Racing in Kansas

Hi everyone,

This weeks race took us to Topeka, Kansas for the NHRA Kansas Nationals. At the end of last season it was thought that Topeka wouldn’t be on the schedule this year, but after this weekend everyone is really glad that it was.

Starting off with Top Fuel, the ladder looked like this; #1 Brittany Force (3.67), that’s right, 3.67. Brittany now owns the the national ET record in Top Fuel. #2 Doug Kalitta (3.70) vs #15 Rob Passey, #3 Steve Torrence (3.70) vs #14 Smax Smith, #4 Richie Crampton (3.71) vs #13 Terry Haddock (4.49), #5 Tony Schumacher (3.72) vs #12 Luigi Novelli (4.02), #6 Shawn Langdon (3.72) vs #11 Scott Palmer (3.87), #7 Clay Millican (3.73) vs #10 Terry McMillen (3.76) and #8 Antron Brown (3.74) vs #9 JR Todd (3.75). I would like to point out that even though they qualified 10th and 11th, Terry McMillen and Scott Palmer ran career best ETs in qualifying. The winners and who they would face in the second round were Brittany Force (3.70) and Antron Brown (3.72), Richie Crampton (4.03) and Tony Schumacher (3.74), Doug Kalitta (3.79) and Clay Millican (3.78) and Steve Torrence (3.80) and Shawn Langdon (3.91). The semifinals were Antron Brown (3.75) vs Richie Crampton (3.78) and Doug Kalitta (3.79) vs Steve Torrence (3.77). The finals featured Antron Brown (3.78) and the Matco Tools team and Doug Kalitta (3.75) and the Mac Tools team. With the winner being Doug Kalitta (5.45). This is Doug’s third consecutive win.

Moving on to Funny Car, the ladder looked like this; #1 Matt Hagan (3.86) the records  were set and broken a few times before Matt Hagan came up and he now owns both ends, 3.86 at 335 mph. It’s completely crazy and incredibly fast. He would face #16 Brian Stewart (4.15). #2 Jack Beckman (3.86) vs #15 Dale Creasy Jr (4.08), #3 Tim Wilkerson (3.86) vs #14 John Hale (4.06), #4 Courtney Force (3.87) vs #13 Bob Tasca the third (4.00), #5 Alexis DeJoria (3.87) vs #12 Chad Head (3.97), #6 Del Worsham (3.88) vs #11 John Force (3.96), #7 Tommy Johnson Jr (3.88) vs #10 Cruz Pedregon (3.92) and #8 Ron Capps (3.89) vs #9 Robert Hight (3.90). To say that the field was fast is an understatement. Everyone is just so good and anyone could win on any given Sunday. The winners and who they would face in the second round were Matt Hagan (3.94) and Robert Hight (3.92), Courtney Force (3.94) and Alexis DeJoria (3.96), Jack Beckman (3.93) and Tommy Johnson Jr (4.00) and Tim Wilkerson (3.93) and Del Worsham (3.95). The semifinals were Matt Hagan (3.94) vs Courtney Force (3.96) and Jack Beckman (3.95) vs Tim Wilkerson (3.97). Tim Wilkerson did have a crazy crash in his race against Beckman, one that I’ve never seen anything like. And if you missed it on FS1 or want to see it again, I’ll leave a link to the video below. The finals featured Matt Hagan (3.95) and the Mopar team and Jack Beckman (3.93) and the Infinite Hero team. With the winner being Matt Hagan (5.72). This is Matt’s second win a row.

And finally we have Pro Stock, where the ladder looked like this; #1 Jason Line (6.57) vs #16 Mark Hogan (7.00), #2 Bo Butner (6.59) vs #15 Dave River (6.77), #3 Greg Anderson (6.60) vs #14 V Gaines (6.76), #4 Shane Gray (6.60) vs #13 Jeg Coughlin (6.67), #5 Alex Laughlin (6.61) vs #12 Deric Kramer (6.66), #6 Chris McGaha (6.63) vs #11 Vincent Nobile (6.66), #7 Allen Johnson (6.63) vs #10 Aaron Strong (6.65) and #8 Drew Skillman (6.64) vs #9 Erica Enders (6.64). The winners and who they would face in the second round were Jason Line (6.64) and Erica Enders (6.71), Shane Gray (6.65) and Alex Laughlin (6.65), Bo Butner (6.68) and Allen Johnson (6.65) and Greg Anderson (6.64) and Vincent Nobile (6.74). The semifinals were Jason Line (6.66) vs Shane Gray (6.66) and Allen Johnson (6.67) vs Greg Anderson (6.66). The finals featured Jason Line (6.67) and the Summit Racing Equipment team and Greg Anderson (6.67) and the Summit Racing Equipment team. With the winner being Jason Line (6.66). This is Jason’s fifth win of the season making it Jason: 5 and Greg: 3. This win also makes the point lead Jason has over his second place teammate Greg Anderson 126 points.

And if any of this sounds familiar, it’s because the winners this week are the same as last weeks winners.

The next race will be the NHRA New England Nationals, June 3-5 in Epping, New Hampshire.

Until next time, congrats to all the winners and I can’t wait for the next race :).


Wilkerson crash:

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