The NHRA West Central Division crowns their 2019 champions. Trevor Larson and Kris Whitfield highlight the all-star list of sportsman champs.
After a long season which included six Lucas Oil Drag racing Series events between June and September, the NHRA West Central Division crowned its 2019 champions recently.
The list of Division 5 champions reads like a who’s who of NHRA sportsman racers including well know .90 racers Trevor Larson and Kris Whitfield. Joining them are Matt Harris, Michael Mans, Scott Burton, Troy Grant, Victoria Johnson, and Allen Firestone.
For more on each champion, see the 2019 Division 5 recap below.
NHRA West Central Division 5 Champions
Competition Eliminator – Matt Harris
After finishing a dream season of four final round appearances, Matt Harris captured the Division 5 Competition Eliminator Championship with a total of 402 points.
Almost 100 points in the lead, Harris made it hard for Shaun Vincent and Jim Greenheck to catch him, who finished second and third in the final standings.
Harris finished the season with three LODRS victories at Denver, Topeka 2, and Earlville. He took home the runner-up finish at Great Bend at the end of the year.
Super Stock – Michael Mans
After attending only five LODRS events this year, Michael Mans put down an incredible season and took home the Division 5 Super Stock Championship. With a total of 364 points, Mans held off competitors Tyler Wudarczyk and Jason DeForrest.
Out of the five races he attended, Mans was in three final rounds. He took home the Wally’s at Topeka 2 and Earlville. His one runner-up finish was at Topeka 1.
Stock Eliminator – Scott Burton
In a tight battle for first place, Scott Burton claimed the Division 5 Stock Eliminator Championship on the strength of two final round appearances. His 362 points outlasted Tyler Wudarczyk, who finished one point out of first place, and Dic Geary.
Burton’s one LODRS victory this year came at Firebird Raceway in Boise, Idaho. He took the runner-up finish at Las Vegas at the end of the year. To help with his points total, Burton had late-round finishes at Denver and Earlville.
Super Comp – Trevor Larson
Trevor Larson raced his way to the Division 5 Super Comp Championship after two final round appearances. Larson finished the season with one LODRS win, one runner-up, and several late-round appearances. His 371 points outlasted 2019 Division 5 Champion Kris Whitfield and Michael Miller.
Larson’s victory came at Brainard and his runner-up was at Earlville at the end of the year. He had a couple late-round finishes at Tucson, Las Vegas, and Denver that helped him close out the year.
Super Gas – Kris Whitfield
Kris Whitfield was lucky enough to secure the Division 5 Super Gas Championship with one LODRS win and several late-round finishes. Whitfield finished with a total of 361 points with Keith Kuehn and Craig Maddox trailing closely behind him.
Whitfield took home the Wally at Bandimere at the beginning of the year. He put together enough round wins at Topeka 1 and 2, Earlville, and Las Vegas to come out on top at the end of the year.
Super Street – Troy Grant
Troy Grant picked up the Division 5 Super Street Championship after finishing the season with one divisional win and several late-round finishes. Grant, who finished the season with 342 points, held off Nick Siebert by two points and Corey Bentley by 44 points.
Grant’s LODRS victory was at Las Vegas 2 at the end of the year, but his combined rounds at Las Vegas 1, Denver, Topeka, and Great Bend helped him close out the season with a strong points total and collect the title.
Top Dragster – Victoria Johnson
Victoria Johnson piloted her nitrous-fed top dragster to the Division 5 Top Dragster Championship after one final round appearance and several late-round finishes. After scoring 312 points, she ended the season on top with Bradley Green and David Harrington finishing second and third behind her.
Johnson posted one runner-up finish at Great Bend. On top of her runner-up finish, she raced her way to a couple late-round finish at Denver, Topeka 1 and 2, and Las Vegas that helped her claim the division championship.
Top Sportsman – Allen Firestone
Allen Firestone captured the Division 5 Top Sportsman Championship after two final round appearances. He finished with a total of 366 points.
Firestone’s 366 points outlasted Larry Demers and Dave Slatten, who finished second and third respectively.
Firestone’s two LODRS victories came at Brainard and Earlville. Along with his victories, he had several late-round finishes at Gainesville, Dallas, and Topeka.
Congrats go out to all the NHRA Division 5 Champions on their successful seasons! See you on the racetrack next year!
About the author: Megan Strassweg is a 21 year old Super Comp racer from Louisville, Kentucky. She races a 2015 American Dragster sponsored by Coolshirt Systems. Megan is a student at Western Kentucky University and is pursuing a degree in Photojournalism with plans to graduate in May 2020. 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.