2023 NHRA VEGAS FOUR-WIDE NATIONALS - EVENT RESULTS
SUNDAY FINALS - HAGAN, BROWN, GLENN RACE TO WINS AT NHRA FOUR-WIDE NATIONALS; TONY STEWART ALSO PICKS UP FIRST NHRA VICTORY
It was a historic double-up for Tony Stewart Racing on Sunday at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, as Hall of Fame racer Tony Stewart and Funny Car points leader Matt Hagan both claimed victories in front of a capacity crowd at the NHRA Four-Wide Nationals.
Antron Brown (Top Fuel) and Dallas Glenn (Pro Stock) also won the fourth of 21 races during the 2023 NHRA Camping World Drag Racing Series season.
Stewart, who made his NHRA debut last season in the Top Alcohol Dragster ranks in the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series, won in just his fourth career start, going 5.324-seconds at 269.62 mph in the final round in his Mobil 1 dragster. The legendary racer was the runner-up in his NHRA debut at the fall race in Las Vegas last year, picking up a memorable first win on Sunday, now giving Stewart wins in NHRA, NASCAR and IndyCar, as well as victories on every track at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.
“When we raced here last fall, I was just ecstatic to make the finals, but today I told Leah (Pruett, wife and Top Fuel racer), 'I'm not happy to just be in the finals today. I said I want this,’” Stewart said. “I thoroughly enjoyed four-wide racing. I'll be honest, to me, it feels like it kind of brings that short track feel, like the first few rounds it felt like heat races. It's hard not to like it when you win, but I think it's a cool deal."
Hagan strengthened his points leads with his third win in the first four races in the NHRA Camping World Drag Racing Series, going 3.943 at 326.79 in the final round in his 11,000-horsepower Haas Automation Dodge Charger Hellcat SRT. It gives Hagan his 46th career win in what’s been a dominant start to his 2023 season, plus a memorable moment to share in the winner’s circle with Stewart.
"I went up there, and I was like, 'Tony’s won, no pressure,' you know? And then he comes and crawls under the body and says, 'I just won, you better win. Let's go.' But it's great to share this winner's circle with Tony Stewart, it's a huge highlight of my career,” Hagan said.
Hagan finished first in all three rounds, building a 105-point already in the loaded Funny Car ranks. The four-wide events have generally been a struggle for the multi-time champ, but he solved it in impressive fashion on Sunday.
“I've done everything in the four-wide from not staging the car on time to red lighting to not knowing which lane I'm in, so you've got to kind of dummy it down,” Hagan said. “You get lucky out here, you do a good job, and you try to dumb it down to make sure that you're figuring out where you're at and what you're doing.”
Brown claimed his first win of the Top Fuel season in his 11,000-horsepower Matco Tools Toyota dragster and 72nd in his career, delivering his best run of the day in the finals, going 3.760 at 319.75 in a star-studded final round that also featured Steve Torrence, Brittany Force and Josh Hart. Brown finished second to Force in both of the first two quads but posted a .053 reaction time in the final round to grab his third career victory in Las Vegas.
The final round featured a group with nine career world championships to their credit and Brown delivered a championship-worthy performance, one that could pay big dividends down the road.
“When you go four-wide racing, it’s crazy. It’s kind of a battle royal,” Brown said. “Every round is a tough matchup and that showed in the final round. But I’m super pumped and super proud of my guys. I just want to keep getting better and better. We know when the Countdown comes, you have to be strong, so to come and get that win today, it’s definitely a statement for us. It was a heck of win and I’m super pumped. Again, our main focus is to keep improving and getting better.”
Torrence finished as the runner-up and also moved into the Top Fuel points lead.
In Pro Stock, Dallas Glenn got his redemption from last year’s four-wide race in Las Vegas, picking up his second straight win by going 6.649 at 206.29 in his RAD Torque Systems Chevrolet Camaro. It gave him his sixth career victory and it came on a holeshot, as Glenn posted a .039 reaction time, which was enough to hold off Troy Coughlin’s 6.646 at 206.35 in a final quad that also included Cristian Cuadra and Deric Kramer. A year ago, Glenn lost in the final quad in a race he felt he would have won and the young standout was determined to make up for it this year.
