NHRA 4-Wide Nationals winners: Brittany Force, Wilkerson, Line and Hines

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Brittany Force won her second race in the last three NHRA national events, powering to an impressive win Sunday in the final round of the 4-Wide Nationals at zMAX Dragway in Concord, North Carolina.

Also capturing victories in their respective NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series classes were Tim Wilkerson (Funny Car), Jason Line (Pro Stock) and Andrew Hines (Pro Stock Motorcycle).

In the only four-wide final in the sport, Force defeated two-time defending winner of the race, Antron Brown, as well as Doug Kalitta and Clay Millican to become the first female driver to win in the 4-Wide Nationals.

Force, who won for the first time in her Top Fuel career last month at Gainesville, Florida, ran 3.764 seconds at 319.98 mph, while Brown was runner-up (3.779 seconds at 316.75).

“It’s big enough that we won, but to do it at the Four-Wide where it wasn’t easy for me, it was a struggle,” said Force, daughter of 16-time NHRA Funny Car champ John Force and sister of Funny Car driver Courtney Force.

“I didn’t sleep last night,” Brittany Force added. “I had nightmares coming off [Saturday’s final qualifying round] and you know you have to clear your mind and come into it. So to be able to overcome that and have a decent light in the final round when we really needed it, it feels good.

“I am proud to be teamed up with [tuning consultant Alan Johnson and crew chief Brian Husen] and having a car that’s so consistent builds my confidence going into the season. The season is still getting started, but we are definitely off to a great start.”

With the win, Force remains atop the Top Fuel point standings, leading Brown by 63 points.

Wilkerson (3.967 seconds at 315.56 mph) earned his second Funny Car win of 2016 and 20th of his career, defeating Cruz Pedregon (3.995 at 313.37), as well as Ron Capps and Matt Hagan.

“We don’t come here to chase girls and drink beer, we are here to kick some butts and go home,” Wilkerson said. “Me and [assistant crew chief] Richard Hartman are of the same philosophy and that’s why we communicate so well with each other. He has been a great addition to our team and he did a great job up there [on the starting line] today.

“I got this off my bucket list. I’ve been in the finals at this one twice, so I am really happy to get it done. I am excited about it. The whole year has really been exciting, especially with the new TV package and the way everything has been going. My buddy Brittany has won twice, so that’s really cool, too. I was happy to see her win. The Four-Wide is really a neat deal, especially since I won.”

Wilkerson is now fourth in the standings, the best start to a season in his Funny Car career.

In Pro Stock, Line continues to have the fastest car, capturing his third win in the first five races of the season. Line (6.565 seconds at 211.33 mph) won Sunday’s final, with teammate Bo Butner (6.591 seconds, 210.77 mph) finishing runner-up. Drew Skillman and Chris McGaha were the other two contestants in the final round.

It was Line’s 40th career win and his first in the 4-Wide Nationals. He also opened a big lead in the Pro Stock point standings.

 

“We are taking a lot of pride in it,” Line said. “We had more engine changes than anybody else. It’s tough to win at home and I’ve never won the Four-Wide. I consider myself a middle of the road driver, so this race has always been tough for me. So to win this race is pretty gratifying.”

Lastly, in Pro Stock Motorcycle, Hines (6.844 seconds at 194.42 mph) defeated top qualifier and teammate Eddie Krawiec (6.849 at 194.44). Also in the final round were Chip Ellis and Matt Smith.

Hines has now won the 4-Wide Nationals three times and six times overall at zMAX Dragway.

“It’s great to come in here at the Four-Wide and get another win so we have our team going in the right direction,” Hines said. “I’m happy to get a win this early in the season. When you get that off your back you can sit back, relax and focus on racing the rest of the season.

“This race track just agrees with me, I feel very comfortable here. It is almost a calming effect it has on me with everything that is going on up there because it makes me focus that much more.”

With his 43rd career victory, Hines is now just one win from tying the late Dave Schultz on the all-time PSM win’s list.

“Thanks to Dave and all that he did for the sport, he was one of the pioneers of it all,” Hines said. “Thanks to him we have a great field right now and all of Pro Stock Motorcycle is very stout. We have bump spots that are setting records. It’s awesome to be involved in the class right now.”

The sixth race of the NHRA Yello Drag Racing Series race is the SpringNationals, April 29-May 1, at Royal Purple Raceway near Houston.

