PAC: Bakersfield Saturday summary

Champions Crowned at NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series at Auto Club Famoso Raceway BAKERSFIELD, Calif. -- The NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series wrapped up this weekend at Auto Club Famoso Raceway. Racers completed the two day ...

Champions Crowned at NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series at Auto Club Famoso Raceway

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. -- The NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series wrapped up this weekend at Auto Club Famoso Raceway. Racers completed the two day event, which was the sixth of seven events on the division calendar. The event featured drivers in eleven categories vying for last-minute points leading to divisional and national championships. Winning the hardware were Top Alcohol Dragster pilot Chris Demke, Sunland, Calif., and Von Smith of Oak Ridge, Tenn., in the Top Alcohol Funny Car class.

Demke, claiming his second divisional win of the year, took a trip to the winner's circle over Joey Severance of Spanaway, Wash. Demke's run of 5.414 seconds, 265.01 mph., was more than enough to defeat Severance's pass of 5.546 seconds, 254.38 mph.

In Top Alcohol Funny Car action, Smith was able to obtain back to back championships at Auto Club Famoso Raceway. Due to the fouling Terry Ruckman of Grand Junction, Colo., Smith's pass of 8.936 seconds, 92.39 mph. was enough to grab the title. This is Smith's second victory of the season, winning last month at Infineon Raceway.

Other top honors were awarded to Dan Fletcher, Churchville, N.Y., winning his fourth Comp Eliminator divisional of the season; Justin Lamb of Henderson, Nev., claimed the Super Stock trophy; and Jimmy DeFrank, Chatsworth, Calif., won in Stock Eliminator. Super Comp honors went to Steve Williams, Loma Linda, Calif.; Val Torres Jr, Valinda, Calif., won in Super Gas; and Keith Manogue of Phoenix, beat out Bakersfield local Joe Lokhang. Top Dragster honors went to Chip Rumis, Ramona, Calif.; Larry Scarth, Manhatten Beach, Calif., won the Top Sportsman class; and the Sportsman Motorcycle title went to Aaron Pine, La Mirada, Calif.

The NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series, Pacific Division heads to Las Vegas Motor Speedway on November 6-9 to wrap up the series.

The following are Saturday's final results from the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series, Pacific Division event at Auto Club Famoso Raceway:


Round 1
4) Joey Severance, Spanaway, Wash., 5.507, 250.83 def. 5) Mark Niver, Phoenix, 5.545, 261.09;

2) Duane Shields, Boulder City, Nev., 5.507, 269.70 def. 7) Johnny Ahten, Santa Clarita, Calif., 5.563, 233.10;

1) Jim Whiteley, Grand Junction, Colo., 5.383, 269..29 def. 8) Del Cox Jr., Downey, Calif., 5.725, 224.55;

3) Chris Demke, Sunland, Calif., 5.445, 268.09 def. 6) Randy Eakins, Carson City, Nev., 5.768, 257.58;

Demke, 5.416, 258.39 def. Shields, 5.542, 269.62; Severance, 5.391, 264.39 def. Whiteley, 5.388, 266.90;

Demke, 5.414, 265.01 def. Severance, 5.546, 254.38.


Round 1
3) Larry Miner, Woodbridge, Calif., '06 Monte Carlo, 5.941, 244.69 def. 6) Steve Gasparrelli, West Covina, Calif., '07 Mustang, 13.901, 58.16;

5) Doug Gordon, Paso Robles, Calif., '06 Monte Carlo, 5.950, 251.46 def. 4) Alexis De Joria, Venice, Calif., '08 Charger, 5.808, 248.55;

2) Von Smith, Oak Ridge, Tenn., '08 Mustang, 5.768, 251.81 def. 7) Mark Woznichak, Ontario, Calif., '02 Camaro, 6.040, 214.84;

1) Terry Ruckman, Grand Junction, Colo., '01 Firebird, 5.647, 254.52 def. 8) Clint Thompson, Klamath Falls, Ore., '06 Monte Carlo, 6.051, 227.38;

V. Smith, 5.703, 253.44 def. Miner, broke;
Ruckman, 5.688, 251.46 def. Gordon, 6.097, 202.79;

V. Smith, 8.936, 92.39 def. Ruckman, foul.


Dan Fletcher, Churchville, N.Y., '08 Cobalt, C/EA, 8.111, 167.19 def. Jim Cowan, Dewey, Ariz., '08 Cobalt, I/AA, 8.252, 164.68.


Justin Lamb, Henderson, Nev., '08 Cobalt, SS/AS, 9.054, 146.08 def. Ryan McClanahan, Alta Loma, Calif., '08 Cobalt, SS/BM, 8.566, 158.87.


Jimmy DeFrank, Chatsworth, Calif., '69 Camaro, B/SA, 10.302, 127.69 def. Mark Faul, Tacoma, Wash., '69 Chevelle, C/SA, 11.052, 119.30.


Steve Williams, Loma Linda, Calif., dragster, 8.908, 178.00 def. Ed Johnson, Seuman, Ariz., dragster, 8.884, 171.10.


Val Torres Jr, Valinda, Calif., '98 Firebird, 9.912, 155.73 def. Randy Bowers, Riverside, Calif., '69 Camaro, 9.896, 139.64.


Keith Manogue, Phoenix, '63 Nova, 10.906, 139.77 def. Joe Lokhang, Bakersfield, Calif., '68 Camaro, 11.034, 140.47.


Chip Rumis, Ramona, Calif., dragster, 6.755, 199.51 def. Paul Gladden, Tracy, Calif., dragster, foul.


Larry Scarth, Manhatten Beach, Calif., '05 Cavalier, 7.767, 172.77 def. Rich Takahashi, San Gabriel, Calif., '04 Cavalier, 7.629, 184.57.


Aaron Pine, La Mirada, Calif., '94 GSX-R, 8..336, 153.58 def. Tom Medlin, La Mirada, Calif., '86 GSXR, 8.772, 146.38.

-credit: nhra

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Series NHRA
Drivers Jimmy DeFrank , Duane Shields , Mark Faul , Von Smith , Doug Gordon , Steve Williams , Dan Fletcher
Teams Williams