How Antron Brown Snapped a 30-Race Winless Streak

  • Antron Brown breaks 30-race drought with first victory as High Gas crew proprietor.
  • Humorous Automobile’s Bob Tasca III as scorching as situations, tops John Drive in last.
  • Troy Coughlin Jr. scores back-to-back feat, denies Anderson a hundredth trophy.

    Horsepower-stifling, triple-digit temperatures confirmed NHRA racers no mercy all weekend at Topeka within the Menards NHRA Nationals offered by PetArmor.

    However Antron Brown (High Gas) burned the competitors for his first triumph as crew proprietor Sunday at Heartland Motorsports Park. He broke a sample of 4 first-round defeats and a drought that dates again to final Could in his first final-round look of the season.

    Becoming a member of him on the rostrum was Humorous Automobile’s hot-streaking Bob Tasca III, who reached the ultimate spherical for the fourth time in 5 races. The opposite winners had been Troy Coughlin Jr. (Professional Inventory) and Joe Gladstone (Professional Inventory Bike), each of whom accomplished a back-to-back coup for his or her first and second professional victories.

    Antron Brown Swipes Highlight from Surging Mike Salinas

    Due to Brittany Drive’s opening-round elimination, No. 2-ranked driver Mike Salinas sliced her High Gas lead from 75 factors to 31, with two occasions remaining earlier than the Countdown to the Championship fields are set. However the day in the end belonged to a three-time champion who started the day two locations out of the elite high 10 and had gained simply 5 elimination rounds within the season’s earlier 13 races mixed.

    Mike Salinas closed the sport on High Gas factors chief Brittany Drive.

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    Antron Brown, crying for pleasure on the high finish of the racetrack after defeating winless and equally hungry four-time and present champion Steve Torrence, realized what he referred to as his “massive dream.” After suspending his break from Don Schumacher Racing and his debut as a crew proprietor for one yr due to the pandemic, he lastly notched that first victory for Antron Brown Motorsports.

    He stated former racer Mike Ashley—father of his semifinal-round sufferer Justin Ashley—advised him earlier than racing began Sunday, “You’re going to win at this time.” And in his first money-round look since final yr’s season finale, the 126th general, Brown fulfilled the prediction.

    Brown handed retired legend Joe Amato for his 53rd High Gas victory to grow to be the No. 3-ranked driver in High Gas historical past (after 86-time winner Tony Schumacher and 62-timer Larry Dixon). The victory was the 69th general for Brown, who gained 16 Professional Inventory Bike trophies earlier than he was the primary and solely racer to make the swap from bikes to dragsters. Had Torrence gained, he would have tied Brown and Amato.

    “I thank Jesus Christ, our Lord above. We stored our heads down. We had a number of resistance. However right here we come, child!” Brown stated. “I’m speechless, for a change.”

    Tasca: ‘It’s Like Racing on the Floor of the Solar’

    For the second straight race, after enduring an uncharacteristic weekend-long 90-degree blast furnace at Seattle, Bob Tasca III overcame molten Midwest situations at Topeka to win from the No. 1 qualifying place.

    “It’s like racing on the floor of the solar, however we acquired it achieved,” Tasca stated after producing a victory on the 140-degree dragstrip for mom Jayne Tasca on her birthday and for clutch specialist Gerad Stewart, whose father handed away unexpectedly this previous week.

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    Bob Tasca III gained from the No. 1 beginning postion.

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    What Tasca described as “glimmers of dominance” for the BG Merchandise Ford Mustang crew have melted the months-long frustration of over-trying and under-achieving and stress he placed on his shoulders by promising Ford he’d ship championships if the automaker reinvested in drag racing.

    “I might by no means use the phrase ‘cocky,’ as a result of we’re not. Belief me, I have been humbled out right here as a lot as anybody,” Tasca stated. “However we’re very assured. We’ve got every thing that we have to win.”

    That elevated efficiency, although, may show thorny, Tasca stated.

    “I suppose that is the place the stress mounts, whenever you’re not successful and you are not performing. There’s a number of stress and expectations,” he stated. “And now, when you flip this nook, we have now a protracted solution to go. It is a set-up that we actually began with in Sonoma. We’ve got a number of work to do and a few fine-tuning. However the backside line is now the expectation is to proceed to win. And I believe that is our mindset.

    “We’re peaking at an excellent time going into the top of the common season. And simply, I believe one of the best is but to come back for this crew. I actually imagine it,” he stated.