He did that and then some, winning his opening quad and finishing second in the second round to advance to the finals. Glenn was again strong on the starting line when it counted, earning his second career victory at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway and staying in the points lead.
“It’s the best car I’ve ever had by far and it feels good to show what this car is capable of,” Glenn said. “I want to keep this momentum going as long as I can. I'm definitely one of those examples of if you put your head down and work hard, you can pretty much achieve all of your dreams. I'm definitely living my dream right now.
“There is no doubt about that. These cars are so much fun to drive. Even when stuff isn't going your way they're still so much fun to drive. I'm trying not to look too far ahead, I'm just trying to enjoy the moment right now.”
Coughlin advanced to the final quad by winning the first two quads, earning his ninth career final round berth.
The NHRA Camping World Drag Racing Series returns to action with the Circle K NHRA Four-Wide Nationals on April 28-30 at zMAX Dragway in Charlotte.
SATURDAY QUALIFYING - PEDREGON, B. FORCE AND HARTFORD QUALIFY NO. 1 AT NHRA FOUR-WIDE NATIONALS
Cruz Pedregon raced to his second straight No. 1 qualifier, hanging on to the top spot at Saturday’s NHRA Four-Wide Nationals at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.
Brittany Force (Top Fuel) and Matt Hartford (Pro Stock) also qualified No. 1 qualifiers at the fourth of 21 races during the 2023 NHRA Camping World Drag Racing Series season.
Pedregon’s run of 3.910-seconds at 326.71 mph in his 11,000-horsepower Snap-On Tools Dodger Charger Hellcat SRT from Friday held up, giving the two-time world champion his second No. 1 spot this season and the 64th in his career. Pedregon will race for his first win of the season on Sunday, with his opening-round quad also featuring Steven Densham, Tim Wilkerson and Bobby Bode.
“We stayed No. 1 and I’m grateful for that,” Pedregon said. “The team made the right calls today and we made down the track three of our four runs. Now, we just need to keep doing the same thing, be consistent and race the track (tomorrow). You have to be smart. The guys that are disciplined and don’t press are the ones that have success. We’ll see what the day brings (on Sunday), but it’s anybody’s race out there.”
Alexis DeJoria stayed second with her run of 3.933 at 329.18 and points leader Matt Hagan took third with a 3.936 at 327.82.
In Top Fuel, Brittany Force’s run 3.697 at 335.73 in her 11,000-horsepower Monster Energy dragster from Friday easily gave her the top spot, giving the defending world champ her second No. 1 qualifier on the season and the 44th in her career. Force is after her third straight victory at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway after sweeping both races last season en route to her world title, and she made one strong run on Saturday.
In the opening round, Force will have to face off with Tony Schumacher and Antron Brown, with the trio combining for 13 world titles. All three were in the final quad last year, but only two will advance past the first round on Sunday.
“Our team is very happy. We had three good runs down the track and we stayed in the top spot,” Force said. “Now we’re looking for a win. We were successful here last year and we’d love to do it again. Coming into season, we knew there was a chance for a slow start and I still feel like we’ve already outdone ourselves. We’ve made a lot of changes and done a lot of testing, but I think we’re figuring this out far quicker than we imagined.”
Steve Torrence qualified second after his 3.712 at 330.23 from Friday and Mike Salinas moved to third in the final session after going 3.729 at 331.77.
A strong weekend got even better for Pro Stock’s Matt Hartford, as the veteran claimed his first career No. 1 qualifier with a run of 6.599 at 206.45 in his Total Seal Chevrolet Camaro. Hartford, who is making his 161st career start this season, put down a pair of strong passes on Saturday, vaulting him into the top position for the first time and adding another impressive moment in what has been a strong start to his 2023 season.
The only thing missing is a victory on Sunday, something Hartford will aim to change this weekend and possibly move into the points lead for the first time in his career. His opening-round quad includes Jerry Lee Tucker, Camrie Caruso and Erica Enders, who swept both Las Vegas races last year.
“This is awesome for our entire team. We've been working on this since 2006 and it’s been a long time coming,” Hartford said. “Some of these people come out here and within first few races get a number one and we always just watch and go well someday we'll get it. But it's hats off to having a great team around me and a great racecar. We just keep our heads down and keep focused on one run at a time.
