The Unpredictability of Charlotte

The Unpredictability of Charlotte
Rain and more rain...
Rain and more rain…

Story by Jenn McVay , photos by MSA Staff: 

NHRA Road Show rolled into town and so did the rain. NHRA safety safari’s prep work of the track was washed out on Friday night and with clouds looming over head on Saturday morning gave doubt that qualifying would even be completed over the weekend.

On Sunday morning extra work was required of the safety safari due to the previous two days of persistent rains in which caused the rubber to be washed off the track. This event is the kick off to the NHRA’S 6 race chase to the Championship.

Antron Brown out early
Antron Brown out early

In the 1st round of Top Fuel Eliminations: Spenser Massey took down his teammate Antron Brown. Billy Torrance defeated Pat Dakin; Khalid al Booshi defeated Clay Milligan. Steve Torrance edged out Richie Crampton. Morgan Lucas dismissed Doug Kalitta. Tony”The Sarge” Schumacher advanced to the next round over Bob Vandergriff. And Leah Pritchett stole the win from Brittany Force.

Then in the Funny Car eliminations were just as interesting: Ron Capps defeating Tommy Johnson Jr., Bob Tasca III defeated Cruz Pedregon; Dave Richards dismissed Alexis DeJoria, Robert Height over Chad Head. Matt Hagan eliminating Tony Pedregon. Tim Wilkerson beating out “Fast “ Jack Beckman, Jeff Arend over Del Worsham and the final but certainly not the least entertaining was John Force beating daughter Courtney Force to advance to round two.

Spenser Massey took out team mate Antron
Spenser Massey took out team mate Antron

Pro-Stock Car Round One eliminations came when Shane Gray was victorious of Richie Stevens Jr. . . . Jeg Coughlin defeated Greg Anderson; Jason Line was victorious over Chris McGaha.

Then came the match up no one will forget: Allen Johnson verses V. Gaines. Allen Johnson struggled at the 60’ mark crossing the center line, at that point becoming disqualified giving the win to V. Gaines.

Just before the 1/8 mile mark V. Gaines first drifted to the right then countered back to the left. At that point his car came up on the two right side tires, causing his car to barrel roll and strike the concrete barrier. The concrete barrier shifted Gaines momentum placing the car on its nose causing it to violently spin in the air. Gaines was uninjured in the wreck. Thank Goodness.

Racing action was suspended due to heavy rains moving into the area. The event will conclude in Dallas Texas next week.

Morgan Lucas advances
Morgan Lucas advances

 

 

Georgia's Bob Vandergriff lost a close one to the "Sarge"
Georgia’s Bob Vandergriff lost a close one to the “Sarge”

 

 

Part-time driver Leah edged out Brittany to advance
Part-time driver Leah edged out Brittany to advance

 

 

NAPA Funny car Capps knocked out Tommy Johnson
NAPA Funny car Capps knocked out Tommy Johnson

 

 

Alexis out early, no Patron  party for her!
Alexis out early, no Patron party for her!

 

 

Hagen defeated Tony Pedregon
Hagen defeated Tony Pedregon

 

 

Daddy Force edged out Courtney
Daddy Force edged out Courtney

 

 

V. Gaines won over A. Johnson
V. Gaines won over A. Johnson…

 

 

...but ended up destroying his Mopar Hemi machine
…but ended up destroying his Mopar Hemi machine

 

 

The end.
The end.

 

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