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Sunday, June 01, 2014


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Old Bridge Township Raceway Park again is packed with fans eager to catch eliminations for the Toyota NHRA Summernationals.


Courtney Force had a great outing in Topeka last weekend, winning to qualify for her sponsor's special event, the NHRA Traxxas Nitro Shootout, and also collecting the 100th victory by a female in NHRA Mello Yello competition.


NHRA's Alan Reinhart introduced Raceway Park's David Napp, center, who presented an appreciation award to Top Alcohol Funny Car king, E-town regular, and home-state favorite Frank Manzo, who has retired from driving.

 
(Above) Top Fuel's No. 1 qualifier, Doug Kalitta, was introduced to the pre-race crowd. NHRA racers love to share the pre-race experience with their kids, including (below left) Pro Stock Motorcycle low qualifier Eddie Krawiec with daughter Kayden and (below right) Funny Car bump qualifier Terry Haddock and son Braiden.
   


National Dragster Backstage Pass winners Merritt Loomis Sr. and Jr. and Paul Gosselin and Jerry St. Cyr chat with Pro Stock Motorcycle rider Michael Ray as part of their all-access adventure. NHRA members can vie for a similar experience at subsequent NHRA national events by sending an email to backstagepass@nhra.com.


NHRA Members and site subscribers can get up-to-the-minute, detailed coverage from this weekend's event on NationalDragster.net.


[11:30 a.m.] Tony Schumacher (above) defeated teammate Antron Brown in round one of Top Fuel, 3.78 to 3.98, to advance to round two. (Below) Brittany Force continues her strong ascent in the class, running 3.78 to end Spencer Massey's eight-round win streak. Second-round pairings (lane choice first): Schumacher vs. Doug Kalitta; Force vs. Morgan Lucas; Richie Crampton vs. J.R. Todd; Shawn Langdon vs. Bob Vandergriff Jr.


[11:50 a.m.] Alexis DeJoria (above) did event sponsor Toyota proud with a strong 4.064, low e.t. of the first round of Funny Car, with her Patron XO Café Camtry to defeat Jeff Arend. Tim Wilkerson (below) defeated Topeka winner Courtney Force with a 4.07. Second-round pairings (lane choice first): Tommy Johnson Jr. vs. Cruz Pedregon; Jack Beckman vs. Matt Hagan; Wilkerson vs. Del Worsham; DeJoria vs. Robert Hight.

[12:05 p.m.] Some Pro Stockers struggled for traction with the extra power created by a rising barometer and a warm track, but not Erica Enders-Stevens (above), who made the quickest run in Pro Stock history, a 6.464, which also is backed up by her qualifying pass of 6.473 for the national record; she got the speed record in qualifying at 215.55 mph, the fastest ever for a Pro Stocker, and her round-one 214.89 was the second fastest speed in history.

Chris McGaha (below), who was 0-for-3 in qualifying attempts and made the field in the No. 16 spot with an 11-second pass, upset low qualifier Allen Johnson in round one with a 6.519.

Second-round pairings (lane choice first): McGaha vs. Greg Anderson; Jason Line vs. Rodger Brogdon; Enders-Stevens vs. Dave Connolly; Shane Gray vs. Jeg Coughlin Jr.


[12:25 p.m.] Andrew Hines (above) ran low e.t. of the first round of Pro Stock Motorcycle with a 6.770. Hector Arana Jr. (below) was not far behind on the Lucas Oil Buell with a 6.774. Second-round pairings (lane choice first): Eddie Krawiec vs. Jerry Savoie; John Hall vs. Matt Smith; Arana vs. Chaz Kennedy; Hines vs. Michael Ray.


[1:25 p.m.] Top Fuel's Doug Kalitta (above) earned semifinal lane choice over Morgan Lucas (below) thanks to his 3.822 victory over Tony Schumacher; Lucas beat Brittany Force with a 3.846. The other semifinal will pit reigning season and event champ Shawn Langdon against Richie Crampton; Langdon has lane choice.

[1:30 p.m.] “Fast Jack” Beckman (above) was just that at the Tree in round two of Funny Car as he defeated Don Schumacher Racing teammate Matt Hagan on a holeshot, 4.131 to 4.121; the margin of victory was just .006-second.

