NHRA Four-Wides Had tons of Gambling on Strip and On Track.

Click Here to Begin Slideshow   via NHRA The NHRA Four-Wide Nationals held in Las Vegas, NV had plenty of gambling on the track as Brittany Force, Ron Capps, and Erica Enders were crowned champions at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Top Fuel champ, Brittany Force was on top of her game over the weekend outpacing the field with some impressive times, like a stout 3.718 in her David Grubnic-tuned Monster Energy dragster. Force finished ahead of four-wide dominator Steve Torrence, stopping his win streak at three straight as the reigning world champ finished second with a 3.756 ahead of Tony Schumacher and Antron Brown, both of whom lost traction. All four finalists were appearing in their first final rounds of the season. "To be able to look at that final quad and see the guys that we were good enough to pull up next to and then beat them all, it's something that we're very proud of," said Force. "I'm proud just to share the lanes with those guys to be able to race against them. I watched Tony Schumacher when I was out here watching my dad as a kid, so to be able to line up next to him is just something very exciting, and then to turn the win light on is even better. "We had an awesome race. We qualified pretty well, No. 2, and we got four qualifying sessions this weekend and three out of the four were pretty dang good, so going in today was just consistency." It was Force’s second four-wide win on the heels of her triumph at the 2016 event in Charlotte and her first victory since last year’s Topeka event. Both Torrence and Force moved past incoming points leader Mike Salinas, with Torrence holding the points lead over Force by a slim margin, 304 to 300. Torrence and Force faced off in both of their pre-final quads, with Torrence winning the first-round quad ahead of her, 3.72 to 3.74, then she turned the tables on him in the semifinals with the reverse result, 3.72 to 3.74, in a round that eliminated Leah Pruett and Shawn Langdon. Brown, who won the Four-Wides in Charlotte in 2015, and Schumacher, who had never won a four-wide crown (four runner-ups!), raced one another in both pre-final quads with Brown finishing first in the first round and Schumacher edging Brown in the semifinals, 3.73 to 3.78. their semifinal victories sent Clay Millican and Austin Prock to the trailer.
The Funny Car finale had so much drama which culminated into one heck of a finish and was a-three-second affair between four of the best, and it was world champ Ron Capps who led the way with a 3.914 to finish ahead of Matt Hagan (3.924), Robert Hight (3.943), and Alexis DeJoria (3.954). It didn’t take Capps long to get his first victory as a team owner, winning in just his fourth start since forming Ron Capps Motorsports over the winter. The victory is Capps’ second in four-wide competition, the first coming in Charlotte in 2017.
"I would sound cocky to say I expected us to win this soon as tough as Funny Car is," said the 69-time winner. "I knew we'd have to earn it. I didn't think it would come at a four-wide especially going in that final round to look over and see Robert and Matt and Alexis. "I was speechless. It was like my first win, makes you believe that dreams are out there. In a million years I never thought I'd ever own one Wally. I still can't believe it. Here I am, in my 50s, and living a lifelong dream." Capps and the Dean Antonelli- and John Medlen-tuned NAPA Auto Parts entry won both of their first quads with passes of 3.97 and 3.90, the first beating J.R. Todd and the semifinal pass edging Hagan’s 3.919 and eliminating Todd and Bob Tasca III. Hagan had made his way to the semifinals with Tasca as both ran 3.929. Despite the runner-up, Hagan took over the points lead from Hight. Hight, a two-time Four-Wides winner, entered the final round as the heavy favorite as the two-time season winner’s Auto Club Chevy had pounded out a stunning, low e.t. 3.86 in winning the semifinals ahead of DeJoria’s 3.936, John Force’s 3.98, and Blake Alexander’s 4.17. Hight had also won his first-round quad with a 3.94 to finish ahead of Alexander’s 3.95. DeJoria’s Bandero Tequila Toyota GR Supra had finished second behind Force in round one to reach the semifinals then ran 3.93 to make it to the final round for the first time this season. Click Here to Begin Slideshow

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