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Ah, New Year’s Day. A time to clean up the bottles left lying around from the celebrations the night before, chill out with your family and look forward to the year that is to come.

The “new year, new me!” posts are flying about Facebook and Twitter. The gym is packed with people after an overindulgent holiday period. The optimism is there.

It’s all a bit cringy, yes. But at its core, there is a desire to be better and do better. We all have it.

Even Formula 1 has it. Ever since Liberty Media completed its takeover of the sport last January, it has been on a drive to leave no stone unturned in a bid to make F1 the very best it can be both on- and off-track.

So what does 2018 hold for F1? Here are some new year’s resolutions the sport may have in mind.

BAKU, AZERBAIJAN – JUNE 25: Lewis Hamilton of Great Britain driving the (44) Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team Mercedes F1 WO8 leads Sebastian Vettel of Germany driving the (5) Scuderia Ferrari SF70H and Felipe Massa of Brazil driving the (19) Williams Martini Racing Williams FW40 Mercedes on track during the Azerbaijan Formula One Grand Prix at Baku City Circuit on June 25, 2017 in Baku, Azerbaijan. (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)

A TITLE FIGHT THAT GOES TO THE WIRE

After a promising pre-season from Ferrari, 2017 looked set to be the year that Mercedes would finally be tested in the V6 turbo hybrid era of F1 and face a tough task to defend its titles.

Ferrari came out of the traps well as Sebastian Vettel won the opening race of the season in Australia, and the Italian marque led the constructors’ championship after a dominant one-two finish in Monaco. Finally, Mercedes had a fight on its hands.

But things turned around quickly. Mercedes got its so-called “diva” W08 car under control, allowing Lewis Hamilton to go on a run of six wins in the space of eight races from Silverstone to Austin. Ferrari, meanwhile, collapsed in spectacular fashion across the Asian flyaways, meaning both titles were lost with two races to spare.

The early-season fights between Hamilton and Vettel, two of the finest racers of their generation, was exactly what F1 had craved for years. Mercedes and Ferrari were evenly-matched throughout the year, offering perhaps the closest title fight between two teams since 2010.

The hope for 2018 is that this trend continues, perhaps with Red Bull entering the mix also after showing rapid signs of improvement through the season. Variation and unpredictability are exactly what F1 needs to keep fans interested and coming back for more.

Let’s hope things do go down to the wire in Abu Dhabi this year.

SAO PAULO, BRAZIL – NOVEMBER 11: Fernando Alonso of Spain driving the (14) McLaren Honda Formula 1 Team McLaren MCL32 on track during qualifying for the Formula One Grand Prix of Brazil at Autodromo Jose Carlos Pace on November 11, 2017 in Sao Paulo, Brazil. (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)

MCLAREN TO RESURGE WITH RENAULT POWER

Following a solid 2016 that offered significant strides across the course of the year to get towards the front of the midfield, hopes were high for McLaren and Honda to finally get things right this year and return to the thick of the fight at the top of the order.

Alas, things turned out very differently. An ill-fated decision by Honda to redesign its power unit layout sent it back to square one – i.e. where it was in 2015 – and McLaren to the back of the field, scrimping and scrambling for points wherever it could.

Star driver Fernando Alonso made his frustration known and even got a free pass to skip Monaco so he could enter the Indianapolis 500 as a result, while the highly-rated Stoffel Vandoorne struggled during his first full season in F1.

While improvements came across the course of the year, the partnership could not be saved. An intricate web of deals through the paddock ended with McLaren and Honda going their separate ways, with the British team linking up with Renault from 2018 for its engines.

Renault has by no means been without its problems in F1 recently, suffering a litany of reliability woes late in 2017, but it has proven itself capable of winning races with Red Bull.

McLaren has been bold about the capability of its chassis, with some even dubbing it the best on the grid. Bolt in an engine capable of winning races, and could we see the bright orange cars battling at the sharp end of the order again?

Just as we want to see an open fight at the front of the F1 pack, a strong McLaren joining the fray would be most welcome for the sport this year.

MONTREAL, QC – JUNE 09: Ross Brawn, Managing Director (Sporting) of the Formula One Group and Chase Carey, CEO and Executive Chairman of the Formula One Group in a press conference during practice for the Canadian Formula One Grand Prix at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve on June 9, 2017 in Montreal, Canada. (Photo by Dan Istitene/Getty Images)

A CLEAR DEFINITION OF FORMULA 1’S FUTURE

Since Liberty Media’s takeover of F1 last January, there has been a huge amount of talk about what the future holds for the sport and what direction its new ringmasters will lead it in.

