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Mon, 15 Oct 2001, 02:04 PM

Winners Hit the Jackpot at Las Vegas Motor Speedway
Courtesy of NHRA Marketing





LAS VEGAS -- Winners in the NHRA Pacific Division's Summit Racing Series Finals will head to Pomona, Calif., in November to take on the winners from NHRA's six other divisions. The event, which boasted nearly 800 cars, featured competition in four categories - Pro, Sportsman, Street, and Motorcycle - competing for a share of the $27,160 purse. Competitors in the High School class earned trophies.

The winners in the top four categories will head to California for a chance at a winner-takes-all $5,000 purse. They will also receive $3,500 to cover travel expenses.

The Pro category was an all-Inyokern Dragstrip affair. Steve Parsons beat out teammate David Leighton for the win. The team from Las Vegas Motor Speedway also had two racers in the Sportsman final. Richard Ariotti took the win over Paul Haszlauen. In Street, Redding Dragstrip's Richard Dreher beat Danny Cole from Sacramento Raceway Park, and in Motorcycle, Joseph Smith, who was runner-up in yesterday's Race of Champions event representing Southwestern International Raceway, won over Lonnie Woodruff from Rocky Mountain Raceway.

"I can't wait to go to Pomona in some new leathers!" said a triumphant Smith. Then, pointing at the worn riding gear he was wearing, added, "These old duct-taped pants have to go!"

In High School, Sacramento Raceway Park's Tim McNamara beat Andy Locke from Los Angeles County Raceway.

In the race for the coveted team championship, Sears Point Raceway won for the third consecutive year, scoring 118 points. They were followed closely by Las Vegas Motor Speedway and Speedworld Motorplex.



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