by Bobby Bennett; Photo by Roger Richards Sun, 2021-09-26 19:00
If only Matt Hagan could have seen from the outside of the car the show he and Ron Capps put on for the race fans at World Wide Technology Raceway during qualifying for the NHRA Midwest Nationals.
For two days, the defending NHRA Funny Car champion and his Don Schumacher Racing teammate put on a speed clinic with 3.8-second runs, and after running 332s in Saturday's final session, upped the ante to 333.25.
Sun, 2021-09-26 18:55
For the second time this season, 2019 Factory Stock Showdown champion Aaron Stanfield qualified No. 1 at a Constant Aviation Factory Stock Showdown national event. On the final day of qualifying at the NHRA Midwest Nationals from World Wide Technology Raceway Stanfield made the two quickest runs to solidify his position at the top of the field. In the final session he bettered his previous best run with a blistering 3.765 second pass at 176.12 mph.
“That last run felt like poetry in motion,” said Stanfield, who was the No. 1 qualifier at the Dodge Mile-High Nationals. “The front end didn’t come up too much because the track was pretty tight. We were able to keep the front end down. It set me back in the seat pretty good. I could tell it was a really good run.”
by Bobby Bennett; Photo by Roger Richards Sun, 2021-09-26 11:56
The age-old quote dictates that luck is when preparation meets opportunity. Luck has nothing to do with Top Fuel racer Mike Salinas' Friday 3.652 elapsed time in Friday's Q-1 session at the NHRA Midwest Nationals.
Tuners Alan Johnson and Brian Husen had the Salinas Scrapper dragster running on mean.
"Alan has been working on a few things and the guys have been working on stuff," Salinas said. "So I think with where they're headed and what they're doing, we've got some great stuff coming our way. It was fast. It was very fast, to say the least. The impressive numbers are the 330 numbers. Those are the impressive numbers that we were really watching.
by Bobby Bennett, Jr.; Photos by Roger Richards Sun, 2021-09-26 11:13
Don’t say that Greg Anderson didn’t offer a fair warning. He just didn’t allude that he’d be the one the competition had better look out for.
After running a 6.536 to take the provisional top spot, Anderson counseled, “It’s not safe, and we’re going to have to come out and give it all we got tomorrow to get those three points and try and keep that pole.”
Anderson upped the ante with a 6.519 in Saturday’s Q3 session at the NHRA Midwest Nationals outside of St. Louis, Mo.
NHRA. photos by Roger Richards Sat, 2021-09-25 19:00
by Bobby Bennett Jr. Fri, 2021-09-24 23:13
Dom Lagana sadly knew the odds were likely not in his brother’s favor.
Dom, then 14, was in the team’s tow vehicle making a mad dash to the New York Raceway Park shutdown area just moments after his old brother Bobby had just made a run in the family’s Top Fuel dragster. The throttle had stuck, sending the Twilight Zone dragster off the track, through the sandtrap, and deep into the woods in Leicester, New York.
“It was like an airplane wreck,” Dom recalled. “They kept pointing towards the sandtrap when we drove down the racetrack to get the car. Unfortunately, stumbling upon the car, it was like, ‘He’s gone. There ain’t no way anybody survived this.’ I mean, we ran through the woods for a quarter-mile, me, my dad, my uncle Alfie and a couple of our crew guys, and it was insane. It seriously looked like an airplane wreck.
Written by Bobby Bennett, photo by Roger Richards Fri, 2021-09-24 19:00
In baseball, there’s a term called an upper deck shot. An upper deck shot is when a batter hits a baseball as far as possible without going entirely out of the stadium.
When it comes to Top Fuel racer Mike Salinas Friday night during the opening qualifying session at the NHRA Midwest Nationals, upper deck shot seems such an inadequate description.
Written by Bobby Bennett, photo by Roger Richards Fri, 2021-09-24 18:55
Consider Funny Car racer Ron Capps to be the reluctant No. 1 qualifier.
Capps, who ran a 3.888-second elapsed time at 332.59 miles per hour to secure the provisional No. 1 spot at the NHRA Midwest Nationals, is grateful for the top spot, but given his druthers would have been satisfied with being second on the qualifying sheet.
Written by Bobby Bennett, photo by Roger Richards Fri, 2021-09-24 18:50
One might think Greg Anderson wants to win the NHRA Midwest Nationals to secure his place in drag racing history as the winningest driver in the Pro Stock division.
And one might be wrong.
NHRA, photos by Roger Richards Fri, 2021-09-24 17:55