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NHRA Four-Wide Nationals Sunday results, Steve Torrence gets first Wally of the season

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Steve Torrence raced his way to the Top Fuel victory Sunday in the eighth annual NHRA Four-Wide Nationals at Zmax Dragway.

Ron Capps (Funny Car) Chris McGaha (Pro Stock) and LE Tonglet (Pro Stock Motorcycle) were also winners in their respective categories at the sixth event on the 2017 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series schedule.

Torrence piloted his Capco Contractors dragster to a 3.783-second pass at 323.89 mph for the ninth victory of his career and first of the season. He defeated current points leader, Leah Pritchett, eight-time world champion, Tony Schumacher and Terry McMillen in the final round.

“This is the same as winning a race that you had to pedal it every round or you had to win it on holeshots,” Torrence stated. “This is a driver’s race. We race 24 races a year and one of them we race four-wide. It’s completely different when you come in here; you’re mentally challenged.”

Capps, the current Funny Car world champion, ran a 3.933 at 322.65 in his NAPA Auto Parts Dodge Charger for his first NHRA Four-Wide Nationals win of his career, second consecutive this season and 52nd of his Funny Car career. Teammate, Jack Beckman took second place, J.R. Todd finished third, and teammate Matt Hagan placed fourth.

“This is a fun race,” Capps said. “I’ve got a great racecar. To be in a car and to have it throw you back with that many g-force and realizing the temperature that track is and still feeling that six g’s and thinking ‘how on God’s earth are these two Goodyear’s (tires) sticking to that ground?’ It’s an amazing feeling.”

With the victory, Capps takes a 43-point lead over his teammate Hagan.
 

Ron Capps ran a 3.933 at 322.65 in his final. Photo by NHRA

In Pro Stock, McGaha picked up his fifth career victory and first at zMax Dragway when he ran a 6.591 at 210.44 in his Harlow Sammons Chevy Camaro. He bested Greg Anderson, Shane Gray and Drew Skillman in the final round.

“Now it looks like we’ve got some momentum and it’s kind of hard to swallow,” McGaha said. “To me, I’ve always said you’ve got to have power to win in this game. You’ve got to have enough smoke to win. This one showed us we have a lot of power and that’s why we came here.”

Tonglet rode his Nitro Fish Racing Suzuki to a 6.864 at 195.00 pass to earn his 10th career victory and first of the season. He defeated three-time world champion, Eddie Krawiec and, Andrew Hines on his way to his first four-wides win.

“It’s just unbelievable what we’ve come through this weekend alone,” Tonglet stated. “With the four-wides you just have to be prepared for anything. You just have to concentrate because if you lose your train of thought it’s going to be bad.”

This win also marks the first victory for Tonglet since joining the White Alligator Racing headed by Pro Stock Motorcycle world champion Jerry Savoie.

The 2017 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series season continues at Atlanta Dragway May 5-7.
 


CONCORD, N.C. – Final finish order (1-16) for professional categories at the eighth annual NHRA Four-Wide Nationals at zMax Dragway.  The race is the sixth of 24 events in the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series.

TOP FUEL:

1.       Steve Torrence; 2.  Tony Schumacher; 3.  Leah Pritchett; 4.  Terry McMillen; 5.  Dom Lagana; 6. Doug Kalitta; 7.  Clay Millican; 8.  Antron Brown; 9.  Scott Palmer; 10.  Terry Haddock; 11.  Ike Maier; 12.  Shawn Langdon; 13.  Troy Coughlin Jr.; 14.  Pat Dakin; 15.  Chris Karamesines.

FUNNY CAR:

1.       Ron Capps; 2.  Jack Beckman; 3.  J.R. Todd; 4.  Matt Hagan; 5.  Robert Hight; 6.  Jonnie Lindberg; 7.  John Force; 8.  Tim Wilkerson; 9.  Tommy Johnson Jr.; 10.  Chad Head; 11.  Bob Bode; 12.  Bob Tasca III; 13.  Del Worsham; 14.  Jim Campbell; 15.  Cruz Pedregon; 16.  Courtney Force.

