Local Houston Raceway Park racers found themselves in the winners circle after a very memorable and emotional weekend at the last ever NHRA SpringNationals.
HOUSTON, TX – Houston Raceway Park swung open the gates for the last ever NHRA SpringNationals, bringing in record breaking crowds and some first time NHRA National Event winners.
Keith Purvis (SG), Chris LeBlanc (SST), Scott Arnold (TS), Michael Holcombe (SC), Jerry Emmons (STK), and Harvey Emmons (SS) all visited their local winners circle for what could’ve been the last time.
Joining them in the winners circle was Greg Kamplain (Comp), Mark Jones (TD), Chris Gulitti (Super Pro), Jay Robinson (No Box), Landon Emmons (Advanced Jr), and Slate Hrabina (Sportsman Jr).
Read the race recap below to meet the winners!
2021 NHRA SpringNationals
Competition Eliminator – Greg Kamplain
Greg Kamplain defeated Mike De Palma in the final round to take home his 11th National event Wally. De Palma had a slight starting line advantage, .040 to .046, but Kamplain got to the stripe first going 6.758 at 196 mph on his 7.36 index.
Adam Hickey was the semi-finalist.
Stock Eliminator – Jerry Emmons
Jerry Emmons defeated Brandon Baikes to take home his 18th National event Wally and his 5th at HRP. Baikes turned it red handing the win over to Emmons who was .021 and ran a 10.197 at 123 mph on his 10.16 dial-in.
Mike Cotton and John Brimer were the semi-finalists.
Super Stock – Harvey Emmons
Harvey Emmons joined his brother in the winners circle after defeating Brenda Grubbs to take home his 13th National event Wally and his 4th at HRP. Grubbs had the starting line advantage, .002 to .043, but Emmons got to the stripe by .004 to take the win. He ran a 9.711 at 134 mph on his 9.70 dial-in.
Scott Burton was the semi-finalist.
Super Comp – Michael Holcombe
What a race! Micheal Holcombe defeated Christopher Dodd to take home his first National event Wally. Holcombe was .006 and ran 8.902 at 179 mph on the 8.90 index. Dodd wasn’t too far behind, .004 and 8.911 at 176 mph.
Sarah Vang and Dan Foley were the semi-finalists.
Super Gas – Keith Purvis
Keith Purvis took home his first National event Wally after defeating Austin Williams in the final round. Just a coin flip apart on the tree, Purvis was .021 and ran a 9.903 at 158 mph on the 9.90 index.
Shannon Brinkley was the semi-finalist.
Super Street – Chris LeBlanc
Chris LeBlanc won his fourth National event Wally after defeating Don Snow in the final round. LeBlanc had the starting line advantage, .010 to .024, and ran a 10.968 at 142 mph on the 10.90 index.
Chris Vang and Brandon Millican were the semi-finalists.
Top Dragster – Mark Jones
Mark Jones defeated Wayne Landry to the home his second National event Wally. Jones had the starting line advantage, .017 to .032, and ran a 6.291 at 222 mph on his 6.26 dial-in. Jones got to the stripe by .0003 for the trophy.
Aaron Stanfield and Taylor Vetter were the semi-finalists.
Top Sportsman – Chris Arnold
Chris Arnold defeated Darian Boesch in the final round to take home his first National event Wally. Arnold had the starting line advantage, .019 to .033, and ran a 6.902 at 201 mph on his 6.88 dial-in.
Rickey Fischer was the semi-finalist.
Super Pro – Chris Gulitti
Chris Gulitti defeated Gilbert Sanchez in the final round to take home the Wally. Gulitti had the starting line advantage, .014 to .040, and ran a 4.529 at 150 mph on his 4.51 dial-in.
Ty Cassey and Stephen Hughes were the semi-finalists.
No Box – Jay Robinson
Jay Robinson defeated Cole Herbold in the final round after Herbold turned it -.003. Robinson was .045 and ran a 6.484 at 104 mph on his 4.48 dial-in.
Drew Porcher and Chris Gulitti were the semi-finalists.
Advanced Junior Dragster – Landon Emmons
Landon Emmons defeated Austin Free in the final round to advance to the runoff. Emmons had the starting line advantage, .020 to .042, and ran a 7.983 at 77 mph on his 7.94 dial-in.
Sportsman Junior Dragster – Slate Hrabina
Slate Hrabina defeated Kane Kern in the final round to advance to the runoff. Hrabina was .065 to Kern’s .077 and on a double breakout ran an 8.927 at 74 mph on his 8.94 dial-in.
In the runoff, Slate Hrabina defeated Landon Emmons to take home the trophy. Hrabina had a slight starting line advantage, .031 to .035, and ran an 8.953 at 74 mph on his 8.94 dial-in.
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.