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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, Hight, Kramer, Hines Winners at zMax

12th annual NTK NHRA Carolina Nationals
Monday, October 14, 2019

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(L-R) Andrew Hines, Steve Torrence, Robert Hight and Deric Kramer
Steve Torrence took over the Top Fuel points lead in the Mello Yello Countdown to the Championship when he defeated Doug Kalitta at the 12th annual NTK NHRA Carolina Nationals at zMAX Dragway.

Robert Hight (Funny Car), Deric Kramer (Pro Stock) and Andrew Hines (Pro Stock Motorcycle) all won in their respective categories at the third of six races in the 2019 NHRA Mello Yello Countdown to the Championship playoffs. It is also the 21st of 24 events during the 2019 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series season.

Defending world champion Torrence won this event for the second year in a row with a final round pass of 3.772-seconds at 323.19 mph in his Capco Contractors dragster to beat Kalitta. He also picked up wins against Lex Joon (who did not appear in the first round), Clay Millican and Justin Ashley on the way to his ninth win in 2019 and his 36th win in his Top Fuel career. 

Steve Torrence
Kalitta beat Antron Brown, Leah Pritchett and Brittany Force on his side of the ladder before facing Torrence. The runner-up showing puts him second in the points race.

"To race Doug Kalitta, that guy is a legend," said Torrence. "I look up to him as a driver. So when you go up against him and to have the backlog of what led us to that point, coming in behind him in the points, making up some points in qualifying and then coming all the way down to the final round... a few years ago I probably would've gone up there and choked, letting that affect me and get into my head. With the success that we've had you build confidence in yourself. You trust in the team and the good Lord and you just go do the best you can. I knew that we had a car that could run with him and if I did my job, we could be right there with him on the tree. You can't let what or who is in the other lane influence you and that's what I was able to do today because you've got one of the best ever right there beside you."

Robert Hight
Funny Car’s Hight went 3.917 at 329.02 in his Automobile Club of Southern California Chevrolet Camaro SS to win the final round when Jack Beckman went red at the starting line. This marks Hight's 500th round win, a distinction shared by only 19 other drivers. This win also puts him in the lead in the Countdown to the Championship. Hight faced Mike McIntire Jr., Tim Wilkerson and Matt Hagan on his way to the final round against Beckman.

Beckman, the No. 1 qualifier this weekend, got round wins against Dale Creasy, Tommy Johnson Jr. and Ron Capps before meeting Hight in the final round.

“The Auto Club Chevy team really pulled together and did a good job,” said Hight. “We’ve changed some things over the last few races. We’ve been struggling, but we went down the track every run this weekend. Great job to Jimmy Prock and Chris Cunningham (Crew Chiefs), and all the Auto Club guys.”

Deric Kramer
In Pro Stock, Kramer went 6.541 at 211.33 in the final round in his American Ethanol Novozymes Chevrolet Camaro to snag his second victory in 2019 and fourth of his career beating Matt Hartford in the final. He reached the final round with wins against Kenny Delco, Jeg Coughlin Jr. and Aaron Stanfield.

Hartford competed in his second consecutive final round after defeating Fernando Cuadra Jr., Chris McGaha and No. 1 qualifier Erica Enders.

“Our motto around the pit is, ‘Just don’t screw up. Make them beat you,’” said Kramer. “And that’s what a lot of today was. Nothing was super stellar; nothing was super fast. But I was able to hold on just long enough and got to 1320 first and that’s all she wrote.”

Andrew Hines
Hines picked up his eighth Pro Stock Motorcycle win of the season in his Harley-Davidson when his pass of 6.805 at 199.37 defeated Karen Stoffer in the final round. He secured wins against Michael Ray, Scott Pollacheck and Hector Arana Jr. before facing Karen Stoffer in the finals for the second consecutive time this season. Stoffer took the victory when they met in St. Louis in September.

Stoffer raced to her third final round of the season after defeating Kelly Clontz, Eddie Krawiec and No. 1 qualifier Steve Johnson.

“It was a tough day,” said Hines. “We were sitting around during the rain delay yesterday talking about this Pro Stock Motorcycle class and how stacked it is right now. If you look at the top ten in qualifying, any one of those people could be number one at any given time. You just never know when that’s going to happen, so these races right now are hard fought and hard earned.”

