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NHRA4WIDE-SUNIt’s elimination day here at the Four-Wide Nationals; we’re set up and awaiting the beginning of the festivities. Stay tuned all day as we bring you coverage.

As always, thanks to Mickey Thompson Performance Tires & Wheels for sponsoring the race coverage.

In a “whoops” moment this morning, we realized that we neglected to report on the first round of the Pro Mod class eliminations that took place last evening, so we’ll start off with that this morning.

Danny Rowe entered the elimination sessions at the top of the ladder; tire shake spoiled his day, allowing Mike Knowles to head on past him at the finish line and get the win.

Danny Rowe entered the Pro Mod elimination sessions at the top of the ladder; just after this photo was taken, tire shake spoiled his day, allowing Mike Knowles to head on past him to the finish line and get the win.

 

Von Smith turned in a stout 5.88 in the Dr. Moon's Rage Camaro to take out Eric Latino; Smith's 5.88 was the quickest pass from any competitor in the round.

Von Smith turned in a stout 5.88 in the Dr. Moon’s Rage Camaro to take out Eric Latino; Smith’s 5.88 was the quickest pass from any competitor in the round. He will face Kenny Lang in the Corvette, who advanced over Doug Winters in a pedalfest.

 

Steve Matusek is starting to gain traction in his Pro Mod Mustang - he cranked off a 5.98 in the first round to take out perennial contender Mike Janis. Matusek's 250.55 MPH through the traps was top speed of all competitors. He will face Rickie Smith in round two, who coasted across the finish line with a 9.21, just ahead of Chris Juliano's 9.28.

Steve Matusek is starting to gain traction in his Mongoose II Pro Mod Mustang – he cranked off a 5.98 in the first round to take out perennial contender Mike Janis. Matusek’s 250.55 MPH through the traps was top speed of all competitors. Matusek will face Rickie Smith in round two, who coasted across the finish line in round one with a 9.21, just ahead of Chris Juliano’s 9.28.

 

 5.909 at 248.52 MPH was Troy Coughlin's first-round number, as he snuck ahead of Chip King's Dodge at the finish line to move on to round two. He'll take on Mike Castellana, who turned in a 5.94 in his defeat of Kevin McCurdy.

5.909 at 248.52 MPH was Troy Coughlin’s first-round number, as he snuck ahead of Chip King’s Dodge at the finish line to move on to round two. He’ll take on Mike Castellana, who turned in a 5.94 in his defeat of Kevin McCurdy.

Mike Edwards continued his sun in the first round on Sunday, turning in a round-quickest 6.493 in his pursuit of his first win this season after five number-one qualifiers. He and V Gaines moved in on their quad while Vincent Nobile and Frank Gugliotta ended up on the outside looking in.

Mike Edwards continued his run in the first round on Sunday, turning in a round-quickest 6.493 in his pursuit of his first win this season after five number-one qualifiers. He and V Gaines moved in on their quad while Vincent Nobile and Frank G/ugliotta ended up on the outside looking in.

 

Jason Line is the only other Pro Stock driver to break into the .40's this morning, barely doing the deed with a 6.499 at 213.50 MPH. He and Rodger Brogdon pushed Jeg Jr. and Lewis Worden to the side in their quad.

Jason Line is the second Pro Stock driver to break into the .40’s this morning, barely doing the deed with a 6.499 at 213.50 MPH. He and Rodger Brogdon pushed Jeg Jr. and Lewis Worden to the side in their quad.

 

Greg Anderson's 6.514 and Allen Johnson (far lane) moved on in the second quad pairing as they were the only two drivers on the pace. Kurt Johnson and Larry Morgan were unable to even crack the six-second zone.

Greg Anderson’s 6.514 and Allen Johnson (third from front) moved on in their round as they were the only two drivers on the pace. Kurt Johnson and Larry Morgan were unable to even crack the six-second zone.

 

In the last quad of Pro Stock's first round, Erica Enders-Stevens carded a 6.535 to move on; Shane Gray became the third driver to crack the 6.40's and move on as well. Warren Johnson was out of it early and it appeared that Greg Stanfield had a mechanical malfunction up top.

In the last quad of Pro Stock’s first round, Erica Enders-Stevens carded a 6.535 to move on; Shane Gray became the third driver to crack the 6.40’s and move on as well. Warren Johnson was out of it early and it appeared that Greg Stanfield had a mechanical malfunction up top.

 

You may never see this matchup again - Eddie Krawiec and Andrew Hines representing the Harley contingent; Adam Arana and Hector Arana Jr. representing the Buell machines. Hector Jr. and Krawiec moved on, leaving Adam and Andrew on the outside.

You may never see this matchup again – Eddie Krawiec and Andrew Hines representing the Harley contingent; Adam Arana and Hector Arana Jr. representing the Buell machines. Hector Jr. and Krawiec moved on, leaving Adam and Andrew on the outside.

 

John Hall and Katie Sullivan   turned it up for the first round; Sullivan cranked off a sweet 6.87 and Hall carded a 6.90, sending Hector Arana and Steve Johnson back to the trailer. Sullivan and Hall will be paired with Krawiec and Hector Jr in the second round.

