Spencer Massey raced to his fourth Top Fuel victory of the season Sunday at the Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals at Summit Racing Equipment Motorsports Park.
Mike Neff (Funny Car), Vincent Nobile (Pro Stock) and Andrew Hines (Pro Stock Motorcycle) also were winners at the NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series event.
Massey powered his FRAM/Prestone dragster to his first Norwalk win with a quicker reaction time at the start to hold off the quicker, but losing Capco Contractors dragster of final round opponent Steve Torrence. With the victory, Massey returns to the series points lead.
“I knew the final round was going to be huge,” said Massey. “Steve was running awesome all day. He’s been running awesome all season, actually. I’m from Texas, he’s from Texas, and we both drove Top Alcohol Dragsters in Division 4. The weather here was even hot like it is in Texas.”
In Funny Car, Neff claimed his second win of the season and second at this track by defeating Tim Wilkerson in the final round. Neff drove his Castrol GTX Ford Mustang to a performance of 4.217 seconds at 298.21 to hold off Wilkerson’s Levi, Ray & Shoup Mustang.
“I don’t know how it all works, but Norwalk has definitely been good to me,” Neff said. “We’ve done fairly well on the hotter racetracks. We usually do pretty well on those. And sometimes it just seems like you go some places that you just always do well at, and then there are some tracks you go to and it just seems like you can never do any good no matter how you’ve been doing up to that point. Tim Wilkerson put up a heck of a run over there. It had to be very close at the finish line, so it was just our day.”
In Pro Stock, Nobile celebrated an NHRA Sweep in the winner’s circle after claiming his second win of the season. In the final round, he powered his Mountain View Tire Dodge Avenger to a performance of 6.661 seconds at 208.01 mph to defeat the Summit Racing Chevy Camaro of defending world champ Jason Line. Nobile also defeated Line in the final of Saturday’s K&N Horsepower Challenge.
With the victory, Nobile claimed more than $100,000 for the weekend, as he also won the $50,000 K&N Horsepower Challenge race on Saturday, claimed $25,000 for the race win and another $25,000 for an NHRA Sweep Bonus for winning both events during the weekend. He also won here in 2011.
“I never thought in a million years that things would be going like this,” said Nobile. “My team supplied me with the fastest car today, and I have to give them the credit. [The semifinal win over Allen Johnson] was the coolest round I ever won in my life. I saw Jason Line and Shane Gray get in a pedaling match in front of me, so I mentally prepared myself for that situation. Luckily, my dad [John] taught me how to drive and told me to find fifth gear as soon as possible if I ever had to lift and saw that the other guy wasn’t in front of me. I felt like Ron Capps in the car.
“The best part of the weekend was getting Peggy [Coleman], my partner in the K&N Horsepower Challenge, that Toyota Tundra. She was in a terrible situation where she lost her house, and it was great to give something back to her.”
In Pro Stock Motorcycle, three-time world champ Hines claimed his third win of the season on his Screamin’ Eagle Vance & Hines Harley-Davidson with a performance of 6.929 at 193.43 in the final round against opponent Hector Arana Jr. , who rode his Lucas Oil Buell. Hines is the first rider to win three times at Norwalk ( also 2009, 2007). It was Hines’ 28th career victory.
“It was a good weekend all around for our team, and we just treated it like we did in Joliet last weekend when I got the national event win,” said Hines, who remained in second place in the points standings. “We just slowly picked way at the tune-up. Conditions changed tremendously today. The air dried out a lot, and we struggled a little bit with my bike the first couple rounds, but we learned a lot against Eddie [Krawiec, teammate] in the semifinals, and luckily I was able to get the eight-thou win against Eddie in the semifinals and learned everything we possibly could and applied that to the final. That was our best speed of the weekend and our best e.t. of the weekend. It was a heck of a race with Hector Jr. I beat him on a holeshot in Houston, and that was huge, and to do it again is ‘ice cream’ on the cake.”
Don Walsh raced to his first career victory in the NHRA Pro Mod Drag Racing Series presented by ProCare Rx Sunday at the Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals at Summit Racing Equipment Motorsports Park.
Walsh held off event No. 1 qualifier and Ohio native Troy Coughlin in the final round after defeating David Roemer, Mike Janis, and Kevin McCurdy in earlier rounds. In the final round at Summit Racing Equipment Motorsports Park, Walsh powered his 2011 Ford Mustang past Coughlin with a performance of 5.893 seconds at 251.95 mph. Walsh posted the second-quickest and fastest pass of the event to take the win.
