Racing in Pennsylvania

Hi everyone,

This weeks race took us to Reading, Pennsylvania for the Dodge NHRA Nationals, the first race of the Countdown and what a race it was.

Starting with Top Fuel, the ladder looked like this; #1 Clay Millican (3.72) vs #16 Jim Maroney (8.76), Tony Schumacher (3.74) vs #15 Dan Mercier (4.24), #3 Leah Pritchett (3.75) vs #14 Audrey Worm (4.16), #4 Steve Torrence (3.76) vs #13 Bill Litton (3.90), #5 Mike Salinas (3.76) vs #12 Terry McMillen (3.80), #6 Antron Brown (3.76) vs #11 Brittany Force (3.80), #7 Scott Palmer (3.77) vs #10 Dom Lagana (3.79) and #8 Doug Kalitta (3.79) vs #9 Richie Crampton (3.79). The winners and who they would face in the second round were Clay Millican (3.76) and Doug Kalitta (3.80), Steve Torrence (3.78) and Mike Salinas (3.73), Tony Schumacher (3.81) and Dom Lagana (3.82) and Leah Pritchett (3.78) and Antron Brown (3.80). The semifinals were Clay Millican (3.81) vs Steve Torrence (3.81) and Tony Schumacher (3.82) vs Antron Brown (3.84). The finals featured Steve Torrence (3.79) and the Capco team and Tony Schumacher (3.93) and the US Army team. With the winner being Steve Torrence (3.81). This is Steve’s sixth win of the season.

Next we have Funny Car, where the ladder looked like this; #1 Courtney Force (3.90) vs #16 Mike Smith (5.87), #2 Tim Wilkerson (3.91) vs #15 Terry Haddock (4.16), #3 Tommy Johnson Jr (3.92) vs #14 Jim Campbell (4.11), #4 Jack Beckman (3.93) vs #13 Cruz Pedregon (4.06), #5 Ron Capps (3.94) vs #12 Jonnie Lindberg (4.03), #6 Shawn Langdon (3.94) vs #11 Robert Hight (3.98), #7 John Force (3.94) vs #10 Matt Hagan (3.96) and #8 JR Todd (3.94) vs #9 Bob Tasca (3.95). The winners and who they would face in the second round were Mike Smith (4.39) and JR Todd (3.98), Cruz Pedregon (4.21) and Ron Capps (3.97), Tim Wilkerson (4.00) and John Force (4.00), and Tommy Johnson Jr (3.95) and Robert Hight (3.94). The semifinals were JR Todd (3.99) vs Ron Capps (3.97) and Tim Wilkerson (4.00) vs Robert Hight (3.94). The finals featured JR Todd (3.97) and the DHL team and Tim Wilkerson (4.04) and the Levi Ray and Shoup team. With the winner being JR Todd (3.97). This is JR’s fourth win of the season.

Moving on we have Pro Stock, where the ladder looked like this; #1 Tanner Gray (6.54) vs #16 Val Smeland (6.69), #2 Jeg Coughlin (6.54) vs #15 John Gaydosh (6.66), #3 Erica Enders (6.55) vs #14 Alan Prusiensky (6.65), #4 Drew Skillman (6.55) vs #13 Fernando Cuadra (6.60), #5 Bo Butner (6.55) vs #12 Kenny Delco (6.60), #6 Vincent Nobile (6.55) vs #11 Matt Hartford (6.58), #7 Greg Anderson (6.56) vs #10 Deric Kramer (6.57) and #8 Jason Line (6.56) vs #9 Chris McGaha (6.57). The winners and who they would face in the second round were Tanner Gray (6.55) and Jason Line (6.56), Drew Skillman (6.56) and Bo Butner (6.58), Jeg Coughlin (6.55) and Greg Anderson (6.57) and Erica Enders (6.57) and Vincent Nobile (6.57). The semifinals were Tanner Gray (6.59) vs Drew Skillman (6.59) and Greg Anderson (6.59) vs Vincent Nobile (6.59). The finals featured Drew Skillman (6.57) and the Ray Skillman Chevrolet team and Vincent Nobile (6.59) and the Mountain View Tire team. With the winner being Vincent Nobile (6.58). This is Vincent’s third win of the season.

And finally we have Pro Stock Motorcycle,  where the ladder looked like this; #1 Matt Smith (6.82) vs #16 John Hall (6.96), #2 Eddie Krawiec (6.82) vs #15 Jim Underdahl (6.95), #3 Hector Arana Jr (6.83) vs #14 Ron Tornow (6.95), #4 Andrew Hines (6.84) vs #13 Ryan Oehler (6.94), #5 LE Tonglet (6.86) vs #12 Mark Paquette (6.91), #6 Joey Gladstone (6.87) vs #11 Scotty Pollacheck (6.90), #7 Angelle Sampey (6.87) vs #10 Angie Smith (6.89) and #8 Steve Johnson (6.88) vs #9 Jerry Savoie (6.88). The winners and who they would face in the second round were Matt Smith (6.84) and Steve Johnson (6.86), Andrew Hines and LE Tonglet (6.84), Eddie Krawiec (6.88) and Angie Smith (6.93) and Hector Arana Jr (6.90) and Joey Gladstone (6.90). The semifinals were Matt Smith (6.86) vs LE Tonglet (6.84) and Eddie Krawiec (6.85) vs Hector Arana Jr (6.88). The finals featured Matt Smith (6.81) and the Polaris Victory Magnum team and Hector Arana Jr (6.88) and the Lucas Oil team. With the winner being  Hector Arana Jr (6.84). This is Hector’s second win of the season.

The next race, number two in the Countdown will be the AAA Insurance NHRA Midwest Nationals September 21-23 in St. Louis, Missouri.

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

-K

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