NHRA: Hagan, Todd, Enders-Stevens, Hines qualify No. 1 at Las Vegas


John Force saw his hopes of winning a record-extending 17th NHRA Funny Car championship slip slightly during Saturday’s final two rounds of qualifying in the Toyota Nationals in Las Vegas.

Points leader Matt Hagan increased his edge over Force to 41 points heading into Sunday’s final eliminations at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

There are two races remaining on this season’s schedule: Sunday’s finals and the season-ending World Finals at Pomona, California, Nov. 12-15.

Hagan, who won the 2011 Funny Car championship, earned five extra points in Saturday’s final two qualifying rounds by recording the sixth-quickest elapsed time in Funny Car history with a career-best pass of 3.983 seconds at 322.42 mph.

Hagan’s run was also a track record and the first Funny Car run that has ever dipped below four seconds at the Las Vegas facility. It was also the second No. 1 qualifying position for Hagan this season and 17th of his career.

In so doing, Hagan passed by Force, who was the provisional No. 1 qualifier on Friday, to head into Sunday’s eliminations as the final No. 1 qualifier. Force is now the No. 2 qualifier, and both drivers would face each other if they advance to Sunday’s final round.

“I’m glad we were able to do the three-second run for the fans out there,” Hagan said in an NHRA media release. “They wanted to see a three-second run. Heck when we were coming back, there were a lot John Force fans were cheering for it. Just great for my guys.”

Force, who prior to the final qualifying round Saturday, announced that PEAK Antifreeze will become a primary sponsor on his car for the majority of races in the 2015 season, qualified second (4.022 seconds at 320.66 mph), while daughter Courtney qualified third (4.024 at 320.66).

Other No. 1 qualifiers heading into Sunday were J.R. Todd (Top Fuel), Erica Enders-Stevens (Pro Stock) and Andrew Hines (Pro Stock Motorcycle).

Todd, who won at Denver earlier this season, took the top spot in Top Fuel for the third time this season and the sixth in his career with a track record run of 3.732 seconds at 327.43 mph.

“To me, Las Vegas is not one of the places where I come to expect to set records,” Todd said. “The conditions are way different than they were yesterday. I think it’s going to be like this (Sunday). I honestly didn’t think it would hold up with the two cars behind us.”

Spencer Massey qualified No. 2 (3.732 at 327.43). Points leader Tony Schumacher qualified fifth (3.754 at 329.18).

In Pro Stock, Enders-Stevens also got into the track record realm, setting both ends of the mark (6.576 seconds and 209.88 mph in her two Saturday runs), earning her third consecutive No. 1, as well as her sixth of the season and 12th of her career.

Even more important, Enders-Stevens closed points leader Jason Line’s lead over her to just 23 points.

“I love racing here,” Enders-Stevens said. “I’ve got a really good hot rod. It was encouraging going into the fourth qualifying session because we hadn’t laid down a really great run yet. My crew chief said we were going after it and we sure did.”

Shane Gray qualified second (6.596 at 208.97).

Not to be left out of the track record setting frenzy was Hines (6.946 seconds at 192.55 mph). It was his first No. 1 qualifying position of the season and 35th of his career.

“I’ve been close a couple times,” Hines said of his bid to be No. 1 earlier this season. “It was nice to finally lay down a good clean, straight pass in my v-rod and go to the top. It’s been quite a dry spell (without a No. 1). Almost two years to the date.”

Defending PSM world champ Matt Smith, who is looking for his first win of the season, qualified No. 2 (6.882 seconds at 195.76 mph).


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Top Fuel — 1. J.R. Todd, 3.732 seconds, 327.43 mph  vs. 16. T.J. Zizzo, 3.835, 316.15; 2. Spencer Massey, 3.744, 330.39  vs. 15. Terry McMillen, 3.827, 323.04; 3. Doug Kalitta, 3.747, 322.81  vs. 14. Brittany Force, 3.805, 325.37; 4. Richie Crampton, 3.748, 325.14  vs. 13. Bob Vandergriff, 3.793, 320.05; 5. Tony Schumacher, 3.754, 330.55  vs. 12. Billy Torrence, 3.791, 326.63; 6. Leah Pritchett, 3.755, 319.29  vs. 11. Antron Brown, 3.790, 320.89; 7. Steve Torrence, 3.760, 327.66 vs. 10. Shawn Langdon, 3.787, 320.66; 8. Larry Dixon, 3.766, 326.71  vs. 9. Khalid alBalooshi, 3.781, 320.36.  Did Not Qualify: 17. Kebin Kinsley, 3.850, 316.97; 18. Clay Millican, 3.854, 319.90; 19. Noah Stutz, 3.876, 315.19; 20. Troy Buff, 3.885, 313.73; 21. Steve Faria, 4.021, 254.71; 22. Steven Chrisman, broke.

