The second event of the 2019 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series concluded Sunday as Billy Torrence took home the Top Fuel victory at the 35th annual Magic Dry Organic Absorbent NHRA Arizona Nationals at Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park.

Matt Hagan (Funny Car) and Jeg Coughlin Jr. (Pro Stock) were also winners in their respective categories at the second of 24 events on the 2019 Mello Yello Drag Racing Series schedule.

B. Torrence emerged victorious with a run of 3.965-seconds at 326.40 mph in his Capco Contractors/Torrence Racing dragster to take down Leah Pritchett in the final round. After earning the No. 1 qualifier on Saturday, B. Torrence secured his second career victory.

“It’s just a blessing to be out here,” B. Torrence stated. “I’m trying not to choke up. The car ran great and they all worked so hard to keep a good car under me. Even Steve’s (Torrence) team came over to help them out and it was just outstanding.”

B. Torrence took down Terry Totten, Mike Salinas and rookie debut Jordan Vandergriff as he raced to his first win in 2019. Pritchett overcame Cameron Ferre, Terry McMillen and teammate Antron Brown en route to her first final round of 2019.

Hagan powered his Sandvik Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat to the Funny Car victory with a run of 3.890 at 325.06 to take down defending world champion J.R. Todd in the final round. This is his first victory of the season and third at the facility.

“For us, this win is huge with the new Hellcat body,” Hagan said. “Hats off to Dickie Venerables (crew chief). He won the race. He had a race car underneath me that was just going down the track every lap. We were able to put on a great show for our fans.”

Hagan qualified second on the weekend and defeated Phil Burkhart Jr., Shawn Langdon and Bob Tasca III, on his path to victory. Todd secured the No. 5 qualifying spot and took down Terry Haddock, Tommy Johnson Jr. and No. 1 qualifier Robert Hight as he reached his first final round of the season.

In Pro Stock, Coughlin drove to the winner’s circle with a 6.557 at 210.67 run in his JEGS.com/Elite Motorsports Chevrolet Camaro to defeat Matt Hartford in the final round. He secured his 62nd victory and 1000th round win of his career.

“I felt really good behind the wheel,” Coughlin stated. “We came out on top today and it feels great today to get our 1000th Pro Stock round win. Huge win today and I’m really looking forward to the rest of the season.”

Coughlin was the No. 7 qualifier as he was victorious against Greg Anderson, Alex Laughlin and teammate Erica Enders as he earned his first victory of the season. Hartford qualified No. 4 on the weekend and beat Val Smeland, Rodger Brogdon and Deric Kramer as he notched his second career final round.

The 2019 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series season continues at the 50th annual AMALIE Motor Oil NHRA Gatornationals at Gainesville Raceway March 14-17 in Gainesville, Fla.



The 2019 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series continued Saturday as Robert Hight powered to the top of the Funny Car category at the 35th annual Magic Dry Organic Absorbent NHRA Arizona Nationals at Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park.

Billy Torrence (Top Fuel) and Bo Butner (Pro Stock) are also No. 1 qualifiers in their respective categories at the second of 24 events on the 2019 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series schedule.
Hight took over the top spot in the category during the final run of qualifying with a pass of 3.867-seconds at 329.91 mph in his Auto Club of Southern California Chevrolet Camaro SS. He secured his second No. 1 qualifier of the season and is seeking back-to-back victories.

“That was a fun run,” Hight stated. “I had my hands a little full at the other end since I was late with the chutes because I had to keep it off the wall. It was exciting from the step of the gas all the way to the end of the finish line. Jimmy Prock (crew chief) and Chris Cunningham (crew chief) have a really good handle on these cool and tricky conditions.”

Hight is set to face off against Jeff Diehl in round one of eliminations on Sunday. Matt Hagan sits second after a 3.881 at 323.43 in his Sandvik Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat. The defending Funny Car champion J.R. Todd qualified fifth after a 3.911 at 321.35.

Ron Capps and 16-time world champion John Force will face each other for the 100th time during eliminations Sunday morning.  

B. Torrence sits atop of the Top Fuel class after the final round of qualifying with a run of 3.667 at 328.46 in his Capco Contractors/Torrence Racing dragster. This is his first No. 1 qualifier of the season and second of his career.