John Hall (near lane) and Katie Sullivan turned it up for the first round; Sullivan cranked off a sweet 6.87 and Hall carded a 6.90, sending Hector Arana and Steve Johnson back to the trailer. Sullivan and Hall will be paired with Krawiec and Hector Jr in the second round.

 

Jim Underdahl turned in what would normally be an incredible 6.847 at 195.95 in his quad, but that only put him second of the grouping, because...

Jim Underdahl turned in what would normally be an incredible 6.847 at 195.95 MPH in his quad, but that only put him second of the grouping, because Scotty Pollacheck whupped the quad with a stout 6.818 at 194.24 MPH.  LE Tonglet and Mike Berry are going home.

 

Matt Smith ran alongside wife Angie, Michael Ray, and Shawn Gann in the last PSM group. Despite Angie treeing everyone, Matt and Gann took the stripe first to move on.

Matt Smith ran alongside wife Angie, Michael Ray, and Shawn Gann in the last PSM group. Despite Angie treeing everyone, Matt and Gann took the stripe first to move on.

 

MIke Knowles continues his run in Pro Mod as Clint Satterfield shook the tires and was out of it by half-track.

Mike Knowles continues his run in Pro Mod as Clint Satterfield shook the tires and was out of it by half-track.

 

Kenny Lang's 5.95 made him the only other competitor in the 5's in round two in his defeat of Von Smith, who carded a respectable 6.10.

Kenny Lang’s 5.95 made him the only other competitor in the 5’s in round two in his defeat of Von Smith, who carded a respectable 6.10.

 

Troy Coughlin kept on rolling, recording low ET of the round with a 5.90 at 2547 MPH against Mike Castellana. He'll face Knowles in round three.

Troy Coughlin kept on rolling, recording low ET of the round with a 5.90 at 247 MPH against Mike Castellana. He’ll face Knowles in round three.

 

Rickie Smith (far lane) got way out of the groove and tagged the right-side wall in his matchup with Matusek, sending the Aeromotive car on to the semifinal.

Rickie Smith (far lane) got way out of the groove and tagged the right-side wall in his matchup with Matusek, sending the Aeromotive car on to the semifinal.

 

Tim Wilkerson had the quickest ET of his quad, clicking it off with a 4.09 through the traps. Chad Head got way out of shape but managed to reel it in in time to recover and cross the stripe just ahead of Cruz Pedregon. Robert Hight was out of it early and could only watch his chances for the weekend evaporate.

In the second round of Funny car, Tim Wilkerson had the quickest ET of his quad, clicking it off with a 4.09 through the traps. Chad Head got way out of shape but managed to reel it in in time to recover and cross the stripe just ahead of Cruz Pedregon. Robert Hight was out of it early and could only watch his chances for the weekend evaporate. Wilkerson and Head advance to the final.

 

In the other Funny Car semifinal, Blake Alexander (pictured) ran a 4.14 in his quickest run of the weekend so far to advance to the final round and a chance for the prize money. Matt Hagan also advanced with a 4.07 as Bob Tasca III and Jack Beckman smoked the tires and are out.

In the other Funny Car semifinal, Blake Alexander (pictured) ran a 4.14 in his quickest run of the weekend so far to advance to the final round and a chance for the prize money. Matt Hagan also advanced with a 4.07 as Bob Tasca III and Jack Beckman smoked the tires and are out.

 

Number-one qualifier Shawn Langdon continued rolling along in the Al-Anabi Fueler, carding a 3.778 at 326.79 MPH - fastest and quickest of the second round to advance to the final. Tony Schumacher also advanced from his quad while Doug Kalitta and Bob Vandergriff got the early exit sign.

Number-one qualifier Shawn Langdon continued rolling along in the Al-Anabi Fueler, carding a 3.778 at 326.79 MPH – fastest and quickest of the second round to advance to the final. Tony Schumacher also advanced from his quad while Doug Kalitta and Bob Vandergriff got the early exit sign.

 

Spencer Massey needed a stroke of luck (and bad luck for quad-quickest Morgan Lucas) in his holeshot win in the other Top Fuel semi. Brandon Bernstein also found himself on the positive side of Morgan's sleepy light.

Spencer Massey needed a stroke of luck (and bad luck for quad-quickest Morgan Lucas) in his holeshot win in the other Top Fuel semi. Brandon Bernstein also found himself on the positive side of Morgan’s sleepy .094 light – Massey and Bernstein advance to the final.

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What an incredible set of final-round runs from all of the Pro classes. Four-wide racing is a true spectacle, and if you have the ability to make it here to Bruton Smith’s palace in North Carolina, you owe it to yourself to make the plans and come check this out. From a first-time perspective, the racing was incredibly exciting and something that every drag racing fan needs to witness in person.

