10/23/19 – The only weekly sportsman racing Top 10 List is back for another edition. After filling the two spot for several weeks, Matt Dadas finally broke through to take the top spot this week!
The weekly DragChamp Top 10 List highlights the top performers in sportsman drag racing! We look for the best performers at events across the country and rank them each week.
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DragChamp Top 10 List – 10/16/19
1 – Matt Dadas
Matt has enjoyed one of the most successful seasons in drag racing history and he’s doesn’t look to be slowing down. Matt’s recent run started at the SFG 500 when Gage Burch drove his Danger Ranger to the $500K win.
Matt followed with several wins of his own before making the final of the Fall Fling 500K! After a runner up there, Matt has made finals and picked up wins seemingly every weekend.
Last week Matt had another big weekend at the Norwalk Halloween Classic. He won the $5K Super Pro main event, was runner up in Wednesday’s Gamblers race, and won the overall Grand Champion runoff.
With the Million coming up this weekend, Matt sure looks to be the favorite to take home another massive payday!
2 – World Champions
Both the NHRA and the IHRA crowned World Champs over the weekend.
Danny Nelson locked up the NHRA Top Dragster Championship over the weekend.
Keith Cleveland won the IHRA Top World Championship at Memphis.
Dustin Avondet won the IHRA Mod World Championship.
Dustin Carroll won the IHRA Sportsman World Championship.
Kaden Harrill won the IHRA Jr. Dragster World Championship.
3 – Allison Doll
Allison drove to Rockingham trailing Joe Santangelo in the NHRA Stock standings. When she left the event, Allison was holding her 5th Wally of the season and took over the national points lead as well! All of this occurred on her birthday weekend which made it even better!
While the World Championship may not be locked down just yet, her 689 points should easily hold up for the championship!
4 – Vic Penrod
Another NHRA racer that came up big over the weekend was Vic Penrod. Penrod needed a good showing at the Fall Nationals in order to take over the Super Stock national points lead. Vic did that and more by winning his second national event of the season in his third final round appearance.
Penrod will now play the waiting game to see if his 637 points will hold up for the championship.
5 – Back-to-back in Big “D”
Casey Plaizier and Brandon Bakies went back-to-back at the AAA Texas Fall Nationals at the Texas Motorplex. Canadian based Plaizier won Super Gas for the second consecutive season at the famed Texas facility while Bakies won Stock this year after taking the Super Stock win in 2018.
6 – Eric Bowling
Eric Bowling has been on fire at Brown County Raceway. He hasn’t lost a race there since the 2nd week of September. He swept the races in October to claim the track championship and then went off again last weekend.
On Friday he won the Open Comp .500 Pro Tree race. He followed that with a $2K No Box win on Saturday and rounded out the weekend with another $2K win on Sunday. For good measure, he laid down .015 total in the Sunday final.
7 – Cody Spears
Cody Spears capped off a strong season with a runner up and a semifinal at the IHRA World Finals in Memphis. After a runner up in a preliminary event, Cody was -.002 red at three cars in the Main Event.
Cody’s season included making 6 of 9 finals at Greer Dragway which earned him the track championship. He also won the IHRA Division 9 Summit Team Finals.
8 – Linzi Theobald Meserve
Linzi capped off a strong season by winning two Wally’s in the last three weeks. One came at the Division 7 Lucas Oil event at Wild Horse Pass and the other at a bracket race at Las Vegas.
In addition, Linzi was the Super Gas runner up at the Sonoma National event and the Top Dragster runner up at the Division 6 LODRS event at Woodburn.
9 – Rick Baehr
Slick Rick Baehr followed his recent victory at the Great American $50K Bracket Race with another huge win at the Norwalk Halloween Classic. Rick admitted that the Halloween Classic trophy had alluded him for 20 years and it meant EVERYTHING to win it!
10 (tie) – Russ Benish
Another racer with a big weekend at the Halloween Classic in Norwalk was Russ Benish. Benish outlasted the huge fields at Norwalk for a win and a runner up in the No Box class.
10 (tie) – Fred Kaufman
Fred continues to clean house at Kansas and Mid-America Dragway. Over the weekend he split and quit at final at Kansas before winning Sportsman and the King of the Track race at Mid-America. To cap of his wildly successful season, Fred earned season championships in Sportsman and Pro.
Just because they weren’t ranked, they still deserve some love for their amazing performances. Here’s a little something extra!
Thomas Konen went undefeated over the weekend at Byron Dragway. The Jr. racer won a Wally on Saturday and then finished the sweep with another win on Sunday.
Eddie Gilday followed his Quick 8 and Super Pro double at Edgewater a week ago with another win last weekend. He added a Quick 16 victory to the list at Kil-Kare to cap off three wins in two weeks.
Double O Joe Hoskins has enjoyed quite a bit of success recently. He won the Working Mans $10 Grands, was runner up in a $15K at the Derby City 100K race, and won recently at the Kil-Kare Super Pro Double event.
Maverick Palmatier won the NHRA Division 2 Championship on Friday and followed with a runner up on Saturday.
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