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NHRA Results: Pritchett, Capps, Butner capture victories at SpringNationals

Ron Capps (Funny Car in the center) and Bo Butner (Pro Stock on the right) were also winners in their respective categories at the fifth event of 24 on the 2017 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series schedule.Pritchett raced a 3.781-second pass at 321.96 mph to defeat Steve Torrence who ran a 3.787 at 322.11 in his Capco Contractors dragster. This is Pritchett’s fourth career victory and third of the season.


Leah Pritchett

“Our goal was to leave as the points leader and that was not easy at all,” said Pritchett, who takes over the points lead with the victory. “Going into the final we said this is our bounce back and we’re going to keep it interesting. Never been in a position to really be counting points and I know it is early in the season, but I’m definitely enjoying that.”    Pritchett raced past Scott Palmer, Doug Kalitta and defending champion Antron Brown en route to the victory. Torrence faced Shawn Reed, Troy Coughlin Jr. and No. 1 qualifier Clay Millican before seeing Pritchett in the final round.    Defending Funny Car champion, Ron Capps, claimed his first victory of the season when he outran Robert Hight with a 4.004 pass at 284.33 in his NAPA Auto Parts Dodge Charger R/T. Hight pushed his AAA Texas Chevy Camaro to a 4.107 at 202.88 in his first runner-up effort this season. It is Capps’ 51st career win and third at Houston. READ FULL STORY

Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series: Food City 500 from Bristol Postponed until Monday

Heavy rain in northeast Tennessee has caused NASCAR to postpone the running of the Food City 500 at Bristol Motor Speedway to Monday.  The race is scheduled to get underway shortly after 1:00 pm ET.   Rain has plagued the track since Friday and caused a delay in Saturday’s NASCAR XFINITY Series race.   Once the race goes green, points leader Kyle Larson will start from the pole after qualifying was washed out on Friday afternoon. Chase Elliott will go from the outside of the front row with Martin Truex Jr, Brad Keselowski and Joey Logano rounding out the top-five starters

XFINITY Series Results: Erik Jones Prevails at Bristol

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Erik Jones came back from an early race penalty to win Saturday’s NASCAR XFINITY Series Fitzgerald Glider Kits 300 at Bristol Motor Speedway.
Jones outraced Ryan Blaney in a race to the checkered flag after a late restart to score his second straight series win after his Texas triumph two weeks ago. He’s the first driver to score a repeat win this season and Jones made it two straight spring race wins at Bristol.
He was penalized for speeding on pit road on lap 230 but was able to get back to the front, which included making contact with race leader Blaney in the late going.
“That’s part of racing. I knew I pushed the issue,” Jones explained of the contact.
From that point he stayed at the front and outraced Suarez in a three-lap shootout to the checkered flag. READ FULL STORY

Lucas Oil Drag Boat Racing Series Results: Top Fuel Hydro pilot Bryan Sanders tops 270 mph in scoring second straight LODBRS victory

Tony Scarlata and Shawn Reed also double-up with second wins of the season
PARKER, Ariz. (April 15) — It wasn’t the fastest run in history, but Top Fuel Hydro pilot Bryan Sanders still found a way to take the Colorado River Challenge trophy in style Saturday afternoon, clocking 270.38 mph during a steady 3.445-second victory over a surrendering Mike Robbins.
 Mike De Clark (Top Alcohol Hydro), Tony Scarlata (Top Alcohol Flat), Shawn Reed (Pro Mod), and Tyler Speer (Pro Outlaw) also scored big pro-level wins Saturday on the shores of the Blue Water Casino resort.
 The fastest pass in history remains the 274.95 mph Scott Lumbert ran two years ago in the “Spirit of Texas” boat, but Sanders did find a way to impress once again at this event, just two weeks after setting the official speed record of 268.40 mph in his General Tire-sponsored “Nitrochondriac” craft at the season opener in Phoenix.
Bryan Sanders, General Tires “Nitrochondriac” (Marty Reger photo)

“It’s beyond words to go out there and do something like this, to run 270 mph and win the race and have things go your way like they have this season,” Sanders said. “It’s just unbelievable. Man, we had an awesome day, a great weekend. Everything was fantastic. These guys, the crew I have is phenomenal and so on top of the boat, it’s just on a rail.