“There was a time we were 16th and just overjoyed. It's just a different mindset as you progress through the sport. We've come from the bottom and we've worked our way up. We have a fast car right now. Our whole goal is to turn this yellow (No. 1 qualifier) hat into a blue (winner’s) hat and then turn that into a white (world champion) hat.”
Current points leader Dallas Glenn, who was the provisional No. 1 qualifier on Friday, took the second spot with a 6.610 at 205.65 and Aaron Stanfield took third in qualifying on the strength of his 6.614 at 206.95.
Eliminations for the NHRA Four-Wide Nationals at The Strip begin at 12 p.m. PT on Sunday at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.
Sunday's first-round pairings for eliminations for the 23rd annual NHRA Four-Wide Nationals at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, the fourth of 21 events in the NHRA Camping World Drag Racing Series. Pairings based on results in qualifying, which ended Saturday. DNQs listed below pairings.
Top Fuel -- 1. Brittany Force, 3.697 seconds, 335.73 mph vs. Bye vs. vs. 8. Tony Schumacher, 3.763, 327.11 vs. 9. Antron Brown, 3.769, 333.00; 2. Steve Torrence, 3.712, 331.53 vs. 15. Buddy Hull, 5.093, 136.75 vs. 7. Josh Hart, 3.758, 330.72 vs. 10. Doug Kalitta, 3.780, 328.38; 3. Mike Salinas, 3.729, 331.77 vs. 14. Krista Baldwin, 4.195, 271.52 vs. 6. Shawn Langdon, 3.754, 326.24 vs. 11. Clay Millican, 3.787, 329.34; 4. Justin Ashley, 3.730, 330.88 vs. 13. Rob Passey, 4.133, 260.31 vs. 5. Leah Pruett, 3.746, 329.26 vs. 12. Austin Prock, 3.848, 315.27.
Funny Car -- 1. Cruz Pedregon, Dodge Charger, 3.910, 326.71 vs. 16. Steven Densham, Ford Mustang, 4.082, 284.09 vs. 8. Tim Wilkerson, Mustang, 3.967, 312.06 vs. 9. Bobby Bode, Mustang, 3.976, 273.55; 2. Alexis DeJoria, Toyota Supra, 3.933, 329.18 vs. 15. Jason Rupert, Mustang, 4.054, 317.87 vs. 7. John Force, Chevy Camaro, 3.945, 324.83 vs. 10. Paul Lee, Charger, 3.982, 320.89; 3. Matt Hagan, Charger, 3.936, 327.82 vs. 14. Jeff Diehl, Toyota Camry, 4.049, 275.28 vs. 6. Robert Hight, Camaro, 3.942, 330.23 vs. 11. Alex Laughlin, Charger, 3.996, 318.17; 4. Ron Capps, Supra, 3.937, 324.44 vs. 13. Chad Green, Mustang, 4.040, 312.42 vs. 5. Bob Tasca III, Mustang, 3.938, 325.69 vs. 12. Blake Alexander, Mustang, 4.006, 279.50.
Did Not Qualify: 17. Terry Haddock, 4.104, 304.46; 18. Jeff Arend, 4.204, 271.84; 19. J.R. Todd, 4.272, 214.62.
Pro Stock -- 1. Matt Hartford, Chevy Camaro, 6.599, 206.95 vs. 16. Jerry Tucker, Camaro, 6.684, 206.29 vs. 8. Camrie Caruso, Camaro, 6.640, 207.05 vs. 9. Erica Enders, Camaro, 6.641, 207.02; 2. Dallas Glenn, Camaro, 6.610, 206.07 vs. 15. Steve Graham, Camaro, 6.673, 206.16 vs. 7. Kyle Koretsky, Camaro, 6.639, 205.60 vs. 10. Mason McGaha, Camaro, 6.645, 206.57; 3. Aaron Stanfield, Camaro, 6.614, 206.95 vs. 14. Chris McGaha, Camaro, 6.664, 206.80 vs. 6. Bo Butner, Camaro, 6.633, 207.30 vs. 11. Deric Kramer, Camaro, 6.648, 206.32; 4. Troy Coughlin Jr., Camaro, 6.615, 207.11 vs. 13. Fernando Cuadra Jr., Ford Mustang, 6.661, 207.62 vs. 5. Greg Anderson, Camaro, 6.618, 206.67 vs. 12. Cristian Cuadra, Mustang, 6.654, 206.54.
