Woodburn, OR. (July 14, 2017) – It’s been a few months since A/Fuel Top Alcohol dragster driver Johnny Ahten has been strapped in to his racecar. The summer break is over and the DJ Safety / Combust Filters team is back in action this weekend at Woodburn Dragstrip for LODRS Regional racing. Laying in wait is Joey Severance, Shawn Cowie, Garrett Bateman, Kim Parker, Casey Grisel, and Todd Swinford. The 25th Anniversary of the Les Schwab Challenge/NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series set for this weekend and Ahten is ready to race.

“I have missed the feeling of being strapped in to the Stump Puller,” said Ahten. “When I feel the belts tightening I start to relax and begin to focus. The time off from racing was tough with a busy work schedule and preparing a second car. At the track I can concentrate on racing and leave all that behind. Woodburn is a great facility and we enjoy racing here.”

Joining Ahten Racing in Woodburn is special associate sponsors Godfather’s Pizza of Portland and Mitch Myers’ company EPHA Products (epha.com). Also supporting Johnny Ahten in Oregon is his son Owen, his dad and crew chief Al Ahten, team partner Howard Katano, Kevin “Shark” Colvell, and John Mark.

The Stump Puller is freshened-up and ready to battle the heavy hitters. Ahten and the team are anxious to begin their “second season” and turn some numbers and some heads. Stay in touch with Johnny and Ahten Racing at facebook.com/JohnnyAhtenRacing, and on Twitter and Instagram at: @Ahtenracing and on Pinterest at pinterest.com/ahten

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After earning a runner-up finish at the Route 66 NHRA Nationals in Joliet, Illinois, last year, Megan Meyer and her family-owned Top Alcohol Dragster were determined to walk away with the event win this year. This past weekend, they accomplished this goal. Megan competed alongside her teammate, Justin Ashley, who recently newly licensed to drive a Top Fuel Dragster. Megan and Justin finished out qualifying in the number three and ten positions, respectively, and Megan went on to compete in the JEGS Allstars Event on Saturday.

The JEGS Allstars Event is a battle of the champions of all of classes that make up the Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series. Megan has watched her father, Randy Meyer, compete in the JEGS Allstars Event multiple times over the years, which he won in 2014. As a rookie in the event this year, Megan represented the Top Alcohol Dragster Class in the Central Region, alongside Dean Dubbin. Megan competed against Richard Bourke in the opening round of eliminations and took him out with a 5.30 E.T. at 266 mph. Unfortunately Megan ended her chances of winning the JEGS Allstars with a red-light start in the semi-final round against Mia Tedesco, finishing in third place for the event.

Eliminations for the Route 66 Nationals kicked off on Sunday with Megan Meyer vs. Bob Sargent and Justin Ashley vs. Duane Shields. Megan got the round victory with a 5.31 E.T. at 269 mph, while Justin had tire-shake that slowed him down to a losing 6.07 E.T. Megan then defeated Chris Demke in second round with a 5.35 E.T. at 266 mph, and moved on to face Mia Tedesco in the semi-finals. This round was a repeat of last year, and Megan came out on top again with a consistent 5.35 E.T. at 268 mph but gave up lane choice to defending event champion, Joey Severance. Megan was off the starting line first against Joey, and although he pulled ahead of Megan, his broken blower belt led to Megan getting around him to cross the finish line first.

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CHICAGO (July 9) -- Running two big events in the same weekend seemed to suit Mia Tedesco just fine as the reigning Super Gas world champion starred in her "other" ride, the CARS Vehicle Service Contracts/Schepel Motors/NGK/Lucas Oil Top Alcohol dragster, with a runner-up result in the 33rd annual JEGS Allstars race and a semifinal finish in the 20th annual Fallen Patriots NHRA Route
66 Nationals.

