Racing in Texas

Hi everyone,

This weeks race took us to Dallas, Texas for the AAA Texas NHRA Nationals, the fourth race in the Countdown. And what an intense race it was.

Starting with Top Fuel, the ladder looked like this; #1 Steve Torrence (3.68) vs #16 Blake Alexander (3.84), #2 Tony Schumacher (3.69) vs #15 Terry Haddock (3.84), #3 Antron Brown (3.69) vs #14 Shawn Reed (3.81), #4 Doug Kalitta (3.70) vs #13 Kebin Kinsley (3.81), #5 Brittany Force (3.74) vs #12 Terry McMillen (3.81), #6 Leah Pritchett (3.74) vs #11 Scott Palmer (3.77), #7 Shawn Langdon (3.74) vs #10 Clay Millican (3.77) and #8 Richie Crampton (3.74) vs #9 Billy Torrence (3.77). The winners and who they would face in the second round were Steve Torrence (3.68) and Richie Crampton (3.68), Doug Kalitta (3.86) and Brittany Force (3.70), Terry Haddock (4.04) and Shawn Langdon (3.99) and Antron Brown (3.72) and Leah Pritchett (3.72). In the second round Steve Torrence had an scary crash, but he was alright and was able to bring out a backup car for the next round. The semifinals were Steve Torrence (3.72) vs Brittany Force (3.71) and Shawn Langdon (5.86) vs Antron Brown (3.68). The finals featured Brittany Force (3.68) and the Monster Energy team and Shawn Langdon (3.70) and the Global Electronic Technology team. With the winner being Brittany Force (3.68). This is Brittany’s third win of the season.

Next we have Funny Car, where the ladder looked like this; #1 Robert Hight (3.87) vs #16 Jim Campbell (4.13), #2 Ron Capps (3.87) vs #15 Del Worsham (4.11), #3 Jack Beckman (3.87) vs #14 JR Todd (3.99), #4 Jonnie Lindberg (3.87) vs #13 Matt Hagan (3.99), #5 Tim Wilkerson (3.90) vs #12 Cruz Pedregon (3.98), #6 Courtney Force (3.92) vs #11 Daniel Wilkerson (3.98), on Friday during qualifying Daniel Wilkerson had a crazy explosion. If you haven’t seen it, it’s on the NHRA’s YouTube channel. #7 Tommy Johnson Jr (3.93) vs #10 John Force (3.95) and #8 Bob Tasca (3.94) vs #9 Alexis DeJoria (3.94). The winners and who they would face in the second round were Robert Hight (3.82) and Alexis DeJoria (3.93), Jonnie Lindberg (4.37) and Tim Wilkerson (3.88), Ron Capps (4.28) and John Force (4.41) and Jack Beckman (4.59) and Daniel Wilkerson (3.97). The semifinals were Robert Hight (3.86) vs Tim Wilkerson (3.90) and Ron Capps (3.92) vs Jack Beckman (5.08). The finals featured Robert Hight (3.89) and the AAA team and Ron Capps (3.90) and the NAPA Auto Parts team. With the winner being Robert Hight (3.87). This is Robert’s fourth win of the season and gives John Force Racing the double up.

Moving on we have Pro Stock, where the ladder looked like this; #1 Bo Butner (6.58) vs #16 Shane Tucker (6.73), #2 Jason Line (6.62) vs #15 Alan Prusiensky (6.69), #3 Tanner Gray (6.62) vs #14 Deric Kramer (6.68), #4 Greg Anderson (6.62) vs #13 Larry Morgan (6.67), #5 Erica Enders (6.62) vs #12 Kenny Delco (6.65), #6 Brian Self (6.63) vs #11 Allen Johnson (6.65), #7 Alex Laughlin (6.63) vs #10 Chris McGaha (6.64) and #8 Drew Skillman (6.63) vs #9 Jeg Coughlin (6.63). The winners and who they would face in the second round were Bo Butner (6.53) and Drew Skillman (6.55), Greg Anderson (technical issue gave him a 4.30 time) and Erica Enders (6.70), Jason Line (6.55) and Alex Laughlin (6.56) and Tanner Gray (6.53) and Brian Self (6.56). The semifinals were Drew Skillman (6.53) vs Greg Anderson (6.57) and Jason Line (6.55) vs Brian Self (6.56). The finals featured Drew Skillman (6.55) and the Ray Skillman Chevrolet team and Jason Line (6.59) and the Summit Racing Equipment team. With the winner being Jason Line (6.54). This is Jason’s second win of the season.

