Racing in Arizona

Hi everyone,

This weeks race took us to Phoenix, Arizona for the NHRA Arizona Nationals. And what an exciting race it was.

Starting with Top Fuel, Leah Pritchett set the new national ET record with a 3.658. So with 15 cars this is what the ladder looked like; #1 Leah Pritchett (3.65), #2 Antron Brown (3.66) vs #15 Steve Chrisman (4.77), #3 Tony Schumacher (3.66) vs #14 Terry Haddock (4.29), #4 Steve Torrence (3.68) vs #13 Steve Faria (3.90), #5 Doug Kalitta (3.69) vs #12 Shawn Reed (3.83), #6 Troy Coughlin Jr (3.69) vs #11 Scott Palmer (3.83), #7 Brittany Force (3.70) vs #10 Terry McMillen (3.76) and #8 Clay Millican (3.71) vs #9 Troy Buff (3.76). The winners and who they would face in the second round were Leah Pritchett (3.69) and Clay Millican (3.73), Steve Torrence (3.71) and Shawn Reed (3.92), Antron Brown (3.71) and Brittany Force (3.67) and Tony Schumacher (3.68) and Scott Palmer (3.83). The semifinals were Leah Pritchett (3.69) vs Shawn Reed (3.82) and Brittany Force (3.70) vs Tony Schumacher (3.69). The finals featured Leah Pritchett (3.72) and the Papa John’s team and Brittany Force (3.70) and the Monster Energy team. A rematch of the Phoenix finals from last year. With the winner being Leah Pritchett (3.70), on a small hole shot. This is Leah’s second win of the year, this team is definitely on to something.

Moving on to Funny Car, the ladder looked like this; #1 Tommy Johnson Jr (3.83) vs #16 Phil Burkart (5.35), #2 Courtney Force (3.83) vs #15 Jim Campbell (4.95), #3 Ron Capps (3.83) vs #14 Jeff Arend (4.47), #4 Matt Hagan (3.83) vs #13 Cruz Pedregon (4.00), #5 Tim Wilkerson (3.85) vs #12 John Force (3.94), #6 Jack Beckman (3.86) vs #11 Gary Densham (3.93), #7 JR Todd (3.88) vs #10 Alexis DeJoria (3.92) and #8 Del Worsham (3.89) vs #9 Robert Hight (3.89). The winners and who they would face in the second round were Tommy Johnson Jr (3.89) and Robert Hight (4.69), Matt Hagan (3.83) and Tim Wilkerson (3.84), Jim Campbell (4.18) and JR Todd (3.88) and Ron Capps (3.88) and Gary Densham (6.71). The semifinals were Tommy Johnson Jr (3.87) vs Matt Hagan (3.88) and Jim Campbell (4.84) and Ron Capps (3.85). The finals featured Matt Hagan (3.86) and the Sandvik Coromant team and Ron Capps (3.88) and the NAPA Auto Parts team. With the winner being Matt Hagan (3.87). Making it not only a repeat of the nitro winners from Pomona, but another DSR double up.

And finally we have Pro Stock where Jason Line made the quickest run in the EFI era, 6.509. And with that being said the ladder looked like this; #1 Jason Line (6.50) vs #16 Val Smeland (8.53), #2 Greg Anderson (6.52) vs #15 Kenny Delco (6.60), #3 Tanner Gray (6.53) vs #14 Alan Prusiensky (6.59), #4 Vincent Nobile (6.54) vs #13 Matt Hartford (6.58), #5 Jeg Coughlin (6.54) vs #12 Allen Johnson (6.58), #6 Bo Butner (6.54) vs #11 Deric Kramer (6.58), #7 Shane Gray (6.54) vs #10 Erica Enders (6.55) and #8 Chris McGaha (6.55) vs #9 Drew Skillman (6.55). The winners and who they would face in the second round were Jason Line (6.54) and Drew Skillman (6.55), Vincent Nobile (6.56) and Jeg Coughlin (6.53), Greg Anderson (6.54) and Shane Gray (6.55) and Tanner Gray (6.57) and Bo Butner (6.55). The semifinals were Drew Skillman (6.57) vs Jeg Coughlin (6.56) and Greg Anderson (6.55) vs Tanner Gray (6.57). The finals featured Drew Skillman (6.58) and the Ray Skillman Chevrolet team and Greg Anderson (6.56) and the Summit Racing Equipment team. With the winner being Greg Anderson (6.54). This gives Jason Line one win and Greg Anderson one win.

The next race will be the Amalie Motor Oil NHRA Gatornationals, March 16-19 in Gainesville, Florida.

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

-K

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