Racing in Pomon-Champion edition

Hi everyone,

This weeks race took us to Pomona, California for the Auto Club NHRA Finals, the last race of the year and champions were crowned. If you want to read about the race in detail, see my previous post. In this one I’m going to be talking about each class champion and the season they had.

Top Fuel Champion: Steve Torrence

Team and Sponsor: Torrence Racing and Capco

Wins this season: 11, including a sweep of the Countdown

Championships: 1, this is his first

Funny Car Champion: JR Todd

Team and Sponsor: Kalitta Motorsports and DHL

Wins this season: 5

Championships: 1, this is his first

Pro Stock Champion: Tanner Gray

Team and Sponsor: Gray Motorsports and Valvoline/Nova Services and Chevrolet

Wins this season: 8

Championships: 1, this is his first, he’s the youngest Mello Yello champion

Pro Stock Motorcycle Champion: Matt Smith

Team and Sponsor: Matt Smith Racing and Victory Polaris Magnum

Wins this season: 4

Championships: 3

If you want to congratulate any of the champions here are their Twitter handles:

Steve Torrence: @SteveTorrence

JR Todd: @JRTodd373

Tanner Gray: @tannergray5

Matt Smith: @MattSmithRacing

Until next time, huge congrats to the champs and it’s been a great season :).

-K

Twitter: @KSagerson

Instagram: Kyra Sage

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Racing in Pomona- Finals edition

Hi everyone,

This weeks race took us to Pomona, California for the Auto Club NHRA Finals and what an emotion filled and crazy race it was.

Starting with Top Fuel, the ladder looked like this; #1 Leah Pritchett (3.63) vs #16 Bill Litton (3.98), #2 Steve Torrence (3.66) vs #15 Cameron Ferre (3.92), #3 Brittany Force (3.66) vs #14 Shawn Reed (3.80), #4 Clay Millican (3.68) vs #13 Terry McMillen (3.79), #5 Blake Alexander (3.69) vs #12 Mike Salinas (3.76), #6 Antron Brown (3.70) vs #11 Doug Kalitta (3.74), #7 Billy Torrence (3.71) vs #10 Richie Crampton (3.72) and #8 Tony Schumacher (3.72) vs #9 Scott Palmer (3.72). The winners and who they would face in the second round were Bill Litton (3.97) and Tony Schumacher (3.69), Clay Millican (3.74) and Blake Alexander (3.70), Steve Torrence (3.99) and Billy Torrence (3.70) and Brittany Force (3.70) and Antron Brown (3.72). The semifinals were Tony Schumacher (4.66) vs Blake Alexander (3.74) and Steve Torrence (3.67) vs Brittany Force (3.68). The finals featured Tony Schumacher (3.70) and the US Army team and Steve Torrence (3.70) and the Capco team. With the winner being Steve Torrence (3.70). This is Steve’s eleventh win this season, but he swept the Countdown, which is an incredible feat.

Next we have Funny Car, where the ladder looked like this; #1 Ron Capps (3.84) vs #16 Ray Martin (4.18), #2 Jack Beckman (3.86) vs #15 Jeff Arend (4.11), #3  Tommy Johnson Jr (3.86) vs #14 Cruz Pedregon (4.06), #4 JR Todd (3.89) vs #13 Jim Campbell (4.00), #5 Robert Hight (3.91) vs #12 Bob Tasca (3.99), #6 Courtney Force (3.92) vs #11 Bob Bode (3.98), #7 Tim Wilkerson (3.93) vs #10 John Force (3.97) and #8 Matt Hagan (3.94) vs #9 Shawn Langdon (3.95). The winners and who they would face in the second round were Ron Capps (3.90) and Shawn Langdon (3.91), JR Todd (3.93) and Bob Tasca (3.98), Jack Beckman (4.91) and John Force (3.95) and Tommy Johnson Jr (3.90) and Courtney Force (3.94). The semifinals were Ron Capps (3.92) vs JR Todd (3.95) and Jack Beckman (3.93) vs Tommy Johnson Jr (3.91). The finals featured JR Todd (3.88) and the DHL team and Tommy Johnson Jr (3.91) and the Make-A-Wish team. With the winner being JR Todd (3.87). This is JR’s fifth win of the season.

