Demke and Lombardo score big at Top Gun Raceway

6/12/2011


DIVISION 7
Top Gun Raceway
Fallon, Nev., June 10-12, 2011 

Results will be posted as soon as they are available. For detailed results, go to Drag Race Central


Sunday

FALLON, Nev. Scoring their second win in a row, alcohol drivers Chris Demke and John Lombardo, Jr., follow up their wins at Auto Club Famoso Raceway with victories at Top Gun Raceway in the Pacific division's NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series event.  In Top Alcohol Dragster, Demke, Sunland, Calif., set the track speed record in his final pass against Cody Perkins, Buffdale, Utah, with a 5.530 second run at 258.67 mph.  Lombardo, Brea, Calif., and Jay Payne, Claremont, Calif., faced off in the finals of Top Alcohol Funny Car.  Both drivers left the line at the same time, but Lombardo narrowly made it to the finish line first with his run of 5.935 seconds at 243.85 mph to Payne's run of 5.940 seconds at 240.47 mph.

Justin Lamb also scored another win for the year in Comp Eliminator over the weekend.  Lamb, Henderson, Nev., who appeared earlier in the year in the finals at Las Vegas Motor Speedway and won at Firebird International Raceway, defeated Doug Lambeck in the final round.  In Super Stock, Larry Zavala, Jr., Montebello, Calif., ran a 10.326 second 113.44 mph pass against Ken Etter, Riverside, Calif., and his run of 10.872 seconds at 123.83 mph.  Zavala got off the line first and kept the lead all the way to the win. 

In Stock, Chad Loge, Brentwood, Calif., collected his second consecutive win this season in the Pacific division.  Loge, who also won at Auto Club Famoso, ran an 11.290 second 115.96 mph pass against Andy Durham, Oak Park, Calif.  Another California resident, Matthew Woodward from Hermosa Beach, defeated Eagle, Idaho, resident Geoff Hughes in Super Comp.  Woodward ran a 9.284 second pass at 170.36 mph in the finals. 

Roger Kato, N. Las Vegas, drove his '05 Cavalier to the finals against Mira Silvia, Upland, Calif. and her '04 Cavalier in Super Gas.  Kato's final pass of 10.303 seconds at 151.85 mph was enough to secure a win in his home state.  In Super Street, Ryan Herem from Quartz Hill, Calif., got the early lead on Matthew Blodgett, Long Beach, Calif., in the final round.  Herem held that position all the way to the end and had a winning run of 11.308 seconds, 126.33 mph in his '69 Camaro. 

Other winners include Roger Hall, Las Vegas, who drove his '63 Corvette to a victory in the finals against Chip Rumis, Ramona, Calif., in Top Sportsman; Chris Forsyth, Laguna Hills, Calif. who defeated Sheldon Gecker from Surprise, Ariz., in Hughes Top Dragster; and in Sportsman Motorcycle presented by Harley Davidson, T.J. Crocker, Henderson, Nev., who drove his '05 Hayabusa to a win over Wayne Cox, Eureka, Calif., and his '07 Kawasaki with a final pass of 10.242 seconds at 132.87 mph.         

Pacific Division racers will head to Infineon Raceway July 22-24 for the next NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series event. 

The following are Sunday's final results from the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series, Pacific Division event at Top Gun Raceway:
TOP ALCOHOL DRAGSTER:
FINALS
1) Chris Demke, Sunland, Calif., 5.530, 258.67 def.
2) Cody Perkins, Bluffdale, Utah, 5.664, 251.34.

TOP ALCOHOL FUNNY CAR:
ROUND ONE
1) John Lombardo Jr., Brea, Calif., '10 Monte Carlo, 5.863, 246.12 was unopposed;

3) Doug Gordon, Paso Robles, Calif., '07 Monte Carlo, 5.953, 243.81 def.
4) Brian Smith, Fullerton, Calif., '07 Camaro, 6.078, 237.84;

2) Jay Payne, Claremont, Calif., '10 Mustang, 5.864, 243.77 def.
5) Sean O'Bannon, Alto Loma, Calif., '08 Monte Carlo, 5.974, 241.37;

SEMIFINALS
Lombardo Jr., 5.927, 243.46 def. Gordon, 6.069, 239.27;
Payne, 5.876, 243.85 was unopposed;

FINALS
Lombardo Jr., 5.935, 243.85 def. Payne, 5.940, 240.47.

COMPETITION ELIMINATOR
Justin Lamb, Henderson, Nev., '10 Cobalt, H/AA, broke def.
Doug Lambeck, Irvine, Calif., '07 Sunfire, D/SMA, broke.

