A bittersweet ending to Atlanta Dragway brought first time winners and racing veterans visiting the winners circle for the last time at the Lucas Oil NHRA Southern Nationals.
COMMERCE, GA – It’s the end of an era for Atlanta Dragway. For over 40 years, racers have been traveling near and far to Atlanta Dragway in hopes to visit the winners circle and to make memories they will never forget. Racers were blessed with beautiful blue skies and sunshine for their last trip to the Lucas Oil NHRA Southern Nationals.
The 2021 Lucas Oil NHRA Southern Nationals brought several first time winners, as well as a few who have visited the winners circle a time or two. Chuck Trotter (SC), Tony Jones (SST), and Dylan Stott (TS) captured their first National event Wally’s to close out the weekend.
Joining them in the winners circle were Kent Hanley (SS), Greg Rowe (STK), and Luke Bogacki (SG).
2021 Lucas Oil NHRA Southern Nationals Sportsman Final Round Results
All final round photos courtesy of NHRA.tv
Super Stock – Kent Hanley
Kent Hanley defeated Brett Candies in the final round to collect his fourth National event Wally in his eighth National event final. Hanley had the starting line advantage, .016 to .037, and ran one above his 9.42 dial-in to defeat Candies. This was the second time he has won in Super Stock.
Michael Brand II and Jeff Longhany were the semi-finalists.
Stock Eliminator – Greg Rowe
Heads up final! From the #27 qualifying spot, Greg Rowe defeated Adam Davis in a K/SA heads up final. Davis qualified in the #57 qualifying spot and had the starting line advantage over Rowe, .028 to .095, but it wasn’t enough to cover Rowe’s 11.65 at 103mph. He won his fifth National event Wally in his fifth National event final round. This is his third Southern Nationals Wally and his fourth in Stock Eliminator.
Steve Foley and Jeff Warren were the semi-finalists.
Super Comp – Chuck Trotter
Door cars to the front! Chuck Trotter made history on Sunday and became the first door car to win in Super Comp in 10 years! Trotter defeated Kent Hanley in the final round to take home his first National event Wally in his first final round. Trotter slammed a .016 thou package to make Hanley mathematically ineligible.
Justin James and Jenna Morehead were the semi-finalists.
Super Gas – Luke Bogacki
In his 22nd National event final round, Luke Bogacki defeated Jonathan Anderson to collect his 15th National event Wally and his third at the Southern Nationals. Bogacki had a slight starting line advantage, .012 to .019, and ran dead on five for the victory. Anderson took too much stripe to breakout, handing the win over to Bogacki.
Jeremy Mason and Jim Perry were the semi-finalists.
Super Street – Tony Jones
Tony Jones captured his first National event Wally in his first National event final after defeating Keith Mayers in the final round. Jones had a slight starting line advantage, .009 to .020, and on a double breakout ran closer to the 10.90 index going a 10.873.
Kevin MacNicol was the semi-finalist.
Top Sportsman – Dylan Stott
Fifth time’s a charm! Dylan Stott finally won his first National event Wally in his fifth National event final round after defeating Sandy Wilkins in the final round. Wilkins had the starting line advantage, .027 to .034, but took too much stripe and broke-out to hand Stott the win on a double breakout.
David Tatum III was the semi-finalist.
Megan Strassweg is a 23 year old Super Comp racer from Louisville, Kentucky. She races a 2015 American Dragster sponsored by Coolshirt Systems. Growing up at the racetrack, drag racing is all she has known and never plans to give up on it. Megan works with TB Promotions in promoting their races and keeping entries straight, as well as keeping their social media pages updated.