Good afternoon race fans!
This weekend the NHRA made their way to North Carolina for the Circle K NHRA Four-Wide Nationals, the second four-wide race of the season and what an exciting race it was.
With it being a four-wide race, things are a little different. There are only three rounds and instead of pairs, we have quads and because of that, I’m going to present it that way.
Starting in Top Fuel, I want to congratulate Justin Ashley on his first career No. 1 qualifier. The first quad of the day feature No. 1 Justin Ashley, No. 16 Cameron Ferre, No. 8 Austin Prock and No. 9 Antron Brown. From that quad, Justin Ashley advanced, I don’t have a time for him because he had a timing issue where something blew in front of his timing blocks stopping the clock early and Cameron Ferre advanced with a 3.84. The second quad of the day featured No. 4 Doug Kalitta, No. 13 Alex Laughlin, No. 5 Mike Salinas and No. 12 Doug Foley. From that quad, Doug Kalitta advanced with a 3.72 and Mike Salinas advanced with a 3.76. The third quad of the day was a tough one and it featured No. 2 Leah Pruett, No. 15 Tony Schumacher, No. 7 Brittany Force and No. 10 Spencer Massey. Those that advanced are Spencer Massey with a 3.74 and Brittany Force with a 3.73. The fourth and last quad of the first round featured No. 3 Steve Torrence, No. 14 Shawn Langdon, No. 6 Josh Hart and No. 11 Clay Millican. Those that advanced are Clay Millican with a 3.74 and Josh Hart with a 3.73. The second round featured two quads, the first with Justin Ashley, Cameron Ferre, Doug Kalitta and Mike Salinas. Those that advanced are Mike Salinas and the Pep Boys team with a 3.70 and Cameron Ferre and the Haddock Racing team with a 3.92. The second quad featured Spencer Massey, Brittany Force, Clay Millican and Josh Hart. Those that advanced are Josh Hart and the TechNet team with a 3.75 and Spencer Massey and the Commercial Metal Fabricators team with a 3.88. This was a good final off the line, but after that it was clear that it belonged to Mike Salinas. He went straight and true, a to b with a 3.70 grabbing the win and taking home the Wally. Second place belonged to Cameron Ferre with a 3.98, followed by Josh Hart with a 9.94 and Spencer Massey with a 13.71.
Next we move to Funny Car, the first quad of the day featured No. 1 John Force, No. 8 Bob Tasca III and No. 9 Alexis DeJoria. There were only 15 cars entered, so that quad was a trio. Those that advanced were Bob Tasca III with a 3.87 and John Force with a 3.89. The second quad featured No. 4 Robert Hight, No. 13 Jim Campbell, No. 5 Cruz Pedregon and No. 12 Tim Wilkerson. Those that advanced were Robert Hight with a 3.88 and Cruz Pedregon with a 3.92. The third quad of the day featured No. 2 Matt Hagan, No. 15 Mike McIntire Jr, No. 7 Blake Alexander and No. 10 Paul Lee. Those that advanced were Matt Hagan with a 3.89 and Mike McIntire Jr with a 3.96. The fourth and last quad of the first round featured No. 3 Ron Capps, No. 14 Dale Creasy Jr, No. 6 JR Todd and No. 11 Chad Green. Those that advanced were JR Todd with a 3.89 and Ron Capps with a 3.92. There were two quads in the second round, the first had Robert Hight, Cruz Pedregon, Bob Tasca III and John Force. Those that advanced were Robert Hight and the AAA team with a 3.90 and John Force and the PEAK team with a 3.93. The second quad had Matt Hagan, Mike McIntire Jr, JR Todd and Ron Capps. Those that advanced were Ron Capps and the NAPA Auto Parts team with a 3.95 and Mike McIntire Jr and the McAttack Racing team with a 4.03. This race was John Force all the way, he left first and never looked back grabbing the win and taking home the Wally with a 3.91. Second place belonged to Robert Hight with a 4.03 followed by Ron Capps with a 4.25 and Mike McIntire Jr with a 9.39.
And finally we have Pro Stock Motorcycle, the first quad of the day featured No. 1 Angelle Sampey, No. 16 Kelly Clontz, No. 8 Joey Gladstone and No. 9 Matt Smith. Those that advanced were Angelle Sampey with a 6.76 and Joey Gladstone with a 6.84. The second quad featured No. 4 Eddie Krawiec, No. 13 Marc Ingwersen, No. 5 Jerry Savoie and No. 12 Michael Ray. Those that advanced were Eddie Krawiec with a 6.79 and Jerry Savoie with a 6.80. The third quad featured No. 2 Steve Johnson, No. 15 Ron Tornow, No. 7 Angie Smith and No. 10 Hector Arana Jr. Those that advanced were Steve Johnson with a 6.76 and Angie Smith with a 6.81. The fourth and last quad of the first round featured No. 3 Karen Stoffer, No. 14 Ryan Oehler, No. 6 Jimmy Underdahl and No. 11 Chris Bostick. Those that advanced were Karen Stoffer with a 6.79 and Jimmy Underdahl with a 6.83. The second round featured two quads, the first had Angelle Sampey, Joey Gladstone, Eddie Krawiec and Jerry Savoie. Those that advanced were Joey Gladstone and the Reed Motorsports team with a 6.81 and Eddie Krawiec and the Vance and Hines/Mission Foods team with a 6.84. The second quad had Steve Johnson, Angie Smith, Karen Stoffer and Jimmy Underdahl. Those that advanced were Steve Johnson and the Suzuki/Steve Johnson Racing team with a 6.71 and Karen Stoffer and the Ray Skillman Auto Group/Big St. Charles Motorsports team with a 6.81. Out of all the final quads we saw today, this one was the closest but in the end it was Steve Johnson who grabbed the win the took home the Wally with a 6.74. Second place belonged to Karen Stoffer with a 6.82 followed by Eddie Krawiec with a 6.85 and Joey Gladstone with a 6.90.
The next race will be the Virginia NHRA Nationals, May 13th – 15th in Richmond, Virginia.