While the current NHRA world champions had the weekend off from the Countdown to the Championship battle, a pair of former NHRA world champions took the weekend to earn victories in Saturday’s JEGS SPORTSnationals at National Trail Raceway.
In the most popular races at this event, Ray Connolly and Devin Isenhower, a pair of former NHRA world champions, earned victories in the special K&N Super Shootout. Connolly began the victory train after earning the win in the Super Gas class in his 1963 Corvette when he drove past Mike Jirousek in Saturday’s final. Reigning Super Gas champion, Isenhower would follow up his fellow world champion’s victory with his own win in his latest series. After turning his attention to Super Comp this season, Isenhower emerged with his latest victory after an 8.93 to 8.91 holeshot win over Chuck Ridenhour in Saturday’s final round.
Along with these victories, Paul Brown drove his Dodge Dart to the Super Street title with a close 10.867 to 10.860 win over Brandon Dutton. In the Racing RVs Fast Four final rounds, Danny Nelson and Lester Johnson earned wins in Top Dragster and Top Sportsman. Nelson drove his dragster past JB Strassweg with a 6.21 pass.
Johnson also drove his popular 1955 Chevy to a 6.14 elapsed time in the Top Sportsman final to hold off Jeff Brooks, who slowed to a 10.41 in the final. The final round of the C-Tech Fast Four for Comp racers also gave Brian Browell and Chad Voges a chance to drive to one of the first victory draws.
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