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We Salute the 2015 Drag Racing Champions from the NHRA, IHRA, PDRA, and NMCA

Another “Tour De Force” Campaign: Here’s to the 2015 straight-line champions who are flying the Chevrolet flag

Bruce Biegler Dec 1, 2015 0 Comment(s)
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Once again the Chevrolet brand remained at the leading edge for drag racing success during 2015.

World Championships were claimed on numerous fronts by Chevrolet-powered and Chevrolet-bodied cars within all of the upper echelon, major North American drag racing circuits.

Within the marquee NHRA drag racing series, for the second year in a row and the 21st time overall, Chevrolet captured NHRA’s highly prestigious Manufacturers Cup. The Manufacturers Cup goes to the automobile manufacturer whose current-year models earn the most points for qualifying and category victories at NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series national and Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series regional and divisional events. Chevrolet was far and away the most successful manufacturer during the 2015 Mello Yello Drag Racing Series with 29 national event victories in three different eliminator categories.

The 2015 Chevrolet Camaro SS model was certainly the car to have within NHRA’s 500ci Pro Stock category. In total, Camaro racers tallied an amazing winning record scoring 22 victories in 24 available events. The final Top 10 in NHRA World Championship points truly illustrated that domination with Camaro cars placing 9 out of 10 in final points standings.

Defending 2014 Pro Stock World Champion Erica Enders-Stevens, who claimed the title for the second year in a row, led the charge. Enders-Stevens, who is from Texas, had a record-setting season racing her Elite Motorsports Chevy Camaro, earning 9 victories in 11 final round appearances.

While Erica’s remarkable run to the NHRA Pro Stock title was arguably the top season highlight for the Chevrolet brand within drag racing, numerous other Chevrolet racers claimed class championships elsewhere within NHRA and beyond.

Chevy High Performance is committed and pleased to help recognize and acknowledge just some of these proud championship title winners within our photo essay below.

NHRA

2 2015 Drag Racing Champions Erica Enders Parachutes 2/14

Erica Enders-Stevens lead the absolute Camaro onslaught within NHRA Pro Stock by winning nine events in 2015 to successfully defend her Mello Yello World Championship.

3 2015 Drag Racing Champions Jonnie Lindberg Monte Carlo Funny Car 3/14

For the second year in a row Chevrolet has claimed NHRA’s Lucas Oil Top Alcohol Funny Car World Championship with an international driver; Sweden’s Jonnie Lindberg prevailed in 2015 in his Chevy Monte Carlo.

4 2015 Drag Racing Champions Justin Lamb Chevy Cobalt 4/14

Nevada’s Justin Lamb, who won the NHRA World Championship for Stock Eliminator back in 2013, prevailed for the Super Stock World Championship this year in this high-flying 2010 Chevy Cobalt.

5 2015 Drag Racing Champions Justin Elrod Super Gas Corvette 5/14

Ohio’s Jacob Elrod scored the NHRA Lucas Oil World Championship within the ferociously competitive Super Gas (9.90) category racing his Sunoco-sponsored topless Corvette.

6 2015 Drag Racing Champions Jeffrey Barker Chevy Cobalt 6/14

Jeffrey Barker made history in 2015 when he became the first ever National Champion for Top Sportsman offered within NHRA racing. Jeff had four wins in seven final round appearances racing his nitrous-assisted Chevy Cobalt.

7 2015 Drag Racing Champions Troy Coughlin C7 Corvette 7/14

Racing his truly revolutionary turbocharged 2015 C7, Ohio’s Troy Coughlin earned a hard-fought win for NHRA’s 10-race J&A Services Pro Mod World Championship series.

IHRA

8 2015 Drag Racing Champions Cary Goforth Pro Stock Camaro 8/14

For the second year in a row, Oklahoma’s Cary Goforth won the IHRA’s Mountain Motor Pro Stock title. Goforth had two wins in four final round appearances last season racing his Camaro.

9 2015 Drag Racing Champions Jason Rupert 1969 Camaro Funny Car 9/14

California’s Jason Rupert also had a successful title defense in IHRA. Racing the awesome Bays & Rupert Black Plague 1969 Camaro, Rupert tallied five wins in eight final rounds to win the AmsOil Nitro Funny Car crown.

PDRA

10 2015 Drag Racing Champions Rickie Smith Pro Mod Camaro 10/14

Wily veteran Pro Mod racer Rickie Smith (from North Carolina) won three times en route to securing his first PDRA Pro Nitrous World Championship title.

11 2015 Drag Racing Champions Jason Scruggs 1969 Camaro 11/14

Mississippi’s Jason Scruggs (who is part owner of the PDRA) won five events during 2015 to take the PDRA’s prestigious Pro Extreme title in his 1969 Camaro.

12 2015 Drag Racing Champions Ronnie Davis 1963 Corvette 12/14

Prolific racer Ronnie Davis (who is from Georgia) guided his 1963 Corvette to the PDRA’s overall Top Sportsman Championship title.

NMCA

13 2015 Drag Racing Champions Keith Berry Corvette 13/14
14 2015 Drag Racing Champions David Hutnick 2002 Camaro 14/14

Fastest Street Car-genre racing in 2015 featured a couple of successful title defenses within the marquee NMCA circuit. Keith Berry took his Georgia-based 2002 Corvette to another M/T Radial Wars championship while David Hutnick again wrapped up the Edlebrock Xtreme Street title driving his 2002 Camaro.

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