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NHRA Wrap-Up: Robert Hight, Brittany Force & Matt Smith Grab Wallys at 2022 NHRA Virginia Nationals

Matt Hagan and Robert Hight square off in the Final Round at the 2022 NHRA Virginia Nationals. (Image/Stellantis)

Virginia is for racers! And the 2002 NHRA Virginia Nationals proved that once again with a weekend full of rivalries and neck-and-neck action at Virginia Motorsports Park. There was no Pro Stock class racing this week, but Top Fuel, Funny Car, and Pro Stock Motorcycle all had some serious competition. So let’s see how it all shook out in this week’s NHRA Wrap-Up.

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2022 NHRA Virginia Nationals Top Fuel Results

Brittany Force rolled into Virginia with the Top Fuel points lead…and she took it with her when she left. Paired up with last year’s champ Steve Torrence in the Finals, Force ripped off a scorching 3.770 second, 334.07 mph pass to top Torrence’s 3.781 @ 326.24. (If you’re keeping track at home, despite being second in the points standings, Torrence hasn’t grabbed a Wally since his Championship-capping win in Pomona, California last year.)

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2022 NHRA Virginia Nationals Funny Car Results

After making it to the 4-Wide Finals in North Carolina, Robert Hight was able to cross the beams first in Virginia. And he did it against longtime rival Matt Hagan. In an almost wheel-to-wheel run, Hight pulled out a victory with a 3.907 second, 328.86 pass, eclipsing Hagan’s 3.948 @ 327.59 effort. The pair are now sitting in the first and second slots in the Funny Car points standings.

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2022 NHRA Virginia Nationals Pro Stock Motorcycle Results

It’s fair to say that Matt Smith and Steve Johnson are having a bit of a row, particularly since Johnson’s victory in Houston. So suffice it to say, we were pretty pumped to see the two face off again at the Finals in Virginia. This time though, an edge off the line gave Smith a razor-thin lead that he held onto down the track, resulting in a 6.842 second, 198.35 mph run—the holeshot win bested Johnson’s 6.786 @ 198.06.

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The 2022 NHRA Season Continues with the NHRA New England Nationals in Epping, New Hampshire June 3 to June 5.

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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, 605
  2. Steve Torrence, 524
  3. Mike Salinas, 521
  4. Justin Ashley, 468
  5. Austin Prock, 367
  6. Clay Millican, 365
  7. Josh Hart, 354
  8. Doug Kalitta, 316
  9. Tony Schumacher, 295
  10. Shawn Langdon, 269

Funny Car

  1. Matt Hagan, 673
  2. Robert Hight, 658
  3. Ron Capps, 561
  4. John Force, 447
  5. Cruz Pedregon, 395
  6. Bob Tasca III, 354
  7. J.R. Todd, 331
  8. Chad Green, 321
  9. Alexis DeJoria, 310
  10. Tim Wilkerson, 277

Pro Stock Motorcycle

  1. Steve Johnson, 393
  2. Karen Stoffer, 343
  3. Eddie Krawiec, 279
  4. Matt Smith, 272
  5. Angie Smith, 245
  6. Joey Gladstone, 229
  7. Angelle Sampey, 209
  8. Jim Underdahl, 194
  9. Marc Ingwersen, 186
  10. Jerry Savoie, 158
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