NORWALK, OH – IRG Sports + Entertainment™ (IRG) and the International Hot Rod Association™ (IHRA) is proud to announce that Williams Racing has signed a multi-year agreement to become the presenting sponsor of the Mopar Nitro Jam Nationals held at the Grand Bend Motorplex in Grand Bend, Ontario.
Following the postponement of the Mopar Nitro Jam Nationals in Grand Bend due to weather, Lyle and MaryAnn Williams made the further commitment to be involved with IHRA drag racing through their Williams Mobile Service and Williams Racing. The partnership begins with the rescheduled Mopar Nitro Jam Nationals presented by Williams Racing on August 15-16, 2015.
Schumacher Reaches Semifinals, Brown Advances to Final at Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals
U.S. Army teammates Tony “The Sarge” Schumacher and Antron Brown were looking to have a celebration on Sunday in the Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals at Summit Motorsports Park in Norwalk, Ohio. One of them was leaving the NHRA Mello Yello Series Top Fuel standings leader halfway through the 2015 campaign. Both Don Schumacher Racing (DSR) drivers were aiming to hoist a Wally at the end of the day and put an exclamation point on the Independence Day weekend.
Despite each team showing incredible versatility and adaptability to warmer conditions than they experienced all weekend, neither driver was able to bring home the victory. Brown advanced further knocking out Schumacher in the semifinals before losing to Doug Kalitta in the final.
Qualifying: Shawn Langdon was the No. 7 qualifier at the Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals.
Unofficial Point Standings: Langdon remains seventh in the NHRA Mello Yello Top Fuel point standings. He trails sixth-place Spencer Massey by 56 points and lead eighth-place Brittany Force by 33 points.
Langdon on Norwalk: “Norwalk was similar to the last few races for the Knuckle Sandwich/Bass Pro Shops Toyota. We made some great runs including the first round of eliminations today, but we didn’t get it done on race day. Like I said after Bristol, we all know we’re moving in the right direction, but we just can’t seem to get our performance up to par on race day. We’ll keep working until we get it right and can get back to contending for race wins. Thanks to everyone at Toyota for supporting our race team and continuing to believe in us.”
NORWALK, OH – Traxxas Chevrolet Funny Car driver Courtney Force did exactly what she came to do this weekend at the 9th annual Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals. The 27-year-old dismissed Ron Capps, Matt Hagan and Del Worsham before coming up a little short in the final round of eliminations against Jack Beckman. This was Force’s first runner-up of the season and the first time she has gone to the final round at Norwalk.
The Traxxas team made two impressive passes on Friday in very different conditions and eventually claimed the No. 9 position in a 16-car field with a 4.029 ET at 319.75 mph. They drew No. 8 qualifier and Funny Car veteran Ron Capps in the opening round.
Beckman Scores Title Win for Mopar at Norwalk NHRA Nationals; Ninth Victory for New 2015 Mopar Dodge Charger R/T
Norwalk, OH – Don Schumacher Racing (DSR) driver Jack Beckman earned a hard fought title win aboard his Infinite Hero 2015 Dodge Charger R/T at the Ninth annual Summit Racing Equipment Hot Rod Association (NHRA) Nationals. It was his third victory of the season after posting national wins at Charlotte and Topeka, and it also marked the ninth title for the 2015 Mopar Dodge Charger R/T since it was introduced to competition this season following a year of development.
Beckman, who had qualified 11th, put his first round opponent, 16-time NHRA world champion John Force, on the trailer and then did the same to Force’s teammate Robert Hight to advance to the semifinals. Beckman then defeated Tim Wilkerson to advance to the final round, his fourth of the season, against Courtney Force. Beckman initially trailed until half-track then took advantage of his opponent’s loss of traction to speed by and turn on the win light for his 18th career victory.
NORWALK, OH – The JEGS.com Pro Mod team had a successful day at the NHRA J&A Service Pro Mod Drag Racing Series event presented by the Real Pro Mod Association on Sunday, putting Troy Coughlin Sr.’s car in the final round and Troy Coughlin Jr.’s in the semifinal.
Plus, Troy Sr. moved into second place in the standings, only five points out of the lead.
Father and son faced each other in the semi’s, with Troy Jr. getting the jump on dad at the start, but Troy Sr. powered through to the victory.
In the final, Troy Sr. had problems and had to lift early, handing the win to Mike Janis.
Prock, Infinite Hero team transform Beckman into major force; runner-up finish pushes Brown ahead of Schumacher for lead
NORWALK, OH – Crew chief Jimmy Prock and the Infinite Hero team have transformed driver Jack Beckman and their 2015 Dodge Charger R/T Funny Car into a forceful wrecking machine Sunday when it won for the third time this year and moved up two spots to No. 3 in points by winning the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series event in Norwalk, Ohio.
Beckman’s third title of the season equals the most he has won in one season. But this victory was special because of Prock’s dismissal from John Force Racing late last year that enabled him to join DSR.
Beckman, the 2012 Funny Car world champion, along with Prock’s assistants John Medlen and Chris Cunningham, ended the day for all three John Force Racing Funny Car teams when they eliminated John Force in the first round, Robert Hight in the quarterfinals and Courtney Force in the championship round. Beckman defeated Tim Wilkerson in the semifinals.