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McMillen, Hagan, Anderson and Krawiec are victorious at NHRA Toyota Nationals

by Mike Haag | Posted on Sunday, October 29th, 2017

Race winners Eddie Krawiec, Greg Anderson, Matt Hagan and Terry McMillen. NHRA photo

 

Courtesy of the NHRA

LAS VEGAS – Top Fuel veteran Terry McMillen piloted his dragster to his first career victory Sunday at the 17th annual NHRA Toyota Nationals at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

Terry McMillen. NHRA photo

Matt Hagan (Funny Car), Greg Anderson (Pro Stock) and Eddie Krawiec (Pro Stock Motorcycle) also earned victories in their respective categories at the fifth of six playoff events during the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series Countdown to the Championship.

McMillen raced to his first winner’s circle with a pass of 3.870-seconds at 253.99 in his AMALIE Motor Oil XTERMIGATOR after Brittany Force red-lit in her Monster Energy dragster. He becomes the 104th different Top Fuel winner after 195 career starts.

“This is the stuff you dream of as a small kid,” McMillen stated. “To have that opportunity to go out there and get that win is truly an amazing feeling. Hats off to my crew. This is the first time in a long time where the turn arounds were really quick, and they turned around that car flawlessly. The car was really quick on the starting line, lights were good and it all just fell into place.”

Matt Hagan. NHRA photo

On his way to victory, McMillen defeated Richie Crampton, Clay Millican and Shawn Langdon. Force took down Shawn Reed, Doug Kalitta and Leah Pritchett before entering the finals. She remains second in points overall heading into the final event of the season, trailing leader Steve Torrence by 20 markers.

Hagan powered his Pennzoil Dodge Charger R/T to his first career victory at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway after a run of 3.942 at 329.42 defeating Courtney Force’s 4.020 at 320.05 in her Advance Auto Parts Chevrolet Camaro. This is Hagan’s fourth victory of the season and 26th of his career.

“There’s no replacement for the feeling of winning,” Hagan said. “That’s a fix you can’t get nowhere else. My guys busted tail all day. We had a car that went down the track every run we’ve been here. I was just trying not to mess it up.”

Greg Anderson. NHRA photo

His route to victory included win lights against Gary Densham, Del Worsham and teammate Jack Beckman. Force faced Jeff Arend, Alexis DeJoria and category points leader Robert Hight before entering her third final round in the Countdown.

No. 1 qualifier in Pro Stock Anderson, raced his Summit Racing Equipment Chevrolet Camaro to victory for the fourth time this season with a pass of 6.698 at 204.70 defeating KB Racing teammate Bo Butner. Anderson secured his fifth career victory at this event and 90th of his career.

Category points leader Anderson sits 40 points ahead of teammate and defending world champion Jason Line. Butner rounds out the top three.

“The ultimate scenario for us at KB Racing was to eliminate the Gray team over there,” Anderson said. “Didn’t think it would happen because they are great race car drivers, but somehow we found a way and we outlasted them today. They’re now not a part of the equation when we go to Pomona. Now we’re just going to have to go out there and settle it among ourselves.”

Eddie Krawiec. NHRA photo

Anderson raced Alan Prusiensky, Chris McGaha and Line on the way to his 11th final around appearance this season. Butner bested Shane Tucker, Alan Johnson and Drew Skillman before losing to Anderson.

In Pro Stock Motorcycle, category points leader Krawiec rode his Screamin’ Eagle Vance & Hines Harley-Davidson to a 6.924 at 193.16 defeating Hector Arana Jr. This is his third career victory at this event, seventh of the season and 43rd of his career.

Eddie Krawiec. NHRA photo

“My motorcycle has been a pleasure to ride,” Krawiec stated. “I’ve got a great group of guys behind me. That make tune-up calls and make the bike as good as it is. By no means is it just one person. It’s really about the whole crew that those guys do for me and give me the opportunity to have a bike that can win a race is really something special.”

Krawiec’s road to victory was lined with wins over John Hall, Angelle Sampey and Scotty Pollacheck. The win puts him 150 points ahead of LE Tonglet who remains second. Arana Jr. rode past Katie Sullivan, Mike Berry and Tonglet.

The NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series concludes at the final event of the season at Auto Club Raceway at Pomona, Nov. 9-12, with the 53rd annual Auto Club NHRA Finals.