Coughlin had the starting line advantage, but slowed near midtrack when his Chevy Camaro with lost traction and finished with a performance of 11.771 at 92.65.
With the victory, Walsh moves to fourth in the series points standing.
Final round-by-round results from the Sixth annual Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals at Summit Racing Equipment Motorsports Park, the sixth of 10 events in the NHRA Pro Mod Drag Racing Series presented by ProCare Rx:
ROUND ONE — Keith Murt, 3.875, 316.90 def. Doug Kalitta, 3.888, 315.05; T.J. Zizzo, 3.901, 301.27 def. Cory McClenathan, 3.947, 298.87; David Grubnic, 3.862, 317.05 def. Khalid alBalooshi, 4.080, 255.29; Steve Torrence, 3.837, 318.17 def. Brandon Bernstein, 4.570, 169.25; Antron Brown, 3.831,320.58 def. Morgan Lucas, 4.167, 244.25; Tony Schumacher, 3.950, 301.40 def. Bob Vandergriff, 4.066, 229.08; Hillary Will, 3.870, 310.13 def. Clay Millican, 3.917, 308.99; Spencer Massey, 3.841, 322.73 def. Shawn Langdon, 3.853, 316.75;
QUARTERFINALS — Schumacher, 3.964, 286.98 def. Will, 9.323, 79.87; Grubnic, 3.989, 300.00 def. Zizzo, 4.575, 176.47; Torrence, 3.880, 315.42 def. Murt, 4.214, 226.39; Massey, 3.923, 306.40 def. Brown, 4.038, 273.00;
SEMIFINALS — Massey, 3.951, 300.06 def. Grubnic, 9.944, 62.70; Torrence, 3.900, 312.50 def.
Schumacher, 9.186, 69.74;
FINAL — Massey, 3.916, 312.50 def. Torrence, 3.894, 315.71.
ROUND ONE — Robert Hight, Ford Mustang, 5.431, 144.86 def. Johnny Gray, Dodge Charger, broke; Ron Capps, Charger, 4.102, 308.00 def. Jack Beckman, Charger, 4.158, 298.21; Mike Neff, Mustang, 4.289, 223.39 def. Bob Bode, Chevy Impala, 5.206, 234.45; Cruz Pedregon, Toyota Camry, 4.122, 297.81 def. Matt Hagan, Charger, 4.694, 187.63; Bob Tasca III, Mustang, 4.153, 305.49 def. Blake Alexander, Chevy Monte Carlo, 5.359, 133.91; Courtney Force, Mustang, 4.166, 304.80 def. Todd Lesenko, Impala, 5.023, 166.64; Jeff Arend, Camry, 4.154, 300.60 def. Daniel Wilkerson, Mustang, 4.278, 272.28; Tim Wilkerson, Mustang, 4.564, 190.57 def. John Force, Mustang, 7.154, 100.58;
QUARTERFINALS — T. Wilkerson, 4.191, 297.09 def. Hight, 5.828, 134.63; Tasca III, 4.350, 279.04 def. Capps, DQ; C. Pedregon, 4.220, 298.21 def. C. Force, 4.229, 294.75; Neff, 4.229, 286.50 def. Arend, 5.452, 145.16;
SEMIFINALS — Neff, 4.281, 287.90 def. C. Pedregon, 5.645, 131.45; T. Wilkerson, 4.242, 295.14 def. Tasca III, 4.237, 296.70;
FINAL — Neff, 4.217, 298.21 def. T. Wilkerson, 4.244, 296.96.
ROUND ONE — Kurt Johnson, Pontiac GXP, 6.654, 207.53 def. JR Carr, Ford Mustang, 8.772, 106.04;
Jeg Coughlin, Dodge Avenger, 6.649, 207.78 def. Erica Enders, Chevy Cobalt, 13.433, 63.73; V. Gaines, Avenger, 6.649, 207.02 def. Greg Stanfield, Chevy Camaro, 6.655, 207.02; Shane Gray, Camaro, 6.664, 205.69 def. Greg Anderson, Camaro, 6.640, 208.01; Jason Line, Camaro, 6.628, 207.75 def. Rodger Brogdon, GXP, 6.665, 206.76; Allen Johnson, Avenger, 6.616, 208.59 def. Ronnie Humphrey, GXP, 6.667, 206.48; Vincent Nobile, Avenger, 6.630, 208.33 def. Warren Johnson, GXP, 6.673, 207.34; Mike Edwards, GXP, 6.653, 208.10 def. Ron Krisher, GXP, 6.669, 207.56;
QUARTERFINALS — Gray, 6.687, 206.51 def. Edwards, 6.709, 207.82; Nobile, 6.644, 208.10 def. Gaines, 14.463, 58.41; Line, 6.650, 207.43 def. Coughlin, foul; A. Johnson, 6.628, 208.07 def. K. Johnson, 6.686, 207.21;
SEMIFINALS — Line, 8.211, 175.14 def. Gray, 9.142, 134.10; Nobile, 7.792, 192.06 def. A. Johnson, 16.885, 48.17;
FINAL — Nobile, 6.661, 208.01 def. Line, 6.705, 207.88.
