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ALBALOOSHI SECURES FIRST PRO MOD VICTORY SINCE 2015 AT THUNDER VALLEY NATIONALS

Khalid AlBalooshi drove to his first victory of the season and fourth of his career Sunday during the E3 Spark Plugs NHRA Pro Mod Drag Racing Series presented by presented by J&A Service portion of the Fitzgerald USA NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals at Bristol Dragway. This weekend’s Pro Mod racing, presented by Elite Motorsports, was the sixth of 12 events this season.

AlBalooshi used a 5.924-second pass at 247.38 mph in his Bahrain ‘17 Chevy Camaro to take down Todd Tutterow in the finals.

EVENT COVERAGE - HOLLEY HOT ROD REUNION, BOWLING GREEN, KY.

Legends of the sport of drag racing were honored on Friday at the second day of the Holley National Hot Rod Reunion® presented by AAA Insurance at Beech Bend Raceway Park on Friday. The racing action also didn’t disappoint as qualifying and time trials concluded at the historic track. 

Grand Marshall Larry Lombardo along with the 2018 honorees including Jay Howell, Bo Laws, Ed Miller, Joe Williamson, and Greg Xakellis were honored during the day. The legends in attendance took part in autograph sessions, talked with the fans, and were involved with meet and greats during the afternoon. 

The evening concluded with the Honoree Reception at the National Corvette Museum in Bowling Green. Various hot rods, customs, and Cacklefest cars were on display as the legends were celebrated during the evening. 

 

POINT STANDINGS FOLLOWING 2018 NHRA THUNDER VALLEY NATIONALS

Point standings (top 10) following the 18th annual Fitzgerald USA 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 2018 NHRA THUNDER VALLEY NATIONALS

Final round-by-round results from the 18th annual Fitzgerald USA NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals at Bristol Dragway, the 11th of 24 events in the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series:

 

 

SPORTSMAN RESULTS FROM 2018 NHRA THUNDER VALLEY NATIONALS

Sunday's final results from the 18th annual Fitzgerald USA NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals at Bristol Dragway. The race is the 11th of 24 in the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series:

PRO MOD’S GREEN UNINJURED AS CAMARO SLIDES INTO SAND ON ROOF

Pro Modified racer Chad Green was uninjured Sunday at Bristol, Tenn., climbing from his Camaro after its parachutes didn’t deploy and slid upside down into the sand trap.

The Midland, Texas, driver lost his second round match-up against Danny Rowe during the E3/J&A Pro Modified Series eliminations at the Fitzgerald USA Thunder Valley NHRA Nationals at Bristol Dragway.

ANDERSON EARNS 100TH POLE, WAITING FOR QUALIFYING DOMINANCE TO PAY OFF ON RACE DAY

Four-time Pro Stock world champion Greg Anderson recorded his 100th No. 1 qualifying position this weekend at Bristol, Tenn., but he certainly would trade it for his first NHRA Wally Trophy of the season.

Anderson joins legends John Force (155) in Funny Car, and Warren Johnson (138) and Bob Glidden (102) in Pro Stock as the only NHRA Mello Yello drivers to earn 100 poles. While that is a stellar milestone, Anderson has not won a title in the past 12 races, one of the longer non-winning streaks of his career.

CAPPS COMES TO THE DEFENSE OF A FRIEND

The adrenaline was flowing at a fevered pitch for Ron Capps. After winning a semi-final match at the NHRA Route 66 Nationals, the NAPA Auto Parts-sponsored driver, instead of celebrating a final round berth in a challenging first-half of the season quickly became defensive. He came to the defense of a friend.

Capps had just beaten 16-time champion John Force, who nipped a foam block in the finish line. While others have criticized Force for aggressive driving, Capps dug in his heels and came out in full defense mode for the driver he admits inspired him. 

"Anytime you're racing John Force ... God dangit ... I'm torn, that's my hero over there John Force," Capps said. "He has more Funny Car in him, in just his pinkie than most of us in our whole bodies. It's hard to watch him struggle. It ain't him. I am not saying it's his guys. That guy is one of the best; he's why I became a Funny Car driver. 

MILLICAN, C. FORCE AND ANDERSON HOLD ON TO NO. 1 QUALIFIER POSITIONS AT BRISTOL DRAGWAY

Clay Millican’s success at Bristol Dragway continued Saturday as he locked in the Top Fuel No. 1 qualifier position at the 18th annual Fitzgerald USA NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals.

Courtney Force (Funny Car) and Greg Anderson (Pro Stock) are also No. 1 qualifiers in their respective categories at the 11th of 24 events on the 2018 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series schedule.

S. WHITELEY NOTCHES FIRST NO. 1 QUALIFIER OF THE SEASON IN PRO MOD AT THUNDER VALLEY NATIONALS

Steven Whiteley held on to the No. 1 qualifying position Saturday during the E3 Spark Plugs NHRA Pro Mod Drag Racing Series presented by presented by J&A Service portion of the Fitzgerald USA NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals at Bristol Dragway. This weekend’s Pro Mod racing, presented by Elite Motorsports, is the sixth of 12 events this season.

Whiteley ran a 5.823-second pass at 250.51 mph in the second qualifying session on Friday in his J&A Services / Y-Not Racing ‘18 Chevy Camaro to take over the top spot.

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