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The Meyer Sisters Duo Dominates Drag Racing with Two Wins This Weekend

The Meyer Sisters Duo Dominates Drag Racing with Two Wins This Weekend

Mar 19, 2019 | Featured, Megan Meyer, Race Results, Rachel Meyer
The Meyer Sisters Duo Dominates Drag Racing with Two Wins This Weekend

While Megan Meyer was racing at the 50th annual NHRA GatorNationals in Florida, Rachel Meyer was in Missouri at her home track competing at the opening bracket race for the year, and both girls parked their dragsters in the winner’s circle even though they were 1,000 miles apart.

Driving the Randy Meyer Racing Team’s NGK Spark Plugs Top Alcohol Dragster, Megan came into the GatorNationals fresh from a runner-up finish at her first race of the year the previous weekend. Although the races were held at the same track, the track prep and weather conditions were not the same and the team had to touch up their tune-up for the NHRA National event with teammate Julie Nataas also competing in the A/Fuel class. Randy powered Megan to the no. 2 position in the final qualifying session with a 5.19 ET at 280 mph while Julie sat in the no. 10 spot with her 5.30 pass.

Megan went on to defeat Ken Perry in the opening round of eliminations before facing Julie in second round. Julie shook and slowed to a 5.39 pass while Megan had the starting line advantage and never trailed for the win, running her career fastest speed for the win at 283.91 mph in 5.17 seconds. Megan moved on to take out Jeff Veale with another 5.17 ET at 283.79 mph before facing Mike Bucher in the final round.

The weather conditions were perfect for both nitro-injected cars to power down the strip at 66 degrees and track temp of only 83 degrees. Although Megan has made it to the final round before at the GatorNationals, this time she got her first win with a stunning 5.20 ET at 285.35 mph, the second fastest pass in Top Alcohol Dragster history.

“I was stunned and speechless when we ran our top speed twice this weekend,” said Megan. “Each win is special, and this one has so much meaning behind it. We struggled a lot at this race last year, I couldn’t even get past first round, and we left the track devastated. But, we returned with our heads high and get to leave as the champion. I’m blessed to have the best group of guys on my team who work late nights and long hours to make sure our dragsters are the best when we arrive in the staging lanes. My dad had to basically throw away all previous notes of racing in Gainesville since there is a new track surface now, but he still he had the car dialed-in to run smooth and fast out there. We didn’t have any major thrashing between rounds, we hurt two heads in eliminations, but they can be easy repairs. Other than that, our maintenance was normal: roll in bearings, drain the oil and add in fresh Lucas Oil, 5 gallons of nitro, and 16 new NGK spark plugs. Our car is very happy right now and we hope to continue this momentum onto Dallas.”

Megan has now achieved her lifelong goal of becoming the winningest female in Top Alcohol Dragster and plans to add a few more Wallys into the team’s trophy room this year to keep that title. Catch the round-by-round replay on Fox Sports 2 Thursday, March 28 at 9pm ET.

In the Midwest, Rachel Meyer competed in the Gold Race event held at Mo-Kan Dragway in Asbury, Missouri in the Super Pro class with her Super Comp dragster. Running only to the eighth-mile on the track, Rachel dialed her bracket car in the 4.81-4.83 second range to win all six rounds of eliminations at her first race of the year. Rachel’s winning time in the final round was a 4.88 ET at 127 mph on a 4.83 dial in with a .004 reaction time. This is Rachel’s second win in the Super Pro category at Mo-Kan.

Before she drove her dually and trailer through the gates, the Randy Meyer Racing Team made some major changes to Rachel’s Super Comp dragster over the off-season, including a motor-swap at the end of 2018. “We rebuilt the transmission and spare tranny and I completely rewired my car and replaced my switch panel with a brand new one from Taylor Cable,” said Rachel. “Over the off season I broke out the practice tree, which I have not done in years, and really tried to focus on being consistent and being able to tell myself if I felt early, late, or right on time.

“I felt really good about the race as soon as I woke up. I was completely calm and kept cutting killer lights in time trails and eliminations and my car was running excellent. As I kept going rounds I was getting nervous, so I just kept taking deep breaths and calming down before I staged. I made sure to keep my heart rate down so I could relax between rounds. It just felt natural being in the car.

“I have a feeling this year is going to be my year and I keep telling myself that. Confidence is definitely a key factor in racing. If you keep doubting yourself then it will reflect on your performance, but if you keep telling yourself ‘I got this’ or ‘I am going to win’ then your performance will reflect that. I got a lucky round once or twice, but for the most part it was me doing a good job on the tree and at the top end.”

