2022 NHRA NORTHWEST NATIONALS - EVENT RESULTS
SUNDAY - SCHUMACHER, HIGHT AND COUGHLIN JR. CLOSE OUT WESTERN SWING WITH WINS AT SEATTLE
Eight-time Top Fuel world champion Tony Schumacher picked up his first win since 2020, powering to his 86th career victory on Sunday at the 33rd annual Flav-R-Pac NHRA Northwest Nationals at Pacific Raceways.
Robert Hight (Funny Car) and Troy Coughlin Jr. (Pro Stock) also won at the 13th of 22 races during the 2022 NHRA Camping World Drag Racing Series season and the final stop during the three-race NHRA Western Swing.
Schumacher held off points leader Brittany Force in the final round, going 3.977-seconds at 251.34 mph in his 11,000-horsepower Okuma dragster. It gave the longtime standout his fifth Seattle victory – and his first at Pacific Raceways since 2008 – and also the first win for Joe and Cathi Maynard, who became majority team owners last week. His 86th career win surpasses Bob Glidden for the fourth-most in NHRA history as Schumacher and his team have fully rebounded from a slow start this year. He beat Scott Palmer, Shawn Langdon, and then Justin Ashley in a wild pedalfest to reach the finals, where he outlasted Force to tie Joe Amato for the most Top Fuel wins at Pacific Raceways in NHRA history.
“This is fantastic,” Schumacher said. “We were having a tough time this year, but we dug deep, worked hard, and made some big changes. Joe and Cathi are a great group of people and when good stuff happens, it’s a beautiful thing. It’s good for my guys, it’s good for Joe and Cathi and this is cool stuff. You’ve got to perform in this class, and these are not easy to win. To have five here in Seattle is phenomenal and we all felt good coming here this weekend.”
Force advanced to her fifth final round this season and 33rd in her career with wins against Jim Maroney, Josh Hart, and Leah Pruett. The standout also set the track speed record on Sunday with a run of 332.43 and stretched her points lead to 71 points over Mike Salinas.
Hight wrapped up a nearly-perfect Western Swing with another spectacular Sunday performance, delivering a stellar 3.975 at 319.98 in his 11,000-horsepower Auto Club Chevrolet Camaro SS to slip past J.R. Todd in the final round. It gives the Funny Car points leader his sixth win this season and 59th in his career and a great finish to a Western Swing that included two victories and a semifinal appearance. Hight made the quickest run in each round of eliminations as he knocked off defending world champ Ron Capps, Alexis DeJoria, and John Force to reach the final round. He led wire-to-wire against Todd en route to his second career victory at Seattle.
“We weren’t the best car in qualifying, but we had to be on our game today,” Hight said. “We had low E.T. every round and that’s big. We’ve been good when the conditions were good, so I’m proud of what these guys did in the heat. It’s amazing to have six wins at this point in the season. I love it here in Seattle and it was great to be back, and we capitalized when we needed to. Everyone is pulling in the same direction on all of our teams and as a driver, that gives you a lot of confidence. We’re very hopeful we can keep this going, but we just have to continue to stay focused and keep working toward our goal.”
Todd broke through with his first final round of the season, knocking off Blake Alexander and No. 1 qualifier Bob Tasca III. It’s his 41st career finals appearance. Hight’s points lead now stands at 228 points over Matt Hagan.
Coughlin Jr. broke through in a major way on Sunday in Pro Stock, getting his first career win as a professional, going 6.638 at 208.68 in his JEGS.com/Elite Motorsports Chevrolet Camaro in the final round to slip past teammate and points leader Erica Enders. After struggling early in the season, Coughlin and his team have come on strong as of late, hitting a major accomplishment in Seattle. He knocked off Fernando Cuadra, rookie Camrie Caruso and defending world champion Greg Anderson, who also qualified No. 1, to reach the final round against Enders. Both had solid reaction times, but Coughlin chased her down in his fourth career final round.
“All the credit in the world goes to this entire team and everyone at Elite Motorsports,” Coughlin said. “To have that many good runs in the heat is extremely difficult and impressive to do. What an honor to win today and I’m tickled to death. The car is phenomenal and a blast to drive, and I’m the luckiest kid in the pits. When the morale is up the car just starts to work. This team is gaining momentum and I’m excited to get to Topeka.”
