This week DragChamp continues their series of 2019 year end Top 10 Lists. The focus this week is on the NHRA Super Classes including Super Comp, Super Gas, and Super Street.
12/18/19 – The only weekly sportsman racing Top 10 List is back for another edition. This week we have a special 2019 Super Classes Top 10 List for you. We are ranking the top performers for the year in Super Comp, Super Gas, and Super Street.
In the coming weeks we’ll do 2019 Top 10 List for Top Dragster/Top Sportsman, Top Bulb, Bottom Bulb, Jr.’s, and finally an overall Top 10 for 2019.
The weekly DragChamp Top 10 List highlights the top performers in sportsman drag racing! We look for the best performers at events across the country and rank them each week.
Special thanks to DragChamp Nation and your help each week putting this list together. We couldn’t do it without the nominations submitted to our Facebook page.
DragChamp 2019 Super Comp/Gas/Street Top 10 List
1 – Ray Ray Miller
Ray Ray had yet another impressive season in Super Comp and Super Gas. He came out firing and never backed down ultimately claiming the Super Comp World Championship in the process.
In the 8.90 class, Ray Ray won four divisional events to go with his runner-up at the 4-Wide Nationals in Charlotte. He was almost as good on the 9.90 side with two divisional wins to go with his national event win in Vegas.
In an epic final round with Evan Kowalski in Vegas, Miller used a .004-pack to turn away Kowalski’s .008-pack! In addition to his championship in Super Comp, Miller finished fourth in the Super Gas national standings.
Read more about Ray Ray’s Super Comp championship here.
2 – Vernon Rowland
Division 4 hitter Vernon Rowland locked down the two spot on the 2019 Super class list after reaching five NHRA national event finals. Rowland started the season with a Super Comp win in Houston followed by a runner-up in Topeka.
Vernon then went on a run in Super Gas racing to a win in Brainerd and a runner-up in St. Louis. He finished the season by picking up his third national event win of the season in Vegas. There Rowland defeated Dan Fletcher in the Super Comp final round.
Learn more about Vernon in his Racer Spotlight article.
3 – Jeremy Mason
Jeremy Mason, the 2019 Super Gas national champion, holds down the three spot on the list. Mason had a great season in his unconventional Super Gas ride. He drove the Dean McIlvain built hot rod to victory at the Summit Racing Nationals in Norwalk.
Mason added two additional final round appearances and two semifinal finishes to lock up his first world championship.
Read more about Jeremy’s championship season here.
4 – Jonathan Anderson
Between Super Comp and Super Street, Jonathan Anderson once again put together a successful season. In Super Street, Anderson captured the Division 2 title on the strength of a win in Atlanta along with several late round finishes.
In Super Comp, Jonathan finished third overall with two runner-ups on the divisional side and two national event wins in Charlotte. Anderson was also the D2 JEGS Allstar representative and qualified both cars in the Moser Shootout.
5 (tie) – Kris Whitfield
Kris Whitfield sits in the five spot after an impressive season in both Super Comp and Super Gas. Although his season has been documented in his DragChamp Racer Blog series, we’ll recap quickly for you.
His big event on the season came at his hometown race at the Denver divisional. There, Kris doubled up taking the win in Super Gas and Super Street. He added a runner-up at the Vegas divisional to finish second in the D5 Super Comp standings.
In Super Gas, he claimed the Division 5 championship on the strength of numerous late round finishes. On top of his Division 5 success, Kris claimed his 17th season championship at Bandimere Speedway. In that series, he finished first in Super Comp and second in Super Gas.
If that wasn’t enough, Kris also won several big dollar bracket races this season.
5 (tie) – Chris Dodd
Chris Dodd continues to prove he’s one of the best young talents in the game. The 2019 solidified his stature as he claimed both the JEGS Allstars victory and the Midwest Nationals Super Comp title.
A week after the win in St. Louis, the Division 4 racer drove to his second consecutive final at the Fallnationals in Dallas before falling to Don Nichols. Back-to-back national event finals and a JEGS Allstar victory secured a top five position on the 2019 Top 10 List.
6 – Sawyer Family
The Sawyer family is known for winning races and this year they didn’t disappoint. Brian Sawyer drove the family Super Street Camaro to the Division 1 championship. He won two divisional events and the New England Nationals title in addition to numerous late round finishes.
His Pops, Ray, also had a big year. Ray Sawyer, a former Super Gas world champ, finished in the top 5 nationally for the second consecutive season. He also won two divisional races and the Thunder Valley Nationals.
7 (tie) – Jim Rod Capp
Jim Rod grabs the seven spot after an impressive season in Super Gas. Capp originally gained fame driving his “The Race Car that Ate my Brain” Super Street Camaro in the 1990’s. This season, Jim Rod drove his Corvette roadster to the Division 4 Moser Shootout title, two divisional wins, and a host of late round finishes.
These results propelled Capp to a second place finish nationally and the Division 4 Super Gas crown.
7 (tie) – Michelle Furr
Michelle Furr did something few others can say in 2019, that she raced her way to three NHRA national event final rounds. Although she came up short each time, Michelle’s achievements were impressive.
On the season, she made one final in Super Comp and two in Super Gas! National events are brutal and to make three finals in one season is super impressive.
8 – Charlie Kenopic
Division 1 Super Gas racer Charlie Kenopic collected three divisional event wins and a runner up to finish number nine on our list. Those wins propelled Kenopic to a massive 450 point total in Division 1. Charlie claimed the Division 1 Super Gas championship and finished third nationally.
9 – Phil Smida
Division 3 hitter Phil Smida had another great season competing in Super Street and Super Comp. Phil earned his third division title after claiming the Super Street championship. Smida started the year strong with a Super Street win and Super Comp runner-up at the Norwalk LODRS.
He then returned to the seen of the crime to claim the Summit Racing Nationals Super Comp Wally later in the season. Smida locked up the Super Street title in dramatic fashion at the Division 2 LODRS at Rockingham.
He came into the event needing a win to tie Mark Smith in points for the division championship. Holding the tie-breaker, Smida won the event and claimed the division title!
10 (tie) – Kyle Bigley
2018 Division 1 Super Comp champ Kyle Bigley continued to build his reputation in 2019. Bigley drove to two national event final rounds ultimately earning a victory at the Mopar Nationals in Reading. Kyle added a runner-up finish at the Epping LODRS to finish fourth nationally and second in Division 1.
10 (tie) – Scott Deffenbaugh
Scott Deffenbaugh caps off the list in the 10 spot after a great season in his beautiful Super Gas Nova. Deffenbaugh raced to two wins on the Division 3 tour and added another victory at the JEGS Sportsnationals.
Just because they weren’t ranked, they still deserve some love for their amazing performances. Here’s a little something extra!
Bo Butner decided to try Super Gas and he liked it! His first race in the car resulted in a win at Sonoma. Bo followed with final round appearances the Lucas Oil Nationals and the Bowling Green divisional. On a limited schedule, he finished 9th nationally.
Lynn Ellison only raced twice in Super Comp in 2019 but he was impressive on both occasions. His first race resulted in a victory at the U.S. Nationals in Super Comp. His second race resulted in a runner-up at the Midwest Nationals. The Pirate won 13 straight rounds before going red by -.004 in the St. Louis final!
Luke Bogacki once again got sucked into the points chase after an impressive start to his season. Although he eventually finished 5th nationally, Luke won the Division 3 championship after winning two LODRS races. He also made two national event final round appearances in 2019.
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