Driving the NTK Sensors, Lucas Oil Top Alcohol Dragster with additional support from John Haley #1 Roofer LLC of Minnesota, Rachel Meyer went to the semifinals this weekend at the 39th annual Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals at Brainerd International Raceway by defeating Mitch Myers and Shawn Cowie before coming up short against Rich McPhillips Jr. 


First round, Rachel came into raceday qualified No. 3 with a 5.216-second pass at 279.67 mph and had a first round matchup against No. 8 Mitch Myers. Staging up for the first time in eliminations, Rachel was the winner as soon as the duo left the starting line when Mitch Myers rolled the beams. She clocked in with a 5.229, 279.79.


Second round, it was a battle of the titans when Rachel took on fellow championship contender Shawn Cowie. Only .005-seconds separated the pair at the starting line, Rachel scored a huge win for her team when she crossed the finish line with a 5.178, 281.01 to defeat Cowie’s 5.188, 278.98.


In the semifinals, Rachel had a sizeable reaction time advantage over Rich McPhillips Jr. but her 5.246, 278.52 wasn’t quick enough to outlast McPhillips Jr.’s 5.189, 276.80.