ENNIS, Texas --
Tue, 09 Oct 2018, 10:55 AM
Pritchett Wins Sam Factory Stock Showdown NHRA World Championship
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In the final results from the AAA Texas NHRA Fall Nationals and the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing
Series at Texas Motorplex, Leah Pritchett, Redlands, Calif., and Kevin Skinner, Grove City, Ohio,
both worked their way through the field to meet up in the final round and a winner take all for the
SAM Factory Stock Showdown World Championship.
Leah Pritchett celebrates SAM Factory Stock Showdown World
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Pritchett and Skinner had a close start of the line with Skinner in the lead at the 300-foot mark
until his car made a quick move allowing Pritchett to go around and pull away for the win and the
championship. Pritchett had a late charge in the season making this her 3rd consecutive win in the
SAM Factory Stock Showdown.
Joey Severance defeated Alan Bradshaw.
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Auto Imagery, Inc.
Joey Severance, Woodburn, Ore., and Sean Bellemeur, Placentia, Calif., took home the wins in Top
Alcohol Dragster and Top Alcohol Funny Car respectively.
Severance, defending NHRA Lucas Oil World Champion, was victorious with the quickest pass of the
weekend at 5.236 seconds at 273.55 mph in his final round victory over Alan Bradshaw, Odessa,
Texas, who clocked in at 5.342 seconds, 270.00 mph.
Sean Bellemeur celebrates his sixth National event Wally this
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Top Alcohol Funny Car points leader Bellemeur faced off against Doug Gordon, Paso Robles, Calif.
and posted a winning run of 5.513 seconds, 265.43 mph in his Chevy Camaro. Gordon, drove to a 5.513
second, 265.43 mph lap for his runner up finish. The win puts Bellemeur one step closer to
clinching the NHRA Lucas Oil Top Alcohol Funny Car Championship.
Clint Neff won his second consecutive Wally at the
Brandon Bakies celebrates his first National event win.
Clint Neff, Arvada, Colo., in Comp Eliminator and Brandon Bakies, Alexandria, La., in Super Stock
both ran against David Rampy, Piedmont, Ala., who advanced to the final in both classes and was
hoping for his 100th NHRA national event win this weekend. Neff had the starting line advantage and
made a winning pass of 7.573 seconds, 172.36 mph to deny Rampy. In Super Stock Rampy had the
starting line advantage, but Bakies chased him down to get the win with a pass of 9.688 seconds and
at 132.88 mph.
Brian McClanahan celebrates his second National event win.
Jack Collier celebrates his first National event win.
Casey Plaizier celebrates his first National event win.
Val Harmon celebrates his third National event win.
Lance Rutland celebrates his first National event win.
Darian Boesch celebrates his first National event win.
Other racers visiting the winner's circle this weekend were, Brian McClanahan Alta Loma, Calif., in
Stock; Jack Collier, Benton, La., in Super Comp; Casey Plaizier, Stony Plain, AB., in Super Gas;
and Val Harmon, Boutte, La., in Super Street. In Top Sportsman presented by Racing RV's it was
Lance Rutland, Spring, Texas, taking the win while Darian Boesch, Kenner, La., won in the Top
Dragster class presented by Racing RV's.
The following are the final results from the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series National event at
Top Alcohol Dragster -- Joey Severance, 5.236, 273.55 def. Alan Bradshaw, 5.342, 270.00.
Top Alcohol Funny Car -- Sean Bellemeur, Chevy Camaro, 5.504, 266.64 def. Doug Gordon,
Camaro, 5.513, 265.43.
Factory Stock Showdown -- Leah Pritchett, Dodge Challenger, 8.106, 169.02 def. Kevin
Skinner, Ford Mustang, 9.697, 101.72.
Competition Eliminator -- Clint Neff, Bantam, 7.573, 172.36 def. David Rampy, Bantam,
Super Stock -- Brandon Bakies, Camaro, 9.688, 132.88 def. David Rampy, Camaro, 10.246,
Stock Eliminator -- Brian McClanahan, Camaro, 9.971, 124.58 def. Jimmy Hidalgo Jr., GTO,
Super Comp -- Jack Collier, Dragster, 8.921, 177.88 def. Steve Williams, Dragster, 8.912,
Super Gas -- Casey Plaizier, Chevy Corvette, 9.921, 150.00 def. Joseph Lokhaug, Corvette,
Super Street -- Val Harmon, Nova, 10.948, 143.38 def. Barney Barnhart, Chevelle, 10.980,
Top Dragster presented by RacingRVs.com -- Darian Boesch, Dragster, 6.112, 215.93 def.
Mallori Rodgers, Dragster, 6.288, 211.26.
Top Sportsman presented by RacingRVs.com -- Lance Rutland, Chevy, 7.664, 177.81 def. Bryan
Warr, Camaro, 7.007, 197.42.
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