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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.

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."

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