Alexander takes shock NHRA Prime Gasoline win


Blake Alexander turned the 105th completely different Prime Gasoline winner in NHRA historical past when he claimed victory in Norwalk, whereas Matt Hagan, Tanner Grey and Eddie Krawiec clinched Humorous Automotive, Professional Inventory and Professional Inventory Bike honors.


Alexander’s four.zero11-second go at 297.81 mph in his Pronto Auto Service dragster was sufficient to take down Terry McMillen and safe his first Prime Gasoline profession victory.

“It felt actually good,” Alexander said. “I bought slightly emotional as a result of I’ve tried to do that my complete life. I’ve come shut however have misplaced sponsors, thought I used to be by no means going to drive the automobile once more and principally we’ve gone by way of the whole lot to climb again to the highest.”

Alexander certified 12th for the occasion however defeated Don Schumacher Racing superstars Antron Brown, Tony Schumacher and Leah Pritchett to succeed in solely his second profession ultimate spherical.


Hagan powered to the Humorous Automotive win with a run of four.094 at 288.21 in his Mopar Categorical Lane Dodge Charger R/T to take down factors chief Courtney Drive within the finals. The 2-time FC champion’s second victory of the season was his first because the season-opening occasion in Pomona.

“We simply had a superb stable automobile all weekend,” Hagan mentioned. “We certified properly and went down the race monitor just about each lap. It’s been some time since we turned on 4 win lights but it surely’s a nitro humorous automobile; you by no means know what you’re going to get.”

Hagan certified third for the occasion and defeated teammates Tommy Johnson Jr. and Jack Beckman together with J.R. Todd en path to victory.

Drive secured defeated John Smith, Shawn Langdon and her father John Drive on her method to the finals.


Grey was in a position to defeat two-time PS champion Erica Enders within the ultimate spherical for his eighth profession victory and third of the season. His 6.615 at 209.62 in his Grey Motorsports Valvoline Chevrolet Camaro made him the primary Professional Inventory competitor to succeed in the winner’s circle 3 times in 2018.

“This was positively an enormous accomplishment,” Grey mentioned. “We struggled quite a bit at the start of the season. We did a whole lot of testing and couldn’t actually see the place that arduous work was as a result of the outcomes weren’t exhibiting. It feels good to have lastly turned a nook and see the exhausting work has paid off.” 

He took down Chris McGaha, Matt Hartford and Drew Skillman to succeed in the ultimate, whereas Enders has now posted 4 runner-up finishes and a victory in 2018, and likes third within the championship.


Krawiec secured his third PSM victory at Summit Motorsports Park with a go of 6.923 at 195.05mph on his Screamin’ Eagle Vance & Hines Harley-Davidson to defeat Jerry Savoie.

Krawiec mentioned: “It’s been a superb weekend for us. It was a battle early on making an attempt to bop by way of the rain drops. We had been making an attempt to get a deal with on a brand new monitor and perceive what it’s we have to do. We had been in a position to get it completed and get our bike within the winner’s circle.”

Savoie has two ultimate spherical appearances on the season with a victory at Charlotte earlier within the yr.

End order at Summit Racing Tools NHRA Nationals at Summit Racing Tools Motorsports Park

TOP FUEL: 1. Blake Alexander; 2. Terry McMillen; three. Steve Torrence; four. Leah Pritchett; 5. Tony Schumacher; 6. Richie Crampton; 7. Clay Millican; eight. Mike Salinas; 9. Doug Kalitta; 10. Antron Brown; 11. Pat Dakin; 12. Dom Lagana; 13. Kyle Wurtzel; 14. Chris Karamesines; 15. Brittany Drive; 16. Luigi Novelli.
Ultimate: Blake Alexander, four.zero11 seconds, 297.81 mph def. Terry McMillen, four.155 seconds, 289.20 mph.

FUNNY CAR: 1. Matt Hagan; 2. Courtney Drive; three. J.R. Todd; four. John Drive; 5. Jack Beckman; 6. Shawn Langdon; 7. Robert Hight; eight. Ron Capps; 9. Tommy Johnson Jr.; 10. Jim Campbell; 11. Dale Creasy Jr.; 12. John Smith; 13. Del Worsham; 14. Bob Tasca III; 15. Jeff Diehl; 16. Tim Wilkerson.
Ultimate: Matt Hagan, Dodge Charger, four.094, 288.21 def. Courtney Drive, Chevy Camaro, four.220, 227.54.

PRO STOCK: 1. Tanner Grey; 2. Erica Enders; three. Drew Skillman; four. Bo Butner; 5. Jason Line; 6. Jeg Coughlin; 7. Vincent Nobile; eight. Matt Hartford; 9. Greg Anderson; 10. Alex Laughlin; 11. Deric Kramer; 12. Chris McGaha; 13. John Gaydosh Jr; 14. Wally Stroupe; 15. Charlie Westcott Jr.; 16. Kenny Delco.
Ultimate: Tanner Grey, Chevy Camaro, 6.615, 209.62 def. Erica Enders, Camaro, 6.608, 208.30.

PRO STOCK MOTORCYCLE: 1. Eddie Krawiec; 2. Jerry Savoie; three. LE Tonglet; four. Angie Smith; 5. Hector Arana Jr; 6. Angelle Sampey; 7. Andrew Hines; eight. Jim Underdahl; 9. Matt Smith; 10. Mark Paquette; 11. Scotty Pollacheck; 12. Cory Reed; 13. Ryan Oehler; 14. Steve Johnson; 15. Hector Arana; 16. Joey Gladstone.
Ultimate: Eddie Krawiec, Harley-Davidson, 6.923, 195.05 def. Jerry Savoie, Suzuki, 7.071, 175.39.

Level standings after 12 of 24 rounds within the 2018 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Sequence

Prime Gasoline: 1. Steve Torrence, 964; 2. Clay Millican, 847; three. Tony Schumacher, 817; four. Doug Kalitta, 749; 5. Leah Pritchett, 736; 6. Terry McMillen, 643; 7. Antron Brown, 622; eight. Brittany Drive, 594; 9. Mike Salinas, 475; 10. Scott Palmer, 471.

Humorous Automotive: 1. Courtney Drive, 1,038; 2. (tie) Jack Beckman, 788; Matt Hagan, 788; four. Robert Hight, 771; 5. J.R. Todd, 767; 6. Ron Capps, 755; 7. Tommy Johnson Jr., 637; eight. John Drive, 577; 9. Shawn Langdon, 537; 10. Bob Tasca III, 532.

Professional Inventory: 1. Tanner Grey, 882; 2. Greg Anderson, 856; three. Erica Enders, 830; four. Vincent Nobile, 812; 5. Drew Skillman, 751; 6. Jeg Coughlin, 732; 7. Bo Butner, 717; eight. Chris McGaha, 691; 9. Deric Kramer, 659; 10. Jason Line, 628.

Professional Inventory Bike: 1. Eddie Krawiec, 515; 2. Andrew Hines, 510; three. LE Tonglet, 440; four. Jerry Savoie, 389; 5. Hector Arana Jr, 377; 6. Scotty Pollacheck, 363; 7. Matt Smith, 355; eight. Angie Smith, 272; 9. Angelle Sampey, 257; 10. Hector Arana, 255.