Racing in Florida

Hi everyone,

This weeks race took us to Gainesville, Florida for the Amalie Motor Oil NHRA Gatornationals and from the first session of qualifying on Friday to the final round on Sunday there was no shortage of excitement. The biggest things being John Force had his third explosion in three races and in E2 on Sunday Matt Hagan and Robert Hight had tandem explosions and Hector Arana Jr was the first PSM rider to hit 200 MPH. If you haven’t seen any of these there are videos on the NHRA’s YouTube channel.

Starting with Top Fuel, the ladder looked like this; #1 Clay Millican (3.70) vs #16 Terry Totten (7.10), #2 Steve Torrence (3.73) vs #15 Mike Salinas (5.55), #3 Antron Brown (3.75) vs #14 Audrey Worm (5.13), #4 Tony Schumacher (3.78) vs #13 Brittany Force (5.02), #5 Pat Dakin (3.81) vs #12 Shawn Reed (4.12), #6 Leah Pritchett (3.81) vs #11 Terry Haddock (4.03), #7 Doug Kalitta (3.82) vs #10 Richie Crampton (3.94) and #8 Terry McMillen (3.83) vs #9 Scott Palmer (3.88). The winners and who they would face in the second round were Clay Millican (3.79) and Terry McMillen (3.76), Tony Schumacher (3.71) and Shawn Reed (3.83),  Mike Salinas (3.79) and Richie Crampton (3.77) and Antron Brown (5.16) and Leah Pritchett (3.73). The semifinals were Clay Millican (3.75) vs Shawn Reed (4.02) and Richie Crampton (4.41) vs Antron Brown (3.79). The finals featured Shawn Reed (4.03) and the Hughes Oilfield Transportation team and Richie Crampton (5.09) and the DHL team. With the winner being Richie Crampton (3.85). This is Richie’s first win of the season.

Next up we have Funny Car, where the ladder looked like this; #1 Jack Beckman (3.91) vs #16 Jim Campbell (5.14), #2 Courtney Force (3.91) vs #15 John Force (4.28), #3 Robert Hight (3.91) vs #14 Dave Richards (4.13), #4 Shawn Langdon (3.92) vs #13 Gary Densham (4.08), #5 Tommy Johnson Jr (3.93) vs #12 Cruz Pedregon (4.08), #6 Matt Hagan (3.94) vs #11 Tim Wilkerson (4.00), #7 Ron Capps (3.94) vs #10 Bob Tasca (3.98) and #8 JR Todd (3.96) vs #9 Del Worsham (3.97). The winners and who they would face in the second round were Jack Beckman (3.93) and Del Worsham (4.01), Shawn Langdon (3.94) and Tommy Johnson Jr (3.99), Courtney Force (4.00) and Ron Capps (3.95) and Robert Hight (3.89) and Matt Hagan (3.97). The semifinals were Jack Beckman (3.97) vs Shawn Langdon (4.02) and Ron Capps (4.06) vs Matt Hagan (4.02). The finals featured Jack Beckman (4.47) and the Infinite Hero team and Matt Hagan (4.05) and the MOPAR team. With the winner being Jack Beckman (4.03). This is Jack’s first win of the season.

Moving on we have Pro Stock, where the ladder looked like this; #1 Greg Anderson (6.52) vs #16 Wally Stroupe (7.04), #2 Alex Laughlin (6.73) vs #15 Val Smeland (6.66), #3 Chris McGaha (6.52) vs #14 John Gaydosh (6.61), #4 Jason Line (6.53) vs #13 Alan Prusiensky (6.60), #5 Bo Butner (6.53) vs #12 Jeg Coughlin (6.58), #6 Deric Kramer (6.54) vs #11 Tanner Gray (6.57), #7 Vincent Nobile (6.54) vs #10 Kenny Delco (6.57) and #8 Drew Skillman (6.54) vs #9 Erica Enders (6.55). The winners and who they would face in the second round were Greg Anderson (6.56) and Drew Skillman (6.57), Alan Prusiensky (6.73) and Bo Butner (6.57), Val Smeland (6.73) and Vincent Nobile (6.56) and Chris McGaha (6.60) and Tanner Gray (6.57). The semifinals were Drew Skillman (6.61) vs Bo Butner (6.59) and Vincent Nobile (6.61) vs Tanner Gray (6.61). The finals featured Bo Butner (6.62) and the Jim Butner Auto team and Tanner Gray (8.31) and the Gray Motorsports team. With the winner being Tanner Gray (6.58). This is Tanner’s first win of the season.

And finally we have Pro Stock Motorcycle, where the ladder looked like this; #1 Andrew Hines (6.77) vs #16 Mark Paquette (6.94), #2 Eddie Krawiec (6.78) vs #15 LE Tonglet (6.92), #3 Joey Gladstone (6.79) vs #14 Hector Arana (6.91), #4 Hector Arana Jr (6.80) vs #13 Cory Reed (6.91), #5 Scotty Pollacheck (6.81) vs #12 Jim Underdahl (6.90), #6 Jerry Savoie (6.82) vs #11 Karen Stoffer (6.88), #7 Steve Johnson (6.85) vs #10 Angie Smith (6.88) and #8 Angelle Sampey (6.85) vs #9 Ryan Oehler (6.88). The winners and who they would face in the second round were Andrew Hines (6.80) and Angelle Sampey (6.90), Cory Reed (6.95) and Scotty Pollacheck (8.30), Eddie Krawiec (6.84) and Steve Johnson (6.92) and Hector Arana (6.91) and Karen Stoffer (6.93). The semifinals were Andrew Hines (6.85) vs Scotty Pollacheck (6.87) and Eddie Krawiec (6.85) vs Hector Arana (6.87). The finals featured Andrew Hines (6.86) and the Vance and Hines Harley Davidson team and Eddie Krawiec (6.85) and the Vance and Hines Harley Davidson team. With the winner being Eddie Krawiec (6.82). This is Eddie’s first win of the season and he now has more wins at Gainesville than any other PSM rider.

The next race will be the Denso Spark Plugs NHRA Four-Wide Nationals April 6-8 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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