Racing in St. Louis

Hi everyone,

This week’s race took us to St. Louis, Missouri for the AAA Insurance NHRA Midwest Nationals, race number two of the Countdown and what an exciting race it was.

Starting off with Top Fuel, the ladder looked like this; #1 Richie Crampton (3.73) vs #16 Kebin Kinsley (4.00), #2 Tony Schumacher (3.74) vs #15 Chris Karamesines (3.97), #3 JR Todd (3.75) vs #14 Kyle Wurtzel (3.89), #4 Doug Kalitta (3.75) vs #13 Terry McMillen (3.89), #5 Shawn Langdon (3.76) vs #12 Antron Brown (3.80), #6 Steve Torrence (3.76) vs #11 Pat Dakin (3.80), #7 Leah Prichett (3.77) vs #10 Wayne Newby (3.80), and #8 Brittany Force (3.77) vs #9 Clay Millican (3.79). The winners and who they would face in the second round were Richie Crampton (3.81) and Brittany Force (3.75), Doug Kalitta (3.75) and Shawn Langdon (3.77), Tony Schumacher (3.78) and Leah Prichett (4.00) and JR Todd (3.81) and Pat Dakin (3.77). The semifinals were Richie Crampton (3.78) vs Shawn Langdon (3.78) and Tony Schumacher (3.76) vs JR Todd (3.79). The finals featured Shawn Langdon (3.78) and the Sandvik Coromant team and Tony Schumacher (3.75) and the US Army team. With the winner being Shawn Langdon (3.79). This is Shawn’s first win of the Countdown and third win of the season.

Next we have Funny Car, where the ladder looked like this; #1 Robert Hight (3.89) vs #16 John Hale (4.15), #2 Jack Beckman (3.90) vs #15 Dale Creasy Jr (4.11), #3 Ron Capps (3.91) vs #14 John Bojec (4.03), #4 Tim Wilkerson (3.91) vs #13 Brian Stewart (4.00), #5 Matt Hagan (3.91) vs #12 Cruz Pedregon (4.00), #6 Courtney Force (3.91) vs #11 Chad Head (3.99), #7 Del Worsham (3.92) vs #10 John Force (3.95), and #8 Tommy Johnson Jr (3.94) vs #9 Alexis DeJoria (3.94). The winners and who they would face in the second round were Robert Hight (3.90) and Tommy Johnson Jr (3.94), Tim Wilkerson (3.98) and Matt Hagan (3.93), Jack Beckman (4.04) and John Force (3.95) and Ron Capps (3.94) and Courtney Force (3.95). The semifinals were Tommy Johnson Jr (3.93) vs Tim Wilkerson (3.92) and Jack Beckman (3.97) vs Ron Capps (3.97). The finals featured Tommy Johnson Jr (3.93) and the Make-A-Wish team and Jack Beckman (3.95) and the Infinite Hero team. With the winner being Jack Beckman (3.92). This is Jack’s first win of the Countdown and second win of the season.

Moving on we have Pro Stock, where the ladder looked like this; #1 Shane Gray (6.60) vs #16 Dave River (6.90), #2 Bo Butner (6.60) vs #15 Mark Hogan (6.79), #3 Greg Anderson (6.60) vs #14 Alan Prusiensky (6.75), #4 Vincent Nobile (6.60) vs #13 Deric Kramer (6.67), #5 Alex Laughlin (6.61) vs #12 Aaron Strong (6.67), #6 Jason Line (6.61) vs #11 Erica Enders (6.66), #7 Chris McGaha (6.62) vs #10 Jeg Coughlin (6.64) and #8 Drew Skillman (6.62) vs #9 Allen Johnson (6.62). The winners and who they would face in the second round were Shane Gray (6.61) and Drew Skillman (6.64), Vincent Nobile (6.63) and Alex Laughlin (6.64), Bo Butner (6.62) and Chris McGaha (6.63) and Greg Anderson (6.62) and Jason Line (6.60). The semifinals were Shane Gray (6.62) vs Alex Laughlin (6.64) and Bo Butner (6.65) vs Jason Line (6.63). The finals featured Alex Laughlin (6.63) and the Gas Monkey Energy team and Bo Butner (6.67) and the Jim Butner Auto team. With the winner being Alex Laughlin (6.61). This is Alex’a first win of the Countdown, first win of the season, and first career win. So congrats to him and his team.

And finally we have Pro Stock Motorcycle, where the ladder looked like this; #1 Eddie Krawic (6.81) vs #16 Joe DeSantis (7.27), #2 Angelle Sampey (6.83) vs #15 Angie Smith (6.96), #3 Chip Ellis (6.85) vs #14 Jim Underdahl (6.95), #4 Jerry Savoie (6.85) vs #13 Steve Johnson (6.92), #5 Matt Smith (6.86) vs #12 Melissa Surber (6.91), #6 Andrew Hines (6.86) vs #11 Hector Arana Jr (6.91), #7 Hector Arana (6.88) vs #10 Karen Stoffer (6.90) and #8 Cory Reed (6.88) vs #9 LE Tonglet (6.89). The winners and who they would face in the second round were Eddie Krawic (6.89) and Cory Reed (6.87), Jerry Savoie (6.88) and Matt Smith (6.94), Angelle Sampey (6.87) and Hector Arana (6.94) and Chip Ellis (6.89) and Andrew Hines (6.91). The semifinals were Cory Reed (6.92) vs Jerry Savoie (6.88) and Angelle Sampey (6.88) vs Chip Ellis (6.89). The finals featured Jerry Savoie (6.92) and the White Alligator Racing team and Angelle Sampey (6.87) and the Star Racing team. With the winner being Jerry Savoie (6.93). This is Jerry’a first win of the Countdown and first win of the season.

The next race will be the Dodge NHRA Nationals, September 29- October 2, in Reading, Pennsylvania.

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

-K

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