Enders maintained her dominance in the class, advancing to her eighth final round in 2022 and the 69th in her career. She beat Chris McGaha, area native Dallas Glenn, and teammate Aaron Stanfield to reach the championship round, extending her points lead to 103 points over Stanfield in the process.
The NHRA Camping World Drag Racing Series returns to action Aug. 12-14 with the 33rd annual Menards NHRA Nationals presented by PetArmor at Heartland Motorsports Park in Topeka, Kan.
SATURDAY - B. FORCE, TASCA III AND ANDERSON TAKE NO. 1 POSITIONS AT NORTHWEST NATIONALS
Top Fuel points leader Brittany Force delivered a massive performance to close out qualifying on Saturday at Pacific Raceways, rocketing to the No. 1 position at the 33rd annual Flav-R-Pac NHRA Northwest Nationals.
Bob Tasca III (Funny Car) and Greg Anderson (Pro Stock) also qualified No. 1 at the 13th of 22 races during the 2022 NHRA Camping World Drag Racing Series season and the final stop during the three-race NHRA Western Swing.
After struggling through the first two Top Fuel qualifying sessions, Force and her team delivered to close out the day, putting together an impressive run of 3.753-seconds at 327.35 mph in her 11,000-horsepower Flav-R-Pac/Monster Energy dragster. It sent Force to the top, giving the Top Fuel points leader her fifth No. 1 spot of the season and 37th in her career. It may not have been the most ideal way to get to No. 1, but Force, who will open eliminations against Jim Maroney, praised the work of her team as she looks to win for the second consecutive week and the first time in Seattle.
“That was really important for this Flav-R-Pac team to make a killer run and get down the racetrack,” Force said. “We had answers to our first two runs and made a solid pass on the third one. I wasn’t expecting that in the heat, but (crew chief David) Grubnic said he wanted to push and wanted to get us in the top of the field. It was pretty outstanding for this Flav-R-Pac team. We need to do it at a Flav-R-Pac-sponsored race, and I think we made the boss happy today.”
Steve Torrence’s 3.819 at 321.50 from Friday gave him the second spot as the four-time defending world champ looks to win for the first time this season. Tony Schumacher had a strong run to close Saturday as well, qualifying third with a 3.830 at 315.78.
Tasca picked up his first No. 1 qualifier of the year in Funny Car when his run of 3.965 at 319.82 from Friday in his 11,000-horsepower Motorcraft/Quick Lane Ford Mustang, but he was just as good to close out qualifying on Saturday, going 3.969 at 322.42. Combined, it gives Tasca a great deal of confidence heading into eliminations, where he will try to win for a second consecutive week. He was the only driver in the class to make a three-second run on Saturday, furthering the belief his team is performing at a high level to close out the Western Swing.
“The conditions were the same as last night and the guys said it would run the same. It did it last night and it should do it again,” said Tasca, who has seven career No. 1 qualifiers. “If you look at the field, that’s a dominant run. I’m excited about where this team is at, and we’ve got a car that can win. We just have to keep taking this one round at a time and continue to do what we’re capable of doing. With a good car like this and running like it is, we want to do as much damage as we can. I think people are realizing this is no accident, but we’re racing the best of the best, so you have to continue to take it one round at a time.”
Alexis DeJoria stayed in the second spot with her 3.994 at 313.95 from Friday, while John Force, who won his 150th career race at Seattle in 2019, took third with a pass of 4.001 at 311.92.
Reigning world champ Anderson earned his first No. 1 qualifier of 2022 and 119th in his career thanks to his run of 6.604 at 208.07 on Saturday in his HendrickCars.com Chevrolet Camaro. Anderson has enjoyed a stellar two days of qualifying, making the quickest run in two of the three sessions, and missing the third only on speed. After qualifying second and advancing to the final round in Sonoma last weekend, Anderson, who was No. 1 12 times a year ago, continues to build momentum at an ideal time. The only thing left for the KB Racing standout is a victory and if it happens on Sunday, it would hand the five-time world champ his 100th career win.
