RANDY MEYER RACING
OLATHE, KS – Lucas Oil, a leading manufacturer of high-performance engine oils and lubricants, has partnered with two-time NHRA Top Alcohol Dragster world champion Megan Meyer and Shop Squad to reward the next generation of auto repair technicians. Lucas Oil will contribute Slick Mist detailing kits that will join the list of prizes going to winners of Shop Squad’s monthly giveaway, which student technicians can enter now through December 2023.
Shop Squad is a community created by NGK Spark Plugs to advance the auto repair industry through training, resources, dialogue, and more. The Shop Squad online portal offers on-demand educational materials, as well as live webinars, all at no cost.
“We recognized the potential to reach the automotive technician student base and recognize them through Megan’s platform,” said Jacklyn Donahue, Group Marketing Manager, Niterra North America. “We are so excited for Lucas Oil, another brand powerhouse, to join us in this effort. We believe, undoubtedly that working together, all of the brands, including our NHRA world champion, Megan Meyer, will help us all achieve this common goal.”
OLATHE, KS – Two-time NHRA Top Alcohol Dragster world champion Megan Meyer bounced back from a second-round red-light at the Nitro Chaos season opener by racing to victory last weekend at Eddyville Raceway Park’s “Chaos in the Cornfield.” Driving one of two Gunk Cleaners A/Fuel dragsters, Meyer defeated two Randy Meyer Racing teammates before beating Dale Creasy Jr. in his NHRA Funny Car on a holeshot in the A-Field final round.
“After the red-light loss in Edgewater, I was so in my head about not red lighting again,” Megan said. “I was dead late on the tree every time and it almost cost me the race in first round. I got lucky all three rounds and finally cut a good light in the finals after getting out of my head. My husband, my sister, and my dad all gave me pep talks that I needed. I was also fighting a head cold, so I wasn’t feeling the best, but I knew I had to forget about everything and focus on my job.”
Chaos in the Cornfield was Randy Meyer Racing’s first time fielding four different cars: three A/Fuel dragsters – driven by Megan, Rachel Meyer, and Matt Sackman – in Nitro Chaos and the Julie Nataas-driven A/Fuel Funny Car in Funny Car Chaos.
OLATHE, KS – As the Funny Car Chaos and Nitro Chaos series settle into Eddyville Raceway Park for a double event this weekend, May 26-28, Randy Meyer Racing is bringing all four cars in its stable to chase victories in both series. With three nitro-injected A/Fuel dragsters in Nitro Chaos and one A/Fuel Funny Car in Funny Car Chaos competition, “Chaos in the Cornfield” will be the team’s first time fielding four cars in one weekend.
Sisters Megan and Rachel Meyer will drive the team’s pair of GUNK-branded dragsters, with Rachel making her return to driving for the first time since 2021. Julie Nataas, who usually fields one of the RMR dragsters to compete for an NHRA Lucas Oil Series Top Alcohol Dragster world championship, will drive the A/Fuel Funny Car. Matt Sackman will return to the driver’s seat for his first Nitro Chaos appearance in the team’s third A/Fuel dragster.
“We want to try to put on the best show that we can for the fans that are coming up to Iowa for the Chaos races, so we decided to bring all four cars to try to maximize our experience and chances of winning,” said team owner and tuner Randy Meyer. “This is a first for our team and we’ve got our best crew guys coming in to put on a good show.”
GUNK to back sisters’ 2023 campaign
OLATHE, KS – Sisters Megan and Rachel Meyer will return to A/Fuel dragster competition to take part in the inaugural Nitro Chaos Championship Series, Randy Meyer Racing announced today. Megan will run the full four-race series, while Rachel will drive at two races and serve as Megan’s crew chief at the other two events. The team’s longtime partner, GUNK, has signed on as the sisters’ primary sponsor.
Last year, Megan drove one of the Randy Meyer Racing A/Fuel cars at the Nitro Chaos at Mo-Kan Dragway for the win. This year, she’ll defend her Mo-Kan A-field title while chasing wins – and the championship – at three additional races.
“After we won the Nitro Chaos last year at Mo-Kan, it planted a seed in my head that maybe I could come back and do more of it,” said Megan, who stepped away from full-time competition after winning back-to-back NHRA Top Alcohol Dragster world championships in 2019-2020. “We had so much fun getting to race at one of my home tracks. Getting to run big cars on an eighth-mile track where we used to race Jr. Dragsters was like a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. We just had so much fun with it and I want to do it again.”
OLATHE, KS – Julie Nataas and Hunter Green will serve as the full-time drivers for Randy Meyer Racing (RMR) in the 2023 NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series season, the team announced today. Along with Nataas and Green, Randy Meyer Racing will field its pair of Top Alcohol Dragster entries with new and returning part-time drivers at various races throughout the season
Nataas is entering her fifth season of full-time competition driving RMR’s Oslo Tapet & Gulvbelegg (OTG) A/Fuel dragster. She plans to run 17 races between national events and regional races to compete for her first world championship and the team’s fourth in five years.
