KANSAS CITY, Mo., (October 1, 2014) – Comprised of the premier national Chevrolet, Ford and Mopar branded competitive automotive events, the Manufacturers Series welcomes Tucson’s Southwestern International Raceway (SWIR) as the latest host track to join the Series schedule in 2015. The 110-acre drag racing facility located at the Pima County Fairgrounds will feature a spectacular car show, lightning-fast drag racing, manufacturers’ midway and swap meet for each of the “Big Three” American brands.
“Southwest International Raceway is proud to join the Manufacturers Series and we are looking forward to bringing the historic and popular Chevrolet event back to the state of Arizona after a long three-year absence. We are also excited to bring the national Fun Ford and Mega Mopar events to the state for the first time, giving Blue Oval and Mopar fans in the Southwest a venue to race and show-off their favorite brand vehicles,” said Alan Miller, SWIR General Manager.
Southwestern Int’l Raceway joins sister-tracks Palm Beach (March 27 – 29) and Memphis Int’l Raceways (April 10 – 12) in kicking-off the season as the third stop on the Manufacturers Chevy Series tour in 2015, on May 1 – 3. In addition, SWIR will also host for the first time in Arizona, Fun Ford on Saturday, October 10, and Mega Mopar on Sunday, October 11, to round out their first season of Manufacturers Series events.
“The Manufacturers Chevy, Fun Ford and Mega Mopar Series have been successful events for our Memphis and Palm Beach facilities for years. With the acquisition of Southwestern International Raceway last year, we knew we wanted to add these events to the lineup of events in Tucson. We look forward to bringing all three Series events to the race fans in Arizona,” said Jason Rittenberry, President & CEO, IRG Sports + Entertainment.
Rockingham Dragway will usher in the 2015 Manufacturers Fun Ford season, May 2 – 3, while Texas Motorplex will lead the way for Mega Mopar Series March 28. On October 17, Palm Beach Int’l Raceway will make history by hosting the first head-to-head Fun Ford vs. Mega Mopar showdown on October 17, giving fans a chance to cheer-on and represent their favorite brand in a family-friendly environment.
On May 16 – 17, Chevy fans will take over Texas Motorplex and Virginia Motorsports Park with a double-header event weekend, while Auto Club Famoso Raceway wraps up the 2015 season, November 7 – 8.
MANUFACTURERS CHEVY SERIES
Palm Beach Int’l Raceway March 27 – 29
Memphis Int’l Raceway April 10 – 12
Southwestern Int’l Raceway May 1 – 3
Texas Motorplex May 16 – 17
Virginia Motorsports Park May 15 – 17
US 131 Motorsports Park May 29 – 31
Maple Grove Raceway July 17 – 19
Bandimere Speedway August 14 – 15
Bristol Dragway September 25 – 27
Rockingham Dragway October 9 – 11
Gateway Motorsports Park October 9 – 11
Auto Club Famoso Raceway November 7 – 8
MANUFACTURERS FUN FORD SERIES
Rockingham Dragway May 2 – 3
Virginia Motorsports Park June 13 – 14
Bandimere Speedway June 14
US 131 Motorsports Park July 12
Gateway Motorsports Park July 24 – 25
Memphis Int’l Raceway August 28 – 29
Bristol Dragway September 5
Maple Grove Raceway September 13
Auto Club Famoso Raceway September 19 – 20
Southwestern Int’l Raceway October 10
Palm Beach Int’l Raceway October 17
Texas Motorplex November 7
MANUFACTURERS MEGA MOPAR SERIES
Texas Motorplex March 28
Rockingham Dragway May 4
US 131 Motorsports Park May 17
Maple Grove Raceway May 30
Bandimere Speedway May 31
Auto Club Famoso Raceway June 27 – 28
Memphis Int’l Raceway July 31 – August 1
Virginia Motorsports Park September 19 – 20
Southwestern Int’l Raceway October 11
Palm Beach Int’l Raceway October 17
Schedules are subject to change. Visit www.mfgseries.com for the most current list.
