NHRA swings into wine country, Torrence, Hight, Stanfield, Stoffer pick up wins
The second stop on the Western Swing did not disappoint
This weekend the NHRA made their way to wine country for the NHRA Sonoma Nationals, the second stop on the Western Swing and it most definitely did not disappoint.
Starting with Top Fuel, there were 12 cars in the field, so the ladder was a little funky. Number 6 qualified Leah Pruett started her day by facing number 7 qualified Justin Ashley. It was a super close race, but with a 3.73 to a 3.75, Leah was into the second round. In the second round Leah took on Brittany Force, who has been on a bit of a roll lately. Leah ran a to b with a 3.95 while Brittany had problems and went 4.35. Leah had a bye run in the semifinals where she ran a 3.72 and she and the Okuma team were into the finals. On the other side of the ladder number 2 qualified Steve Torrence started his day by taking on number 11 qualified Cameron Ferre. Steve ran a very solid 3.71 while Cameron had problems and went 4.12. In the second round Steve took on the always tough Doug Kalitta, it was a good race, but with a 3.73 to a 3.81, Steve was into the semifinals. Steve's semifinal matchup was against his close friend and Top Fuel driver celebrating his 450th national event, Antron Brown. It was a close race like it usually is when Steve and Antron meet, but with a 3.73 to a 3.81, Steve and the Capco team were into the finals. The final round between Steve and Leah was incredibly close, 3.75 to 3.76, but it was Steve that took home the Wally and kept his hopes of sweeping the Swing alive.
Next we have Funny Car, on the left side of the ladder number 4 qualified Robert Hight started his day by taking on number 13 qualified Steven Densham. Robert ran a solid 3.93 while Steven had problems and went 5.07. In the second round Robert took on JR Todd, it was a good race but with a 3.93 to a 4.06, Robert was into the semifinals. His semifinal matchup was against the always tough Ron Capps. It was very close race and with a 3.94 to a 3.97, Robert and the AAA team were into the finals. On the other side of the ladder number 3 qualified Matt Hagan started his day by taking on number 14 qualified Jeff Diehl. Matt went a to b with a 3.97 while Jeff had problems and went 6.08. In the second round Matt faced Blake Alexander, it was a decent race and Matt's 3.96 bested Blake's 4.10 and he was into the semifinals. Matt's semifinal matchup was a rematch of last weekend's final round against Alexis DeJoria. It was close, a 3.96 to a 4.00, but Matt and the Dodge team prevailed and found themselves in the finals. It was a super close race like it always is when Don Schumacher Racing and John Force Racing meet, and with a 3.97 to a 3.99, Robert took home the Wally and ended Matt's hopes of sweeping the Swing.
Moving on to Pro Stock, on the left side of the ladder, number 5 qualified Aaron Stanfield started his day by facing number 12 Chris McGaha. It was a close race, 6.54 to a 6.55, and Aaron found himself in the second round where he faced Matt Hartford. Matt gave Aaron a run for his money but Aaron's 6.54 bested Matt's 6.58. In the semifinals he faced the always tough Greg Anderson. It was close until Greg had some issues and Aaron's 6.55 to Greg's 6.63, put him and the Janac Brothers Racing/Elite team into the finals. On the other side of the ladder number number 7 qualified Dallas Glenn started his day by facing number 10 qualified Val Smeland. Val had issues while Dallas ran a 6.53. In the second round he took on Kyle Koretsky in what was a very close race, but Dallas' 6.56 bested Kyle's 6.55. In the semifinals Dallas faced Troy Coughlin Jr and thanks to a (.010) on the tree, Dallas' 6.589 was enough to drive around Troy's 6.583, putting him and the RAD Torque Systems/Silver State Plumbing team into the finals. The final round was a battle of the Pro Stock young guns and it was very close, and with a 6.55 to a 6.58, Aaron took home the Wally.
And finally we have Pro Stock Motorcycle. On the left side of the ladder number 5 qualified Andrew Hines started his day by taking on number 12 qualified Ryan Oehler. It was a decent race and Andrew's 6.76 bested Ryan's 6.97. In the second round Andrew faced Matt Smith who set a Pro Stock Motorcycle speed record at 205.04 mph. It was a close race, 6.75 to 6.78, with Andrew taking the round win and ending Matt's hopes of sweeping the Swing. In the semifinals Andrew faced Cory Reed, it was a solid race and with a 6.76 to a 6.83, Andrew and the Vance and Hines/Mission Foods team were into the finals. On the other side of the ladder number 2 qualified Karen Stoffer started her day by taking on number 15 qualified Scott Bottorff. Karen went a to b with a 6.81, while Scott ran 7.14. In the second round Karen faced Joey Gladstone, it was a good race and Karen's 6.78 bested Joey's 6.83. In the Karen's semifinal matchup was against the always tough Jerry Savoie and while Jerry had problems, running 15.56, Karen ran 6.82 putting her and the Ray Skillman Auto Group/Big St. Charles Motorsports team into the finals. It was a really close race between Andrew and Karen, 6.79 to 6.80, with Karen taking home the Wally.
The next race will be the Lucas Oil NHRA Winternationals/Summernationals, July 30th - August 1st in Pomona, California.