NHRA heads to the northeast, Torrence, Force and Stanfield grab wins
Smaller fields did not mean less excitement in New Hampshire
This weekend the NHRA headed to the northeast to Epping, New Hampshire for some lobster and the TascaParts.com NHRA New England National Presented by Bandero Tequila. The whole title of this race is significant because the Tasca and DeJoria families, who are from the New England area, came together to co sponsor this race.
Starting with Top Fuel, with 12 cars, the ladder was a little funky, but on the left side, number 1 qualified Billy Torrence started his day by taking in number 12 qualified Joe Morrison. Billy didn't have the best run, but his 4.51 was better than Joe's 5.66 and into the second round he went. In the second round he took on the always tough Antron Brown, it was a very close race but Billy bested Antron with a 3.83 to a 3.85. In the semifinals Billy had a bye run, and he went 3.87. On the other side of the ladder number 2 qualified Mike Salinas started his day by facing number 11 qualified Buddy Hull. Buddy had problems, running a 6.29 while Mike went 3.81. In the second round Mike took on the formidable Doug Kalitta. Mike went a to b with a 3.79 while Doug ran a 4.30 and Mike found himself in the semifinals where he took on Steve Torrence. It was a decent race, but Mike and his 3.82 bested Steve and his 4.87. Everyone knows that Billy and the Capco team are always tough in final rounds, but Mike and the Scrappers Racing team are just as tough. This was a very close race and with his 3.82 to Mike's 3.81, Billy got the Wally.
Moving on to Funny Car, they had a 13 car field, so their ladder was a little funky was well. On the left side, number 10 qualified Robert Hight started his day by taking on number 5 qualified Alexis DeJoria. It was a close race, but with a 4.33 to a 4.71, Robert found himself in the second round where he faced home favorite, Bob Tasca III. Bob has issues, and ran a 10.09, while Robert went a to b with a 3.97. In the semifinals Robert faced the always tough Tim Wilkerson. Tim went red on the tree by (-.090) giving Robert, who went 4.02, and the AAA team the win. On the other side of the ladder number 3 qualified John Force started his day by taking on number 12 qualified Cory Lee. Cory had problems and went 6.09, while John ran 4.27 and found himself in the second round where he faced a tough opponent in JR Todd. It was a good race and John's 3.95 bested JR's 4.00. John's semifinal match up was against Terry Haddock, who was having an incredible day and with a 3.97 to a 4.19, John and the PEAK team were in the finals. Anytime team cars race each other in a final round you know it's going to be good and this race was no exception. It was close and with a 3.97 to a 3.99 John took home the Wally for what is the 900th Funny Car race in history.
And finally we have Pro Stock. On the left side of the ladder, number 1 qualified Greg Anderson, his 5th number 1 in 6 races, started his day by taking on number 16 qualified John Gaydosh. Greg and his 6.55 bested John's 6.74 and into the second round he went. In the second round he faced Troy Coughlin Jr. It was a good race, but Greg's 6.56 was enough to drive around Troy's 6.60. In the semifinals Greg took on Matt Hartford who's on a bit of a roll right now. Matt had problems, running a 9.94, while Greg and the HendrickCars.com team ran 6.58 and put themselves in the final round. On the other side of the ladder number 3 qualified Aaron Stanfield started his day by taking on number 14 Alan Prusiensky. Aaron went a to b with a 6.56 while Alan ran 8.68. In the second round he faced Richie Stevens. It was a good race but with a 6.58 to a 6.66, Aaron was into the semifinals where he took on Mason McGaha. It was a close race, but with a 6.59 to a 6.61, Aaron and the Janac Brothers Racing/Elite team were into the finals. This final round was highly anticipated as Greg Anderson is one win away from tying the Professor, Warren Johnson, in career wins. Today however, with a 6.576 to a 6.577, Aaron took home the Wally.
The next race will be the Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals, June 24th - 27th in Norwalk, Ohio.