NHRA brings drama and excitement to Texas
As the season gets closer to the finals it's only getting more exciting
This weekend the NHRA took to Dallas, Texas for the AAA Texas NHRA FallNationals and they did not disappoint. The weekend started off with the running of the delayed semifinals and finals from last weekends race for Pro Stock and Pro Stock Motorcycle. The winners of those were Erica Enders and Matt Smith, so congratulations to them. I do want to mention Alexis DeJoria and her team for a minute, in the first round her Funny Car burned to the ground and they were able to get their backup car ready and up to the line for her second round match up.
Starting off with Top Fuel there were big points implications every round and today Top Fuel belonged to the Torrence family and the Capco teams. Number one qualified Steve Torrence started his day by taking on number fourteen Cameron Ferre. Steve cruised to the second round, and a bye because there were fourteen cars, with a 3.70 to Ferre's 11.29. Steve's bye run yielded a 3.72 and into the semifinals he went. His semifinal match up was big and had championship implications, but Steve and his 3.72 were enough to get around Langdon and his 3.78. On the other side of the ladder number nine qualified Billy Torrence started his day by taking on number six Clay MIllican. In a good race Billy's 3.71 bested Clay's 3.79. In the second round he took on the always tough Tony Schumacher and with a 3.74 to a 3.78, Billy drove around Tony and into the semifinals. His semifinal race was big. He's acting as a blocker for Steve and facing Doug Kalitta. Thanks to a solid run and Doug having problems of his own, Billy drove to a win with a 3.74 to a 4.18. The final round looked very much like every time Steve and Billy meet in the finals, close and fast. Steve took the win with a 3.71 to Billy's 3.81.
In Funny Car we were treated to something else that's familiar, DSR dominance. Number one qualified Matt Hagan started his day by taking on number sixteen qualified Todd Simpson. Matt's 3.88 bested Todd's 6.84 and into the second round he went where he took on JR Todd. JR is always tough and Matt was about to drive around him with a 3.92 to a 3.98. In the semifinals he faced DSR teammate Ron Capps and in a great race Matt and his 3.90 drove around Ron and his 3.95. On the other side of the ladder number six qualified Jack Beckman started his day by taking on number eleven Cruz Pedregon and with a 3.93 to a 3.98 Jack drove around Cruz and into round two. In the second round he took on the always tough Tim Wilkerson and while Tim had problems, Jack was on a great run and his 3.90 defeated Tim's 4.79. In the semifinals Jack took on Bob Tasca and with a 3.90 to a 3.93, Jack found himself in the finals. This final was more than just DSR vs DSR and Mopar vs Infinite Hero, this had big points implications. It was a very close race but with a 3.90 to a 3.94, Jack took home the win. This was big for Jack because he's now only 4 points out of 1st in championship points. This also makes it twelve in a row for DSR.
In Pro Stock number four qualified Matt Hartford and the Total Seal team started their day by taking on number thirteen Chris McGaha and his 6.60 bested Chris' 6.62. In the second round he faced the always tough Bo Butner and in a close race Matt's 6.62 beat Bo's 6.64. In the semifinals he took on the always tough and current points leader Erica Enders. Thanks to a .008 on the tree, Matt was able to get around her 6.62 with a 6.64. On the other side of the ladder number seven qualified Summit Racing Equipment driver Greg Anderson started his day by taking on number ten Kyle Koretsky. Even though Kyle was quicker on the tree, Greg's 6.56 bested Kyle's 6.59. In the second round he took on Alex Laughlin and with a 6.59 to a 6.62, Greg drove himself into the semifinals where he took on Jeg Coughlin Jr. He and Jeg have officially met each other more than any other Pro Stock competitors. It was a close race but with a 6.61 to a 6.62, Greg found himself in the finals. The final round race was so good and so close, but thanks to a holeshot Matt took home the win with a 6.62 to a 6.58.
Pro Stock Motorcycle was full of surprises. It started with number eight qualified Joey Gladstone taking on number nine Hector Arana Jr and Joey's 6.98 to a red lighting 6.90, Joey found himself in the second round. In the second round he took on Michael Phillips and while Michael had his own issues Joey ran a 6.97. In the semifinals Joey took on the always tough Angelle Sampey. They both pulled a redlight but Angelle's was worse so Joey got the win with a 6.95 to a 6.89. On the other side of the ladder alligator farmer and number three qualified Jerry Savoie started his day by taking on number fourteen Marc Ingwersen and with a 6.91 to a 6.99, Jerry was into the second round. In the second round he faced Cory Reed and Jerry's 6.97 bested Cory's 6.96. In the semifinals he took on Eddie Krawiec and in a close race Jerry defeated Eddie with a 6.92 to a 6.94. The final round race was close but with a 6.91 to a 7.00 Jerry took home the win. These Wally's were extra special because they are the first Camping World Wally's.
The next race will be the Mopar Express Lane NHRA SpringNationals, October 23rd-25th in Houston, Texas.