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NHRA Wrap-Up: Wilkerson Wins, The Dodge HEMI Challenge & More Action from the 2021 U.S. Nationals in Indy

Last year’s Dodge HEMI Challenge winner Stephen Yantus III didn’t make it past the Semis this year, but his 1968 Plymouth Barracuda did take home a “Best Appearing Car” award. (Image/Stellantis)

The NHRA returned to its Indianapolis, Indiana roots over Labor Day weekend for the 2021 U.S. Nationals, bringing with it top-tier NHRA action, along with other special events—namely the Dodge HEMI Challenge, the longest running, continuous specialty race in NHRA history. This year Steve Comella took his 1968 Plymouth Barracuda to the Winner’s Circle, just edging out four-time Hemi Challenge champ Jim Daniels Jr. in his 1968 Dodge Dart.

And as you’d imagine, the rest of the racing was fierce all weekend long and included a surprise victory from a veteran racer as the NHRA Regular Season came to a close. Read all about it in this week’s NHRA Wrap-Up.

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2021 NHRA U.S. Nationals Pro Stock Results

A familiar face returned to the U.S. Nationals Winner’s Circle—Erica Enders won the event for the second time in a row, nabbing a holeshot victory with a 6.626-second, 203.01 mph run to best Kyle Koretsky’s 6.613/206.35 effort. It was Enders’ third win of the season.

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2021 NHRA U.S. Nationals Top Fuel Results

Steve Torrence continued his year of Top Fuel domination at Indy, lifting a Wally for the eight time this season. Paired against Brittany Force in the Final Round, some early tire smoke from Force handed Torrence a win, notching a 3.749-second, 324.44 pass to coast past Force’s 13.165/24.39 run.

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2021 NHRA U.S. Nationals Funny Car Results

A big win for Tim Wilkerson in Indy, as he piloted his Funny Car to the Winner’s Circle for the first time in five years. His 3.912-second, 280.14 mph run was enough to dispatch the 3.946-second, 326.63 mph pass from Ron Capps in the finals. This is Wilkerson’s second win at the U.S. Nationals and his first Wally since a victory in Charlotte, North Carolina in 2016.

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2021 NHRA U.S. Nationals Pro Stock Motorcycle Results

We haven’t mentioned Eddie Krawiec much lately, but he certainly gets the focus today. The four-time Pro Stock Motorcycle title holder is back to championship form after winning in Indy for the third time in his career. He went up against Angelle Sampey in the Finals, where his 6.844-second, 198.58 mph effort edged him past Sampey’s 6.880/195.51 pass.

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The First Race in the NHRA Countdown to the Championship is the Mopar Express Lane NHRA Nationals in Mohnton, PA September 9 – 12.

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2021 NHRA Championship Final Regular Season Points Standings

Pro Stock

  1. Greg Anderson, 1005
  2. Erica Enders, 900
  3. Aaron Stanfield, 790
  4. Kyle Koretsky, 767
  5. Dallas Glenn, 752
  6. Matt Hartford, 703
  7. Troy Coughlin Jr., 631
  8. Mason McGaha, 629
  9. Deric Kramer, 567
  10. Chris McGaha, 489

Top Fuel

  1. Steve Torrence, 1389
  2. Brittany Force, 978
  3. Antron Brown, 839
  4. Leah Pruett, 712
  5. Shawn Langdon, 668
  6. Mike Salinas, 646
  7. Justin Ashley, 627
  8. Billy Torrence, 621
  9. Clay Millican, 594
  10. Doug Kalitta, 588

Funny Car

  1. Ron Capps, 981
  2. John Force, 938
  3. Bob Tasca III, 937
  4. J.R. Todd, 931
  5. Matt Hagan, 881
  6. Robert Hight, 867
  7. Alexis DeJoria, 835
  8. Cruz Pedregon, 825
  9. Tim Wilkerson, 801
  10. Blake Alexander, 519

Pro Stock Motorcycle

  1. Matt Smith, 864
  2. Steve Johnson, 638
  3. Scotty Pollacheck, 606
  4. Eddie Krawiec, 588
  5. Angelle Sampey, 583
  6. Ryan Oehler, 520
  7. Joey Gladstone, 498
  8. Angie Smith, 480
  9. Karen Stoffer, 478
  10. Andrew Hines. 429
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