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FINAL FINISHING ORDER:

TOP FUEL: 1.  Brittany Force; 2.  Antron Brown; 3.  Doug Kalitta; 4.  Clay Millican; 5.  Richie Crampton; 6.  Steve Torrence; 7.  Tony Schumacher; 8.  J.R. Todd; 9.  Terry McMillen; 10.  Pat Dakin; 11.  Smax Smith; 12.  Shawn Langdon; 13.  Leah Pritchett; 14.  Chris Karamesines; 15.  Scott Palmer; 16.  Terry Haddock.

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

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

PRO STOCK MOTORCYCLE: 1.  Andrew Hines; 2.  Eddie Krawiec; 3.  Chip Ellis; 4.  Matt Smith; 5.  Angelle Sampey; 6.  Jerry Savoie; 7.  Hector Arana; 8.  Michael Ray; 9.  Scotty Pollacheck; 10.  Angelle Sampey; 11.  Brian Pretzel; 12.  Melissa Surber; 13.  LE Tonglet; 14.  Steve Johnson; 15.  Karen Stoffer; 16.  Jim Underdahl.

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SUNDAY’S FINAL RESULTS:

Top Fuel — Brittany Force, 3.764 seconds, 319.98 mph def. Antron Brown, 3.779 seconds, 316.75 mph and Doug Kalitta, 4.792 seconds, 161.34 mph and Clay Millican, 6.616 seconds, 90.24 mph;

Funny Car — Tim Wilkerson, Ford Mustang, 3.967, 315.56 def. Cruz Pedregon, Toyota Camry, 3.995, 313.37 and Ron Capps, Dodge Charger, 4.055, 315.42 and Matt Hagan, Charger, 4.069, 305.56;

Pro Stock — Jason Line, Chevy Camaro, 6.565, 211.33 def. Bo Butner, Camaro, 6.591, 210.77 and Drew Skillman, Camaro, 6.620, 209.43 and Chris McGaha, Camaro, 6.646, 208.68;

Pro Stock Motorcycle — Andrew Hines, Harley-Davidson, 6.844, 195.42 def. Eddie Krawiec, Harley-Davidson, 6.849, 194.44 and Chip Ellis, Buell, 6.884, 193.90 and Matt Smith, Victory, 12.878, 60.42;

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FINAL ROUND-BY-ROUND RESULTS: 

TOP FUEL: ROUND ONE — Clay Millican, 3.756, 326.40 and Doug Kalitta, 3.755, 326.56 def. Smax Smith, 4.197, 276.07 and Scott Palmer, broke; Brittany Force, 3.734, 321.88 and Antron Brown, 3.776, 321.58 def. Pat Dakin, 3.825, 310.55 and Leah Pritchett, 3.853, 316.90; J.R. Todd, 3.736, 328.06 and Richie Crampton, 3.739, 322.50 def. Terry McMillen, 3.816, 316.52 and Chris Karamesines, 4.074, 297.02; Steve Torrence, 3.744, 326.71 and Tony Schumacher, 3.796, 310.91 def. Shawn Langdon, 5.062, 150.43 and Terry Haddock, broke;

SEMIFINALS — Kalitta, 3.777, 325.92 and Millican, 3.787, 322.04 def. Torrence, 6.964, 96.29 and Schumacher, 9.205, 76.48; Force, 3.747, 321.88 and Brown, 5.779, 210.67 def. Crampton, 6.301, 189.31 and Todd, 9.531, 81.70;

FINAL — Force, 3.764, 319.98 def. Brown, 3.779, 316.75, Kalitta, 4.792, 161.34 and Millican, 6.616, 90.24.

FUNNY CAR: ROUND ONE — Matt Hagan, Dodge Charger, 3.938, 320.13 and Ron Capps, Charger, 4.795, 202.70 def. Chad Head, Toyota Camry, 8.331, 85.68 and Daniel Wilkerson, Ford Mustang, broke; John Force, Chevy Camaro, 4.053, 316.23 and Tommy Johnson Jr., Charger, 5.495, 255.48 def. Jack Beckman, Charger, 5.639, 292.08 and Bob Tasca III, Mustang, 10.466, 79.19; Tim Wilkerson, Mustang, 3.934, 322.34 and Jeff Diehl, Toyota Solara, 5.359, 210.47 def. Alexis DeJoria, Camry, 6.874, 127.86 and Robert Hight, Camaro, 10.742, 81.50; Courtney Force, Camaro, 3.979, 320.97 and Cruz Pedregon, Camry, 4.003, 309.91 def. Del Worsham, Camry, 3.981, 317.49 and John Hale, Charger, 4.031, 314.83;

