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Don Meziere wins Top Sportsman at Winternationals

Don Meziere earned his fourth NHRA national event title in winning the Top Sportsman class at the Lucas Oil NHRA Winternationals at Auto Club Raceway in Pomona, CA.

POMONA- Don Meziere took home the trophy after his Top Sportsman victory at the Lucas Oil NHRA Winternationals. Racing at the famed Winternationals, Meziere drove through a tough field to earn his fourth career win on the big stage.

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The co-owner of Meziere Enterprises qualified in the No. 17 position taking his Chevy Cobalt to a stellar 6.917 at 198.20 mph.

Meziere kicked off his run to the trophy with an easy first round win over Phil Dion who turned it red by -.019. Don let go .018 and ran a 6.940 to advance to round two.

NHRA Winternationals Top Sportsman Final

There he took another easy win after Bryan Warr turned left -.003 too soon. Don cut a stellar .010 reaction time and posted a 6.983 to advance to round three.

Meziere had a slight starting line advantage over Joe Roubicek, .029 to .035, and ran closer to his dial-in for the win as Roubicek broke out.

In an easy semifinal match-up, Meziere’s opponent Gary Forkner left before the tree activated advancing Meziere to the final round.

Don Meziere

Joining Meziere in the final was Division 7 hitter Richard Okerman, who finished fifth in national points last year. Okerman averaged a .021 reaction time through five rounds, making it past names like Ed Olpin and Ken Ratzloff to reach the final.

With a .012 to .027 starting line advantage, Meziere took the stripe by .002 to claim the Wally. His 6.945 on a 6.92 dial-in was too much to handle for Okerman, who posted a 7.042 on a 7.03.

Congrats to Don Meziere and his family on their latest victory!

Find more results from the Lucas Oil NHRA Winternationals here.

Megan-Strassweg

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. 

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