Schumacher (TF), C. Force (FC), Connolly (PS), Hines (PSM) are NHRA winners at Texas

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Top Fuel driver Tony Schumacher won his second race in as many days to highlight Sunday’s final round of the AAA Texas NHRA FallNationals at Texas Motorplex in Ennis, Texas.

Schumacher won Saturday’s final round of last week’s delayed Pep Boys NHRA Carolina Nationals, which was relocated to this weekend at Texas due to inclement weather and track conditions in Charlotte, N.C.

Then the Chicago-area native doubled-up with his record 76th national event win in Sunday’s race, taking over the lead in the Top Fuel standings, as well.

In winning his sixth FallNationals title, Schumacher (3.891 seconds/318.62 mph) defeated No. 1 qualifier J.R. Todd (4.134 seconds/251.49 mph) and now took over the points lead, 106 points ahead of second-ranked Steve Torrence and 107 points ahead of Countdown to the Championship No. 1 seed Doug Kalitta.

“It’s an unbelievable situation,” Schumacher said in a NHRA media release. “We’ve won two races in less than 24 hours. My family drove up, I won a race, we went to dinner, went to bed, came back, and won another race in under 24 hours.

“We have a 100-point leading going into two more back-to-back races. It’s brutal pressure. Going into it with this much momentum places that pressure on other people. Some will be able to handle it; some won’t.”

Others who won the delayed Charlotte final on Saturday were Matt Hagan (Funny Car), Jonathan Gray (Pro Stock) and Eddie Krawiec (Pro Stock Motorcycle).

As for other pro classes in Sunday’s final eliminations, Courtney Force (Funny Car), Dave Connolly (Pro Stock), and Andrew Hines (Pro Stock Motorcycle) were also winners in their classes.

The No. 1 qualifier coming into Sunday, Force (4.227 seconds/301.07 mph) earned the 11th win this season by a female racer in the NHRA pro ranks, defeating Del Worsham (4.309/285.65) in the finals.

“I’m proud of my team to come out here and make some great laps – especially out here in the heat of Texas,” Force said. “We needed to go some rounds today if we still wanted a shot at the championship. … We’ve made a huge move up and we’re still in the hunt (for the championship).”

Force’s father, 16-time Funny Car champ John Force, retains the lead in the FC standings with a 45-point margin over fellow teammate Robert Hight.

In Pro Stock, Connolly (6.616 seconds/210.55 mph) defeated teammate Shane Gray (6.617/210.73) to earn his second win of 2014 and 25th of his career. It was also the third straight Pro Stock win in as many races for Gray Motorsports.

“I’ve been very blessed with a lot of great opportunities and I would have to say this is one of the best,” Connolly said. “The camaraderie we have and the friendships we have grown over the year is unbelievable.

“We are out there having fun and running into each other in semifinals and finals and could not be better. … It is a win-win when we make it to the final and there is Gray Motorsports on both the doors.”

Jason Line continues to lead the Pro Stock standings, holding a 43-point lead over Connolly.

In Pro Stock Motorcycle, Hines earned his fifth win of the season (7.571 seconds at 186.54 mph). Opponent Steve Johnson suffered mechanical problems and was unable to compete in the final run.

It was Hines’ first career win at Texas and the 35th of his NHRA career.

The third race of the six-race NHRA Mello Yello Countdown to the Championship playoffs will be the AAA Insurance NHRA Midwest Nationals at Gateway Motorsports Park near St. Louis, Sept. 26-28.

 

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Sunday’s final round results:

Top Fuel: Tony Schumacher, 3.891 seconds, 318.62 mph def. J.R. Todd, 4.134 seconds, 251.49 mph.

Funny Car: Courtney Force, Ford Mustang, 4.227, 301.07 def. Del Worsham, Toyota Camry, 4.309, 285.65.

Pro Stock: Dave Connolly, Chevy Camaro, 6.616, 210.05 def. Shane Gray, Camaro, 6.617, 210.73.

Pro Stock Motorcycle: Andrew Hines, Harley-Davidson, 7.571, 186.54 def. Steve Johnson, Suzuki, broke.

