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TOP FUEL
Pos Driver Points
1 Steve Torrence 2718
2 Clay Millican 2487
3 Tony Schumacher 2454
4 Leah Pritchett 2394
5 Brittany Force 2302
6 Antron Brown 2291
7 Mike Salinas 2259
8 Doug Kalitta 2259
9 Terry McMillen 2253
10 Scott Palmer 2182

FUNNY CAR
1 JR Todd 2553
2 Robert Hight 2479
3 Ron Capps 2388
4 Tim Wilkerson 2367
5 Tommy Johnson 2362
6 Courtney Force 2324
7 Matt Hagan 2321
8 Jack Beckman 2283
9 John Force 2277
10 Shawn Langdon 2204

PRO STOCK
1 Tanner Gray 2583
2 Jeg Coughlin 2443
3 Erica Enders 2434
4 Drew Skillman 2413
5 Vincent Nobile 2404
6 Jason Line 2350
7 Greg Anderson 2334
8 Bo Butner 2300
9 Deric Kramer 2220
10 Chris McGaha 2135

PRO STOCK MOTORCYCLE
1 Matt Smith 2479
2 Eddie Krawiec 2475
3 LE Tonglet 2418
4 Hector Arana Jr. 2415
5 Jerry Savoie 2378
6 Andrew Hines 2366
7 Angelle Sampey 2268
8 Angie Smith 2255
9 Steve Johnson 2242
10 Scotty Pollacheck 2209
Torrence, Todd, Nobile, Arana, Jr. Win in Reading

Dodge NHRA Nationals at Maple Grove Raceway
Sunday, September 16, 2018

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J.R. Todd
J.R. Todd moved into the Funny Car points lead with his second straight victory of 2018 on Sunday at the 34th Dodge NHRA Nationals at Maple Grove Raceway.

Steve Torrence (Top Fuel), Vincent Nobile (Pro Stock) and Hector Arana Jr. (Pro Stock Motorcycle) were also winners in their respective categories at the first of six playoff events during the 2018 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series Countdown to the Championship.

Coming off his second consecutive Indy win, Todd stayed hot and went 3.972-seconds at 319.90 mph in his 10,000-horsepower DHL Toyota Camry to defeat Tim Wilkerson's 4.196 at 249.95 in the final round, earning his fourth win of the season and 12th in his career. It also marked the 100th career win for Kalitta Motorsports and team owner Connie Kalitta. With the win, Todd now has a 23-point lead on defending world champion Robert Hight.

"It's awesome to keep the momentum going, but we've got a long road ahead of us," said Todd, who also has a Top Fuel win at the track. "These guys know how to win. A lot of them were there for the 2015 championship with Del Worsham, and we just want to keep winning. It was nice to come out with a win and now we just have to keep it rolling. We had a really good car and they just go up there and race smart, and not beat ourselves. The consistency is really coming around."

Todd beat Bob Tasca, Mike Smith and defending event winner Ron Capps to reach the final round. Wilkerson beat Terry Haddock, John Force and Hight to secure his 41st career final round and move to sixth in the points standings.

Steve Torrence
In Top Fuel, Torrence maintained his points lead after going 3.819 at 325.45 to beat Tony Schumacher's 4.196 at 234.82 and pick up his sixth victory in 2018 and 22nd of his career in his 10,000-horsepower Capco Contractors dragster. To reach his 36th career final round, Torrence knocked off Bill Litton, Mike Salinas and No. 1 qualifier Clay Millican, opening up a 50-point lead against Schumacher and Millican thanks to his first career victory at Maple Grove.

"We're not here to be second-best," Torrence said. "Winning the championship is fresh on our minds and we want to do everything we can to solidify that. I think this is a great way to start the Countdown. We're here to win and that's the only job we have. We're going to have to do everything we can to win and just stay focused on what we're doing. We've got a little bit of a lead and we need to maintain that, and keep going in that direction."

Eight-time world champion Schumacher advanced to his seventh career final round at Maple Grove Raceway and 152nd in his career after defeating Dave Mercier, Scott Palmer and Antron Brown on Sunday, moving into a tie for second in points with Millican.

Vincent Nobile
Pro Stock's Nobile grabbed his third victory of the season and 13th in his career in his Mountain View Tire Chevrolet Camaro after going 6.586 at 210.01 in the final round to defeat Drew Skillman's 6.580 at 211.53. Nobile, who knocked off Matt Hartford, Erica Enders and Greg Anderson to reach his 25th career final round, moved to second in the points standings with his second career win at the track.

"All in all, what a great way to start the Countdown," Nobile said. "If you really look at it, every single team out here can win the race. It's just a matter of who has their stuff together the best that weekend. You just have to do the best you can. I think we have a pretty good racecar and as long as we can be in the top six in qualifying, I think we can get the job done."

