Monday, December 11, 2023

DragChamp Top 10 List – 2/12/20 Edition

Charlie Lockhart stays red-hot, Hunter Patton wins $50,000, and much more in the 2/12/20 edition of the DragChamp Top 10 List.

2/12/20 – The weekly sportsman racing Top 10 List is back for another edition. This week we cover the season opening NHRA Winternationals in Pomona, the Southern Big Buck Nationals in Belle Rose, La., along with local racing action.

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.

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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.

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DragChamp Top 10 List – 02/12/20

1 – Charlie Lockhart

Red-hot No-Box racer Charlie Lockhart jumped from the two spot last week to the top this week after he swept the No-Box class at the Southern Big Buck Nationals. His huge $10K weekend in Belle Rose followed a $20K victory at the New Year Nationals and a $7,500 RU at the BTE King of the Coast Ben Franklin 5K’s.

2 – Hunter Patton

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Our 2019 Top Bulb Driver of the Year kicked off 2020 in much the same fashion as he ended 2019, winning! Patton took home the $50,000 High Roller Shootout at the Southern Big Buck Nationals to open the season on a high note.

3 – Austin Logan

Austin Logan pulled his best Gage Burch impression by dominating the weekend at Palm Beach. Logan won Box and Jr. dragster on Saturday before losing the Jr. final on Sunday due to a broken race car. Must be something in the water in Florida!!!

4 – Stevie Dustin

Stevie Dustin locked down the four spot this week after showing out at the Cupid Shuffle Practice Tree Spectacular. Dustin outlasted 170 competitors to meet himself in the final round of the $3,000 Shootout. That’s right, Stevie took home both the win and runner up on Friday.

After a big day on Friday, Dustin returned to the final once again in the Bottom Bulb Shootout on Saturday. There he lost to Michael Beard to end his streak. He also made it down to 13 at the $7,500 Main Event.

5 – Greg Ventura

Greg opened the season at the NHRA Winternationals in a big way. He debuted his recently completed Nova in Super Gas. He made the final round where he lost to Val Torres on a breakout.

In Super Street, he came within .001 of making two final round appearances. After a huge holeshot in the quarterfinals, with a bye to the final laying in wait, Ventura misjudged the stripe by .0008 to lose to Gary Ericksen’s dead-on lap.

Ventura didn’t leave empty handed though, his ’66 Nova was voted the best appearing car!

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6 – Theobald Motorsports


Parker and Travis Theobald had a weekend to remember at the Winternationals. The brothers both made their first NHRA national event final round where they raced each other in the Super Comp final! The race was over at the tree when Travis red-lighted handing the win to Parker, the 2019 Division 7 Super Comp Champion.

7 – Brandon Taylor & Champ McCrory

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Another team that showed out over the weekend was the DragCoverage.com entries of Brandon Taylor and Stephen Champ McCrory. Both made the $10,000 Top Bulb final round and this is where it got interesting.

After the burnouts were complete, the teammates switched cars and proceeded to stage. When the tree fell it was BT taking the win over Champ. This is why bracket racing is so much fun, good people having good times, and winning big money!

8 – Mike Zimmerman

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Mike Zimmerman may be the hottest racer in the country right now after pulling off four straight wins. Competing in Super Pro in the Arizona Drag Racing Association at Tucson Dragway, Zimmerman went four for four in January!

9 (tie) – Kyle Fritz

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Kyle Fritz has also been on a roll at Wild Horse Pass in Phoenix. In four Summit Super Series events, Fritz has reeled off 2 wins (Super Pro & Pro), a runner-up, and a semifinal appearance. The results came in the same ’89 Firebird that he runs in both classes.

9 (tie) – Gage Burch

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What can you say about this guy? Another weekend, another win in his home state of Florida! He and friend Donovan Williams doubled the Mustang at West Palm over the weekend. Donovan earned a $3K win in Top Bulb while Gage won the Open Comp class.

10 (tie) – Greg Rushing

Greg Rushing locks down the 10 spot this week after his second big showing of the season. After stopping Charlie Lockhart in the Ben Franklin 5K final a couple of weeks ago, Rushing fell to Lockhart in the SBBN final in Belle Rose on Saturday.

10 (tie) – Justin Lamb

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Justin Lamb showed out in Pomona starting the year on a tear. When this guy gets hot early, the rest of the Super Stock field better watch out. It could be a long year for anyone not named Lamb in the class.

10 (tie) – Kenny Underwood

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Take what I said above for Justin Lamb and post it right here! Underwood starting the year hot is not a good sign for the big money bracket racing crowd. Skinny Kenny earned the $10K payday on Sunday in Belle Rose to kick off 2020 with a bang.

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If you nominate a racer, please include their name, their accomplishment, which track(s), and a winners circle photo. Some racers have missed the list because we didn’t have enough information and couldn’t find anything online.

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