This week’s DragChamp Top Ten List includes sportsman racers from across the country and from a variety of classes. We have racers from Competition Eliminator to No Box and a little of everything in between.
With racing season in full swing, there were a number of great events last week. They include the NHRA Southern Nationals, Spring Fling at GALOT, and the Windmill Nationals in Ardmore. There were also several NHRA events including Division 3 and 6 LODRS races and the Division 1 National Open.
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DragChamp Top Ten List
1 – Shannon Brinkley – One of the hottest drivers in the country right now is Division 4 Super class racer Shannon Brinkley. Shannon nailed the one spot this week by making NHRA national event finals in consecutive weeks. Two weeks ago, Shannon claimed runner up honors in Super Gas at the 4-Wide Nationals to fellow D4 racer Joe Harper.
Fast forward one week and Shannon once again found himself in the final round. This time in Super Comp at the NHRA Southern Nationals. Brinkley would ultimately fall to Trene Cressonie in the final in another all Division 4 final.
Although he didn’t grab the Wally, two national event final rounds in consecutive weeks was good enough for the top spot.
2 – Max McGlothin – Mad Max had an amazing weekend racing at the Windmill Nationals at Ardmore Dragway. Max made two final rounds on Saturday taking a $5,000 win along with a $1,000 runner up.
To go one better, Max drove his roadster to a third final on Sunday. This time he took down Jake Howard in the final to collect his second $5,000 victory of the weekend.
This isn’t the first time Mad Max has gone off at Ardmore, he pulled a similar feat last fall at their Cowpasture Nationals (click here to read the article).
3 – Laris Motorsports Racing – It’s been widely reported on our NHRA coverage that the Laris Motorsports team is having an amazing season. Between Ross and Holden Laris and teammate Trene Cressonie, they have posted wins at almost every event they’ve attended.
Trene carried the torch last week as he captured his first NHRA national event win at the Southern Nationals in Atlanta. He defeated Shannon Brinkley in the final round. The win was Trene’s second on the year after winning the Lucas Oil series event at Houston in March.
This is the third national event win of the season for the team along with multiple final rounds at Lucas Oil events in Division’s 2 and 4.
4 – Craig Bourgeois – While we don’t cover Competition Eliminator in great detail, you have to include Bourgeois on the list. Craig’s amazing season got better in Atlanta after winning his second national event of 2019.
Craig won the Gatornationals with a perfect light in the final earlier this year. He also doubled up at the Division 4 Lucas Oil race at the Texas Motorplex. Bourgeois is currently leading the national points in Comp.
5 – John Labbous Jr. – After an outstanding performance at the Spring Fling in Las Vegas, Lil’ John continued his winning ways at GALOT. Labbous made the final at the Spring Fling Dragster Shootout on Tuesday. Although Nick Folk would ultimately take the win, Labbous still walked away with a new dragster for his runner up finish.
6 – Tommy Cable – When it comes to Spring Fling racing on the eastern side of the country, you can count on Tommy Cable to find the winners circle. Tommy took home the largest payout of the week at the Spring Fling GALOT.
Although he had to wait an extra day due to rain, Cable finally cashed in for a $50,000 payday on Saturday morning. You win $50K, you make the list!
7 – Jake Howard – Not sure there’s more I can say about this young man. After two dominating performances at the Texas Triple Tens this year, Jake drove to another final round at the Windmill Nationals.
Although he settled for runner up honors to Max McGlothin, Jake continues to shine everywhere he goes. He even raced a rental car on the west coast a few weeks back while he was on vacation with his wife. I think he was pretty good in it too!
8 – Parker Theobald – The last couple weeks were good to Parker. He kicked off a two-week run with a $10,000 win at the Mopars & Muscle Cars at The Strip event in Las Vegas. The following week Parker collected the NHRA Super Comp Wally at the Division 6 kickoff in Boise.
9 – Blair McNutt – Blair, daughter of talented Division 4 Super class racer and bracket racing ace Bart Nelson, collected her second big No Box win of the season. Racing at Houston Raceway Park, Blair took out the field to collect the $2,500 big check.
Just a week earlier, she mowed through the Texas Triple Tens field for a $5,000 victory. Here’s to getting it done off the bottom bulb!
10 – Aaron Stanfield – Stanfield took full advantage of an off weekend for the Factory Stock cars he tunes to grab another Wally at the Southern Nationals. Aaron won a super close Super Stock final over Brandon Bakies.
In addition to his Super Stock win, Aaron made two finals at the Houston Lucas Oil event earlier this year. At that event, he won Super Stock and was runner up in Top Dragster.
10.5 – Lenny Williams – Lenny, considered one of the “old guys” in the class, drove his F/SA ’71 Buick Gran Sport to the Stock Eliminator win at the Division 1 National Open at Atco Dragway. After qualifying in the two spot with a -.987 under 10.863 lap, Lenny worked his way to the final round were he won a heads up race with Matt Lisa.
On the day, Lenny had his best light in the second round (.005) and won two heads up F/SA races to capture the event win. Special thanks to Sean C. for providing details on Lenny’s victory.
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