Randy Meyer Racing ran the table this weekend at the 35th annual AAA Texas NHRA FallNationals in the Top Alcohol Dragster class as Julie Nataas won the rain-delayed Gatornationals on Saturday and Megan Meyer took the win on Sunday for back-to-back Texas Motorplex victories in her NGK Spark Plugs dragster.
On Friday, the first qualifying session in the late evening at the Ennis, Texas-based track proved to be tough to battle as Megan and Julie both went up in smoke after they launched and were forced to abort their runs. Saturday morning, Megan rebounded with a stout 5.177, 278.86 and jumped up to the No. 4 qualifying spot.
Saving the best pair for last in that second and final session, Julie bounced back just as Megan did ahead of her with a 5.177, 280.60. This stellar run also counted towards the rain-delayed Gatornationals against Josh Hart. Hart clocked in with a 5.228, 278.00 but he was no match for the Randy Meyer-tuned dragster in the opposing lane. On her way to the Gatornationals’ winner circle, she defeated Joey Severance, Duane Shields, and Josh Hart.
On Saturday evening, Julie came into the FallNationals raceday in the No. 3 spot while Megan was close behind in the No. 4 spot. Megan crossed the top end with a 5.232, 281.07 to defeat Buddy Domingue’s 5.417, 252.38. Julie staged up against Joey Severance in the first round for the second race in a row and used a 5.260, 269.08 to turn on the win light against Severance’s troubled 9.036, 93.32.
In the second round, Megan remained consistent with a 5.251, 276.01 to cross the finish line ahead of Josh Hart. Unfortunately, after Julie did her burnout in her pairing, the throttle stuck, and she went into the sand trap. Luckily, she was unharmed and able to get out of the dragster immediately. Unable to stage the car against her competitor, Aaron Cooper was given the competition single.
In the semifinals, Megan turned heads when she clocked in with a 5.164, 275.17 and defeated Matthew Cummings’ 5.455, 268.71 and headed to the final round with a matchup against Aaron Cooper.
In true Randy Meyer-fashion, Megan saved her best run of the weekend for the finals as she crossed the finish line with a 5.126, 279.09 to score her 12th national event Wally and second win of 2020 over Cooper’s 5.647, 209.17.
Megan’s victory at Texas Motorplex was Randy Meyer Racing’s 75th NHRA event win; 32 of them have been on the national event circuit and 43 at the regional level.
Julie will compete for her third NHRA National event win at this weekend’s rescheduled Mopar Express Lane NHRA SpringNationals near Houston, Texas. Megan, who originally was not planning to compete at this race due to her wedding being postponed to this weekend, is going to enter the event and make a single qualifying pass to extend her points lead before flying home Friday night for her wedding on Sunday, October 25th.