“It’s tough out there, but I feel the best I’ve felt all year and I think our car is ready,” Anderson said. “It’s the best hot rod I’ve had all year, without a doubt, and now the driver has to do his job tomorrow. Hopefully, we show we can earn a win. We’ve found some things between Sonoma and here and it’s put us right back in the hunt. Last weekend, it was a great feeling to be back in the final round. That gives you a lot of confidence and we’ve tried to build off that. But without a doubt, I’ve got a great horse to race with on Sunday.”
Points leader Erica Enders, who was the provisional No. 1 qualifier on Friday, will start raceday from the second spot with her run of 6.608 at 209.26. Her Elite Motorsports teammate Aaron Stanfield is right behind with a 6.609 at 208.94
Eliminations for the Flav-R-Pac NHRA Northwest Nationals begin at 10:30 a.m. PT on Sunday at Pacific Raceways. Television coverage begins at 1 p.m. PT on FOX.
Sunday's first-round pairings for eliminations for the 33rd annual Flav-R-Pac NHRA Northwest Nationals at Pacific Raceways, the 13th of 22 events in the NHRA Camping World Drag Racing Series. Pairings based on results in qualifying, which ended Saturday. DNQs listed below pairings.
Top Fuel -- 1. Brittany Force, 3.753 seconds, 327.35 mph vs. 16. Jim Maroney, 6.134, 110.94; 2. Steve Torrence, 3.819, 321.50 vs. 15. Ron Smith, 4.866, 205.66; 3. Tony Schumacher, 3.830, 315.78 vs. 14. Scott Palmer, 3.981, 275.17; 4. Doug Kalitta, 3.831, 320.58 vs. 13. Alex Laughlin, 3.955, 304.19; 5. Antron Brown, 3.837, 313.29 vs. 12. Leah Pruett, 3.897, 314.39; 6. Shawn Langdon, 3.847, 293.41 vs. 11. Mike Salinas, 3.879, 271.41; 7. Justin Ashley, 3.851, 319.98 vs. 10. Austin Prock, 3.870, 312.21; 8. Josh Hart, 3.865, 301.87 vs. 9. Clay Millican, 3.868, 310.13.
Funny Car -- 1. Bob Tasca III, Ford Mustang, 3.965, 319.82 vs. 12. Gary Densham, Mustang, 13.391, 80.75; 2. Alexis DeJoria, Toyota Supra, 3.994, 313.95 vs. 11. Jim Campbell, Dodge Charger, 4.418, 212.19; 3. John Force, Chevy Camaro, 4.001, 311.92 vs. 10. Matt Hagan, Charger, 4.031, 311.20; 4. Cruz Pedregon, Charger, 4.002, 315.56 vs. 9. Tim Wilkerson, Mustang, 4.030, 315.64; 5. Robert Hight, Camaro, 4.003, 315.71 vs. 8. Ron Capps, Supra, 4.024, 312.64; 6. Blake Alexander, Mustang, 4.012, 316.52 vs. 7. J.R. Todd, Supra, 4.020, 319.29.
Pro Stock -- 1. Greg Anderson, Chevy Camaro, 6.604, 208.07 vs. Bye; 2. Erica Enders, Camaro, 6.608, 209.26 vs. 15. Chris McGaha, Camaro, 7.612, 203.83; 3. Aaron Stanfield, Camaro, 6.609, 208.94 vs. 14. Mason McGaha, Camaro, 6.715, 207.08; 4. Troy Coughlin Jr., Camaro, 6.611, 209.49 vs. 13. Fernando Cuadra, Ford Mustang, 6.702, 206.95; 5. Cristian Cuadra, Mustang, 6.620, 208.62 vs. 12. Camrie Caruso, Camaro, 6.670, 203.31; 6. Kyle Koretsky, Camaro, 6.630, 208.17 vs. 11. Deric Kramer, Camaro, 6.668, 207.50; 7. Dallas Glenn, Camaro, 6.633, 207.21 vs. 10. Matt Hartford, Camaro, 6.659, 207.18; 8. Fernando Cuadra Jr., Mustang, 6.636, 208.10 vs. 9. Bo Butner, Camaro, 6.640, 207.82.