    Aggressive even with himself, Tasca adopted a no-carb, no-dairy, no-meat food regimen that had knocked seven kilos from his already slender body to assist his trigger. He credited co-crew chiefs Mike Neff and Jon Schaffer for “actually digging on this previous low season” to get him to the place “we don’t look foolish anymore.” However he stated he thinks his new vitamin program is paying off, too.

    “I believe you may see us mature as a crew,” he stated, because the Tenting World Drag Racing Sequence shifts to Brainerd, Minn., this coming weekend for the penultimate “regular-season” race. The Countdown state of affairs might be set Labor Day weekend on the U.S. Nationals at Indianapolis.

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    Troy Coughlin Jr. gained for the second time this season and denied Greg Anderson No. 100.

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    Troy Coughlin Jr. Stymies Professional Inventory Veteran Greg Anderson

    The “Greg Anderson a hundredth Victory Watch” continues—and so does Troy Coughlin Jr.’s streak within the Professional Inventory class.

    Coughlin has competed and gained in Jr. Dragster, Tremendous Comp, and Tremendous Gasoline and has raced in Professional Modified and High Gas. He broke via for this primary Professional Inventory victory two weeks in the past at Seattle and Sunday polished off a back-to-back triumph at Heartland Motorsports Park in his Chevy Camaro for Elite Efficiency Motorsports.

    So now he has two trophies within the class, whereas runaway all-time victories chief Greg Anderson nonetheless is in search of that milestone a hundredth in his Camaro.

    He ran his elimination-round document to 11-2 up to now 4 occasions.

    “With a crew like Elite Motorsports (which additionally fields four-time and reigning champ Erica Enders and hot-shoe title contender Aaron Stanfield), it’s arduous to know what’s subsequent,” Coughlin Jr. stated.

    Professional Inventory Bike Winner Joey Gladstone Dwelling the Dream

    Joey Gladstone got here to Topeka to indicate that his first Professional Inventory Bike victory at Sonoma, Calif., was no fluke. Nobody may doubt him now.

    He blistered the Heartland Motorsports Park quarter-mile because the No. 1 qualifier, set low elapsed time of each spherical on race day, and dusted off four-time champion Eddie Krawiec within the last for his second consecutive victory. (The bike class was not on the schedule for Seattle two weeks in the past.)

    “That is what goals are manufactured from. I really feel like I’m dreaming. I all the time thought that it could really feel like this, and I’m so grateful,” the Precision Service Gear Suzuki rider stated after shining in his fourth consecutive last spherical.

    Kansas’ Favourite Son Tyler Cassil Data Uncommon Double

    Tyler Cassil, of Newton, Kan., joined an elite group Sunday, successful in each the Inventory and Tremendous Inventory courses. He beat Tyler Bohanon within the Inventory last and Greg Stanfield, who provides his engines, within the Tremendous Inventory showdown. Solely 29 racers have gained in two courses on the identical race. The custom started right here at Topeka with Pat Austin in the identical two classes.

    The Outcomes

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    Sunday’s last outcomes from the thirty third annual Menards NHRA Heartland Nationals offered by PetArmor at Heartland Motorsports Park. The race is the 14th of twenty-two within the NHRA Tenting World Drag Racing Sequence:

    High Gas — Antron Brown, 3.902 seconds, 309.49 mph def. Steve Torrence, 4.443 seconds, 201.49 mph.

    Humorous Automobile — Bob Tasca III, Ford Mustang, 3.999, 316.82 def. John Drive, Chevy Camaro, 4.131, 311.27.

    Professional Inventory — Troy Coughlin Jr., Chevy Camaro, 6.680, 206.54 def. Greg Anderson, Camaro, 6.701, 204.85.

    Professional Inventory Bike — Joey Gladstone, Suzuki, 6.876, 195.59 def. Eddie Krawiec, Suzuki, 6.935, 195.36.

    High Alcohol Dragster — Julie Nataas, 5.343, 274.61 def. Mike Coughlin, 5.326, 268.76.

    High Alcohol Humorous Automobile — Shane Westerfield, Chevy Camaro, 5.600, 261.47 def. Sean Bellemeur, Camaro, 5.857, 258.22.

    Competitors Eliminator — Doug Engels, Dragster, 7.428, 178.73 def. Bruno Massel, Chevy Cobalt, 7.104, 193.29.

    Tremendous Inventory — Tyler Cassil, Chevy Camaro, 9.608, 139.47 def. Greg Stanfield, Camaro, Foul – Pink Gentle.

