Alan Bradshaw Topeka wrap up

Bradshaw & Meyer duo make it two in a row in Topeka TOPEKA, Kan. - For the second time in as many weeks, defending Division 5 Top Alcohol Dragster Champion Alan Bradshaw and car owner/tuner Randy Meyer visited the winner's circle during this...

Bradshaw & Meyer duo make it two in a row in Topeka

TOPEKA, Kan. - For the second time in as many weeks, defending Division 5 Top Alcohol Dragster Champion Alan Bradshaw and car owner/tuner Randy Meyer visited the winner's circle during this past weekend's NHRA Division 5 Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series opener at Heartland Park in Topeka, Kan. Bradshaw defeated Gary Cooper in the final to take over the Division 5 points lead and move to fourth in national standings.

Bradshaw, a practicing chiropractor in Odessa, Texas, qualified in the No. 1 position for the third time this year, running a 5.310 second elapsed time at 265.85 mph. In round one, he took out Chris Ricketts with a 5.417 at 255.48 mph. The semifinals set up a matchup between Bradshaw and former Division 5 Champ David Wells, who was tied with Bradshaw for the Division 5 points lead entering the race. The Bradshaw & Meyer duo prevailed, taking the win with a 5.487 at 253.42 mph to Wells' 5.556 at 253.99 mph. In the final, Bradshaw held off the challenge of surprise finalist Cooper. Fighting off rapidly changing weather conditions, Bradshaw took his second win of the season with a 5.607 at 246.21 mph to Cooper's troubled 7.394 at 142.85 mph.

"I really have to take my hat off to Randy and the guys for the win this weekend," said Bradshaw. "The weather was all over the place. We ran in conditions from 2500 ft. corrected altitude to as much as 4500 ft. With the storms coming into the area, we even had as much as a 40-50 mph head wind a few times. It was a really tricky weekend, and for the car to run as well as it did, given the conditions, is a real testament to this team. Having a leader and a crew like I have, makes my job as the driver much easier. It allows me to stay focused on the driving duties and not worry about the preparation of the car because I know if they did it, it was done right! Our next race is here again at this track for the national event, and we're definitely hoping for more favorable and predictable conditions! Hopefully, we can get back in the realm of the world record performances we had in Houston earlier this year."

"Coming into this season, winning both the Division 5 and World Championships was our goal," continued Bradshaw. "We're enjoying this momentum now as a team, but we realize to accomplish our goals, we're going to have to run like this every time out. Anything less leaves the door open. We are happy yet humble about our recent success and our plan is to repeat the process which brought success, not dwell on the success itself. We're going to do our best to get the car in as many winner's circles as possible and for our sponsors Bradshaw Chiropractic Center, Meyer Truck Center, MAR Leasing, 1-888-CAR WRECK and Go-DragRacing.com."

The team's next event will be at the same track for the O'Reilly Summer Nationals, May 22-25. Stay tuned to InsideTopAlcohol.com for the latest news in alcohol racing.

-rmr/ba-

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Series NHRA
Drivers Alan Bradshaw , David Wells , Chris Ricketts