BOWLING GREEN, KY – A near-perfect reaction time and weekend-best 3.665-second, 205.35 mph blast carried Jay Cox to his first Switzer Dynamics Pro Nitrous victory of the 2021 season at the Professional Drag Racers Association (PDRA) Stroud Safety Doorslammer Derby presented by Classic Graphix at Beech Bend Raceway Park.
Also taking home wins in the pro classes were Todd Tutterow in Penske/PRS Pro Boost presented by WS Construction, Justin Kirk in Liberty’s Gears Extreme Pro Stock presented by AED Competition, and Wes Distefano in $hameless Racing Pro Outlaw 632.
The Doorslammer Derby also included racing in the PDRA’s sportsman classes, where the winners were Chris Nyerges in MagnaFuel Elite Top Sportsman presented by Tejas Borja, Jeff Libla in Lucas Oil Elite Top Dragster, Stacy Hall in MagnaFuel Top Sportsman 32, and David Petrofske in Lucas Oil Top Dragster 32. Austin Slone earned the Edelbrock Bracket Bash presented by COMP Cams win in his ’18 Worthy dragster, running a 4.474 on a 4.47 dial-in to defeat Jesse Warner in his ’94 S-10.
Commerce, GA – Shawn Langdon and the DHL Kalitta Air Top Fuel dragster team raced to the semifinals today at the 40th and final NHRA Southern Nationals at Atlanta Dragway. The Gatornationals runner-up continued to have success at the national events on the east coast before heading to zMax Dragway in two weeks for the Carolina Four-Wide Nationals. With only one day of qualifying in Atlanta the DHL team worked hard to post consistent and powerful runs.
On race day they went into the first round of eliminations as the No. 11 qualifier facing No. 6 qualifier Leah Pruett. Langdon got a sizable jump off the starting line and never trailed in the drag race. His .025 reaction time was enough to seal the victory even though his DHL dragster lost traction just beyond half-track.
In the quarterfinals Langdon pulled up beside Mike Salinas who was the No. 3 qualifier. Once again Langdon picked up some race day luck as Salinas jumped the gun, red-lighting off the starting line and handing Langdon his second round win of the day. The DHL Kalitta Air Top Fuel dragster blasted down the right lane but just before the finish line it smoked the tires.
Commerce, GA – The DHL Toyota Camry Funny Car and driver J.R Todd rolled into race day as the No. 1 qualifier with their sights set on winning the final NHRA Southern Nationals at Atlanta Dragway. Todd captured the season opening Gatornationals title and was looking for another win on the east coast. The team came off the trailer on Saturday with a dominant run to jump into the top spot in the class.
On race day Todd was paired up with Toyota teammate Alexis DeJoria in the first round. Todd was able to grab the round one win with a solid 4.003 second run after DeJoria was timed out on the starting line. The win advanced Todd to the semifinals due to the structure of the 14-car field ladder.
In the quarterfinals Todd had a bye run and he made the most of his opportunity to have the track to himself. The DHL Toyota Camry was the last Funny Car to make a pass and the Todd Smith tune-up lit up the scoreboard 3.991 seconds after Todd passed the starting line.
COMMERCE, GA – During qualifying for the final NHRA Camping World Drag Racing Series event at Atlanta Dragway, the Lucas Oil NHRA Southern Nationals, Brittany Force and the Monster Energy team were efficient with their two runs to earn the No. 5 spot heading into race day. John Force and the PEAK / BlueDEF Chevrolet Camaro team ended the day No. 11 and Robert Hight and the Automobile Club of Southern California Chevy Camaro are No. 12.
In the first qualifying session, Brittany Force and her Monster Energy team smoked the tires to run only 4.657-seconds at 163.39 mph. They landed in the No. 5 spot after all but one dragster failed to make a full pass. In their second qualifying try, Force and her Monster team improved drastically to run a solid 3.856-second pass at 314.90 mph. While the performance was better, the rest of the Top Fuel field improved as well to keep Force in the No. 5 spot.
“Only two runs and in No. 5, that’s something we’re happy about,” said Force who will race Doug Foley in the first round of eliminations, her 52nd different opponent. “This Monster Energy team, we had a little bit of a different approach going in to today. It’s tough going into race day with just those two qualifying chances. But we are in the top five and we are happy with that. It’s the last race here in Atlanta so we need to get the job done.”
TODD, B. TORRENCE, ANDERSON AND POLLACHECK PICK UP NO. 1 QUALIFIERS AT 40TH AND FINAL LUCAS OIL NHRA SOUTHERN NATIONALS AT ATLANTA DRAGWAY
COMMERCE, GA – Former world champ J.R. Todd rolled to his first No. 1 qualifier in nearly two years on Saturday, taking the top spot in Funny Car at the 40th and final Lucas Oil NHRA Southern Nationals at Atlanta Dragway.
Billy Torrence (Top Fuel), Greg Anderson (Pro Stock) and Scotty Pollacheck (Pro Stock Motorcycle) also qualified No. 1 in their respective categories at the third race of the 2021 NHRA Camping World Drag Racing Series season as the NHRA celebrates the long and storied history of Atlanta Dragway at its final Lucas Oil NHRA Southern Nationals race.
Todd’s last No. 1 qualifier came in 2019, but he powered to the top on Saturday, going 3.982-seconds at 325.69 mph in his 11,000-horsepower DHL Toyota Camry. Todd will race Alexis DeJoria to start the final raceday at Atlanta Dragway on Sunday after earning his 13th career No. 1 qualifier. After winning in Gainesville to open the year, a second victory this early in the season would put Todd on a good early-season path.
COMMERCE, GA – J.R. Todd ran a 3.982-second pass at 325.69 mph in his DHL Toyota Camry Funny Car to earn the number one qualifier honors for Sunday’s Lucas Oil NHRA Southern Nationals at the Atlanta Dragway. The pole position is his first of the season and the 13th of his Camping World Drag Racing Series career.
Todd’s pole-winning pass came in Saturday’s first session as cars in both Nitro classes battled tricky conditions on the hot track. The 2018 Funny Car world champion will open up Sunday’s eliminations against fellow Camry driver Alexis DeJoria, who saw her streak of seven consecutive top-five qualifying efforts snapped after failing to make a clean pass on Saturday. She will start from the 14th position.
Commerce, GA – DSR Qualifying Highlights:
– All four DSR entries secured qualifying positions in the top half of the field
– Reigning Funny Car world champion Matt Hagan powered to the second-quickest run of Q2 to earn bonus points and the No. 3 starting position
– Defending Funny Car event champ Ron Capps rocketed his machine to the No. 5 spot on the strength of his Q1 run, which was second-quickest of the session and allowed him to bank two bonus points
– Top Fuel round one will feature a ‘super team vs. super team’ DSR/Kalitta battle with No. 6 qualified Leah Pruett squaring off against Shawn Langdon and No. 8 qualifier Antron Brown lining up against Doug Kalitta