FRIDAY - TORRENCE, TASCA III AND ENDERS RACE TO PROVISIONAL TOP SPOTS AT NHRA NORTHWEST NATIONALS
Four-time defending Top Fuel world champ Steve Torrence raced to the provisional No. 1 spot in the NHRA’s first race in Seattle since 2019, grabbing the top position on Friday at the 33rd annual Flav-R-Pac NHRA Northwest Nationals at Pacific Raceway.
Bob Tasca III (Funny Car) and Erica Enders (Pro Stock) are also the provisional No. 1 qualifiers at the 13th of 22 races during the 2022 NHRA Camping World Drag Racing Series season and the final stop during the three-race NHRA Western Swing.
Torrence went 3.819-seconds at 321.50 mph in his 11,000-horsepower Capco Contractors dragster as he aims to qualify No. 1 for the third time this season. It’s been three years since the NHRA last visited Pacific Raceways and Torrence is after his first victory of the 2022 season as the team continues to round into championship form at what could be the perfect time.
“We were very pleased to make a nice, clean run and our guys were happy with that,” said Torrence, who won in Seattle 10 years ago. “It’s a good place to build off and it’s good to be back here. We love coming here and I’ve enjoyed it a lot. The fans are so awesome and so appreciative of us being here. We’re getting there and I can see that confidence coming back. The guys are just picking away at it and I’ve got all the faith in the world in these Capco boys.”
Shawn Langdon continued to run well, taking the second spot with a run of 3.848 at 315.64, while eight-time world champ Tony Schumacher is on track for his best qualifying performance of the season, taking the third spot after going 3.850 at 316.67.
Tasca kept his Funny Car momentum going in a big way on Friday in Seattle, vaulting to the top with an impressive run of 3.965 at 319.82 in his 11,000-horsepower Motorcraft/Quick Lane Ford Mustang. It would be Tasca’s first No. 1 qualifier of the season if it holds and eighth in his career, as the veteran picked up right where he left off after a spectacular performance last weekend in Sonoma en route to the win. Tasca will look to maintain that this weekend and grab his first career victory at Pacific Raceways.
“What I loved about that run is the guys predicted it,” Tasca said. “When you get to that level of confidence, you become a dangerous team. I feel like we should be able to pick it up (on Saturday). We’ve worked really hard to get the car to run these numbers. Sonoma was really important for us, and we’ve really got a good handle on the car right now. We’re a very confident group heading into this weekend, and I’m thrilled with the performance of the car. Qualifying No. 1 would be really big for us.”
Alexis DeJoria made the other three-second run during the opening qualifying session, going 3.994 at 313.95, while John Force, who finished as the runner-up a week ago, went 4.001 at 311.92. Force is the defending event winner, earning his 150th career victory at the 2019 race.
Enders continued to roll in Pro Stock, delivering a run of 6.608 at 209.26 in her Melling Performance/Elite Motorsports Chevrolet Camaro. It puts the points leader and four-time world champ in line for her fourth No. 1 spot of the season and 27th in her career, also setting the tone for another strong weekend. She’s won six times this season, including last weekend in Sonoma, and she’ll try to pick up her first win in Seattle in 10 years this weekend. Enders also became the first driver to qualify for the Countdown to the Championship.
“It was definitely a great run right out of the box,” said Enders, who has six wins this year. “With these conditions, you have to run the car completely different. The conditions are very different, but I give all the credit to my guys. They’re the best in the business. It’s tricky with the heat, but that’s where the experience of my guys comes into place. There’s definitely more in the race car and it’s cool to be back here. It’s an awesome track and a beautiful part of the country. We’ve had a fantastic start to the season, and we have no plans of letting up.”
Defending world champ Greg Anderson, who fell to Enders in the final round last week, missed the top spot on speed, going an identical 6.608 at 207.11. His KB Racing teammate Kyle Koretsky is third after a run of 6.630 at 208.17.
Qualifying continues at 1:15 p.m. ET on Saturday at the Flav-R-Pac NHRA Northwest Nationals at Pacific Raceway.
Friday's results after the first one of three rounds of qualifying for the 33rd annual Flav-R-Pac NHRA Northwest Nationals at Pacific Raceways, 13th of 22 events in the NHRA Camping World Drag Racing Series. Qualifying will continue Saturday for Sunday's final eliminations.
