Jerry Savoie

The 'White Alligator' of drag racing has done it again.

Jerry Savoie won his second-ever Chevrolet Performance U.S. Nationals Title this past weekend. 

Savoie was an underdog. He beat points leader Andrew Hines in the final round to secure his second-career title.

Hines fouled, which secured the title for Savoie, but the Cut Off native was flawless throughout.

After the victory, Savoie fought back tears. He said he wasn't even supposed to compete in the event after breaking a tooth and part of his jaw. But he attended the event because his wife told him to go and "have fun."

What's more fun than winning the whole thing?

"When I started doing this, I said all along that I just wanted to win one race,” said Savoie after the race. “You’ve got to realize at my age; I’m 60 years old. My day is coming. I only planned to be out here for a couple of years. I’ve been here for eight now. It’s tough. To all the armchair quarterbacks out there, if you think this is so easy, come and get you some."

Savoie thanked his crew for getting his car ready to roll in the race. He always has a flare for the dramatic and an ability to perform his best at Nationals. He's now won the event twice and has several other close finishes. 

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Casey Gisclair is the Sports Editor at Rushing Media. A native of Cut Off and graduate of Louisiana State University, Casey is a lifelong sports fan who joined the Houma Times team in Dec. 2009 upon college graduation.

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