Photos by: Bob Johnson
TUCSON, Ariz. - Ralph Van Paepeghem (Competition Eliminator), Cody Lane (Super Stock), Stock Eliminator (Stock Eliminator), Michael Miller (Super Comp), Ray Cordeiro (Super Gas), John Dexter (Super Street), Dan Lafferty (Top Sportsman), Chuck Phelps (Top Dragster), and Reggie Mackay (Sportsman Motorcycle) take home Wallys from the Division Seven season opener. Division Seven was making a return to Tucson Dragway for a Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series (LODRS) event for the first time since 2010.
Van Paepeghem was the runner-up last weekend at the National event in Phoenix. The Garden Valley, Idaho resident qualified second in Competition Eliminator with his A/EA '32 Bantam with a -0.590 under the index pass. He defeated Ashton Hudson in round one, had a bye in the semifinals. In the final he had a better light and defeated Number one qualifier Joe Mozeris. Van Paepeghem won his 13th LODRS Wally and his seventh in Competition Eliminator.
Ralph Van Paepeghem, Garden Valley, Idaho, '32 Bantam, A/EA, 7.480, 175.16 defeated Joe Mozeris, Phoenix, Ariz., '13 dragster, B/ED, 7.074, 185.61.
Cody Lane from Seattle, Wash. qualified number one in his SS/BS '05 Cavalier with a -1.076 (under index) pass of 8.844 seconds in Super Stock. Lane the winner last week at the National event in Phoenix in Stock defeated Rick Pike in round one, he had the bye in round two. In round three he had a 0.044 package to defeat Darcy Clarke and in the semifinal he had a 0.039 package to defeat Harry Doolittle. In the Super Stock final Tom Nolan was a little too quick on the tree and turned on the red light to give Lane the win. This was Lane's fifth LODRS win and the third in Super Stock.
Cody Lane, Seattle, Wash., '05 Cavalier, SS/BS, 9.382, 116.10 defeated Tom Nolan, Lacombe, Alb., '09 G5, GT/EA, foul.
John Dourlet from Telluride, Colo. Qualified his AA/SA '63 Plymouth in the number 43 position. He defeated Earl Blake in round one, he beat Andy Kimball in round two and got by Ryan Mangus in round three. In round four he had a 0.031 second package to defeat Al Corda, he beat Jesse Loeffler in the semifinal. Dourlet won his first Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series Wally defeating Mike Cotton in the final.
John Dourlet, Telluride, Colo., '63 Plymouth, AA/SA, 10.363, 126.00 defeated Mike Cotten, Cave Creek, Ariz., '73 Duster, F/SA, 11.290, 115.49.
Michael Miller won the Super Comp title defeating Kevin Brannon in round one, he put Cal Belden on the trailer in round two. The Moniarty, N.M. resident drove his '10 TNT dragster past Val Torres in round three and Trevor Larson in round five. In the semifinal he had the starting line advantage and defeated Punch Johnson. In the final round he had 0.018 second reaction time and ran 0.030 seconds over the index for win over Aaron Kinard. Miller won his 12th LODRS Wally, and seventh in Super Comp.
Super Comp Michael Miller, Moniarty, N.M., '10 TNT, 9.180, 170.86 defeated Aaron Kinard, Temecula, Calif., '14 American, 9.194, 162.55.
Ray Cordeiro defeated Darryl Boso in round one, Kit Dickman in round two and Don Anderson in round three. In round four he had a better light and broke out by less to defeat Rick Cates, in the semifinal he put Clint Fishel on the trailer. The Goleta Calif. resident drove his '63 Corvette to the winner circle defeating Marko Perivolaris when he turned on the red light. Cordeiro won his second LODRS Wally, both in Super Gas.
Ray Cordeiro, Goleta, Calif., '63 Corvette, 10.159, 161.79 defeated Marko Perivolaris, Petaluma, Calif., '67 Camaro, foul.
John Dexter won his sixth Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series Wally all have been in Super Street. Dexter from Surprise, Ariz. qualified his '68 Camaro in the number four spot. He got a hole shot win over Harlan Tucker in round one, he won round two when Jed Dahar went red. He had a great 0.008 second reaction time in round three to put Ryan Giacone on the trailer. He defeated Greg Ventura in the semifinal. In the final round he had a better reaction time and ran dead on with a six to defeat Bryan Morris.
John Dexter, Surprise, Ariz., '68 Camaro, 11.156, 140.59 defeated Bryan Morris, Mesa, Ariz., '67 Chevelle, 11.123, 125.48.
Dan Lafferty won the Top Sportsman title, his seventh LODRS Wally, his second in Top Sportsman. Lafferty from Wendell, Idaho qualified his '69 Camaro in the number 14 spot with a 7.030 second pass at 193.07 mph. He won round one when Mike Lucas went red. In round two the decision was made to run the remainder of the race to the 1/8th mile, he defeated Will Yakimetz. Round three he had the starting line advantage to defeat Ken Ratzloff. He defeated Bryan Warr in a close one, the margin of victory was 0.0040 seconds (approximately 11 inches) in round four. The semifinal match-up he got the starting line advantage and the win defeating Jose Luis Garcia Jr. In the final Lafferty had a 0.037 second package for the win over Ed Olpin.
Dan Lafferty, Wendell, Idaho, '69 Camaro, 4.560, 146.72 defeated Ed Olpin, Plesant Grove, Calif., '68 Camaro, 4.693, 149.70.
Chuck Phelps qualified in the number eight spot with a 6.416 second pass at 214.08 mph. He defeated Tom Koenen in round one. The decision was made to shorten the race to an 1/8 mile race in round two, he got the starting line advantage on Dan Naylor and the win. He had a 0.032 second package in round three to defeat Jennifer Wiens. Phelps had a great 0.011 second reaction time to defeat Mark Simmons in round four. Cody Webber went red to give Phelps the win to advance to his sixth LODRS final. Chuck Phelps won his fifth LODRS Wally and first in Top Dragster when he broke out less than Tanner Theobald in the final.
Top Dragster Chuck Phelps, Chandler, Ariz., '16 Dragster, 4.151, 171.77 defeated Tanner Theobald, St Geroge, Utah, '07 Trick, 4.917, 133.10.
Reggie Mackay from Lemon Grove, Calif. won the Sportsman Motorcycle title riding his '95 Buell. He defeated Eric Jaquith when he went red in round one. In the final he got the starting line advantage to beat Marlene Patterson.
Reggie Mackay, Lemon Grove, Calif., '95 Buell, 11.336, 108.96 defeated Marlene Patterson, Tucson, Ariz., '80 Kawasaki KZ, 10.658, 121.41.