TASCA, S. TORRENCE, MCGAHA AND HINES ALL PICK UP WINS AT SUMMIT RACING EQUIPMENT NHRA NATIONALS

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Bob Tasca III picked up back-to-back Funny Car wins for the first time in his career, knocking off Jack Beckman in the final round on Sunday at the 13th annual Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals at Summit Racing Equipment Motorsports Park.


Steve Torrence (Top Fuel), Chris McGaha (Pro Stock) and Andrew Hines (Pro Stock Motorcycle) were also winners at the 12th of 24 events during the 2019 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series season.


Tasca, who won for the first time in nearly seven years last weekend in Bristol, waited just seven days to pick up his next victory, making it two in a row by going 4.383-seconds at 245.09 mph in the final round in his Motorcraft/Tasca Parts Ford Shelby Mustang. It is the sixth career win for Tasca, who reached his 14th career final round on Sunday with wins against Matt Hagan, Paul Lee and John Force. 


Beckman, who slowed to an 11.764 at 77.85 in the finals, knocked off Jonnie Lindberg, Shawn Langdon and Tommy Johnson Jr. to reach his 59th final round.


“I worked a lot of years to get to this place and there were days I never thought I would get back here, but I never gave up and I thank the people that never gave up on me,” Tasca said. “I always knew if I could get the right car under me we could do great things. I woke up this morning and was as confident as I ever was, and when you make four runs in the 3.00s in very challenging conditions, there was no reason why we couldn’t have won. I’m glad we got it done.”


In Top Fuel, defending world champ and current points leader Torrence continued his dominant stretch, powering to his sixth win in the last seven races and 33rd in his career with a run of 3.832 at 323.27 in his Capco Contractors dragster to beat Pat Dakin’s 3.909 at 301.40. Torrence, who was nominated last week for Best Driver at the 2019 ESPY Awards, reached his seventh straight final round by beating Jordan Vandergriff, Doug Kalitta and Brittany Force, with the semifinal win giving Torrence his 300th career round win. 


Dakin, who advanced to his first final round since 1998 and was looking for his first Top Fuel victory since 1973, reached the finals after beating Mike Salinas, Terry McMillen and Leah Pritchett.


“Some days you come out here and you just feel really on top of your game and some days you’re a little slower and today was one of those slow days,” said Torrence, who won for the second time in Norwalk. “But my guys had my back and we went down the track four laps in a row. This is completely a team sport and without those guys working on the car, it’s nothing. I’m just proud to drive it.” 


Pro Stock’s McGaha picked up his first win of 2019 and eighth in his career with his winning run of 6.620 at 210.11 in his Harlow Sammons Chevrolet Camaro to beat Alex Laughlin’s 6.668 at 208.75. McGaha reached his 11th final round thanks to wins against Wally Stroupe, Greg Anderson and points leader Bo Butner. 


Laughlin earned a berth in his fifth final round by topping Rodger Brogdon, Jason Line and Jeg Coughlin.


“We just kept taking the same car up there all four rounds,” McGaha said. “I had a bad light in the first round and in the second round, I was a little better on the tree. I botched the burnout really bad in the semifinals and I’m sure everybody thought we were done, but next thing you now we let it rip and won that round.”


Five-time Pro Stock Motorcycle world champ and points leader Hines rolled to his fifth win of 2019 and class-best 53rd in his career, going 6.895 at 196.99 in the final round on his Screamin’ Eagle Vance & Hines Harley-Davidson to beat teammate Eddie Krawiec’s 6.967 at 196.64. It was the 26th time the standout teammates have met in the final round, with Hines winning for the 12th time. 


Hines’ day started with round wins against Marc Ingwersen, Angelle Sampey and defending world champion Matt Smith. Krawiec reached the final round for the 83rd time by knocking off Michael Ray, John Hall and Scotty Pollacheck.


“We had different conditions today than the rest of the week, but for some reason my bike tends to work well on a greasy track,” said Hines, who won for the fifth time in Norwalk. “The competition is tough and you have to earn it each round. Our guys do a great job making sure we have phenomenal motorcycles. (Racing Krawiec) has brought out the best in both of us. That’s probably why we have as many wins as we have. We push each other to be that much better.”


