Racing in Tennessee

Hi everyone,

This weeks race took us to Bristol, Tennessee for the NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals and what a great and emotional race it was.

Starting with Top Fuel, the ladder looked like this; #1 Steve Torrence (3.77) vs #16 Chris Karamesines (4.26), #2 Doug Kalitta (3.78) vs #15 Shawn Langdon (4.02), Langdon had a crazy explosion during qualifying and if you haven’t seen it definitely look it up, #3 Leah Pritchett (3.79) vs #14 Troy Coughlin Jr (4.01), #4 Clay Millican (3.81) vs #13 Kyle Wurtzel (3.95), #5 Brittany Force (3.81) vs #12 Terry McMillen (3.90), #6 Tony Schumacher (3.82) vs #11 Scott Palmer (3.88), #7 Antron Brown (3.83) vs #10 Pat Dakin (3.86) and #8 Kebin Kinsley (3.83) vs #9 Mike Salinas (3.85). The winners and who they would face in the second round were Steve Torrence (4.28) and Mike Salinas (3.85), Clay Millican (5.31) and Brittany Force (3.89), Shawn Langdon (4.18) and Antron Brown (3.95) and Leah Pritchett (4.37) and Scott Palmer (3.96). The semifinals were Steve Torrence (4.00) vs Clay Millican (4.01) and Shawn Langdon (4.25) vs Leah Pritchett (7.09). The finals featured Clay Millican (3.81) and the Parts Plus/ Great Clips team and Leah Pritchett (3.79) and the Papa John’s team. With the winner being Clay Millican (3.82). This is Clay’s first career win. I’ve been watching Clay race for many years, he’s one of the nicest people you could meet and to see him finally get that first win made me emotional, it was well deserved and I’m very happy for him.

Next we have Funny Car, where the ladder looked like this; #1 Tim Wilkerson (3.89) vs #16 Bob abide (8.36), #2 Robert Hight (3.91) vs #15 Jeff Diehl (7.63), #3 Matt Hagan (3.92) vs #14 Jim Campbell (4.99), #4 Courtney Force (3.95) vs #13 JR Todd (4.06), #5 Jack Beckman (3.95) vs #12 Cruz Pedregon (4.04), #6 John Force (3.98) vs #11 Del Worsham (4.04), #7 Alexis DeJoria (3.99) vs #10 Ron Capps (4.03) and #8 Tommy Johnson Jr (4.00) vs #9 Jonnie Lindberg (4.02). The winners and who they would face in the second round were Tim Wilkerson (4.36) and Tommy Johnson Jr (4.10), Courtney Force (4.13) and Jack Beckman (4.17), Robert Hight (3.98) and Ron Capps (4.10) and Matt Hagan (4.38) and John Force (4.13). The semifinals were  all Don Schumacher Racing, Tommy Johnson Jr (4.08) vs Jack Beckman (4.32) and Ron Capps (4.09) vs Matt Hagan (4.20). The finals featured Jack Beckman (4.00) and the Infinite Hero team and Ron Capps (4.04) and the NAPA Auto Parts team. With the winner being Ron Capps (4.05). This is Ron’s fifth win of the season.

And finally we have Pro Stock, where with 13 cars the ladder looked like this; #1 Jeg Coughlin (6.69), #2 Bo Butner (6.69) vs #13 Wally Stroupe (7.30), #3 Erica Enders (6.70) vs #12 Alan Prusiensky (6.78), #4 Greg Anderson (6.71) vs #11 Tanner Gray (6.77), #5 Jason Line (6.72) vs #10 Shane Gray (6.75), #6 Vincent Nobile (6.72) vs #9 Drew Skillman (6.75) and #7 Allen Johnson (6.73) vs #8 Alex Laughlin (6.74). The winners and who they would face in the second round were Jeg Coughlin (6.74) and Alex Laughlin (6.76), Tanner Gray (6.73) and Shane Gray (6.74), Bo Butner (6.71) and Erica Enders (6.74) and Vincent Nobile (6.75). The semifinals were Alex Laughlin (6.76) vs Tanner Gray (6.74) and Bo Butner (6.76) vs Erica Enders (6.76). The finals featured Alex Laughlin (6.76) and the Gas Monkey Energy team and Bo Butner (6.73) and the Jim Butner Auto team. With the winner being Alex Laughlin (6.71). This is Alex’s first win of the season.

