The NHRA North Central Division crowns their 2019 champions. 2019 World Champion Jeremy Mason highlighted the all-star list of sportsman champs.
After a long season which included six Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series events between May and October, the NHRA North Central Division crowned its 2019 champions recently.
The list of Division 3 champions reads like a who’s who of NHRA sportsman racers including 2019 World Champion Jeremy Mason. Joining him at the table are Chad Voges, Irvin Johns, Ken Friedman, Luke Bogacki, Phil Smida, Mike Coughlin, and Curt Fredrich.
For more on each champion, see the 2019 Division 3 Recap below.
NHRA North Central Division 3 2019 Champions
Competition Eliminator – Chad Voges
On the strength of three final round appearances, Chad Voges cruised to the Division 3 Competition Eliminator Championship. With a total of 347 points, Voges held off competitors Troy Galbraith and Ronnie Bohn, who finished second and third respectively.
In his three LODRS final rounds, Voges won once at Indy and took the runner-up at Chicago and St. Louis. To add onto his success, he had late-round appearances at Heartland Park and Earlville which helped him lock up the championship.
Super Stock – Irvin Johns
Irvin Johns piloted his “Indiana Johns” Chevy Cavalier to the Division 3 Super Stock Championship after three final round appearances. Johns’ 405 points held off competitors Ricky Decker and 2018 Division Champion Tyler Bohannon, who finished second and third.
Johns earned the 2019 Division 3 title after posting two LODRS wins and a runner-up. His two victories came at the Baby Gators and Beech Bend, while his runner-up came at St. Louis. Johns also had several late-round appearances at Norwalk and Las Vegas.
Stock Eliminator – Ken Friedman
Ken Friedman raced his way to the Division 3 Stock Eliminator championship after attending only five LODRS events and finishing with three final round appearances. His 394 points outlasted James Kaekel Jr. and Austin Alvey.
Friedman took home the Wally at Beech Bend and the runner-up finish at National Trails and Rockingham. He also had several late-round finishes at Indy and St. Louis to help him close up the year.
Super Comp – Luke Bogacki
“Cool-Hand” Luke Bogacki earned the Division 3 Super Comp Championship in style with two final round appearances. Bogacki finished the season with two LODRS wins and several late-round appearances. His 360 points outlasted Paige Coughlin and Rick Hughes, who tied for second, and Phil Smida.
Bogacki’s two LODRS victories came at Chicago and Heartland Park in Topeka. A couple late round finishes at St. Louis and Las Vegas helped him secure the season title.
Super Gas – Jeremy Mason
2019 NHRA World Champion Jeremy Mason was lucky enough to secure the Division 3 Super Gas Championship after also securing the world title. With one final around appearance and several late-round finishes, Mason finished with a total of 416 points.
Michael Jirousek and Tim Gillespie finished a distant second and third in the final standings.
Mason’s took the runner-up finish at Norwalk. His several late-round finishes at Chicago, Bowling Green, St. Louis, and Rockingham helped his close out the season.
Super Street – Phil Smida
Phil Smida picked up the Division 3 Super Street Championship after finishing the season with two divisional wins. Smida, who finished the season with 352 points, was able to hold off Mark Smith and Alison Prose to secure the title.
Smida and Smith ended up being tied for first, but Smida won the tiebreaker and took home the season title.
His two LODRS victories came at Norwalk and Rockingham at the end of the season. Smida also posted a couple late-round finishes at Bowling Green and St. Louis.
Top Dragster – Mike Coughlin
Mike Coughlin earned the Division 3 Top Dragster Championship after scoring a total of 355 points with two LODRS wins. Coughlin’s season included two divisional wins, a semi-final finish, and a couple late-round finishes.
2019 NHRA World Championship Danny Nelson trailed Coughlin by only 10 points. JB Strassweg finished 52 points behind Coughlin, giving him the third-place finish in the season standings.
Coughlin’s two divisional wins came at Indy and Chicago. His late-round finishes at the Somona double divisional helped him secure the title.
Top Sportsman – Curt Fredrich
Curt Fredrich captured the Division 3 Top Sportsman Championship on the strength of three final round appearances and several late-round finishes. He finished with a total of 336 points.
Fredrich’s 336 points outlasted Lester Johnson and Scott Wasko, who tied for second place, and Jerry Albert who finished right behind the two.
Fredrich’s one LODRS victory came at Chicago and his two runner-up finishes came at the Baby Gators and Brainard. On top of his victory, he went deep at Norwalk and St. Louis which helped secure the title.
Congrats go out to all the NHRA Division 3 Champions on their successful seasons! See you on the racetrack next year!
About the author: Megan Strassweg is a 22 year old Super Comp racer from Louisville, Kentucky. She races a 2015 American Dragster sponsored by Coolshirt Systems. She graduated from Western Kentucky University in May of 2020 with a degree in Photojournalism and a minor in Entrepreneurship. Megan works at Jim Butner Auto in the Finance Department. Growing up at the racetrack, drag racing is all she has known and never plans to give up on it.