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Millican Epping Press Release

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Patriot Games: Tricky Track Conditions Result in Rare 2018

1st-Round Loss for Clay Millican, Parts Plus Team at NHRA New Hampshire Nationals



Epping, N.H., July 9, 2018: For Parts Plus/Great Clips/Strutmasters driver Clay Millican and Team Matco’s Antron Brown, it had been a tale of two teams having very different seasons heading into Sunday’s opening elimination stanza in front of a sold-out crowd for the NHRA New Hampshire Nationals at New England Dragway.
Fresh off another record-breaking No. 1 qualifying run at Norwalk, Millican returned to Epping, where he dominated back in his IHRA days, fully expecting to continue his winning ways in what has been the Parts Plus driver’s breakout season in the NHRA’s Top Fuel ranks. Meanwhile, three-time NHRA Top Fuel World champion Brown was looking for a spark to reignite what has been a disappointing year filled with frustrating 1st-round losses and only one final-round appearance, which ended in a four-wide defeat at the...

Team Kalitta Post-Race Report - Epping

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Post-Race Report
Event 13: NHRA New England Nationals
New England Dragway
Epping, NH
July 06-08​


Langdon advances to his fourth semifinal of the season
Race Recap:
Shawn Langdon and the Global Electronic Technology team had a strong weekend in Epping with his fourth semifinal finish of his first Funny Car season.

The strength was shown early in qualifying as Langdon scored the third-best qualifying pass on the Friday evening session. That gave the Global Electronic Technology driver a bonus point and his...​

Matt Hagan Races to Back-to-Back Wins; Victorious in Epping for the Second Consecutive Year

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DSR Epping Post-Race Recap


NHRA New England Nationals
Event 13 of 24 (Epping)
New England Dragway
Epping, N.H.
July 6-8, 2018

DSR Epping Elimination Highlights:

  • Matt Hagan wins Epping for the second consecutive year
  • Hagan’s dominance from Norwalk continued, as he picked up his second consecutive 2018 victory; third of the season
  • Antron Brown raced to his 87th Top Fuel final round; first of the season
  • All seven DSR drivers advanced to the quarterfinals; all three Top Fuel cars advanced to the semifinals
Matt Hagan Races to Back-to-Back Wins; Victorious in Epping for the Second Consecutive Year

Epping, NEW HAMPSHIRE (July...

TORRENCE WINS IN NEW ENGLAND HEAT

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TORRENCE GETS FIFTH SEASON WIN

Texan Stops Three-Time Series Champ Antron Brown in New England Final



EPPING, N.H. – Steve Torrence found his “A” game just in time Sunday and used it to apply an exclamation point to a near perfect weekend at the sixth annual Lucas Oil New England Nationals at historic New England Dragway.
In directing his Capco Contractors Top Fuel dragster into the winners’ circle for the fifth time this season and for the 13th time in the last 33 Mello Yello tour events, the 35-year-old Texan put even more distance between himself and his rivals in an ongoing bid to win the regular season championship for the second straight year.
When racing resumes in 12 days at the 39th Dodge Mile-High Nationals at Denver, Colo., Torrence will lead eight-time series champion Tony Schumacher by a whopping 190 points with only five races remaining before the NHRA adjusts the points for the Countdown.
Sunday’s success was a direct result of crew chief Richard Hogan’s...

DSR Epping Pre-Race Report

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Epping Pre-Race Report


NHRA New England Nationals
Event 13 of 24 (Epping)
New England Dragway
Epping, New Hampshire
July 6-8, 2018

Noteworthy:

  • Matt Hagan returns as the defending Funny Car event champion
  • Hagan enters the New England event fresh off of his second win of the season (Norwalk)
  • Leah Pritchett claimed the 2017 Top Fuel No. 1 qualifier when she powered to the quickest pass in New England Dragway history (3.673-seconds)
  • Antron Brown has been to the final round at Epping the past two years, winning in 2016 and finishing as the runner-up in 2017
  • Tony Schumacher and Ron Capps lead their classes in number of victories at New England...