The next race will be the Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals June 22-25 in Norwalk, Ohio.

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 New Jersey

Hi everyone,

This weeks race took us to Englishtown, New Jersey for the NHRA Summernationals and what an exciting race it was.

Starting with Top Fuel, with 14 cars the ladder looked like this; #1 Antron Brown (3.71) vs #14 Blake Alexander (5.72), #2 Steve Torrence (3.72) vs #13 Smax Smith (4.92), #3 Doug Kalitta (3.73) vs #12 Dom Lagana (3.82), #4 Shawn Langdon (3.73) vs #11 Scott Palmer (3.80), #5 Brittany Force (3.76) vs #10 Troy Coughlin Jr (3.80), #6 Tony Schumacher (3.76) vs #9 Leah Pritchett (3.78) and #7 Terry McMillen (3.78) vs #8 Clay Millican (3.78). The winners and who they would face in the second round were Antron Brown (3.70), Scott Palmer (3.88) and Brittany Force (3.80), Steve Torrence (3.83) and Clay Millican (3.80) and Doug Kalitta (3.76) and Tony Schumacher (3.83). The semifinals were Antron Brown (6.62) vs Brittany Force (3.83) and Steve Torrence (3.82) vs Doug Kalitta (3.80). The finals featured Antron Brown (3.78) and the Matco Tools team and Steve Torrence (3.82) and the Capco team. With the winner being Steve Torrence (3.85). This is Steve’s third win of the season.

Next we have Funny Car, where the ladder looked like this; #1 Courtney Force (3.86) vs #16 Jeff Diehl (6.43), #2 Robert Hight (3.88) vs #15 JR Todd (4.05), #3 Ron Capps (3.88) vs #14 Del Worsham (4.04), #4 Jack Beckman (3.90) vs #13 Jim Campbell (4.02), #5 Cruz Pedregon (3.91) vs #12 John Force (4.01), #6 Tim Wilkerson (3.94) vs #12 Alexis DeJoria (3.97), #7 Tommy Johnson Jr (3.94) vs #10 Bob Tasca (3.96) and #8 Jonnie Lindberg (3.95) vs #9 Matt Hagan (3.95). The winners and who they would face in the second round were Courtney Force (4.01) and Matt Hagan (4.01), Jack Beckman (4.08) and Cruz Pedregon (4.72), Robert Hight (4.88) and Tommy Johnson Jr (4.01) and Ron Capps (4.66) and Alexis DeJoria (4.04). The semifinals were Courtney Force (4.09) vs Jack Beckman (4.28) and Robert Hight (4.04) vs Ron Capps (4.23). The finals featured Jack Beckman (9.14) and the Infinite Hero team and Ron Capps (4.19) and the NAPA Auto Parts team. With the winner being Jack Beckman (4.10). This is Jack’s first win of the season.

Moving on we have Pro Stock where with 14 cars the ladder looked like this; #1 Bo Butner (6.55) vs #14 Val Smeland (6.86), #2 Tanner Gray (6.55) vs #13 John Gaydosh (6.71), #3 Jason Line (6.55) vs #12 Alan Prusiensky (6.65), #4 Allen Johnson (6.56) vs #11 Matt Hartford (6.63), #5 Greg Anderson (6.57) vs #10 Kenny Delco (6.62), #6 Jeg Coughlin (6.58) vs #9 Erica Enders (6.59) and #7 Drew Skillman (6.59) vs #8 Vincent Nobile (6.59). The winners and who they would face in the second round were Bo Butner (6.61), Allen Johnson (6.63) and Greg Anderson (6.64), John Gaydosh (6.80) and Vincent Nobile (6.75) and Alan Prusiensky (6.80) and Jeg Coughlin (6.61). The semifinals were Bo Butner (6.61) vs Greg Anderson (6.61) and Vincent Nobile (6.64) vs Jeg Coughlin (6.64). The finals featured Greg Anderson (6.63) and the Summit Racing Equipment team and Vincent Nobile (6.64) and the Mountain View Tire team. With the winner being Greg Anderson (6.61). This is Greg’s second win of the season.

