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2014 Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals Sunday photo gallery
Sunday, July 06, 2014


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The Track Walk presented by SealMaster kicked off Sunday with a large contingent of fans led by drivers like Tommy Johnson Jr. and Jack Beckman, along with host Bill Bader Jr., toured the surface.

 
  Backstage during driver introductions is always a loose and fun time for the drivers before they enter the heat of battle.

(Above) Top Fuel teammates Bob Vandergriff Jr., left, and Larry Dixon were all smiles and laughs with both cars in the field.

(Left) Even Courtney Force had to whip out her phone for a few fun pics.

(Below) Pro Stock rookie Jonathan Gray took in the spectacle with his family
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Fans eagerly welcomed the intros of the qualified drivers, including Funny Car star Alexis DeJoria.

A very quick first round of Top Fuel was highlighted by Brittany Force (above), who ran a sizzling 329.83 to reset the track speed record and an e.t. of 3.753 to trailer Spencer Massey. She also earned second-round lane choice over low qualifier Shawn Langdon, who ran a stout 3.759.

Partial Ohio race fans got to cheer the upset victory of one of their home-state heroes, Dayton-based veteran Pat Dakin (below), who defeated Bob Vandergriff Jr. with a 3.82 and will have second-round lane choice over another upset winner, Troy Buff (left), who bested J.R. Todd.

Second-round pairings (lane choice first): Force vs. Langdon; Dakin vs. Buff; Doug Kalitta vs. Tony Schumacher; Antron Brown vs. Steve Torrence.


The partial Ohio fans also had reason to cheer in Funny Car when Columbus-based Chad Head (above) defeated Alexis DeJoria, 4.07 to 4.09. Matt Hagan’s Rocky Boots Charger (below) had the quickest run of round one with a 4.059 against Jeff Arend. Second-round pairings (lane choice first): Del Worsham vs. Jack Beckman; Hagan vs. Ron Capps; Head vs. J. Force; Tommy Johnson Jr. vs. Cruz Pedregon.


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Rookie holeshot artist Jonathan Gray (above) took down one of the event sponsor’s flagships, Jason Line’s Summit Camaro, on a first-round gatejob in Pro Stock, 6.61 to 6.59. Columbus-based Jeg Coughlin Jr. (below), the reigning world champ, advanced to round two where, for the third time in the last six races, he’ll face teammate Allen Johnson. Second-round pairings (lane choice first): Erica Enders-Stevens vs. J. Gray; Vincent Nobile vs. Chris McGaha; Shane Gray vs. Dave Connolly; Coughlin vs. Johnson.

 
 

Rookie Pro Stock Motorcycle pilot Chaz Kennedy (above) moved to round two when his opponent, Star Racing teammate Michael Ray, red-lighted against him.

Jim Underdahl (left) scored his long-awaited first round-win of the year with his Bad Boy Buggies Suzuki and did it in style, defeating recent Chicago winner Hector Arana Jr. on a first-round holeshot, 6.90 to 6.87.

Second-round pairings (lane choice first): Eddie Krawiec vs. Adam Arana; Kennedy vs. Hector Arana Sr.; Andrew Hines vs. Underdahl; Angie Smith vs. Steve Johnson.
 



Top Fuel world champ Shawn Langdon and the Al-Anabi team (above) are all smiles after two straight 3.7-second blasts that have them in the semi's, where they're the heavy favorite against Troy Buff (below), the event's Cinderella story who has reached his second career semifinal (and his first since the summer of 2009) in Bill Miller's car. Langdon has lane choice, as does Antron Brown over Tony Schumacher in the other semi.


Ron Capps (above), runner-up here last year, has advanced to his third straight semifinal with the NAPA Auto Parts Charger and will have lane choice over teammate Jack Beckman, the 2009 winner here. Meanwhile, Cruz Pedregon (below) will get to pick his lane when he takes on John Force in the other semifinal. 


Dave Connolly (above) beat teammate Shane Gray on a holeshot in round two of Pro Stock, 6.60 to 6.59, and will have semifinal lane choice against Allen Johnson. Erica Enders-Stevens (below), trying to break a class-wide No. 1 qualifier jinx that reaches back to last year's U.S. Nationals, is in the semifinals where she has lane choice over Chris McGaha, who's gunning for his first career final-round berth.


The roller-coaster season of Steve Johnson (above) continues. After a season-opening win was followed by a DNQ and then four straight first-round losses, Pro Stock Motorcycle's elder statesman has his Suzuki in the semifinals; he'll take on Andrew Hines, who holds lane choice. Adam Arana (below), who is looking for his first win, will face his father, Hector Sr. in the other semi, with Dad holding the pick of lanes.


Summit Racing Equipment Motorsports Park was packed Sunday for final eliminations day at the event.


Chicago winner Antron Brown (above) has reached his second straight Top Fuel final round and the sixth of his season with the Matco Tools dragster. He already has four wins this season. Shawn Langdon (below) will oppose Brown in the final as he seeks his second win in his fourth final-round appearance of the season. Brown will have his pick of lanes in the final after Langdon smoked the tires on a go-for-lane-choice bye run after Troy Buff was unable to engage reverse after his burnout.


Epping winner Ron Capps (above) will shoot for his second win in the last three events when he takes on John Force (below) in the Funny Car final. Capps will have lane choice based on his superior 4.126 to 4.149 winning margin in the semi's. Incredibly, it will be the first time the two longtime rivals have raced this season.


Pro Stock points leader Erica Enders-Stevens (above) will be looking for her fourth win of the season in Pro Stock with her Elite Motorsports Camaro when she takes on her former crew chief Dave Connolly (below) in the final round. Enders-Stevens has lane choice after Connolly shook the tires in winning his semifinal pairing.


Hector Arana Sr. (above), who won the first race of a long Pro Stock Motorcycle career at this event in 2008, is back in the final round. Arana Sr., who lost to his son, Hector Jr., in the Chicago final a week ago, defeated his other son, Adam, to reach the money round where he'll have lane choice against the class points leader, Andrew Hines (below). Hines' Harley already has wins this year in Charlotte and Englishtown.


Sportsman-racing superstar David Rampy, left, accepts congratulations from announcer Brian Lohnes after scoring his 85th career win with a victory in Comp. The win ties him with Pro Stock great Bob Glidden for fifth place on NHRA's all-time wins list. Rampy almost earned his fifth double, too, reaching the Super Stock semi's.


The latest installment of the long-running "Hectors vs. Harleys" battle went to Andrew Hines, far lane, who won his third event of the season when he drove to a narrow 6.901 to 6.924 win over the Lucas Oil Buell of Hector Arana Sr., who was making his second straight final-round appearance.

In one of the most dominant performances of her Pro Stock career, Erica Enders-Stevens and her Elite Motorsports team had the low elapsed time of all four qualifying rounds and all four eliminations rounds en route to her 10th career victory. Enders-Stevens, far lane, defeated former crew chief and rival Dave Connolly in a thrilling 6.632 to 6.665 final round.

John Force, far lane, scored the 140th win of his career and his first at Summit Racing Equipment Motorsports Park with a 4.113 to 4.135 victory over Ron Capps in the final round.

Antron Brown, far lane, ran a 3.797, 318.84 in the final round to defeat tire-smoking No. 1 qualifier Shawn Langdon. It is Brown’s fifth win of the season and 30th of his Top Fuel career.


The NHRA Mello Yello winners, from left, Antron Brown, John Force, Andrew Hines, and Erica Enders-Stevens.


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