POMONA, Calif. --
Tue, 19 Feb 2013, 16:35 PM
DeFrank Doubles; Whiteley, Lombardo also Win
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Jimmy DeFrank scored the illusive double this weekend at the O'Reilly Auto Parts NHRA
Winternationals presented by Super Start Batteries at Auto Club Raceway at Pomona and Jim Whiteley
and John Lombardo took the wins in Top Alcohol Dragster and Top Alcohol Funny Car.
John Lombardo, Rick Beckstrom, Ross Wilson, Phil Dion, Jim
Whiteley and Jimmy DeFrank
DeFrank, Chatsworth, Calif., picked up his first double event win of his career winning in both the
Stock and Super Stock classes to become just the 14 driver in history to do so. DeFrank beat
Michael Iacono, Wading River, N.Y., in the final of Stock Eliminator with his '69 Camaro then came
back around to beat the defending event champion Mike Cotton in Super Stock.
Jimmy DeFrank defeated Mike Cotten
Whiteley, the reigning NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series Top Alcohol Dragster champion, started off
his title defense with a win over another defending event winner in Chris Demke. The Grand
Junction, Colo., racer recorded the low elapsed time of the event at 5.245 seconds, 273.39 mph on
his winning run as Demke clocked in at 5.271 at 270.86.
Jimmy DeFrank defeated Michael Iacono
Lombardo, Brea, Calif., made it two in a row at the historic facility beating Jason Rupert, Yorba
Linda, Calif., in the funny car final with a lap of 5.555 seconds at 216.17 mph. Rupert was first
off the line before Lombardo came around him for the win. Lombardo also won the 2012 season ending
event at Auto Club Raceway last November.
Jim Whiteley defeated Chris Demke
Local runner Ross Wilson took the Comp Eliminator trophy home to Alta Loma, Calif., with a win in
his '05 Sunfire over Alan Ellis and his '08 roadster. Phil Dion grabbed his first career win
taking out Scott Taylor in Super Comp and veteran racer Rick Beckstrom won his first NHRA national
event in Super Gas having earned four titles in Super Comp.
The series heads to Firebird International Raceway and the NHRA Arizona Nationals this weekend,
John Lombardo Jr. defeated Jason Rupert
The following are the final results from the O'Reilly Auto Parts NHRA Winternationals presented by
Super Start Batteries at Auto Club Raceway at Pomona:
Top Alcohol Dragster -- Jim Whiteley, 5.245, 273.39 def. Chris Demke, 5.271, 270.86.
Top Alcohol Funny Car
Ross Wilson defeated Alan Ellis
-- John Lombardo Jr., Chevy Monte Carlo, 5.555, 261.17 def. Jason
Rupert, Monte Carlo, 5.653, 255.63.
Competition Eliminator -- Ross Wilson, Sunfire, 8.167, 165.50 def. Alan Ellis, '23-T Ford,
Super Stock -- Jimmy DeFrank, Cobalt, 9.316, 113.03 def. Mike Cotten, Barracuda, foul.
Phil Dion defeated Scott Taylor
-- Jimmy DeFrank, Camaro, 10.372, 126.42 def. Michael Iacono, Camaro,
Super Comp -- Phil Dion, Dragster, 8.934, 168.14 def. Scott Taylor, Dragster, 9.123, 165.33.
Rick Beckstrom defeated Peter Bothe
-- Rick Beckstrom, Grand Am, 9.904, 160.71 def. Peter Bothe, Porsche, 9.927,
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