Veterans, Women highlight Winners at NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series Division 7 event at The Strip at LVMS

Veterans, Women highlight Winners at NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series Division 7 event at The Strip
A host of NHRA veterans added another victory to their career resumes at the Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series Division 7 event at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway on Sunday (Photo credit: Jeff Speer)

Kyle Seipel (Top Dragster) of Pleasanton, Calif., Jeff Lane (Comp. Eliminator) of North Bend, Wash., and Jimmy DeFrank (Super Stock) of Chatsworth, Calif., were among the 11 racers to win championships and further cement their legacies as some of the top drivers in the NHRA’s Pacific Division. Los Angeles’ Tina Summerton claimed her first divisional victory by defeating Seipel in the Stock Eliminator finals, and Annie Whiteley of Grand Junction, Colo., earned yet another Top Alcohol Funny Car title to give the winner’s circle some female representation.

“I am ecstatic. It’s my first race in Division 7,” Summerton said. “Everything came together, and I just did the same thing over and over. I think this might be my favorite track now.”

Other class champions were: Chris Demke, Tujunga, Calif. (Top Alcohol Dragster); Rick Newport, Bluffdale, Utah (Sportsman Motorcycle); Darryn O’Connor, Fort St. John, B.C., Canada (Top Sportsman); Justin Morgan, Concord, Calif. (Super Comp.); Brian Griffey, Glendale, Ariz. (Super Street); and Dave Meziere, Escondido, Calif. (Super Gas).

Seipel, who is co-producing next weekend’s Spring Fling at The Strip, was unsuccessful in his bid for two titles, but was still all smiles after the event.

“A win and a runner-up, I’ll take that any weekend,” said Seipel, who now has 22 divisional wins. “It was great competition, and the track was great all weekend. The LVMS staff did a great job, and we’re looking forward to the Spring Fling next weekend.”

Lane now has 43 divisional victories, Demke stopped Joey Severance’s 19-round winning streak in the semifinals and DeFrank improved to 43-8 in divisional finals.

Las Vegas’ Gary Oaks advanced to the Sportsman Motorcycle finals before falling to Newport, while Henderson’s Justin Lamb fell in the semifinals of both the Comp. Eliminator and Super Stock divisions.

The following are Sunday’s final results from the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series, Pacific Division event at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

Annie Whiteley, Grand Junction, Colo., ’15 Camaro, 5.660, 260.11  def. Terry Ruckman, Grand Junction, Colo., ’06 Monte Carlo, 7.188, 139.60.

Chris Demke, Tujunga, Calif., 5.416, 268.87  def. Megan McKernan, Sierra Madre, Calif., 5.542, 266.79.

Jeff Lane, North Bend, Wash., ’10 Cobalt, B/SMA, 8.192, 164.51  def. Alan Ellis, Mapleton, Utah, ’23  roadster, A/AP, 8.295, 121.59.

Jimmy DeFrank, Chatsworth, Calif., ’10 Cobalt, SS/CM, 9.099, 140.97  def. Dave Bridgewater, Devore, Calif., ’12 Camaro, FSS/F, 9.928, 134.36.

Tina Summerton, Los Angeles, Calif., ’72 Cutlass, K/SA, 11.938, 106.61  def. Kyle Seipel, Pleasanton, Calif., ’70 Camero, E/SA, 11.216, 107.19.

Justin Morgan, Concord, Calif., dragster, 9.154, 150.85  def. Greg Boutte, Loma Linda, Calif., dragster, foul.

Dave Meziere, Escondido, Calif., ’05 Cavalier, 10.087, 159.31  def. Barry Willoughby, Eagle, Idaho, ’67 Camaro, 10.077, 148.09.

Brian Griffey, Glendale, Ariz., ’70 Charger, 11.065, 125.61  def. Bernie Polvadore, Sun City, Ariz., ’93 Grand Prix, 11.083, 152.85.

Kyle Seipel, Pleasanton, Calif., dragster, 6.928, 197.33  def. Ryan Priddy, Chino, Calif., dragster, foul.

Darryn O’Connor, Fort St. John, B.C., ’04 Cavalier, 7.320, 178.10  def. Mike Ferderer, Buckley, Wash., ’06 Grand Am, 7.391, 187.00.

Rick Newport, Bluffdale, Utah, ’95 Suzuki, 8.316, 163.91  def. Gary Oaks, Las Vegas, Nev., ’78 Kawasaki, 8.902, 152.90.

ROUND ONE: 1) Megan McKernan, Sierra Madre, Calif., 5.344, 271.24 def. 8) Shawn Cowie, Surry, B.C., 5.512, 264.18; 4) Ashley Sanford, Fullerton, Calif., 5.513, 266.69 def. 5) Bill Litton, La Jolla, Calif., 6.673, 166.64; 3) Chris Demke, Tujunga, Calif., 5.513, 265.06 def. 6) Randy Eakins, Carson City, Nev., 12.011, 70.92; 7) Joey Severance, Woodburn, Ore., 5.405, 264.23 def. 2) Jim Whiteley, Grand Junction, Colo., 5.403, 268.92; SEMIFINALS: McKernan, 5.405, 266.79 def. Sanford, foul; Demke, 5.415, 265.90 def. Severance, 5.429, 264.03; FINALS: Demke, 5.416, 268.87 def. McKernan, 5.542, 266.79.

ROUND ONE: 8) Terry Ruckman, Grand Junction, Colo., ’06 Monte Carlo, 5.703, 254.18 def. 1) John Lombardo Jr., Brea, Calif., ’14 Mustang, 12.560, 62.38; 4) Mike Doushgounian, San Martin, Calif., ’06 Monte Carlo, 6.033, 251.39 def. 5) Nick Januik, Las Vegas, Nev., ’06 Monte Carlo, 6.679, 245.90; 3) Jay Payne, Claremont, Calif., ’15 Camaro, 9.866, 144.16 def. 6) Jirka Kaplan, Calgary, Alb., ’09 Mustang, foul; 2) Annie Whiteley, Grand Junction, Colo., ’15 Camaro, 5.647, 261.27 def. 7) Doug Gordon, Paso Robles, Calif., ’15 Camaro, 5.784, 256.84; SEMIFINALS: Ruckman, 5.703, 253.61 def. Doushgounian, 6.607, 186.33; Whiteley, 5.636, 261.32 def. Payne, broke; FINALS: Whiteley, 5.660, 260.11 def. Ruckman, 7.188, 139.60.

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