Larry Demers wins Top Sportsman at Lucas Oil Nats
Larry Demers earned his second national event win in the Top Sportsman on Sunday at the NHRA Lucas Oil Nationals at Brainerd International Raceway.
BRAINERD, MINN. – Larry Demers drove his ’10 Cobalt to the Top Sportsman class win on Sunday at the NHRA Lucas Oil Nationals. The win was Demers second in national event competition and both have come at BIR.
Demers was wired to the tree during eliminations posting four reactions of either .008 or .009. The only time he wasn’t .00x at the tree was during his third round encounter with Curt Harshfield where he posted a .024 light.
In the final round, Demers used a .009 light and a .013 over 7.063 to turn back Fredrich’s .022 initiated, .021 over 6.701.
In earlier rounds, Demers was the benefactor of a foul start by Michael Freischel in round two and breakouts by Curt Harshfield and Jeff Connelly in rounds three and four respectively.
The semifinal match up with Connelly proved to be Demers closest race of the event. Both drivers left with .00x lights and both ran within .009 of their dial-ins. The difference was Connelly was -.009 under his 6.18 dial while Demers posted a dead-on 7.069 for the win.
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