by Bobby Bennett, Photos by Roger Richards Sun, 2020-09-06 13:07
by Bobby Bennett; Photos by Roger Richards, Geoff Stunkard Sat, 2020-09-05 14:46
It's a good thing Stephen Yantus didn't put much stake into the odds.
Fact is, with 18 consecutive round wins from Dodge Mopar Hemi Shootout icon Jimmy Daniels headed into the 2020 event, the odds were pretty much against the Charleston, SC-based Yantus. For Yantus, Friday's race-within-a-race at the Denso NHRA U.S. Nationals was only his third time racing the event in four years.
Yantus created his own odds as he stopped an upset-minded Steve Commela in the finals of the prestigious event. His consistent barrage of 8.4-second elapsed times was enough to seal the deal, his first ever, with an 8.410, 158.28.