Dodge Nhra Nationals New Review – dodge nhra nationals
Two of the four NHRA pro classes – Top Fuel and Funny Car – appoint in a civic accident division agenda of 24 contest each. The added two alternation accept beneath schedules: 18 contest for Pro Stock and 16 for Pro Stock Motorcycle.
But no amount what chic and how continued or abbreviate a division a disciplinarian or addition competes in, their all-embracing division oftentimes boils bottomward to aloof one race, this weekend’s 65th Chevrolet Performance U.S. Nationals at Lucas Oil Raceway in burghal Indianapolis.
The acumen is simple: the U.S. Nationals is not alone the biggest, best accepted and best well-attended chase on the schedule, it’s additionally the blow chase to authorize for the accessible six-race Countdown to the Championship playoffs.
“You dream of acceptable the U.S. Nationals if you are a annoyance racer no amount what chic you are racing,” Top Fuel disciplinarian Richie Crampton told NBC Sports. “To win the better chase of the division in Top Fuel and add your name to a account that includes Connie Kalitta and Don Garlits is appealing cool. I anticipate we accept a chase car that is able of acceptable four circuit of antagonism on Monday. We aloof charge to put it calm and accumulate our focus.”
If you are on the playoff balloon branch to Indy and if you do able-bodied in condoning and Monday’s eliminations, you’ll acceptable accomplish the Countdown. But if you accept a bad day in Indy, your division is about over. Sure, there will be six added contest afterwards Indy, but your hopes of activity for the championship will be done if you’re not ranked in the top 10 in the standings of your corresponding chic – Top Fuel, Funny Car, Pro Stock or Pro Stock Motorcycle – afterwards Indy.
Crampton is a absolute archetype of that. A above U.S. Nationals champ (in 2014, defeated Steve Torrence), the Australian built-in – who drives for Kalitta Motorsports – needs to accept addition big day during abutting Monday’s final eliminations to accomplish abiding he qualifies for the Countdown.
Crampton is currently ninth in the Top Fuel standings. He holds a 77-point beforehand over 10th-ranked Terry McMillen and has an 84-point bend over Scott Palmer, who is currently the aboriginal disciplinarian alfresco the top-10.
“This will be a big weekend for sure,” Crampton said. “There will be a lot activity on and I am attractive advanced to accepting to the track. You accept three canicule of condoning so you appetite to get some drive on Friday night with that aboriginal session.
“We are absolutely aloof absorption on aggravating to win the U.S. Nationals. If we do that the Countdown credibility will booty affliction of themselves. You get an added condoning affair in Indy and there are added credibility on the line. I see that as an befalling to abstracted ourselves and appearance what this aggregation is able of. These DHL guys accept been alive their cape off all season.”
Seven drivers accept already clinched their atom in the playoffs in the Top Fuel class: Torrence, Brittany Force, Doug Kalitta, Clay Millican, Antron Brown, Mike Salinas and Leah Pritchett.
Crampton knows what has to be done this weekend if he is to beforehand to the playoffs. There are alone three spots open, with bristles drivers mathematically eligible: amateur Austin Prock (currently eighth), Crampton, McMillen, Palmer and Billy Torrence, ancestor of 2018 NHRA Top Fuel champ and accepted credibility baton Steve Torrence.
And in a different irony, Crampton – who is a anatomy architect for Morgan Lucas Antagonism during the anniversary – congenital the Top Fuel dragster anatomy that Steve Torrence has powered to eight wins in this season’s aboriginal 17 races.
“I get it that some bodies ability anticipate it is aberrant that I am architecture chase cars for added teams,” Crampton said. “I adulation actuality able to do both, body chase cars and be advantageous abundant to chase Top Fuel as well. Back you band up adjoin them in the lanes you sometimes anticipate about the actuality that you congenital that chassis. It is a different dynamic. Back the helmet goes on the blow goes out the window.
“Most of the Top Fuel chic knows that this is what I do for a active back I am not at the track. We accumulation cars to Mike Salinas’ Scrappers Antagonism team, Bob Vandergriff Racing, Scott Palmer Racing, Dom Lagana and of advance Steve and Billy Torrence with the Capco team. They are all abundant barter and competitors.
“They apperceive they can alarm me anytime either afore or during a race. They can allocution to me about the car and they can adjustment parts. They ability alarm on Thursday above-mentioned to a chase back we are all in the aforementioned place. They are actual admiring of my time with Aggregation Kalitta back we are at the races. It is air-conditioned alive with Morgan Lucas Antagonism and Aggregation Kalitta and they both accept both abandon of my corresponding responsibilities.”
BREAKING DOWN THIS WEEKEND: Aloof one chase charcoal for drivers/riders to authorize for the accessible six-race NHRA Countdown to the Championship playoffs. Those that accept clinched so far, as able-bodied as those still in altercation for the actual playoff position(s) are:
TOP FUEL — Seven drivers accept already clinched playoff berths: arresting division champ Steve Torrence, Antron Brown, Clay Millican, Brittany Force, Doug Kalitta, Mile Salinas and Leah Pritchett. Bristles added drivers are still in the active for the three actual playoff spots; Austin Prock, Richie Crampton, Terry McMillen, Scott Palmer and Billy Torrence.
FUNNY CAR — Nine drivers accept already clinched playoff berths: Robert Hight, Tommy Johnson Jr., John Force, Jack Beckman, Ron Capps, Bob Tasca III, Matt Hagan, arresting division champ J.R. Todd and Shawn Langdon. Tim Wilkerson and Cruz Pedregon will action it out at Indianapolis to actuate the final actual playoff contender.
PRO STOCK — Nine drivers accept already clinched playoff berths: Bo Butner, Greg Anderson, Alex Laughlin, Matt Hartford, Jason Line, Deric Kramer, Jeg Coughlin Jr., Erica Enders and Chris McGaha accept all able for the playoffs. Four drivers will action it out at Indy for the actual one spot: Kenny Delco, Fernando Cuadra Sr., Val Smeland and Rodger Brogdon.
PRO STOCK MOTORCYCLE — Four riders accept already clinched playoff berths: Andrew Hines, Eddie Krawiec, Hector Arana Jr. and arresting division champ Matt Smith. Eight riders will action it out for the six actual spots to be abounding at Indy: Karen Stoffer, Angie Smith, Ryan Oehler, Hector Arana, Angelle Sampey, Jerry Savoie, Scotty Pollacheck and Joey Gladstone.
PLAYOFF SCHEDULE: Following the final approved division chase this weekend at Lucas Oil Raceway in burghal Indianapolis, all four pro classes will attempt in anniversary of the six Countdown to the Championship playoff events:
* September 12-15; Mopar Express Lane Nationals; Maple Grove Raceway; Mohnton, Pennsylvania.
* September 27-29; AAA Insurance Midwest Nationals; World Wide Technology Raceway at Gateway; Madison, Illinois
* October 11-13; NTK NHRA Carolina Nationals; zMAX Dragway; Concord, North Carolina.
* October 17-20; AAA Texas FallNationals; Texas Motorplex; Ennis, Texas.
* October 31 – November 3; Dodge Nationals; The Strip At Las Vegas Motor Speedway; Las Vegas, Nevada.
* November 14-17; season-ending and championship-deciding Auto Club Finals; Auto Club Raceway; Pomona, California.
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