SEMIFINALS — Hagan, 3.997, 317.64 and Capps, 4.045, 312.13 def. J. Force, 4.063, 315.05 and Johnson Jr., 8.148, 88.58; T. Wilkerson, 3.993, 319.82 and Pedregon, 4.367, 208.30 def. C. Force, 12.413, 64.50 and Diehl, broke

FINAL — T. Wilkerson, 3.967, 315.56 def. Pedregon, 3.995, 313.37, Capps, 4.055, 315.42 and Hagan, 4.069, 305.56.

PRO STOCK: ROUND ONE — Bo Butner, Chevy Camaro, 6.570, 211.33 and Deric Kramer, Dodge Dart, 6.653, 208.01 def. Shane Gray, Camaro, 6.635, 210.01 and Jeg Coughlin, Dart, 6.873, 171.86; Jason Line, Camaro, 6.555, 211.86 and Kenny Delco, Camaro, 6.609, 209.72 def. Vincent Nobile, Camaro, 6.647, 210.05 and V. Gaines, Dart, 7.223, 205.44; Drew Skillman, Camaro, 6.586, 210.57 and Erica Enders, Dart, 6.630, 209.98 def. Alex Laughlin, Camaro, 6.666, 208.68 and John Gaydosh Jr, Chevrolet Camaro, 6.698, 205.88; Greg Anderson, Camaro, 6.562, 211.99 and Chris McGaha, Camaro, 6.615, 209.36 def. Allen Johnson, Dart, 6.642, 207.69 and Shane Tucker, Camaro, 6.852, 199.40;

SEMIFINALS — McGaha, 6.734, 208.04 and Butner, 6.628, 210.47 def. Anderson, 7.536, 164.17 and Kramer, broke; Line, 6.568, 211.16 and Skillman, 6.617, 208.91 def. Delco, 6.663, 207.98 and Enders, 11.597, 77.55;

FINAL — Line, 6.565, 211.33 def. Butner, 6.591, 210.77, Skillman, 6.620, 209.43 and McGaha, 6.646, 208.68.

PRO STOCK MOTORCYCLE: ROUND ONE — Jerry Savoie, Suzuki TL1000, 6.855, 196.62 and Andrew Hines, Harley V-Rod, 6.817, 195.68 def. Brian Pretzel, Suzuki GSXR, 6.928, 194.58 and Jim Underdahl, GSXR, 6.967, 196.90; Hector Arana, Buell XB9R, 6.836, 196.56 and Angelle Sampey, Buell XB12R, 6.861, 193.96 def. Shawn Gann, XB9R, 6.906, 193.05 and Karen Stoffer, Suzuki TL1000R, 6.954, 194.63; Matt Smith, Victory Gunner, 6.844, 195.03 and Chip Ellis, XB9R, 6.816, 195.48 def. Scotty Pollacheck, XB12R, 6.898, 192.38 and Steve Johnson, TL1000, 6.929, 192.99; Eddie Krawiec, V-Rod, 6.825, 195.08 and Michael Ray, XB9R, 6.903, 194.77 def. Melissa Surber, 6.928, 192.06 and LE Tonglet, GSXR, 6.876, 194.07;

SEMIFINALS — Krawiec, 6.810, 197.16 and Hines, 6.846, 195.11 def. Savoie, 6.916, 192.88 and Ray, 6.921, 194.72; M. Smith, 6.850, 195.00 and Ellis, 7.134, 153.35 def. Sampey, 6.831, 196.27 and Arana, 6.857, 196.96;

FINAL — Hines, 6.844, 195.42 def. Krawiec, 6.849, 194.44, Ellis, 6.884, 193.90 and M. Smith, 12.878, 60.42.

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UPDATED POINT STANDINGS:

Top Fuel: 1.  Brittany Force, 428; 2.  Antron Brown, 365; 3.  Doug Kalitta, 344; 4.  Clay Millican, 318; 5.  Steve Torrence, 310; 6.  J.R. Todd, 289; 7.  (tie) Terry McMillen, 242; Tony Schumacher, 242; 9.  Richie Crampton, 240; 10.  Leah Pritchett, 220.

