Welcome to the DragChamp Sportsman Drag Racing Top 10 List!
Drag racers never cease to amaze me. They put their heart and soul into their cars, work on improving their program, and then go out an execute. Once again that dedication and commitment were on display last weekend.
From the JEGS Allstars to bracket racing in Canada and all points in between, racers threw down some amazing performances. You’ll find the best of the best in this week’s list.
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DragChamp Top 10 List 6/5/19
1 – Nick Folk
Nick skipped the NHRA National event in Chicago to do a little bracket racing at the SFG 300 at Cedar Falls Motorsports Park. He proceeded to win the 64 Car Shootout on Friday for $4,000. If that wasn’t enough, Folk went on to win the $50,000 main event on Saturday.
I’ve said it before, you win $50 large, you get a spot on the list. Since that’s the largest payday of the week and he won twice, Nick grabs the top spot this week.
2 – Duston Wurtz
This guy can’t lose. A week after a dominating performance at the West Coast Classic, Duston found the winners circle at Firebird Raceway. After going undefeated in two entries at the $20K in Fontana, Duston extended his round win streak to 20 at Firebird. I almost forgot to mention that Duston posted three perfect lights at Firebird.
With his unbeaten streak in tact, Duston grabs the two spot this week. Check out this Q&A to learn more about Duston and his racing background.
3 – Division 4 JEGS Allstars Team
The Division 4 Allstars team earned the three spot this week after successfully defending their 2018 Team Championship. The super talented D4 team won four of the eight classes of competition.
D4 Allstars winners included Jeff Lopez (Stock), Cy Hill (Super Street), Chris Dodd (Super Comp), and Darian Boesch (Top Dragster). Defending Allstars Super Stock champ, Aaron Stanfield, came up one round short of winning his second-straight.
4 – Tucker Kanselaar
Josh Green said Tucker has been working a lot lately and hasn’t had much time to race. If that’s true, everyone better hope he stays at work because he showed out at the SFG 300. Tucker knocked off the rust to collect a $20,000 payday on Sunday at Cedar Falls.
5 – Mike Luedke
A few weeks ago Luedke hit the jackpot with a $50,000 win at Huntsville. He returned to the scene of the crime and pulled off a $10,000 win last weekend. That’s enough to grab a top five spot.
6 – Jeff Lopez
A day after winning his first JEGS Allstars race, Lopez made his way to the final round of the Route 66 Nationals. Facing Randi Lyn Shipp, Lopez was .007 at the tree to grab the starting line advantage. At the stripe, Lopez took a little too much stripe to go under by -.007.
That .007 breakout prevented the double and kept him from collecting the JEGS double-up bonus. Either way, it was a tremendous weekend for Jeff in a talent-laden field. Click here to see photos of Jeff’s Allstars win.
7 – Lester Johnson
Lester drives one of the coolest cars in racing, a Procharged ’55 Chevy that he runs in Top Sportsman. The car consistently post ET’s in the low 6-second range. A year after winning the JEGS Allstars and posting a runner up at the Route 66 Nationals, Johnson made both finals again.
This time Johnson was runner up in the Allstars but won the Route 66 NHRA Nationals on Sunday. Click here to read more about Johnson’s impressive weekend.
8 – Russ Adams
The Canadian Bracket Super Tour held it’s first event of the season last weekend. Russ Adams won the Gamblers Race on Friday and followed that with a win in Saturday’s $10K. A double win is a nice way to start the season.
9 – Gage Burch
All he does is win, win, win and when he walks into the building everybody’s hands go up…..and they stay there! That’s the words to some rap song that I always think of when I see Gage standing in the winners circle. Which by the way, happens a lot!
Once again Gage grabbed not one but two wins over the weekend, a common occurrence for him. He drove his Mustang to the Super Street win at the Division 2 National Open over the weekend. Gage also added a Pro ET win for good measure.
Pay attention boys and girls, this young man is the future of our sport!
10 – Lauren Dodd
Talking about the future, Lauren Dodd looks to have a bright future as well. Lauren grabbed a $5,000 win at the Junior Week race at Kentucky Dragway. And based on her win/loss record of 47-5 this year, she’s got a lot more winning left in her. Welcome to the Top 10 Lauren!
I know this is the Top 10 list but I had a few other names that deserved a shout out this week. Although they didn’t grab an official spot on the list, they’re recent performances warranted a mention.
Curt Harvey won again last week marking the third week in a row that he parked his dragster on the dance floor.
After superb performances at both Spring Fling’s, John Labbous won the Super Gas crown at the JEGS Allstars.
Jeff Dona won the JEGS Allstars on Saturday and went to the semifinals of the Route 66 Nationals on Sunday.
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