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

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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

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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 Las Vegas

Hi everyone,

This weeks race took us to Las Vegas for the Denso Spark Plugs NHRA Nationals. And what a fun and record breaking race it was.

Starting off with Top Fuel, the ladder looked like this; #1 Steve Torrence (3.72), #2 Tony Schumacher (3.73) vs #15 Terry Haddock (10.50), #3 Doug Kalitta (3.75) vs #14 Steve Chrisman (8.75), #4 Brittany Force (3.76) vs #13 Steve Faria (5.45), #5 Leah Pritchett (3.77) vs #12 Troy Buff (3.97), #6 Clay Millican (3.78) vs #11 Tripp Tatum (3.82), #7 Troy Coughlin Jr (3.79) vs #10 Terry McMillen (3.82) and #8 Antron Brown (3.79) vs #9 Scott Palmer (3.81). The winners and who they would face in the second round were Steve Torrence (3.76) and Antron Brown (3.75), Brittany Force (3.76) and Leah Pritchett (3.75), Tony Schumacher (3.76) and Terry McMillen (4.22) and Doug Kalitta (3.74) and Clay Millican (4.05). The semifinals were Antron Brown (3.82) vs Leah Pritchett (3.77) and Tony Schumacher (3.86) vs Doug Kalitta (3.77). The finals featured Antron Brown (3.79) and the Matco Tools team and Tony Schumacher (3.77) and the US Army team. With the winner being Antron Brown (3.74). This is Antron’s first win of the season.

Moving on we have Funny Car, where the ladder looked like this; #1 Courtney Force (3.86) vs #16 Gary Densham (5.26), #2 Matt Hagan (3.86) vs #15 Del Worsham (4.57), #3 Tim Wilkerson (3.87) vs #14 Robert Hight (4.49), #4 Ron Capps (3.87) vs #13 Jonnie Lindberg (4.29), #5 Jack Beckman (3.88) vs #12 Cruz Pedregon (4.21), #6 Tommy Johnson Jr (3.88) vs #11 Jim Campbell (4.18), #7 John Force (3.92) vs #10 Phil Burkart (4.13) and #8 Alexis DeJoria (3.93) vs #9 JR Todd (3.93). The winners and who they would face in the second round were Gary Densham (4.07) and Alexis DeJoria (4.05), Jonnie Lindberg (4.33) and Jack Beckman (7.32), Matt Hagan (3.97) and John Force (4.45) and Robert Hight (4.03) and Tommy Johnson Jr (3.94). The semifinals were Gary Densham (4.55) vs Jonnie Lindberg (4.01) and John Force (3.98) vs Tommy Johnson Jr (4.06). The finals featured Jonnie Lindberg (3.99) and the Head Racing team and Tommy Johnson Jr (3.99) and the Make-A-Wish team. With the winner being Tommy Johnson Jr (3.93). This is Tommy’s first win of the season, makes this another DSR  double up and gives DSR 300 wins as an organization.

And finally we have Pro Stock where the ladder looked like this; #1 Jason Line (6.64), #2 Jeg Coughlin (6.65) vs #15 Tim Huggins (6.82), #3 Bo Butner (6.65) vs #14 Alan Prusiensky (6.74), #4 Greg Anderson (6.66) vs #13 Allen Johnson (6.73), #5 Tanner Gray (6.66) vs #12 Deric Kramer (6.72), #6 Vincent Nobile (6.66) vs #11 Erica Enders (6.71), #7 Chris McGaha (6.67) vs #10 Matt Hartford (6.71) and #8 Drew Skillman (6.68) vs #9 Shane Gray (6.70). The winners and who they would face in the second round were Jason Line (6.67) and Shane Gray (6.70), Greg Anderson (6.67) and Tanner Gray (6.66), Jeg Coughlin (6.74) and Chris McGaha (6.73), and Bo Butner (6.65) and Erica Enders (6.68). The semifinals were Jason Line (6.69) vs Tanner Gray (6.70) and Jeg Coughlin (6.75) vs Bo Butner (6.69). The finals featured Tanner Gray (6.69) and the Gray Motorsports team and Bo Butner (6.71) and the Jim Butner Auto team. With the winner being Tanner Gray (6.68). This is Tanner’s first win of the season and first career win.

If you want to know how the K&N Horsepower Challenge went you can check out my previous blog post. A few noteworthy things from the weekend; Jonnie Lindberg is the first rookie in NHRA history to go to back to back finals. Tanner Gray is the youngest Pro Stock winner in NHRA history and the Gray family now has three generations of winners.

The next race will be the NHRA Spring Nationals, April 21-23 in Houston, 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 Las Vegas- K&N Horsepower Challenge edition

Hi everyone,

This weekend the NHRA is in Las Vegas, Nevada for the fourth race of the year, the Denso Spark Plugs NHRA Nationals and the Pro Stock specialty race the K&N Horesepower Challenge.