TORRENCE EYES FIRST EPPING WIN

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TORRENCE READY FOR ANYTHING

Point Leader’s Versatility Makes Him a Threat Regardless of Circumstances



EPPING, N.H. – Regardless of the weather conditions, the level of track preparation, the composition of the racing surface, the altitude, the track temperature, the quality of the competition or any other variable one might wish to interject, the one constant in this year’s race for the Mello Yello Top Fuel Championship has been steady Steve Torrence.
Entering this week’s sixth annual NHRA New England Nationals, the 35-year-old Texan is top three or four in every statistical category from reaction time average (fourth at .072), to average qualifying position (second at 3.417), total qualifying bonus points (tie, third with 38), No. 1 qualifiers (tie, third with one) and races won (first with four).
He has taken his Capco Contractors dragster to the winners’ circle this year in 70 degree weather on a 98 degree racetrack and in 90 degree weather on a 128 degree surface...

Team Kalitta Pre-Race Report - Epping

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Pre-Race Report

Event 13: NHRA New England Nationals
New England Dragway
Epping, NH
July 6-8​






Kalitta looking to cross Epping off his list
Epping Highlights: One final (2014); One no.1 qualifier (2013)

Last Event Recap (NHRA Norwalk Nationals): Qualified ninth; First round loss (Lost to Leah Pritchett in the first round)

2017 NHRA New England Nationals Recap: Qualified ninth; First round...​

Cruz Pedregon Team Report - Epping, NH

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Cruz Pedregon and team are upbeat after spending time in their Brownsburg, Indiana shop before heading to New England. "We are really looking forward to Epping and aren't letting the fact that we didn't qualify last weekend get in the way of what we'll make happen this weekend in the Snap-on Toyota," says Cruz. "I honestly feel we have the best car in the pit and on the track, and we're ready to show the fans what it can do."
Crew Chief Aaron Brooks says, "As a team, we're forward-focused and taking what we learn each week to improve the next…that's what winning teams do, and we have our eyes on a win in Epping. We did well there last year, and there's every reason for us to do even better this year."
Fans who stop by Cruz's pit this weekend will get a close-up view of the Snap-on Toyota with its “Frankenstein” body and perhaps a glimpse of Ultimate Fighting Championship® (UFC) athlete Devin Powell, who Cruz is expecting as a special guest at the track.

On the side of Cruz's...

Team Kalitta Post-Race Report - Norwalk

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Post-Race Report
Event 12: NHRA Norwalk Nationals
Summit Motorsports Park
Norwalk, Ohio
June 22-24​

Todd advances to third straight semifinal
Race Recap:
J.R. Todd and the DHL/WIX Filters team earned their third straight semifinal finish in Norwalk today.

Todd and the DHL/WIX Filters team was only able to hit the track twice in qualifying due to weather, but the Jon Oberhofer and Todd Smith-tuned machine made quick work of their first opportunity recording a 4.044 second pass, which secured a top half starting spot.

For the third time in four races, Todd drew Bob Tasca III on...​

Hagan Races to Second Win of the Season; First at Norwalk

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DSR Norwalk Post-Race Recap


NHRA Norwalk Nationals
Event 12 of 24 (Norwalk)
Summit Racing Equipment Motorsports Park
Norwalk, Ohio
June 22-24, 2018

DSR Norwalk Elimination Highlights:

  • Matt Hagan locks in his second Funny Car win of the season
  • Hagan's victory was his first at Norwalk, and 28th of his career
  • Hagan advanced from sixth up to a second place tie with Jack Beckman in the Funny Car points standings
  • Leah Pritchett raced to a semifinal finish
  • Hometown Factory Stock Showdown series racer Mark Pawuk advances to the final round at his second FSXX event
Hagan Races to Second Win of the Season; First at Norwalk...​

TORRENCE TO THE SEMIFINALS AGAIN

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ANOTHER SEMIFINAL FOR TORRENCE

Capco Contractors Driver Retains Big Lead in Mello Yello Point Standings



NORWALK, Ohio – Steve Torrence’s Capco Contractors Top Fuel dragster suffered a rare engine failure in the semifinals of the 12th annual Summit Racing Equipment Nationals Sunday and it denied the point leader a shot at his second straight victory at Summit Motorsports Park.

