Racing in Las Vegas: Four Wide Edition

Hi everyone,

This week’s race took us to Las Vegas, Nevada for the Denso Spark Plugs NHRA Four-Wide Nationals. The four wide races are like no other and this one was full of excitement and a ton of close races.

Starting with Top Fuel, the first quad looked like this; #1 Mike Salinas (3.70) vs #8 Billy Torrence (3.76) and #9 Antron Brown (3.77). Quad number two; #4 Leah Pritchett (3.74) vs #13 Terry Totten (3.95), #5 Clay Millican (3.75) and #12 Austin Prock (3.82). Quad number three; #2 Steve Torrence (3.72) vs #15 Steve Chrisman (7.12), #7 Doug Kalitta (3.76) and #10 Terry McMillen (3.78). Quad number four; #3 Brittany Force (3.73) vs #14 Cameron Ferre (4.09), #6 Richie Crampton (3.75) and #11 Scott Palmer (3.79). The winners of the first quad were Mike Salinas (3.74) and Billy Torrence (3.96). They were joined in the semifinals by Terry Totten (4.05) and Clay Millican (3.77). The winners of the third quad were Steve Torrence (3.72) and Doug Kalitta (3.78) and they were joined in the semifinals by Brittany Force (3.73) and Richie Crampton (3.76). The finals featured Mike Salinas (3.76) and the Scrappers Racing team, Clay Millican (3.79) and the Parts Plus/Strutmasters team, Brittany Force (3.76) and the Advanced Auto Parts team and Doug Kalitta (3.79) and the MAC Tools team. With the winner being Mike Salinas (3.80). Followed by Brittany Force (3.81), Doug Kalitta (4.33) and Clay Millican (4.35). This is Mike’s first career win, so huge congrats to him and his team.

Next we have Funny Car, where the first quad looked like this; #1 Tim Wilkerson (3.89) vs #16 Jeff Diehl (4.38), #8 Shawn Langdon (3.93) and #9 Robert Hight (3.94). Quad number two; #4 JR Todd (3.91) vs #13 Gary Densham (4.05), #5 Matt Hagan (3.92) and #12 Jim Campbell (4.04). Quad number three; #2 Ron Capps (3.89) vs #15 Terry Haddock (4.25), #7 Bob Tasca (3.92) and #10 Tommy Johnson Jr (3.95). Quad number four; #3 Cruz Pedregon (3.91) vs #14 Phil Burkhart Jr (4.08), #6 John Force (3.92) and #11 Jack Beckman (3.95). The winners of the first quad were Tim Wilkerson (3.89 and Jeff Diehl (4.22). They were joined in the semifinals by Matt Hagan (4.07) and JR Todd (4.34). The winners of the third quad were Tommy Johnson Jr (4.23) and Ron Capps (4.28) and they were joined in the semifinals by John Force (3.91) and Jack Beckman (3.95). The finals featured Tim Wilkerson (3.99) and the Levi, Ray and Shoup team, JR Todd (4.03) and the DHL team, Tommy Johnson Jr (3.99) and the Make-A-Wish team and Jack Beckman (4.01) and the Infinite Hero team. With the winner being JR Todd (3.97). Followed by Tommy Johnson Jr (3.97), Jack Beckman (4.37) and Tim Wilkerson (4.40). This is JR’s first win of the season.

Moving on we have Pro Stock, where the first quad looked like this; #1 Bo Butner (6.64) vs #16 Jeff Isbell (6.96), #8 Deric Kramer (6.66) and #9 Fernando Cuadra (6.67). Quad number two; #4 Matt Hartford (6.66) vs #13 Shane Tucker (6.72), #5 Rodger Brogdon (6.66) and #12 Chris McGaha (6.70). Quad number three; #2 Jeg Coughlin (6.65) vs #15 Alan Prusiensky (6.77), #7 Erica Enders (6.66) and #10 Jason Line (6.67). Quad number four; #3 Greg Anderson (6.66) vs #14 Joey Grose (6.74), #6 Alex Laughlin (6.66) and #11 Steve Graham (6.68). The winners of the first quad were Bo Butner (6.63) and Jeff Isbell (6.85). They were joined in the semifinals by Matt Hartford (6.65) and Chris McGaha (6.68). The winners of the third quad were Erica Enders (6.65) and Jason Line (6.67) and they were joined in the semifinals by Alex Laughlin (6.66) and Greg Anderson (6.69). The finals featured Bo Butner (6.66) and the Jim Butner Auto team, Matt Hartford (6.67) and the Total Seal team, Jason Line (6.68) and the Summit Racing Equipment team and Greg Anderson (6.68) and the Summit Racing Equipment team. With the winner being Bo Butner (6.67). Followed by Matt Hartford (6.66), Jason Line (6.67) and Greg Anderson (6.65). This is Bo’s third win this season.

And finally we have Pro Stock Motorcycle, where the first quad looked like this; #1 Matt Smith (6.87) vs #16 Angelle Sampey (7.04), #8 Ryan Oehler (6.96) and #9 Angie Smith (6.96). Quad number two; #4 Andrew Hines (6.90) vs #13 Joey Gladstone (7.01), #5 Karen Stoffer (6.94) and #12 Jim Underdahl (6.99). Quad number three; #2 Hector Arana Jr (6.88) vs #15 Kelly Clontz (7.03), #7 Hector Arana (6.95) and #10 Steve Johnson (6.98). Quad number four; #3 Eddie Krawiec (6.88) vs #14 Fred Camarena (7.01), #6 Cory Reed (6.95) and #11 Jerry Savoie (6.99). The winners of the first quad were Matt Smith (6.88) and Angie Smith (7.01). They were joined in the semifinals by Karen Stoffer (6.94) and Andrew Hines (6.90). The winners of the third quad were Hector Arana (6.91) and Hector Arana Jr (6.89) and they were joined in the semifinals by Eddie Krawiec (6.90) and Jerry Savoie (6.94). The finals featured Andrew Hines (6.90) and the Vance and Hines Harley Davidson team, Matt Smith (6.91) and the Denso team, Eddie Krawiec (6.92) and the Vance and Hines Harley Davidson team and Hector Arana Jr (6.91) and the Lucas Oil team. With the winner being Hector Arana Jr (6.90). Followed by Matt Smith (6.90), Eddie Krawiec (6.91) and Andrew Hines. This is Hector’s first win of the season.

The next race will be the NHRA Spring Nationals, April 12-14 in Houston, Texas.

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

-K

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