Megan Lingner (Meyer) retires on top with 2020 TAD Championship

By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

Randy Meyer Racing Top Alcohol Dragster pilot Megan Lingner (Meyer) has competed in her last race in the category. Lingner previously announced that she would step away at the end of the season.

Lingner would like to have a family with her new husband Adam Lingner, who got married one week before her final race of the season. In addition, she wanted to focus more time to her business.

Randy Meyer Racing Top Alcohol Dragster pilot Megan Lingner (Meyer) celebrates her 2020 National Championship and her 20th annual Dodge NHRA Finals presented by Pennzoil win
Megan Lingner (Meyer) celebrates her 2020 National Championship and her 20th annual Dodge NHRA Finals presented by Pennzoil win (Photo by Megan Meyer Racing/Instagram)

“This Championship is all for my parents, JJ, and Roy who have done so much work to get this @officialngksparkplugs car to be the best it’s ever been!!,” Lingner (Meyer) said on Instagram. “🏆 These guys do all the work they are the champions they deserve this so much. I’m going to miss the people and the competition the most, the fact that Shawn helped out Joey to get to the finals proves how much we are one big family here. We may fight tooth and nail on the track, but in the pits and after the races are over, we are in this together. ❤️

“It was a full circle moment for me getting to race Joey in my final run of my career, being able to race against the guy that has been the Champ almost the entire time I have been racing in Top Alcohol Dragster just goes to show how much progress my team has made over the past couple of years, all the hard work and time and money that they’ve put into this car. I just have so much gratitude for every single person on here, I’m grateful for all the supporters and the people that have become some of my closest friends through racing, and I am especially grateful for my haters, thank you for making me step up my game, thank you for making me better, stronger, faster. 💪”

If she did compete in her final race at the 20th annual Dodge NHRA Finals presented by Pennzoil, she went out on top in her first-ever race at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway in Las Vegas, Nevada. She defeated Joey Severance in the final round of the Top Alcohol Dragster race. 

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The Kansas-based driver went 5.200 at 281.07 mph to win the Wally. The Oregon-based driver went 7.126 at 128.70 mph. 

Severance had to borrow a motor from Shawn Cowie to make it to the final round. However, he had problems, as he was going down the track. 

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With the win, Lingner clinched her second straight Top Alcohol Dragster Championship. She took the crown from Severance in 2019

Before Meyer won her first Championship last year, Severance dominated the category. He won four straight championships from 2015 through 2018. 

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Severance was the first driver to win four straight in the category since Bill Reichert. He won five straight from 2006 through 2010.

With Lingner’s retirement, there will be a new champion in 2021. If this is the end for Lingner, she ends her career with 13 Top Alcohol Dragster national event wins, including three in 2020.

“And for one last time I want to thank @officialngksparkplugs, @lucasoilproducts, @technicianacademy, @Gunk, @jiffytite_motorsports, @arpbolts, @aeromotive & @watermanracing, @weldwheels, and so many more for helping me out along the way,” Lingner (Meyer) said. “Some have been with me ever since I started racing #juniordragster 17 years ago. Without their parts and funding it would not be possible at all for us to be the record holder and 2x World Champs 🏆🏆

“And of course thank you to @NHRA and the Safety Safari team for putting on such a great sport for us to compete in, I am very excited about my next season of life and I am grateful for ending it on top. I just want everyone to remember that I am stepping away for my own reasons. I want to give 100% of my time and effort to my marriage and to my future children. I’m just so thankful for all of the opportunities that I’ve had over the years representing the @randymeyerracing team 🙏🙏🙏 #2020champs”

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