Races coming in fast succession for JEGS.com Top Dragster pilot Mike Coughlin

Races coming in fast succession for
JEGS.com Top Dragster pilot Mike Coughlin
DELAWARE, Ohio (May 22) — Two-time Division 3 champion Mike Coughlin hadn’t even made it home from the Cavalcade of Stars event in Norwalk, Ohio, when his mind became filled with this coming weekend’s JEGS SPORTSnationals at Beech Bend Raceway Park in Kentucky.

“This is a busy time for us,” Coughlin admitted. “Actually, we’re running three weekends in a row, so we’re not even at the halfway point of this particular stretch, but we’re having a blast, for sure.” Continue reading Races coming in fast succession for JEGS.com Top Dragster pilot Mike Coughlin

Giovanni Scelzi Contends for Top Five Before Enduring Shoulder Injury

Giovanni Scelzi Contends for Top Five Before Enduring Shoulder Injury

Inside Line Promotions – TULARE, Calif. (May 22, 2017) – Giovanni Scelzi is recovering after a freak incident ended his night early last Saturday at Thunderbowl Raceway.

Scelzi was running fifth in a Roth Motorsports entry late in the King of the West-NARC Fujitsu Sprint Car Series event when his left shoulder popped out of its socket. Continue reading Giovanni Scelzi Contends for Top Five Before Enduring Shoulder Injury

Honda Continues To Set the Pace at Indianapolis

Honda Continues To Set the Pace at Indianapolis
• Max Chilton heads Honda 1-2-3 in penultimate practice prior to the Indy 500
• Honda drivers post seven of 10 fastest speeds as race preparation continues
• Ed Jones paces rookies, runs second overall

SPEEDWAY, Ind., (May 22, 2017) – Chip Ganassi Racing’s Max Chilton led a Honda 1-2-3 Monday at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway as – with qualifying competed – drivers and teams began their final preparations for Sunday’s Indianapolis 500.

Rookie Ed Jones continued his impressive run at Indianapolis this month, leading the four-driver rookie contingent and finishing second-fastest overall in his Dale Coyne Racing Honda on a sunny, near-perfect day at the historic “Brickyard”. Scott Dixon, star of this weekend’s qualifying runs with a blistering run of 232.164 mph to secure the pole for Honda and Chip Ganassi Racing, rounded out the top three today. Continue reading Honda Continues To Set the Pace at Indianapolis

Wood Brothers Choose Kyle Petty’s 1987 Ford Thunderbird For Darlington Throwback Paint Scheme

Wood Brothers Choose Kyle Petty’s 1987 Ford Thunderbird For Darlington Throwback Paint Scheme

May 22, 2017

The throwback paint scheme that Ryan Blaney’s No. 21 Motorcraft/Quick Lane Ford Fusion will sport in the Southern 500 at Darlington Raceway gives team owners Eddie and Len Wood a chance to recognize some of the most fun times of their decades in NASCAR.

The No. 21 Ford Fusion will carry a red, white and blue paint scheme reminiscent of the 1987 season when Kyle Petty was their driver and the team’s Ford Thunderbird carried the colors of Citgo and 7-Eleven.

“That was a really special time for Len and me,” Eddie Wood recalled. Continue reading Wood Brothers Choose Kyle Petty’s 1987 Ford Thunderbird For Darlington Throwback Paint Scheme

Chevy Racing–INDYCAR–Indy 500-Practice 8 Recap

CHEVROLET RACING IN THE VERIZON INDYCAR SERIES
101ST RUNNING OF THE INDIANAPOLIS 500
INDIANAPOLIS MOTOR SPEEDWAY
TEAM CHEVY PRACTICE 8 RECAP
MAY 22, 2017

Following two days of time trials for the 101st Indianapolis 500, Chevrolet teams turned their attention to fine-tuning their Chevrolet Aero Kits with the 2.2-liter V6 Chevrolet engine for the 200-lap race May 28.

All 15 Chevrolet drivers qualified for the field Sunday displayed additional speed in the 3½ hours of available track time as they continue to hone in on the optimal aerodynamic set-up of their race car. Reigning Verizon IndyCar Series champion Simon Pagenaud led Team Chevy drivers with a quick lap of 226.998 mph (39.6479 seconds) on the 2.5-mile Indianapolis Motor Speedway oval to place fourth overall. Pagenaud qualified 23rd in the No. 1 Menards Team Penske Chevrolet. Continue reading Chevy Racing–INDYCAR–Indy 500-Practice 8 Recap

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 RacingRVs.com — 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.

