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BILLY TORRENCE HELPS SON’S TOP FUEL TITLE QUEST WITH MAPLE GROVE VICTORY

Reminded that he serves a valuable purpose in helping son Steve Torrence stay in command as he strives for a fourth consecutive NHRA Top Fuel championship, Mopar Express Lane Nationals winner Billy Torrence said Sunday, tongue in cheek, “I don’t care too much for the Loser Appreciation program, but you know, we’ll take it.” 

Truth is, he was elated to keep final-round opponent Justin Ashley from getting any closer to Steve Torrence in the standings and did some reminding of his own: “Those Capco Boys will outrun you when it comes time.” 

FILLING IN FOR HAGAN, TOMMY JOHNSON JR. WINS MAPLE GROVE

The substitute driver looked like the savvy veteran that he is.

Tommy Johnson Jr., filling in for Matt Hagan who is recovering from COVID-19, powered the Don Schumacher Racing nitro Funny Car to the title at the Mopar Express Lane NHRA Nationals presented by Pennzoil Sunday in Reading, Pa.

GREG ANDERSON TIES ALL-TIME NHRA PRO STOCK WIN MARK WITH READING VICTORY

A fun day at Maple Grove ended in celebration for veteran Pro Stock driver Greg Anderson.

Anderson powered his Camaro to the win at the Mopar Express Lane NHRA Nationals presented by Pennzoil Sunday in Reading, Pa., to tie the NHRA all-time Pro Stock victory mark at 97 with his mentor Warren Johnson.

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

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