Despite the loss, it basically was a “no harm, no foul” weekend for the 35-year-old Texan who came in leading the Mello Yello driver standings by 110 points and left Sunday evening having extended that advantage over second place Clay Millican to 117 at the mid-point of the season.

“It got pretty hot in there,” Torrence said after the engine let go three-quarters of the way down the course in his race with Terry McMillen.

“I didn’t wait till it got completely stopped to bail out,” he said. “I was getting out of there. That was a mess. This Capco crew is gonna have some work to do but...

Team Kalitta Post-Qualifying Report - Norwalk

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Post-Qualifying Report

Event 12: NHRA Norwalk Nationals
Summit Motorsports Park
Norwalk, Ohio
June 22-24​






Doug Kalitta, driver of the Mac Tools Top Fuel Dragster



Q1: 3.871 sec. at 309.13 MPH
Q2: Session cancelled due to weather
Q3: 3.844 sec. at 320.74 MPH
Q4: Session cancelled due to weather

Starting Position: 9th
First Round Matchup: Leah Pritchett
Quotable: “It was a very tough weekend...​

DSR Norwalk Qualifying Recap

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DSR Norwalk Qualifying Report



NHRA Norwalk Nationals
Event 12 of 24 (Norwalk)
Summit Racing Equipment Motorsports Park
Norwalk, Ohio
June 22-24, 2018

Note: Friday and Saturday's second qualifying sessions (Q2 and Q4) were cancelled due to inclement weather.

DSR Norwalk Qualifying Highlights:

  • The DSR Top Fuel contingent qualifies all entries in the top half of the field
  • Ron Capps and Matt Hagan make the quickest and second-quickest runs of Saturday, earning bonus points
  • Capps and Hagan will start Sunday from the 'top three' on the Funny Car ladder
  • In the Factory Stock Showdown series, Leah Pritchett and hometown racer Mark Pawuk...

Team Kalitta Pre-Race Report - Norwalk

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Pre-Race Report

Event 12: NHRA Norwalk Nationals
Summit Motorsports Park
Norwalk, Ohio
June 22-24​





This weekend, Team Kalitta will celebrate the life of Scott Kalitta and honor his legacy, ten years after the memorial service that was held at this track.​


Kalitta plans to continue run of home track success
Norwalk Highlights: One win (2015); Two finals (2017, 2013); Four no.1 qualifiers (2017, 2016, 2015, 2013)...​

TORRENCE DEFENDS AT NORWALK

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Point Leader Aims for Fifth Season Victory in Capco Contractors Dragster

NORWALK, Ohio – Over the last 31 races, Steve Torrence has dominated Top Fuel racing in the NHRA’s high profile Mello Yello Series, guiding his Capco Contractors dragster to 12 victories and a glittering 75-19 record in head-to-head competition.

As a result, only once in the last 25 races has the Texas terror NOT been No. 1 or No. 2 in the driver standings.

Nevertheless, entering this week’s 12th annual Summit Racing Equipment Nationals at Summit Motorsports Park, an event in which he is the defending champion, Torrence is more impressed with his team’s resilience than with its amazing consistency.

“When we’ve stumbled, we’ve recovered well and I’m really proud of that,” Torrence said. “After our only first round losses this year (Gainesville, Fla., and Chicago), we came back at the next race and won.

“This is the same team we had all last year and the year before that,”...

