By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
Bartone Brothers Racing Top Alcohol Funny Car driver Sean Bellemeur has won the 38th annual Pep Boys NHRA Nationals. He defeated Matt Gill at Maple Grove Raceway in Mohnton, Pennsylvania.
Bellemeur went 5.462 at 266.27 mph to claim the Wally. Gill, in the losing effort, went 5.514 at 265.80 mph.
Due to inclement weather Sunday afternoon, the final round was moved to Monday.
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Gill had his two-race win streak snapped at Maple Grove Raceway. The Massachusetts driver had won the Memorial Day Divisional.
Then, in August, Gill won the Divisional once again. After Atco Dragway abruptly closed down, their Divisional was moved to Maple Grove Raceway during the first weekend of August.
Prior to this final round, Bellemeur held a 3-2 advantage over Gill. However, Gill had won the previous final round meeting.
Bellemeur had the better reaction time with a 0.017. Gill was late, as he went 0.050.
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Despite the better reaction time, Bellemeur launched hard. He then never trailed over the rest of the race.
This is Bellemeur’s 34th career win. It is also his second Wally this season.
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