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PRITCHETT UNHURT, JUST UPSET, AFTER TOP FUEL EXPLOSION AT JOLIET

 

Top-five Top Fuel racer Leah Pritchett controlled both her Okuma Dragster and her frustration Sunday during the opening round of eliminations of the NHRA Route 66 Nationals at Joliet, Ill., following a massive engine explosion that blew off her right rear tire.

The accident happened early into the Don Schumacher Racing driver’s run against T.J. Zizzo in the Rust-Oleum Dragster, and she quickly stopped the car in her lane and climbed out uninjured.

HIGHT, SALINAS, ANDERSON AND KRAWIEC NO. 1 QUALIFIERS AT ROUTE 66 NHRA NATIONALS

Robert Hight rocketed to the No. 1 qualifying position in Funny Car on Saturday at the 22nd annual Route 66 NHRA Nationals at Route 66 Raceway.

Mike Salinas (Top Fuel), Greg Anderson (Pro Stock) and Eddie Krawiec (Pro Stock Motorcycle) are also the No. 1 qualifiers in their respective categories at the ninth of 24 events during the 2019 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series season.

SPORTSMAN RESULTS FROM 2019 ROUTE 66 NATIONALS

Sunday's final results from the 22nd annual Route 66 NHRA Nationals at Route 66 Raceway. The race is the ninth of 24 in the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series:

POINT STANDINGS FOLLOWING 2019 ROUTE 66 NATIONALS

Point standings (top 10) following the 22nd annual Route 66 NHRA Nationals at Route 66 Raceway, the ninth of 24 events in the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series -

ROUND BY ROUND RESULTS FROM 2019 ROUTE 66 NATIONALS

Final round-by-round results from the 22nd annual Route 66 NHRA Nationals at Route 66 Raceway, the ninth of 24 events in the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series:

 

HIGHT GOES FROM CUSP OF ELIMINATION TO TOP OF CHARTS SATURDAY IN CHICAGO

There was nothing safe about Robert Hight’s position entering the fourth and final session of qualifying Saturday.

Three disappointing runs prior left Hight 14th on the ladder, hardly a lock to make the race with one of the larger Funny Car fields of the season on hand.

COX, THORNE, HOERNER HEADLINE PDRA MARYLAND WINNERS

 

An eventful weekend of racing at the Professional Drag Racers Association (PDRA) North-South Shootout presented by Line-X at Maryland International Raceway concluded early Sunday morning when Jay Cox defeated Lizzy Musi in a rerun of the Switzer Dynamics Pro Nitrous final round. The original final round had to be rerun after debris blew through the sensors, tripping the eighth-mile beams in Cox’s lane.

ANDERSON TOPS PRO STOCK FOR FIRST TIME IN NEARLY A YEAR AT ROUTE 66 NATIONALS

Finally.

There have been few times during the illustrious career of Pro Stock veteran Greg Anderson that he has been relieved to achieve something, but that is exactly what he was Saturday night at the Route 66 NHRA Nationals at Route 66 Raceway as Anderson topped the Pro Stock field for the first time in nearly a year.

STRONG NITRO CAR COUNTS HIGHLIGHT NHRA ROUTE 66 NATIONALS

 

Top Fuel racer Richie Crampton certainly noticed the Route 66 Nationals has attracted the largest pro car count of the year and said that’s a positive sign.

THERE'S A WEALTH OF WISDOM FOR THESE DRAGSTER VETERANS

 

Much was made earlier this month about Funny Car’s John Force turning the page on his 60s. But NASCAR pioneer Donnie Allison told Competition Plus while preparing for this year’s 25th anniversary of the Kyle Petty Charity Ride for the Victory Junction Camp, “That ain’t nothin’. You know how old I’ll be in September? 80.”  Someone remarked, “That’s young!” Allison said, “I know it! I’m riding a motorcycle across the United States of America.” And he wasn’t the oldest person on his sixth annual bike adventure. Hershel McGriff, who raced last season in a NASCAR K&N West Series race at Tucson Speedway, will be 92 years old this December.

Force, whose next victory will put his career total at 150, said before this race began, “Bottom line, we keep putting ourselves in a position to win. I’m getting more confident every week. I’m using every trick I’ve got to run with these kids, but it’s gonna happen.”

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