Category Archives: NHRA

NHRA–Bandimere Speedway Results

Top Fuel — Antron Brown, 3.792 seconds, 319.82 mph def. Leah Pritchett, 3.816 seconds, 324.90 mph.

Funny Car — Robert Hight, Chevy Camaro, 3.995, 317.57 def. Tommy Johnson Jr., Dodge Charger, 4.099, 297.16.

Pro Stock — Drew Skillman, Chevy Camaro, 6.916, 198.15 def. Bo Butner, Camaro, 6.953, 198.88.

Pro Stock Motorcycle — Eddie Krawiec, Harley-Davidson, 7.145, 188.28 def. Matt Smith, Victory, Foul – Red Light.

Competition Eliminator — David Rampy, Roadster, 7.720, 166.46 def. Jessie Oman, Dragster, 7.328, 183.42.

Super Stock — Dan Fletcher, Chevy Camaro, 11.122, 116.46 def. Justin Jenkins, Chevy Cobalt, 10.298, 131.88.

Stock Eliminator — Kevin Helms, Dodge Challenger, 11.296, 106.82 def. Scott Wells, Chevy Camaro, 12.624, 105.54.

Super Comp — Kris Whitfield, Roadster, 9.544, 149.70 def. Gary Wamboldt, Dragster, 9.515, 154.03.

Super Gas — Bradley Johnson, Chevy Camaro, 10.464, 152.18 def. Morgan Minor, Roadster, 10.432, 145.97.

Super Street — Troy Grant, Chevy II, 11.553, 124.60 def. John Bianco, Chevy, 11.499, 140.07.

Top Dragster presented by — Brad Basgall, Dragster, 6.901, 191.08 def. Jason Covington, Dragster, 6.679, 206.13.

Top Sportsman presented by — Randy Cruickshank, Chevy Corvette, 8.209, 134.63 def. Bud Preuss, Camaro, Foul – Red Light.

NHRA Norwalk Results

Top Fuel — Steve Torrence, 3.743 seconds, 331.45 mph def. Doug Kalitta, 3.736 seconds, 331.36 mph.

Funny Car — Jack Beckman, Dodge Charger, 4.073, 311.85 def. Robert Hight, Chevy Camaro, 6.673, 98.53.

Pro Stock — Bo Butner, Chevy Camaro, 6.601, 210.50 def. Greg Anderson, Camaro, 6.581, 210.87.

Pro Stock Motorcycle — LE Tonglet, Suzuki, 6.824, 195.76 def. Matt Smith, Victory, 6.882, 195.31.

Pro Modified — Shane Molinari, Pontiac Firebird, 5.779, 257.09 def. Troy Coughlin, Chevy Corvette, 11.743, 69.91.

Top Alcohol Dragster — Jackie Fricke, 23.867, 50.02 def. Chris Demke, Broke.

Top Alcohol Funny Car — Andy Bohl, Ford Mustang, 5.631, 248.93 def. Chris Foster, Mustang, 14.250, 59.11.

Competition Eliminator — Bruno Massel, Chevy Cobalt, 7.472, 143.49 def. Larry Morgan, Dodge Neon, Foul – Red Light.

Super Stock — Nick Folk, Chevy Cobalt, 9.963, 108.18 def. Zack Running, Olds Cutlass, Foul – Red Light.

Stock Eliminator — Jeff Strickland, Camaro, 9.942, 102.86 def. Jim Boburka, Camaro, 11.269, 114.61.

Factory Stock Showdown — Charles Watson, Ford Mustang, 8.190, 165.25 def. Kevin Skinner, Mustang, 10.539, 112.02.

Super Comp — Nick Folk, Dragster, 8.925, 165.46 def. Tony Helms, Dragster, 8.888, 179.09.

Super Gas — Rob Kropfeld, Chevy Vega, 27.914, 67.57 def. Trevor Larson, Chevy Corvette, Foul – Red Light.

Top Sportsman presented by — Jeffrey Barker, Chevy Cobalt, 6.599, 203.00 def. Ricky Adkins, Chevy, 6.659, 200.98.

Top Dragster presented by — Jeff Strickland, Dragster, 6.338, 209.17 def. Kathy Fisher, Dragster, 5.995, 211.56.

