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In only her sophomore year of competing in the Top Alcohol Dragster class, Megan Meyer, daughter of World Champion Tuner and Team Owner, Randy Meyer, claimed a Runner-Up finish at the NHRA AAA FallNationals in Dallas, as well as the Lucas Oil Series Central Region Points Championship.
Megan led the quickest field in history with a 5.23 E.T. at 278 mph while her teammate, Julie Nataas, sat in the 4th position with a 5.26 E.T. at 273 mph. There were 27 cars competing for the 16-car field, and the bump spot was a 5.349 E.T., making it the quickest Top Alcohol Dragster field in NHRA. Megan went on to win the opening round of eliminations against Lee Callaway, while Julie unfortunately lost on a holeshot running a 5.27 E.T.
Megan moved onto second round with a bye run as Mike Edstrom was not able to make the call, which worked out in her favor as she had tire shake that caused her to abort the run early. However, the Randy Meyer Racing Team knew they had to step up their performance to defeat the defending World Champion, Joey Severance, in the semi-finals. Megan’s car did just that and laid down a 5.16 E.T., the quickest pass of the event and her second-quickest pass of her career.
The final round match-up saw Megan against Todd Bruce in his first National event. Unfortunately Megan had intense tire shake again that led her to get out of the groove and lift off the throttle, as Todd went on to run a 5.26 E.T. for the win.
“It was an emotional weekend for myself,” said Megan. “We had a lot of cars in our class competing to qualify and I was hoping to be one of the top 16 since I did not make it last year. But, we have a much better car now than we did last year at this point of the season and I’m extremely grateful for our new sponsors and crew guys that have really stepped up our program. We ran quick and fast each time that we needed to, unfortunately the tune-up got away from us in the final round. That’s racing. Our congratulations go to Todd and his team for winning their first National event!”
Megan has been in 8 final rounds this year with 5 wins. At the end of her season, she accumulated 669 points for the National series, placing her in second place of the World Championship. She collected 404 points, 137 points ahead of James Stevens in second place, for the Lucas Oil Central Regional Series with wins at Florida, Louisiana, Kansas, and Iowa, and a second-place finish at the Oklahoma Regional race. With her almost-perfect season, Megan will claim her first Central Region Championship at the end of the year.
“It has always been a dream to win a Championship in the Top Alcohol Dragster class,” said Megan. “My father has won 7 Regional Championships in the Lucas Oil Series and I am proud to add one more to the Meyer name. I hope to one day win both the National and Regional Championships together, but until then, the championship awaits.”
The AAA FallNationals will air on Thursday, October 26th at 9-10pm ET on FS2 with multiple re-air dates on FS2 and FS1.
A highly respected member of the NHRA Drag Racing family, Randy Meyer has had a successful career spanning over 35 years of drag racing as driver, team owner, and crew chief from AHRA Pro-Comp to IHRA Top Fuel and NHRA Top Alcohol Dragster. Randy Meyer is a multiple World Champion in the sport of drag racing. Together the team has won over 40 races and holds 9 Championships.
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