Funny Car — 1. Matt Hagan, Dodge Charger, 3.983, 322.42  vs. 16. Terry Haddock, Toyota Solara, 4.290, 294.69; 2. John Force, Ford Mustang, 4.022, 320.66  vs. 15. Jon Capps, Chevy Impala, 4.163, 279.21; 3. Courtney Force, Mustang, 4.024, 320.66  vs. 14. Paul Lee, Charger, 4.151, 301.40; 4. Ron Capps, Charger, 4.037, 322.34  vs. 13. Tony Pedregon, Toyota Camry, 4.131, 305.42; 5. Jeff Arend, Charger, 4.042, 310.91  vs. 12. Del Worsham, Camry, 4.090, 311.13; 6. Jack Beckman, Charger, 4.045, 318.84  vs. 11. Robert Hight, Mustang, 4.089, 316.52; 7. Bob Tasca III, Mustang, 4.061, 313.58  vs. 10. Tim Wilkerson, Mustang, 4.079, 314.17; 8. Tommy Johnson Jr., Charger, 4.065, 311.41  vs. 9. Alexis DeJoria, Camry, 4.076, 308.35.  Did Not Qualify: 17. Cruz Pedregon, 4.719, 294.05; 18. John Bojec, 4.960, 232.51; 19. Jeff Diehl, 5.377, 202.79.

Pro Stock — 1. Erica Enders-Stevens, Chevy Camaro, 6.576, 209.88  vs. 16. Jeff Isbell, Camaro, 6.829, 204.29; 2. Shane Gray, Camaro, 6.596, 209.30  vs. 15. Larry Morgan, Ford Mustang, 6.673, 206.54; 3. Jeg Coughlin, Dodge Dart, 6.597, 209.20  vs. 14. Aaron Stanfield, Camaro, 6.670, 206.57; 4. Dave Connolly, Camaro, 6.601, 208.78  vs. 13. V. Gaines, Dodge Avenger, 6.653, 208.59; 5. Jason Line, Camaro, 6.605, 209.56  vs. 12. Matt Hartford, Avenger, 6.649, 208.14; 6. Allen Johnson, Dart, 6.605, 209.10  vs. 11. Chris McGaha, Camaro, 6.645, 207.59; 7. Jonathan Gray, Camaro, 6.614, 209.20 vs. 10. Greg Anderson, Camaro, 6.633, 208.68; 8. Vincent Nobile, Camaro, 6.616, 208.65  vs. 9. Rodger Brogdon, Camaro, 6.627, 209.36.  Did Not Qualify: 17. Steve Schmidt, 6.843, 202.48; 18. Deric Kramer, 7.308, 203.31.

Pro Stock Motorcycle — 1. Andrew Hines, Harley-Davidson, 6.856, 194.38  vs. 16. John Hall, Buell, 7.036, 190.92; 2. Matt Smith, Buell, 6.882, 195.76  vs. 15. Scotty Pollacheck, Buell, 7.027, 189.68; 3. Michael Ray, Suzuki, 6.883, 195.79  vs. 14. Jim Underdahl, Suzuki, 6.996, 190.14; 4. Eddie Krawiec, Harley-Davidson, 6.893, 193.60  vs. 13. Hector Arana Jr, Buell, 6.989, 194.41; 5. Jerry Savoie, Suzuki, 6.930, 194.41  vs. 12. Shawn Gann, Buell, 6.986, 191.16; 6. Katie Sullivan, Suzuki, 6.935, 192.49  vs. 11. Adam Arana, Buell, 6.979, 193.68; 7. Hector Arana, Buell, 6.941, 194.07  vs. 10. Steve Johnson, Suzuki, 6.972, 191.62; 8. Angie Smith, Buell, 6.960, 193.27  vs. 9. Chaz Kennedy, Buell, 6.967, 192.06.  Did Not Qualify: 17. Elvira Karlsson, 7.037, 188.67; 18. Mike Berry, 7.062, 189.60; 19. Rhett Lougheed, 7.114, 190.75; 20. Freddie Camarena, 7.835, 191.67; 21. Lance Bonham, 7.891, 174.05; 22. Redell Harris, 9.334, 190.22; 23. Angelle Sampey, broke.

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Saturday’s Motocross Round 3 at Thunder Valley: How to watch, start times, schedules, streams

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The Pro Motocross series heads to Thunder Valley in Lakewood, Colorado for the 19th consecutive year with no active winners in the 450 division but with plenty of storylines to watch.

Jett Lawrence has set a blistering pace in the first two rounds of the season by winning all four motos and as the most recent winner in the 250 class on this track, Thunder Valley has been incredibly kind. In fact, this week’s Hangtown by the numbers points out this is his fifth-best track.

Chase Sexton will sit out another round as he battles a concussion and illness, which gives Cooper Webb an opportunity to grab the No. 1 seed in the SuperMotocross World Championship that debuts this September. Last week, Webb made up 40 of the 68 points needed for the top spot after missing two rounds at the end of the Supercross season with a head injury suffered at Nashville.

