Four-time NHRA Stock national champ Kevin Helms came up one round short of his second career double in Houston. Helms recorded career win No. 25 in the Stock final over Austin Ford, then returned a few minutes later for the Super Stock final, where he dropped a close battle with first-time winner Norvell Bowers. All told, Helms won 11 of 12 possible rounds in Houston and has emerged as the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series points leader in both Super Stock and Stock.
Helms has been on fire this year in Stock, and he won his third event of the young season after Ford broke out in his SAM Tech Cobra Jet Mustang, running a 9.63 on his 9.69 target. Helms, who had a .031-second advantage on the starting line, turned on the win light with a 10.09 (10.08).