Brainerd: Alan Bradshaw eliminations summary

Bradshaw & Meyer win fourth-straight in Brainerd BRAINERD, Minn. - The 'dynamic duo' of Top Alcohol Dragster driver Alan Bradshaw and car owner/tuner Randy Meyer won their fourth straight national event during this past weekend's Lucas Oil ...

Bradshaw & Meyer win fourth-straight in Brainerd

BRAINERD, Minn. - The 'dynamic duo' of Top Alcohol Dragster driver Alan Bradshaw and car owner/tuner Randy Meyer won their fourth straight national event during this past weekend's Lucas Oil Nationals at Brainerd International Raceway in Brainerd, Minn. The win opened Bradshaw's lead in the national points chase to 105 points.

Bradshaw, a practicing chiropractor in Odessa, Texas, qualified the Meyer-tuned injected-nitro dragster No. 1 at his second straight race with a 5.375 second time at 246.03 mph. In round one he ran a 5.387 at 232.63 mph on a competition bye, and then took out Ziggy Zivkovich in round two with a 5.447 at 239.91 mph. In the semifinal, Bradshaw received another bye when his opponent, John Haley, was shut off at the line. Bradshaw soloed to a 6.031 at 206.57 mph to advance to the final.

Bradshaw's final round opponent would be Division 5 rival and competitor for the World Championship, David Wells. The race was over quickly as Wells redlighted, handing Bradshaw the easy win. Bradshaw shook and shut off early, coasting to a 11.38 to take his fourth straight national event win of the year.

"Today was a real testament to this team," said Bradshaw. "To be championship caliber, you have to perform when your back is against the wall and keep your game face on while doing it, and that's just what this team did. We had to change motors three times on Sunday, and we made it every time, no problems. The crew got the car ready, Randy put a tune-up in it, and I was able to do my job as a driver all day. Two of our normal guys, Craig and Myron weren't able to make the trip, but Ted, Stacey, Mary and Darren, who helped us out this race did a good job at making up for being short handed. We really have to thank Tate Branch and Dave Scheelk from the Rapid Temps Top Alcohol Funny Car team. They came over and helped us change the motor before the final and were a huge help."

"The final was a battle of two championship caliber teams pushing for the win," Bradshaw continued. "We knew they were going to be gunning for it, and so were we. We had it set up to run another .30 in case they stepped up. We were staged and ready to go, and I noticed he jumped way out on me, and it started to shake, and as I went to pedal it, I glanced up and saw my win light on. Today we were good when we had to be and lucky when we needed to be. It just goes to show you always need a little luck on your side. Nonetheless, we were able to put the car in the winner's circle for our sponsors 1-888-CAR-WRECK, MAR Leasing, Go-DragRacing.com, Valvoline, Meyer Truck Center and Bradshaw Chiropractic Center."

The team will keep the show on the road as they try to defend their Division 5 title during next weekend's Division 5 Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series event in Great Bend, Kan. Stay tuned to InsideTopAlcohol.com to follow the team on their quest for the national title.

Be sure to tune into ESPN2 at 3 p.m. (EST), Aug. 23, to watch the team take the win in Brainerd.

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Series NHRA
Drivers Alan Bradshaw , David Wells , Tate Branch , Randy Meyer , John Hale