Racing in Washington

Hi everyone,

This weeks race took us to Seattle, Washington for the NHRA Northwest Nationals, the last stop on the Western Swing and what a great race it was.

Starting with Top Fuel, the ladder looked like this; #1 Antron Brown (3.73) vs #16 Ron Smith (5.50), #2 Doug Kalitta (3.74) vs #15 Terry Haddock (3.99), #3 Leah Pritchett (3.75) vs #14 Shawn Reed (3.92), #4 Clay Millican (3.76) vs #13 Scott Palmer (3.86), #5 Brittany Force (3.78) vs #12 Troy Buff (3.86), #6 Tony Schumacher (3.78) vs #11 Troy Coughlin Jr (3.85), #7 Steve Torrence (3.79) vs #10 Terry McMillen (3.83) and #8 Shawn Langdon (3.79) vs #9 Mike Salinas (3.82). The winners and who they would face in the second round were Antron Brown (3.74) and Mike Salinas (3.82), Clay Millican (3.76) and Brittany Force (3.72), Doug Kalitta (3.76) and Terry McMillen (3.72) and Leah Pritchett (3.72) and Tony Schumacher (3.74). The semifinals were Antron Brown (3.78) vs Clay Millican (3.76) and Terry McMillen (3.80) vs Leah Pritchett (5.06). The finals featured Antron Brown (3.78) and the Matco Tools team and Terry McMillen (3.82) and the Amalie Motor Oil team. With the winner being Antron Brown (3.77). This is Antron’s fourth win of the season.

Next we have Funny Car, where the ladder looked like this; #1 Robert Hight (3.88) vs #16 Jeff Diehl (5.99), #2 Matt Hagan (3.93) vs #15 Gary Densham (4.23), #3 Tommy Johnson Jr (3.93) vs #14 Jim Campbell (4.06), #4 Courtney Force (3.94) vs #13 Cruz Pedregon (4.00), #5 Jack Beckman (3.94) vs #12 Del Worsham (3.99), #6 Ron Capps (3.95) vs #11 Tim Wilkerson (3.99), #7 Alexis DeJoria (3.96) vs #10 Jonnie Lindberg (3.98) and #8 John Force (3.97) vs #9 JR Todd (3.98). The winners and who they would face in the second round were Robert Hight (3.89) and John Force (3.93), Courtney Force (3.91) and Jack Beckman (3.92), Matt Hagan (3.92) and Alexis DeJoria (3.93) and Tommy Johnson Jr (3.95) and Ron Capps (3.90). The semifinals were Robert Hight (3.93) vs Courtney Force (3.95) and Matt Hagan (3.95) vs Tommy Johnson Jr (3.95). The finals featured Robert Hight (3.90) and the AAA team and Tommy Johnson Jr (3.93) and the Make-A-Wish team. With the winner being Robert Hight (3.89). This is Robert’s second win of the season.

And finally we have Pro Stock where, with 13 cars, the ladder looked like this; #1 Tanner Gray (6.56), #2 Drew Skillman (6.56) vs #13 Alan Prusiensky (6.68), #3 Bo Butner (6.57) vs #12 Steve Graham (6.64), #4 Erica Enders (6.57) vs #11 Matt Hartford (6.64), #5 Jason Line (6.57) vs #10 Vincent Nobile (6.61), #6 Jeg Coughlin (6.59) vs #9 Chris McGaha (6.61) and #7 Greg Anderson (6.60) vs #8 Allen Johnson (6.60). The winners and who they would face in the second round were Tanner Gray (6.56) and Allen Johnson (6.59), Erica Enders (6.59) and Jason Line (6.57), Drew Skillman (6.57), Bo Butner (6.56) and Chris McGaha (6.59). The semifinals were Tanner Gray (6.58) vs Erica Enders (6.59) and Drew Skillman (6.61) vs Bo Butner (6.59). The finals featured Erica Enders (6.63) and the Elite Motorsports team and Drew Skillman (6.60) and the Ray Skillman Chevrolet team. With the winner being Drew Skillman (6.60). This is Drew’s third win of the season.

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

Pro Stock:

Bo Butner, Greg Anderson, Tanner Gray, Jason Line, Jeg Coughlin, Drew Skillman, Erica Enders, Vincent Nobile

Pro Stock Motorcycle:

LE Tonglet

The next race will be the Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals, August 17-20 in Brainerd, Minnesota.

