On a day that included a barrage on the Sonoma Raceway record books, Top Fuel star Brittany Force rolled to her fourth win of the 2022 season on Sunday and moved into the points lead in front of a packed house at the 34th annual Denso NHRA Sonoma Nationals.

Bob Tasca III (Funny Car), Erica Enders (Pro Stock) and Joey Gladstone (Pro Stock Motorcycle) also won at the 12th of 22 races during the 2022 NHRA Camping World Drag Racing Series season and the second stop of the three-race NHRA Western Swing. All four winners on Sunday are first-time Sonoma winners as well.

Force went 3.709-seconds at 335.48 mph in her 11,000-horsepower Flav-R-Pac dragster to beat Mike Salinas in the final round, moving back into the points lead over Salinas with her first win at Sonoma and 15th in her career. Force made the quickest run in Sonoma Raceway history in the first round with a 3.662 in her win over John Force Racing teammate Austin Prock and then set the track speed record on three consecutive runs on Sunday, capped off by a 337.75 in her semifinal victory over Shawn Langdon. It puts her back in the points lead in Top Fuel and gives Force one of the most memorable wins of her standout career.

“It was an incredible weekend for our team,” Force said. “I’ve been coming here since I was a kid, but I’ve always struggled on the Western Swing as a racer. Winning in Sonoma has always been on my bucket list and to run so outstanding, I’m really proud of this team. To put those kinds of numbers on the board, it’s just incredible. I have to give it up for my team and I’m always going to bet on them. There’s a lot of good competition in this class, but we’re going for this championship. I’m excited for today and we’re ready to keep going.”

Racing at his home track, Salinas advanced to his 14th career final round and his fifth this season picking up round wins against Justin Ashley and Doug Kalitta. He now trails Force by six points.
Bob Tasca III was the epitome of consistency in Funny Car, starting eliminations with back-to-back runs of 3.875 and finishing his day by going 3.911 at 325.61 in his 11,000-horsepower Motorcraft/Quick Lane Ford Mustang to knock off John Force in the final round. It gives Tasca, who had lost in the final round at the past two races, his first win of the season and 10th in his career and gives the standout plenty of momentum in the second half of the season. He picked up wins against Jason Rupert, Blake Alexander, and then points leader Robert Hight to set up the marquee matchup with Force, and Tasca put on another show as he prepares his march for a run at a world title.

“The only reason we’re out here is to run for a championship,” Tasca said. “We’ve sacrificed a lot to get where we’re at this season and with this set-up, we’ve put the field on notice. We made the decision to get our car set up to run for a championship and the car showed the field today it is capable of that. It’s exciting for me as a driver and this thing was as straight as an arrow all day long and it was lights out in the final. I have the ultimate respect for John and what he’s done and to beat him in the finals, it’s pretty special.”

For Force, he reached his 263rd career final round on the strength of round wins against defending world champ Ron Capps, J.R. Todd, and Alexis DeJoria. Hight maintained the points lead, which now stands at 144 points over Matt Hagan.

In another thrilling duel between a pair of longtime Pro Stock rivals, Erica Enders kept on rolling, knocking off Greg Anderson on a holeshot in the final round to collect her first career victory at Sonoma Raceway. Enders posted a brilliant .018 reaction time and held off Anderson at the finish line with a run of 6.574 at 196.62 in her Melling Performance/Elite Motorsports Chevrolet Camaro to earn her 39th career win and sixth in her dominant 2022 season. She beat Fernando Cuadra Jr., Mason McGaha, who upset Enders in the first round last weekend at Denver, and Aaron Stanfield to reach the finals. She finished the job against her biggest rival and can now lay claim as a winner at Sonoma to continue what’s been a dream season.

“This is huge for us,” Enders said. “This has evaded us for 18 years and every season this is one race I wanted to win. We were finally able to capitalize on it and my guys worked so hard. It’s so crucial to be positive. I know we have the car to beat, and I just have to do my job. All day long, I was pretty consistent on the tree, and I’m super stoked with this win. It takes me back to my first win and anytime you have one of these awesome Wally trophies in your hand, it’s a good day. Being able to win for the first time here is truly something I’ll never forget. It’s just been an amazing day.”

