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With history making payouts, the SFG 500 winners dominate the DragChamp Top 10 List this week. The SFG 500 was an epic bracket race that featured the best racers in the country. Those lucky enough to make the late rounds were awarded with huge paydays.
Although the SFG 500 stole the headlines, there were other big events around the country. Our job is to find the best of the best and highlight them on the list.
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So let’s get down to business and announce this week’s DragChamp Top 10 List!
DragChamp Top 10 List 7/3-19
1 – Gage Burch
No surprise here. Gage made history on Saturday night, well early Sunday morning when he won $525,000 at the SFG 500. Driving what’s been hailed as a $7,500 pickup truck, Gage worked his way through the 625-car field to meet Johnny Ezell in the final.
Gage ran dead on his dial in the last three rounds to collect the largest winners check in drag racing history. On top of that, Gage was runner up in the Thursday $50,000 race.
This all came in a pickup truck that Gage had never sat in before. Looks to me like he got comfortable really quickly. He did mention the truck was really good. By the way, congrats to Matt Dadas for supplying the race winning vehicle to Gage.
2 – Johnny Bracket Racer Ezell
Just a year and a half removed from winning the original Million Dollar bracket race, Ezell found himself in the final of another historic event. Touted as one of the best bracket racers in the country, Ezell showed his dominance by racing to the final round at the SFG 500.
JBR continues to prove he’s one of the best in the business. Earlier this year Johnny collected a $30,000 win at the Spring Fling Vegas and followed it up with a $10,000 win the next week at the Texas Triple Tens.
3 – Chris Bear
Another racer who had a big weekend in Michigan was Chris Bear. Chris defeated Gage Burch in the Thursday $50,000 race at the SFG 500. But he wasn’t done. After final eliminations for the Friday $50K were pushed to Sunday, Chris continued his run for the money.
After racing to the Thursday win in his dragster, Chris drove to the semifinal round in his S-10 pickup on Sunday. There he came up a little short of eventual race winner Nick Hastings.
4 – Nasty Nick Hastings
Go figure, another big money event, another win for the guy they call Nasty. Nick Hastings took home the Sunday $50K for his latest big money bracket race win. He wadded through a field of around 700 cars to collect the big check.
This guy continues to come up big on the biggest stages in sportsman drag racing.
5 – Kyle Cultrera
Kyle Cultrera collected another big SFG win after taking down the 600+ car field at the Wednesday $20K Warm Up. This was his third final SFG final round in a year.
6 – Jody Lang
Making a back-to-back appearance on the list is none other than Division 6 hitter Jody Lang. After grabbing the four spot last week, Jody slips to number 6 this week but not because he didn’t win.
After winning his 50th NHRA divisional Wally a week ago, he followed it up by winning the biggest footbrake race in the Northwest. Jody collected the win at Bemerton Raceway.
7 – Will Holloman
Traveling big money bracket racer Will Holloman had a solid weekend at the SFG. Although he didn’t earn a spot in the winners circle, he did perform well throughout the event.
Will kicked off the week with a quarterfinal loss to Cultrera in Wednesday’s $20K. He followed that up with a semifinal loss to Johnny Ezell in the SFG 500 main event.
8 – Wesley Lockhart
Another racer making a return trip this week. Wesley Lockhart grabs the eight spot this week after he continued his recent streak. After a runner up at the Great American Bracket Race, Wesley has been killing it lately.
After a double win the week prior at Beacon Dragway, which included a $5K victory, Lockhart made the final in two classes over the weekend. His brother Charlie was the only man that could stop the clean sweep. Wesley earned a win in Box (swapping feet) and a runner up in No Box.
9 – Ryan Henry
Another week, another win for Ryan Henry. According to Nick Bowman, Ryan has been unbeatable lately. I believe he’s won at four different tracks this season.
Ryan parked his red Camaro in the Keystone Raceway winners circle this week. I also heard he was trip zip at the tree in the final round.
10 – Erica Baker
Grabbing the ten spot this week is Erica Baker. Erica won the Ladies Shootout on Friday to collect the $4,000 big check. She defeated Lindsey Beck in the final round.
A day later, Baker found herself in the split at the SFG 500 main event.
Because there’s always more than ten good stories each week, we’ve created a spot for those that just missed the list. These are racers that we want to recognize for their tremendous efforts.
Greer drove his Luv truck, has anybody else noticed that trucks killed it this week, to a clean sweep of the Footbrake class at the Farm. Greer grabbed two Footbrake wins at Farmington Dragway’s Firecracker 5000 bracket race.
Jeg Coughlin Jr. parked his Pro Stock Camaro to do a little bracket racing at the SFG 500. In the largest paying bracket race ever, Jeggie came up just short of the historic win after falling to Gage Burch in the semifinals. He got brownie points for driving his supercharged wagon to the semi’s.
Doug Foley Jr.
The man they call 2-seater raced his way to the final round on Sunday’s $50K in a borrowed car. Although he came up just short of the big win, Foley did an amazing job after switching rides. I’m told he averaged an .006 reaction over the entire race weekend.
At the Eddyville Raceway’s Ironman Shootout, Rick Pitzer picked up two Ironman trophies. Rick grabbed wins in the Modified and Sportsman classes.
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