AA Gassers — Brian Spotts, Anglia, 5.551, 125.59 def. Alan Borowski, 5.616, 120.72.

Chevy Racing–NHRA–Norwalk Advance


Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals
Friday, June 23-Sunday, June 25
Summit Racing Equipment Motorsports Park at Norwalk, Ohio
FS1: Eliminations and finals – 6 p.m. ET Sunday
FS1: Qualifications – 10:30 p.m. ET Friday

Chevrolet Drivers Seek Continued Success As Season Reaches Midpoint
Four Consecutive Weeks of Racing Culminates with Summit Racing Equipment Nationals Continue reading Chevy Racing–NHRA–Norwalk Advance

NHRA–Englishtown Results

Top Fuel — Steve Torrence, 3.857 seconds, 320.28 mph def. Antron Brown, 3.932 seconds, 306.74 mph.

Funny Car — Jack Beckman, Dodge Charger, 4.100, 312.42 def. Ron Capps, Charger, 4.143, 299.66. Both

Pro Stock — Greg Anderson, Chevy Camaro, 6.613, 210.44 def. Vincent Nobile, Camaro, 6.665, 210.21.

Pro Stock Motorcycle — Jerry Savoie, Suzuki, 6.918, 192.85 def. Hector Arana Jr, Buell, 6.862, 195.62.

Pro Modified — Rickie Smith, Chevy Camaro, 5.884, 247.93 def. Troy Coughlin, Chevy Corvette, 5.882, 255.29.

Competition Eliminator — Frank Aragona, Dragster, 8.282, 112.93 def. Pete Hanratty, Dragster, Foul – Red Light.

Super Stock — Timothy Fletcher, Chevy Camaro, 10.165, 122.14 def. Herbie Null, Camaro, 9.997, 131.01.

Stock Eliminator — Peter Biondo, Chevy Camaro, 10.372, 126.83 def. Russell Linke, Camaro, 10.703, 123.93.

Super Comp — Kevin Robb, Dragster, 8.920, 173.03 def. Shawn Fricke, Dragster, 8.911, 169.17.

Super Gas — Dan Northrop, Chevy Vega, 9.921, 140.71 def. John Labbous Jr, chevy Corvette, 9.927, 160.96.

Top Sportsman presented by — Jeff Brooks, Henry J, 6.840, 199.70 def. Ronald Riegel, Chevy Camaro, 7.236, 193.40.


Top Fuel — Brittany Force, 3.716 seconds, 328.62 mph def. Antron Brown, 3.728 seconds, 327.98 mph.

Funny Car — Matt Hagan, Dodge Charger, 3.897, 332.59 def. Courtney Force, Chevy Camaro, 3.927, 332.34.

Pro Stock — Erica Enders, Chevy Camaro, 6.534, 213.16 def. Tanner Gray, Camaro, 6.550, 212.06.

Top Fuel Harley — Tii Tharpe, Dixie, 6.248, 227.96 def. Rickey House, Harley, 6.464, 212.90.

Super Stock — Byron Worner, Chevy Camaro, 9.736, 136.68 def. Bryan Worner, Camaro, 10.184, 129.34.

Stock Eliminator — David Ficacci, Chevy Camaro, 10.197, 113.72 def. Thomas Auger, Dodge, Foul – Red Light.

Super Comp — Rich Dorr, Dragster, 8.892, 171.23 def. Raymond Fredricks, Dragster, 8.871, 174.62.

Super Gas — John Labbous Jr, Chevy Corvette, 9.922, 163.93 def. Chuck Rothermel, Pontiac Grand Am, 9.914, 163.10.

Super Street — Brian Sawyer, Chevy Camaro, 10.982, 140.28 def. Karri Khoury, Chevy Truck, 10.921, 142.03.

Top Dragster presented by — Deborah DiGenova, Dragster, 6.826, 194.60 def. Scott Hall, Dragster, 6.191, 219.65.

Top Sportsman presented by — John Benoit, Chevy Corvette, 6.444, 213.03 def. Matt Harper, Pontiac Grand Prix, 7.441, 178.73.

Pro Stock Snowmobile — Frank Berard Jr, Ski-Doo, 8.354, 152.85 def. Tiina Duncanson, Mach Z, 8.363, 155.90.

