Racing in Pennsylvania

Hi everyone,

This week’s race took us to Reading, Pennsylvania for the Dodge NHRA Nationals. It didn’t go exactly as planned.  It rained all day Friday, and there was one session of qualifying on Saturday for three classes, Top Fuel got one or two pairs to run q2, but that was it.

So, getting into it and starting off, we have Top Fuel where the ladder looked like this; #1 Leah Prichett (3.70) vs #16 Shawn Reed (6.83), #2 Antron Brown (3.73) vs #15 JR Todd (5.58), #3 Shawn Langdon (3.73) vs #14 Smax Smith (5.47), #4 Doug Kalitta (3.75) vs #13 Ike Maier (5.14), #5 Larry Dixon (3.79) vs #12 Brittany Force (4.67), #6 Dom Lagana (3.81) vs #11 Richie Crampton (4.16), #7 Scott Palmer (3.93) vs #10 Clay Millican (4.06) and #8 Steve Torrence (3.95) vs #9 Tony Schumacher (3.99). The winners and who they would face in the second round were Leah Prichett (3.72) and Steve Torrence (3.69), Doug Kalitta (3.79) and Brittany Force (3.72), Antron Brown (3.71) and Clay Millican (3.74) and Shawn Langdon (3.71) and Don Lagana (3.77). The semifinals were Leah Prichett (3.70) vs Brittany Force (17.36) and Antron Brown (3.68) vs Shawn Langdon (3.73). The finals featured Brittany Force (3.73) and the Monster Energy team and Antron Brown (6.02) and the Matco Tools team. With the winner being Antron Brown (3.72). This is Antron’s second win of the Countdown and sixth of the season.

Next up we have Funny Car, where the ladder looked like this; #1 Matt Hagan (3.87), congrats to Matt and his wife Rachel, who just had a baby boy :). And he would face #16 Jim Campbell (15.00), #2 Tommy Johnson Jr (3.89) vs #15 Cruz Pedregon (12.52), #3 Del Worsham (3.90) vs #14 John Force (12.18), #4 Ron Capps (4.19) vs #13 Alexis DeJoria (12.15), #5 Robert Hight (4.69) vs #12 Tim Wilkerson (11.10), #6 Chad Head (6.62) vs #11 Jack Beckman (9.99), #7 Mike Smith (7.56) vs #10 John Hale (8.61) and #8 Courtney Force (8.04) vs #9 John Bojec (8.42). The winners and who they would face in the second round were Matt Hagan (4.11) and John Bojec (4.09), Ron Capps (4.14) and Tim Wilkerson (5.36), Tommy Johnson Jr (3.90) and Mike Smith (4.69) and Del Worsham (5.02) and Jack Beckman (3.87). The semifinals were Matt Hagan (3.86) vs Ron Capps (3.89) and Tommy Johnson Jr (4.02) vs Jack Beckman (3.85). The finals featured Ron Capps (3.89) and the NAPA Auto Parts team and Tommy Johnson Jr (3.89) and the Make-A-Wish team. With the winner being Tommy Johnson Jr (3.89). This is Tommy’s first win of the Countdown and second of the season. This also makes 8 DSR double ups. Which, per the DSR Twitter account (@shoeracing), is the most they’ve ever had, giving them 290 total wins as an organization. So congrats to them.

Moving on we have Pro Stock, where the ladder looked like this; #1 Vincent Nobile (6.55) vs #16 Drew Skillman (17.89), #2 Jason Line (6.57) vs #15 Val Smeland (12.90), #3 Greg Anderson (6.58) vs #14 Jeg Coughlin (7.14), #4 Shane Gray (6.58) vs #13 Alex Laughlin (6.95), #5 Chris McGaha (6.58) vs #12 Kenny Delco (6.85), #6 Matt Hartford (6.58) vs #11 John Gaydosh Jr (6.70), #7 Allen Johnson (6.59) vs #10 Alan Prusiensky (6.67) and #8 Bo Butner (6.60) vs #9 Erica Enders (6.64). The winners and who they would face in the second round were Vincent Nobile (6.56) and Erica Enders (6.64), Shane Gray (6.59) and Chris McGaha (6.60), Jason Line (6.55) and Alan Prusiensky (6.68) and Greg Anderson (6.57) and John Gaydosh Jr (6.69). The semifinals were Vincent Nobile (6.60) vs Shane Gray (6.59) and Jason Line (6.57) vs Greg Anderson (6.57). The finals featured Vincent Nobile (6.58) and the Mountain View Tire team and Greg Anderson (6.57) and the Summit Racing Equipment team. With the winner being Vincent Nobile (6.57). This is Vincent’a first win of the Countdown and first win of the season.

And finally we have Pro Stock Motorcycle, where the ladder looked like this; #1 Andrew Hines (6.78) vs #16 Chip Ellis, #2 Eddie Krawic (6.81) vs #15 Angelle Sampey (9.98), #3 LE Tonglet (6.82) vs #14 Joey Gladstone (7.43), #4 Melissa Surber (6.87) vs #13 Cory Reed (7.28), #5 Hector Arana Jr (6.88) vs #12 Hector Arana (7.17), #6 Matt Smith (6.90) vs #11 Angie Smith (7.08), #7 Karen Stoffer (6.92) vs #10 John Hall (7.01), and #8 Jerry Savoie (6.95) vs #9 Scotty Pollacheck (6.97). The winners and who they would face in the second round were Andrew Hines (6.77) and Jerry Savoie (6.91), Cory Reed (6.86) and Hector Arana (6.92), Eddie Krawic (6.76) and Karen Stoffer (6.95) and LE Tonglet (6.84) and Matt Smith (6.87). The semifinals were Andrew Hines (6.79) vs Cory Reed (6.91) and Eddie Krawic (6.77) vs LE Tonglet (6.83). The finals featured Cory Reed (6.90) and the Star Racing team and Eddie Krawic (6.78) and the Vance and Hines Harley Davidson team. With the winner being Eddie Krawic (6.81). This is Eddie’s first win of the Countdown and fourth win of the season.

The next race will be the AAA Texas NHRA Fall Nationals, October 13-16 in Dallas, Texas.

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

-K

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