 

Sunday’s final finishing order:

TOP FUEL: 1. Tony Schumacher; 2. J.R. Todd; 3. Shawn Langdon; 4. Troy Buff; 5. Bob Vandergriff; 6. Spencer Massey; 7. Steve Torrence; 8. Larry Dixon; 9. Antron Brown; 10. Morgan Lucas; 11. Khalid alBalooshi; 12. Leah Pritchett; 13. Doug Kalitta; 14. Richie Crampton; 15. Terry McMillen; 16. Billy Torrence.

FUNNY CAR: 1. Courtney Force; 2. Del Worsham; 3. Tim Wilkerson; 4. Tommy Johnson Jr.; 5. Robert Hight; 6. Alexis DeJoria; 7. John Force; 8. Matt Hagan; 9. Ron Capps; 10. Tony Pedregon; 11. Bob Tasca III; 12. Cruz Pedregon; 13. Chad Head; 14. Jeff Arend; 15. Jeff Diehl; 16. Jack Beckman.

PRO STOCK: 1. Dave Connolly; 2. Shane Gray; 3. Jonathan Gray; 4. Vincent Nobile; 5. Erica Enders-Stevens; 6. Allen Johnson; 7. Greg Anderson; 8. Jason Line; 9. Chris McGaha; 10. Rodger Brogdon; 11. V. Gaines; 12. John Gaydosh Jr; 13. Aaron Stanfield; 14. Jeg Coughlin; 15. Matt Hartford; 16. Shane Tucker.

PRO STOCK MOTORCYCLE: 1. Andrew Hines; 2. Steve Johnson; 3. Matt Smith; 4. Scotty Pollacheck; 5. Jerry Savoie; 6. Shawn Gann; 7. Freddie Camarena; 8. John Hall; 9. Hector Arana; 10. Chaz Kennedy; 11. Angelle Sampey; 12. Angie Smith; 13. LE Tonglet; 14. Adam Arana; 15. Hector Arana Jr; 16. Eddie Krawiec.

 

Sunday’s final round-by-round results:

TOP FUEL: ROUND ONE — Spencer Massey, 3.831, 321.27 def. Richie Crampton, 4.755, 161.67; Shawn Langdon, 3.805, 321.19 def. Antron Brown, 3.876, 308.50; Bob Vandergriff, 3.818, 321.50 def. Terry McMillen, 4.991, 148.99; J.R. Todd, 3.815, 323.04 def. Morgan Lucas, 4.088, 228.58; Troy Buff, 3.841, 311.05 def. Doug Kalitta, 4.353, 196.13; Steve Torrence, 3.831, 324.05 def. Khalid alBalooshi, 4.227, 224.92; Tony Schumacher, 3.817, 320.97 def. Leah Pritchett, 4.254, 223.80; Larry Dixon, 4.171, 208.52 def. Billy Torrence, 5.196, 135.22;

QUARTERFINALS — Buff, 3.961, 293.73 def. Dixon, 5.857, 150.70; Schumacher, 3.854, 320.05 def. Vandergriff, 3.934, 302.69; Todd, 3.864, 316.67 def. Massey, 4.147, 236.55; Langdon, 4.622, 234.78 def. S. Torrence, 4.913, 194.24;

SEMIFINALS — Todd, 4.253, 237.13 def. Langdon, 4.320, 270.32; Schumacher, 3.930, 309.06 def. Buff, 4.889, 160.16;

FINAL — Schumacher, 3.891, 318.62 def. Todd, 4.134, 251.49.

