The NHRA South Central Division crowns their 2019 champions. Veteran racer David Rampy highlights the all-star lists of sportsman champs after retiring from his career in drag racing.
After a long season which included seven Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series events between March and October, the NHRA South Central Division crowned its 2019 champions recently.
The list of Division 3 champions reads like a who’s who of NHRA sportsman racers like 100-time NHRA National Event winner David Rampy. Joining him at the table are Craig Bourgeois, Jimmy Hidalgo Jr, Mike Green, Jim Capp, John Leibham, Aaron Stanfield, and Lance Rutland.
For more on each champion, see the 2019 Division 4 Recap below.
NHRA South Central Division 4 2019 Champions
Competition Eliminator- Craig Bourgeois
On the strength of three final round appearances, Craig Bourgeois locked up the Division 4 Competition Eliminator Championship with 348 points. Bourgeois held off competitors David Rampy and Kevin Self, who finished second and third respectively.
In his three LODRS final rounds, Bourgeois claimed the win at both races in the Dallas Double Divisional and the runner-up in Houston. He also went a few rounds at Noble and Tulsa to help him lock up the season title.
Super Stock- David Rampy
100-time NHRA National Event winner David Rampy recently locked up the Division 4 Super Stock Championship. Rambo finished with a total of 418 points and held off competitors Jacob Pitt and 2019 NHRA Champion Vic Penrod.
Rampy had two LODRS wins at Dallas 2 and Tulsa and one runner-up finish at Atlanta. He also had a couple finishes in the deeper rounds at Houston and Dallas 1, all helped him claim the season title.
Stock Eliminator- Jimmy Hidalgo Jr.
The “Country Puppy” Jimmy Hidalgo Jr. raced his way to the Division 4 Stock Eliminator Championship after finishing with two final round appearances. His 385 points outlasted Brenda Grubbs, who was tied for first with him, and Slate Cummings.
Hidalgo Jr. started out the season on a high note and took home the Wally at Houston and then again at Noble later in the year. On top of those, he went deep in the later rounds at Dallas, Tulsa, and St. Louis.
Super Comp- Mike Green
Mike Green earned the Division 4 Super Comp Championship in style after taking home two LODRS Wally’s throughout the year. Green finished with a total of 384 points.
Austin Williams and Taryn Greene finished a distant second and third in the final standings.
Green’s two LODRS victories came at Dallas and Belle Rose. He also had several late-round appearances at Noble, Tulsa, and Great Bend that helped him close out the season and claim the title.
Super Gas- Jim Capp
Jim Capp secured the Division 4 Super Gas Championship with two final round appearances. His 395 points was enough to claim the title and leave Cole Cummings and Travis Salter a close second and third in the final standings.
Capp took home two LODRS victories at Belle Rose and Brainard. To help finish up the season and giving him the title, he had a couple late-round finishes at Houston, Dallas, and Las Vegas.
Super Street- John Leibham
John Leibham picked up the Division 4 Super Street Championship after finishing the season with two LODRS final round appearances. Leibham, who finished with a total of 352 points, held off Jim Burrell and Chris Haralson to secure the title.
He took home the Wally at Dallas and the runner-up finish at Tulsa. Along the way he had a couple late-round appearances at Belle Rose and Vegas that helped him secure the season title.
Top Dragster- Aaron Stanfield
On the strength of three final round appearances, Aaron Stanfield claimed the Division 4 Top Dragster Championship with a total of 346 points. Stanfield was able to hold off Mario Boesch Jr., who was tied for first, and Ross Laris in his path to the divisional title.
Stanfield’s divisional win came at Dallas 2 and his two runners-up’s came at Houston and Topeka. To help with his points total, he went deep in rounds at Dallas 1 and Tulsa.
Top Sportsman- Lance Rutland
Lance Rutland captured the Division 4 Top Sportsman Championship after having three final round appearances. He finished with a total of 367 points.
Rutland’s 367 points outlasted Glenn Wright and Cole Prejean, who finished second and third respectively.
Rutland’s one LODRS victory came at Houston and his two LODRS runner-up’s came at Noble and Topeka 2. On top of his victory, he went deep in the late-rounds at Dallas and Topeka 1.
Congrats go out to all the NHRA Division 4 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.