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NHRA Wrap Up: Capps Recovers, Stanfield Overcomes & Ashley Wins at a Wild 2022 Thunder Valley Nationals

Tim Wilkerson squares off with Ron Capps in the Final Round of Funny Car racing at the 2022 NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals. (Image/Auto Imagery)

It was an interesting weekend in Bristol, Tennessee for the 2022 NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals, highlighted by a wild finish in Pro Stock. So let’s not waste time in getting into this week’s NHRA Wrap Up.

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2022 NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals Pro Stock Results

We hadn’t seen a finish like this in a while. Erica Enders faced Aaron Stanfield in the Final Round on Sunday. Enders bolted off the line while Stanfield lifted to compensate for a bad tire shake. But with Stanfield well behind her, Enders suffered a catastrophic engine failure, filling her car with smoke and allowing Stanfield to push through to a 8.033-second, 184.98 mph pass for the win. Thankfully, after her car rolled to stop, Enders emerged safely from the smoke-filled cabin (still in control of the points lead too).

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2022 NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals Top Fuel Results

After reaching the finals at the last stop in Epping, NH, Justin Ashley found himself racing on Sunday again in Bristol. This time pitted against Shawn Langdon, Ashley got the quicker jump off the line and notched a 3.813-second, 325.30 mph run to best Langdon’s 3.841 @ 320.51.

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2022 NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals Funny Car Results

It was great to see journeyman Funny Car racer Tim Wilkerson in the Final Round this weekend. But it was his opponent Ron Capps who ultimately emerged victorious on Sunday. After suffering an incredible explosion in the first round of Eliminations, Capps and his team recovered and, grabbing the holeshot, raced to a 3.984-second 324.36 mph pass to top Wilky’s 4.075 @ 315.86 effort.

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2022 NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals Pro Stock Motorcycle Results

They say races are won in the pits, and we’re sure Jerry Savoie agrees with that now more than ever. After blowing an engine in a successful Semifinal round, his team swapped powerplants in a mind-blowing 32 minutes to let him compete in the Finals against Angelle Sampey. Then, Sampey’s red light gave Savoie the win as he raced to a 6.929-second 194.30 mph victory.

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The 2022 NHRA Season Continues with The Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals in Norwalk, Ohio June 23 – 26.

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Current 2022 NHRA Championship Points Standings

Pro Stock

  1. Erica Enders, 690
  2. Aaron Stanfield, 607
  3. Kyle Koretsky, 482
  4. Dallas Glenn, 439
  5. Greg Anderson, 401
  6. Mason McGaha, 383
  7. Camrie Caruso, 369
  8. Bo Butner, 306
  9. Deric Kramer, 302
  10. Fernando Cuadra Jr., 300

Top Fuel

  1. Brittany Force, 724
  2. Mike Salinas, 699
  3. Justin Ashley, 672
  4. Steve Torrence, 653
  5. Austin Prock, 459
  6. Shawn Langdon, 435
  7. Clay Millican, 430
  8. Josh Hart, 414
  9. Doug Kalitta, 405
  10. Antron Brown, 370

Funny Car

  1. Matt Hagan, 854
  2. Robert Hight, 812
  3. Ron Capps, 748
  4. John Force, 588
  5. Cruz Pedregon, 507
  6. J.R. Todd, 435
  7. Alexis DeJoria, 434
  8. Bob Tasca III, 420
  9. Tim Wilkerson, 411
  10. Chad Green, 373

Pro Stock Motorcycle

  1. Steve Johnson, 453
  2. Karen Stoffer, 374
  3. Matt Smith, 326
  4. Angie Smith, 320
  5. Angelle Sampey, 314
  6. Eddie Krawiec, 313
  7. Joey Gladstone, 290
  8. Jerry Savoie, 271
  9. Marc Ingwersen, 261
  10. Jim Underdahl, 227
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