For some in the paddock, this talk has not been matched with enough action, but Liberty has made clear it does not want to focus on short-term gains. It is playing the long game, thinking five years ahead instead of five months ahead.

A significant rebrand will be in place for the new campaign, with the new F1 logo being unveiled at the season finale in Abu Dhabi in November that set the tone for what is to follow. A more immersive experience has been promised for fans, but the finer details are still waiting to be made clear just ahead of the new season.

An expansion of the calendar has also been mooted, perhaps rising to as many as 25 events in a season, while a revamp of the engine formula has already been confirmed following a series of meeting this year, the hope being it will draw more major manufacturers to F1 such as Aston Martin.

The main goal for 2018 and Liberty’s sophomore year at the helm will be to make its plans clear for F1. An expanded, wider-reaching sport would be welcomed by all – but there must be a workable, realistic plan to make it happen.

ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES – NOVEMBER 25: Sergio Perez of Mexico driving the (11) Sahara Force India F1 Team VJM10 on track during final practice for the Abu Dhabi Formula One Grand Prix at Yas Marina Circuit on November 25, 2017 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images)

A CHANCE FOR THE MIDFIELD RUNNERS TO IMPRESS

A big unknown when it comes to Liberty’s plans for F1 is what it will do to help balance the field and give more of the sport’s midfield runners a chance to impress and fight at the front.

The likes of Force India have managed to fight admirably on a shoestring budget compared to the manufacturer behemoths, but nicking the odd podium here and there doesn’t make for great headlines. Instead, they need to be given the chance to really take a shock result from time-to-time, a bit like we see in IndyCar.

A revision of the distribution of prize money has been suggested, but naturally, the big players are uneasy about this prospect – namely Ferrari, whose quit threats are growing louder despite most dismissing it as the boy simply crying wolf (again).

For the time being, the midfield fight looks set to be tight once again this year. Force India will look to cling on to its title as the ‘best of the rest’, but with the likes of McLaren and Renault targeting a jump up the field, it will be a tall order for the team.

Williams, Toro Rosso and Haas will also be looking for better years after mixed fortunes through 2017, while even Sauber will hold greater hopes for the new season thanks to an expanded partnership with Ferrari and the arrival of Formula 2 champion Charles Leclerc.

It all makes for a massively exciting fight through the field for 2018.

2017 FIA Formula 2 Round 10. Circuito de Jerez, Jerez, Spain. Saturday 7 October 2017. Charles Leclerc (MCO, PREMA Racing). Photo: Zak Mauger/FIA Formula 2. ref: Digital Image _56I6609

YOUNG UP-AND-COMERS TO ESTABLISH THEMSELVES

The race to reach Formula 1 is always a tough one, but 2018 looks set to be a year that a number of the sport’s future stars really stand up and impress.

With all but one seat set for this season, there is only one driver – Marcus Ericsson at Sauber – whose position you could question on talent alone. Ericsson was preferred over GP2 runner-up and Ferrari junior Antonio Giovinazzi for 2018, but showed signs of improvement towards the end of last year.

Otherwise, the field is crammed with talent. Ericsson will partner Formula 2 champion Charles Leclerc at Sauber this year, whose debut is hotly anticipated after a successful junior career. As a Ferrari junior, the Monegasque racer is already being tipped as a possible successor to Kimi Raikkonen at Maranello.

While Leclerc is the only rookie set to race in F1 this season at the time of writing, there are a number of top junior talents already racing who will want to build on impressive showings through 2017.

Esteban Ocon enjoyed a storming first full season in F1 with Force India, enjoying a tight and tense rivalry against Sergio Perez. A good 2018 could see him enter the fray for a possible Mercedes drive for the following year, with both seats at the German marque in 2019 currently up for grabs.

The likes of Pierre Gasly, Lance Stroll and Stoffel Vandoorne will also want to make good on their impressive junior resumes and prove their worth in F1, having shown signs of pace through 2017.

Also keep an eye on goings-on just outside of F1. McLaren youngster Lando Norris and Mercedes’ George Russell look set to go head-to-head in Formula 2 next year, while Ferrari has a number of impressive juniors under its wing including Callum Ilott, Antonio Fuoco and Marcus Armstrong.

