Super Pro is one of the largest classes that competes in the JEGS ET Series events at National Trail Raceway during the season. This season saw a year long points battle that came down to the final points weekend in August. Coming into the final weekend the top 3 included former track champions, Billy Rowe and Scott Hessler, and youngster Daniel Waddle. After all the cards were laid out on the table at the end of the weekend, it was Daniel Waddle who went home with the championship.
Waddle started the season strong with a semi-final finish on the May 19th event. But in June, Daniel hit a small summer slump that saw the Super Pro points lead go to former Super Pro champion, Scott Hessler. Then in July another former champion, Billy Rowe started putting pressure on the points battle. On the final JEGS ET Series weekend, Daniel went to the final round on Saturday, August 24th to put the pressure squarely on the shoulders of Rowe and Hessler. That Sunday, August 25th, Waddle was able to get his American chassis dragster to the quarter-finals and clinched his first ever track championship.
“This year has been great. We had some problems in the summer with a broken transmission, but we managed to bounce back. This championship means a lot to me. It proves that all my hard work and dedication to racing has paid off. This season wouldn’t have been possible without the support of my family, Danny, Kimberly, Andrew, Christian and Wyatt Waddle,” said Daniel.
The high point of the season for Waddle was representing National Trail Raceway in the Race of Champions at the ET Finals. Next year Waddle plans on making a run at the Super Pro championship once again and making the ET Finals team.
Congrats to Daniel Waddle the 2019 JEGS Performance ET Series Super Pro Champion.
Photos by: Patrick Donahue