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NHRA returning to Maple Grove to start Countdown

The green light is about to illuminate as NHRA drivers return to Maple Grove Raceway to start the Countdown.

John Force, Steve Torrence, Erica Enders and other legendary drag racers will make their return to Maple Grove following a one-year absence due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The 37th Mopar Express Lane NHRA Nationals presented by Pennzoil marks the beginning of the seven-race Countdown to the Championship that culminates on Nov. 14 in Pomona, Calif.

Action starts Friday with one round of Pro Stock qualifying at 4:45 p.m. and one round of Nitro qualifying at 5:45 pm. Pro Stock qualifying on Saturday is scheduled for 12:15 p.m. and 3:45 p.m. Nitro qualifying on Saturday is set for 1:15 p.m. and 4:45 p.m.

Eliminations begin Sunday at 11 a.m.

Steve Torrence, winner of three straight Top Fuel world championships, comes to Maple Grove with a lot of momentum. Torrence won his third U.S. Nationals title Sunday at Indianapolis for his eighth victory in 13 races this season.

Torrence enters the Countdown as the points leader, followed by Brittany Force, the 2019 winner at Maple Grove.

Iconic Funny Car driver John Force also stands second in the standings in his division behind veteran Ron Capps.

The ageless Force, 72, is back on the dragstrip after pulling all his John Force Racing cars off the track after two races last season because of the pandemic.

Force has won three races this season, the most recent in Topeka, Kansas, where he and Brittany Force became the first father and daughter to earn NHRA Nitro titles in the same event.

Force, a 16-time world champion, has a record 154 wins, including seven at Maple Grove. Force used his last win at Maple Grove in 2013 as a springboard to his 16th world championship.

Enders is the two-time reigning world champion in Pro Stock and a four-time champion overall. She has three wins this season and is the Pro Stock points leader.

Matt Smith, the 2020 Pro Stock Motorcycle champion, leads that division heading into the Countdown, followed by Eddie Krawiec, the winner of Sunday’s U.S. Nationals.


Source: Berkshire mont

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