NHRA gets back on the road with action packed Florida race
A fun and exciting race for fans and drivers alike
This weekend the NHRA got back on the road with their first race outside of Indianapolis since the restart, the Amalie Motor Oil NHRA Gatornationals and this race did not disappoint.
In Top Fuel today as all about the Torrence's and their Capco cars. On the left side of the ladder Steve Torrence qualified number four and took on number thirteen Tony Schumacher. Tony had his problems and Steve's 3.78 drove around his 4.86. In the second round he took on Doug Foley and his 3.76 bested Doug's 3.90. The semifinal race had huge points implications, as he took on Leah Pruett. It was a close race, but Steve's 3.77 was enough to beat Leah's 3.81. On the other side of the ladder Billy Torrence started his day as the number two qualifier and took on number fifteen Todd Paton. Billy easily drove around Todd with a 3.85 to a 4.48. In the second round Billy took on the always tough Shawn Langdon and in a good race Billy's 3.77 bested Shawn's 3.84. In the semifinals Billy took on Terry McMillen, it was a close race but Billy's 3.81 beat Terry's 3.84. The final round was pretty much a copy of every time Billy and Steve race each other, close from start to finish. Today it was Steve who took home the win with a 3.80 to dad Billy's 3.81.
In Funny Car there were close and exciting races all day. On the left side of the ladder number four qualified Ron Capps started his day by taking on number thirteen John Smith. In a close race Ron's 3.99 beat John's 4.02. In the second round Ron took on Alexis DeJoria and his 3.96 bested her 4.01. Ron's semifinal race was against teammate Matt Hagan and very dramatic, but his 3.89 beat Matt's 4.01. On the other side of the ladder Tim Wilkerson started his day as the number two qualifier and took on number fifteen Terry Haddock. His 3.98 beat Terry's 12.07 and put him in the second round where he faced Tommy Johnson Jr. The race between him and TJ was incredibly close but his 3.94 bested TJ's 3.95. In the semifinals he took on the always tough Bob Tasca and thanks to a .079 on the tree, he got the holeshot and his 3.958 to Bob's 3.955 but him in the finals. The final round was one we've seen many times before, Ron Capps and the NAPA team vs Tim Wilkerson and the LRS team. It was a close race but Ron's 3.93 to Tim's 3.94 gave him the win. This win is special for a few reasons, for Ron today is his crewchief Rahn Tobler's birthday and this win makes it 10 Funny Car wins in a row for Don Schumacher Racing going back to the end of last season.
Pro Stock it was all about the Elite cars. On the left side of the ladder number four qualified Alex Laughlin started his day by taking on number thirteen Kenny Delco and his 6.61 to Kenny's 6.62 put him in the second round where he took on Kyle Koretsky. This race was close in every aspect, but Alex's 6.61 bested Kyle's 6.64. In the semifinals he took on Deric Kramer and thanks to a .021 on the tree, his 6.64 beat Deric's 6.61. On the other side of the ladder number six qualified Aaron Stanfield took on number eleven Bo Butner in the first round and his 6.63 beat Bo's 6.64. In the second round he took on Cristian Cuadra and while Cristian had his problem's Aaron's 6.62 put him in the semifinals. His semifinals match was against the ever tough Jason Line and his 6.63 to Jason's 6.65 put him in the finals. The final round was all about Alex Laughlin. Aaron had problems from the start and Alex's 7.06 to Aaron's 14.00 gave him the win.
Pro Stock Motorcycle once again was all about the rivalry of Matt Smith vs and Harley's. Matt Smith started his day as the number one qualifier and took on number sixteen Kelly Clontz. His 6.86 to her 7.01 put him in the second round where he faced John Hall. A -.001 from Hall instantly gave Smith the win and his 6.82 gave him lane choice for the next round. In the semifinals he took on US Nationals winner Scotty Pollacheck and is 6.85 beat Pollacheck's 6.90. On the other side of the ladder number six qualified Andrew Hines took on number eleven Hector Arana Jr in round one and his 6.85 bested Hector's 6.92. In the second round he took on his Vance and Hines teammate Eddie Krawiec and thanks to a .043 on the tree, Andrew's 6.91 beat Eddie's 6.89. Andrew's semifinal match up was against his other Vance and Hines teammate Angelle Sampey. He ran a 6.94, but her -.006 on the tree gave him the instant win. In the finals both riders put in their all and Matt's 6.84 to Andrew's 6.92 gave him the win.
The next race will be the Mopar Express Lane NHRA Midwest Nationals, October 2nd-4th in St. Louis, Missouri.