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NHRA: Final results, updated standings after U.S. Nationals

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BROWNSBURG, Indiana — As the sun sets on the biggest drag race of 2015, the 61st annual NHRA Chevrolet Performance U.S. Nationals at Lucas Oil Raceway, one season comes to an end and another begins.

The six-race NHRA Countdown to the Championship playoff begins in two weeks in Concord, North Carolina at zMAX Dragway. The top-10 drivers in the points in each of the four pro classes — Top Fuel, Funny Car, Pro Stock and Pro Stock Motorcycle — will now begin their quest to finish the season as champion in their respective category.

But before the playoffs begin, let’s take a look back at how the U.S. Nationals played out and the updated standings for each class:

FINAL FINISHING ORDER:

TOP FUEL: 1. Morgan Lucas; 2.  Dave Connolly; 3.  Shawn Langdon; 4.  Brittany Force; 5.  Antron Brown; 6.  Richie Crampton; 7.  Doug Kalitta; 8.  Billy Torrence; 9.  Khalid alBalooshi; 10.  Leah Pritchett; 11.  Larry Dixon; 12.  Pat Dakin; 13.  J.R. Todd; 14.  T.J. Zizzo; 15.  Tony Schumacher; 16.  Steve Torrence.

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

PRO STOCK: 1. Erica Enders; 2.  Drew Skillman; 3.  Greg Anderson; 4.  Vincent Nobile; 5.  Larry Morgan; 6.  Shane Gray; 7.  Bo Butner; 8.  Jason Line; 9.  Allen Johnson; 10.  Jeg Coughlin; 11.  Alex Laughlin; 12.  V. Gaines; 13.  Chris McGaha; 14.  Deric Kramer; 15.  Jonathan Gray; 16.  Aaron Stanfield.

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

FINAL ROUND RESULTS:

Top Fuel — Morgan Lucas, 3.864 seconds, 319.90 mph  def. Dave Connolly, 6.235 seconds, 83.47 mph.

Funny Car — Jack Beckman, Dodge Charger, 4.058, 310.77  def. Robert Hight, Chey Camaro, 4.045, 309.77.

Pro Stock — Erica Enders, Chevy Camaro, 6.611, 209.75  def. Drew Skillman, Camaro, 6.606, 209.98.

Pro Stock Motorcycle — Jerry Savoie, Suzuki, 7.011, 193.02  def. Chip Ellis, Buell, foul.

FINAL ROUND-BY-ROUND RESULTS:

TOP FUEL: ROUND ONE — Morgan Lucas, 3.787, 323.89 def. Leah Pritchett, 3.816, 320.05; Dave Connolly, 3.820, 324.59 def. Khalid alBalooshi, 3.809, 326.08; Doug Kalitta, 3.808, 317.42 def. Larry Dixon, 3.819, 326.16; Billy Torrence, 3.804, 326.16 def. T.J. Zizzo, 4.001, 255.29; Antron Brown, 3.796, 318.17 def. J.R. Todd, 3.905, 311.34; Richie Crampton, 4.159, 205.51 def. Steve Torrence, 4.666, 201.79; Brittany Force, 3.853, 318.99 def. Pat Dakin, 3.901, 314.17; Shawn Langdon, 3.841, 313.44 def. Tony Schumacher, 4.264, 212.83;

QUARTERFINALS — Langdon, 3.913, 292.33 def. Kalitta, 5.125, 146.24; Force, 4.058, 264.29 def. B. Torrence, 7.422, 58.71; Connolly, 3.828, 323.74 def. Brown, 3.825, 317.72; Lucas, 3.902, 297.42 def. Crampton, 3.899, 302.62;

SEMIFINALS — Lucas, 6.181, 169.08 def. Force, DQ; Connolly, 4.149, 231.36 def. Langdon, 7.063, 95.67;

FINAL — Lucas, 3.864, 319.90 def. Connolly, 6.235, 83.47.

FUNNY CAR: ROUND ONE — Jack Beckman, Dodge Charger, 4.047, 302.55 def. Bob Bode, Toyota Solara, 5.022, 157.65; Robert Hight, Chey Camaro, 4.078, 315.78 def. John Bojec, Solara, 4.384, 285.41; Tommy Johnson Jr., Charger, 4.054, 312.42 def. John Hale, Charger, 4.777, 177.32; Del Worsham, Toyota Camry, 4.345, 237.46 def. Chad Head, Camry, 6.626, 83.41; Tim Wilkerson, Ford Mustang, 4.270, 259.91 def. Tony Pedregon, Camry, 4.511, 198.88; Courtney Force, Chevy Camaro, 4.064, 316.67 def. Alexis DeJoria, Camry, 4.085, 307.02; John Force, Camaro, 4.079, 316.15 def. Cruz Pedregon, Camry, 4.088, 307.72; Ron Capps, Charger, 4.490, 211.63 def. Matt Hagan, Charger, 4.528, 237.34;

QUARTERFINALS — Johnson Jr., 4.093, 309.13 def. C. Force, 4.117, 312.93; Beckman, 4.057, 311.41 def. Capps, 4.516, 219.54; Hight, 4.064, 312.57 def. J. Force, 4.085, 316.52; Worsham, 4.130, 309.56 def. Wilkerson, 4.132, 306.33;

SEMIFINALS — Hight, 4.047, 313.58 def. Johnson Jr., 8.885, 81.08; Beckman, 4.058, 307.72 def. Worsham, 4.189, 299.20;

FINAL — Beckman, 4.058, 310.77 def. Hight, 4.045, 309.77.

