Complete Results NHRA Gatornationals: Underdogs rule the day

Complete Results NHRA Gatornationals: Underdogs rule the day


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Either way, it would have been a dark-horse winner in the Top Fuel class at the Amalie NHRA Gatornationals at Gainesville Raceway in Florida on Sunday – Shawn Reed, the 12th-fastest qualifier, and Richie Crampton, the 10th- fastest qualifier, had shut down such notables as Antron Brown, Leah Pritchett, Steve Torrence, Brittany Force and even Tony Schumacher on their way to the finals.

But in the end, it was a bit of a letdown, as Reed’s dragster had a fuel leak on the starting line, leaving Crampton and his Kalitta Air/DHL car, owned by drag racing legend Connie Kalitta, to make a solo run of 3.854 seconds at 314.90 mph en route to his first career win at Gainesville.

That he leaves Gainesville with a Wally – that’s the event win trophy, named for NHRA founder Wally Parks – is a surprise even to Crampton. The veteran racer lost his ride last year and wasn’t sure he’d get another shot at driving for a competitive team.

“I think I’m more realistic than anyone out here on just how just hard it is to get a ride with a top-level team like this,” he said. “To get the phone call to come here was something I hoped to happen, but in all reality, I didn’t know if it ever would. Everyone in the world wants to drive one of these cars and I understand it. There are a lot of up-and-coming sportsman racers that deserve a shot also and I get that, too. So for me it’s just about appreciating what I have, and I hope to never be without a ride again.”
 

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In Funny Car, top qualifier Jack Beckman squared off against Pomona winner Matt Hagan, who suddenly became a long shot when, during second-round eliminations, he suffered an engine explosion that splintered his Dodge Charger R/T body, requiring his crew to revert to a backup car for the semifinals. Beckman, like Hagan driving a Charger R/T from the Don Schumacher stable, barely outran Hagan in the finals with a pass of 322.04 mph and 4.034 seconds, to Hagan’s 323.58 mph at 4.035 seconds. Beckman, driving the Infinite Hero Foundation entry, had never won at Gainesville.

“This is a bucket-list race,” Beckman said, “and I’ve never gotten close before.” Like the other race winners, Beckman said that changing weather and track conditions – not only during the three-day weekend, but during Sunday itself – made it a challenge for drivers and crew chiefs to manage to unseasonably hot conditions, which had the track temperature during the finals at 121 degrees.

Pro Stock was a battle of youth vs. experience, and youth won out, as Tanner Gray, 19, beat Bo Butner, winner of the Pomona season opener and the top qualifier at Gainesville. Gray, in the Gray Motosports Valvoline Chevrolet Camaro, took a close one with a pass of 6.588 seconds at 210.18 mph, to Butner’s 6.605 and 210.34 mph.

It was Gray’s first win since Charlotte last year, and it could help turn around a hitherto-disappointing 2018 season, where Gray had not won a single round of competition until Sunday. “I almost think I thrive on the added pressure,” said Gray, a third-generation racer whose father, Shane, and grandfather, Johnny, have won at Gainesville. “I’m something of a perfectionist,” he said, “and when I don’t meet my own standards it pisses me off.”
 

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Jack Beckman locked-in his first career event win at Gainesville Sunday. Photo by NHRA

In Pro Stock Motorcycle, it was another battle of teammates, as Eddie Krawiec took on Andrew Hines, both of whom race for the Screamin’ Eagle Vance & Hines Harley-Davidson team. Krawiec’s win is no surprise, as he is the current NHRA champion, and this is his third straight win at Gainesville, which is the first Pro Stock Motorcycle event of the season.

To say Krawiec, who won with a 6.824-second pass at 198.44 mph, compared to Hines’ 6.853 at 197.19 mph, is secure in his position would be an understatement: He said he is “confident that no one can beat me,” adding, “I’m on my game.” Of course, Hines is likely to make his teammate earn his victories for the remainder of the season, as he has five season championships. You can’t blame Krawiec for treasuring the Wallys he has won – Krawiec’s first championship came in 2008, but he managed that with consistency, as he didn’t win an event until 2009.

In the other two Pro classes decided on Sunday, Tii Tharpe beat Bob Malloy in Top Fuel Harley, with a blistering speed of 230.29 mph at 6.313 seconds. Top Fuel Harley runs under a different set of rules that the Harley-Davidsons that Krawiec and Hines race in Pro Stock Motorcycle. No one has ever made a pass at over 200 mph in that class until this weekend, but it wasn’t Krawiec or Hines that made it – Hector Arana, Jr., who Krawiec took out in the second round, made a run of 201.01 on his 2010 Buell earlier in the event.