SUPER STOCK
Larry Zavala Jr., Montebello, Calif., '91 Calais, GT/CA, 10.326, 113.44 def.
Ken Etter, Riverside, Calif., '93 Shadow, GT/HA, 10.872, 123.83.

STOCK ELIMINATOR
Chad Loge, Brentwood, Calif., '70 GTX, C/SA, 11.290, 115.96 def.
Andy Durham, Oak Park, Calif., '11 Challenger, AA/SA, 10.054, 134.93.

SUPER COMP
Matthew Woodard, Hermosa Beach, Calif., dragster, 9.284, 170.36 def.
Geoff Hughes, Eagle, Idaho, dragster, 9.269, 164.63.

SUPER GAS
Roger Kato, N. Las Vegas, Nev., '05 Cavalier, 10.303, 151.85 def.
Mira Silvia, Upland, Calif., '04 Cavalier, 11.338, 134.87.

SUPER STREET
Ryan Herem, Quartz Hill, Calif., '69 Camaro, 11.308, 126.33 def.
Matthew Blodgett, Long Beach, Calif., '67 Camaro, 11.320, 131.91.

TOP DRAGSTER
Chris Forsyth, Laguna Hills, Calif., dragster, 7.849, 167.26 def.
Sheldon Gecker, Surprise, Ariz., dragster, 7.817, 172.76.

TOP SPORTSMAN
Roger Hall, Las Vegas, Nev., '63 Corvette, 7.884, 177.30 def.
Chip Rumis, Ramona, Calif., '06 Cobalt, 7.389, 173.65.

SPORTSMAN MOTORCYCLE
T.J. Crocker, Henderson, Nev., '05 Hayabusa, 10.242, 132.87 def.
Wayne Cox, Eureka, Calif., '07 Kawazuki, 9.336, 131.74.


Saturday

FALLON, Nev. Day two is complete and the fields are set for the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series event at Top Gun Raceway.  The event is the fourth of six in the division with racers earning points toward both national and divisional championships along with their share of more than $250,000 in event purse and contingency money.

Racers in the 250 mph Top Alcohol Dragsters and Funny Cars made their final qualifying runs today at noon and 4 p.m., which set the pairings for round 1 of eliminations scheduled for noon on Sunday. Gates open on Sunday at 8 a.m. with eliminations in the remaining categories scheduled to begin at 8 a.m.  Tickets for the event are $10 for adults, children 5-12 years old are $5, and kids under 5 are free.  For more information, call the track at (800) 325-7448, or visit www.TopGunRaceway.com.

The following are Saturday's final qualifying results from the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series, Pacific Division event at Top Gun Raceway:

TOP ALCOHOL DRAGSTER
1) Chris Demke, Sunland, Calif., 5.519 seconds, 257.38 mph
2) Cody Perkins, Bluffdale, Utah, 24.234, 39.79

First round TAD pairings
1) Chris Demke, Sunland, Calif., 5.519 seconds, 257.38 mph vs.
2) Cody Perkins, Bluffdale, Utah, 24.234, 39.79

TOP ALCOHOL FUNNY CAR
1) John Lombardo Jr., Brea, Calif., '10 Monte Carlo, 5.875 seconds, 243.90 mph
2) Jay Payne, Claremont, Calif., '10 Mustang, 5.892, 243.81
3) Doug Gordon, Paso Robles, Calif., '07 Monte Carlo, 5.930, 243.26
4) Brian Smith, Fullerton, Calif., '07 Camaro, 5.989, 241.58
5) Sean O'Bannon, Alto Loma, Calif., '08 Monte Carlo, 5.998, 242.36

First round TAFC pairings
1) John Lombardo Jr., Brea, Calif., '10 Monte Carlo, 5.875 seconds, 243.90 mph vs. Bye

2) Jay Payne, Claremont, Calif., '10 Mustang, 5.892, 243.81 vs.
5) Sean O'Bannon, Alto Loma, Calif., '08 Monte Carlo, 5.998, 242.36

3) Doug Gordon, Paso Robles, Calif., '07 Monte Carlo, 5.930, 243.26 vs.
4) Brian Smith, Fullerton, Calif., '07 Camaro, 5.989, 241.58

