Racing in Texas

Hi everyone,

This week’s race took us to Houston, Texas for the the Mopar Express Lane NHRA SpringNationals and what a race it was. This race was a little different in the fact that the Pro Stock cars have a shorter schedule this season, and weren’t competing.

So, starting with Top Fuel, the ladder looked like this; #1 Brittany Force (3.66) vs #16 Cameron Ferre (4.02), #2 Steve Torrence (3.70) vs #15 Kebin Kinsley (3.83), #3 Leah Pritchett (3.70) vs #14 Shawn Reed (3.79), #4 Clay Millican (3.71) vs #13 Richie Crampton (3.78), #5 Billy Torrence (3.72) vs #12 Scott Palmer (3.77), #6 Mike Salinas (3.72) vs #11 Antron Brown (3.75), #7 Austin Prock (3.72) vs #10 Jordan Vandergriff (3.73) and #8 Doug Kalitta (3.72) vs #9 Terry McMillen (3.73). The winners and who they would face in the second round were Brittany Force (3.76) and Doug Kalitta (3.76), Clay Millican (3.76) and Scott Palmer (3.80), Steve Torrence (3.72) and Austin Prock (3.71) and Leah Pritchett (3.73) and Antron Brown (3.73). The semifinals were Brittany Force (3.67) vs Clay Millican (3.73) and Steve Torrence (3.73) vs Antron Brown (3.75). The finals featured Brittany Force (3.73) and the Advanced Auto Parts team and Antron Brown (3.74) and the Matco Tools team. With the winner being Brittany Force (3.74). This is Brittany’s first win of the season.

And finally we have Funny Car, where the ladder looked like this; #1 John Force (3.88) vs #16 Terry Haddock (4.18). It is important to note that this is the first time  in NHRA history where father and daughter have both been qualified number one in the nitro classes. #2 Ron Capps (3.89) vs #15 Jeff Diehl (4.11), #3 Tim Wilkerson (3.89) vs #14 Blake Alexander (4.09), #4 JR Todd (3.90) vs #13 Jim Campbell (4.03), #5 Robert Hight (3.90) vs #12 Jonnie Lindberg (4.00), #6 Matt Hagan (3.91) vs #11 Tommy Johnson Jr (3.95), #7 Cruz Pedregon (3.92) vs #10 Shawn Langdon (4.94) and #8 Jack Beckman (3.93) vs #9 Bob Tasca (3.94). The winners and who they would face in the second round were John Force (3.85) and Bob Tasca (3.94), JR Todd (3.93) and Robert Hight (3.89), Ron Capps (3.95) and Shawn Langdon (3.94) and Blake Alexander (3.95) and Matt Hagan (3.94). The semifinals were John Force (3.97) vs Robert Hight (3.91) and Ron Capps (3.93) vs Matt Hagan (3.94). The finals featured Robert Hight (3.92) and the AAA team and Matt Hagan (4.61) and the Pennzoil team. With the winner being Robert Hight (3.94). This is Robert’s third win this season.

The next race will be the NGK Spark Plugs NHRA Four-Wide Nationals, April 26-28 in Charlotte, North Carolina.

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

-K

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