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Gainesville Funny Car Sunday results: E2

Jack Beckman beat his teammate Tommy Johnson Jr. by just .007-second on a holeshot to advance to the semifinals for the second time this season.
17 Mar 2019
NHRA National Dragster staff
Race coverage
Jack Beckman
Jack Beckman beat his teammate Tommy Johnson Jr. by just .007-second on a holeshot to advance to the semifinals for the second time this season. Beckman’s 3.898 beat Johnson’s 3.892 thanks to a .063 to 069 reaction-time advantage. Low qualifier…
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Gainesville Top Fuel Sunday results: E2

T.J. Zizzo, who surprised everyone by qualifying low on Friday, dropped more jaws with his wheelstanding Rust-Oleium dragster when he dropped low qualifier Brittany Force on a holeshot to reach his second career semifinal.
17 Mar 2019
NHRA National Dragster staff
Race coverage
TJ Zizzo
T.J. Zizzo, who surprised everyone by qualifying low on Friday, dropped more jaws with his wheelstanding Rust-Oleium dragster when he dropped low qualifier Brittany Force on a holeshot to reach his second career semifinal. Zizzo’s 3.764 beat…
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Gainesville Pro Stock Sunday results: E2

Thirty years after his first and only Pro Stock win in Gainesville, Kenny Delco returns to the semifinals.
17 Mar 2019
NHRA National Dragster staff
Race coverage
delco
Kenny Delco, the 1990 Gatornationals Pro Stock champ, reached the semifinals for the 12th time in his career following a 6.555 to 6.610 win against Shane Tucker in an action packed quarterfinal round. Delco’s path to the final round will go through…
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Crampton, Hight, Butner, and Hines strike gold at 50th Amalie Gatornationals

The 50th annual Amalie Motor Oil NHRA Gatornationals was an historic event with Richie Crampton, Robert Hight, Bo Butner, and Andrew Hines earning hard-fought pro titles.
17 Mar 2019
NHRA National Dragster staff
Race coverage
Winners
As the winners of the historic 50th annual Amalie Motor Oil NHRA Gatornationals, Richie Crampton, Robert Hight, Bo Butner, and Andrew Hines are now the proud owners of a special edition gold Wally trophy.  Crampton won in Gainesville for the…
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Gainesville Pro Stock Motorcycle Sunday results: E1

Pro Stock Motorcycle season offically kicks off; favorites, Hines, Krawiec, Smith, and Arana Jr. advance to round two.
17 Mar 2019
NHRA National Dragster staff
Race coverage
arana
Andrew Hines is still looking for his first 200-mph run, but he managed to open the new season with a round win over Cory Reed. Hines, the low qualifier, set the pace in round one with a 6.781 to hold off Cory Reed’s EBR. Reigning Mello Yello world…
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Gainesville Pro Stock Sunday results: E1

Greg Anderson scores milestone 800th Pro Stock round win; upsets take out favorites Jeg Coughlin, Erica Enders, and Matt Hartford.
17 Mar 2019
NHRA National Dragster staff
Race coverage
anderson
It came a bit later than expected, but Greg Anderson is finally on the scoreboard after his first round win of the 2019 season. Anderson wheeled his Summit Camaro to a victory over Alan Prusiensky’s Dodge, a win that surely helped take the sting out…
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Gainesville Funny Car Sunday results: E1

Seven of the eight first-round winners (and three of the losers) ran in the three-second zone and none was happier than Tommy Johnson, who bounced back after blowing the body off Saturday night.
17 Mar 2019
NHRA National Dragster staff
Race coverage
Tommy Johnson Jr.
Tommy Johnson Jr. and crew chief John Collins didn’t have the quickest of a flurry of three-second passes in the opening round, but after blowing the body off Saturday night, they were happy to light the win light with a 3.93 against John Smith.…
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Gainesville Top Fuel Sunday results: E1

Defending event champ Richie Crampton extended his Gainesville Raceway win streak to five rounds with his first round-win of the season in the Kalitta/DHL machine while Steve Torrence took low e.t. away from Brittany Force to highlight a strong first round.
17 Mar 2019
NHRA National Dragster staff
Race coverage
Richie Crampton
Defending event champ Richie Crampton extended his Gainesville Raceway win streak to five rounds with his first round-win of the season in the Kalitta/DHL machine. Low qualifier Brittany Force also got on the scoreboard, beating a troubled Chris…
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Hitting her stride, Brittany Force is eager, ready to regain championship form

