Top Alcohol Dragster standout Megan Meyer was confident in her decision. The second-generation drag racer, who secured the 2019 NHRA series championship, knew now was the right time to step away from the sport for what she considers an even more significant opportunity.
“I’m getting married in October and we want to start a family as soon as possible after that,” Meyer explained. “With the fact that I’m a female, I can’t drive and be pregnant at the same time. So something’s got to give. I’m very satisfied with how my career has been. I’ve been doing this for five full years and pretty much reached every milestone that I’ve wanted to reach. So for me, it’s a good time to step away.”
No, Meyer doesn’t lament the fact she never made her way into Top Fuel.
“I have no interest in Top Fuel,” Meyer admitted. “For me, at one point I did want to, because every young racer, that’s the top, they want to go there. But as soon as I did my first year in Top Alcohol, I realized that this is the only racing I want to do.
“Just the time commitment, the politics and all this stuff that goes on behind the scenes in Top Fuel. That’s just not for me. That’s not my personality. I don’t want to be a part of it. So we’ll save that for someone else, but not for me.”
This weekend will be Meyer’s final NHRA U.S. Nationals, and after taking out Joey Severance in the first round, fired a shot hired around the A/Fuel Dragster world. Meyer stopped recently crowned Jegs AllStar champion Jackie Fricke and did so by recording a new national record 5.097, 278.81.
Regardless of how dominant the season may turn out to be in the coming weeks, she’s secure in her decision. Thanks to the pandemic, Meyer was able to experience a life without racing.
“Just because we’ve had so much time off this year,” Meyer said. “I’ve been planning everything that I’m doing next year with that time off. And so I feel like I’m in a really good place business-wise and with my personal life that I’m ready to take that step. It was an emotional day when I announced it on Monday, but I’ve gotten so much good support and a lot of great messages from fans and all that. They’re sad, but they’re also happy at the same time. So that helps.”
Meyer revealed the decision was made earlier in the year, and planned to announce at the NHRA Four-Wide Nationals. The U.S. Nationals provided the largest stage of the revised season.
“We figured this would be the best time to do it,” Meyer admitted. “I’m really bummed out that we’re not going to be able to go to Charlotte because I love that track. And I would have loved to do my announcement there with NGK Spark Plugs and everybody there.
“I’m racing next weekend for my last regional, which is in Iowa and then that will be bittersweet, because I just won there a couple years ago and me and my dad just have really good memories there. So it will be bittersweet going there for the last time.”
Her dad and driving force, Randy Meyer, she said knew the day was coming.
“Ever since we got engaged last year, he knew that it was going to be a matter of time before I had to step away so we could focus on our family,” Meyer said. “Thankfully with the fact that we have rental drivers, it will be easy to replace me. So hopefully, we’re still figuring out who that next driver is going to be. We have high standards for that, especially with NGK Spark Plugs, they have high standards. So we just got to find the right person to fit those needs.”
She won’t be entirely out of racing.
“I do plan on doing a couple of bracket races next year with my sister’s Super Comp car,” Meyer revealed. “And I’m really excited to get back to that because I’ve done that my entire life before I moved on to Top Alcohol. So I’m really excited to get back to bracket racing, but I don’t know how much I will miss Alcohol and NHRA until … I’ll let you know next year.”