Drag racers from all over the Pacific Division gathered at the legendary Auto Club Dragway in Fontana, CA. to compete in nine NHRA classes. The spectators and the race cars enjoyed nearly ideal weather as the experienced track crew kept things fast and safe. On the Sunday of the competition, the predominantly Californian champions were crowned. Preventing the California sweep was a pair of Arizona racers, Michael Proctor in Super Comp and Frank Gostyla in Top Sportsman.

The Racers in the Lucas Oil Series earn points toward national and divisional championships with a year end points fund of more than $500,000! Pacific Division racers head to Sonoma Raceway for their next NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series event, July 22-24, which as of this writing is still a few weeks away, followed by the NHRA Sonoma Nationals the next weekend.

NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing

Jesse Adams, Yuba City, CA., ’02 Cameron, 7.617et, 176.44mph  def. Andy Spiegel, Acton, CA (shown here), ’14 Spitzer, 6.646et, 202.15mph.

NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing

Jimmy DeFrank,(near lane) Thousand Oaks, CA., ’10 Cobalt, SS/CM, 8.955et, 148.62mph won Super Stock.

NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing

Stock Eliminator winner, John Calvert,(far lane) Lancaster, CA., ’16 Mustang, FS/AA, 8.463et, 161.15mph.

TOP DRAGSTER

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TOP SPORTSMAN

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Frank Gostyla,(far lane) Scottsdale, AZ., ’02 Grand AM, 7.490et, 177.86mph  def. Ed Olpin, Pleasant Grove, UT., ’68 Camaro, 7.064et, 196.82mph.

COMPETITION ELIMINATOR

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Doug Lambeck,(far lane) Irvine, CA., ’08 Sunfire, D/SMA, 8.388et, 152.69mph  def. Ed Sigmon, Chatsworth, CA., ’34 Chevrolet, C/SR, 8.431et, 154.16mph.

SUPER GAS

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Robert Naber,(far lane) Ontario, CA., ’63 Corvette, 9.894et, 158.48mph  def. Ryan Herem, Canyon Country, CA., ’62 Corvette, 9.891et, 157.69mph.

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Michael Proctor,(far lane) Chandler, AZ, ’02 Yancer, 8.925et, 171.34mph  def. Michael Boner, Riverside, CA, ’93 Cutlass, 8.912et, 165.17mph to win Super Comp.

NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing

NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing

Kenny Yeoman from Logandale, NV. won the “Best Appearing Car” award for his outstanding 1993 Dodge Daytona Super Gas car.

SUPER STREET

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Greg Ventura,(near lane) Garden Grove, CA., ’66 Nova, 10.913et, 135.86mph  def. Bernie Polvadore, Sun City, AZ., ’93 Grand Prix, 10.898et, 155.63mph.

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Tom Medlin,(near lane) La Mirada, CA., ’93 Suzuki GSXR, 8.205et, 162.00mph  def.  Denny Alves, El Cerrito, CA., ’83 Suzuki GS, foul.

NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing

NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing

Alan Ellis from Mapleton, UT, drives “RUSH”, a ’23 Ford.

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Editor’s Note: A version of this article first appeared in the September 2016 print issue of the Drive Magazine.