This week’s race took us to Brainerd, Minnesota for the Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals. It was a great and fast race. But before we get into it, the nitro finals of the Seattle race were held during qualifying. If you forgot, the Top Fuel final was Antron Brown and the Matco team vs Steve Torrence and the Capco team. The winner being Antron Brown with a 3.74. This is Antron’s fourth win of the season. The Funny Car final was Ron Capps and the NAPA Auto Parts team vs Del Worsham and the DHL team. With the winner being Ron Capps with a 4.01. This is Ron’s 50th career win, his fourth win of the season and another DSR double up.
So, coming back to this race, the Top Fuel ladder looked like this; #1 Antron Brown (3.67) vs #16 Chris Karamesines (6.37), #2 Shawn Langdon (3.69) vs #15 Luigi Novelli (4.34), #3 Brittany Force (3.69) vs #14 Terry Haddock (3.90), #4 Tony Schumacher (3.69) vs #13 Scott Palmer (3.85), #5 Steve Torrence (3.69) vs #12 Terry McMillen (3.80), #6 Doug Kalitta (3.70) vs #11 Morgan Lucas (3.73), #7 Richie Crampton (3.71) vs #10 JR Todd (3.73) and #8 Leah Prichett (3.72) vs #9 Clay Millican (3.73). It’s getting to that point in the season where round wins really matter for people like Terry McMillen and Leah Prichett who want that tenth spot in the Countdown. The winners and who they would face in the second round were Antron Brown (3.73) and Clay Millican (3.69), Tony Schumacher (3.74) and Terry McMillen (3.79), Shawn Langdon (4.20) and JR Todd (3.73) and Brittany Force (3.72) and Doug Kalitta (3.72). The semifinals were Antron Brown (3.73) vs Tony Schumacher (3.75) and Shawn Langdon (3.72) vs Brittany Force (3.71). The finals featured Antron Brown (3.72) and the Matco Tools teams and Brittany Force (3.71) and the Monster Energy team. With the winner being Brittany Force (4.16). This is Brittany’s third win of the season. Those who have clinched a spot in the Countdown are; Antron Brown, Doug Kalitta, Steve Torrence, Brittany Force, Tony Schumacher, JR Todd, Shawn Langdon, Richie Crampton, and Clay Millican.
Next we have Funny Car, where the ladder looked like this; #1 Matt Hagan (3.82), who set the new national et record with a 3.822, vs #16 John Bojec (4.73), #2 Del Worsham (3.85) vs #15 Bob Bode (4.28), #3 Tommy Johnson Jr (3.85) vs #14 Dale Creasy Jr (4.16), #4 Jack Beckman (3.85) vs #13 Cruz Pedregon (4.11), #5 Ron Capps (3.86) vs #12 John Hale (4.00), #6 Courtney Force (3.89) vs #11 Brian Stewart (3.96), #7 John Force (3.91) vs #10 Tim Wilkerson (3.93) and #8 Chad Head (3.92) vs #9 Robert Hight (3.93). The winners and who they would face in the second round were Matt Hagan (3.89) and Robert Hight (3.88), Jack Beckman (3.85) and Ron Capps (3.91), Del Worsham (3.89) and Tim Wilkerson (3.92) and Tommy Johnson Jr (4.39) and Courtney Force (3.87). The semifinals were Matt Hagan (3.86) vs Ron Capps (3.90) and Del Worsham (3.90) vs Courtney Force (3.91). The finals featured Matt Hagan (3.89) and the Rocky Boots team and Del Worsham (3.92) and the DHL team. With the winner being Del Worsham (3.90). This is Del’s first win of the season. Those who have clinched a spot in the Countdown are; Ron Capps, Courtney Force, Jack Beckman, Del Worsham, Matt Hagan, Robert Hight, John Force, Tommy Johnson Jr, Tim Wilkerson.
Moving on, we have Pro Stock, where with 15 cars, the ladder looked like this; #1 Vincent Nobile (6.59), #2 Jason Line (6.60) vs #15 Alan Prusiensky (6.80), #3 Allen Johnson (6.61) vs #14 Mark Hogan (6.79), #4 Drew Skillman (6.61) vs #13 Dave River (6.76), #5 Bo Butner (6.62) vs #12 Jeg Coughlin (6.66), #6 Shane Gray (6.62) vs #11 Erica Enders (6.66), #7 Chris McGaha (6.63) vs #10 Deric Kramer (6.65) and #8 Greg Anderson (6.63) vs #9 Alex Laughlin (6.65). The winners and who they would face in the second round were Vincent Nobile (6.61) and Greg Anderson (6.59), Drew Skillman (6.59) and Bo Butner (6.62), Jason Line (6.58) and Chris McGaha (6.62) and Allen Johnson (6.60) and Erica Enders (6.61). The semifinals were Vincent Nobile (6.62) vs Drew Skillman (6.62) and Jason Line (6.59) vs Erica Enders (6.65). The finals featured Drew Skillman (6.61) and the Ray Skillman Chevrolet team and Jason Line (6.59) and the Summit Racing Equipment team. With the winner being Drew Skillman (6.64). This is Drew’s first win of the season. Those who have clinched a spot in the Countdown are; Jason Line, Greg Anderson, Bo Butner, Allen Johnson, Vincent Nobile, and Drew Skillman.
And finally we have Pro Stock Motorcycle, where the ladder looked like this; #1 Angelle Sampey (6.83) vs #16 Angie Smith (7.00), #2 Andrew Hines (6.85) vs #15 Steve Johnson (6.99), #3 Hector Arana JR (6.85) vs #14 Jim Underdahl (6.96), #4 LE Tonglet (6.86) vs #13 Karen Stoffer (6.95), #5 Eddie Krawic (6.87) vs #12 Chip Ellis (6.94), #6 Matt Smith (6.87) vs #11 Hector Arana (6.91), #7 Cory Reed (6.88) vs #10 Michael Ray (6.91) and #8 Jerry Savoie (6.89) vs #9 Scotty Pollacheck (6.89). The winners and who they would face in the second round were Angelle Sampey (6.80) and Jerry Savoie (6.81), Karen Stoffer (6.92) and Eddie Krawic (6.82), Andrew Hines (6.83) and Cory Reed (6.83) and Hector Arana Jr (6.85) and Matt Smith (6.83). The semifinals were Jerry Savoie (6.83) vs Eddie Krawic (6.91) and Andrew Hines (6.89) vs Hector Arana Jr (6.87). The finals featured Jerry Savoie (6.82) and th White Alligator Racing team and Andrew Hines (6.89) and the Vance and Hines Harley Davidson team. With the winner being Andrew Hines (6.86). This is Andrew’s fourth win of the season and he cut a .000 perfect light in the final round. Those who have clinched a spot in the Countdown are; Eddie Krawic, Andrew Hines, Angelle Sampey, Jerry Savoie, and LE Tonglet.
Voting for the Traxxas Shootout is now open. You can got to the NHRA’s Facebook page to vote for the Top Fuel and Funny Car driver you want to get the eighth spot in the Shootout.
The next race will be The Chevrolet Performance US Nationals August 31st- September 5th in Indianapolis, Indiana. This is the big one so it will definitely be exciting.
Until next time, congrats to all the winners and I can’t wait for the next race :).
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