Rain postpones SpringNationals until Monday
Rain washed out most of the final eliminations Sunday in the Mopar Express Lane NHRA SpringNationals at Houston Raceway Park, forcing officials to postpone the event until Monday.
The Top Fuel finished all but one pair in the opening round, with No. 1 qualifier and points leader Steve Torrence, Antron Brown, Shawn Langdon, Clay Millican, Justin Ashley and Billy Torrence all advancing. Doug Kalitta and Brittany Force were set to finish off the first round of eliminations in the class when the rain started.
There were no runs made in Funny Car and Pro Stock on Sunday.
Eliminations for the 34th annual Mopar Express Lane NHRA SpringNationals presented by Pennzoil at Houston Raceway Park have been postponed to Monday due to inclement weather.
Top Fuel finished all but one pair in the opening round of eliminations, with No. 1 qualifier and points leader Steve Torrence, Antron Brown, Shawn Langdon, Clay Millican, Justin Ashley and Billy Torrence all earning first-round victories. Doug Kalitta and Brittany Force were set to finish off the first round of eliminations in the class when the rain started and eventually caused the event to be postponed to Monday.
There were no runs made in Funny Car and Pro Stock on Sunday. Bob Tasca is the No. 1 qualifier in Funny Car and rookie Dallas Glenn took the top spot in Pro Stock during Saturday qualifying.
Fans may direct ticketing questions to Houston Raceway Park. A Sunday rain credit will be redeemable for the 2022 event.
Brittany Force was strapped in the driver’s seat of her Monster Energy dragster preparing to face Doug Kalitta in the last first-round pairing of Top Fuel. She had her game face on.
Winner of the last two NHRA SpringNationals she has raced, Force was ready to get her car down the Houston Raceway track as quick as she could. Then the weather came into play.
“We’re sitting up there on the starting line, first round, staring down that racetrack and then the rain started hitting the windshield,” Force said. “It’s tough to step out and now we’ll hopefully get it in tomorrow, but you have to reset your mind. You’re pumped up, you’re ready to go and then you have to pull yourself out of it and get back into it. Hopefully we can get this race in tomorrow and get first round in.”“It throws a monkey wrench into the plans, but I guess it’s a good problem to have to still be in eliminations and have to come back the next day,” Langdon said. “Our car was ready to go at any given moment for the second round.
“But we’re in a good situation. We’ve already advanced, our teammate (Kalitta) is going to be in the first pair out when they resume racing, and we still have J.R. (Todd) to go in the (DHL Toyota Camry) Funny Car. We’ll still get information from the other cars.”
Funny Car points leader Bob Tasca III powered to the top spot right before the rain came, taking the No. 1 qualifying position Saturday in the Mopar Express Lane NHRA SpringNationals at Houston Raceway Park.
Tasca had a 3.908-second run at 331.53 mph in a Ford Mustang, making one of the final runs during the second qualifying session before rain wiped out the rest of qualifying.
“We knew we were going to have an advantage going into that last session because we saw the radar,” Tasca said. “To get an opportunity to put this car on the pole, it’s always better starting No. 1 than No. 16. We lost our mojo a little bit in Charlotte, but it’s great to come out here, run 331 (mph) and qualify No. 1, and we’ll see what we can do Sunday.”
Steve Torrence took the top spot in Top Fuel and Dallas Glenn was the fastest in Pro Stock at the fifth event of the NHRA Camping World Drag Racing Series season.
Points leader Torrence had a 3.727 at 326.48. Coming off his first career win in just his fourth career start, rookie Glenn ran a 6.549 at 210.01 in a Chevrolet Camaro.1. Steve Torrence, 3.727 seconds, 326.48 mph vs. 14. Mitch King, 12.120, 75.09; 2. Leah Pruett, 3.733, 312.86 vs. 13. Justin Ashley, 8.329, 83.12; 3. Antron Brown, 3.749, 325.22 vs. 12. Lee Callaway, 7.030, 97.95; 4. Mike Salinas, 3.755, 326.32 vs. 11. Billy Torrence, 6.629, 132.19; 5. Clay Millican, 3.777, 302.89 vs. 10. Arthur Allen, 6.539, 96.31; 6. Brittany Force, 4.039, 215.96 vs. 9. Doug Kalitta, 4.548, 168.68; 7. Shawn Langdon, 4.407, 179.92 vs. 8. Josh Hart, 4.537, 170.26.
1. Bob Tasca III, Ford Mustang, 3.908, 331.53 vs. 16. Jim Campbell, Dodge Charger, 7.603, 83.55; 2. Alexis DeJoria, Toyota Camry, 3.912, 307.44 vs. 15. Todd Simpson, Chevy Camaro, 5.712, 125.16; 3. Ron Capps, Charger, 3.941, 315.42 vs. 14. Paul Lee, Charger, 4.133, 250.13; 4. Cruz Pedregon, Charger, 3.943, 323.12 vs. 13. Terry Haddock, Mustang, 4.072, 312.21; 5. Robert Hight, Camaro, 3.954, 324.05 vs. 12. Bobby Bode, Mustang, 4.030, 313.58; 6. Matt Hagan, Charger, 3.961, 324.12 vs. 11. Chad Green, Mustang, 4.011, 323.81; 7. Tim Wilkerson, Mustang, 3.975, 319.07 vs. 10. Blake Alexander, Mustang, 4.009, 314.46; 8. J.R. Todd, Camry, 3.994, 322.58 vs. 9. John Force, Camaro, 4.000, 275.84.
1. Dallas Glenn, Chevy Camaro, 6.549, 210.01 vs. 16. Cristian Cuadra, Ford Mustang, 6.640, 208.52; 2. Greg Anderson, Camaro, 6.549, 208.97 vs. 15. Fernando Cuadra Jr., Mustang, 6.621, 208.46; 3. Kyle Koretsky, Camaro, 6.552, 208.68 vs. 14. Rodger Brogdon, Camaro, 6.602, 209.26; 4. Erica Enders, Camaro, 6.554, 210.14 vs. 13. Val Smeland, Camaro, 6.595, 208.62; 5. Matt Hartford, Camaro, 6.566, 210.41 vs. 12. Kenny Delco, Camaro, 6.591, 204.88; 6. Aaron Stanfield, Camaro, 6.567, 209.69 vs. 11. Mason McGaha, Camaro, 6.580, 209.36; 7. Troy Coughlin Jr., Camaro, 6.570, 208.97 vs. 10. Bruno Massel, Camaro, 6.574, 209.69; 8. Deric Kramer, Camaro, 6.570, 208.84 vs. 9. Chris McGaha, Camaro, 6.571, 209.01. Did Not Qualify: 17. Fernando Cuadra, 6.684, 207.53; 18. Shane Tucker, 6.788, 204.20; 19. John Callahan, 7.125, 197.88; 20. Alan Prusiensky, 7.304, 202.76.