BROWNSBURG, Ind. --
Wed, 06 Sep 2017, 10:27 AM
Hart, Lombardo and Helms Earn First Wins in Indy
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The Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series was in full effect during the 63rd annual NHRA Chevrolet
Performance U.S. Nationals. Josh Hart, John Lombardo Jr., and Kevin Helms raced to victory at Lucas
Josh Hart and crew celebrate his first National event win.
Hart, Ocala Fla., and Megan Meyer, Olathe, Kan., lined up against each other in the final round of
Top Alcohol Dragster. Meyer was 1-0 against Hart in prior final round appearances heading into this
final round. Hart took the starting line advantage and powered his way down the track at 5.307
seconds, 274.33 mph to take the win. Meyer followed up at 5.364 seconds, 275.79 mph. This was both
drivers' first final round appearances at the U.S. Nationals.
John Lombardo Jr. and crew celebrate his first U.S. Nationals
California rivals Lombardo Jr., Brea, Calif and Doug Gordon of Paso Robles, Calif., made their
final round debuts at the U.S. Nationals. Lombardo took off first, Gordon stayed with him but had
mechanical issues. Lombardo was able to pull away for the Top Alcohol Funny Car national event
Wally trophy, running 5.485 seconds, 269.08 mph. Gordon registered a runner up pass of 5.715
seconds, 262.64 mph.
Kevin Helms and crew celebrate his 26th National event win.
Helms, Plant City Fla., earned his third win and first in Super Stock at Indy as he left the gate
first and kept Marion Stephenson Williamsport, Ind., behind him in the Super Stock final round.
Brad Plourd and crew celebrate his third U.S. Nationals win.
Brad Plourd, Holly Pond, Ala., cruised down the strip in his Ford Roadster for the easy win in the
Comp Eliminator final round; Mike Farrell, Louisville, K.y., triggered red at the starting line.
Larry Gilley and crew celebrate his first U.S. Nationals win.
Ray Connolly and crew celebrate his second U.S. Nationals win.
Kevin Adams and crew celebrate his first National event win.
David Barton and crew celebrate his fifth National event win.
Sidnei Frigo and crew celebrate his first National event win.
The other drivers visiting the winner's circle were: Larry Gilley in Stock; Ray Connolly in Super
Comp; Kevin Adams in Super Gas; David Barton in Factory Stock Showdown; and Sidnei Frigo in Pro
The following are Monday's final results from the 63rd annual Chevrolet Performance U.S. Nationals
at Lucas Oil Raceway at Indianapolis:
Top Alcohol Dragster
Josh Hart, 5.307, 274.33 def. Megan Meyer, 5.364, 275.79.
Top Alcohol Funny Car
John Lombardo Jr., Chevy Camaro, 5.485, 269.08 def. Doug Gordon, Camaro, 5.715, 262.64.
Brad Plourd, Ford T Roadster, 14.529, 93.36 def. Mike Farrell, Chevy Roadster, Foul - Red Light.
Kevin Helms, Dodge Challenger, 9.122, 137.86 def. Marion Stephenson, Chevy Cobalt, 9.737, 129.98.
Larry Gilley, Dodge Dart, 10.622, 123.07 def. Darrell Steiger, dodge Challenger, 10.619, 123.54.
Ray Connolly, Dragster, 8.931, 171.79 def. Edmond Richardson, Dragster, 8.937, 168.72.
Kevin Adams, Chevy Nova, 9.920, 154.10 def. Samantha Coughlin, Chevy Corvette, 9.920, 164.57.
Factory Stock Showdown
David Barton, Chevy Camaro, 8.181, 164.53 def. Stephen Bell, Camaro, 8.214, 165.48.
Sidnei Frigo, Chevy Corvette, 6.318, 203.68 def. Troy Coughlin, Corvette, 9.079, 122.76.
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