Less than 2 weeks out from the prestigious 50th anniversary Winternationals, 19 times Australian Champion Gary Phillips is preparing both of his 3500+ horsepower Lucas Oils vehicles to tackle oversubscribed fields in both Pro Alcohol and Pro Slammer.

“It’s just great to see so many cars turn up for this historic event. There are 16 cars entered for Pro Alcohol, and I’m anticipating a bump spot in the high 5.40s to low 5.50s. There are also 17 Pro Slammers fighting for a spot in the 8 car field, and I don’t doubt there will be a record bump spot in that field as well - probably with an elapsed time around the 5.88 mark”,said Gary.


As the Winternationals most successful racer in Australian history with 13 wins to his credit, Gary has been reflecting on some of those achievements, dating back to his first win at Surfers Paradise in 1978.

“I’ve been very fortunate to win the Winternationals 13 times, and it doesn’t matter what class I’ve run in, they’ve all meant a lot. It is without a doubt, the biggest race of our whole year, and everyone strives to win the coveted Winternationals Gold Christmas tree trophy”.

Gary has won the Winternationals at both tracks where the event has been held (5 times at Surfers Paradise International Raceway & 8 times at Willowbank Raceway). He has taken home the trophy once in Modified Eliminator (1978), 6 times in Competition Eliminator (1982, 83, 84, 85, 88 and 1990), as well as 6 times in the Top & Pro Alcohol classes (1995, 98, 2000, 03, 04 and most recently in 2016).

“The 1988 Winternationals probably stands out the most, as it was the first year it was held at its new permanent home at Willowbank. To have event wins in 3 different classes is great, but I’m really hoping I can add Pro Slammer, and another Pro Alcohol one to that list this year, especially since there is only ever one 50th anniversary event”.

“This event (which is held on June 9-11) really caps off a big...
Daughters of drag racing sportsman legend Randy Meyer, Megan and Rachel Meyer, made their “Meyer Sisters Racing: Double Trouble” national debut at the 2017 NHRA Menards Heartland Nationals presented by Minties Dog Treats. Megan and Rachel were supported by Weld Wheels for the event, a company that is based out of the Kansas City area and maker of the lightest and strongest drag racing wheels.

The girls finished qualifying in the second (Rachel: 5.24 E.T. at 277 mph) and fourth (Megan: 5.28 E.T. at 278 mph) positions, paving the way for an all Meyer final round. Megan was first on the track between the two and had a bye run as her opponent had a fuel leak. Megan shook the tires around 100’ and shut off the car, coasting to an 11-second run and forfeiting lane choice. Rachel followed with an outstanding 5.22 E.T. at 276 mph over Dean Dubbin and gets her first National event round win.



Round 2 of eliminations kicked off on Sunday, and this time it was Rachel who ran before Megan. Rachel faced Robin Samsel and left the starting line before him and never looked back, crossing the finish line with a 5.25 E.T. at 274 mph. Megan was defeated in the quarter-finals by Jackie Fricke as she had even more tire shake. This run was more violent than the prior run and they will have their hands full repairing the parts and pieces on the car before their next race.

Rachel made her way to the final round of eliminations, but not before taking out James Stevens who disqualified himself with a red light start. Rachel ran a slower 5.29 E.T. at 272 mph in the semi-finals, and gave up lane choice to Shawn Cowie for the closing round. Rachel and Shawn had identical reaction times, but this time it was Rachel who shook the tires and lost traction around half-track and tried to stay on for a wild ride, but was not able beat Shawn to the finish line.

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Norwalk, Ohio - Unseasonable wet weather made the"Cavalcade of Stars" NHRA Regional event a challenge for all competitors to read the track. As a result of the rain, the Top Alcohol Dragster class only got one qualifying pass thus limiting the amount of data collected. But, Duane Shields in the PEAK A/Fuel dragster made the best of it and qualified fourth with a 5.48 at 264 MPH during the exciting one shot qualifying session.

