Racing in Texas

Hi everyone,

This weeks race took us to Dallas, Texas for the AAA Texas NHRA Fall Nationals and race number four of the Countdown. The big news of the weekend came out of the Kalitta Motorsports camp when they announced that in 2017 they will have a third Top Fuel dragster driven by Troy Coughlin Jr, nephew of Pro Stock driver Jeg Coughlin. I know that it will be on a limited schedule, but it will definitely be exciting.

So back to this race, the Top Fuel ladder looked like this; #1 Antron Brown (3.68) vs #16 Chris Karamesines (4.21), #2 Leah Prichett (3.69) vs #15 Scott Palmer (3.92), #3 Tony Schumacher (3.70) vs #14 Kebin Kingsley (3.92), #4 JR Todd (3.72) vs #13 Troy Buff (3.91), #5 Brittany Force (3.72) vs #12 Terry McMillen (3.83), #6 Shawn Langdon (3.72) vs #11 Larry Dixon (3.76), #7 Steve Torrence (3.73) vs #10 Clay Millican and #8 Richie Crampton (3.74) vs #9 Doug Kalitta (3.74). The winners and who they would face in the second round were Antron Brown (3.70) and Doug Kalitta (3.71), JR Todd (3.72) and Brittany Force (3.72), Leah Prichett (3.95) and Steve Torrence (3.71) and Tony Schumacher (3.72) and Shawn Langdon (3.72). The semifinals were Antron Brown (3.72) vs JR Todd (3.72) and Steve Torrence (3.73) vs Shawn Langdon (3.75). The finals featured Antron Brown (3.73) and the Matco Tools team and Steve Torrence (3.73) and the Capco team. With the winner being Antron Brown (3.74). This is Antron’s third win of the Countdown and seventh of the season.

Next we have Funny Car, where the ladder looked like this; #1 Robert Hight (3.83) vs #16 Brandon Welch (5.04), #2 Jack Beckman (3.84) vs #15 Dave Richards (4.03), #3 Tommy Johnson Jr (3.84) vs #14 John Hale (4.03), #4 Matt Hagan (3.85) vs #13 John Bojec (3.98), #5 Courtney Force (3.85) vs #12 Cruz Pedregon (3.95), #6 Del Worsham (3.85) vs #11 Chad Head (3.92), #7 Ron Capps (3.86) vs #10 Tim Wilkerson (3.91) and #8 John Force (3.86) vs #9 Alexis DeJoria (3.91). The winners and who they would face in the second round were Robert Hight (3.86) and Alexis DeJoria (3.92), Matt Hagan (3.88) and Courtney Force (3.89), Jack Beckman (3.90) and Ron Capps (3.85), and Tommy Johnson Jr (3.93) and Del Worsham (3.90). The semifinals were Robert Hight (3.88) vs Matt Hagan (3.89) and Ron Capps (3.96) vs Del Worsham (3.90). The finals featured Matt Hagan (3.89) and this weekend the Pennzoil team and Ron Capps (3.90) and the NAPA Auto Parts team. With the winner being Matt Hagan (3.91). This is Matt’s first win of the Countdown and fourth win of the season. Making another DSR double up.

Moving on, we have Pro Stock, where the ladder looked like this; #1 Jason Line (6.56) vs #16 Alan Prusiensky (6.77), #2 Greg Anderson (6.57) vs #15 Erica Enders (6.74), #3 Alex Laughlin (6.58) vs #14 Jeg Coughlin (6.68), #4 Shane Gray (6.59) vs #13 Aaron Strong (6.68), #5 Bo Butner (6.59) vs #12 Deric Kramer (6.64), #6 Vincent Nobile (6.59) vs #11 Shane Tucker (6.64), #7 Allen Johnson (6.61) vs #10 Kenny Delco (6.63) and #8 Chris McGaha (6.61) vs #9 Drew Skillman (6.61). The winners and who they would face in the second round were Jason Line (6.60) and Drew Skillman (6.63), Shane Gray (6.60) and Bo Butner (6.62), Greg Anderson (6.60) and Allen Johnson (6.64) and Alex Laughlin (6.62) and Shane Tucker (6.67). The semifinals were Drew Skillman (6.64) vs Shane Gray (6.62) and Greg Anderson (6.62) vs Alex Laughlin (6.66). The finals featured Drew Skillman (6.67) and the Ray Skillman Chevrolet team and Alex Laughlin (6.63) and the Gas Monkey Energy team. With the winner being Drew Skillman (6.66). This is Drew’s first win of the Countdown and second win of the season.

And finally we have Pro Stock Motorcycle, where the ladder looked like this; #1 Jerry Savoie (6.80) vs #16 Joe DeSantis (6.96), #2 Andrew Hines (6.81) vs #15 Joey Gladstone (6.94), #3 Eddie Krawic (6.82) vs #14 Karen Stoffer (6.93), #4 Angelle Sampey (6.85) vs #13 Shawn Gann (6.91), #5 Chip Ellis (6.86) vs #12 Melissa Surber (6.91), #6 Hector Arana Jr (6.86) vs #11 Hector Arana (6.90), #7 LE Tonglet (6.86) vs #10 Steve Johnson (6.88) and #8 Cory Reed (6.87) vs #9 Matt Smith (6.87). The winners and who they would face in the second round were Jerry Savoie (6.85) and Matt Smith (6.89), Angelle Sampey (6.89) and Chip Ellis (7.16), Andrew Hines (6.81) and LE Tonglet (6.84), and Eddie Krawic (6.84) and Hector Arana (6.87). The semifinals were Jerry Savoie (6.85) vs Angelle Sampey (6.92) and LE Tonglet (6.87) vs Eddie Krawic (6.87). The finals featured Jerry Savoie (6.89) and the White Alligator Racing team and Eddie Krawic (6.90) and the Vance and Hines Harley Davidson team. With the winner being Eddie Krawic (6.88). This is Eddie’s second win of the Countdown and fifth win of the season.

The next race will be the NHRA Toyota Nationals, October 27-30 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

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

-K

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