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Sepanek & Butner Claim Pep Boys NHRA Nationals Titles

Katie Sepanek and Bo Butner visited the winners circle at the Pep Boys NHRA Nationals at Maple Grove Raceway.

Cover photo courtesy of AutoImagery

MOHNTON, PA – The NHRA came to the House of Chaos last weekend where several winners were crowned in front of sell-out crowds. Katie Sepanek (STK) and Bo Butner (SG) led the weekend winning their respective classes.

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Joining them in the winners circle were Ken Voight (Comp), Roger Reese (SS), Donald Bangs (SC), and Vonnie Mills (TS).

Read the race recap below for more!

Pep Boys NHRA Nationals

Competition Eliminator

Ken Voight picked up his first NHRA Wally in his first national event final in an easier way than normal. His opponent, Jay Schonberger, could not get his car to fire in the water-box to give Voight the easy win and coast down the racetrack to head to the winners circle.

Joe Carnasciale was the semi-finalist.

Stock Eliminator

Katie Sepanek defeated Joe Santangelo in the final round to take home her third NHRA Wally. Sepanek had the starting line advantage, .003 to .031, and turned it into a win-light running a 11.598 at 108 mph on her 11.58 dial-in.

Randi Lyn Shipp and Matt Lisa were the semi-finalists.

Super Stock

Photo from Phil Hutchison

Roger Reese took home his first NHRA Wally in his first final round after defeating Byron Worner in the final round. Worner had the slight starting line advantage, .006 to .010, but took too much stripe to breakout and hand the win over to Reese who ran a 10.433 at 125 mph on his 10.42 dial-in.

Anthony Bongiovanni and Joe Lisa were the semi-finalists.

Super Comp

Donald Bangs defeated Anthony Barrett in the final round to take home his first NHRA Wally in his first final round. Bangs had the starting line advantage, .014 to .032, and ran a 8.927 at 172 mph on the 8.90-index to pick up the trophy.

Jason Kenny and Kathleen Smulligan were the semi-finalists.

Super Gas

After just picking up the Super Gas Wally at the US Nationals, Butner kept his winning streak going and defeated Frank Volpe in the final round to take home his 29th overall Wally in NHRA. Volpe had the starting line advantage, .010 to .015, but took too much stripe to breakout and hand the win over to Butner who ran a 9.935 at 165 mph on the 9.90-index.

Hank Smith was the semi-finalist.

Top Sportsman

Vonnie Mills became the first female to win a NHRA Top Sportsman Wally after defeating Lawrence Willard in the final round. Mills had the starting line advantage, .009 to .053, and turned it into a win-light running a 6.689 at 200 mph on her 6.65 dial-in. This was Mills third NHRA National event Wally.

Brian Moody was the semi-finalist.

Megan Strassweg

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.

You can reach Megan on Facebook or email at megan@dragchamp.com

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