It’s a new year with a new sponsor, a new crew chief, and a new teammate for Brittany Force, and the 2017 NHRA Mello Yello Top Fuel champion couldn’t be more ready to reassert herself, and qualifying No. 1 at the Gatornationals is a good sign that she’s ready.
17 Mar 2019
Phil Burgess, NHRA National Dragster Editor
Race coverage
Brittany Force
It’s a new year with a new sponsor, a new crew chief, and a new teammate for Brittany Force, and the 2017 NHRA Mello Yello Top Fuel champion couldn’t be more ready to reassert herself, and qualifying No. 1 at the Amalie Motor Oil NHRA Gatornationals…
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Jianna Salinas eager to learn the ropes in Pro Stock Motorcycle

Jianna Salinas, the newest member of the Scrappers Racing team, made her Pro Stock Motorcycle debut in Gainesville.
17 Mar 2019
Kevin McKenna, NHRA National Dragster Senior Editor
Race coverage
salinas
Jianna Salinas laughs now, but she remembers with a bit of trepidation the first time she actually sat on a Pro Stock Motorcycle. Exactly one year ago at Gainesville Raceway, Jianna, the youngest daughter of Scrappers Top Fuel driver Mike Salinas,…
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Meyer, Bellemeur, Bourgeois lead Sportsman winners at Gatornationals

Megan Meyer and Sean Bellemeur scored alcohol-class wins Sunday to join the list of Saturday winners in final eliminations at the Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series at the 50th annual Amalie Motor Oil NHRA Gatornationals.
17 Mar 2019
NHRA National Dragster staff
Race coverage
sportsman
On Saturday night, final eliminations for the 50th annual Amalie Motor Oil NHRA Gatornationals were held and eight Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series champions were crowned. The Alcohol Dragster and Alcohol Funny car finals were completed Sunday.…
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Amalie Motor Oil NHRA Gatornationals Sunday preview

Welcome to Raceday at the 50th annual Amalie Motor Oil NHRA Gatornationals, where the remaining champions of the third race of the 2019 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series season will be crowned.
17 Mar 2019
NHRA National Dragster staff
Race coverage
Gainesville
Welcome to Raceday at the 50th annual Amalie Motor Oil NHRA Gatornationals, where the remaining champions of the third race of the 2019 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series season will be crowned. The NHRA raced into the evening Saturday to…
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Gainesville Funny Car Saturday results: Q4

Robert Hight collected his 63rd career No. 1 spot in Funny Car, wheeling his Auto Club Chevy to a 3.868 in the final session to reassert his dominance.
16 Mar 2019
NHRA National Dragster staff
Race coverage
Robert Hight
Robert Hight collected his 63rd career No. 1 spot in Funny Car, wheeling his Auto Club Chevy to a 3.868 in the final session to reassert his dominance. Hight and crew chiefs Jimmy Prock and Chris Cunningham earned bonus points in three of four…
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Gainesville Top Fuel Saturday results: Q4

Brittany Force powered to her 11th career No. 1 start, running a strong 3.6870 to deny Mike Salinas (pictured) what would have been just his second career pole position.
16 Mar 2019
NHRA National Dragster staff
Race coverage
Mike Salinas
Brittany Force powered to her 11th career No. 1 start, running a strong 3.6870 to deny Mike Salinas what would have been just his second career pole position. Reigning world champ Steve Torrence looked for all the world to be on the way to yet…
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Gainesville Pro Stock Saturday results: Q4

Rodger Brogdon locked up his second pole in three races; Matt Hartford (pictured) also impressed in the final Pro Stock qualifying session.
16 Mar 2019
NHRA National Dragster staff
Race coverage
hartford
With a pair of 6.4-second runs, Rodger Brogdon earned the top spot in Pro Stock for the second time in three races this season and the third time in his career. In front of a packed house, Brogdon ran 6.490 and 6.498 in his Elite Performance-powered…
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Gainesville Pro Stock Motorcycle Saturday results: Q4

