This weeks race took us to Gainesville, Florida for the Amalie Motor Oil NHRA Gatornationals. This is a race full of history, and this weekend was no different.
Starting off we have Top Fuel. The ladder for Sunday looked like this; #1 qualifier Richie Crampton (3.69) vs #16 Chris Karamesines, #2 Clay Millican (3.72) vs #15 Ike Maier (3.93), #3 Antron Brown (3.72) vs #14 Terry McMillen (3.89), #4 Leah Prichett (3.74) vs #13 Tripp Tatum (3.86), #5 Brittany Force (3.74) vs #12 Morgan Lucas (3.81), #6 Tony Schumacher (3.75) vs #11 Shawn Langdon (3.78), #7 Steve Torrence (3.75) vs #10 J.R. Todd (3.77) and #8 Doug Kalitta (3.76) vs #9 Dave Conolly (3.76). The winners and who they would face in round two are; Chris Karamesines (4.03) and Dave Conolly (3.75), Tripp Tatum (3.86) and Brittany Force (3.73), Clay Millican (3.75) and J.R. Todd (3.75), and Terry McMillen (3.85) and Tony Schumacher (4.22). The winners of round two and who they would face in the semi finals are; Dave Conolly (3.83) and Brittany Force (3.80) and Clay Millican (3.91) and Terry McMillen (3.94). This marks the second race in a row where all of the Don Schumacher Racing dragsters were done before the semi’s. Leaving three who haven’t yet won their first race (Force, Millican, and McMillen) and Dave Conolly who has never won the Gatornationals. The final round featured Brittany Force (3.72) and Terry McMillen (3.82). With the winner being Brittany Force with a 3.77. This is a huge win for Brittany and the Monster Energy team. Seeing someone who had previously been 0-7 in final rounds finally get the win was great. This was also a big race for Terry McMillen as his sponsor is Amalie Motor Oil. I think he did and does do a great job representing them and I’m sure his first win will come soon.
Moving on next to Funny Car, number one qualifier Jack Beckman set a new national E.T. record with a 3.87. That being said, the ladder looked like this; #1 Jack Beckman (3.87) vs #16 Jeff Diehl (11.12), #2 Courtney Force (3.89) vs #15 Dave Richards (7.16), #3 Robert Hight (3.92) vs #14 Terry Haddock (6.28), #4 Tim Wilkerson (3.92) vs #13 Cruz Pedregon (5.14), #5 Ron Capps (3.92) vs #12 John Hale (4.17), #6 Matt Hagan (3.95) vs #11 Alexis DeJoria (4.04), #7 Chad Head (3.95) vs #10 Tommy Johnson Jr (4.01) and #8 Del Worsham (3.95) vs #9 John Force (3.99). The winners and who they would face in round two were; Jack Beckman (3.91) and John Force (4.00), Cruz Pedregon (4.51) and Ron Capps (4.05), Courtney Force (3.95) and Chad Head (3.99) and Robert Hight (3.97) and Matt Hagan (3.99). The round two winners and who they would face in the semi finals are; Jack Beckman (8.06) and Ron Capps (4.00) and Chad Head (3.96) and Robert Hight (3.96). After being completely shut out of the semi finals last race, this was a definite improvement for the Don Schumacher Racing funny cars. The final round featured Ron Capps (6.15) for DSR and Robert Hight (3.96) for JFR. It’s always a battle when these two teams go head to head. The winner this time being Robert Hight with a 4.42. This is big because it marks the first time there has been a John Force Racing double up. And now that it has happened, I look forward to the rest of the season to see if it will happen again.
Next we have Pro Stock, only fifteen cars were there, so the ladder looked like this; #1 Jason Line (6.58), #2 Bo Butner (6.59) vs #15 John Gaydosh Jr (6.72), #3 Greg Anderson (6.59) vs #14 V Gaines (6.68), #4 Alex Laughlin (6.61) vs #13 Matt Hartford (6.66), #5 Drew Skillman (6.61) vs #12 Kenny Delco (6.65), #6 Jeg Coughlin (6.62) vs #11 Chris McGaha (6.64), #7 Allen Johnson (6.62) vs #10 Erica Enders (6.63) and #8 Shane Gray (6.63) vs Vincent Nobile (6.63). The winners and who they would gave in the second round were; Jason Line (6.56) and Vincent Nobile (6.67), Alex Laughlin (6.59) and Drew Skillman (6.61), Bo Butner (6.59) and Allen Johnson (6.63) and Greg Anderson (6.58) and Jeg Coughlin (6.63). With the only bit of drama being that Vincent Nobile ran over Jason Line’s parachutes, but that is something that can happen and it did. The semi finals featured Jason Line (6.59) and Drew Skillman (6.69) and Allen Johnson (6.67) and Greg Anderson (6.59). The final round was another all KB racing final with Jason Line (6.58) vs Greg Anderson (6.59). With the winner being Greg Anderson with a 6.59. All the races in Pro Stock have been won by either Greg Anderson (Winternationals, Gatornationals) or Jason Line (CARQUEST Auto Parts NHRA Nationals). So I think it’s safe to say that things are going well in their camp. And it’s going to be fun to watch the rest of the season play out.
Finally we have Pro Stock Motorcycle. They have a shorter schedule and this race was the first. Their ladder looked like this; #1 Eddie Krawic (6.80) vs #16 Michael Phillips (6.93), #2 Hector Arana (6.82) vs #15 Mike Berry (6.93), #3 Chip Ellis (6.82) vs #14 Hector Arana Jr (6.91), #4 Andrew Hines (6.84) vs #13 Angie Smith (6.91), #5 Angelle Sampey (6.84) vs #12 Jim Underdahl (6.90), #6 LE Tonglet (6.85) vs #11 Steve Johnson (6.90, #7 Melissa Surber (6.85) vs #10 Michael Ray (6.88) and #8 Scotty Pollacheck (6.86) vs #9 Jerry Savoie (6.86). With notable names Matt Smith, Shawn Gann, and last years Gatornationals winner Karen Stoffer not qualifying. The winners and who they would face in round two were; Eddie Krawic (6.78) and Jerry Savoie (6.85), Andrew Hines (6.85) and Jim Underdahl (6.86), Hector Arana (6.82) and Michael Ray (6.90) and Chip Ellis (6.85) and LE Tonglet (6.84). The semi finals featured Eddie Krawic (6.79) and Andrew Hines (6.90) and Hector Arana (6.87) and LE Tonglet (6.86). With the finals between Eddie Krawic (6.80) vs Hector Arana (6.86). The winner being Eddie Krawic with a 6.82. Eddie and his teammate Andrew Hines always have a strong presence in Pro Stock Motorcycle, and it’s a tough category, so I wonder what the rest of the season will hold. Plus, everyone is waiting to see if a pro stock bike will hit the 200 mph barrier, so there’s a lot to look forward to.
The next race will be the Denso Spark Plugs NHRA Nationals, April 1-3 in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Until next time, beware of alligators and congrats the all the winners :).
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