The Mello Yello Drag Racing Series continues Oct. 17-20 with the fourth of six races in the Mello Yello Countdown to the Championship playoffs, the AAA Texas NHRA FallNationals at Texas Motorplex in Dallas.

Final round-by-round results from the 12th annual NTK NHRA Carolina Nationals at zMax Dragway, the 21st of 24 events in the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series:

TOP FUEL: 

ROUND ONE -- Clay Millican, 3.759, 328.38 def. Terry McMillen, 3.768, 310.34; Doug Kalitta, 3.905, 326.95 def. Antron Brown, 6.032, 114.16; Billy Torrence, 3.780, 327.03 def. Pat Dakin, 14.784, 34.62; Justin Ashley, 3.778, 298.40 def. Mike Salinas, 4.591, 174.53; Leah Pritchett, 5.466, 123.42 def. Chris Karamesines, Broke; Steve Torrence, 3.741, 327.82 def. Lex Joon, Broke - No Show; Brittany Force, 3.698, 329.42 def. Smax Smith, 6.139, 102.00; Austin Prock, 3.725, 329.02 def. Richie Crampton, 3.735, 327.11; 

QUARTERFINALS -- Kalitta, 3.745, 329.50 def. Pritchett, 7.343, 87.24; S. Torrence, 3.742, 329.34 def. Millican, 4.170, 216.58; Ashley, 3.773, 323.58 def. Prock, 3.759, 328.06; Force, 3.747, 328.78 def. B. Torrence, 3.737, 326.48; 

SEMIFINALS -- Kalitta, 3.762, 326.24 def. Force, 3.901, 262.95; S. Torrence, 3.788, 324.12 def. Ashley, 4.088, 210.77; 

FINAL -- S. Torrence, 3.772, 323.19 def. Kalitta, 4.090, 274.27. 

 

FUNNY CAR: 

ROUND ONE -- Tim Wilkerson, Ford Mustang, 3.898, 325.77 def. Shawn Langdon, Toyota Camry, 5.386, 137.25; John Force, Chevy Camaro, 3.933, 331.77 def. J.R. Todd, Camry, 5.539, 127.26; Robert Hight, Camaro, 3.908, 324.44 def. Mike McIntire, Camry, 3.977, 309.49; Jack Beckman, Dodge Charger, 3.864, 329.99 def. Dale Creasy Jr., Charger, 4.863, 164.03; Bob Tasca III, Mustang, 3.891, 326.87 def. Jonnie Lindberg, Mustang, 4.151, 255.24; Tommy Johnson Jr., Charger, 3.916, 322.04 def. Cruz Pedregon, Charger, 7.183, 90.97; Ron Capps, Charger, 3.962, 308.92 def. Jim Campbell, Charger, 4.064, 311.63; Matt Hagan, Charger, 3.937, 330.55 def. Dave Richards, Mustang, 7.801, 86.00; 

QUARTERFINALS -- Hight, 3.929, 324.67 def. Wilkerson, 3.923, 324.28; Capps, 3.908, 329.58 def. Force, 3.912, 327.43; Beckman, 3.932, 323.27 def. Johnson Jr., 6.911, 102.45; Hagan, 3.922, 331.53 def. Tasca III, 3.915, 328.86; 

SEMIFINALS -- Hight, 3.912, 328.78 def. Hagan, 3.947, 327.35; Beckman, 3.957, 324.44 def. Capps, 4.025, 293.41; 

FINAL -- Hight, 3.917, 329.02 def. Beckman, Foul - Red Light. 

 

PRO STOCK: 

ROUND ONE -- Fernando Cuadra, Chevy Camaro, 6.580, 210.57 def. Bo Butner, Camaro, 6.548, 211.63; Deric Kramer, Camaro, 6.547, 210.31 def. Kenny Delco, Camaro, 6.557, 210.37; Aaron Stanfield, Camaro, 6.559, 210.90 def. Greg Anderson, Camaro, 6.549, 211.99; Chris McGaha, Camaro, 6.576, 211.10 def. Alex Laughlin, Camaro, 6.543, 211.46; Matt Hartford, Camaro, 6.539, 210.70 def. Fernando Cuadra Jr., Camaro, 6.602, 209.79; Shane Tucker, Camaro, 6.574, 209.01 def. Jason Line, Camaro, 6.544, 211.36; Erica Enders, Camaro, 6.519, 212.03 def. Cristian Cuadra, Ford Mustang, 6.608, 209.36; Jeg Coughlin, Camaro, 6.523, 211.66 def. Val Smeland, Camaro, 7.154, 152.45; 

