Todd Bruce, Doug Gordon, and Thomas Marlow all scored final round victories Sunday evening during the AAA Texas NHRA FallNationals at Texas Motorplex.
Bruce, of Horace, N.D., pulled the upset in Top Alcohol Dragster final round as he attained the starting line advantage, powering his dragster to 5.260 seconds, 275.96 mph, upsetting #1 qualifier Megan Meyer, Olathe, Kan. Meyer had mechanical issues and coasted to 7.110 seconds,141.80 mph.
The Top Alcohol Funny Car final round produced the quickest side-by-side race in TAFC history. Gordon, Paso Robles, Calif., left the starting line first; Annie Whiteley, Grand Junction, Colo., closed the gap but ran out of track. Gordon recorded the second quickest pass in TAFC history to take the national event Wally trophy, running 5.376 seconds, 272.23 mph. Whiteley set a TAFC speed record at 275.00 mph while running 5.382 seconds for fifth quickest pass in TAFC history.
In an all Texas Stock final round, Jeff Lopez of Irving, gained the starting line advantage but Marlow of Mesquite, ran closer to his dial-in to take the final round victory, clocking in at 10.243 seconds, 121.25 mph.
The Top Sportsman Presented By Racing RVs showcased another local duel. Greg Lair hailing from Canyon, cut a great light (.009 second reaction time) running 6.485 seconds, 214.04 mph to eliminate Aaron Philpot of Boerne. Shane Eperjesi, Lake Dallas, Texas, mounted a great start, running 6.404 seconds, 209.75 mph; upending Wade Pennington of Ada, Okla., in the Top Dragster Presented by Racing RVs final round.
The other drivers visiting the winner’s circle were Clint Neff in Comp Eliminator, Slate Cummings in Super Stock, Craig Anderson in Super Comp, and Tommy Phillips in Super Gas.
The following are the final results from the AAA Texas NHRA FallNationals at Texas Motorplex:
TOP ALCOHOL DRAGSTER
Todd Bruce, 5.260, 275.96 def. Megan Meyer, 7.110, 141.80.
TOP ALCOHOL FUNNY CAR
Doug Gordon, Chevrolet Camaro, 5.376, 272.23 def. Annie Whiteley, Chevy Camaro, 5.382, 275.00.
Clint Neff, Roadster, 7.654, 169.74 def. Will Hatcher, Dragster, 6.629, 177.98.
Slate Cummings, Chevy Cavalier, 9.344, 139.95 def. Pete Peery, Oldsmobile, 9.653, 136.32.
Thomas Marlow, Ford Mustang, 10.243, 121.25 def. Jeff Lopez, Chevy Camaro, 9.482, 127.19.
Craig Anderson, Dragster, 8.922, 176.21 def. Ryan Herem, Dragster, 8.912, 169.91.
Tommy Phillips, Chevy Corvette, 9.916, 161.96 def. Jerry Debusk, Ford Probe, 9.931, 165.56.
TOP DRAGSTER presented by RacingRVs.com
Shane Eperjesi, Dragster, 6.404, 209.75 def. Wade Pennington, Dragster, 5.965, 213.20.
TOP SPORTSMAN presented by RacingRVs.com
Greg Lair, Chevy Camaro, 6.485, 214.04 def. Aaron Philpot, Chevy Cavalier, 7.014, 197.19.