The Mello Yello Drag Racing series continues at the NHRA New England Nationals, July 5-7 at New England Dragway in Epping, N.H.
***NORWALK, Ohio — Final finish order (1-16) at the 13th annual Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals at Summit Racing Equipment Motorsports Park. The race is the 12th of 24 events in the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series.


TOP FUEL:1. Steve Torrence; 2. Pat Dakin; 3. Brittany Force; 4. Leah Pritchett; 5. Antron Brown; 6.Doug Kalitta; 7. Billy Torrence; 8. Terry McMillen; 9. Austin Prock; 10. Richie Crampton; 11.Luigi Novelli; 12. Mike Salinas; 13. Scott Palmer; 14. Clay Millican; 15. Jordan Vandergriff; 16. Lex Joon. 


FUNNY CAR:1. Bob Tasca III; 2. Jack Beckman; 3. John Force; 4. Tommy Johnson Jr.; 5. J.R. Todd; 6.Shawn Langdon; 7. Ron Capps; 8. Paul Lee; 9. Robert Hight; 10. Blake Alexander; 11. Tim Wilkerson; 12. Cruz Pedregon; 13. Matt Hagan; 14. Dale Creasy Jr.; 15. Jonnie Lindberg; 16.Bob Bode. 
PRO STOCK:1. Chris McGaha; 2. Alex Laughlin; 3. Bo Butner; 4. Jeg Coughlin; 5. Jason Line; 6. Greg Anderson; 7. Matt Hartford; 8. Deric Kramer; 9. Fernando Cuadra Jr.; 10. Shane Tucker; 11.Kenny Delco; 12. Fernando Cuadra; 13. Wally Stroupe; 14. Erica Enders; 15. Rodger Brogdon; 16.Val Smeland. 


PRO STOCK MOTORCYCLE:1. Andrew Hines; 2. Eddie Krawiec; 3. Matt Smith; 4. Scotty Pollacheck; 5. Angie Smith; 6.John Hall; 7. Joey Gladstone; 8. Angelle Sampey; 9. Cory Reed; 10. Karen Stoffer; 11. Ryan Oehler; 12. Marc Ingwersen; 13. Michael Ray; 14. Hector Arana; 15. Hector Arana Jr; 16. Kelly Clontz. 

NORWALK, Ohio — Sunday’s final results from the 13th annual Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals at Summit Racing Equipment Motorsports Park. The race is the 12th of 24 in the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series: 


Top Fuel — Steve Torrence, 3.832 seconds, 323.27 mph def. Pat Dakin, 3.909 seconds, 301.40 mph. 

Funny Car — Bob Tasca III, Ford Mustang, 4.383, 245.09 def. Jack Beckman, Dodge Charger, 11.764, 77.85. 

Pro Stock — Chris McGaha, Chevy Camaro, 6.620, 210.11 def. Alex Laughlin, Camaro, 6.668, 208.75. 

Pro Stock Motorcycle — Andrew Hines, Harley-Davidson, 6.895, 196.99 def. Eddie Krawiec, Harley-Davidson, 6.967, 196.64. 

Pro Modified — Khalid alBalooshi, Chevy Camaro, 5.765, 259.01 def. Jose Gonzalez, Camaro, 5.801, 258.81. 

Top Alcohol Dragster — Troy Coughlin Jr., 5.266, 278.40 def. Will Smith, 5.564, 275.51. 

Top Alcohol Funny Car — Sean Bellemeur, Chevy Camaro, 5.476, 270.92 def. Ray Drew, Ford Mustang, 5.600, 262.79. 

Factory Stock Showdown — Drew Skillman, Ford Mustang, 7.921, 173.34 def. Bill Skillman, Mustang, 7.931, 173.25. 

ScottRods AA Gassers — Mike Kalinowski, Austin, 5.785, 101.76 def. Ed Beaumont, Chevy Corvette, 6.103, 116.90. 