“We’re going to do all that we can do to turn that green hat into a yellow one,” B. Torrence said. “It would be nice to pick up some momentum here, pick up a win and relish that for a few weeks. I have a super team; really two super teams. Steve’s (Torrence) team works on my car and prepares it. Whenever I come out I have a car that is capable of winning at anytime.”  

He will go head-to head against Terry Totten in round one of eliminations on Sunday. Terry McMillen qualified second after a 3.695 at 330.96 in his AMALIE Motor Oil XTERMIGATOR dragster, while defending world champion Steve Torrence qualified 14th.

In Pro Stock, Butner took over the top spot after driving to a 6.522 at 211.46 run in his Jim Butner Auto Chevrolet Camaro during the first qualifying session of the day. He secured his first No. 1 qualifying position of the season after winning at the most recent event.

“Our Chevy Camaro has been pretty good since I came back out this season,” Butner stated. “This is just carrying over from Pomona because we didn’t chance a lot. I’m very happy and the momentum is going great.”

Butner matches up against Joey Grose in the first round of eliminations. Alex Laughlin is second in the qualifying order after 6.526 at 211.79, while Jason Line sits in the third spot.

Eliminations begin at 11:00 a.m. on Sunday.  

Sunday's first-round pairings for eliminations for the 35th annual Magic Dry Organic Absorbent NHRA Arizona Nationals at Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park, the second of 24 events in the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series. Pairings based on results in qualifying, which ended Saturday. DNQs listed below pairings.

Top Fuel -- 1. Billy Torrence, 3.667 seconds, 328.46 mph vs. 16. Terry Totten, 6.821, 96.18; 2. Terry McMillen, 3.695, 330.96 vs. 15. Richie Crampton, 6.069, 101.77; 3. Antron Brown, 3.718, 322.34 vs. 14. Steve Torrence, 5.682, 261.88; 4. Jordan Vandergriff, 3.726, 321.88 vs. 13. Brittany Force, 4.838, 188.31; 5. Doug Kalitta, 3.737, 326.95 vs. 12. Jim Maroney, 4.373, 274.22; 6. Austin Prock, 3.738, 328.46 vs. 11. Clay Millican, 4.259, 195.48; 7. Leah Pritchett, 3.744, 282.42 vs. 10. Cameron Ferre, 4.085, 232.43; 8. Scott Palmer, 3.781, 325.22 vs. 9. Mike Salinas, 3.862, 274.55.

Funny Car -- 1. Robert Hight, Chevy Camaro, 3.867, 329.91 vs. 16. Jeff Diehl, Toyota Camry, 5.843, 118.17; 2. Matt Hagan, Dodge Charger, 3.881, 323.43 vs. 15. Phil Burkart, Charger, 5.070, 229.59; 3. Tim Wilkerson, Ford Mustang, 3.885, 325.92 vs. 14. Jack Beckman, Charger, 5.022, 159.80; 4. Tommy Johnson Jr., Charger, 3.911, 326.95 vs. 13. Jim Campbell, Charger, 5.004, 151.54; 5. J.R. Todd, Camry, 3.911, 321.35 vs. 12. Terry Haddock, Mustang, 4.925, 167.03; 6. Bob Tasca III, Mustang, 3.933, 322.81 vs. 11. Blake Alexander, Mustang, 4.035, 270.54; 7. Shawn Langdon, Camry, 3.940, 325.30 vs. 10. Cruz Pedregon, Charger, 3.960, 326.32; 8. John Force, Camaro, 3.950, 321.27 vs. 9. Ron Capps, Charger, 3.951, 315.49.

Did Not Qualify: 17. Gary Densham, 7.886, 85.05.

