, of which he now has 14 wins. A .008 to .017 RT advantage kept him ahead at the stripe by approximately 16 inches. 

Stock Eliminator: Justin Jerome (near lane), Plymouth Duster, 10.818, 120.11 def. Ryan Mangus, Chevy Camaro, 10.858, 120.01. Jerome’s .007 RT to a .028 for Mangus gave him the advantage at the start. 

Super Comp: Marko Perivolaris, Dragster, 9.038, 181.01 def. Luke Bogacki, Dragster, 9.026, 175.73. In a double breakout round, Perivolaris got the holeshot win with a .005 to .019 RT, finishing the run approximately 6 inches ahead of Bogacki.  

Super Gas: Tanner Hiatt (far lane), Chevy Corvette, 10.056, 147.58 def. Steve Williams, Corvette, 10.067, 160.73. Hiatt got his first win in his third final round. 

Top Sportsman: Doug Crumlich (far lane), Chevy Corvette, 7.031, 194.49 def. Jeff Gillette, Pontiac GTO, 6.963, 198.03. Crumlich got his first NHRA national event win in his first final round. 


Top Dragster: Andy Spiegel, Dragster, 6.736, 192.80 def. Robert Tehle, Dragster, 6.184, 227.08. Spiegel’s .011 RT to .059 for Tehle gives him the advantage at the start. 




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