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DragChamp Top 10 List – 9/20/23 Edition

Donnie Hagar makes history at the OG Million to lead the DragChamp Top 10 List presented by Laris Motorsports Insurance

9/20/23 – DragChamp has accumulated the best performers from the past weekend for the Top 10 List presented by Laris Motorsports Insurance. Check out the Top 10 List below to see how they ranked.

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1 – Donnie Hagar

photo by Chris Simmons

Donnie Hagar takes the #1 spot this week after damn near breaking the internet after winning the OG Million Friday night. Hagar was one of the most unconventional racers in St. Louis last week as he only competed in Friday’s main event, towed his Vega on an open trailer, and slept in a tent. Adding to his unconventional approach, Hagar competed in the No Box class which he won on his way to becoming the first bottom bulb winner of the OG Million main event! Donnie’s approach to the Million reminded us of the good ole days of bracket racing and proves that $100,000 race cars and stacker trailers aren’t the only path to victory lane. It’s amazing to see a young, dedicated racer showing out on the biggest stage.

2 – Nasty Nick Hastings

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It’s been a fairly quiet season for Nasty Nick, especially compared to his performance in recent years. That changed Wednesday night when won the No-Box class and then made his way to the $50,000 final where he defeated Marco Abruzzi. Nick admitted to taking some time off this season to spend time with his new son, Jett and was a little rusty because of it. By the way he drove Wednesday, I’d say the rust is long gone.

3 – Tom Aretakis Jr.

Tom Aretakis Jr. debuted his Dodge Dakota a few weeks ago and has been almost unstoppable ever since. After a win a No-Box victory at Mid-Michigan, Tom headed to the Summer Fling where he won two of three Pro 48 class finals and was runner-up in the other. A week later Tom headed to Ubly Dragway where he took both entries to the final. That’s 6 finals, 4 wins, and 2 runner-ups in 3 weeks!

4 – Sugar Shane Carr

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Sugar Shane grabs the #4 spot this week after making his 3rd OG Million final round Friday night. Driving Donny B’s orange dragster, Shane rolled through the field for another big cash at the Million. Jokingly referred to as #26, Carr continues to prove he’s a threat to win at any race, any time.

5 – Jason Lawrence

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Jason Lawrence makes his Top 10 debut after outlasting the largest field in OG Million history to win the Thursday’s $50,000 race. Lawrence won his entry two years ago through the Corona Practice Tree League but couldn’t use it until this season after his Duster caught fire the year prior. Jason, also a DragChamp Pro member, made the most of his free entry after defeating Rayce Kidd in the final round.

6 – Hunter Patton

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Hunny Wayne returns to the Top 10 List after outlasting 600+ entries to win the Saturday $50,000 race at the OG Million. In addition to his $50K victory on Saturday, Hunny won Super Comp at Bowling Green a few weeks ago. After a couple of quiet seasons that last couple of years, it looks like he’s finding his winning form again.

7 – Wes May

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Wes May picked up his second $50K victory of the season last Tuesday after defeating Brett Williamson at the OG Million. In June, Wes won a $50 grander at the SFG $1.1 Million. His victory last Tuesday probably seemed like a marathon as rain delayed the start of the race pushing the final round to the wee hours of the morning.

8 – Wesley Lockhart

Wesley Lockhart jumps back into the Top 10 this week after doubling up at the IHRA Team Finals at Holly Springs. Lockhart raced to a Gamblers victory on Thursday and won the D2 Mod championship on Saturday to punch his ticket to the World Finals.

9 – 10 OG Million Runner-ups

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Rayce Kidd had to outlast the largest field in OG Million history and switch racecars mid-race to make the final round in Thursday’s $50K. Kidd came up short in the final to Jason Lawrence.

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Jesse Fritts is quickly becoming a player at the highest levels of our sport. Prior to the Million, Fritts was making his presence known in the Super Gas class winning a national event and a divisional race. His momentum extended to the Million where he made it to the final round in Saturday’s $50K. On his semifinal bye, Jesse broke something in his roadster so he jumped in Joey Moore’s wheelstanding Camaro. With no info to go off of, Jesse fell to Hunter Patton in the final but in doing so, proved he’s going to be a force to reckon with in the years to come.

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Transmission and converter specialist Marco Abruzzi joins the Top 10 list after posting a runner-up finish to Nick Hastings at the Million. Abruzzi had the advantage off the line but took .001 too much stripe to lose the heartbreaking final by the slimmest of margins.

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Brett Williamson closes out the Top 10 list this week after racing to the $20,000 final last Tuesday.

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