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GLOVES COME OFF FOR PRO STOCK RACERS GRAY, LAUGHLIN

ANGIE SMITH INKS FOUR-RACE DEAL WITH DENSO SPARK PLUGS

 

DENSO Products and Services Americas, an affiliate of DENSO Corp., has partnered with Pro Stock Motorcycle racer Angie Smith as her lead sponsor for four events during the 2017 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series. The first event, the NHRA Four-Wide Nationals, takes place April 28-30 at Smith’s hometown racetrack, zMAX Dragway in Concord, N.C.

Smith, whose husband is two-time NHRA champion Matt Smith, is within three points of breaking into the top 10 in points.

“I started off the season with a lot of momentum and I’m getting great results on the track,” said Smith, who rides a Buell V-Twin-powered entry. “I am on a mission to get our DENSO Pro Stock Motorcycle into the winner’s circle this year."

CAPPS CHANNELS RAYMOND BEADLE-ESQUE PERFORMANCE WITH FIERY HOUSTON WIN

Of all of the wins in Ron Capps’ historic career, his victory Sunday afternoon at Royal Purple Raceway in Houston will probably always stand out as his most memorable.

Matched up with Robert Hight in the finals of the 30th annual NHRA SpringNationals, the two longtime racers put on a show as Hight crossed the centerline and took out both finish line timing blocks while simultaneously in the other lane Capps’ NAPA Auto Parts Dodge Charger R/T Funny Car detonated in a huge fireball.

PRITCHETT’S TOP FUEL VICTORY HAS IMPLICATIONS BEYOND HOUSTON

Leah Pritchett earned her third Top Fuel victory in five Mello Yello Drag Racing Series events this season, defeating Steve Torrence in Sunday’s final round of the NHRA SpringNationals at Baytown, Texas.

And with that victory she delivered some more return on investment for Papa John’s Pizza, Pennzoil, and FireAde, the three major investors who took a chance on her this time last year when she was a proven winner suddenly without a team. With the decision-makers for those corporations on site at Royal Purple Raceway this weekend, scrutinizing every pass and every detail of the Don Schumacher-affiliated program and considering whether to extend her one-year deal or at least how to build on it, Pritchett had more than her personal pride at stake.

BUTNER EARNS FIRST CAREER PRO STOCK WIN AT NHRA SPRINGNATIONALS

They say the first win is always the hardest.

And perhaps no one knows that truth more than Bo Butner.

MATUSEK EARNS FIRST PRO MOD VICTORY AT NHRA SPRINGNATIONALS

Steve Matusek raced to his first NHRA J&A Service Pro Mod Drag Racing Series event win Sunday at the SpringNationals at Royal Purple Raceway. This weekend’s Pro Mod racing was presented by Real Pro Mod Association and is the second of 12 races on the season.

Matusek cruised his Aeromotive ’68 Camaro to a 8.985-second pass at 124.96 mph after his opponent, Shane Molinari left the starting line before the Christmas Tree was activated.

PRITCHETT, CAPPS AND BUTNER PICK UP VICTORIES AT NHRA SPRINGNATIONALS

Leah Pritchett piloted her Papa John’s dragster to the Top Fuel victory Sunday at the 30th annual NHRA SpringNationals at Royal Purple Raceway.

Ron Capps (Funny Car) and Bo Butner (Pro Stock) were also winners in their respective categories at the fifth event of 24 on the 2017 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series schedule.

SPORTSMAN RESULTS FROM 2017 NHRA SPRINGNATIONALS

Sunday's final Sportsman results from the 30th annual NHRA SpringNationals at Royal Purple Raceway. The race is the fifth of 24 in the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series:

 

ROUND BY ROUND RESULTS FROM 2017 NHRA SPRINGNATIONALS

Final round-by-round results from the 30th annual NHRA SpringNationals at Royal Purple Raceway, the fifth of 24 events in the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series:

 

 

POINT STANDINGS FOLLOWING 2017 NHRA SPRINGNATIONALS

 Point standings (top 10) following the 30th annual NHRA SpringNationals at Royal Purple Raceway, the fifth of 24 events in the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series -

 

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