Funny Car: 1.  Robert Hight, 369; 2.  Ron Capps, 361; 3.  John Force, 352; 4.  Tim Wilkerson, 334; 5.  Courtney Force, 322; 6.  Del Worsham, 318; 7.  Jack Beckman, 307; 8.  Alexis DeJoria, 277; 9.  Chad Head, 270; 10.  Cruz Pedregon, 238.

Pro Stock: 1.  Jason Line, 583; 2.  Greg Anderson, 481; 3.  Bo Butner, 429; 4.  Drew Skillman, 343; 5.  Chris McGaha, 287; 6.  Allen Johnson, 244; 7.  (tie) Jeg Coughlin, 223; Erica Enders, 223; 9.  Vincent Nobile, 209; 10.  Alex Laughlin, 187.

Pro Stock Motorcycle: 1.  Eddie Krawiec, 232; 2.  Andrew Hines, 197; 3.  Hector Arana, 154; 4.  Chip Ellis, 135; 5.  Jerry Savoie, 108; 6.  LE Tonglet, 107; 7.  Michael Ray, 104; 8.  Matt Smith, 93; 9.  Angelle Sampey, 92; 10.  Jim Underdahl, 84.

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2023 SuperMotocross Power Rankings after Houston: Eli Tomac retakes 450 lead, Hunter Lawrence tops 250s

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After his Anaheim 2 crash, Eli Tomac was surprised he was not injured, but despite getting knocked down momentarily, he picked himself up, rode to last week’s win and reascended to the top of the SuperMotocross Power Rankings after Houston. This is the third time in three weeks Tomac has topped the rankings.

SuperMotocross Power Rankings Houston
Jason Anderson has back-to-back podiums to his credit and sits second in the Power Rankings. – Feld Motor Sports/MX Sports Pro Racing/Align Media

Last week, Tomac finished second in his heat before winning the Main – and that translated to near-perfect points in the Power Rankings, which award 100 for a win in the feature and 90 for a heat victory. Tomac’s average was marred by the Houston accident when he finished 13th in that heat before settling just outside the top five in overall standings. Racing is about bouncing back and last year’s Supercross and Motocross champion Tomac did just that as he chases a third consecutive title.

Jason Anderson earned his second consecutive podium finish with a third at Houston. He momentarily rolled past Aaron Plessinger into second during a restart following an accident involving Dylan Ferrandis and held that position for four trips around the track until he was tracked down by Chase Sexton. Afterward Anderson faded and finished 12 seconds off the pace, but along with a heat win, he easily leapfrogged Ken Roczen and Cooper Webb, who struggled in the fourth race of the season.

MORE: Eli Tomac rebounds from Anaheim 2 crash with Houston win

Webb held his position by passing Roczen in NBC’s SuperMotocross Power Rankings after Houston. Webb has been solid in 2023 with a worst moto result of seventh in the first Triple Crown race at Anaheim 2, but in order to be considered a solid challenger to Tomac he needs to win either a heat or main this week in Tampa.

Roczen was involved in the incident that sidelined Ferrandis in Houston. Racing for eighth at the time, his bike may have sustained some damage when Ferrandis landed on his back tire, but he was not overly impressive in his heat either with a fifth-place finish. That was enough to drop him three positions in the standings, but he still has Tomac in sight.

After his disappointing heat in San Diego when he crashed and sustained enough damage to place him last, Sexton has roared back. He won the overall in Anaheim 2’s Triple Crown format and narrowed the points’ gap slightly on Tomac. Last week he yarded the field in his heat race and won by a wide margin. A modest start in the Main kept him from getting to Tomac’s back wheel early in the Houston round, and he lost a little ground in the championship.

450 Rankings

This
Week
Rider Power
Avg.
Last
Week
Diff.
1 Eli Tomac
[3 Main; 3 Heats Wins]
85.20 2 1
2 Jason Anderson
[2 Heat Wins]
82.60 4 2
3 Cooper Webb 82.10 3 0
4 Ken Roczen 81.70 1 -3
5 Chase Sexton
[1 Main; 3 Heat Wins]
80.70 6 1
6 Dylan Ferrandis 71.60 5 -1
7 Aaron Plessinger 71.30 8 1
8 Justin Barcia 70.10 7 -1
9 Justin Cooper 68.00 NA
10 Adam Cianciarulo 67.40 9 -1
11 Joey Savatgy 61.20 10 -1
12 Marvin Musquin 61.00 10 -2
13 Malcolm Stewart
[1 Heat Win]
58.75 11 -2
14 Christian Craig 57.20 13 -1
15 Colt Nichols 56.50 14 -1
16 Dean Wilson 49.30 15 -1
17 Justin Hill 39.67 18 1
18 Shane McElrath 36.33 22 4
19 Brandon Scharer 34.00 21 2
20 Logan Karnow 33.33 19 -1

