NHRA Division 7 at Las Vegas

NHRA Division 7 at Las Vegas

More Champs Crowned

Alan Ellis, Justin Lamb and Rick Beckstrom each locked up their 2013 NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series World Championships Nov. 3 at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. The three join Jim Whiteley, Frank Manzo and Luke Bogacki who had already clinched their championships.

At the final Lucas Oil Series event anywhere in the country this year, Annie Whiteley, who's undefeated in four career regional starts at Las Vegas, and husband Jim Whiteley swept the alcohol classes for the third time since last year, Annie in Top Alcohol Funny Car and Jim in Top Alcohol Dragster. Both won photo-finish finals, Annie by three-thousandths of a second over Jay Payne, who clinched the West Region championship, and Jim by just one-thousandth over Garrett Bateman.

Jim, who locked up the national championship with his victory at last week's Toyota Nationals at The Strip at Las Vegas, clinched the regional title with his fifth final and fourth win of the season.

He set top speed last week with three 271-mph runs, topped 271 in all three rounds of this race, too, including a 272.34-mph blast (top speed of the meet) in a 5.27 (low ET.) first-round win over two-time 2013 winner Shawn Cowie's otherwise excellent 5.35 at 266.