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

-K

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Racing in Sonoma

Hi everyone,

This weeks race took us to Sonoma, California for the Toyota NHRA Sonoma Nationals, the second stop on the Western Swing, and what an exciting and fast race it was.

Starting with Top Fuel, the ladder looked like this; #1 Leah Pritchett (3.66) vs #16 Terry Haddock (8.13), #2 Brittany Force (3.68) vs #15 Steve Chrisman (5.15), #3 Doug Kalitta (3.69) vs #14 Shawn Reed (4.11), #4 Antron Brown (3.70) vs #13 Troy Buff (3.86), #5 Tony Schumacher (3.70) vs #12 Scott Palmer (3.82), #6 Steve Torrence (3.71) vs #11 Troy Coughlin Jr (3.82), #7 Shawn Langdon (3.72) vs #10 Mike Salinas (3.77) and #8 Clay Millican (3.74) vs #9 Terry McMillen (3.75). The winners and who they would face in the second round were Leah Pritchett (3.74) and Terry McMillen (3.78), Antron Brown (3.76) and Scott Palmer (3.87), Brittany Force (3.70) and Shawn Langdon (3.76) and Doug Kalitta (3.75) and Steve Torrence (3.75). The semifinals were Terry McMillen (3.78) vs Antron Brown (3.78) and Brittany Force (4.07) vs Steve Torrence (3.76). The finals featured Antron Brown (3.79) and the Matco Tools team and Steve Torrence (3.75) and the Capco team. With the winner being Steve Torrence (3.78). This is Steve’s sixth win of the season.

Next we have Funny Car, where the ladder looked like this; #1 Robert Hight (3.80), Robert Hight on Friday set the new national speed record running 3.807 at 339.87 mph which is insane, hats off to Jimmy Prock and the whole team. And he would face #16 Tim Gibbons (7.25), #2 John Force (3.84) vs #15 Jeff Diehl (4.09), #3 Jack Beckman (3.85) vs #14 Jonnie Lindberg (4.07), #4 Courtney Force (3.88) vs #13 Jim Campbell (4.01), #5 Tommy Johnson Jr (3.89) vs #12 Ron Capps (4.00), #6 Matt Hagan (3.90) vs #11 Del Worsham (3.95), #7 Alexis DeJoria (3.92) vs #10 JR Todd (3.94) and #8 Tim Wilkerson (3.93) vs #9 Cruz Pedregon (3.93). The winners and who they would face in the second round were Robert Hight (3.85) and Tim Wilkerson (3.94), Courtney Force (3.90) and Tommy Johnson Jr (3.90), John Force (3.88) and JR Todd (3.95) and Jack Beckman (3.91) and Del Worsham (5.14). The semifinals were Tim Wilkerson (4.31) vs Courtney Force (6.03) and JR Todd (3.97) vs Jack Beckman (4.00). The finals featured Tim Wilkerson (4.08) and the Levi Ray and Shoup team and JR Todd (5.74) and the DHL team. With the winner being JR Todd (4.04). This is JR’s first win of the season and first Funny Car win.

Moving on we have Pro Stock, where the ladder looked like this; #1 Drew Skillman (6.53), #2 Bo Butner (6.54) vs #15 Erica Enders (6.94), #3 Greg Anderson (6.55) vs #14 Tom Huggins (6.70), #4 Jason Line (6.55) vs #13 Steve Graham (6.67), #5 Tanner Gray (6.57) vs #12 Alan Prusiensky (6.62), #6 Vincent Nobile (6.57) vs #11 Matt Hartford (6.61), #7 Chris McGaha (6.57) vs #10 Deric Kramer (6.61) and #8 Allen Johnson (6.57) vs #9 Jeg Coughlin (6.59). The winners and who they would face in the second round were Drew Skillman (6.55) and Jeg Coughlin (6.94), Jason Line (6.56) and Tanner Gray (6.55), Bo Butner (6.54) and Chris McGaha (6.57) and Greg Anderson (6.54) and Vincent Nobile (6.58). The semifinals were Drew Skillman (6.58) vs Tanner Gray (6.57) and Bo Butner (6.56) vs Greg Anderson (6.56). The finals featured Tanner Gray (6.58) and the Gray Motorsports team and Bo Butner (6.57) and the Jim Butner Auto team. With the winner being Tanner Gray (6.57). This is Tanner’s third win of the season.