PRO STOCK:

1.       Chris McGaha; 2.  Greg Anderson; 3.  Shane Gray; 4.  Drew Skillman; 5.  Vincent Nobile; 6. Alex Laughlin; 7.  Jason Line; 8.  Tanner Gray; 9.  Jeg Coughlin; 10.  Allen Johnson; 11.  Bo Butner; 12.  Shane Tucker; 13.  Deric Kramer; 14.  Alan Prusiensky; 15.  Erica Enders; 16.  John Gaydosh Jr.

PRO STOCK MOTORCYCLE:

1.       LE Tonglet; 2.  Eddie Krawiec; 3.  Andrew Hines; 4.  Scotty Pollacheck; 5.  Joey Gladstone; 6. Angelle Sampey; 7.  Matt Smith; 8.  Karen Stoffer; 9.  Jerry Savoie; 10.  Angie Smith; 11.  Shawn Gann; 12.  Hector Arana; 13.  Chip Ellis; 14.  Steve Johnson; 15.  Hector Arana Jr; 16.  Cory Reed.

 
CONCORD, N.C. – Sunday’s final results from the eighth annual NHRA Four-Wide Nationals at zMax Dragway. The race is the sixth of 24 in the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series:

Top Fuel – Steve Torrence, 3.783 seconds, 323.89 mph def. Tony Schumacher, 3.874 seconds, 309.13 mph and Leah Pritchett, 3.796 seconds, 318.84 mph and Terry McMillen, 4.650 seconds, 171.23 mph;

Funny Car – Ron Capps, Dodge Charger, 3.933, 322.65 def. Jack Beckman, Charger, 3.959, 320.05 and J.R. Todd, Toyota Camry, 4.103, 307.72 and Matt Hagan, Charger, 8.820, 93.67;

Pro Stock – Chris McGaha, Chevy Camaro, 6.591, 210.44 def. Greg Anderson, Camaro, 6.614, 209.56 and Shane Gray, Camaro, 6.648, 209.33 and Drew Skillman, Camaro, foul;

Pro Stock Motorcycle – LE Tonglet, Suzuki, 6.864, 195.00 def. Eddie Krawiec, Harley-Davidson, 6.821, 195.31 and Andrew Hines, Harley-Davidson, 6.902, 194.16 and Scotty Pollacheck, Suzuki, broke;

Pro Modified – Mike Castellana, Chevy Camaro, 5.807, 249.35 def. Troy Coughlin, Chevy Corvette, 5.849, 238.55 and Jonathan Gray, Camaro, 5.826, 250.27;

Top Alcohol Dragster – Shawn Cowie, 5.328, 272.94  def. Justin Ashley, 5.362, 273.39.

Top Alcohol Funny Car – Johan Lindberg, Chevy Monte Carlo, 5.551, 260.66  def. Steve Gasparrelli, Chevy Camaro, 5.602, 261.93.

Competition Eliminator – Bruno Massel, Chevy Cobalt, 7.024, 179.35  def. Patrick Ross, Pontiac Grand Am, 7.749, 174.68.

Super Stock – Peter Biondo, Pontiac Firebird, 9.680, 127.86  def. Joe Lisa, Chevy Camaro, 10.356, 128.48.

Stock Eliminator – Kyle Kohr, Chevy Camaro, 10.737, 117.25  def. Jeff Hairrington, Ford Mustang, 10.165, 130.78.

Factory Stock Showdown – Peter Gasko Jr, Chevy Camaro, 8.262, 164.23  def. David Barton, Camaro, 8.227, 164.91.

Super Comp – John Labbous Jr, Dragster, 8.909, 167.43  def. Franklin DiBartolomeo, Dragster, 8.916, 164.61.

Super Gas – John Labbous Jr, Chevy Corvette, 9.895, 156.50  def. Matt Tankersley, Pontiac GTO, 9.883, 154.63.

Top Dragster presented by RacingRVs.com – Ivey Brannon, Dragster, 7.148, 183.37  def. Alan Kenny, Dragster, 6.243, 218.41.