In Pro Mod, longtime racer Rickie Smith, in a nitrous oxide-injected 2017 Chevrolet Camaro, laid down a pass of 249.76 mph in 5.794 seconds, beating Mike Janis in a 1969 Camaro who had problems in the run, managing only 159.91 mph in 6.597 seconds.

Next up for the NHRA Mello Yello series: The first DENSO Spark Plugs Four-Wide Nationals at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway April 6-8. During the off-season the track was reconfigured in the image of zMax Dragway at Charlotte Motor Speedway, with four lanes of competition instead of two.    
 

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Next up for the NHRA Mello Yello series: The first DENSO Spark Plugs Four-Wide Nationals at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway April 6-8. Photo by NHRA

Final finish order (1-16) at the 49th annual Amalie Motor Oil NHRA Gatornationals at Gainesville Raceway. The race is the third of 24 events in the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series.

TOP FUEL:
1. Richie Crampton; 2. Shawn Reed; 3. Clay Millican; 4. Antron Brown; 5. Leah Pritchett; 6.Terry McMillen; 7. Tony Schumacher; 8. Mike Salinas; 9. Brittany Force; 10. Doug Kalitta; 11.Scott Palmer; 12. Pat Dakin; 13. Terry Haddock; 14. Terry Totten; 15. Audrey Worm; 16. Steve Torrence.

FUNNY CAR:
1. Jack Beckman; 2. Matt Hagan; 3. Ron Capps; 4. Shawn Langdon; 5. Del Worsham; 6. Robert Hight; 7. Tommy Johnson Jr.; 8. Courtney Force; 9. Bob Tasca III; 10. Cruz Pedregon; 11. Gary Densham; 12. Jim Campbell; 13. John Force; 14. Tim Wilkerson; 15. Dave Richards; 16. J.R. Todd.

PRO STOCK:
1. Tanner Gray; 2. Bo Butner; 3. Drew Skillman; 4. Vincent Nobile; 5. Chris McGaha; 6. Val Smeland; 7. Alan Prusiensky; 8. Greg Anderson; 9. Deric Kramer; 10. Jeg Coughlin; 11. Alex Laughlin; 12. John Gaydosh Jr; 13. Erica Enders; 14. Wally Stroupe; 15. Kenny Delco; 16. Jason Line.

PRO STOCK MOTORCYCLE:
1. Eddie Krawiec; 2. Andrew Hines; 3. Hector Arana; 4. Scotty Pollacheck; 5. Cory Reed; 6.Steve Johnson; 7.  Karen Stoffer; 8. Angelle Sampey; 9. Jerry Savoie; 10. Angie Smith; 11. Ryan Oehler; 12. Hector Arana Jr; 13. Jim Underdahl; 14. Joey Gladstone; 15. Mark Paquette; 16. LE Tonglet.

 Sunday’s final results from the 49th annual Amalie Motor Oil NHRA Gatornationals at Gainesville Raceway. The race is the third of 24 in the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series:

Top Fuel — Richie Crampton, 3.854 seconds, 314.90 mph def. Shawn Reed, Broke.

Funny Car — Jack Beckman, Dodge Charger, 4.035, 323.58 def. Matt Hagan, Charger, 4.034, 322.04.

Pro Stock — Tanner Gray, Chevy Camaro, 6.588, 210.18 def. Bo Butner, Camaro, 6.605, 210.34.

Pro Stock Motorcycle — Eddie Krawiec, Harley-Davidson, 6.824, 198.44 def. Andrew Hines, Harley-Davidson, 6.853, 197.19.

Top Alcohol Dragster — Chris Demke, 5.305, 273.33 def. Josh Hart, 5.313, 270.70.

Top Alcohol Funny Car — Sean Bellemeur, Chevy Camaro, 5.460, 268.28 def. Annie Whiteley, Camaro, 5.483, 270.43.

Pro Modified — Rickie Smith, Chevy Camaro, 5.794, 249.76 def. Mike Janis, Camaro, 6.597, 159.91.

Top Fuel Harley — Tii Tharpe, Dixie, 6.313, 230.29 def. Bob Malloy, Buell, 6.546, 172.89.

Competition Eliminator — Frank Aragona, Dragster, 7.332, 181.52 def. Greg Kamplain, Dragster, 6.829, 194.02.

Super Stock — Kevin Riner, Chevy Camaro, 11.014, 101.01 def. Pat Clifford, Chevy Cavalier, 10.009, 119.96.