X275 — Dean Marinis, Ford Mustang, 4.462, 164.03 def. Robert Baptista, Chevy Camaro, 5.369, 125.67.

NHRA Topeka Results

Top Fuel — Antron Brown, 3.709 seconds, 332.75 mph def. Steve Torrence, 3.836 seconds, 256.70 mph.

Funny Car — Ron Capps, Dodge Charger, 3.924, 321.42 def. Matt Hagan, Charger, 3.985, 318.92.

Pro Stock — Tanner Gray, Chevy Camaro, 6.580, 210.87 def. Jeg Coughlin, Camaro, Foul – Red Light.

Top Alcohol Dragster — Shawn Cowie, 5.215, 277.54 def. Rachel Meyer, 5.883, 260.66.

Top Alcohol Funny Car — John Lombardo Jr., Chevy Camaro, 6.261, 263.05 ARP Car def. Annie Whiteley, Camaro, 9.229, 111.41.

Pro Modified — Steve Jackson, Chevy Camaro, 5.794, 248.48 def. Mike Castellana, Camaro, 5.857, 250.64.

Super Stock — Jason DeForrest, Chevy Cavalier, 9.164, 144.57 def. Pete Peery, Pontiac Sunfire, 9.461, 141.68.

Stock Eliminator — Jeff Lopez, Chevy Camaro, 9.200, 147.34 def. Randi Lyn Shipp, Pontiac Firebird, 10.519, 120.91.

Super Comp — Austin Williams, Dragster, 8.907, 165.60 def. James Repka, Dragster, 8.883, 167.97.

Super Gas — Roger Warren, Chevy Corvette, 9.901, 162.22 def. Jim Repka, Chevy Camaro, 9.882, 162.55.

Top Dragster presented by — Afton Swanson, Dragster, 6.202, 219.08 def. Larry Piper, Dragster, 6.399, 211.00.

Top Fuel Harley — Mike Scott, Weekend, 6.318, 223.54 def. Jay Turner, Triple J, 6.339, 221.38.

NHRA–Atlanta Results

Top Fuel — Steve Torrence, 3.745 seconds, 320.81 mph def. Tony Schumacher, 4.061 seconds, 243.28 mph.
Funny Car — Ron Capps, Dodge Charger, 3.991, 317.79 def. Tim Wilkerson, Ford Mustang, 3.978, 316.60.

Pro Stock — Bo Butner, Chevy Camaro, 6.569, 211.26 def. Erica Enders, Camaro, 6.593, 210.97.

Pro Stock Motorcycle — LE Tonglet, Suzuki, 6.843, 194.35 def. Jerry Savoie, Suzuki, 34.292, 20.68.

Pro Modified — Mike Castellana, Chevy Camaro, 5.776, 249.21 def. Steve Jackson, Camaro, 5.772, 247.61.

Super Stock — David Rampy, Chevy Camaro, 10.198, 129.23 def. Jeff Longhany, Pontiac, Foul – Red Light.

Stock Eliminator — Jimmy Hildalgo Jr., Pontiac GTO, 10.849, 117.56 def. Jerry Emmons, Chevy Camaro, 10.526, 114.62.

Super Comp — Luke Bogacki, Dragster, 8.914, 168.05 def. Tony Helms, Dragster, 8.888, 176.77.

Super Gas — Ray Miller III, Chevy Camaro, 10.549, 117.60 def. David Tatum III, Chevy, Foul – Red Light.

Super Street — Doug Wood, Olds Cutlass, 10.908, 133.50 def. Jeremy Hancock, Chevy Vega, 10.848, 138.34.

Top Sportsman presented by — Sandy Wilkins, Chevy, 6.722, 198.70 def. Vince Hoda, Chevy Camaro, 6.892, 198.15.

Top Dragster presented by — Joe Fisher, Dragster, 6.391, 191.54 def. Kevin Brannon, Dragster, 7.729, 135.82.

NHRA–Charlotte 4-Wides

Top Fuel – Steve Torrence, 3.783 seconds, 323.89 mph def. Tony Schumacher, 3.874 seconds, 309.13 mph and Leah Pritchett, 3.796 seconds, 318.84 mph and Terry McMillen, 4.650 seconds, 171.23 mph.