CONCORD, N.C. – Final round-by-round results from the eighth annual NHRA Four-Wide Nationals at zMax Dragway, the sixth of 24 events in the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series:

TOP FUEL:

ROUND ONE – Steve Torrence, 3.770, 326.56 and Dom Lagana, 3.859, 319.82 def. Scott Palmer, 3.873,323.35 and Troy Coughlin Jr., 10.347, 84.52; Leah Pritchett, 3.737, 316.23 and Clay Millican, 3.743, 320.97 def. Terry Haddock, 4.292, 218.51 and Shawn Langdon, 5.211, 145.67; Antron Brown, 3.763, 326.08 and Tony Schumacher, 4.374, 247.52 def. Ike Maier, 4.387, 185.82 and Pat Dakin, 11.899, 61.87; Doug Kalitta, 3.751, 324.44 and Terry McMillen, 4.346, 262.64 def.  Brittany Force, 9.446, 80.41, Chris Karamesines, broke;

SEMIFINALS – Schumacher, 3.792, 327.74 and McMillen, 3.832, 316.52 def. Kalitta, 4.202, 230.37 and Brown, 6.933, 100.67; Pritchett, 3.756, 323.27 and Torrence, 3.774, 326.71 def. Lagana, 3.889,316.97 and Millican, 5.134, 145.30;

FINAL – Torrence, 3.783, 323.89 def. Schumacher, 3.874, 309.13, Pritchett, 3.796, 318.84 and McMillen, 4.650, 171.23.

FUNNY CAR:

ROUND ONE – Jonnie Lindberg, Toyota Camry, 3.986, 322.65 and J.R. Todd, Camry, 7.767, 257.28 def.Bob Tasca III, Ford Mustang, 7.939, 118.58 and Courtney Force, Chevy Camaro, DQ; Robert Hight, Camaro, 3.884, 327.66 and Jack Beckman, Dodge Charger, 4.025, 316.23 def. Tommy Johnson Jr., Charger, 4.288, 314.31 and Jim Campbell, Charger, 6.712, 98.34; John Force, Camaro, 3.937, 309.20 and Ron Capps, Charger, 3.926, 322.65 def. Chad Head, Camry, 4.451, 280.54 and Del Worsham, Camry, 4.843, 189.90; Matt Hagan, Charger, 3.930, 330.07 and Tim Wilkerson, Mustang, 4.336, 267.59 def.Bob Bode, Charger, 4.530, 202.85 and Cruz Pedregon, Camry, 9.393, 87.27;

SEMIFINALS – Hagan, 3.983, 325.77 and Todd, 4.036, 281.54 def. Lindberg, 4.418, 267.69 and Wilkerson, 6.193, 108.07; Capps, 3.920, 323.43 and Beckman, 3.991, 316.38 def. Hight, 4.012, 318.39 and J. Force, 5.618, 128.54;

FINAL – Capps, 3.933, 322.65 def. Beckman, 3.959, 320.05, Todd, 4.103, 307.72 and Hagan, 8.820, 93.67.

PRO STOCK:

ROUND ONE – Chris McGaha, Chevy Camaro, 6.601, 210.24 and Jason Line, Camaro, 6.594, 210.67 def.Allen Johnson, Dodge Dart, 6.612, 209.26 and Alan Prusiensky, Dart, 6.645, 209.39; Greg Anderson, Camaro, 6.598, 210.87 and Shane Gray, Camaro, 6.627, 209.23 def. Bo Butner, Camaro, 6.617, 209.98 and Deric Kramer, Dart, 6.632, 209.33; Tanner Gray, Camaro, 6.596, 210.28 and Alex Laughlin, Camaro, 6.650, 208.36 def. Shane Tucker, Camaro, 6.709, 204.98 and Erica Enders, Camaro, DQ; Vincent Nobile, Camaro, 6.612, 209.07 and Drew Skillman, Camaro, 6.601, 210.77 def. Jeg Coughlin, Camaro, 6.568, 209.52 and John Gaydosh Jr, Chevrolet Camaro, broke;

SEMIFINALS – Anderson, 6.606, 210.60 and S. Gray, 6.618, 209.26 def. Laughlin, 6.631, 209.23 and T. Gray, 6.623, 209.65; McGaha, 6.586, 210.47 and Skillman, 6.612, 209.59 def. Nobile, 6.624,

209.39 and Line, 6.616, 209.49;

FINAL – McGaha, 6.591, 210.44 def. Anderson, 6.614, 209.56, S. Gray, 6.648, 209.33 and Skillman, foul.

