Val Torres, Stevie Dustin, and Gage Burch keep winning! Other racers from around the country show out and more in the 2/26 Top 10 List.
02/26/20 – The only weekly sportsman racing Top 10 List is back for another edition. Racing action heated up across the country last weekend with NHRA events on both sides of the country, an IHRA race in Louisiana, practice tree races, and much more.
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.
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.
DragChamp 2/26 Top 10 List
1 – Val Torres
Val Torres is on top of the world after back-to-back victories at the NHRA Winternationals and the NHRA Arizona Nationals. Torres drove through the Super Gas field at the season-opening Winternationals in Pomona. He followed that with a Super Comp victory at the Arizona Nationals last weekend.
You know you’re living right when the little numbers keep falling your way. In the Pomona, his last three rounds were decided by .001 or less. At Phoenix, his fourth round opponent, Chad Webber, broke out by -.001 and Cal Belden let go -.005 too soon in the final. For good measure, Torres was .000 at the tree after Belden turned it red.
2 – Stevie Dustin
Stevie Dustin has been almost unstoppable in Practice Tree races this year. He began the year with a $5,000 victory at the Northeast Practice Tree Nationals. Stevie then outlasted 170 racers to run himself in the $3,000 final at the Cupid Shuffle Shootout. Dustin picked up another runner-up there before heading to the Practice Tree Hootenanny. There he won the 32 person Shootout!
3 – Gage Burch
This guy is quickly becoming the Energizer Bunny because he just keeps on winning, and winning, and winning! Week in and week out, Gage keeps parking his Mustang in the winners circle in Florida. Last weekend he won No-Box to extend his current streak.
4 – Justin Lamb
Much like Val Torres, Justin Lamb is enjoying a great start to the 2020 racing season. After debuting a new paint scheme and sponsors at the Winternationals, where he won Super Stock, Justin followed with a runner-up at the Arizona Nationals. A ten-pack from opponent Kyle Rizzoli was all that kept Justin from sweeping the first two nationals of the year.
5 – Trey Vetter
Trey Vetter dominated bracket racing action at the Strip in Las Vegas a week ago claiming three wins in four races on the weekend! To top the weekend off, his sister Taylor won the fourth race to make it a clean sweep for the Vetter family.
6 – Justin “Skirt” Vickers
Skirt came up big at the Practice Tree Hootenanny taking home the $5,000 main event! If I’m not mistaken, it was a no-split final with Mikey Matty.
7 (tie) – Mike Crutchfield
In two NHRA Division 2 races this season, Mike Crutchfield has made the Super Stock final in both. After a runner-up at the season opening race in Orlando, Crutchfield went a step further in winning Super Stock at the SGMP LODRS race last weeekend.
7 (tie) – Kevin MacNicol
Kevin MacNicol followed in Crutchfield’s footsteps as he also made the final round at both NHRA Division 2 races this season. MacNicol drove his beautiful Super Street Firebird to a runner-up and a win in the first two events.
8 – Graeme Rufenacht
A week ago we mentioned Central Texas based Graeme Rufenacht raced to a runner-up finish at the Division 7 Jr. Series race in Phoenix. On the heels of that finish, Graeme returned to Texas where he started the weekend winning his baseball game on Saturday morning. He then headed to Xtreme Raceway where he collected race win #1 on the weekend.
Then he and his father Sam, headed south to Houston Raceway Park where Graeme earned race win #2 on Sunday. Now that’s pretty impressive! I also heard he came in as the relief pitcher on Saturday morning. He threw 16 pitches to four batters to seal the team win in the last inning.
9 (tie) – Doug Lambeck
Doug Lambeck continued his recent final round streak at Phoenix. The veteran Division 7 Comp racer won the season-ending Auto Club Finals to wrap up 2019. He then opened the season with a second straight Pomona victory, this time at the Winternationals. At Phoenix, his win streak ended after he fell to Dean Carter in the Comp final.
9 (tie) – Kyle Rizzoli
Kyle Rizzoli came up big in the Super Stock final at the NHRA Arizona Nationals! Racing against 5x champ Justin Lamb, Rizzoli laid down a ten-pack in the final to stop Justin from winning back-to-back races.
Just a few months prior, Rizzoli came within one round of winning the Super Stock world championship. At the Auto Club Finals, Rizzoli fell to Dan Fletcher by .003 in the semifinals to just miss earning the championship.
10 – Velicity Morris
Velicity Morris doubled up in the Jr. Dragster class at Gulfport Dragway over the weekend to earn the 10 spot!
Dennis Barnhart raced for the first time in his life last weekend and came out a winner! Dennis, the father of young gun Cody Barnhart, entered the Sleeper Bracket Nationals, a slow street car race, where he outlasted 140+ competitors to claim the win.
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