Racing in Illinois

Hi everyone,

Before I get into this I want to take a moment to talk about Terry  Chandler. Terry sadly passed away last week leaving a huge hole in the NHRA. Terry was an incredibly giving woman with a huge heart and she will be dearly missed.

So, this weeks race took us to Chicago, Illinois for the Fallen Patriots NHRA Route 66 Nationals and what a race it was.

Starting with Top Fuel, the ladder looked like this; #1 Brittany Force (3.71) vs #16 Luigi Novelli (3.97), #2 Leah Pritchett (3.72) vs #15 Troy Coughlin Jr (3.93), #3 Clay Millican (3.73) vs #14 Kyle Wurtzel (3.92), #4 Steve Torrence (3.75) vs #13 Scott Palmer (3.89), #5 Tony Schumacher (3.75) vs #12 Blake Alexander (3.88), #6 Shawn Langdon (3.75) vs #11 Terry McMillen (3.85), #7 Antron Brown (3.76) vs #10 Doug Kalitta (3.84) and #8 TJ Zizzo (3.78) vs #9 Pat Dakin (3.83). The winners and who they would face in the second round were Brittany Force (4.30) and TJ Zizzo (3.79), Steve Torrence (3.82) and Blake Alexander (3.94), Leah Pritchett (3.85) and Antron Brown (3.77) and Clay Millican (3.81) and Shawn Langdon (3.83). The semifinals were TJ Zizzo (3.78) vs Steve Torrence (3.84) and Antron Brown (3.85) vs Clay Millican (3.78). The finals featured Steve Torrence (3.81) and the Capco team and Antron Brown (3.78) and the Matco Tools team. With the winner being Steve Torrence (3.77). This is Steve’s fifth win this season.

Next we have Funny Car, where the ladder looked like this; #1 Robert Hight (3.85) vs #16 Jim Campbell (4.17), #2 Jack Beckman (3.85) vs #15 Bob Bode (4.10), #3 Courtney Force (3.88) vs #14 JR Todd (4.06), #4 Matt Hagan (3.89) vs #13 Del Worsham (3.97), #5 Alexis DeJoria (3.91) vs #12 Cruz Pedregon (3.96), #6 Tommy Johnson Jr (3.91) vs #11 John Force (3.94), #7 Brian Stewart (3.92) vs #10 Tim Wilkerson (3.94) and #8 Jonnie Lindberg (3.93) vs #9 Ron Capps (3.94). The winners and who they would face in the second round were Jim Campbell (4.08) and Ron Capps (4.00), Matt Hagan (4.16) and Alexis DeJoria (3.97), Jack Beckman (4.02) and Tim Wilkerson (4.36) and JR Todd (4.48) and Tommy Johnson Jr (4.02). The semifinals were Ron Capps (4.11) vs Matt Hagan (4.00) and Tim Wilkerson (4.10) vs Tommy Johnson Jr (4.02). The finals featured Ron Capps (4.03) and the NAPA Auto Parts team and Tommy Johnson Jr (4.01) and the Make-A-Wish team. With the winner being Ron Capps (4.02). This is Ron’s sixth win this season.

Moving on we have Pro Stock, where the ladder looked like this; #1 Greg Anderson (6.56) vs #16 Val Smeland (6.83), #2 Bo Butner (6.57) vs #15 Mark Hogan (6.77), #3 Drew Skillman (6.58) vs #14 Shane Tucker (6.72), #4 Jeg Coughlin (6.58) vs #13 Kenny Delco (6.66), #5 Jason Line (6.58) vs #12 Alan Prusiensky (6.65), #6 Tanner Gray (6.59) vs #11 Alex Laughlin (6.64), #7 Vincent Nobile (6.59) vs #10 Allen Johnson (6.61) and #8 Chris McGaha (6.59) vs #9 Erica Enders (6.60). The winners and who they would face in the second round were Greg Anderson (6.59) and Erica Enders (6.65), Kenny Delco (6.72) and Jason Line (6.61), Bo Butner (6.60) and Vincent Nobile (6.63) and Drew Skillman (6.62) and Tanner Gray (6.60). The semifinals were Erica Enders (6.64) vs Jason Line (6.63) and Bo Butner (6.62) vs Drew Skillman (6.62). The finals featured Erica Enders (6.64) and the Elite Motorsports team and Drew Skillman (6.62) and the Ray Skillman Chevrolet team. With the winner being Drew Skillman (6.62). This is Drew’s first win of the season.

And finally we have Pro Stock Motorcycle,  where the ladder looked like this; #1 LE Tonglet (6.80) vs #16 Cory Reed (6.96), #2 Hector Arana Jr (6.81) vs #15 Angelle Sampey (6.94), #3 Matt Smith (6.82) vs #14 Eddie Krawiec (6.94), #4 Jerry Savoie (6.82) vs #13 Chip Ellis (6.92), #5 Karen Stoffer (6.84) vs #12 Andrew Hines (6.91), #6 Steve Johnson (6.86) vs #11 Mike Berry (6.90), #7 Angie Smith (6.86) vs #10 Melissa Surber (6.88) and #8 Scotty Pollacheck (6.86) vs #9 Joey Gladstone (6.87). The winners and who they would face in the second round were LE Tonglet (6.83) and Scotty Pollacheck (6.85), Jerry Savoie (6.81) and Karen Stoffer (6.94), Hector Arana Jr (6.85) and Angie Smith (6.89) and Eddie Krawiec (6.94) and Mike Berry (6.89). The semifinals were LE Tonglet (6.84) vs Karen Stoffer (6.94) and Hector Arana Jr (6.88) vs Eddie Krawiec (6.93). The finals featured LE Tonglet (6.84) the Nitro Fish team and Hector Arana Jr (6.84) and the Lucas Oil team. With the winner being LE Tonglet (6.83). This is LE’s fourth win of the season.

The next race will be the Mopar Mile-High NHRA Nationals July 21-23 in Denver, Colorado.

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

-K

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