OLATHE, KS – With two teams competing over 900 miles away from each other, Randy Meyer Racing completed its second double-up winning weekend in NHRA Top Alcohol Dragster with drivers Julie Nataas and Matt Sackman. On Saturday, Nataas won the NHRA Central Region race at the Texas Motorplex near Dallas, and Sackman won the NHRA North Central Region opener at Lucas Oil Indianapolis Raceway Park on Sunday. Both drivers are now the points leaders in their respective regions.
Driving Randy Meyer Racing’s flagship car, the Oslo Tapet & Gulvbelegg (OTG) A/Fuel dragster, Nataas qualified No. 3 at the Dallas event and raced past Todd Bruce, Chase Copeland, and Steve Collier to score her first Wally of the season. The win also moved her to the top of the national points standings.
“It was awesome to get the first win of the season,” Nataas said. “I knew we could double up again like last year. Last year Rachel [Meyer] got the win first, so it was nice to not have the pressure of winning because my teammate just won. Especially since we haven’t been able to get a win until this one. It’s been a while since we parked the OTG dragster in the winner’s circle. We have struggled with some gremlins this year, so it was a huge relief to finally get that win. We all needed it.”
NORWALK, OH – After making its long-awaited debut at Summit Motorsports Park in 2021, the Professional Drag Racers Association (PDRA) returns to the popular northern Ohio track this weekend, May 26-28, for the DeCerbo Construction American Doorslammer Challenge presented by Callies Performance. A full lineup of professional and sportsman classes is on tap for the all-eighth-mile series’ third of eight championship points races.
“Everyone at the PDRA is looking forward to racing at Norwalk again this weekend,” said Tyler Crossnoe, race director, PDRA. “Despite challenging weather here last year, we had a successful debut at ‘America’s Racetrack’ and we’re eager to build on that this time around. The Bader family always provides a great racetrack and a fantastic experience for racers and fans. It’s going to be a big weekend of racing as we get closer to locking in the fields for our Summit Racing Equipment PDRA ProStars race in July.”
The headlining stars of the show will be the PDRA’s two quickest and fastest eliminators, Switzer Dynamics Pro Nitrous and WS Construction Pro Boost presented by P2 Contracting and Ty-Drive. Pennsylvania’s “Mountain Man” Mike Achenbach has a commanding points lead in Pro Nitrous with a win and a runner-up finish, though three-time and defending world champion Jim Halsey and class veterans Jay Cox, Tommy Franklin, and Jason Harris are chasing him down. In Pro Boost, Todd “King Tut” Tutterow is the clear leader with back-to-back wins to start the year.
Madison, IL – The Holley NMRA Ford Nationals and Red Line Oil NMCA Muscle Car Nationals signed a three-year contract with the famed World Wide Technology Raceway as it continues building its presence in the St. Louis market through 2025. Be sure to block May 4-7, 2023 on your calendar as the official date for next year’s NMRA/NMCA Super Bowl of Street-Legal Drag Racing.
“Chris Blair and his staff operate a world class facility and we’re thrilled to return in 2023. We moved our Super Bowl event there in 2020—at the height of the pandemic—and it was quite obvious World Wide Technology Raceway would be this historic event’s new home,” said Rollie Miller, General Manager and National Event Director at ProMedia Events & Publishing, the parent company of Holley NMRA Ford Nationals and Red Line Oil NMCA Muscle Car Nationals.
By JM Hallas
Marble Falls, TX – The Lakefest, SDBA season opener concluded with final eliminations day. Saturday set the fields, now it was time settle it out on the liquid quarter mile and who makes the right adjustments during the day as conditions change.
Change they did. About 15-20* temperature swing, especially during the early hours. Then, from what I learned, the density altitude changed almost 2050 making it a potential tuners nightmare. Plus the wind direction switched to nearly a full tail win.
Top qualifiers from Saturday were Mike Robbins(Top Fuel Hydro), Marty Logan(Top Alcohol Hydro), Marcus Kinsey(Top Alcohol Flat), Jeff Leuhring(Pro Competition Flat), Cody Childress(Pro Outlaw), Mallori Carroll(Pro Modified), Pat Hobbs(Pro Jet), Gavin Snider(Pro Eliminator)**changed to Quick Eliminator, Robert Anderson(Quick Eliminator), Matt Miller(Top Eliminator), Seth Walls(Modified Eliminator), Justin Stuard(Stock Eliminator) and Brandon Lempar(Personal Water Craft)
Top Fuel Hydro
Mike Robbins made a competitive run much the pleasure of the crowd who waited until the end.
By JM Hallas
Marble Falls, TX – Time to let the spray fly. After a Thursday meet and greet at Putter & Gutters, Friday show and shine, it was time for the Southern Drag Boat Association season opener on the “liquid quarter mile”.
Despite an iffy forecast, the rain stayed well away from the course and the wind cooperated for the most part with only a couple stoppages for unsafe water conditions.
It was a safe day on the track with the only causalities being parts and pieces, though some were internal. Speaking of pieces, it was mentioned the Kebin Kinsley’s Top Fuel Hydro arrived at the track in pieces with the crew thrashing on it through Friday and Saturday, but not done in time to make a qualifying pass.
Here’s a quick review of the 2021 SDBA points champions to see how they fare during the beginning of 2022 campaign.
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