Lynn Ellison claimed his second U.S. Nationals victory on Labor Day after taking home the Super Comp crown at Lucas Oil Raceway.
INDY – Former Top Dragster world champion Lynn Ellison proved his versatility after winning the NHRA U.S. Nationals for the second time. His first INDY title came in Super Stock in 2012.
After a six year hiatus from the event, Ellison returned to INDY in 2019 entering Super Gas and Super Comp. His Super Gas Corvette was purchased a couple of weeks prior to the event and he had only driven the dragster once before the annual Labor Day event. Lynn admitted, “we weren’t exactly favorites when we pulled thru the gates!”
“And on top of that, I haven’t raced any this year as my daughters Madison and Mallory were graduating college and finding jobs so I knew we didn’t need to be racing this year. They needed to focus on getting their lives in place,” Lynn added.
Ellison opened eliminations with his best package of the event and he needed every bit of it. His .014 dead-on two just eclipsed Scott Sattler’s .019 dead-on two! He followed with four dead-on 8.90 laps in the first five rounds.
“The race went well, a lot of tough rounds, first round my guy was .019 8.902 which would win 95% of the first round pairings, I just happen to get under it. Then I took .001 stripe in round three. But the car was phenomenal!!! It made a total of ten runs and lit the board up .90 six times and I was going .90 in the finals too,” Lynn said.
On the way to his ninth career national event victory, Ellison received two bye runs in the last four rounds. Depending on the car count and the way the NHRA lays out the ladder, it’s not totally uncommon to see one racer receive two scheduled bye runs late in the race. Lynn benefited from this and drove to his 13th NHRA final round.
Waiting for Ellison in the final was Rock Haas who was appearing in his second career final round. Haas had been brilliant at the tree posting lights ranging from .000 to .025 leading to the final round.
In the final, ran late on Monday evening, Ellison posted his best reaction of the race while Haas posted his worst. Ellison’s .008 light was too much for Haas to overcome after he let go .035.
With Ellison’s dragster on a dead-on 8.90 lap, all he had to do was make sure he got there first. He did just that by posting an off the gas 8.923 for the win. Haas dumped the gas at the stripe to go .02 above in the loss.
Lynn thanked his amazing crew for all their help in making his second U.S. Nationals victory possible. His wife Shannon who dials the car, his daughters Madison and Mallory, his car chief and car owner Brian Horton, his father Raymond, and mother Brenda.
“Man I actually don’t know how we are so lucky, to be able to still do this with my family is so special,” Lynn acknowledged.
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