The NHRA Camping World drag racing series made its way north and east to Epping, New Hampshire for the TascaParts.com NHRA New England Nationals.
Billy Torrence scored the win in Top Fuel after taking down Joe Morrison in the opening round thus advancing him to face three-time champion Antron Brown and the Matco Tools team in round two. Brown gave Torrence all he could handle running a 3.85at 319 mph but Torrence’s 3.837 at 326 mph was able to hold Brown off to advance to the semifinal round. Torrence had a bye run into the final round where he would take on team Scrappers and Mike Salinas. Torrence scored the hole shot victory over Salinas cutting a .082 reaction time to Salinas’ .095. This was just enough of an advantage for Torrence’s 3.827 at 324 mph run to hold off the quick but losing 3.816 at 325 mph. This was Torrence’s seventh career victory.
In Funny Car, racing legend John Force in his Peak/BlueDef Chevy Camaro captured his 153rd career victory. Force worked his way through the field picking off Cory Lee in the first round. In round two the 16-time champion would take on the 2018 champion JR Todd in his DHL Toyota. Todd played a little mind game on the starting line as both drivers refused to stage first. Force, who is known for liking to stage last, caved in and staged first. Todd used this to his advantage and left the starting line slightly ahead of Force but by 330ft Force had driven around Todd and never looked back. In the semifinal round Force would take on Terry Haddock. Haddock in his 10-plus year career had never made it this far in a race. Though posting a 4.19 at 296 mph, Haddock found that was not going to be enough to stop Force’s 3.97 at 324 mph. In the final round it would be all Team Force as three-time champion Robert Hight and his AAA Chevy Camaro would try to stop the boss. Hight, like Force’s previous opponents, was unsuccessful on this day as Force posted a 3.97 at 327 mph to Hight’s 3.99 at 323 mph to pick up the victory.
In the final round of Pro Stock, it would be a seasoned veteran three-time champion Greg Anderson trying to score his 97th career victory taking on the 26-year-old Aaron Stanfield trying to score his second. Stanfield, utilizing his youth to his advantage, cut a stellar reaction time of .037 to Anderson’s .066. Stanfield posted a solid 6.576 at 209 mph to Anderson’s 6.577 at 209 mph to capture his second career win.
The NHRA Camping World Series next heads to Norwalk, Ohio for competition June 25 through 27.