Pro Stock -- 1. Bo Butner, Chevy Camaro, 6.522, 211.46 vs. 16. Joey Grose, Camaro, 17.001, 47.71; 2. Alex Laughlin, Camaro, 6.526, 211.79 vs. 15. Steve Graham, Camaro, 7.091, 154.39; 3. Jason Line, Camaro, 6.528, 212.16 vs. 14. Alan Prusiensky, Dodge Dart, 6.661, 206.54; 4. Matt Hartford, Camaro, 6.536, 210.87 vs. 13. Val Smeland, Camaro, 6.610, 209.65; 5. Rodger Brogdon, Camaro, 6.538, 210.90 vs. 12. Fernando Cuadra, Camaro, 6.579, 210.11; 6. Kenny Delco, Camaro, 6.544, 210.50 vs. 11. Erica Enders, Camaro, 6.579, 210.60; 7. Jeg Coughlin, Camaro, 6.544, 210.34 vs. 10. Greg Anderson, Camaro, 6.564, 210.57; 8. Deric Kramer, Camaro, 6.545, 210.11 vs. 9. Chris McGaha, Camaro, 6.548, 211.36.




1 6857   A/EA Ralph Van Paepeghem, Garden Valley ID, '3  7.286  7.81  -0.524
  2   69  AA/AM Todd Miller, Boring OR, '23-T Ford         6.492  6.99  -0.498
  3  427   E/SM Jarrod Granier, Labadieville LA, '08 Coba  8.651  9.10  -0.449
  4  705  A/SMA Tony Mandella, Eastvale CA, '90 Chevrolet  8.046  8.49  -0.444
  5  205   B/AA Ed Federkeil Jr, Cooper City FL, '12 Aven  7.201  7.62  -0.419
  6 7230    C/T Randy Jones, Monarch Beach CA, '00 S-10    8.757  8.81  -0.053
  7 7406  AH/SM Eric Bell, Chandler AZ, '68 Barracuda      8.756  8.75   0.006
  8  703   B/ED Joe Mozeris, Phoenix AZ, Fritz-Dodge       7.645  7.48   0.165
  9  718   B/ND Kevin Carter, Peroria AZ, Cartrr-Chevy     8.023  7.56   0.463
 10 7879  A/SMA Don Bevers, Tucson AZ, '89 Probe           9.088  8.53   0.558



1  601  SS/BS Cody Lane, Seattle WA, '05 Cavalier        8.620  9.65  -1.030
  2 7643  GT/LA Kayla Mozeris, Phoenix AZ, '93 Daytona    10.057 11.05  -0.993
  3 6002  SS/LA Rick McKinney, Richmond BC, '84 Cutlass   10.631 11.45  -0.819
  4 5231  SS/BS Grant Singer, Regina SK, '90 Camaro        8.843  9.65  -0.807
  5   79  GT/MA Charlene Gullett, Calgary AB, '85 Cutlass 10.399 11.20  -0.801
  6  702  SS/AH Skip Loeffler, Las Vegas NV, '68 Dart      8.803  9.60  -0.797
  7 5440   GT/M Gene Bichlmeier, Norfolk NE, '66 Nova     10.157 10.95  -0.793
  8   62  GT/GA Norm LaPointe, Sherwood Park AB, '07 Coba  9.611 10.40  -0.789
  9  735  SS/KA Randy Loge, Brentwood CA, '72 Demon       10.483 11.25  -0.767
 10  767  SS/JA Tim Hall, Beaumont CA, '74 Dart           10.251 11.00  -0.749



1 7680   FS/C Tom Ferruggia, Menifee CA, '13 Camaro      9.223 10.30  -1.077
  2   74   F/SA Mike Cotten, Cave Creek AZ, '73 Duster    10.855 11.85  -0.995
  3 7341   E/SA Rick Kolber, Glendale AZ, '72 Demon       10.752 11.70  -0.948
  4 339L   C/SA Randi Lyn Shipp, Floyds Knobs IN, '67 Fir 10.502 11.40  -0.898
  5 5101   K/SA David McGaugh, Cresbard SD, '82 Camaro    11.762 12.65  -0.888
  6 7155   C/SA Leo Glasbrenner, Chino CA, '68 Firebird   10.513 11.40  -0.887
  7  652    F/S Bob Gullett, Calgary AB, '68 Nova         10.924 11.80  -0.876
  8 703D   B/SA Kyle Rizzoli, San Luis Obispo CA, '69 Cam 10.385 11.25  -0.865
  9 5031   B/SA Michael Barrett, Brainerd MN, '69 Camaro  10.390 11.25  -0.860
 10 J712   B/SA Chris Hall, Brigham City UT, '70 Camaro   10.393 11.25  -0.857



