Known as the World’s Biggest Drag Race, the NHRA Chevrolet Performance U.S. Nationals held at Lucas Oil Raceway in Indianapolis saw 22 Top Alcohol Dragsters compete for the 16-car field. Amongst the best were Megan Meyer and rookie Justin Ashley driving for the Randy Meyer Racing Team.
Technician.Academy, an automotive training company based out of Evansville, Indiana, partnered with Megan and the team for the U.S. Nationals. Technician.Academy focuses on continuing education for technicians with in-class, online, and in-the-bay hands-on training. It’s category-specific education that is manufacturer-supported to benefit the technicians of today and tomorrow. The “Respect is Learned, In The Pits” contest winner, Kyle Clapp, joined the Randy Meyer Racing Team for the weekend as a crew member on Megan’s A/Fuel Dragster.
Megan posted 5.23, 5.25, 5.19, and 5.26 elapsed times in qualifying and was positioned in the fourth spot, while Justin ran a 5.16 E.T. at 277 mph in the second session to claim the top spot. Megan took down Robin Samsel and Chris Demke in the first and second round, running low of the meet with a 5.19 E.T. at 277 mph. Justin defeated Jackie Fricke in first round followed by Marty Thacker in the second round.
The third round of eliminations, held on Monday morning, had an interesting match-up with Megan and Justin against each other for the first time in competition. Justin got the jump on the starting line, but Megan pulled ahead for the win with a 5.32 E.T. at 276 to Justin’s 5.39 E.T. at 264 mph.
The final round saw two first-time potential winners of the U.S. Nationals with Megan and competitor Josh Hart. Megan was 1-0 against Josh in previous final rounds, but this time it would be Josh for the win. Megan’s losing 5.36 E.T. at 275 mph effort was not enough for Josh’s 5.30 E.T. at 274 mph.
“We had room to improve from the semi-finals, but we couldn’t repeat the quick number we ran the day before,” said Megan. “We had a great time at the event with our family and friends there, and I am very happy with a runner-up finish. It’s not often you can make it to the final round, especially at this event, but all of the credit goes to my guys and our helper Kyle.”
“Our crew did an outstanding job as a whole, it was a good weekend for us and we are pleased with our finish,” said Randy Meyer. “Although we came up short in the final round, it was not from a lack of trying hard. We would like to congratulate Josh on his first national event win; his team earned it.”
Megan extends her second-place points position in the NHRA National standings, and has three more National events to count towards the World Championship. Megan will compete at this weekend’s Lucas Oil Regional race in Earlville, Iowa to continue her Central Region points lead. Partnering with Megan and the team is DuctSox, an Iowa-based company that specializes in fabric air dispersion for commercial buildings.
The Lucas Oil Series coverage of the U.S. Nationals will air on FS2, Friday, September 15th at 12-1:00 am ET and has four re-air dates.
About Randy Meyer Racing
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.
The Randy Meyer Racing Team is proudly supported by: Meyer Truck Center, Weld Wheels, Technician.Academy, Lucas Oil, NGK Spark Plugs, Gunk Cleaners, Mahle-Clevite Rings and Bearings, Burnyzz Speed Shop, Epic Motorsports Marketing, Realty Warehouse, Racepak Data, ARP Bolts and Studs, Pitsco Education, Aeroquip, ProThings Apparel, Quik-Latch, Boninfante, Taylor Cable, QSI Buildings, and Up In Smoke BBQ Sauce.