 “It’s unfortunate we didn’t have the chance to back it up and set another record but it’s still in the record books as one of the best runs ever so as far as we’re concerned, 270 is 270. Everybody knows what it ran.
 “Next up is Wheatland, Missouri. We’re going to try to go after the E.T. record this time. We already own it, but we’re going to try and see if we can lower it. I love that facility. Wheatland is the premier track on the circuit. Forrest Lucas did a great job building that place and we love going there.”
 De Clark successfully turned his top-qualifying effort in Top Alcohol Hydro into a big win that pushed his “Little White Lie” vessel into the championship points chase. De Clark was No. 1 qualifier at the season opener also, but failed to fire in Round 1 there, making Saturday’s victory over Darin Dunagan all the sweeter.
 “We just started out slow, progressed along and worked into it slowly this time,” De Clark said. “The boat became consistent and it paid dividends. My guys did one helluva a job; I was just the lucky driver this weekend. The guys are the ones to thank this time. It was a really good weekend for us all the way around.”
 The final numbers had De Clark winning with a 4.431 at 202.25 mph well ahead of Dunagan’s sputtering 6.244 at 82.98 mph in his “Blown Budget” boat.
 As he’s been fearing throughout the first two races in Top Alcohol Flat, Scarlata was finally outrun on the water, but this time it was after final-round opponent Bill Miller jumped the start by 16-thousandths of a second. Although Scarlata’s 5.517 at 151.85 mph in the Cat Spot-sponsored “Shazam” was behind Miller’s 5.369 at 147.99 mph in “Party to the Max,” Scalata still secured the victory for boat owner Tommy Thompson and sponsor Lucas Oil due to Miller’s foul.
 “I didn’t know Bill red-lit and it’s a lucky thing because we are still battling an ignition problem where right when the motor revs up it starts killing cylinders,” a relieved Scarlata said. “I saw him out in front of me and I was praying he red-lit but I didn’t know so I still had to try to get down the track and get to the finish line. My hat’s off to those guys. They’ve really come around and they are a definite force, not just another team we’ve got to race.
 “It was a great weekend for Cat Spot, Tommy Thompson, Lucas Oil and Lifeline. I just have a whole litany of people to name but my crew, they are just so awesome. We have such a blast, through good times and bad, no matter what we keep our composure, have fun and make it happen.”
“Shazam” piloted by Tony Scarlata

Scarlata’s best run of the day came in the semifinals when he beat Doug Darnall with a 5.310 at 156.35 mph.