About Manufacturers Series
Designed to offer something for everyone in a family atmosphere for the American “Big Three” automotive brand enthusiasts, the Manufacturers Chevy Show, Fun Ford and Mega Mopar Series are all members of the Manufacturers Series with 34 events in 2015. Each Manufacturers Series event is wholly owned by its respective host track and showcases a car show, drag racing, manufacturer’s midway, swap meet and car corral, as well as autocross at selected events. For more information or for the most current event schedules, visit: www.mfgseries.com
PITTSBORO, N.C. October 1, 2014: The Professional Drag Racers Association has made it clear that it is here to stay. A successful inaugural season is nearly complete and already excitement is building for 2015. Notable changes from the 2014 schedule include an additional two events, for a total of ten races, and five new tracks joining the PDRA team. The PDRA will visit some of the nation’s best markets for eighth-mile door car racing including Maryland International Raceway and Texas Motorplex, as well as a stop at the completely overhauled GALOT Motorsports Park. The PDRA plans to continue their Friday/Saturday event format.
The sophomore tour will begin at Texas Motorplex in Ennis, Tx. March 20-21. April 10-12 the PDRA will return to Rockingham Dragway, home to some of the most memorable moments in professional eighth mile racing. After this the PDRA heads west during the first weekend of May to Thunder Road Raceway in Shreveport, La. The final weekend in May will see a stop at Gateway Raceway in St. Louis, Mo. The tour will then reach its halfway point on June 26-27 at US 131 Motorsports Park in Martin, Mich.
Budds Creek, Md. has often been regarded as one of the top doorslammer facilities in the country. The PDRA will bring their unique brand of eighth-mile action to Maryland International Raceway, July 17-18. Then the tour will make its second annual stop at Memphis International Raceway on August 21-22. One of the highlights of the tour, Dragstock, will be featured at the reconstructed GALOT Motorsports Park on its familiar date of September 11-13. From there the PDRA returns to one of the nation’s fastest growing facilities – Tulsa Raceway Park on October 2-3. The sophomore tour will conclude as the inaugural tour did, at Virginia Motorsports Park near Richmond, Va. on October 23-24.
“We worked hard to produce a schedule that would benefit our teams, sponsors and fans, as well as each of the tracks we will visit,” said PDRA Race Director, Bob Harris. “We look forward to visiting new tracks and welcome back many of the places we visited this year. I believe this schedule is just what we need to continue moving forward as the world’s premier eighth-mile drag racing organization.”
Also in the works, a new points structure to be unveiled later this year. Stay tuned towww.pdra660.comfor all the details and Live Feed of the upcoming PDRA Finals at Virginia Motorsports Park, along with the completion of Dragstock XI, October 9-11.
2015 PDRA Tour
March 20-21, Texas Motorplex, Ennis, Texas
April 10-12, Rockingham Dragway, Rockingham, North Carolina
May 1-2, Thunder Road Raceway, Shreveport (Gilliam), Louisiana
May 29-30, Gateway Raceway, St. Louis, Missouri
June 26-27, US 131 Motorsports Park, Martin, Michigan
July 17-18, Maryland International Raceway, Budds Creek, Maryland
August 21-22, Memphis International Raceway, Memphis (Millington), Tennessee
September 11-13, GALOT Motorsports Park, Benson, North Carolina
October 2-3, Tulsa Raceway Park, Tulsa, Oklahoma
October 23-24, Virginia Motorsports Park, Richmond (Petersburg), Virginia
For more on the world’s premier eighth mile drag racing organization visitwww.pdra660.com. Follow the PDRA:Facebook,Twitter,Instagram,Youtube.
ENNIS, Texas – Tony Schumacher and his U.S. Army Top Fuel dragster team are rounding into championship form as he raced to his second victory in as many days, this time winning the AAA Texas NHRA FallNationals Sunday at Texas Motorplex.
Courtney Force (Funny Car) Dave Connolly (Pro Stock), and Andrew Hines (Pro Stock Motorcycle) were also winners in their categories at the second of six playoff races in the NHRA Mello Yello Countdown to the Championship.
Schumacher, who won the delayed Charlotte event here on Saturday, defeated No. 1 qualifier J.R. Todd in the finals for his 76th career Top Fuel win. Schumacher posted a winning run of 3.891 seconds at 318.62 mph to Todd’s trailing run of 4.134 at 251.49 in his Optima Batteries dragster. With the back-to-back wins, he moved into the championship lead, and holds a 106-point advantage over second place Steve Torrence.
Schumacher defeated Leah Pritchett, Bob Vandergriff, Troy Buff and Todd to claim his sixth win at the AAA Texas NHRA FallNationals.
