The Kansas-based team, Randy Meyer Racing, swept the Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series Regional event in Topeka, KS for the third year in a row with Megan and Rachel Meyer in their Top Alcohol Dragsters. Megan previously won the event in 2017, and Rachel earned her first Regional event win here in 2018, but this time it would be Megan to return to the winner’s circle.
Megan qualified No. 1 in the NGK Spark Plugs/Lucas Oil Dragster with a 5.29 ET at 269 mph and started with a 5.47 ET to defeated Terry Schmidt in first round. Megan then recorded low ET of the event, 5.27 ET at 271 mph, in her semifinal win over Christine Chambless, who had a massive engine explosion that caused her to hit the wall and roll after the finish line. Megan fortunately did not deploy her parachutes early and missed Christine getting tangled up in the chutes. Christine was able to get out of the car on her own and suffers from a concussion and a broken hand.
“I had no idea what was going on behind me at the finish line,” Megan said. “I wanted to pull my chutes late, so I could have more speed to turn off the track at the end, but when I went to push the lever I had a feeling to wait another second or two. I’m glad I listened to my gut or else Christine and I would have both ended up worse. We are glad that she will be okay, and we hope to see them back out soon.”
Due to the crash, the final round of eliminations was rescheduled to be completed on Sunday. Megan went into the finals with lane choice over Robin Samsel, and although she slowed to a 5.39 ET at 272 mph, she left first with a .012 light and led for the win. This is Megan’s fourth win of the season, and the Randy Meyer Racing Team’s ninth win in 14 final round appearances.
“Robin and I had similar reaction times in the semifinals, so I knew I had to get him on the tree to get a head start,” said Megan. “I staged last and took a big chunk into the beams, almost deep-staging, and I knew it left good, but I didn’t know what my reaction time was until I got the timeslip later on. We haven’t won a race in my car since Houston in April, so it feels good to return to the winner’s circle and have another Wally to put on our shelf from Heartland Motorsports Park. We appreciate all of our family and friends who stayed late on Saturday to cheer Rachel and I on for our last race at home this year.”
Rachel qualified No. 2 in her Dot’s Homestyle Pretzels/Menards A/Fuel Dragster and went on to defeat Aaron Cooper in first round. Rachel was then taken out by Robin Samsel in the semifinals on a holeshot loss, running a 5.28 ET at 270 mph to Robin’s 5.32 ET.
The Meyer Sisters will return to Tulsa Raceway Park this weekend to continue battling it out for first place of the Central Regional series. The girls will get two qualifying sessions on Friday, followed by eliminations on Saturday. Live coverage of the entire event will be held on DragRacer TV on YouTube.