Anderson, who remains a win shy of his 100th victory, advanced to his first final this year and 168th in his career by defeating Steve Graham, Bo Butner, and teammate Kyle Koretsky. Enders’ points lead now stands at 80 points over Stanfield heading to Seattle.
After back-to-back final round appearances, Joey Gladstone broke through for his first career victory in Pro Stock Motorcycle on Sunday, knocking off Eddie Krawiec in the final round with a pass of 6.759 at 200.68 on his J&A Service Suzuki Hayabusa. Krawiec went a quicker 6.758, but Gladstone was quicker on the starting line with a .026 reaction time and held off the veteran to claim his first win in the class. He reached the final round with wins against Jianna Evaristo, Katie Sullivan, and Jerry Savoie, going a stellar 6.735 at 202.18 in the second round. He made sure to finish the job this time, setting off an emotional celebration for Gladstone and his team.

“I’ve been waiting for this day since I was 12 years old when I decided I wanted to race Pro Stock Motorcycles,” Gladstone said. “To finally be here to do it and race the best guys in the world, this means everything to me. I just had to do my job out there. It’s been quite the road, and this means a lot and more than you could ever imagine. I’ve spent my whole life trying to get here and this is just the start for us.”

Krawiec reached his 90th career final round thanks to victories against Kelly Clontz, defending world champ Matt Smith and teammate Angelle Sampey, who now has just a two-point lead over Gladstone in the points standings.

The NHRA Camping World Drag Racing Series returns to action on July 29-31 with the final race of the Western Swing, the Flav-R-Pac NHRA Northwest Nationals at Pacific Raceways in Seattle. It is the first race at the track since 2019.



Looking to become the first driver in NHRA history to win four straight races at Sonoma Raceway, Funny Car’s Robert Hight secured the No. 1 position in front of a capacity crowd on Saturday at the 34th annual Denso NHRA Sonoma Nationals.
Leah Pruett (Top Fuel), Erica Enders (Pro Stock) and Angelle Sampey (Pro Stock Motorcycle) also qualified No. 1 at the 12th of 22 races during the 2022 NHRA Camping World Drag Racing Series season and the second stop of the three-race NHRA Western Swing.
Hight’s run of 3.825-seconds at 332.75 mph from Friday in his 11,000-horsepower Auto Club Chevrolet Camaro held up, giving the Funny Car points leader his third No. 1 qualifier this season and 74th in his career. In addition to his three straight wins at Sonoma, Hight also has five victories in 2022, including two in a row, and he will open eliminations against Jeff Diehl on Sunday.
“There’s a lot on the line, but we just need to take it one round at a time,” Hight said. “You’ve got to try to be perfect and you have to be aggressive out there. To win rounds and come out on top, you’ve got to be on edge, and I’ve got the best guys in the business behind me to get this done. We’re very confident right now because we’ve won the last two races and we qualified No. 1 here, but you have to continue to take it one round at a time because the competition is so good. There’s a lot of good cars right now so to do what we’re doing makes it that much more special.”
Defending world champ Ron Capps qualified second with a 3.846 at 334.48 and Alexis DeJoria qualified third with a 3.867 at 330.63.
