Holley EFI Racers Score All Over the Country

By: Todd Veney | 05/22/2017 < Back to Motor Life Home
Racers with Holley EFI ruled the nation's drag strips the weekend of May 19-21, scoring four wins at three major events – the NHRA Heartland Nationals in Topeka, the Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series event in Atlanta, and the NMCA Bluegrass Nationals in Holley's hometown of Bowling Green, Ky. Jeff Lopez, a former national champion in Super Gas and the reigning U.S. Nationals champ in Stock, topped the 52-car Stock field at Heartland Park Topeka after ending up No. 3 in rain-shortened qualifying. Driving a FS/C '16 Camaro with Holley EFI, Lopez, of Irving, Texas, first won the FS/C class title with a best of 9.274 – more than a full second under the 10.30 national index – then survived six grueling rounds of eliminations for the overall Stock crown. In the final round, Lopez took out Randi Lyn Shipp, fiancée of the top-ranked driver in Pro Stock this season, two-time winner Bo Butner, in a double-breakout match. At the Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series event at Atlanta Dragway, Daren Poole-Adams defeated the toughest possible opponent, defending national champ Jeff Strickland, with a final-round holeshot. Driving an FS/F '15 Camaro powered by Holley EFI, he topped all qualifiers, starting from the No. 1 spot with a time nearly a full second under the index, 10.22. In the final, Poole-Adams got the jump on Strickland, one of the most feared drivers in the country, and held on to win by a scant three-thousandths of a second with a 10.32, crossing the stripe seven inches ahead of Strickland's fast-closing 9.51. One of our own, Holley EFI Engineer Doug Flynn, sped to victory at the big NMCA meet at Beech Bend Raceway in Bowling Green. Flynn, at the wheel of a Holley EFI-equipped '72 Nova, laid down one consistent pass after another for the Bluegrass Nationals Gear Vendors True Street crown. Running consistent times of 8.44, 8.58, and another 8.58, Flynn, who finished second there last year, took top honors with an average of 8.538, winning by more than four-tenths of a second over Paducah, Ky.'s Randy Thomas. Perennial Xtreme Street contender "Bad Bart" Tobener got back on track at the Bluegrass Nationals in Bowling Green, defeating Louie Filippides in the final round with a consistent 7.94, his best run of eliminations. Tobener wheeled his Holley EFI-equipped '15 Mustang to a lopsided win over Scott Grove in the first round and stopped No. 1 qualifier Jesse Coulter with a 7.97 in the semifinals before taking out Filippides in the finale.
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