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HE’S WILD. HE’S OFFBEAT. BUT STEVE JOHNSON IS BIKE CLASS’ FIRST COUNTDOWN WINNER, NEW POINTS LEADER

Sunday’s four Mopar Express Lane NHRA Nationals winners at Maple Grove Raceway, near Reading, Pa. – Billy Torrence (Top Fuel), Tommy Johnson Jr. (Funny Car), Greg Anderson (Pro Stock), and Steve Johnson (Pro Stock Motorcycle) – received a bottle of champagne. 

Torrence, Tommy Johnson, and Anderson sprayed it from the podium in jubilation. 

Steve Johnson drank his. 

SALINAS IGNORES RUMORS AS HE FORGES AHEAD

 

Scrappers Racing Top Fuel owner-driver Mike Salinas has been paying no attention to the rumors that seem to be swirling around him at the moment.

One has him leaving the Top Fuel class. (He isn’t.) 

The other has tuner Alan Johnson and the entire Brian Husen-led team heading to Kalitta Motorsports next season. (As far as Salinas knows, that’s not true.) 

However, Salinas is going to be racing a Pro Mod car, but he doesn’t plan to ditch Top Fuel. 

ROUND BY ROUND RESULTS FROM 2021 MOPAR EXPRESS LANE NHRA NATIONALS

Final round-by-round results from the 36th annual Mopar Express Lane NHRA Nationals presented by Pennzoil at Maple Grove Raceway, the 14th of 20 events in the NHRA Camping World Drag Racing Series:

 

 

T. JOHNSON JR., B. TORRENCE, ANDERSON AND S. JOHNSON ALL WIN MOPAR EXPRESS LANE NHRA NATIONALS

POINT STANDINGS FOLLOWING 2021 MOPAR EXPRESS LANE NHRA NATIONALS

Point standings (top 10) following the 36th annual Mopar Express Lane NHRA Nationals presented by Pennzoil at Maple Grove Raceway, the 14th of 20 events in the NHRA Camping World Drag Racing Series - 

ENDERS HAS THE COMPLETE PACKAGE AS NO. 1 IN READING

 

In Indianapolis, a week ago, despite the fact she had won the prestigious NHRA U.S. Nationals more time than any other professional female drag racer, defending Pro Stock series champion Erica Enders lamented her driving that day wasn't as good as it should have been. 

Enders credited her team with giving her a racecar more than capable of winning. 

Saturday, with her team delivering an equally good race car, Enders delivered the championship driving talent she has showcased many times, posting the best run of the weekend, a 6.524 elapsed time at 209.56 miles per hour. She gained five bonus points, just two shy of Greg Anderson. Anderson qualified No. 2 with a 6.530.

PEDREGON, B. FORCE, ENDERS AND SAMPEY EARN NO. 1 SPOTS AT MAPLE GROVE

BRITTANY FORCE LOOKING TO LAUNCH COUNTDOWN RUN WITH POTENTIAL NINTH TOP QUALIFIER

The more things change in the NHRA Camping World Drag Racing Series, the more they stay the same. 

Second-generation drag racer Brittany Force stands on the cusp of qualifying No. 1 at the Mopar Express Lane NHRA Nationals, and if her 3.666 second elapsed time, coupled with a Maple Grove track record 335.57 mile per hour pass holds, it will mark her ninth No. 1 qualifying performance this season. 

EVERY POINT COUNTS AS HIGHT GRABS READING FUNNY CAR PROVISIONAL NO. 1

If anyone knows the value of every single point in a championship run, it’s Robert Hight. In 2009, Hight made the most improbable championship run, going from No. 10 in points to the top of the list by the end of the season. He did so by making every point count. 

Friday, at the Mopar Express Lane NHRA Nationals in Maple Grove, Pa., Hight picked up three bonus points as he claimed the provisional No. 1 Funny car qualifying position, running 3.883 seconds at 330.39 miles per hour. 

HOMETOWN SON ROCKS IT FRIDAY; KORETSKY ESTABLISHES PROVISIONAL NO. 1

Kenny’s boy is making his Dad pretty proud these days. And even better, the hometown folk didn’t have to hear Kenny Koretsky brag about how well his son is doing while on the NHRA Camping World Drag racing Series tour.

Kyle Koretsky showed them all at his hometown track, Maple Grove Raceway, in Reading, Pa., by nailing down the provisional Pro Stock No. 1 qualifying position with 6.547 elapsed time at 209.98 miles per hour. 

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