FUNNY CAR: ROUND ONE — John Force, Ford Mustang, 4.111, 309.42 def. Jeff Arend, Dodge Charger, 4.259, 293.66; Tommy Johnson Jr., Charger, 4.775, 169.91 def. Cruz Pedregon, Toyota Camry, foul; Courtney Force, Mustang, 4.173, 305.56 def. Tony Pedregon, Camry, 4.232, 297.81; Tim Wilkerson, Mustang, 4.173, 304.25 def. Ron Capps, Charger, 4.223, 295.72; Alexis DeJoria, Camry, 4.171, 299.06 def. Jeff Diehl, Toyota Solara, 6.424, 104.10; Matt Hagan, Charger, 4.221, 270.81 def. Bob Tasca III, Mustang, 4.243, 297.29; Del Worsham, Camry, 4.213, 297.16 def. Chad Head, Camry, 4.257, 293.09; Robert Hight, Mustang, 4.501, 271.57 def. Jack Beckman, Charger, 10.679, 71.72;

QUARTERFINALS — Johnson Jr., 4.192, 302.08 def. J. Force, 4.532, 205.38; Wilkerson, 4.209, 295.59 def. Hagan, 4.537, 230.76; C. Force, 4.161, 305.49 def. Hight, 4.214, 300.80; Worsham, 4.272, 288.03 def. DeJoria, 4.340, 248.93;

SEMIFINALS — Worsham, 4.178, 302.41 def. Wilkerson, 4.221, 296.50; C. Force, 4.218, 299.06 def. Johnson Jr., 4.254, 268.54;

FINAL — C. Force, 4.227, 301.07 def. Worsham, 4.309, 285.65.

PRO STOCK: ROUND ONE — Greg Anderson, Chevy Camaro, 6.595, 210.97 def. Jeg Coughlin, Dodge Dart, 9.460, 108.85; Dave Connolly, Camaro, 6.597, 210.57 def. Shane Tucker, Camaro, broke; Erica Enders-Stevens, Camaro, 6.574, 210.44 def. Rodger Brogdon, Camaro, 6.646, 209.49; Vincent Nobile, Camaro, 6.581, 210.77 def. Aaron Stanfield, Camaro, 8.575, 111.81; Jonathan Gray, Camaro, 6.572, 210.83 def. V. Gaines, Dodge Avenger, 6.646, 209.26; Allen Johnson, Dart, 6.568, 210.87 def. Matt Hartford, Avenger, 9.510, 97.74; Shane Gray, Camaro, 6.566, 210.70 def. John Gaydosh Jr, Pontiac GXP, 6.730, 205.82; Jason Line, Camaro, 6.574, 210.80 def. Chris McGaha, Camaro, 6.617, 208.71;

QUARTERFINALS — Nobile, 6.625, 209.72 def. Line, 12.243, 69.72; J. Gray, 6.597, 209.92 def. Enders-Stevens, 6.599, 209.98; Connolly, 6.603, 209.33 def. Johnson, 6.607, 210.47; S. Gray, 6.604, 210.14 def. Anderson, foul;

SEMIFINALS — S. Gray, 6.617, 210.18 def. Nobile, 6.677, 209.65; Connolly, 6.616, 209.85 def. J. Gray, 6.651, 207.21;

FINAL — Connolly, 6.616, 210.05 def. S. Gray, 6.617, 210.73.

PRO STOCK MOTORCYCLE: ROUND ONE — Matt Smith, Buell, 6.920, 194.02 def. Adam Arana, Buell, 7.169, 189.73; Scotty Pollacheck, Buell, 6.948, 193.54 def. Chaz Kennedy, Buell, 6.958, 192.60; Jerry Savoie, Suzuki, 6.928, 193.24 def. Angie Smith, Buell, 6.996, 190.35; John Hall, Buell, 6.975, 192.82 def. Angelle Sampey, Buell, 6.978, 182.45; Steve Johnson, Suzuki, 6.929, 192.88 def. LE Tonglet, Suzuki, 7.007, 182.16; Shawn Gann, Buell, 6.959, 188.70 def. Hector Arana Jr, Buell, 7.550, 135.14; Freddie Camarena, Suzuki, 7.025, 194.30 def. Eddie Krawiec, Harley-Davidson, 22.232, 32.59; Andrew Hines, Harley-Davidson, 6.883, 194.38 def. Hector Arana, Buell, 6.906, 195.28;

QUARTERFINALS — Pollacheck, 7.000, 191.10 def. Gann, 7.018, 190.08; Johnson, 6.901, 192.93 def. Hall, 15.294, 35.54; M. Smith, 6.954, 193.13 def. Camarena, 7.093, 188.81; Hines, 6.909, 192.88 def. Savoie, foul;

SEMIFINALS — Hines, 6.926, 193.18 def. Pollacheck, 6.980, 190.97; Johnson, 6.979, 187.34 def. M. Smith, 6.940, 191.43;

FINAL — Hines, 7.571, 186.54 def. Johnson, broke.