Funny Car – Ron Capps, Dodge Charger, 3.933, 322.65 def. Jack Beckman, Charger, 3.959, 320.05 and J.R. Todd, Toyota Camry, 4.103, 307.72 and Matt Hagan, Charger, 8.820, 93.67.

Pro Stock – Chris McGaha, Chevy Camaro, 6.591, 210.44 def. Greg Anderson, Camaro, 6.614, 209.56 and Shane Gray, Camaro, 6.648, 209.33 and Drew Skillman, Camaro, foul.

Pro Stock Motorcycle – LE Tonglet, Suzuki, 6.864, 195.00 def. Eddie Krawiec, Harley-Davidson, 6.821, 195.31 and Andrew Hines, Harley-Davidson, 6.902, 194.16 and Scotty Pollacheck, Suzuki, broke.

Pro Modified – Mike Castellana, Chevy Camaro, 5.807, 249.35 def. Troy Coughlin, Chevy Corvette, 5.849, 238.55, Jonathan Gray, Camaro, 5.826, 250.27 and Michael Biehle, Ford Mustang, foul.

Top Alcohol Dragster – Shawn Cowie, 5.328, 272.94 def. Justin Ashley, 5.362, 273.39.

Top Alcohol Funny Car – Johan Lindberg, Chevy Monte Carlo, 5.551, 260.66 def. Steve Gasparrelli, Chevy Camaro, 5.602, 261.93.

Competition Eliminator – Bruno Massel, Chevy Cobalt, 7.024, 179.35 def. Patrick Ross, Pontiac Grand Am, 7.749, 174.68.

Super Stock – Peter Biondo, Pontiac Firebird, 9.680, 127.86 def. Joe Lisa, Chevy Camaro, 10.356, 128.48.

Stock Eliminator – Kyle Kohr, Chevy Camaro, 10.737, 117.25 def. Jeff Hairrington, Ford Mustang, 10.165, 130.78.

Factory Stock Showdown – Peter Gasko Jr, Chevy Camaro, 8.262, 164.23 def. David Barton, Camaro, 8.227, 164.91.

Super Comp – John Labbous Jr, Dragster, 8.909, 167.43 def. Franklin DiBartolomeo, Dragster, 8.916, 164.61.

Super Gas – John Labbous Jr, Chevy Corvette, 9.895, 156.50 def. Matt Tankersley, Pontiac GTO, 9.883, 154.63.

Top Dragster presented by – Ivey Brannon, Dragster, 7.148, 183.37 def. Alan Kenny, Dragster, 6.243, 218.41.

NHRA–Texas Results

Top Fuel — Leah Pritchett, 3.781 seconds, 321.96 mph def. Steve Torrence, 3.787 seconds, 322.11 mph.

Funny Car — Ron Capps, Dodge Charger, 4.004, 284.33 def. Robert Hight, Chevy Camaro, Foul – Centerline.

Pro Stock — Bo Butner, Chevy Camaro, 6.550, 212.26 def. Jeg Coughlin, Camaro, 6.562, 212.03.

Pro Modified — Steve Matusek, Chevy Camaro, 8.985, 124.96 ARP Car def. Shane Molinari, Pontiac Firebird, Foul – Red Light.

Top Fuel Harley — Jay Turner, Triple J, 6.219, 222.47 def. Bob Malloy, Buell, 6.312, 209.88.

Top Alcohol Dragster — Joey Severance, 5.203, 275.39 def. Mia Tedesco, 5.445, 264.70.

Top Alcohol Funny Car — Doug Gordon, Chevy Camaro, 5.428, 272.12 def. Jay Payne, Camaro, 11.171, 66.34.

Super Stock — Norvell Bowers, Pontiac Firebird, 10.587, 124.18 def. Kevin Helms, Dodge Challenger, 9.383, 130.15.

Stock Eliminator — Kevin Helms, Dodge Challenger, 10.096, 121.74 def. Austin Ford, Ford Mustang, 9.632, 131.56.

Super Comp — Alan Savage, Dragster, 8.888, 182.01 def. Britt Cummings, Dragster, 8.876, 166.23.