 The third driver to double-up on the young season was Pro Mod winner Reed, the part-time Top Fuel dragster driver who also pilots “Top Secret” for boat owners Floyd and Barbara Hughes and Jason and Miranda Sutton.
 “It’s always nerve wracking to try and keep a streak going but we managed to continue what we did in Phoenix and get another win,” Reed said. “We had a couple of little problems in the second round but we just plugged away at it and survived.
 “Anytime you can win out here against these guys it’s a great day. Pro Mod is the toughest class, I think, in all boat racing, and any one of these guys can win. Some of these new guys coming up, they want it more than anybody else, so it’s tough every round but we made it through so it’s all good.”
 Although he benefitted from Jimmy Booher’s -.033-second, red-light foul in the final, Reed was on his game all day, running a near-perfect 7.001 at 168.12 mph in Round 1, a slightly safer 7.026 at 168.12 mph in the semifinals, and another 7.026 at 168.80 mph against Booher.
 Living up to their class moniker, Pro Outlaw came down to a duel between Speer’s aptly-named “Georgia Outlaw” and Rick Blethroade’s “Wild Thing,” with Speer screaming away, unopposed, to a 6.404 at 123.66 mph to win the race.
 “It was an awesome day,” Speer said. “I couldn’t be happier with everybody who helped out: Lucas Oil Racing TV, Hedman Husler Hedders and Georgia Outlaw. You know, we bumped up a class so we have no notes to go off. I know we got a little bit of luck this weekend.
 “We need to do a little bit better on the tune up. Dad did an awesome job tuning this weekend though, getting us right, so I can’t thank him enough. Mom, Dad everybody. This is what we need to be doing, making it to the finals and winning races. We’ll just take one at a time.”
 Speer, the top qualifier, beat Phoenix winner Cole Allen, sport kingpin Tommy Thompson, and got a bye run to the final against Blethroade. His quickest run came against Thompson when he blistered the course with a 5.527 at 160.93 mph.
 The Sportsman finals also delivered lots of great racing.
 Phoenix runner-up Brian Schmidl took things one step further this weekend, topping Stan Tweedy in the Pro Eliminator finale with a pass of 8.127 at 131.11 mph to Tweedy’s game 8.146 at 131.72 mph.
 Vince Nelson Jr. was outrun on the river but beat Jeff Luehring to take Quick Eliminator when Luehring ran under the six-second limit, an automatic disqualification.
 Bob Prigmore enjoyed a bye run in the Top Eliminator final when No. 1 qualifier Garrett Breistig couldn’t make the call.
 Mike Munoz powered to a 10.113 at 102.67 mph to take the Modified Eliminator trophy from Don Blayney, who went 10.172 at 92.90 mph.
 Armand Labarre beat Wally Nocks in Stock Eliminator, while Scott Dolezal bested Kevin Foote in River Racer.
 Finally, racing in just her second Lucas Oil Drag Boat Racing Series event ever, Brittney Hegemann turned her No. 1 qualifying effort into a big victory in Personal Watercraft against Sharon Holloway.
 The next race on the schedule is the John Haas Memorial, which occurs June 9-11 in Wheatland, Mo.

Mike Munoz and Jeffrey Foland in Modified Eliminator Semi Final
Pro Outlaw driver of the “Georgia Outlaw”, Tyler Speer
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NHRA Results: Antron Brown repeats as other favorites fall early Tommy Johnson Jr., Tanner Gray also pick up victories at the DENSO Spark Plugs NHRA Nationals

Antron Brown

Antron Brown (above photo) piloted his Matco Tools dragster to the Top Fuel victory Sunday at the 18th annual DENSO Spark Plugs NHRA Nationals at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.
Tommy Johnson Jr. (Funny Car) and Tanner Gray (Pro Stock) were also winners at the fourth event of 24 on the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series schedule.
Brown, who won the event in 2016, raced to a 3.747-second pass at 321.04 mph to defeat Don Schumacher Racing teammate Tony Schumacher, who ran a 3.809 at 325.14 in his U.S. Army dragster. This is Brown’s 46th career Top Fuel victory and first of the season. It was also Don Schumacher Racing’s 300th team win.
“Today was tough battles,” Brown said. “When you race two of your teammates, you know you got a battle on your hands because you all have the same quality parts. And when you go up there, you have to throw everything up there. Especially with Tony — he hasn’t been an eight-time champion for nothing, buddy; he knows how to race. We had to push hard. READ FULL STORY

Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Results: Keselowski Masters Martinsville

