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Leah Pritchett, Matt Hagan and Greg Anderson take home the Wallys at the 2017 NHRA Arizona Nationals

Chandler, ARIZ. (February 26, 2017) – The NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series’ 2017 Arizona Nationals wrapped up today as the Pros of Top Fuel Dragster, Top Fuel Funny Car and Pro Stock ran elimination rounds at Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park today.

Once again at Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park the fans would be treated to an all female finals as John Force Racing’s Brittany Force and her Monster Fuel Energy Top Fuel Dragster met with Don Schumacher Racing’s Leah Pritchett and her Papa John’s Pizza Top Fuel Dragster.  After running an unofficial record of 3.65 seconds during a Top Fuel Dragster pass during the second qualifying session on Friday, Pritchett was favored to win.  When the tree lit, Brittany Force ran a quicker and faster pass than Pritchett after laying down a 3.704 at 330.39 mph.  Pritchett ran a 3.705 at 328.22 mph, but her .053 time against Force’s .081 would earn her the final rounds win with a holeshot and the Wally that comes with it.

Matt Hagan and his Sandvik Coromat Dodge Charger R/T met with Ron Capps and his NAPA Auto Parts Dodge Charger R/T in the Top Fuel Funny Car Finals.  Hagan got off the line first with a .057 light against Capps’ .075 and went on to run a 3.878 at 330.88 mph against Capps’ 3.883 with a matching mph of 330.88.  Hagan would take the win in Top Fuel Funny Car at the 2017 NHRA Arizona Nationals.

Team Summit Racing dominated in Pro Stock this weekend.  Jason Lines ran a 6.509 in qualifying, but was later taken out by Drew Skillman in the Ray Skillman Chevrolet during eliminations on Sunday.  Skillman would ultimately face Lines’ teammate, Gren Anderson in the Summit Racing Chevrolet Camaro in the finals.  Skillman got off the line first with a .034 light against Anderson’s .039, but Anderson’s 6.547, 211.43 mph run would take the win.  Skillman ran a 5.565 at 210.50 mph.

In the near lane, Bob Malloy handed Rickey House the Wally after going red by -.178.

In Top Sportsman, Mike Ferderer took the win after Richard Okerman went red by -.002.  Okerman’s 7.060, 194.60 mph pass would have been enough for the win, but it was Ferderer’s 7.254, 187.83 mph bringing home the Wally.

The near lane’s Grant Durie won his first Wally last weekend at Tuscon Dragway during the Southwest Showdown.  He would earn his second while running Top Dragster during the NHRA Arizona Nationals.  Durie and Tom Koenen met in the finals Sunday afternoon.  Koenen gave Durie the win after going red by just .001.  Durie ran a 6.824 at 194.27 mph.  Koenen realized his mistake and got out of the throttle.

Running on an 8.90 dial, Marko Perivolaris and Val Torres met on the line for the final round in Super Comp.  In a double breakout, Torres broke out be less with a 8.869 against Perivolaris’ 8.865 for the win.

Feeling the pressure, Ed Olpin went red by -.007, handing the win off to Aaron Kinard.

Super Stock would see Jody Lang breaking out after running a 11.021 on a 11.03 dial.  In the far lane, George Stassi ran a 10.622 on a 10.60 dial for the win.

Stock Eliminator saw Justin Lamb in the near lane and Kyle Rizzoli meeting in the finals.  Lamb Running on a 10.96 dial and Rizzoli running on a 10.94.  Rizzoli got off the line first with a .024 against Lamb’s ,028.  Rizzoli went on to run a 10.498 at 118.52 mph for the win.  Lamb ran a 10.966 at 116.90 mph.

Congratulations to all of NHRA’s Mello Yello Series Arizona Nationals winners.

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