And finally we have Pro Stock Motorcycle, where the ladder looked like this; #1 Matt Smith (6.77) vs #16 Steve Johnson (6.89), #2 Hector Arana Jr (6.77) vs #15 Cory Reed (6.88), #3 LE Tonglet (6.78) vs #14 Freddie Camarena (6.88), #4 Jerry Savoie (6.78) vs #13 Angelle Sampey (6.87), #5 Scotty Pollacheck (6.79) vs #12 Andrew Hines (6.86), #6 Angie Smith (6.81) vs #11 Melissa Surber (6.84), #7 Karen Stoffer (6.81) vs #10 Joey Gladstone (6.83) and #8 Chip Ellis (6.83) vs #9 Eddie Krawiec (6.83). The winners and who they would face in the second round were Matt Smith (6.80) and Eddie Krawiec (6.83), Jerry Savoie (6.75) and Andrew Hines (6.77), Hector Arana Jr (6.74) and Karen Stoffer (6.84) and LE Tonglet (6.77) and Angie Smith (6.79). The semifinals were Matt Smith (6.85) vs Jerry Savoie (6.79) and Hector Arana Jr (6.79) vs LE Tonglet (6.78). The finals featured Matt Smith (6.81) and the Victory Gunner team and LE Tonglet (6.79) and the Nitrofish team. With the winner being LE Tonglet (6.78). This is LE’s fifth win of the season and makes it a perfect weekend for him, winning the Pro Bike Battle on Saturday.

Update on who has clinched a spot in the Countdown:

Top Fuel:

Steve Torrence, Leah Pritchett, Antron Brown, Tony Schumacher

Funny Car:

Ron Capps, Matt Hagan, Robert Hight, Jack Beckman

Pro Stock:

Bo Butner, Greg Anderson, Tanner Gray, Jason Line

Pro Stock Motorcycle:

LE Tonglet

The next race will be the finale of the Western Swing, the NHRA Northwest Nationals, August 4-6 in Seattle, Washington.

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 Sonoma- Pro Bike Battle edition

Hi everyone,

This weekend the NHRA is in Sonoma, California for the Toyota NHRA Sonoma Nationals, the second stop on the Western Swing and the specialty race for the Pro Stock Motorcycles the Mickey Thompson Tire Pro Bike Battle.

The ladder looked like this; #1 Eddie Krawiec vs #8 Chip Ellis, #2 Andrew Hines vs #7 Matt Smith, #3 LE Tonglet vs #6 Angelle Sampey and #4 Jerry Savoie vs #5 Hector Arana Jr. The semifinals were Eddie Krawiec (6.85) vs Jerry Savoie (6.78) and Andrew Hines (6.86) vs LE Tonglet (6.83). The finals featured Eddie Krawiec (6.84) and the Vance and Hines Harley Davidson team and LE Tonglet (6.78) and the Nitrofish team. With the winner being LE Tonglet (6.82). This is LE’s first Pro Bike Battle win and for his win he takes home $10,000.

It’s been a crazy weekend already and I can’t wait to see what Sunday holds.

-K

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Racing in Colorado

Hi everyone,

This weeks race took us to Denver, Colorado for the Mopar Mile High NHRA Nationals and the start of the Western Swing and what an exciting race it was.

Starting with Top Fuel, the ladder looked like this; #1 Leah Pritchett (3.73) vs #16 Troy Coughlin Jr (5.69), #2 Doug Kalitta (3.76) vs #15 Greg Carillo (5.24), #3 Steve Torrence (3.77) vs #14 Rob Passey (4.95), #4 Tony Schumacher (3.77) vs #13 Steve Chrisman (4.81), #5 Shawn Langdon (3.78) vs #12 Terry Haddock (4.22), #6 Brittany Force (3.78) vs #11 Terry McMillen (4.02), #7 Antron Brown (3.79) vs #10 Scott Palmer (3.90) and #8 Clay Millican (3.79) vs #9 Bob Vandergriff (3.85). The winners and who they would face in the second round were Leah Pritchett (3.79) and Clay Millican (3.79), Tony Schumacher (3.83) and Terry Haddock (4.17), Doug Kalitta (3.82) and Antron Brown (3.83) and Steve Torrence (3.81) and Brittany Force (3.91). The semifinals were Leah Pritchett (3.81) vs Tony Schumacher (3.80) and Antron Brown (3.79) vs Brittany Force (3.80). The finals featured Leah Pritchett (3.79) and the Papa John’s team and Antron Brown (3.79) and the Matco Tools team. With the winner being Antron Brown (3.79). This is Antron’s third win of the season.

