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TORRENCE WINS FIRST TOP FUEL WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP AND EVENT; TODD, BUTNER AND ARANA JR. VICTORIOUS AT LAS VEGAS

Steve Torrence won his first Top Fuel world championship during eliminations on Sunday at the NHRA Toyota Nationals and raced to his 10th victory of the year at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.
 
J.R. Todd (Funny Car), Bo Butner (Pro Stock) and Hector Arana Jr. (Pro Stock Motorcycle) were also winners in their respective categories at the fifth of six playoff events during the 2018 Mello Yello Countdown to the Championship

JANIS WINS PRO MOD CHAMPIONSHIP; FRIGO WINS EVENT

Mike Janis won his first E3 Spark Plugs NHRA Pro Mod Drag Racing Series presented by J&A Service world championship at the season ending event during the NHRA Toyota Nationals. This weekend’s Pro Mod racing is presented by Trask Performance.

Janis was the points leaders entering the weekend but was defeated in the first round of eliminations by Mike Caruso. Rickie Smith, who was second, advanced to the quarter finals and had an opportunity for him to win his fourth championship if he advanced to the semifinals. Smith was defeated by Rick Hord allowing Janis to claim the crown.

POINT STANDINGS FOLLOWING 2018 TOYOTA NATIONALS

Point standings (top 10) following the 18th annual NHRA Toyota Nationals at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, the 23rd of 24 events in the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series -

 

ROUND BY ROUND RESULTS FROM 2018 TOYOTA NATIONALS

Final round-by-round results from the 18th annual NHRA Toyota Nationals at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, the 23rd of 24 events in the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series:

 

SPORTSMAN RESULTS FROM 2018 NHRA TOYOTA NATIONALS

Sunday's final results from the 18th annual NHRA Toyota Nationals at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. The race is the 23rd of 24 in the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series:

JOHNSON JR. CAPTURES ANOTHER NO. 1 FUNNY CAR QUALIFYING POSITION

This is a trend that has left nitro Funny Car driver Tommy Johnson Jr. smiling.

Johnson Jr. has qualified No. 1 at three consecutive races – Dallas, Charlotte, N.C., and now Las Vegas

COUGHLIN CLAIMS TOP PRO STOCK QUALIFYING SPOT AT LAS VEGAS

Jeg Coughlin is keeping up the good fight to try and win his sixth career NHRA Pro Stock world championship.

Coughlin piloted his Jegs.com/Elite Performance Chevy Camaro to the top of the qualifying sheet with his 6.628-second lap at 206.73 mph Saturday at the NHRA Toyota Nationals at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

THE ALWAYS SURPRISING WORLD OF TROY BUFF

 

Troy Buff’s most recent appearance on the Mello Yello Drag Racing Series was in early August, at Seattle, where he qualified No. 11 and fell to Leah Pritchett in the first round. But his most recent visit to The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway was a bit of an odd experience. Team owner Bill Miller had said at the NHRA Finals in November 2017 that he was stepping away from competition. Then Miller had second thoughts. He decided to go to the Phoenix race, No. 2 of 24, this February – where Buff started 13th and also ran up against Pritchett in Round 1.

NHRA PRO STOCK TEAMS REACT TO 16-RACE SCHEDULE

 

NHRA Pro Stock teams reacted to the memo distributed on Friday, as they rolled their cars out of the trailer for Saturday's final qualifying sessions.

In a letter penned by incoming NHRA VP of Operations Josh Peterson, those teams were informed their 24-race schedule would be pared to 16 in 2019. The sanctioning body is awaiting feedback from the teams before making the move official, which management says is not a done deal.

NHRA REVEALS INTENT FOR 16-RACE PRO STOCK SCHEDULE

 

NHRA distributed a letter to their Pro Stock teams Friday afternoon between qualifyign sessions at the NHRA Toyota Nationals insinuating their intentions to scale their 24-races down to 16. the sanctioning body is awaiting feedback from the teams before making the move official, which management says is not a done deal.

“We did send a letter to teams, but an official decision and announcement has not been made," NHRA President Glen Cromwell confirmed.

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