Racing in Las Vegas

Hi everyone,

This weeks race took us to Las Vegas, Nevada for the NHRA Toyota Nationals, the fifth race in the Countdown. And what a great and drama filled race it was.

Starting with Top Fuel, the ladder looked like this; #1 Tony Schumacher (3.67) vs #16 Troy Buff (3.97), #2 Steve Torrence (3.69) vs #15 Terry Haddock (3.95), #3 Clay Millican (3.70) vs #14 Mike Salinas (3.89), #4 Brittany Force (3.72) vs #13 Shawn Reed (3.85), #5 Doug Kalitta (3.73) vs #12 Scott Palmer (3.81), #6 Terry McMillen (3.73) vs #11 Richie Crampton (3.77), #7 Shawn Langdon (3.74) vs #10 Antron Brown (3.76) and #8 Leah Pritchett (3.74) vs #9 TJ Zizzo (3.75). The winners and who they would face in the second round were Tony Schumacher (3.73) and Leah Pritchett (3.70), Brittany Force (3.69) and Doug Kalitta (3.75), Steve Torrence (3.74) and Shawn Langdon (3.73), and Clay Millican (3.71) and Terry McMillen (3.78). The semifinals were Leah Pritchett (3.75) vs Brittany Force (4.34) and Shawn Langdon (3.79) vs Terry McMillen (3.78). The finals feature Brittany Force (3.71) and the Monster Energy team and Terry McMillen (3.79) and the Amalie Motor Oil team. With the winner being Terry McMillen (3.87). This is Terry’s first career win and I could not be happier for him and his entire team.

Next we have Funny Car, where the ladder looked like this; #1 Jack Beckman (3.85) vs #16 Jim Campbell (4.08), #2 Courtney Force (3.87) vs #15 Jeff Arend (4.07), #3 Robert Hight (3.88) vs #14 Tim Wilkerson (4.02), #4 Matt Hagan (3.88) vs #13 Gary Densham (3.99), #5 JR Todd (3.88) vs #12 Del Worsham (3.95), #6 Ron Capps (3.89) vs #11 John Force (3.92), #7 Cruz Pedregon (3.89) vs #10 Alexis DeJoria (3.92) and #8 Jonnie Lindberg (3.91) vs #9 Tommy Johnson Jr (3.92). The winners and who they would face in the second round were Jack Beckman (3.91) and Tommy Johnson Jr (3.96), Matt Hagan (3.91) and Del Worsham (4.02), Courtney Force (6.04) and Alexis DeJoria (3.95) and Robert Hight (3.92) and John Force (4.46). This is where the controversy came in, the race between John and Robert, I won’t say too much about what I think about it but if you guys watched it let me know your opinions. The semifinals were Jack Beckman (3.94) vs Matt Hagan (3.95) and Courtney Force (3.93) vs Robert Hight (3.93). The finals featured Matt Hagan (3.96) and the MOPAR team and Courtney Force (3.92) and the Advanced Auto Parts team (3.92). With the winner being Matt Hagan (3.94). This is Matt’s fourth win of the season.

Moving on we have Pro Stock, where the ladder looked like this; #1 Greg Anderson (6.66) vs #16 Alan Prusiensky (6.74), #2 Drew Skillman (6.66) vs #15 Deric Kramer (6.74), #3 Bo Butner (6.67) vs #14 Shane Tucker (6.74), #4 Jason Line (6.67) vs #13 Larry Morgan (6.74), #5 Jeg Coughlin (6.68) vs #12 Brian Self (6.72), #6 Erica Enders (6.68) vs #11 Allen Johnson (6.71), #7 Tanner Gray (6.69) vs #10 Alex Laughlin (6.70) and #8 Chris McGaha (6.69) vs #9 Matt Hartford (6.69). The winners and who they would face in the second round were Greg Anderson (6.67) and Chris McGaha (6.68), Jason Line (6.68) and Jeg Coughlin (6.69), Drew Skillman (6.66) and Tanner Gray (6.68) and Bo Butner (6.69) and Allen Johnson (6.71). The semifinals were Greg Anderson (6.68) vs Jason Line (6.69) and Drew Skillman (6.69) vs Bo Butner (6.69). The finals featured Greg Anderson (6.71) and the Summit Racing Equipment team and Bo Butner (6.77) and the Jim Butner Auto team. With the winner being Greg Anderson (6.69). This is Greg’s fourth win this season.

And finally we have Pro Stock Motorcycle, where the ladder looked like this; #1 Eddie Krawiec (6.93) vs #16 John Hall (7.03), #2 Hector Arana Jr (6.94) vs #15 Katie Sullivan (7.03), #3 LE Tonglet (6.95) vs #14 Melissa Surber (7.02), #4 Andrew Hines (6.95) vs #13 Joey Gladstone (7.01), #5 Scotty Pollacheck (6.95) vs #12 Matt Smith (7.01), #6 Angie Smith (6.97) vs #11 Karen Stoffer (7.00), #7 Hector Arana (6.97) vs #10 Mike Berry (6.99) and #8 Jerry Savoie (6.97) vs #9 Angelle Sampey (6.97). The winners and who they would face in the second round were Eddie Krawiec (6.93) and Angelle Sampey (7.00), Andrew Hines (6.96) and Scotty Pollacheck (6.95), Hector Arana Jr (6.94) and Mike Berry (7.03) and LE Tonglet (6.98) and Karen Stoffer (7.04). The semifinals were Eddie Krawiec (11.54) vs Scotty Pollacheck (6.92) and Hector Arana Jr (6.96) vs LE Tonglet (6.97). The finals featured Eddie Krawiec (6.93) and the Vance and Hines Harley Davidson team and Hector Arana Jr (7.06) and the Lucas Oil team. With the winner being Eddie Krawiec (6.92). This is Eddie’s seventh win this season.

The points battles are heating up and with points and a half being awarded at the Finals for the first time, qualifying well and going rounds on Sunday will be incredibly important.

The next race will be the Auto Club NHRA Finals, November 9-12 in Pomona, California.

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

-K

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