Richmond, Kentucky native Jeremy Mason claimed the 2019 NHRA Super Gas World Champion after an impressive season competing against racers across the country.
Between winning his first NHRA world championship and the birth of his first child, Mason has had a pretty exciting few weeks. McKenna Lee Mason was born on November 8, 2019. Less than 10 days later, Mason was crowned the 2019 NHRA Super Gas World Champion!
“Mike Boehner offered me his car to go out west with and I can’t thank him enough,” Mason said. “I passed on the opportunity given I had a newborn. Luckily, I didn’t need it and all the cards fell how I wanted them to.”
A long history together
Mason started racing when he was eight years old. He started in a junior dragster his dad built in their garage. At 16, Mason aged out of juniors and immediately hopped in his 1966 Chevy II. This is the same car that his dad drove home sitting on a bucket when Mason was only three years old.
Jeremy and his dad spent a few years bracket racing the car on the weekends and in 2017, they decided to completely gut the car and redo it. The two of them spent countless long nights in the garage redoing the car.
“We wanted to make it into a Super Gas contender but maintain its originality,” Mason stated. “It’s a pretty unique Super Gas car considering it’s all steel with factory glass, factory dash, etc.”
Mcilvain Race Cars helped in the rebuild and as Mason stated, they knocked it out of the park. “There’s not many 2,800 lb. factory steel door cars left in Super Gas anymore and I’m happy to keep that alive,” Mason stated.
A Championship Season
Mason’s biggest win of the season was the rescheduled NHRA Summit Equipment Nationals in Norwalk, Ohio. Interesting enough, that was his only win of the season. In addition to his national event victory, Mason scored three runner-up’s and a couple of semifinal finishes. His consistent late-round finishes added up to 644 points which earned him the national title.
Late in the season, Mason’s main goal was to get around Division 1 competitor Charlie Kenopic. Mason left the Carolina Nationals in Charlotte with 612 points and looking for more.
With one LODRS remaining to claim points, Jeremy headed to Rockingham with hopes of improving on a third round finish. In a clutch performance, Mason posted a runner-up finish. That boosted him into the No. 1 position with 644 points.
After Rockingham, it became a waiting game for Mason as Bo Butner, Jim Capp, and Ray Miller were still mathematically alive. All three headed to Vegas and Pomona with hopes of catching Jeremy. Luckily, the stars aligned in Mason’s favor.
On top of winning the world championship, Mason also clinched the 2019 LODRS Division 3 Championship in Super Gas. This was Mason’s second career divisional championship.
“First off, I need to thank my wife,” Mason stated. “She keeps everything in order around the house when she’s not racing with me. My mom and dad, they’ve been with me since day one. Thank you to NHRA and Lucas Oil for giving us a safe place to race.”
“I also couldn’t do this without all the companies I work with,” Mason said. “Renegade Racing Fuels, Ohio Crankshaft, R&M Race Trailers, ATM Innovation, Performance Torque Converter, Mcilvain Race Cars, and K&N Filters. All of these guys have gotten me where I am today.”
Congratulations to Jeremy Mason and his family on their 2019 NHRA Super Gas World Champion title and the birth of their beautiful baby girl! The DragChamp team is proud of you!
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.