Mopar Mile-High Nationals - Lucas Oil Drag Racing Results
Three first time winners made trips to the winner’s circle this weekend along with a few repeat winners at Bandimere Speedway for the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series and the Mopar Mile-High NHRA Nationals.
In Top Sportsman presented by RacingRVs.com it was John Baker taking home his first NHRA Wally trophy driving his Cobalt to victory with a 7.205, 194.02 pass on his 7.18 dial over Nick Johanns. Johanns broke out by just .013 seconds in his Camaro running 8.297, 165.27
Joining Baker as first time winners in their first final round appearance were Kris Whitfield and John Bianco in Super Comp and Super Street respectively. Whitefield won on a close double break out with Gary Wamboldt 9.472 to a 9.459 and Bianco took out Jason Schade with his Chevy in another double break out, 11.442 to an 11.425.
Four racers returned to the Bandimere Speedway winner’s Circle lead by Lou Ficco Jr. in Comp Eliminator and former NHRA Lucas Oil World Champion Jackie Alley in Super Stock. Ficco, who won up on the mountain back in 2008, scored his eighth national event win when Clint Neff left early with a red light foul start. Ficco ran it out to a 7.664, 178.21 in his Pontiac GXP. Alley has all three of her national event wins here at Bandimere winning back in 2011 and then again in 2014. She added 2016 to the list in knocking out veteran racer Dan Fletcher in a battle of Camaros. Alley clocked in at 10.380 at 130 mph after Fletcher fouled at the start.
Kevin Moore and Ryan Montford returned to the winner’s circle this year as Montford was better at both ends of the track against Norman Warling in Stock Eliminator. Montford’s Camaro went 9.887, 128.33 to Warling’s 13.110, 99.96 in his Catalina. Montford was d efending his title from a year ago while Moore has four national event wins including his 2007 win here in Denver. Moore beat Craig Maddox running 10.501 on the 10.50 dial for the Super Gas title.
Steve Johnson rounded out the list of winners using a .003 second reaction time and a pass of 6.471 at 213.23 mph to end Larry Piper’s day who posted a 6.694 at 202.85 in the Top Dragster presented by RacingRVs.com. This was Johnson’s first win in Top Dragster to go along with his win in Super Comp.
Many of the Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series West Central Division racers head to Heartland Park Topeka, Topeka, Kan., next weekend for a Double Header event July 28-31.
The following are the final results from the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series Mopar Mile-High Nationals at Bandimere Speedway:
Lou Ficco Jr., Pontiac GXP, 7.664, 178.21 def. Clint Neff, Bantam Roadster, Foul - Red Light.
Jackie Alley, Chevy Camaro, 10.380, 130.00 def. Dan Fletcher, Camaro, Foul - Red Light.
Ryan Montford, Chevy Camaro, 9.887, 128.33 def. Norman Warling, Pontiac Catalina, 13.110, 99.96.
Kris Whitfield, Dragster, 9.472, 158.37 def. Gary Wamboldt, Dragster, 9.459, 159.97.
Kevin Moore, Chevrolet, 10.501, 146.51 def. Craig Maddox, Prowler, 10.470, 149.46.
John Bianco, Chevy, 11.442, 137.74 def. Jason Schade, Rambler, 11.425, 122.11.
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Steve Johnson, Dragster, 6.471, 213.23 def. Larry Piper, Dragster, 6.694, 202.85.
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John Baker, Chevy Cobalt, 7.205, 194.02 def. Nick Johanns, Chevy Camaro, 8.297, 165.27.