This weeks race took us to North Carolina for the NHRA Four Wide Nationals. This race is unlike any other. Four cars racing at the same time, and two winners from each quad. This is the only race where you can say you came in second and moved on to the next round. It’s a little bit crazy, but we wouldn’t want it any other way.
Starting off with Top Fuel, each quad looked like this; #1 Steve Torrence (3.73) vs #8 Shawn Langdon (3.78), #9 Tony Schumacher (3.81) and #16 Terry Haddock (5.65). Quad #2: #4 Doug Kalitta (3.75) vs #5 Clay Millican (3.75), #12 Scott Palmer (3.98) and #13 Smax Smith (4.30). Quad #3: #2 JR Todd (3.74) vs #7 Richie Crampton (3.77), #10 Terry McMillen (3.82) and #15 Chris Karamesines (4.54). Quad #4: #3 Brittany Force (3.75) vs #6 Antron Brown (3.76), #11 Leah Prichett (3.82) and #14 Pat Dakin (3.88). The winners from the first quad were Steve Torrence (3.74) and Tony Schumacher (3.79) and in the semifinals they would face Doug Kalitta (3.75) and Clay Millican (3.75). The winners of the third quad were JR Todd (3.73) and Richie Crampton (3.73) in the semifinals they would face Brittany Force (3.73) and Antron Brown (3.77). The finals consisted of Doug Kalitta (3.77), Clay Millican (3.78), Brittany Force (3.74) and Antron Brown (5.77). The winner being Brittany Force (3.76) and the Monster Energy team. This is Brittany’s second win and it’s nice to see it come so quickly. She has a good team and a lot of momentum right now, so watch out for her. The runner up went to Antron Brown (3.77), 3rd was Doug Kalitta (4.79) and 4th was Clay Millican (6.61).
Moving on to Funny Car, the first quad looked like this; #1 Alexis DeJoria (3.93) vs #8 Tim Wilkerson (3.97), #9 Robert Hight (3.97) and #16 Jeff Diehl (4.67). Quad #2: #4 Courtney Force (3.96) vs #5 Del Worsham (3.96), #12 Cruz Pedregon (4.01) and #13 John Hale (4.09). Quad #3: #2 Matt Hagan (3.94) vs #7 Chad Head (3.96), #10 Ron Capps (3.98) and #15 Daniel Wilkerson (4.12). Quad #4: #3 John Force (3.94) vs #6 Jack Beckman (3.96), #11 Tommy Johnson Jr (3.96) and #14 Bob Tasca the third (4.10). The winners of the first quad were Jeff Diehl (5.35), this was Jeff’s first round win so congrats to him and his entire team. And Tim Wilkerson (3.93). In the semifinals they would face Courtney Force (3.97) and Cruz Pedregon (4.00). The winners of the third quad were the DSR teammates Matt Hagan (3.93) and Ron Capps (4.79). In the semifinals they would face John Force (4.05) and Tommy Johnson Jr (5.49). Talk about a stacked quad..The finals consisted of Tim Wilkerson (3.99), Cruz Pedregon (4.36), Matt Hagan (3.99) and Ron Capps (4.04). The winner being Tim Wilkerson (3.96) and the Levi Ray and Shoup team. This is Tim’s second win of the season. The runner up went to Cruz Pedregon (3.99), 3rd was Ron Capps (4.05) and 4th was Matt Hagan (4.06).
Next we have Pro Stock cars. The first quad looked like this; #1 Greg Anderson (6.57) vs #8 Chris McGaha (6.63), #9 Allen Johnson (6.63) and #16 Shane Tucker (6.87). Quad #2: #4 Bo Butner (6.58) vs #5 Shane Gray (6.60), #12 Jeg Coughlin (6.66) and #13 Deric Kramer (6.66). Quad #3: #2 Drew Skillman (6.58) vs #7 Alex Laughlin (6.61), #10 Erica Enders (6.64) and #15 John Gaydosh Jr (6.76). Quad #4: #3 Jason Line (6.58) vs #6 Vincent Nobile (6.60), #11 Kenny Delco (6.65) and #14 V Gaines (6.67). The winners from the first quad were Greg Anderson (6.56), Greg has also just joined Twitter, @greganderson_ps, if you want to follow him. Joining him was Chris McGaha (6.61). In the semifinals they would face Bo Butner (6.57) and Deric Kramer (6.65). The winners from the third quad were Drew Skillman (6.58) and Erica Enders (6.63). In the semifinals they would face Jason Line (6.55) and Kenny Delco (6.60). If any of you watched the race on FS1, then you know how weird the Greg Anderson, Chris McGaha, Bo Butner, Deric Kramer quad was. Kramer went early, the other three sat there for a second, then everyone went at a different time. It was really quite odd and the reaction times were something to look at (.566) for Butner, (.237) for Anderson, and (.121) for McGaha. This is something that could and would only happen at the Four Wide. The finals consisted of Chris McGaha (6.73), Bo Butner (6.62), Drew Skillman (6.61) and Jason Line (6.56). The winner being Jason Line and the Summit Racing Equipment team. This is Jason’s third win of the season as KB Racing continues to dominated Pro Stock. The runner up went to Bo Butner (6.59), 3rd was Drew Skillman (6.62) and 4th was Chris McGaha (6.64).
Finally we have Pro Stock Motorcycle. The first quad looked like this; #1 Eddie Krawic (6.81) vs #8 LE Tonglet (6.84), #9 Michael Ray (6.86) and #16 Melissa Surber (6.91). Quad #2: #4 Andrew Hines (6.83) vs #5 Jerry Savoie (6.84), #12 Jim Underdahl (6.89) and #13 Brian Pretzel (6.89). Quad #3: #2 Matt Smith (6.83) vs #7 Chip Ellis (6.84), #10 Scotty Pollacheck (6.87) and #15 Steve Johnson (6.91). Quad #4: #3 Angelle Sampey (6.83) vs #6 Hector Arana (6.84), #11 Karen Stoffer (6.80) and #14 Shawn Gann (6.91). Hector Arana Jr did not qualify for this race. The winners from the first quad were Eddie Krawic (6.82) and Michael Ray (6.90). In the semifinals they would face Andrew Hines (6.81) and Jerry Savoie (6.91). The winners from the third quad were Matt Smith (6.84) and Chip Ellis (6.81). In the semifinals they would face Angelle Sampey (6.90) and Hector Arana (6.83). The finals consisted of Eddie Krawic (6.81), Andrew Hines (6.84), Matt Smith (6.85) and Chip Ellis (7.13). With the winner being Andrew Hines (6.84) for the Screamin’ Eagle/Vance and Hines Harley Davidson team. This is Andrew’s first win of the season. The runner up was Eddie Krawic (6.84), 3rd was Chip Ellis (6.88) and 4th was Matt Smith (12.87).
The Four Wide is always exciting, and this year was just the same.
The next race is the NHRA Spring Nationals, April 29th- May 1st in Houston, Texas.
Until next time, congrats to all the winners and I can’t wait for the next race :).
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