“It’s an unbelievable situation,” said Schumacher. “We’ve won two races in less than 24 hours. My family drove up, I won a race, we went to dinner, went to bed, came back, and won another race in under 24 hours.
“We have a 100-point leading going into two more back-to-back races. It’s brutal pressure. Going into with this much momentum places that pressure on other people. Some will be able to handle it; some won’t.”
Doug Kalitta, who started the Countdown to the Championship as the No. 1 seed, sits 107 points behind Schumacher in third. Defending world champ Shawn Langdon is in fourth and Todd, who entered the playoffs in 10th, climbed to fifth in the standings.
In the Funny Car finals, Force recorded the 11th win by a woman in 2014, when she defeated Del Worsham in the finals. Force powered her Traxxas Ford Mustang Funny Car to a winning time of 4.227 seconds at 301.07 to Worsham’s trailing run of 4.309 at 285.65 in his DHL Toyota Camry. Force, who remained fourth in the points order, was the No. 1 qualifier at the event and this marks the second time this season she has won from the top position.
“It was great to qualify No. 1, but I still knew I was possibly going to have to race one of my teammates in the second round when I looked at the ladder,” she said. “Luckily for us, we were able to get that round because that was a huge win for us. Obviously, [they're some of] my biggest competition, even though they are my teammates. [My dad and Robert might be] my biggest competition out here because they have great race cars. They’re keeping it consistent, and that’s the hardest thing to break, so I’m proud of my team to come out here and make some great laps – especially out here in the heat of Texas.”
Force suffered a first round loss at the opening event in the Countdown and knew the team needed a strong performance at this race for her to secure a championship.
“We definitely needed to make a turn for the better,” Force continued. “We needed to go some rounds today if we still wanted a shot at the championship. After the loss in Charlotte it felt like the No. 1 spot was drifting further away. It was almost a good thing he (John) went out a little bit early here, and he wasn’t creating such a huge gap for us to [potentially] reach that No. 1 spot. We’ve made a huge move up and we’re still in the hunt.”
Her father John retains the Funny Car points lead by 45 over teammate Hight. Matt Hagan is in third and Ron Capps and Alexis DeJoria are tied for fifth.
In Pro Stock, it was a rematch from the final in Indianapolis as Connolly faced his Gray Motorsports teammate Shane Gray. This time Connolly got the better of Gray with a run of 6.616 at 210.05 in his Charter Communications Chevy Camaro to the trailing run of 6.617 at 210.73 in the Gray Manufacturing Camaro. This is the second win of the season for Connolly, the 25th in his career, and marked the third consecutive Pro Stock win for Gray Motorsports.
“I’ve been very blessed with a lot of great opportunities and I would have to say this is one of the best,” said three-time Texas Motorplex winner Connolly, who defeated Shane Tucker, Allen Johnson and Jonathan Gray to advance to the final round. “Great group of guys, the whole family is. The comradery we have and the friendships we have grown over the year is unbelievable. We are out there having fun and running into each other in semifinals and finals and could not be better. We are avoiding each other first few rounds and early and it is a win-win when we make it to the final and there is Gray Motorsports on both the doors.”
With the victory Connolly is now 43 points behind leader Jason Line, with Shane Gray third, Enders-Stevens fourth and Jonathan Gray fifth.
Hines secured his fifth Pro Stock Motorcycle win of the season with ease, as his opponent Steve Johnson was unable to make the finals due to mechanical issues with his Suzuki. Hines notched his first Dallas win and 37th of his career with his performance of 7.571 at 186.54 on his Screamin’ Eagle Vance & Hines Harley-Davidson. With the victory, he moves into the points lead over teammate Eddie Krawiec.
“We changed a bunch of stuff, hard parts, key strokes in the computer and it finally all came together in that last qualifying session,” Hines said. “It got better and better and we are starting to see the results and the E.T. on the board. I’ve been to three or four engines and this one finally responded.”
The NHRA Mello Yello Countdown to the Championship playoffs continues with the AAA Insurance NHRA Midwest Nationals at Gateway Motorsports Park near St. Louis, Sept. 26-28.
ENNIS, Texas — Final finish order (1-16) at the 29th annual AAA Texas NHRA FallNationals at Texas Motorplex. The race is the 20th of 24 events in the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series, and the second of six playoff races in the NHRA Mello Yello Countdown to the Championship.