Did Not Qualify: 17. Shane Tucker, 6.772, 203.16; 18. Fernando Cuadra, 18.394, 43.81.
FRIDAY QUALIFYING - B. FORCE, PEDREGON AND GLENN RACE TO PROVISIONAL NO. 1 SPOTS AT NHRA FOUR-WIDE NATIONALS
Defending Top Fuel world champion Brittany Force continued to roll at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, powering to the provisional No. 1 qualifier position on Friday at the NHRA Four-Wide Nationals.
Cruz Pedregon (Funny Car) and Dallas Glenn (Pro Stock) are also the provisional No. 1 qualifiers at the fourth of 21 races during the 2023 NHRA Camping World Drag Racing Series season.
Force went 3.697-seconds at 335.73 mph in her 11,000-horsepower Monster Energy dragster as she looks to pick up her second top spot this season and 44th in her career. A year ago, Force won in dominant fashion at both races at Las Vegas, qualifying No. 1 at the fall race and second at the four-wide race in the spring. It’s been a track where Force has made record runs as well, and now she looks to win for the fourth time in Vegas.
“When I crossed the finish line, it felt like a killer run and it’s very exciting to do that,” Force said. “Our performance (last season) here was great. We’ve been very successful here and made some killer runs at this track. That’s been huge for us and coming into this event, you feel like you already have that behind you to carry into the weekend.
“It feels good to get back on track and the great thing is we get two more runs tomorrow before going into raceday on Sunday. It’s chaotic up there in a four-wide race, so you’ve got to clear your mind and just stay focused.”
Steve Torrence, who was the quickest in the opening session, is second after his 3.712 at 330.23 and Leah Pruett’s 3.747 at 322.50 has her third heading into Saturday.
Pedregon is in line for his second straight No. 1 qualifier in his 11,000-horsepower Snap-On Tools Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat after his run of 3.910 at 326.71. It would also be the 64th career No. 1 spot for the two-time world champion if it holds. Next on the list for the veteran is turning strong qualifying performances into race wins.
Pedregon has just one round win through the first three races, but he feels good about what his team can accomplish this weekend.
“The track was really good and for us, it’s been trying to back the car down,” Pedregon said. “It’s really just a matter of backing it down a little bit and trying to go down the track and race smart. We’re looking for that consistency and I’m just trying to drive it straighter. We’re starting to see flashes like we had in Pomona and we’re grateful for performances like this. If we can wrangle some more low 3.90s tomorrow and keep our car hooked up, we’ll feel good about Sunday.”
Alexis DeJoria continued her strong start to the year, making a pair of 3.933 runs with a speed of 329.18. Points leader Matt Hagan jumped to third in Friday’s second qualifier, going 3.936 at 327.82.
Following his victory in Pomona and taking the points lead for the first time in his young career, Pro Stock’s Dallas Glenn continued to impress on Friday in Las Vegas, making the quickest run in each qualifying session, including a class-best 6.629 at 206.07 in his RAD Torque Systems Chevrolet Camaro.
If that holds, Glenn would pick up his first No. 1 qualifier this season and the third in his career and the former NHRA Rookie of the Year appears to be on a great path. He’s enjoyed previous success in Las Vegas, winning the fall race in 2021, and advanced to the final quad at the four-wide race a year ago.
"Matt (Hartford) and I had the best two cars in Pomona, and I think it just carried right on over," Glenn said. "This track just kind of agrees with me, from the starting line to my driving style, and the way the car is set up. I didn't expect to see that good of a run in Q2, because we made a really nice run in Q1, and the air was worse. Hopefully, that means there's even a little more left in it because I think tomorrow morning is going to be the good run.
“I know I change my style a little bit for four-wide. I almost rush myself a little bit in staging because I do kind of take a long time to stage. For four-wide, I try to make sure I don't dilly-dally around. Four-wide racing is a great time; it changes it up a little bit."
Hartford is currently second with his 6.635 at 205.66, while Gainesville winner Troy Coughlin Jr. is right behind after he went 6.636 at 207.11.
