NHRA Lucas Oil winners crowned at Texas FallNationals

At Texas Motorplex and the 29th Annual AAA Texas NHRA FallNationals, Shayne Lawson, Broken Arrow, Okla., and Steve Harker, Gainesville, Ga., took home the wins in Top Alcohol Dragster and Top Alcohol Funny Car respectively.

Shayne Lawson, who was driving Randy Meyer’s ’09 dragster for the weekend, worked his way through the field and ran 5.299 seconds at 270.64 mph in his final round victory over Joey Severance, Woodburn, Ore., who clocked in at 12.519 seconds, 61.01 mph. This was the first time that Lawson and Severance have faced each other in eliminations. Severance had the starting line advantage but then had problems once he left the starting line and shut it off. Lawson had a nice straight pass down the groove to take the win. This is Lawson’s second national event win this year and second of his career. He received his first national event win at the NHRA Kansas Nationals in Topeka.

SteveHarker-Norwalk-trophyHarker faced off against Terry Ruckman, Grand Junction, Colo., and posted a winning run of 5.560 seconds, 261.62 mph in his ’13 Monte Carlo. Ruckman drove to a 5.702 second, 252.71 mph lap for his runner up finish. This was the first time Harker and Ruckman had faced each other in eliminations. This was Ruckman’s first final round appearance. Ruckman was off the line first and was in front just past the 330-foot mark but Harker was able to pull away and take the win. This was Harker’s sixth national event win and he has appeared in 20 final rounds.

SlateCummings-launch-SuperStockSlate Cummings was successful with back-to-back weekend wins in Stock and Super Stock. Cummings faced off against Jarod Granier in the final round in Texas. Granier was in a hurry and went red and Cummings took the win in Super Stock. Cummings received his previous win at the NHRA Lucas Oil South Central Divisional event at Thunder Road Raceway Park.

Alan Savage scored his first National event win as he faced off against Christopher Dodd in his final round. Dodd had the starting line advantage but Savage had the better run and took home his first Wally in Super Comp.

Jerry Emmons got the win in Stock Eliminator over Jimmy Hidalgo, Jr. Hidalgo has been to three finals and has had one win while Emmons has been to 21 final rounds and has had 13 wins. Emmons had the starting line advantage but Hidalgo broke out trying to run him down and Emmons took home the Wally.

TOP ALCOHOL DRAGSTER: Shayne Lawson, Broken Arrow, Okla., 5.299, 270.64 def. Joey Severance, Woodburn, Ore., 12.519, 61.01

TOP ALCOHOL FUNNY CAR: Steve Harker, Gainesville, Ga., Monte Carlo, 5.560, 261.62 def. Terry Ruckman, Grand Junction, Colo., Chevy Monte Carlo, 5.702, 252.71.

COMP ELIMINATOR: Clark Smiley, Denver City, Texas, GXP, 7.358, 179.04 def. Keith Hall, Ravenna, Texas, Chevy Cavalier, 8.510, 159.74.

SUPER STOCK: Slate Cummings, Ponchatoula, La., Chevy Cavalier, 8.992, 165.89 def. Jarrod Granier, Labadieville, La., Chevy, foul.

STOCK ELIMINATOR: Jerry Emmons, Pasadena, Texas, Chevy, 10.247, 116.04 def. Jimmy Hidalgo, Donaldsonville, La., GTO, 10.951, 114.53.

SUPER COMP: Alan Savage, Mexia, Texas, TNT, 8.910, 154.53 def. Christopher Dodd, Double Oak, Texas, 8.887, 173.05.

SUPER GAS: Jimmy Lewis, Forney, Texas, Chevy Corvette, 9.894, 151.17 def. Robby Lopez, Grand Prairie, Texas, Chevy Corvette, 9.882, 147.23.

SUPER STREET: Maxwell McGlothin, Carrollton, Texas, Vega, 10.899, 125.99 def. Reggie Baudoin, Breaux Bridge, La., Chevy, 10.897, 135.78. (file photos)