Moving on we have Pro Stock, where the ladder looked like this; #1 Jeg Coughlin (6.51) vs #16 Kenny Delco (6.59), #2 Jason Line (6.52) vs #15 Vincent Nobile (6.58), #3 Erica Enders (6.53) vs #14 Deric Kramer (6.57), #4 Drew Skillman (6.53) vs #13 Alan Prusiensky (6.56), #5 Greg Anderson (6.53) vs #12 Fernando Cuadra (6.56), #6 Tanner Gray (6.53) vs #11 Shane Gray (6.56), #7 Alex Laughlin (6.54) vs #10 Chris McGaha (6.56) and #8 Matt Hartford (6.54) vs #9 Bo Butner (6.55). The winners and who they would face in the second round were Jeg Coughlin (6.51) and Bo Butner (6.52), Drew Skillman (6.51) and Greg Anderson (6.52), Jason Line (6.51) and Alex Laughlin (6.55) and Erica Enders (6.51) and Tanner Gray (6.53). The semifinals were Jeg Coughlin (6.52) vs Drew Skillman (6.53) and Jason Line (6.53) vs Tanner Gray (6.56). The finals featured Drew Skillman (6.53) and the Ray Skillman Chevrolet team and Tanner Gray (6.53) and the Gray Motorsports team. With the winner being Tanner Gray (6.51). This is Tanner’s eighth win of the season.

And finally we have Pro Stock Motorcycle, where the ladder looked like this; #1 Matt Smith (6.75) vs #16 Angie Smith (6.96), #2 Hector Arana Jr (6.78) vs #15 Freddie Camarena (6.95), #3 Eddie Krawiec (6.78) vs #14 Karen Stoffer (6.95), #4 Andrew Hines (6.82) vs #13 Steve Johnson (6.89), #5 LE Tonglet (6.82) vs #12 Ryan Oehler (6.89), #6 Jerry Savoie (6.83) vs #11 Joey Gladstone (6.88), #7 Angelle Sampey (6.83) vs #10 Scotty Pollacheck (6.87) and #8 Hector Arana (6.86) vs #9 Chip Ellis (6.86). The winners and who they would face in the second round were Matt Smith (8.36) and Hector Arana (6.87), Andrew Hines (6.82) and LE Tonglet (6.84), Hector Arana Jr (6.82) and Angelle Sampey (6.86) and Eddie Krawiec (6.80) and Jerry Savoie (6.83). The semifinals were Matt Smith (6.79) vs LE Tonglet (6.86) and Hector Arana Jr (6.94) vs Eddie Krawiec (6.79). The finals featured Matt Smith (6.76) and the Polaris Victory Magnum team and Eddie Krawiec (6.86) and the Vance and Hines Harley Davidson team. With the winner being Matt Smith (6.76). This is Matt’s fourth win of the season.

I’m going to be doing a separate post about the champions, if you want to read about the seasons they had individually.

Until next time, congrats to all the winners this season, the champions and their teams. It’s been an amazing season. Thank you to everyone for reading and I’ll see you in February for the start of the 2019 season :).

-K

Twitter: @KSagerson

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Racing in Las Vegas

Hi everyone,

This weeks race took us to Las Vegas, Nevada for the NHRA Toyota Nationals. The second to last race of the season and with a champion being crowned and point leads being cut down and leaders being swapped, it was a great race.

Starting with Top Fuel, the ladder looked like this; #1 Clay Millican (3.69) vs #16 Greg Carrillo (3.93), #2 Steve Torrence (3.70) vs #15 Shawn Reed (3.87), #3 Brittany Force (3.72) vs #14 Mike Salinas (3.82), #4 Leah Pritchett (3.73) vs #13 Troy Buff (3.80), #5 Antron Brown (3.74) vs #12 Blake Alexander (3.80), #6 Doug Kalitta (3.74) vs #11 Richie Crampton (3.79), #7 Billy Torrence (3.76) vs #10 Terry McMillen (3.78) and #8 Scott Palmer (3.76) vs #9 Tony Schumacher (3.77). The winners and who they would face in the second round were Clay Millican (3.74) and Tony Schumacher (3.81), Leah Pritchett (3.73) and Blake Alexander (3.73), Steve Torrence (3.77) and Billy Torrence (3.72), and Brittany Force (3.73) and Richie Crampton (3.79). The semifinals were Tony Schumacher (3.75) vs Leah Pritchett (3.74) and Steve Torrence (3.76) vs Richie Crampton (3.76). The finals featured Leah Pritchett (3.73) and the Pennzoil team and Steve Torrence (3.72) and the Capco team. With the winner being Steve Torrence (3.75). This is not only Steve’s tenth win of the season but with this win he clinched his first Top Fuel championship. He and his team have been stellar all season, so huge congrats to them.