"I'm always really excited when we have weekends like this," Tedesco said. "Some of the divisional races have two events in one so you get used to running a bunch of rounds, especially when you're running more than one car. I love it because I love to race so the more seat time I can get, the happier I am.

"This whole weekend was a very good one for us. We went rounds in the alcohol car and learned a lot. Making it to the JEGS Allstars is an accomplishment in itself but to make it to the finals was very humbling. On top of that, to turn around and have a semifinal finish today in the regular national event was a huge confidence booster."

One of the select qualifiers for the elite JEGS Allstars race, which was contested Saturday, Tedesco opened elimination action with a win over Dean Dubbin, 5.286 at 278.00 mph to a dead-late Dubbin's 8.466 at 97.55. She then beat a red-lighting Megan Meyer with 5.429 at 269.13 mph to earn a final-round date with Joey Severance.

After nearly identical reaction times, Severance was able to inch away and take the Allstar trophy with a 5.258 at 267.75 mph to Tedesco's game but trailing 5.342 at 268.01 mph.

"We've been working out some kinks in the dragster so to make it to the JEGS Allstars final made us pretty happy," Tedesco said. "You know when you go up against Joey, a guy who has won two world championships in a row, that he'll be ready. He doesn't make mistakes and we knew that so we put together the best run we could. We fell a little short but we were happy to be there and make him
earn it."

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Chicago - Duane Shields in the PEAK A/Fuel Dragster had a respectable weekend in Chicago at the 20th annual Children of Fallen Patriots NHRA Route 66 Nationals presented by K&N. Chicago is one of the big races on the tour and Duane wanted to pull out all the stops for his title sponsor Old World Industries which is headquartered in the Windy City. Duane qualified in the top half of the field in the no. 7 position. On the final qualifying run the car shook so hard that it broke the fuel pump drive. Other than that, the car ran well throughout the event.

In the opening round of eliminations the PEAK team took on Justin Ashley. As the lights came down, Ashley got off the line first but Duane was on a great run and stopped the clock with a blistering 5.29 at 276 MPH to take the win over Ashley’s 6.07 at 252 MPH.

In the quarterfinals, Duane faced Mia Tedesco who beat Kris Krabil in round one. At the hit, Tedesco had a slight edge at the starting line and was able to maintain her lead the entire quarter mile distance. In a squeaker, Tedesco got to the finish line first with a 5.30 at 280 MPH over Duane’s close 5.39 at 274 MPH. “We made a lot of progress this weekend we just didn’t get the win this time around. But it was great to race once again in front of PEAK's home town” Duane said.

Duane wanted to take a moment to congratulate fellow PEAK driver Dan Fletcher on his one hundredth national event win this weekend. Next, the PEAK team heads to New England Dragway for the Lucas Oil Regional, July 21-23. As always, Duane would like to thank PEAK Antifreeze and Motor Oil, Final Charge, Blue Def, NGK, GRP and Brad Anderson Enterprises.
Duane Shields in the PEAK A/Fuel Dragster made it to the semifinal round at a rain plagued NHRA Lucas Oil Regional event contested at Lebanon Valley Speedway in upstate New York. Duane qualified fifth in the tough eight car field with a 5.58 at 262 MPH. “On the second qualifier, I went out a ways and then spun the tires. I’m not sure if the track was wet or what. It rained after our run so the field was set” Duane said.

On Saturday with the rain threat still hanging around, Duane faced east coast regular Dan Page in round one of eliminations. Duane won the race by a wide margin with a 5.38 at 266 MPH to Page's 5.87 at 193 MPH. Duane then advanced to the semifinal round where he met up with Josh Hart. Unfortunately, Duane shook and had to pedal the car resulting in a loss. Duane posted a 5.51 at 266 MPH to Hart’s winning 5.40 at 265 MPH. “I was hoping to get past the tricky spot on the track. Unfortunately I didn’t. Duane said

Duane is looking forward to the Route 66 NHRA Nationals, his next event. “Chicago is next weekend and we are excited to race in our sponsor’s home town. Go PEAK!” Duane would like to thank PEAK Antifreeze and Motor Oil, Final Charge, Blue Def, NGK, GRP and Brad Anderson Enterprises.
Courtesy of Randy Meyer Racing / Pictures by Reds Drag Racing Photos

The rising star of the Top Alcohol Dragster Class, Megan Meyer, extended her Central Region points lead after earning a runner-up finish at Tulsa Raceway Park. This is Megan’s third final round appearance for the 2017 season and her first runner-up conclusion.

