John Force upset in NHRA, Hagan takes Funny Car lead; Shoemacher (TF), Brogdan (PS), Krawiec (PSM) also win

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What a difference a day makes.

Saturday, John Force and daughter Courtney appeared comfortably ranked first and second in the NHRA Funny Car standings heading into Sunday’s NHRA Nationals at Maple Grove (Pa.) Raceway.

But in a surprising turn of events, both Forces lost in the first round of eliminations, while 2011 Funny Car champ Matt Hagan went on to win Sunday to take over the points lead with two races remaining in the Countdown to the Championship.

Now, John Force’s bid for a record 17th Funny Car championship is in jeopardy.

Hagan sealed Sunday’s victory over Tommy Johnson Jr. with a bit of impromptu fireworks of his own, as his engine exploded when Hagan crossed the finish line.

It was Hagan’s third appearance in the final round of the Countdown and his second playoff win. With three wins in 2014 and 13 in his career, Hagan leaves Maple Grove with a 36-point edge in the standings over John Force.

“The points lead is huge but we showed up here to win a race,” Hagan said. “Points change, but the Wallys (event win trophies) you put on your shelf don’t.

“We did what we set out to do this morning and that was to turn the win light on four times (in Sunday’s four elimination rounds).”

Other winners Sunday were Tony Schumacher (Top Fuel), Rodger Brogdon (Pro Stock) and Eddie Krawiec (Pro Stock Motorcycle).

In Top Fuel, Schumacher continued to strengthen his bid for a record eighth championship, defeating John Force’s other drag racing daughter, Brittany.

Schumacher has now won three of the first four Countdown events and has a dominating 134-point lead in the Top Fuel standings over Doug Kalitta heading into the next-to-last race of the season, the Toyota NHRA Nationals Oct. 30 – Nov. 2 at Las Vegas.

“Luckily I don’t have the give up attitude,” Schumacher said. “I got back in it. I think I pedaled it twice and finally got it to hook up a little bit. I’ve been working on that a long time. That’s the first one of those I’ve won in a long time, I’ve been taken a beating. You’ve got to win those.”

It was Brittany Force’s fourth final round appearance of the season, and she continues in the quest for her first Top Fuel event win.

In Pro Stock, Brogdon earned his second career victory, defeating veteran driver and former champion Allen Johnson in the final round.

“I think that we can’t be taken for granted,” Brogdon said. “We’re working on hopefully a three-year deal with Owens Corning (as a sponsor) and this win definitely had to help.”

Jason Line left Maple Grove with a 35-point lead in the Pro Stock standings over No. 1 qualifier Erica Enders-Stevens.

In Pro Stock Motorcycle, Krawiec earned his fourth win of 2014 and the 27th of his career, defeating Scotty Pollacheck in the final round. Krawiec closes to within 25 points of PSM standings leader and teammate Andrew Hines.

“We were joking around that it looks like it’s going to come down to a two hog race instead of a two horse race,” Krawiec laughed because he and Hines both ride Harley Davidson motorcycles. “I knew that this was an important day for me personally. If I wanted to stay in championship contention I have to make sure I can make up every round.”

 

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FINAL FINISHING ORDER:

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

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

 

PRO STOCK: 1. Rodger Brogdon; 2. Allen Johnson; 3. Erica Enders-Stevens; 4. Greg Anderson; 5. Vincent Nobile; 6. Shane Gray; 7. V. Gaines; 8. Jason Line; 9. Dave Connolly; 10. Jeg Coughlin; 11. Frank Gugliotta; 12. Larry Morgan; 13. John Gaydosh Jr; 14. Richie Stevens; 15. Kenny Delco; 16. Jonathan Gray.

 

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

 

FINAL RESULTS:

 

Top Fuel — Tony Schumacher, 4.440 seconds, 291.13 mph def. Brittany Force, 4.652 seconds, 269.94 mph.

Funny Car — Matt Hagan, Dodge Charger, 4.333, 215.00 def. Tommy Johnson Jr., Charger, 5.456, 152.31.

 

Pro Stock — Rodger Brogdon, Chevy Camaro, 6.516, 212.13 def. Allen Johnson, Dodge Dart, 10.270, 90.64.

 

Pro Stock Motorcycle — Eddie Krawiec, Harley-Davidson, 6.793, 197.13 def. Scotty Pollacheck, Buell, 6.853, 193.82.

