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Sunday, April 13, 2014

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  The SealMaster Track Walk got things started on Championship Sunday with lots of fans and drivers taking part.

(Left) Among the drivers walking and talking with the fans were, from left, Pro Stock pilots Dave Connolly, Jonathan and Shane Gray, and Pro Stock Motorcycle rider Scotty Pollacheck.

Shawn Langdon earned his second No. 1 qualifying spot in Top Fuel as he seeks his first win of 2014.

 (Above) Marcus Smith, president and general manager of Charlotte Motor Speedway, left, welcomed NASCAR star Clint Bowyer to zMAX Dragway. Bowyer is one of many NASCAR racers on hand for the NHRA event.

(Right) The pre-race pageantry included a flyover by the Bandits Flight Team.

(Below) Pro Stock Motorcycle low qualifier Michael Ray, left, is obviously feeling no pressure before round one as he harassed former teammate John Hall.


[12:15 p.m] (Above) Low qualifier Shawn Langdon, far lane, moved into the semifinals in Top Fuel with a holeshot 3.840 to edge defending event champ Spencer Massey’s 3.791; both advanced.

Tony Schumacher and crew chief Mike Green (left) ran a 3.815 to win their quad; Khalid alBalooshi joined them in the semi’s with a 3.92.

(Below) Teammates J.R. Todd, near lane, and Doug Kalitta, far lane, advanced on respective passes of 3.783 and 3.795.

Semi quads: 
Langdon-Massey-Antron Brown-Brittany Force




[12:30 p.m.] (Above) John Force, second from top, won this quad in Funny Car with low e.t. of the meet, 4.046, and advanced with Tommy Johnson Jr., far lane, who ran a 4.11.

Blake Alexander (left) finished second in his quad behind Tim Wilkerson but advanced into the semi’s.

(Below) Teammates Alexis DeJoria, second from top, and Del Worsham, near lane, also both moved into the semi’s with runs of 4.089 and 4.096 after low qualifier Ron Capps, far lane, slowed to a 4.12.

Semi quads:

Hight-Hagan-Johnson-J. Force. 



[12:45 p.m.] (Above) Vincent Nobile, far lane, won his quad in Pro Stock on a holeshot 6.579, just ahead of the 6.560 of second-place Jason Line, near lane; both advanced to the semifinals.

Jeg Coughlin Jr. (left), who’s never reached a four-wide final, moved on with a monster holeshot win, carding a 6.68 victory ahead of second-place Shane Gray’s 6.566.

(Below) Low qualifier Chris McGaha, near lane, ran a 6.545 and will be joined in the semifinals by pleasant surprise Jimmy Alund, second from top, who ran a 6.554, 211.53.

Semi quads:
McGaha-Alund-S. Gray-Coughlin

Erica Enders-Stevens-Allen Johnson-Line-Nobile  



[1 p.m.] (above) Scotty Pollacheck, second from top, scored a holeshot win  in Pro Stock Motorcycle as he and John Hall, far lane, advanced to the semifinals with respective runs of 6.885 and 6.835.

Hector Arana Jr. (left) ran low e.t. of the meet, 6.805, to win his quad ahead of Eddie Krawiec; both advanced to the final four.

(Below) Rookie Chaz Kennedy, near lane, moved on with a quad-winning 6.903 and was joined by Mike Berry, second from top, after low qualifier Michael Ray, far lane, faltered, and Katie Sullivan both red-lighted and crossed the centerline on her Suzuki.

Semi quads:
 HectorJr.-Hines-Kraweic-Hector Arana Sr.


Another strong crowd has descended on zMAX Dragway for the 5th annual NHRA Four-Wide Nationals.

[1:50 p.m.] (Above) Shawn Langdon’s run from the pole in Top Fuel continued as he and crew chief Brian Husen won their quad for the second straight round, winning with a low e.t. of the round 3.821. Antron Brown finished second with a blower-belt-shredding 3.98. No. 2 qualifier J.R. Todd (below) showed that position was for real as he moved to the final with a 3.822 and will be joined by his Kalitta Motorsports teammate Doug Kalitta, who finished second with a 3.841.

[2 p.m.] Alexis DeJoria (above), with two wins already to her credit this season, is in the Funny Car final round again after winning her semifinal quad with a 4.087, well ahead of second-place Tim Wilkerson’s 4.15. The other semifinal with feature teammates John Force and Robert Hight (below) after their 1-2 finish in the other quad, won by Force’s 4.12 over Hight’s close 4.13.

[2:15 p.m.] Erica-Enders Stevens (above), runner-up at this race the last two years, is in the Pro Stock final round again after winning her quad with a 6.559, ahead of second-place Vincent Nobile, whose 6.603 also got him to the final. Shane Gray (below) and Jimmy Alund advanced to the final from the other quad with respective passes of 6.555 and 6.563, though Alund won the quad on a holeshot over Gray.

[2:20 p.m.] Scotty Pollacheck (above), still looking for his first career win, has a shot at it after making his way to the Pro Stock Motorcycle final with a 6.901. John Hall’s 6.86 won their quad and also moved him to the final. (Below) The other quad was a great “Hectors vs. the Harleys” shootout that went the H-D way as Eddie Krawiec, near lane, and Andrew Hines, far lane, beat Hector Arana Sr. and Jr. to the stripe with runs of 6.84 and 6.85.

Scotty Richardson, near lane, won Comp in Vinny Barone's entry and became the third driver in NHRA history to win in six different eliminators. Russell Joly red-lighted against Richardson in the final.

It was all Harley-Davidson in the Pro Stock Motorcycle final with Andrew Hines, second from bottom, claiming his first Four-Wide win with a 6.854 to hold off Screamin’ Eagle teammate Eddie Kraweic’s 6.874. Gainesville runner-up Scotty Pollacheck, second from top, was third with a 6.966 while John Hall coasted to a 7.541.

Jimmy Alund, near lane, became NHRA’s first European national event winner when he drove the KB Racing team’s Summit Camaro to the NHRA Four-Wide Nationals title. Alund won with a 6.562 to edge Shane Gray’s 6.653. Vincent Nobile, far lane, finished third in the Mountain View Camaro with a 6.667 while Erica Enders-Stevens’ nine-round win streak ended when she shook the tires and slowed.

Robert Hight, second from bottom, became the first two-time Funny Car winner at the NHRA Four-Wide Nationals, running a 4.074 to beat his boss, John Force, far lane, who ran a 4.132. Alexis DeJoria, second from top, finished third and tire-smoking Tim Wilkerson ended up fourth.

Antron Brown, second from bottom, scored his first Four-Wide Top Fuel win and did it on a double-holeshot victory over Shawn Langdon, near lane, and J.R. Todd, far lane. Brown ran a 3.800 to edge Langdon's identical number and the 3.799 of Todd. Doug Kalitta finished fourth.

[4:55 p.m.] The NHRA Four-Wide Nationals winners, from left, Robert Hight, Andrew Hines, Jimmy Alund, and Antron Brown celebrate their wins with Miss zMAX.

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