MADISON, IL – Bubba Stanton earned the Carolina Precision Machine Pro Extreme provisional top qualifier honors Friday night in the season opener of the CBD American Shaman 2021 ADRL Tour at World Wide Technology Raceway outside St. Louis. Stanton, a 2020 Battle for the Belts competitor, earned the spot with a 3.657-second ET at 209.17 mph during the final pass of the night. Three rounds of qualifying were run under the lights Friday with the fourth and final Q run scheduled for Saturday afternoon.
Frankie “The Madman” Taylor, the 2020 PX champion, was barely kept from the top spot with his run of 3.673 seconds at 204.39 mph in the opposite lane from Stanton
In Walco Funding XPS Extreme Pro Stock, John DeFlorian, Jr. of Arnold, Mo., rocketed to the top of the chart in Q3, laying down a 4.116-second lap at 175.43 mph. In a thrilling side-by-side pass to close out class qualifying, Brad Waddle earned the second spot in provisional qualifying with his 4.122-second ET at 175.11 mph.
EPPING, NH – With only one qualifying run on Friday night, the three John Force Racing hot rods are eager for Saturday at the TascaParts.com NHRA New England Nationals at New England Dragway. The Flav-R-Pac dragster of Brittany Force and PEAK / BlueDEF PLATINUM Chevy Camaro of John Force currently hold the No. 5 positions in their respective categories while the AAA New England Chevy of Robert Hight is sitting No. 12.
Only two of the 12 Top Fuel dragsters made full passes down New England Dragway on Friday evening. Brittany Force and her David Grubnic and Mac Savage led team went 300 feet before running into tire smoke to run 6.663-seconds at 87.22 mph.
“This Flav-R-Pac team had a big opportunity to push tonight considering the small field and we got a little too aggressive. With an .813-second 60-foot we were getting after it but drove into smoke,” Force said. “We will continue to push hard again tomorrow. We’re looking to be top of the field and have a long day on race day.”
Hagan Earns Provisional Pole at Epping as He Seeks to Extend his New England Record to Four-in-a-Row
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EPPING, NH – Matt Hagan entered the NHRA New England Nationals looking to extend his New England Dragway track record of three consecutive Funny Car triumphs, and based on his Friday night performance, the reigning world champion appears to be well on his way to making it four-in-a-row at the Epping, N.H. facility.
Aboard the DSR Performance Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Redeye, Hagan unloaded with a stout 3.891-second at 331.53-mph pass to earn the provisional pole and three qualifying bonus points. Hagan was one of only two Funny Car drivers to clock a pass in the three-second zone, and one of only three to make a full pull during Friday’s lone qualifying session.
“New England Dragway has shown us a lot of love these past couple of years. When you put Don Schumacher Racing Performance and Dickie Venables together, that’s the kind of results you can expect,” said Hagan, a 36-time Funny Car winner who is hopeful history will repeat itself on Sunday, and he’ll be able to break through for his first victory of the season.
HAGAN, B. TORRENCE. M. MCGAHA EARN PROVISIONAL NO. 1 SPOTS AT TASCAPARTS.COM NHRA NEW ENGLAND NATIONALS PRESENTED BY BANDERO PREMIUM TEQUILA
EPPING, NH – Matt Hagan’s impressive string of success at New England Dragway continued on Friday, as the defending Funny Car world champion rolled to the provisional No. 1 spot at the TascaParts.com NHRA New England Nationals presented by Bandero Premium Tequila.
Billy Torrence (Top Fuel) and Mason McGaha (Pro Stock) are also provisional No. 1 qualifiers in their respective categories at the sixth race of the 2021 NHRA Camping World Drag Racing Series season.
Hagan has won the past three events at the track in Funny Car and put himself in a good position to win a fourth straight race at New England Dragway, powering to the top with a run of 3.891-seconds at 331.53 mph in his 11,000-horsepower DSR Performance Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Redeye. If it holds, it would give Hagan, who is looking for his first win of the 2021 campaign, his first No. 1 qualifier of the year and 41st in his career.
Austin, TX – Alexis DeJoria and her ROKiT Bandero Premium Tequila Toyota Camry Funny Car team have been on the cusp of success numerous times this season. This weekend they will be bringing a new look to the track running a Bandero Premium Tequila branded Toyota Camry Funny Car as part of the TascaParts.com NHRA New England Nationals presented by Bandero Premium Tequila. DeJoria has family ties to the area surrounding New England Dragway and the opportunity to get involved at the sponsorship level and run a specialty Funny Car was too good to pass up.
“New England Dragway and Epping hold a special place in my heart,” said DeJoria. “I love the race track and the passion the fans have for drag racing. For myself and my sister Michaeline we are proud to pair up with NHRA and sponsor this event with our premium tequila company Bandero Tequila. I have had a lot of success in Epping and we want to keep that positive momentum moving forward.”The team has qualified top three at four of the first five events of the season and the strong qualifying streak actually extends well into last season. At the Charlotte Four-Wide Nationals DeJoria had one of the quickest Funny Cars on race day but a broken blower belt in the final quad relegated them to a semifinal finish. The veteran driver knows she has a race car that can win races and the NHRA New England Nationals would be the perfect place for her first win of 2021.
EPPING, NH – Brittany Force and her Flav-R-Pac dragster team head to New England Dragway cued up for success at the TascaParts.com NHRA New England Nationals June 11-13. Sitting fourth in the championship points standings, just 17 outside of the top three, the Flav-R-Pac team is ready to capitalize on their high-level performance.
Led by crew chiefs David Grubnic and Mac Savage, Force and her team have opened the season garnering top speed at the Gatornationals, tallying the 21st and 22nd No. 1s of Force’s career at each of the Four-Wide events, Las Vegas and Charlotte, and setting both ends of the track record at zMAX Dragway. Each of her No. 1s have been shared with Funny Car teammates, Robert Hight in Vegas and her father, John Force, in Charlotte. At the most recent event, the rain plagued NHRA SpringNationals, Force qualified No. 6 after only one qualifying run down the Houston Raceway Park track and then had to wait until Monday morning to race only to run into tire smoke for a first-round exit.
“Six races into our season and our Flav-R-Pac team is still on the hunt for our first win of the season,” Force said. “We head East to Epping this weekend, a track we’ve been successful at with a win in 2017. David Grubnic, Mac Savage and this entire team have made some progress over the last few races and are looking to get the job done on race day.”
MADISON, IL – “The moment we’ve waited for has finally arrived…” –Lien Chan
After a number of circumstances beyond mortal control, the American Drag Racing League finally kicks off the CBD American Shaman 2021 ADRL Tour with the Aegis Home Protection Gateway Drags Presented by dragracingkids.org this weekend at World Wide Technology Raceway outside of St. Louis. As always, admission to the hottest show on the 660 is free, thanks to hundreds of thousands of tickets distributed throughout the region during recent weeks.
“All I can say is, third time’s the charm!” said eternally-optimistic ADRL Owner and CEO Kenny Nowling. “We’ve dealt with so many different things over the course of this year, but the one thing racers know how to be is flexible. I don’t want to jinx anything, but the weather is going to be great and we know the racing surface at World Wide Technology Raceway is going to be superb as always. Both fans and racers are in for an incredible weekend of drag racing at the ADRL’s home track Friday and Saturday!”