JETTING TO THE LEAD: Jett Lawrence wins second Pro Motocross race in second try

The 250 class continues to be dominated by Hunter Lawrence. He has swept the podium in moto finishes and won both overall races of the season. Last year, he was second in the 250 Motocross race at Thunder Valley and will be a fun rider to watch.

Here are the pertinent details for watching Round 3 of the 2023 Motocross season at Thunder Valley in Lakewood, Colorado:

(All times are ET)

BROADCAST/STREAMING SCHEDULE: TV coverage of Round 3 will begin Saturday at 12 p.m. ET streaming on Peacock with an encore presentation Monday at 2 a.m. ET on CNBC. The Race Day Live show (including practice) will begin on Peacock at 12 p.m. ET Saturday.

NBC Sports will have exclusive live coverage of races, qualifiers and heats for the record 31 events in SuperMotocross. The main events will be presented on Peacock, NBC, USA Network, CNBC, and NBC Sports digital platforms.

Peacock will become the home of the SuperMotocross World Championship series in 2023 with live coverage of all races, qualifying, and heats from January to October. There will be 23 races livestreamed exclusively on Peacock, including a SuperMotocross World Championship Playoff event. The platform also will provide on-demand replays of every race. Click here for the full schedule.


Track Map

ENTRY LISTS: 450 division l 250 division

EVENT SCHEDULE (all times ET): 

Here are the start times for Saturday’s Motocross Round 3 at Thunder Valley in Lakewood, Colorado, according to the Monster Energy Supercross schedule from the AMA:

9:15 a.m.: Riders Meeting at AMA Semi
9:20 a.m.: Chapel Service at AMA Semi
10:00 a.m.: 250 Class Practice Grp B- 15 minutes (1 Lap Free)
10:20 a.m.: 250 Class Practice Grp A- 15 minutes (1 Lap Free)
10:50 a.m.: 450 Class Practice Grp A- 15 minutes (1 Lap Free)
11:10 a.m.: 450 Class Practice Grp B- 15 minutes (1 Lap Free)
11:40 a.m.: 250 Class Grp B Start Practice (Off Gate) 5 minutes
11:45 a.m.: 250 Class Practice Grp B- 15 minutes – Timed
12:05 p.m.: 250 Class Grp A Start Practice (Off Gate) 5 minutes
12:10 p.m.: 250 Class Practice Grp A- 15 minutes – Timed
12:30 p.m.: 450 Class Grp A Start Practice (Off Gate) 5 minutes
12:35 p.m.: 450 Class Practice Grp A- 15 minutes – Timed
12:55 p.m.: 450 Class Grp B Start Practice (Off Gate) 5 minutes
1:00 p.m.: 450 Class Practice Grp B- 15 minutes – Timed
1:45 p.m.: 250 Consolation Race
2:00 p.m.: 450 Consolation Race
3:00 p.m. 250 Class Sight Lap
3:10 p.m.: 250 Class Moto #1
4:00 p.m.: 450 Class Sight Lap
4:10 p.m.: 450 Class Moto #1
4:50 p.m.: Halftime
5:15 p.m.: 250 Class Sight Lap
5:23 p.m.: 250 Class Moto #2
6:00 p.m.: 250 Winners Circle
6:16 p.m.: 450 Class Sight Lap
6:24 p.m.: 450 Class Moto #2

MOTOCROSS 2023 STANDINGS: 450 points standings | 250 points standings


ROUND 1: Jett Lawrence wins in first 450 start at Pala
ROUND 2: Jett Lawrence remains perfect at Hangtown


ROUND 1: Eli Tomac opens title defense with victory
ROUND 2: Eli Tomac ties Ricky Carmichael on Supercross wins list
ROUND 3: Eli Tomac holds off Cooper Webb again
ROUND 4: Chase Sexton wins Anaheim Triple Crown
ROUND 5: Eli Tomac leads wire to wire in Houston
ROUND 6: Cooper Webb breaks through in Tampa
ROUND 7: Cooper Webb wins again in Arlington
ROUND 8: Eli Tomac wins Daytona for the seventh time
ROUND 9: Ken Roczen scores first victory since 2022
ROUND 10: Chase Sexton inherits Detroit victory but docked points
ROUND 11: Eli Tomac wins in Seattle, ties Cooper Webb for points lead
ROUND 12: Eli Tomac earns 51st career victory to break tie with James Stewart
ROUND 13: Chase Sexton dominates Atlanta to continue surge
ROUND 14: Justin Barcia triumphs in the New Jersey mud
ROUND 15: Chase Sexton wins as Cooper Webb is injured
ROUND 16: Eli Tomac sidelined by injury as Sexton wins
ROUND 17: Chase Sexton caps off championship with finale win


Thunder Valley by the numbers
Beta Motorcycles joins SuperMotocross
Jeremy Martin injury update
Power Rankings after Hangtown
Results and points after Hangtown
Jett Lawrence wins second consecutive at Hangtown
Enzo Lopes re-signs with ClubMX

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