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NHRA Wrap-Up: C. Force, C. Millican & Kramer Win Rain-Delayed Topeka Race

 
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Deric Kramer won his first career NHRA Pro Stock event in the Mello Yello Drag Racing Series in the rain-delayed race which concluded Monday in Topeka, KS.A

Courtney Force captured her first career back-to-back Funny Car victories Monday afternoon at the rain-delayed 30th annual Menards NHRA Heartland Nationals in Topeka, KS.

Clay Millican won Top Fuel and Deric Kramer earned his first-career Mello Yello Drag Racing Series NHRA Wally by winning in Pro Stock.

The race at Heartland Motorsports Park was the eighth of 24 events on the racing schedule. All three drivers were the top qualifiers heading into eliminations.

In Top Fuel, Force powered her Chevrolet Camaro to a pass of 3.928 seconds at 329.83 miles per hour to defeat defending world champion and teammate Robert Hight in the final round, locking in her third win of the season and 11th of her career.

“Coming off a back-to-back win is just insane,” Force said. “I got on the radio and told my guys that they’re unbelievable and that it’s so much fun to drive this race car. Coming out to a track where the conditions have changed a lot, I have to give credit to my crew chiefs Brian Corradi and Dan Hood.”

Force defeated Richard Townsend, Matt Hagan, and J.R. Todd before entering her third final round this season. Hight drove past Cruz Pedregon, Tommy Johnson Jr., and Shawn Langdon before entering his fourth career final round at the Topeka dragstrip.

Millican Nabs Top Fuel Career Win #2

Millican clinched his second career national event title after he piloted his dragster to a 3.727 at 332.59 pass to defeat Terry McMillen in the finals. This was the first time that Millican and McMillen had faced each other in a final round. Millican secured his 10th career final round and first at this event.

“The car has been really good,” Millican said. “Pretty much didn’t matter what I did because that car was going to win today. It’s just awesome with all of the work [crew chief] David Grubnic has put in. He found some consistency which is what I’ve been saying all along.”

Millican defeated Terry Totten, Doug Kalitta, and eight-time world champ Tony Schumacher prior to entering his first final round of the season. McMillen raced past Mike Salinas, Billy Torrence, and Steve Torrence before entering his fifth career final round.

Kramer Gets First Pro Stock Win

In Pro Stock, Kramer drove to his first career victory in his Chevy Camaro with a pass of 6.615 at 209.36 to defeat two-time world champion Erica Enders in the final round.

Prior to entering the event, he had 13 career round wins. He is the 67th different Pro Stock driver to win in NHRA history.

“I’ve been working a long time for this,” Kramer said. “The first win leaves me a little speechless but I’m already looking for the next one. Always great as a driver to do your part and I’ve certainly been doing that all weekend.”

Kramer faced Will Hatcher, Matt Hartford, and Jason Line to enter his second final round of his career. Enders took down Mark Hogan, Tanner Gray, and Greg Anderson before her third final round this season.

The Mello Yello Drag Racing Series continues May 31–June 3 at the Route 66 NHRA Nationals at Route 66 Raceway in Joliet, IL.

NHRA Pro Stock Point Standings

  1.  Vincent Nobile            573
  2.  Greg Anderson             543
  3.  Erica Enders              541
  4.  Deric Kramer              539
  5.  Bo Butner                 518

NHRA Funny Car Point Standings

  1.  Courtney Force            670
  2.  Jack Beckman              590
  3.  Matt Hagan                540
  4.  Robert Hight              512
  5.  J.R. Todd                 504

NHRA Top Fuel Point Standings

  1.  Steve Torrence            664
  1.  Clay Millican             569
  3.  Tony Schumacher           539 
  4.  Doug Kalitta              497
  5.  Leah Pritchett            489

NHRA Pro Stock Motorcycle Point Standings

  1. Eddie Krawiec              286 
  2. Andrew Hines               261
  3. Scotty Pollacheck          246 
  4. Jerry Savoie               203
  5. Angelle Sampey             177
Drag Race Central and NHRA contributed to this report.
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