LODRS at Houston

Fair, Westerfield Score in Houston

Forrest Fair and Shane Westerfield each grabbed wins at the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series season opener for the NHRA Central Region/South Central Division at Royal Purple Raceway this past weekend.

Fair, Haughton, La., came from the No. 5 qualifying position with a pair of 5.273 second runs in rounds 1 and 2, and a 5.340 at 265.85 mph in the final to defeat defending Lucas Oil Central Region champion Gord Gingles in Top Alcohol Dragster. Gingles clocked in at 5.387, 272.78.  Fair beat Buddy Domingue and No. 1 qualifier David Brounkowski in rounds 1 and 2. 

Lake Forest, California racer Westerfield qualified No. 2 and faced off with No. 1 qualifier and fellow Californian John Lombardo Jr., Brea, Calif., in the Top Alcohol Funny Car final.  Westerfield used a starting line advantage combined with a 5.562 second run at 261.22 mph to hold off the quicker Lombardo at 5.531, 263.87. 

A number of home state racers made trips to the winner’s circle on Sunday led by reigning NHRA Lucas Oil Super Gas National Champion Jeff Lopez and his ’63 Corvette.  The Bedford, Texas, racer won over Jay Bunce in Super Gas.  Gary Emmons, Keith Hall and Bob Gulitti also added wins for Texas with Emmons, Friendswood, Texas, beating Austin Williams in Stock; Hall, Ravenna, Texas, won in Comp over Adam Hickey; and the Orteq Top Sportsman trophy went to Gulitti, Tomball, Texas, with a 6.696 second, 203.98 mph win against Keith Raftery.