Racing in Florida

Hi everyone,

This weeks race took us to Gainesville, Florida for the Amalie Motor Oil NHRA Gatornationals for the third race of the season and the first race for the Pro Stock Motorcycles. And what a fun race it was.

Starting off with Top Fuel, the ladder looked like this; #1 Tony Schumacher (3.68) vs #16 Smax Smith (15.93), #2 Doug Kalitta (3.69) vs #15 Ike Maier (4.08), #3 Antron Brown (3.71) vs #14 Chris Karamesines (4.04), #4 Brittany Force (3.71) vs #13 Larry Dixon (3.98), #5 Steve Torrence (3.72) vs #12 Shawn Reed (3.87), #6 Troy Coughlin Jr (3.73) vs #11 Pat Dakin (3.86), #7 Leah Pritchett (3.75) vs #10 Scott Palmer (3.82) and #8 Clay Millican (3.76) vs #9 Terry McMillen (3.78). The winners and who they would face in the second round were Tony Schumacher (3.72) and Clay Millican (3.74), Brittany Force (3.71) and Steve Torrence (3.74), Doug Kalitta (3.70) and Leah Pritchett (3.71) and Antron Brown (3.71) and Troy Coughlin Jr (3.72). The semifinals were Tony Schumacher (3.75) vs Steve Torrence (3.79) and Doug Kalitta (3.75) vs Antron Brown (3.78). The finals featured Tony Schumacher (3.71) and the US Army team and Antron Brown (3.71) and the Matco Tools team. With the winner being Tony Schumacher (3.70). This is Tony’s first win of the season.

Next up we have Funny Car, where the ladder looked like this; #1 John Force (3.83) vs #16 Del Worsham (4.54), #2 Robert Hight (3.84) vs #15 Bob Tasca (4.21), #3 Matt Hagan (3.85) vs #14 Dave Richards (4.15), #4 Courtney Force (3.86) vs #13 Jim Campbell (4.15), #5 Tommy Johnson Jr (3.86) vs #12 Cruz Pedregon (3.94), #6 Ron Capps (3.86) vs #11 Alexis DeJoria (3.92), #7 JR Todd (3.87) vs #10 Jonnie Lindberg (3.92), this was the first race for Jonnie as the official driver of the Head Racing Funny Car, and #8 Jack Beckman (3.88) vs #9 Tim Wilkerson (3.92). The winners and who they would face in the second round were John Force (3.88) and Jack Beckman (3.89), Jim Campbell (4.37) and Tommy Johnson Jr (3.86), Robert Hight (3.82) and Jonnie Lingberg (4.73) and Matt Hagan (3.89) and Ron Capps (3.89). The semifinals were John Force (3.91) vs Tommy Johnson Jr (6.01) and Jonnie Lindberg (3.98) vs Matt Hagan (4.21). The finals featured John Force (3.95) and the Peak Antifreeze team and Jonnie Lingberg (3.94) and the Head Racing team. With the winner being John Force (3.92). This is John’s first win of the season, eight win in Gainesville, and overall 2,500th round win and 148th career win.

Moving on we have Pro Stock, where with 15 cars the ladder looked like this; #1 Jason Line (6.47), #2 Bo Butner (6.47) vs #15 John Gaydosh Jr (6.70), #3 Erica Enders (6.49) vs #14 Alan Prusiensky (6.58), #4 Jeg Coughlin (6.49) vs #13 Kenny Delco (6.56), #5 Greg Anderson (6.49) vs #12 Matt Hartford (6.55), #6 Shane Gray (6.49) vs #11 Allen Johnson (6.54), #7 Chris McGaha (6.51) vs #10 Vincent Nobile (6.53) and #8 Drew Skillman (6.52) vs #9 Tanner Gray (6.53). The winners and who they would face in the second round were Jason Line (6.48) and Tanner Gray (6.55), Jeg Coughlin (6.52) and Greg Anderson (6.50), Bo Butner (6.49) and Chris McGaha (6.52) and Erica Enders (6.49) and Shane Gray (6.52). The semifinals were Jason Line (6.51) vs Greg Anderson (6.56) and Chris McGaha (6.54) vs Shane Gray (6.51). The finals featured Greg Anderson (6.54) and the Summit Racing Equipment team and Shane Gray (7.11) and the Gray Motorsports team. With the winner being Shane Gray (6.53). This is Shane’s first win of the season.

And finally we have Pro Stock Motorcycle, where the ladder looked like this; #1 Jerry Savoie (6.75) vs #16 Karen Stoffer (6.92), #2 Eddie Krawic (6.79) vs #15 Mike Berry (6.91), #3 Joey Gladstone (6.79) vs #14 Melissa Surber (6.91), #4 Andrew Hines (6.79) vs #13 Angelle Sampey (6.89), #5 Hector Arana (6.81) vs #12 Scotty Pollacheck (6.89), #6 LE Tonglet (6.81) vs #11 Cory Reed (6.88), #7 Hector Arana Jr (6.82) vs #10 Matt Smith (6.85) and #8 Steve Johnson (6.83) vs #9 Angie Smith (6.84). The winners and who they would face in the second round were Jerry Savoie (6.79) and Steve Johnson (6.87), Andrew Hines (6.76) and Scotty Pollacheck (6.87), Eddie Krawic (6.88) and Matt Smith (6.82) and Joey Gladstone (6.88) and LE Tonglet (6.80). The semifinals were Steve Johnson (6.86) vs Andrew Hines (6.82) and Eddie Krawic (6.79) vs Joey Gladstone (6.83). The finals featured Andrew Hines (6.79) and the Vance and Hines Harley Davidson team and Eddie Krawic (6.76) and the Vance and Hines Harley Davison team. With the winner being Eddie Krawic (6.76).

The next race will be the Denso Spark Plugs NHRA Nationals, March 31- April 2 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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