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OF SHINERS AND SMOKE, ROOKIE LINDBERG REFLECTS

Jonnie Lindberg entered the NHRA Carolina Nationals with a black eye, in more ways than one.

Firstly, over his right eye, where he struck himself with a torque wrench while working in the workshop last Sunday. Lindberg had to have five stitches and is wearing a large pair of sunglasses this weekend to help cover up his injury.

PRESSURE IS ON FOR ENDERS FOLLOWING CHARLOTTE

 

Erica Enders was unable to advance out of Round 2 during Sunday's final eliminations at the zMAX Dragway in Concord, N.C. While Enders entered and left the NHRA Carolina Nationals in sixth in the points, she is well aware that a strong result will be critical next weekend in Redding.

"We don't have a choice but to [make up the points in Reading] or we'll run out of time before we know it," admitted Enders during Monday testing at zMAX Dragway. "We're here testing on Monday again, so it tells you how we performed yesterday.

"It's not been a secret what we've struggled with, and that's the first 60 feet of the racetrack. This new tire has been a challenge to get a hold of and we're giving up three hundredths going past the Christmas Tree.

BRITTANY FORCE CONTINUES HER LEARNING PROCESS IN FUNNY CAR

 

You can take the girl out of the Dragster, but can you take the Dragster out of the girl?

We may soon find out with Brittany Force as the John Force Racing driver stayed behind to test at zMAX Dragway on Monday, again behind the wheel of a Funny Car.

"I want to drive either way, whether it's a Dragster or a Funny Car," said Force. "If it were my pick it would be a Dragster because that's home to me, it feels the most comfortable to me, it feels like I could be the most competitive right now in it. Whereas the Funny Car, you're kind of starting over. But that's how this business works, sometimes we don't have a say in it, sometimes sponsors put their ideas in there and maybe we'll change directions if it opens up doors for more sponsors and funding the team and getting extensions on contracts so maybe we'll go that direction if we need to."

HIGHT HAS ‘DREAM’ PERFORMANCE IN CHARLOTTE, TAKES OVER FUNNY CAR CHAMPIONSHIP LEAD

Robert Hight has seen it all.

He has won championships. He has won races. He is the quickest and fastest man in Funny Car history. So when Hight considers any race a “dream” scenario, you know it is special.

DOUG KALITTA SCORES BIG AFTER DAY OF UPSETS IN CHARLOTTE

Doug Kalitta capitalized at the NHRA Carolina Nationals on a day when the top four in points failed to advance to the semis.

But the reality is, Kalitta could very easily have joined them in making an early exit.

OUT WITH THE NEW, IN WITH THE OLD FOR CHARLOTTE WINNER EDDIE KRAWIEC

Eddie Krawiec took the points lead at the NHRA Carolina Nationals at the zMAX Dragway in Concord, N.C. on Sunday by taking a step back.

The Vance and Hines Harley-Davidson rider had entered the countdown in a solid second place in the points. Despite this, the 40-year-old New Jersey native had been dissatisfied with some of the results earlier on in the year after many adjustments had been made to the bike’s old chassis.

ROOKIE SENSATION GRAY TAKES OVER POINTS LEAD AFTER CAROLINA NATIONALS WIN

From the outside, Tanner Gray exudes a sense of confidence rarely seen in a rookie.

On the inside, however, Gray is just as nervous as you might expect a first-year driver to be entering his first championship battle.

SPORTSMAN RESULTS FROM 2017 CAROLINA NATIONALS

Sunday's final results from the 10th annual NHRA Carolina Nationals at zMax Dragway. The race is the 19th of 24 in the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series:

KALITTA, HIGHT, GRAY & KRAWIEC NOTCH VICTORIES AT NHRA CAROLINA NATIONALS

Doug Kalitta powered to his first career victory at zMAX Dragway Sunday at the 10th annual NHRA Carolina Nationals.

Robert Hight (Funny Car), Tanner Gray (Pro Stock) and Eddie Krawiec (Pro Stock Motorcycle) were also victorious in their respective categories at the first of six playoff events during the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series Countdown to the Championship.

GRAY LOCKS DOWN FIRST PRO MOD VICTORY AT NHRA CAROLINA NATIONALS

Jonathan Gray locked down his first career Pro Mod victory on Sunday during the NHRA J&A Service Pro Mod Drag Racing Series portion of the NHRA Carolina Nationals at zMAX Dragway.

Gray powered to a 5.809-second pass at 250.46 mph in his IDG Chevrolet Camaro to earn the victory over Steve Jackson in the final round. Gray defeated Steve Matusek, points leader Mike Castellana and Chuck Little on his way to the finals.

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