PRO STOCK MOTORCYCLE:
ROUND ONE — Steve Johnson, Suzuki, 6.991, 189.07 def. Chip Ellis, Buell, 7.425, 141.50; Scotty Pollacheck, Buell, 7.037, 188.07 def. LE Tonglet, Suzuki, 9.195, 95.23; Eddie Krawiec,
Harley-Davidson, 6.961, 192.22 def. Michael Ray, Buell, 7.063, 186.79; Karen Stoffer, Suzuki,
6.987, 191.32 def. Matt Smith, Buell, 7.063, 187.81; Hector Arana Jr, Buell, 6.957, 191.19 def.
Shawn Gann, Buell, 7.044, 189.79; Andrew Hines, Harley-Davidson, 6.974, 191.43 def. Mike Berry, Buell, 10.074, 81.60; Hector Arana, Buell, 6.929, 192.06 def. Angie Smith, Buell, broke; John Hall, Buell, 6.987, 188.07 def. Jerry Savoie, Buell, 7.076, 188.36;
QUARTERFINALS — Hines, 6.954, 193.02 def. Johnson, 7.020, 189.34; Krawiec, 6.955, 191.76 def. Stoffer, foul; Arana Jr, 6.955, 193.27 def. Hall, foul; Arana, 6.942, 189.87 def. Pollacheck,
SEMIFINALS — Hines, 6.978, 192.33 def. Krawiec, 6.982, 192.82; Arana Jr, 6.960, 192.55 def. Arana,
FINAL — Hines, 6.929, 193.43 def. Arana Jr, 6.928, 191.84.
ROUND ONE — Donald Martin, Chevy Camaro, 6.148, 240.81 def. Leah Pruett, Ford Mustang, 6.328, 240.55; David Roemer, Chevy Cavalier, 6.098, 236.88 def. Jay Payne, Camaro, 6.157, 238.34; Troy Coughlin, Camaro, 6.180, 223.32 def. Mike Knowles, Camaro, broke; Donald Walsh, ford Mustang, 5.955, 252.14 def. Kevin McCurdy, Camaro, 14.159, 59.81; Mike Janis, Mustang, 7.010, 174.01 def. Danny Rowe, Camaro, foul; Mike Castellana, Camaro, 6.182, 212.63 def. Kenny Lang, Camaro, 6.782, 209.79; Roger Burgess, Chevy Corvette, 6.159, 219.69 def. Clint Satterfield, Camaro, 6.395, 214.93; Rickie Smith, Camaro, 6.060, 239.53 def. Pete Farber, Dodge Daytona, 10.591, 85.47;
QUARTERFINALS — Coughlin, 5.909, 250.83 def. Martin, 6.024, 243.59; Burgess, 6.024, 249.26 def. Castellana, 6.631, 175.11; Walsh, 5.896, 246.21 def. Janis, 9.254, 98.55; Roemer, 6.492, 196.16 def. Smith, 9.738, 88.88;
SEMIFINALS — Coughlin, 5.973, 250.74 def. Burgess, 10.521, 110.24; Walsh, 5.887, 253.85 def. Roemer, foul;
FINAL — Walsh, 5.893, 251.95 def. Coughlin, 11.771, 92.65.
Vincent Nobile became the youngest driver to win the K&N Horsepower Challenge, the special Pro Stock race-within-a-race bonus event, Saturday at the Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals in Norwalk.
In other racing action at Summit Racing Equipment Motorsports Park, Steve Torrence (Top Fuel), Johnny Gray (Funny Car), Allen Johnson (Pro Stock), and Andrew Hines (Pro Stock Motorcycle) raced to the No. 1 qualifying spots in their respective categories at the NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series event.
Sophomore-sensation Nobile, 21, used a holeshot start in his Mountain View Tire Dodge Avenger in the final round of the K&N Horsepower Challenge and powered to a 6.750-second run at 205.94 mph to hold off veteran Jason Line and pick up the win and $50,000. Nobile also outran Johnson and Mike Edwards in the first two rounds of the Challenge.