Stock Eliminator — Jeff Taylor, Chevy Camaro, 9.816, 129.40 def. Kenneth Miele, Ford Mustang, 8.864, 150.33.

Super Comp — Greg Slack, Dragster, 8.911, 170.75 def. Ray Miller Jr., Dragster, 8.910, 185.87.

Super Gas — Jim Perry, Chevy S-10, 9.912, 158.69 def. Michelle Furr, Chevy Corvette, 9.933, 154.95.

Top Sportsman presented by RacingRVs.com — Ronnie Proctor, Ford Mustang, 8.583, 123.64 def.Lester Johnson, Chevy Bel Air, Foul – Red Light.

Top Dragster presented by RacingRVs.com — Alan Kenny, Dragster, 6.291, 188.75 def. Steve Cohen, Dragster, Broke.

Factory Stock Showdown — Stephen Bell, Chevy Camaro, 8.176, 167.47 def. Aaron Stanfield, Camaro, 14.967, 77.46.

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Final round-by-round results from the 49th annual Amalie Motor Oil NHRA Gatornationals at Gainesville Raceway, the third of 24 events in the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing
Series:

TOP FUEL:

ROUND ONE — Shawn Reed, 3.830, 322.65 def. Pat Dakin, 3.892, 296.96; Terry McMillen, 3.763, 328.46 def. Scott Palmer, 3.777, 325.53; Leah Pritchett, 3.735, 321.50 def. Terry Haddock, 4.032, 284.75; Antron Brown, 5.162, 191.05 def. Audrey Worm, 8.482, 63.53; Mike Salinas, 3.793, 327.98 def. Steve Torrence, Foul – Centerline; Clay Millican, 3.792, 330.88 def. Terry Totten, 8.175, 78.08; Tony Schumacher, 3.717, 329.26 def. Brittany Force, 3.742, 329.10; Richie Crampton, 3.776, 317.49 def.Doug Kalitta, 3.769, 327.98;

QUARTERFINALS — Crampton, 4.413, 258.81 def. Salinas, Foul – Centerline; Millican, 3.758, 331.28 def. McMillen, 3.831, 325.37; Reed, 4.027, 245.58 def. Schumacher, 4.604, 200.77; Brown, 3.793,324.20 def. Pritchett, 3.779, 327.51;

SEMIFINALS — Crampton, 5.097, 204.85 def. Brown, 6.132, 196.62; Reed, 4.030, 301.94 def. Millican, 4.934, 156.21; FINAL — Crampton, 3.854, 314.90 def. Reed, Broke.

FUNNY CAR:

ROUND ONE — Tommy Johnson Jr., Dodge Charger, 3.995, 325.69 def. Cruz Pedregon, Toyota Camry, 4.083, 298.87; Robert Hight, Chevy Camaro, 3.894, 330.55 def. Dave Richards, Ford Mustang, 8.232, 85.43; Courtney Force, Camaro, 4.003, 277.20 def. John Force, Camaro, 4.218, 232.71; Jack Beckman, Charger, 3.934, 327.43 def. Jim Campbell, Charger, 4.183, 305.29; Shawn Langdon, Camry, 3.943,324.75 def. Gary Densham, Mustang, 4.145, 273.61; Matt Hagan, Charger, 3.976, 328.38 def. Tim Wilkerson, Mustang, 7.821, 131.27; Ron Capps, Charger, 3.959, 324.28 def. Bob Tasca III, Mustang, 3.981, 325.30; Del Worsham, Camry, 4.013, 324.75 def. J.R. Todd, Camry, Broke; QUARTERFINALS — Capps, 4.060, 317.64 def. C. Force, 8.255, 88.83; Hagan, 4.027, 291.26 def. Hight, 4.067, 265.53; Beckman, 3.973, 318.54 def. Worsham, 4.032, 315.56; Langdon, 4.025, 313.37 def. Johnson Jr., 4.841, 172.10;

SEMIFINALS — Hagan, 4.056, 310.91 def. Capps, 9.134, 81.86; Beckman, 4.478, 199.35 def. Langdon, 9.414, 81.39; FINAL — Beckman, 4.035, 323.58 def. Hagan, 4.034, 322.04.