In round one, Duane faced Jared Dreher who qualified fifth with a 5.53 at 242 MPH. As the lights came down, Dreher got an advantage off the starting line. Other than the slight lead, it was a fairly even race all the way down the track with Dreher tripping the win light with a 5.43 at 264 MPH to Duane's close 5.45 at 270 MPH. “We didn’t give it enough power and it stuck the tires. The track was tight and because we only got one qualifying pass before eliminations we just didn’t have much to work with” Duane said.

The PEAK Team returns to Norwalk, June 22-25 for the Summit Racing Equipment Nationals. Duane would like to thank PEAK Antifreeze and Motor Oil, Final Charge, Blue Def, NGK, GRP and Brad Anderson Enterprises.

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With her college graduation coming up, Rachel Meyer has had her hands full this year completing a degree in Mechanical Engineering, racing her Super Comp dragster at the local drag strip, and preparing for her NHRA National Event debut in one of the Randy Meyer Racing Team’s Top Alcohol Dragsters.

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Rachel will hop into the seat of her father’s A/Fuel dragster during the 2017 Menards NHRA Heartland Nationals presented by Minties Event on May 19-21 at Heartland Park Topeka. Rachel currently shares the driver’s seat with the newest member of the team, Justin Ashley, who raced the dragster in the Gainesville GatorNationals and Charlotte 4-Wide Nationals earlier this year. Justin walked away with a win and runner-up finish in his first two Top Alcohol races, and Rachel has high hopes for her debut as well.

“My feelings going into my first big event isn’t being worried about driving the car down the track or even helping my dad tune the car, but about talking to the media and all of the fans,” said Rachel. “I’m excited to race my first big event and excited to show the world what I can do. My favorite part about racing is the adrenaline rush. Whether it be racing over 270 MPH or just bracket racing and trying to cut a light as well as racing the top end, it is just amazing. It makes you want to keep racing even if your car isn’t doing the best or is inconsistent.”

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19 Times Australian Champion, Gary Phillips has continued to celebrate an outstanding 20 years of partnership with Lucas Oil, by claiming victory in his Lucas Oil 1953 Studebaker Pro Slammer, at last weekend's Nitro Thunder event at Sydney Dragway.

After making significant changes to the car's suspension set up, the team was rewarded with their first ever runs into the 5.7 second zone (with a 5.760 and a final round winning 5.722).

"We fitted the latest shock technology available from JRi to the car, and instantly saw an improvement. It's a dream to drive now ", said Phillips.

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The first round saw Gary turn on the win light with a 6.13 at 244 after some tyre shake and a big pedal. The team was excited after seeing some promising early data, along with a .981 sixty foot time, and proceeded to make the necessary changes to the set up for the second round. The changes worked well in the second round, with a 5.76 at 246mph showing on the scoreboard.

"As we said in our pre-event media release, we've known that we had the power to run quick, it was just our suspension set up that was letting us down. We were going to chase our early incrementals, and were rewarded well."

Eager to back up the second round performance, some other small changes were made and after running 3.77 at 203mph to the eighth mile, Gary stopped the finish line clocks in 5.722 seconds at 249mph, to take the final round win over Victor Bray. This now makes Gary the 3rd quickest Slammer in Australia, behind only John Zappia and Ben Bray. The win also puts Gary into 2nd place in the 400 Thunder Championship, just 39 points behind the leader, Mark Belleri, with one event remaining.

Gary and his Lucas Oil team were pulling double duty on the weekend, competing with the Pro Alcohol Funny Car as well. After laying down low ET and top speed of the event in the first round of racing with a 5.42 at 266mph, the team missed the setup for the ever changing track conditions for...
Charlotte - It was a seesaw battle for the pole position at the NHRA Four Wide Nationals at zMAX Dragway and Duane Shields came out on top. Duane started out in the opening qualifying session in the number one position with a 5.34 at 275 MPH blast. In the second session, the PEAK A/Fuel Dragster rang up another 5.34 at 275 MPH but dropped one notch to second in the qualifying order. Then, in the final session Duane was back on top with a sizzling 5.29 @ 273 MPH. “The car is running good right now. We did some testing in Richmond prior to the rainout and took care of a few small problems that we noticed in Gainesville” Duane said.

