If you’ve been following all of the racing we’re involved with here at Gas Monkey (Monster Truck, NHRA, IMSA, Indy 500, LeMans) then you’ve heard the name Alex Laughlin. He drives the Gas Monkey Energy/Havoline Pro Stock Camaro, and he’s been doing BIG things this season. In fact, last month in St. Louis he brought home his first Wally at the AAA Insurance NHRA Midwest Nationals!
This past weekend was his hometown race in Ennis, Texas. Gas Monkey Energy hosted a hospitality tent and some of the Gas Monkey Garage crew made it out to the track to cheer Alex on. And what a weekend it turned out to be!
For the first time in his racing career, Alex raced in the Top Alcohol category as well as Pro Stock. Racing two cars in the same weekend doubles the pressure and the adrenaline rush! Unfortunately, the Top Alcohol Dragster faced a few mechanical issues, and he wasn’t able to qualify this weekend. So he’s going to try again at the NHRA Toyota Nationals Oct 27-30.
Pro Stock on the other hand, well, that’s a different story! After four qualifying passes on Friday and Saturday, Alex went into Sunday’s eliminations as the 3rd place qualifier. In round one, he races against Jeg Coughlin and beat him with an elapsed time of 6.620 at 209.01 miles an hour.
Next up, the Quarter finals, where he went up against Shane Tucker. Alex pulled out another win with an elapsed time of 6.668 at a speed of 208.390mph. The crowd went wild!
In the semi finals, Alex was up against Greg Anderson. Although Greg’s speed was 209.14 and Alex’s was 208.59, Alex had a faster reaction time, and a shorter elapsed time, so he pulled out another victory and he was off to the finals!
The crowd was energetic, and the sun was beating down. This was the second time Alex had made it to the finals this year, and fans were cheering him on. This time he was up against Drew Skillman, who Alex considers a teammate because they both use Gray Motors. When the lights dropped, it was petal to the metal, and both cars were hauling down the strip. In the end, it was Drew who beat out Alex with a 6.661 elapsed time at 209.360mph.
Wally or not, the fans showed their support for Alex and lined up to get pictures with him and shake his hand.