Skillman was seeking his first victory of the 2018 season, but did climb to fifth in points after beating Fernando Cuadra, defending world champion and event winner Bo Butner, and points leader Tanner Gray on Sunday. Gray maintained his points lead and currently holds an 18-point advantage over Nobile.

Hector Arana, Jr.
In Pro Stock Motorcycle, Arana Jr. earned his second victory of 2018 and 13th of his career with a run of 6.842 at 197.74 on his Lucas Oil Racing TV EBR in his final-round matchup against No. 1 qualifier Matt Smith, who slowed to a 7.306 at 145.88. Arana Jr. jumped to second in points after his second career win at the track and trails Eddie Krawiec by just three points. Arana Jr. picked up wins against Ron Tornow, Joey Gladstone and points leader Krawiec en route to the final.

"What matter are the wins in the Countdown and that's what we're working on," said Arana Jr., who earned his second win at the facility. "We're working on consistency and we've been working on that all year. We've got a strong championship contender with this bike and I can't thank my team enough. They work super, super hard. We're definitely working really hard for a championship."

Smith's path to his 47th career final round included victories against John Hall, Steve Johnson and LE Tonglet, as he improved to third in the points standings.

The NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series continues Sept. 21-23 with the second race in the Countdown to the Championship, the AAA Insurance NHRA Midwest Nationals at Gateway Motorsports Park in Madison, Ill.

Final round-by-round results from the 34th annual Dodge NHRA Nationals at Maple Grove Raceway, the 19th of 24 events in the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series:

TOP FUEL:

ROUND ONE -- Scott Palmer, 3.820, 327.11 def. Dom Lagana, 6.559, 90.21; Mike Salinas, 3.736, 331.04 def. Terry McMillen, 3.784, 325.85; Clay Millican, 3.769, 331.12 def. Jim Maroney, 4.530, 176.70; Tony Schumacher, 3.816, 326.40 def. Dan Mercier, 5.312, 133.18; Leah Pritchett, 3.786, 323.50 def. Audrey Worm, 4.004, 265.01; Steve Torrence, 3.783, 325.61 def. Bill Litton, 6.310, 104.54; Antron Brown, 3.800, 327.35 def. Brittany Force, 4.124, 288.27; Doug Kalitta, 3.805, 323.74 def. Richie Crampton, 6.883, 62.61;

QUARTERFINALS -- Schumacher, 3.827, 323.19 def. Palmer, 3.833, 324.59; Brown, 3.840, 313.51 def. Pritchett, 4.300, 199.29; Millican, 3.810, 323.27 def. Kalitta, 4.475, 183.82; Torrence, 3.812, 326.32 def. Salinas, 3.850, 315.27;

SEMIFINALS -- Schumacher, 3.939, 292.96 def. Brown, 4.206, 254.33; Torrence, 3.798, 327.19 def. Millican, 3.785, 327.19;

FINAL -- Torrence, 3.819, 325.45 def. Schumacher, 4.196, 234.82.

FUNNY CAR:

ROUND ONE -- Tim Wilkerson, Ford Mustang, 4.008, 313.95 def. Terry Haddock, Mustang, 5.726, 129.74; Tommy Johnson Jr., Dodge Charger, 3.950, 321.73 def. Jim Campbell, Charger, 6.714, 98.20; Mike Smith, Dodge Stratus, 4.398, 227.15 def. Courtney Force, Chevy Camaro, 5.069, 158.71; Cruz Pedregon, Toyota Camry, 4.214, 225.33 def. Jack Beckman, Charger, 5.135, 152.07; Ron Capps, Charger, 3.972, 324.28 def. Jonnie Lindberg, Mustang, 4.356, 243.63; Robert Hight, Camaro, 3.941, 325.53 def. Shawn Langdon, Camry, 4.015, 322.50; John Force, Camaro, 4.007, 326.87 def. Matt Hagan, Charger, 4.164, 257.97; J.R. Todd, Camry, 3.982, 321.50 def. Bob Tasca III, Mustang, Foul - Red Light;

QUARTERFINALS -- Wilkerson, 4.005, 321.73 def. J. Force, 4.093, 317.49; Capps, 3.972, 319.07 def. Pedregon, 4.126, 289.51; Hight, 3.946, 325.77 def. Johnson Jr., 4.012, 318.24; Todd, 3.996, 316.82 def. Smith, 10.655, 75.64;

SEMIFINALS -- Todd, 3.975, 320.28 def. Capps, 4.014, 315.12; Wilkerson, 4.046, 314.09 def. Hight, Foul - Red Light;

FINAL -- Todd, 3.972, 319.90 def. Wilkerson, 4.196, 249.95.