The Meyer Sisters Racing Team will next be seen racing together in Dallas, Texas at the Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series Central Region event. The girls had a great performance here last year and hope to do even better when they return this year.

Megan Meyer Runner-Ups After Defeating Teammate Camrie Caruso by Two-Thousandths at Baby Gators

Megan Meyer Runner-Ups After Defeating Teammate Camrie Caruso by Two-Thousandths at Baby Gators

Mar 11, 2019 | Featured, Megan Meyer, Race Results
Megan Meyer Runner-Ups After Defeating Teammate Camrie Caruso by Two-Thousandths at Baby Gators

Megan Meyer and Camrie Caruso competed in the “Baby Gators” NHRA event of the Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series Eastern Region this past weekend for the Randy Meyer Racing Team. Megan, driving for NGK Spark Plugs, made it to the final round after defeating her teammate to score the team’s second runner-up finish of 2019.

17 dragsters showed up to compete for the 8-car field of the Baby Gators race, where Camrie made her Top Alcohol debut and clinched the no. 2 spot with a 5.30 ET, while Megan sat in the no. 6 spot with a 5.37 ET. Camrie then earned her first competition round win over Rich McPhillips who was disqualified with a red-light start. Megan took out Chris Demke in first round with an improved 5.28 ET. This set the stage for a Randy Meyer Racing Team’s match-up in the semi-final round.

Megan had the starting line advantage but Camrie had the better 60-foot time and the girls were head-to-head down the quarter-mile track. Megan crossed the finish line by 0.002 of a second for the win with a 5.30 ET to Camrie’s 5.25 ET, which was the quickest pass of the event.

“In eliminations, I told myself to just think of it as another time run; run the race track and stay focused on my routine,” Camrie said. “I was so excited when I made it past first round, and although I was bummed that I didn’t make it past second round, the race between Megan and I was awesome! it was super close and I was excited for her because making it to the finals is a big deal!

“I am looking forward to my next race and I can’t wait to gain my first Top Alcohol Dragster Wally. I love driving the A-Fuel car and I am super excited to be with such an awesome team. My biggest accomplishment this weekend was qualifying 2nd at my first race out, and having Randy tell me that he thought I did a good job. I really want to work on my reaction times for my next race.”

Megan went on to face Josh Hart in the final round Saturday night but struggled to make a smooth pass with tire shake at mid-track. She did a quick pedal job but didn’t have room to get the lead over Josh before crossing the finish line with a 5.45 ET to his 5.33 ET.

This is the Randy Meyer Racing Team’s second final round appearance of 2019, out of two races, and the team has won 7 rounds of eliminations thus far between four of their drivers. Megan will make her first National event appearance of the year this weekend at the 50th Annual NHRA GatorNationals held at Gainesville Raceway, and will be joined by her teammate Julie Nataas. Catch the girls compete at the #GatorNats on FS2, Thursday, March 28th 9:00 PM ET and tune into our social channels for live updates from the track.

Camrie Caruso to make Top Alcohol Dragster Debut this weekend with the Randy Meyer Racing Team

Randy Meyer will be adding a new student to his roster of drivers for the 2019 season starting this weekend at the Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series Eastern Region event in Gainesville, Florida. Daughter of NHRA Pro Mod driver, Marc Caruso, Camrie Caruso, 21, will be the one of the new faces in the alcohol pits. Mentoring and racing alongside Camrie will be Megan Meyer, Randy’s oldest daughter and the two-time Midwest Region champ.

Camrie made her first couple of hits in the nitro dragster earlier this year in Phoenix to get comfortable transitioning from driving a Top Dragster to an A/Fuel Dragster. She then completed her NHRA upgrade licensing process on Thursday, March 7th, at Orlando Dragway with her best pass of 5.33 seconds at 271 mph.

“Getting used to leaving with a hand brake versus a foot brake has been the biggest hurdle for me,” says Camrie. “My favorite part is how much it pulls; my Top Dragster would leave hard but then mellow out, this one keeps pulling. I am looking forward to learning the most I can this weekend with the Meyer team and knowing that I will be in a safe car.”

The Randy Meyer Racing Team will have at least 5 drivers in their camp throughout the year including Rachel Meyer, Julie Nataas, and Matt Sackman. The team plans to compete at 28 NHRA races this year to maximize National and Regional event points for each driver.

