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POINT STANDINGS FOLLOWING 2017 NHRA GATORNATIONALS

Point standings (top 10) following the 48th annual Amalie Motor Oil NHRA Gatornationals at Gainesville Raceway, the third of 24 events in the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series -

 

ROUND BY ROUND RESULTS FROM 2017 NHRA GATORNATIONALS

Final round-by-round results from the 48th annual Amalie Motor Oil NHRA Gatornationals at Gainesville Raceway, the third of 24 events in the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series:

 

 

GATOR FARMER SAVOIE LEADS GATORNATIONALS FIELD

Boy, was Jerry Savoie mistaken.

But he learned and he earned.

PRO STOCK’S LINE IN HIS GROOVE, ON TRACK AND OFF

Jason Line is right on pace already this young season with his delightfully sarcastic sense of humor.

The three-time and reigning NHRA Pro Stock champion, who won the season-opener at Pomona but slipped to No. 2 in the standings at Phoenix with a Round 2 exit, wisecracked Saturday after securing the No. 1 starting spot at the Amalie Oil Gatornationals, “I like to win only every other race, usually.”

SCHUMACHER, J. FORCE, LINE AND SAVOIE EARN NO. 1 QUALIFYING POSITIONS SATURDAY AT GAINESVILLE

Tony Schumacher secured the Top Fuel No. 1 qualifier Saturday at the 48th annual Amalie Motor Oil NHRA Gatornationals at Gainesville Raceway.

Schumacher piloted his U.S. Army Top Fuel dragster to a track elapsed time record pass of 3.682 seconds at 328.22 mph in the second qualifying session to earn his 81st career No. 1 qualifier, first of the season.

JACKSON TAKES NO. 1 PRO MOD QUALIFYING POSITION; BIEHLE DEFEATS SMITH IN FIRST ROUND OF RACING

Steve Jackson held on for his first career No. 1 qualifying position in the NHRA J&A Service Pro Mod Drag Racing Series portion of the Amalie Motor Oil NHRA Gatornationals at Gainesville Raceway. This weekend’s Pro Mod racing, presented by Jerry Bickel Race Cars, Inc., is the first of 12 events on the season. His qualifying pass of 5.781-seconds at 251.58 mph on Friday secured the No. 1 position.

Jackson, in his Jerry Bickel Race Cars built Camaro, was unable to parlay the No. 1 qualifying position into success in eliminations as he was defeated by Eric Latino in the first round. Latino posted a winning time of 5.779 at 256.45 to Jackson’s losing run of 6.664 at 146.30. Latino will face Troy Coughlin in his JEGS.com Chevy Corvette when eliminations continue on Sunday.

ASHLEY, LOMBARDO LEAD LUCAS OIL RACERS INTO NHRA GATORNATS FINAL DAY

 

You never get a second chance to make a first impression, and for Justin Ashley, he's making the most of his opportunity.

Ashley has raced in two Top Alcohol Dragster events, last weekend's NHRA D2 LODRS opener and this weekend's NHRA Gatornationals, and in both instances qualified No. 1.

Ashley maintained his torrid pace in Saturday's first round recording a 5.176, 282.36 during a single run when Jerry Powell's dragster would not fire.

PROVISIONAL TOP FUEL NO. 1 SCHUMACHER STARTING TO HIT STRIDE

Tony Schumacher said he was happy to get to Florida.

Still a kid at heart, how could the Top Fuel racer not like spring break in Florida?

FORCE IN HARMONY WITH . . . SOMETHING, NO. 1 FOR NOW IN FUNNY CAR

Funny Car legend John Force said that a week or so ago, “all of a sudden my brain just popped.”

That’s debatable, for some folks could have sworn that happened years ago.

POLITICS PUTS THE KIBOSH ON DIXON’S GATORS SPONSOR

 

Just because the Presidential election is complete doesn't mean politics aren't still in play. Just ask multi-time NHRA champion Larry Dixon, who isn't running for political office but learned Friday at the NHRA Gatornationals politics are very much a part of sports.

Dixon, who is running his first race with Larry Dixon Racing, learned the hard way promotion of a race closely affiliated with another race series is not allowed in the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series.

The direct competition was The World Series of Drag Racing, an event hosted by Cordova Raceway Park, which is owned by the International Hot Rod Association.

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