Some people use quads to ride on trails, others use them to push their race cars, and then there are guys who race them. This quad runs deep in the 10′s and puts on a show in the process.
Some people use quads to ride on trails, others use them to push their race cars, and then there are guys who race them. This quad runs deep in the 10′s and puts on a show in the process.View full post
Courtney Force beat father John Force in the final to become the winningest female in Funny Car history at the NHRA Sonoma Nationals on Sunday. Khalid alBalooshi, Jason Line, and Eddie Krawiec were also winners.View full post
Lizzy Musi earned her career-first win Saturday night at the PDRA U.S. Drags In Virginia, joining Brandon Snider, Cary Goforth, and Kevin Rivenbark as champions.View full post
Courtney Force beat father John Force in the final to become the winningest female in Funny Car history at the NHRA Sonoma Nationals on Sunday. Khalid alBalooshi, Jason Line, and Eddie Krawiec were also winners.
News and views from the
NHRA Sonoma Nationals
Last update: 6:30 p.m.
Click for latest post
Lizzy Musi earned her career-first win Saturday night at the PDRA U.S. Drags In Virginia, joining Brandon Snider, Cary Goforth, and Kevin Rivenbark as champions.
Former NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series world champs John Force, Shawn Langdon, Allen Johnson, Jason Line, and Jeg Coughlin were among those drivers who locked up their berths in NHRA’s Countdown to the Championship playoffs thanks to their efforts …
News and views from the
NHRA Sonoma Nationals
Last update: 7 p.m.
Click for latest post
Andrew Hines, left, accepts the $25,000 winner’s check from Danny Griego, country music songwriter and entertainer and chief operating officer of MiraMonte Records, after winning Saturday’s MiraMonte Records NHRA Pro Bike Battle.
Andrew Hines extended his win streak to 11-0 by winning the inaugural MiraMonte Records NHRA Pro Bike Battle on Saturday at Sonoma Raceway. Since unveiling his new chassis earlier this month, Hines won in Norwalk and Denver, and he remained perfect with a final-round win over Scotty Pollacheck to claim the $25,000 top prize in the specialty event, which was open only to the top-eight riders based on qualifying performance this year.
‘This is a big deal for Vance & Hines and Harley-Davidson,’ said Hines. ‘It’s been a while since we’ve had a specialty race. I think 2009 was the last time, and five years later, we’ve been able to continue what we started. Our team has won the last five of these [specialty] races, and I’m glad to keep that streak going. I’ve been on a roll since we broke out this new motorcycle. [New bikes] don’t usually start winning when you first bring them out. I’m 11-0, and I’m not looking forward to the day when it doesn’t turn on the win light.’
Hines was the No. 3 seed in the event and rolled to a narrow 6.818 to 6.852 win over John Hall in round one. Hall grabbed a lead at the start, and Hines won by just two-thousandths at the finish line. Hines, the winner of four previous specialty races, punched his ticket to the final with a 6.853 to 6.920 win over Hector Arana Sr. in the semifinals.
Hines was confident in the performance of his Harley V-Rod; he was less than enthusiastic about his reaction times, which have suffered since the team adapted a new clutch tune-up recently. Hines was especially concerned about the final round since Pollacheck is a former bracket racer who is considered one of the best leavers in the class. Hines went on to win the final, 6.835 to 6.866.
‘I was definitely concerned,’ said Hines. ‘In fact, I rolled in about 2 inches deep in the final, and that’s not something you ever see on a Pro Stock Motorcycle. I knew I needed to do something to get my reaction time down, and it worked. Right now, I could probably knock the top light out and not go red, and we can’t race like that. I did what I needed to do, but we’re going to have to go testing soon to figure out how to get our bikes to leave the starting line better.’
Pollacheck, who earned $10,000 for his runner-up finish, began his day with a holeshot win over Hines’ Screamin’ Eagle Harley teammate, Eddie Krawiec, and followed with a narrow eight-thousandths win against his own teammate, Matt Smith, in the semifinals.
