DragChamp Top 10 List 9/5/19 Edition

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September 5, 2019 – The DragChamp Top 10 List is full of amazing stories this week after a huge Labor Day weekend of racing. The grand daddy of them all, the NHRA U.S. Nationals was eventful to say the least. There were also bracket racing all across the country.

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Racers stepped up big time with memorable performances, multiple finals, double-ups, back-to-back wins, and more. For that reason, it took a huge effort to crack the Top 10.

We did our best to research all of the racers that were nominated and put together the best possible list. Let us know who we did by commenting on our Facebook page here.

To see previous Top 10 Lists, click here, here, and here.

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1 – Austin “A-Dub” Williams

We all know how good Austin Williams is behind the wheel, especially after countless national event wins and two world championships. But just in case you didn’t hear, Austin added a U.S. Nationals victory to his resume on Monday night.

As if that wasn’t big enough, the manner in which he won was absolutely amazing. After defeating Eddie Brooks in a heads-up H/SA race in the semifinals where he had the performance advantage, Austin rolled into the final at a huge disadvantage.

Matt Antrobius was also running in the H/SA class and he had out ran Austin in qualifying by over a tenth. Austin and his crew drained most of the oil out of the car, chilled it down, and hoped for the best in the heads-up final.

At the hit, Austin laid down a .000 light to Matt’s .111 and carried that advantage all the way to the stripe for the 11.05 to 11.04 win. For the man who’s won it all, he now has a U.S. Nationals trophy to add to the collection.

And that is how you earn the #1 spot on the Top 10 List!

2 – Jimmy Daniels

James Daniels 2019 Hemi Challenge Winner

Another stellar performance came from the HEMI Challenge at the U.S. Nationals in Indy. Jimmy Daniels remained undefeated in the HEMI Challenge earning his fourth consecutive win in the specialty event. Jimmy has competed in the event four times and won them all. His win/loss record now stands at 19-0 in the Challenge.

For more on Jimmy’s historic win, click here.

3 – Chris Bear

Chris Bear Friday 660 Top Bulb Nats Winners Circle
Chris Bear

Talk about great performances, Chris Bear has had a dream season on the big money bracket racing scene. After a dominating performance at the SFG 500, Chris has continued his torrid pace collecting big money wins almost weekly.

Last weekend Chris added another win to the season picking up the $15,000 win at Summit Motorsports Park. He recently won two $15,000 events in the same weekend at the Top Bulb 660 Nationals.

4 – Larry Demers

Larry Demers Top Sportsman

Larry Demers went from winning the Lucas Oil Nationals Top Sportsman title one week, to non-qualifier at INDY the next. That quickly changed when he made the U.S. Nationals Top Sportsman field as an alternate.

Demers took full advantage of his luck and drove to his second straight NHRA national event final round. Not only did he make two finals in a row, he won both adding a U.S. Nationals Wally to his collection.

5 – Pedro Valadez

Competing at the West Coast Bracket Races So-Cal Summer Shootout, Pedro double entered on Sunday and took both entries to the final round. Pedro collected both the winner and runner up in the Pro class!

6 – Bryan Walker

It seems as though I get a message from Bryan every week that he made at least one final and/or won a couple of races. This weekend was no different as he won No-Box in his S-10 on Saturday and Super Pro on Sunday at MoKan.

Unless I lost count, I believe that makes 14 finals and 11 wins over the last few months! To learn more about Bryan and his racing background, click here to see his DragChamp Racer Spotlight.

7 – Matt Kielman

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Matt Kielman continues to tear up the West Coast racing scene with seemingly wins on a weekly basis. Matt has won about all you can win this year including bracket races, an NHRA divisional race, the NHRA Northwest Nationals, and the Division 6 bracket finals last weekend.

In addition to his already successful season, Matt heads to Pomona for a shot at a national championship!

8 – Lynn “The Pirate” Ellison

Lynn Ellison continues to shine on the biggest stages. He’s won numerous NHRA national events, divisional events, he’s a former U.S. Nationals champion, and he’s won a NHRA world championship.

On Monday, Lynn added to his already impressive resume by winning the Super Comp class at the U.S. Nationals. What’s really impressive is this is the fourth different NHRA class he’s won and he rarely competes in the 8.90 index class. It just shows the best of the best know how to get it done!

9 – Ian Theofelis

Ian’s had a pretty special season in the Jr. dragster ranks. In July, he won the Western Conference Finals and followed that up with a Division 6 ET Finals championship over the weekend.

10 – Tommy Mattingly

Competing at Ohio Valley Dragway, Tommy Mattingly pulled off the double winning both Super Pro and Pro. This earned him a tie for 10th place this week.

10 – Shane Sweigart

Tied for 10th place is Shane Sweigart. Like Mattingly, Shane doubled up over the weekend winning Super Pro and Pro at South Mountain Raceway.

10 – Chris Mohler

Chris Mohler made it a three-way tie for 10th this week after also doubling up. Mohler won No-Box and Sportsman at Beacon Dragway last weekend. This gave him a total of five Sportsman wins and two MOD wins in the last few weeks.

Shout Outs

We have a number of talented racers that just missed the list but deserved some props for their hard work. Here are this week’s shout outs.

Paul Jordan

Racing at the Division 6 E.T. Finals, Paul pulled the wreck and go in the Race of Champions. Paul hit the wall during the race after it starting raining while he was racing. He repaired the car, continued racing, and collected the ROC runner up!

Phil Bryant

Phil managed to make three final rounds over the weekend at I57 Dragway. While he lost both of the No-Box finals, Phil did earn the Super Pro win to finish his strong weekend in style.

Braden Bettis

Braden won $5,000 at Little River Raceway in Temple, Texas over the weekend…in a Jr. dragster!

Rory Weney

Weney picked up a sweet new S-10 race truck, drove straight to the track, and won the event at Capitol Raceway. To make the story better, he didn’t even get a time trail!

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Tell us what you think about our Top 10 List? We want to hear from you. Check us out on Facebook, share it with your friends. Help us celebrate these outstanding racers and their accomplishments.

And remember, look for our Top 10 List nominations Facebook post every Monday evening. You can nominate your favorites in the comments of the post for consideration on the list.

If you nominate a racer, please include their name, their accomplishment, which track(s), and a winners circle photo. Some racers have missed the list because we didn’t have enough information and couldn’t find anything online.

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