PRO STOCK:

ROUND ONE — Drew Skillman, Chevy Camaro, 6.571, 211.66 def. Erica Enders, Camaro, 6.757, 208.39; Vincent Nobile, Camaro, 6.568, 210.14 def. Kenny Delco, Camaro, 11.537, 76.81; Tanner Gray, Camaro, 6.577, 210.77 def. Deric Kramer, Camaro, 6.569, 210.24; Bo Butner, Camaro, 6.573, 210.54 def. Jeg Coughlin, Camaro, 6.602, 207.34; Alan Prusiensky, Dodge Dart, 6.731, 206.64 def. Jason Line, Camaro, 25.114, 29.77; Val Smeland, Camaro, 6.733, 205.60 def. Alex Laughlin, Camaro, Foul – Red Light; Greg Anderson, Camaro, 6.567, 210.41 def. Wally Stroupe, Camaro, 7.049, 196.93; Chris McGaha, Camaro, 6.603, 210.93 def. John Gaydosh Jr, Chevrolet Camaro, 6.656, 207.88; QUARTERFINALS — Gray, 6.612, 209.69 def. McGaha, 6.621, 210.08; Butner, 6.593, 210.14 def. Prusiensky, 6.905, 169.38; Nobile, 6.614, 209.88 def. Smeland, 6.679, 207.18; Skillman, 6.613,210.28 def. Anderson, 9.278, 106.32;

SEMIFINALS — Gray, 8.315, 179.52 def. Nobile, 12.836, 81.64; Butner, 6.623, 209.39 def. Skillman, 6.642, 210.05; FINAL — Gray, 6.588, 210.18 def. Butner, 6.605, 210.34.

PRO STOCK MOTORCYCLE:

ROUND ONE — Karen Stoffer, Suzuki, 6.935, 194.69 def. Jerry Savoie, Suzuki, 6.880, 196.13; Angelle Sampey, 6.902, 194.94 def. Ryan Oehler, Buell, 6.943, 191.29; Cory Reed, 6.953, 191.95 def. Hector Arana Jr, Buell, 6.945, 198.38; Scotty Pollacheck, Suzuki, 8.303, 115.65 def. Jim Underdahl, Suzuki, Foul – Red Light; Eddie Krawiec, Harley-Davidson, 6.844, 197.86 def. LE Tonglet, Suzuki, 9.070, 102.07; Andrew Hines, Harley-Davidson, 6.809, 199.52 def. Mark Paquette, 7.008, 190.43; Hector Arana, Buell, 6.914, 195.70 def. Joey Gladstone, Suzuki, 7.005, 190.16; Steve Johnson, Suzuki, 6.920, 196.10 def. Angie Smith, Buell, Foul – Red Light; QUARTERFINALS — Pollacheck, 6.875, 196.44 def. Reed, 6.925, 192.30; Arana, 6.874, 197.88 def.Stoffer, 6.981, 192.36; Krawiec, 6.852, 197.80 def. Johnson, 6.929, 194.46; Hines, 6.857, 197.71 def. Sampey, 7.077, 165.46; SEMIFINALS — Hines, 6.868, 196.96 def. Pollacheck, 7.044, 193.54; Krawiec, 6.852, 197.68 def. Arana, 6.969, 197.25;

FINAL — Krawiec, 6.824, 198.44 def. Hines, 6.853, 197.19.

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Point standings (top 10) following the 49th annual Amalie Motor Oil NHRA Gatornationals at Gainesville Raceway, the third of 24 events in the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series –

Top Fuel

1. Steve Torrence, 217; 2. Antron Brown, 210; 3. Clay Millican, 204; 4. Tony Schumacher, 198; 5. Doug Kalitta, 182; 6. Richie Crampton, 163; 7. Scott Palmer, 161; 8. Leah Pritchett, 147; 9. Brittany Force, 117; 10. Terry McMillen, 116.

Funny Car

1. Matt Hagan, 268; 2. Jack Beckman, 247; 3. Courtney Force, 219; 4. Ron Capps, 218; 5. Robert Hight, 185; 6. Tommy Johnson Jr., 182; 7. Shawn Langdon, 174; 8. (tie) Jonnie Lindberg, 117; J.R. Todd, 117; 10. Del Worsham, 116.

Pro Stock

1. Bo Butner, 245; 2. Jason Line, 232; 3. Chris McGaha, 213; 4. (tie) Deric Kramer, 190; Drew Skillman, 190; 6. Greg Anderson, 186; 7. Tanner Gray, 176; 8. Alex Laughlin, 175; 9. Vincent Nobile, 170; 10. Erica Enders, 166.

Pro Stock Motorcycle

1. Eddie Krawiec, 123; 2. Andrew Hines, 107; 3. Scotty Pollacheck, 76; 4. Hector Arana, 71; 5.(tie) Steve Johnson, 53; Angelle Sampey, 53; 7. Karen Stoffer, 52; 8. Cory Reed, 51; 9. Joey Gladstone, 39; 10. Hector Arana Jr, 38.
 


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