for your iPhone
for your iPad
NHRA

NHRA Links
 2014 Schedule
 
2012 Tickets
 
2012 Results
 
2012 Full Throttle points 

NHRA Point Standings
Through Charlotte

Pos. Driver Points

1 Tony Schumacher 2170
2 Spencer Massey 2160
3 Shawn Langdon 2151
4 Antron Brown 2142
5 Doug Kalitta 2105
6 Morgan Lucas 2099
7 Brandon Bernstein 2095
8 Steve Torrence 2093
9 Bob Vandergriff Jr. 2053
10 Dave Grubnic 2043
11 Clay Millican 718
12 Khalid Albalooshi 698
13 Terry McMillen 587
14 Hillary Will 316
15 Cory McClenathan 279
Funny Car
Pos. Driver Points

1 Ron Capps 2230
2 Mike Neff 2157
3 Jack Beckman 2152
4 Robert Hight 2113
5 Cruz Pedregon 2087
6 Johnny Gray 2081
7 Courtney Force 2074
8 John Force 2072
9 Jeff Arend 2064
9 Tim Wilkerson 2064
11 Matt Hagan 885
12 Bob Tasca III 833
13 Alexis De Joria 687
14 Tony Pedregon 524
15 Bob Bode 388
Pro Stock
Pos. Driver Points

1 Allen Johnson 2209
2 Jason Line 2206
3 Vincent Nobile 2138
4 Greg Anderson 2107
5 Mike Edwards 2094
5 Erica Enders 2094
7 Ron Krisher 2063
8 Larry Morgan 2062
9 V. Gaines 2052
10 Jeg Coughlin 2031
11 Shane Gray 684
12 Ronnie Humphrey 625
13 Rodger Brogdon 575
14 Kurt Johnson 544
15 Warren Johnson 491
Pro Stock Motorcycle
Pos. Driver Points

1 Ed Krawiec 2215
2 Andrew Hines 2205
3 Hector Arana Jr 2151
4 Hector Arana 2139
5 Scott Pollacheck 2092
6 Karen Stoffer 2083
7 Paul Ray Jr 2074
8 Shawn Gann 2062
9 Louis Tonglet 2061
10 Matt Smith 2054
Langdon, Hagan, Johnson, Arana Fastest in St. Louis

NHRA
Sunday, September 29, 2013

Advertisement

Matt Hagan
Funny Car points leader Matt Hagan earned the No. 1 qualifying position Saturday at the AAA Insurance NHRA Midwest Nationals at Gateway Motorsports Park near St. Louis.

Shawn Langdon (Top Fuel), Allen Johnson (Pro Stock) and Hector Arana Sr. (Pro Stock Motorcycle) also will lead their categories into Sunday’s 11 a.m. eliminations as No. 1 qualifiers at the 21st race of the season and the third of six playoff races in the NHRA Mello Yello Countdown to the Championship.

Hagan’s stellar season continued as his Friday track record performance of 4.001 seconds at 320.20 mph in gave the 2011 world champ his fifth No. 1 qualifying position of the season and the 15th of his career.

“I feel like yesterday was one of those deals where we set ourselves up where we needed to, and then today, you come out and try to work on race-day setup,” said Hagan, who will meet second-generation driver Daniel Wilkerson in the first round. “Today we missed a little bit early when it was hot out, and then it was just a little bit weak on the second session, but I’ve got all the confidence in the world in [crew chief] Dickie Venables. He’s going to do a great job tomorrow, and we’re going to turn four win lights on and hold up the trophy at the end of the day.”

During the four rounds of qualifying, Hagan increased his series lead from 51 to 63 over second place Cruz Pedregon, who qualified 10th and will meet local favorite Tim Wilkerson in a titan first round Countdown match up.

Robert Hight will start second with his 4.022 at 315.64 and 15-time champ John Force qualified third with a 4.023 at 313.66.

In Top Fuel, no one improved on Langdon’s 3.761 at 326.40 from Friday either, so the Al-Anabi Racing driver used that effort to score his sixth No. 1 of the season, second in a row in the Countdown and 12th of his career. He will race Troy Buff in the opening round.

“The Al-Anabi team did an excellent job preparing the car for the four qualifying runs this weekend,” Langdon said. “The last run got a little bit overaggressive, but we’re basically trying to go out there and trying to throw down to see what exactly it will hold. We were a little on the conservative side on the first three runs, but just trying to race smart and get those bonus points and get that points lead. We were able to accomplish that and get the No. 1 qualifier in the process and put ourselves in a good position for tomorrow."

With his two quick times from Friday and a second-best lap on Saturday, Langdon extended his Countdown lead to 13 points over second place Doug Kalitta. Spencer Massey, who qualified 14th, is 15 points back in third.

Tony Schumacher, who was second-quickest in the final session, will start second with his Friday run of 3.782 at a track record speed of 327.74. Clay Millican, the only Countdown driver in Top Fuel yet to win a race this season, qualified third with his Friday effort of 3.786 at 322.27.

Countdown contender Steve Torrence used a Hail Mary run of 3.818 seconds to make the field in dramatic fashion on his final attempt Saturday, and his effort ended up being the quickest run of the session, which moved him to ninth in the field. He will face David Grubnic in the first round.

In Pro Stock, Johnson earned his third top qualifying position of the season and 31st of his career with his Friday run of 6.512 at 212.29. He will race Larry Morgan in the opening round.

“The conditions were great today and they did a really good job with the track,” Johnson said. “We gained 10 points on the frontrunners during qualifying and I hope we can take our Express Lube Dodge to the final and make up some more ground. I was not surprised to see our time from last night hold up because the conditions just weren't there. We have a really good combination so we just decided to work on our race-day set up. We treated today as a chance to test and tune for tomorrow.”

V. Gaines was second with a 6.526 at 211.96 and Jeg Coughlin, who earned enough bonus points to move into a tie atop the series standings with Jason Line, will start third. Rodger Brogdon was the only Countdown qualifier who failed to make the 16-car field for eliminations.

Arana Sr. raced to his third No. 1 qualifying position of the season and 24th of his career in Pro Stock Motorcycle, speeding to a track record performance of 6.796 at 198.58 on his Lucas Oil Products Buell. The 2009 world champ will face Mike Berry in the opening round.

"This is just what our team needed," said Arana Sr., who moved to third in points with the qualifying effort, 20 behind points leader and son Hector Arana Jr. "We still haven’t found the sweet spot, but we’re getting better.”

Michael Ray qualified second with a 6.830 at 196.99 on his Sovereign-Star Racing Buell and the series second-place rider Matt Smith, who cut Arana Jr.’s lead to five points during qualifying, will start third on his Viper Motorcycle Company Buell with a 6.850 at 196.30. Arana Jr. qualified seventh on his Lucas Oil Buell and will race Jerry Savoie in the first round.

Feedback can be sent to feedback@autoracing1.com

Go to our forums to discuss this article