COMPETITION ELIMINATOR
1) Justin Lamb, Henderson, Nev., '10 Cobalt, H/AA, 9.041 seconds, -0.529 (under index)
2) Doug Lambeck, Irvine, Calif., '07 Sunfire, D/SMA, 8.934, -0.416
3) Tyler Hogan, Santa Maria, Calif., dragster, C/DA, 7.439, -0.401
4) Chuck Moore, Castrol Valley, Calif., '63 Corvette, AA/AM, 6.911, -0.279
5) Randy Goff, Las Vegas, Nev., '02 S-10, B/T, 10.230, 1.170

SUPER STOCK
1) Steve Wann, Modesto, Calif., '69 Barracuda, SS/HA, 10.136 seconds, -0.894 (under index)
2) Chuck Stubeck, Chatsworth, Calif., '69 Roadrunner, SS/FA, 10.066, -0.804
3) Ken Etter, Riverside, Calif., '93 Shadow, GT/HA, 10.715, -0.785
4) Justin Lamb, Henderson, Nev., '10 Mustang, SS/AA, 9.344, -0.746
5) Brad Rounds, Reno, Nev., '02 S-10, SS/TB, 9.666, -0.684
6) Brian Zavala, El Monte, Calif., '96 Achieva, GT/EA, 10.398, -0.682
7) Larry Zavala Jr., Montebello, Calif., '91 Calais, GT/CA, 10.204, -0.616
8) Brian McClanahan, Alta Loma, Calif., '67 Camaro, SS/BS, 9.448, -0.592
9) Tony Mandella, Rancho Cucamonga, Calif., '87 Camaro, GT/BA, 10.078, -0.582
10) John Winslow Sr, San Jose, Calif., '65 Coronet, SS/JA, 10.902, -0.538

STOCK ELIMINATOR
1) Steve Valkanoff, S.San Francisco, Calif., '84 Thunderbird, R/S, 13.353 seconds, -1.157 (under index)
2) Andy Durham, Oak Park, Calif., '11 Challenger, AA/SA, 10.066, -0.964
3) Leo Glasbrenner, Chino, Calif., '68 Firebird, E/SA, 11.266, -0.904
4) Debbie Hewes, Reno, Nev., '71 Mustang, D/SA, 11.257, -0.763
5) Don Wann, Modesto, Calif., '73 Satellite, I/SA, 12.045, -0.755
6) Mark Lelchook, Foresthill, Calif., '69 Barracuda, D/SA, 11.266, -0.754
7) Steve Wann, Modesto, Calif., '69 SuperBee, B/SA, 10.987, -0.713
8) Brent Calvert, Lancaster, Calif., '10 Mustang, A/SA, 10.742, -0.698
9) Jeff Jerome, Los Angeles, Calif., '73 Duster, G/SA, 11.808, -0.672
10) Errol Farmer, Las Vegas, Nev., '70 Barracuda, D/SA, 11.408, -0.612

TOP SPORTSMAN
1) Chip Rumis, Ramona, Calif., '06 Cobalt, 7.218 seconds, 192.99 mph
2) Ted Carli, Temecula, Calif., '09 Cobalt, 7.343, 184.32
3) Jeffrey Gillette, Benicia, Calif., '96 Firebird, 7.406, 185.87
4) Dave Zewe, Hesperia, Calif., '94 Lumina, 7.680, 179.73
5) Larry Scarth, Manhatten Beach, Calif., '04 Cavalier, 7.745, 178.47
6) David Cook, Novato, Calif., '03 Mustang, 7.752, 177.49
7) Roger Hall, Las Vegas, Nev., '63 Corvette, 7.839, 177.88
8) Richard Okerman, Torrance, Calif., '89 Beretta, 8.018, 170.77
9) Paul Mitsos, Rancho Cucamonga, Calif., '08 Stratus, 8.043, 172.74
10) Billy Cremo, Palmdale, Calif., '56 Bel Air, 8.059, 171.79

TOP DRAGSTER
1) Denny Hills, Gilbert, Ariz., dragster, 6.578 seconds, 209.88 mph
2) Donnie Hendricks, Adelanto, Calif., dragster, 7.006, 195.36
3) George Prather, Sacramento, Calif., dragster, 7.008, 188.91
4) Chip Rumis, Ramona, Calif., dragster, 7.030, 196.93
5) Bobby Ray McMahan, Copperopolis, Calif., dragster, 7.035, 193.54
6) Art Hoover, Concord, Calif., dragster, 7.053, 193.13
7) Tony Jardino, San Dimas, Calif., dragster, 7.058, 193.38
8) Mera Silvia, Upland, Calif., dragster, 7.076, 192.38
9) Paul Snell, Sandy, Utah, dragster, 7.138, 189.60
10) Ryan Priddy, Chino, Calif., dragster, 7.187, 188.41

