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Langdon, Tasca, Enders and Herrera take Top Spots at PlayNHRA Virginia Nationals

Dinwiddie, VA – Shawn Langdon – Top Fuel No. 1 Qualifier
Kalitta Air Careers Toyota Top Fuel Dragster – 3.872 seconds, 319.82 mph

Bob Tasca III – Funny Car No. 1 Qualifier
Ford Performance Mustang Dark Horse – 4.024 seconds, 320.74 mph

Erica Enders – Pro Stock No. 1 Qualifier
Johnson’s Horsepowered Garage / Melling Performance / SCAG Power Equipment Pro Stock car – 6.586 seconds, 209.56 mph

Gaige Herrera – Pro Stock Motorcycle Winner
RevZilla/Mission Foods/Vance & Hines Suzuki – 6.703 seconds, 200.83 mph

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Mission #2Fast2Tasty NHRA Challenge Winners from the PlayNHRA Virginia Nationals

Dinwiddie, VA – Top Fuel Winner: Brittany Force HendrickCars.com Chevrolet Top Fuel Dragster – 3.966 seconds, 316.97 mph

Funny Car Winner: Austin Prock Cornwell Tools Chevrolet Camaro SS Funny Car – 4.037 seconds, 315.93 seconds

Pro Stock Winner: Greg Anderson HendrickCars.com Chevrolet Camaro – 6.626 seconds, 206.80 mph

Pro Stock Motorcycle Winner: Matt Smith Denso Spark Plugs Buell – 6.767 seconds, 200.86 mph

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BRITTANY BEATS SCHUMACHER FOR #2FAST2TASTY WIN 

Prock Beats the Boss to Give JFR Its Third Consecutive #2Fast2Tasty Funny Car Win 

DINWIDDIE, VA – Driving the quickest and fastest race car ever adorned in a HendrickCars.com livery, Brittany Force took the first step toward reversing a season of frustration Saturday when she drove past reigning champion Doug Kalitta and Tony Schumacher to win the Mission #2Fast2Tasty NHRA Top Fuel Challenge, a prelude to Sunday’s 14th PlayNHRA Virginia Nationals at Virginia Motorsports Park.

It was the 37-year-old’s first ever #2Fast2Tasty win and it gave John Force Racing its first double in the unique bonus race that reprises the semifinal rounds from the most recent event in the NHRA’s Mission Series. Austin Prock won in the Funny Car class for the fourth time this year and the second time in succession, again beating boss and teammate John Force in an all-JFR final.

For Brittany, the final round win over Schumacher reversed the order from the Arizona Nationals in Phoenix, her only other appearance this year in the #2Fast2Tasty Challenge. Continue reading

PROCK’S NO. 1 QUALIFYING STREAK ENDS AT THREE 

Point Leader Starts Third at Richmond; John Force Fifth, Brittany Force Eleventh

DINWIDDIE, VA – Austin’s Prock’s No. 1 qualifying streak ended at three straight races Saturday, but the Funny Car point leader and his Cornwell Tools Chevrolet Camaro SS team still will be among the favorites Sunday when racing begins in the 14th PlayNHRA Virginia Nationals at Virginia Motorsports Park

Track temperatures are expected to exceed 135 degrees, which will make it exceedingly difficult for 12,000 horsepower race cars to maintain traction. That could bring the car control skills Prock honed during his time in quarter midgets and sprint cars into play in an event in which five different John Force Racing drivers have won previously including the late Eric Medlen in 2006.

Prock and No. 1 qualifier Bob Tasca III were the only drivers to earn bonus points in each of the three qualifying sessions, all of them on Saturday in an experimental two-day format. The Cornwell Camaro ran 4.027 on a 137 degree track surface, 4.122 on a 147 degree track and 4.037 on a 139 degree track, and Prock deflected much of the credit to his brother, Thomas, co-crew chief on the car with dad Jimmy.