AUSTIN, TX – OCTOBER 22: Grid girls hold a USA flag before the United States Formula One Grand Prix at Circuit of The Americas on October 22, 2017 in Austin, Texas. (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images)

CONTINUED GROWTH IN THE UNITED STATES

One of Liberty Media’s key target markets for F1 moving forward is the United States, with races in so-called “destination cities” such as New York, Las Vegas and Miami being mooted in a bid to try and help crack the traditional ‘problem child’ for F1.

F1’s history in the United States has been patchy. It’s impossible to deny that. But the last five years have offered levels of growth and expansion that have led to a real high point for F1 in America.

The return of the United States Grand Prix at the Circuit of The Americas in Austin, Texas was obviously a big factor in helping this growth. Even after a washout in 2015 that put the future of the race in serious doubt, it came roaring back with a successful running in 2016 (helped, believe it or not, by Taylor Swift), and has a good foothold in F1 now.

TV figures have also been growing year-on-year since 2013 when the NBC Sports Group picked up broadcasting rights for F1. Live F1 viewership in the United States has grown by 65 per cent in the last five seasons, elevating the sport to a level of exposure it had never experienced in the market.

All of this momentum bodes very well for the future of F1 in the United States. Let us hope the upward trend continues through 2018 and beyond, and the sport’s American interests grow in strength.

It is no less than the passionate, knowledgeable fanbase deserves.

NHRA Denver: John Force one away from 150 career wins; Pritchett, Anderson, Arana Jr. also win

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John Force may be 69 years old, but Sunday he proved he is still a major force to reckon with in NHRA Funny Car competition.

The winningest driver in NHRA history, the 16-time NHRA Funny Car champion won his 149th national event Sunday, capturing the Dodge NHRA Mile-High Nationals at Bandimere Speedway in Morrison, Colorado (suburban Denver).

Force (4.075 seconds at 315.42 mph) defeated 2016 Funny Car champ Ron Capps (4.067 seconds at 308.71 mph) in the final round to earn his first win in over a year.

Force has now won at least one race in each of the last 31 seasons and qualifies for the upcoming six-race Countdown to the Championship playoffs.

“The fire is back in me, I’m fighting,” Force said. “I got tired of hearing me snivel to myself. My wife doesn’t even want to talk to me. … I don’t know why I won this race but I have a lot more fight in my belly.”

Admittedly, before Sunday, he has struggled for much of the last year since his last win.

“I found myself with all the crashes and everything that happened probably at the lowest point in my career,” Force said. “It has been worse than when I crashed in 2007 (in the worst wreck of his career).
“I have been fighting to get back. I never let on to anyone but it showed that I just looked like a mess. I am fighting to get back. I had four crashes (this season) and after my last one I had John Bandimere (owner of Bandimere Speedway) call me and say, ‘We have to talk.’ I said ‘I know you love God and I know where you want to go.’ He told me to listen to him and he set me straight.
“I didn’t know if I would ever get back in position to win a race. Bandimere told me I could and I won’t stand here and preach the Gospel but he said when I get to Denver I will be fixed. He didn’t say I was going to win but that I would be fixed. He told me to go out there and show me who John Force is.”
It was Force’s eighth win (and first there since 2016) and 13th final round appearance at Denver in his career, making him the winningest Funny Car driver ever at Bandimere Speedway.

Force defeated daughter and No. 1 qualifier Courtney Force in the semifinals to set up the deciding run vs. Capps. Prior to defeating Courtney, Force beat Matt Hagan and Cruz Pedregon in the first two rounds of eliminations earlier in the day.

“I had to beat a lot of great racers today, Hagan, Cruz, Capps, I love them all,” Force said.

Here are more tidbits about Force’s day, which leaves him one win away from 150 career wins:

  • Force now has 1,303 round wins in his career. He has beaten 137 different drivers en route to that mark.
  • 376 of those round wins came against 15 world champions including two-time champ Matt Hagan, against whom he improved his record to 21-17 with today’s first round victory.
  • Force claimed 152 round wins at the expense of the Pedregon brothers: Cruz, Tony and Frank.
  • He has beaten fathers and sons (Jim and Mike Dunn, Paul and Mike Smith, Tim and Dan Wilkerson) and brothers (Cruz, Tony and Frank Pedregon along with Ron and Jon Capps)
  • He has beaten Cruz Pedregon 70 times, more often than any other driver
  • He earned 21 round wins against daughters Ashley Force Hood and Courtney Force and 22 against Robert Hight, his protégé and the father of granddaughter Autumn Hight.
  • He has won rounds on 27 different tracks in 18 states and Canada
  • He has won 128 rounds in three different events at Auto Club Raceway at Pomona, the most at any single track
  • He has won 76 rounds in the Lucas Oil Nationals at Brainerd, the most in any single event
NHRA Denver winners, from left: Hector Arana Jr., Greg Anderson, John Force, Leah Pritchett. Photo courtesy NHRA.