Qualifying continues at 11:30 a.m. PT on Saturday at the NHRA Four-Wide Nationals at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.
Friday's results after the first two of four rounds of qualifying for the 23rd annual NHRA Four-Wide Nationals at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, fourth of 21 events in the NHRA Camping World Drag Racing Series. Qualifying will continue Saturday for Sunday's final eliminations.
Top Fuel -- 1. Brittany Force, 3.697 seconds, 335.73 mph; 2. Steve Torrence, 3.712, 330.23; 3. Leah Pruett, 3.747, 322.50; 4. Justin Ashley, 3.749, 330.47; 5. Shawn Langdon, 3.754, 326.24; 6. Tony Schumacher, 3.763, 325.77; 7. Doug Kalitta, 3.780, 328.38; 8. Clay Millican, 3.787, 326.56; 9. Josh Hart, 3.795, 319.52; 10. Antron Brown, 3.821, 318.24; 11. Austin Prock, 3.954, 253.47; 12. Mike Salinas, 3.967, 239.31; 13. Rob Passey, 4.133, 260.31; 14. Buddy Hull, 5.093, 136.75; 15. Krista Baldwin, 7.967, 70.14.
Funny Car -- 1. Cruz Pedregon, Dodge Charger, 3.910, 326.71; 2. Alexis DeJoria, Toyota Supra, 3.933, 329.18; 3. Matt Hagan, Charger, 3.936, 327.82; 4. Bob Tasca III, Ford Mustang, 3.938, 325.69; 5. Robert Hight, Chevy Camaro, 3.942, 330.23; 6. John Force, Camaro, 3.945, 323.12; 7. Tim Wilkerson, Mustang, 3.967, 312.06; 8. Bobby Bode, Mustang, 3.976, 273.55; 9. Ron Capps, Supra, 3.978, 324.44; 10. Paul Lee, Charger, 3.982, 320.89; 11. Alex Laughlin, Charger, 3.996, 318.17; 12. Jason Rupert, Mustang, 4.054, 312.93; 13. Steven Densham, Mustang, 4.082, 284.09; 14. Terry Haddock, Mustang, 4.104, 304.46; 15. Jeff Arend, Chevy Monte Carlo, 4.204, 271.84; 16. Chad Green, Mustang, 4.259, 244.38. Not Qualified: 17. Blake Alexander, 4.373, 208.91; 18. J.R. Todd, 4.383, 203.86; 19. Jeff Diehl, 4.458, 216.97.
Pro Stock -- 1. Dallas Glenn, Chevy Camaro, 6.629, 206.07; 2. Matt Hartford, Camaro, 6.635, 205.94; 3. Troy Coughlin Jr., Camaro, 6.636, 207.11; 4. Aaron Stanfield, Camaro, 6.639, 206.42; 5. Greg Anderson, Camaro, 6.640, 205.66; 6. Mason McGaha, Camaro, 6.645, 206.57; 7. Camrie Caruso, Camaro, 6.652, 206.48; 8. Bo Butner, Camaro, 6.656, 207.30; 9. Erica Enders, Camaro, 6.660, 207.02; 10. Cristian Cuadra, Ford Mustang, 6.668, 206.42; 11. Kyle Koretsky, Camaro, 6.673, 205.60; 12. Fernando Cuadra Jr., Mustang, 6.674, 205.76; 13. Deric Kramer, Camaro, 6.688, 204.79; 14. Chris McGaha, Camaro, 6.691, 205.91; 15. Jerry Tucker, Camaro, 6.727, 204.17; 16. Steve Graham, Camaro, 6.772, 204.98. Not Qualified: 17. Shane Tucker, 8.108, 108.25; 18. Fernando Cuadra, 18.704, 42.15.
