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PRITCHETT CLINCHES FACTORY STOCK SHOWDOWN TITLE WITH WIN

 

Leah Pritchett clinched the 2018 NHRA Factory Stock Showdown championship in her Mopar Dodge Challenger Drag Pak at the AAA Texas NHRA FallNationals near Dallas, racing to her third consecutive win of the season and earning her first championship in her first full year in the class.

The NHRA Factory Stock Showdown title is the third for Don Schumacher Racing (DSR) driver Pritchett, who also captured 2000-2001 Jr. Dragster Division 7 championships and the 2010 NHRA Hot Rod Heritage Racing Series Championship in the Nostalgia Funny Car class.

HIGHT MAKES IT TWO WINS IN A ROW WITH DALLAS VICTORY

Some thought Robert Hight might not even compete at the AAA Texas NHRA FallNationals near Dallas this weekend because of the fiery crash that sent Hight to the hospital after his final-round win in St. Louis Sept. 23.

Hight underwent surgery Sept. 26 for a left clavicle open reduction and internal fixation. He was cleared to compete in all racing activities effective Oct. 4.

TORRENCE CONTINUES COUNTDOWN TEAR IN TOP FUEL

No one has defeated Steve Torrence yet in this year’s Countdown to the Championship.

And Torrence won’t let off the gas until he claims that Top Fuel crown.

TONGLET LEAVES DALLAS WITH VICTORY, COWBOY HAT, PRO STOCK MOTORCYCLE LEAD

Defeating boss Jerry Savoie in the final round Sunday at the NHRA AAA Texas FallNationals near Dallas wasn’t any big issue for Nitro Fish Suzuki Pro Stock Motorcycle racer L.E. Tonglet.

The White Alligator Racing team had won this third of six Countdown to the Championship races.

GRAY KEEPS ROLLING IN PRO STOCK WITH DALLAS VICTORY

Tanner Gray’s farewell tour is turning out to be a memorable one.

Gray, who confirmed this weekend he is going to leave NHRA Pro Stock to focus on stock car racing in 2019 with the DGR-Crosley team owned by Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series veteran David Gilliland and Crosley Radio CEO Bo LeMastus.

CAPPS IN KNEE BRACE AFTER READING MISHAP

 

Ron Capps almost saw his Funny Car season flash before his eyes – from the oddest angle, as he lay on the ground at Maple Grove Raceway, near Reading, Pa., about three weeks ago.

It turns out he has a torn medial collateral ligament in his left knee. He’s wearing a knee brace as he drives the Don Schumacher Racing-owned NAPA Dodge Charger  this weekend at the Texas Motorplex and will begin physical therapy near the close of the season. His injury will not require surgery, he said. The incident occurred at the top end of the racetrack, as an opponents’ team member accidentally struck him with a tow vehicle.

“It was the semis after we lost to JR [Todd] in Maple Grove. He and I were shaking hands after the run. They beat us, and all of a sudden I was on the ground,” Capps said. “At the time I didn’t realize it. Their tow vehicle . . . and nobody’s at fault. The kid driving their tow vehicle felt terrible, of course. I thought when it hit me, because they hit me pretty hard and it hit me right at my left knee on the outside. Still had my helmet and stuff on. so that was good, because I went to the ground. I thought it was broken for sure. Anyway, so Maple Grove down there, it’s only two roads in the grass, and of course, it had been raining, so when tow vehicles have to pull out, it was difficult to get around. And on top of that, everybody’s rushing teams from NHRA. Everybody’s just in a hurry. It was nobody’s fault.

GRAY CONFIRMS HE’S LEAVING NHRA

 

Pro Stock points leader Tanner Gray was a bit reluctant to discuss what Autoweek had no problem telling readers in a Sept. 24 online news article: that he will leave the NHRA after this season and move to stock-car racing.

Gray confirmed Friday before qualifying for the AAA Texas Nationals at the Texas Motorplex that he will join the DGR-Crosley team that Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series veteran David Gilliland and Crosley Radio CEO Bo LeMastus own.

“I’ve already said all I need to say,” he prefaced his remarks. But he opened up and said he’s “nervous . . . excited . . . I don’t know . . . It’s bittersweet. I’m going to miss this, but I’m looking forward to it.”

FIRST-TIME WINNER SAURO HEADLINES PDRA DARLINGTON WINNERS

ALCOHOL FUNNY CAR RACER ANNIE WHITELEY INVOLVED IN INCIDENT AT DALLAS

RAY SECURES FIRST CAREER PRO MOD VICTORY AT THE NHRA FALLNATIONALS

Jeremy Ray raced to his first career victory during the E3 Spark Plugs NHRA Pro Mod Drag Racing Series presented by J&A Service portion of the AAA Texas NHRA FallNationals. This weekend’s Pro Mod racing, presented by Bruce Lowrie Chevrolet, is the 10th of 12 races this season.

Ray won on a holeshot with his pass of 5.785-second at 248.07 mph in his ’63 Corvette to Justin Bond’s 5.774 at 255.53. This is his first season in the E3 Spark Plugs NHRA Pro Mod Drag Racing Series.

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