In Top Fuel, Leah Pruett earned her first No. 1 qualifier this season and 12th in her career when her pass of 3.689 at 327.59 in her 11,000-horsepower Rayce Rudeen Foundation Top Fuel dragster stood up. Pruett closed out qualifying with a solid run as well, giving her confidence heading into eliminations. She’ll start raceday against Jim Maroney and after finishing as runner-up in Sonoma last year, Pruett will try to finish the job on Sunday and pick up her second consecutive win this season in the process.
“It’s extremely exciting to qualify No. 1 and it shows just difficult it is for anybody,” Pruett said. “We know exactly where we’re at. It feels like the work has been validated and we’re just going to keep digging on that. If we’re able to do what we did in Denver and make it to the final and possibly win it, that’s when we’re really going to see it come full circle. We are racers and we are finally feeling like we get to race, and that’s what is most exciting for us.”
Doug Kalitta stayed in the second spot with his 3.694 at 331.45 and points leader Mike Salinas jumped to third after going 3.696 at 332.67 on Saturday.  
Enders grabbed the No. 1 spot from Elite Motorsports teammate Troy Coughlin Jr. on Saturday, as the Pro Stock points leader jumped to the top with a standout run of 6.506 at 210.97 in her Melling Performance/Elite Motorsports Camaro. It gives Enders, the four-time world champion, her third No. 1 qualifier of the season and 26th in her career and she will open eliminations against Fernando Cuadra Jr. Enders will also try to pick up her first win at Sonoma Raceway, something that has eluded her thus far.
“It’s been a dream season to this point,” Enders said. “It’s always big to qualify on the pole. The other two we have this season we’ve carried it all the way through on Sunday and got it done. Hopefully, the trend continues, but the field is stacked and it’s super tough. We’ve got work to do and this is my favorite place to race, but we’ve never had super successful Sundays. We’re hoping to change that tomorrow. We just have to have a positive mindset and work really hard together, and one thing I have is the best team in the world. I wouldn’t want anyone else behind me, that’s for sure.”
Defending world champ Greg Anderson, who has six wins in Sonoma, made a big move on Saturday into the second spot with a run of 6.518 at 209.43, while Coughlin will start raceday from third thanks to his 6.521 at 210.90.
Sampey put on an incredible show on Saturday in Pro Stock Motorcycle, making the quickest run of each session and blistering the track record with an incredible pass of 6.700 at 200.95 on her Mission Foods/Vance & Hines Suzuki. That run closed out qualifying and also tied the third-quickest run in class history, putting Sampey in a prime position heading into eliminations. It’s her third No. 1 spot of 2022 and 56th in her career as she looks to leave Sonoma with the points lead in the class.
“I’m still trying to be better and trying to improve, and I’m lucky to have a really successful team behind me,” Sampey said. “My focus is just on trying to get down the track and Andrew (Hines) has done a wonderful job tuning my bike. I’m really glad to have had some success with him tuning this bike. If we leave the starting line right, it’s going to be fast. This is an amazing class to compete in, but you have to be on your game all four rounds if you want to be successful.”
Steve Johnson, the points leader and provisional No. 1 qualifier on Friday, took the second spot with a 6.743 at 198.73 and Joey Gladstone moved to third with a 6.757 at 200.26. 
Eliminations for the Denso NHRA Sonoma Nationals begin at 10:30 a.m. on Sunday at Sonoma Raceway. Television coverage on the FOX broadcast network begins at 4 p.m. ET.