Next we have Funny Car, where the ladder looked like this; #1 Tommy Johnson Jr (3.87) vs #16 Jeff Arend (4.11), #2 JR Todd (3.91) vs #15 Richard Townsend (4.06), #3 Jack Beckman (3.92) vs #14 Jim Campbell (4.05), #4 Bob Tasca (3.92) vs #13 Jonnie Lindberg (4.05), #5 John Force (3.92) vs #12 Ron Capps (3.97), #6 Courtney Force (3.92) vs #11 Cruz Pedregon (3.96), #7 Robert Hight (3.92) vs #10 Shawn Langdon (3.96) and #8 Tim Wilkerson (3.93) vs #9 Matt Hagan (3.94). The winners and who they would face in the second round were Tommy Johnson Jr (3.93) and Matt Hagan (3.90), Bob Tasca (3.96) and Ron Capps (3.95), JR Todd (3.93) and Shawn Langdon (3.92) and Jack Beckman (3.93) and Courtney Force (3.91). The semifinals were Matt Hagan (3.91) vs Bob Tasca (3.94) and JR Todd (3.95) vs Jack Beckman (3.95). The finals were Matt Hagan (3.92) and the Pennzoil team and JR Todd (3.90) and the DHL team. With the winner being JR Todd (3.92). This is JR’s fifth win of the season and he takes over the point lead.

Moving on we have Pro Stock, where the ladder looked like this; #1 Jeg Coughlin (6.62) vs #16 Steve Graham (6.71), #2 Jason Line (6.62) vs #15 Kenny Delco (6.69), #3 Matt Hartford (6.62) vs #14 Fernando Cuadra (6.68), #4 Drew Skillman (6.63) vs #13 Vincent Nobile (6.65), #5 Tanner Gray (6.63) vs #12 Alan Prusiensky (6.65), #6 Chris McGaha (6.63) vs #11 Deric Kramer (6.65), #7 Bo Butner (6.63) vs #10 Alex Laughlin (6.64) and #8 Erica Enders (6.63) vs #9 Greg Anderson (6.63). The winners and who they would face in the second round were Jeg Coughlin (6.63) and Erica Enders (6.64), Drew Skillman (6.64) and Tanner Gray (6.64), Jason Line (6.64) and Bo Butner (6.65) and Matt Hartford (6.64) and Deric Kramer (6.66). The semifinals were Erica Enders (6.66) vs Tanner Gray (6.65) and Bo Butner (6.65) vs Matt Hartford (6.66). The finals featured Erica Enders (6.66) and the Elite Motorsports team and Bo Butner (6.65) and the Jim Butner Auto team. With the winner being Bo Butner (6.65). This is Bo’s second win of the season.

And finally we have Pro Stock Motorcycle, where the ladder looked like this; #1 Hector Arana Jr (6.84) vs #16 Mark Paquette (6.99), #2 Eddie Krawiec (6.85) vs #15 Ron Tornow (6.98), #3 Hector Arana (6.86) vs #14 Ryan Oehler (6.98), #4 Chip Ellis (6.89) vs #13 Kelly Clontz (6.97), #5 Andrew Hines (6.91) vs #12 Scotty Pollacheck (6.96), #6 Angie Smith (6.92) vs #11 Angelle Sampey (6.95), #7 Steve Johnson (6.92) vs #10 Jerry Savoie (6.95) and #8 Matt Smith (6.93) vs #9 LE Tonglet (6.93). The winners and who they would face in the second round were Hector Arana Jr (6.92) and Matt Smith (6.92), Chip Ellis (6.91) and Andrew Hines (6.95), Eddie Krawiec (6.90) and Jerry Savoie (6.94) and Hector Arana (6.90) and Angelle Sampey (6.97). The semifinals were Hector Arana Jr (6.94) vs Andrew Hines (6.97) and Eddie Krawiec (6.93) vs Hector Arana (6.93). The finals featured Hector Arana Jr (6.94) and the Lucas Oil team and Eddie Krawiec (6.92) and the Vance and Hines Harley Davidson team. With the winner being Hector Arana Jr (6.88). This is Hector’s third win of the season.

The next race will be the Auto Club NHRA Finals November 8-11 in Pomona, California. Points are worth points and a half and the rest of the champions will be crowned.

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

-K

Twitter: @KSagerson

Instagram: Kyra Sage

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Racing in North Carolina

Hi everyone,

This weeks race took us to Charlotte, North Carolina for the NHRA Carolina Nationals and what a great race it was.

