Racing in North Carolina

Hi everyone,

This week’s race took us to Charlotte, North Carolina for the NHRA Carolina Nationals. The first race of the Countdown, and what a good race it was.

Starting off, we have Top Fuel, where the ladder looked like this; #1 Doug Kalitta (3.72) vs #16 Ike Maier (3.98), #2 Brittany Force (3.72) vs #15 Chris Karamesines (3.98), #3 Tony Schumacher (3.73) vs #14 Cameron Ferre (3.93), #4 Steve Torrence (3.73) vs #13 Scott Palmer (3.92), #5 Shawn Langdon (3.74) vs #12 Wayne Newby (3.80), #6 JR Todd (3.74) vs #11 Pat Dakin (3.79), #7 Antron Brown (3.74) vs #10 Clay Millican (3.76) and #8 Richie Crampton (3.74) can #9 Leah Prichett (3.76). The winners and who they would face in the second round were Doug Kalitta (3.76) and Leah Prichett (3.84), Steve Torrence (4.41) and Wayne Newby (3.98), Brittany Force (3.75) and Antron Brown (3.76) and Cameron Ferre (4.13) and Pat Dakin (3.81). The semifinals were Doug Kalitta (3.81) vs Wayne Newby (3.84) and Antron Brown (3.79) vs Pat Dakin (5.32). The finals featured Doug Kalitta (3.87) and the Mac Tools team and Antron Brown (3.87) and the Matco Tools team. With the winner being Antron Brown (3.76). This is Antron’s first win of the Countdown and fifth of the season.

Next we have Funny Car, where the ladder looked like this; #1 Tommy Johnson Jr (3.87) vs #16 Bob Gilbertson (6.59), #2 Ron Capps (3.87) vs #15 John Hale (6.01), #3 John Force (3.88) vs #14 Dave Richards (4.11), #4 Alexis DeJoria (3.88) vs #13 John Bojec (4.01), #5 Jack Beckman (3.90) vs #12 Del Worsham (3.96), #6 Tim Wilkerson (3.91) vs #11 Chad Head (3.95), #7 Robert Hight (3.91) vs #10 Cruz Pedregon (3.94), and #8 Courtney Force (3.93) vs #9 Matt Hagan (3.94). The winners and who they would face in the second round were Tommy Johnson Jr (5.33) and Matt Hagan (3.97), John Bojec (4.05) and Del Worsham (3.97), Ron Capps (3.97) and Robert Hight (3.91) and John Force (3.96) and Tim Wilkerson (4.02). The semifinals were Tommy Johnson Jr (3.97) vs Del Worsham (4.04) and Ron Capps (3.98) vs John Force (4.01). The finals featured Tommy Johnson Jr (3.94) and the Make-A-Wish team and John Force (3.95) and the Peak Antifreeze team. With the winner being John Force (3.94). This is John’a first win of the Countdown and third of the season.

Moving on, we have Pro Stock, where the ladder looked like this; #1 Greg Anderson (6.57) vs #16 Alan Prusiensky (6.75), #2 Jason Line (6.58) vs #15 Shane Tucker (6.73), #3 Vincent Nobile (6.59) vs #14 Curt Steinbach (6.72), #4 Shane Gray (6.59) vs #13 John Gaydosh Jr (6.69), #5 Alex Laughlin (6.59) vs #12 Kenny Delco (6.65), #6 Allen Johnson (6.60) vs #11 Jeg Coughlin (6.65), #7 Bo Butner (6.60) vs #10 Matt Hartford (6.64), and #8 Drew Skillman (6.61) vs #9 Chris McGaha (6.64). The winners and who they would face in the second round were Greg Anderson (6.64) and Chris McGaha (6.68), Shane Gray (6.62) and Alex Laughlin (6.65), Jason Line (6.63) and Bo Butner (6.64) and Vincent Nobile (6.63) and Jeg Coughlin (6.68). The semifinals were Greg Anderson (6.66) vs Alex Laughlin (6.68) and Jason Line (6.64) vs Vincent Nobile (6.66). The finals featured Greg Anderson (6.67) and the Summit Racing Equipment team and Jason Line (6.63) and the Summit Racing Equipment team. With the winner being Jason Line (6.62). This is Jason’a first win of the Countdown and ninth of the season making it Jason: 9 and Greg: 7.

And finally ,we have Pro Stock Motorcycle, where the ladder looked like this; #1 Angelle Sampey (6.81) vs #16 Mark Paquette (6.99), #2 Eddie Krawic (6.84) vs #15 Karen Stoffer (6.97), #3 Jerry Savoie (6.85) vs #14 Steve Johnson (6.96), #4 Chip Ellis (6.85) vs #13 Shawn Gann (6.96), #5 LE Tonglet (6.86) vs #12 Cory Reed (6.91), #6 Andrew Hines (6.86) vs #11 Melissa Surber (6.90), #7 Jim Underdahl (6.87) vs #10 Matt Smith (6.87) and #8 Hector Arana Jr (6.87) vs #9 Hector Arana (6.87). The winners and who they would face in the second round were Angelle Sampey (10.04) and Hector Arana Jr (6.90), Chip Ellis (6.87) and LE Tonglet (6.88), Karen Stoffer (6.93) and Jim Underdahl (6.92) and Steve Johnson (6.92) and Andrew Hines (6.97). The semifinals were Angelle Sampey (6.89) vs Chip Ellis (6.90) and Jim Underdahl (6.95) vs Andrew Hines (6.92). The finals featured Chip Ellis (6.89) and the PiranaZ/Pippin Motorsports team and Andrew Hines (6.95) and the Vance and Hines Harley Davidson team. With the winner being Chip Ellis (6.87). This is Chip’s first win of the Countdown, first of the season and first win since 2008. So big congratulations to him and his team.

News broke today that Cory Reed and Angelle Sampey are starting their own team. I don’t have all of the details, but you can find them on NHRA.com.

The next race will be number two in the Countdown, and will be the AAA Insurance NHRA Midwest Nationals September 23-25, in St Louis, Missouri.

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

-K

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