And finally we have Pro Stock Motorcycle, where the ladder looked like this; #1 Eddie Krawiec (6.86) vs #16 David Hope (7.16), #2 Jerry Savoie (6.87) vs #15 Gunner Courtney (7.12), #3 Andrew Hines (6.87) vs #14 Mark Paquette (7.08), #4 Scotty Pollacheck (6.87) vs #13 Steve Johnson (7.01), #5 Angie Smith (6.88) vs #12 Mike Berry (7.00), #6 Matt Smith (6.88) vs #11 Melissa Surber (6.98), #7 LE Tonglet (6.89) vs #10 Joey Gladstone (6.95) and #8 Hector Arana Jr (6.90) vs #9 Karen Stoffer (6.91). The winners and who they would face in the second round were Eddie Krawiec (6.88) and Karen Stoffer (6.95), Scotty Pollacheck (6.94) and Angie Smith (6.88), Jerry Savoie (6.85) and Joey Gladstone (6.91) and Andrew Hines (6.93) and Matt Smith (6.90). The semifinals were Eddie Krawiec (6.78) vs Scotty Pollacheck (6.89) and Jerry Savoie (6.84) vs Matt Smith (6.86). The finals featured Eddie Krawiec (6.85) and the Vance and Hines Harley Davidson team and Jerry Savoie (6.86) and the White Alligator Racing team. With the winner being Eddie Krawiec (9.33). This is Eddie’s sixth win of the season.

Some news coming out of the Nitro categories, Alexis DeJoria announced that at the end of the season she will be retiring and she will be missed.

Filling her spot in the Funny Car ranks will be her Kalitta Motorsports teammate Shawn Langdon and I’m interested to see how the transition from Top Fuel to Funny Car is for Shawn.

The next race will be the NHRA Toyota Nationals, October 26-29 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

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 Missouri

Hi everyone,

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

Starting with Top Fuel, Clay Millican set the new national ET record with a 3.631 at 330.39, and the ladder looked like this; #1 Clay Millican (3.63) vs #16 Kyle Wurtzel (3.86), #2 Leah Pritchett (3.67) vs #15 Ashley Sanford (3.84), #3 Tony Schumacher (3.68) vs #14 Troy Buff (3.83), #4 Doug Kalitta (3.68) vs #13 Scott Palmer (3.78), #5 Brittany Force (3.69) vs #12 Pat Dakin (3.76), #6 Antron Brown (3.69) vs #11 Terry McMillen (3.74), #7 Steve Torrence (3.69) vs #10 Shawn Langdon (3.72) and #8 Dom Lagana (3.71) vs #9 Richie Crampton (3.71). The winners and who they would face in the second round were Clay Millican (3.66) and Dom Lagana (3.72), Doug Kalitta (3.84) and Brittany Force (3.64), Leah Pritchett (3.67) and Steve Torrence (3.67) and Tony Schumacher (3.69) and Antron Brown (3.72). The semifinals were Dom Lagana (3.73) vs Doug Kalitta (3.71) and Steve Torrence (3.67) vs Antron Brown (3.69). The finals featured Doug Kalitta (3.71) and the Mac Tools team and Steve Torrence (3.68) and the Capco team. With the winner being Steve Torrence (3.68). This is Steve’s eighth win of the season.

Next we have Funny Car, where the ladder looked like this; #1 Robert Hight (3.83) vs #16 Dale Creasy Jr (4.03), #2 John Force (3.83) vs #15 Brian Stewart (4.01), #3 Ron Capps (3.84) vs #14 Jim Campbell (4.00), #4 Alexis DeJoria (3.86) vs #13 Cruz Pedregon (3.97), #5 Jonnie Lindberg (3.87) vs #12 Tim Wilkerson (3.92), #6 Jack Beckman (3.87) vs #11 Del Worsham (3.91), #7 Courtney Force (3.87) vs #10 JR Todd (3.90) and #8 Matt Hagan (3.89) vs #9 Tommy Johnson Jr (3.89). The winner and who they would face in the second round were Robert Hight (3.87) and Matt Hagan (3.83), Alexis DeJoria (3.88) and Jonnie Lindberg (3.94), John Force (5.56) and Courtney Force (3.88) and Ron Capps (3.90) and Jack Beckman (3.85). The semifinals were Robert Hight (3.91) vs Jonnie Lindberg (3.87) and John Force (3.91) vs Ron Capps (3.88). The finals featured Jonnie Lindberg (3.89) and the Head Racing team and Ron Capps (3.90) and the NAPA Auto Parts team. With the winner being Ron Capps (3.87). This is Ron’s eighth win of the season.