 1   76 John Richardson, Santa Clarita CA, Sarmento-Ch  6.168  225.60  225.60
  2 7029 Bobby Ray McMahan, Lodi CA, TNT-Chevy           6.213  223.54  223.54
  3    6 Zach Sackman, Channahon IL, Spitzer-RCE         6.231  193.05  193.05
  4 5149 Phil Unruh, McPherson KS, RaceTech-Stin         6.254  197.19  197.19
  5    8 Steve Will, Fortuna CA, Sarmento-BAE            6.271  199.76  199.76
  6 7145 Jennifer Wiens, Las Vegas NV, RaceTech-Chevy    6.319  220.15  220.15
  7  710 Mike Mendenhall, Santee CA, Spitzer-Chevy       6.373  219.54  219.54
  8 7219 Geneva Nash, Visalia CA, Sarmento-Pane          6.450  210.87  210.87
  9 6640 Trevor Ritchie, Sherwood Park AB, TNT-Stin      6.575  209.23  209.23
 10 6591 Moe Trujillo, Happy Valley OR, Sarmento-Schm    6.590  204.17  204.17




Brittany Force is the current No. 1 qualifier for Top Fuel after only one qualifying session due to inclement weather at the Magic Dry Organic Absorbent NHRA Arizona Nationals at Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park.

Matt Hagan (Funny Car) was also provisional No. 1 qualifier at the second event of 24 on the 2019 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series schedule.

B. Force powered her Advance Auto Parts dragster to a 4.976-second pass at 185.28 mph during the lone qualifying session of the day.

“We battled the rain all day but we at least got one pass in,” B. Force stated. “It wasn’t what we wanted, it blew the tires off it at maybe about 100 feet out. I pedaled it and it hooked up and went down there so it was good practice. Tomorrow the sun is supposed to be out and hopefully we’ll get in two more.”

Jim Maroney is second after his American Flowtech dragster while Scott Palmer is third in his Magic Dry Organic Absorbent dragster.

Hagan leads qualifying with his run of 3.942 at 321.50 in his Sandvik Coromant Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat. Hagan's lap was the fastest pass of the day. He is seeking his first No. 1 qualifier of the season and second of his career at Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park.

John Force and the PEAK Chevrolet Camaro SS are second and Tommy Johnson Jr. is third in his Make-A-Wish Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat.
For ticket holders, the Box Office will open on Saturday at 7:00 am. The face value of tickets from today will be redeemable for a Saturday or Sunday ticket or toward a purchase in 2020. Customers are responsible for any difference due to price increases, account fees, etc.

Television coverage of the event is scheduled to air Saturday on FOX Sports 1 at 7 p.m. ET/4 p.m. PT. Qualifying will resume on Saturday at 1:30 p.m. at Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park.

Friday's results after the first one of three rounds of qualifying for the 35th annual Magic Dry Organic Absorbent NHRA Arizona Nationals at Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park, second of 24 events in the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series. Qualifying will continue Saturday for Sunday's final eliminations.

Top Fuel -- 1. Brittany Force, 4.976 seconds, 185.28 mph; 2. Jim Maroney, 8.697, 53.86; 3. Scott Palmer, 11.859, 85.67; 4. Austin Prock, 12.094, 83.05; 5. Antron Brown, 15.909, 60.56; 6. Clay Millican, 17.240, 55.94.

Funny Car -- 1. Matt Hagan, Dodge Charger, 3.942, 321.50; 2. John Force, Chevy Camaro, 5.447, 140.33; 3. Tommy Johnson Jr., Charger, 5.880, 114.73; 4. Jack Beckman, Charger, 6.594, 107.30; 5. Bob Tasca III, Ford Mustang, 8.205, 80.36; 6. Jeff Diehl, Toyota Camry, 8.646, 77.08; 7. Shawn Langdon, Camry, 9.571, 76.33; 8. Tim Wilkerson, Mustang, 10.476, 107.95; 9. Robert Hight, Camaro, 11.093, 75.62; 10. Phil Burkart, 16.055, 72.63; 11. Ron Capps, Charger, 16.256, 65.28; 12. Cruz Pedregon, Charger, 16.328, 55.04; 13. J.R. Todd, Camry, 17.429, 64.43; 14. Jim Campbell, Charger, broke.





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