Devin Isenhower Brings the Super Gas Championship to D3
Slow and steady was the name of the game for newly crowned Super Gas World Champion Devin Isenhower, as he steadily racked up points from the beginning of the D3 season in May to the very end in October to earn the #1. Throughout the year Isenhower swept the NHRA events at Lucas Oil Raceway in Indianapolis including the covenant Chevrolet Performance U.S. Nationals, while also adding a pair of final round finishes at the divisional in Norwalk, Ohio and in Brainerd, MN.
Starting the year out heavy with 4 races in 5 weeks was a 3rd round loss at the divisional in Columbus, OH before getting to his 1st final of the year a week later in Norwalk, OH, settling for 94 points. Following, within the next 13 days he would tackle his 1st and 2nd national events of the year in Bowling Green, KY and Chicago, IL. Unfortunately these races would not go as planned and have no indication of the kind of season he would have after seeing only 2 win lights come on in total, leaving him with just 225 points thus far.
The month of July would yet again be busy for Isenhower as he attended 4 more divisional races, and began hot with his 1st win of the year at Lucas Oil Raceway grabbing 105 quick points (almost half his current score). Next would be back to Chicago for the divisional, where he would get to 4th round before bowing out and collect 61 more points. 2 weeks later Topeka, KS fit nicely into his schedule and he could get 2 races in 1 weekend, but the tow would turn out to be the biggest bust of the year when the scoreboard never lit up in his lane, resulting in 2 eventual throw away 30 point scores.
After a very off weekend right in the middle of his season, Isenhower would take 2 weeks to regroup from the NHRA tour and not race again until another divisional event in Brainerd, MN where he would line up for his 3rd final round on the season. Unfortunately yet again, his streak would hit another road block as he was dropped in the 1st round in the next 2 events giving him 2 more throw away scores. But that would be only a brief hiccup in his program and Isenhower was back on track a few weeks later picking up probably the biggest win of his career in Indianapolis at the U.S. Nationals for his 2nd win of the season putting him towards the top of the Super Gas list. Isenhower would gain the lead from bettering a previous 30 with a 62 at Maple Grove Raceway in Reading, PA just 3 days after winning Indy. That event turned out to be very crucial in the final championship stretch as his year came to a close about a month later in St. Louis, MO with a pair of 2nd round exits, Isenhower would be fully claimed out and locked in at 622.
Going into the final swing of events (Vegas, Vegas, Pomona), Isenhower held a 10 point lead over Aaron Kinard but was out of events to claim towards his points championship so chose not to compete in the event. Kinard would need either a final round loss at the Vegas national or a semi-final at the divisional to surpass the 622 of Isenhower, but lost 1 round short at the national and early at the divisional. Leaving only long shot Michael Miller with a chance, he would need to win the Vegas divisional event to catch Isenhower, but lost rd3 and the celebration began for Isenhower in Lebanon, IN before the final NHRA race in Pomona, CA.
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