The second stop in the NHRA Countdown saw Don Schumacher Racing dominate the nitro classes. Alex Laughlin wins his first Wally.
The NHRA season has been thrilling since the first green light illuminated in Pomona. St Louis and the AAA Midwest Nationals was no different. Just when you think you know what is going to happen, Sunday comes and surprises you.
In Funny Car, John Force Racing seemed to have found something. John Force won in Charlotte and the team qualified great with Robert Hight the #1 qualifier. But once eliminations got started, the DSR cars were on fire.
In the second round, Tommy Johnson Jr. took out #1 qualifier Hight. Then Ron Capps beat Courtney Force once her engine started to sputter. The final pair in round two saw Fast Jack Beckman get the whole shot win against John Force.
The semi-finals saw Beckman pull away from Ron Caps as the NAPA Camry was dropping cylinders at the top end. The other matchup saw Tommy Johnson Jr beat Tim Wilkerson in a thrilling back and forth drag race. That set up an all DSR final in St. Louis.
The final pair saw Johnson with lane choice on Beckman. Beckman had 15 wins in 23 races against Johnson. Fast Jack launched from the tree ahead of Johnson and pulled away as Johnson’s motor let go. This was Jack Beckman’s third final round victory over teammate Tommy Johnson Jr.
In Top Fuel, last week’s winner Antron Brown got knocked out in the first round. Second Round saw both women of Top Fuel eliminated. Britany Force lost traction and Leah Pritchett never had eight cylinders fire in their matchups.
The semi-finals saw Shawn Langdon take down Richie Crampton in a great side by side drag race. In the other pair, the sarge beat J.R. Todd at the light and never looked back. Schumacher with lane choice with his 3.757 over Langdon’s 3.784.
The finals were another all DSR show. Tony Schumacher has a slightly better win percentage against Langdon, but Shawn is 4-1 in final rounds against the Sarge. At the green light, Langdon jumps out by 3 hundredths and holds on for a whole shot win. Schumacher loses with a quicker 3.783 vs Langdon’s winning 3.798.
In Pro Stock after seeing the KB Racing team dominate in Charlotte, the field caught back up in St. Louis. Shane Grey was top qualifier as the Chevy’s dominated qualifying. The finals saw Alex Laughlin against Bo Butner with Laughlin having lane choice. The Gas Monkey car got a great .009 light and never let go to get his first career Wally.
Another great weekend for the NHRA in St. Louis. The weather was fantastic and the crowds showed the excitement around the NHRA. Next week we head to Reading for the Dodge Nationals. After the first two weeks of the countdown, who knows what next week will bring!