BALDWIN, BARNETT PULL CLOSER TO CLINCHING FAN-VOTE SERIES CHAMPIONSHIPS WITH WINS
Top Fuel's Krista Baldwin and Pro Modified's Lyle Barnett pulled closer to clinching their first Virtual Reality Hot Rod Association series championships by winning their fifth race. The Strange Engineering Be There Nationals at the legendary U.S. 30 Dragstrip is the sixth of nine races in the 2021 - 2022 season.
Baldwin pulled out early on final round opponent TJ Zizzo and then fought off a late hour charge from the defending series champion and second place in points. She holds a 138 point lead over Zizzo, while four drivers still have a mathematical chance of winning the title.
A 218 point lead is needed to clinch following next week's Grandnational in Montreal, Quebec.
Barnett dominated the Pro Modified division, qualifying No. 1 and defeating fan-vote arch-rival Steve Jackson. He heads to the next event in Montreal with a 179 point lead. Only three drivers remain in contention for the championship.
Rodger Brogdon picked up his third fan-vote drag race victory this season, topping Erica Enders in the final round. He holds a 166 point lead over defending series champion Bruno Massel.
Two classes drew considerably closer, with only three races remaining.
Dale Creasy Jr. pulled to within a little over a round win of defending series champion and points leader Tim Wilkerson, who fell in the semi-finals. Creasy led from start to finish in stopping Paul Lee, who is among six drivers still in contention for the title.
Karen Stoffer now trails defending series champion and point leader Steve Johnson by only nine points as she defeated him in the final round.
The next event opens on Tuesday, January 18, 2022, with the third annual Grandnational from Montreal, Canada.