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Mon, 29 Jul 2013, 16:17 PM

Williams, Beckstrom Lead Winners in Sonoma
Courtesy of NHRA Field Marketing





SONOMA, Calif. -- Steve Williams and Rick Beckstrom led the list of winners for the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series this past weekend at the NHRA Sonoma Nationals. The pair was joined by Jody Lang, Dan Fletcher, Bob Button and Jeff Gillette in the winner's circle celebration.

Williams, Beaumont, Calif., took the early lead with a .007 second reaction time in his Super Comp final round match up with Ken Mostowich, converting it into a win in a time of 8.928 seconds at 181.11 mph. Mostowich crossed the line in 8.958 at 167.16 mph. The win was Williams' sixth national.

Beckstrom had an even better reaction time at .002 as he faced off with Mike Blodgett in Super Gas with both racers looking for their sixth NHRA national event win. Beckstrom's starting line advantage was enough as he forced Blodgett to breakout by just 9-thousandths of a second. The Novato, Calif., racer also won here at Sonoma Raceway back in 2003.

In Super Stock it was Lang driving his Malibu to the win over Staci Smith in probably the closest race of the weekend. Both drivers ran quicker than their dials for a double-breakout with Lang winning by about two inches for his 25th national event victory.

Fletcher added to his collection of NHRA trophies when Brent Calvert broke out with his Ford Mustang in the Final of Stock Eliminator. The win was Fletchers 83rd overall and fourth in Sonoma.

Button and Gillette won in Top Dragster and Top Sportsman respectively; Button, Winters, Calif., winning his third and Gillette, Benicia, Calif., his fourth. Button clocked in at 6.807 seconds at 187.55 mph to beat George Prather, Sacramento, while Gillette went 200.14 mph in 6.962 seconds to end Mike Ferderer's day clocking in at 7.376, 180.60.

The following are the final results from the NHRA Sonoma Nationals at Sonoma Raceway:

Super Stock
Jody Lang, Chevy Malibu, 10.883, 119.26 def. Staci Smith, Dodge Daytona, 9.672, 133.99.

Stock Eliminator
Dan Fletcher, Chevy Camaro, 11.007, 117.20 def. Brent Calvert, Ford Mustang, 9.743, 132.21.

Super Comp
Steve Williams, Dragster, 8.928, 181.11 def. Ken Mostowich, Chevy Cavalier, 8.958, 167.16.

Super Gas
Rick Beckstrom, Pontiac Grand Am, 9.911, 168.51 def. Mike Blodgett, Chevy Vega, 9.891, 143.22.

Top Dragster
Bob Button, Dragster, 6.807, 187.55 def. George Prather, Dragster, 6.693, 196.73.

Top Sportsman
Jeff Gillette, Pontiac GTO, 6.962, 200.14 def. Mike Ferderer, Pontiac Grand Am, 7.376, 180.60.





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