Megan powered her A/Fuel Dragster to a 5.36 E.T. at 270 mph to claim the second qualifying position, while her teammate Shayne Lawson wasn’t able to qualify with his 5.54 pass. The opening round of eliminations saw Megan against Christine Chambless, the only other female driver in the class for the event. Megan defeated Christine with a slower 5.44 E.T. at only 256 mph, but still had lane choice over Spencer Massey in the second round.

The Randy Meyer Racing Team made some minor changes to their tune up and ran a stunning 5.36 E.T. 262 mph for the win. Moving onto the final round of eliminations, Megan faced the number one qualifier, James Stevens. James took out Megan on the starting line with a .04 reaction time lead and never trailed for the win. Megan ran her quickest time of the weekend, a 5.34 E.T. at 264 mph, but lost by half a car length.

“I was really hoping for win number three this year,” said Megan. “My team has done an outstanding job of giving us one of the quickest and fastest cars at every race. We ran our best time in the finals, and it was a very close race at the finish line. I wish I could have done a better job on my reaction time, but it’s always difficult to race in the dark. James and his team had a great car all weekend long and I’m happy for them, I know how hard they’ve worked to get this win.”

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Megan extends her points lead in the Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series Central Points standings with 234 points. She...
After a few weeks off, Duane Shields in the PEAK A/Fuel Dragster was back in competition. This time the team was in Norwalk, Ohio at the 11th annual Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals. Unfortunately, heavy rain was an unwelcome guest on Friday and put everyone at a tuning disadvantage. Still, the PEAK Dragster qualified well with a 5.33 at 273 MPH to land Duane fifth in the qualifying order.

In round one, Duane faced former nostalgia funny car star Kris Krabil who recently made the switch to the long cars. At the hit, Krabil got out of the gate first but his lead didn’t last long as Duane was on a good pass and got the win light with a 5.35 at 270 MPH to Krabil’s valiant 5.43 at 258 MPH.

In the quarter finals, Duane took on fellow west coast racer Chris Demke in the Peen Rite Dragster. At the hit, Duane smoked the tires while Demke was on a clean run which rang up a 5.39 and ended Duane’s weekend. “We backed the car down so we were surprised that it smoked the tires. We will try and improve at the NHRA Regional race next weekend before the Chicago Nationals” Duane said after the event. Duane would like to thank his sponsors PEAK Antifreeze and Motor Oil, Final Charge, Blue Def, NGK, GRP and Brad Anderson Enterprises.

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NORWALK, Ohio (June 25) -- Reigning Super Gas world champion Mia Tedesco raced her CARS Vehicle Service Contracts/VP Racing Fuels Super Gas Chevrolet Cavalier through five rounds of eliminations to log a strong quarterfinal finish at this weekend's 11th annual Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals.

Tedesco also reached the quarterfinals in Top Alcohol Dragster, although that category started with a conventional 16-car field.

"The Super Gas car is running great," Tedesco said. "We could have gone further but some driver error on my part ended the day. It wasn't much but the difference between winning and losing out here isn't very much so every little thing matters.

"The Top Alcohol Dragster has been a lot of work and we're still trying to figure some things out with it. We've got a weekend off so we'll have a chance to work on it and see if we can't get it dialed in for Chicago."

