2014 World Champions Crowned At The Texas Motorplex
The Texas Motorplex in Ennis Texas was the place to be last weekend as competitors traveled from all over North America to pursue their dream of becoming the next NHRDA World Champion. The weather was great and the competition was awesome as we saw the biggest names in Diesel Motorsports battle over $40,000 in prize money and the Title of World Champion. Vendor row was also hopping with over 40 vendors displaying the latest and greatest in diesel performance and of course the Diesel TV crew was on hand doing a live broadcast of all the action. By the end of the weekend we set records and crowned 9 new NHRDA World Champions.
John Robinson from Weatherford, Texas took home the World Championship for the 2nd consecutive year when he defeated Jared Jones of Terre Haute, Indiana in the final round. Robinson piloted his Funny Car to the #2 qualifying position. In the finals he switched over to his Altered body and went 8.00. Robinson had his hands full as the car made a couple of hard moves down track but he kept it in the lane to take the win.
Congrats to John and Team Power Service!
Ryan Milliken and the G & J Diesel team came to the World Finals with no runs on their brand new '41 Willys bodied machine. The new car nick named "The Bat Mobile" was only there to make some shake down passes and try to get some test numbers for the 2015 season. But when #1 qualifier Kevin Douglas left before the tree came down Milliken and the team were the new World Champions in "The Bat Mobile's" debut.
Congrats to Ryan and G&J Diesel Team!
Brett Deutsch was the #1 qualifier with an 8.87 that had all the other drivers' attention. Deutsch came up against the National Record holding Jarid Vollmer in the final round. Deutsch made his quickest run of the day, an 8.810 to take the win. The run was quick enough to set a new National Record. Deutsch and his father took home the World Championship and a new National Record back home with them to Illinois.
Congrats to Brett and his dad!
The young gun Tyler Montgomery was the last driver standing at the end of the day in the Super Street class. Montgomery who hails from Pampa, Texas defeated Pat Liskey in the final round as Liskey was unable to make the call due to breakage in the round before. Montgomery and his team consistently made it down the track each round taking out the higher qualifiers along the way to cap off a career day for the young man.
Congrats to Tyler and Team Misery!
Verlon Southwick is one of the most successful racers in the NHRDA and he added another trophy to his mantle at the 2014 World Finals. Southwick took home the World Championship after defeating Dan Weaver in the final round. The win also gave Southwick enough points to clinch the National Championship in BD Power Super Diesel Class.
Congrats to Verlon Southwick and Team Edge!
Ross Dunagan of Orange, Texas was the winner in the final round as he defeated veteran NHRDA racer Dean Sheldon of Sussex, Wisconsin. Dunagan was consistent on the starting line all day which helped him make his way to the final round. This is Dunagan's first ever NHRDA World Championship.
Congrats to Ross Dunagun!
Brad Ingram from Farina Illinois came to the World Finals with one thing on his mind and that was to take his dodge into the winner circle and become the 2014 World Champion. Brad not only got crowned as World Champion but also passed up his teammate Brad Deeter in the National points chase and clinched the National Championship with his pull of 340.05
Congrats to Brad and Team Scheid Diesel!
Deeter made the long haul from Cooperstown PA and was currently sitting in 3rd place in the National points chase. After watching both the 2.6 class and tractors pull Joshua realized he needed to make some last minute adjustments as the track had ton of bite to it. When Deeter pulled onto the track the current distance to beat was held by Dan Clarke from Marengo IL. at 315.05. Deeter had no problem at all as he yanked the sled out the back end with a distance of 334.00 and put over 18 feet on the nearest competitor.
Congrats to Joshua!
Jim Greenway, the 2013 defending National Champion, wanted to make his mantle complete by adding World Champion trophy next to his National Champion Trophy. Jim drew the #20 position to pull and knew he would have to watch the track closely to see if the conditions changed as he competitors made their pulls. Greenway must have seen something that no one else did as he blasted down the track with a distance of 344.04 feet to capture his 1st World Champion Title.
Congrats to Jim and Team Baillie Diesel!
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