“When (Thomas) came over here, they really changed the set-up of this race car and really tried to work on their hot condition set-ups,” said the former NHRA Rookie-of-the-Year. “It’s really paying off. This thing will run when the track’s 80 degrees or 180 degrees, it seems like.  Continue reading

LANGDON, TASCA, ENDERS & HERRERA TAKE NO. 1 SPOT AT PLAYNHRA VIRGINIA NATIONALS

DINWIDDIE, VA – Top Fuel’s Shawn Langdon closed out qualifying with the quickest run of the day on Saturday at Virginia Motorsports Park, taking the No. 1 spot at the PlayNHRA Virginia Nationals.

Bob Tasca III (Funny Car), Erica Enders (Pro Stock) and Gaige Herrera (Pro Stock Motorcycle) also qualified No. 1 at the ninth of 20 races during the 2024 NHRA Mission Foods Drag Racing Series season.

On a day where the NHRA pro categories all made three qualifying runs on Saturday for the first time ever, Langdon went 3.872-seconds at 319.82 mph in his 11,000-horsepower Kalitta Air dragster in the final round of qualifying, giving the former world champion his second No. 1 qualifier of the season and the 21st in his standout career. The veteran is also looking for his first career win at Virginia Motorsports Park, opening eliminations against Lex Joon.

“In the first couple of runs, we just were off a little bit. You’re dealing with 150-degree track temperature, so it’s just getting everything right,” Langdon said. “This track is so good and so smooth that, unfortunately, these hot conditions don’t do this track much justice for how good it really is. So we’re tiptoeing down the track. It’s crazy how much we’ve got these things backed up and it’s just a matter of getting everything in sync.” Continue reading

ERICA ENDERS NO. 1 AT VIRGINIA NATIONALS

DINWIDDIE, VA – Erica Enders and her Johnson’s Horsepowered Garage / Melling Performance / SCAG Power Equipment team picked up their fourth No. 1 qualifying position of the season Saturday at the PlayNHRA Virginia Nationals at Virginia Motorsports Park.

Enders’ No. 1 elapsed time of 6.585 seconds at 209.56 mph came in the first of three qualifying sessions on Saturday. The No.1 is the 38th of her career and first at Virginia Motorsports Park.

“We knew the first session was going to be the good one out of the three and so we put a lot of emphasis on it because conditions were only going to get progressively worse throughout the day. Fortunately, my guys are good enough to make sure we make a good hit first round and it stuck as conditions got worse,” Enders said. “We laid down two decent runs after that. There are a couple of pretty fast cars out there and it’s going to be a dog fight tomorrow. These conditions are extremely challenging as far as racing surface goes for our crew chiefs but also as drivers. These heavy fire suits and cockpit temperatures at 150 degrees, granted you’re not in there very long but getting your temperature up that high is not conducive to good decision-making skills. But it’s still fun and we’re going to go out there and do our best, Tomorrow is going to be very challenging.” Continue reading

JOHN FORCE RACING SWEEPS MISSION #2FAST2TASTY CHALLENGE AT RICHMOND; ANDERSON AND M. SMITH ALSO GET WINS

DINWIDDIE, VA – John Force Racing swept the Mission #2Fast2Tasty NHRA Challenge for the first time on Saturday at Virginia Motorsports Park, as Brittany Force won in Top Fuel and Austin Prock picked up the victory in Funny Car in the specialty race as part of this weekend’s PlayNHRA Virginia Nationals.

Greg Anderson (Pro Stock) and Matt Smith (Pro Stock Motorcycle) also won the specialty race at the ninth of 20 races during the 2024 NHRA Mission Foods Drag Racing Series season.

Force won the Top Fuel Mission #2Fast2Tasty Challenge for the first time in her standout career, going 3.966-seconds at 316.97 mph in her 11,000-horsepower HendrickCars.com Chevrolet dragster to defeat Tony Schumacher in the finals. It was a welcome turn of events for Force, who has struggled for the bulk of the 2024 season. She is the defending event winner in Richmond, breaking track records in 2022, and again found success at the facility on Saturday.

