Doug Bracey wins Top Sportsman class at the NHRA Northwest Nationals at Pacific Raceways. The win comes twenty years after his last national event victory.
KENT, WASH. – Twenty one years elapsed since Doug Bracey last visited a NHRA national event winners circle. That all changed on Sunday when he captured the NHRA Northwest Nationals Top Sportsman title at Pacific Raceways.
Bracey earned his third national event victory when he defeated Shawn Herbst in the Top Sportsman final round. The final was a spectacular race that was decided by a few of thousandth’s of a second.
Both Bracey and Herbst left together in the final with Bracey’s .040 just slightly better than Herbst’s .041. At the stripe, Herbst took .003 stripe to go -.003 under his 7.11 dial-in. Bracey posted a dead-on 7.211 to earn the Wally.
Prior to the final, Bracey defeated a number of talented racers. He took the easy win in the opening round when opponent Joe Loch missed the tree with a .146 reaction.
In round two, Bracey survived a close race with Super Gas hot-shoe Casey Plaizier. Bracey was solid posting a .030 light and a .01 above 7.247 to squeeze Plaizier under his dial-in by -.002.
With a bye to the final on the line, Bracey took a double-breakout decision over former national event winner Ray Martin. Doug used a .015 light and a -.020 under 7.140 to turn back Martin’s .037 light and -.035 under 6.805.
The win catapulted Bracey to his third national event final where he would go on to win and keep his perfect final round record in tact.
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