ENNIS, TX – Antron Brown advanced to the second round in Top Fuel, while J.R. Todd and Shawn Langdon matched that feat in Funny Car to lead Toyota in the AAA Texas NHRA FallNationals at the Texas Motorplex, Sunday.
Brown opened his day up with victory over Richie Crampton in an all-Toyota first-round matchup. Brown took the lead at the tree and never trailed on the way to running a 3.743 for the win.
In the second round against Brittany Force, Brown had a decided starting line advantage (.055 to .088), but started to haze the tires around 330 feet after stretching out his lead to .035 seconds, with Force finally taking over the top spot around half track on the way to the victory.
DINWIDDIE, VA – Newly crowned world champions Jim Halsey and Travis Davis capped off their championship seasons with victories at the Professional Drag Racers Association (PDRA) Brian Olson Memorial World Finals presented by Pro Line Racing and $hameless Racing at Virginia Motorsports Park. Halsey won and secured his first Switzer Dynamics Pro Nitrous world title, while Travis Davis won and claimed his second Drag 965 Pro Nitrous Motorcycle title.
Also claiming professional class victories at the World Finals were Mike DiDomenico in Moroso Pro Boost, Chris Powers in Liberty’s Gears Extreme Pro Stock and Jeremy Huffman in Schwing America Pro Outlaw 632 presented by Precision Chassis. Jesse Lambert picked up the win in Atomizer Racing Injectors Outlaw 10.5 presented Drag 965.
The World Finals also featured intense competition in the PDRA’s sportman classes, where the winners were Erica Coleman in MagnaFuel Elite Top Sportsman, Chad Tilley in Top Sportsman 48, Michael White in Lucas Oil Elite Top Dragster and Mike Reavis in Top Dragster 32. Tyler Rudolph defeated JB Donati in the Edelbrock Bracket Bash final round.
ENNIS, TX – The Texas heat kept elapsed times in check Saturday at the 34th annual AAA Texas NHRA Fall Nationals, allowing five-time Pro Stock champ Jeg Coughlin Jr. to collect his second low qualifier award of the year. It’s the 31st time Coughlin has led the category into race day and the second year in a row he’s done so in Dallas.
Coughlin’s run-of-record came Friday evening when he clicked the timers in 6.509 seconds at 210.41 mph. Today’s two runs produced a 6.550 at 210.31 mph and a 6.574 at 208.10 mph. Overall this weekend, Coughlin’s JEGS.com Elite Motorsports Chevrolet Camaro was the quickest in three of four qualifying rounds and the second-quickest in the other.
“I feel really confident about the whole program right now,” Coughlin said. “It’s great to run well when it’s cooler like it was last night and even better to come out today when it was substantially warmer and still lead one session and almost lead them both, It’s a real feather in the cap for crew chief Rickie Jones and the rest of the JEGS crew.
“It was kinda warm when we woke up and the temperatures just crept up from there. It gave the brain-trust a chance to work on stuff for tomorrow because, with the exception of Round 1, I’d imagine we’re in for the same sort of conditions as we had today.”
LANCASTER, NY – Lancaster Dragway @ New York International Raceway Park closed out the 2019 season on Saturday afternoon with the inaugural Autumn Classic Box/No-Box Shootout. Over 175 cars showed up to compete on a picture-perfect October afternoon.
Zell Gaymon of Buffalo scored the win in the Box bracket. Gaymon defeated Pete D’Agnolo in the final round to earn the victory.
In the No-Box bracket, Robert Bauer III of Elma, N.Y. took down 12-time track champion Dale Eckert in the final round. Bauer’s K-100 Fuel Treatment Chevrolet Nova caught Eckert at top end to pick up the win.
There were also classes for Street cars and Junior Dragsters. JC Hutchinson of Cayuga, Ontario beat former Tread City Tire Street champion Cody Winkowski to score the Street class win. Brody Hinrich of Pavilion, N.Y. beat William Balser in the Junior Dragster final.
ENNIS, TX — For the second time in NHRA history a parent child duo qualified No. 1 together. John Force and Brittany Force secured the No. 1 qualifier spot in their respective nitro categories Saturday at the AAA Texas NHRA FallNationals at Texas Motorplex. The first time the feat was accomplished, the Force pair qualified in the top spot together at this year’s SpringNationals in Houston, Texas. Austin Prock and the Montana Brand / Rocky Mountain Twist team improved to start race day from the No. 7 spot, while Robert Hight and his AAA Texas Chevy Camaro SS team held onto the No. 2 qualifier position.
“Going No. 1 alongside Brittany makes it really special, anytime you get to do something with your kids and to be part of how proud she is of what her and her team have accomplished, it’s good,” said Force. “My wife loves it and it’ll make for a good evening.”
“It’s always really special to hold onto any No. 1 qualifier with a teammate but to hold it with my dad, that’s the best. He’s the one who taught me how to drive this car and everything about this sport, and the reason I’m out here is because of him so to be able to share the No. 1 qualifier with him is awesome,” Force said. “We did it earlier this season and now we’re doing it again. It’s just very special to me. I’ve doubled up with Robert a handful of times but to be able to double-up with my dad would be awesome. It’s on my bucket list.”
Ennis, TX – Top Fuel standout Leah Pritchett led the Dodge//SRT Mopar driver contingent in the AAA Texas NHRA FallNationals near Dallas. She qualified the HEMI®-powered Pennzoil Dodge Top Fuel Dragster of Don Schumacher Racing (DSR) No. 2 for the third time in the first four NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series Countdown to the Championship events.
Ron Capps led seven Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Funny Car drivers into Sunday’s Funny Car field, capturing the fourth position in qualifying and will face fellow Dodge//SRT and DSR teammate Jack Beckman in the first round. Matt Hagan drove the Western Technical College Mopar CAP Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Widebody Funny Car to the sixth spot.
Pritchett grabbed her sixth No. 2 qualifying slot of 2019 with Friday evening’s run of 3.681 seconds at 332.10 mph. That was one of four full passes Pritchett made in preparation for her final push to make a claim for the 2019 Top Fuel world championship. History shows she will need to reach Sunday’s final, and likely win, to have a realistic shot with two events remaining. Pritchett has a round win-loss record of 4-3 during the first three 2019 Countdown events and has lost in the second round of the previous three Dallas events.
Ennis, TX – AAA Texas NHRA FallNationals
DSR Dallas Saturday Highlights:
Starting from second on the Top Fuel ladder, Leah Pritchett leads DSR heading into Sunday’s elimination rounds
Antron Brown will also start from the ‘quick half’ of the Top Fuel field
In Funny Car, Ron Capps and Matt Hagan earned top-half starting positions
Round one will feature an intramural battle between Capps and Jack Beckman
The DSR Dodge Challenger Drag Pak duo of Pritchett and Mark Pawuk earned round-one victories, and both drivers will advance to Sunday’s quarterfinal round
Driver of the Matco Tools ‘Tools for the Cause’ Top Fuel Dragster