Nasty Nick Hastings is your DragChamp 2020 Bottom Bulb Racer of the Year, Caleb Ellison and Nathan Sexton finish second and third respectively. Find it all in the DragChamp 2020 Bottom Bulb Top 10 List!
01/13/21 – Welcome to the DragChamp 2020 Bottom Bulb Top 10 List presented by Laris Motorsports Insurance. This week we continue our 2020 season ending Top 10 Lists with a focus on the bottom bulb bracket class. We compiled the best performers of the season and selected our Racer of the Year candidate. See the full Top 10 List below.
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DragChamp 2020 Bottom Bulb Top 10 List
1 – Nasty Nick Hastings
Nasty Nick Hastings is our 2020 Bottom Bulb Racer of the Year! Nick has been at the top of his game for the last several seasons and 2020 didn’t disappoint. On seemingly a weekly basis Nick found himself in the winners circle, most of the time at the biggest races in the country. While we won’t recap all of his victories here, we will mention some of his notable accomplishments in 2020.
Hastings sweep the No-Box class at the Dream Team Race, went to every No-Box final at the Great American Guaranteed Million, won $173,000 at the Guaranteed Million, won $25,000 at the SFG race in Cedar Falls, $50K at the Million in Montgomery, and won $20,000 at the Fall Footbrake Frenzy. We could go on and on listing his accomplishments but you know he’s a bad dude!
2 – Caleb Ellison
Locking down the two spot on the 2020 Bottom Bulb list is the $100K man, Caleb Ellison. While Caleb didn’t have as much success on a weekly basis as he’s enjoyed in previous seasons, he did make history in winning the BTE Labor Day 100K in September. Caleb is a talented young racer will a huge future ahead of him.
3 – Nathan Sexton
Nathan Sexton busted on the national scene in 2020 in a big way. After collecting numerous $5K and $10K wins from June to August, Nathan raced his way to the final round of the BTE Labor Day 100K where he fell to Caleb Ellison. Prior to the Labor Day race, Sexton and his Mustang, which is basically a street car, won a $10K Loose Rocker race and Nathan ran himself in a $15K final at the Loose Rocker Bigfoot Triple 10’s. Nathan also won the DragChamp Racer of the Month award in August for his dominating performance.
4 – Charlie Lockhart
Charlie Lockhart started 2020 off with a bang after winning $20,000 at the New Years Nationals in Florida which he followed with multiple race wins over the next couple of months. One of his highlights on the season included a huge double up at the Southern Big Bucks Nationals in Belle Rose, La. Charlie went on make numerous finals over the season picking up victories at some of the biggest events of the year.
5 – Slick Rick Baehr
Slick Rick lead the Top 10 List on more than one occasion last season. Rick locked down a top 5 spot after an impressive season that saw his team earn the No-Box Dream Team victory for the second time. Baehr made a $25,000 final round late in the season, doubled-up multiple times throughout the year, and won on a consistent basis at the biggest races of the year.
6 – Joe Tharp
Joe Tharp, the IHRA Sportsman World Champion, enjoyed a career season which culminated with a championship in Memphis. Tharp also collected a number of victories throughout the year including a double at the IHRA Division 3 Summit ET Finals where he won the Sportsman main event title and the Race of Champions on the same weekend. Joe added track championships in Modified and Sportsman at Keystone Raceway to close out an outstanding season.
7 – Corey Griffith
Cory Griffith had a banner year in 2020 which included a double-up at the World Footbrake Challenge in July. At the record-breaking event, Corey won the $5K Gamblers race on Thursday and the Friday $10K. He added a Modified track championship at Quaker City, his second in a row, won the IHRA Division 3 Modified championship, and made back-to-back $5K finals at the Quaker City Big Buck Nationals.
8 – Gage Burch
Gage Burch continued his hot streak in 2020 by dominating the footbrake class in the state of Florida. While Burch did pull down big wins at races like the BTE Labor Day 100K, he earned a spot in the top 10 based on his weekly performances at tracks near his South Florida home. Gage probably doubled up more than anyone all season as he pulled down multiple wins on a consistent basis.
9 – Lucas Walker
Another racer than traveled well in 2020 was Lucas Walker. Lucas was a key member of the winning Dream Team No-Box team, made countless final rounds throughout the season, a number of which he split and quit with his friends, and also made the No-Box final at the Guaranteed Million. Lucas’s ability to make multiple final rounds on a consistent weekly basis, like his No-Box double at the Mississippi Madness race, secured his Top 10 ranking.
10 (tie) – Jake Howard
Our No-Box list would not be complete without a couple of our favorite Texas No-Box racers. Tied for 10th place is Jake Howard and Chad Sandlin. Jake enjoyed yet another successful season in his matte-black Fireturd. In addition to his two track championships at Ardmore in 2020, Jake was a consistent winner at the largest No-Box races in Texas and Oklahoma in 2020. I lost track of how many $5K and larger races he won last season but he pulled in more than his share. He also was competitive in the Super Pro class racing off the bottom bulb.
10 (tie) – Chad Sandlin
Like his buddy Jake listed above, Chad Sandlin continued to reign over the No-Box class in Texas and Oklahoma. Chad was a consistent finalist and winner of the largest paying No-Box races over the year including a $12,500 victory at the Texas Motorplex among others. When you pull into the gates for a big money No-Box race in Texas, you can almost bet you’ll have to beat Chad and Jake to take home the big check.
Andrew Adkins impressed everyone with his $10K victory at the WFC in his street driven, never trailered, Duster. Adkins’ victory came over the largest car count ever at the WFC. He also added numerous other victories throughout the season and he drove his car 100’s of miles from race to race.
Kevin Martin made waves numerous times in 2020 picking up multiple race wins on the same weekend. Martin lead the Top 10 List on a couple of occasions, once after dominating the 3rd Bulb Throwdown in Oklahoma, at the Halloween Triple 10’s at the Texas Motorplex, and the Cowpasture Nationals in Ardmore.
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