Next we have Funny Car, where the ladder looked like this; #1 Courtney Force (3.88) vs #16 Jim Campbell (5.31), #2 John Force (3.89) vs #15 Matt Hagan (4.94), #3 Robert Hight (3.90) vs #14 Todd Simpson (4.34), #4 Jonnie Lindberg (3.94) vs #13 Jeff Diehl (4.25), #5 Ron Capps (3.96) vs #12 Tommy Johnson Jr (4.05), #6 Jack Beckman (3.97) vs #11 Alexis DeJoria (4.01), #7 Cruz Pedregon (3.98) vs #10 Del Worsham (3.99) and #8 JR Todd (3.98) vs #9 Tim Wilkerson (3.98). The winners and who they would face in the second round were Jim Campbell (4.26) and JR Todd (4.07), Jonnie Lindberg (4.04) and Tommy Johnson Jr (4.04), Matt Hagan (4.10) and Cruz Pedregon (4.46) and Robert Hight (13.65) and Jack Beckman (4.02). The semifinals were Jim Campbell (4.08) vs Tommy Johnson Jr (4.05) and Cruz Pedregon (4.05) vs Robert Hight (4.14). The finals featured Tommy Johnson Jr (3.98) and the Make-A-Wish team and Robert Hight (4.06) and the AAA team. With the winner being Robert Hight (3.99). This is Robert’s first win of the season.

Moving on we have Pro Stock, where with 14 cars the ladder looked like this; #1 Drew Skillman (6.92) vs #14 Richie Stevens (7.07), #2 Erica Enders (6.93) vs #13 Alan Prusiensky (7.02), #3 Vincent Nobile (6.93) vs #12 Deric Kramer (7.01), #4 Greg Anderson (6.94) vs #11 Jeg Coughlin (6.98), #5 Jason Line (6.95) vs #10 Tanner Gray (6.97), #6 Allen Johnson (6.95) vs #9 Bo Butner (6.97) and #7 Matt Hartford (6.96) vs #8 Chris McGaha (6.97). The winners and who they would face in the second round were Drew Skillman (6.96), Greg Anderson (6.97) and Jason Line (6.96), Erica Enders (6.98) and Chris McGaha (7.01) and Vincent Nobile (6.97) and Bo Butner (6.99). The semifinals were Drew Skillman (6.92) vs Jason Line (6.94) and Erica Enders (6.97) vs Bo Butner (6.94). The finals featured Drew Skillman (6.95) and the Ray Skillman Chevrolet team and Bo Butner (6.94) and the Jim Butner Auto team. With the winner being Drew Skillman (6.91). This is Drew’s second win of the season.

And finally we have Pro Stock Motorcycle, where the ladder looked like this; #1 Eddie Krawiec (7.17) vs #16 David Hope (7.37), #2 Hector Arana Jr (7.17) vs #15 Steve Johnson (7.36), #3 Matt Smith (7.18) vs #14 Angie Smith (7.30), #4 LE Tonglet (7.18) vs #13 Melissa Surber (7.28), #5 Scotty Pollacheck (7.18) vs #12 Mike Berry (7.28), #6 Andrew Hines (7.19) vs #11 Angelle Sampey (7.27), #7 Jerry Savoie (7.20) vs #10 Cory Reed (7.27) and #8 Joey Gladstone (7.22) vs #9 Karen Stoffer (7.26). The winners and who they would face in the second round were Eddie Krawiec (7.15) and Joey Gladstone (7.23), LE Tonglet (7.26) and Scotty Pollacheck (7.20), Hector Arana Jr (7.19) and Jerry Savoie (7.23) and Matt Smith (7.21) and Andrew Hines (7.19). The semifinals were Eddie Krawiec (7.18) vs Scotty Pollacheck (7.19) and Jerry Savoie (7.19) vs Matt Smith (7.24). The finals featured Eddie Krawiec (7.19) and the Vance and Hines Harley Davidson team and Matt Smith (7.22) and the Victory Gunner team. With the winner being Eddie Krawiec (7.14). This is Eddie’s second win of the season.

So far the following drivers have clinched a spot in the Countdown:

Top Fuel:

Steve Torrence, Leah Pritchett, and Antron Brown

Funny Car:

Ron Capps, Matt Hagan

Pro Stock:

Bo Butner, Greg Anderson

Pro Stock Motorcycle:

LE Tonglet

The next race will be the Toyota NHRA Sonoma Nationls July 28-30 in Sonoma, California. The second stop on the Western Swing.

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 Illinois

Hi everyone,

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

-K

Twitter: @KSagerson

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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 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

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