    Inventory Eliminator — Tyler Cassil, Chevy Camaro, 10.080, 131.14 def. Tyler Bohannon, Chevy Corvette, 10.529, 124.22.

    Tremendous Comp — Austin Williams, Dragster, 8.889, 176.63 def. Jessica Bogacki, Dragster, 8.875, 174.73.

    Tremendous Gasoline — Don Nichols, Chevy Camaro, 10.170, 133.25 def. Bo Butner, Chevy Corvette, Foul – Pink Gentle.

    Tremendous Avenue — Jordan Pratt, Chevy Camaro, 10.908, 142.01 def. Dell Corridor, Pontiac Grand Prix, 10.928, 142.04.

    High Sportsman offered by Vortech Superchargers — Todd Stallbaumer, Chevy Camaro, 7.212, 193.85 def. Greg Lair, Camaro, Foul – Pink Gentle.

    High Dragster offered by Vortech Superchargers — Anthony Bertozzi, Dragster, 7.284, 174.66 def. Paul Nero, Dragster, 7.352, 183.10.

    Professional Modified — Justin Bond, Chevy Camaro, 5.862, 243.90 def. Rickie Smith, Ford Mustang, 8.832, 101.51.

    Spherical By Spherical


    ROUND ONE — Josh Hart, 3.823, 315.56 def. Austin Prock, 3.895, 258.86; Tony Schumacher, 3.779, 316.23 def. Doug Kalitta, 3.774, 320.81; Antron Brown, 3.816, 310.70 def. Brittany Drive, 4.123, 219.40; Mike Salinas, 3.811, 323.89 def. Terry Totten, Broke; Justin Ashley, 3.842, 320.81 def. Buddy Hull, 12.432, 31.96; Steve Torrence, 3.771, 325.69 def. Kyle Wurtzel, 4.489, 179.54; Leah Pruett, 4.161, 264.70 def. Doug Foley, 5.149, 139.75; Shawn Langdon, 3.814, 318.09 def. Clay Millican, 3.819, 314.68;

    QUARTERFINALS — Ashley, 3.843, 317.57 def. Pruett, 4.810, 225.26; Brown, 3.812, 312.42 def. Hart, 3.940, 279.15; Salinas, 3.802, 324.83 def. Langdon, 4.544, 171.51; Torrence, 3.833, 320.13 def. Schumacher, 3.969, 298.73;

    SEMIFINALS — Brown, 4.757, 174.77 def. Ashley, 5.399, 208.39; Torrence, 4.105, 242.36 def. Salinas, 4.717, 179.52;

    FINAL — Brown, 3.902, 309.49 def. Torrence, 4.443, 201.49.


    ROUND ONE — Bob Tasca III, Ford Mustang, 3.973, 322.19 def. Jack Wyatt, Dodge Charger, 4.323, 220.22; John Drive, Chevy Camaro, 23.671, 53.29 def. Cruz Pedregon, Charger, Foul – Pink Gentle; Robert Hight, Camaro, 4.003, 273.05 def. Jim Campbell, Charger, 4.062, 310.13; Matt Hagan, Charger, 3.944, 316.52 def. Chad Inexperienced, Mustang, 4.155, 306.26; Paul Lee, Charger, 4.250, 234.04 def. Blake Alexander, Mustang, 5.309, 143.87; Ron Capps, Toyota Supra, 4.401, 245.49 def. Tim Wilkerson, Mustang, 8.729, 97.17; Alexis DeJoria, Supra, 4.416, 200.74 def. J.R. Todd, Supra, DQ – Tech;

    QUARTERFINALS — Hight, 3.987, 320.05 def. DeJoria, 4.580, 184.45; Tasca III, 3.983, 318.32 was unopposed; Hagan, 3.999, 312.71 def. Lee, 7.341, 86.41; Drive, 4.033, 318.77 def. Capps, 4.047, 312.21;

    SEMIFINALS — Drive, 4.000, 321.27 def. Hight, 4.052, 309.70; Tasca III, 4.011, 316.30 def. Hagan, 4.406, 223.06;

    FINAL — Tasca III, 3.999, 316.82 def. Drive, 4.131, 311.27.