Moving on we have Pro Stock, where the ladder looked like this; #1 Greg Anderson (6.50) vs #16 Dave River (6.90), #2 Bo Butner (6.51) vs #15 Mark Hogan (6.73), #3 Jason Line (6.51) vs #14 Alan Prusiensky (6.62), #4 Drew Skillman (6.51) vs #13 Brian Self (6.59), #5 Chris McGaha (6.52) vs #12 Jeg Coughlin (6.57), #6 Tanner Gray (6.52) vs #11 Deric Kramer (6.57), #7 Erica Enders (6.55) vs #10 Allen Johnson (6.56) and #8 Alex Laughlin (6.55) vs #9 Larry Morgan (6.55). The winners and who they would face in the second round were Greg Anderson (6.52) and Larry Morgan (6.65), Brian Self (6.61) and Chris McGaha (6.54), Bo Butner (6.52) and Erica Enders (6.56) and Jason Line (6.51) and Deric Kramer (6.59). The semifinals were Greg Anderson (6.56) vs Brian Self (6.59) and Bo Butner (6.56) vs Jason Line (6.55). The finals featured Greg Anderson (6.57) and the Summit Racing Equipment team and Jason Line (6.57) and the Summit Racing Equipment team. With the winner being Greg Anderson (6.57). This is Greg’s third win of the season.

And finally we have Pro Stock Motorcycle, where the ladder looks like this; #1 Andrew Hines (6.78) vs #16 Andie Rawlings (7.65), #2 Eddie Krawiec (6.78) vs #15 David Hope (7.08), #3 Matt Smith (6.79) vs #14 Steve Johnson (7.02), #4 Scotty Pollacheck (6.80) vs #13 Ryan Oehler (6.99), #5 Jerry Savoie (6.81) vs #12 Marc Ingwerson (6.98), #6 Angie Smith (6.82) vs #11 Mike Berry (6.92), #7 LE Tonglet (6.83) vs #10 Joey Gladstone (6.88) and #8 Hector Arana Jr (6.83) vs #9 Karen Stoffer (6.85). The winners and who they would face in the second round were Andrew Hines (6.96) and Karen Stoffer (6.84), Scotty Pollacheck (6.84) and Jerry Savoie (6.81), Eddie Krawiec (6.78) and LE Tonglet (6.82) and Matt Smith (6.83) and Angie Smith (6.84). The semifinals were Andrew Hines (6.80) vs Scotty Pollacheck (6.82) and LE Tonglet (6.82) vs Matt Smith (6.82). The finals featured Andrew Hines (6.84) and the Vance and Hines Harley Davidson team and LE Tonglet (6.81) and the Nitro Fish team. With the winner being LE Tonglet (6.79). This is LE’s sixth win of the season.

The next race will be the AAA Texas NHRA Fall Nationals, October 12-15 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 second race in the Countdown and what a great race it was.

Starting with Top Fuel, the ladder looked like this; #1 Clay Millican (3.69), #2 Doug Kalitta (3.70) vs #15 Audrey Worm (6.44), #3 Steve Torrence (3.72) vs #14 Terry Haddock (3.93), #4 Brittany Force (3.73) vs #13 Wayne Newby (3.87), #5 Tony Schumacher (3.73) vs #12 Scott Palmer (3.80), #6 Leah Pritchett (3.74) vs #11 Terry McMillen (3.79), #7 Dom Lagana (3.76) vs #10 Shawn Langdon (3.78) and #8 Antron Brown (3.76) vs #9 Richie Crampton (3.76). The winners and who they would face in the second round were Clay Millican (3.70) and Antron Brown (3.75), Brittany Force (3.72) and Tony Schumacher (3.75), Doug Kalitta (3.76) and Dom Lagana (3.79) and Steve Torrence (3.78) and Leah Pritchett (3.76). The semifinals were Antron Brown (3.77) vs Brittany Force (3.74) and Dom Lagana (4.30) vs Steve Torrence (3.76). The finals featured Brittany Force (3.90) and the Monster Energy team and Steve Torrence (3.74) and the Capco team. With the winner being Brittany Force (3.75). This is Brittany’s second win of the season.

Next we have Funny Car, where the ladder looked like this; #1 Robert Hight (3.84) vs #16 Mike Smith (6.25), #2 Matt Hagan (3.87) vs #15 Jeff Diehl (4.77), #3 Ron Capps (3.87) vs #14 Jim Campbell (4.06), #4 Jonnie Lindberg (3.89) vs #13 John Force (3.97), #5 Jack Beckman (3.91) vs #12 Cruz Pedregon (3.96), #6 Alexis DeJoria (3.91) vs #11 Tommy Johnson Jr (3.95), #7 JR Todd (3.92) vs #10 Tim Wilkerson (3.94) and #8 Courtney Force (3.93) vs #9 Bob Tasca (3.93). The winners and who they would face in the second round were Robert Hight (3.87) and Courtney Force (3.96), Jonnie Lindberg (3.94) and Jack Beckman (3.93), Matt Hagan (3.91) and Tim Wilkerson (3.95) and Ron Capps (4.16) and Tommy Johnson Jr (4.22). The semifinals were Courtney Force (3.96) vs Jack Beckman (3.95) and Matt Hagan (3.95) vs Ron Capps (3.98). The finals featured Courtney Force (3.96) and the Advanced Auto Parts team and Ron Capps (3.94) and the NAPA Auto Parts team. With the winner being Ron Capps (3.96). This is Ron’s seventh win of the season and he retakes the Funny Car points lead.

