The NHRA Northwest Division crowns their 2019 champions. Sportsman racers Jody Lang and Brian Preszler highlight the all star list of sportsman champs.
After a long season which included six Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series events between May and August, the NHRA Northwest Division crowned its 2019 champions recently.
The list of Division 6 champions reads like a who’s who of NHRA sportsman racers, like Jody Lang and Brian Preszler who topped the list. Joining them at the table were Ryan Warter, Cody Lane, Mike Coltrin, Francesca Giroux, Paul Nero, and Joe Mellof.
For more on each champion, see the 2019 Division 6 recap below.
NHRA Northwest Division 6 Champions
Competition Eliminator – Ryan Warter
After an amazing season that included four LODRS victories, Ryan Warter claimed the Division 6 Competition Eliminator Championship with 393 points.
His 393 points outlasted Ralph Van Paepeghem and Brian Hyerstay, who finished second and third respectively.
Warter’s four LODRS victories were completed at Boise, the double divisional at Mission Raceway Park in British Columbia, and Woodburn.
Super Stock – Cody Lane
Cody Lane captured the Division 6 Super Stock Championship with his two final round appearances. Lane finished with a total of 335 points. Tommy Gaynor was right behind him in second place with 332 points, and Dave Kelly followed in third place with 321 points.
Lane finished the season with one LODRS victory at Tucson in the beginning of the year, and later on took the runner-up finish at Boise. He also had several late-round finishes at the Mission Raceway Park double divisional and at Phoenix to help him close out the year.
Stock Eliminator – Jody Lang
Jody Lang earned the Division 6 Stock Eliminator CHampionship on the strength of three final round appearances. Lang finished the season with three LODRS wins and a couple late-round appearances.
His 427 points easily outdistanced Brad Burton and Joe Sorensen, who finished a distant second and third in the final standings.
Lang’s three LODRS wins came at Mission 1, Seattle, and Woodburn at the end of the year. On top of his three victories, Lang also finished strong at Sonoma and Mission 2.
Super Comp – Brian Preszler
On the strength of three LODRS victories, Brian Preszler took home the Division 6 Super Comp Championship with a score of 472 points. Preszler nearly ran off with the title at the beginning of the year posting two wins and a runner-up, making it difficult for Randy Beck or Justin Cooper to pass him.
Preszler’s three LODRS wins came at Mission Raceway Park, Woodburn 1, and Woodburn 2. He also had a runner-up finish at Las Vegas, and a semi-final finish at Seattle.
Super Gas – Mike Coltrin
Mike Coltrin was lucky enough to secure the Division 6 Super Gas Championship with two final round appearances. Coltrin finished with a total of 353 points with George Scott III and Greg Hehr trailing closely behind him.
Coltrin took home the Wally’s at Boise and Seattle. On top of his wins, he had late-round finishes at Mission 1 and Las Vegas to help him secure the title.
Super Street – Francesca Giroux
Francesca Giroux locked up the Division 6 Super Street Championship with two final round appearances. Giroux, who finished with a total of 353 points, held off competitors Justin Cooper and Gary Ericksen.
Giroux’s LODRS victory was at Seattle towards the end of the year, with also a runner-up finish at Boise at the beginning of the year. She had decent outings at Las Vegas, Mission, and Woodburn to help her points total.
Top Dragster – Paul Nero
2018 World Champion Paul Nero piloted his top dragster to the Division 6 Top Dragster Championships after completing the season with one LODRS win and one runner-up finish. After scoring 377 points, he finished the season on top with Mike Shannon and Ryan Carlson finishing second and third behind him.
Nero posted one LODRS win at Sonoma and one runner-up at Woodburn. With a couple late-round finishes at Mission and Seattle, he was able to secure the title.
Top Sportsman – Joe Mellof
Joe Mellof captured the Division 6 Top Sportsman Championship after posting up two LODRS victories and a couple late-round finishes. He finished with a total of 344 points, with Don Sefton and Shawn Herbst following behind him.
Mellof’s two LODRS victories came at Mission and Woodburn. On top of his victories, he was able to collect enough round wins at both Sonoma divisionals to collect the season title.
Congrats go out to all the NHRA Division 6 Champions on their successful seasons! See you on the racetrack next year!
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.