A week after winning in Denver, Top Fuel star Leah Pruett kept rolling on Friday in Sonoma, powering to the provisional No. 1 spot for Tony Stewart Racing at the 34th annual Denso NHRA Sonoma Nationals at Sonoma Raceway.
Robert Hight (Funny Car), Troy Coughlin Jr. (Pro Stock) and Matt Smith (Pro Stock Motorcycle) are also the provisional No. 1 qualifiers at the 12th of 22 races during the 2022 NHRA Camping World Drag Racing Series season. It is also the second event in the three-race NHRA Western Swing.
Pruett went 3.689-seconds at 327.59 mph in her 11,000-horsepower Rayce Rudeen Foundation Top Fuel dragster during the lone qualifying session, putting her on track to qualify No. 1 for the first time this season and the 12th time in her career. It also puts the team on a great path following their Denver win, which only further bolstered the overall desire to add another victory.
“What was most important to this team was starting off in Q1 in a different fashion than we have in the last handful of races,” said Pruett, who was the runner-up in Sonoma last season. “We considered it a little bit conservative, but it gives us a really solid look into our tuning window. The win in Denver was so big for us because it showed us where we needed to improve to do it again and that’s what we’ve prepared for this week.”
Doug Kalitta was the only other driver in the 3.60s on Friday, going 3.694 at 331.45, while Steve Torrence, the defending event winner, took the third spot after his 3.710 at 326.08.
Robert Hight continued his dominant run in Sonoma in Funny Car, making his quickest pass in five years with a stellar pass of 3.825 at 332.75 in his 11,000-horsepower Auto Club Chevrolet Camaro SS. Hight, who is the points leader on the strength of five wins in 2022, has won three straight years at Sonoma and will now try to become the first driver in NHRA history to win four consecutive times. After Friday’s incredible run, he couldn’t have asked for a better start.
“You have to have a gameplan when you come into one of these races. You can’t think of the end result,” Hight said. “You have to go one round at a time and it’s a job well done for this team tonight. We saw what was out there and (crew chief) Jimmy (Prock) and Chris (Cunningham) have a really good handle on this tune-up. I was impressed. When it left the starting line, it really wanted to go right on me. This thing was trucking, and I had to get it back in the groove. At the middle of the race track it was pulling, and I knew it was on a great run.”
Defending world champ Ron Capps took the second spot in Funny Car after one session with his 3.846 at 334.48, while Alexis DeJoria’s 3.867 at 330.63 slots her third heading into Saturday.
Troy Coughlin Jr. made a strong impression on Friday in Pro Stock, vaulting to the top with a run of 6.549 at 210.87 in his JEGS/Elite Motorsports Chevrolet Camaro. That run would give the young standout his first No. 1 qualifier of the season and the second in his career. Coughlin rebounded from a mid-season slump by going to the semifinals in Denver and he appears to have continued that momentum at Sonoma Raceway.
“We’re very pleased and everyone works so hard on this team,” Coughlin said. “We have one goal and that’s to turn (win lights) on and make good laps. It’s an exciting thing to be a part of. This team is putting a lot of hours in and it shows. They’re so much passion in the pit area and the shop, and there’s not a stone unturned with these guys. I think we’ve got some left in it. We’ll keep a clear mindset, and we just want to stay consistent.”
Mason McGaha’s 6.551 at 210.57 has him second and Kyle Koretsky is currently third after his run of 6.553 at 209.36. Points leader Erica Enders is eighth after the first qualifying session.
After struggling at the past two races, Pro Stock Motorcycle points leader Steve Johnson returned to form on Friday, jumping to the top on his Butter Transportation Suzuki with a standout pass of 6.743 at 198.73. If it holds, it would be the first No. 1 qualifier of the season for Johnson and the eighth in his career. The run was also a welcome sign for the veteran after suffering back-to-back first-round losses. His points lead shrunk to just 10 points heading into Sonoma, but Johnson with pleased with how his weekend opened on Friday.
“Our philosophy was just to get it down the track so we can get data and test some things,” Johnson said. “We really wanted to go ‘A to B.’ We made some good decisions, and we had a good run. That 60-foot was really good and very important to what we do, and that was huge. It’s so important to run well because it’s so hard to ride a Pro Stock Motorcycle and you need the confidence as a rider.”
Denver winner and reigning world champ Matt Smith took second with a 6.758 at 200.74, while Eddie Krawiec is currently third after going 6.785 at 198.23.
Qualifying continues at 12 p.m. ET on Saturday at the Denso NHRA Sonoma Nationals at Sonoma Raceway.