Moving on we have Pro Stock, where the ladder looked like this; #1 Bo Butner (6.55) vs #16 Val Smeland (6.81), #2 Jason Line (6.56) vs #15 Alan Prusiensky (6.67), #3 Tanner Gray (6.56) vs #14 Larry Morgan (6.63), #4 Allen Johnson (6.57) vs #13 Kenny Delco (6.62), #5 Drew Skillman (6.57) vs #12 Jeg Coughlin (6.60), #6 Greg Anderson (6.57) vs #11 Brian Self (6.60), #7 Alex Laughlin (6.59) vs #10 Matt Hartford (6.59) and #8 Chris McGaha (6.59) vs #9 Erica Enders (6.59). The winners and who they would face in the second round were Bo Butner (6.59) and Erica Enders (6.65), Allen Johnson (6.64) and Drew Skillman (6.61), Jason Line (6.60) and Matt Hartford (6.62) and Tanner Gray (6.62) and Greg Anderson (6.62). The semifinals were Bo Butner (6.63) vs Allen Johnson (6.64) and Jason Line (6.62) vs Greg Anderson (7.46). The finals featured Bo Butner (6.65) and the Jim Butner Auto team and Greg Anderson (6.67) and the Summit Racing Equipment team. With the winner being Bo Butner (6.61). This is Bo’s fourth win of the season and he too, retook the points lead.

And finally we have Pro Stock Motorcycle, where the ladder looked like this; #1 Scotty Pollacheck (6.82) vs #16 Andie Rawlings (7.78), #2 Jerry Savoie (6.82) vs #15 Lance Bonham (7.20), #3 Hector Arana Jr (6.83) vs #14 Charlie Sullivan (7.00), #4 Eddie Krawiec (6.84) vs #13 Kelly Clontz (6.95), #5 Andrew Hines (6.86) vs #12 Ron Tornow (6.95), #6 Karen Stoffer (6.86) vs #11 Steve Johnson (6.94), #7 LE Tonglet (6.86) vs #10 Angie Smith (6.89) and #8 Matt Smith (6.86) vs #9 Joey Gladstone (6.87). The winners and who they would face in the second round were Scotty Pollacheck (6.88) and Matt Smith (6.86), Eddie Krawiec (6.87) and Andrew Hines (6.90), Jerry Savoie (6.87) and LE Tonglet (7.08) and Hector Arana Jr (6.88) and Karen Stoffer (6.94). The semifinals were Scotty Pollacheck (6.90) vs Eddie Krawiec (6.87) and LE Tonglet (6.95) vs Hector Arana Jr (6.92). The finals featured Eddie Krawiec (6.89) and the Vance and Hines Harley Davidson team and LE Tonglet (6.94) and the Nitro Fish team. With the winner being Eddie Krawiec (6.85). This is Eddie’s fifth win this season and third win in a row.

You may have noticed that Vincent Nobile was absent from this race, he and his team decided to sit for the rest of the season. They weren’t happy with their performance and are planning to continue next season.

The next race will be the AAA Insurance Midwest Nationals, September 29- October 1 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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Racing in North Carolina

Hi everyone,

This weeks race took us to North Carolina for the NHRA Carolina Nationals and the first race of the Countdown. And what a good race it was.

Starting with Top Fuel, the ladder looked like this; #1 Doug Kalitta (3.72) vs #16 Chris Karamesines (4.73), #2 Steve Torrence (3.72) vs #15 Terry Haddock (4.70), #3 Leah Pritchett (3.72) vs #14 Wayne Newby (3.83), #4 Antron Brown (3.72) vs #13 Terry McMillen (3.82), #5 Clay Millican (3.74) vs #13 Dom Lagana (3.80), #6 Brittany Force (3.74) vs #11 Pat Dakin (3.79), #7 Richie Crampton (3.74) vs #10 Scott Palmer (3.79) and #8 Shawn Langdon (3.77) vs #9 Tony Schumacher (3.78). The winners and who they would face in the second round were Doug Kalitta (3.85) and Tony Schumacher (3.76), Antron Brown (3.79) and Clay Millican (3.72), Steve Torrence (3.77) and Richie Crampton (3.75) and Wayne Newby (3.82) and Brittany Force (3.75). The semifinals were Doug Kalitta (3.77) vs Clay Millican (3.75) and Richie Crampton (3.76) vs Brittany Force (3.79). The finals featured Doug Kalitta (3.78) and the Mac Tools team and Richie Crampton (3.80) and the SealMaster team. With the winner being Doug Kalitta (3.77). This is Doug’s first win of the season.

