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Bo Butner’s .000 reaction time huge key in beating Greg Anderson for Norwalk NHRA Nationals Pro Stock Cars title

Bo Butner enjoying chat with media (megasportsnews.com photo)

PRESS CONFERENCE WITH BO BUTNER

61,903 Bo Butner NHRA Pro Stock Cars Norwalk winner Upset Greg Anderson in final round with a perfect reaction time of 000 6 25 2017

NORWALK, Ohio — Steve Torrence powered his Top Fuel dragster to victory Sunday at the 11th annual Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals at Summit Racing Equipment Motorsports Park.

 

Points leader Butner secured the victory in Pro Stock after driving to a 6.601 at 210.50 in his Jim Butner’s Auto Chevy Camaro to knock off Greg Anderson on a holeshot after running a 6.581 at 210.87 in his Summit Racing Equipment Chevrolet Camaro. Butner now has three victories on the year as he notched his first win since Atlanta.

 

 

 

“Today was a great day, we made four pretty consistent runs and my car was good when it needed to be,” Butner said. “It’s one thing to have a good car, but we also had a lot of things go our way to get those win lights today.”

 

 

 

Butner had the second-best qualifying time and defeated Val Smeland, Vincent Nobile and John Gaydosh en route to his fifth final round of 2017. Anderson earned his sixth final round appearance of the season by defeating Mark Hogan, Allen Johnson and Jason Line.

 

 

 

Butner added to his lead in the points standings, becoming the first three race winner in the Pro Stock category this season. Anderson remains in second place with his fourth runner-up appearance of the year.

 

RACE RECAP WRITTEN BY & A COURTESY OF NHRA COMMUNICATIONS

 

LE Tonglet knocks off Matt Smith to win Pro Stock Motorcycle crown at NHRA Nationals in Norwalk

LE Tonglet with Wally Trophy talking to media (megasportsnews.com photo)

PRESS CONFERENCE AUDIO WITH LE TONGLET

61,902 Le Tonglet NHRA Pro Stock Motorcycle Norwalk winner Beat always tough Matt Smith in finals 6.82 seconds to 6.88 6 25 2017


NORWALK, Ohio — LE Tonglet in Pro Stock Motorcycle,to victory Sunday at the 11th annual Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals at Summit Racing Equipment Motorsports Park.

 

 

Tonglet emerged victorious with a 6.824 at 195.76 in his Nitro Fish Racing Suzuki to defeat Matt Smith’s pass of 6.882 at 195.31 in his Victory Polaris Magnum.

 

 

Tonglet notched his 13th career victory and third of the season.

 

 

 

“I didn’t see any win lights throughout qualifying, but seeing them on Sunday is what matters and we are happy with the results,” Tonglet said. “This is huge for us and our position in the points standings, so getting as many wins as possible is definitely our goal.”

 

 

 

Tonglet has now reached three final rounds in five events this season, winning all three of those appearances. He defeated Melissa Surber, Steve Johnson and Hector Arana Jr. before the final round. Smith took on Joe DeSantis, Mike Berry and Scott Pollacheck before reaching his first final round of the season.

 

 

 

Tonglet jumped to first in the Pro Stock Motorcycle points standings and Eddie Krawiec fell to second after falling in the first round.

 

RACE RECAP WRITTEN BY & COURTESY OF NHRA COMMUNICATIONS

 

Jack Beckman takes down Robert Hight to win Norwalk NHRA Nationals Funny Car category

Jack Beckman (megasportsnews.com photo)

PRESS CONFERENCE AUDIO WITH JACK BECKMAN

61,900 Jack Beckman NHRA Funny Car winner Norwalk Winning despite car catching on fire during finals race 6 25 2017


NORWALK, Ohio — Steve Torrence powered his Top Fuel dragster to victory Sunday at the 11th annual Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals at Summit Racing Equipment Motorsports Park.

 

 

Beckman earned his 26th career victory and second of the season with a 4.073 pass at 311.85 in his Infinite Hero Foundation Dodge Charger R/T during the final round to defeat Robert Hight who ran a 6.673 at 98.53 in his Auto Club of Southern California Chevrolet Camaro SS. This was Beckman’s first win since Englishtown, and his third consecutive final round appearance this season.

 

 

 

“We were consistently a bit off this weekend, but we are definitely happy to earn the victory this weekend,” Beckman said. “Now that we are getting down the track consistently, it keeps our opponents honest and that is definitely a formula we will continue to use for the rest of the season.”

