Cajun SPORTSnationals final summary

Local Favorite Laris Among NHRA Cajun SPORTSnationals Winners BELLE ROSE, La. -- Local favorite Ross Laris, from nearby Raceland, was among winners Monday at the rain-delayed NHRA Cajun SPORTSnationals at No Problem Raceway Park. Laris powered...

Local Favorite Laris Among NHRA Cajun SPORTSnationals Winners

BELLE ROSE, La. -- Local favorite Ross Laris, from nearby Raceland, was among winners Monday at the rain-delayed NHRA Cajun SPORTSnationals at No Problem Raceway Park.

Laris powered his Corvette to the victory in Super Gas, defeating Corky Markwart, who drove a Chevy S-10 to the runner-up finish.

Six other category winners were crowned at the event, a special NHRA national event featuring NHRA Lucas Oil Series categories exclusively. Vince Deceglie, Tim Cole, Jeff Hefler, Craig Anderson, Jason Buckner and Greg Lair also were winners in their respective categories.

Deceglie, from Alta Loma, Calif., captured the victory in Comp Eliminator, driving a Corvette. He earned the automatic victory when final round opponent Glen Treadwell fouled at the start in hi 23-T Ford.

Super Stock winner Cole, from Collierville, Tenn., also raced a Corvette to the winner's circle, defeating Buz Post, who drove a Pontiac Grand Am.

Mansfield, Texas' Hefler, the '98 NHRA national champion in Stock, continued his winning ways in the category by racing his Pontiac Formula to the win over Bobby Roper, who drove a Camaro.

Anderson, from Waxahachie, Texas, won Super Comp over Jeff Strickland in a close battle between dragsters, while Jason Buckner, from New Waverly, Texas, drove a Plymouth Barracuda to the Super Street victory over the Chevy Camaro of Mike Frederick.

Lair, from Canyon, Texas, earned the Top Sportsman victory, powering his Pontiac Grand Am to a 6.990 second run at 188.89 mph to defeat Tommy Turner, who posted a 7.313 at 187.78 in a Chevy Cavalier.

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Series NHRA
Drivers Ross Laris , Corky Markwart , Jeff Strickland