Racing in Tennessee

Hi everyone,

This weeks race took us to Bristol, Tennessee for the NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals and what a good race it was.

Starting off we have Top Fuel, where the ladder looked like this; #1 Steve Torrence (3.74) vs #16 Terry Haddock, #2 Doug Kalitta (3.76) vs #15 Kyle Wurtzel (5.56), #3 Brittany Force (3.77) vs #14 Chris Karamesines (4.25), #4 Antron Brown (3.77) vs #13 Scott Palmer (4.08), #5 Leah Prichett (3.79) vs #12 Richie Crampton (3.94), #6 Shawn Langdon (3.80) vs #11 Terry McMillen (3.91), #7 Clay Millican (3.80) vs #10 Pat Dakin (3.86) and #8 Tony Schumacher (3.80) vs #9 JR Todd (3.82). The winners and who they would face in the second round were Steve Torrence (3.82) and Tony Schumacher (3.79), Antron Brown (3.84) and Richie Crampton (3.81), Doug Kalitta (3.78) and Pat Dakin (3.82) and Brittany Force (3.84) and Shawn Langdon (3.81). The semifinals were Tony Schumacher (3.80) vs Antron Brown (3.85) and Doug Kalitta (3.82) vs Shawn Langdon (3.83). The finals featured DSR teammates Tony Schumacher (3.84) and the Army team and Shawn Langdon (4.46) and the RedFuel team. With the winner being Shawn Langdon (3.83). This is Shawn’s first win of season. And it earns him a spot in the Traxxas Shootout.

Next we have Funny Car, and I’d like to congratulate John Force on becoming the newest member of the Legends of Thunder Valley at Bristol Dragway. He’s definitely earned it. As for the ladder, it looked like this; #1 Ron Capps (3.88) vs #16 Jim Campbell (6.99), #2 Del Worsham (3.88) vs #15 John Hale (6.58), #3 Robert Hight (3.89) vs #14 Jeff Diehl (5.47), #4 Matt Hagan (3.91) vs #13 Tim Wilkerson (4.23), #5 Courtney Force (3.93) vs #12 Dave Richards (4.19), #6 Tommy Johnson Jr (3.94) vs #11 Cruz Pedregon (4.16), #7 Chad Head (3.95) vs #10 Alexis DeJoria (3.99) and #8 John Force (3.95) vs #9 Jack Beckman (3.97). The winners and who they would face in the second round were Ron Capps (3.97) and Jack Beckman (3.97), Matt Hagan (3.94) and Courtney Force (3.98), Del Worsham (3.96) and Alexis DeJoria (4.02) and Robert Hight (4.00) and Tommy Johnson Jr (3.98). The semifinals were Ron Capps (3.99) vs Matt Hagan (4.04) and Alexis DeJoria (4.01) vs Tommy Johnson Jr (3.99). The finals featured another all DSR matchup with Matt Hagan (5.19) and the Rocky Boots team and Tommy Johnson Jr (4.03) and the Make-A-Wish team. With the winner being Tommy Johnson Jr (4.03). This is TJ’s first win of the year earning him a spot in the Traxxas Shootout and making this another DSR double up.

And finally we have Pro Stock, where with 14 cars, the ladder looked like this; #1 Jason Line (6.65) vs #14 Dave River (18.97), #2 Greg Anderson (6.67) vs #13 John Gaydosh Jr (6.80), #3 Bo Butner (6.68) vs #12 Jeg Coughlin (6.75), #4 Drew Skillman (6.69) vs #11 V Gaines (6.75), #5 Vincent Nobile (6.70) vs #10 Erica Enders (6.74), #6 Allen Johnson (6.70) vs #9 Alex Laughlin (6.74) and #7 Shane Gray (6.71) vs #8 Chris McGaha (6.71). The winners and who they would face in the second round were Jason Line (6.65), Drew Skillman (6.68) and Vincent Nobile (6.68), Greg Anderson (6.65) and Shane Gray (6.75) and Jeg Coughlin (6.71) and Allen Johnson (6.69). The semifinals were Jason Line (6.66) vs Drew Skillman (6.70) and Greg Anderson (6.66) vs Jeg Coughlin (6.74). The finals featured Jason Line (6.68) and the Summit Racing Equipment team and Greg Anderson (6.69) and the Summit Racing Equipment team. With the winner being Jason Line (6.66). This is Jason’s 6th win making it Jason: 6 and Greg: 5. This also increases the massive point lead Jason has. Over his second place teammate Greg Anderson it’s 93 points which isn’t catastrophic for Greg, but over 10th place Alex Laughlin it’s 818 points. Huge lead.

The next race will be the Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals, June 23-26 in Norwalk, Ohio.

Also, for all the Australians out there Fox Sports Australia will now be televising the NHRA races.

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


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