J.R. Todd Wins Back-To-Back US Nationals

Lawrenceburg's favorite NHRA driver won again at the world's biggest drag racing event.

(Indianapolis, Ind.) - Lawrenceburg native J.R. Todd didn’t mind having to work on Labor Day, as it ended in he and his race team capturing their second consecutive NHRA Funny Car victory at the Chevrolet Performance U.S. Nationals.

The win came at the world’s biggest drag race came at Lucas Oil Raceway in Indianapolis, where Todd now lives.

“I’m really thankful to be able to come out and race for a living,” Todd said after the victory. “I don’t think I’ve ever been this happy throughout an entire weekend at a national event.”

Todd had the dominant car through the race weekend. In the final heat, J.R. and Kalitta Motorsports’ DHL Toyota Camry Funny Car sped to a 4.062-second pass at 311.70 MPH to finish ahead of Matt Hagan’s Mopar Express Lane Dodge Hellcat SRT at 4.141 seconds at 300.60 MPH.

Todd is the first Funny Car driver to win back-to-back U.S. Nationals since Mike Neff did it in 2011 and 2012.

“From day one, I felt like we could come out here and win. In Brainerd, we ran really well in the semi-finals against Tommy Johnson and I felt like I let the team down by not doing my job on the starting line. So I went to the gym and worked on my reaction time and just got myself in the right frame of mind coming in to the U.S. Nationals. I think we’ve got the ball rolling in the right direction. We’re definitely not peaking. I think we’re on the rise. This gives us a lot of confidence heading into the Countdown. We know we can run with these guys now,” said Todd. 

The 2018 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series season continues September 13-16 at Maple Grove Raceway with the 34th annual Dodge NHRA Nationals and the kickoff to the Countdown to the Championship. 

Todd is currently fifth in the Funny Car season points standings.

J.R. Todd  (holding trophy) and the Kalitta Motorsports team after winning the Funny Car championship at the Chevrolet Performance U.S. Nationals in Indianapolis on Monday, September 3. Photo courtesy Kalitta Motorsports.

More from Local Sports


Events

  • Hillforest House Museum

    Overlooking the Ohio River in Aurora, the beautiful Hillforest Victorian House Museum was built in 1855 for industrialist Thomas Graff. Its unique shape is said to be inspired by steamboats of the 19th century. The site has been operating as a historic house museum since 1956 and is one of 11 National Historic Landmarks in southern Indiana. Hillforest opens for tours today and hosts many special events throughout the season. Overlooking the Ohio River in Aurora, the beautiful Hillforest Victorian House Museum was built in 1855 for industrialist Thomas Graff. Its unique shape is said to be inspired by steamboats of the 19th century. The site has been operating as a historic house museum since 1956 and is one of 11 National Historic Landmarks in southern Indiana. Hillforest open NOW…Tuesday - Friday, 11 AM - 3 PM (last tour begins at 2:15 PM) and Saturday and Sunday, 1 - 5 PM (last tour begins at 4:15 PM). (Closed major holidays). Available for special events and teas!

    at Hillforest Victorian House Museum
  • Anime Club (Teens)

    HELLO ANIME LOVERS! Do you love anime, manga, or all things Japan? Do you want to try anime to see if you like it? Do you want to weeb out with some fellow weebs? If so, come join Anime Club at the Lawrenceburg Main Library! We will watch anime, eat snacks, and do fun activities! 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. Monday, Sept. 12 and 26, Lawrenceburg Main Library. No registration needed. Teens. Free.

    at Lawrenceburg Public Library District
  • Book Chat: My Life in France

    September is My Life in France by Julia Child. In her own words, here is the captivating story of Julia Child’s years in France, where she fell in love with French food and found her “true calling.” 10:30 a.m. Monday, Sept. 26, Lawrenceburg Main Library. Must register. Adults. Free. https://lawrenceburg.librarycalendar.com

    at Lawrenceburg Public Library District

RCCF Names Recipient of 2022 Brelage Nursing Scholarship

Doris Brelage spent 37 years at Margaret Mary Health.

Ivy Tech Chancellor Receives Citizen of the Year Award

The award was handed out at Lawrenceburg Fall Music Fest.

Ivy Tech Community College Celebrates College Application Week

Students who are interested in applying or enrolling at Ivy Tech are encouraged to attend Tuesdays@TheTech at their local campus.

Record Number of Boys, Girls Teams Entered in IHSAA Soccer State Tournaments

Sectional pairings were announced on Sunday evening.

Local Sports Report - September 23-24, 2022

Girls Golf Regional, EIAC Cross Country Championship and more.

Local Sports Report - September 22, 2022

The 29th Annual Great Pumpkin Cross Country Invitational was held Thursday.

On Air

Travis Thayer playing
Old Dominion and Kenny Chesney - Beer with My Friends

Judds Have Mercy 17:21
Faith Hill If My Heart Had Wings 17:18
Brett Eldredge Songs About You 17:09
Luke Bryan What She Wants Tonight 17:06