And the ladder for that looked like this; #1 Jason Line vs the fan vote winnner #8 Erica Enders, #2 Greg Anderson vs #7 Allen Johnson, #3 Bo Butner vs #6 Drew Skillman and #4 Shane Gray vs #5 Vincent Nobile. The semifinals were Erica Enders (6.72) vs Shane Gray (6.95) and Greg Anderson (6.67) vs Bo Butner (6.67). The finals were Shane Gray (6.71) and the Gray Motorsports team and Greg Anderson (6.66) and the Summit Racing Equipment team. With the winner being Greg Anderson (6.68). For winning Greg gets $50,000. This is Greg’s sixth K&N Horsepower Challenge win, 2004, 2006, 2010, 2011, and 2016. If Greg is able to win tomorrow he gets $100,000 for double up.

Until next time, I can’t wait to see what tomorrow brings and who will hoist the Wally at the end of the day :).

-K

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Racing in Arizona

Hi everyone,

This weeks race took us to Phoenix, Arizona for the NHRA Arizona Nationals. And what an exciting race it was.

Starting with Top Fuel, Leah Pritchett set the new national ET record with a 3.658. So with 15 cars this is what the ladder looked like; #1 Leah Pritchett (3.65), #2 Antron Brown (3.66) vs #15 Steve Chrisman (4.77), #3 Tony Schumacher (3.66) vs #14 Terry Haddock (4.29), #4 Steve Torrence (3.68) vs #13 Steve Faria (3.90), #5 Doug Kalitta (3.69) vs #12 Shawn Reed (3.83), #6 Troy Coughlin Jr (3.69) vs #11 Scott Palmer (3.83), #7 Brittany Force (3.70) vs #10 Terry McMillen (3.76) and #8 Clay Millican (3.71) vs #9 Troy Buff (3.76). The winners and who they would face in the second round were Leah Pritchett (3.69) and Clay Millican (3.73), Steve Torrence (3.71) and Shawn Reed (3.92), Antron Brown (3.71) and Brittany Force (3.67) and Tony Schumacher (3.68) and Scott Palmer (3.83). The semifinals were Leah Pritchett (3.69) vs Shawn Reed (3.82) and Brittany Force (3.70) vs Tony Schumacher (3.69). The finals featured Leah Pritchett (3.72) and the Papa John’s team and Brittany Force (3.70) and the Monster Energy team. A rematch of the Phoenix finals from last year. With the winner being Leah Pritchett (3.70), on a small hole shot. This is Leah’s second win of the year, this team is definitely on to something.

Moving on to Funny Car, the ladder looked like this; #1 Tommy Johnson Jr (3.83) vs #16 Phil Burkart (5.35), #2 Courtney Force (3.83) vs #15 Jim Campbell (4.95), #3 Ron Capps (3.83) vs #14 Jeff Arend (4.47), #4 Matt Hagan (3.83) vs #13 Cruz Pedregon (4.00), #5 Tim Wilkerson (3.85) vs #12 John Force (3.94), #6 Jack Beckman (3.86) vs #11 Gary Densham (3.93), #7 JR Todd (3.88) vs #10 Alexis DeJoria (3.92) and #8 Del Worsham (3.89) vs #9 Robert Hight (3.89). The winners and who they would face in the second round were Tommy Johnson Jr (3.89) and Robert Hight (4.69), Matt Hagan (3.83) and Tim Wilkerson (3.84), Jim Campbell (4.18) and JR Todd (3.88) and Ron Capps (3.88) and Gary Densham (6.71). The semifinals were Tommy Johnson Jr (3.87) vs Matt Hagan (3.88) and Jim Campbell (4.84) and Ron Capps (3.85). The finals featured Matt Hagan (3.86) and the Sandvik Coromant team and Ron Capps (3.88) and the NAPA Auto Parts team. With the winner being Matt Hagan (3.87). Making it not only a repeat of the nitro winners from Pomona, but another DSR double up.

And finally we have Pro Stock where Jason Line made the quickest run in the EFI era, 6.509. And with that being said the ladder looked like this; #1 Jason Line (6.50) vs #16 Val Smeland (8.53), #2 Greg Anderson (6.52) vs #15 Kenny Delco (6.60), #3 Tanner Gray (6.53) vs #14 Alan Prusiensky (6.59), #4 Vincent Nobile (6.54) vs #13 Matt Hartford (6.58), #5 Jeg Coughlin (6.54) vs #12 Allen Johnson (6.58), #6 Bo Butner (6.54) vs #11 Deric Kramer (6.58), #7 Shane Gray (6.54) vs #10 Erica Enders (6.55) and #8 Chris McGaha (6.55) vs #9 Drew Skillman (6.55). The winners and who they would face in the second round were Jason Line (6.54) and Drew Skillman (6.55), Vincent Nobile (6.56) and Jeg Coughlin (6.53), Greg Anderson (6.54) and Shane Gray (6.55) and Tanner Gray (6.57) and Bo Butner (6.55). The semifinals were Drew Skillman (6.57) vs Jeg Coughlin (6.56) and Greg Anderson (6.55) vs Tanner Gray (6.57). The finals featured Drew Skillman (6.58) and the Ray Skillman Chevrolet team and Greg Anderson (6.56) and the Summit Racing Equipment team. With the winner being Greg Anderson (6.54). This gives Jason Line one win and Greg Anderson one win.

The next race will be the Amalie Motor Oil NHRA Gatornationals, March 16-19 in Gainesville, Florida.

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

-K

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