Written by Susan Wade, photos by Roger Richards Mon, 2021-09-13 19:00
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.”
Written by Tracy Renck, photos by Roger Richards Mon, 2021-09-13 18:55
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.
Written by Tracy Renck, photos by Roger Richards Mon, 2021-09-13 18:50
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.
Written by Susan Wade, photos by Roger Richards Mon, 2021-09-13 18:45
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.
by Susan Wade; Photo by Roger Richards Sun, 2021-09-12 22:42
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.
NHRA Communications Sun, 2021-09-12 14:00
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:
NHRA, photos by Roger Richards, NHRA Sun, 2021-09-12 14:00
NHRA Communications Sun, 2021-09-12 12:00
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 -
by Bobby bennett; Photo by Roger Richards Sun, 2021-09-12 09:31
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.
NHRA, photos by Roger Richards Sat, 2021-09-11 19:47