Top Alcohol will get 3 qualifying sessions on Friday, followed by 3 rounds of eliminations on Saturday. Tune into our Facebook page to follow along with the team as they try to knock out the 17 other dragsters in competition this weekend.

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“Alone we can do so little, together we can do so much.” – Helen Keller

One thing you will find that makes every Sportsman driver stand out from the pros, is that they will say they want to be MORE than a driver, they want to LEARN the mechanical side of their vehicle. This is just one of the reasons why I love being a Sportsman driver – the more we know about how our race car operates, the more competitive we are, and being competitive is the core of being a racer in the Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series. Continue reading Megan Meyer Blog

Megan Meyer– Why am I not in Pomona??

Why am I not in Pomona??

Ever since the beginning of the year, I’ve received this question. Whether it’s from new fans or old ones, it never fails that I get asked why I don’t attend every race. I hope this blog helps those who don’t fully understand how the Sportsman points system works in NHRA, and why racers don’t visit every race on the NHRA schedules.

According to the NHRA rulebook in Section 3 page 2-4: Continue reading Megan Meyer– Why am I not in Pomona??

Megan’s latest blog: 2018 Season Recap + BanquetMegan’s latest blog: 2018 Season Recap + Banquet

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DI DRIVER BLOG PRESENTED BY WELD RACING: Megan Meyer
By Drag Illustrated | January 28, 2019

“Hard work is a choice, but giving up is not an option” – Coach Grace

As I closed out my speech with one of my favorite quotes from last year, my sister and I walked off stage. Little did we know we would be going right back up, with our entire team, for the Pro-Sportsman Crew of the Year Award. Last year, for the 2017 season, the Meyer family took home almost every special award of the night. This year, for the 2018 season, we went home again with two of the special awards, including the Pro-Sportsman Driver of the Year award, my third time receiving the honor since I started driving in the Top Alcohol Dragster class. Continue reading Megan’s latest blog: 2018 Season Recap + BanquetMegan’s latest blog: 2018 Season Recap + Banquet

Megan’s latest blog: how it all began 15 years ago…

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DI DRIVER BLOG PRESENTED BY WELD RACING: Megan Meyer

Fifteen years ago, I made my first pass in a Junior Dragster. It was a day I will never forget. It was on a Wednesday night at Kansas City International Raceway (KCIR) approximately 45 minutes from our house. I remember my dad telling me if it feels uncomfortable or spins the tires, lift off the gas. I knew exactly what to do – I’ve seen my dad and older cousins go down the strip hundreds of times. As I watched the amber lights fall, I smashed the throttle and cruised down to the eighth-mile at 30 MPH. It was so thrilling! Continue reading Megan’s latest blog: how it all began 15 years ago…

Megan Meyer Drag Illustrated Driver Blog Presented by Weld Racing

Drag Illustrated Driver Blog Presented by Weld Racing

“At the end of the day, I’ll never apologize for being a hunter.” – Eva Shockey

Being a woman in a man’s sport is nothing new to me, and hunting is no different than racing in that sense. But there is a different perspective that I have on my love for nature when I’m outside of the cockpit of my dragster. It’s all about connecting with the outdoors and slowing down from the busy life of work and racing. For me, hunting is my escape from the computer screen and stepping away from the role of a race car driver into a conservationist. Continue reading Megan Meyer Drag Illustrated Driver Blog Presented by Weld Racing

Drag Illustrated Driver Blog Presented by Weld Racing

Drag Illustrated Driver Blog Presented by Weld Racing

“The most powerful thing you can do right now is to be patient while things are unfolding for you.” – Idil Ahmed

A great big THANK YOU to the hundreds of people who have congratulated us on our 2018 Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series Central Region points championship!!! The amount of love and support we have received this week is second to none. Continue reading Drag Illustrated Driver Blog Presented by Weld Racing

MEGAN MEYER TAKES ALL AT CHARLOTTE

MEGAN MEYER TAKES ALL AT CHARLOTTE

Megan Meyer revisited her favorite drag strip in the country, zMax Dragway, in Charlotte, North Carolina for the NHRA Carolina Nationals on October 12-14th, 2018. Megan has previously won twice at zMax in the spring for the NGK Spark Plugs 4-Wide Nationals, but never held a podium finish at the fall event, until now.