NORWALK, Ohio — Final round-by-round results from the 13th annual Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals at Summit Racing Equipment Motorsports Park, the 12th of 24 events in the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series:


TOP FUEL: 
ROUND ONE — Billy Torrence, 3.741, 320.43 def. Richie Crampton, 3.764, 320.05; Terry McMillen, 3.718, 329.58 def. Austin Prock, 3.750, 329.67; Brittany Force, 3.735, 332.59 def. Lex Joon, Broke; Leah Pritchett, 3.807, 327.11 def. Luigi Novelli, 4.600, 167.53; Pat Dakin, 3.806, 324.83 def. Mike Salinas, 4.800, 155.33; Doug Kalitta, 4.540, 239.78 def. Clay Millican, 8.119, 84.01; Steve Torrence, 3.747, 327.35 def. Jordan Vandergriff, 10.624, 72.49; Antron Brown, 4.170, 263.10 def.Scott Palmer, 5.116, 142.60;QUARTERFINALS — Pritchett, 3.821, 326.00 def. Brown, 3.981, 304.39; Force, 4.431, 248.61 def. B.Torrence, 6.220, 162.49; Dakin, 7.378, 93.12 def. McMillen, Foul – Red Light; S. Torrence, 3.836,315.86 def. Kalitta, 4.077, 232.15;SEMIFINALS — S. Torrence, 3.820, 326.71 def. Force, 4.114, 272.89; Dakin, 4.603, 170.43 def.Pritchett, 5.378, 223.76;FINAL — S. Torrence, 3.832, 323.27 def. Dakin, 3.909, 301.40. 


FUNNY CAR: 
ROUND ONE — Shawn Langdon, Toyota Camry, 4.011, 319.45 def. Blake Alexander, Ford Mustang, 4.126, 290.32; Paul Lee, Dodge Charger, 4.012, 316.60 def. Dale Creasy Jr., Charger, 8.966, 66.43; John Force, Chevy Camaro, 3.937, 328.30 def. Cruz Pedregon, Charger, 4.832, 168.96; Ron Capps, Charger, 3.961, 318.69 def. Bob Bode, Mustang, 10.304, 87.07; Jack Beckman, Charger, 3.950, 324.75 def.Jonnie Lindberg, Mustang, 9.971, 71.79; Bob Tasca III, Mustang, 3.957, 324.59 def. Matt Hagan, Charger, Foul – Red Light; J.R. Todd, Camry, 3.978, 318.99 def. Robert Hight, Camaro, 4.048, 287.41; Tommy Johnson Jr., Charger, 4.288, 215.62 def. Tim Wilkerson, Mustang, 4.462, 195.11; QUARTERFINALS — Johnson Jr., 4.058, 316.38 def. Capps, 11.144, 75.31; Beckman, 4.015, 318.77 def.Langdon, 4.075, 313.95; Force, 3.994, 320.13 def. Todd, 4.022, 318.17; Tasca III, 3.993, 319.90 def. Lee, Foul – Red Light; SEMIFINALS — Beckman, 4.980, 234.45 def. Johnson Jr., 6.969, 143.34; Tasca III, 3.982, 319.75 def.Force, 4.052, 288.09;FINAL — Tasca III, 4.383, 245.09 def. Beckman, 11.764, 77.85.

 
PRO STOCK: 
ROUND ONE — Jeg Coughlin, Chevy Camaro, 6.609, 208.71 def. Erica Enders, Camaro, 7.113, 207.11; Bo Butner, Camaro, 6.608, 211.33 def. Fernando Cuadra Jr., Camaro, 6.612, 208.97; Greg Anderson, Camaro, 6.608, 209.36 def. Fernando Cuadra, Camaro, 6.645, 210.37; Alex Laughlin, Camaro, 6.581,209.23 def. Rodger Brogdon, Camaro, 8.210, 135.46; Deric Kramer, Camaro, 6.605, 209.82 def. Shane Tucker, Camaro, 6.634, 209.23; Matt Hartford, Camaro, 6.612, 209.49 def. Kenny Delco, Camaro, 6.643, 209.59; Chris McGaha, Camaro, 6.587, 210.28 def. Wally Stroupe, Camaro, 6.680, 206.95; Jason Line, Camaro, 6.597, 209.59 def. Val Smeland, Camaro, 14.170, 60.89; QUARTERFINALS — Butner, 6.621, 209.56 def. Hartford, 10.091, 89.32; Coughlin, 6.636, 208.62 def.Kramer, 11.583, 77.66; McGaha, 6.603, 209.88 def. Anderson, 9.750, 97.45; Laughlin, 6.628, 207.88 def. Line, Foul – Red Light; SEMIFINALS — Laughlin, 8.794, 180.50 def. Coughlin, 9.330, 141.92; McGaha, 6.610, 210.05 def.Butner, 6.650, no speed;FINAL — McGaha, 6.620, 210.11 def. Laughlin, 6.668, 208.75. 


