Racing in Ohio

Hi everyone,

This weeks race took us to Norwalk, Ohio for the Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals and what an exiting race it was. I don’t know the last time I saw so many perfect lights.

Starting with Top Fuel, the ladder looked like this; #1 Doug Kalitta (3.70) vs #16 Troy Buff (3.97), #2 Brittany Force (3.71) vs #15 Pat Dakin (3.91), #3 Steve Torrence (3.71) vs #14 Troy Coughlin Jr (3.89), #4 Leah Pritchett (3.72) vs #13 Ike Maier (3.88), #5 Antron Brown (3.73) vs #12 Dom Lagana (3.85), #6 Clay Millican (3.74) vs #11 Scott Palmer (3.82), #7 Terry McMillen (3.75) vs #10 Shawn Langdon (3.79) and #8 Tony Schumacher (3.76) vs #9 Mike Salinas (3.79). The winners and who they would face in the second round were Doug Kalitta (3.74) and Tony Schumacher (3.78), Leah Pritchett (3.76) and Antron Brown (3.76), Brittany Force (3.77) and Terry McMillen (3.80) and Steve Torrence (3.78) and Clay Millican (3.77). The semifinals were Doug Kalitta (3.78) vs Leah Pritchett (3.84) and Brittany Force (3.80) vs Steve Torrence (3.79). The finals featured Doug Kalitta (3.76) and the Mac Tools team and Steve Torrence (3.75) and the Capco team. With the winner being Steve Torrence (3.74). This is Steve’s fourth win of the season.

Next we have Funny Car where Courtney Force did not qualify for the first time in her career. The ladder for Sunday looked like this; #1 Matt Hagan (3.86) vs #16 Jeff Diehl (4.56), #2 Robert Hight (3.87) vs #15 Jim Campbell (4.09), #3 John Force (3.91) vs #14 Dale Creasy Jr (4.07), #4 Jonnie Lindberg (3.92) vs #13 Ron Capps (4.01), #5 Tommy Johnson Jr (3.92) vs #12 JR Todd (4.00), #6 Bob Tasca (3.93) vs #11 Tim Wilkerson (3.99), #7 Alexis DeJoria (3.94) vs #10 Del Worsham (3.98) and #8 Cruz Pedregon (3.96) vs #9 Jack Beckman (3.97). The winners and who they would face in the second round were Matt Hagan (4.34) and Jack Beckman (4.06), Ron Capps (3.99) and Tommy Johnson Jr (3.94), Robert Hight (3.91) and Alexis DeJoria (3.97) and John Force (3.93) and Bob Tasca (3.94). The semifinals were Jack Beckman (4.07) vs Tommy Johnson Jr (3.96) and Robert Hight (3.97) vs Bob Tasca (4.00). The finals featured Jack Beckman (4.07) and the Infinite Hero team and Robert Hight (3.92) and the AAA team. With the winner being Jack Beckman (4.07). This is Jack’s second win of the season.

Moving on we have Pro Stock where the ladder looked like this; #1 Greg Anderson (6.58) vs #16 Mark Hogan (6.86), #2 Bo Butner (6.58) vs #15 Val Smeland (6.79), #3 Drew Skillman (6.59) vs #14 John Gaydosh (6.70), #4 Tanner Gray (6.59) vs #13 Kenny Delco (6.70), #5 Jason Line (6.59) vs #12 Alan Prusiensky (6.66), #6 Jeg Coughlin (6.61) vs #11 Alex Laughlin (6.63), #7 Vincent Nobile (6.61) vs #10 Erica Enders (6.62) and #8 Chris McGaha (6.61) vs #9 Allen Johnson (6.61). The winners and who they would face in the second round were Greg Anderson (6.57) and Allen Johnson (6.62), Tanner Gray (6.55) and Jason Line (6.56), Bo Butner (6.57) and Vincent Nobile (6.59), and John Gaydosh (6.66) and Jeg Coughlin (6.56). The semifinals were Greg Anderson (6.59) vs Jason Line (6.58) and Bo Butner (6.61) vs John Gaydosh (6.69). The finals featured Greg Anderson (6.59) and the Summit Racing Equipment team and Bo Butner (6.60) and the Jim Butner Auto team. With the winner being Bo Butner (6.60). This is Bo’s third win of the season.

And finally we have Pro Stock Motorcycle where the ladder looked like this; #1 Matt Smith (6.82) vs #16 Joe Desantis (7.05), #2 LE Tonglet (6.84) vs #15 Melissa Surber (7.01), #3 Hector Arana Jr (6.88) vs #14 Karen Stoffer (6.95), #4 Joey Gladstone (6.90) vs #13 Eddie Krawiec (6.95), #5 Scotty Pollacheck (6.90) vs #12 Angelle Sampey (6.94), #6 Andrew Hines (6.91) vs #11 Angie Smith (6.94), #7 Chip Ellis (6.92) vs #10 Steve Johnson (6.93) and #8 Mike Berry (6.93) vs #9 Cory Reed (6.93). The winners and who they would face in the second round were Matt Smith (6.84) and Mike Berry (6.95), Joey Gladstone (6.88) and Scotty Pollacheck (6.92), LE Tonglet (6.85) and Steve Johnson (6.90) and Hector Arana Jr (6.86) and Andrew Hines (6.91). The semifinals were Matt Smith (6.87) vs Scotty Pollacheck (6.90) and LE Tonglet (6.82) vs Hector Arana Jr (6.84). The finals featured Matt Smith and the Victory Gunner team and LE Tonglet (6.83) and the Nitro Fish team. With the winner being LE Tonglet (6.82). This is LE’s third win of the season.

News out of Pro Stock Motorcycle, Hector Arana Sr had shoulder surgery and will be sideline for 3 months.

The next race will be the Route 66 NHRA Nationals July 6-9 in Chicago, Illinois.

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

-K

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