 

 

FINAL ROUND-BY-ROUND RESULTS:

 

TOP FUEL:

ROUND ONE — Steve Torrence, 3.796, 322.73 def. Larry Dixon, 10.137, 81.09; Richie Crampton, 3.734, 325.06 def. Shawn Langdon, 10.488, 75.15; Spencer Massey, 3.765, 327.59 def. Leah Pritchett, 9.578, 83.46; Khalid alBalooshi, 3.777, 323.12 def. Antron Brown, 4.388, 180.74; J.R. Todd, 3.741, 323.50 def. Dom Lagana, 3.879, 315.12; Brittany Force, 3.886, 313.37 def. Terry McMillen, 8.158, 90.71; Tony Schumacher, 3.735, 327.35 def. Bob Vandergriff, 3.863, 286.68; Doug Kalitta, 3.759, 326.71 def. Clay Millican, broke;

QUARTERFINALS — Kalitta, 3.749, 326.08 def. alBalooshi, 3.751, 324.90; Massey, 3.757, 321.50 def. Todd, 3.767, 321.19; Schumacher, 3.752, 325.30 def. Torrence, 3.767, 326.40; Force, 3.972, 249.58 def. Crampton, 4.223, 305.56;

SEMIFINALS — Force, 3.733, 329.91 def. Massey, 8.867, 73.80; Schumacher, 3.739, 326.71 def. Kalitta, 3.718, 329.91;

FINAL — Schumacher, 4.440, 291.13 def. Force, 4.652, 269.94.

 

FUNNY CAR:

ROUND ONE — Tommy Johnson Jr., Dodge Charger, 4.040, 321.50 def. Ron Capps, Charger, 6.128, 114.19; Jack Beckman, Charger, 4.279, 306.19 def. Chad Head, Toyota Camry, 5.380, 210.28; Tim Wilkerson, Ford Mustang, 4.408, 203.80 def. Robert Hight, Mustang, 5.248, 145.56; Bob Tasca III, Mustang, 4.079, 313.15 def. John Force, Mustang, 4.210, 261.62; Cruz Pedregon, Camry, 4.057, 305.36 def. John Bojec, 12.535, 57.48; Matt Hagan, Charger, 4.035, 319.37 def. Tony Pedregon, Camry, broke; Jeff Arend, Charger, 4.598, 221.45 def. Courtney Force, Mustang, 9.146, 77.38; Alexis DeJoria, Camry, 4.676, 200.17 def. Del Worsham, Camry, 4.983, 201.67;

QUARTERFINALS — Arend, 4.096, 308.85 def. Wilkerson, 4.147, 292.96; Johnson Jr., 4.008, 316.52 def. C. Pedregon, 4.077, 312.35; DeJoria, 4.084, 309.34 def. Tasca III, 4.115, 301.13; Hagan, 4.039, 315.05 def. Beckman, 5.560, 128.52;

SEMIFINALS — Hagan, 4.043, 319.60 def. DeJoria, 4.032, 312.64; Johnson Jr., 8.610, 62.22 def. Arend, foul;

FINAL — Hagan, 4.333, 215.00 def. Johnson Jr., 5.456, 152.31.

 

PRO STOCK:

ROUND ONE — V. Gaines, Dodge Avenger, 6.503, 213.37 def. Jonathan Gray, Chevy Camaro, 26.236, 27.63; Greg Anderson, Camaro, 6.501, 213.60 def. Jeg Coughlin, Dodge Dart, 6.545, 212.23; Rodger Brogdon, Camaro, 6.496, 212.69 def. Richie Stevens, Camaro, 7.078, 174.12; Vincent Nobile, Camaro, 6.485, 213.16 def. Dave Connolly, Camaro, 6.524, 211.89; Allen Johnson, Dart, 6.512, 212.13 def. Larry Morgan, Ford Mustang, 6.594, 210.41; Jason Line, Camaro, 6.509, 213.33 def. John Gaydosh Jr, Pontiac GXP, foul; Erica Enders-Stevens, Camaro, 6.469, 213.30 def. Frank Gugliotta, Mustang, 6.579, 209.79; Shane Gray, Camaro, 6.506, 212.36 def. Kenny Delco, Chevy Cobalt, 7.629, 137.95;

QUARTERFINALS — Anderson, 6.515, 211.99 def. S. Gray, 6.499, 211.96; Brogdon, 6.505, 212.13 def. Line, 10.980, 83.26; Johnson, 6.498, 213.06 def. Nobile, 6.479, 213.27; Enders-Stevens, 6.484, 213.60 def. Gaines, 6.507, 212.69;

SEMIFINALS — Brogdon, 6.539, 211.59 def. Anderson, broke; Johnson, 6.499, 212.69 def. Enders-Stevens, 6.759, 210.87;

FINAL — Brogdon, 6.516, 212.13 def. Johnson, 10.270, 90.64.