Super Gas — Steve Collier, Chevy Vega, 9.900, 167.66 def. Roger Warren, Chevy Corvette, 9.899, 162.00.

Super Street — Chris Vang, Chevy Chevelle, 10.834, 137.72 def. Val Harmon, Chevy Nova, Foul – Red Light.

Top Sportsman presented by — Keith Raftery, Chevy Camaro, 6.479, 195.68 def. Vince Hoda, Camaro, 6.851, 198.93.

Top Dragster presented by — J.R. Baxter, Dragster, 6.130, 227.31 def. William Kruse, Dragster, Foul – Red Light.

NHRA- Gatornationals

Top Fuel — Tony Schumacher, 3.703 seconds, 329.26 mph def. Antron Brown, 3.764 seconds, 322.65 mph.

Funny Car — John Force, Chevy Camaro, 3.928, 328.14 def. Jonnie Lindberg, Toyota Camry, 3.971, 314.83.

Pro Stock — Shane Gray, Chevy Camaro, 6.535, 212.96 def. Greg Anderson, Camaro, 6.560, 213.43.

Pro Stock Motorcycle — Eddie Krawiec, Harley-Davidson, 6.763, 199.76 def. Andrew Hines, Harley-Davidson, 6.802, 197.10.

Pro Modified — Steven Whiteley, Cadillac CTS-V, 5.791, 253.52 def. Mike Castellana, Chevy Camaro, 10.192, 87.94.

Top Alcohol Dragster — Justin Ashley, 5.232, 275.96 def. Rich McPhillips, 5.258, 277.20.

Top Alcohol Funny Car — Annie Whiteley, Chevy Camaro, 5.412, 273.22 def. Dan Pomponio, Chevy Monte Carlo, Broke – No Show.

Competition Eliminator — David Rampy, Bantam Roadster, 8.099, 118.68 def. Wes Leopold, Dodge, Foul – Red Light.

Top Sportsman presented by — Jeffrey Barker, Chevy Cobalt, 6.554, 211.59 def. Casey Spradlin, Chevy, 6.789, 206.86.

Factory Stock Showdown — David Barton, Chevy Camaro, 8.131, 168.47 def. Chuck Watson, Ford Mustang, 8.227, 167.76.

Super Stock — Fred Allen, Chevy S-10, 9.295, 112.21 def. Michael Volkman, Plymouth Sebring, Foul – Red Light.

Stock Eliminator — Terry Nagel, Chevy Camaro, 11.067, 113.72 def. Richard Mace, Pontiac, 11.989, 110.40.

Super Comp — Jacob Elrod, Dragster, 8.917, 179.42 def. Troy Williams Jr., Dragster, 8.931, 174.23.

Super Gas — Sherman Adcock, Pontiac Trans Am, 9.908, 155.24 def. David Tatum, Chevy, 9.900, 166.42.

Chevy Racing–NHRA–Phoenix–Qualifying Results

SATURDAY, FEB. 25, 2016

Chevrolet Drivers Occupy Nos. 1-2 Qualifying Spots in Second Race of Season
· Reigning Pro Stock champion Jason Line is No. 1 qualifier for 51st time
· KB Racing teammate Greg Anderson is No. 2 Pro Stock qualifier
· Courtney Force is No. 2 Funny Car qualifier for third year in row at event
· John Force Racing closing in on 2,500 Funny Car round wins Continue reading Chevy Racing–NHRA–Phoenix–Qualifying Results

Chevy Racing–NHRA–Phoenix–Qualifying

FRIDAY, FEB. 24, 2017

Chevrolet Drivers Hold Provisional No. 1 Qualifier Spots in Funny Car, Pro Stock
· Courtney Force sets Funny Car track records at Wild Horse Pass
· Reigning Pro Stock champion Jason Line posts 6.509-second run
· Two-time Pro Stock champion Erica Enders happy to be back with Bowtie
· Jeg Coughlin Jr. closing in on top 10 of round wins

CHANDLER, Ariz. (Feb. 24) – Courtney Force set the Funny Car elapsed time and speed records at Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park on the first day of National Hot Rod Association (NHRA) qualifications for the NHRA Arizona Nationals. Continue reading Chevy Racing–NHRA–Phoenix–Qualifying