Other winners in the first of the NHRA’s annual three-race “Western Swing” (Denver; Sonoma, California; and Seattle) included Leah Pritchett in Top Fuel, Greg Anderson won his first race of the season in Pro Stock and Hector Arana Jr. earned his first Pro Stock Motorcycle win since 2015.

The race was the 14th of the 24-race NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series schedule.

In Top Fuel, Pritchett (3.831 seconds at 316.45 mph) earned her second win of 2018 and seventh of her career. She was No. 1 qualifier for the event (also for the second race in a row and 10th No. 1 of her career) and defeated Doug Kalitta (3.852 seconds at 319.82 mph) for the win.

Prior to facing Kalitta, Pritchett defeated Terry Totten, Scott Palmer and Clay Millican in the first three rounds.

“Our crew has really impressed, attitude of gratitude, as high as the altitude here,” Pritchett said. “They chipped away at it and didn’t let themselves get down earlier this year when we were in a slump and they didn’t let me get myself down in a slump either. I always have my confidence in them and they have their confidence in me and this weekend we pulled it all together.”

In Pro Stock, Anderson earned his first win of the season, his third at Bandimere and 91st triumph of his career.

Anderson (6.943 seconds at 196.53 mph) defeated Summit Racing Equipment teammate Jason Line (6.947 seconds at 196.19 mph). Also, the victory put Anderson back atop the Pro Stock points standings.

“We have had a heck of a battle this year, we have had great running cars but we have made mistakes on Sunday and haven’t been able to close the deal,” Anderson said. “The class is so tough right now, it is so hard to win. The bottom line is we haven’t put forth our best effort on Sunday, we haven’t lost giving it our best shot and today we did.”

Anderson defeated Joey Grose, Vincent Nobile, and Jeg Coughlin Jr. to advance to the finals showdown with Line.

In Pro Stock Motorcycle, Arana Jr. earned his first win since St. Louis in 2015 and his 12th career NHRA triumph.

In his first final round of the season, Arana (7.170 seconds at 185.89 mph), who earlier this year became the first rider to crack the 200 mph barrier, won easily when 2016 PSM champ Jerry Savoie fouled at the starting line.

“We have had a fast bike all the time, just been working on consistency and then when the bike was good I was making little errors,” Arana Jr. said. “Dedication, hard work, and practicing to bring it all together. Finally got over some hurdles over here and now we should be back on track.”

The Western Swing continues July 27-29 with the Toyota NHRA Sonoma Nationals at Sonoma Raceway.

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FINAL FINISHING ORDER:

TOP FUEL: 1. Leah Pritchett; 2. Doug Kalitta; 3. Clay Millican; 4. Blake Alexander; 5. Scott Palmer; 6. Steve Torrence; 7. Jim Maroney; 8. Richie Crampton; 9. Tony Schumacher; 10. Antron Brown; 11. Greg Carrillo; 12. Terry Totten; 13. Bill Litton; 14. Brittany Force; 15. Mike Salinas; 16. Terry McMillen.

FUNNY CAR: 1. John Force; 2. Ron Capps; 3. Robert Hight; 4. Courtney Force; 5. Tommy Johnson Jr.; 6. Cruz Pedregon; 7. Tim Wilkerson; 8. Jack Beckman; 9. J.R. Todd; 10. Jonnie Lindberg; 11. Matt Hagan; 12. Jeff Diehl; 13. Terry Haddock; 14. Bob Tasca III; 15. Shawn Langdon; 16. Todd Simpson.

PRO STOCK: 1. Greg Anderson; 2. Jason Line; 3. Chris McGaha; 4. Jeg Coughlin; 5. Deric Kramer; 6. Vincent Nobile; 7. Alex Laughlin; 8. Tanner Gray; 9. Bo Butner; 10. Drew Skillman; 11. Matt Hartford; 12. Fernando Cuadra; 13. Erica Enders; 14. Alan Prusiensky; 15. Joey Grose; 16. Will Hatcher.

PRO STOCK MOTORCYCLE: 1. Hector Arana Jr.; 2. Jerry Savoie; 3. Andrew Hines; 4. Karen Stoffer; 5. Scotty Pollacheck; 6. LE Tonglet; 7. Steve Johnson; 8. Matt Smith; 9. Hector Arana; 10. Angie Smith; 11. Jim Underdahl; 12. Angelle Sampey; 13. Ryan Oehler; 14. Joey Gladstone; 15. Cory Reed; 16. Eddie Krawiec.

