We’re back! A new racing season has started and I’m so excited to be writing about it again. This weeks race took us to Pomona, California for the Circle K NHRA Winternationals. So before we get into it, there are some big off-season changes I want to mention. In the Kalitta camp, Del Worsham left to go back to his family team, Troy Coughlin Jr came to drive the SealMaster Top Fuel Dragster, and JR Todd is now driving the DHL Funny Car. And in the Pro Stock ranks, Tanner Gray, son of Shane Gray, is now driving the main Gray Motorsports Pro Stock Car.
Starting off with Top Fuel and with 15 cars, the ladder looked like this; #1 Leah Pritchett (3.67), personal best, #2 Doug Kalitta (3.68) vs #15 Steve Faria (8.89), #3 Antron Brown (3.69) vs #14 Steve Chrisman (6.58), #4 Brittany Force (3.70) vs #13 Terry Haddock (5.43), #5 Tony Schumacher (3.71) vs #12 Scott Palmer (3.84), #6 Troy Coughlin Jr (3.73) vs #11 Shawn Reed (3.81), #7 Terry McMillen (3.73), I honestly think that Rob Wendland and the Amalie team have found something, so watch out for them this season, vs #10 Clay Millican (3.81) and #8 Steve Torrence (3.74) vs #9 Troy Buff (3.79). The winners and who they would face in the second round were Leah Pritchett (3.70) and Steve Torrence (3.75), Brittany Force (3.72) and Tony Schumacher (3.70), Doug Kalitta (3.69) and Terry McMillen (3.75) and Antron Brown (3.74) and Troy Coughlin Jr (3.72). The semifinals were Leah Pritchett (3.70) vs Tony Schumacher (3.69) and Doug Kalitta (3.68) vs Antron Brown (3.73). The finals featured Leah Pritchett (3.68) and the Papa John’s team and Doug Kalitta (3.68) and the MAC Tools team. With the winner being Leah Pritchett (3.71). This win gives Leah the first spot in the Traxxas Shootout.
Moving on, we have Funny Car, where the ladder looked like this; #1 Matt Hagan (3.82), who tied his own national record on both ends, vs #16 Jeff Diego (4.56), #2 John Force (3.84) vs #15 Phil Burkart Jr (4.47), #3 Courtney Force (3.84) vs #14 Jim Campbell (4.45), #4 Ron Capps (3.85) vs #13 Bob Bode (4.14), #5 Robert Hight (3.85) vs #12 Del Worsham (3.94), #6 Tim Wilkerson (3.85) vs #11 JR Todd (3.93), #7 Alexis DeJoria (3.87) vs #10 Tommy Johnson Jr (3.93) and #8 Jack Beckman (3.89) vs #9 Cruz Pedregon (3.90). The winners and who they would face in the second round were Matt Hagan (3.88) and Jack Beckman (3.86), Ron Capps (3.88) and Del Worsham (4.00), John Force (3.89) and Tommy Johnson Jr (3.93) and Courtney Force (6.61) and JR Todd (3.90). The semifinals were Matt Hagan (3.88) vs Ron Capps (3.89) and John Force (3.88) vs Courtney Force (3.89). The finals featured Matt Hagan (4.29), after a red light from Ron Capps, and Matt himself almost crossing the centerline, and the MOPAR team and Courtney Force (3.87) and the Advanced Auto Parts team. With the winner being Matt Hagan (3.87). This gives Matt the first spot in the Traxxas Shootout.
And finally we have Pro Stock, where the ladder looked like this; #1 Jason Line (6.52) vs #16 Val Smeland (6.84), #2 Greg Anderson (6.53) vs #15 Kenny Delco (6.64), #3 Vincent Nobile (6.54) vs #14 Alan Prusiensky (6.63), #4 Shane Gray (6.54) vs #13 Allen Johnson (6.62), #5 Bo Butner (6.55) vs #12 Drew Skillman (6.61), #6 Erica Enders (6.55) vs #11 Matt Hartford (6.59), #7 Jeg Coughlin (6.55) vs #10 Deric Kramer (6.59) and #8 Chris McGaha (6.57) vs #9 Tanner Gray (6.57). The winners and who they would face in the second round were Jason Line (6.53) and Tanner Gray (6.58), Shane Gray (6.57) and Bo Butner (6.55), Greg Anderson (6.54) and Jeg Coughlin (6.57) and Vincent Nobile (6.55) and Erica Enders (6.56). The semifinals were Jason Line (6.55) vs Bo Butner (6.57) and Greg Anderson (6.56) vs Erica Enders (6.58). The finals featured Jason Line (6.55) and the Summit Racing Equipment team and Greg Anderson (6.57) and the Summit Racing Equipment team. With the winner being Jason Line (6.56).
The next race will be the NHRA Arizona Nationals, February 24-26 in Phoenix, Arizona.
Until next time, congrats to all the winners and I can’t wait for the next race :).
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