Racing in Illinois

Hi everyone,

This week’s race took us to Chicago, Illinois for the K&N Filters Route 66 NHRA Nationals and what a good race it was. Before I get into it I want to talk about V Gaines. He decided to retire, which came as a surprise, but it’s definitely understandable. And if you’re not having fun anymore, then what’s the point in doing it. But either way, he’ll be missed.

So, starting off with Top Fuel, the ladder looked like this; #1 Brittany Force (3.69) vs #16 Chris Karamesines (4.68), #2 Steve Torrence (3.73) vs #15 Luigi Novelli (4.43), #3 Doug Kalitta (3.73) vs #14 Kyle Wurtzel (3.99), #4 Antron Brown (3.73) vs #13 Clay Millican (3.97), #5 Shawn Langdon (3.73) vs #12 Terry McMillen (3.94), #6 Tony Schumacher (3.74) vs #12 Pat Dakin (3.82), #7 JR Todd (3.74) vs #10 TJ Zizzo (3.80), and #8 Richie Crampton (3.75) vs #9 Leah Prichett (3.76). The winners and who they would face in the second round were Brittany Force (3.78) and Leah Prichett (3.77), Antron Brown (3.75) and Terry McMillen (4.69), Steve Torrence (3.78) and JR Todd (3.78) and Doug Kalitta (3.80) and Tony Schumacher (4.24). The semifinals were Leah Prichett (3.87) vs Antron Brown (3.78) and JR Todd (3.77) vs Tony Schumacher (3.78). The finals featured Antron Brown (3.76) and the Matco Tools team and JR Todd (3.78) and the SealMaster team. With the winner being Antron Brown (3.77). This is Antron’s third win of the season.

Next up we have Funny Car where I want to start off by congratulating Ron Capps on winning his 600th round of racing. I’d also like to point out that with 13 cars qualified in the 3’s this was the quickest field in funny car history. That being said, the ladder looked like this; #1 Matt Hagan (3.88) vs #16 Bob Bode (4.10), #2 Jack Beckman (3.88) vs #15 John Hale (4.07), #3 Alexis DeJoria (3.88) vs #14 Brian Stewart (4.05), #4 Ron Capps (3.88) vs #13 John Force (3.97), #5 Tim Wilkerson (3.89) vs #12 Bob Tasca the third (3.97), #6 Robert Hight (3.89) vs #11 Cruz Pedregon (3.96), #7 Courtney Force (3.89) vs #10 Del Worsham (3.93) and #8 Tommy Johnson Jr (3.91) vs #9 Chad Head (3.92). The winners and who they would face in the second round were Matt Hagan (3.91) and Tommy Johnson Jr (3.97), Ron Capps (3.92) and Bob Tasca the third (3.99), Jack Beckman (3.92) and Courtney Force (3.95) and Alexis DeJoria (3.95) and Robert Hight (4.01). The semifinals were Matt Hagan (3.95) vs Ron Capps (3.94) and Jack Beckman (3.93) vs Robert Hight (3.91). The finals featured the DSR teammates Ron Capps (4.00) and the NAPA Auto Parts team and Jack Beckman (3.92) and the Infinite Hero team. With the winner being Jack Beckman (3.95). This is Jack’s first win of the season and the 4th DSR double up.

Moving on, we have Pro Stock. Where the ladder looked like this; #1 Shane Gray (6.57), this is the first time a non KB car has qualified #1. And he faced #16 Alan Prusiensky (8.87), #2 Bo Butner (6.59) vs #15 Kevin Lawrence (6.79), #3 Jason Line (6.59) vs #14 Mark Hogan (6.75), #4 Greg Anderson (6.61) vs #13 Dave River (6.73), #5 Allen Johnson (6.61) vs # 12 Kenny Delco (6.65), #6 Drew Skillman (6.61) vs #11 Jeg Coughlin (6.63), #7 Chris McGaha (6.62) vs #10 Alex Laughlin (6.62) and #8 Vincent Nobile (6.62) vs #9 Erica Enders (6.62). The winners and who they would face in the second round were Shane Gray (6.60) and Vincent Nobile (6.64), Greg Anderson (6.59) and Allen Johnson (6.64), Bo Butner (6.60) and Chris McGaha (6.62) and Jason Line (6.60) and Jeg Coughlin (6.64). The semifinals were Shane Gray (6.62) vs Greg Anderson (6.61) and Bo Butner (6.64) vs Jason Line (6.61). The finals featured Greg Anderson (6.63) and the Summit Racing Equipment team and Bo Butner (6.63) and the Jim Butner Auto team. With the winner being Greg Anderson (6.64). This is Greg’s sixth win of the season making it Jason: 7 Greg: 6.

And finally we have Pro Stock Motorcycle, where the ladder looked like this; #1 Matt Smith (6.84) vs #16 Michael Ray (6.96), #2 Eddie Krawic (6.84) vs #15 Michael Phillips (6.94), #3 Angelle Sampey (6.85) vs #14 Jim Underdahl (6.94)  #4 Steve Johnson (6.85) vs #13 Melissa Surber (6.93), #5 Jerry Savoie (6.85) vs #12 Karen Stoffer (6.92), #6 Le Tonglet (6.86) vs #11 Cory Reed (6.90), #7 Hector Arana (6.87) vs #10 Hector Arana JR (6.89) and #8 Andrew Hines (6.88) vs #9 Chip Ellis (6.88). The winners and who they would face in the second round were Michael Ray (6.90) and Andrew Hines (6.83), Steve Johnson (6.88) and Karen Stoffer (6.89), Eddie Krawic (6.87) and Hector Arana (6.88) and Angelle Sampey (6.86) and Cory Reed (6.88). The semifinals were Andrew Hines (6.88) vs Steve Johnson (6.90) and Eddie Krawic (6.88) vs Angelle Sampey (6.86). The finals featured Andrew Hines (6.87) and the Vance and Hines Harley Davidson team and Angelle Sampey (7.02) and the Star Racing team. With the winner being Andrew Hines (6.85). This is Andrew’s second win of the season.

The next race will be the Mopar Mile-High NHRA Nationals July 22-24 in Denver, Colorado.

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

-K

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