SPORTSMAN MOTORCYCLE
1) Dennis Sacco, N. Las Vegas, Nev., '05 H-D, SMC, 0.011 seconds reaction time
2) Jay Thompson, Phoenix, Ariz., '73 Kawasaki, SMC, 0.017
3) T.J. Crocker, Henderson, Nev., '05 Hayabusa, SMC, 0.019
4) Rick Newport, West Valley, Utah, '95 Suzuki, SMC, 0.030
5) Pete Miclette, Garberville, Calif., '97 GSXR, SMC, 0.034
6) Michael Harvey, Farmington, N.M., '10 StreetGlide, SMC, 0.039
7) John Widmann, Garberville, Calif., '97 Kawasaki, SMC, 0.050
8) Colton Chamberlin, Henderson, Nev., '80 Suzuki, ETMX, 0.059
9) Wayne Cox, Eureka, Calif., '07 Kawazuki, SMC, 0.067


Friday

FALLON, Nev. Racing kicked off today for the NHRA Pacific division Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series at Top Gun Raceway with racers in eleven classes looking to battle the quarter mile this weekend.  Action began this afternoon with a test and tune for most classes.  Top Alcohol Dragsters and Top Alcohol Funny Cars highlight the event, making a single qualifying run today and two more on Saturday scheduled for 1:30 and 5:30 p.m.  The division's Top Sportsman and the Hughes Performance Top Dragster Series are also in competition making three qualifying runs on Saturday at 11 a.m., 2 p.m. and 5 p.m.

Ryan McClanahan, last year's event winner in Super Stock, went on to win both the National and Pacific division championships and is off to a quick start this year having picked up wins in both the Super Stock and Stock classes. 

Daily admission tickets for the event are $10 each day, children 5-12 are just $5 and kids under 5 are free with a paid adult.  Top Gun Raceway is located approximately 15 miles south of Fallon on the west side of the Schurz highway (Hwy. 95).  For more information call the track at (800) 325-7448, or visit www.TopGunRaceway.com.

The following are Friday's qualifying results from the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series event at Top Gun Raceway:


TOP ALCOHOL DRAGSTER
1) Chris Demke, Sunland, Calif., 5.695 seconds, 220.51 mph
2) Cody Perkins, Bluffdale, Utah, 24.234, 39.79

TOP ALCOHOL FUNNY CAR
1) John Lombardo Jr., Brea, Calif., '10 Monte Carlo, 5.933 seconds, 242.80 mph
2) Brian Smith, Fullerton, Calif., '07 Camaro, 6.076, 237.50
3) Sean O'Bannon, Alto Loma, Calif., '08 Monte Carlo, 6.188, 210.73
4) Jay Payne, Claremont, Calif., '10 Mustang, 6.709, 153.51
5) Doug Gordon, Paso Robles, Calif., '07 Monte Carlo, 9.125, 98.24


Preview

Top Gun Raceway will host the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series, June 10-12, 2011.  The race is the fourth of six in the division and will feature drivers in eight categories, including 250 mph Top Alcohol Dragster and Top Alcohol Funny Car, vying for points leading to divisional and national championships as well as a chance at a share of the year-end purse of more than $560,000.  The Pacific Division's Top Sportsman Series, Hughes Performance Top Dragster Series and Sportsman Motorcycle Series presented by Harley Davidson will also run in conjunction with the race.

Friday, the track will host a test and tune event from noon to 6 p.m.  Top Alcohol Dragster and Top Alcohol Funny Car will have one qualifying pass, at 6 p.m. on Friday.  Gates at Top Gun Raceway open at 8 a.m. Saturday and Sunday.  Qualifying and time trials start at 8 a.m. Saturday. Top Dragster, Comp Eliminator and Top Sportsman qualifying is at 11 a.m., 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. Top Alcohol Dragster and Top Alcohol Funny Car qualifying starts at noon and 4 p.m.  Eliminations begin Sunday morning at 8.  Top Alcohol Dragster and Top Alcohol Funny Car will run first round at noon.

Top Gun Raceway is located approximately 15 miles south of Fallon on the west side of the Schurz Highway (Hwy. 95).  For more information call the track, (800) 325-7448 or visit www.TopGunRaceway.com.

NHRA LUCAS OIL DRAG RACING SERIES: Fact Sheet

WHAT: NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series event is the fourth of six in the Pacific Division where drivers earn points leading to divisional and national championships as well as a chance at a share of the year-end purse of more than $560,000.  Categories include Top Alcohol Dragster, Top Alcohol Funny Car, Comp Eliminator, Super Stock, Stock Eliminator, Super Comp, Super Gas and Super Street. The Pacific Division's Top Sportsman Series, Hughes Performance Top Dragster Series and Sportsman Motorcycle Series presented by Harley Davidson will also run in conjunction with the event.

