HERMISTON - It took Hermiston's Mitch Myers many years to win his first-ever National Hot Rod Association National event. It's taken him less than three months to win three more.

Myers continued to be the talk of the NHRA's Top Alcohol Dragster division, after capturing his third NHRA PowerAde title Sunday by winning the O' Reilly NHRA Summer Nationals in Topeka, Kan.

"It's almost like I'm speechless," he said. "It's like, 'why me?' I can't believe how sometimes things all come together."

Myers previously won the K & N Filters Winternationals in Pomona, Calif., and the O' Reilly NHRA Spring Nationals in Houston. He'll have a chance for the rare "Grand Slam" of drag racing when he competes in the O' Reilly NHRA Fall Nationals in September.

"That would be something to win all four of those," he said. "Those four, along with the Finals in Pomona, are the big races."

Myers is in third place in the National point standings, although he has run four fewer races than points leader Ashley Force. Drivers can only claim points from five national and five divisional races, so Myers realizes the team's in pretty good shape at this point in the season.

"I don't want to jinx us, but we've positioned ourselves to make a pretty good run at the national title," he said.

Before he returns to the national events Myers will be spending some time racing in the Northwest, where he always has plenty of fan support, and will likely receive even more this year. Up first will be the Wells Fargo Fire & Thunder Division 6 event in Woodburn June 11-13.

"I've heard from a lot of people that are going to go there and cheer us on," Myers said. "We can't wait to get there. We won that race last year so we're defending champions."

The following week Myers will be at Pacific Raceways near Seattle and is considering competing in a divisional event in Pomona the weekend of July 4th before returning to Woodburn in early July. Myers will return to Kent July 23-25 for the Carquest Auto Parts NHRA Nationals, which was his first national event victory in 2002.

"Basically we'll be at three race tracks for the next two months," Myers said. "It will be nice not to have to travel so much."

The biggest difference between this year and previous years comes in the form of crew chief Steve Boggs, the man rated by Speedzone Magazine as the No. 1 Top Alcohol tuner of all time.

"Boggs is the catalyst that put it together," Myers said. "But without the rest of the crew - Greg Gallien, Dick Jackson, Brett Davis, my dad (Bill Myers) and myself - you could take anyone of those elements away and the car would suffer."

Boggs, who joined forces with Myers in November, is quick to agree.

"It takes a whole team effort or you're not going to win," Boggs said. "It's not any one person. The best crew chief and the best driver can't win without a good crew."

While plenty of people are amazed at Myers' fast start, Boggs doesn't consider himself to be among them.

"I knew they had a good team so I'm not completely surprised. But these A Fuel cars are another breed," he said, adding the he wouldn't have been surprised if the team had struggled.

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ESPN2 is scheduled to run a replay of the Summer Nationals Saturday at noon.

Bill Myers has started an Internet site for fans to talk about the Top Alcohol Dragster class at insideafuel.com

The Top Alcohol Dragster class will have one qualifying run Friday, June 11 on Woodburn Dragstrip and two more attempts to qualify Saturday. The elimination races will be held June 13.

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