CONCORD, N.C. -
Mon, 15 Oct 2018, 17:35 PM
Bellemeur Races to NHRA Lucas Oil World Championship
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Top Alcohol Funny Car World Championship then capped it off with the event win at the NHRA Carolina
Nationals presented by WIX Filers at zMAX Dragway. Megan Meyer took the honors in Top Alcohol
Dragster as did three first time winners at the national event level.
Sean Bellemeur celebrates Championship
Sean Bellemeur and team celebrate win.
Bellemeur, Placentia, Calif., clinched the championship on Saturday when he beat DJ Cox in his
round two match up then knocked out Andy Bohl in the semifinals and Phil Burkart in the final round
with a strong 5.403 second lap at 271.13 mph. Burkhart was out first then quickly lost traction as
Bellemeur raced by for the win. The Championship is the second in Top Alcohol Funny Car for team
owner Tony Bartone who won as a driver in 1996.
Megan Meyer celebrates fifth career win.
Meyer, Olathe, Kan., qualified third, then posted low elapsed time and top mph of the event in
round one with a 5.200 second, 283.01 mph pass to defeat Tiffany Januik . The second-generation
driver meet up with reigning world champion Joey Severance in the final. Severance, who is chasing
Shawn Cowie for the 2018 championship, was out first but then had problems as Meyer took the lead
and held on for her fifth career win in 5.421 seconds.
Art Hodges celebrates first National event Wally.
Terry Taylor celebrates first National event win.
Corey Manuel celebrates first National event win.
Art Hodges, Terry Taylor and Corey Manuel all collected their first career wins on the NHRA
national event stage with Taylor leading the way with a perfect .000 second reaction time against
Anthony Fetch in Stock Eliminator. Taylor then drove his Corvette to an 11.128, 105.87 for the win.
Manuel had a nice .010 reaction time of his own in Super Comp that forced Tom Stalba to breakout as
he tried to catch Manuel who clocked in at 8.930, 173.63 for the win. Hodges left first on Danny
Holt in Comp Eliminator and continued to pull away to a 7.249, 187.31 mph victory lap for his first
career NHRA Wally trophy.
Joe Fisher celebrates his second National event Wally.
Herbie Null Jr. celebrates his fifth National event win.
Joe Fisher and Phil Smida left the line together in Super Gas with Fisher taking his second win in
three final rounds running 8.912 to Smida who broke out. Herbie Null Jr. was better off the start
and at the stripe to defeat Joe Lisa in Super Stock to earn his fifth career win.
Anthony Bertozzi celebrates his 21st National event win
Ronnie Proctor celebrates his second National event win.
In Top Dragster and Top Sportsman presented by Racing RV's it was Anthony Bertozzi and Ronnie
Proctor taking the wins respectively. Bertozzi was better at both ends of the track in adding to
his already impressive win list and Proctor ran down Jackie Robinson with a 6.662, 194.35 mph run.
The win was number 21 for Bertozzi and the second for Proctor, both this year.
The following are the final results from the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series and the NHRA
Carolina Nationals presented by WIX Filters at zMAX Dragway:
TOP ALCOHOL DRAGSTER
Megan Meyer, 5.421, 218.76 def. Joey Severance, 5.546, 206.57.
TOP ALCOHOL FUNNY CAR
Sean Bellemeur, Chevy Camaro, 5.403, 271.13 def. Phil Burkart, Camaro, 6.832, 159.83.
Art Hodges, Chevy Camaro, 7.249, 187.31 def. Danny Holt, Ford Escort, 8.171, 164.99.
Herbie Null Jr., Chevy Camaro, 9.799, 129.10 def. Joe Lisa, Camaro, 10.292, 130.29.
Terry Taylor, Chevy Corvette, 11.128, 105.87 def. Anthony Fetch, Chevy Camaro, 11.105, 111.00.
Corey Manuel, Dragster, 8.930, 173.63 def. Tom Stalba, Dragster, 8.894, 168.07.
Joe Fisher, Chevy Corvette, 9.912, 169.38 def. Phil Smida, Chevy Cavalier, 9.885, 153.75.
TOP DRAGSTER presented by RACINGRVS.COM
Anthony Bertozzi, Dragster, 6.030, 224.21 def. J.B. Strassweg, Dragster, 6.093, 217.35.
TOP SPORTSMAN presented by RACINGRVS.COM
Ronnie Proctor, Ford Mustang, 6.662, 194.35 def. Jackie Robison, Chevy Nova, 6.896, 198.38.
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