Supercross 450 Points


The 250 East division debuted in Houston and with only one race – and therefore no chance yet to stumble – three of their riders jumped to the top of the chart.

Hunter Lawrence had a perfect week with wins in both his main and heat. It wasn’t without drama, however, as he was forced to jump wide early in the feature to avoid contact with Tom Vialle, who was making his Supercross debut. Without a former 250 champion in the field, it is guaranteed someone new will grace the top of the box at Salt Lake City after the season-ender and it looks like it’s going to be Lawrence’s to lose.

SuperMotocross Power Rankings Houston
Jordon Smith’s last podium before Houston came four years ago in Detroit. – Feld Motor Sports/MX Sports Pro Racing/Align Media

It was more than four years ago that Jordon Smith scored his last Supercross podium in Detroit. Despite finishing second that afternoon, he was battling a wrist injury that eventually sidelined him. More injuries have followed, but Smith was a favorite to win the title in 2019 and he’s shown how well he can ride when he’s healthy.

Debuting third in the Houston SuperMotocross Power Rankings, Max Anstie moved from the 450 class last year to 250s in 2023 and the change has gone better than he anticipated. Finishing second in both his heat and main, Anstie was edged by Smith because he finished second behind that rider in their heat. That is Anstie’s first top-10 since finishing sixth at Southwick, Massachusetts last year on his 450. In that race, he scored fifth-place results in both motos.

Supercross 250 Points

Haiden Deegan proved the hype surrounding his graduation into the 250 class was well deserved and he landed fourth in his division and fifth overall in the SuperMotocross Power Rankings. In his first professional Supercross race, he finished fourth in his heat. In a field with twice the talent, he finished fourth again in the main. At Houston, he balanced aggression with patience. Now that he has a taste of that success, everyone will be watching him closely at Tampa to see if he can continue tiptoeing on the line.

Michael Mosiman, Jeremy Martin, and Vialle are tied for fifth in the 250 East division and seventh overall.

Vialle is the most notable of these three because he challenged for a podium position during the Main before making a mistake and falling in a turn. Significantly, this was not only his 250 debut, but his first time in Supercross. As with Deegan, he has generated a lot of attention for the coming weeks.

250 Rankings

This
Week
Rider Power
Avg.
Last
Week
Diff.
1 Hunter Lawrence – E
[1 Main; 1 Heat Win]
95.00 NA
2 Jordon Smith – E
[1 Heat Win]
90.50 NA
2 Max Anstie – E 90.50 NA
4 Jett Lawrence – W
[2 Main; 2 Heat Wins]
89.13 1 -3
5 Haiden Deegan – E 81.50 NA
6 Cameron McAdoo – W
[1 Heat Win]
77.63 2 -4
7 Mitchell Oldenburg – W 77.00 3 -4
7 Michael Mosiman – E 77.00 NA
7 Jeremy Martin – E 77.00 NA
7 Tom Vialle – E 77.00 NA
11 Stilez Robertson – W
[1 Heat Win]
76.75 4 -7
12 Chance Hymas – E 74.50 -12
13 Levi Kitchen – W
[1 Main Win]
73.75 5 -8
14 RJ Hampshire – W
[3 Heat Wins]
70.00 6 -8
15 Max Vohland – W 69.29 7 -8
16 Cullin Park – E 66.00 NA
17 Chris Blose – E 65.50 NA
18 Derek Kelley – W 63.75 8 -10
19 Enzo Lopes – W 63.25 9 -10
20 Pierce Brown – W 61.29 10 -10

* The NBC Power Rankings assign 100 points to a Main event winner and 90 points for each Heat and Triple Crown win, (Triple Crown wins are included with heat wins below the rider’s name). The points decrement by a percentage equal to the number of riders in the field until the last place rider in each event receives five points. The Power Ranking is the average of these percentage points over the past 45 days.

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