1. Tony Schumacher; 2. J.R. Todd; 3. Shawn Langdon; 4. Troy Buff; 5. Bob Vandergriff; 6. Spencer Massey; 7. Steve Torrence; 8. Larry Dixon; 9. Antron Brown; 10. Morgan Lucas; 11. Khalid alBalooshi; 12. Leah Pritchett; 13. Doug Kalitta; 14. Richie Crampton; 15. Terry McMillen; 16. Billy Torrence.
1. Courtney Force; 2. Del Worsham; 3. Tim Wilkerson; 4. Tommy Johnson Jr.; 5. Robert Hight; 6. Alexis DeJoria; 7. John Force; 8. Matt Hagan; 9. Ron Capps; 10. Tony Pedregon; 11. Bob Tasca III; 12. Cruz Pedregon; 13. Chad Head; 14. Jeff Arend; 15. Jeff Diehl; 16. Jack Beckman.
1. Dave Connolly; 2. Shane Gray; 3. Jonathan Gray; 4. Vincent Nobile; 5. Erica Enders-Stevens; 6. Allen Johnson; 7. Greg Anderson; 8. Jason Line; 9. Chris McGaha; 10. Rodger Brogdon; 11. V. Gaines; 12. John Gaydosh Jr; 13. Aaron Stanfield; 14. Jeg Coughlin; 15. Matt Hartford; 16. Shane Tucker.
PRO STOCK MOTORCYCLE:
1. Andrew Hines; 2. Steve Johnson; 3. Matt Smith; 4. Scotty Pollacheck; 5. Jerry Savoie; 6. Shawn Gann; 7. Freddie Camarena; 8. John Hall; 9. Hector Arana; 10. Chaz Kennedy; 11. Angelle Sampey; 12. Angie Smith; 13. LE Tonglet; 14. Adam Arana; 15. Hector Arana Jr; 16. Eddie Krawiec.
ENNIS, Texas — Sunday’s final results from the 29th annual AAA Texas NHRA FallNationals at Texas Motorplex. The race is the 20th of 24 in the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series, and the second of six playoff races in the NHRA Mello Yello Countdown to the Championship:
Top Fuel — Tony Schumacher, 3.891 seconds, 318.62 mph def. J.R. Todd, 4.134 seconds, 251.49 mph.
Funny Car — Courtney Force, Ford Mustang, 4.227, 301.07 def. Del Worsham, Toyota Camry, 4.309, 285.65.
Pro Stock — Dave Connolly, Chevy Camaro, 6.616, 210.05 def. Shane Gray, Camaro, 6.617, 210.73.
Pro Stock Motorcycle — Andrew Hines, Harley-Davidson, 7.571, 186.54 def. Steve Johnson, Suzuki, broke.
Top Alcohol Dragster — Shayne Lawson, 5.299, 270.64 def. Joey Severance, 12.519, 61.01.
Top Alcohol Funny Car — Steve Harker, Chevy Monte Carlo, 5.560, 261.62 def. Terry Ruckman, Monte Carlo, 5.702, 252.71.
Competition Eliminator — Clark Smiley, Pontiac GXP, 7.358, 179.04 def. Keith Hall, Chevy Cavalier, 8.510, 159.74.
Super Stock — Slate Cummings, Chevy Cavalier, 8.992, 135.89 def. Jarod Granier, Chevy II, foul.
Stock Eliminator — Jerry Emmons, Chevy Camaro, 10.247, 116.04 def. Jimmy Hidalgo Jr., Pontiac GTO, 10.951, 114.53.
Super Comp — Alan Savage, Dragster, 8.910, 154.53 def. Christopher Dodd, Dragster, 8.887, 173.05.
Super Gas — Jimmy Lewis, Chevy Corvette, 9.894, 151.17 def. Robby Lopez, Corvette, 9.882, 147.23.
Super Street — Max McGlothin, Chevy Vega, 10.899, 125.99 def. Reggie Baudoin, Chevy S-10, 10.897, 135.78.
Top Sportsman — Daniel Leibham, Chevy Camaro, 7.043, 186.15 def. Don Holcomb, Camaro, 6.958, 205.32.
