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NHRA Wrap-Up: Stanfield Grabs Win in Sonoma, Tightening the Pro Stock Championship Points Race

Aaron Stanfield squares up against Greg Anderson in the NHRA Pro Stock semifinal round, on his way to a final round matchup with rookie Dallas Glenn. (Image/AutoImagery)

The NHRA’s “Western Swing” is, well, in full swing with a stop last weekend in Sonoma, California for the NHRA Sonoma Nationals. And the Sonoma race also heralded a return to NHRA drag racing in California, after the pandemic played havoc with the 2020 and 2021 race schedules. So it was no surprise to see the stands packed with drag racing fans ready to watch some NHRA quarter-mile action live, in-person. Let’s see how it all shook out in this week’s NHRA Wrap-Up.

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2021 NHRA Sonoma Nationals Pro Stock Results

Consistency is what wins championships, and that’s why Aaron Stanfield is edging higher to the overall points lead after racing concluded this weekend. It marked the third time he’s lifted a Wally this year, and it brought him closer to the current points leader Greg Anderson. Speaking of Anderson, Stanfield took a win against the veteran racer in the Semis. In the Finals, it was Stanfield’s 6.557-second, 209.56 mph pass that gave him the victory against rookie Dallas Glenn’s 6.580/209.69 run.

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2021 NHRA Sonoma Nationals Top Fuel Results

If you’ve been watching Top Fuel much this season, you probably already know what we’re going to say next: Steve Torrence won. But the bigger news is that the win also secured him a spot in the Countdown to the Championship. In fact, he’d locked it in before Sunday, thanks to some solid qualifying efforts—driving an all-new car, no less. His 3.757-second, 327.98 mph blast in the finals tripped the beams before Leah Pruett’s 3.768/323.04 pass.

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Despite a significant engine explosion in Round One, Tim Wilkerson was able to rebuild and recover, before being bested by Alexis Dejoria in the second round of eliminations. (Image/AutoImagery)

2021 NHRA Sonoma Nationals Funny Car Results

It was a dramatic weekend of racing. It began with an explosion in veteran racer Tim Wilkerson’s Ford Mustang Funny Car (he’s OK and went on to race in the next round), and culminated in a big win for Robert Hight. He dispatched Matt Hagan in the finals with a 3.971-second, 322.50 mph pass, to Hagan’s 3.991/324.44 effort.

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2021 NHRA Sonoma Nationals Pro Stock Motorcycle Results

Despite running in the middle of the pack during early qualifying, Karen Stoffer found a way to pilot her Suzuki to the Winners Circle at the end of the weekend. Thanks to cutting a quick light in the Finals, Stoffer got the edge against Andrew Hines, delivering a 5.664-second, 197.36 mph run to best Hines’ 6.800/200.98 pass.

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The Next Race in the NHRA Championship is (Finally!) the Lucas Oil NHRA Winternationals in Pomona, CA July 30 – Aug. 1.

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2021 NHRA Championship Points Standings Through Race 8

Pro Stock

  1. Greg Anderson, 729
  2. Aaron Stanfield, 594
  3. Erica Enders, 566
  4. Matt Hartford, 508
  5. Dallas Glenn, 492
  6. Mason McGaha, 485
  7. Deric Kramer, 454
  8. Kyle Koretsky, 447
  9. Troy Coughlin Jr., 431
  10. Chris McGaha, 305

Top Fuel

  1. Steve Torrence, 978
  2. Antron Brown, 629
  3. Brittany Force, 564
  4. Shawn Langdon, 460
  5. Leah Pruett, 457
  6. Billy Torrence, 448
  7. Mike Salinas, 432
  8. Doug Kalitta, 420
  9. Justin Ashley, 370
  10. Clay Millican, 351

Funny Car

  1. Bob Tasca III, 676
  2. Matt Hagan, 655
  3. Robert Hight, 636
  4. John Force, 624
  5. Ron Capps, 613
  6. J.R. Todd, 584
  7. Alexis DeJoria, 577
  8. Tim Wilkerson, 521
  9. Cruz Pedregon, 481
  10. Terry Haddock, 306

Pro Stock Motorcycle

  1. Matt Smith, 686
  2. Steve Johnson, 516
  3. Scotty Pollacheck, 414
  4. Ryan Oehler, 409
  5. Karen Stoffer, 397
  6. Angie Smith, 377
  7. Angelle Sampey, 349
  8. Andrew Hines, 347
  9. Cory Reed, 343
  10. Joey Gladstone, 335
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