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

The next race will be the NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals June 16-18 in Bristol, Tennessee.

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

-K

Twitter: @KSagerson

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Racing in New Hampshire

Hi everyone,

This weeks race took us to Epping, New Hampshire for the NHRA New England Nationals. And what a good race it was.

Starting in Top Fuel, the ladder looked like this; #1 Leah Pritchett (3.67), #2 Brittany Force (3.68) vs #15 Steve Chrisman (6.84), #3 Tony Schumacher (3.70) vs #14 Smax Smith (5.25), #4 Antron Brown (3.72) vs #13 Shawn Reed (4.06), #5 Terry McMillen (3.72), Terry had an insane explosion in E1 and if you haven’t seen it definitely look it up on YouTube, vs #12 Scott Palmer (3.82), #6 Shawn Langdon (3.72) vs #11 Dom Lagana (3.79), #7 Clay Millican (3.72) vs #10 Troy Coughlin Jr (3.77) and #8 Steve Torrence (3.73) vs #9 Doug Kalitta (3.73). The winners and who they would face in the secound round were Leah Pritchett (5.23) and Steve Torrence (3.71), Antron Brown (4.57) and Scott Palmer (3.91), Brittany Force (3.75) and Troy Coughlin Jr (3.78) and Smax Smith (4.20) and Shawn Langdon (3.75). The semifinals were Leah Pritchett (4.33) vs Antron Brown (3.73) and Brittany Force (3.74) vs Shawn Langdon (3.79). The finals featured Antron Brown (3.70) and the Matco Tools team and Brittany Force (3.73) and the Monster Energy team. With the winner being Brittany Force (3.71). This is Brittany’s first win of the season.

Next we have Funny Car, where the ladder looked like this; #1 Robert Hight (3.82) vs #16 Mike Smith (6.23), #2 Courtney Force (3.84) vs #15 Jim Campbell (4.56), #3 Ron Capps (3.86) vs #14 Jeff Diehl (4.12), #4 Matt Hagan (3.87) vs #13 John Force (3.96), #5 Jack Beckman (3.87) vs #12 Del Worsham (3.94), #6 Bob Tasca (3.89) vs #11 Alexis DeJoria (3.92), #7 Cruz Pedregon (3.89) vs #10 Tim Wilkerson (3.90) and #8 JR Todd (3.90) vs #9 Tommy Johnson Jr (3.90). The winners and who they would face in the second round were Mike Smith (4.32) and Tommy Johnson Jr (4.01), Matt Hagan (3.95) and Del Worsham (4.06), Courtney Force (3.91) and Cruz Pedregon (3.95) and Ron Capps (5.72) and Bob Tasca (4.57). The semifinals were Tommy Johnson Jr (4.00) vs Matt Hagan (3.94) and Courtney Force (3.95) vs Ron Capps (3.95). The finals featured Matt Hagan (3.96) and the Mopar team and Courtney Force (3.89) and the Advanced Auto Parts team. With the winner being Matt Hagan (3.89). This is Matt’s third win of the season.

