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SEVERANCE, GORDON HEADLINE NHRA NORTHWEST NATS SPORTSMAN WINNERS

Written by By Eric Lotz, Photos by Ron Lewis.

 

Joey Severance and Doug Gordon took home big wins this weekend in the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series at Pacific Raceways for the O’Reilly Auto Parts NHRA Northwest Nationals.

 

 

COX, MCPHILLIPS HEADLINE NHRA DIV. 1 LODRS WINNERS

Written by Melissa Coleman.

 

In the final results from Atco Dragway and the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series, Rich McPhillips, Phoenixville, Pa., and D.J. Cox Jr, Whiteford, Md., took home the wins in Top Alcohol Dragster and Top Alcohol Funny Car respectively.
 
McPhillips, worked his way through the field and beat Richard Bourke, Old Tappan, N.J., first round and Jeff Veale, Stoney Creek, Ont., in the semi-final round. In the final, McPhillips faced off against Wayne Morris, Lincoln University, Pa., and ran 5.323 seconds at 276.29 mph for his victory. Morris was late on the tree but it ended up being a great side by side race against McPhillips. Morris clocked in at 5.335 seconds, 269.19 mph for his runner-up finish.

 

 

AUSSIE GRANDSON TO FULFILL LATE GRANDFATHER’S WISH AT NOSTALGIA DRAGS

Written by Administrator.

 

The 20-year-old grandson of the late Roly Leahy will fulfill a long-held dream for his grandfather this weekend at Willowbank Raceway when he competes in Roly’s ‘Forever Young’ Front-Engined Dragster as part of Sunday’s Nostalgia Drags event (10 August).

‘Forever Young’ and its late owner are legends of Australia’s drag racing scene, and while Roly may be sorely missed he will never be forgotten thanks to the efforts of his sons Greg and Peter Leahy.

 

 

LOSING HIS ROOF DIDN'T HURT BECKMAN AS MUCH AS POINTS DEDUCTION

Written by Bobby Bennett.

Engaged in a battle with veteran driver Tim Wilkerson for the No. 10 spot in the NHRA Funny Car standings, Jack Beckman lost a quarter-final race against Alexis DeJoria. The loss didn't hurt him too bad as Wilkerson also lost.

Beckman even blew the roof of his Valvoline-sponsored Funny Car when the engine exploded. He was uninjured, and the carbon fiber Funny Car body was rendered "dead."

Still, two instances where the situation was recoverable.

 

JFR COMPLETES THE WESTERN SWING SWEEP

Written by Bobby Bennett; Photo by Ron Lewis.

The youth might have started the movement but in the end it was a seasoned veteran who put an exclamation mark on the completion. John Force Racing completed its sweep of the NHRA's Funny Car portion of the Western Swing.

John Force’s captured his third win of the season and coincidentally the final stop for the part of the tour once billed as the most grinding section of the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing tour.



JOHN FORCE GOES WIRE-TO-WIRE AT SEATTLE

Written by Tracy Renck; Photos by Ron Lewis.

RLP rl3 7094No NHRA nitro Funny Car driver has been more dominant than John Force at Pacific Raceways in Seattle.

The 16-time world champion was at his best again Sunday, winning for the eighth time.

Force clocked a 4.173-second time at 302.48 mph to defeat former teammate Gary Densham, who slowed to 5.808 seconds.

 

 

KALITTA EARNS GRATIFYING TOP FUEL VICTORY AGAINST BROWN

Written by Susan Wade; Photos by Ron Lewis.

 

RLP doug kalitta rl4 9952Points leader Doug Kalitta urgently needed Sunday’s Top Fuel victory at the O’Reilly Auto Parts NHRA Northwest Nationals, for a number of reasons.

That it came against Antron Brown, his closest challenger, only made the accomplishment more satisfying.

Their two tool-company-sponsored, same-color-schemed dragsters were a yellow, red, and white blur as they ran virtually side by side down the Pacific Raceways 1,000-foot course.

 

 

 

TUTTEROW CHRISTENS THE NEW GALOT MOTORSPORTS PARK WITH 3.75

Written by Bobby Bennett; Photos by Gary Rowe.


TUTTEROWIf an early test session at the new Galot Motorsports Park is an indication of the future, the eastern North Carolina-based facility is going to provide a great place for doorslammers to test and race.

 

 

WINNERS CROWNED AT NHRA NORTHWEST NATIONALS IN SEATTLE

Written by NHRA Communications: Photos by Ron Lewis.

NorthwestNationals 4c 12John Force earned his third win of the season by racing to the Funny Car victory Sunday at the O’Reilly Auto Parts NHRA Northwest Nationals at Pacific Raceways.
 
Doug Kalitta (Top Fuel) and Jason Line (Pro Stock) also were winners in their respective categories at the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series event near Seattle.
 
Force defeated former teammate Gary Densham in the final round for his 141st career win. Force registered a run of 4.173 seconds at 302.48 mph in his Castrol GTX High Mileage Ford Mustang to defeat Densham’s trailing Chevy Impala, which lost traction early in the run and finished in 5.808 at 120.44. Force has raced to four consecutive finals and has won twice in that stretch.

FINAL ROUND PHOTOS FROM 2014 NHRA NORTHWEST NATIONALS - SEATTLE

Written by NHRA Communications: Photos by Ron Lewis.

Sunday's final results from the 27th annual O’Reilly Auto Parts NHRA Northwest Nationals presented by Super Start Batteries at Pacific Raceways. The race is the 16th of 24 in the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series:

ROUND-BY-ROUND RESULTS FROM SEATTLE 2014

Written by NHRA Communications.

NorthwestNationals 4c 12Final round-by-round results from the 27th annual O’Reilly Auto Parts NHRA Northwest Nationals presented by Super Start Batteries at Pacific Raceways, the 16th of 24 events in the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series:

POINT STANDINGS FOLLOWING 2014 SEATTLE

Written by NHRA Communications.

NorthwestNationals 4c 12Point standings (top 10) following the 27th annual O’Reilly Auto Parts NHRA Northwest Nationals presented by Super Start Batteries at Pacific Raceways, the 16th of 24 events in the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series -

JOHNSON SNARES NO. 1 PRO STOCK QUALIFYING SPOT

Written by Tracy Renck.

 

When Allen Johnson rolled off the trailer, he was the fastest Pro Stock driver at the Northwest Nationals.

Johnson clocked a 6.535-second lap at 211.86 mph and that time held up through Saturday giving the veteran driver the No. 1 qualifying position.

 

 

THE NORTHWEST HITTER – BUCKY AUSTIN IS BACK BEHIND THE WHEEL

Written by Krista Baldwin.

 

Bucky Austin, famed alcohol driver, made his nitro debut at his home track of Pacific Raceways near Seattle with the help of Steve Plueger. Austin and Plueger have been in business together since the 1970s.

“If I had a mechanical or technical question I would call Steve,” said Austin. “I have always used Steve’s oil pumps when I began racing alcohol dragsters and Funny Cars.”

 

 

TAD'S TALIFERRO CRASHS HARD AT SEATTLE; BECKMAN BLOWS BODY AT SEATTLE

Written by Susan Wade.

NorthwestNationals 4c 12Top Alcohol Dragster driver Mark Taliaferro was shaken but exited his car on his own power following a brutal second-round crash Sunday at Pacific Raceways during the O'Reilly Auto Parts NHRA Northwest Nationals.
 
Taliaferro had the instant round-win in his left lane with Garrett Bateman’s foul start in the right lane. But he continued to charge hard. As soon as his own car started to lose traction, it got sideways.

 

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