PRO STOCK: ROUND ONE — Bo Butner, Chevy Camaro, 6.650, 209.10 def. Jeg Coughlin, Camaro, 6.626, 208.84; Jason Line, Camaro, 6.626, 208.59 def. Deric Kramer, Dodge Dart, 6.665, 208.42; Shane Gray, Camaro, 6.624, 209.69 def. Chris McGaha, Camaro, 6.641, 209.17; Larry Morgan, Camaro, 6.603, 209.85 def. Allen Johnson, Dart, 6.621, 209.17; Erica Enders, Camaro, 6.604, 209.49 def. V. Gaines, Dart, 6.637, 209.10; Greg Anderson, Camaro, 6.602, 209.85 def. Aaron Stanfield, Dart, DQ; Vincent Nobile, Camaro, 6.630, 209.59 def. Jonathan Gray, Camaro, foul; Drew Skillman, Camaro, 6.605, 209.59 def. Alex Laughlin, Camaro, 6.632, 209.33;

QUARTERFINALS — Nobile, 6.621, 209.30 def. Line, foul; Skillman, 6.619, 209.30 def. S. Gray, 6.614, 209.85; Enders, 6.617, 209.01 def. Morgan, 6.613, 209.52; Anderson, 6.605, 209.39 def. Butner, 6.633, 209.04;

SEMIFINALS — Skillman, 6.619, 209.88 def. Nobile, 6.655, 209.75; Enders, 6.618, 209.39 def. Anderson, 6.591, 210.41;

FINAL — Enders, 6.611, 209.75 def. Skillman, 6.606, 209.98.

PRO STOCK MOTORCYCLE: ROUND ONE — Chip Ellis, Buell, 6.880, 195.59 def. Angie Smith, foul; Jerry Savoie, Suzuki, 6.877, 194.46 def. Chaz Kennedy, Buell, broke; Hector Arana Jr, Buell, 6.904, 195.36 def. Jim Underdahl, Suzuki, foul; Angelle Sampey, Buell, 6.910, 192.99 def. Karen Stoffer, Suzuki, 6.911, 194.69; Andrew Hines, Harley-Davidson, 6.916, 193.82 def. Scotty Pollacheck, Buell, 7.171, 188.33; Steve Johnson, Suzuki, 6.946, 193.38 def. Hector Arana, Buell, 6.977, 194.83; Eddie Krawiec, Harley-Davidson, 6.873, 193.96 def. LE Tonglet, Suzuki, 6.919, 195.56; Matt Smith, 6.915, 192.85 def. Shawn Gann, Buell, foul;

QUARTERFINALS — Sampey, 7.000, 190.46 def. M. Smith, 6.960, 190.03; Savoie, 6.896, 194.30 def. Johnson, 6.945, 192.30; Arana Jr, 6.953, 194.07 def. Hines, 6.952, 192.93; Ellis, 6.900, 195.05 def. Krawiec, 6.923, 194.13;

SEMIFINALS — Ellis, 6.877, 196.47 def. Sampey, 7.130, 176.53; Savoie, 6.878, 194.77 def. Arana Jr, 6.963, 195.48;

FINAL — Savoie, 7.011, 193.02 def. Ellis, foul.

UPDATED POINT STANDINGS (Top 10 qualify for Countdown to the Championship playoff):

Top Fuel: 1. Tony Schumacher, 1,398; 2.  Antron Brown, 1,375; 3.  Richie Crampton, 1,172; 4.  Larry Dixon, 1,142; 5.  Brittany Force, 1,051; 6.  Shawn Langdon, 1,045; 7.  Doug Kalitta, 1,032; 8.  J.R. Todd, 978; 9.  Steve Torrence, 931; 10.  Dave Connolly, 894.

Funny Car: 1. Jack Beckman, 1,458; 2.  Matt Hagan, 1,280; 3.  Tommy Johnson Jr., 1,271; 4.  Del Worsham, 1,149; 5.  John Force, 1,143; 6.  Ron Capps, 1,102; 7.  Robert Hight, 1,069; 8.  Tim Wilkerson, 1,022; 9.  Cruz Pedregon, 908; 10.  Alexis DeJoria, 905.

Pro Stock: 1. Erica Enders, 1,563; 2.  Greg Anderson, 1,499; 3.  Chris McGaha, 1,304; 4.  Jason Line, 1,275; 5.  Allen Johnson, 1,060; 6.  Larry Morgan, 1,035; 7.  Shane Gray, 999; 8.  Drew Skillman, 957; 9.  Vincent Nobile, 927; 10.  Jonathan Gray, 909.