PRO STOCK MOTORCYCLE: 
ROUND ONE — John Hall, Suzuki, 6.901, 196.64 def. Hector Arana, Foul – Red Light; Angie Smith, 6.895, 197.54 def. Cory Reed, 6.941, 193.24; Angelle Sampey, Harley-Davidson, 6.917, 193.54 def.Karen Stoffer, Suzuki, 6.945, 194.74; Scotty Pollacheck, 6.900, 196.44 def. Ryan Oehler, 7.002, 194.97; Joey Gladstone, 6.967, 193.18 def. Hector Arana Jr, 9.010, 99.27; Andrew Hines, Harley-Davidson, 6.866, 197.13 def. Marc Ingwersen, Buell, 7.037, 192.00; Eddie Krawiec, Harley-Davidson, 6.863, 197.80 def. Michael Ray, Buell, 7.040, 186.85; Matt Smith, 6.840, 196.33 def. Kelly Clontz, Suzuki, 15.048, 50.56;

QUARTERFINALS — Pollacheck, 6.949, 194.44 def. Gladstone, 7.038, 189.04; Hines, 6.852, 197.36 def.Sampey, Foul – Centerline; Krawiec, 6.866, 197.77 def. Hall, 6.925, 195.99; M. Smith, 6.905, 197.74 def. A. Smith, Foul – Red Light; SEMIFINALS — Krawiec, 6.915, 196.22 def. Pollacheck, 7.838, 123.63; Hines, 6.864, 197.13 def. M.Smith, 6.891, 198.88;FINAL — Hines, 6.895, 196.99 def. Krawiec, 6.967, 196.64. 

NORWALK, Ohio — Point standings (top 10) following the 13th annual Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals at Summit Racing Equipment Motorsports Park, the 12th of 24 events in the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series – 


Top Fuel
1. Steve Torrence, 1,164; 2. Doug Kalitta, 760; 3. Brittany Force, 744; 4. Antron Brown, 733; 5. Mike Salinas, 732; 6. Leah Pritchett, 651; 7. Clay Millican, 649; 8. Richie Crampton, 532; 9. Terry McMillen, 524; 10. Austin Prock, 518.


Funny Car
1. Robert Hight, 1,022; 2. John Force, 869; 3. Tommy Johnson Jr., 856; 4. Jack Beckman, 819; 5.Ron Capps, 809; 6. J.R. Todd, 764; 7. Bob Tasca III, 689; 8. Matt Hagan, 656; 9. Tim Wilkerson, 619; 10. Shawn Langdon, 580.


Pro Stock
1. Bo Butner, 671; 2. Alex Laughlin, 523; 3. Jason Line, 448; 4. Greg Anderson, 445; 5. Matt Hartford, 441; 6. Erica Enders, 427; 7. Deric Kramer, 422; 8. Jeg Coughlin, 405; 9. Chris McGaha, 390; 10. Rodger Brogdon, 320.


Pro Stock Motorcycle
1. Andrew Hines, 727; 2. Eddie Krawiec, 641; 3. Hector Arana Jr, 549; 4. Matt Smith, 527; 5.Karen Stoffer, 381; 6. (tie) Ryan Oehler, 328; Angie Smith, 328; 8. Angelle Sampey, 313; 9. Joey Gladstone, 273; 10. Hector Arana, 271.

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