Racing in Las Vegas

Hi everyone,

This weeks race took us to Las Vegas, Nevada for the NHRA Toyota Nationals. But before we get into that, everyone go and tweet Antron Brown congratulations because he is the 2016 Top Fuel Champion! Antron is now a three-time champion, 2012, 2015, and 2016. He’s had a really solid season and the entire Matco Tools team has done an incredible job.

Now back to it, we have Top Fuel, where the ladder looked like this; #1 Clay Millican vs #16 Terry Haddock (4.00), #2 Leah Prichett (3.70) vs #15 Shawn Reed (3.95), #3 Doug Kalitta (3.70) vs #14 Scott Palmer (3.95), #4 Antron Brown (3.72) vs #13 Terry McMillen (3.92), #5 Tony Schumacher (3.72) vs #12 Wayne Newby (3.81), #6 Steve Torrence (3.72) vs #11 Richie Crampton (3.77), #7 Brittany Force (3.72) vs #10 Tripp Tatum (3.77) and #8 Shawn Langdon (3.74) vs #9 JR Todd (3.75). The winners and who they would face in the second round were Clay Millican (3.75) and JR Todd (3.75), Antron Brown (3.76) and Wayne Newby (3.83), Leah Prichett (3.74) and Brittany Force (3.77) and Doug Kalitta (3.97) and Steve Torrence (3.73). The semifinals were JR Todd (3.70) vs Antron Brown (3.77) and Leah Prichett (3.81) vs Steve Torrence (3.73). The finals featured JR Todd (3.71) and the SealMaster team and Steve Torrence (3.74) and the Capco team. With the winner being Steve Torrence (3.73). This is Steve’s first win of the Countdown and third win of the season.

Next we have Funny Car, where the ladder looked like this; #1 Jack Beckman (3.87) vs #16 Jeff Arend (4.04), #2 Matt Hagan (3.87) vs #15 John Hale (4.03), #3 John Force (3.87) vs #14 John Bojec (3.99), #4 Ron Capps (3.88) vs #13 Paul Lee (3.98), #5 Robert Hight (3.88) vs #12 Cruz Pedregon (3.95), I highly suggest going to the NHRA’s YouTube channel and looking at Cruz Pedregon’s first round race because he did the most insane wheelstand I’ve ever seen. That caused him to bend the chassis and he couldn’t compete in the second round. #6 Tim Wilkerson (3.88) vs #11 Chad Head (3.92), #7 Del Worsham (3.89) vs #10 Tommy Johnson Jr (3.91) and #8 Courtney Force (3.90) vs #9 Alexis DeJoria (3.90). Alexis had a crash in Q4 so she withdrew from the race and decided to regroup and focus on the last race of the season. The winners and who they would face in the second round were Jack Beckman (3.89) and Courtney Force (3.88), Ron Capps (3.91), Matt Hagan (3.91) and Del Worsham (3.92) and John Force (3.90) and Chad Head (4.75). The semifinals were Courtney Force (3.88) vs Ron Capps (3.92) and Matt Hagan (3.88) vs John Force (3.91). The finals featured Courtney Force (3.88) and the Traxxas team and John Force (3.92) and the Peak Antifreeze team. With the winner being John Force (3.88). This is John’s second win of the Countdown and fourth win of the season.

Moving on we have Pro Stock where the ladder looked like this; #1 Greg Anderson (6.67) vs #16 Aaron Strong (6.75), #2 Drew Skillman (6.67) vs #15 Shane Tucker (6.74), #3 Alex Laughlin (6.68) vs #14 Jeg Coughlin (6.73), #4 Shane Gray (6.68) vs #13 Deric Kramer (6.73), #5 Bo Butner (6.68) vs #12 Kenny Delco (6.73), #6 Jason Line (6.69) vs #11 Allen Johnson (6.73), #7 Vincent Nobile (6.69) vs #10 Matt Hartford (6.72) and #8 Chris McGaha (6.71) vs #9 Erica Enders (6.71). The winners and who they would face in the second round were Greg Anderson (6.67) and Chris McGaha (6.71), Shane Gray (6.69) and Bo Butner (6.68), Drew Skillman (6.70) and Vincent Nobile (7.40) and Alex Laughlin (6.70) and Jason Line (6.67). The semifinals were Greg Anderson (6.69) vs Shane Gray (6.70) and Drew Skillman (6.70) vs Jason Line (6.69). The finals featured Shane Gray (6.71) and the Gray Motorsports team and Drew Skillman (6.71) and the Ray Skillman Chevrolet team. With the winner being Shane Gray (6.71). This is Shane’s 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 Jerry Savoie (6.88) vs #16 Scotty Pollacheck (7.03), #2 Eddie Krawic (6.93) vs #15 Melissa Surber (7.01), #3 Andrew Hines (6.94) vs #14 Joey Gladstone (7.01), #4 Matt Smith (6.96) vs #13 Chip Ellis (7.00), #5 Angelle Sampey (6.96) vs #12 Cory Reed (7.00), #6 Hector Arana (6.97) vs #11 Angie Smith (7.00), #7 Hector Arana Jr (6.97) vs #10 Karen Stoffer (6.99) and #8 Steve Johnson (6.98) vs #9 LE Tonglet (6.98). The winners and who they would face in the second round were Jerry Savoie (6.90) and LE Tonglet (6.98), Matt Smith (6.96) and Cory Reed (6.99), Eddie Krawic (6.93) and Hector Arana Jr (6.99), and Andrew Hines (6.96) and Angie Smith (7.05). The semifinals were Jerry Savoie (6.95) vs Matt Smith (6.99) and Eddie Krawic (6.94) vs Andrew Hines (6.98). The finals featured Jerry Savoie (6.91) and the White Alligator Racing team and Andrew Hines (6.96) and the Vance and Hines Harley Davidson team. With the winner being Jerry Savoie (6.91). This is Jerry’s second win of the Countdown and second win of the season.

Important notes: Heading into the last race Ron Capps has an 86 point lead over second place Matt Hagan, Jason Line has a 19 point lead over second place Greg Anderson, and Andrew Hines and Eddie Krawic are tied for the lead with Jerry Savoie 3 points behind in third.

Also in 2017 Shane Gray will give the reigns to his son Tanner. And Jerry Savoie and LE Tonglet in 2017 will be forming their own two bike team.

The next race will be the Auto Club NHRA Finals November 10-13 in Pomona, California.

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

-K

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