PRO STOCK MOTORCYCLE:

ROUND ONE – Scotty Pollacheck, Suzuki, 6.817, 195.99 and LE Tonglet, Suzuki GSXR, 6.829, 195.36 def. Jerry Savoie, Suzuki TL1000, 6.813, 195.62 and Steve Johnson, TL1000, 6.994, 190.89; Karen Stoffer, Suzuki TL1000R, 6.867, 193.85 and Joey Gladstone, GSXR, 6.888, 194.94 def. Angie Smith, Buell, 6.940, 194.55 and Chip Ellis, Buell XB9R, 6.888, 196.19; Andrew Hines, Harley V-Rod, 6.838,195.11 and Angelle Sampey, Victory, 6.959, 192.96 def. Hector Arana, XB9R, 7.271, 195.34 and Cory Reed, Victory, 10.037, 83.65; Eddie Krawiec, V-Rod, 6.792, 196.22 and Matt Smith, Victory Gunner, 6.924, 192.71 def. Shawn Gann, XB9R, 6.964, 192.14 and Hector Arana Jr, XB9R, 8.210, 113.57;

SEMIFINALS – Tonglet, 6.889, 192.74 and Pollacheck, 6.886, 192.96 def. Gladstone, 6.925, 193.63 and Stoffer, 6.914, 192.38; Hines, 6.868, 195.11 and Krawiec, 6.867, 195.28 def. Sampey, 6.944,193.46 and M. Smith, 6.892, 193.71;

FINAL – Tonglet, 6.864, 195.00 def. Krawiec, 6.821, 195.31, Hines, 6.902, 194.16 and Pollacheck, broke.

CONCORD, N.C. – Point standings (top 10) for NHRA professional categories following the eighth annual NHRA Four-Wide Nationals at zMax Dragway, the sixth of 24 events in the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series –

Top Fuel

1.       Leah Pritchett, 569; 2.  Tony Schumacher, 535; 3.  Antron Brown, 501; 4.  Steve Torrence, 470; 5.  Doug Kalitta, 417; 6.  Clay Millican, 330; 7.  Brittany Force, 316; 8.  Terry McMillen, 267; 9.Troy Coughlin Jr., 264; 10.  Scott Palmer, 212.

Funny Car

1.       Ron Capps, 518; 2.  Matt Hagan, 475; 3.  John Force, 433; 4.  Tommy Johnson Jr., 390; 5.  Jack Beckman, 375; 6.  Robert Hight, 365; 7.  Courtney Force, 343; 8.  J.R. Todd, 295; 9.  Jonnie Lindberg, 286; 10.  Jim Campbell, 242.

Pro Stock

1.       Greg Anderson, 554; 2.  Bo Butner, 464; 3.  Jason Line, 457; 4.  Tanner Gray, 423; 5.  Jeg Coughlin, 419; 6.  Chris McGaha, 365; 7.  Shane Gray, 350; 8.  Drew Skillman, 300; 9.  Erica Enders, 295; 10.  Vincent Nobile, 288.

Pro Stock Motorcycle

1.       Eddie Krawiec, 225; 2.  Andrew Hines, 177; 3.  LE Tonglet, 172; 4.  Joey Gladstone, 135; 5.Scotty Pollacheck, 124; 6.  Jerry Savoie, 108; 7.  Steve Johnson, 105; 8.  Matt Smith, 104; 9.Karen Stoffer, 83; 10.  Angelle Sampey, 82.
 


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