In 2019, Nick Meloni was a runner-up at the New England Nationals, and due to the COVID-19 pandemic, he didn’t get a chance to race in Epping last season, but he quickly made amends for that by winning his first national event in Top Dragster presented by Vortech Superchargers. Coming from the No. 16 qualifying position, Meloni rode a string of 6.7 runs to the final round, where he cruised to a 6.820 on his 6.75 dial for the win after Kyle Cultrera left two-thousandths of a second too soon and red-lighted.
Other than a round-two bye run, Meloni did not have an easy time reaching the final. He faced past world champ Al Kenny in the semifinals and delivered an incredible performance with a .015 light and a 6.756 on his 6.75 dial. Kenny also left with a .015 reaction time but was four-thousandths of a second behind at the finish line with a 6.220 on his 6.21 prediction.