The second half of the 2019 NHRA Mello Yello Series Countdown to the Championship kicks off a fabled texas Motorplex with the AAA Texas NHRA FallNationals. Just this race at the final two events in Las Vegas and Pomona remain for divers to earn points towards the world championships.
Top Fuel points leader Steve Torrence will look to make it back-to-back wins on the tour and baxk to back wins in Dallas a, as the Texan won Monday in Charlotte. Standing in his way are the likes of Doug Kalitta, 2017 world champ Brittany Force, Leah Pritchett and Antron Brown. Torrence made big news last season by sweeping the six-race Countdown playoffs, highlighted by his first Top Fuel win in his native Texas, a track at which he also essnetially lost the 2017 title when he crashed during eliminations. Steve-o and "them Capco Boys" are hoping for more of th elatter as they try to seize control of the title battle.
Hight is also after a second straight win in Dallas and in the Countdown to the Championship after winning in Funny Car on Monday in Charlotte. He’ll look to keep his points lead against the likes of John Force, Jack Beckman, Ron Capps and defending world champ J.R. Todd. At this event last year, Hight bounced back from a broken collarbone suffered two weeks early and gutted out a crucial victory. Although Todd eventually beat him for the championship, his determined comeback won;t soon be forgotten.
Pro Stock’s Jason Line opened the playoffs with a win in Reading, but homestate favorite Erica Enders has taken over the points lead with a win in St. Louis and a semifinal finish last Monday in Charlotte. She’ll look to keep it against standouts like Bo Butner, Alex Laughlin and Matt Hartford. Line has won this race three times, most recently in 2017, and could use another victory to get back to the top of the Pro Stock pack.
Defendign event champ L.E. Tomglet is not here but 2017 champ Eddie Krawiec is. The decorated Harley rider has three wins in the past six years in Pro Stock Motorcycle at the track, but he’s still seeking his first win of 2019. He’ll try and get it against teammate and points leader Andrew Hines, as well as playoff winners Karen Stoffer and Jerry Savoie, and defending world champ Matt Smith, who field-stripped his record-setting EBR between events to prepare for the second half of the playoffs. Stoffer, who won in St. Louis and was runner-up in Charlotte, is on a hot streak as she battles for what would be her first career world championship.
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2018 EVENT WINNERS: Steve Torrence, Top Fuel; Robert Hight, Funny Car; Tanner Gray, Pro Stock; LE Tonglet, Pro Stock Motorcycle.
MOST VICTORIES: John Force, FC, 7; Tony Schumacher, TF, 6; Warren Johnson, PS, 5; Cruz Pedregon, FC, 4; Robert Hight, FC 4, Greg Anderson, PS, 4, Eddie Krawiec, 3, PSM.
3.681 sec. by Brittany Force Oct. 17; 330.55 mph by Antron Brown, Oct. ’16
3.828 sec. and 338.60 mph by Robert Hight, Oct. ’17;
6.457 sec. and 214.59 mph by Greg Anderson, Oct. ’15
Pro Stock Motorcycle
6.744 sec. and 198.99 mph by Jerry Savoie, Oct. ’15
3.623 sec. by Brittany Force, Sept. '19, Reading, Pa.; 336.57 mph by Tony Schumacher, Feb. ‘18, Phoenix
3.793 sec. by Robert Hight, Aug. '17, Brainerd; 339.87 mph by Robert Hight, July ’17, Sonoma, Calif.
6.455 sec. by Jason Line, March ’15, Charlotte, N.C.; 215.55 mph by Erica Enders, May ’14, Englishtown N.J.
Pro Stock Motorcycle
6.720 sec. by Andrew Hines, March ‘19, Gainesville, Fla.; 201.76 mph by Matt Smith, March ‘19, Gainesville, Fla.