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Terry McMillen. NHRA photo

 

LAS VEGAS — Final finish order (1-16) at the 17th annual NHRA Toyota Nationals at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. The race is the 23rd of 24 events in the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series.

TOP FUEL:

  1. Terry McMillen; 2. Brittany Force; 3. Leah Pritchett; 4. Shawn Langdon; 5. Tony Schumacher; 6. Steve Torrence; 7. Clay Millican; 8. Doug Kalitta; 9. Antron Brown; 10. T.J. Zizzo; 11. Scott Palmer; 12. Terry Haddock; 13. Shawn Reed; 14. Richie Crampton; 15. Mike Salinas; 16. Troy Buff.

FUNNY CAR:

  1. Matt Hagan; 2. Courtney Force; 3. Jack Beckman; 4. Robert Hight; 5. Alexis DeJoria; 6. John Force; 7. Del Worsham; 8. Tommy Johnson Jr.; 9. Tim Wilkerson; 10. Jonnie Lindberg; 11. J.R. Todd; 12. Ron Capps; 13. Cruz Pedregon; 14. Gary Densham; 15. Jim Campbell; 16. Jeff Arend.

PRO STOCK:

  1. Greg Anderson; 2. Bo Butner; 3. Jason Line; 4. Drew Skillman; 5. Tanner Gray; 6. Chris McGaha; 7. Jeg Coughlin; 8. Allen Johnson; 9. Matt Hartford; 10. Alex Laughlin; 11. Brian Self; 12. Larry Morgan; 13. Alan Prusiensky; 14. Shane Tucker; 15. Deric Kramer; 16. Erica Enders.

PRO STOCK MOTORCYCLE:

  1. Eddie Krawiec; 2. Hector Arana Jr; 3. Scotty Pollacheck; 4. LE Tonglet; 5. Andrew Hines; 6. Angelle Sampey; 7. Mike Berry; 8. Karen Stoffer; 9. Matt Smith; 10. Joey Gladstone; 11. Angie Smith; 12. John Hall; 13. Melissa Surber; 14. Jerry Savoie; 15. Hector Arana; 16. Katie Sullivan.

Matt Hagan. NHRA photo

 

LAS VEGAS — Sunday’s final results from the 17th annual NHRA Toyota Nationals at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. The race is the 23rd of 24 in the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series:

Top Fuel — Terry McMillen, 3.870 seconds, 253.99 mph def. Brittany Force, Foul – Red Light.

Funny Car — Matt Hagan, Dodge Charger, 3.942, 329.42 def. Courtney Force, Chevy Camaro, 4.020, 320.05.

Pro Stock — Greg Anderson, Chevy Camaro, 6.698, 204.70 def. Bo Butner, Camaro, 15.506, 36.72.

Pro Stock Motorcycle — Eddie Krawiec, Harley-Davidson, 6.924, 193.16 def. Hector Arana Jr, Buell, 6.949, 192.91.

Pro Modified — Steve Jackson, Chevy Camaro, 7.081, 138.84 def. Troy Coughlin, Chevy Corvette, Broke.

Top Alcohol Dragster — Joey Severance, 5.286, 270.16 def. Shawn Cowie, 5.402, 271.95.

Top Alcohol Funny Car — Ulf Leanders, Chevy Camaro, 6.845, 198.47 def. Larry Dixon, Camaro, Foul – Centerline.

Competition Eliminator — Greg Kamplain, Dragster, 7.021, 166.81 def. Tom Mettler, Dodge Dakota, Foul – Red Light.

Super Stock — Ryan McClanahan, Chevy Cobalt, 10.305, 94.06 def. Darrell Dietz, Ford Mustang, Foul – Red Light.

Stock Eliminator — Justin Lamb, Chevy Camaro, 9.831, 133.66 def. Randi Lyn Shipp, Pontiac Firebird, 10.961, 118.69.

Super Comp — Marko Perivolaris, Dragster, 9.062, 171.58 def. Mark Potts, Dragster, 9.080, 149.31.

Super Gas — Val Torres, Chevy Corvette, 14.673, 81.41 def. Tanner Hiatt, Corvette, Foul – Red Light.