No 200, but Hines blasts to new E.T. record to claim Gainesville pole; Smith vs. Smith highlights round one pairings.
16 Mar 2019
NHRA National Dragster staff
Race coverage
hines
Andrew Hines went to extraordinary lengths to earn a spot in the Denso 200-mph Pro Stock Motorcycle club but was forced to settle for a new elapsed time record of 6.720 seconds and the pole position for the 43rd time in his career. Hines shut off…
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Amalie Motor Oil NHRA Gatornationals Saturday Photo Gallery

The 50th annual Amalie Motor Oil NHRA Gatornationals is shaping up to be one of NHRA's most memorable events; here are some of the highlights from an action-packed Saturday.
16 Mar 2019
NHRA National Dragster staff
Race coverage
Gainesville
The 50th annual Amalie Motor Oil NHRA Gatornationals is shaping up to be one of NHRA's most memorable events; here are some of the highlights from an action-packed Saturday. To suggest that Saturday's crowd in Gainesville was…
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Hight goes three-for-three in qualifying; Force, Brogdon, and Hines also lead in Gainesville

Robert Hight scored his third straight No. 1 qualifying spot in Funny Car while low qualifier honors at the 50th Amalie Motor Oil NHRA Gatornationals also went to Brittany Force, Rodger Brogdon, and Andrew Hines.
16 Mar 2019
NHRA National Dragster staff
Race coverage
Robert Hight
Robert Hight accomplished a rare feat by driving to his third-straight low qualifying spot in Funny Car to start the 2019 season. Hight's teammate, Brittany Force also claimed the top spot in Top Fuel while Roger Brogdon claimed the top seed in Pro…
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Gainesville Funny Car Saturday results: Q3

Three Funny Cars broke into the 3.8-second zone as qualifying resumed under cool and cloudy skies. Tommy Johnson Jr. leads qualifying with one session left after charting a 3.896 in the Make A Wish Hellcat Charger.
16 Mar 2019
NHRA National Dragster staff
Race coverage
Tommy Johnson Jr.
Three Funny Cars broke into the 3.8-second zone as qualifying resumed under cool and cloudy skies. Tommy Johnson Jr. leads qualifying with one session left after charting a 3.896 in the Make A Wish Hellcat Charger. Johnson, who made his NHRA…
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Gainesville Top Fuel Saturday results: Q3

As predicted, Saturday Top Fuel qualifying completely obliterated the marks set in Friday’s warmer conditions as nine drivers, led by Brittany Force’s 3.718, bettered T.J. Zizzo’s Friday-leading pass of 3.762.
16 Mar 2019
NHRA National Dragster staff
Race coverage
Brittany Force
As predicted, Saturday Top Fuel qualifying completely obliterated the marks set in Friday’s warmer conditions as nine drivers, led by Brittany Force’s 3.718, bettered T.J. Zizzo’s Friday-leading pass of 3.762. Closest behind Force’s Advance Auto…
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Gainesville Pro Stock Saturday results: Q3

Rodger Brogdon and Greg Anderson lead the way in quick Q3 session with 6.4-second runs.
16 Mar 2019
NHRA National Dragster staff
Race coverage
brogdon
Since the introduction of electronic fuel injection three years ago, 6.4-second runs have become something of a rarity in Pro Stock but the prime weather conditions on Saturday in Gainesville allowed Rodger Brogdon and Greg Anderson to take the top…
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Gainesville Pro Stock Motorcycle Saturday results: Q3

Revenge of the Harleys; Eddie Krawiec and Andrew Hines reclaimed the top spots in Pro Stock Motorcycle qualifying.
16 Mar 2019
NHRA National Dragster staff
Race coverage
oehler
As expected, there were dramatic improvements across the board during Saturday’s third round of Pro Stock Motorcycle qualifying and after yielding the top spot on Friday to reigning world champ Matt Smith, Harley-Davidson riders Eddie Krawiec and…
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Bill Skillman leads record all-seven-second Factory Stock field

Bill Skillman’s record 7.744 leads the way in first seven-second SAM Tech.edu Factory Stock field. Plus a look at how the class compares to Pro Stock in 1982.
16 Mar 2019
Kevin McKenna, NHRA National Dragster Senior Editor
Race coverage
skillman
Less than six months ago, Mark Pawuk set the elapsed time record at 7.927 in the SAM Tech.edu Factory Stock Showdown. Today, that run is not quick enough to qualify for the record field at the 50th annual Amalie Motor Oil NHRA Gatornationals.…
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No new car blues for Jeg Coughlin Jr.

