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John Force is the Runner Up in Pennsylvania

John Force remains second in the NHRA Funny Car standings after a runner up finish in Reading, Pennsylvania Sunday afternoon.  Check out all the race highlights below.

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Sixteen-time Funny Car world champion John Force raced to his fourth final round of the season Sunday at the NHRA Nationals in Reading, Pennsylvania. Force, who has won the event seven times, muscled his way to within 19 points of the Funny Car lead with just five races left in the NHRA Mello Yello Countdown to the Championship.

John Force powered by Cruz Pedregon, Tim Wilkerson, and Ron Capps in the semifinals, to set up the matchup with Jack Beckman.  Force narrowly lost the finals on a holeshot as Beckman’s 3.958-second pass at 330.07 mph combined with his .028-second reaction time would defeat Force’s .068 reaction time and 3.952 pass at 328.78 mph.

Funny Car Teammate Robert Hight advanced to the quarterfinals and remains in the top three of the points standings.  It is the first time in 19 races that Hight has not left a race with the points lead.  In Top Fuel, Austin Prock and Brittany Force advanced to the semifinals, moving them each up in the points standings.

The NHRA Mello Yello Countdown to the Championship continues with the second of six races in St. Louis, September 27-29th.

NASCAR CUP SERIES

Martin Truex Jr. won the South Point 400 to score his 24th career NASCAR Cup Series victory over second-place Kevin Harvick by 4.173 seconds Sunday evening in Las Vegas.  The top 10 drivers were all playoff competitors including third place finisher Brad Keselowski, fourth place Chase Elliott, and Ryan Blaney who rounded out the top five.

It was a frustrating evening for many of the other playoff drivers including PEAK’s Clint Bowyer who started from the pole position, but a flat tire ultimately ended his night in 25th position.

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The NASCAR Cup Series moves to Richmond Raceway Saturday, September 21st for the next event in the championship chase.

FIA FORMULA ONE WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP

The 2019 Formula One schedule will continue with the Singapore Grand Prix on September 22nd at the Marina Bay Street Circuit.

NASCAR PEAK MEXICO SERIES

The Triovalo de Cajititlán in Guadalajara will host the next NASCAR PEAK Mexico Series event on September 29th.

DIRT LATE MODEL SERIES

Shane Clanton came from the seventh starting spot to win Thursday night’s preliminary event while Ricky Weiss passed Chris Madden on lap sixteen and went on for the win in Friday night’s preliminary race at Knoxville Raceway in Iowa.  PEAK’s Josh Richards came home in third after starting in eleventh.

Saturday night, Jimmy Owens became just the second driver to win the Knoxville Nationals event in back-to-back years.  Brandon Sheppard finished second with Hudson O’Neal charging from the back to finish third. Devin Moran finished in fourth with Kyle Bronson coming from his 20th starting position to round out the top five.

PEAK’s Josh Richards finished a disappointing 25th but remains third in the series standings heading into the next event on the tour in Kokomo, Indiana on September 20th.

eNASCAR PEAK ANTIFREEZE iRACING SERIES

Corey Vincent won his first eNASCAR PEAK Antifreeze iRacing Series race of 2019 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway as Blake Reynolds ran out of fuel less than a mile from the checkered flag.  Vincent swerved to the outside as Reynolds blocked Casey Kirwan on the frontstretch, narrowly avoiding the incident and crossing the yard of bricks first for his first victory since 2016.

Reynolds, with his extra momentum from the contact with Kirwan, finished second. Keegan Leahy was third after leading 40 of 80 laps. Ryan Lowe came home fourth, ahead of Kirwan, who managed to hold onto fifth despite heavy contact with the inside wall.

Leahy continues in the point lead ahead of Zack Novak, Garrett Lowe and Blake Reynolds. The next event will be the Charlotte Roval on Tuesday, September 24th.

Luke Jago

September 16, 2019

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