 

 

PRO STOCK MOTORCYCLE:

ROUND ONE — Jerry Savoie, Suzuki, 6.858, 194.77 def. John Hall, Buell, 6.862, 192.82; Matt Smith, Buell, 6.886, 192.99 def. Angelle Sampey, Buell, 7.129, 174.64; Chaz Kennedy, Buell, 6.834, 192.82 def. Angie Smith, Buell, 6.915, 190.78; Adam Arana, Buell, 6.857, 194.91 def. Steve Johnson, Suzuki, foul; Eddie Krawiec, Harley-Davidson, 6.806, 197.59 def. Shawn Gann, Buell, 6.886, 193.77; Hector Arana Jr, Buell, 6.816, 197.48 def. Brian Pretzel, Suzuki, 7.172, 183.79; Andrew Hines, Harley-Davidson, 6.849, 176.63 def. Joe DeSantis, Suzuki, 7.024, 188.83; Scotty Pollacheck, Buell, 6.978, 191.70 def. Hector Arana, Buell, 6.908, 195.70;

QUARTERFINALS — Pollacheck, 7.034, 190.30 def. Savoie, 7.354, 161.30; Hines, 6.770, 197.71 def. Kennedy, 6.862, 192.25; M. Smith, 7.564, 131.43 def. Arana Jr, foul; Krawiec, 6.806, 195.39 def. A. Arana, 6.935, 194.49;

SEMIFINALS — Krawiec, 6.809, 196.10 def. M. Smith, foul; Pollacheck, 6.840, 194.63 def. Hines, broke;

FINAL — Krawiec, 6.793, 197.13 def. Pollacheck, 6.853, 193.82.

 

UPDATED STANDINGS:

Top Fuel: 1. Tony Schumacher, 2,462; 2. Doug Kalitta, 2,328; 3. Steve Torrence, 2,319; 4. Shawn Langdon, 2,314; 5. Antron Brown, 2,292; 6. J.R. Todd, 2,288; 7. Spencer Massey, 2,273; 8. Khalid alBalooshi, 2,240; 9. Brittany Force, 2,188; 10. Richie Crampton, 2,177.

 

Funny Car: 1. Matt Hagan, 2,423; 2. John Force, 2,387; 3. Courtney Force, 2,351; 4. Tommy Johnson Jr., 2,309; 5. Robert Hight, 2,288; 6. Alexis DeJoria, 2,268; 7. Ron Capps, 2,254; 8. Del Worsham, 2,227; 9. Tim Wilkerson, 2,207; 10. Cruz Pedregon, 2,196.

Pro Stock: 1. Jason Line, 2,421; 2. Erica Enders-Stevens, 2,386; 3. Dave Connolly, 2,370; 4. Shane Gray, 2,322; 5. Allen Johnson, 2,315; 6. Vincent Nobile, 2,295; 7. Jonathan Gray, 2,279; 8. Jeg Coughlin, 2,266; 9. V. Gaines, 2,207; 10. Chris McGaha, 2,104.

Pro Stock Motorcycle: 1. Andrew Hines, 2,485; 2. Eddie Krawiec, 2,460; 3. Hector Arana Jr, 2,317; 4. Steve Johnson, 2,285; 5. Matt Smith, 2,274; 6. Scotty Pollacheck, 2,268; 7. John Hall, 2,222; 8. Hector Arana, 2,210; 9. Angie Smith, 2,157; 10. Michael Ray, 2,071.

 

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Supercross 2023: Results and points after Houston

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Eli Tomac led all 23 laps of the Monster Energy Supercross race at NRG Stadium in Houston, Texas and the results show he now has three wins in the season and is one shy of tying Ricky Carmichael’s 48 for third on the all-time list. With this win, he takes a seven point lead in the standings with 12 rounds remaining.

