The DragChamp Top 10 List returns for another edition. The weather may be cooling off but the racing is heating up. This Top 10 was once again full of outstanding performers.
11/20/19 – The only weekly sportsman racing Top 10 List is back for another edition. With the NHRA on the west coast and bracket racing on the east coast, there were a number of huge performances over the weekend.
From NHRA world champions to Summit Racing ET national champions and big money bracket races, this week’s list has something for everyone.
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 Top 10 List – 11/20/19
1 – Jon Siegel
Jon Siegel grabs the one spot this week after parking the wheelie wagon in the winner’s circle for $25 large. Siegel took home the $25,000 payday on Saturday at the Immokalee Winter Warmup. Jon locked down the top spot by collecting the largest payday of the week and doing it in a cool wheel-standing Wagon!
2 – Elie McGee
Elie McGee just missed the top spot after taking down the $20,000 win at the BTE KOC Turkey Beach Bash at Gulfport Dragway on Saturday. McGee, driving his 4.1x dragster, was the quickest car on the property.
In the final he faced footbrake racer Rick Baehr. Both driver’s were double oh at the tree and both ran one above. McGee got there first by .006-second. Also, he took .00 at the stripe even with a 60+mph speed difference.
3 – Nick Ferraro
Nick Ferraro also had a big weekend at the Immokalee Winter Warmup. He won the Friday $10K over Troy Williams Jr. and then earned a runner-up finish on Sunday in his S-10 pickup.
4 – Lucas Walker
Lucas Walker had a weekend to remember at the BTE KOC Turkey Beach Bash. On Friday, Lucas defeated Cody Barnhart in the Footbrake final which moved him into the Top Bulb class. He then marched to the final round where he lost a close race to Johnny Ezell.
On Sunday, Lucas ran himself in the Footbrake final and made it down to five cars after joining the Top Bulb class.
5 – NHRA World Champions
The final three NHRA world champions were crowned in Pomona.
Ray Miller 3 earned the Super Comp title after Brian Preszler went out early.
Vic Penrod was the final champion crowned when Kyle Rizzoli fell in the semifinals on Sunday afternoon. Penrod claimed the Super Stock title in the next to last round of the season.
6 – Summit Racing ET Champions
In addition to the NHRA world champs, the Summit Racing ET national champions were crowned on Sunday at the NHRA Finals.
Mikey Sturgill earned the Super Pro title after defeating a red-lighting Dave Meziere in the final.
Chris Johnston drove his wheel-standing, sparks-throwing “funky chicken” Firebird to the Pro title when Brian Hughes left -.001 too soon.
Ryan Montford claimed the Sportsman title in his ’84 Grand Prix after using a big holeshot to take out Jake Ball.
Jim Werre earned the Pro Bike title when Jason Clampitt was -.005 red in the final.
7 – (tie) – Lee Desist
Lee Desist tied for the #7 on this week’s list after a couple of strong performances recently. A few weeks ago, Lee took home a huge $20,000 payday at Rockingham Dragway’s Twin 20’s race. He followed that with a $10K win at the 15th Annual Big Bucks Bracket Race at Carolina Dragway.
7 (tie) – Troy Williams Jr.
Troy Williams locked down the seven spot this week after making back-to-back $10K finals at the Immokalee Winter Warmup. T-Rock was .001 and .03 above in his Thursday loss and he turned it -.001 red in the Friday final.
8 (tie) – Rick Baehr
Slick Rick Baehr continues to impress in his 3rd Gen Camaro. Rick drove through the Footbrake class at the Turkey Beach Bash on Saturday to join the Top Bulb class. There he swapped feet all the way to the $20,000 final round.
Although he came up .006 short in the final, he continues to prove he’s one of the most talented footbrake racers in the country.
8 (tie) – Johnny “Bracket Racer” Ezell
What more can we say about JBR? All he does is win, win, win. Ezell took a close $10K win over Lucas Walker on Friday at the Turkey Beach Bash. The win adds to his wildly successful season that included a runner-up at the SFG 500.
9 – Kyle Rizzoli
Kyle Rizzoli had an amazing season in the NHRA Super Stock class. Earlier in the season he won back-to-back national events at Sonoma and Seattle. The catapulted him into the championship points chase.
Coming into the NHRA Finals, Rizzoli needed to win the race to claim the championship. He came up just short of the goal losing a close race against Dan Fletcher in the semifinals.
He then went on to record a runner-up finish to Jeff Taylor in the Stock Eliminator class.
10 – Frankie Giroux
Super Street racer Frankie Giroux put on a clinic in 2019. The Division 6 runner claimed the Division Championship on the strength of a win in Seattle and a runner-up in Boise.
Just because they weren’t ranked, they still deserve some love for their amazing performances. Here’s a little something extra!
Jeff Dona won his second NHRA national event at Pomona after taking out Dan Fletcher by .002 in a double-breakout race. The win drew the internet’s attention when Fletcher smoked the front tires in the lights. Dona was also the JEGS Allstars champion earlier this season.
Jeff Taylor earns a shout out this week for winning Stock at the NHRA Finals for the second consecutive season. The win was the 46th of his illustrious career.
Kevin Rodden of K&R fame ran himself at four cars before claiming the win on Sunday at Huntsville Dragway’s All Doorcar Nationals.
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