    ROUND ONE — Bo Butner, Chevy Camaro, 6.701, 204.91 def. Matt Hartford, Camaro, 6.711, 204.57; Fernando Cuadra Jr., Ford Mustang, 6.687, 205.04 def. Cristian Cuadra, Mustang, 6.661, 205.13; Dallas Glenn, Camaro, 6.669, 205.04 def. Deric Kramer, Camaro, 6.679, 205.07; Kyle Koretsky, Camaro, 6.685, 205.57 def. Mason McGaha, Camaro, Foul – Pink Gentle; Aaron Stanfield, Camaro, 6.662, 206.76 def. Camrie Caruso, Camaro, Foul – Pink Gentle; Greg Anderson, Camaro, 13.718, 62.38 was unopposed; Erica

    Enders, Camaro, 6.662, 206.35 def. Fernando Cuadra, Mustang, Foul – Pink Gentle; Troy Coughlin Jr., Camaro, 6.659, 207.02 def. Chris McGaha, Camaro, 6.753, 203.43;

    QUARTERFINALS — Anderson, 6.691, 204.63 def. Butner, Foul – Pink Gentle; Enders, 6.673, 206.45 def. Glenn, 6.693, 204.91; Koretsky, 6.706, 205.66 def. Stanfield, 6.703, 206.16; Coughlin Jr., 6.676, 207.15 def. Cuadra Jr., 6.707, 205.07;

    SEMIFINALS — Anderson, 6.693, 204.98 def. Koretsky, 6.719, 205.44; Coughlin Jr., 6.692, 206.70 def. Enders, 6.711, 206.13;

    FINAL — Coughlin Jr., 6.680, 206.54 def. Anderson, 6.701, 204.85.


    ROUND ONE — Angie Smith, 6.908, 197.86 def. Chris Bostick, Suzuki, Broke – No Present; Jerry Savoie, Suzuki, 6.933, 194.21 def. Karen Stoffer, Suzuki, Foul – Pink Gentle; Matt Smith, Suzuki, 6.915, 196.87 def. Steve Johnson, Suzuki, 6.946, 192.99; LE Tonglet, Suzuki, 6.911, 195.45 def. Marc Ingwersen, 6.943, 194.66; Angelle Sampey, Suzuki, 6.970, 196.02 def. Jianna Evaristo, Suzuki, Broke; Joey Gladstone, Suzuki, 6.834, 197.48 def. David Barron, 7.512, 154.71; Eddie Krawiec, Suzuki, 6.908, 196.16 def. Ryan Oehler, 7.081, 192.36;

    QUARTERFINALS — Gladstone, 6.859, 196.82 was unopposed; A. Smith, 6.945, 197.10 def. Tonglet, 6.939, 194.69; Krawiec, 6.874, 196.36 def. M. Smith, 6.896, 198.52; Savoie, 6.964, 193.32 def. Sampey, 9.020, 85.32;

    SEMIFINALS — Krawiec, 6.913, 195.25 def. Savoie, 6.992, 193.54; Gladstone, 6.872, 196.87 def. A. Smith, 7.080, 195.11;

    FINAL — Gladstone, 6.876, 195.59 def. Krawiec, 6.935, 195.36.

    Up to date Standings

    High Gas

    1. Brittany Drive, 1,122; 2. Mike Salinas, 1,091; 3. Justin Ashley, 989; 4. Steve Torrence, 960; 5. Josh Hart, 736; 6. Leah Pruett, 726; 7. Shawn Langdon, 709; 8. Doug Kalitta, 659; 9. Tony Schumacher, 625; 10. Antron Brown, 613.

    Humorous Automobile

    1. Robert Hight, 1,334; 2. Matt Hagan, 1,097; 3. Ron Capps, 1,008; 4. John Drive, 1,002; 5. Bob Tasca III, 921; 6. J.R. Todd, 741; 7. Cruz Pedregon, 718; 8. Alexis DeJoria, 712; 9. Tim Wilkerson, 611; 10. Jim Campbell, 488.

    Professional Inventory

    1. Erica Enders, 1,156; 2. Aaron Stanfield, 1,030; 3. Kyle Koretsky, 798; 4. Greg Anderson, 781; 5. Troy Coughlin Jr., 696; 6. Dallas Glenn, 668; 7. Mason McGaha, 604; 8. Camrie Caruso, 570; 9. Matt Hartford, 553; 10. Bo Butner, 528.

    Professional Inventory Bike

    1. Joey Gladstone, 724; 2. Angelle Sampey, 660; 3. Eddie Krawiec, 628; 4. Steve Johnson, 621; 5. Matt Smith, 615; 6. Angie Smith, 577; 7. Jerry Savoie, 541; 8. Karen Stoffer, 534; 9. Marc Ingwersen, 378; 10. Ryan Oehler, 298.

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