Friday's results after the first one of three rounds of qualifying for the 34th annual DENSO NHRA Sonoma Nationals at Sonoma Raceway, 12th of 22 events in the NHRA Camping World Drag Racing Series. Qualifying will continue Saturday for Sunday's final eliminations.

Top Fuel -- 1. Leah Pruett, 3.689 seconds, 327.59 mph; 2. Doug Kalitta, 3.694, 331.45; 3. Steve Torrence, 3.710, 326.08; 4. Alex Laughlin, 3.840, 314.97; 5. Justin Ashley, 3.861, 268.33; 6. Ron August, 3.916, 306.40; 7. Jim Maroney, 4.012, 269.89; 8. Clay Millican, 4.687, 155.27; 9. Tony Schumacher, 4.839, 144.10; 10. Austin Prock, 5.839, 105.84; 11. Shawn Langdon, 6.366, 104.32; 12. Josh Hart, 6.518, 95.85; 13. Brittany Force, 6.693, 84.46; 14. Mike Salinas, 7.319, 75.91; 15. Antron Brown, 7.865, 73.30; 16. Cameron Ferre, 8.907, 72.97.
Not Qualified: 17. Scott Palmer, 9.910, 84.30.

Funny Car -- 1. Robert Hight, Chevy Camaro, 3.825, 332.75; 2. Ron Capps, Toyota Supra, 3.846, 334.48; 3. Alexis DeJoria, Supra, 3.867, 330.63; 4. Blake Alexander, Ford Mustang, 3.898, 326.56; 5. Cruz Pedregon, Dodge Charger, 3.900, 323.58; 6. Tim Wilkerson, Mustang, 3.903, 325.45; 7. Matt Hagan, Charger, 4.018, 314.02; 8. Paul Lee, Charger, 4.099, 244.16; 9. Terry Haddock, Mustang, 4.325, 244.21; 10. J.R. Todd, Supra, 4.432,
194.97; 11. John Force, Camaro, 4.788, 159.89; 12. Jeff Diehl, Toyota Camry, 5.284, 137.55; 13. Steven Densham, Mustang, 6.707, 98.61; 14. Jim Campbell, Charger, 7.159, 87.04; 15. Bob Tasca III, Mustang, broke.

Pro Stock -- 1. Troy Coughlin Jr., Chevy Camaro, 6.549, 210.87; 2. Mason McGaha, Camaro, 6.551, 210.57; 3. Kyle Koretsky, Camaro, 6.553, 209.36; 4. Chris McGaha, Camaro, 6.555, 210.37; 5. Matt Hartford, Camaro, 6.564, 210.54; 6. Bo Butner, Camaro, 6.564, 210.41; 7. Aaron Stanfield, Camaro, 6.564, 209.88; 8. Erica Enders, Camaro, 6.569, 210.80; 9. Greg Anderson, Camaro, 6.571, 208.71; 10. Dallas Glenn, Camaro, 6.572, 208.30; 11. Cristian Cuadra, Ford Mustang, 6.577, 209.07; 12. Camrie Caruso, Camaro, 6.579, 210.18; 13. Deric Kramer, Camaro, 6.588, 209.39; 14. Fernando Cuadra, Mustang, 6.613, 209.82; 15. Fernando Cuadra Jr., Mustang, 6.622, 209.46; 16. Steve Graham, Camaro, 6.635, 209.17.

Pro Stock Motorcycle -- 1. Steve Johnson, Suzuki, 6.743, 198.73; 2. Matt Smith, Suzuki, 6.758, 200.74; 3. Eddie Krawiec, Suzuki, 6.785, 198.23; 4. Angelle Sampey, Suzuki, 6.793, 197.97; 5. Karen Stoffer, Suzuki, 6.803, 198.15; 6. Jerry Savoie, Suzuki, 6.816, 197.45; 7. Joey Gladstone, Suzuki, 6.827, 200.74; 8. Kelly Clontz, Suzuki, 6.888, 195.42; 9. Jianna Evaristo, Suzuki, 7.055, 189.36; 10. Scott Bottorff, Buell, 7.150, 187.83; 11. Lance Bonham, Buell, 7.178, 189.31; 12. Katie Sullivan, Suzuki, 8.003, 149.93; 13. Ryan Oehler, EBR, 8.797, 106.05; 14. Angie Smith, EBR, broke.



  1 7634    PST Kurt Hugger, Fremont CA, '01 S-10          7.318  7.98  -0.662
  2   72  D/SMA Doug Lambeck, North Tustin CA, '04 Sunfire 8.276  8.93  -0.654
  3   41  E/SMA Cody Lane, Seattle WA, '05 Cavalier        8.325  8.96  -0.635
  4  750   D/EA Jim Cowan, Surprise AZ, '10 Cobalt         8.160  8.77  -0.610
  5    6   B/ED Joe Mozeris, Phoenix AZ, Fritz-Dodge       6.851  7.46  -0.609



1 7696  GT/KA Len Schneider, Grass Valley CA, '84 Thund  9.958 10.90  -0.942
  2 7405  SS/CA Eric Bell, Chandler AZ, '64 Savoy          9.137 10.05  -0.913
  3 7503  FSS/E Jared Jordan, Modesto CA, '11 Challenger   9.217 10.05  -0.833
  4 6026   SS/I Rob Youngblood, Nampa ID, '76 Corvette     9.736 10.55  -0.814
  5 7837  GT/KA Kevin Motter, Anaheim CA, '88 Camaro      10.139 10.90  -0.761
  6  621  SS/CA Steve Hahn, Yakima WA, '70 Baracuda        9.307 10.05  -0.743
  7 J712  FSS/C Chris Hall, Brigham City UT, '17 Camaro    8.925  9.65  -0.725
  8 7668  SS/BS Brad Rounds, Reno NV, '08 Cobalt           8.933  9.65  -0.717
  9   72  SS/KA Randy Loge, Brentwood CA, '72 Demon       10.534 11.25  -0.716
 10  734  SS/HA Rich Pinoski, Placerville CA, '67 Chevvy   9.992 10.60  -0.608



