NHRA sportsman classes at Charlotte, NC

NHRA sportsman classes at Charlotte, NC

Using Two Lanes at the Four-Wides

Corey Michalek scored in just his first Top Alcohol Dragster event competition, and Dan Pomponio took his second win in three years at zMax Dragway for the NHRA Four-Wide Nationals on April 11-13. Scotty Richardson became just the third driver in history to win an NHRA national event in six different classes.

Michalek, who normally competes in bracket races out of New York, turned his alcohol dragster into a bracket car running consistent 5.30’s in knocking out five-time national champion Bill Reichert and Randy Meyer on his way to a final round match up with Brandon Booher. Michalek cruised to a 5.428-second lap in the final as Booher broke on the line.

Pomponio, who won the event in 2012, bettered Jonnie Lindberg in the Top Alcohol Funny Car final. Both drivers shook the tires but Pomponio got his ’10 Monte Carlo hooked back up first to record a 6.120 pass at 249.81 mph for his second win of the year.

Richardson joined Jeg Coughlin Jr. and Peter Biondo as the only drivers to win NHRA national events in six different classes of competition.  The Barbourville, Ky., racer won when Russell Joly, Louisa, Va., left early with a foul start. The win was Richardson’s first in Comp Eliminator to go along with his wins in Stock, Super Stock, Super Comp, Super Gas and Super Street.

Brad Plourd and Ray Sawyer each had .001-second reaction times on the way to their final round wins with Plourd taking out former national champion Al Kenny in Super Comp and Sawyer beating Jeremy Jensen on a double breakout in Super Gas.

In Super Stock it was Peter D’Agnolo picking up his first national event trophy defeating Jimmy Ronzello and Greg Rowe won on a hole shot in Stock over Jeff Hairrington. The Top Sportsman trophy went to Warren, Ohio, racer Marco Abruzzi and his ’68 Camaro who ran down Marc Caruso in 6.890, 192.30 mph.