And finally we have Pro Stock, where with 14 cars, the ladder looked like this; #1 Tanner Gray (6.50) vs #14 Val Smeland (6.78), #2 Erica Enders (6.51) vs #13 Shane Tucker (6.71), #3 Bo Butner (6.51) vs #12 Alan Prusiensky (6.64), #4 Drew Skillman (6.51) vs #11 John Gaydosh (6.62), #5 Greg Anderson (6.52) vs #10 Kenny Delco (6.59), #6 Jeg Coughlin (6.53) vs #9 Vincent Nobile (6.55) and #7 Jason Line (6.53) vs #8 Allen Johnson (6.55). The winners and who they would face in the second round were Tanner Gray (14.71), Drew Skillman (6.54) and Kenny Delco (6.71), Erica Enders (6.55) and Jason Line (6.54) and Bo Butner (6.54) and Vincent Nobile (6.58). The semifinals were Tanner Gray (15.74) vs Drew Skillman (6.56) and Erica Enders (6.57) vs Bo Butner (6.53). The finals featured Tanner Gray (6.54) and the Gray Motorsports team and Erica Enders (6.55) and the Elite Motorsports team. With the winner being Erica Enders (6.53). This is Erica’s first win of the season.

The next race will be the NHRA Summernationals June 8-11 in Englishtown, New Jersey.

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 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

Twitter: @KSagerson

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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

Twitter: @KSagerson

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Racing in North Carolina- Four Wide edition

Hi everyone,

This weeks race took us to Charlotte, North Carolina for the NHRA Four Wide Nationals. This is unlike any other race during the season and it was full of excitement. Close races and staging miscues and confusion.

Starting with Top Fuel, the first quad looked like this; #1 Clay Millican (3.71) vs #16 Terry Haddock (4.40), #8 Shawn Langdon (3.76) and #9 Leah Pritchett (3.77). Quad number two; #4 Steve Torrence (3.72) vs #13 Dom Lagana (3.88), #5 Troy Coughlin Jr (3.72) and #12 Scott Palmer (3.84). Quad number three; #2 Doug Kalitta (3.71) vs #15 Chris Karamesines (4.05), #7 Brittany Force (3.74) and #10 Terry McMillen (3.79). And quad number four; #3 Antron Brown (3.72) vs #14 Ike Maier (3.95), #6 Tony Schumacher (3.74) and #11 Pat Dakin (3.82). The winners of the first quad were Clay Millican (3.74) and Leah Pritchett (3.73). They were joined in the semifinals  by Steve Torrence (3.77) and Dom Lagana (3.85). The winners of the third quad were Doug Kalitta (3.75) and Terry McMillen (4.34). And they were joined by Antron Brown (3.76) and Tony Schumacher (4.37). The finals featured Leah Pritchett (3.75) and the Papa John’s team, Steve Torrence (3.77) and the Capco team, Terry McMillen (3.83) and the Amalie Motor Oil team and Tony Schumacher (3.79) and the US Army team. With the winner being Steve Torrence (3.78). Followed by Tony Schumacher (3.87), Leah Pritchett (3.79) and Terry McMillen (4.65). This is Steve’s first win of the season.

Next we have Funny Car, where the first quad looked like this; #1 Courtney Force (3.85), she did hit the wall pretty hard in the first round but wasn’t seriously injured, vs #16 Jonnie Lindberg (4.07), #8 JR Todd (3.95) and Bob Tasca (3.96). Quad number two; #4 Matt Hagan (3.89) vs #13 Bob Bode (4.02), #5 Tim Wilkerson (3.90) and #12 Cruz Pedregon (4.00). Quad number three; #2 Robert Hight (3.87) vs #15 Jim Campbell (4.05), #7 Tommy Johnson Jr (3.92) and #10 Jack Beckman (3.97). And quad number four; #3 John Force (3.88) vs #14 Chad Head (4.03), who was filling in for Alexis DeJoria who was dealing with a family matter, #6 Ron Capps (3.90) and #11 Del Worsham (3.98). The winners of the first quad were Jonnie Lindberg (3.98) and JR Todd (7.76) and they were joined in the semifinals by Matt Hagan (3.93) and Tim Wilkerson (4.33). The winners of the third quad were Robert Hight (3.88) and Jack Beckman (4.02) and they were joined by John Force (3.93) and Ron Capps (3.92). The finals featured JR Todd (4.03) and the DHL team, Matt Hagan (3.98) and the Mopar team, Jack Beckman (3.99) and the Infinite Hero Team and Ron Capps (3.92) and the NAPA Auto Parts team. With the winner being Ron Capps (3.93). Followed Jack Beckman (3.95), JR Todd (4.10) and Matt Hagan (8.82). This is Ron’s second win of the season.

