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NHRA Wrap-Up: Hight Makes it 2 in a Row, & Salinas Grabs Top Fuel Win at the 2022 Arizona Nationals

Clay Millican and Mike Salinas square off in the Final Round of Top Fuel drag racing this past Sunday at the 2022 NHRA Arizona Nationals. (Image/Auto Imagery)

NHRA’s second event of the season took us to Phoenix, Arizona for the aptly-named Arizona Nationals. And while it’s tough to predict anything this early in the drag racing calendar, we may be seeing a trend develop in Funny Car—and maybe even Pro Stock. See what we mean in this week’s NHRA Wrap-Up.

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2022 NHRA Arizona Nationals Pro Stock Results

After losing in the Final Round last week, Pro Stock driver Aaron Stanfield was probably a bit more determined to grab the Wally in Arizona. Toss in the fact the he and his wife just welcomed their first child, and there was plenty of motivation for Stanfield entering the the Finals on Sunday. His 6.526 second, 210.50 mph blast gave him the victory over Troy Coughlin Jr.’s 6.539/210.24 run, and planted him in first place early in the championship season.

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2022 NHRA Arizona Nationals Top Fuel Results

Put simply, the Final Round in Top Fuel was a great quarter-mile drag race to watch. Clay Millican got off the line first, then Mike Salinas caught up about halfway down the track, but had to struggle to keep the car straight across the beams. The work paid off though, as Salinas notched a 3.751 second, 318.25 mph run, topping Millican’s 3.769/322.73 pass.

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2022 NHRA Arizona Nationals Funny Car Results

After grabbing the Wally at the NHRA season opener in Pomona, California, Robert Hight found himself in the Finals again in Arizona. This time paired up against three-time champ Matt Hagan, Hight ripped off a 3.837 second, 330.39 mph pass to best Hagan’s 4.045/267 effort.

Tim Wilkerson put in a solid effort in Arizona too, making it to the Semis and moving him up to fifth in the Funny Car championship points standings. (Image/Auto Imagery)

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The 2022 NHRA Season Continues with the NHRA Gatornationals in Gainesville, Florida March 10 – 13.

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Current 2022 NHRA Championship Points Standings

Pro Stock

  1. Aaron Stanfield, 224
  2. Erica Enders, 188
  3. Greg Anderson, 133
  4. Troy Coughlin Jr., 126
  5. Kyle Koretsky, 119
  6. Deric Kramer, 110
  7. Mason McGaha, 103
  8. Bo Butner, 86
    – Camrie Caruso, 86
  9. Dallas Glenn, 85

Top Fuel

  1. Mike Salinas, 181
  2. Justin Ashley, 159
  3. Steve Torrence, 152
  4. Brittany Force, 139
  5. Josh Hart, 125
  6. Austin Prock, 123
  7. Clay Millican, 122
  8. Tony Schumacher, 89
  9. Shawn Langdon, 86
  10. Antron Brown, 80

Funny Car

  1. Robert Hight, 247
  2. Matt Hagan, 182
  3. Ron Capps, 159
  4. Cruz Pedregon, 131
  5. Tim Wilkerson, 110
  6. Alexis DeJoria, 106
  7. John Force, 104
    – Bob Tasca III, 104
  8. J.R. Todd, 86
  9. Jim Campbell, 64
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