Starting with Top Fuel, the ladder looked like this; #1 Brittany Force (3.70) vs #16 Audrey Worm (4.05), #2 Steve Torrence (3.70) vs #15 Chris Karamesines (3.99), #3 Clay Millican (3.71) vs #14 Kyle Wurtzel (3.90), #4 Mike Salinas (3.72) vs #13 Pat Dakin (3.85), #5 Doug Kalitta (3.72) vs #12 Scott Palmer (3.78), #6 Tony Schumacher (3.73) vs #11 Antron Brown (3.78), #7 Leah Pritchett (3.75) vs #10 Richie Crampton (3.77) and #8 Dom Lagana (3.76) vs #9 Terry McMillen (3.76). The winners and who they would face in the second round were Brittany Force (3.71) and Dom Lagana (3.71), Mike Salinas (3.72) and Doug Kalitta (3.71), Steve Torrence (3.95) and Leah Pritchett (3.70) and Clay Millican (4.40) and Tony Schumacher (3.69). The semifinals were Brittany Force (3.70) vs Mike Salinas (3.72) and Steve Torrence (3.71) vs Tony Schumacher (3.71). The finals featured Brittany Force (3.70) and the Monster Energy/Advanced Auto Parts team and Steve Torrence (3.72) and the Capco team. With the winner being Steve Torrence (3.70). This is Steve’s ninth win of the season and so far in Countdown races he’s 4 for 4.

Next we have Funny Car, where the ladder looked like this; #1 Tommy Johnson Jr (3.87) vs #16 Dave Richards (4.24), #2 Ron Capps (3.87) vs #15 Dale Creasy (4.18), #3 Tim Wilkerson (3.87) vs #14 Jim Campbell (4.03), #4 JR Todd (3.89) vs #13 Jonnie Lindberg (3.95), #5 Cruz Pedregon (3.90) vs #12 Courtney Force (3.94), #6 Matt Hagan (3.90) vs #11 Shawn Langdon (3.93), #7 Robert Hight (3.91) vs #10 Jack Beckman (3.92) and #8 John Force (3.91) vs #9 Bob Tasca (3.92). The winners and who they would face in the second round were Dave Richards (4.28) and John Force (3.97), JR Todd (3.87) and Cruz Pedregon (4.01), Ron Capps (3.92) and Robert Hight (3.87) and Tim Wilkerson (3.91) and Matt Hagan (3.89). The semifinals were John Force (3.94) vs JR Todd (3.91) and Ron Capps (3.88) vs Tim Wilkerson (3.91). The finals featured JR Todd (3.89) and the DHL team and Ron Capps (3.90) and the NAPA Auto Parts team. With the winner being Ron Capps (3.89). This is Ron’s third win of the season.

Moving on we have Pro Stock, where with 14 cars, the ladder looked like this; #1 Drew Skillman (6.50) vs #14 Shane Tucker (6.73), #2 Erica Enders (6.51) vs #13 Wally Stroupe (6.70), #3 Tanner Gray (6.51) vs #12 Alan Prusiensky (6.60), #4 Jeg Coughlin (6.52) vs #11 Fernando Cuadra (6.56), #5 Jason Line (6.52) vs #10 Bo Butner (6.55), #6 Alex Laughlin (6.52) vs #9 Deric Kramer (6.55) and #7 Greg Anderson (6.53) vs #8 Vincent Nobile (6.54). The winners and who they would face in the second round were Drew Skillman (6.52), Jeg Coughlin (6.49) and Jason Line (6.50), Erica Enders (6.49) and Vincent Nobile (6.52) and Tanner Gray (6.53) vs Alex Laughlin (6.50). The semifinals were Drew Skillman (15.96) vs Jason Line (6.51) and Erica Enders (6.52) vs Tanner Gray (6.56). The finals featured Jason Line (6.52) and the Summit Racing Equipment team and Tanner Gray (6.52) and the Gray Motorsports team. With the winner being Jason Line (6.53). This is Jason’s first win of the season.

