Robert Hight, Brittany Force, Jason Line, Eddie Krawiec Win
AAA Texas NHRA FallNationals
DALLAS, Texas (October 15, 2017) – The race for the 2017 NHRA Mello Yello championship tightened up after the AAA Texas NHRA FallNationals concluded today at Texas Motorplex. John Force Racing drivers Brittany Force and Robert Hight both made serious moves to close the gap on the points leader in their respective classes. Jason Line and Eddie Krawiec both captured Pro Stock category wins.
For Brittany Force and the Monster Energy Top Fuel dragster team the day started with a match-up against Countdown contender Terry McMillen. Force took the win with a 3.708 second pass, the third quickest of the first round and moved into a second round match-up with Doug Kalitta and the Mac Tools Top Fuel dragster. Force was behind Kalitta in points heading into race day but after a solid 3.719 to 3.739 second win Force was in the driver’s seat to make a major move. A semi-final win over Torrence allowed Force to make up two rounds on the Kilgore driver.
It was an impressive round in defeat for the Capco dragster considering Torrence escaped a scary crash unharmed in the second round. His team thrashed and put together a complete back-up dragster in just over 60 minutes. In the final Force took her first win at the Texas Motorplex and second of the Countdown besting Shawn Langdon by one one-thousandth of a second in an incredible final.
“This is a huge win for us in the Countdown. The two people we are chasing Doug Kalitta and Steve Torrence we took out in the second and third rounds,” said Force from the winner’s circle. “That was our plan all weekend long. We didn’t want to just win rounds. We wanted to win this race. I feel like we are in an awesome spot and we are going to try and keep killing it out on the race track.”
“There are a lot of memories from this race track. The one that stands out the most is my dad’s crash. To be able to put that behind us a little with a win is great,” added Force.
Robert Hight picked up his third win at the AAA Texas FallNationals and more importantly moved within a round and four points from taking the points lead in Funny Car. Hight defeated points leader Ron Capps in the final round and the points swing was huge for the 2009 Funny Car champion.
“This was a huge win for the AAA Texas team. That was a forty point swing in the final,” explained Hight. “If I would have lost I would have been 64 points behind but now I am just 24 points from first place. This Chevrolet Camaro has been running great and my team is performing like champions. We are just going to keep on keeping on. It is pretty cool to double up again with Brittany. We have had a lot of fun with AAA Texas this week. Billy Meyer built a great race track and he will always be a great Funny Car driver. You saw a performance today from this team that was awesome.”
Hight had the best Funny Car all day securing lane choice in every round. He was the only driver to post runs in the 3.8 second range every round. His winning ETs ranged from 3.828, 3.865, 3.898 and 3.877 seconds. He defeated Jim Campbell, Alexis Dejoria and Tim Wilkerson before taking down Capps.
The Summit Racing Equipment Chevrolet Camaro and driver Jason Line picked up their second win of the season and tightened up the race for the Pro Stock world championship considerably. There is only 30 points separating the top three spots.
“That was a really big win in front of our Summit Racing Equipment sponsors and guys from our new Summit store in Arlington,” said Line. “I have struggled a little this year so now is a great time to be good. NHRA does a great job of prepping the tracks and we love coming to the Texas Motorplex. This is my first cowboy hat and I’ll be honest I probably won’t wear it again but it is really cool to have.”
Line bested Alan Prusiensky, Alex Laughlin, Brian Self and Drew Skillman on the way to his 47th career Pro Stock win.
The first Mello Yello Drag Racing Series winner today at Texas Motorplex was Eddie Krawiec who had to battle tough riders and Mother Nature in the Pro Stock Motorcycle class. A severe crosswind kept every competitor on their toes as they crossed the finish line. Krawiec, the No. 1 qualifier took wins over David Hope, Karen Stoffer, Scott Pollacheck and Jerry Savoie today. The most important round win for the New Jersey native was recorded by Joey Gladstone who defeated LE Tonglet in the first round and allowed Krawiec to dramatically extend his points lead.
“This is back to back wins here at Texas Motorplex. For me this win is a huge deal because I watched my opponent who I am really battling it out with go out, LE Tonglet, go out in the first round,” said Krawiec. “I knew this was the opportunity and if I didn’t capitalize on it today in Dallas I could possibly give this championship away. I think after we regrouped and in the second round we went right from the mid-80s to the high 70s. The performance was here but the biggest thing was the phenomenal weather but the hardest thing for us was the cross wind. It was a bit of a challenge.”
Every winner at the Motorplex was presented with a custom fitted cowboy hat and Krawiec summed up every winner’s attitude about the unique gift.
“This cowboy hat is very prestigious in the drag racing world. It is more than just a cowboy hat. It is a trophy. I am proud to have three of them. I will have them proudly on display,” summed up Krawiec.
2017 AAA Texas NHRA FallNationals Winners
Super Comp – Craig Anderson
Super Stock – Slate Cummings
Super Gas – Tommy Phillips
Stock Eliminator – Thomas Marlow
Top Sportsman – Greg Lair
Top Dragster – Shane Eperjesi
Competition Eliminator – Clint Neff
Top Alcohol Funny Car – Doug Gordon
Top Alcohol Dragster – Todd Bruce
Pro Stock Motorcycle – Eddie Krawiec
Pro Stock – Jason Line
Funny Car – Robert Hight
Top Fuel – Brittany Force
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