17-year old Tanner Gray makes impressive NHRA debut in Chevrolet Camaro SS

17-year old Tanner Gray makes impressive NHRA debut in Chevrolet Camaro SS
Third-generation driver seeks to add to family victory total in the NHRA Arizona Nationals

DETROIT (Feb. 21, 2017) – Late-afternoon sunshine highlighted the grandeur of the San Gabriel Mountains, which provide a scenic backdrop to Auto Club Raceway in Pomona, California, as Tanner Gray inched the Chevrolet Camaro SS to the staging line. Continue reading 17-year old Tanner Gray makes impressive NHRA debut in Chevrolet Camaro SS

Chevy Racing–57th Circle K Winternationals


57th Circle K NHRA Winternationals
Friday, Feb. 10-Sunday, Feb. 12
Auto Club Raceway at Pomona, California
FS1: Qualifying – 1 p.m. ET Saturday (live)
FOX: Eliminations and finals – 4 p.m. ET Sunday (live)

Chevrolet Drivers Seek to Continue 2016 Momentum Into ’17 Season Opener
Optimism and expectations are high for title runs in three professional NHRA categories Continue reading Chevy Racing–57th Circle K Winternationals

Chevy Racing–NHRA–Pomona

SATURDAY, NOV. 12, 2016

Chevrolet Races to No. 1 Pro Stock Qualifier Spot, Stock Eliminator Title

· Jason Line earns eighth top spot of season, closes in on championship
· KB Racing teammate Greg Anderson is the lone challenger to Line
· Courtney Force leads John Force Racing Funny Car qualifiers at No. 2
· Jeff Strickland in Chevrolet COPO Camaro clinches Stock Eliminator World Championship

POMONA, Calif (November 12, 2016) – Jason Line, driving the Summit Racing Equipment Chevrolet Camaro SS, took a big step toward clinching his third Pro Stock world title by claiming the No. 1 qualifier spot for the Auto Club NHRA Finals. Line, who entered the 24th and final event of the season with a 19-point advantage over KB Racing teammate Greg Anderson, increased the lead to 23 points with bonus points through four rounds of qualifications. Continue reading Chevy Racing–NHRA–Pomona


Top Fuel — Antron Brown, 3.744 seconds, 321.12 mph def. Steve Torrence, 3.750 seconds, 323.12 mph.

Funny Car — Matt Hagan, Dodge Charger, 3.913, 327.03 def. Ron Capps, Charger, 3.906, 322.19.

Pro Stock — Drew Skillman, Chevy Camaro, 6.661, 209.36 ARP car def. Alex Laughlin, Camaro, 6.708, 208.30.

Pro Stock Motorcycle — Eddie Krawiec, Harley-Davidson, 6.880, 196.36 def. Jerry Savoie, Suzuki, 6.856, 196.76.

Top Alcohol Dragster — Bradley Thompson, 5.299, 268.17 def. Shawn Cowie, Foul – Red Light.

Top Alcohol Funny Car — Sean Bellemeur, Chevy Camaro, 5.527, 236.84 def. John Lombardo Jr., Camaro, 10.104, 98.76.

Competition Eliminator — Keith Hall, Chevy Cavalier, 8.434, 154.83 def. Dick Maris, Dragster, Foul – Red Light.

Super Stock — James Caro, Dodge Challenger, 9.847, 133.33 def. Norvell Bowers, Pontiac Firebird, 10.673, 122.77.

Stock Eliminator — Rusty Hall, Ford Mustang, 10.218, 120.96 def. Bobby Brannon, Chevy Camaro, 10.406, 125.12.

Super Comp — Jeremy Demers, Dragster, 8.912, 176.44 def. Gary Stinnett, Dragster, 8.917, 177.39.

Super Gas — Christopher Best, Chevy Nova, 9.927, 155.54 def. Heidi Robison, Chevy Corvette, 9.939, 166.66.

Super Street — Chase Huffman, Chevy Camaro, 10.979, 120.41 def. Tom Phillips, Pontiac Firebird, 11.050, 140.11.

Top Sportsman presented by — Scooter Hampton, Pontiac GTO, 7.178, 190.75 def. Roger Massey, Chevy Cavalier, Foul – Red Light.

