Hugh Meeks & Allen Firestone both visited the winners circle at the NHRA Gatornationals after what seemed like the race that was never going to end.
GAINESVILLE, FL – The NHRA Gatornationals brought several days of monsoon rain storms and flooded pit areas, but after the rain cleared out several people visited the winners circle.
Hugh Meeks (SC) and Allen Firestone (TS) took home the NHRA Wally’s in their respective classes. Joining them in the winners circle were David Eaton (Comp), Jeff Strickland (STK), Pete D’Agnolo (SS), Kevin MacNicol (SG), and Wayne Landry (TS).
Read the race recap below to meet the winners and hear about the final rounds.
2022 NHRA Gatornationals
Competition Eliminator – David Eaton
David Eaton defeated Frank Affronti in the final round to take home his third National event Wally. Eaton had the starting line advantage .026 to .063, and got to the finish line first to run a 6.674 at 191 mph.
Todd Frantz & Greg Kamplain were the semi-finalists.
Stock Eliminator – Jeff Strickland
Jeff Strickland took home his 19th National event Wally and his ninth in Stock after defeating Ronald Urquhart in the final round. Urquhart had the starting line advantage, .020 to .033, but took too much stripe to hand the win over to Strickland. Strickland ran a 9.161 at 144 mph on his 9.17 dial-in.
Brett Saurbaugh was the semi-finalist.
Super Stock – Pete D’Agnolo
Pete D’Agnolo defeated Billy Ryan in the final round to take home his fourth National event Wally. D’Agnolo had the slight starting line advantage, .029 to .034, and got to the stripe by .001 to visit the winners circle. He ran a 9.459 at 133 mph on his 9.44 dial-in.
Allen Wilson III was the semi-finalist.
Super Comp – Hugh Meeks
Hugh Meeks took home his third National event Wally after defeating Sherman Adcock in the final round. Meeks had the starting line advantage, .010 to .020, and ran a 8.909 at 180 mph on the 8.90 index.
Frank Altilio II was the semi-finalist.
Super Gas – Kevin MacNicol
Kevin MacNicol defeated Frank Altilio in his first National event final round to take home his first National event Wally! Altilio had a slight starting line advantage, .050 to .055, but MacNicol ran closer to the 9.90 index going 9.918 at 139 mph.
James Woeber was the semi-finalist.
Top Dragster – Wayne Landry
Wayne Landry picked up his second National event Wally after defeating Clint Riley in the final round. Landry had a slight starting line advantage, .010 to .017, and ran a 6.230 at 220 mph on his 6.20 dial-in.
Alexis Whitaker was the semi-finalist.
Top Sportsman – Allen Firestone
Allen Firestone defeated Freddy Perkins in the final round to take home his third National event Wally. Firestone had the starting line advantage, .013 to .042, and ran a 6.584 at 209 mph on his 6.56 dial-in.
Jackie Robinson was the semi-finalist.
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