GAINESVILLE, FL — Tom Bailey and Rod Tschiggfrie, two of the best street car racers on the planet, will participate in the NHRA Street Car Showdown at the Gatornationals, a special grudge match held during the 51st annual Amalie Motor Oil Gatornationals, March 12-15 in Gainesville, Fla. Bailey will take his “Beast Mode” ’69 Camaro up against Tschiggfrie’s radical Sorceress ’84 Hurst Olds Cutlass, driven by veteran chassis builder Don Speer. Both vehicles are licensed, registered, and legal for street use.
Bailey, of Lake Orion, Mich., made headlines last year during Hot Rod Magazine’s Drag Week, when he uncorked a 5.99 run on the final day of the event at Virginia Motorsports Park. Since then, he has since improved upon his career-best with a 5.77 elapsed time during pre-season testing at Bradenton Motorsports Park in Florida. NHRA fans who attended last year’s U.S. Nationals at Lucas Oil Raceway got a glimpse of Bailey’s Pro Mod-style Camaro when he made exhibition runs alongside fellow Drag Week competitors.
“We had such a good time doing the [exhibition race] last year at Indy, I’m happy that we were able to put something together with NHRA for Gainesville,” said Bailey. “This is the big show, and it’s cool to be able to match race against Rod’s car. I’ve never raced against Rod, but I’ve met him a couple of times and his car is impressive. His car is tuned by [fuel injection expert] Shane Techlenburg, who certainly knows what he’s doing.”
Reigning Pro Stock champ Erica Enders took home the win Sunday when she beat Bo Butner in the final round at the NHRA Arizona Nationals running 6.531 SEC., 210.44 MPH.
Top Fuel champ Steve Torrence returned to competition on Sunday and nabbed his first win of 2020 at the NHRA Arizona Nationals running 3.679 SEC. 321.27 MPH.
Tommy Johnson Jr. runs a 3.883 SEC., 326.40MPH at Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park when he defeated Jack Beckman in the final round.
JOHNSON, TORRENCE AND ENDERS TAKE HOME WINS FROM THE DESERT IN FRONT OF A SOLD OUT CROWD AT NHRA ARIZONA NATIONALS
CHANDLER, AZ – Funny Car veteran, Tommy Johnson Jr. added a trophy to his collection at the 36th annual NHRA Arizona Nationals at Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park in front of a sold out crowd on Sunday. Sunday’s win marks Johnson’s 18th career Funny Car win and his second in Phoenix.
Steve Torrence (Top Fuel) and Erica Enders (Pro Stock) also took home wins in their respective categories at the second of 24 events on the 2020 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series schedule.
In an all Don Schumacher Racing final, Johnson went 3.883-seconds at 326.40 mph to defeat teammate Jack Beckman during the final round at Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park in his MD Anderson Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat. He defeated Paul Lee, Bob Tasca ll and Ron Capps to advance to the finals during Sunday’s event.
“We had a good car,” said Johnson, whose last Phoenix win came back in 2006. “The last qualifying run showed us that we have a solid car. Coming up here today, we had a lot of confidence. We went out first round and laid down a solid number. We weren’t low (elapsed time) but we were close. We came out second round and sat low ET so we knew we had a solid car. As a driver, going into each round knowing you have a car that’s going to perform makes your job a little easier. It gives you a little less stress. The guys did a great job. Even in Pomona we a had a good car, just dropped a cylinder second round and event had a little issue with that in qualifying here.”
BRITTANY FORCE TOP FUEL NO. 1 QUALIFIER FLAV-R-PAC TOP FUEL DRAGSTER
3.670 SEC., 327.11 MPH
NOTE: Brittany Force nabbed the second Top Fuel No. 1 qualifier position of the season on Saturday at Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park.
CHANDLER, AZ – Jeg Coughlin continued his perfect season at the NHRA Arizona Nationals, taking home the No. 1 qualifying spot for the second consecutive event of the 2020 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series season.
Brittany Force (Top Fuel) and Matt Hagan (Funny Car) also raced to the No. 1 qualifying spot in their respective classes after a rain delayed day in Phoenix, with the fourth qualifying session being cancelled due to weather. The trio were also No. 1 qualifiers at the season opener in Pomona.
Coughlin has dominated the season so far, having taken home the No. 1 qualifying position and event win in Pomona two weeks ago. Saturday qualifying in Phoenix was no different after Coughlin rocketed to the top with a pass of 6.536-seconds at 208.52 mph. The five-time Pro Stock world champion is currently embarking on his “Breaking Barriers Tour,” announcing that he will be retiring at the conclusion of the 2020 season. He will race rookie Marty Robertson in the opening round of eliminations on Sunday.