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TWO NHRA SUPERSTARS REMEMBER BILL DONER

 

Word started to make its way around the Brainerd International Raceway pits on Friday afternoon that legendary and popular drag racing promoter Bill Doner had passed away.

Doner, the credit driving force behind 64 Funny Car Shows, had a profound effect on many drag racers, business associates, and race fans. Two iconic drag racers remember the man known simply as the Dones. Saturday, John  Force and Ron Capps were all too eager to talk about the man who put Funny Car racing on the map in the 1970s.

Force met Doner as a struggling drag racer in that era, just hoping to get a place in one of Doner’s iconic Funny Car shows up and down the Pacific seaboard.

CAPPS CAPTURES BRAINERD FUNNY CAR WIN FOR SIXTH TIME

Some drivers just seem to have a better fit at certain tracks.

That certainly can be said for veteran nitro Funny Car driver Ron Capps and Brainerd (Minn.) International Raceway.

PRITCHETT PUTS DSR BACK IN TOP FUEL WINNER’S CIRCLE FOR FIRST TIME IN OVER A YEAR

One thing Don Schumacher Racing is not accustomed to in the sport of drag racing is losing.

One of the most dominant teams in nitro racing today, DSR is known for race wins and championship contention. But in recent months, those wins have been few and far between and in Top Fuel - the pinnacle of NHRA competition - the team had not won in over a year.

LINE EARNS FIRST PRO STOCK WIN AT HOME TRACK WITH FLAWLESS WEEKEND

There is no other word that can be used to describe Jason Line’s weekend other than perfection.

Line was flawless in all eight passes over three days at his home track, sweeping qualifying, earning the No. 1 spot and racing to his first victory of the season and his first on home soil at the 38th annual Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals at Brainerd International Raceway.

LINE WINS AT HOME TRACK, DSR DOUBLES UP AS PRITCHETT AND CAPPS ALSO WIN AT BRAINERD

Minnesota native Jason Line won a race for an NHRA-record 16th straight season on Sunday, racing to the wire-to-wire victory at his home track during the 38th annual Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals at Brainerd International Raceway.

In other racing, it was a double-up victory for Don Schumacher Racing for the first time in 2019, as Leah Pritchett (Top Fuel) and Ron Capps (Funny Car) won in their respective categories at the 17th of 24 events on the 2019 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series schedule.

POINT STANDINGS FOLLOWING 2019 NHRA LUCAS OIL NATIONALS

Point standings (top 10) following the 38th annual Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals at Brainerd International Raceway, the 17th of 24 events in the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series -

 

ROUND BY ROUND RESULTS FROM 2019 NHRA LUCAS OIL NATIONALS

 Final round-by-round results from the 38th annual Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals at Brainerd International Raceway, the 17th of 24 events in the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series:

 

 

SPORTSMAN RESULTS FROM 2019 NHRA LUCAS OIL NATIONALS

Sunday's final results from the 38th annual Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals at Brainerd International Raceway. The race is the 17th of 24 in the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series:

 

FORCE SURPRISES WITH TOP FUEL NO. 1 ON FINAL PASS

It is safe to say few saw that one coming.

After day one in Minnesota, Steve Torrence looked to have a lock on yet another Top Fuel pole.

LINE TOPS PRO STOCK FIELD AT HOME RACE

There is nothing quite like home field advantage.

With friends and family looking on, Jason Line, who hails from nearby Wright, Minnesota, placed his Summit Racing Equipment Chevrolet Camaro in the No. 1 spot on Saturday at the 38th annual Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals at Brainerd International Raceway, his second pole position of the season.

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