Shawn Cowie and John Lombardo Jr. (shown) raced to victory at the 29th annual Menards NHRA Heartland Nationals presented by Minties at Heartland Park Topeka.
Cowie, Surrey, B.C., collected his 8th career national event win and his second of the 2017 season in defeating second generation driver Rachel Meyer, Springhill, Kan., in the Top Alcohol Dragster final. Cowie saved his best pass of eliminations posting a 5.214 second 277.54 mph lap as Meyer lost traction and could not recover as she watched Cowie power to the win. Cowie qualified number one with a career best 5.214, 275.90.
Lombardo, Brea, Calif., faced off with Annie Whiteley, Grand Junction, Colo., in the Top Alcohol Funny Car Final with both drivers losing traction at the start. Lombardo peddled his ’16 Napa Auto Parks Camaro and recovered to post a 6.261 at 263.05 for the win and the 8th of his career. Like Cowie, Lombardo posted his quickest and fastest career pass in his second-round win over Doug Gordon at 5.395, 274.16, just the third 5.30 run in history.
Austin Williams continued his winning ways at Heartland Park taking home the NHRA Wally trophy for the fifth year in a row. Williams posted a .016 package to end James Repka’s day in Super Comp. Williams also won in Super Comp last year and in Stock the three previous.
In Top Fuel Harley action it was Mike Scott out running Jay Turner for the win. Scott covered the quarter-mile in 6.318 seconds at 223.54 mph to Turner’s 6.339, 221.38.
SUPER STOCK: Jason DeForrest, Chevy Cavalier, 9.164, 144.57 def. Pete Peery, Pontiac Sunfire, 9.461, 141.68.
STOCK ELIMINATOR: Jeff Lopez, Chevy Camaro, 9.200, 147.34 def. Randi Lyn Shipp, Pontiac Firebird, 10.519, 120.91.
SUPER GAS: Roger Warren, Chevy Corvette, 9.901, 162.22 def. Jim Repka, Chevy Camaro, 9.882, 162.55.
TOP DRAGSTER: Afton Swanson, 6.202, 219.08 def. Larry Piper, 6.399, 211.00. [05/22/17]
We’ll soon have a more in-depth look at the Eagle Field Drags over the weekend, but here’s something to give you the feel of this California event that is very popular with racers and fans. [05/22/17]
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Former 2009-10 DRO AA/FC Challenge champion Paul Romine got the first win of the year as the series returned for its eighth season at San Antonio Raceway.
Both cars had trouble off the line in the final round, but Romine’s “Man O’ War” ’79 Mustang recovered first against John Hale’s “One Bad Texan” ’69 Camaro. Romine ran 5.803 at 233.40 mph while Hale clicked the car off early. [05/22/17]
Past European Pro Mod champion Mattias Wulcan earned the Pro Extreme win at the Darlington PDRA event -- just his third race in the United States. The Swedish driver made strides at the earlier Valdosta and Benson races, then managed to string together three quick passes during Saturday’s eliminations at Darlington Dragway.
Two-time and defending Top Sportsman world champion Dan Ferguson lit up the scoreboards in a big way with his No. 1 qualifying effort. His 3.834 at 199.03 not only gave Ferguson the top spot, but also both ends of the national record.
We’ll have all the Darlington results tomorrow.
The 2017 PDRA Tour continues at the PDRA North-South Shootout, June 1-3, at Maryland International Raceway in Mechanicsville, MD. [05/22/17]
Matt Hagan re-wrote the record book twice during qualifying at Heartland Park Topeka. Hagan was event low qualifier for the second time this season, turning in a record-shattering pass of 3.802 seconds at an eye-popping 338.85 mph in his Mopar Express Lane Dodge Charger R/T. Both elapsed time and speed represent new national records in the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series Funny Car class. The top qualifying spot was the 28th of Hagan's career, while the 338-mph speed is the fastest in any category in the sport's history.
"This is as extreme as it gets, man,” said Hagan. “I mean 338 mph and you've got a steering wheel in your lap? That's just craziness. It's not even that it's 330 mph, it's that we're doing it in a thousand feet. It's just insane. There you go for your extreme sports.”
Ron Capps took home the Wally trophy in Funny Car for the 53rd time in his career and fourth race in a row at the NHRA Heartland Nationals, driving his Dodge Charger R/T to the victory over his Mopar and Don Schumacher Racing teammate Matt Hagan.
Rain delayed Friday’s first round of qualifying and cancelled the second. Cool weather that barely cracked the 60-degree mark and cloud cover throughout the day on Saturday led to a number of record-breaking runs.
Tony Schumacher turned in a track-record lap of 3.660 seconds at 327.90 mph in his U.S. Army Top Fuel Dragster during the final round of qualifying to claim the top qualifying spot. On Sunday, Schumacher was defeated in the second round by Clay Millican after mechanical issues that also had bothered Schumacher in his first-round win over Pat Dakin, could not be overcome.
Antron Brown was the Top Fuel winner, stopping Steve Torrence’s winning streak. Tanner Gray took the Pro Stock win over a red-lighting Jeg Coughlin Jr. [05/22/17]
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