Greg Anderson. NHRA photo

 

LAS VEGAS — Final round-by-round results from the 17th annual NHRA Toyota Nationals at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, the 23rd of 24 events in the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series:

TOP FUEL:

ROUND ONE — Leah Pritchett, 3.705, 326.16 def. T.J. Zizzo, 3.752, 329.18; Terry McMillen, 3.784, 319.45 def. Richie Crampton, 8.568, 87.90; Clay Millican, 3.710, 327.11 def. Mike Salinas, 9.509, 75.99; Tony Schumacher, 3.730, 329.10 def. Troy Buff, Foul – Red Light; Steve Torrence, 3.741,328.62 def. Terry Haddock, 3.862, 305.08; Brittany Force, 3.696, 322.04 def. Shawn Reed, 3.870, 317.19; Doug Kalitta, 3.755, 327.03 def. Scott Palmer, Foul – Red Light; Shawn Langdon, 3.739,319.07 def. Antron Brown, 3.742, 325.92;

QUARTERFINALS — Langdon, 3.795, 318.77 def. Torrence, 4.309, 222.69; McMillen, 3.786, 319.67 def. Millican, 4.972, 146.43; Pritchett, 3.754, 322.73 def. Schumacher, 3.869, 292.27; Force, 4.343, 231.83 def. Kalitta, 22.684, 56.97;

SEMIFINALS — McMillen, 3.798, 297.02 def. Langdon, 3.893, 276.69; Force, 3.714, 329.34 def. Pritchett, 3.754, 323.81;

FINAL — McMillen, 3.870, 253.99 def. Force, Foul – Red Light.

FUNNY CAR:

ROUND ONE — Matt Hagan, Dodge Charger, 3.915, 328.78 def. Gary Densham, Ford Mustang, 5.853, 132.26; Courtney Force, Chevy Camaro, 6.044, 152.85 def. Jeff Arend, Chevy Monte Carlo, 7.323, 91.04; Robert Hight, Camaro, 3.922, 327.98 def. Tim Wilkerson, Mustang, 3.922, 327.74; Jack Beckman, Charger, 3.918, 330.15 def. Jim Campbell, Charger, 6.399, 104.15; Del Worsham, Toyota Camry, 4.022, 319.29 def. J.R. Todd, Camry, 4.651, 183.82; John Force, Camaro, 4.469, 231.75 def. Ron Capps, Charger, 5.245, 142.42; Tommy Johnson Jr., Charger, 3.962, 320.51 def. Jonnie Lindberg, Camry, 4.197, 254.95; Alexis DeJoria, Camry, 3.958, 327.27 def. Cruz Pedregon, Camry, 5.282, 143.55;

QUARTERFINALS — Hight, 3.934, 328.38 def. J. Force, 5.178, 150.95; Hagan, 3.952, 326.79 def. Worsham, 7.125, 101.10; Beckman, 3.947, 328.54 def. Johnson Jr., 8.344, 93.10; C. Force, 3.933, 330.15 def. DeJoria, 4.099, 259.96;

SEMIFINALS — Hagan, 3.967, 329.42 def. Beckman, 7.223, 103.32; C. Force, 3.928, 331.36 def. Hight, 10.402, 83.40;

FINAL — Hagan, 3.942, 329.42 def. C. Force, 4.020, 320.05.

PRO STOCK:

ROUND ONE — Chris McGaha, Chevy Camaro, 6.681, 206.13 def. Matt Hartford, Camaro, 6.680, 205.54; Tanner Gray, Camaro, 6.682, 205.07 def. Alex Laughlin, Camaro, 6.692, 205.13; Allen Johnson, Dodge Dart, 6.716, 202.82 def. Erica Enders, Camaro, 7.036, 163.49; Jeg Coughlin, Camaro, 6.691, 205.29 def. Brian Self, Camaro, 6.720, 204.73; Bo Butner, Camaro, 6.690, 203.46 def. Shane Tucker, Camaro, 6.786, 202.79; Drew Skillman, Camaro, 6.661, 205.60 def. Deric Kramer, Dart, Foul – Red Light; Greg Anderson, Camaro, 6.677, 204.76 def. Alan Prusiensky, Dart, 6.775, 203.65; Jason Line, Camaro, 6.684, 205.13 def. Larry Morgan, Camaro, 6.744, 203.83; QUARTERFINALS — Butner, 6.695, 204.35 def. Johnson, 15.017, 88.22; Line, 6.694, 205.44 def. Coughlin, 6.705, 205.88; Anderson, 6.687, 204.20 def. McGaha, 6.696, 206.01; Skillman, 6.698, 205.72 def. Gray, 6.693, 205.16;

SEMIFINALS — Butner, 6.772, 192.14 def. Skillman, Foul – Red Light; Anderson, 6.716, 204.60 def. Line, 6.719, 204.60;

FINAL — Anderson, 6.698, 204.70 def. Butner, 15.506, 36.72.

