Before I really get into this post I want to again extend my condolences to the family of NHRA chief starter Mark Lyle as he recently passed away. He was a great guy, one of the nicest you would ever meet, always had a smile on his face and he will be greatly missed.
This weeks race to us to Las Vegas for the Denso Spark Plugs NHRA Nationals. This race was a lot of fun to watch and a little different as the Pro Stock category has their specialty race, The K&N Horsepower Challenge, during qualifying on Saturday. And since I mentioned it, I’ll talk about that first. The ladder for that was Greg Anderson vs Jeg Coughlin, Erica Enders vs Allen Johnson, Jason Line vs Shane Gray, and Chris McGaha vs Drew Skillman. Since this is done in three rounds, the semifinals were Greg Anderson vs Chris McGaha and Jason Line vs Erica Enders. With the finals being Greg Anderson vs Jason Line. The winner of the $50,000 and the trophy was Greg Anderson as Jason had problems and had to be pushed away from the starting line. Every driver was paired with a fan, so Greg’s fan went home with a 2016 special edition K&N Horsepower Challenge Toyota Tacoma. This was also Greg’s 5th specialty race win.
So, moving on to Top Fuel, the ladder for Sunday looked like this; #1 Steve Torrence (3.72) vs #16 Steve Chrisman (4.58), #2 Doug Kalitta (3.73) vs #15 Steve Faria (4.21), #3 Antron Brown (3.76) vs #14 Scott Palmer (3.99), #4 Brittany Force (3.76) vs #13 Terry McMillen (3.99), #5 Richie Crampton (3.76) vs #12 Troy Buff (3.91), #6 Shawn Langdon (3.77) vs #11 Leah Prichett (3.87), #7 Dave Connolly (3.77) vs #10 Clay Millican (3.80) and #8 Tony Schumacher (3.78) vs #9 J.R. Todd (3.80). The winners and who they would face in the second round were; the biggest upset of the round, Steve Chrisman (4.08) and J.R. Todd (3.93), Brittany Force (4.27) and Troy Buff (4.96), Doug Kalitta (4.28) and Dave Connolly (3.92), and Antron Brown (3.84) and Leah Prichett (3.89). The semifinals featured J.R. Todd (4.04) vs Troy Buff (3.92) and Dave Connolly (3.84) vs Antron Brown (3.84). The final round was Troy Buff (3.91) and the Bill Miller Engineering team and Antron Brown (3.82) and the Matco Tools team. With the winner being Antron Brown with a 3.84. The race between Antron and Troy was quite close and it was nice to see Troy Buff make it to the finals.
Going on to Funny Car, the ladder looked like this; #1 Jack Beckman (3.91) vs #16 Terry Haddock (4.69), #2 Courtney Force (3.92) vs Bob Bode (4.36), #3 Robert Hight (3.93) vs #14 Jeff Arend (4.16), #4 Tim Wilkerson (3.93) vs #13 Jim Campbell (4.08), #5 Del Worsham (3.94) vs #12 John Hale (4.07), #6 Alexis DeJoria (3.94) vs #11 Tommy Johnson Jr (4.02), #7 John Force (3.96) vs #10 Matt Hagan (3.99), and #8 Chad Head (3.97) vs #9 Cruz Pedregon (3.98). It’s important to note that Ron Capps did not qualify for this race and it’s his first DNQ since Seattle 2013. Also John Force has just joined Twitter and I think it’s worth a follow: @JohnForce_FC. The winners and who they would face in the second round were; Jack Beckman (4.08) and Chad Head (4.50), Jim Campbell (4.19) and Del Worsham (4.04), Courtney Force (3.96) and John Force (4.05) and Robert Hight (3.98) and Alexis DeJoria (4.00). The semifinals were Chad Head (4.17) vs Del Worsham (4.05) and John Force (3.99) vs Alexis DeJoria (4.00). With the finals featuring Del Worsham (4.02) and the DHL team and his teammate Alexis DeJoria (4.01) and the Patron team. With the winner being Alexis DeJoria with a 3.96. It’s been a while since Alexis has won, so it was nice to see her break her winless streak. This also marks the third race in a row where a female has won in the nitro category. Leah Prichett and Brittany Force in Top Fuel and now Alexis in Funny Car.
And finally we have Pro Stock, where the ladder looked like this; #1 Jason Line (6.68) vs #16 Matt Hartford (6.79), #2 Greg Anderson (6.69) vs #15 Joey Grose (6.78), #3 Bo Butner (6.69) vs #14 V Gaines (6.77), #4 Drew Skillman (6.70) vs #13 Jeg Coughline (6.75), #5 Erica Enders (6.71) vs #12 Aaron Strong (6.75), #6 Vincent Nobile (6.71) vs #11 Deric Kramer (6.74), #7 Alex Laughlin (6.71) vs #10 Allen Johnson (6.73), and #8 Chris McGaha (6.72) vs #9 Shane Gray (6.72). The winners and who they would face in round two were; Jason Line (6.70) and Chris McGaha (6.75), Drew Skillman (6.72) and Erica Enders (6.76), Greg Anderson (6.70) and Allen Johnson (6.81) and Bo Butner (6.69) and Deric Kramer (6.77). The semifinals featured Jason Line (6.74) vs Erica Enders (6.84) and Greg Anderson (6.72) vs Bo Butner (6.70). The finals were Jason Line (6.73) and the Summit Racing Equipment team and his teammate Bo Butner (6.70) and the Jim Butner Auto team. With the winner being Jason Line with a 6.70. So far the winners in Pro Stock this season have been Greg Anderson, Jason Line, Greg Anderson, Jason Line. I don’t know how long they can keep this up, but it will be fun to watch.
The next race will be the Four-Wide Nationals, April 22-24 in Charlotte, North Carolina.
Until next time, congrats to the winners and I can’t wait for the next race :).
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