“I’m just as focused as last year, but probably even more motivated to get this dragster back on track and where we want it to be this year,” said Nataas. “We had a lot of both ups and downs in 2022, but we need the consistency and the Wallys. I know this team is capable of doing just that.”
NEW YORK, NY – Travis Shumake today announced Sheetz, a family-owned convenience store chain based in Altoona, Pennsylvania, as primary sponsor on the Randy Meyer Racing owned Top Alcohol Dragster for the upcoming NHRA Pep Boys Nationals and NHRA Betway Nationals. Known for both their customer service and creative marketing, the Sheetz dragster boldly asks the question “Why the Sheetz not?” and includes eighties comic book style graphics on Shumake’s car, fire suit, and helmet.
Shumake will make a pre-race appearance at a Reading and Charlotte area Sheetz to promote his participation in the Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series as well as meeting with Sheetz fans chosen to attend the races through the company’s social media channels.
“I just keep saying Holy Sheetz!” exclaimed Shumake. “I’ve knocked on a lot of doors these past 18 months. To have a huge name like Sheetz open the door and commit to doing it in Sheetz style with the sweepstake and crazy car wrap is a dream. It’s goofy, big hearted, and a little extra…just like me.”
Megan Meyer to Return to Top Alcohol Dragster Driver’s Seat for Eddyville’s Night of Fire, Mo-Kan’s Nitro Chaos
OLATHE, KS – Two-time NHRA Top Alcohol Dragster world champion Megan Meyer, who stepped away from competition after the 2020 season to start a family, will return to the driver’s seat of a Randy Meyer Racing A/Fuel dragster for two races this summer. With support from Meyer Truck Center and NGK’s Shop Squad, Meyer will run an exhibition race at Eddyville Raceway Park’s Night of Fire and will compete at Mo-Kan Dragway’s Nitro Chaos.
“I missed the competitiveness and just being out there driving the car,” said Meyer, who won world championships in 2019 and 2020. “When I went to the races last year while I was pregnant, and again when I went to a race earlier this year, I just missed being behind the wheel. I really enjoyed being on the starting line with the crew and celebrating wins with them, but I also do miss the other parts of it that come with driving.”
Meyer’s first race will be Eddyville Raceway Park’s Night of Fire on July 2, where she’ll face fellow RMR driver Matt Sackman in a match race series. She’ll then race at the second Nitro Chaos race of the season at Mo-Kan Dragway in Asbury, Missouri, on July 15-16. Both races are eighth-mile events for the RMR cars. Both tracks are fairly local for Meyer, who grew up going to races at Eddyville and Mo-Kan.
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.”
OLATHE, KS – Going into the second annual Funny Car Chaos Classic with an untested new combination, Randy Meyer didn’t know what to expect out of his A/Fuel Funny Car. The Funny Car combination proved to be more challenging than the Top Alcohol Dragster veteran expected, as the Julie Nataas-driven Randy Meyer Racing A/Fuel Funny Car went up in tire smoke on all three qualifying attempts at the Texas Motorplex.
Despite the rocky start, Meyer is still determined to make the nitro-injected A/Fuel Funny Car a viable option for drivers looking to eventually move up to nitro Funny Car.
“We’re not at all discouraged,” Meyer said. “I knew it would be a challenge. I didn’t think it would be quite as big of a challenge as it turned out to be to get the car off the starting line. It had nothing to do with the racetrack – it was plenty good. We didn’t have enough pieces to do what we needed to do, so we tried to make the best of what we had. We’ll be better prepared now that we know the areas we need to work on. We’re not giving up. We’re just getting started.”
Meyer was impressed by the reception the car received both at the track and online.
Hunter Green to Make NHRA Top Alcohol Dragster Debut with Randy Meyer Racing at 4-Wide Nationals in Las Vegas
OLATHE, KS – Hunter Green, the son of NHRA Funny Car and Pro Mod driver Chad Green, will make his NHRA Top Alcohol Dragster debut this weekend at the 4-Wide Nationals at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. It’s the first of two planned races driving one of Randy Meyer Racing’s nitro-injected A/Fuel dragsters to get seat time for an eventual move up to Top Fuel.
Green earned his Top Alcohol Dragster license with Randy Meyer Racing during a preseason test session at Phoenix before upgrading his license in a Tim Wilkerson-tuned Top Fuel dragster.
“Getting in that A/Fuel car really helped me out a lot and boosted my confidence to get back in the Top Fuel car,” said Green, 27, who made his first Top Fuel runs last fall. “I haven’t had a lot of track time. I went to Frank Hawley’s Drag Racing School and I jumped from Frank Hawley’s Top Dragster into the Top Fuel car. That was quite a difference. Making those runs in the A/Fuel car really helped me out a lot.”