By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
A third-generation driver has won the prestigious U.S. Nationals. Madison Payne won the 69th annual Dodge Power Brokers NHRA U.S. Nationals on Monday at Lucas Oil Indianapolis Raceway Park in Brownsburg, Indiana.
This is Payne’s second career win. She also won in Las Vegas last year after defeating the McPhillips Racing driver Tony Stewart in his first career race in the class.
Payne went 10.073 at 85.76 in the Duane Shields Top Alcohol Dragster. While it was a “messy” win, her opponent went red to give her an automatic win.
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Randy Meyer Racing driver Julie Nataas was way too fast. She went -0.211 record.
According to DragRaceCentral.com, this was the second time that two women had faced off in a U.S. Nationals final round. The previous time was in 2004 with Ashley Force and Shelly Howard.
Force went 5.324 at 265.17 to get the win. Howard went 5.387 at 265.27 mph in the losing effort.
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In previous events, Payne has won two of the three meetings with Nataas. However, this was the first time that the two drivers faced off in the final round.
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