ENNIS, Texas — Final round-by-round results from the 29th annual AAA Texas NHRA FallNationals at Texas Motorplex, the 20th of 24 events in the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series, and the second of six playoff races in the NHRA Mello Yello Countdown to the Championship:
ROUND ONE — Spencer Massey, 3.831, 321.27 def. Richie Crampton, 4.755, 161.67; Shawn Langdon, 3.805, 321.19 def. Antron Brown, 3.876, 308.50; Bob Vandergriff, 3.818, 321.50 def. Terry McMillen, 4.991, 148.99; J.R. Todd, 3.815, 323.04 def. Morgan Lucas, 4.088, 228.58; Troy Buff, 3.841, 311.05 def. Doug Kalitta, 4.353, 196.13; Steve Torrence, 3.831, 324.05 def. Khalid alBalooshi, 4.227, 224.92; Tony Schumacher, 3.817, 320.97 def. Leah Pritchett, 4.254, 223.80; Larry Dixon, 4.171, 208.52 def. Billy Torrence, 5.196, 135.22;
QUARTERFINALS — Buff, 3.961, 293.73 def. Dixon, 5.857, 150.70; Schumacher, 3.854, 320.05 def. Vandergriff, 3.934, 302.69; Todd, 3.864, 316.67 def. Massey, 4.147, 236.55; Langdon, 4.622, 234.78 def. S. Torrence, 4.913, 194.24;
SEMIFINALS — Todd, 4.253, 237.13 def. Langdon, 4.320, 270.32; Schumacher, 3.930, 309.06 def. Buff, 4.889, 160.16;
FINAL — Schumacher, 3.891, 318.62 def. Todd, 4.134, 251.49.
ROUND ONE — John Force, Ford Mustang, 4.111, 309.42 def. Jeff Arend, Dodge Charger, 4.259, 293.66; Tommy Johnson Jr., Charger, 4.775, 169.91 def. Cruz Pedregon, Toyota Camry, foul; Courtney Force, Mustang, 4.173, 305.56 def. Tony Pedregon, Camry, 4.232, 297.81; Tim Wilkerson, Mustang, 4.173, 304.25 def. Ron Capps, Charger, 4.223, 295.72; Alexis DeJoria, Camry, 4.171, 299.06 def. Jeff Diehl, Toyota Solara, 6.424, 104.10; Matt Hagan, Charger, 4.221, 270.81 def. Bob Tasca III, Mustang, 4.243, 297.29; Del Worsham, Camry, 4.213, 297.16 def. Chad Head, Camry, 4.257, 293.09; Robert Hight, Mustang, 4.501, 271.57 def. Jack Beckman, Charger, 10.679, 71.72;
QUARTERFINALS — Johnson Jr., 4.192, 302.08 def. J. Force, 4.532, 205.38; Wilkerson, 4.209, 295.59 def. Hagan, 4.537, 230.76; C. Force, 4.161, 305.49 def. Hight, 4.214, 300.80; Worsham, 4.272, 288.03 def. DeJoria, 4.340, 248.93;
SEMIFINALS — Worsham, 4.178, 302.41 def. Wilkerson, 4.221, 296.50; C. Force, 4.218, 299.06 def. Johnson Jr., 4.254, 268.54;
FINAL — C. Force, 4.227, 301.07 def. Worsham, 4.309, 285.65.
ROUND ONE — Greg Anderson, Chevy Camaro, 6.595, 210.97 def. Jeg Coughlin, Dodge Dart, 9.460, 108.85; Dave Connolly, Camaro, 6.597, 210.57 def. Shane Tucker, Camaro, broke; Erica Enders-Stevens, Camaro, 6.574, 210.44 def. Rodger Brogdon, Camaro, 6.646, 209.49; Vincent Nobile, Camaro, 6.581, 210.77 def. Aaron Stanfield, Camaro, 8.575, 111.81; Jonathan Gray, Camaro, 6.572, 210.83 def. V. Gaines, Dodge Avenger, 6.646, 209.26; Allen Johnson, Dart, 6.568, 210.87 def. Matt Hartford, Avenger, 9.510, 97.74; Shane Gray, Camaro, 6.566, 210.70 def. John Gaydosh Jr, Pontiac GXP, 6.730, 205.82; Jason Line, Camaro, 6.574, 210.80 def. Chris McGaha, Camaro, 6.617, 208.71;
QUARTERFINALS — Nobile, 6.625, 209.72 def. Line, 12.243, 69.72; J. Gray, 6.597, 209.92 def. Enders-Stevens, 6.599, 209.98; Connolly, 6.603, 209.33 def. Johnson, 6.607, 210.47; S. Gray, 6.604, 210.14 def. Anderson, foul;
SEMIFINALS — S. Gray, 6.617, 210.18 def. Nobile, 6.677, 209.65; Connolly, 6.616, 209.85 def. J. Gray, 6.651, 207.21;
FINAL — Connolly, 6.616, 210.05 def. S. Gray, 6.617, 210.73.