Top Fuel -- 1. Steve Torrence, 3.819 seconds, 321.50 mph; 2. Shawn Langdon, 3.848, 315.64; 3. Tony Schumacher, 3.850, 316.67; 4. Josh Hart, 3.865, 301.87; 5. Clay Millican, 3.868, 310.13; 6. Alex Laughlin, 3.955, 304.19; 7. Scott Palmer, 3.981, 275.17; 8. Antron Brown, 4.037, 238.72; 9. Justin Ashley, 4.048, 247.11; 10. Brittany Force, 4.301, 189.55; 11. Doug Kalitta, 4.338, 188.10; 12. Mike Salinas, 4.353, 190.40; 13. Leah Pruett, 5.956, 114.25; 14. Jim Maroney, 6.134, 110.94; 15. Austin Prock, 6.201, 248.02.
Funny Car -- 1. Bob Tasca III, Ford Mustang, 3.965, 319.82; 2. Alexis DeJoria, Toyota Supra, 3.994, 313.95; 3. John Force, Chevy Camaro, 4.001, 311.92; 4. Ron Capps, Supra, 4.024, 312.64; 5. Tim Wilkerson, Mustang, 4.030, 315.64; 6. J.R. Todd, Supra, 4.034, 314.24; 7. Robert Hight, Camaro, 4.053, 310.20; 8. Cruz Pedregon, Dodge Charger, 4.070, 306.05; 9. Blake Alexander, Mustang, 4.082, 308.43; 10. Matt Hagan, Charger, 4.200, 251.49; 11. Jim Campbell, Charger, 4.418, 212.19.
Pro Stock -- 1. Erica Enders, Chevy Camaro, 6.608, 209.26; 2. Greg Anderson, Camaro, 6.608, 207.11; 3. Aaron Stanfield, Camaro, 6.630, 208.62; 4. Kyle Koretsky, Camaro, 6.630, 208.17; 5. Troy Coughlin Jr., Camaro, 6.632, 208.46; 6. Dallas Glenn, Camaro, 6.633, 207.21; 7. Cristian Cuadra, Ford Mustang, 6.652, 208.17; 8. Deric Kramer, Camaro, 6.668, 207.50; 9. Camrie Caruso, Camaro, 6.670, 203.31; 10. Matt Hartford, Camaro, 6.676, 207.85; 11. Bo Butner, Camaro, 6.695, 207.56; 12. Fernando Cuadra, Mustang, 6.702, 206.95; 13. Chris McGaha, Camaro, 8.036, 195.68; 14. Fernando Cuadra Jr., Mustang, 10.815, 82.77; 15. Mason McGaha, Camaro, 12.311, 72.16.
FRIDAY SPORTSMAN RESULTS
TOP ALCOHOL FUNNY CAR
1 757 Mike Doushgounian, San Jose CA, '22 Camaro 5.626 253.09 253.09
2 7 Nick Januik, Las Vegas NV, '18 Camaro 5.636 260.31 260.31
3 783 Jake Guadagnolo, Linden CA, '20 Camaro 5.636 243.28 243.28
1 654 C/A Brandon Huhtala, Lake Tapps WA, '10 GPX 7.240 7.93 -0.690
2 5125 A/EA Bruce Schmiedl, Regina SK, '32 Bantam 7.277 7.91 -0.633
3 612 A/SM Steve Nolan, Milton WA, '16 Cobalt 7.845 8.45 -0.605
4 7167 A/AA Ryan Priddy, Chino CA, '18 Camaro 6.550 7.15 -0.600
5 41 E/SMA Cody Lane, Seattle WA, '05 Cavalier 8.454 8.98 -0.526
6 6988 A/AA Joe Loch, Renton WA, '17 Camaro 6.668 7.15 -0.482
7 63 C/AA John Edwards, Nampa ID, '20 Camaro 7.410 7.88 -0.470
8 618 C/ED Dino Kost, Auburn WA, Dragster-Chevy 7.628 7.91 -0.282
9 657 H/A Kevin Perkin, Mission BC, '92 Camaro 9.049 9.32 -0.271
10 62 A/EA Ralph Van Paepeghem, Garden Valley ID, '3 7.684 7.91 -0.226
SUPER STOCK (Q2)
1 6002 GT/MA Rick McKinney, Richmond BC, '96 Camaro 10.280 11.20 -0.920
