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Tue, 19 Sep 2017, 12:17 PM

Aragon Closes in on National Championship, Labbous Maintains Top Spots
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CONCORD, N.C. - The Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series was in full effect this past weekend during the 10th annual NHRA Carolina Nationals at zMAX Dragway. Frank Aragona and John Labbous Jr., both moved closer to National Championship rings with final round victories Sunday.

Frank Aragona celebrates ninth National event Wally.
Aragona, Freehold N.J., squared off against Comp Eliminator Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series National points leader David Rampy of Piedmont, Ala. Aragona took the starting line advantage and powered his way down the strip to victory, running 7.388 seconds, 171.31 mph; Rampy 7.354 seconds, 160.94 mph.

John Labbous Jr. celebrates sixth National event Wally.

Dean Mathauser celebrates first National event Wally.
Labbous, White House, Tenn., took the Super Comp final round win; outrunning Amanda Boicesco, Warminster, Pa. Labbous nearly doubled up but fell short to Dean Mathauser, Newport News, Va., in a double breakout during the Super Gas final round. Labbous is the points leader in Super Comp and Super Gas.

Shawn Cowie celebrates ninth National event Wally.
Shawn Cowie, Surrey, B.C., came from behind to score the final round victory in the Top Alcohol Dragster final round after giving up the starting line advantage to Corey Michalek of Columbus, Ohio. Cowie peaked at 5.295 seconds, 272.39 mph, Michalek runner upped at 5.399 seconds, 267.27 mph.

Andy Bohl celebrates second National event Wally.
Top Alcohol Funny Car points leader John Lombardo Jr., Brea, Calif., got off the line first but faced traction issues and could not recover as Andy Bohl of Racine, Wyo., took home the national event Wally trophy at 5.556 seconds, 268.60 mph. Lombardo came in second at 5.786 seconds, 267.91 mph.

Jerry Albert celebrates third National event Wally.

Todd Ewing celebrates his seventh National event Wally.
Todd Ewing, Vinemont, Ala., also was very close to doubling up but broke out against Jerry Albert, Avon, Ohio, in the Top Sportsman presented by RacingRVs final round. Albert clocked in at 6.890 seconds, 199.82 mph for his Top Sportsman win. However, in the Top Dragster presented by RacingRVs final round, Ewing triggered a great reaction time (.008 second) and held off Barry Brown, Blountville, Tenn., for the win.

Nicholas Chiles celebrates first National event Wally.

Kenneth Stott celebrates first National event Wally.
The other drivers visiting the winner's circle were Nicholas Chiles in Super Stock and Kenneth Stott in Stock.

The following are the final results from the 10th annual NHRA Carolina Nationals at zMAX Dragway:

Shawn Cowie, Surrey, B.C., 5.295, 272.39 def. Corey Michalek, Columbus, Ohio, 5.399, 267.27.

Andy Bohl, Racine, Wyo., Chevy Camaro, 5.556, 268.60 def. John Lombardo Jr., Brea, Calif., Camaro, 5.786, 267.91.

Frank Aragona, Freehold, N.J., Roadster, 7.388, 171.31 def. David Rampy, Piedmont, Ala., Roadster, 7.354, 160.94.

Nicholas Chiles, Fredricksburg, Va., Chevy Cobalt, 9.082, 149.85 def. Byron Worner, Duncannon, Pa., Chevy Camaro, 9.808, 135.43.

Kenneth Stott, Landrum, S.C., Chevy Camaro, 11.673, 105.92 def. Mickey Whaley, La Grange, N.C., Camaro, 10.688, 122.41.

John Labbous Jr, White House, Tenn., Dragster, 8.989, 145.41 def. Amanda Boicesco, Warminster, Pa., Dragster, 7.974, 127.96.

Dean Mathauser, Newport News, Va., Pontiac GTO, 9.895, 153.04 def. John Labbous Jr, White House, Tenn.,Chevy Corvette, 9.882, 161.04.

TOP SPORTSMAN presented by
Jerry Albert, Avon, Ohio, Chevy Camaro, 6.890, 199.82 def. Todd Ewing, Vinemont, Ala., Camaro, 6.799, 198.96.

TOP DRAGSTER presented by
Todd Ewing, Vinemont, Ala., Dragster, 7.226, 177.74 def. Barry Brown, Blountville, Tenn., Dragster, 7.666, 164.87.

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