Welcome to the latest edition of the DragChamp Top 10 List. The only weekly sportsman racing Top 10 List on the internet!
9/25/19 – The weekly sportsman drag racing Top 10 List is back for another edition. With the Fall Fling 500K last week, there’s plenty to talk about this week.
The weekly DragChamp Top 10 List ranks the best sportsman drag racing performances from races all across the country, and Canada! As usual, our fans blew up our Facebook page on Monday night with tons of nominations.
As always, we cover a large number of racers and races in order to bring you the best of the best. This week’s action included winners from the Fall Fling 500K, JEGS Sportsnationals, NHRA Division 5 LODRS, and numerous bracket races.
DragChamp Top 10 List – 9/25/19
1 – Hunny Wayne
Hunter Patton, aka Hunny Wayne, capped off a stellar season with a $500,000 victory at the Fall Fling 500K on Friday night. Hunter defeated Matt Dadas in the final to collect one of the largest paydays in drag racing history.
In addition to his 500K win, Hunter has enjoyed success at several other big events this season. At the Texas Triple Tens earlier this season, he missed a $20K payday after going -.001 red in the final round.
He then collected a $10K win on Memorial Day at the Great American Bracket Race in Memphis. At the SFG 500, Hunter drove to the semifinals of the Thursday $50K before falling to eventual winner Chris Bear.
And a week prior to his Fall Fling 500K victory, Hunter won a $2K race on Sunday at the NHRA Division 4 bracket finals at the Texas Motorplex. Definitely deserving of the top spot this week!
2 – Matt Dadas
There have been two $500,000 to win races in the history of drag racing and a Matt Dadas owned and/or driven race car has been in both final rounds! It’s hard to imagine the odds of that but it happened this year.
Matt has enjoyed a super successful season and came up one win light short of winning both of the biggest races in drag racing. Also, in the last few weeks, Matt won a $5K race and was down to 10 in a $40K when it was called due to rain.
3 – Danny Nelson
Talk about a racer that’s hot, Danny Nelson has been killing it in NHRA Top Dragster competition. The Arkansas chassis builder won the D3 LODRS at Bowling Green.
Last weekend, Danny extended his winning ways by collecting the Wally at the JEGS Sportsnationals. The win moved him into first place in the national point standings.
One last point, in his last two finals, Danny has been .00x take .00x whacking the gas at 220 mph! Pretty impressive for sure.
4 – Johnny Ezell
JBR grabs the four spot this week after breaking his car and the internet at the Fall Fling. For those of you that live under a rock, Johnny’s chassis broke during his round 4 win on Saturday night.
He proceeded to repair the car in order to make the next round. After making the necessary repairs, he was told he would not be allowed to race. And that’s where the internet went wild!
At the end of the day, it was entertaining to say the least as Britt Cummings live streamed the repairs on Facebook. You can see videos below for both the round 4 lap where it broke and the repairs.
5 – Larry Demers
Another fast bracket racer that’s been on a tear in the NHRA ranks is Larry Demers. Larry won back-to-back national events at Brainerd and INDY. He won again last weekend at the Division 5 Lucas Oil series race at SRCA Dragstrip.
6 – Joe Barney
Division 3 bracket racer Joe Barney has collected two wins, a runner up, and semifinal finish just in the last two weeks. This included a Pro championship at the Division 3 bracket finals at INDY.
7 – Peeps Pennington
Another Fling, another big win for Peeps! After winning the Spring Fling Million earlier this season, Peeps showed out again at the Fall Fling. This time the Texas racer won $30K on Thursday at Bristol Dragway.
He doesn’t race much, but when he does, he wins!
8 – Austin Youndt
The 2017 Division 1 Bike ET Champion moved to four wheels this season and has enjoyed a successful season. Recently he won the Pro class at Maple Grove and the Numidia Sportsman Nationals. That was followed by a Pro win at the Division 1 bracket finals.
Not bad for his first year in a door car!
9 – Brian Martel
Martel had a great week at the Fall Fling 500K. So good, in fact, he was awarded the MVP of the Fling. The MVP race was a close battle that was still up in the air late on Saturday night.
Martel and Matt Shapiro were still in contention for the MVP and the $30K race win when they met in the late rounds. Martel used a .00x light to earn the win and a bye to the final round which sealed the MVP.
In the final, Martel came up short to Jeremy Hancock, but walked away with $1,000 and a cool commemorative custom-painted helmet.
10 – Jason Padd
The Canadian has been hot all season north of the border. As the season came to a close, Padd pulled off a historic feat. He became the first racer ever to win both the Top Eliminator 1/4 series championship and the Cash is King 1/8 series championship in the same year.
Just because we love you, we like to throw in a little something extra each week. Here are a few more racers that made headlines last week!
Scott Deffenbaugh won his third Super Gas race of the season at the JEGS Sportsnationals. Two divisional wins along with a national event win makes a pretty good year!
The Oliveira Family race team made up of Nolan, Logan, and Caden had a big weekend at the Jr. Finals in Vegas. The team brought home 5 Wally’s after Logan won the finals and the race of champions. Logan and Nolan were also on the winning Fontana 1 team!
Jason Ford had a big weekend at Muncie Dragway. He made two finals in No-Box while also driving his dragster to a semifinal finish in Box.
Braden Bowden continued his winning ways finishing the season with two season championships in the MWJSS series.
Niki Thomas wins the IHRA Division 3 Modified Championship! The win allows her to join boyfriend and bracket racing ace Nick Bowman at the IHRA World Finals. Congrats to both.
Amy Romeo wins the IHRA Division 3 Sportsman Championship. The 61 year old grandmother of five and mother of Mark and Kevin is headed to Memphis to race for a national championship! Congrats!
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