Racing in Las Vegas

Hi everyone,

This weeks race took us to Las Vegas for the Denso Spark Plugs NHRA Nationals. And what a fun and record breaking race it was.

Starting off with Top Fuel, the ladder looked like this; #1 Steve Torrence (3.72), #2 Tony Schumacher (3.73) vs #15 Terry Haddock (10.50), #3 Doug Kalitta (3.75) vs #14 Steve Chrisman (8.75), #4 Brittany Force (3.76) vs #13 Steve Faria (5.45), #5 Leah Pritchett (3.77) vs #12 Troy Buff (3.97), #6 Clay Millican (3.78) vs #11 Tripp Tatum (3.82), #7 Troy Coughlin Jr (3.79) vs #10 Terry McMillen (3.82) and #8 Antron Brown (3.79) vs #9 Scott Palmer (3.81). The winners and who they would face in the second round were Steve Torrence (3.76) and Antron Brown (3.75), Brittany Force (3.76) and Leah Pritchett (3.75), Tony Schumacher (3.76) and Terry McMillen (4.22) and Doug Kalitta (3.74) and Clay Millican (4.05). The semifinals were Antron Brown (3.82) vs Leah Pritchett (3.77) and Tony Schumacher (3.86) vs Doug Kalitta (3.77). The finals featured Antron Brown (3.79) and the Matco Tools team and Tony Schumacher (3.77) and the US Army team. With the winner being Antron Brown (3.74). This is Antron’s first win of the season.

Moving on we have Funny Car, where the ladder looked like this; #1 Courtney Force (3.86) vs #16 Gary Densham (5.26), #2 Matt Hagan (3.86) vs #15 Del Worsham (4.57), #3 Tim Wilkerson (3.87) vs #14 Robert Hight (4.49), #4 Ron Capps (3.87) vs #13 Jonnie Lindberg (4.29), #5 Jack Beckman (3.88) vs #12 Cruz Pedregon (4.21), #6 Tommy Johnson Jr (3.88) vs #11 Jim Campbell (4.18), #7 John Force (3.92) vs #10 Phil Burkart (4.13) and #8 Alexis DeJoria (3.93) vs #9 JR Todd (3.93). The winners and who they would face in the second round were Gary Densham (4.07) and Alexis DeJoria (4.05), Jonnie Lindberg (4.33) and Jack Beckman (7.32), Matt Hagan (3.97) and John Force (4.45) and Robert Hight (4.03) and Tommy Johnson Jr (3.94). The semifinals were Gary Densham (4.55) vs Jonnie Lindberg (4.01) and John Force (3.98) vs Tommy Johnson Jr (4.06). The finals featured Jonnie Lindberg (3.99) and the Head Racing team and Tommy Johnson Jr (3.99) and the Make-A-Wish team. With the winner being Tommy Johnson Jr (3.93). This is Tommy’s first win of the season, makes this another DSR  double up and gives DSR 300 wins as an organization.

And finally we have Pro Stock where the ladder looked like this; #1 Jason Line (6.64), #2 Jeg Coughlin (6.65) vs #15 Tim Huggins (6.82), #3 Bo Butner (6.65) vs #14 Alan Prusiensky (6.74), #4 Greg Anderson (6.66) vs #13 Allen Johnson (6.73), #5 Tanner Gray (6.66) vs #12 Deric Kramer (6.72), #6 Vincent Nobile (6.66) vs #11 Erica Enders (6.71), #7 Chris McGaha (6.67) vs #10 Matt Hartford (6.71) and #8 Drew Skillman (6.68) vs #9 Shane Gray (6.70). The winners and who they would face in the second round were Jason Line (6.67) and Shane Gray (6.70), Greg Anderson (6.67) and Tanner Gray (6.66), Jeg Coughlin (6.74) and Chris McGaha (6.73), and Bo Butner (6.65) and Erica Enders (6.68). The semifinals were Jason Line (6.69) vs Tanner Gray (6.70) and Jeg Coughlin (6.75) vs Bo Butner (6.69). The finals featured Tanner Gray (6.69) and the Gray Motorsports team and Bo Butner (6.71) and the Jim Butner Auto team. With the winner being Tanner Gray (6.68). This is Tanner’s first win of the season and first career win.

If you want to know how the K&N Horsepower Challenge went you can check out my previous blog post. A few noteworthy things from the weekend; Jonnie Lindberg is the first rookie in NHRA history to go to back to back finals. Tanner Gray is the youngest Pro Stock winner in NHRA history and the Gray family now has three generations of winners.

The next race will be the NHRA Spring Nationals, April 21-23 in Houston, Texas.

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

-K

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