Steve Johnson Wins Penultimate NHRA Nationals


Steve Johnson Wins Penultimate NHRA Nationals

In qualifying for the 21st annual Dodge//SRT NHRA Nationals presented by Pennzoil at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, Steve Johnson hoped to make up some ground on Pro Stock Motorcycle points leader Matt Smith. After all, Johnson was in the hauler early at Bristol when he lost to Ron Tornow in the opening round at NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals. However, Matt Smith put together an impressive run to close out qualifying with a 6.839 ET at 198.23 mph on the Denso Auto Parts/Stockseth/Matt Smith Racing EBR to move past Johnson who was the provisional Number One qualifier. It was Smith’s fourth Number One qualifier of the season and the forty seventh of his career. The points leader has his eyes on the prize as he moves one step closer to owning back-to-back world championships in Pro Stock Motorcycle.

On Sunday, Smith would fall victim to a holeshot victory by Karen Stoffer in the semifinal round of eliminations. On the other side of the ladder, Johnson put his USA Electric Mac Rak Suzuki in the winner’s circle ahead of Charles Poskey, Angie Smith, and Angelle Sampey. Stoffer defeated Kelly Clontz, Jerry Savoie, and Smith to reach the Finals for a second straight event. However, Stoffer left early handing Johnson red-light win, his third victory of the season.


Dallas Glenn Post Perfection Reaction Time of .000 Seconds

After Troy Coughlin Jr. and Erica Enders had equal .016-second reaction times in the semi-final round of Pro Stock eliminations at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, Enders stepped it up a notch in the Finals with a .007-second RT. Unfortunately, at The Strip for the NHRA Nationals you need to do better than that. Rookie Dallas Glenn carded a perfect .000-second reaction time in his RAD Torque Systems Chevrolet Camaro.

It was the sixth time this year and 61st time in her career that Erica Enders reached the final round in Pro Stock. With elimination wins over Bo Butner, Matt Hartford, and Troy Coughlin Jr., she made up ground in the Countdown to the Championship. Points leader Greg Anderson lost in the opening round and both he and Enders are chasing their fifth world championship crown. Anderson heads to Pomona with a 32-point lead over Enders and Glenn is 109 back in third.

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