Racing in Kansas

Hi everyone,

This weeks race took us to Topeka, Kansas for the Menards NHRA Heartland Nationals. And it was a race full of record breaking runs, pedaling, and explosions. When it comes to breaking records, Antron Brown set the speed record (333.16) only to have it reset by Brittany Force. Now the national speed record in Top Fuel is 333.68 mph. In Funny Car Robert Hight made the quickest pass in history at 337.66 mph. Courtney Force set the ET record at 3.815. But they were both smashed by Matt Hagan who ran 3.802 at 338.85 mph. Heartland Park Topeka is now the fastest track on the NHRA circuit.

Going back to Sunday, the Top Fuel ladder looked like this; #1 Tony Schumacher (3.66) vs #16 Pat Dakin (9.38), #2 Leah Pritchett (3.66) vs #15 Rob Passey (8.93), #3 Antron Brown (3.67) vs #14 Kebin Kinsley (4.20), #4 Brittany Force (3.67) vs #13 Luigi Novelli (3.99), #5 Steve Torrence (3.67) vs #12 Mike Salinas (3.82), #6 Shawn Langdon (3.70) vs #11 Troy Coughlin Jr (3.80), #7 Doug Kalitta (3.71) vs #10 Scott Palmer (3.78) and #8 Clay Millican (3.72) vs #9 Terry McMillen (3.75). I want to quickly congratule Doug Kalitta, first round of eliminations was his 1,000th round of racing. The winners and who they would face in the second round were Tony Schumacher (5.89) and Clay Millican (3.73), Brittany Force (3.69) and Steve Torrence (3.70), Leah Pritchett (3.70) and Doug Kalitta (3.73) and Antron Brown (3.69) and Shawn Langdon (3.72). The semifinals were Clay Millican (5.42) vs Steve Torrence (3.74) and Leah Pritchett (3.70) vs Antron Brown (4.02). The finals featured Steve Torrence (3.71) and the Capco team and Antron Brown (3.71) and the Matco Tools team. With the winner being Antron Brown (3.70). This is Antron’s second win of the season.

Next we have Funny Car, where the ladder looked like this; #1 Matt Hagan (3.80) vs #16 Jack Wyatt (4.53), #2 Courtney Force (3.81) vs #15 Tim Wilkerson (4.52), #3 Robert Hight (3.82) vs #14 Dale Creasy Jr (4.06), #4 Jack Beckman (3.84) vs #13 Chad Head (3.96), #5 Tommy Johnson Jr (3.84) vs #12 Del Worsham (3.94), #6 John Force (3.85) vs #11 Bob Tasca (3.91), #7 Ron Capps (3.86) vs #10 Cruz Pedregon (3.88) and #8 Brian Stewart (3.87) vs #9 JR Todd (3.87). The winners and who they would face in the second round were Matt Hagan (3.85) and JR Todd (3.93), Jack Beckman (4.21) and Del Worsham (3.96), Courtney Force (3.82) and Ron Capps (4.60) and Robert Hight (3.83) and Bob Tasca (3.93). The semifinals were Matt Hagan (4.01) vs Jack Beckman (3.88) and Ron Capps (3.86) vs Robert Hight (3.89). The finals featured Matt Hagan (3.91) and the Mopar team and Ron Capps (3.90) and the NAPA Auto Parts team. With the winner being Ron Capps (3.92). This is Ron’s fourth win this season and fourth in a row.

And finally we have Pro Stock, where with 14 cars, the ladder looked like this; #1 Bo Butner (6.54) vs #14 Mark Hogan (6.79), #2 Jason Line (6.54) vs #13 Dave River (6.78), #3 Greg Anderson (6.55) vs #12 Alan ¬†Prusiensky (6.67), #4 Jeg Coughlin (6.56) vs #11 Deric Kramer (6.62), #5 Matt Hartford (6.56) vs #10 Allen Johnson (6.58), #6 Tanner Gray (6.56) vs #9 Drew Skillman (6.58) and #7 Erica Enders (6.57) vs #8 Vincent Nobile (6.58). The winners and who they would face in the second round were Bo Butner (6.55), Jeg Coughlin (6.56) and Allen Johnson (6.58), Jason Line (6.55) and Vincent Nobile (6.58), and Greg Anderson (no time) and Tanner Gray (6.55). The semifinals were Bo Butner (6.55) vs Jeg Coughlin (6.57) and Vincent Nobile (6.58) vs Tanner Gray (6.57). The finals featured Jeg Coughlin (6.57) and the Jegs team and Tanner Gray (6.57) and the Gray Motorsports team. With the winner being Tanner Gray (6.58). This is Tanner’s second win of the season. His grandfather Johnny and dad Shane have also won this race.

The next race will be the NHRA New England Nationals, June 2-4 in Epping, New Hampshire.

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

-K

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