Nasty Nick Hastings is your DragChamp 2020 Racer of the Year, Hunter Patton and Jeff Serra finish second and third respectively. Find it all in the DragChamp 2020 Racer of the Year Top 10 List!
01/27/21 – Welcome to the DragChamp 2020 Racer of the Year Top 10 List presented by Laris Motorsports Insurance. This week we wrap up the 2020 season by crowning our 2020 Racer of the Year. The winner will receive a custom trophy designed and built by Theobald Motorsports. We compiled the best performers of the season and selected our Racer of the Year. See the full Top 10 List below.
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DragChamp 2020 Racer of the Year Top 10 List
1 – Nasty Nick Hastings
In a year that saw some amazing accomplishments from a number of racers, Nick Hastings took a narrow victory over Hunter Patton to claim the DragChamp 2020 Racer of the Year trophy. While both racers enjoyed tremendous success in 2020, Hastings squeaked out the overall title based on his bottom and top bulb victories on the season along with dominating performances at several races where he literally swept the weekend.
Nick has been at the top of his game for the last several seasons which continued in 2020. Racing in both the bottom bulb and top bulb classes, Nick won at the highest levels of the sport. His most dominating performances included a weekend sweep at the at the Great American Dream Team Race where he won No-Box all three days and was on the winning No-Box Team. At the Great American Guaranteed Million, Nick was in every No-Box final during the weekend and raced to a semifinal finish in the main event where he walked away with a $173,000 payday!
In addition to the races mentioned above, Nick won $25,000 at the SFG race in Cedar Falls, $50K at the Million in Montgomery, won $20,000 at the Fall Footbrake Frenzy, and won the DragChamp October Racer of the Month award. We could go on and on listing his accomplishments but you know he’s a bad dude!
2 – Hunter Patton
For the second year in a row, Hunter Patton was awarded the DragChamp Top Bulb Racer of the Year but came up one spot short of the overall Racer of the Year once again. Although he came up just shy of the overall award, Patton had a run for the ages in 2020 which earned him a small fortune for his efforts.
Patton, aka Hunny Wayne, began the season with a $50,000 win at the Southern Big Buck Nationals in Belle Rose, La. which he followed with a $50K win and $50K runner-up (to Nick Hastings) at the SFG 350 at Cedar Falls, Iowa.
In early May, after a brief shutdown in racing due to the pandemic, Hunter outlasted hundreds of racers to win on back-to-back nights at the Ardmore Windmill Nationals. His impressive continued at the Spring Fling Galot, the Ace Fall Slam, and many more big money bracket races. As Fall approached, Hunter geared up for four million dollar races. In those four events, Hunter made it to the quarterfinals in two and the semifinals in another.
3– Jeff Serra
Jeff Serra made tons of noise in 2020 as the talented bracket racer collected big money wins throughout the fall. Serra, a consistent winner on the big money bracket racing scene, collected a million dollar payday at the Great American Guaranteed Million in Memphis. Although most would be content with that massive score, Serra went on to collect a $25,000 win at the Immokalee Warm-Up and a $20,000 win the following week at the Dick Moroso Memorial in Palm Beach.
4 – Steve Sisko
Steve Sisko made history in July when he won the largest payout in drag racing history at the SFG 1.1 Million in Michigan. Sisko came back the next day, jumped into a different race car and proceeded to win the $100,000 race! It was a performance that broke the internet as most would have never dreamed one racer could win on back-to-back days against the talented 700+ car fields.
5 – Bryan Worner
2020 Super Stock World Champ Bryan Worner dominated the Super Stock class in route to his first national title and joined his brother as a Super Stock World Champ. In a year full of constant schedule changes, Worner found a way to persevere posting the highest points total of any Lucas Oil Series competitor in any class.
The highlight of Bryan’s season was his three final round weekend at VMP. Worner first claimed the rain-delayed New England JEGS Sportsnationals victory on Friday night. He followed with another victory in the first LODRS event on Saturday. He finished off the weekend with a runner-up in the second half of the doubleheader weekend.
6 – 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.
7 – Darian Boesch
2020 Top Sportsman World Champ Darian Boesch lands in the seven spot in our year in Top 10! The Louisiana based racer enjoyed an outstanding season which culminated with the NHRA World Championship. In addition to the championship, Boesch finished second in the Division 4 Top Sportsman points chase. He also put together a solid Top Dragster season which saw him finish 6th in Division 4 points and 16th nationally.
Between the two classes Darian won three Lucas Oil Series events and also won Top Sportsman at the rescheduled Southern Nationals that were completed in Gainesville.
8 – Christopher Dodd
2020 Super Comp World Champ Christopher Dodd is #8 in the 2020 Top 10 List! The talented Texan posted the second highest points total of all the Lucas Oil Series racers in 2020. Only Super Stock Champ Bryan Worner earned more points that Christopher during the 2020 season.
The highlight of Christopher’s season included national event victories at the Midwest Nationals and the Fall Nationals. He also collected three LODRS victories on the season including a big win at the INDY divisional in August. Dodd just missed winning back-to-back JEGS Allstar races after falling in the final round this season.
9 – Caleb Ellison
Caleb Ellison, the $100K man, secured the #9 spot after wining the highest paying footbrake race in history. The talented young racer earned the $100,000 payday after defeating Nathan Sexton in the BTE Labor Day 100K final in September.
10 (tie) – Anthony Bertozzi
Anthony Bertozzi rounds out the Top 10 after winning his 18th world title. No. 18 came in the Top Dragster class on the NHRA circuit. Bertozzi’s highlight of the season came at Columbus where he was runner-up in the LODRS race on Friday and won the JEGS Sportsnationals on Sunday. The win made AB the most successful racer in the history of the JEGS Sportsnationals with five victories!
10 (tie) – Jody Lang
Jody Lang secured a Top 10 spot after earning his first NHRA World Championship in Stock Eliminator. After years of close calls, second place finishes, and countless Top 10 finishes, Lang finally achieved the long overdue championship. Lang, one of the best racers in the history of Stock Eliminator, closed out the season winning the NHRA Dodge Finals to lock up the championship.
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