PRO STOCK MOTORCYCLE:
ROUND ONE — Matt Smith, Buell, 6.920, 194.02 def. Adam Arana, Buell, 7.169, 189.73; Scotty Pollacheck, Buell, 6.948, 193.54 def. Chaz Kennedy, Buell, 6.958, 192.60; Jerry Savoie, Suzuki, 6.928, 193.24 def. Angie Smith, Buell, 6.996, 190.35; John Hall, Buell, 6.975, 192.82 def. Angelle Sampey, Buell, 6.978, 182.45; Steve Johnson, Suzuki, 6.929, 192.88 def. LE Tonglet, Suzuki, 7.007, 182.16; Shawn Gann, Buell, 6.959, 188.70 def. Hector Arana Jr, Buell, 7.550, 135.14; Freddie Camarena, Suzuki, 7.025, 194.30 def. Eddie Krawiec, Harley-Davidson, 22.232, 32.59; Andrew Hines, Harley-Davidson, 6.883, 194.38 def. Hector Arana, Buell, 6.906, 195.28;
QUARTERFINALS — Pollacheck, 7.000, 191.10 def. Gann, 7.018, 190.08; Johnson, 6.901, 192.93 def. Hall, 15.294, 35.54; M. Smith, 6.954, 193.13 def. Camarena, 7.093, 188.81; Hines, 6.909, 192.88 def. Savoie, foul;
SEMIFINALS — Hines, 6.926, 193.18 def. Pollacheck, 6.980, 190.97; Johnson, 6.979, 187.34 def. M. Smith, 6.940, 191.43;
FINAL — Hines, 7.571, 186.54 def. Johnson, broke.
ENNIS, Texas — Point standings (top 10) following the 29th annual AAA Texas NHRA FallNationals at Texas Motorplex, the 20th of 24 events in the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series and the second of six playoff races in the NHRA Mello Yello Countdown to the Championship-
1. Tony Schumacher, 2,296; 2. Steve Torrence, 2,190; 3. Doug Kalitta, 2,189; 4. Shawn Langdon, 2,181; 5. J.R. Todd, 2,168; 6. Spencer Massey, 2,167; 7. Khalid alBalooshi, 2,156; 8. Antron Brown, 2,143; 9. Richie Crampton, 2,085; 10. Brittany Force, 2,053.
1. John Force, 2,258; 2. Robert Hight, 2,213; 3. Matt Hagan, 2,209; 4. Courtney Force, 2,197; 5. (tie) Ron Capps, 2,164; Alexis DeJoria, 2,164; 7. Tommy Johnson Jr., 2,162; 8. Del Worsham, 2,135; 9. Tim Wilkerson, 2,123; 10. Cruz Pedregon, 2,093.
1. Jason Line, 2,266; 2. Dave Connolly, 2,223; 3. Shane Gray, 2,218; 4. Erica Enders-Stevens, 2,207; 5. Jonathan Gray, 2,192; 6. Vincent Nobile, 2,186; 7. Allen Johnson, 2,166; 8. Jeg Coughlin, 2,150; 9. V. Gaines, 2,103; 10. Chris McGaha, 2,073.
Pro Stock Motorcycle
1. Andrew Hines, 2,302; 2. Eddie Krawiec, 2,257; 3. Steve Johnson, 2,198; 4. Hector Arana Jr, 2,177; 5. Matt Smith, 2,169; 6. Scotty Pollacheck, 2,144; 7. John Hall, 2,139; 8. Hector Arana, 2,122; 9. Angie Smith, 2,094; 10. Michael Ray, 2,071.
TODD, C. FORCE, S. GRAY AND KRAWIEC RACE TO NO. 1 QUALIFYING POSITIONS AT AAA TEXAS NHRA FALLNATIONALS
ENNIS, Texas – Courtney Force earned her fourth No. 1 qualifying position of the season Saturday at the AAA Texas NHRA FallNationals following her track record setting performance on Friday.
