Tyler Bohannon & Joe Santangelo both visited the winners circle at Summit Motorsports Park after picking up the NHRA Wally’s at the Summit Racing Equipment Nationals.
NORWALK, OH – Racers gathered from all over in hopes of taking home the NHRA National event Wally’s and the beloved ice cream scoop trophies at the Summit Equipment NHRA Nationals this weekend and for several racers, those dreams came true.
Joe Santangelo (STK) and Tyler Bohannon (SS) led the leader board this weekend, both having incredible weekends. Santangelo was closing in on his first ever double-up, but Bohannon defeated him in a stellar Super Stock final round to pick up his second NHRA National event Wally.
Scott Chamness (Comp), Patrick Debottis (SC), Duane Lafleur (SG), Steve Jaeger (TS), and Alan Kenny (TD) joined the two in the winners circle and making their weekends very memorable.
Read the race recap below for more!
2022 Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals
Competition Eliminator – Scott Chamness
After visiting the winners circle at the divisional event earlier in the month, Scott Chamness picked up his first NHRA National event Wally after having a break single in the final round. Frank Aragona was shut off on the line due to a fuel leak. Chamness shut off early to coast to victory.
Frank Affronti was the semi-finalist.
Stock Eliminator – Joe Santangelo
Joe Santangelo defeated Brett McFarland in the final round to take home his 20th National event Wally. Santangelo had the starting line advantage, .025 to .061, and ran on a double-breakout ran a 10.432 at 121 mph on his 10.44 dial-in to head to the winners circle.
TC Morris and Matt Antrobius were the semi-finalists.
Super Stock – Tyler Bohannon
After visiting the winners circle at the divisional event earlier in the month, Tyler Bohannon picked up his second NHRA National event Wally and his first in Super Stock after defeating Joe Santangelo in the final round. Santangelo had the starting line advantage, .003 to Bohannon’s .013, but Bohannon got to the stripe first by .009 to run a 9.619 at 137 mph on his 9.61 dial-in to go to the winners circle.
Mark Nowicki was the semi-finalist.
Super Comp – Patrick Debottis
Patrick Debottis took home his first NHRA National event Wally in his first ever final round after defeating Bob Prose. Two stellar reaction times, .000 to .001, Debottis ran a 8.922 at 182 mph on the 8.90 index to get to the stripe first by .004.
Ray Connolly and Jake Smith were the semi-finalists.
Super Gas – Duane Lafleur
Duane Lafleur raced to the winners circle after defeating Dave Coapstick in the final round to pick up his first NHRA National event Wally. Lafleur had the starting line advantage, .006 to .012, and by .003 Lafleur took home the trophy running a 9.910 at 163 mph on the 9.90 index.
Tim Gillespie and Mike Lagos were the semi-finalists.
Top Dragster – Al Kenny
Al Kenny picked up his 10th NHRA National event Wally and his third in Top Dragster after defeating Karma Hopper in the final round. Hopper had an engine malfunction in the semi-finals, causing her to be a no-show for the final round. Kenny took the tree and headed to the winners circle.
Al Peavler was the semi-finalist.
Top Sportsman – Steve Jaeger
Steve Jaeger defeated Glenn Butcher in the final round to pick up his first NHRA National event Wally. Butcher had the starting line advantage, .013 to .041, but had issues down-track to hand the win over to Jaeger wo ran a 6.747 at 205 mph on his 6.73 dial-in.
Steve Stockton and Don O’Neal were the semi-finalists.
Megan Strassweg is a 24 year old Super Comp racer from Louisville, Kentucky. She races a 2015 American Dragster with a 648 Oakley Motorsports Engine. 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.