Top Dragster presented by — Jeff Koron, Dragster, 6.398, 200.83 def. Danny Nelson, Dragster, Foul – Red Light.



32nd Dodge NHRA Nationals
Friday, Sept. 30-Sunday, Oct. 2
Maple Grove Raceway, Reading, Pennsylvania
FS1: Qualifying – 6 p.m. ET Friday (live)
FS1: Qualifying – 2 a.m. ET Sunday (taped highlights)
FS1: Eliminations and finals – 2 p.m. ET Sunday (live)

Chevrolet Drivers Carry Momentum Into Third Round of the Countdown
Every point is critical at Maple Grove Raceway as playoff reached midpoint

DETROIT (Sept. 28, 2016) – Chevrolet’s success this season in the National Hot Rod Association (NHRA) Pro Stock division has created a logjam of Mello Yello Countdown to the Championship contenders, each of whom carry momentum into the midpoint of the six-race playoff.

Overall, 11 Chevrolet drivers are in contention for championships in Funny Car, Top Fuel and Pro Stock entering this weekend’s Dodge NHRA Nationals at Maple Grove Raceway near Reading, Pennsylvania.

Chevrolet Pro Stock drivers, who have won 19 of the 20 races, hold the top six spots in the Countdown standings, and seven of the 10. Every point earned is critical.

“I’m going to say the championship is not going to be clinched until we get to (season finale at) Pomona and hopefully I will still be in contention,” said Vincent Nobile, who is fourth in the standings and has advanced to the semifinals or better in five of the past six races in the Mountain View Tire Chevrolet Camaro SS. “We’re all out there fighting and it’s the team that’s the most consistent and able to focus on every little detail that’s going to win this thing.”

Jason Line, who has an NHRA-high eight victories this season in the Summit Racing Equipment Chevrolet Camaro SS, remained in first place in the standings following the event last weekend in St. Louis.

KB Racing teammate Greg Anderson, who set the Maple Grove Raceway Pro Stock speed record of 214.59 mph last October in the Summit Racing Equipment Chevrolet Camaro SS, is second in the standings. Bo Butner, who advanced last weekend to his fifth final round of the season in the Butner Auto Sales Chevrolet Camaro SS, moved to third. St. Louis No. 1 qualifier Shane Gray (Valvoline/Nova Services Chevrolet Camaro SS) is fifth, followed by Chris McGaha (Harlow Sammons of Odessa Chevrolet Camaro SS), and Drew Skillman (Ray Skillman Auto Chevrolet Camaro SS).

Chevrolet’s season-long success was punctuated at St. Louis with Alex Laughlin earning his maiden Pro Stock national victory that also was the 250th in the division for the Bowtie Brand.
Chevrolet Motor Division expanded its footprint in NHRA in 1998 by entering the Pro Stock division with the 1998 Chevrolet Camaro Z28 driven by Larry Morgan, Kurt Johnson, and – in a limited schedule – Minnesota Timberwolves forward Tom Hammonds.

Interestingly, Bill Jenkins won the first two events of the inaugural 1970 Pro Stock season in a 1968 Chevrolet Camaro, and before the manufacturer’s formal entry into the class in ’98 the last victory for a Camaro came in 1985 when Joe Lepone Jr. ousted Bruce Allen in an all-Camaro final in the season finale at Ponoma, California.

Chevrolet also has recorded 118 Funny Car victories. John Force is the active leader with 15, including three this season. Force, who has driven the PEAK Antifreeze & Coolant Chevrolet Camaro SS to fourth place in the Countdown standings, has seven of his 146 career victories at Maple Grove Raceway.

In 2013, victory at the racetrack gave Force the points lead in the Countdown that he did not relinquish on the way to claiming his unprecedented 16th Funny Car championship.

“Every race in key in the Countdown,” he said. “We won the first one (at zMAX Dragway) but we struggled a little in St Louis. You want to have some momentum for the last three races, for sure. This Chevy hot rod will be in the mix.”

John Force Racing teammate Robert Hight, the No. 1 qualifier this past weekend at Gateway Motorsports Park in the Auto Club Chevrolet Camaro SS, was the No. 1 qualifier and reset the Maple Grove Raceway speed record of 329.24 mph last October. The 2009 Funny Car champion is seventh in the Countdown.

