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PROCK, S. TORRENCE, J. COUGHLIN JR. & VAN SANT SECURE WINS AT NHRA NORTHWEST NATIONALS

Home is where your heart is; for two of the NHRA’s top nitro racers, their hearts were in Seattle. Steve Torrence went back-to-back as NHRA Northwest Nationals champion, and for Funny Car rookie Austin Prock, he picked up another Seattle win.

Joining them in the Mission Foods Series winner’s circle were Jeg Coughlin Jr. (Pro Stock) and Chase Van Sant (Pro Stock Motorcycle).

Funny Car points leader Austin Prock powered to his fourth win of the season for John Force Racing on Sunday at Pacific Raceways, defeating first-time finalist Paul Lee in the final round of the 35th annual NHRA Northwest Nationals.

RON CAPPS WALKS AWAY FROM EXPLOSIVE INCIDENT

As a student of the game, Ron Capps knows the inherent dangers of driving a nitro-burning Funny Car. Sunday, outside of Seattle, Wash., the three-time NHRA Funny Car driver was given a reminder.

During the first round at the NHRA Northwest Nationals, Capps’ NAPA Auto Parts-sponsored Toyota Funny Car exploded an engine, sending it first into the right retaining wall and then across the track, where it made contact with the left wall. 

ERICA ENDERS CAPTURES NO. 1 PRO STOCK QUALIFYING SPOT IN SEATTLE

At every NHRA national event Pro Stock race there’s one constant: Never count out Erica Enders.

Enders, a world champion 2014-15, 2019-20, and 2022-23, is always a factor to step into the spotlight.

The Houston, Texas, driver did exactly that at the Northwest Nationals late Friday night.

Enders clocked a 6.500-second run at 209.98 mph, which was good enough to give her the No. 1 qualifying spot after Saturday’s final two sessions at Pacific Raceways.

GAIGE HERRERA STAYS DOMINANT IN PSM, TAKING SEATTLE NO. 1 QUALIFYING POSITION

To say Gaige Herrera has been dominant the last two years in NHRA’s Pro Stock Motorcycle is a vast understatement. Herrera has been nearly unstoppable aboard the RevZilla/Mission/Vance & Hines Suzuki.

Herrera has won 17 of the last 23 contested NHRA PSM events – and that’s not the most impressive thing he has done.

Herrera has won six races in a row since the beginning of the 2024 season (an NHRA record) and extended his NHRA records for consecutive elimination-round wins (43) and consecutive race wins (11).

PROCK, ASHLEY HEADLINE SEATTLE #2FAST2TASTY CHALLENGE WINNERS

LEADERBOARD REMAINS UNCHANGED FOR NHRA NORTHWEST NATIONALS

Steve Torrence (Top Fuel), Prock, Erica Enders (Pro Stock), and Herrera (Pro Stock Motorcycle) remained atop their respective fields heading into Sunday’s final eliminations at the NHRA Northwest Nationals outside of Seattle, WA.. 

Torrence’s 3.688 elapsed time at a track-record 335.32 was untouchable on Saturday. He now has two No. 1 qualifiers this season and 39 for his career. 

Torrence is the defending event champion, and the 2023 victory marks his last race win.

STEVE TORRENCE GETS JUMPSTART IN SEATTLE WITH PROVISIONAL NO. 1 QUALIFYING SPOT

Top Fuel star Steve Torrence knows all about winning races and world championships.

The Kilgore, Texas, driver has earned 54 Wallys, and he notched four world titles from 2018-21.

Yet, it has been a year since Torrence has been in the winner’s circle, and he’s trying to return to glory at the Northwest Nationals this weekend in Seattle.

Torrence took a positive step in reaching that goal by capturing the provisional No. 1 qualifying spot with a stout 3.688-second elapsed time in a track-record speed of 335.32 mph at Pacific Raceways.

AUSTIN PROCK CONTINUES HIS DOMINATION IN FC QUALIFYING WITH PROVISIONAL TOP SPOT IN SEATTLE

It has been a case of rinse and repeat for NHRA nitro Funny Car driver Austin Prock this season – especially in qualifying.

Prock put himself in position to claim his eighth No. 1 qualifying spot in 11 races by taking the provisional No. 1 position at the Northwest Nationals late Friday night.

Prock, in Cornwell Tools/AAA Chevrolet Camaro SS for John Force Racing, clocked a 3.838-second run at 328.62 mph to rocket to the top of the qualifying board in the first night-time qualifying session in the history of Pacific Raceways.

“That was cool. It was the coolest for the fans. These fans here have never seen nitro cars, header flames under the lights, so I definitely could tell everyone had a great time" Friday night, Prock said. “So yeah, another great day for this Cornwell Tools Chevrolet Camaro SS. These guys are just animals. I keep saying it, but I mean they have impressed me every weekend, and they were making adjustments up until we fired the race car in the water box. They were just fine tuning this, saying, 'Read the racetrack, read the competition,' and they made some obviously really good calls, but that thing got away from me down there.”

PROCK, S. TORRENCE, ENDERS, HERRERA LEAD SEATTLE QUALIFYING UNDER THE LIGHTS

Well, that worked as planned.

For the first time in Pacific Raceways history, drag racing under the lights was expected to yield record-setting performances at the NHRA Northwest Nationals.

Four-time Fuel champion Steve Torrence thrilled the Seattle race fans with the fastest run in the track's history, which also helped him secure the provisional No. 1 qualifying position. 

Four-time Top Fuel world champion Steve Torrence made the fastest run in Pacific Raceways history on Friday, powering to the provisional No. 1 position at the 35th annual NHRA Northwest Nationals.

SIENNA WILDGUST MAKES HER ELITE MOTORSPORTS DEBUT ON FRIDAY

When Sienna Wildgust announced she was leaving KB Racing to join rival Elite Motorsports, she planned to debut at the NHRA Northwest Nationals outside Seattle, WA. There is no more planning to be done as it is now time for the rubber to meet the road, or in this case, to hit the track at Pacific Raceways. 

“I am feeling very excited and blessed for my first race with Elite,” Wildgust said. “I am excited to work with everyone and thankful for Erica’s help in the whole process. We haven’t gone testing yet, so we are excited to see what the car will do during that first session.”

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