WHERE: Top Gun Raceway, Fallon, Nev. Track is located approximately 15 miles south of Fallon on the west side of the Schurz Highway (Hwy. 95).  For more information please call Top Gun Raceway, (800) 325-7448, or visit www.TopGunRaceway.com.

WHEN: Friday through Sunday, June 10-12, 2011

SCHEDULE: FRIDAY, June 10 - Gates open at 8 a.m.  Top Alcohol Dragster and Top Alcohol Funny Car qualifying is scheduled at 6 p.m.   

SATURDAY, June 11 - Gates open at 8 a.m.  Qualifying and time trials begin at 8 a.m.  Top Dragster, Comp Eliminator, and Top Sportsman qualifying sessions are scheduled for three sessions at 11 a.m., 2 p.m. & 5 p.m.  Top Alcohol Dragster and Top Alcohol Funny Car final qualifying sessions are at noon & 4 p.m. 

SUNDAY, June 11 - Gates open at 8 a.m.  Eliminations begin at 8 a.m.  First round of eliminations for Top Alcohol Dragster and Top Alcohol Funny Car are scheduled at noon.

2010 EVENT WINNERS: Mike Austin, Top Alcohol Dragster; Doug Gordon, Top Alcohol Funny Car; Randy Jones, Comp Eliminator; Ryan McClanahan, Super Stock: Mark Lelchook, Stock Eliminator; Larry Kinard, Super Comp; Val Torres, Jr., Super Gas; Bill Gee, Super Street; Joe Roubicek, Top Sportsman; Mera Silvia, Top Dragster; Gary Oaks, Sportsman Motorcycle.

BONUS  PROGRAMS:
NHRA LUCAS OIL DRAG RACING SERIES POINTS FUND: a $561,000 point fund from Lucas Oil, which will be shared by 2011 NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series divisional champions and national champions.  Divisional awards include $8,500 each to the Top Alcohol Dragster and Top Alcohol Funny Car champions; $3,000 to the champions in both Competition and Super Stock; $2,000 each to the champions in Stock, Super Comp, Super Gas and Super Street.  The seven national champions will share a bonus of $135,000.

JEGS ALLSTARS: The best of the best from each of NHRA's seven divisions will compete for a share of the $119,000 point fund from Jegs High Performance.  The 2012 Jegs Allstars event will culminate a year-long points battle between drivers in each of NHRA's Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series' eight classes as well as Top Sportsman and Top Dragster.  The top points earner in each category will qualify to represent his/her division at the 2012 Jegs Allstars.  Points are based on in-division races only. 

The winning division's team will share $20,000 and individual awards include $7,000 each to the Top Alcohol Dragster and Top Alcohol Funny Car champions, $6,000 to champions in Comp Eliminator and Super Stock, and $4,500 to the Stock, Super Comp, Super Gas, and Super Street champions.  Winners in Top Sportsman and Top Dragster will each earn $5,000.  Runners-up in all categories will earn $2,000 apiece.  Each Allstars competitor will also receive a share of a $25,000 towing fund to get to the event.

Event sponsor Jegs High Performance is offering a "double up" bonus to Jegs Allstars participants.  Any 2012 Jegs Allstars champion who also wins the national event will have his/her Allstars prize doubled.

NHRA SPORTSMAN MOTORCYCLE SERIES presented by HARLEY DAVIDSON: The NHRA Sportsman Motorcycle Series presented by Harley Davidson, run in conjunction with the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series, is an opportunity for competitors in NHRA's Sportsman Motorcycle class to earn points toward divisional championships.  The $14,000 champions' purse posted by Harley Davidson will be paid to 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place points finishers in NHRA divisions that host Sportsman Motorcycles.

PACIFIC DIVISION'S TOP SPORTSMAN SERIES: The Pacific Division Top Sportsman Series, run in conjunction with the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series, is an opportunity for competitors in the Pacific division's Top Sportsman class to earn points toward divisional championships.  The $3,500 champions' purse will be paid to 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place points finishers.

HUGHES PERFORMANCE TOP DRAGSTER SERIES: The Hughes Performance Top Dragster Series, run in conjunction with the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series, is an opportunity for competitors in the Pacific division's Top Dragster class to earn points toward divisional championships.  The $3,500 champions' purse posted by Hughes Performance will be paid to 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place points finishers.


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