Greg Anderson Makes History; Matt Smith Sets Track Record
Pro Stock veteran Greg Anderson made history on Sunday at Texas Motorplex, picking up his 98th career win to become the all-time class wins leader in NHRA history at the 36th annual Texas NHRA FallNationals. Driving the HendrickCars.com Chevrolet Camaro, Anderson earned his sixth victory at Texas Motorplex with a 6.624 ET at 206.32 mph to cap off another brilliant weekend of racing. Rick Hendrick was one of the first to congratulate Anderson for breaking the tie with Pro Stock veteran Warren Johnson.
Anderson Cruises to Win as Chris McGaha Red Lights
Ironically, Greg Anderson was a crew member for six-time Pro Stock champion Warren Johnson before he earned his NHRA license in 1998. His win at the NHRA FallNationals was his fourth victory of the 2021 season and his eighth final round. The win moves Anderson to the number two spot behind John Force (154-Funny Car victories) for all-time National Hot Rod Association wins.
Chris McGaha reached the final round for the first time this season with wins over his son Mason, rookie sensation Dallas Glenn, and Aaron Stanfield. But, McGaha never had a chance in the final run as the tree went red when he left the line early making Anderson the winningest driver in Pro Stock history. Anderson also moved 81 points ahead of defending world champ Erica Enders as he aims for a fifth NHRA world championship with two races remaining in the Pro Stock season.
Matt Smith Assumes Countdown Points Lead at Texas
In Pro Stock Motorcycle, Matt Smith set the track speed record for Texas Motorplex on Saturday with a pass of 200.83 mph. Nonetheless, the defending world champ only qualified second with a 6.772 ET to Steve Johnson. Johnson’s run from Friday of 6.756 aboard his Brady Mechanical Services Suzuki earned him his third Number One qualifier of the 2021 season.
Matt Smith moved into the points lead after a dominating weekend in Pro Stock Motorcycle. The veteran beat Hector Arana Jr. in the final round after Arana left too soon on the starting line. Smith then put together a run of 6.839 ET at 199.08 mph on his Denso Auto Parts/Stockseth/Matt Smith Racing EBR. It gave Smith his first career victory at Texas Motorplex, along with his fifth victory of the season and 31st in his career.
NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals
The NHRA Camping World Drag Racing Series returns to action Oct. 15-17 with the NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals at Bristol Dragway.