Kevin Brannon wins the 2023 Top Bulb Racer of the Year title presented by Laris Motorsports Insurance
01/24/24 – Welcome to the 2023 DragChamp Top Bulb Racer of the Year Top 10 List presented by Laris Motorsports Insurance. We ranked the best Top Bulb racers of the year. Read below to see which racers made the biggest impact over the 2023 season.
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DragChamp Top 10 List
1 – Kevin Brannon
Kevin Brannon wins the 2023 DragChamp Top Bulb Racer of the Year title after an impressive season. Kevin made at least nine big money final rounds this past year winning six times. Highlights included winning $100K, running himself in a $50K final, and doubling up for $20K.
2 – Cory Gulitti
Last season’s Top Bulb Racer of the Year Cory Gulitti grabs the #2 spot this year after posting another impressive season. Cory won four times in five big money events while also making quarterfinal and semifinal showings in two $100K races. His wins during the 2023 season included a $20K, $50K, $60K, and mostly recently a $75K victory in Florida.
3 – Shane Carr
Sugar Shane put together an outstanding season driving several different race cars. Although won in nearly everything he drove, the majority of his success came behind the wheel of Donny B’s orange dragster. Shane won seven times on the season including a $10K, 30K, and a $50K. He also made another OG Million final, his third overall, where he came up short to Donnie Hagar.
5 – Chris Bear
Chris Bear dominated the summer posting big money wins on a weekly basis. Bear’s highlights included winning two $10K’s, two $20K’s, and a $25K.
4 – Andy Schmall
Andy Schmall lands in the #5 spot after winning the Spring Fling Million in April. He carried that momentum to several other victories throughout the summer including wins of $7K and $12K.
6 – Champ
Stephen McCrory lands in the #6 spot after winning the GABR USA500K in his 7-second Pontiac. In addition to winning the half-million, Champ also won a $20-grander earlier in the season.
6 – Travis Laster
Travis Laster ties for the #6 spot after winning the SFG $1.1 Million this summer. Laster returned to a big money final last month where he runnered-up a $75K in Florida.
7 – Nick Hastings
Nick Hastings didn’t race much in 2023 but still made his presence known. We counted three big money wins on the season including two $50K’s and a $20-grander.
8 – Randy Krause
Randy Krause was a regular on the Top 10 List throughout the season after posting three big money wins. Krause won two $20K Jim Harrington races and added a Summer Fling $30K victory over the summer.
8 – Mike Barber
Mike Barber continues to show out at big money races and this season was no exception. Barber won a $10K, a $25K at ATCO, and a $30K at the Fall Fling to secure the #8 spot.
9 – Michael Paschal
Michael Paschal won seven times in twelve finals during the 2023 season to earn a Top 10 ranking. His success locally led to a 1st and 2nd place finish at Rockingham while his big money success included multiple big money finals including runner-ups at a $100K and a $25K.
10 – Jeromy Hefler
Jeromy Hefler raced primarily in North Texas and Oklahoma but that didn’t stop him from posting some big money wins. In addition to winning consistently at XRP and Ardmore, Hefler won the IHRA World Championship and $20K at the Flicker Spring Stampede.
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