Shawn Cowie and Johan Lindberg raced to victory at this weekend’s NHRA Four-Wide Nationals at zMax Dragway. Lindberg scored his first NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series national event win in Top Alcohol Funny Car; while Cowie picked up his sixth in Top Alcohol Dragster.
Lindbergh, of Sweden, advanced to his first national final round. Scoring the advantage off the line, Lindberg, never trailed earning his first national event win. Lindberg scored a 5.551 second lap at 260.66 mph in the final against Steve Gasparelli, West Covina, Calif., who had a clean pass from the start but was unable to rundown Lindberg.
Cowie, Surrey, B.C., would face off with Justin Ashley in the funny car final. Ashley, Plainview, N.Y., had the early lead but Cowie reeled him in and ran his best pass of the event for the win and the trophy. Cowie moved straight down the track to a 5.328 second, 272.94 mph lap.
Perennial winner Peter Biondo bagged another win in Super Stock moving him to 26 wins in this class, and 50 career wins overall. A highlight of the event was John Labbous, Jr., White House, Tenn., doubling up his Wally trophy collection with wins in Super Comp and Super Gas. Labbous earned his fourth win over all and doubled up for the first time in his career.
Kyle Kohr, Myerstown, Pa. was better than Jeff Hairrington, Kathleen, Ga., at both ends of the track in Stock Eliminator, running a 10.737 second, 117.25 mph pass in his first final round appearance. Ivey Brannon, Boiling Springs, S.C., had a nice pass to clinch the Top Sportsman presented by Racing RV’s.
Bruno Massel rounded out the winners this weekend at zMAX Dragway as he defeated Patrick Ross, Avon Lake, Ohio in Comp Eliminator adding to his previous 9 wins in this class. Pete Gasko Jr., Monroe Township, N.J., took home the SAM Tech Factory Stock Showdown defeating David Barton of Robesonia, Pa. Gasko had was out of the gate first and held off Barton for the holeshot win.
The following are the final results from the 8th annual NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series NHRA Four-Wide Nationals presented at zMAX Dragway:
TOP ALCOHOL DRAGSTER
Shawn Cowie, 5.328, 272.94 def. Justin Ashley, 5.362, 273.39.
TOP ALCOHOL FUNNY CAR
Johan Lindberg, Chevy Monte Carlo, 5.551, 260.66 def. Steve Gasparrelli, Chevy Camaro, 5.602, 261.93.
Bruno Massel, Chevy Cobalt, 7.024, 179.35 def. Patrick Ross, Pontiac Grand Am, 7.749, 174.68.
Peter Biondo, Pontiac Firebird, 9.680, 127.86 def. Joe Lisa, Chevy Camaro, 10.356, 128.48.
Kyle Kohr, Chevy Camaro, 10.737, 117.25 def. Jeff Hairrington, Ford Mustang, 10.165, 130.78.
FACTORY STOCK SHOWDOWN
Peter Gasko Jr, Chevy Camaro, 8.262, 164.23 def. David Barton, Camaro, 8.227, 164.91.
John Labbous Jr, Dragster, 8.909, 167.43 def. Franklin DiBartolomeo, Dragster, 8.916, 164.61.
John Labbous Jr, Chevy Corvette, 9.895, 156.50 def. Matt Tankersley, Pontiac GTO, 9.883, 154.63.
TOP DRAGSTER PRESENTED BY RACINGRVS.COM
Ivey Brannon, Dragster, 7.148, 183.37 def. Alan Kenny, Dragster, 6.243, 218.41.