Because Duane qualified in the pole position he was awarded a solo run in round one during eliminations. In the opening round, Duane made another impressive run scoring a 5.35 at 270 MPH which was low ET for the round.

In round two, Duane raced Justin Ashley from Plainview, NY. At the hit, Ashley got a slight advantage off the starting line with an .036 to Duane’s .043. “I had a close reaction time to his so we didn’t give him a lot to work with at the starting line”. Unfortunately for Duane, his car went up in smoke as it lost traction while Ashley was on a clean run and took the win. “It blind sided us! It was crushing to the whole team. I didn’t have to pedal it all weekend and the car got down the track smoothly on every pass. We didn’t change the tune up and the weather changed only slightly. The only thing that changed was the day. So, maybe the track went away on Sunday when we lost traction” Duane explained.

Next, the PEAK Team travels to Norwalk, Ohio for the Lucas Oil Regional event, May 19-21. “We’re certainly competitive and we can’t back it down because the competition is so tough. It’s just a matter of time before we break through and get a win” Duane predicted. Duane would like to thank his sponsors PEAK Antifreeze and Motor Oil, Final Charge, Blue Def, NGK, GRP and Brad Anderson Enterprises....
With an exceptional number of round wins at the NHRA SpringNationals, the Randy Meyer Racing Team had high hopes going into the 2017 national event at Royal Purple Raceway in Baytown, Texas. Driver Megan Meyer powered her way to a semi-final finish at the event in 2016 for her rookie debut, and finished in the same position this previous weekend.

Track conditions proved to be tricky for the Top Alcohol Dragster class as many struggled to make it down the track with a clean pass. The Meyers temporarily sat in the number 7th spot with a 5.40 E.T. at 271 mph after the first two sessions on Friday. However, the weather settings changed for the third and final session, and Megan’s A/Fuel dragster fired to the number 3 position with a 5.32 E.T. at 276 mph; the quickest and fastest time of the session.



Moving onto first round Saturday night against Rob McKinley, Megan took the round win with an outstanding 5.19 E.T. at 270 mph run that was quicker than expected. The team then improved on that with a 5.16 E.T. at 274 mph in the second round against Fred Hanssen – outrunning the 2016 National Champion, and current points leader, Joey Severance, who had previously ran a 5.18 E.T.

Although the team was happy with their results, they had some damage to the motor after running two runs in the 5-teens. The semi-final round paired Megan up against her close friend, Mia Tedesco, and both girls struggled to make it down the track. Megan and Mia had to pedal their dragsters twice to try to reach the finish line first, and Mia got a slight lead and took the win with a 6.78 E.T. to Megan’s 6.91 E.T.

“You know, it is always fun to race against your best friend,” Megan claimed. “Mia and I are now 1-1 in national competition and it’s exciting to see who will win next time. Mia has always been one of my toughest competitors and we tried our best to take her down, but it all comes down to seat time and Mia simply has more experience and more years...
HOUSTON (April 23) -- Mia Tedesco made a name for herself last year by becoming the first female driver in class history to win a world title in Super Gas. But "Miss Mia" also is a talented Top Alcohol Dragster driver, as witnessed by her impressive runner-up finish Sunday at the 30th annual NHRA Spring Nationals.

"Coming in with a new car this year and figuring out the bugs, if they had told me we'd go to a final this early in the season I would have taken that in a heartbeat," Tedesco said. "We are very pleased, especially after making the quickest and fastest pass we've ever had in this particular car. It was just a great weekend. Only one person is happier than we are at this point, and that's Joey (Severence)."

Severance simply had the better racecar this weekend. With the trophy on the line, the event's top qualifier beat No. 2 qualifier Tedesco with a stout 5.203 at 275.39 mph to Tedesco's 5.445 at 264.70 mph.

"Joey made a fantastic run just now that would have been hard to beat under any circumstances," Tedesco said. "After the pedalfest against Megan (Meyer) in the semifinals so we knew we had to back it down a little bit to try to get from A-to-B and take a shot at beating Severence. It was hard to get everything together in time for the finals but we did and we ended up having a good race. He was just too much for us today."

