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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 ( photo)


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.




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

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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.



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

Steve Torrence ( photo)


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.







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

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.

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

Blue Jackets announce Prospects Development Camp for June 26-29



Fourth annual 3-on-3 Tournament to be held on Thursday, June 29 at 4:30pm

COLUMBUS, OHIO – The Columbus Blue Jackets will conduct their annual prospect development camp at the OhioHealth Ice Haus, the club’s official practice facility at Nationwide Arena, with on-ice practice sessions scheduled from Monday, June 26 through Thursday, June 29, the club has announced.


This year’s camp is highlighted by the fourth annual 3-on-3 Tournament, which will be held on Thursday, June 29 beginning at 4:30 p.m.  All on-ice practice sessions are free and open to the public.  A complete schedule of on-ice sessions can be found below:


2017 CBJ Development Camp On-Ice Schedule (Times subject to change)

Monday, June 26

9-10 a.m. – Group 1 On-Ice… 10:30-11:30 a.m. – Group 2 On-Ice

4-4:45 p.m. – Group 2 On Ice… 5-5:45 p.m. – Group 1 On-Ice

Tuesday, June 27

10-11 a.m. – Group 2 On-Ice… 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. – Group 1 On-Ice

Wednesday, June 28

7:30-8:15a.m. – Group 1 On-Ice… 8:30-9:15 a.m. – Group 2 On-Ice

Cleveland Indians Game
1-2 p.m. – Batting Practice… 7:10 p.m. – Indians vs. Rangers


Thursday, June 29

10-11 a.m. – Group 2 On-Ice… 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. – Group 1 On-Ice… 4:30-6:30 p.m. – 3-on-3 Tournament



The players participating in this year’s camp will feature club prospects and playersthat were  selected in the 2017 NHL Draft, which was held on Friday and Saturday, June 23-24, at United Center in Chicago.


Leading the group of prospects will be two of the club’s first round picks in the most recent NHL Drafts – 2015 first round pick Gabriel Carlsson (29th overall) and 2016 third overall selection Pierre-Luc Dubois.  Other drafted players scheduled to participate in the camp include: 2016 – Andrew Peeke, Vitaly Abramov, Peter Thome, Calvin Thurkauf; 2015 – Keegan Kolesar, Kevin Stenlund, Veeti Vainio; 2014 – Ryan Collins, Tyler Bird.  A complete development camp roster will be available prior to the start of camp.

Blue Jackets Assistant Coach Kenny McCudden along with Development Coaches Chris Clark, Jarkko Ruutu and Gregory Campbell, the Cleveland Monsters’ coaching staff, the club’s American Hockey League affiliate, and skating consultant Lee Harris will lead the on-ice portion of development camp.


Full and partial season tickets for the Blue Jackets’ 2017-18 campaign are currently available for purchase.  Information on all ticketing options can be obtained by calling (800) NHL‐COLS or by visiting



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