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First quarter-season NHRA recap

Fast Jack Beckman had a strong first quarter. NHRA.com

So what If the NHRA were the NFL? Yike,s that would  be crazy. Based on the opening Lucas Oil NHRA Winternationals, February 8-11,2018,  here is how the season recap would go: 

So go long! That was the scene at the  Lucas Oil NHRA Winternationals /Pamona where Top Fuel Round 1 went more than an hour. Q.B  Brittany Force of the Monster Energy JFR team met with unnecessary roughness as she crossed the center line of scrimmage right across the middle and hit the wall on both sides of the track.  Safety Safari was all over it, with no Zebras in sight. No worries. Safety valve in place with family  on starting line. Whew. Our girl is  all right. Her Passer Rating has her returning with a vengeance.

Wide receiver Doug Kalitta blew a supercharger  round one but takes the finals against The Sarge and he scores! He goes on to become  the Top Fuel winner making this his 44th career win.

And what does Bo know? Defending Champion Bo Butner makes a real football move by winning the season opener making this his sixth win in Pro Stock putting him on an 8 round winning streak.

Touchdown! Matt Hagan lands on "snake eyes" as he brings home his second straight Winternationals Funny car title, against Robert Hight, (matching Don "The Snake" Prudhomme who won the Winternationals back to back 1976-1977)., in what  was dubbed the quickest side-by-side Funny Car race in NHRA history.

Perfect segue to the second event of the 2018 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series, (Feb 23-25, 2018)the  34th annual NHRA Arizona Nationals at Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park.

This is where Courtney Force, blitzes the Funny Car  field as she was the No. 1 qualifier and goes on to keep control of the ball in her Chevy Camaro, with a 3.834, 337.16 def. Tommy Johnson Jr., in his Dodge Charger. 

A Hail Mary in Pro Stock as  Chris McGaha, in his Chevy Camaro,  runs a 6.529, at 211.59 mph  def. Jason Line, in his  Camaro.  McGaha is a one car team, a one man army and had to take down Tanner Gray, Erica Enders and Alex Laughlin for his first win this season.

In Top Fuel: Steve Torrence,takes down the Big Uglies  Steve Chrisman, Blake Alexander and his father, Billy Torrence, on his way in to the red zone. In the finals he runs a 3.729 seconds, 330.72 mph , def. Scott Palmer.

Fast Forward to the Amalie NHRA Gatornationals Gridiron  at Gainesville Raceway in Florida (March 15-18,2018)...Tailgating is in full effect and yes, there is some fumbling past the rumbling.

Welcome to the Gatornationals 2018  Where Any Given Sunday is March 18, the day of the underdog! It is the day the Play Makers Antron Brown, Leah Pritchett, Steve Torrence, Brittany Force and even Tony Schumacher were benched.

And the Wally goes to: In Top Fuel -- Richie Crampton. This player did not even have a car last year, and what an upset! He runs a 3.854 seconds, 314.90 mph def. Shawn Reed. 

In Funny Car... I'd like to refer to fast Jack Beckman, and his teammates as The Option. Fast Jack  gets his first Gainesville win in his Dodge Charger, 4.035, 323.58 defeating DSR mate Matt Hagan, in his Charger, Matt took one for the team! 

And last but not least is Pro Stock: Young Tanner Gray, in his Chevy Camaro, ran  6.588, 210.18 def. Bo Butner, Camaro, making this Tanners first  touchdown since last year in Charlotte. 

What an Option: With team DSR, you have Antron Brown, Leah Pritchett, Tony Schumacher, Ron Capps, Matt Hagan, Tommy Johnson Jr,   and Fast Jack Beckman.

As quick as the first half went by, that's what I call a no huddle offense! 

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She worked hard to get them where they are today, often sacrificing hours of "me time" and wear and tear on the car making sure they got back and forth to practice. When professional athletes sign their big contract, their moms are often rewarded for their years of inconvenience with a new car. Other moms, like MLB player Josh Donaldson's, get a new vehicle as a congratulatory gift for a life event years after that first contract has been signed.

Here are some of the cars professional athletes have recently bought their moms.