And finally we have Pro Stock Motorcycle, where the ladder looked like this; #1 Eddie Krawiec (6.80) vs #16 Jim Underdahl (6.90), #2 Chip Ellis (6.80) vs #15 Joey Gladstone (6.90), #3 Jerry Savoie (6.81) vs #14 Steve Johnson (6.89), #4 Matt Smith (6.83) vs #13 Karen Stoffer (6.88), #5 Hector Arana Jr (6.83) vs #12 Scotty Pollacheck (6.87), #6 Andrew Hines (6.84) vs #11 Hector Arana (6.87), #7 Angie Smith (6.85) vs #10 Ryan Oehler (6.87) and #8 Angelle Sampey (6.85) vs #9 LE Tonglet (6.85). The winners and who they would face in the second round were Eddie Krawiec (6.84) and Angelle Sampey (6.80), Matt Smith (6.86) and Scotty Pollacheck (6.87), Chip Ellis (6.77) and Angie Smith (6.90) and Jerry Savoie (6.88) and Andrew Hines (6.81). The semifinals were Angelle Sampey (6.83) vs Matt Smith (6.88) and Chip Ellis (6.83) vs Jerry Savoie (6.84). The finals featured Matt Smith (6.86) and the Polaris Victory Magnum team and Chip Ellis (6.85) and the Vance and Hines Harley Davidson team. With the winner being Matt Smith (6.83). This is Matt’s third win of the season.

The next race will be the second to last race of the season, the NHRA Toyota Nationals October 25-28 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

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

-K

Twitter: @KSagerson

Instagram: Kyra Sage

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Racing in Texas

Hi everyone,

This weeks race took us to Dallas, Texas for the AAA Texas NHRA Fall Nationals, the third race in the Countdown and what a race it was.

Starting with Top Fuel, the ladder looked like this; #1 Clay Millican (3.72) vs #16 Richie Crampton (3.94), #2 Steve Torrence (3.74) vs #15 Bill Litton (3.90), #3 Tony Schumacher (3.74) vs #14 Shawn Reed (3.88), #4 Terry McMillen (3.77), #5 Brittany Force (3.78) vs #12 Scott Palmer (3.82), #6 Doug Kalitta (3.78) vs #11 Antron Brown (3.81), #7 Blake Alexander (3.79) vs #10 Billy Torrence (3.80) and #8 Kebin Kinsley (3.80) vs #9 Leah Pritchett (3.80). The winners and who they would face in the second round were Clay Millican (3.74) and Leah Pritchett (3.83), Terry McMillen (3.80) and Brittany Force (3.76), Steve Torrence (3.76) and Blake Alexander (3.75) and Tony Schumacher (3.74) and Antron Brown (3.77). The semifinals were Clay Millican (3.78) vs Terry McMillen (3.81) and Steve Torrence (3.80) vs Tony Schumacher (3.81). The finals featured Terry McMillen (3.81) and the Amalie Motor Oil team and Steve Torrence (3.77) and the Capco team. With the winner being Steve Torrence (3.78). This is Steve’s eighth win of the season.

Next we have Funny Car, where the ladder looked like this; #1 Tommy Johnson Jr (3.91) vs #16 Terry Haddock (5.14), #2 Bob Tasca (3.95) vs #15 Matt Hagan (4.16), #3 Tim Wilkerson (3.95) vs #14 Jeff Diehl (4.14), #4 JR Todd (3.96) vs #13 John Hale (4.10), #5 Jack Beckman (3.96) vs #12 Courtney Force (4.07), #6 Robert Hight (3.97) vs #11 Jim Campbell (4.05), #7 Ron Capps (3.98) vs #10 John Force (4.04) and #8 Cruz Pedregon (4.99) vs #9 Shawn Langdon (4.00). The winners and who they would face in the second round were Tommy Johnson Jr (3.98) and Cruz Pedregon (4.01), JR Todd (3.98) and Jack Beckman (3.96), Bob Tasca (3.99) and John Force (3.98) and Tim Wilkerson (4.00) and Robert Hight (3.94). The semifinals were Tommy Johnson Jr (3.93) vs JR Todd (3.99) and Bob Tasca (4.02) vs Robert Hight (3.95). The finals featured JR Todd (3.95) and the DHL team and Robert Hight (3.96) and the AAA team. With the winner being Rober Hight (3.95). This is Robert’s fourth win of the season.

Moving on we have Pro Stock, where the ladder looked like this; #1 Jeg Coughlin (6.59) vs #16 Val Smeland (6.74), #2 Greg Anderson (6.60) vs #15 Alan Prusiensky (6.66), #3 Jason Line (6.60) vs #14 Kenny Delco (6.65), #4 Vincent Nobile (6.60) vs #13 Fernando Cuadra (6.64), #5 Erica Enders (6.61) vs #12 Chris McGaha (6.60), #6 Alex Laughlin (6.61) vs #11 Matt Hartford (6.62), #7 Tanner Gray (6.61) vs #10 Deric Kramer (6.62) and #8 Drew Skillman (6.61) vs #9 Bo Butner (6.61). The winners and who they would face in the second round were Jeg Coughlin (6.62) and Drew Skillman (6.61), Vincent Nobile (6.60) and Erica Enders (6.60), Greg Anderson (6.62) and Tanner Gray (6.62) and Kenny Delco (6.64) and Matt Hartford (6.63). The semifinals were Jeg Coughlin (6.61) vs Vincent Nobile (6.63). And Tanner Gray (6.63) vs Matt Hartford (6.63). The finals featured Jeg Coughlin (6.61) and the JEGS team and Tanner Gray (9.69) and the Gray Motorsports team. With the winner being Tanner Gray (6.62). This is Tanner’s seventh with of the season.

