Racing in Seattle

Hi everyone,

This week’s race took us to Seattle, Washington for the Magic Dry NHRA Northwest Nationals and what an amazing race it was.

Starting with Top Fuel, with 15 cars, the ladder looked like this; #1 Mike Salinas (3.69), #2 Brittany Force (3.70) vs #15 Ron Smith (7.73), #3 Steve Torrence (3.70) vs #14 Steve Chrisman (5.10), #4 Clay Millican (3.70) vs #13 Cameron Ferre (4.10), #5 Leah Pritchett (3.72) vs #12 Austin Prock (3.77), #6 Richie Crampton (3.74) vs #11 Antron Brown (3.76), #7 Shawn Reed (3.74) vs #10 Terry McMillen (3.76) and #8 Doug Kalitta (3.75) vs #9 Scott Palmer (3.76). The winners and who they would face in the second round were Mike Salinas (3.85) and Doug Kalitta (3.78), Clay Millican (3.74) and Austin Prock (3.76), Brittany Force (3.72) and Shawn Reed (3.71) and Steve Torrence (3.77) and Antron Brown (3.79). The semifinals were Mike Salinas (3.74) vs Austin Prock (3.82) and Shawn Reed (3.75) vs Steve Torrence (3.78). The finals featured Austin Prock (3.80) and the Montana Brand team and Steve Torrence (3.99) and the Capco team. With the winner being Austin Prock (3.87). This is Austin’s first career win, so huge congrats to him and his team.

Next we have Funny Car, where the ladder looked like this; #1 Bob Tasca (3.87) vs #16 Terry Haddock (4.26), #2 JR Todd (3.88) vs #15 Jeff Diehl (4.22), #3 Matt Hagan (3.88) vs #14 Gary Densham (4.02), #4 John Force (3.89) vs #13 Jim Campbell (4.01), #5 Robert Hight (3.89) vs #12 Blake Alexander (3.99), #6 Shawn Langdon (3.89) vs #11 Cruz Pedregon (3.93), #7 Ron Capps (3.89) vs #10 Tim Wilkerson (3.92), #8 Jack Beckman (3.91) vs #9 Tommy Johnson Jr (3.91). The winners and who they would face in the second round were Bob Tasca (3.96) and Jack Beckman (3.93), John Force (3.89) and Robert Hight (3.92), JR Todd (3.93) and Ron Capps (3.93) and Matt Hagan (3.98) and Shawn Langdon (3.92). The semifinals were Jack Beckman (3.97) vs John Force (3.90) and Ron Capps (3.99) vs Matt Hagan (3.97). The finals featured John Force (4.01) and the Peak team and Ron Capps (3.97) and the NAPA team. With the winner being John Force (3.97). This is not only John’s first win this season but his 150th career win which is a massive accomplishment and I’m so happy for him.

And finally we have Pro Stock, where the ladder looked like this; #1 Jeg Coughlin (6.53) vs #16 Alan Prusiensky (6.62), #2 Alex Laughlin (6.54) vs #15 Steve Graham (6.61), #3 Erica Enders (6.54) vs #14 Steve Matusek (6.58), #4 Jason Line (6.54) vs #13 Val Smeland (6.58), #5 Deric Kramer (6.55) vs #12 Kenny Delco (6.57), #6 Greg Anderson (6.55) vs #11 Fernando Cuadra Jr (6.56), #7 Fernando Cuadra (6.55) vs #10 Chris McGaha (6.56) and #8 Bo Butner (6.56) vs #9 Matt Hartford (6.56). The winners and who they would face in the semifinals were Jeg Coughlin (6.57) and Matt Hartford (6.56), Jason Line (6.55) and Deric Kramer (6.55), Alex Laughlin (6.57) and Chris McGaha (6.60) and Erica Enders (6.55) and Greg Anderson (6.55). The semifinals were Matt Hartford (6.57) vs Deric Kramer (6.56) and Alex Laughlin (6.57) vs Greg Anderson (6.55). The finals featured Matt Hartford (7.55) and the Rottler team and Greg Anderson (6.59) and the Summit Racing Equipment team. With the winner being Matt Hartford (6.60). This is Matt’s first win of the season.

Those who have clinched a spot in the Countdown are;

Top Fuel: Steve Torrence

Funny Car: Robert Hight, John Force, Tommy Johnson Jr, Ron Capps, Jack Beckman, Bob Tasca

Pro Stock: Bo Butner, Greg Anderson, Alex Laughlin, Matt Hartford

Pro Stock Motorcycle: Andrew Hines, Eddie Krawiec, Matt Smith, Hector Arana Jr

The next race will be the Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals, August 15-18 in Brainerd, Minnesota.

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

-K

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