BELLEMEUR, PERKINS SCORE BIG WINS AT AUTO CLUB FAMOSO RACEWAY BAKERSFIELD, Calif. -- Top Alcohol Funny Car driver Sean Bellemeur of Newport Beach, Calif., increased his points lead at the final NHRA Pacific division Lucas Oil Drag ...
BELLEMEUR, PERKINS SCORE BIG WINS AT AUTO CLUB FAMOSO RACEWAY
BAKERSFIELD, Calif. -- Top Alcohol Funny Car driver Sean Bellemeur of Newport Beach, Calif., increased his points lead at the final NHRA Pacific division Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series event of the year. Competing at this weekend's event at Auto Club Famoso Raceway, Bellemeur scored his fourth win of the season while Top Alcohol Dragster driver Cody Perkins of Bluffdale, Utah, earned his first win of the year.
Bellemeur, who qualified in the No. 4 spot, got the win over Brett Williamson, Campbell, Calif. Bellemeur consistently made 5.7-second runs throughout the event and in the final he ran 5.750 seconds at 251.53 mph to beat Williamson who slowed to a 16.397-second pass.
Perkins had qualified in the seventh spot and scored an upset win over Jim Whiteley of Grand Junction, Colo., in the first round. In the final he squared off against reigning division champion Chris Demke, Sunland, Calif. Demke made the quicker run, 5.424 seconds at 265.33 mph to 5.461 seconds at 261.70 mph, but Perkins got off the line first to get win on a hole shot.
"Upset" was the word of the day in the first round of eliminations in both Alcohol categories as the top qualifiers in both classes went out. In Top Alcohol Dragster it was Mark Niver, Scottsdale, Ariz., who fell to eighth-place qualifier Joey Severance of Spanaway, Wash. Von Smith, Oak Ridge, Tenn., the best qualifier in Top Alcohol Funny Car, lost on a hole shot to Russ Parker of Salem, Ore.
Dean Carter, Glendale, Ariz., earned his second straight Pacific division win in Comp Eliminator, beating out Ed Sigmon of Chatsworth, Calif., who made his second final-round appearance of the season. The Super Stock final was a family affair as Jimmy De Frank took the win over younger brother Tony. Both drivers hail from Chatsworth, Calif., and drive '07 Cobalts. Maple Valley, Wash., resident Brad Plourd earned his second Stock Eliminator win of the year, wheeling his '69 Camaro to the win over Los Angeles's Jeff Jerome in a '73 Duster. Super Comp winner, Steve Williams of Loma Linda, Calif., grabbed the win over Eric Reyes of Oakland, Calif., and in Super Gas, Greg Ventura, Garden Grove, Calif., knocked off Pleasant Grove Utah's Ed Olpin. Super Street racer Mike Lang, Northridge, Calif., drove his '72 Vega to the win over Glendale, Ariz., racer Dwight Downing who was behind the wheel of his '79 Arrow. In Top Sportsman, Las Vegas's Roger Hall earned the win over Rick Takahashi, San Gabriel, Calif., while the Top Dragster win went to Ron Hartzell, Modesto, Calif., over Will Harrison, Livermore, Calif. Tom Medlin, La Mirada, Calif., made his way to the winner's circle after beating Katie Sullivan, Corning, Calif., in the Sportsman Motorcycle final.
This was the last of seven races in the NHRA Pacific division's Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series schedule. Racers may continue to earn points toward divisional and national titles at out-of-division races. The final NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series event of the year is slated for October 19-21 in NHRA's Southeast division.