And finally we have Pro Stock Motorcycle, where the ladder looked like this; #1 Eddie Krawiec (6.87) vs #16 Anthony Vanetti (7.16), #2 Matt Smith (6.87) vs #15 Karen Stoffer (7.01), #3 Hector Arana Jr (6.88) vs #14 Kelly Clontz (6.98), #4 Angelle Sampey (6.90) vs #13 Scotty Pollacheck (6.95), #5 LE Tonglet (6.91) vs #12 Andrew Hines (6.95), #6 Steve Johnson (6.92) vs #11 Hector Arana (6.94), #7 Jerry Savoie (6.93) vs #10 Joey Gladstone (6.94) and #8 Angie Smith (6.93) vs #9 Ryan Oehler (6.93). The winners and who they would face in the second round were Eddie Krawiec (6.89) and Angie Smith (6.93), Angelle Sampey (6.91) and LE Tonglet (6.89), Karen Stoffer (7.04) and Jerry Savoie (6.94) and Kelly Clontz (7.19) and Steve Johnson (6.97). The semifinals were Eddie Krawiec (6.91) vs LE Tonglet (6.90) and Jerry Savoie (7.01) vs Steve Johnson (6.94). The finals featured LE Tonglet (6.88) and the Nitro Fish team and Jerry Savoie (6.92) and the White Alligator Racing team. With the winner being LE Tonglet (6.89). This is LE’s fourth win of the season.

The next race will be the NHRA Carolina Nationals October 12-14 in Charlotte, North Carolina. Race number four in the Countdown.

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

-K

Twitter: @KSagerson

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Racing in St. Louis

Hi everyone,

This weeks race took us to St. Louis, Missouri for the AAA Insurance NHRA Midwest Nationals and what a crazy race it was.

Starting with Top Fuel, the ladder looked like this; #1 Steve Torrence (3.67) vs #16 Bill Litton (3.92), #2 Clay Millican (3.69) vs #15 Shawn Reed (3.81), #3 Billy Torrence (3.71) vs #14 Pat Dakin (3.79), #4 Blake Alexander (3.71) vs #13 Terry McMillen (3.79), #5 Leah Pritchett (3.71) vs #12 Scott Palmer (3.77), #6 Tony Schumacher (3.73) vs #11 Richie Crampton (3.77), #7 Antron Brown (3.75) vs #10 Doug Kalitta (3.76) and #8 Brittany Force (3.75) vs #9 Mike Salinas (3.76). The winners and who they would face in the second round were Steve Torrence (3.75) and Mike Salinas (3.75), Blake Alexander (3.73) and Leah Pritchett (5.56), Clay Millican (3.75) and Antron Brown (3.72) and Pat Dakin (3.81) and Tony Schumacher (4.06). The semifinals were Steve Torrence (3.77) vs Leah Pritchett (3.80) and Clay Millican (3.80) vs Pat Dakin (3.94). The finals featured Steve Torrence (3.77) and the Capco team and Clay Millican (3.85) and the Great Clips/Parts Plus team. With the winner being Steve Torrence (3.77). This is Steve’s seventh win of the season.

Next we have Funny Car, where the ladder looked like this; #1 Robert Hight (3.84) vs #16 Dale Creasy (4.06), #2 Ron Capps (3.87) vs #15 Cruz Pedregon (4.01), #3 Courtney Force (3.88) vs #14 Jim Campbell (4.01), #4 Tommy Johnson Jr (3.89) vs #13 Del Worsham (4.00), #5 Bob Tasca (3.91) vs #12 Jonnie Lindberg (3.99), #6 Tim Wilkerson (3.92) vs #11 Matt Hagan (3.96), #7 JR Todd (3.92) vs #10 Shawn Langdon (3.94) and #8 Jack Beckman (3.92) vs #9 John Force (3.93). The winners and who they would face in the second round were Robert Hight (3.93) and John Force (4.02), Tommy Johnson Jr (3.92) and Bob Tasca (3.99), Cruz Pedregon (3.99) and JR Todd (3.95) and Courtney Force (3.93) and Tim Wilkerson (4.34). The semifinals were Robert Hight (4.01) vs Tommy Johnson Jr (3.95) and JR Todd (4.06) vs Tim Wilkerson (4.00). The finals featured Robert Hight (3.94) and the AAA team and Tim Wilkerson (5.18) and the Levi, Ray and Shoup team. With the winner being Robert Hight (4.03), but it did come at a price. Robert had a massive explosion that resulted in him hitting the wall, so best wishes to him. If you haven’t seen it, it’s on the NHRA’s YouTube channel. And this is Robert’s third win of the season.