Next we have Funny Car, where the ladder looked like this; #1 Courtney Force (3.89) vs #16 Bob Gilbertson (4.44), #2 JR Todd (3.89) vs #15 Jeff Diehl (4.24), #3 Tommy Johnson Jr (3.90) vs #14 Dave Richards (4.06), #4 Jack Beckman (3.90) vs #13 Jim Campbell (4.06), #5 Alexis DeJoria (3.91) vs #12 Jonnie Lindberg (3.98), #6 Robert Hight (3.91) vs #11 Matt Hagan (3.98), #7 Tim Wilkerson (3.96) vs #10 Ron Capps (3.98) and #8 Cruz Pedregon (3.96) vs #9 John Force (3.96). The winners and who they would face in the second round were Courtney Force (3.94) and John Force (4.07), Jim Campbell (4.18) and Alexis DeJoria (3.98), JR Todd (3.95) and Ron Capps (4.36) and Tommy Johnson Jr (4.06) and Robert Hight (3.92). The semifinals were Courtney Force (3.93) vs Alexis DeJoria (3.97) and JR Todd (3.97) vs Robert Hight (3.95). The finals featured Courtney Force (3.95) and the Advanced Auto Parts team and Robert Hight (3.98) and the AAA team. With the winner being Robert Hight (3.94). This is Robert’s third win of the season.

Moving on we have Pro Stock, where the ladder looked like this; #1 Tanner Gray (6.55) vs #16 Val Smeland (6.82), #2 Greg Anderson (6.56) vs #15 Alan Prusiensky (6.70), #3 Bo Butner (6.57) vs #14 Shane Tucker (6.70), #4 Jason Line (6.57) vs #13 Larry Morgan (6.66), #5 Chris McGaha (6.58) vs #12 Kenny Delco (6.63), #6 Jeg Coughlin (6.58) vs #11 Vincent Nobile (6.62), #7 Drew Skillman (6.58) vs #10 Allen Johnson (6.60) and #8 Alex Laughlin (6.60) vs #9 Erica Enders (6.60). The winners and who they would face in the second round were Tanner Gray (6.58) and Erica Enders (6.65), Jason Line (6.60) and Kenny Delco (6.76), Greg Anderson (6.61) and Drew Skillman (6.62) and Bo Butner (6.59) and Jeg Coughlin (6.62). The semifinals were Tanner Gray (6.58) vs Jason Line (6.60) and Greg Anderson (6.60) vs Bo Butner (6.62). The finals featured Tanner Gray (6.61) and the Gray Motorsports team and Greg Anderson (6.61) and the Summit Racing Equipment team. With the winner being Tanner Gray (6.61). This is Tanner’s fifth win of the season.

And finally we have Pro Stock Motorcycle where the ladder looked like this; #1 Andrew Hines (6.82) vs #16 Charles Sullivan (7.11), #2 Eddie Krawiec (6.83) vs #15 Mark Paquette (7.00), #3 Jerry Savoie (6.83) vs #14 Melissa Surber (6.97), #4 Hector Arana Jr (6.84) vs #13 Kelly Clontz (6.95), #5 Scotty Pollacheck (6.85) vs #12 Steve Johnson (6.94), #6 LE Tonglet (6.86) vs #11 Joey Gladstone (6.91), #7 Matt Smith (6.87) vs #10 Karen Stoffer (6.90) and #8 Angie Smith (6.87) vs #9 Chip Ellis (6.87). The winners and who they would face in the second round were Andrew Hines (6.89) and Chip Ellis (6.98), Hector Arana Jr (6.86) and Scotty Pollacheck (6.86), Eddie Krawiec (6.83) and Matt Smith (6.87) and Jerry Savoie (6.87) and LE Tonglet (6.93). The semifinals were Andrew Hines (6.83) vs Hector Arana Jr (6.86) and Eddie Krawiec (6.82) vs Jerry Savoie (6.86). The finals featured Andrew Hines (6.86) and the Vance and Hines Harley Davidson team and Eddie Krawiec (6.84) and the Vance and Hines Harley Davidson team. With the winner being Eddie Krawiec (6.85). This is Eddie’s fourth win of the season.

The next race will be the Dodge NHRA Nationals, September 21-24 in Reading, Pennsylvania.

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

-K

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Racing in Indy

Hi everyone,

As you know, this weeks race took us to Indianapolis, Indiana for the US Nationals, the biggest race of the year. And what a race it was.

Starting with Top Fuel and before I get to the ladder, Top Fuel has been full of news recently. Troy Coughlin Jr resigned from his position at Kalitta Motorsports, which was completely unexpected but understandable. To fill that spot Connie Kalitta called on Richie Crampton, and it’s great to see him back in a Top Fuel car. And finally this weekend Ashley Sanford made her Top Fuel debut, so congratulations to her.