“It’s not about the money,” Nobile said. “It’s not even about the trophy. It’s about the story. Winning the race meant winning a Toyota Tundra for Peggy [Peggy Coleman of Joplin, Mo.]. She lost her house in a tornado, and it’s great to be able to give her something back. We’ve had a pretty freaky year going on. It’s so similar to last year that it’s unreal. We won Houston back-to-back, and now Norwalk is treating me well again. Hopefully, it will carry on to tomorrow and we can try to double-up.”
In Top Fuel, Torrence remained on top of the field in his Capco Contractors dragster. Torrence’s Friday performance of 3.829 at 319.98 gave him his second No. 1 qualifying position of the season.
“We tried to see what we could get away with today,” Torrence said. “It’s hard on the crew chief, driver, and team when it’s this hot. I was sitting in my firesuit soaking wet. It helped us work on our hot weather tune-up for the Western Swing. Tomorrow should cool off quite a bit and give us different conditions to race in.”
Gray took the top spot in Funny Car qualifying when he drove his Service Central Dodge Charger to a 4.094 run at 306.33. It’s Gray’s second No. 1 qualifier of the season and third of his career.
“I hope tomorrow’s not like today because obviously we weren’t stellar today,” Gray said. “The Service Central/NTB car is a good race car. We’ve got a good tune-up for it. We tried to run too hard the first run this morning, and then this afternoon we had the thing lined up a little bit to the left, and it took off towards the center line, and when I tried to turn it to reel it back, it kind of upset it and knocked the tires loose. We’re good. We know what we did wrong, and we’ll go out tomorrow, and it should be a good day.”
Johnson held off a competitive class to take the top spot in Pro Stock. Johnson drove his Team Mopar Dodge Avenger to a 6.663 run at 207.34 to claim his sixth No. 1 qualifying position of the season and 24th of his career. He has two wins this season.
“We have a really good car, and we’re going to make better decisions,” said Johnson. “We stunk the place up today. We shot ourselves in the foot in the first round [of the K&N Horsepower Challenge special event]. My crew chief told me to go right when he meant for me to go left while I was backing up. After all these years, you find new ways to lose.”
In Pro Stock Motorcycle, Hines raced to the No. 1 qualifying position. Hines rode his Screamin’ Eagle Vance & Hines Harley-Davidson to a 6.961 second at 192.85 mph run to take his first No. 1 qualifier position of the year and the 31st of his career. Hines has won twice in Norwalk (2009, 2007) and two times this season.
“We just picked away at it all weekend long with our Screamin’ Eagle V-Rods,” Hines said. “It’s just a testament to how good our team is. We started out Chicago last week with a different mindset of how we’re going to come in and tune these races in the summer. Last year, we’d be behind the eight-ball and not have good performance on Sunday, so we’re doing a completely different strategy than we would normally do, and it’s showing in our performance. We’re just picking away at it and steadily improving every single qualifier.”
Ohio native Troy Coughlin secured the No. 1 qualifying position and then raced to a first round victory Saturday in the NHRA Pro Mod Drag Racing Series presented by ProCare Rx portion of the Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals.
Coughlin, who is sixth in the season long points standings, posted a run of 5.949 seconds at 250.64 mph in his turbocharged JEGS.com ’68 Chevy Camaro to take the No. 1 qualifying position on a hot and humid day at Summit Racing Equipment Motorsports Park.
“We felt as if we had a competitive car coming into this race,” Coughlin said. “We started off in qualifying by losing traction a little bit, so we had some work to do. This morning we read the track and made a couple adjustments to it, and ended up with a great run that put us on the pole. We were the second car out, so we had to sit and wait all session to see what happened. But it stuck and stayed No. 1 by four-hundredths, which was nice.”
In the first round of eliminations, Coughlin posted a winning pass of 6.180 at 223.32, while Mike Knowles’ Camaro broke during the burnout.
“We rolled into first round on a little bit greasier race track, which we adjusted for,” Coughlin said. “The JEGS car was hustling but it started picking up the front end so I cut it back a little bit. I decided not to take a chance at hurting the engine and just kind of let off. We still ran a 6.18, which is pretty quick. We’ll tune this run for tomorrow. The weather’s supposed to be a little cooler, so that’s going to bring the track and the atmosphere to this thing to make it faster.”
Other first round winners included Donald Martin, Rickie Smith, David Roemer, Roger Burgess, Donald Walsh, Mike Janis and Mike Castellana. In the quarterfinals, which will continue on Sunday at approximately 2:30 p.m., Coughlin will face Martin, Burgess will meet Castellana, Smith will battle Roemer and Walsh will face Janis.