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SUNDAY’S FINAL RESULTS:

TOP FUEL: Leah Pritchett, 3.831 seconds, 316.45 mph def. Doug Kalitta, 3.852 seconds, 319.82 mph.

FUNNY CAR: John Force, Chevy Camaro, 4.075, 315.42 def. Ron Capps, Dodge Charger, 4.067, 308.71.

PRO STOCK: Greg Anderson, Chevy Camaro, 6.943, 196.53 def. Jason Line, Camaro, 6.947, 196.19.

PRO STOCK MOTORCYCLE: Hector Arana Jr, Buell, 7.170, 185.89 def. Jerry Savoie, Suzuki, Foul – Red Light.

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FINAL ROUND-BY-ROUND RESULTS:

TOP FUEL: ROUND ONE — Scott Palmer, 3.894, 317.34 def. Antron Brown, 4.047, 300.13; Blake Alexander, 3.863, 320.81 def. Mike Salinas, 5.827, 118.72; Leah Pritchett, 3.857, 322.81 def. Terry Totten, 4.156, 276.18; Jim Maroney, 4.267, 264.96 def. Brittany Force, 5.524, 129.54; Steve Torrence, 3.899, 325.06 def. Bill Litton, 5.216, 121.99; Clay Millican, 3.824, 327.59 def. Greg Carrillo, 4.088, 309.98; Richie Crampton, 3.870, 317.19 def. Terry McMillen, 6.020, 120.89; Doug Kalitta, 3.849, 320.43 def. Tony Schumacher, 3.852, 321.12; QUARTERFINALS — Alexander, 3.847, 322.58 def. Torrence, 3.903, 321.12; Pritchett, 3.806, 321.96 def. Palmer, 3.890, 317.34; Millican, 3.887, 295.85 def. Crampton, 5.045, 158.99; Kalitta, 3.897, 302.08 def. Maroney, 4.227, 249.53; SEMIFINALS — Kalitta, 3.872, 311.63 def. Alexander, 3.857, 320.20; Pritchett, 3.826, 312.93 def. Millican, 3.826, 320.36; FINAL — Pritchett, 3.831, 316.45 def. Kalitta, 3.852, 319.82.

FUNNY CAR: ROUND ONE — Cruz Pedregon, Toyota Camry, 4.103, 293.15 def. Jonnie Lindberg, Ford Mustang, 4.186, 311.92; Robert Hight, Chevy Camaro, 4.089, 315.78 def. Jeff Diehl, Camry, Foul – Red Light; Courtney Force, Camaro, 4.089, 285.65 def. Terry Haddock, Toyota Solara, 4.834, 193.54; Jack Beckman, Dodge Charger, 4.689, 182.21 def. Todd Simpson, Charger, Broke – No Show; John Force, Camaro, 4.158, 285.77 def. Matt Hagan, Charger, 4.279, 265.69; Tommy Johnson Jr., Charger, 4.094, 308.28 def. Bob Tasca III, Mustang, 4.998, 167.99; Ron Capps, Charger, 4.101, 312.93 def. J.R. Todd, Camry, 4.133, 311.27; Tim Wilkerson, Mustang, 4.057, 315.64 def. Shawn Langdon, Camry, 5.128, 165.01; QUARTERFINALS — J. Force, 4.139, 313.44 def. Pedregon, 4.137, 252.61; Hight, 4.052, 318.09 def. Johnson Jr., 4.117, 313.58; Capps, 4.082, 309.70 def. Beckman, 4.528, 214.25; C. Force, 4.121, 306.88 def. Wilkerson, 4.268, 272.12; SEMIFINALS — J. Force, 4.048, 318.62 def. C. Force, 4.453, 206.29; Capps, 4.052, 313.88 def. Hight, 4.035, 314.31; FINAL — J. Force, 4.075, 315.42 def. Capps, 4.067, 308.71.

