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NHRA Wrap-Up: Steve Torrence Celebrates Birthday with Top Fuel Win at Four-Wide Nationals in Las Vegas

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Due to the postponement of the Winternationals in Pomona, California, it’s taken over a month for us to get to the second race in the 2021 NHRA Camping World Drag Racing Season. But the wait is over and the Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway welcomed the Denso Spark Plugs NHRA Four-Wide nationals this past weekend.

So let’s get to this week’s NHRA Wrap Up.

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2021 NHRA Denso Four-Wide Pro Stock Results

Erica Enders notched her 30th win this weekend—though she didn’t make it easy on herself. After some rough initial rounds, Enders was 13th in qualifying, but she got back into the groove and dispatched runner-up Aaron Stanfield in the final round with a 6.656-second ET, ahead of Stanfield’s 6.667. It was Enders’ second four-wide win of her career.

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2021 NHRA Denso Four-Wide Top Fuel Results

Top Fuel driver Steve Torrence is good at four-wide events. Like, really good, having won a quartet of four-wide titles already. On top of everything else, Torrence celebrated his birthday on Saturday. So it wasn’t much of a surprise that he snagged his fifth four-wide Wally this weekend, with a 3.823-second ET to best runner-up Doug Kalitta’s 3.866.

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2021 NHRA Denso Four-Wide Funny Car Results

Bob Tasca III claimed his first ever four-wide win this past weekend in Las Vegas, piloting his Mustang funny car to a 3.938-seond ET, besting reigning Top Fuel Champ Matt Hagan’s 3.955. And it’s worth mentioning that Tasca did it on the Mustang’s birthday weekend too—Ford’s iconic pony car was released 57 years ago, on April 17, 1964.

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2021 NHRA Denso Four-Wide Pro Stock Motorcycle Results

After a brake failure put Ryan Oehler into the sand during an early run, it’s hard to imagine that he’d eventually hoist the Wally at the end of the weekend. But tenacity counts and Oehler put up a 6.911-second ET, besting runner-up Cory Reed’s 6.942.

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The Next Race in the NHRA Championship is the Lucas Oil NHRA Southern Nationals at Atlanta Dragway, April 30 – May 2.

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2021 NHRA Championship Points Standings Through Race 2

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Pro Stock

  1. Greg Anderson, 188
  2. Erica Enders, 155
  3. Deric Kramer, 150
  4. Mason McGaha, 145
  5. Troy Coughlin Jr., 128
  6. Aaron Stanfield, 127
  7. Kyle Koretsky, 114
  8. Matt Hartford, 98
  9. Chris McGaha, 87
  10. Dallas Glenn, 84
  11. Alex Laughlin, 83
  12. Kenny Delco, 70
  13. Val Smeland, 64
  14. Cristian Cuadra, 62
  15. Fernando Cuadra Jr., 61
  16. Fernando Cuadra, 41
  17. Aaron Strong, 32
  18. Bob Benza, 31
  19. Alan Prusiensky, 20
  20. John Gaydosh Jr., 10
  21. Richie Stevens Jr., 10
  22. Mike Callahan, 10

Top Fuel

  1. Steve Torrence, 184
  2. Shawn Langdon, 149
  3. Antron Brown, 145
  4. Doug Kalitta, 128
  5. Billy Torrence, 118
  6. Josh Hart, 113
  7. Clay Millican, 105
    —Leah Pruett, 105
  8. Justin Ashley, 104
  9. Brittany Force, 99
  10. Todd Paton, 41
  11. Mike Salinas, 34
  12. Doug Foley, 32
    — Troy Buff, 32
    — Greg Carillo, 32
    — Jim Maroney, 32
  13. Arthur Allen, 31
    — Mike Bucher, 31
    — Cameron Ferre, 31
    — Rob Passey, 31
    — Scott Palmer, 31
    Joe Morrison, 26
  14. Krista Baldwin, 10

Funny Car

  1. Bob Tasca III, 187
  2. J.R. Todd, 166
  3. Robert Hight, 152
  4. Ron Capps, 139
  5. Tim Wilkerson, 129
  6. Matt Hagan, 129
  7. John Force, 118
  8. Alexis DeJoria, 117
  9. Cruz Pedregon, 73
  10. Chad Green, 66
  11. Blake Alexander, 64
  12. Jim Campbell, 63
  13. Bobby Bode III, 57
  14. Terry Haddock, 41
  15. Paul Lee, 32
  16. Jonnie Lindberg, 31
    — Christopher Morel, 31
    — Dave Richards, 31
    — John Smith, 31
  17. Steven Densham, 10
    — Jeff Diel, 10
    — Mike McIntire Jr., 10
    — Alex Milandinovich, 10

Pro Stock Motorcycle

  1. Ryan Oehler, 209
  2. Matt Smith, 183
  3. Steve Johnson, 152
  4. Scotty Pollacheck, 151
  5. Angelle Sampey, 124
  6. Cory Reed, 124
  7. Angie Smith, 91
  8. Karen Stoffer, 88
  9. Kelly Clontz, 64
  10. Jerry Savoie, 63
  11. Chip Ellis, 56
  12. Hector Arana Jr., 54
  13. Chris Bostick, 51
  14. David Barron, 41
  15. Joey Gladstone, 40
  16. John Hall, 32
    — Fred Camarena, 32
  17. Michael Phillips, 31
    — Jim Underdahl, 31
  18. Pablo Gonzalez, 10
    — Marc Ingwersen, 10
    — Jianna Salinas, 10
  19. Lance Bonham, 5

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