Steve Torrence, Tim Wilkerson & Gaige Herrera Seize Wins At NHRA Seattle Northwest Nationals

(Photographs by Kim Fuller) • 4-time NHRA Prime Gas champion Steve Torrence (close to lane) moved into the factors lead on Sunday at Pacific Raceways together with his first win of the 2023 season, powering previous Doug Kalitta within the remaining spherical of the thirty fourth annual Flav-R-Pac NHRA Northwest Nationals.

Torrence earned his 54th profession win, going 3.940-seconds at 289.26 mph in his 11,000-horsepower Capco Contractors/Toyota dragster to knock off Kalitta, denying the veteran his fiftieth total victory. It additionally gave Toyota its 2 hundredth total NHRA win. Kalitta reached the finals for the second time in 2023 and 109th time total, getting previous Ron Smith and Clay Millican earlier within the day.

In Humorous Automobile, consistency paved the way in which for Tim Wilkerson (far lane), placing collectively three straight 4.00 runs on Sunday and going 4.007 at 321.96 in his 11,000-horsepower SCAG Energy Tools/Levi, Ray & Shoup Ford Mustang within the championship spherical to defeat J.R. Todd. The win bumped Wilkerson to sixth in factors.

To succeed in the ultimate spherical, Wilkerson needed to knock off factors chief Matt Hagan, back-to-back world champ Ron Capps and Blake Alexander, going 4.007 in consecutive rounds to shut out his day. It bumped Wilkerson to sixth in factors, including one other standout efficiency in Seattle to his profession accomplishments.

“I by accident went slightly deep on J.R. within the remaining there or the factor in all probability would have run a (3).96,” Wilkerson. “However I’m very, very pleased with my guys right this moment. They had been flawless It’s a scorching day, man. We labored laborious and had the identical motor within the automobile all the way in which till the finals, and I’m fairly pleased with that. We actually had a terrific day.

The primary-ever weekend in Seattle for Professional Inventory Bike merely meant one other dominating weekend for factors chief Gaige Herrera (far lane), as he wrapped up a flawless weekend at Pacific Raceways with a successful run of 6.764 at 198.99 on his Vance & Hines/Mission Meals to defeat teammate Eddie Krawiec. It provides the phenom his fifth win in seven races within the class this yr, in addition to a second excellent weekend after Herrera certified No. 1 and likewise picked up the Mission #2Fast2Tasty NHRA Problem victory.

The NHRA Tenting World Drag Racing Collection heads to the ultimate cease on the Western Swing on the NHRA Sonoma Nationals this weekend.


In Sportsman competitors:

Alcohol Dragster — Jackie Fricke, 5.270, 276.13 def. Joey Severance (proven), 8.312, 100.31.


Prime Alcohol Humorous Automobile — Doug Gordon, Chevy Camaro, 5.475, 268.60 def. Annie Whiteley, Camaro, 7.379, 137.62.


Competitors Eliminator — Joseph Arrowsmith, Pontiac GTO, 9.164, 108.77 def. Cody Lane, Chevy Cavalier, Foul – Pink Gentle.


Tremendous Inventory — Rick McKinney, Chevy Camaro, 10.582, 122.50 def. Don Thomas, Pontiac Gran Am, 10.135, 131.88.


Inventory Eliminator — Justin Lamb, Chevy Camaro, 9.814, 127.35 def. Greg Kielman, Camaro, 11.676, 111.15.


Tremendous Comp — Garrett Sides, Dragster, 8.912, 181.23 def. Dylan Hough, Dragster, 8.888, 182.03.


Tremendous Gasoline — Paul Nero, Chevy Corvette, 9.932, 162.45 def. Lindsey Larson, Chevy Corvette, 9.968, 167.05.


Tremendous Road — Brian McGinnis, Chevy, 10.951, 126.79 def. Dustin Ward, dodge Dart, 10.971, 125.19.


Prime Dragster — Thomas Bayer, Dragster, 6.148, 231.40 def. Dylan Hough, Dragster, 6.796, 195.90.


Prime Sportsman — Mike Ferderer, Pontiac Grand Am, 7.119, 193.85 def. Bryan Warr, Chevy Camaro, 6.775, 199.94.


Junior Dragster Shootout — Ty Gaynor, Halfscale, 8.178, 80.33 def. Cody Mackey, 8.008, 79.06.



Right here’s our gallery of pictures from Pacific Raceway and the thirty fourth annual Flav-R-Pac NHRA Northwest Nationals.