Moving on, we have Pro Stock, where the first quad looked like this; #1 Jeg Coughlin (6.57) vs #16 John Gaydosh (6.76), #8 Drew Skillman (6.61) and #9 Vincent Nobile (6.61). Quad number two; #4 Chris McGaha (6.59) vs #13 Alan Prusiensky (6.65), #5 Jason Line (6.59) and #12 Allen Johnson (6.64). Quad number three; #2 Erica Enders (6.58) vs #15 Shane Tucker (6.75), #7 Tanner Gray (6.59) and #10 Alex Laughlin (6.61). And quad number four; #3 Greg Anderson (6.58) vs #14 Deric Kramer (6.66), #6 Bo Butner (6.59) and #11 Shane Gray (6.63). The winners of the first quad were Drew Skillman (6.60) and Vincent Nobile (6.61) and they were joined in the semifinals by Chris McGaha (6.60) and Jason Line (6.59). The winners of the third quad were Tanner Gray (6.59) and Alex Laughlin (6.65) and they were joined by Greg Anderson (6.59) and Shane Gray (6.62). The finals featured Drew Skillman (6.61) and the Ray Skillman Chevrolet team, Chris McGaha (6.58) and the Harlow Sammons team, Greg Anderson (6.60) and the Summit Racing Equipment team and Shane Gray (6.61) and the Gray Motorsports team. With the winner being Chris McGaha (6.59). Followed by Greg Anderson (6.61), Shane Gray (6.64), and Drew Skillman (6.59). This is Chris’s first win of the season.

And finally we have Pro Stock Motorcycle, where the first quad looked like this; #1 Jerry Savoie (6.82) vs #16 Steve Johnson (6.97), #8 LE Tonglet (6.88) and #9 Scotty Pollacheck (6.88). Quad number two; #4 Chip Ellis (6.85) vs #13 Angie Smith (6.91), #5 Joey Gladstone (6.86) and #12 Karen Stoffer (6.91). Quad number three; #2 Eddie Krawic (6.83) vs #15 Shawn Gann (6.95), #7 Hector Arana Jr (6.87) and #10 Matt Smith (6.88). And quad number four; #3 Andrew Hines (6.84) vs #14 Angelle Sampey (6.94), #6 Hector Arana (6.87) and #11 Cory Reed (6.89). The winners of the first quad were LE Tonglet (6.82) and Scotty Pollacheck (6.81) and they were joined in the semifinals by Joey Gladstone (6.88) and Karen Stoffer (6.86). The winners of the third quad were Eddie Krawic (6.79) and Matt Smith (6.92). They were joined by Andrew Hines (6.83) and Angelle Sampey (6.95). The finals featured LE Tonglet (6.88) and the Nitro fish team, Scotty Pollacheck (6.88) and the Underdahl Racing/ Suzuki Extended Protection team, Eddie Krawic (6.86) and the Vance and Hines Harley Davidson team and Andrew Hines (6.86) and the Vance and Hines Harley Davidson team (6.86). With the winner being LE Tonglet (6.86). Followed by Eddie Krawic (6.82), Andrew Hines (6.90) and Scotty Pollacheck (no time). This is LE’s first win of the season.

The next race will be the NHRA Southern Nationals, May 5-7 in Atlanta, Georgia.

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

-K

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Racing in Texas

Hi everyone,

This weeks race took us to Houston, Texas for the NHRA Spring Nationals. And what a race it was, there was no shortage of drama.

