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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