 

Updated points standings:

Top Fuel: 1. Tony Schumacher, 2,296; 2. Steve Torrence, 2,190; 3. Doug Kalitta, 2,189; 4. Shawn Langdon, 2,181; 5. J.R. Todd, 2,168; 6. Spencer Massey, 2,167; 7. Khalid alBalooshi, 2,156; 8. Antron Brown, 2,143; 9. Richie Crampton, 2,085; 10. Brittany Force, 2,053.

Funny Car: 1. John Force, 2,258; 2. Robert Hight, 2,213; 3. Matt Hagan, 2,209; 4. Courtney Force, 2,197; 5. (tie) Ron Capps, 2,164; Alexis DeJoria, 2,164; 7. Tommy Johnson Jr., 2,162; 8. Del Worsham, 2,135; 9. Tim Wilkerson, 2,123; 10. Cruz Pedregon, 2,093.

Pro Stock: 1. Jason Line, 2,266; 2. Dave Connolly, 2,223; 3. Shane Gray, 2,218; 4. Erica Enders-Stevens, 2,207; 5. Jonathan Gray, 2,192; 6. Vincent Nobile, 2,186; 7. Allen Johnson, 2,166; 8. Jeg Coughlin, 2,150; 9. V. Gaines, 2,103; 10. Chris McGaha, 2,073.

Pro Stock Motorcycle: 1. Andrew Hines, 2,302; 2. Eddie Krawiec, 2,257; 3. Steve Johnson, 2,198; 4. Hector Arana Jr, 2,177; 5. Matt Smith, 2,169; 6. Scotty Pollacheck, 2,144; 7. John Hall, 2,139; 8. Hector Arana, 2,122; 9. Angie Smith, 2,094; 10. Michael Ray, 2,071.

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IndyCar teams with NASCAR on IMS road course doubleheader in 2021

IndyCar NASCAR doubleheader 2021
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The NTT IndyCar Series will be sharing Indianapolis Motor Speedway with the NASCAR Cup Series in a race weekend doubleheader for the second consecutive season, but both series will be on the road course in August 2021.

IMS announced Wednesday that IndyCar will hold an Aug. 14, 2021 race on its 14-turn, 2.439-mile road course. It’ll be a day before NASCAR’s premier series runs the same layout for the first time after the Brickyard 400 was contested on the 2.5-mile oval for the first time in 27 years.

This season’s rescheduling of the IndyCar GMR Grand Prix to July 4, 2019 (a day before the Brickyard 400) led to the first NASCAR-IndyCar doubleheader weekend. The Xfinity Series also raced on the IMS road course for the first time July 4 after the IndyCar race ended.

INDYCAR AT IMS THIS WEEKEND: Harvest GP schedule, entry lists

IndyCar will be holding its second race weekend this year at the IMS road course Friday and Saturday with the Harvest GP.

“Our first NASCAR-INDYCAR weekend was a big success last July, with positive feedback from
our loyal fans who watched the races on NBC and from the drivers, teams and participants
involved,” IMS president Douglas Boles said in a statement. “The Xfinity Series’ debut on the IMS road course provided exactly the kind of thrilling action from the green to checkered flags that we anticipated, so we know the teams and drivers of the Cup Series will put on a great show as they turn left and right for the first time at IMS.

“We can’t wait to welcome back fans to see NASCAR and INDYCAR together during this
exciting weekend as we add another memorable chapter in the long, storied history of the
Indianapolis Motor Speedway.”

It also will mark the first NASCAR Cup-IndyCar doubleheader with a crowd as fans weren’t permitted at IMS in July because of the novel coronvavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

Over the course of Wednesday, NASCAR is releasing its 36-race slate for next season. IndyCar has yet to release its full 2021 schedule.