2 7696 GT/KA Len Schneider, Grass Valley CA, '84 Thund 10.049 10.90 -0.851
3 604 SS/NA Troy Olsonawski, Auburn WA, '66 Malibu 11.339 12.15 -0.811
4 7854 SS/AM Ryan McClanahan, San Bernardino CA, '08 C 8.216 9.00 -0.784
5 603 FSS/B Larry McLanahan, Kennewick WA, '19 Mustang 8.416 9.20 -0.784
6 6791 GT/CA Tom Gaynor, Battle Ground WA, '08 Cobalt 9.131 9.90 -0.769
7 6340 GT/MA Jim Storms, Auburn WA, '99 Sebring 10.434 11.20 -0.766
8 6006 SS/KA Billy Gibbs, University Place WA, '94 Cam 10.560 11.25 -0.690
9 621 SS/CA Steve Hahn, Yakima WA, '71 Baracuda 9.361 10.05 -0.689
10 J712 FSS/C Chris Hall, Brigham City UT, '17 Camaro 8.979 9.65 -0.671
1 6052 K/SA James Boyce, Duvall WA, '88 Mustang 11.758 12.65 -0.892
2 63 R/SA Peter Oliviero, Sheldon WA, '79 Capri 13.167 14.05 -0.883
3 7854 FS/AA Ryan McClanahan, San Bernardino CA, '21 C 8.526 9.40 -0.874
4 6 B/SA Chris Hall, Brigham City UT, '70 Camaro 10.381 11.25 -0.869
5 6294 FS/D Dennis Radford, Meridian ID, '10 Challeng 9.761 10.60 -0.839
6 6632 V/SA Jim Mantle, Blackcreek BC, '79 Pacer 14.666 15.50 -0.834
7 715 F/SA Justin Jerome, Huntington Beach CA, '73 D 11.026 11.85 -0.824
8 611T B/SA Tod Haste, Kennywick WA, '70 Camaro 10.427 11.25 -0.823
9 5737 FS/AA Chris Vang, Sterling CO, '17 Camaro 8.578 9.40 -0.822
10 5809 D/SA Brad Burton, Snohomish WA, '72 Firebird 10.742 11.55 -0.808
TOP DRAGSTER (FINAL)
1 6173 Kyle Hansen, Moses Lake WA, Neil & Parks-Chevy 6.213 221.71 221.71
2 7942 Thomas Bayer, Cherry Valley CA, Miller-Chevy 6.261 225.15 225.33
3 7796 John Richardson, Santa Clarita CA, Dragster-Ch 6.329 218.19 220.37
4 710V Taylor Vetter, Las Vegas NV, RaceTech-Chevy 6.344 218.58 218.80
5 691 Dane Lachelt, Kelowna BC, Dragster-OLDS 6.409 218.76 218.76
6 6274 Hannah Huber, Sumner WA, Mullis-Chevy 6.436 213.87 213.87
7 6908 Nick Axtman, Wauna WA, Dragster-Stin 6.527 205.04 207.21
8 7807 David Cook, Navato CA, Miller-Chevy 6.539 208.55 208.84
9 6738 Clinton Geise, Renton WA, Dragster-Chevy 6.660 199.11 199.11
10 63 Gary Devenpeck, Gig Harbor WA, Dragster-SUNS 6.758 203.09 203.09
TOP SPORTS (Q2)
1 2 Paul Mitsos, Eastvale CA, '08 Stratus 6.780 205.26 205.26
2 7134 Bryan Warr, Riverton UT, '69 Camaro 6.787 202.82 202.82
3 411M David Cuadra, McAllen TX, '07 GTO 6.837 204.82 204.82
4 6769 Scott Imbler, Tacoma WA, '05 Grand Am 6.847 202.18 202.18
5 6921 Joe Mellof, Maple Ridge BC, '09 GXP 6.873 199.85 199.85
6 H660 Mark Austin, Star ID, '63 Corvette 6.917 200.80 200.80
7 63 Darren Shank, Kennewick WA, '10 Cobalt 6.940 197.62 197.62
8 7867 Dean Hall, Guerneville CA, '63 Corvette 6.950 198.99 199.46
9 664 Ken Ratzloff, Idaho Falls ID, '53 Champion 6.991 196.56 197.02