Pro Stock Motorcycle: 1. Eddie Krawiec, 901; 2.  Hector Arana Jr, 766; 3.  Andrew Hines, 734; 4.  Jerry Savoie, 663; 5.  Karen Stoffer, 569; 6.  Matt Smith, 544; 7.  Jim Underdahl, 540; 8.  Chip Ellis, 510; 9.  Hector Arana, 497; 10.  Scotty Pollacheck, 454.

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Indianapolis Motor Speedway can have 10,000 fans for IndyCar races

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Indianapolis Motor Speedway will have crowds for its NTT IndyCar Series race weekend next month, the first time fans are allowed at the track this year.

The track announced Friday that up to 10,000 fans will be allowed in the grandstands daily from Oct. 1-4. The IndyCar Harvest GP race doubleheader will be held on the track’s road course Oct. 2-3.

IMS has played host to several events this year without fans, including the 104th Indianapolis 500 on Aug. 23 and a NASCAR-IndyCar weekend July 4-5 that included the Brickyard 400. Plans originally were made to have fans at the Indy 500 before reversing course a few weeks ahead of the race. In a letter last month, Roger Penske vowed that fans would return for the 2021 Indy 500.

“We can’t wait to see fans come through our gates for the first time in 2020,” IMS president Doug Boles said in a release. “They’ll be greeted by a vastly improved facility, featuring significant upgrades to the spectator experience. We’re also extremely grateful to have a presenting sponsor with the expertise and resources of GMR as we look to implement our detailed and comprehensive health and safety plan.”

Fans will undergo temperature screenings upon entry and also be required to wear face coverings at all times on property. The track said each attendee will receive a mask and bottle of hand sanitizer.

The Friday, Oct. 2 race will be shown at 3:30 p.m. ET on USA, and NBC will broadcast the Saturday, Oct. 3 race at 2:30 p.m. ET.

Here’s the release from Indianapolis Motor Speedway:

INDIANAPOLIS, Friday, Sept. 18, 2020 – For the first time in 2020, Indianapolis Motor Speedway will welcome fans to the Racing Capital of the World for the INDYCAR Harvest GP presented by GMR weekend. Up to 10,000 spectators can be in the grandstands each day of racing action Oct. 1-4, per approval from the Marion County Public Health Department.

Tickets are available now via IMS.com and will be sold on a first-come, first-served basis.

The massive facility, which holds more than 300,000 people, will provide two spectator zones with up to 5,000 fans in each. The zones will be located in Turns 1 and 4 of the oval, offering strong sightlines of the road course. Strict health and safety rules will be in place, including the following:

  • Face coverings must be worn throughout the property at all times;
  • All fans will receive temperature screenings before gate entry;
  • Grandstand seats will be marked for distancing;
  • Attendees must use pre-assigned gates and remain in their designated zones.

Global Medical Response, the world leader in compassionate, quality emergency medical and patient relocation services, will be the presenting sponsor of the penultimate weekend of INDYCAR racing this season.

“We can’t wait to see fans come through our gates for the first time in 2020,” IMS President J. Douglas Boles said. “They’ll be greeted by a vastly improved facility, featuring significant upgrades to the spectator experience. We’re also extremely grateful to have a presenting sponsor with the expertise and resources of GMR as we look to implement our detailed and comprehensive health and safety plan.”

The plan, which includes each attendee receiving a mask and a bottle of hand sanitizer upon entering the track, was developed in consultation with state and local health officials.

This event weekend is highlighted by an NTT INDYCAR SERIES doubleheader, with races Friday, Oct. 2 and Saturday, Oct. 3. It will be the penultimate event of the series’ season as the field pursues the champion’s prestigious Astor Challenge Cup to be awarded Sunday, Oct. 25 at the Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg.

The INDYCAR Harvest GP will pay tribute to a storied IMS event, the Harvest Classic in September 1916. The Harvest Classic was the only racing event held outside of May at IMS from 1911 through 1993. The event featured three races, all won by legendary driver Johnny Aitken.

Fans also will see a host of facility improvements during the event weekend, including more than 30 new LED video boards, refreshed concession stands and restrooms, and 5G wireless connectivity throughout the facility.

The first race will air at 3:30 p.m. (ET) Friday, Oct. 2 on the USA Network. NBC will broadcast the second race at 2:30 p.m. (ET) Saturday, Oct. 3, with WTHR-13 airing the action live in Central Indiana.

Also racing that weekend will be the first pairing of two major sports car series — the Intercontinental GT Challenge Powered by Pirelli and its North American counterpart, GT World Challenge America Powered by AWS. Former Indianapolis 500 pole winner Ryan Briscoe is among the drivers in the Indianapolis 8 Hour event held Sunday, Oct. 4.

The event also will showcase drivers in SRO America’s Pirelli GT4 America, GT Sports Club America and the TC America series.

The full on-track schedule is available at IMS.com.