2019 Top Alcohol Dragster winner, Megan Meyer, cruised to victory this weekend at the Keurig Dr Pepper Lone Star Nationals presented by Driven Automotive Protection at the Texas Motorplex. Megan was the first winner of a motorsports race in the state of Texas since every major sporting event was postponed or cancelled in early March due to the Covid-19 pandemic. The Central Lucas Oil Regional event was able to be held after many weeks of conversation between the Texas Motorplex ownership team and Governor Greg Abbott’s office.
After the first day of qualifying, Megan and her sister, Rachel Meyer, sat atop the Top Alcohol Dragster field in the first and third spots, respectively. In the second session on Friday Megan made the quickest pass of the session, 5.270 seconds at 275.45 mph and held on to the top qualifying spot in a crowded field of Top Alcohol Dragsters. In the final Top Alcohol Dragster qualifying session, Rachel jumped to the top spot posting a pass at 5.240 seconds at 272.12 mph. However, Megan reclaimed the No. 1 qualifier in the next pair of dragsters with an event quickest and fastest run of 5.165 seconds at 277.32 mph, to claim the low qualifier bonus money.
The Meyer sisters sat first and second, respectively, going into the opening round of eliminations for prize money and valuable Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series points that contribute to the prestigious JEGS AllStars race later on this year. Rachel was defeated by Dean Dubbin, who was trying to pass her up for the second spot in the AllStars race but fell short to the Meyer sisters. Dean’s 5.416 second pass was enough as Rachel slowed to 5.472 seconds in the heat of the day.
Megan took out Buddy Domingue in the first round in her NGK Spark Plugs powered nitro-dragster when she ran him down with a winning elapsed time of 5.318 seconds to his 5.387 seconds. Her run was the quickest pass of the first round and set up semifinal race with No. 4 qualifier James Stevens. In the semis Megan was nearly perfect off the starting line with a .006 reaction time and combined that with the quickest run of eliminations, a 5.242 second pass.
In the final round she avenged a first round upset loss by her sister Rachel to Dean Dubbin outrunning the racer from Minnesota to the victory. Her winning time of 5.198 seconds was the quickest of eliminations.
“It was such a long, exhausting, fun weekend in Texas,” said Megan. “I think this was the perfect event to restart the NHRA season. The teams wore masks on the starting line, we maintained distance in the staging lanes, and we’re already spread apart by 9′ trailers in the pits. Thankfully spectators were allowed to come watch on Saturday and we got to meet a few friendly faces. This Randy Meyer Racing team wouldn’t be the same without my crew guys. We have the best parts money can buy, but without the camaraderie we have, we wouldn’t be successful. They pushed through the heat and late nights to make 6 test hits, 3 qualifiers and 3 rounds in 3 days.”
The team will take a two-month break before their next outing in Columbus, OH for their next Lucas Oil Regional event. Megan and Rachel are currently first and second in the Central Regional series, and second and third, respectively, in the NHRA National standings.