 

 

 

Beckman qualified ninth and defeated Cruz Pedregon, Matt Hagan and Tommy Johnson Jr. before reaching his third final round of the season. Hight reached his second final round of the season after defeating Jim Campbell, Alexis DeJoria and Bob Tasca III.

 

 

 

Beckman remains in third place in the points standings behind teammatesRon Capps and Matt Hagan, who both fell in the quarterfinals.

 

RACE RECAP WRITTEN BY & COURTESY OF NHRA COMMUNICATIONS


Steve Torrence beats Doug Kalitta to win NHRA Nationals event in Norwalk, Ohio

Steve Torrence (megasportsnews.com photo)

PRESS CONFERENCE AUDIO WITH STEVE TORRENCE

61,901 Steve Torrence NHRA Top fuel winner Norwalk Won so close over Doug Kalitta 49 & 10,000th of a second 6 25 2017 (2)

 

NORWALK, Ohio — Steve Torrence powered his Top Fuel dragster to victory Sunday at the 11th annual Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals at Summit Racing Equipment Motorsports Park.

 

 

Steve Torrence secured his career-best fourth victory of the season with a 3.743-second pass at 331.45 mph in his Capco Contractors dragster to defeat Doug Kalitta on a holeshot after he ran a 3.736 at 331.36 in his Mac Tools dragster. Torrence emerged victorious for the first time since Englishtown, and has now reached six final rounds on the season, with all six coming over the past eight events.

 

 

 

“I knew I left good on the tree but I could tell it would just be a coin toss who got it and fortunately I was able to come out ahead,” Torrence said. “It’s been a great season so far and we are hoping to keep this momentum going. We just need to keep our head down and work hard so that we can reach our goals as a team.”

 

 

 

Torrence qualified third and defeated Troy Coughlin Jr., Clay Millican and Brittany Force on the way to victory. Kalitta knocked off Troy Buff, Tony Schumacher and Leah Pritchett before reaching his second final round appearance of the season.

 

 

 

Torrence remained atop the points standings with the victory and Leah Pritchett is second in the standings after a semifinal appearance.

 

RACE RECAP WRITTEN BY & COURTESY OF NHRA COMMUNICATIONS

 

 

 

 

DeJoria’s run at Norwalk ends in quarterfinals; closing in on Top 10 in Funny Car points

Alexis DeJoria Racing
2017 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series
Event 12 of 24
Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals
Summit Motorsports Park
1300 State Route 18
Norwalk, Ohio 44857
June 23-25, 2017

 

Alexis DeJoria Racing Elimination Report- Norwalk
Alexis DeJoria, Driver of the Kalitta Motorsports Tequila Patrón Toyota Camry Funny Car

Qualified:
No. 7 (3.943 E.T. at 318.77 MPH)

The Results:
E1: 3.972 E.T. at 324.75 MPH defeated Del Worsham 7.528 E.T. at 98.54 MPH
E2: 4.741 E.T. at 180.16 MPH defeated by Robert Hight 3.978 E.T. at 321.73 MPH

Race Recap:
For the second week in a row, the Patrón team earned a spot in the top half of the qualifying field, starting Sunday seeded seventh. Three solid qualifying passes not only yielded the advantage of lane choice going into the first round of eliminations, but also a bonus point.

DeJoria’s first round matchup found her squaring off against former teammate and crew chief, Del Worsham. DeJoria had no trouble racing her way into round two, as her 3.972-second pass easily defeated Worsham’s tire smoking effort.

Unfortunately, DeJoria’s day would end at the quarterfinals. The Patrón Toyota Camry overpowered the track before the 660-foot cone, and her opponent Robert Hight was able to cross the finish line first and advance to the semifinals.

Despite the early exit, DeJoria was successful in gaining ground on the Top 10 points rankings, closing the margin from 70 to 50 points.

Quotable:
Not great, but not too bad. We narrowed the gap in points, which is good. We qualified in the middle of the pack again, but hey, we got in the show and got a first round win. We’re going to stay and test tomorrow and make as many runs as we can; we’re hoping for five. We’re going to keep working on the setup we have right now and get ready for Chicago.

NHRA Countdown to the Championship Points Standing:
Alexis DeJoria:
381 points, ranked 14th
50 points out of 10th
Leads 15th ranked Jeff Diehl by 144 points
Trails 13th ranked Jim Campbell by 28 points

Photos courtesy of Gary Nastase Photography and Will Lester.

 

RACE RECAP WRITTEN BY Allison McCormick; COURTESY Alexis DeJoria Racing

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