By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
White Alligator Racing leader Jerry Savoie plans to step away at the end of the season. But for potentially the final time, he has won another Wally.
Savoie defeated Steve Johnson in the final round of the 35th annual Mopar Express Lane NHRA Nationals presented by Pennzoil. He went 6.774 at 198.55 mph to win the Wally at Maple Grove Raceway in Mohnton, Pennsylvania.
Johnson went 6.805 at 196.59 mph in the losing effort.
“I really didn’t see this coming; I don’t think anybody did,” said Savoie. “We were barley in the Top Ten a while back and here we are leading. This is just a great day. In the final, we had Steve and we stepped it up; actually, I think conditions got better. I know we ran a 6.77 and everyone is looking at and pointing at the scoreboards, but Steve went 6.80 in the other lane. I don’t really like running Steve in a final because you never know what you’re going to get. I feel for him because he could use a win. We both made nice runs.
“All the credit to Tim [Kulinguan, crew chief ] and everyone else on our team, they worked their butts off, and here we are.”
Savoie used the quickest pass in the category of the weekend to get the win. He had the advantage off of the starting line, then extended the lead as the two riders went down the track.
This is Savoie’s second straight win — and his second win of the season. On Sept. 2nd, Savoie won the prestigious Chevrolet Performance U.S. Nationals at Lucas Oil Raceway at Indianapolis in Brownsburg, Indiana.
In addition, this is his 11th win of his career.
“I didn’t count on making a run for the championship or the Top Ten,” Savoie said. “I took three races off and when we came back in Sonoma, we ran well and got to tenth. The spread between No. 10 and No. 6 was really close and when we left Indy, we were actually fifth. I gained a lot of points and bam, here we are. It’s a great accomplishment. Now, we just need to see if we can hold on for the next five races and finish this thing off.”