QUARTERFINALS -- Stanfield, 6.565, 211.69 def. Tucker, 6.567, 209.33; Hartford, 6.547, 211.16 def. McGaha, 7.266, 146.70; Kramer, 6.539, 211.06 def. Coughlin, Foul - Red Light; Enders, 6.536, 212.19 def. F. Cuadra, 6.576, 210.77; 

SEMIFINALS -- Kramer, 6.537, 211.20 def. Stanfield, 6.567, 211.66; Hartford, 6.539, 211.30 def. Enders, 11.682, 78.50; 

FINAL -- Kramer, 6.541, 211.33 def. Hartford, 6.558, 211.00. 

 

PRO STOCK MOTORCYCLE

ROUND ONE -- Ryan Oehler, 6.860, 198.15 def. Angelle Sampey, Harley-Davidson, 8.078, 120.27; Hector Arana Jr, 6.815, 198.12 def. Angie Smith, 6.899, 193.24; Scotty Pollacheck, 6.831, 197.39 def. Hector Arana, 6.872, 196.87; Karen Stoffer, Suzuki, 6.793, 198.96 def. Kelly Clontz, Suzuki, 6.970, 192.17; Andrew Hines, Harley-Davidson, 6.866, 198.88 def. Michael Ray, 6.927, 193.05; Steve Johnson, Suzuki, 6.867, 194.69 def. Andie Rawlings, Suzuki, Broke - No Show; Eddie Krawiec, Harley-Davidson, 6.835, 198.06 def. Matt Smith, 6.942, 171.42; Jianna Salinas, Suzuki, 7.125, 190.19 def. Jerry Savoie, Suzuki, Foul - Red Light; 

QUARTERFINALS -- Johnson, 6.937, 192.66 def. Oehler, Foul - Red Light; Hines, 6.815, 198.82 def. Pollacheck, 6.855, 197.54; Arana Jr, 6.984, 172.96 def. Salinas, 6.983, 189.87; Stoffer, 6.809, 199.05 def. Krawiec, 6.855, 197.48; 

SEMIFINALS -- Hines, 6.831, 198.90 def. Arana Jr, Foul - Red Light; Stoffer, 6.797, 199.20 def. Johnson, 6.952, 193.85; 

FINAL -- Hines, 6.805, 199.37 def. Stoffer, 6.804, 199.20. 

 

Point standings (top 10) following the 12th annual NTK NHRA Carolina Nationals at zMax Dragway, the 21st of 24 events in the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series - 

Top Fuel

1. Steve Torrence, 2,356; 2. Doug Kalitta, 2,326; 3. Brittany Force, 2,264; 4. Leah Pritchett, 2,231; 5. Mike Salinas, 2,227; 6. Billy Torrence, 2,206; 7. Austin Prock, 2,204; 8. Richie Crampton, 2,196; 9. Antron Brown, 2,194; 10. Clay Millican, 2,178.

 Funny Car

1. Robert Hight, 2,358; 2. Jack Beckman, 2,314; 3. John Force, 2,279; 4. Ron Capps, 2,268; 5. Bob Tasca III, 2,215; 6. J.R. Todd, 2,214; 7. Matt Hagan, 2,211; 8. Tommy Johnson Jr., 2,191; 9. Shawn Langdon, 2,187; 10. Tim Wilkerson, 2,152.

 Pro Stock

1. Erica Enders, 2,332; 2. Jason Line, 2,294; 3. Matt Hartford, 2,293; 4. Bo Butner, 2,265; 5. Deric Kramer, 2,244; 6. Jeg Coughlin, 2,221; 7. Alex Laughlin, 2,208; 8. Greg Anderson, 2,181; 9. Chris McGaha, 2,165; 10. Val Smeland, 2,093.

Pro Stock Motorcycle

1. Andrew Hines, 2,387; 2. Karen Stoffer, 2,330; 3. Eddie Krawiec, 2,272; 4. Jerry Savoie, 2,245; 5. Hector Arana Jr, 2,242; 6. Matt Smith, 2,236; 7. Angelle Sampey, 2,171; 8. Angie Smith, 2,148; 9. Ryan Oehler, 2,127; 10. Hector Arana, 2,096.


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