And now, on to the ladder; #1 Clay Millican (3.66) vs #16 Kebin Kinsley (3.80), #2 Leah Pritchett (3.66) vs #15 Wayne Newby (3.79), #3 Steve Torrence (3.67) vs #14 Ashley Sanford (3.77), #4 Tony Schumacher (3.68) vs #13 Terry McMillen (3.77), #5 Doug Kalitta (3.68) vs #12 Richie Crampton (3.75), #6 Antron Brown (3.68) vs #11 Scott Palmer (3.75), #7 Bob Vandergriff (3.71) vs #10 Pat Dakin (3.75) and #8 Brittany Force (3.73) vs #9 Shawn Langdon (3.74). The winners and who they would face in the second round were Kebin Kinsley (3.81) and Shawn Langdon (3.75), Tony Schumacher (3.73) and Doug Kalitta (3.87), Leah Pritchett (3.71) and Pat Dakin (3.75) and Steve Torrence (3.73) and Antron Brown (3.72). The semifinals were Kebin Kinsley (3.75) vs Tony Schumacher (3.73) and Leah Pritchett (3.73) and Steve Torrence (3.73). The finals featured Kebin Kinsley (3.77) and the Road Rage Fuel Booster team and Steve Torrence (3.76) and the Capco team. With the winner being Steve Torrence (3.75). Not only is this Steve’s seventh win of the season, but he won the Traxxas Shootout giving him the double up.

Next we have Funny Car, where the ladder looked like this; #1 Matt Hagan (3.79) vs #16 Jim Campbell (4.06), #2 Robert Hight (3.80) vs #15 Justin Schriefer (4.03), #3 Courtney Force (3.83) vs #14 Cruz Pedregon (4.01), #4 John Force (3.84) vs #13 Del Worsham (3.99), #5 Jack Beckman (3.85) vs #12 Tommy Johnson Jr (3.98), #6 JR Todd (3.86) vs #11 Brian Stewart (3.92), #7 Jonnie Lindberg (3.86) vs #10 Tim Wilkerson (3.90) and #8 Ron Capps (3.87) vs #9 Alexis DeJoria (3.88). The winners and who they would face in the second round were Jim Campbell (5.00) and Ron Capps (3.88), Del Worsham (4.01) and Jack Beckman (3.89), Robert Hight (3.86) and Tim Wilkerson (3.91) and Cruz Pedregon (3.94) and JR Todd (3.91). The semifinals were Ron Capps (3.93) vs Jack Beckman (3.87) and Tim Wilkerson (3.94) vs JR Todd (3.93). The finals featured Ron Capps (3.94) and the NAPA Auto Parts team and JR Todd (4.12) and the DHL team. With the winner being JR Todd (3.92). This is JR’s second win of the season.

Moving on we have Pro Stock, where the ladder looked like this; #1 Greg Anderson (6.56) vs #16 Kenny Delco (6.66), #2 Tanner Gray (6.56) vs #15 Deric Kramer (6.62), #3 Drew Skillman (6.57) vs #14 Jeg Coughlin (6.62), #4 Bo Butner (6.57) vs #13 Vincent Nobile (6.61), #5 Alex Laughlin (6.57) vs #12 Shane Gray (6.60), #6 Chris McGaha (6.57) vs #11 Erica Enders (6.60), #7 Johnny Gray (6.59) vs #10 Allen Johnson (6.60) and #8 Matt Hartford (6.59) vs #9 Jason Line (6.59). The winners and who they would face in the second round were Greg Anderson (6.63) and Jason Line (6.65), Bo Butner (6.65) and Alex Laughlin (6.66), Tanner Gray (6.63) and Allen Johnson (6.66) and Drew Skillman (6.66) and Chris McGaha (6.66). The semifinals featured Greg Anderson (6.63) vs Alex Laughlin (6.68) and Tanner Gray (6.66) vs Drew Skillman (6.68). The finals featured Greg Anderson (6.66) and the Summit Racing Equipment team and Drew Skillman (6.69) and the Ray Skillman Chevrolet team. With the winner being Drew Skillman (6.67). This is Drew’s fourth win of the season.