Moving on we have Pro Stock, where the ladder looked like this; #1 Jeg Coughlin (6.49) vs #16 Mark Hogan (6.76), #2 Erica Enders (6.50) vs #15 Charlie Westcott (6.73), #3 Jason Line (6.51) vs #14 Val Smeland (6.62), #4 Bo Butner (6.51) vs #13 Alan Prusiensky (6.58), #5 Drew Skillman (6.51) vs #12 Kenny Delco (6.56), #6 Vincent Nobile (6.51) vs #11 Fernando Cuadra (6.54), #7 Tanner Gray (6.52) vs #10 Chris McGaha (6.53) and #8 Greg Anderson (6.52) vs #9 Deric Kramer (6.52). The winners and who they would face in the second round were Jeg Coughlin (6.54) and Greg Anderson (6.57), Bo Butner (6.54) and Drew Skillman (6.54), Erica Enders (6.55) and Tanner Gray (6.54) and Jason Line (6.53) and Vincent Nobile (6.54). The semifinals were Jeg Coughlin (6.57) vs Drew Skillman (6.55) and Tanner Gray (6.56) vs Vincent Nobile (6.58). The finals featured Drew Skillman (6.58) and the Ray Skillman Chevrolet team and Tanner Gray (6.57) and the Gray Motorsports team. With the winner being Tanner Gray (6.56). This is Tanner’s sixth win of the season.

And finally we have Pro Stock Motorcycle,  where the ladder looked like this; #1 Chip Ellis vs #16 Mark Paquette (6.93), #2 Andrew Hines (6.78) vs #15 Ryan Oehler (6.93), #3 LE Tonglet (6.81) vs #14 Jim Underdahl (6.92), #4 Eddie Krawiec (6.82) vs #13 Joey Gladstone (6.89), #5 Matt Smith (6.82) vs #12 Scotty Pollacheck (6.89), #6 Steve Johnson (6.83) vs #11 Angie Smith (6.87), #7 Hector Arana (6.86) vs #10 Jerry Savoie (6.87) and #8 Hector Arana Jr (6.86) vs #9 Angelle Sampey (6.87). The winners and who they would face in the second round were Chip Ellis (6.88) and Angelle Sampey (6.92), Joey Gladstone (6.89) and Matt Smith (6.88), Andrew Hines (6.88) and Jerry Savoie (7.13) and LE Tonglet (6.83) and Angie Smith (6.87). The semifinals were Chip Ellis (6.86) vs Matt Smith (6.86) and Jerry Savoie (6.89) vs LE Tonglet (6.86). The finals featured Matt Smith (6.87) and the Polaris Victory Magnum team and LE Tonglet (6.89) and the Nitro Fish team. With the winner being Matt Smith (6.87). This is Matt’s second win of the season.

The next race, number three in the Countdown, will be the AAA Texas NHRA Fall Nationals October 4-7 in Dallas, Texas.

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

-K

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Racing in Pennsylvania

Hi everyone,

This weeks race took us to Reading, Pennsylvania for the Dodge NHRA Nationals, the first race of the Countdown and what a race it was.

Starting with Top Fuel, the ladder looked like this; #1 Clay Millican (3.72) vs #16 Jim Maroney (8.76), Tony Schumacher (3.74) vs #15 Dan Mercier (4.24), #3 Leah Pritchett (3.75) vs #14 Audrey Worm (4.16), #4 Steve Torrence (3.76) vs #13 Bill Litton (3.90), #5 Mike Salinas (3.76) vs #12 Terry McMillen (3.80), #6 Antron Brown (3.76) vs #11 Brittany Force (3.80), #7 Scott Palmer (3.77) vs #10 Dom Lagana (3.79) and #8 Doug Kalitta (3.79) vs #9 Richie Crampton (3.79). The winners and who they would face in the second round were Clay Millican (3.76) and Doug Kalitta (3.80), Steve Torrence (3.78) and Mike Salinas (3.73), Tony Schumacher (3.81) and Dom Lagana (3.82) and Leah Pritchett (3.78) and Antron Brown (3.80). The semifinals were Clay Millican (3.81) vs Steve Torrence (3.81) and Tony Schumacher (3.82) vs Antron Brown (3.84). The finals featured Steve Torrence (3.79) and the Capco team and Tony Schumacher (3.93) and the US Army team. With the winner being Steve Torrence (3.81). This is Steve’s sixth win of the season.