PRO STOCK:

ROUND ONE -- Jason Line, Chevy Camaro, 6.569, 209.98 def. Chris McGaha, Camaro, Foul - Red Light; Greg Anderson, Camaro, 6.579, 209.69 def. Deric Kramer, Camaro, 6.711, 208.07; Vincent Nobile, Camaro, 6.571, 209.69 def. Matt Hartford, Camaro, 6.590, 209.88; Bo Butner, Camaro, 6.587, 209.43 def. Kenny Delco, Camaro, 6.604, 209.20; Drew Skillman, Camaro, 6.568, 210.64 def. Fernando Cuadra, Camaro, 6.715, 205.91; Tanner Gray, Camaro, 6.557, 210.87 def. Val Smeland, Camaro, 6.674, 207.82; Jeg Coughlin, Camaro, 6.558, 210.31 def. John Gaydosh Jr, Camaro, 6.762, 203.09; Erica Enders, Camaro, 6.572, 210.24 def. Alan Prusiensky, Dodge Dart, 6.622, 207.62;

QUARTERFINALS -- Nobile, 6.594, 209.92 def. Enders, 6.603, 209.72; Skillman, 6.590, 210.50 def. Butner, 6.573, 209.95; Anderson, 6.595, 209.49 def. Coughlin, 6.573, 209.43; Gray, 6.590, 209.79 def. Line, 6.587, 210.08;

SEMIFINALS -- Nobile, 6.594, 209.10 def. Anderson, 6.614, 208.81; Skillman, 6.573, 211.06 def. Gray, 6.607, 208.94;

FINAL -- Nobile, 6.586, 210.01 def. Skillman, 6.580, 211.53.

PRO STOCK MOTORCYCLE:

ROUND ONE -- Steve Johnson, Suzuki, 6.864, 193.88 def. Jerry Savoie, Suzuki, 6.937, 192.03; Angie Smith, Buell, 6.932, 191.48 def. Angelle Sampey, Buell, 6.957, 191.32; LE Tonglet, Suzuki, 6.841, 196.16 def. Mark Paquette, Buell, 6.941, 192.11; Joey Gladstone, 6.904, 192.03 def. Scotty Pollacheck, Suzuki, 6.933, 192.96; Hector Arana Jr, 6.905, 195.93 def. Ron Tornow, Buell, 7.001, 191.81; Eddie Krawiec, Harley-Davidson, 6.881, 194.97 def. Jim Underdahl, Suzuki, 6.954, 193.49; Matt Smith, 6.842, 198.88 def. John Hall, Buell, 6.988, 191.10; Andrew Hines, Harley-Davidson, 6.889, 194.13 def. Ryan Oehler, Buell, 6.973, 192.25;

QUARTERFINALS -- Arana Jr, 6.885, 197.19 def. Gladstone, 6.949, 192.22; Krawiec, 6.853, 196.19 def. A. Smith, 6.979, 181.91; Tonglet, 6.841, 196.47 def. Hines, 6.887, 196.22; M. Smith, 6.860, 198.61 def. Johnson, 6.887, 193.74;

SEMIFINALS -- Arana Jr, 6.880, 196.85 def. Krawiec, 6.905, 195.42; M. Smith, 6.814, 197.39 def. Tonglet, Foul - Red Light;

FINAL -- Arana Jr, 6.842, 197.74 def. M. Smith, 7.306, 145.88.

Point standings (top 10) following the 34th annual Dodge NHRA Nationals at Maple Grove Raceway, the 19th of 24 events in the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series -

Top Fuel

1. Steve Torrence, 2,219; 2. (tie) Clay Millican, 2,169; Tony Schumacher, 2,169; 4. Leah Pritchett, 2,118; 5. Antron Brown, 2,116; 6. Doug Kalitta, 2,103; 7. Mike Salinas, 2,067; 8. Terry McMillen, 2,062; 9. Scott Palmer, 2,053; 10. Brittany Force, 2,052.

Funny Car

1. J.R. Todd, 2,166; 2. Robert Hight, 2,143; 3. Courtney Force, 2,141; 4. Ron Capps, 2,137; 5. Matt Hagan, 2,112; 6. Tim Wilkerson, 2,101; 7. Tommy Johnson Jr., 2,090; 8. Jack Beckman, 2,080; 9. John Force, 2,064; 10. Shawn Langdon, 2,054.

Pro Stock

1. Tanner Gray, 2,183; 2. Vincent Nobile, 2,165; 3. Greg Anderson, 2,153; 4. Erica Enders, 2,131; 5. Drew Skillman, 2,128; 6. Jeg Coughlin, 2,127; 7. Jason Line, 2,073; 8. Deric Kramer, 2,072; 9. Bo Butner, 2,064; 10. Chris McGaha, 2,032.

Pro Stock Motorcycle

1. Eddie Krawiec, 2,184; 2. Hector Arana Jr, 2,181; 3. Matt Smith, 2,147; 4. LE Tonglet, 2,144; 5. Andrew Hines, 2,137; 6. Jerry Savoie, 2,082; 7. Steve Johnson, 2,073; 8. (tie) Scotty Pollacheck, 2,062; Angie Smith, 2,062; 10. Angelle Sampey, 2,033.


 

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