Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series veterans dominate the Winternationals winners circle. Justin Lamb, Doug Lambeck, and Val Torres earn big wins to kick off the 2020 racing season.
POMONA – The 2020 NHRA drag racing season roared into action on Sunday crowning the first national event champions of the year. The 60th Annual Winternationals final rounds were dominated by sportsman greats. As Justin Lamb (SS), Doug Lambeck (Comp), and Val Torres (SG) earned Wally’s at the 60th edition of the Winternationals.
They were joined by formed world champions Brian McClanahan (STK) and Paul Nero (TD), along with Parker Theobald (SC), Gary Erickson (SST), and Don Meziere (TS).
2020 NHRA Lucas Oil Winternationals Sportsman Final Round Results
Competition Eliminator – Doug Lambeck
Appearing in his 29th final round, Doug Lambeck earned his 15th national event Wally when Tibor Kadar fouled at the tree. Lambeck’s win is his second straight after winning the Auto Club NHRA Finals at the same track just a couple of months prior. Lambeck was also the DragChamp pick to win the class. See all of our pre-race picks here.
Super Stock – Justin Lamb
5X NHRA world champ Justin Lamb used a .002 light in the final to turn back first time finalist Tod Haste in the Super Stock final. Lamb was .002 take .016 in the win after his .023 over 8.873 eclipsed Haste’s .019 initiated 10.592 on his 10.57 dial.
Three of Lamb’s last four reactions were .006 or better including a perfect light in round three. Not to be outdone, Haste also posted a .000 light to prevent Ryan McClanahan from joining his father Brian (STK) in a final round.
Stock Eliminator – Brian McClanahan
2018 Stock world champion Brian McClanahan raced to the 60th Annual Lucas Oil Winternationals victory after winning a heads-up AA/SA final. The final was a classic Chevy versus Ford match up with McClanahan using a 9.721 in his Camaro to outrun Robert Pond and his Thunderbolt. Pond posted a 9.795 lap in the final but came up short of the win.
Super Comp – Parker Theobald
Theobald Motorsports owned the Super Comp class at the NHRA Winternationals when brothers Parker and Travis met in the final round. Both brothers were making their first national event final round appearances. At the hit, Travis let go -.008 too soon handing the victory to his brother and 2019 Division 7 champion, Parker Theobald.
Prior to turning it red in the final, Travis posted three straight 8.90x passes to punch his ticket to the final round.
Super Gas – Val Torres
Val Torres drove his Corvette roadster to his second Winternationals victory and seventh overall on Sunday. Torres defeated fellow Division 7 hitter Greg Ventura in the final round after Ventura ran under by -.001!
Ventura, driving his recently restored Nova, grabbed a big advantage at the tree, .013 to .034. As they approached the stripe, Ventura crossed .051 ahead of Torres posting a losing 9.899 to Torres’ safe 9.929.
It was the second round in a row that Torres’ opponent posted a losing 9.899! Damon Bustamante lost to Torres in the semifinals 9.899 to Torres’ 9.920 after he took .030 stripe.
Greg didn’t leave Pomona empty-handed though as he was awarded the Best Appearing Car award for his beautiful 66′ Nova. Ventura was also the DragChamp pre-race pick to win the class.
Super Street – Gary Ericksen
Driving his Ford Probe, Gary Ericksen collected his third national event victory on Sunday after defeating Kevin Houmard in the final round. Ericksen’s .023 light and .024 over 10.924 forced Houmard into a breakout. Houmard trailed at the tree with a .042 light and ran -.009 under the 10.90 index.
Houmard was the DragChamp pre-race pick to win Super Street. See all of our pre-race picks here.
Top Sportsman – Don Meziere
The Top Sportsman final round was a heavyweight battle between two of the best drivers in the class. Don Meziere was .012 take .002 to overpower Richard Okerman and earn his fourth national event title in his sixth final.
Meziere, co-owner of Meziere Enterprizes, paired his .012 light with a .025 over 6.945 to Okerman’s right there, .027 light and .012 over 7.042. The .002 margin of victory equates to about nine inches on the track!
Top Dragster – Paul Nero
2018 Top Dragster world champion Paul Nero won for the fourth time on the national event level after using a huge holeshot to outrun Chuck Phelps in the Winternationals final round. Nero powered to a .013 to .094 lead at the starting line while posting .011 over 6.981 to claim his latest victory. Phelps trailed off the line and ran a -.007 under 6.363 in the loss.
The DragChamp pre-race picks looked strong today as Doug Lambeck won and Kevin Houmard and Greg Ventura both made final rounds. Look for more Winternationals Lucas Oil sportsman coverage in the coming days as we post class-by-class results in more detail.
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