Racing in Kansas

Hi everyone,

This weeks race took us to Topeka, Kansas for the Menards NHRA Heartland Nationals and what an interesting race it was. With rain all day Sunday, only the first two rounds were run and the last two were finished off today.

Starting with Top Fuel, the ladder looked like this; #1 Clay Millican (3.73) vs #16 Terry Totten (4.22), #2 Steve Torrence (3.74) vs #15 Terry Haddock (4.09), #3 Billy Torrence (3.76) vs #14 Kebin Kinsley (4.01), #4 Tony Schumacher (3.77) vs #13 Bill Litton (3.91), #5 Leah Pritchett (3.77) vs #12 Antron Brown (3.83), #6 Terry McMillen (3.79) vs #11 Mike Salinas (3.81), #7 Brittany Force (3.79) vs #10 Richie Crampton (3.81) and #8 Doug Kalitta (3.79) vs #9 Scott Palmer (3.80). The winners and who they would face in the second round were Clay Millican (3.78) and Doug Kalitta (3.77), Tony Schumacher (3.78) and Leah Pritchett (4.06), Steve Torrence (3.73) and Brittany Force (3.72) and Billy Torrence (3.73) and Terry McMillen (3.93). The semifinals were Clay Millican (3.72) vs Tony Schumacher (3.93) and Steve Torrence (3.68) vs Terry McMillen (3.78). The finals featured Clay Millican (3.67) and the Great Clips/Parts Plus team and Terry McMillen (3.75) and the Amalie Motor Oil team. With the winner being Clay Millican (3.72). This is Clay’s first win of the season.

Next up we have Funny Car, where the ladder looked like this; #1 Courtney Force (3.91) vs #16 Richard Townsend (4.24), #2 Jonnie Lindberg (3.96) vs #15 Jim Campbell (4.18), #3 Cruz Pedregon (3.98) vs #14 Robert Hight (4.16), #4 JR Todd (3.99) vs #13 Dale Creasy Jr (4.08), #5 Bob Tasca (4.00) vs #12 Jack Beckman (4.08), #6 Tommy Johnson Jr (4.00) vs #11 John Force (4.05), #7 Ron Capps (4.02) vs #10 Shawn Langdon (4.05) and #8 Matt Hagan (4.02) vs #9 Tim Wilkerson (4.04). The winners and who they would face in the second round were Courtney Force (5.32) and Matt Hagan (3.94), JR Todd (4.38) and Jack Beckman (4.77), Jonnie Lindberg (8.88) and Shawn Langdon (4.02) and Robert Hight (4.76) and Tommy Johnson Jr (3.95). The semifinals were Courtney Force (3.93) vs JR Todd (3.94) and Shawn Langdon (4.01) vs Robert Hight (3.92). The finals featured Courtney Force (3.89) and the Advanced Auto Parts team and her John Force Racing teammate Robert Hight (3.91) and the AAA team. With the winner being Courtney Force (3.92). This is Courtney’s third win of the season.

And finally we have Pro Stock, where the ladder looked like this; #1 Deric Kramer (6.61) vs #16 Will Hatcher (7.64), #2 Erica Enders (6.61) vs #15 Mark Hogan (6.88), #3 Greg Anderson (6.62) vs #14 Alan Prusiensky (6.71), #4 Chris McGaha (6.62) vs #13 Richard Freeman (6.68), #5 Jason Line (6.62) vs #12 Alex Laughlin (6.65), #6 Vincent Nobile (6.62) vs #11 Drew Skillman (6.64), #7 Tanner Gray (6.63) vs #10 Bo Butner (6.64) and #8 Matt Hartford (6.63) vs #9 Jeg Coughlin (6.63). The winners and who they would face in the second round were Deric Kramer (7.59) and Matt Hartford (7.37), Richard Freeman (6.65) and Jason Line (6.61), Erica Enders (6.61) and Tanner Gray (6.64) and Greg Anderson (6.59) and Drew Skillman (11.58). The semifinals were Deric Kramer (6.62) vs Jason Line (6.58) and Erica Enders (6.55) vs Greg Anderson (6.56). The finals featured Deric Kramer (6.60) and the American Ethanol team and Erica Enders (6.60) and the Elite Motorsports team. With the winner being Deric Kramer (6.61). This is Deric’s first career win.

The next race will be the Fall Patriots NHRA Route 66 Nationals May 31-June 3 in Chicago, Illinois.

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

-K

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