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LAUGHLIN RACES TO BRISTOL’S PRO STOCK CROWN

Being a part-time NHRA Pro Stock racer makes things difficult for Alex Laughlin.

That, however, didn’t detour Laughlin this weekend at the Thunder Valley Nationals in Bristol, Tenn.

LANGDON'S SATURDAY EXPLOSION SENDS DIEHL AND CREWMAN INTO EVASIVE ACTION

Jeff Diehl has dodged cones behind the wheel. He's even dodged errant race cars crossing the centerline. 

Diehl, who is an avid surfer in his downtime, can add a supercharger drive to his resume.

Saturday, during Top Fuel's Q-4 session, Diehl, along with Jim Dunn Racing crewmember Eugene Gray were standing along the chain link fence at the edge of the professional pits watching the action when Shawn Langdon experienced his massive supercharger explosion. 

The blast set the shrapnel flying from the fiery engine. 

FORCE LEARNED HIS LIFE'S LESSONS THROUGH FATHER'S TOUGH LOVE

John Harold Force carries his father's name in the middle of his full name. However, the gifting of the name pales in comparison to the life's lessons the 68-year old, 16-time NHRA Funny Car champion received from Harold Louis Force, a man with deep French roots.. 
 
"Good man. I always looked up to him," said Force without hesitation. "He was a role model that I followed, even though he come from the old school. Truck driver, hard worker, street fighter."

There was three traits a Force child must retain. They were all equally important; Force pointed out. They must be a hard worker, respectful of elders and be able to fight if challenged. 

WORSHAM, FORCE EXCHANGE WORDS FOLLOWING FIRST ROUND RACE

 

Tempers flared in the Bristol Dragway shutdown area during first round Funny Car eliminations at the NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals. 

In a close race, John Force defeated Del Worsham, and shortly after the Funny Cars crossed the finish line, the 16-time champion's Camaro darted over into Worsham's lane. There was no contact between the race cars, but upon exiting his car, Worsham was not shy about voicing his displeasure.

MILLICAN, CAPPS AND LAUGHLIN TAKE HOME WALLYS AT THE THUNDER VALLEY NATIONALS

Clay Millican piloted his Parts Plus / Great Clips dragster to his first career Top Fuel victory Sunday at the 17th annual NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals at Bristol Dragway.

Ron Capps (Funny Car) and Alex Laughlin (Pro Stock) were also winners in their respective categories at the 11th event of 24 on the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series schedule.

COUGHLIN WINS PRO MOD EVENT AT NHRA THUNDER VALLEY NATIONALS

Troy Coughlin powered to the NHRA J&A Service Pro Mod Drag Racing Series victory Sunday at the NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals at Bristol Dragway. This weekend’s Pro Mod racing, presented by the Real Pro Mod Association, was the seventh of 12 events on the 2017 schedule.

Coughlin ran a 5.878-second pass at 253.09 mph in his JEGS Mail Order '15 Corvette to defeat No. 1 qualifier Shane Molinari and his S&T Truck Repair Inc. '68 Firebird’s 5.881 at 254.76 for his first win of the season.

MURPHY WINS NOSTALGIA TOP FUEL AT HOLLEY NATIONAL HOT ROD REUNION

Racing took center stage during the final day of the 2017 Holley National Hot Rod Reunion presented by AAA at Beech Bend Raceway Park as eliminations took place in each of the categories.

Jim Murphy took the win in Nostalgia Top Fuel defeating James Young in the thrilling final round. Murphy was in his fifth consecutive final round but had yet to tally a win in over two years.

SPORTSMAN RESULTS FROM 2017 THUNDER VALLEY NATIONALS

Sunday's final results from the 17th annual NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals at Bristol Dragway. The race is the 11th of 24 in the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series:

 

POINT STANDINGS FOLLOWING THUNDER VALLEY NATIONALS

Point standings (top 10) following the 17th annual NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals at Bristol Dragway, the 11th of 24 events in the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series -

 

ROUND BY ROUND RESULTS FROM 2017 THUNDER VALLEY NATIONALS

Final round-by-round results from the 17th annual NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals at Bristol Dragway, the 11th of 24 events in the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series:

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