Starting with Top Fuel, the biggest news is that Shawn Langdon is back to racing with Kalitta Motorsports and Global Electronic Technology as a sponsor. And the ladder looked like this; #1 Clay Millican (3.72) vs #16 Steve Chrisman (5.76), #2 Antron Brown (3.72) vs #15 Terry Haddock (3.98), #3 Doug Kalitta (3.73) vs #14 Terry McMillen (3.89), #4 Steve Torrence (3.74) vs #13 Shawn Reed (3.86), #5 Brittany Force (3.74) vs #12 Troy Coughlin Jr (3.86), #6 Leah Pritchett (3.74) vs #11 Scott Palmer (3.83), #7 Bob Vandergriff (3.78) vs #10 Shawn Langdon (3.82) and #8 Tony Schumacher (3.78) vs #9 Troy Buff (3.81). The winners and who they would face in the second round were Clay Millican (3.72) and Tony Schumacher (3.75), Steve Torrence (3.74) and Troy Coughlin Jr (3.85), Antron Brown (3.75) and Bob Vandergriff (3.77), and Doug Kalitta (3.76) and Leah Pritchett (3.74). The semifinals were Clay Millican (3.78) vs Steve Torrence (3.75) and Antron Brown (3.76) vs Leah Pritchett (3.77). The finals featured Steve Torrence (3.76) and the Capco team and Leah Pritchett (3.77) and the Papa John’s team. With the winner being Leah Pritchett (3.78). This is Leah’s third win of the season.

Next we have Funny Car, where the ladder looked like this; #1 Courtney Force (3.85) vs #16 Jeff Diehl (11.83), #2 Ron Capps (3.88) vs #15 Todd Simpson (8.42), #3 John Force (3.89) vs #14 Del Worsham (4.13), #4 Robert Hight (3.89) vs #13 Jim Campbell (4.12), #5 Cruz Pedregon (3.89) vs #12 JR Todd (4.01), #6 Jack Beckman (3.90) vs #11 Matt Hagan (3.97), #7 Tommy Johnson Jr (3.93) vs #10 Jonnie Lindberg (3.96) and #8 Tim Wilkerson (3.94) vs #9 Alexis DeJoria (3.94). The winners and who they would face in the second round were Courtney Force (5.34) and Alexis DeJoria (3.92), Robert Hight (3.87) and JR Todd (3.95), Ron Capps (3.89) and Jonnie Lindberg (3.94) and John Force (4.21) and Jack Beckman (4.22). The semifinals were Courtney Force (3.94) vs Robert Hight (3.89) and Ron Capps (3.95) vs Jack Beckman (3.89). The finals featured Robert Hight (3.90) and the AAA team and Ron Capps (3.92) and the NAPA Auto Parts team. With the winner being Ron Capps (4.00). This is Ron’s first win of the season and he won it in old school Funny Car, on fire crossing the finish line, fashion. If you haven’t seen it yet definitely look it up on YouTube.

And finally we have Pro Stock, where with 13 cars, the ladder looked like this; #1 Jeg Coughlin (6.55), #2 Bo Butner (6.56) vs #13 Allen Johnson (6.64), #3 Greg Anderson (6.56) vs #12 Alan Prusiensky (6.62), #4 Erica Enders (6.57) vs #11 Richie Stevens (6.61), #5 Tanner Gray (6.57) vs #10 Alex Laughlin (6.61), #6 Jason Line (6.57) vs #9 Vincent Nobile (6.60) and #7 Drew Skillman (6.58) vs #8 Chris McGaha (6.59). The winners and who they could face in the second round were Jeg Coughlin (6.49) and Chris McGaha (6.56), Richie Stevens (6.58) and Tanner Gray (6.55), Bo Butner (6.52), and Greg Anderson (6.53) and Vincent Nobile (6.54). The semifinals were Jeg Coughlin (6.54) vs Tanner Gray (6.54) and Bo Butner (6.54) vs Greg Anderson (6.55). The finals featured Jeg Coughlin (6.55) and the Jegs team and Bo Butner (6.53) and the Jim Butner Auto team. With the winner being, on his eighth attempt, Bo Butner (6.55). This is Bo’s first career win. Besides Bo’s first win there was some fighting between Tanner Gray’s team and Alex Laughlin’s team, so if you want to see that it’s pretty much everywhere on the Internet right now.

The next race will be the NHRA Four-Wide Nationals, April 28-30 in Charlotte, North Carolina.

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

-K

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