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Billy Torrence, Matt Hagan and Jeg Coughlin taking the Wallys Home at the end of the NHRA Arizona Nationals

Chandler, ARIZ. (February 24, 2019) – If you wanted to take in some amazing side by side racing action this weekend, Wild Horse Park Motorsports Park was the place to be during the running of the Magic Dry Organic Absorbent NHRA Arizona Nationals.  Everything from the NHRA pros of Top Fuel and Pro Stock to our local racers were out competing for the coveted Wally in NHRA’s second race of the 2019 drag racing season.

Rain delays on Friday would make for two great days of qualifying and racing as the three day event was condensed into just two days, but the pros at NHRA made sure that every round was run before the closing of race day on Sunday.

Tommy Johnson Jr. repaired the car, put a new body on it only to came back up for round two of eliminations and do it again, destroying another Make a Wish Foundation Dodge body in the process.

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Sunday’s elimination rounds went relatively smooth with the exception of a few incidents on the track.  Round 1 eliminations between Tommy Johnson Jr. and James Campbell.  Johnson blew up around the 330 mark, destroying the body and sending his left rear slick rolling down the track.  Campbell should have had an easy win but he crossed the center line taking out the 1,000 foot timing blocks.

In round on of Top Fuel, Scott Palmer left the starting line and took a hard left from the right lane, crossing the center line and taking out a timing block.

In round two of Top Fuel Antron Brown and rookie Austin Prock met at the starting line.  Brown blew a head gasket trying to put the well funded Prock on the trailer.

After running through the ladders the drivers and teams would meet one last time for the final rounds of eliminations.

In Top Fuel, Billy Torrence in the Capco dragster and Leah Pritchett in the Don Schumacher Racing Mopar dragster were the last to to run.  When the tree dropped, Pritchett went up in smoke.  Torrence ran a 3.965 at 326.40 mph for the win.

Funny Car saw Kalitta Motorsports’ JR Todd and Don Schumacher Racing’s Matt Hagan meeting in the beams.  Todd Launched and somehow the interrupter kicked in.  Killing the engine and sending the chutes out.  Hagan ran a 3.890 at 325.06 mph for the Wally.

Jeg Coughlin Jr. in the Jegs.com Camaro and Phoenix’s Matt Hartford in the Total Seal Piston Rings Camaro paired in the final round of Pro Stock Eliminations.  Feeling the pressure for a hoe town win, Hartford went red by -.024 giving Coughlin an easy victory.  Coughlin ran a 6.557 at 210.67.

In Top Fuel Harley Beau Layne made a solid pass for the win, running 6.381 at 220.08 mph.  Doug Vancil smoked the tire at the launch had problems getting down the track.

Bill Kent took the Competition Eliminator win over Ralph Van Paepeghem.

Justin Lamb won Super Stock over Rick McKinney.

In Stock Eliminator Cody Lane defeated Jimmy DeFrank.

Craig Anderson took the win light from Kevin Wright in Super Comp.

In a double breakout, Ron MacKenzie took the win in Super Gas over Ken Mostowich.

James Warden cut a .002 light and took the Top Dragster win from Ed Olpin.

Bart Smith defeated Joe Roubicek in Top Sportsman.

Scroll down to check out some of the action on the track during Sundays Magic Dry Organic Absorbent NHRA Arizona Nationals from Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park.

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Photos by Arizona Auto Scene’s Jim Hahn and Serendipity Visuals Ken Sklute.

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