The Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series central regional event originally held in Earlville, Iowa was rained-out and postponed to be completed at the St. Louis regional race this past weekend. The Randy Meyer Racing Team, with driver’s Julie Nataas and Matt Sackman, held the number one and five qualifying spots, respectively, and both cars won their first round of eliminations. However, Matt Sackman would go out in the semi-finals while Julie went on to win the event over Dean Dubbin.
For the St. Louis Regional race, known as the All American Showdown, Matt claimed the number two qualifying spot with his 5.24 ET in the NGK Spark Plugs dragster, while Julie sat third with a 5.26 ET in the Dot’s Homestyle Pretzels/Menards Racing dragster. Unfortunately, Matt would smoke the tires at the hit to lose first round to Brandon Greco. Julie ran a 5.30 ET to win her first round against Jared Dreher, who had a horrible accident and went airborne after half-track. He got out of the car on his own power and is okay. Julie went on to defeat Brandon Greco with another 5.24 ET and took down Mick Steele in the final round with a 5.30 ET at 276 mph.
This is Julie’s third and fourth win in the Top Alcohol Dragster category, all won this year. She is now the Lucas Oil North Central Region’s Champion over Chris Demke and Will Smith. This is Julie’s first Championship and the Randy Meyer Racing Team’s second Regional Championship this year, including Megan’s Central Region Championship won earlier this season.
The Randy Meyer Racing Team has collected a total of 13 wins this year between all 5 of their drivers.
Megan Meyer and Julie Nataas will compete together again this weekend for the NHRA NTK Nationals at zMAX Dragway. The team will get only two qualifying chances to make the field on Friday, with first and second round of eliminations on Saturday. Fox Sports 2 with air the Lucas Oil Series classes on Thursday, October 24th at 9pm ET.Fox Sports 2 with air the NTK Nationals Lucas Oil Series classes on Thursday, October 24th at 9pm ET.