Racing in St. Louis

Hi everyone,

This weeks race took us to St. Louis, Missouri for the AAA Insurance NHRA Midwest Nationals and what a crazy race it was.

Starting with Top Fuel, the ladder looked like this; #1 Steve Torrence (3.67) vs #16 Bill Litton (3.92), #2 Clay Millican (3.69) vs #15 Shawn Reed (3.81), #3 Billy Torrence (3.71) vs #14 Pat Dakin (3.79), #4 Blake Alexander (3.71) vs #13 Terry McMillen (3.79), #5 Leah Pritchett (3.71) vs #12 Scott Palmer (3.77), #6 Tony Schumacher (3.73) vs #11 Richie Crampton (3.77), #7 Antron Brown (3.75) vs #10 Doug Kalitta (3.76) and #8 Brittany Force (3.75) vs #9 Mike Salinas (3.76). The winners and who they would face in the second round were Steve Torrence (3.75) and Mike Salinas (3.75), Blake Alexander (3.73) and Leah Pritchett (5.56), Clay Millican (3.75) and Antron Brown (3.72) and Pat Dakin (3.81) and Tony Schumacher (4.06). The semifinals were Steve Torrence (3.77) vs Leah Pritchett (3.80) and Clay Millican (3.80) vs Pat Dakin (3.94). The finals featured Steve Torrence (3.77) and the Capco team and Clay Millican (3.85) and the Great Clips/Parts Plus team. With the winner being Steve Torrence (3.77). This is Steve’s seventh win of the season.

Next we have Funny Car, where the ladder looked like this; #1 Robert Hight (3.84) vs #16 Dale Creasy (4.06), #2 Ron Capps (3.87) vs #15 Cruz Pedregon (4.01), #3 Courtney Force (3.88) vs #14 Jim Campbell (4.01), #4 Tommy Johnson Jr (3.89) vs #13 Del Worsham (4.00), #5 Bob Tasca (3.91) vs #12 Jonnie Lindberg (3.99), #6 Tim Wilkerson (3.92) vs #11 Matt Hagan (3.96), #7 JR Todd (3.92) vs #10 Shawn Langdon (3.94) and #8 Jack Beckman (3.92) vs #9 John Force (3.93). The winners and who they would face in the second round were Robert Hight (3.93) and John Force (4.02), Tommy Johnson Jr (3.92) and Bob Tasca (3.99), Cruz Pedregon (3.99) and JR Todd (3.95) and Courtney Force (3.93) and Tim Wilkerson (4.34). The semifinals were Robert Hight (4.01) vs Tommy Johnson Jr (3.95) and JR Todd (4.06) vs Tim Wilkerson (4.00). The finals featured Robert Hight (3.94) and the AAA team and Tim Wilkerson (5.18) and the Levi, Ray and Shoup team. With the winner being Robert Hight (4.03), but it did come at a price. Robert had a massive explosion that resulted in him hitting the wall, so best wishes to him. If you haven’t seen it, it’s on the NHRA’s YouTube channel. And this is Robert’s third win of the season.

Moving on we have Pro Stock, where the ladder looked like this; #1 Jeg Coughlin (6.49) vs #16 Mark Hogan (6.76), #2 Erica Enders (6.50) vs #15 Charlie Westcott (6.73), #3 Jason Line (6.51) vs #14 Val Smeland (6.62), #4 Bo Butner (6.51) vs #13 Alan Prusiensky (6.58), #5 Drew Skillman (6.51) vs #12 Kenny Delco (6.56), #6 Vincent Nobile (6.51) vs #11 Fernando Cuadra (6.54), #7 Tanner Gray (6.52) vs #10 Chris McGaha (6.53) and #8 Greg Anderson (6.52) vs #9 Deric Kramer (6.52). The winners and who they would face in the second round were Jeg Coughlin (6.54) and Greg Anderson (6.57), Bo Butner (6.54) and Drew Skillman (6.54), Erica Enders (6.55) and Tanner Gray (6.54) and Jason Line (6.53) and Vincent Nobile (6.54). The semifinals were Jeg Coughlin (6.57) vs Drew Skillman (6.55) and Tanner Gray (6.56) vs Vincent Nobile (6.58). The finals featured Drew Skillman (6.58) and the Ray Skillman Chevrolet team and Tanner Gray (6.57) and the Gray Motorsports team. With the winner being Tanner Gray (6.56). This is Tanner’s sixth win of the season.

And finally we have Pro Stock Motorcycle,  where the ladder looked like this; #1 Chip Ellis vs #16 Mark Paquette (6.93), #2 Andrew Hines (6.78) vs #15 Ryan Oehler (6.93), #3 LE Tonglet (6.81) vs #14 Jim Underdahl (6.92), #4 Eddie Krawiec (6.82) vs #13 Joey Gladstone (6.89), #5 Matt Smith (6.82) vs #12 Scotty Pollacheck (6.89), #6 Steve Johnson (6.83) vs #11 Angie Smith (6.87), #7 Hector Arana (6.86) vs #10 Jerry Savoie (6.87) and #8 Hector Arana Jr (6.86) vs #9 Angelle Sampey (6.87). The winners and who they would face in the second round were Chip Ellis (6.88) and Angelle Sampey (6.92), Joey Gladstone (6.89) and Matt Smith (6.88), Andrew Hines (6.88) and Jerry Savoie (7.13) and LE Tonglet (6.83) and Angie Smith (6.87). The semifinals were Chip Ellis (6.86) vs Matt Smith (6.86) and Jerry Savoie (6.89) vs LE Tonglet (6.86). The finals featured Matt Smith (6.87) and the Polaris Victory Magnum team and LE Tonglet (6.89) and the Nitro Fish team. With the winner being Matt Smith (6.87). This is Matt’s second win of the season.

The next race, number three in the Countdown, will be the AAA Texas NHRA Fall Nationals October 4-7 in Dallas, Texas.

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

-K

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