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SPORTSMAN RESULTS FROM 2018 NHRA THUNDER VALLEY NATIONALS

Sunday's final results from the 18th annual Fitzgerald USA NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals at Bristol Dragway. The race is the 11th of 24 in the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series:

PRO MOD’S GREEN UNINJURED AS CAMARO SLIDES INTO SAND ON ROOF

Pro Modified racer Chad Green was uninjured Sunday at Bristol, Tenn., climbing from his Camaro after its parachutes didn’t deploy and slid upside down into the sand trap.

The Midland, Texas, driver lost his second round match-up against Danny Rowe during the E3/J&A Pro Modified Series eliminations at the Fitzgerald USA Thunder Valley NHRA Nationals at Bristol Dragway.

ANDERSON EARNS 100TH POLE, WAITING FOR QUALIFYING DOMINANCE TO PAY OFF ON RACE DAY

Four-time Pro Stock world champion Greg Anderson recorded his 100th No. 1 qualifying position this weekend at Bristol, Tenn., but he certainly would trade it for his first NHRA Wally Trophy of the season.

Anderson joins legends John Force (155) in Funny Car, and Warren Johnson (138) and Bob Glidden (102) in Pro Stock as the only NHRA Mello Yello drivers to earn 100 poles. While that is a stellar milestone, Anderson has not won a title in the past 12 races, one of the longer non-winning streaks of his career.

CAPPS COMES TO THE DEFENSE OF A FRIEND

The adrenaline was flowing at a fevered pitch for Ron Capps. After winning a semi-final match at the NHRA Route 66 Nationals, the NAPA Auto Parts-sponsored driver, instead of celebrating a final round berth in a challenging first-half of the season quickly became defensive. He came to the defense of a friend.

Capps had just beaten 16-time champion John Force, who nipped a foam block in the finish line. While others have criticized Force for aggressive driving, Capps dug in his heels and came out in full defense mode for the driver he admits inspired him. 

"Anytime you're racing John Force ... God dangit ... I'm torn, that's my hero over there John Force," Capps said. "He has more Funny Car in him, in just his pinkie than most of us in our whole bodies. It's hard to watch him struggle. It ain't him. I am not saying it's his guys. That guy is one of the best; he's why I became a Funny Car driver. 

MILLICAN, C. FORCE AND ANDERSON HOLD ON TO NO. 1 QUALIFIER POSITIONS AT BRISTOL DRAGWAY

Clay Millican’s success at Bristol Dragway continued Saturday as he locked in the Top Fuel No. 1 qualifier position at the 18th annual Fitzgerald USA NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals.

Courtney Force (Funny Car) and Greg Anderson (Pro Stock) are also No. 1 qualifiers in their respective categories at the 11th of 24 events on the 2018 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series schedule.

S. WHITELEY NOTCHES FIRST NO. 1 QUALIFIER OF THE SEASON IN PRO MOD AT THUNDER VALLEY NATIONALS

Steven Whiteley held on to the No. 1 qualifying position Saturday during the E3 Spark Plugs NHRA Pro Mod Drag Racing Series presented by presented by J&A Service portion of the Fitzgerald USA NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals at Bristol Dragway. This weekend’s Pro Mod racing, presented by Elite Motorsports, is the sixth of 12 events this season.

Whiteley ran a 5.823-second pass at 250.51 mph in the second qualifying session on Friday in his J&A Services / Y-Not Racing ‘18 Chevy Camaro to take over the top spot.

PRO STOCK’S LEE UNHURT AFTER ‘CHUTE-LESS CRASH INTO SAFETY NET

Veteran NHRA Pro Stock driver Tommy Lee was unhurt Saturday afternoon at Tennessee’s Bristol Dragway following a crash into the safety netting at the end of the quarter-mile course.

The accident happened during the third of four qualifying sessions at the Fitzgerald USA Thunder Valley Nationals. Lee had clocked a 195-mph speed on the run.

MILLICAN TAKES BIG STEP TOWARD DEFENDING THUNDER VALLEY NATIONALS TITLE

The script was written perfectly a year ago for Clay Millican and it looks like the popular driver from Tennessee is ready for a command performance.

Millican won his first NHRA Top Fuel title last season at zMAX Dragway at Bristol, Tenn., and would like nothing more than to defend it. He arrived at the Fitzgerald USA Thunder Valley NHRA Nationals having won two of this year’s 10 Top Fuel titles with crew chief David Grubnic and the Great Clips/Parts Plus dragster team and didn’t let up Friday during the night qualifying session.

COURTNEY FORCE CONTINUES HOT STREAK IN HEAT, LEADS QUALIFYING AT BRISTOL

It took shadows to let performance begin to shine through Friday at zMAX Dragway for the opening day of the 18th annual Fitzgerald USA Thunder Valley NHRA Nationals at Bristol, Tenn.

In the opening late afternoon session, once again, nitro crew chiefs couldn’t connect with the knuckleballs thrown their way by NHRA’s new 2018 less sticky traction preparation.

C. FORCE, MILLICAN AND ANDERSON EARN PRELIMINARY NO. 1 QUALIFYING POSITIONS AT BRISTOL

Courtney Force continued to outrun the field in the Funny Car class by earning the preliminary No. 1 qualifier position at the 18th annual Fitzgerald USA NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals at Bristol Dragway.

Clay Millican (Top Fuel) and Greg Anderson (Pro Stock) are also preliminary No. 1 qualifiers in their respective categories at the 11th of 24 events on the 2018 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series schedule.

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