J.R. Todd (Top Fuel), Shane Gray (Pro Stock), and Eddie Krawiec (Pro Stock Motorcycle) also will lead their categories into Sunday’s 11 a.m. eliminations for the AAA Texas NHRA FallNationals. It is the second playoff race in the NHRA Mello Yello Countdown to the Championship.
She raced to her seventh career No. 1 with a performance of 4.039 seconds at 314.90 mph in her Traxxas Ford Mustang. Her most recent No. 1 qualifying position came in Sonoma, an event she went on to win after defeating her father John in the final.
“It feels good to have the Traxxas Ford Mustang back in the No. 1 spot, especially back here in Texas,” said Force who has two No. 1 qualifying positions at the track. “I’m very proud of my team for giving me a very good racecar this weekend. Definitely hope we can continue it tomorrow throughout race day.”
Force hopes a victory tomorrow will put her back in championship contention.
“We didn’t have such good luck last weekend in Charlotte so we are definitely looking to turn things around,” said Force, who will race Tony Pedregon in the opening round. “We can definitely use the points to climb our way back up there to battle it out for this championship because I definitely think we still have a chance at it.”
In key opening round matchups, Funny Car points leader John Force will race Jeff Arend, Alexis DeJoria who qualified second will face Jeff Diehl, and Matt Hagan who won the delayed Pep Boys NHRA Carolina Nationals will face Bob Tasca III.
Todd earned his second consecutive top qualifying position in the Countdown playoffs from his Friday night run of 3.761 at 317.87 in his Optima Batteries dragster. He will face Morgan Lucas in the first round of eliminations.
“To come back here and back up that No. 1 from last week shows that it wasn’t a fluke, I suppose,” Todd said. “It was definitely tricky today with the heat. We’ll come into race day with that 3.86 we ran in the heat, and I think that’s what it’s going to take to go some rounds tomorrow.”
On the strength of his Countdown opening win, Tony Schumacher takes the Top Fuel points lead and will face Leah Pritchett when eliminations begin. Doug Kalitta qualified second and will face Troy Buff, and Bob Vandergriff, who qualified third, will face Terry McMillen.
In Pro Stock, Gray claimed the No. 1 qualifying position with his run of 6.566 at 210.08 in his Gray Manufacturing Chevy Camaro during the third qualifying session. This is his fourth No. 1 qualifying position of the year and his first since Sonoma. He will race John Gaydosh in the opener.
“We had a great day and the weather dried out this morning and what a run it made, we didn’t think it would pick up that much for sure,” Gray said. “Tomorrow is a new day and we will try to go out and put on a good show for the fans. Going to go out and have a fun day of racing tomorrow and be proud of the outcome of it.”
Krawiec, who also won the delayed Pep Boys NHRA Carolina Nationals, powered to his seventh No. 1 qualifying position of the season and the 21st of his career with a run of 6.841 at 194.83 on his Screamin’ Eagle Vance & Hines Harley-Davidson. He will face Freddie Camarena in the first round of eliminations.
“One of the hard things is trying to keep up on your clutch program. You have to keep up on the track with the weather changes. As a rider, you need to stay on your game,” said Krawiec. “All these guys make fun of me at the shop because I have this pile of hats you get for being No. 1 qualifier, and they say, ‘He’s a hoarder! He’s a hat hoarder! That just shows you how good our team is and how consistent we are.”
ENNIS, Texas — Sunday’s first-round pairings for eliminations for the 29th annual AAA Texas NHRA FallNationals at Texas Motorplex, the 20th of 24 events in the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series.
Pairings based on results in qualifying, which ended Saturday. DNQs listed below pairings.
Top Fuel — 1. J.R. Todd, 3.761 seconds, 319.75 mph vs. 16. Morgan Lucas, 3.988, 250.69; 2. Doug Kalitta, 3.765, 326.71 vs. 15. Troy Buff, 3.965, 304.12; 3. Bob Vandergriff, 3.770, 320.13 vs. 14. Terry McMillen, 3.965, 314.02; 4. Shawn Langdon, 3.774, 320.36 vs. 13. Antron Brown, 3.874, 316.45; 5. Steve Torrence, 3.786, 323.74 vs. 12. Khalid alBalooshi, 3.829, 319.45; 6. Tony Schumacher, 3.790, 322.11 vs. 11. Leah Pritchett, 3.823, 317.49; 7. Billy Torrence, 3.813, 322.50 vs. 10. Larry Dixon, 3.819, 324.20; 8. Spencer Massey, 3.814, 320.89 vs. 9. Richie Crampton, 3.816, 319.60.
