JEGS Northern SPORTSnationals at Hebron, Ohio

JEGS Northern SPORTSnationals at Hebron, Ohio


Rudy Matthews from Ohio City, Ohio, took home the trophy in the NHRA Moser Sportsman Shootout on Friday, Sept. 19, at the 10th annual JEGS Northern SPORTSnationals knocking out Fishers, Ind., racer Ed Dudley in the final round at National Trail Raceway. Matthews, driving his ’69 Camaro posted a winning lap of 7.424 seconds at 105.61 mph.

Matthews ran consistent throughout the day and took out Scotty Rienschield in round one with a favorable starting line advantage before beating Larry Rzepczynski in round two. He then met up with Todd Frantz in the semifinals using a .009 light to take the win. Matthews picked up $5,000 from Moser Engineering for the win along with the champions trophy.

Dudley raced to a runner-up finish by defeating Christopher Carrico, Jerry Albert and local JEGS Super Gas racer Troy Coughlin Jr. on his way to the final round.

With the final qualifying fields set going into Saturday’s eliminations, Bryan Keller, Macedonia, Ohio, grabbed the top spot in the Spitzer Race Cars Top Dragster category with a 6.035 second, 239.40 mph pass. Track conditions were ideal making way for the second fasted 32-car TD field in NHRA history. In the Brodix / Steve Schmidt Competition Engines Top Sportsman class it was Lester Johnson of Cynthiana, Ky., who raced to the top in his ’55 Bel Air with a 6.523 second, 213.67 mph pass.

Todd Frantz, Louisville, Ky., secured the No.1 spot in Comp Eliminator; Wes Leopold of Bethel Park, Pa., sits atop the Super Stock class, and Drew Skillman out of Bargersville, Ind., leads the Stock Eliminator pack.

In addition to the day’s events, the DRAW/RFC Super Shootout presented by Moser Engineering was contested for the Super categories. Scott Mackie, Milford, Mich., defeated Steve Eckard in the Super Comp final; Tom Stalba, Hammerton, N.J., took the Super Gas win over Steve Hoyt in the battle of the ’63 Corvettes; and Lancaster, Ohio native Dewey Boggs III won the Super Street title over Brain Webster of Newark, Ohio.