Jeg Coughlin Jr. wins 600th elimination round en route to runner-up finish in Topeka

Jeg Coughlin Jr. wins 600th elimination round
en route to runner-up finish in Topeka
TOPEKA, Kan. (May 21) — Six-time drag racing champion Jeg Coughlin Jr. reached another incredible milestone Sunday by winning his 600th elimination round en route to his second runner-up finish of the 2017 season. Coughlin joins Warren Johnson and Greg Anderson as the only drivers in Pro Stock with at least 600 elimination wins.

“It’s really cool to chalk up 600 round wins,” Coughlin said. “It’s not something you really keep track of. We’ve been at this Pro Stock a couple decades now and I’m honored to be sitting here having accomplished something very few have ever done.

“I was reflecting on those 600 round wins on the ride home tonight and the thing I kept coming back to was all the talented people I’ve worked with along the way. Starting with my Dad, Jeg Sr., to guys like Dick Maskin, Bob Glidden, Roy Simmons, Gary Pearman, Roy Johnson, Mark Ingersoll, Nick Ferri, Jake Hairston, Rick and Rickie Jones, Brian Self, so many others…it’s the people that made
it happen.” Continue reading Jeg Coughlin Jr. wins 600th elimination round en route to runner-up finish in Topeka

Auto Club of Southern California driver Robert Hight joins 338 mph club, races to Topeka semifinals

Auto Club of Southern California driver Robert Hight
joins 338 mph club, races to Topeka semifinals

TOPEKA, Kan. (May 21) – Robert Hight and his Auto Club of Southern California Chevrolet Camaro SS Funny Car keep getting faster and faster.

Hight raised his career-best speed at the Menards NHRA Heartland Nationals on Sunday at Heartland Park Topeka. But he fell short of the ultimate goal of winning the race after smoking the tires in the semifinals.

“We are going rounds, we are running so good,” Hight said. “Anything less than a final round, you feel like you failed. We are going rounds, (I’m) driving all right. This was kind of a different set of circumstances with the conditions we had this weekend, it was pretty amazing. We just gotta put four together.”

Hight has now been to the semifinals in three of the last four races, also advancing to the final round in Houston. But he’s looking for his first victory of the season and 38th of his career, even as crew chief Jimmy Prock and the Auto Club team get their Camaro quicker and quicker. Continue reading Auto Club of Southern California driver Robert Hight joins 338 mph club, races to Topeka semifinals

Dixon, Honda Storm to Indianapolis 500 Pole

Dixon, Honda Storm to Indianapolis 500 Pole
• Scott Dixon to lead the field to the start of the 101st Indianapolis 500
• Honda drivers claim four of the top five starting positions, seven of top 10
• Tenth Honda pole in 17 “500s”

SPEEDWAY, Ind., (May 21, 2017) – In a thrilling conclusion today to qualifying for next Sunday’s Indianapolis 500, Scott Dixon drove his Chip Ganassi Racing Honda to a four-lap average speed of 232.164 mph to score his third Indy 500 pole, and the 10th for Honda in the last 17 years.

Dixon’s pole run, the fastest since Arie Luyendyk’s effort in 1996, capped a great day for Honda at the famed “Brickyard”, as the manufacturer claimed four of the top five starting positions for the 101st running of the Indy 500 on May 28, and seven of the top 10. Continue reading Dixon, Honda Storm to Indianapolis 500 Pole

Capps Wins Fourth Straight in All-Mopar Dodge Charger R/T NHRA Funny Car Final at Topeka

Capps Wins Fourth Straight in All-Mopar Dodge Charger R/T NHRA Funny Car Final
at Topeka