Did Not Qualify: 17. Brittany Force, 4.110, 242.63; 18. Kebin Kinsley, 4.421, 261.37; 19. Clay Millican, 6.563, 141.33.
Funny Car — 1. Courtney Force, Ford Mustang, 4.039, 314.90 vs. 16. Tony Pedregon, Toyota Camry, 4.658, 248.57; 2. Alexis DeJoria, Camry, 4.041, 305.42 vs. 15. Jeff Diehl, Toyota Solara, 4.537, 285.77; 3. Ron Capps, Dodge Charger, 4.051, 311.92 vs. 14. Tim Wilkerson, Mustang, 4.269, 305.15; 4. Tommy Johnson Jr., Charger, 4.076, 309.42 vs. 13. Cruz Pedregon, Camry, 4.157, 298.27; 5. John Force, Mustang, 4.081, 314.24 vs. 12. Jeff Arend, Charger, 4.106, 310.55; 6. Matt Hagan, Charger, 4.083, 312.86 vs. 11. Bob Tasca III, Mustang, 4.096, 306.26; 7. Chad Head, Camry, 4.084, 309.06 vs. 10. Del Worsham, Camry, 4.088, 307.79; 8. Jack Beckman, Charger, 4.087, 312.35 vs. 9. Robert Hight, Mustang, 4.088, 312.13.
Did Not Qualify: 17. Todd Simpson, 4.771, 285.83; 18. Terry Haddock, 5.061, 291.38.
Pro Stock — 1. Shane Gray, Chevy Camaro, 6.566, 210.54 vs. 16. John Gaydosh Jr, Pontiac GXP, 6.657, 207.78; 2. Allen Johnson, Dodge Dart, 6.574, 210.54 vs. 15. Matt Hartford, Dodge Avenger, 6.651, 209.23; 3. Jonathan Gray, Camaro, 6.575, 210.77 vs. 14. V. Gaines, Avenger, 6.650, 209.95; 4. Jason Line, Camaro, 6.582, 210.50 vs. 13. Chris McGaha, Camaro, 6.629, 208.49; 5. Vincent Nobile, Camaro, 6.582, 210.64 vs. 12. Aaron Stanfield, Camaro, 6.616, 209.62; 6. Erica Enders-Stevens, Camaro, 6.590, 210.64 vs. 11. Rodger Brogdon, Camaro, 6.615, 209.79; 7. Dave Connolly, Camaro, 6.592, 209.95 vs. 10. Shane Tucker, Camaro, 6.606, 210.18; 8. Jeg Coughlin, Dart, 6.596, 210.47 vs. 9. Greg Anderson, Camaro, 6.597, 210.57.
Did Not Qualify: 17. Larry Morgan, 6.707, 206.95.
Pro Stock Motorcycle — 1. Eddie Krawiec, Harley-Davidson, 6.841, 194.83 vs. 16. Freddie Camarena, Suzuki, 7.086, 191.10; 2. Hector Arana Jr, Buell, 6.855, 195.00 vs. 15. Shawn Gann, Buell, 7.054, 188.12; 3. Andrew Hines, Harley-Davidson, 6.904, 193.74 vs. 14. Hector Arana, Buell, 7.008, 193.29; 4. Steve Johnson, Suzuki, 6.907, 193.32 vs. 13. LE Tonglet, Suzuki, 6.993, 190.62; 5. John Hall, Buell, 6.922, 192.38 vs. 12. Angelle Sampey, Buell, 6.988, 190.97; 6. Jerry Savoie, Suzuki, 6.941, 192.85 vs. 11. Angie Smith, Buell, 6.983, 190.73; 7. Chaz Kennedy, Buell, 6.951, 192.22 vs. 10. Scotty Pollacheck, Buell, 6.972, 192.41; 8. Matt Smith, Buell, 6.960, 193.27 vs. 9. Adam Arana, Buell, 6.964, 191.97.
Did Not Qualify: 17. Mike Berry, 7.096, 188.33; 18. Michael Ray, 7.123, 188.44; 19. Redell Harris, 7.255, 173.21; 20. David Barron, 7.450, 178.05.