Vernon Rowland collected his third national event win of the season at the Dodge NHRA Nationals at The Strip in Las Vegas.
LAS VEGAS – Super Comp and Super Gas racer Vernon Rowland extended his outstanding season with his third NHRA win of the year. Rowland defeated long time racer Dan Fletcher in the Super Comp final. The win moved Rowland up to seventh place in the national points standings.
In six NHRA national event appearances this season, Rowland made five final rounds and won three events. Along with his Wally in Vegas, he also collected another Wally in Super Comp at the Mopar Express Lane NHRA Spring Nationals in Houston, Texas.
Rowland began eliminations at The Strip with a .002 light and a 9.122 on a 9.05 defeating Chuck Babcock. He flew past second round of eliminations after his opponent, Glenn Kern, was -.008 red giving Rowland the automatic win.
Third round, Rowland continued his string of outstanding reaction times with a .008 light and running a 9.046 on the 9.05 index. His opponent, Maddy Payne, was quicker but broke out by -.005 running a 9.045.
Throwing together an almost a perfect package fourth round gave Rowland the win. His .001 light and another 9.046 was hard to beat for opponent Kevin Wright, who was .012 and ran too quick with a 9.013. Fifth round, Rowland was given an easy round win after Travis Theobald missed the tree which gave Rowland the bye into the final round.
To no surprise, Rowland threw a .003 reaction time on the board on his by run and ran it out the back door. In the final round, Rowland and Fletcher were a coin flip off the starting line with .011 and .012 lights respectively. Rowland ran dead on the dial in with a zero to turn on his win light and earn his third Wally of the season.
Congratulations to Vernon Rowland and his family on their latest national event victory and on an incredible season!
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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.