Ron Capps wins 29th annual NHRA Heartland Nationals at Heartland Park Topeka for 53rd career Funny Car victory and fourth in a row
Capps and Matt Hagan compete in all-Dodge Charger R/T Funny Car final round
Three Funny Cars featuring Mopar HEMI® power appear in semifinals
Leah Pritchett puts Papa John’s Pizza/Mopar Pennzoil Top Fuel Dragster in semis
Mopar maintains top two positions in Funny Car points and the No. 1 points position in Top Fuel
T.J. Diekema and Jacob Pitt win Dodge Top Finisher award in Stock Eliminator and Super Stock
May 21, 2017, Topeka, Kan. – The NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series reached the one-third mark of the 2017 schedule with this weekend’s Heartland Nationals, and neither Ron Capps nor his Mopar teammates in the Nitro categories are showing signs of slowing any time soon. Capps took home the Wally trophy in Funny Car for the 53rd time in his career and fourth race in a row, driving his Dodge Charger R/T to the victory over his Mopar and Don Schumacher Racing (DSR) teammate Matt Hagan. Hagan meanwhile became the quickest and fastest driver in Funny Car history during event qualifying. Capps’ win is the seventh for Mopar HEMI® power in the Funny Car category this season. Continue reading Capps Wins Fourth Straight in All-Mopar Dodge Charger R/T NHRA Funny Car Final at Topeka

Chevy Racing–NHRA–Tanner Gray

CHEVROLET RACING IN NATIONAL HOT ROD ASSOCIATION
MENARDS NHRA HEARTLAND NATIONALS PRESENTED BY MINTIES
HEARTLAND PARK TOPEKA AT TOPEKA, KANSAS
POST-RACE DRIVER QUOTES
SUNDAY, MAY 21, 2017

An interview with Pro Stock winner TANNER GRAY (Gray Motorsports Valvoline Chevrolet Camaro SS):

Q: ANYTHING CHANGE MENTALLY FOR YOU WHEN YOU KNEW YOU WOULD RACE ONE OF THE ALL-TIME GREATS IN THE CLASS IN THE FINAL (JEG COUGHLIN JR.)?
TANNER GRAY: No, my dad just told me to have fun. I felt like I was pretty consistent all day. Jeg is one of the greatest drivers to come to the sport, if not the best, and my guys gave me a great race car. I wouldn’t be sitting here if not for them. They make my job easy. If you have a good race car, it’s going to make the driver look good. If you have a bad one, you’re going to look bad. They put a lot of hard work in this new car. I’m very fortunate to be here.

Q: HAS IT SNUCK INTO THE BACK OF YOUR MIND THAT YOU MIGHT HAVE A CHAMPIONSHIP-CALIBER CAR AND THAT YOU COULD COMPETE WITH THESE GUYS?
TANNER GRAY: I had that mind-set coming into the year. You have Dave Connolly and some of the best crew guys in the business. We have a great engine shop back home and those guys work their butts off, so there’s no doubt that we have a championship-caliber team and so far I feel like I’ve shown that I’ve been able to compete with the best of them on my days. My deal is I just have to get more consistent as a driver. Just because you win a race doesn’t mean you’re the best. I need to go back and continue to hit the practice tree, continue to study and just try to grind it out.

TOP FUEL
BRITTANY FORCE, JOHN FORCE RACING, MONSTER ENERGY CHEVROLET DRAGSTER (No. 4 qualifier; fell in second round): “We’d been struggling the last few races, so we went to Indy and tested, and this is the result (on setting national Top Fuel speed record in first round). This is the run we knew we could achieve, so I’m happy. We definitely made some changes for Topeka, and we have a car that we are confident in. It went down the racetrack every time, set my career-best time and speed. We have a race car that I know we can win in; we’ve just got to get me straightened out. I’ll find it; I’ll be back. I have a great team behind me, and we’ll be ready for the next one.”

FUNNY CAR:
COURTNEY FORCE, JOHN FORCE RACING, ADVANCE AUTO PARTS CHEVROLET CAMARO SS (No. 2 qualifier; fell in second round): “Really excited about our Advanced Auto Parts team. Joining in the 338 mph club this weekend was a killer run for us. Not many people have done it, and this was the weekend, this was the track, here at Heartland Park to do it. I’m really excited to see these strides our team is making. More importantly, the fact that we have had a consistent car on race day. We backed it down a little when we went up there for round two, wanted to be safe and make sure we got to run down there. But the track changed completely from round one so we backed it down and it was a little bit too much; we got outrun in that second round.”