For Tomac at Houston, it was literally a tale of two races. Both his heat and the main started the same with Tomac grabbing the holeshot, but he was passed quickly by Chase Sexton in the heat. Tomac faded quickly after getting passed and was trailing by almost eight seconds at the checkered flag, which caused him to retreat to the hauler and reassess his lines. Without making any adjustments to the bike, Tomac entered the Main with a new attitude, and simply rode better.

Supercross Results Houston
Chase Sexton played it safe in the sand, but he was aggressive in every other turn. – Feld Motor Sports

Sexton had so great a lead in his heat that one could not even use the cliche that he left Tomac in his dust. By the time the rider with the No. 1 plate crossed the same real estate as the No. 23, the dust was well settled. Sexton had a modest start on the initial gate drop and ended Lap 1 in fourth. He worked his way past Aaron Plessinger on Lap 3 and got around Jason Anderson three laps later. Sexton was able to catch Tomac and pressure him, but he picked a safe, i.e. slow line through the sand section and could never get alongside his rival.

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After starting the season with back-to-back seventh-place finishes, Anderson now has a pair of podiums. He won his heat and was easily one of the top three riders in the field, ultimately finishing behind the riders who finished 1-2 in the other preliminary. Anderson was subdued on the podium – happy he was there, but disappointed he has not yet found a way around the riders he is chasing in the points.

In the early stages of the race, Plessinger appeared to have a bike capable of winning. He pressured Tomac on the first two laps and was setting up the pass just as a red flag waved for an injury to Dylan Ferrandis that brought out a red flag. He lost second to Anderson on the restart and eventually slipped to fourth to score his first top-five of the season.

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Cooper Webb rounded out the top five. Along with Sexton, he is now one of just two riders with a sweep of that mark in 2023, but with Tomac’s three wins, he is beginning to slip in the points. Webb sits third in the standings, 12 points behind the leader.

Ken Roczen entered the race as the third rider with a sweep of the top five and progressively better results in the first three races of 2023. Had the pattern held, he would have finished at least second, but he struggled for most of the night, finishing fifth in his heat and eighth in the Main. There may have been extenuating circumstances, however. Ferrandis’ injury was suffered when he landed on the back of Roczen’s bike and potentially damaged the No. 94 Suzuki.

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The 250 East division made their 2023 debut in Houston, but the name atop the board was familiar. Hunter Lawrence joined his brother Jett Lawrence as the early points’ leader in their respective divisions, but it didn’t come without a little anxiety.

Riding behind Supercross newbie Tom Vialle on the second lap, Lawrence was forced to take evasive action when the leader pitched his bike sideways to scrub speed over a jump. Lawrence veered left and landed off course, but he cleared the Tuff Blox and kept his bike straight. Lawrence made the pass for the lead on Lap 18 and never relinquished it.

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In his first attempt on a 250, Max Anstie ascended to the podium. – Feld Motor Sports

England’s Max Anstie made the move from 450s to 250s this year after scoring a best result of 11th on the big bike at Anaheim 2 last year. It didn’t take anytime at all to find the front for Anstie, who finished second in both his heat and main.

It has been a while since Jordon Smith stood on the podium: February 23, 2019 to be exact when he finished that well in Detroit. A series of injuries kept him off the bike for much of 2020 and 2021, but he’s proving to be a factor when he’s healthy.

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There was a lot of hype surrounding the debut of Haiden Deegan in the 250 class and he proved it was merited. He finished fourth in his heat and main. He was as far down as ninth at one point in the feature before slowly picking off riders on his way to the front.

Jeremy Martin finished fifth and now has a streak of three consecutive top-fives to his credit stretching back to last year. Unfortunately, his pair of strong runs in 2022 were interrupted by injury.

Making impressive debuts in the 250 division, Vialle recovered from a fall to finish seventh, Chance Hymas finished eighth, and Talon Hawkins just missed the top 10 with an 11th.

2023 Results

Race 3: Chase Sexton, Levi Kitchen win
Race 2: Eli Tomac, Jett Lawrence win
Round 1: Tomac, Lawrence win

2023 SuperMotocross Power Rankings

Week 3: Ken Roczen takes the top spot
Week 2: Roczen moves up; Chase Sexton falls
Week 1: Eli Tomac tops 450s; Jett Lawrence 250s