to drive for one race, he was hooked. Now, he and his blue 1980 Chevrolet Malibu are fixtures at the track. Daniels began his IHRA Summit SuperSeries World Finals run by beating New York driver John Cira Jr. in the first round. He defeated Canadian driver Drew Buchner in a closely-contested second round and used a .013 reaction time to take down Texas racer Ryan McDonnell in the third round. The fourth round saw Daniels go even faster on the tree with a .005 reaction time to beat Aaron Disinger from Indiana. That made an all-Kentucky matchup in the semifinals where Daniels used a solid effort to get past Lauren Lockhart. In the finals, Daniels was once again great at the starting line with a .012 reaction time paired with a 6.843 run at 100.13 mph against a 6.85 dial-in to beat the appropriately named Aaron Hotrod from South Carolina. “It was pretty neat,” Daniels said. “The first few rounds I was kind of nervous, but I got settled down and did what we normally do. We had the old car running good and I didn’t think much about it the last round.” While he was thrilled to win a prize package which included $20,000 thanks to sponsorship from Summit Racing Equipment, an eight-day, seven-night trip to Aruba courtesy of All Around Aruba Tours and an IHRA World Championship Diamond Ring, the most prized possession was the IHRA Ironman Trophy to signify he was the best of the best for 2018. “To win the world championship, it’s a pretty good accomplishment,” he said. “My brothers were telling me how this race was like a once in a lifetime deal. It was great just to get there and then it’s great how it worked out that we ended up winning.” 19