ROBERT HIGHT, JOHN FORCE RACING, AUTO CLUB OF SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA CHEVROLET CAMARO SS (No. 3 qualifier; fell in semifinals): “We are going rounds, we are running so good. Anything less than a final round, you feel like you failed. We are going rounds, (I’m) driving all right. This was kind of a different set of circumstances with the conditions we had this weekend, it was pretty amazing. We just gotta put four together. We’ve got a great team, and everybody is doing a great job – no mistakes. It’s going to turn, and when it does, I think its gonna go our way for a while.”

JOHN FORCE, JOHN FORCE RACING, PEAK COOLANT & MOTOR OIL CHEVROLET CAMARO SS (No. 6 qualifier; fell in first round): “Didn’t get the job done today. I got beat up out there. We’ll go back to test and we got to get better. All my cars ran good today; I just didn’t get the win.”

PRO STOCK:
BO BUTNER, JIM BUTNER AUTO, BUTNER AUTO SALES CHEVROLET CAMARO SS (No. 1 qualifier; fell in semifinals): “It’s way early to be thinking about (driver championship), but our team is getting better. I feel like I’ve been driving better, too. That was a close race I lost there with Jeg (Coughlin Jr.), and it could have gone either way – just like when we used to bracket race. I just want to win rounds, because when you win rounds, the points come. If you can get to the semis and some finals, that’s pretty good. This weekend was good.”

VINCENT NOBILE, MOUNTAIN VIEW RACING, MOUNTAIN VIEW TIRE CHEVROLET CAMARO SS (No. 8 qualifier; fell in semifinals): “Well, the good news is we finally got that monkey off our back and got past second round. The bad news is we shook the tires in the semifinals and lost. We weren’t fast but we were consistent. A decent weekend for our Mountain View Tire team. On to Epping.”

ERICA ENDERS, ELITE MOTORSPORTS, LUPE TORTILLA ELITE CHEVROLET CAMARO SS (No. 7 qualifier; fell in first round): “The guys spent a lot of time overnight and this morning to get us ready to race. It’s disappointing when things don’t go the way you plan. This class goes in cycles. The tide is bound to turn in our favor very soon. We have great horsepower, the best people in the sport, lots of drive and determination, and excellent work ethic. We are so eager to get this car back to winning rounds and visiting the winner’s circle with regularity. It’ll be nice to get back to the shop in Oklahoma and continue working on things to make us better. We brought out a new motor this weekend and we need to spend a little more time with it to make it work properly with this Rick Jones chassis. The power it showed on the dyno got everyone excited and hopefully we’ll be able to show that off in Epping.”

JASON LINE, KB RACING, SUMMIT RACING EQUIPMENT CHEVROLET CAMARO SS (No. 2 qualifier; fell in second round): “My Summit Racing Chevy Camaro is certainly better than it has been the last few weeks. It ran good all weekend long, and we kept making it better. I’m very happy with that, and it would have been a good week, we just had driver error – that’s all. All three of our engines ran really well this weekend, and I’m happy with that. I have a good car, I just need to do a better job of driving it.”

GREG ANDERSON, SUMMIT RACING, SUMMIT RACING EQUIPMENT CHEVROLET CAMARO SS (No. 3 qualifier; fell in second round): “I sat there and waited on the limiter for quite awhile, but the tree didn’t come on. I finally let the clutch out and went down the track, and I made a nice run, but I got no time. Because of that, I had no chance at getting lane choice. It’s a bad break, and I just got off on the wrong foot. The next round, I didn’t have a good light, and I lost. That first round was probably the death of me, but what do you do? The good news is that we definitely ran better this weekend with all three of our cars. We qualified 1-2-3, and we had a good chance. We just didn’t execute. But the bottom line is that we did find performance this weekend, so that makes us feel better. You have to find as much performance as you can, week-to-week, to win these races. That’s what it takes, and they’re tough to win. I definitely had a better week than last week, so we’ll look at it that way.”

Team Marathon Petroleum Makes Big Jump in Performance in Topeka, Hopeful About Upcoming Four-In-A-Row

Team Marathon Petroleum Makes Big Jump in Performance in Topeka, Hopeful About Upcoming Four-In-A-Row

TOPEKA, Kans. (May 21, 2017) – Allen Johnson drove his Marathon Petroleum/J&J Racing Dodge Dart to the quarterfinals on raceday at the 29th annual Menards NHRA Heartland Nationals.

