Racing in Georgia

Hi everyone,

This weeks race took us to Atlanta, Georgia for the NHRA Southern Nationals and what a race it was.

Starting with Top Fuel, and with rain on Friday, the ladder looked like this; #1 Tony Schumacher (3.73) vs #16 Brittany Force (9.39), #2 Steve Torrence (3.73) vs #15 Smax Smith (8.52), #3 Antron Brown (3.74) vs #14 Troy Coughlin Jr (4.08), #4 Clay Millican (3.76) vs #13 Terry Haddock (4.07), #5 Doug Kalitta (3.76) vs #12 Chris Karamesines (4.04), #6 Terry McMillen (3.78) vs #11 Leah Pritchett (3.86), #7 Shawn Langdon (3.78) vs #10 Pat Dakin (3.83) and #8 Bob Vandergriff (3.82) vs #9 Scott Palmer (3.82). The winners and who they would face in the second round were Tony Schumacher (5.19) and Bob Vandergriff (3.78), Clay Millican (9.06) and Doug Kalitta (3.76), Steve Torrence (3.75) and Shawn Langdon (3.75), and Antron Brown (3.70) and Leah Pritchett (3.69). The semifinals were Tony Schumacher (3.75) vs Doug Kalitta (3.77) and Steve Torrence (3.74) vs Leah Pritchett (3.72). The finals featured Tony Schumacher (3.75) and the US Army team and Steve Torrence (3.76) and the Capco team. With the winner being Steve Torrence (3.74). This is Steve’s second win of the season. I want to mention and congratulate Doug Kalitta on getting his 600th career round win. That makes him the ninth driver in NHRA history to have 600 career round wins.

Next we have Funny Car, where the ladder looked like this; #1, for the fourth race in a row, Courtney Force (3.89) vs #16 Jeff Diehl (11.29), #2 Matt Hagan (3.93) vs #15 Cruz Pedregon (5.70), #3 Tommy Johnson Jr (3.93) vs #14 Jack Beckman (5.58), #4 Ron Capps (3.95) vs #13 JR Todd (5.05), #5 John Force (3.96) vs #12 Del Worsham (4.59), #6 Tim Wilkerson (3.97) vs #11 Jonnie Lindberg (4.33), #7 Jim Campbell (4.02) vs #10 Dave Richards (4.08), and #8 Robert Hight (4.02) vs #9 Chad Head (4.02). The winners and who they would face in the second round were Courtney Force (3.96) and Robert Hight (3.88), Ron Capps (3.90) and John Force (4.15), Matt Hagan (3.88) and Dave Richards (4.64) and Jack Beckman (3.95) and Tim Wilkerson (3.91). The semifinals were Robert Hight (3.88) vs Ron Capps (3.95) and Matt Hagan (3.96) vs Tim Wilkerson (3.99). The finals featured Ron Capps (3.96) and the NAPA Auto Parts team and Tim Wilkerson (4.42) and the Levi Ray and Shoup team. With the winner being Ron Capps (3.99). This is Ron’s third win of the season, and he’s gone back to back to back to get those wins.

Moving on we have Pro Stock, where the ladder looked like this; #1 Bo Butner (6.57) vs #16 Wally Stroupe (7.20), #2 Drew Skillman (6.58) vs #15 Mark Hogan (6.86), #3 Jason Line (6.58) vs #14 John Gaydosh (6.77), #4 Jeg Coughlin (6.59) vs #13 Shane Tucker (6.75), #5 Chris McGaha (6.59) vs #12 Greg Anderson (6.67), #6 Erica Enders (6.60) vs #11 Alan Prusiensky (6.64), #7 Tanner Gray (6.60) vs #10 Shane Gray (6.62) and #8 Vincent Nobile (6.61) vs #9 Allen Johnson (6.62). The winners and who they would face in the second round were Bo Butner (6.53) and Vincent Nobile (6.58), Jeg Coughlin (6.56) and Chris McGaha (6.54), Drew Skillman (6.57) and Tanner Gray (6.56) and Jason Line (6.55) and Erica Enders (6.62). The semifinals were Bo Butner (6.56) vs Jeg Coughlin (6.59) and Tanner Gray (6.58) vs Erica Enders (6.57). The finals featured Bo Butner (6.58) and the Jim Butner Auto team and Erica Enders (6.61) and the Elite Motorsports team. With the winner being Bo Butner (6.56). This is Bo’s second win of the season.

And finally we have Pro Stock Motorcycle, where the ladder looked like this; #1 Eddie Krawiec (6.84) vs #16 Steve Johnson (7.00), #2 LE Tonglet (6.85) vs #15 Cory Reed (7.00), #3 Chip Ellis (6.86) vs #14 Karen Stoffer (6.96), #4 Hector Arana Jr (6.86) vs #13 Mike Berry (6.95), #5 Jerry Savoie (6.86) vs #12 Matt Smith (6.92), #6 Hector Arana (6.86) vs #11 Scotty Pollacheck (6.92), #7 Andrew Hines (6.87) vs #10 Angie Smith (6.90) and #8 Joey Gladstone (6.89) vs #9 Angelle Sampey (6.90). The winners and who they would face in the second round were Eddie Krawiec (6.82) and Joey Gladstone (6.88), Hector Arana Jr (6.84) and Jerry Savoie (6.85), LE Tonglet (6.81) and Andrew Hines (6.86) and Chip Ellis (6.87) and Scotty Pollacheck (6.86). The semifinals were Eddie Krawiec (6.82) vs Jerry Savoie (6.84) and LE Tonglet (6.80) vs Scotty Pollacheck (6.93). The finals featured Jerry Savoie (6.84) and the White Alligator Racing team and his teammate LE Tonglet (6.83) and the Nitro Fish team. With the winner being LE Tonglet (6.84). This is LE’s second win of the season.

The next race will be the NHRA Kansas Nationals, May 19-21 in Topeka, Kansas.

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

-K

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