California Drag Racers Sweep Division 7 NHRA LODRS At Sonoma

California Drag Racers Sweep Division 7 NHRA LODRS At Sonoma

Photos by Mike and Jeff Burghardt

Words by NHRA Field Marketing


Seven California racers took home wins from the Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series presented by Korbel at Sonoma Raceway over the weekend. Racers from all over the state were represented in the final rounds making this a golden weekend for NHRA racing in California, all under the watchful eye of Mike Rice NHRA Division Director.

SS Jim Grossi x MIKE0012 copy

Brentwood, Calif., competitor Jim Grossi Jr., took home the trophy in Super Stock and the second of his career.  Grossi posted a winning run of 9.725 seconds, 112.50 mph over Dennis Paz, Stockton, Calif., 11.842 seconds, 102.98 mph runner-up finish.  Paz had a big starting line advantage, but Grossi took the win with a margin of victory of .0400 seconds, approximately 6 feet. This is a comeback performance for Grossi, who earned his first win in Super Stock in 1997.

SC Val Torres - Winner x MIKE0446 copy

Val Torres, Valinda, Calif., who won here last year, was better off the line posting a 0.013 second reaction time and a winning run of 8.959 seconds, 159.87 mph. Jerry Dean, Olathe, Kan., who was making his first final round appearance, posted a runner up finish of 8.902 seconds, 159.83 mph.

Super Street Final Richard Tucker (FL) vs Joseph Greco (NL) x MIKE0339 copy

In Super Street, it was a battle of California natives with Joseph Greco, San Jose, Calif. (near lane) , running 10.891 seconds, 146.23 mph and taking the double breakout win. Greco ran closer to the index over Richard Tucker, Acampo, Calif., who posted a 10.869 second, 127.91 mph runner- up finish.

Comp Final Scott McClay (FL) vs Mike DePalma (NL) x MIKE0346 copy

Mike DePalma, Glendale, Ariz. (near lane), finished his run in Comp Eliminator posting a time of 9.044 seconds, 139.70 mph over Scott McClay, Tehachapi, Calif.  McClay had been recording great lights in the prior rounds, but he just missed the tree by -0.003 in the final to give the automatic Competition Eliminator win to DePalma.

SG Final Rounde - Greg Harrison (FL) vs John Whitmore (NL) x MIKE0356 copy

Other racers visiting the winner’s circle this weekend were Greg Harrison, Livermore, Calif., in Super Gas (far lane), and Jody Lang, Puyallup, Wash., in Stock Eliminator. Garrett Richards, Tacoma, Wash., ran 6.031 seconds, at 241.80 mph and took the win in the West Coast Outlaw Pro Mod Series.

TS Keith White x MIKE0288 copy

In the division’s Top Sportsman class it was Keith White, Paradise, Calif., taking the win, while Dean Hall, Guerneville, Calif., won in Top Dragster.

Sportsman Motorcycle Jake Havens x MIKE0239 copy

In the Sportsman Motorcycle class presented by Harley-Davidson, Jake Havens, Edmonds, Wash., was first off the line and held the win. Mike Beland, West Palm Beach, Fla., grabbed the win in Top Fuel Harley over 2014 National Champion Tommy Grimes. Janette Thornley laid down a 7.328 second 180.40 mph over Dennis Fisher, Dayton, Ohio to capture the Pro Fuel Harley win.

TFFH Mike Beland x MIKE0056 copy

Back in the winner’s circle was Michael Beland, for Hot Street Harley; Dani Grimes, Grass Valley, Calif. took the trophy for Pro Gas Harley; and the Screamin’ Eagle Performance Harley went to John Cabral, Tracy, Calif.


The following are the final results from the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series event at Sonoma Raceway:


Comp Mike DePalma - Winner (team humor) x MIKE0409 copy


Mike DePalma, Glendale, Ariz., ’01 Dakota, PST, 7.564, 161.77 def. Scott McClay, Tehachapi, Calif., dragster, C/ED, foul.


SS Jim Grossi Jr - Winner x MIKE0441 copy


Jim Grossi Jr., Brentwood, Calif., ’95 Achieva, GT/BA, 9.725, 112.50  def. Dennis Paz, Stockton, Calif., ’65 El Camino, GT/MA, 11.842, 102.98.

Stock Final Jody Lang (FL) vs Jeff Jerome (NL) x MIKE0360 copy


Jody Lang, Puyallup, Wash. (far lane), ’81 Malibu Wgn, L/SA, 12.232, 100.80 def. Jeff Jerome, Los Angeles, Calif., ’63 Savoy, A/SA, 10.243, 127.68.



Val Torres, Valinda, Calif., dragster, 8.959, 159.87 def. Jerry Dean, Olathe, Kan., dragster, 8.902, 159.83.


SG Greg Harrison - Winner x MIKE0413 copy


Greg Harrison, Livermore, Calif., ’63 Corvette, 9.908, 156.97 def. John Whitmore, Mrytle Creek, Ore., ’05 Cavalier, 9.892, 166.31.


Super Street Joseph Greco - Winner x MIKE0401 copy


Joseph Greco, San Jose, Calif., ’69 AMX, 10.891, 146.23 def. Richard Tucker, Acampo, Calif., ’67 Camaro, 10.869, 127.91.

TS Keith White - Winner x MIKE0453 copy


Keith White, Paradise, Calif., ’98 Ranger, 7.335, 185.97 def. Doug Crumlich, Irvine, Calif., ’96 Corvette, foul.


TD Dean Hall x MIKE0104 copy


Dean Hall, Guerneville, Calif., dragster, 6.760, 201.73 def. Mike MacBrair, Napa, Calif., dragster, 6.626, 205.54.


PM Garrett Richards x MIKE0299 copy


Garrett Richards, Tacoma, Wash., ’12 Mustang, 6.031, 241.80 def. Rob Cacioppo, Orangevale, Calif., ’63 Corvette, 6.037, 234.45.


Spotsman Motorcycle Jake Havens - Winner x MIKE0427 copy

SPORTSMAN MOTORCYCLE PRESENTED BY HARLEY DAVIDSON Jake Havens, Edmonds, Wash., ’95 Suzuki Katana, 8.003, 160.44 def. John Cabral, Tracy, Calif., ’10 Destroyer, 10.599, 98.43.


TFH Mike Bland (L) and Tommy Grimes (R) x MIKE0001 copy


Mike Beland (far lane), West Palm Beach, Fla., ’03 Weekend, broke def. Tommy Grimes, Pfafftown, N.C., ’14 H-D, broke.


Pro Fuel Harley Janette Thornley - Winner x MIKE0158 copy


Janette Thornley, Mocksville, N.C., ’15 HRP, 7.328, 180.40 def. Dennis Fisher, Dayton, Ohio, ’11 PFH, broke.


TFH and Hot Street Winner - Mike Beland x MIKE0186 copy


Michael Beland, West Palm Beach, Fla., ’08 Dyna, 12.000, 110.59 def. Denny Alves, El Cerrito, Calif., ’07 Dyna, foul.


Pro Gas Harley Dani Grimes -Winner x MIKE0149 copy


Dani Grimes, Grass Valley, Calif., ’89 H-D, 8.158, 166.05  def. Stan Sheppard, Castro Valley, Calif., ’96 Prostock, 9.279, 132.84.


Screamin Eagle John Cabral -Winner x MIKE0152 copy


John Cabral, Tracy, Calif., ’06 Destroyer, 10.804, 115.45 was unopposed.

Pacific Division racers head to Rocky Mountain Raceway for a double header in the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series, September, 25-26 and 27-28.

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