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NHRA Wrap-Up: Koretsky Grabs First Win in All-KB Racing Pro Stock Final During NHRA Carolina Nationals

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NHRA racing blasted into zMax dragway near Charlotte, North Carolina for the second time this season, following the NGK NTK NHRA Four-Wide Nationals back in May. That earlier race was noteworthy as rookie Dallas Glenn notched his first Pro Stock victory of his career. Would fortune favor another up-and-coming racer this time around? If you read the headline, you probably already know, so let’s not waste any time getting to the recaps in this week’s NHRA Wrap-Up.

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2021 DeWalt NHRA Carolina Nationals Pro Stock Results

It was an all-KB Racing final in Pro Stock as Kyle Koretsky squared up against veteran racer and teammate Greg Anderson. Anderson is one win away from breaking the tie with Warren Johnson, making him the winningest Pro Stock NHRA driver of all time. But he’ll have to wait for the next race, as Kyle Koretsky notched the first Pro Stock victory of his career with a razor-thin victory: 6.629-seconds at 207.27 mph, compared to Anderson’s 6.639/208.20.

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2021 DeWalt NHRA Carolina Nationals Top Fuel Results

We just mentioned second-year racer Kyle Koretsky, so let’s talk about another fresh face. Rookie Josh Hart scored his second win of the season by pushing past Brittany Force in the Top Fuel finals. Hart recorded a 3.770-second, 324.12 mph run to best Force’s 3.751/320.05 effort. The win was another line on his Rookie of the Year resume, where he’s competing with the aforementioned Dallas Glenn and others.

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2021 DeWalt NHRA Carolina Nationals Funny Car Results

It took five years for Wilkerson to break his winless streak at the 2021 U.S. Nats over Labor Day Weekend—but he’d only have to wait two weeks to notch his next victory. Paired against Cruz Pedregon in the final round, Wilkerson’s 3.927-second, 331.36 mph pass bested Pedregon’s 3.947/325.53 run.

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2021 DeWalt NHRA Carolina Nationals Pro Stock Motorcycle Results

Pro Stock Motorcycle racer Angelle Sampey lifted a Wally for the first time this season. In the final round, mechanical issues on Joey Gladstone’s bike gave Sampey the win with a 6.861-second, 196.62 mph pass over Gladstone’s 7.156/154.81 run. But it wasn’t all cheers in the Winner’s Circle, earlier in the second round, Sampey’s former teammate Cory Reed was sent to the hospital in a terrifying crash.

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The Third Race in the NHRA Countdown to the Championship is the NHRA Midwest Nationals in Madison, IL September 24 – 26.

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Current 2021 NHRA Countdown to the Championship Points Standings

Pro Stock

  1. Greg Anderson, 2327
  2. Erica Enders, 2262
  3. Kyle Koretsky, 2236
  4. Dallas Glenn, 2180
  5. Aaron Stanfield, 2170
  6. Troy Coughlin Jr., 2169
  7. Matt Hartford, 2130
  8. Mason McGaha, 2120
  9. Deric Kramer, 2115
  10. Chris McGaha, 2110

Top Fuel

  1. Brittany Force, 2274
  2. Steve Torrence, 2253
  3. Justin Ashley, 2200
  4. Billy Torrence, 2192
  5. Leah Pruett, 2146
  6. Mike Salinas, 2138
  7. Antron Brown, 2136
  8. Shawn Langdon, 2133
  9. Clay Millican, 2126
  10. Doug Kalitta, 2064

Funny Car

  1. Ron Capps, 2233
  2. Matt Hagan, 2228
  3. John Force, 2208
  4. J.R. Todd, 2187
  5. Cruz Pedregon, 2181
  6. Robert Hight, 2161
    —Tim Wilkerson, 2161
  7. Bob Tasca III, 2140
  8. Alexis DeJoria, 2136
  9. Blake Alexander, 2064

Pro Stock Motorcycle

  1. Steve Johnson, 2272
  2. Angelle Sampey, 2255
  3. Matt Smith, 2242
  4. Eddie Krawiec, 2233
  5. Scotty Pollacheck, 2177
  6. Joey Gladstone, 2171
  7. Cory Reed, 2125
  8. Angie Smith, 2122
  9. Karen Stoffer, 2117
  10. Andrew Hines, 2110

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