And finally we have Pro Stock Motorcycle, where the ladder looked like this; #1 Eddie Krawiec (6.82) vs #16 Jim Underdahl (6.98), #2 Andrew Hines (6.82) vs #15 Angelle Sampey (6.94), #3 Hector Arana Jr (6.84) vs #14 Cory Reed (6.94), #4 Matt Smith (6.84) vs #13 Joey Gladstone (6.94), #5 Chip Ellis (6.84) vs #12 Mike Berry (6.93), #6 Scotty Pollacheck (6.86) vs #11 Steve Johnson (6.93), #7 Jerry Savoie (6.86) vs #10 Angie Smith (6.91) and #8 LE Tonglet (6.87) vs #9 Karen Stoffer (6.89). The winners and who they would face in the second round were Eddie Krawiec (6.84) and LE Tonglet (6.89), Matt Smith (6.85) and Chip Ellis (6.89), Andrew Hines (6.88) and Jerry Savoie (6.91) and Hector Arana Jr (6.89) and Scotty Pollacheck (6.88). The semifinals were Eddie Krawiec (6.88) vs Matt Smith (6.91) and Jerry Savoie (6.90) vs Hector Arana Jr (6.88). The finals featured Eddie Krawiec (6.92) and the Vance and Hines Harley Davidson team and Hector Arana Jr (6.92) and the Lucas Oil team. With the winner being Eddie Krawiec (6.85). This is Eddie’s third win of the season.

The next race will be the first race in the Countdown, the NHRA Carolina Nationals, September 15-17 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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Racing in Indy- Traxxas Shootout edition

Hi everyone,

This weeks race took us to Indianapolis, Indiana for the Chevrolet Performance US Nationals, aka the biggest race of the year and the specialty race for the Nitro categories. The Traxxas Shootout.

The ladder for Top Fuel looked like this; Antron Brown vs fan vote lottery winner Terry McMillen, Tony Schumacher vs Brittany Force, Steve Torrence vs Clay Millican and Leah Pritchett vs Doug Kalitta. The winners and who they would face were Terry McMillen and Tony Schumacher and Steve Torrence and Doug Kalitta. The semifinals featured Tony Schumacher and the US Army team and Steve Torrence and the Capco team. With the winner being Steve Torrence. This is Steve’s first Traxxas Shootout win and for his win he’ll take home $100,000.

On to Funny Car, the ladder looked like this; Ron Capps vs Courtney Force, Tommy Johnson Jr vs Jack Beckman, Matt Hagan vs John Force and Robert Hight vs JR Todd. The winners and who they would face were Ron Capps and Jack Beckman and John Force and Robert Hight. The finals featured Jack Beckman and the Infinite Hero team and Robert Hight and the AAA team. With the winner being Jack Beckman. This is Jack’s third Traxxas Shootout win.

Both Steve Torrence and Jack Beckman will have the chance to double up should they win the race on Monday.

Today’s action has just wrapped up and the full report on that will be up tomorrow, but it was a good race.

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

-K

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Racing in Minnesota

Hi everyone,

This weeks race took us to Brainerd, Minnesota for the Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals and what an exciting and special race it was.

Starting with Top Fuel, the ladder looked like this; #1 Leah Pritchett (3.64), on Friday during Q2 Leah ran 3.640 at 330.63, setting the new national ET record and making the quickest run in NHRA history. And she would face #16 Rob Passey (8.80), #2 Brittany Force (3.68) vs #15 Steve Chrisman (4.84), #3 Doug Kalitta (3.69) vs #14 Terry Haddock (4.58), #4 Tony Schumacher (3.69) vs #13 Troy Coughlin Jr (4.35), #5 Clay Millican (3.70) vs #12 Chris Karamesines (4.26), #6 Steve Torrence (3.70) vs #11 Luigi Novelli (3.98), #7 Antron Brown (3.72) vs #10 Shawn Langdon (3.85) and #8 Scott Palmer (3.76) vs #9 Terry McMillen (3.81). The winners and who they would face in the second round were Leah Pritchett (3.70) and Scott Palmer (3.78), Tony Schumacher (3.71) and Clay Millican (3.65), Brittany Force (3.72) and Antron Brown (3.69) and Doug Kalitta (3.69) and Steve Torrence (3.72). The semifinals were Leah Pritchett (3.71) vs Clay Millican (3.65) and Antron Brown (3.68) vs Steve Torrence (3.72). The finals featured Leah Pritchett (3.66) and the Papa John’s team and Antron Brown (3.70) and the Matco Tools team. With the winner being Leah Pritchett (3.68). This is Leah’s fourth win of the season.