This was the first event at Charlotte for Julie Nataas, Megan’s teammate on the Randy Meyer Racing Team. Julie qualified eighth in the 16-car field with a 5.33 ET at 276 mph and took out Dan Page in the first round of eliminations. Megan qualified third with a 5.26 ET, then posted low elapsed time of the event in round one with a 5.200 ET at 283 mph to defeat Tiffany Januik. Continue reading MEGAN MEYER TAKES ALL AT CHARLOTTE

Win Lights, Records, and the Points Lead for Megan Meyer at SRCA Dragstrip

Win Lights, Records, and the Points Lead for Megan Meyer at SRCA Dragstrip

NHRA Top Alcohol Dragster team Randy Meyer Racing made the most of their weekend and came out on top at SRCA Dragstrip in Great Bend, KS. Sisters Megan and Rachel Meyer drove the NGK Spark Plugs/Lucas Oil/Meyer Truck Center backed dragsters and worked through the chilly weather conditions to compete in the final Division 5/Central Region Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series event. Continue reading Win Lights, Records, and the Points Lead for Megan Meyer at SRCA Dragstrip

The Girls Are Back in Town: The Meyer Sisters head to SRCA Dragstrip

The Girls Are Back in Town:
The Meyer Sisters head to SRCA Dragstrip

Daughters of World Champion Randy Meyer, Megan and Rachel Meyer, will visit SRCA Dragstrip in Great Bend, KS for the closing Central Region drag race. Going into the event, Megan is tied for first place with 245 points, and Rachel is currently third with 181 points after winning her last race in the Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series.

The Meyer Sisters Racing Team previously ran at the infamous SRCA Dragstrip about 10 years ago with their Super Comp Dragsters. Now, they will return in their nitro-injected 4,000 HP Top Alcohol Dragsters. Continue reading The Girls Are Back in Town: The Meyer Sisters head to SRCA Dragstrip

Drag Illustrated Driver Blog Presented by Weld Racing

Drag Illustrated Driver Blog Presented by Weld Racing
“Yesterday is not ours to recover, but tomorrow is ours to win or lose.” – Lyndon B. Johnson

We all know that feeling of defeat when you just miss the tree by a mile and can’t reach the finish line first. Unfortunately, it happens (a lot more than we want to admit) in racing, and letting down your team, your car, and your sponsors is the worst feeling in the world.

This past weekend, my teammate Julie and I both lost first round for the second race in a row. For us that is a big deal; we have been to 11 final rounds this year in 18 races and naturally expect both cars to go rounds on race day. Yet, that wasn’t the case at Indy or Reading. Continue reading Drag Illustrated Driver Blog Presented by Weld Racing

DI DRIVER BLOG PRESENTED BY WELD RACING: Megan Meyer

DI DRIVER BLOG PRESENTED BY WELD RACING: Megan Meyer

“No excuses. No explanations. You don’t win on emotion – you win on execution.” – Tony Dungy

Being a witness to my sister achieving her first Top Alcohol win is one of my favorite memories of 2018. Many of you know that my sister only races in our A/Fuel dragster that was previously driven by my dad a few times a year, simply because she is a full-time employee at an international engineering firm. On her weekends off, Rachel hops in her Super Comp dragster and competes at her local dragstrip, Mo-Kan Dragway in Asbury, Missouri, where she is a top-10 points contender. She is scheduled to race at two more NHRA events – one National event and one Regional event – with our team, and for her it’s all about having fun and getting her hands dirty. Rachel’s Instagram handle is Clutch Girl for a reason; she has been a clutch mechanic on our dragsters for many years and it was her first interest into becoming a mechanical engineer. While she handles the driver duties, she also handles taking out a scorching hot clutch pack immediately after a run and putting in a fresh set of discs and floaters for the next pass.

Our weekend at Heartland Motorsports Park kicked off great and ended even better, as we took the top two qualifying spots and had the best cars on track all weekend long. On the day of eliminations, we had many customers, friends, and family come out to cheer us on, and we ended up feeding over 100 people with our racer appreciation lunch for all of the Top Alcohol pits. For the opening round, I faced off with Dean Dubbin, who is the Central Region points leader that I am now currently tied with, and took the win with lane choice for the next round. Rachel had opponent Terry Schmidt and although she shook, she got the win and later beat Gary Cooper. I lost in the second round to Jared Dreher as I shook and had to lift off the throttle to regain traction, but lost crucial time on the track as he flew by me. We were all very excited and confident going into the finals for Rachel, as it was her second final round of the year and the odds were in her favor to win. Jared had a slight advantage on the tree, but Rachel got around him and took the win with a 5.29 ET at 268 mph. We had many showers for her celebration and had a few of our friends stay for the winner’s circle picture while the track was still running the other Sportsman classes.