Troy Coughlin turned in his second-quickest run of the day against Kenny Lang in the final round of Pro Mod. A .053 reaction time got him out of the gates four hundredths ahead of Kenny Lang, and he needed every bit of it as Coughlin's 5.893 at 242.19 MPH barely outran Lang's .087/5.898/246.98 blast. A great showing for the Jeg's Corvette. Crew chief Bryan Metzenheim had the car on rails all weekend long.

Troy Coughlin turned in his second-quickest run of the day against Kenny Lang in the final round of Pro Mod. A .053 reaction time got him out of the gates four hundredths ahead of Kenny Lang, and he needed every bit of it as Coughlin’s 5.893 at 242.19 MPH barely outran Lang’s .087/5.898/246.98 blast. A great showing for the Jeg’s Corvette. Crew chief Bryan Metzenheim had the car on rails all weekend long.


We had to wait until the scoreboards flashed in the Pro Stock Motorcycle final round to see who won - it was that close through the traps, Hector Arana Jr. went wire-to-wire, qualifying number one and sealing the deal today over 2012 class champ Eddie Krawiec.

We had to wait until the scoreboards flashed in the Pro Stock Motorcycle final round to see who won – it was that close through the traps, Hector Arana Jr. (second from bottom) went wire-to-wire, qualifying number one and sealing the deal today over 2012 class champ Eddie Krawiec.


Mike Edwards was out in front of the Pro Stock class by just after the sixty-foot clocks, and by halftrack it was evident that he'd collect his first win of the season. The 2009 Pro Stock champ set the national record and his 35th career win this weekend.

Mike Edwards was out in front of the Pro Stock class from the outset, and by halftrack it was evident that he’d collect his first win of the season as Anderson and Gray were shutdown by then. The 2009 Pro Stock champ set the national record and his 35th career win this weekend. Erica Enders-Stevens scored the runner-up spot  for the second race in a row to go with her win in Arizona.


Matt Hagan led the Funny Car final round from end-to-end, scoring the quickest reaction time and rolling through the big end solidly ahead of Blake Alexander, who landed his first career-runner-up spot in only his second season in the hotly-contested class.

Matt Hagan (second from bottom) led the Funny Car final round from end-to-end, scoring the quickest reaction time and rolling through the big end solidly ahead of Blake Alexander (top lane), who landed his first career-runner-up spot in only his second season in the hotly-contested Funny Car class.


At this point in the race, Spencer Massey (bottom lane) was at the back of the pack, but by the time the win lights came on he was in the front. This is his first win of the season  and first since July of last year. He goes to third in the points standings with the solid finish.

At this point in the race, Spencer Massey (bottom lane) was at the back of the pack, but by the time the win lights came on he was in the front. This is his first win of the season and first since July of last year. He goes to third in the points standings with the solid finish.


A sweet, sweet taste of victory for Hector Arana Jr. In an awesome, four-wide, side-by-side-by-side by-side run, Hector Jr, turned in a .028 reaction time, and a 6.896 at 190.73 MPH to take the win light. Eddie Krawiec took the runner-up spot with a .024/6.924/190.65 line, while Scotty Pollacheck carried a .000/6.948/187.96 run through the traps. Jim Underdahl did his best on the tree with a .011, but his 6.942/192.82 line just wasn't enough to get it done.

A sweet, sweet taste of victory for Hector Arana Jr. In an awesome, four-wide, side-by-side-by-side by-side run, Hector Jr, turned in a .028 reaction time, and a 6.896 at 190.73 MPH to take the win light. Eddie Krawiec took the runner-up spot with a .024/6.924/190.65 line, while Scotty Pollacheck carried a .000/6.948/187.96 run through the traps. Jim Underdahl did his best on the tree with a .011, but his 6.942/192.82 line just wasn’t enough to get it done.

 

Mike Edwards has qualified at the top of the ladder for every single race this year, but under the most pressure here at the four-wides he was finally able to get it done and end up in the winner's circle.

Mike Edwards has qualified at the top of the ladder for every single race this year, but under the most pressure here at the four-wides he was finally able to get it done and end up in the winner’s circle.


Matt Hagan was quick to credit the crew of the Mopar Funny Car for the win this weekend. He had been under the weather earlier in the week and was able to recover in time to take the event win with a strong 4.07 at 315 MPH.

Matt Hagan was quick to credit the crew of the Mopar Funny Car for the win this weekend. He had been under the weather earlier in the week and was able to recover in time to take the event win with a strong 4.07 at 315 MPH.


Spencer Massey hasn't had the smoothest off-season, and over the last two years he's been within spitting distance of the championship, finishing second by .004 in 2011 and in third place last season. THis is the second year in a row he's won at zMAX, and this win came over Schumacher by only .012-second.

Spencer Massey hasn’t had the smoothest off-season, and over the last two years he’s been within spitting distance of the championship, finishing second by .004 in 2011 and in third place last season. This is the second year in a row he’s won at zMAX; his win came over Schumacher by only .012-second.

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That concludes our coverage of the Four Wide race from here at zMAX Dragway in Concord, North Carolina. We hope you’ve enjoyed the coverage – we’ve enjoyed providing it for you!

 

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