Chase Winovich, DE, New England Patriots

Chase Winovich✔@WinoI can never repay you, but here's a start. I love you mom
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New England Patriots rookie defensive end and Michigan alum Chase Winovichpurchased his mother, Nina, a Mazda MX-5 Miata according to a November 20, 2019 tweet. The Jefferson Hills, Pennsylvania native signed his first NFL contact in June 2019. The four-year deal is worth $3.83 million.

Deandre Baker, CB, New York Giants

Deandre Baker surprised his mom with a Bentley Bentayga in Miami in 2019. The caption on his Instagram post featuring the moment reads, "I told Mama we straight. Remember we used to be in a Nissan. Watched her struggle and sacrifice to make sure I'm straight. Now it's my turn to take care [of] her." Baker signed a contract with the Giants that will pay him $10,525,716 over four years, including a $5,675,064 signing bonus.

Alex Bregman, 3B/SS, Houston Astros

Aaron Bregman MLB All-Star Game MVP Chevrolet Camaro

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Houston multi-position player Alex Bregman earned the Ted Williams Most Valuable Player Award during the 89th MLB All-Star Game at Nationals Park in 2018. With that came the winner's choices of a Chevrolet Camaro SS or a Colorado ZR2. Bregman chose the Camaro and gave it to his mother Jackie. In July it was announced that Bregman and the Astros had agreed to a six-year, $100 million contract extension.

Alize Johnson, PG, Indiana Pacers

Williamsport, Pennsylvania is the home of the Little League World Series and Alize Johnson, a point guard who was drafted by the Indiana Pacers in the 2018 NBA Draft. The 6-foot-9 player is guaranteed to make $1.4 million for the 2019-20 season. In 2018 he surprised his mother with a new Chevrolet Suburban, her self-described "dream car."

Norman Powell, SG, Toronto Raptors

Former UCLA Bruin Norman Powell was selected in the second round of the 2015 NBA Draft by the Milwaukee Bucks. He was instantly traded to the Toronto Raptors, where he has stayed ever since. In 2018, Powell signed a four-year, $41.9 million contract. He used some of that coin to buy his mom a 2020 Land Rover Range Rover this August at a San Diego dealership.

Mitchell Robinson, C, New York Knicks

The Knicks Wall@TheKnicksWallThe best thing you'll see all day:

Mitchell Robinson bought his mother a car ❤️

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Mitchell Robinson, the 7-foot-1 center who famously withdrew from college to spend a year training for the NBA before he was drafted, dropped a few bucks on his mom this summer. He gifted his mom a white Chevrolet Impala. Last year Robinson signed a three-year, $4.71 million contract with the Knicks. There is a club option for the 2021-22 season that would get him an extra $1.8 million.

Johnathan Abram, S, Oakland Raiders

Mississippi State alum Johnathan Abram recently surprised his mom with a new Toyota Camry. Abram was the 27th overall pick in the 2019 NFL Draft. He was chosen in a pick that was given up by the Dallas Cowboys as part of the Amari Cooper trade. Abram's contract is worth $11.45 million over four years.

Marquise Brown, WR, Baltimore Ravens

Hollywood Brown✔@Primetime_jetSince I was 7yrs old this the moment I been waiting for, bigger than any moment I ever been apart of.. Everything I do is for you momma I love you 💜💜 You wanted a house and a car and you got it , I got you Forever Ever !!!
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Marquise Brown took the gift giving even further, getting his mom a car and a Land Rover Range Rover. Brown, who is a first cousin of NFL free agent Antonio Brown, was selected 25th overall by the Baltimore Ravens in the first round of the 2019 NFL Draft. His contact is for four years and worth $11.787 million.

Deshaun Watson, Houston Texans

Deshaun Watson✔@deshaunwatsonHappy Birthday Mama! I love you & you deserve your first official car! Enjoy it! "Had to cop her the '17 Jag" 💯🤘🏾
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In 1997 Deshaun Watson bought his mom a car '17 Jaguar F-Pace for her birthday. The Gainesville, Georgia native played quarterback at Clemson before being drafted by the Texans 12th overall in the 2017 NFL Draft. His first contract was a four-year, $13.84 million deal.

Anthony Duclair, F, Chicago Blackhawks

Duclair took a moment from leading his line down the ice to lead his mom into a Mercedes-Benz dealership in Laval, Quebec where he surprised her with a new black Mercedes-Benz C300 sedan. Duclair currently plays for the Ottawa Senators and will earn $1,650,000 this season.

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