Running on a 9.90-second index in Super Gas, Tedesco beat four tough opponents before bowing out in the fifth round. She opened with a 9.915 against Raymond Miller, posted a 9.939 against Joey Ship's 9.970 in Round 2, had a 9.911 versus Mike Lagos' 9.940, and beat Steve Hoyt, 9.907 to 9.913.

Trying to get to the semifinals, Tedesco broke-out against quarterfinal foe Trevor Larson, running -.004 under her index with a 9.896 to Larson's 9.919.

"Hopefully I will do better next time out," Tedesco said. "The car's running really good, which is very encouraging, so hopefully I can get my stuff together behind the wheel and get us a win very soon. Chicago in two weeks would be perfect."

Tedesco will run both cars at the 20th annual Route 66 NHRA Nationals, which takes place July 7-9 at Route 66 Raceway. She's qualified for the elite JEGS Allstars in her Top Alcohol Dragster, so she'll get a chance at two trophies in that car, while she'll contest the regular national event in her Super Gas hot rod.

This weekend in her CARS Vehicle Service Contracts/Schepel Motors/NGK/Lucas Oil Top...
The Randy Meyer Racing Team, consisting of drivers Megan Meyer and Shayne Lawson, will enter their two nitro-powerhouses in the Top Alcohol Dragster category this weekend at Tulsa Raceway Park for the second 2017 Central Region point’s event sponsored by Lucas Oil.


Megan currently holds two Regional event race wins this year in her Meyer Truck Center/Weld Wheels dragster, and is the Central Region points leader. This will be Shayne Lawson’s first event of the year, but he is very confident that his dragster will have great performance this weekend.

Helping out the Randy Meyer Racing Team this weekend is local establishment, Wings To Go, and Top Glass – Taylor Optical Plastics. Wings To Go will be providing hospitality and food for the entire team and track operators this weekend. Top Glass, located in Grandview, Missouri, delivered high-quality windshields for each of their dragsters to protect the drivers and provide the best aerodynamic solutions.

The Top Alcohol Dragster category will get two qualifying sessions Friday evening, followed by three rounds of eliminations on Saturday. The Team will compete in four more Lucas Oil Regional meets this year, including Topeka, Kansas, Earlville, Iowa, Noble, Oklahoma and St. Louis, Missouri.
At the recent 50th Winternationals held at Queensland's Willowbank Raceway, Gary Phillips claimed enough points in his Lucas Oils Alcohol Funny Car to secure his 20th Australian Championship.

Gary also grabbed the #1 qualifying position in the first qualifying session with a 5.407 at an early shut off 260mph.

"We headed into the final event of the season leading a close battle in the Pro Alcohol standings where 4 of us could have claimed the championship. As it turned out, we were to face the 3rd in points in the first round, before the rain unfortunately ended the event", said Phillips.

"We came out swinging in the first qualifying run, knowing how important the bonus points were, and it worked in our favour. The data and incremental times actually indicated a 5.38 was the likely number to show on the scoreboard."

Gary was also competing in his Lucas Oils Studebaker Pro Slammer, where an electrical gremlin prevented the team from making the 8 car field.

"The 60ft and 330ft incremental times were extremely promising with indications of a pair of 5.76 passes, however, the ignition glitch was so bad that only a 5.94 and 5.95 were the result".

"We believe we have identified the issue now and are working to rectify it as we speak. The car has been running very strong since installing the new JRi Shocks last month and we can't wait to run the car again, and hopefully improve on our 3rd place finish nationally."

While Gary's 20th championship win was filled with celebration, there was a bittersweet feeling attached this year, as the Winternationals marked the final event with Lucas Oils as major partner with the team.

"It's been 20 wonderful years with the Lucas family. They truly are a part of our own family, and I am eternally grateful for the opportunity we were provided by Forrest, Charlotte & Morgan, as well as the entire staff at Lucas Oil Products both here in Australia and the USA. It is extremely sad for us to say goodbye to them."...