NHRA bids adieu to Georgia, Brown, Tasca III, Anderson, Pollacheck pick up wins
An exciting end to the NHRA's Georgia races
This weekend the NHRA descended upon Commerce, Georgia for the Lucas Oil NHRA Southern Nationals, the last race at Atlanta Dragway and because everyone wanted the last Wally from Atlanta, they did not disappoint. Not only did this race serve as the return to competition for Eddie Krawiec and Andrew Hines, who underwent a manufacturer switch, from Harley to Buell. But Andrew secured his place in the 200 mph club, so congrats to him and a big welcome back to him and Eddie.
Starting with Top Fuel, on the left side of the ladder number 8 qualified, Matco Tools sponsored, Antron Brown started his day by taking on number 9 Doug Kalitta. They had a very close race, but Antron's 3.79 was enough to best Doug's 3.80. In the second round he took on the always tough Billy Torrence, and with a 3.81 to a 3.82, Antron found himself in the semifinals where he faced Brittany Force. They had an incredibly close race, both running 3.78's, but Antron's (.045) on the tree gave him enough to advanced into the finals. On the other side of the ladder, number 2 qualified, Capco sponsored, Steve Torrence, started his day by facing number 15 Buddy Hull. Steve had a solid a to b run besting Buddy's 4.00 with a 3.76. In the second round Steve took on Justin Ashley, and while they both had good runs, Steve's was slightly better and with a 3.77 to a 3.79, he found himself in the semifinals where he faced the always tough Shawn Langdon. The race between Steve and Shawn was good, but Steve bested Shawn with a 4.00 to a 4.34. The final round was a highly anticipated one as Antron and Steve always put on a great show, but this time it was Antron who claimed the victory with a 3.75 to a 3.79.
Next we have Funny Car, where they had 14 cars in the field, but what they lacked in cars, they made up for in excitement. On the left side of the ladder, number 11 qualified, Peak sponsored, John Force started his day by facing number 4 Cruz Pedregon. The two had a good race like they always do when they match up, but John bested Cruz with a 4.04 to a 4.12. In the second round John faced the always tough Ron Capps and they had one of the closest races of the day and John came out victorious with a 4.02 to Ron's 4.04. John's semifinal matchup was against JR Todd, John ran a solid a to b run and his 3.98 beat JR's 4.03. On the other side of the ladder, number 2 qualified, Ford sponsored Bob Tasca III started his day by facing number 15 Paul Lee. Bob was able to best Paul with a 4.22 to a 4.47. In the second round he faced Blake Alexander in what was a very close race, but Bob took the win with a 4.014 to a 4.016. Bob's semifinal matchup was against the always tough Matt Hagan and in a close race, Bob's 3.98 bested Matt's 3.97. The final round had everyone on the edge of their seats, and with a 4.00 to a 4.01 Bob grabbed the win. Tasca III is on a roll right now and this is is second win in a row.
Moving on to Pro Stock, on the left side of the ladder, number 1 qualified, Summit Racing Equipment sponsored Greg Anderson started his race day by taking on number 16 Fernando Cuadra. Greg had a great a to b run and his 6.56 bested Fernando's 6.66. In the second round Greg took on Matt Hartford and his 6.57 was enough to drive around Matt's 6.61. In the semifinals he faced the always tough Erica Enders and in a good race, his 6.57 beat her 6.61 and found himself in the finals. On the other side of the ladder number 11 qualified, Elite sponsored Vincent Nobile started his day by taking on number 6 Troy Coughlin Jr, and while Troy had problems, Vincent ran a 6.61. In the second round he faced Aaron Stanfield and while Aaron went red, Vincent ran a 6.63. His semifinal race was against Deric Kramer and in a close race, Vincent's 6.60 bested Deric's 6.64. The final round race was pretty close, but with a 6.56 to a 6.59, Greg took home the Wally.
Finally we have Pro Stock Motorcycle. On the left side of the ladder, number 1 qualified, Denso sponsored Scotty Pollacheck started his day by taking on number 16 Jerry Savoie and with a 6.86 to a 7.12, Scotty found himself in the second round. In the second round he faced Ryan Oehler, and in a close race Scotty's 6.80 was enough to drive around Ryan's 6.88. In the semifinals he faced the always tough Angelle Sampey. Scotty had a quick a to b run with a 6.80, while Angelle ran a 6.91 and he found himself in the finals. On the other side of the ladder, number 7 qualified, Denso sponsored teammate to Scotty Pollacheck, Matt Smith, started his day by taking on number 10 Steve Johnson. Steve had problems, running an 11.60, while Matt ran a 6.86. In the second round Matt faced Joey Gladstone and in a very close race, Matt's 6.812 bested Joey's 6.813. Matt's semifinal matchup was against Eddie Krawiec who has quickly found speed with his new Buell, and they had a great race. With a (.054) on the tree, Matt's 6.82 beat Eddie's 6.81. No one could've predicted how this final round would go, but Matt went red by (.001), so Scotty picked up the win with a 6.92.
The next race will be the NGK NTK NHRA Four-Wide Nationals, May 14th - 16th in Charlotte, North Carolina.