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DragChamp Top 10 List – 2/5/20 Edition

The DragChamp Top 10 List is back for more weekly Top 10 action. The 2020 racing season is in full swing and we rank the best performances of the season in this weeks list.

02/05/20 – The only weekly sportsman racing Top 10 List is back for another edition. After spending the better portion of December and January recapping the 2019 season, we roll into 2020 for our latest Top 10 List.

Even though most of the country is still battling winter weather, there’s been a number of big dollar practice tree races and bracket races over the last few weeks.

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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.

Want to check out previous Top 10 Lists, click herehere, and here.

DragChamp Top 10 List – 02/05/20

1 – David Davis

I’m not sure anyone has enjoyed a more productive off season than David Davis. With Practice Tree races sprouting up everywhere, Davis “let go” like a champ and made out like a bandit over the last few weeks.

Beginning with the Walton Trailer Sales Christmas Tree Extravaganza, Davis used a perfect light to defeat the .002 of Nick Hastings in the $5,000 final. A few weeks later at the Dragstersforsale.com Practice Tree Race, Davis won an Oakley Performance 632 race engine valued $25,000!

A week later, Davis made it to the semifinals of the SFG Million Shootout at the Let Go .000 Showdown.

2 (tie) – Charlie Lockhart

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Another racer with a hot start to the 2020 racing season is Team DragChamp’s very on Charlie Lockhart. Charlie captured a $20,000 payday at the New Year Nationals in January to jump start the new year.

A few weeks later, he grabbed a runner-up in the $7,500 No-Box final at the BTE King of the Coast Ben Franklin 5K’s in Gulport.

2 (tie) – Cory Gulitti

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Cory Gulitti ended 2019 on a high note winning the final day at the Texas Turkey Hunt at Houston Raceway Park. In 2020, Cory won $20K at the New Year Nationals and made two final rounds at practice tree races. He earned a runner-up at the Cowtown Winter Throwdown in the BTE Labor Day 100K Shootout.

This was followed by another runner-up at the Dragstersforsale.com Practice Tree Race. There Cory won an entry into the Triple 30’s at the Original Million Dollar Drag Race.

3 – “Nasty” Nick Hastings

The 2019 DragChamp Bottom Bulb Driver of the Year continued his winning ways in the new year. Nick dominated the Christmas Tree Extravaganza Practice Tree race taking a win and two runner-ups in the process. This included running himself in the final of the Shootout Race and then losing .002 to .000 to David Davis in the $5,000 main event.

At the Let Go .000 Showdown, Nick raced to a runner-up and two semifinal appearances.

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4 – Rusty Cook

The 2020 NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series kicked off at Orlando Speed World over the weekend and Rusty Cook came out firing! The veteran Super Class star defeated Johnny Labbous in the Super Comp final before losing to Jerry Heffelfinger in the Super Gas final.

5 – “Kmart” Kevin Martin

Kevin Martin proved his talents once again in super slow street cars. Competing at the Slow Roller Bracket Nationals at Ardmore Dragway, Martin swept the event winning both the $500 Slow Roller and the $2,000 Super Slow Roller.

Last season, Martin won the Snowman Classic Main Event at the Texas Motorplex. The Snowman Classic was another race limited to slow street vehicles.

6 – Gage Burch

Gage Burch started 2020 much the same as he has every year, WINNING! That’s right, Mr. 525 continues to dominate in his home state of Florida. Not only has he won several times already in 2020, he even doubled up in Super Pro and No-Box on the same day. He accomplished that by swapping feet in both classes! Drop the mic….walks off quietly….

7 – Kane Kern

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Kane Kern, number 3 on our 2019 Jr. Dragster Top 10 List, picked up where he left off in 2019. In his first two events of the new year, Kane collected three wins! And that my friends is why Kane was #3 on our Jr. List.

8 – Darian Boesch

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The 2019 JEGS Allstars Top Dragster champ looks to be in mid-season form already. Darian had already collected back-to-back Quick 16 wins and a Box class runner-up in 2020! If you’re racing in the South Central region, this is the guy to watch.

9 – JJ Penington

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Little JJ makes his first appearance on the Top 10 List after earning an impressive $3,000 win. JJ put his name in the record books at the first ever Thumbsnatcher Showdown 2.0 Practice Tree race. Keep your eye on JJ as this young man has a bright future ahead of him.

10 – Justin Hutto

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Justin Hutto earned the tie for the 10 spot after a big weekend at the Cowtown Winter Throwdown Practice Tree Race. Hutto raced to the semifinals in the $5,000 Main Event before falling to eventual champ Logan Staab, .006 to Staab’s .004.

Hutto followed this by going to the final round of the Great American Guaranteed Million Shootout. There Hutto settled for runner-up honors for the second time on the evening when his .009 was not enough to take down Lil Rocky McLain’s .002.

Shout Outs

Just because they weren’t ranked, they still deserve some love for their amazing performances. Here’s a little something extra!

Kevin Brannon – with two semifinal showings at the NHRA Division 2 LODRS opener in Orlando, KB proved he’s ready for 2020!

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Michael Carpenter – the 17 year old took home the trophy at the first 6.50 event of the season at Bradenton Motorsports Park!

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Hailey Peterson – this young lady has already enjoyed a successful season and it’s just getting started. Hailey won the season opening Division 2 LODRS at Orlando last week. She also earned a runner-up finish the week prior at Immokalee and also won a double header race this season.

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And remember, look for our DragChamp Top 10 List nominations Facebook post every Monday evening. You can nominate your favorites in the comments of the post for consideration on the list.

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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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