No. 10 Johnson had a first round matchup against No. 5 Matt Hartford. Only two hundredths apart between their qualifying positions, Johnson knew if he could do his job at the starting line, there was a very good chance at inking his 451st round win of his career. Continue reading Team Marathon Petroleum Makes Big Jump in Performance in Topeka, Hopeful About Upcoming Four-In-A-Row

Chevy Racing–NHRA–Topeka

CHEVROLET RACING IN NATIONAL HOT ROD ASSOCIATION
MENARDS NHRA HEARTLAND NATIONALS PRESENTED BY MINTIES
HEARTLAND PARK TOPEKA AT TOPEKA, KANSAS
SUNDAY, MAY 21, 2017

Chevrolet Extends Pro Stock Winning Streak to Eight

• 18-year-old Tanner Gray claims second Pro Stock victory of the season
• Pro Stock runner-up Jeg Coughlin Jr. becomes 10th driver with 400 round wins
• Brittany Force sets national Top Fuel speed record with pass of 333.66 mph
• Jeff Lopez claims Stock Eliminator victory in his Chevrolet COPO Camaro

TOPEKA, Kan. (May 21, 2017) – Tanner Gray, who seven weeks ago became the youngest winner in NHRA history, claimed his second Pro Stock career victory in the Menards NHRA Heartland Nationals presented by Minties at Heartland Park Topeka.

Gray, the No. 6 qualifier driving the Gray Motorsports Valvoline Chevrolet Camaro SS, defeated five-time Pro Stock champion Jeg Coughlin Jr. in the final round of the eighth race of the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series season. Continue reading Chevy Racing–NHRA–Topeka

Honda Continues To Set the Pace at Indianapolis

Honda Continues To Set the Pace at Indianapolis
• Max Chilton heads Honda 1-2-3 in penultimate practice prior to the Indy 500
• Honda drivers post seven of 10 fastest speeds as race preparation continues
• Ed Jones paces rookies, runs second overall

SPEEDWAY, Ind., (May 22, 2017) – Chip Ganassi Racing’s Max Chilton led a Honda 1-2-3 Monday at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway as – with qualifying competed – drivers and teams began their final preparations for Sunday’s Indianapolis 500.

Rookie Ed Jones continued his impressive run at Indianapolis this month, leading the four-driver rookie contingent and finishing second-fastest overall in his Dale Coyne Racing Honda on a sunny, near-perfect day at the historic “Brickyard”. Scott Dixon, star of this weekend’s qualifying runs with a blistering run of 232.164 mph to secure the pole for Honda and Chip Ganassi Racing, rounded out the top three today. Continue reading Honda Continues To Set the Pace at Indianapolis

Chevy Racing–INDYCAR–Indy500–Qualifying Day Recap

CHEVROLET RACING IN THE VERIZON INDYCAR SERIES
101ST RUNNING OF THE INDIANAPOLIS 500
INDIANAPOLIS MOTOR SPEEDWAY
TEAM CHEVY POLE DAY QUALIFICATIONS RECAP
MAY 21, 2017

Ed Carpenter Puts Chevrolet on the Front Row for the 101st Running of the Indianapolis 500

INDIANAPOLIS (May 21, 2017) – Ed Carpenter will start the Indianapolis 500 Mile Race from the front row for the third time in his 14 appearances in the “Greatest Spectacle in Racing.”

Carpenter led 15 Chevrolet drivers who qualified for the 101st Indianapolis 500 by driving the No. 20 Fuzzy’s Vodka Chevrolet to the second-place starting position with a four-lap average speed of 231.664 mph on the 2.5-mile Indianapolis Motor Speedway oval in the “Fast Nine Shootout.” Continue reading Chevy Racing–INDYCAR–Indy500–Qualifying Day Recap

Auto Club of Southern California driver Robert Hight joins 338 mph club, races to Topeka semifinals

Auto Club of Southern California driver Robert Hight
joins 338 mph club, races to Topeka semifinals

TOPEKA, Kan. (May 21) – Robert Hight and his Auto Club of Southern California Chevrolet Camaro SS Funny Car keep getting faster and faster.

Hight raised his career-best speed at the Menards NHRA Heartland Nationals on Sunday at Heartland Park Topeka. But he fell short of the ultimate goal of winning the race after smoking the tires in the semifinals.

