Team PEAK Update 5.22
It was a record-setting weekend in Topeka, Kansas for the NHRA drivers including the second and third fastest runs in NHRA history for Courtney Force and Robert Hight. Check out the results from your favorite team below.
Robert Hight advanced to the semifinals at Heartland Park Topeka on Sunday after defeating Dale Creasy and Bob Tasca III in the opening rounds. Hight also ran career best ET and speed over the weekend with a 3.826 in qualifying and a 338.09 mph in round one. That put Hight against Ron Capps for the second race in a row in the semifinals. Hight was off the line first but went into tire smoke early in the run, giving Capps the win.
Courtney Force advanced to the quarterfinals after defeating Tim Wilkerson with her fastest pass ever at 338.68 mph in round one but came up short to eventual race winner Ron Capps in the quarterfinals. Brittany Force also set career-bests for time and speed and advanced to the quarterfinals in Topeka before falling to Steve Torrence in the quarterfinals in the Top Fuel category.
John Force lost a close first-round matchup in Topeka on Sunday against number eleven qualifier Bob Tasca III. Tasca, who admitted he guessed on the Christmas Tree, pulled off a reaction time of .028 seconds to get the early advantage and at the finish took a holeshot victory by about 0.0037 seconds, or less than two feet even though Force had the better pass (3.907 to Tasca’s 3.930).
The NHRA teams return to action June 2-4 at New England Dragway in Epping, NH, the first of a four weekend stretch.
NASCAR CUP SERIES
Kyle Busch took control of Saturday night’s All-Star Race on the final restart and motored away to a 1.274-second victory, his first at Charlotte Motor Speedway in a Cup car. Busch cleared Brad Keselowski and Jimmie Johnson as the field roared toward Turn 1 on the final restart to take the win. Kyle Larson came back through the field to finish second, followed by Jimmy Johnson, Kurt Busch, and Jamie McMurray rounded out the top five.
PEAK drivers Clint Bowyer and Daniel Suarez won stages in the qualifying race to get into the main event. Bowyer finished the All-Star race in 13th, Suarez in 15th and Matt Kenseth finished in 20th.
PEAK also got drivers Daniel Suarez and Matt Kenseth together for a photoshoot leading up to the All Star Race. Here are a couple of behind the scenes shots and one of the finished product from the shoot.
The NASCAR teams compete again in Charlotte at the World 600 on Sunday, May 28th, the series longest event of the year.
NASCAR PEAK MEXICO SERIES
The next race on the NASCAR PEAK Mexico Series will be held June 4 at the Triovalo Internacional de Cajititlán, in Jalisco, Guadalejara.
NASCAR PEAK ANTIFREEZE SERIES POWERED BY iRACING
The series returns to action May 23rd at the Charlotte Motor Speedway for a 300 mile race, the longest race of the 2017 NASCAR PEAK Antifreeze Series schedule.
DIRT LATE MODEL SERIES
The dirt late model racers competed in the Midwest this week with stops in LaSalle, Illinois on Thursday night and Luxemburg, Wisconsin on Friday night. Defending Late Model Dirt Series champion, Scott Bloomquist, inherited the lead with five laps to go and went on for his 81st career victory in Illinois Thursday night. Shannon Babb made a clean sweep of the racing action on Friday night in the series first-ever appearance at Luxemburg Speedway in Wisconsin.
PEAK / CBR driver Don O’Neal finished fourth Friday night and sixth Saturday night while teammate Darrell Lanigan finished ninth on Friday and third Saturday night.
The Dirt racers resume on Tuesday night in Greenwood, Nebraska then spends Memorial Day weekend in Wheatland, Missouri.