NHRA Sportsman at the Winternationals
NHRA Winternationals at Pomona
Cannan, Meziere Score First National Event Victories
Chris Demke and Brian Hough took home big wins to kick off the 2014 NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series at Auto Club Raceway at Pomona and the Circle K NHRA Winternationals. Demke defeated Don St. Arnaud for the Top Alcohol Dragster title and Hough ran down Sean Bellemeur in Top Alcohol Funny Car.
Demke, Tujunga, Calif., qualified No. 1 with a 5.218 second pass at 276.46 mph then clicked off runs of 5.220 in a first round bye, and 5.230 and 5.276 to knock out Megan McKernan, Sierra Madre, Calif., and Casey Grisel, Orangevale, Calif., on his way to the final with St. Arnaud. St. Arnaud, Edmonton, Alberta, came out of the No. 3 position and beat Bruce Litton and Duane Shields in rounds 1 and 2, and had a bye into the final when Larry Miersch hurt his car in round 2 and was unable to make the call for the semifinals.
Hough was looking for his seventh NHRA national event win while Bellemeur was in search of his first.