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NHRA Wrap-Up: Racing Returns to Brainerd International Raceway for the Lucas Oil Nationals

Leah Pruett heats up the tires during the first round of Eliminations at the 2021 Lucas NHRA Nationals. (Image/Stellantis)

After a one-year hiatus, the NHRA roared back to Brainerd, Minnesota for the Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals this weekend. Now with only one more race to go in the regular NHRA season schedule, the points standings are critically important. While Pro Stock and Pro Stock Motorcycle were not on the docket, there was plenty of Top Fuel and Funny Car action. So let’s see how the classes stand in this week’s NHRA Wrap-Up.

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2021 Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals Top Fuel Results

Over the course of his NHRA career, Steve Torrence has won at a lot of different tracks. In fact, every track except Brainerd International Raceway. Until this past weekend, of course. Torrence completed his “Super Sweep” of winning at every NHRA track by knocking out Clay Millican in the finals. Torrence made a 3.712-second, 323.74 mph run to best Millican’s 3.729/320.05 pass. The win put Torrence in command of the Top Fuel points going into the final regular season race in Indianapolis.

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2021 Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals Funny Car Results

Matt Hagan notched his second win of the NHRA season, and edged closer to the top of the NHRA Funny Car points standings too. But it wasn’t easy—paired up against Cruz Pedregon in the Finals, Hagan needed an impressive 3.923 second, 327.98 mph run to push past Pedregon’s hard-charging 3.935/324.83 effort.

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The Final Race in the NHRA Regular Season is the Dodge//SRT NHRA U.S. Nationals in Indianapolis, Indiana September 1 – 5.

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2021 NHRA Championship Points Standings Through Race 11

Pro Stock

  1. Greg Anderson, 895
  2. Aaron Stanfield, 741
  3. Erica Enders, 725
  4. Dallas Glenn, 639
  5. Matt Hartford, 622
  6. Kyle Koretsky, 618
  7. Troy Coughlin Jr., 574
  8. Mason McGaha, 550
  9. Deric Kramer, 518
  10. Chris McGaha, 409

Top Fuel

  1. Steve Torrence, 1212
  2. Brittany Force, 829
  3. Antron Brown, 791
  4. Leah Pruett, 631
    Mike Salinas, 631
  5. Shawn Langdon, 620
  6. Clay Millican, 579
  7. Justin Ashley, 578
  8. Billy Torrence, 510
  9. Doug Kalitta, 503

Funny Car

  1. Matt Hagan, 865
  2. Bob Tasca III, 850
    J.R. Todd, 850
  3. John Force, 849
  4. Ron Capps, 840
  5. Robert Hight, 782
  6. Alexis DeJoria, 725
  7. Cruz Pedregon, 712
  8. Tim Wilkerson, 631
  9. Blake Alexander, 470

Pro Stock Motorcycle

  1. Matt Smith, 813
  2. Steve Johnson, 551
  3. Scotty Pollacheck, 491
  4. Angelle Sampey, 443
  5. Ryan Oehler, 441
  6. Angie Smith, 429
  7. Karen Stoffer, 428
  8. Eddie Krawiec, 409
  9. Joey Gladstone, 389
  10. Andrew Hines. 381
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