Racing in Texas

Hi everyone,

This weeks race took us to Dallas, Texas for the AAA Texas NHRA Nationals, the fourth race in the Countdown. And what an intense race it was.

Starting with Top Fuel, the ladder looked like this; #1 Steve Torrence (3.68) vs #16 Blake Alexander (3.84), #2 Tony Schumacher (3.69) vs #15 Terry Haddock (3.84), #3 Antron Brown (3.69) vs #14 Shawn Reed (3.81), #4 Doug Kalitta (3.70) vs #13 Kebin Kinsley (3.81), #5 Brittany Force (3.74) vs #12 Terry McMillen (3.81), #6 Leah Pritchett (3.74) vs #11 Scott Palmer (3.77), #7 Shawn Langdon (3.74) vs #10 Clay Millican (3.77) and #8 Richie Crampton (3.74) vs #9 Billy Torrence (3.77). The winners and who they would face in the second round were Steve Torrence (3.68) and Richie Crampton (3.68), Doug Kalitta (3.86) and Brittany Force (3.70), Terry Haddock (4.04) and Shawn Langdon (3.99) and Antron Brown (3.72) and Leah Pritchett (3.72). In the second round Steve Torrence had an scary crash, but he was alright and was able to bring out a backup car for the next round. The semifinals were Steve Torrence (3.72) vs Brittany Force (3.71) and Shawn Langdon (5.86) vs Antron Brown (3.68). The finals featured Brittany Force (3.68) and the Monster Energy team and Shawn Langdon (3.70) and the Global Electronic Technology team. With the winner being Brittany Force (3.68). This is Brittany’s third win of the season.

Next we have Funny Car, where the ladder looked like this; #1 Robert Hight (3.87) vs #16 Jim Campbell (4.13), #2 Ron Capps (3.87) vs #15 Del Worsham (4.11), #3 Jack Beckman (3.87) vs #14 JR Todd (3.99), #4 Jonnie Lindberg (3.87) vs #13 Matt Hagan (3.99), #5 Tim Wilkerson (3.90) vs #12 Cruz Pedregon (3.98), #6 Courtney Force (3.92) vs #11 Daniel Wilkerson (3.98), on Friday during qualifying Daniel Wilkerson had a crazy explosion. If you haven’t seen it, it’s on the NHRA’s YouTube channel. #7 Tommy Johnson Jr (3.93) vs #10 John Force (3.95) and #8 Bob Tasca (3.94) vs #9 Alexis DeJoria (3.94). The winners and who they would face in the second round were Robert Hight (3.82) and Alexis DeJoria (3.93), Jonnie Lindberg (4.37) and Tim Wilkerson (3.88), Ron Capps (4.28) and John Force (4.41) and Jack Beckman (4.59) and Daniel Wilkerson (3.97). The semifinals were Robert Hight (3.86) vs Tim Wilkerson (3.90) and Ron Capps (3.92) vs Jack Beckman (5.08). The finals featured Robert Hight (3.89) and the AAA team and Ron Capps (3.90) and the NAPA Auto Parts team. With the winner being Robert Hight (3.87). This is Robert’s fourth win of the season and gives John Force Racing the double up.

Moving on we have Pro Stock, where the ladder looked like this; #1 Bo Butner (6.58) vs #16 Shane Tucker (6.73), #2 Jason Line (6.62) vs #15 Alan Prusiensky (6.69), #3 Tanner Gray (6.62) vs #14 Deric Kramer (6.68), #4 Greg Anderson (6.62) vs #13 Larry Morgan (6.67), #5 Erica Enders (6.62) vs #12 Kenny Delco (6.65), #6 Brian Self (6.63) vs #11 Allen Johnson (6.65), #7 Alex Laughlin (6.63) vs #10 Chris McGaha (6.64) and #8 Drew Skillman (6.63) vs #9 Jeg Coughlin (6.63). The winners and who they would face in the second round were Bo Butner (6.53) and Drew Skillman (6.55), Greg Anderson (technical issue gave him a 4.30 time) and Erica Enders (6.70), Jason Line (6.55) and Alex Laughlin (6.56) and Tanner Gray (6.53) and Brian Self (6.56). The semifinals were Drew Skillman (6.53) vs Greg Anderson (6.57) and Jason Line (6.55) vs Brian Self (6.56). The finals featured Drew Skillman (6.55) and the Ray Skillman Chevrolet team and Jason Line (6.59) and the Summit Racing Equipment team. With the winner being Jason Line (6.54). This is Jason’s second win of the season.

And finally we have Pro Stock Motorcycle, where the ladder looked like this; #1 Eddie Krawiec (6.86) vs #16 David Hope (7.16), #2 Jerry Savoie (6.87) vs #15 Gunner Courtney (7.12), #3 Andrew Hines (6.87) vs #14 Mark Paquette (7.08), #4 Scotty Pollacheck (6.87) vs #13 Steve Johnson (7.01), #5 Angie Smith (6.88) vs #12 Mike Berry (7.00), #6 Matt Smith (6.88) vs #11 Melissa Surber (6.98), #7 LE Tonglet (6.89) vs #10 Joey Gladstone (6.95) and #8 Hector Arana Jr (6.90) vs #9 Karen Stoffer (6.91). The winners and who they would face in the second round were Eddie Krawiec (6.88) and Karen Stoffer (6.95), Scotty Pollacheck (6.94) and Angie Smith (6.88), Jerry Savoie (6.85) and Joey Gladstone (6.91) and Andrew Hines (6.93) and Matt Smith (6.90). The semifinals were Eddie Krawiec (6.78) vs Scotty Pollacheck (6.89) and Jerry Savoie (6.84) vs Matt Smith (6.86). The finals featured Eddie Krawiec (6.85) and the Vance and Hines Harley Davidson team and Jerry Savoie (6.86) and the White Alligator Racing team. With the winner being Eddie Krawiec (9.33). This is Eddie’s sixth win of the season.

Some news coming out of the Nitro categories, Alexis DeJoria announced that at the end of the season she will be retiring and she will be missed.

Filling her spot in the Funny Car ranks will be her Kalitta Motorsports teammate Shawn Langdon and I’m interested to see how the transition from Top Fuel to Funny Car is for Shawn.

The next race will be the NHRA Toyota Nationals, October 26-29 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

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

-K

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