“This is big for us, just because we’ve been struggling for so long, and to be able to win this Mission Foods Challenge is huge for our team,” Force said. “We need it just to keep us moving forward, keep us pumped up. We’ve stayed motivated for all of it through last season and coming into this season. Every week, we come out here we you know, we push as hard as we can, and we still feel like we’re going to win this thing. To be able to bring home this win for this team is huge. We all definitely needed it and we’re excited about race day tomorrow.” Continue reading

SIENNA WILDGUST JOINS ELITE MOTORSPORTS

WYNNEWOOD, OK – Elite Motorsports has announced the addition of NHRA Rookie of the Year Award candidate, Sienna Wildgust, to their team roster. Wildgust will make her debut with the Elite Motorsports team during the NHRA’s famed “Western Swing” beginning with the NHRA Northwest Nationals at Pacific Raceways July 19-21.

Wildgust, a third generation drag racer, will continue Elite Motorsports’ commitment to fostering the next generation of drag racers with six-time world champion Erica Enders’ mentorship. Though they are a generation apart, Wildgust and Enders both came up through the NHRA Jr. Dragster Racing ranks along with their sisters, Avery Wildgust and Courtney Enders.

“My family has known Richard Freeman for a long time, and I have always looked up to Erica as a driver and as a person. She came up through the Jr. Dragster racing with her sister Courtney same as I did with my sister. I believe I can learn a lot from her. I’m excited to have her as a mentor and have her help me further my career,” said Wildgust. “Elite Motorsports is a family. Racing for me has always been a family sport. I feel, and my family, feels like this is going to be a good fit. With the culture of the team and all the experience, I believe I can learn a lot. I’ve always wanted a career in drag racing, in Pro Stock, joining Elite is going to move my career path forward.” Continue reading

PBR Night of Fire Set for Saturday, July 13 at Virginia Motorsports Park

DINWIDDIE, VA – Virginia Motorsports Park and the PDRA Drag Racing Series have teamed up with the PBR (Professional Bull Riders) for the world’s leading bull riding organization to become the naming rights partner of the upcoming PBR Night of Fire event July 12-13 at the Dinwiddie, Virginia based facility.

The PBR Night of Fire, is an exciting drag racing event on-track with Top Fuel, jet dragsters and wheelstanders – all serving as the midseason all-star race for the Red Line Oil PDRA Drag Racing Series.

The Summit Racing Equipment PDRA ProStars event puts the top eight drivers in a free-entry-fee, winner-take-all showdown through three rounds of eliminations and over $70,000 in total payouts. Off-track, the PBR Night of Fire provides live concerts, music, games located on the manufacturer’s midway and more, making this event truly a one-of-a-kind experience for fans at the racetrack. This season, Tyler Farr is the headlining act for the concert to close the evening on Saturday night. Continue reading

BO BUTNER RETURNING TO PRO STOCK, TAKING ON DOUBLE DUTY AT VIRGINIA NATIONALS

DINWIDDIE, VA – Bo Butner will make a return to the 500-inch Pro Stock category driving the yellow Corral Boots / Cuadra / Columbia Impex entry while also continuing his pursuit of the first Mountain Motor Pro Stock championship at this weekend’s PlayNHRA Virginia Nationals at Virginia Motorsports Park.

Butner, the 2017 Pro Stock world champion, will be driving the Elite Motorsports car normally handled by Fernando Cuadra Jr. The Cuadras, Fernando Jr. and twins David and Cristian, will not be competing this weekend due to business obligations.

“I don’t want to take away from the Mountain Motor program, at all, I’m involved in the engine program over there,” Butner said. “I think I’ll just be showing up in the staging lanes and jumping in Fernando Jr.’s car. It’s a new car, it’s good, just getting some more laps on it. It’s going to be fun. We’ve got a lot of cars on the entry lists, 20 in Pro Stock and there’s 16 in Mountain Motor Pro Stock with only eight spots. We had 14 Mountain Motors in Bristol and we didn’t get my wife, Randi Lyn, qualified, so I need to get that done or it’s going to be a long way home.” Continue reading

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