Next we have Funny Car, where the ladder looked like this; #1 Courtney Force (3.90) vs #16 Mike Smith (5.87), #2 Tim Wilkerson (3.91) vs #15 Terry Haddock (4.16), #3 Tommy Johnson Jr (3.92) vs #14 Jim Campbell (4.11), #4 Jack Beckman (3.93) vs #13 Cruz Pedregon (4.06), #5 Ron Capps (3.94) vs #12 Jonnie Lindberg (4.03), #6 Shawn Langdon (3.94) vs #11 Robert Hight (3.98), #7 John Force (3.94) vs #10 Matt Hagan (3.96) and #8 JR Todd (3.94) vs #9 Bob Tasca (3.95). The winners and who they would face in the second round were Mike Smith (4.39) and JR Todd (3.98), Cruz Pedregon (4.21) and Ron Capps (3.97), Tim Wilkerson (4.00) and John Force (4.00), and Tommy Johnson Jr (3.95) and Robert Hight (3.94). The semifinals were JR Todd (3.99) vs Ron Capps (3.97) and Tim Wilkerson (4.00) vs Robert Hight (3.94). The finals featured JR Todd (3.97) and the DHL team and Tim Wilkerson (4.04) and the Levi Ray and Shoup team. With the winner being JR Todd (3.97). This is JR’s fourth win of the season.

Moving on we have Pro Stock, where the ladder looked like this; #1 Tanner Gray (6.54) vs #16 Val Smeland (6.69), #2 Jeg Coughlin (6.54) vs #15 John Gaydosh (6.66), #3 Erica Enders (6.55) vs #14 Alan Prusiensky (6.65), #4 Drew Skillman (6.55) vs #13 Fernando Cuadra (6.60), #5 Bo Butner (6.55) vs #12 Kenny Delco (6.60), #6 Vincent Nobile (6.55) vs #11 Matt Hartford (6.58), #7 Greg Anderson (6.56) vs #10 Deric Kramer (6.57) and #8 Jason Line (6.56) vs #9 Chris McGaha (6.57). The winners and who they would face in the second round were Tanner Gray (6.55) and Jason Line (6.56), Drew Skillman (6.56) and Bo Butner (6.58), Jeg Coughlin (6.55) and Greg Anderson (6.57) and Erica Enders (6.57) and Vincent Nobile (6.57). The semifinals were Tanner Gray (6.59) vs Drew Skillman (6.59) and Greg Anderson (6.59) vs Vincent Nobile (6.59). The finals featured Drew Skillman (6.57) and the Ray Skillman Chevrolet team and Vincent Nobile (6.59) and the Mountain View Tire team. With the winner being Vincent Nobile (6.58). This is Vincent’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 John Hall (6.96), #2 Eddie Krawiec (6.82) vs #15 Jim Underdahl (6.95), #3 Hector Arana Jr (6.83) vs #14 Ron Tornow (6.95), #4 Andrew Hines (6.84) vs #13 Ryan Oehler (6.94), #5 LE Tonglet (6.86) vs #12 Mark Paquette (6.91), #6 Joey Gladstone (6.87) vs #11 Scotty Pollacheck (6.90), #7 Angelle Sampey (6.87) vs #10 Angie Smith (6.89) and #8 Steve Johnson (6.88) vs #9 Jerry Savoie (6.88). The winners and who they would face in the second round were Matt Smith (6.84) and Steve Johnson (6.86), Andrew Hines and LE Tonglet (6.84), Eddie Krawiec (6.88) and Angie Smith (6.93) and Hector Arana Jr (6.90) and Joey Gladstone (6.90). The semifinals were Matt Smith (6.86) vs LE Tonglet (6.84) and Eddie Krawiec (6.85) vs Hector Arana Jr (6.88). The finals featured Matt Smith (6.81) and the Polaris Victory Magnum team and Hector Arana Jr (6.88) and the Lucas Oil team. With the winner being  Hector Arana Jr (6.84). This is Hector’s second win of the season.

The next race, number two in the Countdown will be the AAA Insurance NHRA Midwest Nationals September 21-23 in St. Louis, Missouri.

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

-K

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