Following an impressive Phoenix victory, Jeg Coughlin Jr. and the Elite team have no reservations about bringing a new car to Gainesville.
16 Mar 2019
Kevin McKenna, NHRA National Dragster Senior Editor
Race coverage
jeg1
Parking a perfectly good race car immediately following a national event victory might seem like a risky strategy but it hasn't fazed Jeg Coughlin Jr., who did just that when he parked his Jerry Haas-built Camaro following the Phoenix race and has…
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How T.J. Zizzo ended up No. 1 in Top Fuel; it was all about 'weight' and see

He has a 20-year-old chassis and an all-volunteer crew. He’s run just four races over the past two seasons. How the heck did T.J. Zizzo end up in the No. 1 qualifying spot at the Amalie Motor Oil NHRA Gatornationals Friday?
16 Mar 2019
Phil Burgess, NHRA National Dragster Editor
Race coverage
TJ Zizzo
He has a 20-year-old chassis and an all-volunteer crew. He’s run just four races over the past two seasons. How the heck did T.J. Zizzo end up in the No. 1 qualifying spot at the Amalie Motor Oil NHRA Gatornationals Friday? He’s never been a low…
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Amalie Motor Oil NHRA Gatornationals Saturday preview: Fast times ahead

Welcome to Day 3 of the 50th annual Amalie motor Oil NHRA Gatornationals and the final day of qualifying in the Mello Yello classes. Two sessions are scheduled today, at noon and 3:30 p.m.
16 Mar 2019
NHRA National Dragster staff
Race coverage
Gainesville
Welcome to Day 3 of the 50th annual Amalie motor Oil NHRA Gatornationals and the final day of qualifying in the Mello Yello classes. Two sessions are scheduled today, at noon and 3:30 p.m. With a 10-plus-degree drop in temperature over yesterday…
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Three generations of Smiths team up to compete in Funny Car

Paul Smith, who competed in Funny Car at the Gatornationals in 1973 and was the championship runner-up in 1974, is still burning nitro at Gainesville Raceway, tuning Gary Richards’ Funny Car as well as the Smith family flopper, which is driven by son John and wrenched on by his grandkids.
16 Mar 2019
Phil Burgess, NHRA National Dragster Editor
Race coverage
Paul Smith
Paul Smith, who competed in Funny Car at the Gatornationals in 1973 and was the championship runner-up in 1974, is still burning nitro at Gainesville Raceway, tuning Gary Richards’ Funny Car as well as the Smith family flopper, which is driven…
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Gainesville Top Fuel Friday results: Q2

T.J. Zizzo stunned everyone by powering his Rust-Oleum dragster to the No. 1 qualifying spot in Top Fuel with a sizzling pass of 3.762.
15 Mar 2019
NHRA National Dragster staff
Race coverage
TJ Zizzo
T.J. Zizzo stunned everyone by powering his Rust-Oleum dragster to the No. 1 qualifying spot in Top Fuel with a sizzling pass of 3.762. Zizzo, a part-time campaigner in the Mello Yello Series, followed his strong 3.872 opening pass Friday with a…
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Gainesville Funny Car Friday results: Q2

Six Funny Cars ripped their way into the three-second zone during the late-afternoon session led by Robert Hight, who clocked a 3.928 in the Auto Club Camaro.
15 Mar 2019
NHRA National Dragster staff
Race coverage
Robert Hight
Six Funny Cars ripped their way into the three-second zone during the late-afternoon session led by Robert Hight, who clocked a 3.928 in the Auto Club Camaro. Bob Tasca III (3.953), Ron Capps (3.965), Shawn Langdon (3.979), Tommy Johnson Jr. (3.985…
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Gainesville Pro Stock Friday results: Q2

Consistent Bo Butner maintains hold on top spot in Pro Stock; banks three more qualifying bonus points
15 Mar 2019
NHRA National Dragster staff
Race coverage
erica
The qualifying bonus points continue to add up for 2017 world champ Bo Butner, who banked three more “little points” after his 6.555 in Friday’s second session held up as the quickest pass of the round. Butner aced his KB Racing teammate, Greg…
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