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Monday, May 27, 2024

Smith, Shuford win NHRA Four-Wide Nationals at zMAX Dragway

Rickie Smith and Don Shuford visited the winner’s circle at the NHRA Four-Wide Nationals to top the leaderboard at zMAX Dragway.

CHARLOTTE, NC – Rickie Smith and Don Shuford led the winners at the NHRA Four-Wide Nationals, picking up the NHRA Wally in Competition Eliminator and Super Stock. Smith stepped out of his Pro Modified comfort zone this weekend and competed in Competition Eliminator, where he found himself in the winner’s circle at the end of the weekend.

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Joining them in the winner’s circle was Brett Candies (STK), Colby Fuller (SC), Billy Upton (SG), Brad Plourd (SST), Holden Laris (TD), and James Hinkle (TS).

Read the race recap below to learn more about the winners!

2024 NHRA Four-Wide Nationals

Competition Eliminator

Rickie Smith (yes, you read that right) took home his 20th NHRA National event Wally and his first in Competition Eliminator after defeating Joel Warren in the final round. Smith was .028 up front and ran a 5.781 at 249 mph on his 6.34 index.

Stephen Szupka was the semi-finalist.

Super Stock

Don Shuford took home his second NHRA National event Wally after defeating Allen Wilson in the final round. Wilson turned on the red bulb by -.009 to hand the win over to Shuford. He was .074 and ran a 10.274 at 129 mph on his 10.26 dial-in to pick up the trophy.

Stephen Comella and Dan Fletcher were the semi-finalists.

Stock Eliminator

Brett Candies took home his third NHRA National event Wally after defeating Josh Decker in the final round. Both drivers were red, but Candies left second and was given the win-light. He ran a 9.186 at 147 mph on his 9.21 dial-in.

Kenny Anderson and Dan Fletcher were the semi-finalists.

Super Comp

Colby Fuller picked up the NHRA National event Wally after defeating Michael Handras in the final round. Fuller had the starting line advantage, .009 to .025, and ran a 8.908 at 179 mph on the 8.90 index to pick up the trophy.

Jenna Freeman and Christopher Cepelka were the semi-finalists.

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Super Gas

Billy Upton visited the winners circle after defeating Bob Locke in the final round to pick up his sixth career win. Upton had the starting line advantage, .005 to .029, and ran a 9.886 at 162 mph on the 9.90 index to pick up the win over Locke’s 9.882 run.

Scott Lawson and Steve Furr were the semi-finalists.

Super Street

Brad Plourd visited the winners circle after defeating William Morgan in the final round to pick up his 23rd career win. Morgan turned on the red bulb by -.017 to hand the win over to Plourd, who was .016 up front and ran a 10.912 at 120 mph on the 10.90 index.

Lee Crawford and Ryan Locke were the semi-finalists.

Top Dragster

Holden Laris defeated Chad Taylor in the final round to take home his sixth NHRA National event Wally. Taylor had the starting line advantage, .028 to .064, but had problems downtick to give Holden the open door to pick up the trophy. He ran a 6.568 at 168 mph on the 6.22 dial-in.

Dane Ward and Scott Luken were the semi-finalists.

Top Sportsman

James Hinkle defeated Calvin Snow in the final round to take home his second NHRA National event Wally. Both drivers were identical up front, .014, and Hinkle turned it into a trophy running a 7.272 at 189 mph on his 7.25 dial-in.

Frank Altilio and Mike Morehead were the semi-finalists.

Megan Strassweg

Megan Bohannon is a 26 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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