Hines’ Road to Victory:
Round 1: def. John Hall, 6.818 to 6.852
Semifinals: def. Hector Arana Sr., 6.853 to 6.920
Final: def. Scotty Pollacheck, 6.835 to 6.866
Schedule | Tickets | Entries | Results
Team reports | Photos | Video
Brittany Force (Top Fuel), Courtney Force (Funny Car), Shane Gray (Pro Stock), and Jerry Savoie (Pro Stock Motorcycle) earned No. 1 qualifying positions and will lead their categories into Sunday’s 11 a.m. eliminations at the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series event in Northern California.
Brittany Force claimed her third No. 1 qualifier of the season and third of her career with a 3.762 at 325.53 in her Castrol Edge dragster. Force, who started in the top spot in Topeka and Bristol, will open eliminations against Clay Millican.
‘I’m definitely excited,’ Force said. ‘To be No. 1, that’s where we want to be. I’m proud of my entire team; they’ve worked hard.’
Top Fuel points leader Doug Kalitta qualified in the No. 2 position in his Mac Tools dragster and will race Steve Chrisman. Seven-time world champion Tony Schumacher drove his U.S. Army dragster to the No. 3 spot with his 3.793 at 323.43, good enough to earn him a first-round matchup with Terry McMillen.
Courtney Force topped Funny Car qualifying with her Friday run of 4.045 at 319.22 in her Traxxas Ford Mustang. It is her third No. 1 qualifying position of the season and sixth of her career. Force will race Peter Russo in the first round of eliminations.
‘For my Traxxas team, I’m just excited,’ Force said of her Friday night pass that held through the final two sessions. ‘We had a good run Q2. Obviously, it cooled off, and it was a good track for anyone to make a good run on.’
Two-time Funny Car world champion Cruz Pedregon is the No. 2 qualifier after his Snap-on Tools Toyota Camry ran a 4.051 at 311.92, setting up a matchup with Gary Densham in round one. Sixteen-time world champ John Force will start in the No. 3 spot following a 4.070 at 313.73 in his Castrol GTX High Mileage Ford Mustang. Force, who will face Paul Lee in the opening round, will make his 650th national event start, breaking a tie with Pro Stock legend Warren Johnson for most all time.
Sunday will mark the second time two sisters have started No. 1 at an NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series. Brittany and Courtney Force also achieved that feat earlier this season in Topeka.
Gray clinched his third Pro Stock No. 1 qualifying position of his career with a 6.539 at 212.13 in his Gray Manufacturing Chevy Camaro. Gray, who also was top qualifier earlier this season in Bristol and Epping, will have a bye in the opening round.
‘I didn’t realize we could speed up like that,’ said Gray following his improvement from Friday’s runs. ‘The guys did a great job. What was so neat about this deal was my guys back at the shop built an engine the day before yesterday.’
Jason Line, the No. 1 qualifier last weekend in Denver, will start No. 2 in his Summit Racing Chevy Camaro following a 6.541 at 211.79. He will open eliminations against Joey Grose. Denver winner Allen Johnson was third quickest in qualifying, driving his Magneti Marelli Dodge Dart to a 6.547 at 212.16. He will face Tommy Lee.
In Pro Stock Motorcycle, Savoie ran a 6.810 at 197.86 on his Savoie’s Alligator Farm Suzuki to secure his first career No. 1 qualifier. He faces Chaz Kennedy in the first round.
‘We ran good over here last year,’ Savoie said. ‘It’s a really fast track but for a Suzuki to go an .81 is really really strong.’
Eddie Krawiec followed up his first-round appearance in the MiraMonte Records NHRA Pro Bike Battle with a 6.814 at 195.59, good enough for the No. 2 starting spot in Sunday’s field. His Screamin’ Eagle Vance & Hines Harley-Davidson will open with Freddie Camarena. MiraMonte Records NHRA Pro Bike Battle winner Andrew Hines qualified third with a 6.818 at 195.79 on his Screamin’ Eagle Vance & Hines Harley-Davidson. He will race Katie Sullivan to start eliminations.
Friday: Force sisters, Line, Hall lead Friday’s fields in Sonoma