PRO STOCK MOTORCYCLE:

ROUND ONE — Angelle Sampey, 7.009, 188.25 def. Jerry Savoie, Suzuki, 7.044, 189.82; Mike Berry, Buell, 7.035, 189.28 def. Hector Arana, Buell, Foul – Red Light; LE Tonglet, Suzuki, 6.987, 191.00 def. Melissa Surber, Buell, 7.021, 188.96; Karen Stoffer, Suzuki, 7.040, 189.84 def. Angie Smith, Buell, Foul – Red Light; Andrew Hines, Harley-Davidson, 6.967, 192.30 def. Joey Gladstone, Suzuki, 7.005, 190.38; Scotty Pollacheck, Suzuki, 6.955, 189.39 def. Matt Smith, 6.964, 192.11; Eddie Krawiec, Harley-Davidson, 6.939, 192.85 def. John Hall, Buell, 7.009, 189.73; Hector Arana Jr, Buell, 6.947, 192.30 def. Katie Sullivan, Suzuki, Broke;

QUARTERFINALS — Tonglet, 6.974, 193.18 def. Stoffer, 7.152, 189.34; Pollacheck, 6.924, 192.49 def. Hines, 6.974, 192.60; Arana Jr, 6.966, 192.99 def. Berry, Foul – Red Light; Krawiec, 11.547, 70.41 def. Sampey, Foul – Red Light;

SEMIFINALS — Arana Jr, 7.061, 191.10 def. Tonglet, 7.009, 191.62; Krawiec, 6.932, 194.24 def. Pollacheck, 6.974, 190.89;

FINAL — Krawiec, 6.924, 193.16 def. Arana Jr, 6.949, 192.91.

LAS VEGAS — Point standings (top 10) following the 17th annual NHRA Toyota Nationals at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, the 23rd of 24 events in the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series –

Top Fuel

  1. Steve Torrence, 2,527; 2. Brittany Force, 2,507; 3. Doug Kalitta, 2,443; 4. Antron Brown, 2,392; 5. Leah Pritchett, 2,361; 6. Tony Schumacher, 2,340; 7. Clay Millican, 2,326; 8. Shawn Langdon, 2,267; 9. Terry McMillen, 2,261; 10. Scott Palmer, 2,169.

Funny Car

  1. Robert Hight, 2,548; 2. Ron Capps, 2,533; 3. Courtney Force, 2,423; 4. Jack Beckman, 2,396; 5. Matt Hagan, 2,387; 6. John Force, 2,306; 7. Tommy Johnson Jr., 2,276; 8. Tim Wilkerson, 2,237; 9. J.R. Todd, 2,233; 10. Cruz Pedregon, 2,163.

Pro Stock

  1. Greg Anderson, 2,597; 2. Bo Butner, 2,557; 3. Jason Line, 2,521; 4. Tanner Gray, 2,413; 5. Drew Skillman, 2,384; 6. Erica Enders, 2,286; 7. Allen Johnson, 2,235; 8. Jeg Coughlin, 2,234; 9. Chris McGaha, 2,207; 10. Vincent Nobile, 2,052.

Pro Stock Motorcycle

  1. Eddie Krawiec, 2,628; 2. LE Tonglet, 2,478; 3. Andrew Hines, 2,427; 4. Scotty Pollacheck, 2,406; 5. Hector Arana Jr, 2,400; 6. Jerry Savoie, 2,393; 7. Matt Smith, 2,345; 8. Karen Stoffer, 2,252; 9. Angie Smith, 2,209; 10. Joey Gladstone, 2,200.

 

About the Author

Mike Haag has covered motorsports in San Antonio and South Texas for more than 30 years. In addition to working for the San Antonio Express-News for nearly 28 years, Mike also has co-hosted TrackSmack with Dawn Murphy for 15 race seasons. In addition to being a writer, Mike also teaches English at Floresville High School.