World Champion Justin Lamb claimed his 26th National Event NHRA Wally at the Lucas Oil NHRA Winternationals at Auto Club Raceway in Pomona.
Justin qualified in the No. 33 position after two rounds of qualifying. He took his newly painted Chevy Cobalt to -.646 under his index, which turned out to be a 8.954 on a 9.60 index.
Lamb and Darcy Clarke squared off in the first round of eliminations. After leaving together, .028 to .029, Lamb chased down Clarke and gave him the stripe causing him to break out by -.009. Lamb ran one above his dial-in to advance to round two.
In the second round of eliminations, Lamb took an easy ride to the next round as his opponent, Larry Scarth, turned it red by -.023. Justin was .014 and shut off early.
Justin won on a foul start for the second straight round after third round opponent Rick McKinney left -.015 too soon. Lamb posted a .000 reaction time and took a victory lap running a 8.827 on a 8.85 dial-in.
Lamb lined up with Don Thomas in the fourth round of eliminations and was victorious once again. With a huge starting line advantage, .021 to .073, Justin made sure he killed enough before he got to the stripe by .064 to take the win.
Round five brought two of the most victorious Super Stock racers in the country battling for a spot in the final round. Lamb cut a stellar .006 reaction time over his opponent, Dan Fletcher, who was .028 and mathematically ineligible from the start as Lamb was .018 total.
Lamb and Tod Haste were the final two remaining, ready to fight for the trophy. Haste survived against multiple tough opponents, like Jon Irving and Ryan McClanahan, to make it to the final round.
Both drivers cut stellar reaction times, but Lamb was .002 and ran two above his 8.85 dial-in for the trophy. Haste was .019 and ran a 10.592 on a 10.57, coming up just a little bit short.
Congrats to Justin and his family on their latest victory!
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.