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Event Coverage: The 5th Annual Jeg’s NHRA SportsNationals

Event Coverage: The 5th Annual Jeg’s NHRA SportsNationals

The 5th Annual 2009 Jeg’s Pacific SPORTSNationals presented by K&N on April 18-19 in Fontana, California, was hot and fast, and we’re not just talking about the weather. While the event was plagued with record high temperatures that hovered in the 90s on Sunday, it was the 40-plus-mph winds that kept the competitors on their toes, and ultimately resulted in eliminations being contested on the first 660 feet of Fontana’s ¼ mile. But in typical NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing fashion, the on-track action could not be stopped, which made for a great weekend for fans and competitors alike.

The 2009 Pacific SPORTSNationals were the second of three Jeg’s events for 2009, and give competitors NHRA National Event points at an event that highlights Sportsman Drag Racing. From 6 to 13 seconds, this event had it all, and kept us entertained with wheels-up launches, smoky burnouts, and bangin’ gears. Some of the highlights included Hollis Colleasure beating up on his son-in-law Brad Pierce for the Super Gas win, Mark Faul winning another NHRA event in Super Stock, and Brad Tait Qualifying #1 in a Bel Air Wagon! For all the on-track action, check out the gallery, where you’ll find 62 photos that will make you wish you were there.

Class Winners

Competition Eliminator
Winner: Ed Sigmon, Chatsworth, Ca. ’34 Chevrolet C/SR
Runner Up: Mike DePalma, Glendale, Az. ’98 Pontiac Firebird I/A

Super Stock
Winner: Mark Faul, Tacoma, Wa. ’98 Pontiac Grand Am GT/EA
Runner Up: Jimmy DeFrank, Thousand Oaks, Ca. ’09 Chevrolet Cobalt SS/CM

Stock Eliminator
Winner: Leo Glasbrenner, Chino, Ca. ’68 Pontiac Firebird E/SA
Runner Up: Clark Holroyd, Chiino, Ca. ’69 Chevrolet Nova A/SA

Super Comp
Winner: Thomas Bayer, Fontana, Ca. Lucas Oil Dragster
Runner Up: Jack Freckman, Woodacre, Ca. Lucas Oil Dragster

Super Gas
Winner: Hollis Colleasure, San Dimas, Ca. ’27 Ford Roadster
Runner Up: Brad Pierce, Riverside, Ca. ’58 Chevrolet Corvette

Super Street
Winner: Michael Blodgett, Long Beach, Ca. ’67 Chevrolet Camaro
Runner Up: Brian Griffey, Glendale, Az. ’70 Dodge Charger

Top Sportsman
Winner: Jed Bourquin, Canyon Country, Ca. ’93 Dodge Daytona
Runner Up: Gary Ross, Trabuco Canyon, Ca. ’05 Pontiac Grand Am

Hughes Performance Top Dragster
Winner: Tom Yancer, Chandler, Az. 2009 Yancer Dragster
Runner Up: Chris Forsyth, Laguna Hills, Ca.

Harley Davidson Sportsman Motorcycle
Winner: John Widmann, Garberville, Ca. ’97 Kawasaki
Runner Up: Tom Medlin, La Mirada, Ca. ’86 Suzuki

For more details on the 2009 Jeg’s Pacific SPORTSnationals, and other NHRA Events, check them out here.

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