By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
Randy Meyer Racing will have to find a new driver for the 2021 season. Megan Meyer, the reigning and defending Top Alcohol Dragster champion, is planning on retiring.
She will depart the sport at the end of the 2020 season to focus on her upcoming marriage. In addition, she wants to start a family and focus on her marketing business.
Meyer won the 2019 Top Alcohol Dragster World Championship. When she won, it was Randy Meyer Racing’s second TAD World Championship, as Alan Bradshaw won it all in 2003.
“I’ve been racing in Top Alcohol Dragster full-time for five years now and a lot has changed over that time,” Meyer said. “I’ve accomplished pretty much everything I’ve wanted to accomplish in Top Alcohol. I’m ready to take a break, focus on getting married, starting a family and working on my own business. I have other goals in my life right now that I want to focus on. I’ll see where that takes me.”
Meyer has been competing in Top Alcohol Dragster since the 2016 season. Despite her success, she did not want to move up to the Nitro ranks in Top Fuel Dragster or Funny Car.
She won 10 national events, including the prestigious 2019 U.S. Nationals at Lucas Oil Raceway in Brownsburg, Indiana. In addition, she also won 11 regional wins, as well as three straight NHRA Central Region Championships.
“I’m very proud of everything Megan’s accomplished,” Randy Meyer said. “She’s handled herself very well from day one. Her hard work and dedication to not only my team, but to the sport in general, has paid big dividends. She’ll have that to look back on for the rest of her life.”
Besides winning races, she was also named the Division 5 Pro Sportsman Driver of the Year for three straight years. She also won the Rookie of the Year honors in 2006.
She was also named to the Drag Illustrated 30 under 30.
“It’s always been my dream to be a world champion since I saw Alan Bradshaw become our first world champion driver in 2003,” Megan said. “I knew one day that would be me. I didn’t know I could do it in four years. But thankfully we had a great car, great parts, great crew guys. We hoped for the best, put in the hours and got better parts every year with the help from sponsors, especially when NGK stepped up as my title sponsor. That’s where things really improved for us.”
Despite Meyer retiring from Top Alcohol Dragster, Randy Meyer Racing plans to operate with two dragsters next season. This season, Meyer, her sister Rachel Meyer, Julie Nataas, and Matt Sackman competed in the RMR dragsters.
Meyer plans to bracket race next season. She will share the Super Comp Dragster with her sister.
“I’ve been driving for a total of 17 years, and for 12 of it, I was bracket racing,” Megan said. “I still love that type of racing. I got to bracket race for the first time in years a couple weekends ago and had a great time.”
“We don’t know what the future is going to hold, but we’re pretty sure bracket racing will always be around. It’s something that’s available to me right now because of Rachel. I’d like to take that opportunity and see how I can use it to work with sponsors and social media. In my heart, I’m always going to be a sportsman racer. I want to keep working on ways to promote the sportsman classes and come up with more ways to help sportsman racers promote themselves and their sponsors on social media.”