Robert Hight (right) also was very quick, running low e.t. of the round, 4.086, to best Alexis DeJoria. Beckman will have semifinal lane choice over Cruz Pedregon while Hight will get to pick his lane against Del Worsham.


[1:45 p.m.] Dave Connolly (above) stunned the new Pro Stock national record holder, Erica Enders-Stevens, in round two with a 6.539 to 6.509 holeshot win by just .001-second. Rodger Brogdon (below), who had one round-win this season entering the event with his Protect The Harvest Camaro, has doubled that and reached his first semifinal since winning the Bristol event last season. Brogdon will have semifinal lane choice over Greg Anderson while Connolly gets his pick against Jeg Coughlin Jr., who has the lone Dodge facing three Chevys.


[1:55 p.m.] Matt Smith (above), the defending Mello Yello world champ in Pro Stock Motorcycle, has reached his first semifinal of the season after scoring a 6.848 to 6.837 holeshot win over teammate John Hall. Smith will have to cede lane choice to Eddie Krawiec (below), who screamed to a 6.750, the sixth-quickest pass in class history, to beat Jerry Savoie. Krawiec’s Harley teammate, Andrew Hines, will have lane choice over Hector Arana Jr. in the other semifinal after a 6.762 to 6.790 winning advantage in their respective second-round wins.


[2:45 p.m.] Rookie Richie Crampton (above) not only will race in his first career final round, but his GEICO dragster will have lane choice against Doug Kalitta (below). Crampton defeated Shawn Langdon with a 4.12 that still earned him lane choice over Kalitta, who ran just 4.37 in beating Crampton’s teammate and boss, Morgan Lucas. If Crampton wins the final, he will become the 100th different winner in Top Fuel history.


[2:50 p.m.] For the first time since last year’s Chevrolet Performance U.S. Nationals, the Funny Car final will not include a representative from John Force Racing. Del Worsham (above) will have lane choice when he takes on low qualifier Cruz Pedregon (below) in a race guaranteed to produce a Toyota winner for the event sponsor.


[3 p.m.] In a rematch of the Atlanta final two weeks ago, Greg Anderson (above) will again be seeking to reach his milestone 75th career win, and Jeg Coughlin Jr. (below) will be trying to stop him from doing so. Coughlin, who has 73 combined Pro Stock and Sportsman wins of his own, will have lane choice based on his 6.524 to 6.535 semifinal advantage. Anderson has not won since this event in 2012.


[3:05 p.m.] For the third time this season, Harley-Davidson teammates Andrew Hines, left, and Eddie Krawiec will do battle for the Pro Stock Motorcycle event title. Hines, winner in Charlotte, will have to give lane choice to Atlanta champ Krawiec based on their performances in their semifinal victories, 6.801 to 6.807. If Hines wins, he will collect his 34th career win and take sole possession of third place in Pro Stock Motorcycle wins, breaking the tie he currently holds with the late, great John Myers.


Harley-Davidson teammates Andrew Hines, near lane, and Eddie Krawiec advanced to the final round for the third straight race, and this time, Hines emerged as the champion following a great 6.82 to 6.83 side-by-side race. Hines now has 34 national event wins, the third most for a Pro Stock Motorcycle racer.

Jeg Coughlin Jr., far lane, scored his second Pro Stock win of 2014 and the third straight for a Dodge when he defeated rival Greg Anderson in the final. Coughlin won with a 6.51 after Anderson spun the tires in his Summit Camaro. Coughlin now has 74 total wins, tying him with Anderson.

Cruz Pedregon, far lane, picked up his first win of the 2014 season when he won the battle of the Toyota Funny Cars over Del Worsham. After three troubled runs to open eliminations, Pedregon’s crew found the right combo for the final, outrunning Worsham, 4.12 to 4.18.

Richie Crampton, far lane, became the 100th different winner in Top Fuel when he bested points leader Doug Kalitta in a tight final round. Kalitta got the jump at the Tree, but Crampton was able to drive around him and win the match by .009-second, 3.81 to 3.84.


The event champs, from left, Cruz Pedregon, Jeg Coughlin Jr., Andrew Hines, and Richie Crampton.