It was an uncharacteristically early exit for both Randy Meyer Racing drivers Rachel Meyer and Julie Nataas this weekend at the Texas NHRA FallNationals.
Coming into raceday, Rachel Meyer was qualified No. 2 with a 5.160, 283.49 mph in her NTK Sensor Specialist dragster and Julie Nataas was right behind her in the No. 3 spot with a 5.180, 270.81 mph in the OTG dragster.
First round, both women faced racers for the first time in competition. In Rachel’s pairing, she used a 5.236, 277.20 to overcome Chase Copeland’s slight starting line advantage and 5.357, 266.64. In Julie’s pairing against Steve Collier, she clocked in with a 5.253, 265.22 to defeat Collier’s tire-smoking 12.074, 78.32.
Second round, Rachel’s performance remained consistent with a 5.247, 279.50 but she was barely edged out by Jackie Fricke’s 5.222, 278.75. Two pairs later, Julie gained a sizeable starting line advantage over opponent Madison Payne, but her dragster lost traction and shook, causing Julie to ease off the throttle and slow to a 5.413, 268.65, giving Payne’s 5.327, 273.16 the win.
The championship is still open for the taking between Rachel and Jackie Fricke. Rachel has decided to compete in the upcoming Las Vegas national event to defend her hopes of becoming the 2021 Top Alcohol Dragster world champion.