 1 7031   B/SA Gregg Luneack, Vista CA, '70 Challenger   10.246 11.25  -1.004
  2 A701   FS/E Evan Kowalski, Riverside CA, '14 Camaro    9.979 10.95  -0.971
  3 715W   D/SA Shelby Williams, Las Vegas NV, '70 Camaro 10.593 11.55  -0.957
  4   77   D/SA Jerry Stein, Brentwood CA, '69 Dart       10.618 11.55  -0.932
  5 7575   F/SA Mark Kirby, Bakersfield CA, '73 Duster    10.934 11.85  -0.916
  6   72   A/SA Doug Lambeck, North Tustin CA, '69 Camaro 10.091 11.00  -0.909
  7 7050   B/SA Darin Grossi, Copperopolis CA, '64 Fury   10.350 11.25  -0.900
  8 7022   P/SA Nanette Stein, Brentwood CA, '86 Thunderb 12.553 13.45  -0.897
  9  715   F/SA Justin Jerome, Huntington Beach CA, '73 D 10.960 11.85  -0.890
 10 7024  AA/SA Mark Madison, Seaside CA, '65 Belvedere    9.818 10.70  -0.882



1 7711 Don London, Lake Havasu City AZ, M & M-Chevy    6.169  225.82  225.82
  2 7942 Thomas Bayer, Cherry Valley CA, Miller-Chevy    6.188  228.07  228.07
  3   75 Dan Naylor, Colfax CA, Dragster-Chevy           6.224  213.20  213.20
  4 7786 Michaelyn Roelle, Irwindale CA, Racecraft-Chevy 6.243  224.06  224.06
  5 7101 Kaycee Mela, Loleta CA, Dragster-Hemi           6.248  219.76  221.23
  6 7796 John Richardson, Santa Clarita CA, Dragster-Ch  6.260  221.05  221.05
  7 7832 John Rolandelli, Oakley CA, Boulton-Chevy       6.275  220.44  220.44
  8 7650 Christy Matteri, Nampa ID, Dragster-Chevy       6.339  217.81  217.81
  9 7219 Geneva Nash, Visalia CA, Spitzer-Chevy          6.343  214.79  214.79
 10 7700 Phillip Duerr, Colfax CA, Dragster-Chevy        6.344  212.06  212.06



  1 7134 Bryan Warr, Riverton UT, '69 Camaro             6.696  205.47  205.47
  2 411M David Cuadra, McAllen TX, '07 Cobalt            6.747  205.54  205.54
  3 7894 Steve Galileo, San Francisco CA, '69 Camaro     6.777  201.79  201.79
  4  757 Jeff Gillette, Benicia CA, '06 GTO              6.803  201.61  201.61
  5 7038 Pat Warr, Erda UT, '19 Corvette                 6.825  200.11  200.11
  6 7867 Dean Hall, Guerneville CA, '63 Corvette         6.877  200.23  200.23
  7   75 Mera Silvia, Rancho Cucamonga CA, '04 Cavalier  6.925  203.22  203.22
  8 7425 Mike Mossi, Napa CA, '69 Camaro                 6.939  199.08  199.08
  9   73 Monte Green, Mesa AZ, '07 Stratus               6.983  189.15  189.15
 10 7753 Dan Borg, San Francisco CA, '99 Monte Carlo     7.036  200.59  200.59



10:45 am  Stock                 Q1
          Super Comp            T1
          Super Stock           Q1
          Super Gas             T1
          Top Dragster          Q1
          Competition           Q1
          Top Sportsman         Q1
          Stock                 Q2
          Super Comp            T2
          Super Stock           Q2
          Super Gas             T2
          Top Dragster          Q2
          Competition           Q2
          Top Sportsman         Q2
          Stock                 Q3
          Super Comp            T3
          Super Stock           Q3
          Super Gas             T3
          Top Dragster          Q3
          Competition           Q3
          Top Sportsman         Q3
6:30 pm   Pro Stock Motorcycle  Q1
          Pro Stock Car         Q1
          Jr. Dragster
          Street Legal
          Top The Cops 
8:10 pm    Funny Car             Q1
          Top Fuel              Q1

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