Meshal Al-Saber Wins 2023 DragWars at GALOT
Kuwait-based Pro Nitrous Motorcycle rider Meshal Al-Saber has been chasing another win for several years after his last victory in 2016. Tuner Brad McCoy last won on the Q80 Racing Hayabusa at DragWars in 2017, so Saturday’s win was a long time coming for both Al-Saber and McCoy.
Al-Saber qualified No. 1, then raced to the final round, where he laid down a 4.012 at 176.10 to beat points leader Chris Garner-Jones. The 2021 world champion encountered problems on the starting line and coasted to an 8.358 at 52.30.
“I go to the finals a lot, but I lose in the final. Every time it’s some little problem in the final,” Al-Saber said. “Now, the team is coming back. We’re pushing to come to the next race better than this race. I hope we can get the record. That would help the team also.
I think Brad McCoy is the best tuner. He gives me the best bike and helps me lots. Thank you to the Q80 Racing team and the BMRC. They give me the support to come here to the States and win again. We want to go back-to-back at Virginia [at the World Finals].”
Al-Saber started eliminations with a 4.041 at 175.46 over a red-lighting Terry Wynn. It was an all-Kuwait matchup in the semis, where Al-Saber ran a 4.032 at 175.50 to beat Mohammed Alawad, who slowed to a 6.168.
March 30 – April 1 / GALOT Motorsports Park / Benson, NC
April 20-22 / Virginia Motorsports Park / Dinwiddie, VA
May 25-27 / Summit Motorsports Park / Norwalk, OH
June 15-17 / Maryland International Raceway / Budds Creek, MD
July 21-22 / PRO STARS Night of Fire /Virginia Motorsports Park / Dinwiddie, VA
August 3-5 / US 131 Motorsports Park / Martin, MI
September 14-16 / Darlington Dragway / Hartsville, SC
October 5-7 / GALOT Motorsports Park/ Benson, NC
October 19-22 / Virginia Motorsports Park / Dinwiddie, VA
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