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NHRA Wrap-Up: Cruz Pedregon Ends Drought with Win, Capping an Exciting Weekend at Summit Racing Nationals

A familiar sight at the Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals, Bob Motz brought out his jet truck Friday night to kick off an exciting weekend of racing in Norwalk. (Image/Auto Imagery)

A little bit of rain didn’t soak the spirits of the folks who attended the Summit Racing NHRA Nationals this past weekend. From Bob Motz’s famous Jet Truck to scoopfuls of ice cream, the NHRA’s annual stop in Norwalk, Ohio is always a memorable one. So let’s see who came out on top in this week’s NHRA Wrap-Up.

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Erica Enders and Greg Anderson pair-off in the final round of NHRA Pro Stock racing at the Summit Racing NHRA Nationals. (Image/Auto Imagery)

2021 Summit Racing NHRA Nationals Pro Stock Results

After this weekend, Greg Anderson is still one win away from tying Warren Johnson for the most Pro Stock victories in history. Paired against defending champ Erica Enders in the finals, Anderson’s blistering 6.594-second, 206.20 mph run was not enough to overcome Enders’ incredible 0.005 starting line advantage. Enders took the victory with a 6.606-second, 205.44 mph pass.

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2021 Summit Racing NHRA Nationals Top Fuel Results

Go on, ask Steve Torrence if he likes Norwalk—he’s only won there now three times in the last four events. Yup, Torrence notched another victory last weekend, continuing to build his lead in this season’s Top Fuel standings. Matched with Brittany Force in the final round, he took the win with a 3.736-second, 313.88 mph pass compared to Force’s 3.730-second, 326.24 mph run.

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2021 Summit Racing NHRA Nationals Funny Car Results

It’s been over three years since Cruz Pedregon last lifted a Wally. But his impressive 3.958-second at 324.75 mph pass was enough to hold off a hard-charging Bob Tasca III and his 3.913-second, 332.02(!) mph run. It was Pedregon’s first finals appearance this year and the win snapped a drought that stretched back to 2018.

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2021 Summit Racing NHRA Nationals Pro Stock Motorcycle Results

After this weekend, the Norwalk track has a new Pro Stock Motorcycle ET record thanks to Matt Smith. His incredible 6.782-second, 200.56 mph run in the Finals gave him the record, along with a win against Steve Johnson’s 6.836-second, 196.10 mph pass. (The win was a double-bummer for Johnson, as it also erased his own track record set the day before during qualifying.)

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The Next Race in the NHRA Championship is the Dodge//SRT Mile-High NHRA Nationals, July 16-18.

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2021 NHRA Championship Points Standings Through Race 7

Pro Stock

  1. Greg Anderson, 648
  2. Erica Enders, 506
  3. Aaron Stanfield, 479
  4. Matt Hartford, 450
  5. Mason McGaha, 433
  6. Deric Kramer, 423
  7. Dallas Glenn, 399
  8. Kyle Koretsky, 384
  9. Troy Coughlin Jr., 356
  10. Chris McGaha, 273

Top Fuel

  1. Steve Torrence, 733
  2. Antron Brown, 518
  3. Billy Torrence, 448
  4. Brittany Force, 442
  5. Shawn Langdon, 385
  6. Justin Ashley, 337
  7. Doug Kalitta, 332
  8. Leah Pruett, 320
  9. Mike Salinas, 318
  10. Josh Hart, 310

Funny Car

  1. Bob Tasca III, 590
  2. John Force, 537
  3. J.R. Todd, 502
  4. Robert Hight, 485
  5. Ron Capps, 453
  6. Matt Hagan, 434
  7. Cruz Pedregon, 517
  8. Alexis DeJoria, 399
  9. Tim Wilkerson, 397
  10. Terry Haddock, 252

Pro Stock Motorcycle

  1. Matt Smith, 499
  2. Steve Johnson, 406
  3. Scotty Pollacheck, 348
  4. Ryan Oehler, 345
  5. Angelle Sampey, 264
  6. Joey Gladstone, 255
  7. Angie Smith, 233
  8. Karen Stoffer, 226
  9. Cory Reed, 218
  10. Eddie Krawiec, 206

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