We’re right in the middle of the NHRA’s three-race “Western Swing,” as the teams headed from Denver, Colorado to Seattle, Washington for the 2023 Northwest Nationals this past weekend, before ending up in Sonoma, California.

And even without the Pro Stock class in attendance, the fine weather made for plenty of excitement all weekend long. We saw the return of some (very) familiar faces and the end of a win drought too. So let’s get to this weekend’s NHRA Wrap-Up as the crews head south for the final race in the Western Swing,


2023 NHRA Northwest Nationals Funny Car Results

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You can’t keep a racer like Tim Wilkerson down for too long. After a massive win in May at the Route 66 Nationals, Wilky flew under the radar for a bit, only to return in a big way over the weekend. And it began with knocking off current points leader Matt Hagan, before meeting up with J.R. Todd in the Final Round. Wilkerson got the starting line advantage and never looked back, notching a 4.007 second, 321.96 mph victory over Todd’s 4.014 @ 323.27.

Congratulations to Tim Wilkerson and his team on their second win of the season!


2023 NHRA Northwest Nationals Top Fuel Results

It’s tough to believe that, despite being second in the points standings, we haven’t seen Steve Torrence hoist a Wally trophy this year. But all that changed (along with his second place spot) in Seattle this weekend. Paired up against Doug Kalitta in the Finals, Torrence got the quicker light and early traction issues in Kalitta’s car forced him to lift, allowing Torrence to scoot to a 3.940 second, 289.26 mph win.

The victory moves Torrence to the top spot in the points standings too.


2023 NHRA Northwest Nationals Pro Stock Motorcycle Results

Gage Herrera continued on his winning ways in Seattle as well. Paired up against teammate Eddie Krawiec in the PSM Finals on Sunday, Herrera got the starting line advantage and raced to a victorious 6.764 second, 198.99 mph pass—narrowly besting Krawiec’s 6.809 @ 198.85 effort.

The win means Herrera is the only driver left with a chance to sweep all three races in the NHRA’s Western Swing as the teams move on to Sonoma next week.




Current 2023 NHRA Championship Points Standings


  1. Dallas Glenn, 831
  2. Matt Hartford, 629
  3. Troy Coughlin Jr., 627
  4. Deric Kramer, 584
  5. Aaron Stanfield, 532
  6. Erica Enders, 516
  7. Greg Anderson, 498
  8. Camrie Caruso, 492
  9. Christian Cuadra, 437
  10. Kyle Koretsky, 425



  1. Steve Torrence, 821
  2. Justin Ashley, 817
  3. Leah Pruett, 685
  4. Brittany Force, 684
  5. Austin Prock, 654
  6. Doug Kalitta, 637
  7. Antron Brown, 624
  8. Mike Salinas, 622
  9. Josh Hart, 571
  10. Clay Millican, 568



  1. Matt Hagan, 832
  2. Ron Capps, 815
  3. Alexis DeJoria, 712
  4. Robert Hight, 703
  5. Chad Green, 702
  6. Bob Tasca III, 660
  7. Tim Wilkerson, 660
  8. John Force, 605
  9. J.R. Todd, 578
  10. Cruz Pedregon, 508



  1. Gaige Herrera, 796
  2. Hector Arana Jr., 530
  3. Eddie Krawiec, 483
  4. Matt Smith, 449
  5. Angie Smith, 449
  6. Steve Johnson, 427
  7. Chase Van Sant, 388
  8. Jianna Evaristo, 306
  9. Marc Ingwersen, 290
  10. Kelly Clontz, 262