Steen a Hit in National Event Debut
Dream Chaser customer and Super Comp racer Michael Steen made his national event debut during the AAA Texas NHRA FallNationals. Having previously completed fewer than ten full passes in his young career, the initial goal was simply to gain valuable experience on the big stage.
As the weekend progressed, however, Steen and Dream Chaser shifted their focus to going rounds and the possibility of bringing home a Wally as a National Event Class Champion.
In round one, Steen turned on the win light with an impressive 8.912 on the 8.90 class index. With the first round behind him, Steen made some subtle adjustments and then proceeded to turn on his second win light of the day when he defeated Dough Miller.
On day two of eliminations, Steen picked up right where he left off the previous evening. Taking on fellow Texan Rustin Mayse, Steen cut a .012 light and laid down an elapsed time of 8.908. Steen’s 8.920 total package forced Mayse to break out with an 8.879.
In the fourth round, Steen and Jeff Lopez left the starting line with near identical reaction times. Heading down track, the two remained wheel to wheel for the full 1,320 with the race ultimately ending in a double breakout. With Lopez running a quicker 8.859 to Steen’s 8.867, Lopez was forced to put his dragster on the trailer.
With the original field of 97 having been reduced to the top six competitors, Steen met up with Alan Savage of Mexia, Texas in the fifth round of competition. For the first time during the event, Steen found himself leaving the starting line second. Although Savage only left the line .010 ahead of Steen, it proved to be too much at the big end of the track. Savage crossed the stripe with a spectacular 8.901 elapsed time and Steen broke out, running a slightly too quick 8.884 at 181.25 MPH.
Although the weekend did not conclude with a Wally in hand, it is safe to say that it was a tremendous success. Everyone at Dream Chaser would like to congratulate Michael and his entire team, we know there is much more success to come!