AAA NHRA Fall Nationals at Ennis
One of NHRA’s 24 racing events around the country every year. It is an event for motor enthusiast of all kinds 0f folks. Old, young, racers, weekend warriors and professionals alike. If you enjoy the rush of a 10,000 horsepower motor burning Nitro blasting down the 1/4 track with a deafening rumble even with your ear plugs in. You might be a fan.
The weather was on the hot side for the 1st two days in the 90’s with a cold front coming thru town on Sunday leading to an absolutely wonderful day for drag racing elimination rounds and finals in all categories.
Steve Torrence had a left rear tire blow out during the eliminations. The blow out happened after he passed the finish line winning the run with a hole shot. Traveling 302.62 MPH the car slammed hard into the wall ripping the front end off the car and Steve shooting to the right across track narrowly missing Crampton. The car skated down for several hundred feet before coming to a rest where Steve unstrapped and walked across track in shock I am sure.
Steve said after the crash in an interview “The Lord was looking out for us today,” “I felt the tire go. The car went left and then right. After that first hit, though, when it knocked the front end off, I was just along for the ride.”
According to the recent rule changes the team was able to go back to the pits and put together a back up car in a little over an hour to get back on the line to face Brittany Force in the final elimination round. Brittany was too strong with a 327 to his 323. MPH run. He is the points leader for the championship with only 2 races left for the season.
Brittany went on to beat Langdon capturing the Wally for Texas.
Brittany Force – Top Fuel, Robert Hight – Funny Car, Jason Line – Pro Stock, Eddie Krawiec – Pro Stock Motorcycle, Todd Bruce – Top Alcohol Dragster, Doug Gordon – Top Alcohol Funny Car, Clint Neff Competition Eliminator, Slate Cummings Super Stock, Thomas Marlow Stock Eliminator, Craig Anderson Super Comp, Tommy Phillips Super Gas, Greg Lair Top Sportsman, Shane Eperjesi Top Dragster, Chuck Parker Redemption, Kurt Damron Jr Cust Race, Mia Rhodes Junior, Tamra Gatlin Jets.