Tedesco started strong in the first round of eliminations Saturday night, easily beating 15th-ranked qualifier Karl Brounkowski with a 5.368 at 267.37 mph to Brounkowski's 5.619 at 241.41 mph.

An overnight cooling trend allowed for Tedesco's CARS Vehicle Service Contracts/Schepel Motors/NGK/Lucas Oil race team to tune up her dragster even more and she responded with a streaking 5.218 at 272.61 mph to beat Alan Bradshaw, who shutoff early and drifted to a 7.284 at 150.85 mph.

"Conditions were really good that round," Tedesco said. "The track also was really good. I heard some of the Top Fuel and Funny Car making...
HOUSTON (April 23) -- Mia Tedesco made a name for herself last year by becoming the first female driver in class history to win a world title in Super Gas. But "Miss Mia" also is a talented Top Alcohol Dragster driver, as witnessed by her impressive runner-up finish Sunday at the 30th annual NHRA Spring Nationals.

"Coming in with a new car this year and figuring out the bugs, if they had told me we'd go to a final this early in the season I would have taken that in a heartbeat," Tedesco said. "We are very pleased, especially after making the quickest and fastest pass we've ever had in this particular car. It was just a great weekend. Only one person is happier than we are at this point, and that's Joey (Severence)."

Severance simply had the better racecar this weekend. With the trophy on the line, the event's top qualifier beat No. 2 qualifier Tedesco with a stout 5.203 at 275.39 mph to Tedesco's 5.445 at 264.70 mph.

"Joey made a fantastic run just now that would have been hard to beat under any circumstances," Tedesco said. "After the pedalfest against Megan (Meyer) in the semifinals so we knew we had to back it down a little bit to try to get from A-to-B and take a shot at beating Severence. It was hard to get everything together in time for the finals but we did and we ended up having a good race. He was just too much for us today."

Tedesco started strong in the first round of eliminations Saturday night, easily beating 15th-ranked qualifier Karl Brounkowski with a 5.368 at 267.37 mph to Brounkowski's 5.619 at 241.41 mph.

An overnight cooling trend allowed for Tedesco's CARS Vehicle Service Contracts/Schepel Motors/NGK/Lucas Oil race team to tune up her dragster even more and she responded with a streaking 5.218 at 272.61 mph to beat Alan Bradshaw, who shutoff early and drifted to a 7.284 at 150.85 mph.

"Conditions were really good that round," Tedesco said. "The track also was really good. I heard some of the Top Fuel and Funny Car making...
At the NHRA Nitro on the Bayou event held at No Problem Raceway last year, Megan Meyer fought her way to the final round but came up a few thousandths short of a victory. This year, the Louisiana-based track saw her dominate the field and take home the win.

Tuned by her father and World Champion driver, Randy Meyer, Megan claimed the number one spot in her first hit down the track with a 5.26 E.T. at 275 mph. Out of the 14 dragsters at the event, she held the top spot even after sitting out the third qualifying session. The opening round of eliminations on Sunday paired Megan up against Dean Dubbin, who could not get the car into reverse after his burnout and had to escort the car immediately. On her solo run, Megan slowed to a 5.33 E.T. at 274 mph but still held lane choice for second round.

“It’s unfortunate for Dean and his team to not be able to make the pass first round,” Megan said. “Dean is a good friend of ours and they are just working out the kinks in their new Copeland-built dragster. It’s never in our interest to take a win on a bye. I love competing against these guys and I cheer them on even if they take me out.”

The Meyer family defeated Robin Samsel in the second round of eliminations with a 5.32 E.T. at 273 mph, but noticed a puff of smoke at the top end of the track, resulting in a hurt cylinder head. The team quickly replaced the head and made sure it was firing on all 8 before heading up to the staging lanes to face Jackie Fricke. This is the third time that two females have faced each other in the finals at a regional race. Megan was off the line first and ran the quickest and fastest pass of the weekend, also setting the track record, with a 5.23 E.T. at 279 mph for the Nitro on the Bayou win.

Annie Whiteley also won in Top Alcohol Funny Car, making it the first time that two female drivers in the Alcohol classes have won an event.

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“This is a weekend to remember,” Megan stated....