Bo Butner and Austin Williams visited the winners circle at the 68th Annual running of the Dodge Power Brokers NHRA U.S. Nationals. otherwise known as the Big Go.
BROWNSBURG, IN – Bo Butner and Austin Williams made their annual U.S. Nationals trip memorable after both visiting the winners circle on Monday afternoon, holding the big Wally’s. Butner won in Super Gas, while Williams won in Super Comp.
A mere 950 entries entered the facility Sunday-Tuesday, while cars hit the racetrack on Wednesday and competed all the way up until Monday evening when champions were crowned.
Doug Engels (Comp), Pete D’Agnolo (SS), Brett Candies (STK), Doug Wood (SST), Vince Hoda (TS), and Rusty Baxter (TD) joined the two in the winners circle to make for a great evening.
Read the race recap below for more!
68th Annual Dodge Power Brokers U.S. Nationals
Doug Engels picked up his second NHRA National event Wally after defeating Frank Aragona in the final round. Engels drove his D/DA Dragster to a .032 reaction time and a 7.384 at 175 mph on his 7.97 index.
Ryan Priddy and Jason Coan were the semi-finalists.
Brett Candies defeated Jim Marshall in the final round to take home his second NHRA career Wally. Marshall had the starting line advantage, .041 to .054, but Candies broke out by less to pick up the win. Candies ran a 9.202 at 144 mph on his 9.21 dial-in.
Jimmy Hidalgo and PB Candies were the semi-finalists.
Pete D’Agnolo took home his fourth NHRA National event Wally and his first at the U.S. Nationals after defeating James Caro in the final round. D’Agnolo had a huge starting line advantage, .020 to .102, and turned it into a win-light running a 9.639 at 128 mph on his 9.64 dial-in.
Jeff Taylor and Austin Alvey were the semi-finalists.
Austin Williams picked up his 18th NHRA National event Wally, his second consecutive one in his new car and his second U.S. Nationals Wally, after defeating Jason Kenny in the final round. Kenny had the starting line advantage, .002 to .013, but took too much stripe to breakout and hand the win over to to Williams who ran a 8.918 at 160 mph.
Todd Ewing was the semi-finalist.
Bo Butner defeated Steve Hoyt in the final round to take home his 17th NHRA National event Wally and his first from the U.S. Nationals. Butner had the starting line advantage, .008 to .016, and ran a 10.066 at 156 mph on the 9.90-index after Hoyt had problems.
Craig Anderson and Maximus Butcher were the semi-finalists.
Doug Wood picked up his first NHRA National event Wally after defeating Ryan Locke in the final round. Locke had the starting line advantage, .013 to .016, but Wood got to the finish line first by .002 to pick up the trophy. He ran a 10.901 at 137 mph on the 10.90-index.
Tony Jones and Jordan Pratt were the semi-finalists.
Rusty goes back-to-back! Rusty Baxter defeated Dane Ward in the final round to pick up his second NHRA National event Wally, after winning the same event last year. Baxter had the slight starting line advantage, .020 to .023, and ran a 6.172 at 208 mph on his 6.13 dial-in to pick up the win.
Ed Dudley and Thomas Bayer were the semi-finalists.
Vince Hoda picked up his second NHRA National event Wally after defeating Craig Liles in the final round. Liles turned on the red bulb first to hand the win over to Hoda who was -.002 behind him, and ran a 6.639 at 209 mph on his 6.70 dial-in.
Dwayne Gallogly and Bob Mandell 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.