Finishing up the month of July and headed into August, I completed most of my summer goals and will check a few more off my list soon. It’s crucial for me to set goals outside of racing to grow financially, physically, and psychologically. My racing season is over halfway done and I only have six races remaining on my schedule (Brainerd, Indy, Earlville, Reading, Charlotte and St. Louis) and all of these races will determine my 2018 points finish. The points chase is close this year, and it will be interesting to see who comes out on top after Pomona.

Randy Meyer Racing Team Scores 50th NHRA Win at Norwalk Nationals with Megan Meyer

Randy Meyer Racing Team Scores 50th NHRA Win at Norwalk Nationals with Megan Meyer

Jun 28, 2018 | Featured, Megan Meyer, Race Results
Randy Meyer Racing Team Scores 50th NHRA Win at Norwalk Nationals with Megan Meyer

In the finals at Summit Motorsports Park for the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series, Megan Meyer, Olathe, Kansas, took home the win in Top Alcohol Dragster for the Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals. Continue reading Randy Meyer Racing Team Scores 50th NHRA Win at Norwalk Nationals with Megan Meyer

DI DRIVER BLOG PRESENTED BY WELD RACING: Megan Meyer

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DI DRIVER BLOG PRESENTED BY WELD RACING: Megan Meyer
By Drag Illustrated | June 27, 2018

“Life is made up, not of great sacrifices or duties, but of little things, in which smiles and kindness, and small obligations given habitually, are what preserve the heart and secure comfort.” –Humphry Davy

This past week was full of amazing moments with my team that I will treasure forever. We always try to have new experiences at each race we attend, and we now have many memories of racing in Norwalk, Ohio. Continue reading DI DRIVER BLOG PRESENTED BY WELD RACING: Megan Meyer

Meyer vs. Meyer: All Female Final at Tulsa

Meyer vs. Meyer: All Female Final at Tulsa

Jun 12, 2018 | Featured, Megan Meyer, Race Results, Rachel Meyer
Meyer vs. Meyer: All Female Final at Tulsa

The Randy Meyer Racing Team has been racing at Tulsa Raceway Park for decades but has had a wide range of success at the Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series event held at the track in June. Last year, driver Megan Meyer earned a Runner-Up finish to James Stevens, ending her streak of a perfect 5-race win record.

This year, Megan and her sister, Rachel Meyer, who was driving the team’s second A/Fuel Dragster, dominated the field. The girls were the only females competing in the 8-car field and were very successful taking down the boys. Megan and Rachel qualified first and second with a 5.22 ET and 5.25 ET respectively, running over a tenth of a second ahead of the competition. Continue reading Meyer vs. Meyer: All Female Final at Tulsa

Meyer Dominates at NGK Spark Plugs 4-Wide Nationals – Carries 7 Round Win Streak

Female Top Alcohol Dragster and Funny Car racing stars Megan Meyer and Annie Whiteley shared the winner’s stage to highlight the list of champions at the NGK Spark Plugs NHRA Four-Wide Nationals. Megan, the daughter of championship tuner Randy Meyer, collected her third national event win in the last three years, earning her first one at zMAX Dragway in 2016. Continue reading Meyer Dominates at NGK Spark Plugs 4-Wide Nationals – Carries 7 Round Win Streak

Central Region Champion Megan Meyer Seeking Second Consecutive Belle Rose, Louisiana Regional Win

Central Region Champion Megan Meyer Seeking Second Consecutive Belle Rose, Louisiana Regional Win

After helping the Randy Meyer Racing Team earn the number 1 qualifying spot at the NHRA Pomona Winternationals, with Julie Nataas driving, Megan Meyer is ready to kick off her Junior year in the Top Alcohol Dragster class at the Nitro in the Bayou event. Megan and the Randy Meyer Racing Team will be competing for their second consecutive title at the Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series’ (LODRS) Central Regional race on March 2-4 with teammate Julie Nataas driving the team’s second dragster.

“I’m stoked to be back in Louisiana,” said Megan. “Our first year ever here, in 2016, we finished second, and won the next year. This track is one of my favorite’s because of the great weather, fun competition, and amazing fans.” Continue reading Central Region Champion Megan Meyer Seeking Second Consecutive Belle Rose, Louisiana Regional Win