Racing in Colorado

Hi everyone,

This weeks race took us to Denver, Colorado for the MOPAR Mile High NHRA Nationals, aka the start of the Western Swing, and what a race it was.

Starting with Top Fuel, the ladder looked like this; #1 Leah Pritchett (3.79) vs #16 Terry Totten (4.44), #2 Brittany Force (3.80) vs #15 Jim Maroney (4.29), #3 Steve Torrence (3.81) vs #14 Bill Litton (4.28), #4 Clay Millican (3.81) vs #13 Greg Carrillo (4.12), #5 Richie Crampton (3.82) vs #12 Terry McMillen (3.99), #6 Blake Alexander (3.83) vs #11 Mike Salinas (3.86), #7 Tony Schumacher (3.83) vs #10 Doug Kalitta (3.86) and #8 Antron Brown (3.85) vs #9 Scott Palmer (3.86). The winners and who they would face in the second round were Leah Pritchett (3.85) and Scott Palmer (3.89), Clay Millican (3.82) and Richie Crampton (3.87), Jim Maroney (4.26) and Doug Kalitta (3.84) and Steve Torrence (3.89) and Blake Alexander (3.86). The semifinals were Leah Pritchett (3.80) vs Clay Millican (3.88) and Doug Kalitta (3.89) vs Blake Alexander (3.84). The finals featured Leah Pritchett (3.82) and the Dodge 1320 team and Doug Kalitta (3.87) and the Mac Tools team. With the winner being Leah Pritchett (3.83). This is Leah’s second win of the season.

Next we have Funny Car, where the ladder looked like this; #1 Courtney Force (3.94) vs #16 Terry Haddock (4.46), #2 Jack Beckman (3.97) vs #15 Todd Simpson (4.46), #3 Robert Hight (3.98) vs #14 Jeff Diehl (4.28), #4 Cruz Pedregon (3.99) vs #13 Jonnie Lindberg (4.19), #5 John Force (3.99) vs #12 Matt Hagan (4.09), #6 Tommy Johnson Jr (4.00) vs #11 Bob Tasca (4.08), #7 Ron Capps (4.00) vs #10 JR Todd (4.08) and #8 Shawn Langdon (4.04) vs #9 Tim Wilkerson (4.05). The winners and who they would face in the second round were Courtney Force (4.08) and Tim Wilkerson (4.05), Cruz Pedregon (4.10) and John Force (4.15), Jack Beckman (4.68) and Ron Capps (4.10) and Robert Hight (4.08) and Tommy Johnson Jr (4.09). The semifinals were Courtney Force (4.12) vs John Force (4.13) and Ron Capps (4.08) vs Robert Hight (4.05). The finals featured John Force (4.04) and the Peak Antifreeze team and Ron Capps (4.05) and the NAPA Auto Parts team. With the winner being John Force (4.07). This is John’s first win of the season.

Moving on we have Pro Stock, where the ladder looked like this; #1 Deric Kramer (6.92) vs #16 Alan Prusiensky (20.33), #2 Greg Anderson (6.93) vs #15 Joey Grose (10.06), #3 Tanner Gray (6.93) vs #14 Will Hatcher (7.14), #4 Jason Line (6.93) vs #13 Matt Hartford (6.97), #5 Alex Laughlin (6.93) vs #12 Fernando Cuadra (6.97), #6 Drew Skillman (6.94) vs #11 Jeg Coughlin (6.96), #7 Vincent Nobile (6.94) vs #10 Bo Butner (6.95) and #8 Erica Enders (6.93) vs #9 Chris McGaha (6.95). The winners and who they would face in the second round were Deric Kramer (6.97) and Chris McGaha (6.97), Jason Line (6.96) and Alex Laughlin (6.98), Greg Anderson (6.96) and Vincent Nobile (6.97) and Tanner Gray (6.97) and Jeg Coughlin (6.99). The semifinals were Chris McGaha (6.97) vs Jason Line (6.98) and Greg Anderson (6.98) vs Jeg Coughlin (6.99). The finals featured Jason Line (6.95) and the Summit Racing Equipment team and Greg Anderson (6.94) and the Summit Racing Equipment team. With the winner being Greg Anderson (6.94). This is Greg’s first win of the season.

And finally we have Pro Stock Motorcycle, where the ladder looked like this; #1 Eddie Krawiec (7.11) vs #16 Karen Stoffer (7.31), #2 Hector Arana Jr (7.13) vs #15 Ryan Oehler (7.30), #3 Andrew Hines (7.14) vs #14 Joey Gladstone (7.28), #4 Matt Smith (7.15) vs #13 Jim Underdahl (7.26), #5 Hector Arana (7.20) vs #12 Jerry Savoie (7.25), #6 Scotty Pollacheck (7.22) vs #11 Angie Smith (7.24), #7 LE Tonglet (7.23) vs #10 Angelle Sampey (7.24) and #8 Cory Reed (7.23) vs #9 Steve Johnson (7.23). The winners and who they would face in the second round were Karen Stoffer (7.34) and Steve Johnson (7.29), Matt Smith (7.19) and Jerry Savoie (7.26), Hector Arana Jr (7.14) and LE Tonglet (7.21) and Andrew Hines (7.19) and Scotty Pollacheck (7.22). The semifinals were Karen Stoffer (7.34) vs Jerry Savoie (7.27) and Hector Arana Jr (7.15) vs Andrew Hines (7.21). The finals featured Jerry Savoie (7.28) and the White Alligator Racing team and Hector Arana Jr (7.16) and the Lucas Oil team. With the winner being Hector Arana Jr (7.17). This is Hector’s first win of the season.

This weekend we had the first drivers clinch their spots in the Countdown, Steve Torrence in Top Fuel and Courtney Force in Funny Car.

The next race will be the Toyota NHRA Sonoma Nationals July 27-29 in Sonoma, California. Where the top 8 in Pro Stock Motorcycle will take each other on in hopes of winning $25,000 and the Mickey Thompson Tires Pro Bike Battle. It’s also a must win for Leah Pritchett, John Force and Greg Anderson if they want to sweep the Swing.

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

-K

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