“We are going rounds, we are running so good,” Hight said. “Anything less than a final round, you feel like you failed. We are going rounds, (I’m) driving all right. This was kind of a different set of circumstances with the conditions we had this weekend, it was pretty amazing. We just gotta put four together.”

Hight has now been to the semifinals in three of the last four races, also advancing to the final round in Houston. But he’s looking for his first victory of the season and 38th of his career, even as crew chief Jimmy Prock and the Auto Club team get their Camaro quicker and quicker. Continue reading Auto Club of Southern California driver Robert Hight joins 338 mph club, races to Topeka semifinals

Career-best speed propels Advance Auto Parts driver Courtney Force to Topeka second round

Career-best speed propels Advance Auto Parts driver Courtney Force to Topeka second round

TOPEKA, Kan. (May 21) – Courtney Force, of course, wants to win more rounds and more races with her Advance Auto Parts Funny Car team.

But she also knows progress continues to be made, progress that will eventually lead to adding to her career win total.

Force raced to the second round of the Menards NHRA Heartland Nationals on Sunday at Heartland Park Topeka, posting her career-best speed – and second all time – in the process. Continue reading Career-best speed propels Advance Auto Parts driver Courtney Force to Topeka second round

Chevy Racing–INDYCAR–Indy 500–Post Qualifying Quotes

CHEVROLET RACING IN THE VERIZON INDYCAR SERIES
101ST RUNNING OF THE INDIANAPOLIS 500
INDIANAPOLIS MOTOR SPEEDWAY
TEAM CHEVY POST-QUALIFYING DRIVER QUOTES
MAY 21, 2017

ED CARPENTER, NO. 20 FUZZY’S VODKA ED CARPENTER RACING CHEVROLET (No. 2 qualifying position, four-lap average speed of 231.664 mph): “It actually was better than I thought it was going to be from watching some of the earlier runs. That’s all she had. Would it have been fun to win a third pole? Yes, but at the same time to be in the middle of the front row with two former ‘500’ champions, hopefully I can convert from the front row this time and earn a victory.” Continue reading Chevy Racing–INDYCAR–Indy 500–Post Qualifying Quotes

Brittany Force, Monster Energy team snap out of funk in Topeka, advance to Heartland Nationals second round

Brittany Force, Monster Energy team snap out of funk in Topeka, advance to Heartland Nationals second round

TOPEKA, Kan. (May 21) – Brittany Force set career-bests for time and speed and advanced to the quarterfinals of Sunday’s NHRA Menards Heartland Nationals at Heartland Park Topeka before falling to Steve Torrence.

Force – the No. 4 qualifier of the Monster Energy Top Fuel dragster – bested No. 13 Luigi Novelli in the opening-round matchup with a pass of 3.698 seconds at 333.66 mph, a national Top Fuel speed record. That speed was more than a mile an hour faster than her previous best, set during the event’s third qualifying session Saturday, when she ran 332.43 mph. That third-round qualifying pass was also Force’s career-best elapsed time, 3.674 seconds.

“We’d been struggling the last few races, so we went to Indy and tested, and this is the result,” Force said. “This is the run we knew we could achieve, so I’m happy.” Continue reading Brittany Force, Monster Energy team snap out of funk in Topeka, advance to Heartland Nationals second round

PEAK driver John Force loses close first-round matchup in NHRA Heartland Nationals

PEAK driver John Force loses close first-round
matchup in NHRA Heartland Nationals

TOPEKA, Kan. (May 21) – John Force lost a close first-round matchup in Sunday’s NHRA Menards Heartland Nationals at Heartland Park Topeka, the eighth round of the 2017 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series schedule.

Force – driving the PEAK Coolant and Motor Oil Chevrolet Camaro SS – was the No. 6 qualifier and matched up against No. 11 Bob Tasca III. With lane choice, Force took the left lane and ripped off a .054-second reaction time. However, Tasca – who admitted he guessed on the Christmas Tree – pulled off a reaction time of .028 seconds to get the early advantage.

That made all the difference. With both cars making near-flawless passes, Tasca never trailed, and at the finish took a holeshot victory by about 0.0037 seconds, or less than two feet. Force set the better pass on time – 3.907 seconds at 332.34 mph, while Tasca’s pass was 3.930 seconds at 317.49 mph. Continue reading PEAK driver John Force loses close first-round matchup in NHRA Heartland Nationals

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