Racing in Las Vegas

Hi everyone,

This weeks race took us to Las Vegas, Nevada for the NHRA Toyota Nationals. The second to last race of the season and with a champion being crowned and point leads being cut down and leaders being swapped, it was a great race.

Starting with Top Fuel, the ladder looked like this; #1 Clay Millican (3.69) vs #16 Greg Carrillo (3.93), #2 Steve Torrence (3.70) vs #15 Shawn Reed (3.87), #3 Brittany Force (3.72) vs #14 Mike Salinas (3.82), #4 Leah Pritchett (3.73) vs #13 Troy Buff (3.80), #5 Antron Brown (3.74) vs #12 Blake Alexander (3.80), #6 Doug Kalitta (3.74) vs #11 Richie Crampton (3.79), #7 Billy Torrence (3.76) vs #10 Terry McMillen (3.78) and #8 Scott Palmer (3.76) vs #9 Tony Schumacher (3.77). The winners and who they would face in the second round were Clay Millican (3.74) and Tony Schumacher (3.81), Leah Pritchett (3.73) and Blake Alexander (3.73), Steve Torrence (3.77) and Billy Torrence (3.72), and Brittany Force (3.73) and Richie Crampton (3.79). The semifinals were Tony Schumacher (3.75) vs Leah Pritchett (3.74) and Steve Torrence (3.76) vs Richie Crampton (3.76). The finals featured Leah Pritchett (3.73) and the Pennzoil team and Steve Torrence (3.72) and the Capco team. With the winner being Steve Torrence (3.75). This is not only Steve’s tenth win of the season but with this win he clinched his first Top Fuel championship. He and his team have been stellar all season, so huge congrats to them.

Next we have Funny Car, where the ladder looked like this; #1 Tommy Johnson Jr (3.87) vs #16 Jeff Arend (4.11), #2 JR Todd (3.91) vs #15 Richard Townsend (4.06), #3 Jack Beckman (3.92) vs #14 Jim Campbell (4.05), #4 Bob Tasca (3.92) vs #13 Jonnie Lindberg (4.05), #5 John Force (3.92) vs #12 Ron Capps (3.97), #6 Courtney Force (3.92) vs #11 Cruz Pedregon (3.96), #7 Robert Hight (3.92) vs #10 Shawn Langdon (3.96) and #8 Tim Wilkerson (3.93) vs #9 Matt Hagan (3.94). The winners and who they would face in the second round were Tommy Johnson Jr (3.93) and Matt Hagan (3.90), Bob Tasca (3.96) and Ron Capps (3.95), JR Todd (3.93) and Shawn Langdon (3.92) and Jack Beckman (3.93) and Courtney Force (3.91). The semifinals were Matt Hagan (3.91) vs Bob Tasca (3.94) and JR Todd (3.95) vs Jack Beckman (3.95). The finals were Matt Hagan (3.92) and the Pennzoil team and JR Todd (3.90) and the DHL team. With the winner being JR Todd (3.92). This is JR’s fifth win of the season and he takes over the point lead.

Moving on we have Pro Stock, where the ladder looked like this; #1 Jeg Coughlin (6.62) vs #16 Steve Graham (6.71), #2 Jason Line (6.62) vs #15 Kenny Delco (6.69), #3 Matt Hartford (6.62) vs #14 Fernando Cuadra (6.68), #4 Drew Skillman (6.63) vs #13 Vincent Nobile (6.65), #5 Tanner Gray (6.63) vs #12 Alan Prusiensky (6.65), #6 Chris McGaha (6.63) vs #11 Deric Kramer (6.65), #7 Bo Butner (6.63) vs #10 Alex Laughlin (6.64) and #8 Erica Enders (6.63) vs #9 Greg Anderson (6.63). The winners and who they would face in the second round were Jeg Coughlin (6.63) and Erica Enders (6.64), Drew Skillman (6.64) and Tanner Gray (6.64), Jason Line (6.64) and Bo Butner (6.65) and Matt Hartford (6.64) and Deric Kramer (6.66). The semifinals were Erica Enders (6.66) vs Tanner Gray (6.65) and Bo Butner (6.65) vs Matt Hartford (6.66). The finals featured Erica Enders (6.66) and the Elite Motorsports team and Bo Butner (6.65) and the Jim Butner Auto team. With the winner being Bo Butner (6.65). This is Bo’s second win of the season.

And finally we have Pro Stock Motorcycle, where the ladder looked like this; #1 Hector Arana Jr (6.84) vs #16 Mark Paquette (6.99), #2 Eddie Krawiec (6.85) vs #15 Ron Tornow (6.98), #3 Hector Arana (6.86) vs #14 Ryan Oehler (6.98), #4 Chip Ellis (6.89) vs #13 Kelly Clontz (6.97), #5 Andrew Hines (6.91) vs #12 Scotty Pollacheck (6.96), #6 Angie Smith (6.92) vs #11 Angelle Sampey (6.95), #7 Steve Johnson (6.92) vs #10 Jerry Savoie (6.95) and #8 Matt Smith (6.93) vs #9 LE Tonglet (6.93). The winners and who they would face in the second round were Hector Arana Jr (6.92) and Matt Smith (6.92), Chip Ellis (6.91) and Andrew Hines (6.95), Eddie Krawiec (6.90) and Jerry Savoie (6.94) and Hector Arana (6.90) and Angelle Sampey (6.97). The semifinals were Hector Arana Jr (6.94) vs Andrew Hines (6.97) and Eddie Krawiec (6.93) vs Hector Arana (6.93). The finals featured Hector Arana Jr (6.94) and the Lucas Oil team and Eddie Krawiec (6.92) and the Vance and Hines Harley Davidson team. With the winner being Hector Arana Jr (6.88). This is Hector’s third win of the season.

The next race will be the Auto Club NHRA Finals November 8-11 in Pomona, California. Points are worth points and a half and the rest of the champions will be crowned.

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

-K

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