The NHRA Pacific Division crowns their 2019 champions. Justin Lamb and Jimmy DeFrank highlight the all-star lists of sportsman champs.
After a long season which included seven Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series events between March and November, the NHRA Pacific Division crowned its 2019 champions recently.
The list of Division 7 champions reads like a who’s who of NHRA sportsman racers like Justin Lamb and Jimmy DeFrank. Joining them at the table are Tony Mandella, Parker Theobald, Mike Boehner, John Dexter, Steve Casner, and Doug Crumlich.
For more on each champion, read the 2019 Division 7 recap below.
NHRA Pacific Division 7 2019 Champions
Competition Eliminator – Tony Mandella
On the strength of three final round appearances, Tony Mandella locked up the Division 7 Competition Eliminator Championship with 361 points. Mandella held off competitors Joe Mozeris and Scott McClay, who finished second and third respectively.
In his three LODRS final rounds, Mandella went undefeated picking up wins at Las Vegas and both races at the Somona Double Divisional. He also went a few rounds at Fontana and Phoenix that helped him close out the season.
Super Stock – Jimmy DeFrank
Jimmy DeFrank recently claimed the Division 7 Super Stock Championship with two wins and several low-round finishes. He finished with a total of 385 points which outdistanced Kyle Rizzoli and Len Schneider.
DeFrank’s two LODRS wins came at Sonoma and Las Vegas 2. He threw together enough round wins at Las Vegas 1, Woodburn, and Phoenix to give him the division title.
Stock Eliminator – Justin Lamb
Justin Lamb raced his way to the Division 7 Stock Eliminator Championship after finishing with two final round appearances. His 405 points kept in front of Ryan Mangus and Jon Irving in the points chase.
Lamb’s first win came at Sonoma 1 and his second at Phoenix. With the help of going some rounds at Sonoma 2, Seattle, and Las Vegas, he finished the season with the divisional title.
Super Comp – Parker Theobald
With the top 10 separated by only 35, it was no surprise that the chase for the championship in Super Comp was not easy. Parker Theobald proved his expertise by finishing with 319 points and claiming the Division 7 Super Comp Championship.
Theobald’s 319 points outlasted Val Torres by two points and Marko Perivolaris by eleven points.
Theobald had one LODRS victory which came at Boise in Division 6. With the help of round wins at Las Vegas, Woodburn, Sonoma, and Phoenix, Theobald came out on top with the season title.
Super Gas – Mike Boehner
Mike Boehner secured the Division 7 Super Gas Championship after one LODRS victory and several late-round appearances. His 340 points was enough to come out on top and leave Ken Mostowich and Edwin Olpin Jr. a close second and third in the final standings.
Boehner took home the Wally at Sonoma 1. To help finish up the season and give him the title, he had late-round finishes at Tucson, Sonoma 2, Phoenix, and Las Vegas.
Super Street – John Dexter
John Dexter picked up the Division 7 Super Street Championship after finishing the season with three final round appearances. Dexter, who finished with a total of 408 points, held off David Gotts and Mark Simonian to secure the title.
Dexter started off the season strong winning the first three events he went to which were Tucson, Las Vegas, and Denver. He had a few late-round appearances at Sonoma and Phoenix.
Top Dragster – Steve Casner
With two final round appearances, Steve Casner claimed the Division 7 Top Dragster Championship. Casner finished with a total of 343 points and held off competitors Tanner Theobald and Linzi Theobald Meserve.
Casner picked up one LODRS win at Las Vegas 1 and a runner-up finish at Seattle. He also had a couple late-round finishes at Sonoma and Las Vegas 2.
Top Sportsman – Doug Crumlich
Doug Crumlich captured the Division 7 Top Sportsman Championship with one LODRS victory and a total of 344 points. Crumlich held off competitors Richard Okerman, whom he was tied for first with, and Bud Preuss.
Crumlich’s LODRS victory came at Fontana. He had several late-round finishes at Woodburn, Sonoma Double Divisional, and Las Vegas that helped him claim the title.
Congrats go out to all the NHRA Division 7 Champions on their successful seasons! See you on the racetrack next year!
About the author: Megan Strassweg is a 22 year old Super Comp racer from Louisville, Kentucky. She races a 2015 American Dragster sponsored by Coolshirt Systems. She graduated from Western Kentucky University in May of 2020 with a degree in Photojournalism and a minor in Entrepreneurship. Megan works at Jim Butner Auto in the Finance Department. Growing up at the racetrack, drag racing is all she has known and never plans to give up on it.