NHRA ARIZONA NATS YIELDS HOMETOWN ADVANTAGE FOR SOME SPORTSMAN WINNERS

Written by Eric Lotz; Photos by Roger Richards.

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tad fianlThree Arizona racers took home the hardware from the NHRA Arizona Nationals and the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series this past weekend at Firebird International Raceway.  Phoenix resident Kevin Kleineweber won in Super Street, Harry Doolittle, Wickenburg, Ariz., took the win in Super Stock, and Chuck Hawk, Tucson, Ariz., was victorious in Top Dragster

Kleineweber knocked out fellow Phoenix racer Ryan Giacone in his Hughes Performance sponsored ’94 Lumina in 11.001 seconds at 143.26 mph while Doolittle held off Mike Graham, Tempe, Ariz.  Hawk over powered Moe Trujillo with a lap of 197 mph in 6.914 seconds in his ’11 dragster.

Zack Torres and JR Lobner turned their trips to Phoenix into wins with Torres coming from El Paso, Texas, to beat Matthew Hawk (Chuck’s son) in the Stock Final for Torres’ first NHRA national event win of his career.  Lobner, Gardner, Kan., got the starting line advantage over Ted Carli, Temecula, Calif., to take his first win at the national level as well.

Brad Pierce and Jack DeRencin rounded out the winners taking the Super Gas and Super Comp titles respectively.  The win is Pierce’s fifth national in six final rounds as he took the hole-shot to beat Russ Ginger.  DeRencin, Buena Park, Calif., was near perfect running 8.905 on the 8.90 index to take out Jim Berry.

Most of the racers in competition this weekend will return to Firebird International Raceway on Thursday when they kick off an NHRA Pacific Division Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series double-header.  The first of two events will run qualifying and time trials on Thursday with eliminations on Friday.  Racers in the Top Alcohol Dragster and Funny Car classes will join the action for the second race that will take place on Saturday and Sunday, March 2-3.


The following are the final results from the NHRA Arizona Nationals at Firebird International Raceway:

Super Stock -- Harry Doolittle, Pontiac Firebird, 12.069, 109.67 def. Mike Graham, Ford Mustang, 10.265, 129.74.

Stock Eliminator -- Zack Torres, Chevy Camaro, 11.622, 110.88 def. Matthew Hawk, Ford Mustang, 12.367, 100.56.

Super Comp -- Jack DeRencin, Dragster, 8.905, 164.47 def. Jim Berry, Dragster, 8.924, 166.89.

Super Gas -- Brad Pierce, Chevy Corvette, 9.899, 141.34 def. Russ Ginger, Dodge Aspen, 9.857, 161.21.

Super Street -- Kevin Kleineweber, Chevy Lumina, 11.001, 143.26 def. Ryan Giacone, Ford Thunderbird, 11.127, 119.57.

Top Dragster -- Chuck Hawk, Dragster, 6.914, 197.16 def. Moe Trujillo, Dragster, foul.

Top Sportsman -- JR Lobner, Chevy S-10, 7.457, 184.22 def. Ted Carli, Chevy Cobalt, 6.682, 207.75.

 

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