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POINT STANDINGS FOLLOWING 2018 CAROLINA NATIONALS

Point standings (top 10) following the 11th annual NHRA Carolina Nationals presented by WIX Filters at zMax Dragway, the 22nd of 24 events in the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series -

 

ROUND BY ROUND RESULTS FROM 2018 CAROLINA NATIONALS

Final round-by-round results from the 11th annual NHRA Carolina Nationals presented by WIX Filters at zMax Dragway, the 22nd of 24 events in the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series.

 

 

JOHNSON EARNS BACK-TO-BACK NO. 1 STARTS WITH TOP SPOT AT CHARLOTTE

It was deja vu all over again for Tommy Johnson Jr.

One week ago in Dallas, Johnson took the No. 1 spot in qualifying early in the weekend, lost it, then earned it back again in the final qualifying pass of the weekend.

FORCE BACK ON TOP AT ZMAX, EARNS SECOND CHARLOTTE NO. 1

Finally, something to smile about.

In the midst of a disappointing 2018 campaign for the defending world champion in Top Fuel, Brittany Force has been left searching for little victories as she sits marred in ninth place with only one win and a handful of round wins in her repeat bid.

TODD SIMPSON'S DETERMINATION PUTS HIM BACK ON TRACK

 

Before last weekend's event in Dallas, the last time Funny Car driver Todd Simpson was on the track in NHRA competition, his qualifying attempt was anything but funny. It was in July, during the Mile-High Nationals at Bandimere Speedway near Denver. He was the first that weekend to make the field, but his parachutes failed to deploy, and he wound up in the sand trap and stopped inches away from the safety net. The front end of the car’s body was damaged beyond immediate repair, so he withdrew from the race and returned home to Ponder, Texas, near Dallas and Fort Worth.

LESSER TRACK PREP COULD HARM NHRA ATTENDANCE WARNS HAGAN

 

It was becoming an impressive sight to see in 2017, as fans tuned it race after race to see how much faster Matt Hagan and his fellow Funny Car competitors could go as they reset the records at NHRA events.

However, due to the new track prep rules in 2018, those records are currently a thing of the past, and Matt Hagan is concerned that that could harm NHRA’s race crowds in the near future.

“A bull rider doesn’t get on a bull and say, ‘Man I hope he doesn’t buck hard,’” noted Hagan on Friday at the NHRA Carolina Nationals.

HORD SECURES NO. 1 QUALIFYING POSITION IN PRO MOD AT CHARLOTTE

Rick Hord raced to the No. 1 qualifying position on Saturday at the E3 Spark Plugs NHRA Pro Mod Drag Racing Series presented by J&A Service portion of the NHRA Carolina Nationals presented by WIX Filters. This weekend’s Pro Mod event, presented by Mr. Race Oil, is the 11th of 12 races during the 2018 season.

Hord’s 5.681 at 258.67 mph in his turbocharged ’16 Corvette is the second-quickest pass in the history of the class, giving him his second career No. 1 qualifier. Hord, who is also seeking his first E3 Spark Plugs NHRA Pro Mod Drag Racing Series victory, will open eliminations against Bob Rahaim in what ended up as the quickest qualifying field in class history.

JOHNSON JR., B. FORCE, SKILLMAN AND KRAWIEC CLINCH NO.1 POSITIONS AT CAROLINA NATS

Tommy Johnson Jr. powered to the No. 1 qualifying position in Funny Car on Saturday at the 11th annual NHRA Carolina Nationals presented by WIX Filters at zMAX Dragway.

Brittany Force (Top Fuel), Drew Skillman (Pro Stock) and Eddie Krawiec (Pro Stock Motorcycle) also secured No. 1 qualifier positions in their respective categories at the fourth of six playoff events during the 2018 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series Countdown to the Championship.

ANDERSON KNOWS WHEN TO HOLD THEM, WHEN TO FOLD THEM

 

Greg Anderson has come up just one spot short of being champion in the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series Pro Stock division for the last three years running.

Already sitting in fifth position and 143 points back of championship leader Tanner Gray with three rounds remaining, things aren’t looking good for Anderson’s title chances rolling into zMAX Dragway this weekend.

However, Anderson is giving it one more run before he shifts his focus to 2019.

LANGDON UNDERSTANDS THAT THE PRESSURE IS ON

 

Making the switch from Top Fuel to Funny Car is no easy task, and Shawn Langdon should be commended on having made it to the Countdown in his first season in the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series Funny Car division.

However, one thing that has eluded the 36-year-old Indiana native in his rookie season has been a win and, with just Charlotte, Las Vegas and Pomona left on the schedule, Langdon knows he is running out of time to achieve a ‘very, very important’ task.

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