Monday, April 15, 2024

Whitfield, Wurtz, & Perivolaris Win at K&N Southwest Showdown

Kris Whitfield, Duston Wurtz, & Marko Perivolaris led the weekend at the K&N Southwest Showdown at Tucson Dragway.

The K&N Southwest Showdown kicked off this past weekend at Tucson Dragway, where racers traveled near and far in hopes of finding the winner’s circle for the first time in the 2023 season. The sun rose Thursday morning to find a near 5 inches of snow on the ground – a first time for everything!

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The track crew & promotion team made the decision to alter the schedule and push the 64-car $25,000 to win shootout to Friday after the snow storms, run the Saturday $10,000 race (top bulb) and $5,000 race (bottom bulb), and combine Friday’s race with Sunday’s race to make it $20,000 to win for top bulb and $10,000 for bottom bulb.

Read the race recap below to see the winners!

K&N Southwest Showdown


Kris Whitfield cashed in for $25,000 on Friday evening after defeating Keith Downing in the final round. Whitfield, who was .009, trailed Downing’s .003 but was able to slide in front by .004 grabbing the last win-light of the evening.

Jeff Serra and Trey Sommers were the semi-finalists.


Duston Wurtz turned on the final win-light on Saturday evening after defeating Dane Phillips. Phillips jumped out to a .027 advantage but was unable to get to the dial, going under by .018 forcing Wurtz just enough room to stay and get behind.

Kris Whitfield was the semi-finalist.

CW Hoeffer picked up the big check on the bottom bulb side after defeating Dennis Paz in the final round. Paz took a .005 advantage up front but decided to get behind giving the room for Hoeffer to sneak in .01 above and seal the deal.

Steve Roehrs was the semi-finalist.


Marko Perivolaris defeated Chad Axford on double-up Sunday. He was. 002 ahead on the tree and that .002 was margin of victory as both drivers sat it dead on 4.

Lynn Adams was the semi-finalist.

On the bottom bulb side, Jeremy Plyler defeated Ryan Mangus in the final round after Mangus turned on the red bulb by -.007.

Luis Valenzuela was the semi-finalist.

Ryker Rojel took down Levi Agnew in the final round of Combo

Baylee Shearer defeated Allison Bolle in the final round, picking up the trophy in her first junior race of her career.

Megan Strassweg

Megan Bohannon is a 25 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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