DSR Norwalk Pre-Race Report

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Norwalk Pre-Race Report


NHRA Norwalk Nationals
Event 12 of 24 (Norwalk)
Summit Racing Equipment Motorsports Park
Norwalk, Ohio
June 22-24, 2018

Noteworthy:

  • Jack Beckman returns as the defending Funny Car event champion
  • Beckman leads the Funny Car class in number of victories (three) at Norwalk
  • Matt Hagan claimed the Funny Car pole in 2017
  • Leah Pritchett will pull double-duty, competing in both Top Fuel and the Factory Stock Showdown series for the fourth time in 2018
  • Tony Schumacher and Ron Capps enter Norwalk as the most recent event winners on tour

DSR-Owned Track Records:
Funny Car, E.T.: 3.865-seconds, Matt Hagan...​

Cruz Pedregon Team Report - Norwalk, OH

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NHRA® Team Report
Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals – Norwalk, OH
Pre-Race Report


Cruz Pedregon and team made time to stop in their Brownsburg, Indiana shop this week before heading to Norwalk. The team is revved and ready for the fourth consecutive weekend race. "Jumping to eighth in the points has really bolstered this young team's confidence as we get on the road to Norwalk," says Cruz. "It feels good to have qualified in the top five in four of the last five races, and we're confident we'll do well Friday and Saturday and go rounds Sunday."
Crew Chief Aaron Brooks says, "We're looking at much cooler temperatures for the weekend ahead after grueling heat took its toll on all of us last weekend. We were able to get back to the shop to restock and refuel, and we're looking forward to making good things happen for Cruz and all the great NHRA fans at the track and watching the broadcast."
The Snap-on Funny Car will have its “Frankenstein” body for Norwalk. This fan...

TORRENCE EXTENDS POINT LEAD

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Despite Track Issues, Texan Takes Capco Dragster to Semifinals in Bristol

BRISTOL, Tenn. – On a weekend during which he failed to earn a single qualifying bonus point for just the sixth time in the last 59 events, Steve Torrence managed to wrestle his Capco Contractors Top Fuel dragster all the way to the semifinals Sunday in the 18th annual Fitzgerald USA Thunder Valley Nationals at Bristol Dragway.

Ultimately, though, a 143-degree racetrack and the loss of the lane choice option denied the 35-year-old Texan a bookend Father’s Day victory to match the one he claimed in 2011.

Although he stopped Shawn Reed in round one and close friend and three-time series champ Antron Brown in round two, Torrence couldn’t get around eight-time champ Tony Schumacher in the semifinals after being relegated to the less-favored lane.

Schumacher advanced with a time of 4.038 seconds at 297.02 miles per hour while Torrence trailed at 4.104 at 254.04 mph, times and speeds to...

Team Kalitta Post-Race Report - Bristol

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Post-Race Report
Event 11: Fitzgerald USA NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals
Bristol Dragway
Bristol, Tenn.
June 15-17​

Back-to-back semifinals for Todd
Race Recap:
J.R. Todd and the DHL/WIX Filters team scored their third semifinal result in the last four events today at Bristol Dragway.

Todd continued his run of solid qualifying performances. For the 10th time in the first 11 events to start the season, Todd earned bonus points as his 4.072 second pass in the Friday evening session was second-best, and allowed him to tie his career-best start...​

DSR ‘Doubles Up’ in Bristol; Schumacher and Capps Race to Victory

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DSR Bristol Post-Race Recap

NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals
Event 11 of 24 (Bristol)
Bristol Dragway
Bristol, Tennessee
June 15-17, 2018

DSR Bristol Elimination Highlights:

  • Don Schumacher Racing ‘doubles up’ in Bristol
    • Tony Schumacher – Top Fuel (84th career win)
    • Ron Capps – Funny Car (59th career win, 58th Funny Car win)
  • DSR extends overall win tally to 323
  • Capps’ victory was a milestone 300th nitro event Wally for DSR
  • Capps becomes the fifth straight DSR Mopar Dodge Bristol Funny Car champion
    • 2018, 2017 Capps
    • 2016 Tommy Johnson Jr.
    • 2015 Matt Hagan
    • 2014 Johnson
  • Schumacher moves to third in Top Fuel points standings; Capps advances to fifth in Funny Car
  • Jack Beckman remains ranked second (Funny Car)...

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