Tharpe takes 2018 NHRA TF Harley championship

Tii Tharpe (far lane) doubled his celebration taking both the U.S. Nationals event win and the points championship in the Mickey Thompson Top Fuel Harley class.


Tharpe and Doug Vancil were locked in a battle that all came down to the final round where the two faced off for a winner take all matchup. The pair had identical .043 reaction times, but Tharpe pulled away for the win and the championship with a 6.442, 224.02-mph lap to Vancil’s 7.054 at 155.45 mph.    

‘Stevie Fast’ gets U.S. Nationals Pro Mod win

“Stevie Fast” Jackson raced to his first career Chevrolet Performance U.S. Nationals victory during the E3 Spark Plugs NHRA Pro Mod Drag Racing Series portion of the Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals on Monday. This weekend’s Pro Mod racing, presented by Al-Anabi Performance, is the eighth of 12 events this season.


Jackson ran a 6.167-second pass at 168.51 mph to the trailing run of Jose Gonzalez at 6.682 at 189.26.


“I want to thank all the people that have stood by us this season,” said Jackson. “After two DNQ’s, all my sponsors and especially Bahrain 1 have had my back this whole time so to come out and win the U.S. Nationals is really special. I really couldn’t do this without my team. I know I’m the driver and drivers always get all the credit, but I really got to give it to my guys. This is because of them.”


Jackson defeated Sidnei Frigo (red-light), Bob Rahaim (5.835/246.89 to 5.895/246.35), and Mike Castellana (5.843/246.84 to 5.856/250.37) to advance to the finals. He is fifth in points. The Pro Mods next compete with the NHRA at St. Louis, Sept. 21-23, then at Dallas on Oct. 4-7 before their season final in Las Vegas on Oct. 25-28.   

‘Angry Bee’ returns on Pritchett’s dragster at Maple Grove

Leah Pritchett’s Top Fuel dragster will once again feature special “Angry Bee” graphics, a callout to the new Dodge Challenger R/T Scat Pack 1320, at her sponsor’s title event on Sept. 13-16.

Pritchett debuted the 1320-themed livery on her Top Fuel dragster at the Dodge Mile-High NHRA Nationals in July, where she helped to announce the new street-to-strip Dodge Challenger R/T Scat Pack 1320 drag car. Pritchett raced her “Angry Bee” Mopar Dodge 1320 Top Fuel car, which features a modern tweak of the legendary Dodge Super Bee logo, all the way to the event win at Denver. The Don Schumacher Racing driver hopes to repeat that result at the Dodge NHRA Nationals, which kicks off the six-race NHRA Countdown to the Championship playoffs.


Pritchett and her DSR teammate, Mopar Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat NHRA Funny Car driver Matt Hagan, will once again battle for bragging rights in a pair of Dodge Challenger SRT Demon vehicles in between qualifying rounds at Reading. The DSR duo dueled at Bandimere Speedway during the Dodge Mile-High NHRA Nationals in July, ending in a 1-1 tie. Pritchett owns a 4-2 advantage over Hagan in the “grudge match” series, which began in 2017 at Denver and Reading.     

Little River repeats as champions at IHRA Junior Team Finals

Little River Dragway Team No. 4 repeated as champions at the IHRA Junior Team Finals. Little River No. 4 edged Little River No. 2 by just a one-point margin, 16 to 15. Pine Valley Raceway No. 1 finished third with 14 points.


Bracket 330: Ty Casey (Pine Valley 2) 4.939 on a 4.94 dial-in, .017 reaction time defeated LJ Grissom (Little River 2) 4.963 on a 4.97 dial-in, .022 reaction time.


790 Index: LJ Grissom (Little River 2) 7.876 elapsed time, .029 reaction time defeated Jordan Eperjesi (Little River 2) 7.882 elapsed time, -.018 reaction time.


890 Index: Cole Foster (Pine Valley 2) 8.907 elapsed time, .191 reaction time defeated Landon Exner (Little River 4) 9.147 elapsed time, -.201 reaction time.


1190 Index: Cayden Keyes (Little River 2) 11.977 elapsed time, .005 reaction time defeated Katherine Walker (Pine Valley 1) 11.952 elapsed time, .094 reaction time.


Trophy: Tyler Janousek (Little River 2) 11.921 on an 11.90 dial-in, .092 reaction time defeated Savanah Murdock (Evadale) 12.020 on an 11.95 dial-in, .085 reaction time.


Outlaw 330: Logan Abernathy (Pine Valley 1) 4.309 elapsed time, .067 reaction time defeated John Michael Stevens (Little River 3) 4.344 elapsed time, .054 reaction time.


All Run Big $: Connor Rivers (Pine Valley 2) 8.034 on an 8.01 dial-in, .013 reaction time defeated Dalton Lummus (Pine Valley 1) 8.063 on an 8.05 dial-in, .026 reaction time.


Beginners: Gavin Lade (Little River 1) 11.861 elapsed time, .080 reaction time defeated Slate Crisp (Xtreme) 11.860 elapsed time, .026 reaction time.


Advanced: Camron Nelson (Little River 4) 8.908 on an 8.90 dial-in, .094 reaction time defeated Landon Exner (Little River 4) 8.916 on an 8.90 dial-in, .100 reaction time.


Masters: Hayden Trumble (Pine Valley 1) 7.969 on a 7.94 dial-in, .006 reaction time defeated Graeme Rufenacht (Little River 2) 7.988 on a 7.90 dial-in, .065 reaction time.  

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