Craig Maddox captured his first National event Wally at the Dodge NHRA Nationals at The Strip in Las Vegas Motor Speedway.
LAS VEGAS, NV- Craig Maddox earned his first National event Wally after defeating Chris Knudsen in the final round of Stock Eliminator at The Strip. This was Maddox’s third career final round but taking home his first Wally was special.
Prior to his latest victory, Maddox bowed out in the semifinals at the Denso Spark Plugs NHRA Four-Wide Nationals at Las Vegas Motor Speedway earlier in the year.
In the first round of eliminations, Maddox had the starting line advantage over Randy Bursell, .022 to .054. Bursell then took too much stripe to breakout and gave Maddox the win, who ran a 9.389 on a 9.37.
Maddox was given an easy one after his round two opponent, Gary Gandee Jr, had problems on the starting line and was very late on the tree. Maddox passed him quickly and let out of the throttle to avoid breaking out.
Maddox and Scott Libersher had a heads-up race in the third round of eliminations. Libersher had a big starting line advantage of an .029 to an .085, but Maddox had the better car. Maddox got to the finish line first by .078 to advance to the next round.
Maddox put together an .016 package in fourth round to take the win over Jeff Jerome. Jerome was mathematically ineligible from the start being .020 and running 10.367 on a 10.35 dial in. Maddox was .010 on the tree and ran dead on his dial in.
After being nearly similar off the line, Maddox took the win over Leo Glasbrenner after he took the stripe and ran closer to his dial in. Maddox ran a 9.540 on a 9.50, while Glasbrenner ran 10.252 on a 10.20. Maddox was given the bye into his third career final round.
Maddox wasn’t given an easy opponent in the final round. Chris Knudsen, who has been on a role this year, turned it -.012 giving the win to Maddox. Maddox was -.021 right behind him, but that didn’t matter because Knudsen left first. Maddox took a stroll down The Strip to earn his first career National Event Wally.
Congrats to Craig Maddox and his family on their first national event victory!
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.