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Olpin Doubles Up to Kick Off 2017

2017 season-opening Circle K NHRA Winternationals
Pomona, Calif., - The NHRA kicked off the 2017 season with the 57th annual Circle K NHRA Winter Nationals this past weekend at Auto Club Raceway at Pomona. Champions were recognized in Top Alcohol Dragster and Top Alcohol Funny Car, as well as Comp Eliminator, Stock, Super Comp and the rest of the classes that encompass the nationwide series.

Out of all the Lucas Oil winners, Ed Olpin, Pleasant Grove, Utah., had the most successful weekend by taking home a pair of NHRA Wally trophies. In the Super Gas final round, Olpin left the starting line with a near perfect light (.009), taking home the win at 9.886, 168.98 to Robert Naber’s, Ontario, Calif., 9.882, 163.06. Oplin then returned to the starting line to beat out Jeff Gillette, Benicia, Calif., and win his second Wally of the weekend, in Top Sportsman Presented by Racing in a close 6.978, 298.26 to 6.939, 193.24.

In Top Alcohol Dragster, defending 2016 NHRA Lucas Oil National Champion, Joey Severance, Woodburn, Ore., opened 2017 with a perfect start facing off with Garrett Bateman, Albany Ore., for Oregon bragging rights in the final round. Severance took the starting line advantage and stayed out in front of Bateman posting the low elapsed time of the event at 5.214 seconds, 275.51 mph to Bateman’s runner up pass of 5.486 seconds, 263.10 mph.

2016 Lucas Oil Top Alcohol Funny Car National Champion, Jonnie Lindberg, Brownsburg, Ind., returned to the final round but came up short as he fouled at the starting line. Shane Westerfield, Anaheim, Calif., after advancing to the final with wins over Brian Hough and No. 1 qualifier D.J. Cox.

Doug Lambeck, Irvine, Calif., hit a perfect light and took full advantage of it, running 8.638, 153.23 beating out Clint Neft, Arvada, Colo., who came in at 7.655, 156.48 in the Comp Eliminator final round while Mike Coughlin, Delaware, Ohio, came away with the win in Top Dragster Presented by Racing beating out Andy Spiegel, Acton, Calif.

Southern California racer Steve Williams knocked off Dave Alves, Princeton, Calif., in Super Comp running 8.903 on the 8.90 dial and Justin Lamb led from the start to defeat second generation driver Timothy Fletcher in Super Stock. Jerry Emmons made his trip from Pasadena, Texas payoff, winning tin Stock Eliminator over Justin Jerome, Fullerton, Calif.

Jay Turner, Julian, N.C., ran 6.093, 212.73 defeating Rickey House, Humble, Texas., who runnered up at 6.698, 203.03 to claim victory in the Top Fuel Harley class.

The following are final results from Circle K NHRA Winter Nationals at the Auto Club Raceway at Pomona:

Joey Severance, 5.214, 275.51 def. Garrett Bateman, 5.486, 263.10.

Shane Westerfield, Chevy Camaro, 6.652, 127.19 def. Jonnie Lindberg, Camaro, Foul - Red Light.

Doug Lambeck, Pontiac Sunfire, 8.351, 156.97 def. Clint Neff, Bantam Roadster, 7.655, 156.48.

Justin Lamb, Chevy Cobalt, 8.638, 153.23 def. Timothy Fletcher, Chevy Camaro, 10.375, 120.43.

Jerry Emmons, Chevy Camaro, 10.170, 119.87 def. Justin Jerome, Plymouth Duster, 10.985, 119.38.

Steve Williams, Dragster, 8.903, 185.38 def. Dave Alves, Dragster, 8.891, 184.77.

Ed Olpin, Chevy Corvette, 9.886, 168.98 def. Robert Naber, Corvette, 9.882, 163.06.

Mike Coughlin, Dragster, 6.093, 212.73 def. Andy Spiegel, Dragster, 6.662, 199.85.

Ed Olpin, Chevy Camaro, 6.978, 198.26 def. Jeff Gillette, Pontiac GTO, 6.939, 193.24.

Jay Turner, Dixie, 6.276, 218.23 def. Rickey House, VTS, Foul - Red Light.