Michael Dalrymple earned his second NHRA national event title with his Super Gas triumph at the Northwest Nationals at Pacific Raceways.
KENT, WASH. – Michael Dalrymple drove his ’68 Camaro roadster to the Super Gas win on Sunday at the NHRA Northwest Nationals. The win was his second at Pacific Raceways with the previous win coming in Super Comp in 2009.
Dalrymple wasn’t spectacular at the tree over the race weekend but he made up for it with great driving at the finish line. His run to the championship started with a late light against Rory Moser in round one.
Moser grabbed a .019 to .071 advantage at the hit but Dalrymple fed him a mile of stripe on the big end sending Moser well under the index. Dalrymple trailed his dad, John, off the line in their round two match but used a dead-on 9.903 to turn on the win light after John slowed to a 9.962.
Michael used another dead-on 9.905 to turn back Super Comp world champ Steve Williams in round three. Williams came up just short with his 9.916.
The win setup a semifinal match up against Josh Mellof. Mellof was away first, .018 to .026, but would come up on the wrong end of a double-breakout on the big end. Mellof’s 9.865 was further under than Dalrymple’s 9.886 sending Michael to his second final round.
The final was another close race as it was decided by .001-second. Facing first time NHRA national event finalist Rod Souza, Dalrymple grabbed the lead at the start. His .015 to Souza’s .029 gave Dalrymple some room to play with at the top end.
As Dalrymple closed the gap on the big end, he managed to get there by .001 when his 9.961 just outpaced Souza’s 9.948. After surviving a number of close encounters, Michael Dalrymple is now a two-time NHRA national event champion.
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