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NHRA recap: Another showdown between Gray and Enders-Stephens highlights big week

NHRA recap: Another showdown between Gray and Enders-Stephens highlights big week
It was a competitive weekend in several events.

We will run NOR WALK!

Welcome to Summit Racing ,  the World's Speed Shop here Norwalk, Ohio as the NHRA Mello Yellow Drag Racing Series continues to heat up.

NHRA 'S Women of Power were in full force , how apropo with the First Lady of Drag Racing, Shirley "Cha Cha" Muldowney making another nostalgic appearance in the state of the Hall of Fame as well as the birthplace of Alice Rufie Jordan Blake , the first female law graduate at Yale. Erica Enders- Stephens  was on the top of the tree this weekend giving her contenders much grief in her Melling Performance Pro stock Camaro. Angie Smith also drilled them out the gates on her Pro Stock Bike, with two back to  back .005! Whew!  Brittany Force and Leah Pritchett went up in smoke early on. Angelle Sampey is still fighting. 

Not too far up the road is Cleveland,  home of King James.  Hmmm , is he a need for speed fan? I will have to ask him.

John Force is usually the motivational speaker between rounds with his fast-talking, high energy interviews. He is grasping for straws now and pleading for support, even recalling essential advice given previously by "The Mongoose.".Team Force,  give 'em help! This deep into the series and no top 10. I'm starting to get a bit nervous. To quote Matt Hagan,  "Courtney is killing it out there," even beating out Poppa Force. He can't seem to catch a break. I'm not mad at you. John Force,  you know how to do this, never give up, never surrender! 

Another segment of excitement was the side by side between the  Vigilante and the Cowboy! The  Dodge Dynasty  should be so proud to have these Hemi's representing here at the NHRA Mello Yellow Drag Racing Series for  the School of Automotive Machinists and Technology NHRA Factory Stock Showdown.  The Vigilante brings it home. 

Meanwhile, Blake Alexander is on the map. Steve Torrence has got to work a few bugs out. Terry McMillen and Mike Salinas put in work, too. Clay Millican and Greg Anderson also looked promising.

The highlight of the weekend of course was the ever fervent grudge match between Erica Enders -Stephens and boy band hopeful Tanner Gray.  It has been tit for tat with these two  Pro Stock winners, and here come the finals after Erica beat em out the gates being quick on the draw. They burn out, Tanner turns on the first stage lights, then Erica. Tanner bumps in, then Erica  and click , click, boom! Tanner Gray  leaps out with a . 008 as our dear Erica slept with a . 048

What a cliff hanger. How will they end the series?

Stay tuned for  the NHRAMello Yello Drag Racing Series as they head to the New England Nationals, July 6-8.

And this weekend's winners:

Top Fuel -- Blake Alexander, 4.011 seconds, 297.81 mph def. Terry McMillen, 4.155 seconds, 289.20 mph.

Funny Car -- Matt Hagan, Dodge Charger, 4.094, 288.21 def. Courtney Force, Chevy Camaro, 4.220, 227.54.

Pro Stock -- Tanner Gray, Chevy Camaro, 6.615, 209.62 def. Erica Enders, Camaro, 6.608, 208.30.

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