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NHRA Wrap-Up: Force, Hagan, Enders & Johnson Win in Houston’s Final NHRA SpringNationals

NHRA driver Matt Hagan pilots his car to victory at the final NHRA event held at Houston Raceway park. (Image/Stellantis)

It was a bittersweet moment for NHRA fans in Texas. While the 2022 SpringNationals was great event, it also marked the final NHRA race at the historic Houston Raceway Park. We wrote about it when the news broke last year, but when Brittany Force and Justin Ashley ripped down the track during Sunday’s Top Fuel Final Round, it was the last time the track would ever see an NHRA event.

Regardless, it was still an incredible weekend of racing, so let’s get to our NHRA Wrap-Up.

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2022 NHRA SpringNationals Pro Stock Results

Erica Enders gave us a repeat act of her Wally-hoisting performance last month during the 2022 NHRA 4-Wide Nationals. Facing one of the other drivers from that 4-Wide Final Round, Camrie Caruso, Enders ripped off a 6.568-second, 210.24 mph run to top Caruso’s 6.624 @ 209.26.

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2022 NHRA SpringNationals Top Fuel Results

Make it two in a row in Top Fuel as well, as Brittany Force lifts the Wally again following her victory in last month’s 4-Wide Nationals. But unlike Enders, Force wasn’t facing one of the three other drivers from that previous Final. Instead, Justin Ashley piloted his way to Sunday, yet came up short. A lightning-quick light allowed Force’s 3.767-second 321.42 mph run to best Ashley’s 3.763 @ 329.58 effort.

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2022 NHRA SpringNationals Funny Car Results

Since joining the NHRA this season, Tony Stewart Racing is off to a good start in professional drag racing. After grabbing TSR’s first Wally at the Gatornationals, Matt Hagan added another one to the bookshelf in Houston. Paired up with Bob Bode in the Finals, the race had a dramatic finish—Bode suffered a serious engine explosion that blew the body completely off his Funny Car about halfway through the run. Thankfully, Bode was still able to coast the car safely down the track as Hagan rolled to a 3.982-second, 326.63 mph victory.

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2022 NHRA SpringNationals Pro Stock Motorcycle Results

Steve Johnson is a familiar name to anyone who follows PSM. And it’s about to get familiar-er after he grabs another Wally in the historic last NHRA event at Houston Raceway park. But it didn’t come easy. Facing off against another well-known Pro Stock Motorcycle racer, Matt Smith, Johnson put down a 6.720-second, 199.91 mph run to top Smith’s 6.811 @ 200.47 pass.

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The 2022 NHRA Season Continues with the Circle K NHRA Four-Wide Nationals, April 29 to May 1 at zMAX Dragway in Concord, North Carolina.

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Current 2022 NHRA Championship Points Standings

Pro Stock

  1. Erica Enders, 471
  2. Aaron Stanfield, 389
  3. Kyle Koretsky, 345
  4. Dallas Glenn, 305
  5. Greg Anderson, 291
  6. Mason McGaha, 279
  7. Camrie Caruso, 272
  8. Bo Butner, 247
  9. Troy Coughlin Jr., 223
  10. Rodger Brogdon, 220

Top Fuel

  1. Brittany Force, 420
  2. Steve Torrence, 388
  3. Justin Ashley, 367
  4. Mike Salinas, 349
  5. Clay Millican, 281
  6. Austin Prock, 253
  7. Tony Schumacher, 227
  8. Josh Hart, 220
  9. Doug Kalitta, 206
  10. Antron Brown, 198

Funny Car

  1. Matt Hagan, 507
  2. Robert Hight, 447
  3. Ron Capps, 420
  4. Cruz Pedregon, 282
  5. John Force, 249
  6. Alexis DeJoria, 241
  7. J.R. Todd, 241
  8. Chad Green, 237
  9. Bob Tasca III, 229
  10. Tim Wilkerson, 217

Pro Stock Motorcycle

  1. Karen Stoffer, 196
  2. Steve Johnson, 173
  3. Angie Smith, 128
  4. Eddie Krawiec, 127
  5. Joey Gladstone, 124
  6. Matt Smith, 124
  7. Jerry Savoie, 102
  8. Angelle Sampey, 83
    – Jim Underdahl, 83
  9. Marc Ingwersen, 82
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