Chris Demke swept the NHRA Nationals at Maple Grove Raceway last weekend, clinching the championship on Friday, winning the rained-out Carolina Nationals on Saturday, and claiming the NHRA Nationals event win on Sunday.
In the delayed Pep Boys NHRA Carolina Nationals Demke defeated Don Nolan and Richard Bourke in rounds one and two before meeting up with five-time Lucas Oil World Champion Bill Reichert in the semifinal. Demke clicked off a 5.309-second pass at 272.83 mph to defeat Reichert’s 5.449, 268.22 and lock up the 2014 championship.
The Tujunga, Calif., resident then beat Randy Meyer from Spring Hill, Kan., in the final with a 5.292, 275.79 run to Meyer’s 5.339, 217.84. Meyer was one of a few drivers chasing Demke for the championship and looks to finish in the top 5 in points.
Joining Demke in the winner’s circle was Steve Harker in Top Alcohol Funny Car, who outran Dale Cox Jr. in the final posting a run of 5.510, 263.77 to Cox’s 5.713, 250.32 in his losing effort. Harker, Gainesville, Ga., beat Mark Rogers and Tony Bogolo in the early rounds then won over Dale Brand in the semis with a 5.545 second, 263.10 mph lap. Harker drove a 2006 Monte Carlo while Cox was in a 2011 model.
Like Demke, Harker won both events last weekend and clinched his class championship.
See all the results of the Maple Grove National event here. (Richard Muir photo)