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ROUND BY ROUND RESULTS FROM 2017 CAROLINA NATIONALS

Final round-by-round results from the 10th annual NHRA Carolina Nationals at zMax Dragway, the 19th of 24 events in the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series:

POINT STANDINGS FOLLOWING 2017 CAROLINA NATIONALS

Point standings (top 10) following the 10th annual NHRA Carolina Nationals at zMax Dragway, the 19th of 24 events in the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series -

IF A TEAMMATE CAN'T WOUND YOU, THEN WHO CAN?

 

Shawn Langdon is stepping behind the wheel of his Global Electronic Technology Dragster at zMAX Dragway this weekend with a bruised knee following an incident at a go-kart track.

“We were racing [at the GoPro Motorplex in Mooresville, North Carolina] and we get done with the first race and so I pulled into the pits first and I think [Richie Crampton] was a little upset that I was nudging him on the track and he took it back in the pits,” Langdon explained. Langdon then made the mistake of trying to get out of his kart before all of the cars had come to a stop. “I felt J.R. [Todd] kind of come right behind where he tapped the back of my car, he’s there. Well I start getting out and Richie comes in and hits J.R.’s kart and then it hits my kart, so as I’m trying to get out of it and it just takes my feet out from underneath me.

THE 50-CENT PARTS ARE KILLING HAGAN ON RACE DAY

 

Matt Hagan loves the expensive high-performance components on his Freightliner/DSR Funny Car, the more expensive, the more love. But those 50-cent parts are ruining the two-time champion's life, at least in the last two races they have.

"It’s been one those things where you take these cars bolted together there’s $300,000 worth of stuff on them, and then sometimes it comes down to a 50 cent part, $50 part, 50 anything part," Hagan said. "And it’s just like you know all the parts and pieces, and you have one bad part, and you can’t make a run."

The devil is in the details, and lately, those have been the "devil."

TIME FLIES, STANDS STILL FOR JOHN FORCE

It’s been 30 years since 16-time Funny Car champion John Force crossed the finish line to score his first national event win at the 1987 Molson NHRA Grandnational in Montreal.

There were no television crews to document the monumental victory, no overwhelming celebrations, just a couple of French-Canadian men sporting Speedos and holding fire extinguishers speaking a foreign language to the fast-talking Force.

This was 148 wins ago, and there have been times when time has both flown by and stood still for drag racing’s most decorated driver.

J.R. TODD BANKING ON DEJA VU FOR RECENT SUCCESS

 

In 2015, the DHL team won the NHRA Funny Car championship despite not winning a race until the Countdown.

While J.R. Todd has already taken home the Wally twice this season, he enters the Countdown to the Championship eighth in the points, giving he and the DHL team a lot of work to do if it wants to take home the title.

“To me it didn’t start off that well, at least not as well as I wanted it to,” recalls Todd, reflecting back on the start of his rookie season in Funny Car. “I was still new to the car, really didn’t know what to expect in the car as far as where I needed to be comfort-wise.”

ANYTHING LESS THAN A CHAMPIONSHIP IS A DISAPPOINTMENT FOR CAPPS

 

For 20 years, Ron Capps had been unable to earn the title of NHRA Funny Car champion.

Now that he finally has, he’s not prepared to give it up.

“It’s funny how it was such a relief to finally win the championship,” said Capps, “and then I’ve enjoyed it so much… the stuff that came along with it: being up for ESPY awards, being voted into the San Diego Hall of Champions… I thought winning was the greatest thing ever, and I was still sort of gleaming from winning the championship, and doing all the press through the off-season, and really enjoying being called ‘Champ’ and seeing the stuff, the new cardboard cut outs for NAPA and the handouts, and the trailer picture came and it’s me holding the trophy, 2016 World Champion. All that was awesome.

GRAY SHINES WITH RETRO LOOK, TAKES TOP SPOT IN CHARLOTTE

Charlotte, North Carolina is stock car country.

It is home to one of the most iconic ovals in the nation. It is home to NASCAR. It is synonymous with racing.

HINES EARNS FIRST NO. 1 OF SEASON, WILL LEAD PSM FIELD INTO SUNDAY AT CAROLINA NATIONALS

Andrew Hines isn’t winning at quite the same clip as he used to. He also isn’t qualifying as well as the old days.

But that hasn’t stopped the five-time world champion from being at the forefront of the Pro Stock Motorcycle class. Case in point, Saturday at zMAX Dragway.

CASTELLANA CONTINUES TO BUILD UPON PRO MOD POINTS LEAD AT CAROLINA NATIONALS

Mike Castellana locked down the second qualifying position before earning a first round win against Khalid Al Balooshi, extending his day longer than No. 1 qualifier Shane Molinari who dropped his initial match against Pete Farber during the NHRA J&A Service Pro Mod Drag Racing Series portion of the NHRA Carolina Nationals at zMAX Dragway.

Points leader Castellana powered to a 6.000-second pass at 246.84 mph in his Al-Anabi Racing Chevrolet Camaro to earn the victory and extend his lead over second place Troy Coughlin, who dropped his first-round matchup. Castellana is set to go up against Jonathan Gray in the quarterfinals.

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