Brad Keselowski

Brad Keselowski captured his first Martinsville Speedway win in Sunday’s STP 500 for his fifth straight top-five finish this season.
The win was the second of the year for Keselowski and it gave Team Penske its first Martinsville victory since 2004.
“This is awesome,” Keselowski said.  “We’ve ran so good here with the Miller Lite Ford, but something always happens and we haven’t been able to bring it home.  Martinsville is just one of those champion’s tracks. The guys that run well everywhere run well here, and it’s really just an honor to win here and get to compete here.  This track is 70 years old and a lot of legends have won here.  It feels great to be able to join them and bring home a clock.
“I have one as a truck owner, but not as a driver, so I’m glad to bring one back as a driver.  But probably more than anything else I’m really proud, you hear it all the time about the boys back at the shop, but Team Penske has put so much effort in these Martinsville cars the last three or four years because we knew it was one of our weakest tracks, and finally we got the result they deserve.  Thank you guys, so much.” READ FULL STORY

Camping World Truck Series Results: Chase Elliot Wins at Martinsville

Chase Elliott

Chase Elliott won Saturday’s NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Alpha Energy Solutions 250 at Martinsville Speedway.
Elliott scored his second career series win as he drove his GMS Racing Chevrolet to Victory Lane. Elliott’s first win came in 2013 when he took the checkered flag at Canadian Tire Motorsports Park.
“It’s so great to win at Martinsville,” Elliott said. “That was a fun short track race and I hope it leads to more tomorrow (in Sunday’s Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series STP 500).”
Elliott took advantage of contact between Christopher Bell and Austin Cindric to speed by for the top spot on lap 234 and was able stay in front the rest of the way. READ FULL STORY

 

Monster Energy Cup NASCAR Series Results: Newman Ends Winless Drought with Phoenix Victory

Ryan Newman

Ryan Newman held off Kyle Larson to score his first win since 2013, capturing the victory in Sunday’s Camping World 500 at Phoenix Raceway. CHECK BACK LATER FOR FULL REPORT

NHRA Results: Schumacher, Force, Gray, Krawiec score at Amalie Motor Oil NHRA Gatornationals

Tony Schumacher raced his way to the Top Fuel victory Sunday at the 48th annual Amalie Motor Oil NHRA Gatornationals at Gainesville Raceway.  John Force (Funny Car), Shane Gray (Pro Stock) and Eddie Krawiec (Pro Stock Motorcycle) were also winners in their respective categories at the third of 24 events on the 2017 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series schedule.Schumacher, an eight-time Top Fuel world champion, piloted his U.S. Army dragster to a 3.703-second pass at 329.26 mph for the 83rd victory of his career and first of the season. He defeated reigning world champion Antron Brown who ran a 3.764 at 322.65 in his Matco Tools dragster. With the win, Schumacher becomes the winningest Top Fuel driver at the facility with five after previously being in a four-way tie.“We have great, great people working together. I’m loving driving the car,” Schumacher said. “We’re in the fight every day, every race. It’s going to be a fun year, man. I’m comfortable driving the car. It’s running right down the middle. Its running extremely fast. It doesn’t have any part on the race track where I feel that I’m in danger. Its doing everything that a driver dreams about sitting in a Top Fuel car. READ FULL STORY

XFINITY Series Results: Allgaier Back in Victory Lane at Phoenix

Justin AllgaierAVONDALE, Ariz. – Justin Allgaier ended an 80-race winless streak on Saturday, going to Victory Lane in the DC Solar 200 at Phoenix Raceway and winning the first leg of the NASCAR XFINITY Series Dash4Cash.
It’s the fourth win for Allgaier in 210 career XFINITY Series starts and first since moving back to the series full-time in 2016 after a two-year full-time stint in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series.
Allgaier was able to hold off the field on multiple restarts over the final quarter of the 200-lap event after crew chief Jason Burdett used a four-tire pit strategy when other teams took two fresh tires after a caution flew with 43 laps to go.
“It’s been a couple years since I’ve been able to get to Victory Lane and it’s been challenging,” Allgaier said. “To come out this year, fourth race in, to get a victory, there are so many things that are cool about this moment. Erik and I had a great battle at the end of the race. It’s a fun place to race.” READ FULL STORY