Richie Stevens Jr., made his own luck in Las Vegas on Sunday at the ACDelco NHRA Nationals, as the Team Mopar Pro Stocker scorched the lights with a jaw-dropping .002 reaction time, giving him a holeshot win over the newly-crowned NHRA Pro Stock champ Jason Line in the final round. Stevens Jr.'s second win of the season came during a weekend that saw Mopar Hemi power also triumph in the NHRA Funny Car (Jack Beckman) and NHRA Top Fuel (Tony Schumacher) divisions.
Stevens Jr., overcame a qualifying effort at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway in which he placed next to last at 15th in his Don Schumacher Racing/J & J Racing Mopar/Valspar Dodge Stratus R/T. Unfortunately, his first-round win came at the expense of the man who has helped him catch fire in recent weeks, Allen Johnson. Despite a slower reaction time than AJ, who qualified his Team Mopar J & J Racing Dodge Stratus R/T No. 2, Stevens Jr., held on to advance after Johnson experienced problems and pushed in the clutch.
It was another battle of the Mopars in the second round, as Stevens Jr., dealt a loss to Larry Morgan and his ZMax Dodge Stratus R/T team. He posted a stellar .007 reaction time in his defeat of Morgan, and matched that time with another .007 in his semifinals victory over Dave Connolly. Stevens Jr.'s finals win over Line came with a pass of 6.789 at 202.85 mph. The victory was his sixth career win and his second in four races since teaming with J & J Racing's Allen and Roy Johnson.
"We've got something that works with Roy and Allen," said Stevens Jr. "They have really showed that they can step forward and put this car where it needs to be. They've done a hell of a job with the power and supplying it to us, and my crew has been great. It has finally rebounded to where it should be, and it shows."