“Anyone still has a chance to win this Funny Car championship,” said Hight, who extended his streak of at least one No. 1 qualifier spot to 12 years. “We need to have a good race in Reading, but I think we can do that. I am excited to get to the track.”

Courtney Force, driving the Traxxas Chevrolet Camaro SS, is eighth in points in the Countdown.

Her sister, Brittany, has had success at Maple Grove Raceway the past two years in the Top Fuel division with final round and semifinal appearances. The driver of the Monster Energy Chevrolet dragster was the No. 1 qualifier in 2015.

“I look at those races as learning experiences and I want to get those four round wins on Sunday this year,” said Force, who is in fifth place in the Countdown. “(Crew chief) Brian Husen and (tuning consultant) Alan Johnson have given me a great race car and I can’t wait to get to the track.”

Seven racers will drive their Chevrolet COPO Camaros in the Stock Eliminator class, including Dan Fletcher of Churchville, New York, who won the opener at Pomona, California, and David Barton of Robesonia, Pennsylvania, who won three of the four rounds of the School of Automotive Machinists & Technology Factory Stock Showdown.

FOX Sports 1 will telecast three hours of live eliminations and finals at 2 p.m. ET Sunday, along with an hour of qualifying live at 6 p.m. ET Friday. FS1 will telecast taped highlights of qualifying at 2 a.m. ET Sunday.

Chevrolet will welcome fans to its Chevrolet Performance Display during the weekend. It will include a number of Chevrolet’s award-winning production vehicles, examples of Chevrolet engines, and a selection of performance parts and accessories that are available for fans to purchase from their local Chevrolet dealer.

NRHA St. Louis

Top Fuel — Shawn Langdon, 3.798 seconds, 323.66 mph def. Tony Schumacher, 3.783 seconds, 317.49 mph.

Funny Car — Jack Beckman, Dodge Charger, 3.928, 324.51 def. Tommy Johnson Jr., Charger, 4.185, 231.40.

Pro Stock — Alex Laughlin, Chevy Camaro, 6.611, 208.68 def. Bo Butner, Camaro, 6.637, 209.26.

Pro Stock Motorcycle — Jerry Savoie, Suzuki, 6.933, 189.36 def. Angelle Sampey, Buell, Foul – Red Light.

Pro Modified — Troy Coughlin, Chevy Corvette, 5.802, 253.85 def. Rickie Smith, Chevy Camaro, 5.830, 250.09.

Competition Eliminator — Terry Smith, Dragster, 6.547, 198.29 def. Fred Allen, Chevy Roadster, 7.387, 177.63.

Super Stock — Larry Cummings, Chevy Cavalier, 8.538, 157.65 def. Keith Lynch, Dodge Challenger, 9.713, 136.06.

Stock Eliminator — Jacob Pitt, Plymouth Barracuda, 10.524, 123.52 def. Chris Stephenson, Olds Apollo, 11.594, 111.96.

Super Comp — Christopher Dodd, Dragster, 8.895, 173.87 def. Bob Eaker, Nova, Foul – Red Light.

Super Gas — Koy Collier, Chevy Camaro, 9.910, 156.97 def. Jacob Elrod, Chevy Corvette, 9.925, 151.83.

Top Dragster presented by — Matt Driskell, Dragster, 6.322, 212.23 def. Jeff Strickland, Dragster, 6.421, 199.85.

Top Sportsman presented by — Tom Schmidt, Pontiac GXP, 6.892, 201.73 def. J.J. Heber, Ford Mustang, 6.669, 203.16.



ST. LOUIS – Robert Hight recorded his second No. 1 qualifier at the AAA Insurance NHRA Midwest Nationals today. The 2010 winner of the annual NHRA national event held at Gateway Motorsports Park posted his best time 3.893 seconds at 328.38 mph on Friday night and today in the final qualifying session Hight made one of the quickest runs of the day 3.91 seconds in the heat. A broken blower belt robbed Hight’s AAA Insurance backed Funny Car team from another 3.80 second time. Continue reading HIGHT STAYS No. 1 AT AAA INSURANCE NHRA MIDWEST NATIONALS