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29

Another High Intensity Finish for Hight and Force

JFR drivers Robert Hight and John Force advanced to the final round quad Sunday at the NHRA 4-Wide Nationals in Charlotte, North Carolina with Hight finishing in the runner-up spot and Force in the third spot.  Check out all the other race highlights below.

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Robert Hight strengthened his NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series points lead after a runner-up finish Sunday at the NHRA 4-Wide Nationals in Charlotte, North Carolina.  Hight, the number one qualifier, finished second in the first quad, won the second quad, and came in runner-up to Shawn Langdon in the final quad.

John Force began race day with a win in the first quad and a runner-up finish in the second quad.  Chasing his 150th win, Force went into the final quad against teammate Robert Hight, Shawn Langdon and Matt Hagan. Force had the quickest reaction time of the pack with .038 but at half-track started to fall behind to finish third which now moves him into the third position in the Funny Car points standings.

In Top Fuel, Austin Prock and teammate Brittany Force were eliminated in the first quad. The John Force Racing team heads to the NHRA Southern Nationals at Atlanta Dragway in Commerce, Georgia, May 3-5th.

NHRA SPORTSMAN

In the Top Alcohol Dragster class in Charlotte, PEAK driver Duane Shields advanced to the finals in search of his 21st national event win.

Shields faced Julie Nataas and was off the line first but Nataas passed Shields right at the finish line to take the win with a 5.268 to Shields 5.339.

The PEAK Sportsman racers head to the NHRA Southern Nationals at Atlanta Dragway in Commerce, Georgia, May 3-5th.

NASCAR CUP SERIES

Chase Elliott seized the lead at Talladega Superspeedway during a four-lap shootout to the finish and took the checkered flag under caution after Kyle Larson barrel-rolled behind him on the back stretch.

Elliott scored his first win at Talladega and the fourth of his career, finishing ahead of Hendrick Motorsports teammate Alex Bowman, who scored his career-best finish. Rookie of the Year contenders Ryan Preece and Daniel Hemric finished third and fifth, respectively while Joey Logano was the highest finishing Ford in fourth position.

PEAK’s Clint Bowyer started third and finished 34th after being involved in an incident on lap ten that took him out contention.

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The next event on the NASCAR Cup Series schedule is on Sunday, May 5th at Dover International Speedway in Dover, Delaware.

FIA FORMULA ONE WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP

Haas F1 Team driver Kevin Magnussen finished in 13th-position in the Azerbaijan Grand Prix while teammate Romain Grosjean saw an early end to his day when he retired 13 laps from the finish with brake issues. The result dropped the Haas F1 Team two positions to eighth in the constructors’ standings, four points behind seventh-place Renault and four points ahead of ninth-place Toro Rosso.

Pole winner Valtteri Bottas led the fourth consecutive 1-2 finish by Mercedes this season, winning the Azerbaijan Grand Prix by 1.524 seconds over his teammate Lewis Hamilton for his second victory of 2019, the fifth of his career and first at Baku. Rounding out the podium was third-place Sebastian Vettel of Scuderia Ferrari.

The 2019 FIA Formula One World Championship resumes with the Spanish Grand Prix on May 12th at Circuit de Barcelona – Catalunya.

NASCAR PEAK MEXICO SERIES

The series moves to the Súper Óvalo Chiapas for the next event on Sunday, May 5th.
DIRT LATE MODEL SERIES

The events at Tri-City Speedway and Macon Speedway were postponed until July due to inclement weather.  The series now moves to Tazewell, Tennessee on Friday, May 3rd.

eNASCAR PEAK ANTIFREEZE iRACING SERIES

Nick Ottinger narrowly beat series points leader Ryan Luza in a three-lap dash, capping off a thrilling event at Talladega Superspeedway.  A late-race caution set up the sprint to the checkers, with veteran Brad Davies in the lead and Luza on the outside.

On the restart, Ottinger cleared Luza, giving him the chance to challenge Davies as the field entered the tri-oval for the final time.  Davies moved up to block, giving Garrett Lowe room to make it three-wide on the bottom, and Luza squeezed between Davies and Ottinger making it four abreast.

Contact sent Davies spinning across the line, but Ottinger had just enough momentum to take the win by 0.029 of second, denying Luza his third straight win.  Lowe finished third followed by Davies and Cody Byus completed the top five.

The next event on the schedule is on Tuesday, May 7th at Kansas Speedway.

Luke Jago

April 29, 2019

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