PRO STOCK: ROUND ONE — Chris McGaha, Chevy Camaro, 6.970, 196.27 def. Erica Enders, Camaro, 7.098, 195.68; Vincent Nobile, Camaro, 6.974, 196.79 def. Bo Butner, Camaro, 6.968, 196.99; Jeg Coughlin, Camaro, 6.991, 196.04 def. Drew Skillman, Camaro, 6.969, 196.93; Alex Laughlin, Camaro, 6.983, 196.42 def. Fernando Cuadra, Camaro, Foul – Red Light; Deric Kramer, Camaro, 6.975, 195.96 def. Alan Prusiensky, Dodge Dart, 7.178, 190.14; Tanner Gray, Camaro, 6.975, 196.13 def. Will Hatcher, Dart, 15.790, 58.14; Greg Anderson, Camaro, 6.968, 196.67 def. Joey Grose, Camaro, Foul – Red Light; Jason Line, Camaro, 6.969, 197.02 def. Matt Hartford, Camaro, 7.017, 195.85; QUARTERFINALS — Coughlin, 6.994, 195.87 def. Gray, 6.996, 196.27; McGaha, 6.975, 196.44 def. Kramer, 6.959, 196.96; Line, 6.983, 197.16 def. Laughlin, 6.994, 195.90; Anderson, 6.985, 197.02 def. Nobile, 6.986, 196.24; SEMIFINALS — Anderson, 6.945, 196.27 def. Coughlin, 6.994, 195.79; Line, 6.958, 196.87 def. McGaha, 6.965, 195.79; FINAL — Anderson, 6.943, 196.53 def. Line, 6.947, 196.19.

PRO STOCK MOTORCYCLE: ROUND ONE — Steve Johnson, Suzuki, 7.290, 182.26 def. Cory Reed, Buell, 7.412, 180.60; Scotty Pollacheck, Suzuki, 7.229, 181.11 def. Angie Smith, Buell, 7.276, 181.86; Jerry Savoie, Suzuki, 7.265, 182.75 def. Hector Arana, Buell, 7.252, 184.85; LE Tonglet, Suzuki, 7.212, 184.55 def. Angelle Sampey, Buell, 7.296, 184.32; Andrew Hines, Harley-Davidson, 7.199, 186.25 def. Joey Gladstone, Suzuki, 7.364, 180.40; Hector Arana Jr, Buell, 7.142, 188.75 def. Ryan Oehler, Buell, 7.349, 181.50; Karen Stoffer, Suzuki, 7.345, 180.36 def. Eddie Krawiec, Harley-Davidson, 7.982, 125.40; Matt Smith, 7.194, 186.00 def. Jim Underdahl, Suzuki, 7.279, 182.48; QUARTERFINALS — Stoffer, 7.347, 181.20 def. Johnson, 7.427, 180.19; Hines, 7.219, 186.18 def. Pollacheck, Foul – Red Light; Savoie, 7.274, 183.82 def. M. Smith, Broke; Arana Jr, 7.159, 188.46 def. Tonglet, 7.312, 184.37; SEMIFINALS — Savoie, 7.284, 183.19 def. Stoffer, 7.329, 181.25; Arana Jr, 7.163, 188.15 def. Hines, 7.215, 185.31; FINAL — Arana Jr, 7.170, 185.89 def. Savoie, Foul – Red Light.

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UPDATED POINT STANDINGS:

TOP FUEL: 1. Steve Torrence, 1,132; 2. Clay Millican, 959; 3. Leah Pritchett, 949; 4. Tony Schumacher, 930; 5. Doug Kalitta, 893; 6. Antron Brown, 750; 7. Terry McMillen, 696; 8. Brittany Force, 658; 9. Richie Crampton, 576; 10. Scott Palmer, 544.

FUNNY CAR: 1. Courtney Force, 1,156; 2. Matt Hagan, 946; 3. Ron Capps, 930; 4. Robert Hight, 911; 5. Jack Beckman, 906; 6. J.R. Todd, 832; 7. Tommy Johnson Jr., 746; 8. John Force, 735; 9. Shawn Langdon, 647; 10. Bob Tasca III, 596.

PRO STOCK: 1. Greg Anderson, 1,044; 2. Tanner Gray, 976; 3. Erica Enders, 969; 4. Vincent Nobile, 947; 5. Chris McGaha, 875; 6. Drew Skillman, 842; 7. Jeg Coughlin, 838; 8. Bo Butner, 782; 9. Jason Line, 778; 10. Deric Kramer, 725.

PRO STOCK MOTORCYCLE: 1. Andrew Hines, 591; 2. Eddie Krawiec, 564; 3. Hector Arana Jr, 501; 4. LE Tonglet, 493; 5. Jerry Savoie, 481; 6. Scotty Pollacheck, 417; 7. Matt Smith, 411; 8. Angie Smith, 304; 9. (tie) Hector Arana, 289; Angelle Sampey, 289.

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