FRIDAY SPORTSMAN QUALIFYING
1 220 B/AA Jeff Taylor, Sellersburg IN, '08 Cobalt 7.059 7.69 -0.631
2 7235 C/ED Scott McClay, Tehachapi CA, BOS-Dodge 7.325 7.94 -0.615
3 77 A/ND Kevin Carter, Peoria AZ, Carter-Chevy 6.953 7.54 -0.587
4 4171 B/AA Rodger Brogdon, Tomball TX, '20 Camaro 7.116 7.69 -0.574
5 743 AA/AM Andrew Moeck, South Gate CA, '08 GTO 6.471 7.04 -0.569
6 66 C/AA John Edwards, Nampa ID, '20 Camaro 7.499 7.97 -0.471
7 7230 C/T Randy Jones, Monarch Beach CA, '00 Chevy 8.471 8.93 -0.459
8 7116 D/SMA Larry Azcuenaga, South Jordan UT, '06 Che 8.668 9.11 -0.442
9 5008 H/A Travis Gusso, Souix Falls SD, '10 Cobalt 9.084 9.46 -0.376
10 353 CC/AT Bruno Massel, Elmhurst IL, '10 Cobalt 7.399 7.69 -0.291
SUPER STOCK (Q1)
1 7474 FSS/B Justin Lamb, Henderson NV, '23 Camaro 8.450 9.35 -0.900
2 7167 FSS/A Ryan Priddy, Chino CA, '20 Camaro 8.098 8.95 -0.852
3 7277 FSS/G Mike Johnston, Parker CA, '12 Camaro 9.583 10.42 -0.837
4 5820 GT/FA Brad Burton, Snohomish WA, '91 Firebird 9.607 10.42 -0.813
5 543 FGT/H Craig Maddox, Sidney NE, '68 Dart 9.718 10.52 -0.802
6 7696 GT/KA Len Schneider, Grass Valley CA, '84 Thund 10.301 11.08 -0.779
7 10 FSS/B Larry McLanahan, Kennewick WA, '19 Mustang 8.574 9.35 -0.776
8 7702 GT/KA Mike Graham, Tempe AZ, '00 Mustang 10.318 11.08 -0.762
9 25 FSS/F Jeff Adkinson, Damascus GA, '15 Camaro 9.612 10.37 -0.758
10 3611 FGT/D Jimmy Ronzello, Carleton MI, '14 Mustang 9.329 10.07 -0.741
1 61 L/SA Joe Sorensen, Woodburn OR, '69 Camaro 11.897 12.91 -1.013
2 2586 V/SA McNeal Freeman, Conyers GA, '87 Caprice 14.804 15.76 -0.956
3 302B FS/G George Wright, Carleton MI, '12 Mustang 10.586 11.54 -0.954
4 51 FS/D Craig Maddox, Sidney NE, '15 Challenger 9.530 10.47 -0.940
5 4 FS/AA Ryan McClanahan, San Bernadino CA, '20 Ca 8.625 9.56 -0.935
6 5583 A/SA Dan Zrust, Maple Grove MN, '19 Challenger 10.303 11.19 -0.887
7 706 H/SA Buddy Jensen, Peoria AZ, '64 Fury 11.486 12.36 -0.874
8 4688 F/SA Mike Cotten, Cave Creek AZ, '73 Duster 11.183 12.05 -0.867
9 652 F/S Bob Gullett, Calgary AB, '68 Chevy II 11.144 12.00 -0.856
10 5009 FS/D Scott Burton, Golden CO, '10 Mustang 9.925 10.78 -0.855
TOP DRAGSTER (Q1)
1 503A Jeff Koron, Hays KS, Undercover-Chevy 6.153 221.52 221.52
2 7155 Jeff Connelly, Mesa AZ, Spitzer-Chevy 6.185 188.46 188.46
3 479W Wynette Hudgins, Clyde TX, Spitzer-SDPC 6.198 222.91 222.91
4 7728 Kelly Harper, Peoria AZ, Dragster-Chevy 6.241 222.88 222.88
5 6 Thomas Bayer, Cherry Valley CA, Miller-Chevy 6.261 227.42 227.42
6 79 John Richardson, Santa Clarita CA, Sarmento-Ch 6.291 217.28 217.28
7 7029 Bobby Ray McMahan, Lodi CA, TNT-Chevy 6.292 214.89 214.89
8 74 Dan Naylor, Colfax CA, Samento-Chevy 6.322 215.24 215.24
9 669B Aaron Steinway, Dunmore AB, TNT-Chevy 6.323 215.44 215.44
10 7091 Reed Taylor, Las Vegas NV, '23-T Ford 6.334 209.14 209.14