Nasty Nick is Named DragChamp Racer of the Month for October

Tough and talented drivers Hastings, Richardson, Brannon, Serra, Dodd, Worner, Ferraro, and Martin battle for October’s Racer of the Month prize.

After a historic month of sportsman drag racing, the October Racer of the Month award proved difficult to determine.  The month included not one, but three million-dollar races along with a host of big money bracket races and a full slate of NHRA Lucas Oil sportsman races. 

Due to the overwhelming number of races in October and the associated performances, the team at DragChamp had some work to do to name the October Racer of the Month. 

After combing through the Top 10 Lists, we identified several racers that stood above all the rest.

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Million Dollar Race Winners

Of course, the first names that come to mind for their impressive performances in October are million-dollar race winners Scotty Richardson, Jeff Serra, and Kevin Brannon. 

Scotty Richardson kicked off the historic month with a victory at the Spring Fling Million in Bristol.  He followed that with a quarterfinal finish the following week in Memphis.

Scotty Richardson
Scotty Richardson wins the Spring Fling Million at Bristol Dragway

Jeff Serra drove to glory at the Great American Guaranteed $1,000,000 in Memphis while Kevin Brannon cashed at the original Million Dollar Drag Race a couple of weeks later.  Brannon’s win came just weeks after a $125,000 runner-up finish at the Fall Fling at Galot.

Jeff Serra
Jeff Serra wins the Great American Guaranteed $1,000,000 at Memphis International Raceway
Kevin Brannon
Kevin Brannon wins the 25th Anniversary Million Dollar Race at Montgomery Raceway Park

NHRA Standouts

While any of the above racers would have been a great choice for the Racer of the Month, there were more racers who showed out during the month.

Christopher Dodd won back-to-back national events at the Midwest Nationals and the Fallnationals to lock up the NHRA Super Comp World Championship.  This came on the heels of a JEGS Allstars runner-up and back-to-back Lucas Oil Series wins in September.

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Christopher Dodd claimed the 2020 NHRA Super Comp World Championship

Also, in contention for the title this month was NHRA Division 1 Super Stock standout Bryan Worner.  Worner began the month by making three finals in one weekend. 

At Virginia Motorsports Park, he won the rain delayed JEGS Sportsnationals followed by a win and a runner-up at the Lucas Oil Series double-header.  He then drove west where a runner-up at the NHRA Finals in Las Vegas sealed the Super Stock World Championship.

Bryan Worner
Bryan Worner claimed the 2020 NHRA Super Stock World Championship

A Couple More Contenders from Big Money Bracket Racing

Oklahoma bracket racer Kevin Martin showed out in October earning a win and a runner-up at the Cowpasture Nationals before running wild on Halloween at the Triple Tens in Texas. There Kevin drove to all three No-Box finals earning two wins and a runner-up.

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Kevin Martin was on a hot streak in October

Bailey Ferraro impressed in Montgomery after winning a $5K Warm Up race before earning a $50,000 win and $50,000 runner-up at the Million Dollar Race in Alabama. 

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Bailey Ferraro found a few final rounds and picked up a lot of cash
Photo credit: Lou Crouch

So…Who Won?

That brings us to the winner of the DragChamp Racer of the Month winner, Nasty Nick Hastings!  Nick was practically unstoppable against some of the toughest competition in the country on back-to-back weeks. 

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Nasty Nick Hastings is the DragChamp Raccer of the Month for October
Photo credit: Lou Crouch

Hastings made every No-Box final at the Great American $1,000,000 and footbraked his way to a semifinal finish in the main event.  He followed that with a $50,000 win a week later at the Million in Montgomery.  These results add to an already unbelievable season for the talented young racer. 

Nick will receive a custom Racer of the Month trophy courtesy of Theobald Motorsports.  Special thanks to the Theobald family for sponsoring the Racer of the Month award and to Travis Theobald for creating the trophies.

How the winner is determined: The DragChamp Racer of the Month award is presented to the racer that makes the biggest impact on the Top 10 List during the month.  To be considered for the Racer of the Month title, a racer must make at least one Top 10 appearance during the month.  At the end of the month, we review the weekly lists, and select the racer that has made the biggest impact.

A few of these big names can be heard on the DragChamp Show podcast! Take a minute to listen to Jeff Serra, Christopher Dodd, or Bailey Ferraro.

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