This weeks race took us to Epping, New Hampshire for the NHRA New England Nationals. This race was unlike any other this season. Not only did it rain all day Sunday making it the Monday Nationals, but it was the first of four in a row on the East Coast.
Starting with Top Fuel, there was only 13 cars in the category, so the ladder looked like this; #1 Antron Brown (3.70), #2 Steve Torrence (3.71) vs #13 Smax Smith (4.33), #3 Brittany Force (3.72) vs #12 Todd Paton (3.93), #4 Tony Schumacher (3.74) vs #11 Richie Crampton (3.84), #5 Clay Millican (3.74) vs #10 Leah Prichett (3.81), #6 Doug Kalitta (3.76) vs #9 Terry McMillen (3.80) and #7 Shawn Langdon (3.77) vs #8 JR Todd (3.77). The winners and who they would face in the second round were Antron Brown (3.75) and Shawn Langdon (3.75), Tony Schumacher (4.30) and Leah Prichett (4.09), Steve Torrence (6.52), and Todd Paton (4.02) and Doug Kalitta (3.74). The semifinals were Antron Brown (6.17) vs Tony Schumacher (3.78) and Steve Torrence (3.77) vs Doug Kalitta (3.81). The finals featured Antron Brown (3.85) and the Matco Tools team and Steve Torrence (3.79) and the Capco team. With the winner being Antron Brown (3.76). This is Antron’s second win of the season.
Moving on to Funny Car, the ladder looked like this; #1 Ron Capps (3.86) vs #16 Dave Richards (4.23), #2 Matt Hagan (3.86) vs #15 John Hale (4.10), #3 Tommy Johnson Jr (3.88) vs #14 Jeff Diehl (4.07), #4 John Force (3.88) vs #13 Bob Tasca the third (3.97), #5 Tim Wilkerson (3.89) vs #12 Chad Head (3.94), #6 Jack Beckman (3.89) vs #11 Cruz Pedregon (3.94), #7 Del Worsham (3.90) vs #10 Alexis DeJoria (3.92) and #8 Courtney Force (3.91) vs #9 Robert Hight (3.91). The winners and who they would face in the second round were Ron Capps (3.92) and Courtney Force (4.17), John Force (3.93) and Tim Wilkerson (3.90), Matt Hagan (4.08) and Del Worsham (3.95) and Tommy Johnson Jr (3.96) and Jack Beckman (3.93). The semifinals were Ron Capps (3.95) vs John Force (3.97) and Del Worsham (3.96) vs Tommy Johnson Jr (3.95). The finals featured DSR teammates Ron Capps (3.92) and the Napa Auto Parts team and Tommy Johnson Jr (3.92) and the Make-A-Wish team. With the winner being Ron Capps (3.92). This is Ron’s second win of the season and the first DSR Double Up of the year.
And finally we had Pro Stock, were the big news was Drew Skillman had decided to leave Elite Motorsports and go over Gray Motorsports. I think this came as a surprise to people, but it seems like it will be a positive move for everyone involved. With that being said, there were 14 cars in the category, so the ladder looked like this; #1 Jason Line (6.56) vs #14 John Gaydosh Jr, #2 Bo Butner (6.56) vs #13 Kenny Delco (6.68), #3 Vincent Nobile (6.57) vs #12 Drew Skillman (6.67), #4 Greg Anderson (6.58) vs #11 V Gaines (6.67), #5 Alex Laughlin (6.58) vs #10 Erica Enders (6.63), #6 Allen Johnson (6.59) vs #9 Chris McGaha (6.62) and #7 Jeg Coughlin (6.59) vs #8 Shane Gray (6.60). The winners and who they would face in the second round were Jason Line (6.59), Greg Anderson (6.58) and Alex Laughlin (6.62), Bo Butner (6.61) and Shane Gray (6.62) and Vincent Nobile (6.63) and Allen Johnson (6.63). The semifinals were Jason Line (6.60) vs Greg Anderson (6.59) and Shane Gray (6.62) vs Allen Johnson (6.66). The finals featured Greg Anderson (6.61) and the Summit Racing Equipment team and Allen Johnson (6.72) and the Marathon Petroleum team. This is the first final all season that hasn’t included Jason Line. The winner being Greg Anderson (6.59). This is Greg’s fourth win of the year, making it Greg: 4 and Jason: 5. And while there are some teams that performance wise are catching up to the KB cars, they still have an advantage. This win also helps to close the points gap between first place Jason Line and second place Greg. It’s now 89 points.
The next race will be the NHRA Summernationals, June 9-12 in Englishtown, New Jersey.
Until next time, congrats to all the winners and I can’t wait for the next race :).
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