Next we have Funny Car, where the ladder looked like this; #1 Robert Hight (3.79), on Friday during Q2 Robert ran 3.793 at 338.00, making him the first Funny Car to run in the 3.70’s and setting the new national ET record. And he would face #16 Dale Creasy Jr (4.18), #2 Matt Hagan (3.80) vs #15 Cruz Pedregon (4.11), #3 John Force (3.85) vs #14 Jim Campbell (4.07), #4 Courtney Force (3.86) vs #13 Del Worsham (3.97), #5 Tommy Johnson Jr (3.88) vs #12 Jonnie Lindberg (3.96), #6 Jack Beckman (3.88) vs #11 Brian Stewart (3.96), #7 Tim Wilkerson (3.89) vs #10 Alexis DeJoria (3.94) and #8 Ron Capps (3.92) vs #9 JR Todd (3.93). The winners and who they would face in the second round were Robert Hight (3.85) and Ron Capps (3.89), Courtney Force (3.86) and Tommy Johnson Jr (3.92), Cruz Pedregon (5.71) and Alexis DeJoria (4.41) and John Force (3.90) and Jack Beckman (4.29). The semifinals were Robert Hight (3.82) vs Tommy Johnson Jr (3.93) and Alexis DeJoria (3.88) vs John Force (3.89). The finals featured Tommy Johnson Jr (6.87) and the Make-A-Wish team and Alexis DeJoria (3.89) and the Patron team. With the winner being Alexis DeJoria (3.90). This is Alexis’ first win of the season and really helps her in trying to make it into the Countdown.

Moving on we have Pro Stock, where with 15 cars, the ladder looked like this; #1 Tanner Gray (6.60), #2 Bo Butner (6.61) vs #15 Dave River (6.96), #3 Allen Johnson (6.62) vs #14 Mark Hogan (6.83), #4 Jason Line (6.62) vs #13 John Gaydosh (6.74), #5 Drew Skillman (6.62) vs #12 Alan Prusiensky (6.71), #6 Greg Anderson (6.63) vs #11 Deric Kramer (6.70), #7 Shane Gray (6.63) vs #10 Vincent Nobile (6.67) and #8 Erica Enders (6.66) vs #9 Jeg Coughlin (6.66). The winners and who they would face in the second round were Tanner Gray (6.60) and Erica Enders (6.65), Jason Line (6.62) and Drew Skillman (6.61), Bo Butner (6.62) and Shane Gray (6.63) and Allen Johnson (6.64) and Greg Anderson (6.58). The semifinals were Tanner Gray (6.62) vs Jason Line (6.62) and Bo Butner (6.61) vs Greg Anderson (6.59). The finals featured Tanner Gray (6.62) and the Gray Motorsports team and Bo Butner (6.64) and the Jim Butner Auto team. With the winner being Tanner Gray (6.61). This is Tanner’s fourth win of the season.

And finally we have Pro Stock Motorcycle, where the ladder looked like this; #1 Hector Arana Jr (6.87) vs #16 Jim Underdahl (7.09), #2 Jerry Savoie (6.88) vs #15 Mike Berry (7.05), #3 Matt Smith (6.88) vs #14 Freddie Camarena (7.05), #4 Scotty Pollacheck (6.90) vs #13 Cory Reed (6.97), #5 LE Tonglet (6.91) vs #12 Steve Johnson (6.97), #6 Eddie Krawiec (6.92) vs #11 Joey Gladstone (6.96), #7 Angie Smith (6.94) vs #10 Karen Stoffer (6.95) and #8 Andrew Hines (6.94) vs #9 Angelle Sampey (6.95). The winners and who they would face in the second round were Hector Arana Jr (6.89) and Andrew Hines (6.92), Cory Reed (6.94) and LE Tonglet (6.86), Jerry Savoie (6.88) and Angie Smith (6.93) and Matt Smith (6.85) and Eddie Krawiec (6.88). The semifinals were Andrew Hines (6.91) vs LE Tonglet (6.85) and Jerry Savoie (6.84) vs Matt Smith (6.88). The finals featured LE Tonglet (6.86) and the Nitro Fish team and Jerry Savoie (6.86) and the White Alligator Racing team. With the winner being Jerry Savoie (6.84). This is Jerry’s second win of the season.

A couple of notes from the weekend, with both Leah and Alexis winning, this is the first time two women have shared the Nitro winners circle. Alexis’ win was the 250th win by a woman in the NHRA and Leah’s was number 251.

Update on who has clinched a spot in the Countdown:

Top Fuel:

Steve Torrence, Leah Pritchett, Antron Brown, Tony Schumacher, Brittany Force, Doug Kalitta, Clay Millican

Funny Car:

Ron Capps, Matt Hagan, Robert Hight, Jack Beckman, Tommy Johnson Jr, Courtney Force, John Force

Pro Stock:

Bo Butner (clinched number one spot), Greg Anderson, Tanner Gray, Jason Line, Jeg Coughlin, Drew Skillman, Erica Enders, Vincent Nobile

Pro Stock Motorcycle:

LE Tonglet, Eddie Krawiec, Hector Arana Jr, Jerry Savoie, Matt Smith

Voting for the Traxxas Shootout is now open, so if you want to see your favorite Nitro driver compete in the Shootout in Indy make sure you vote!

The next race will be the Chevrolet Performance US Nationals, aka the biggest race of the year, August 30- September 4 in Indianapolis, Indiana.

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

-K

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