First-Time Winners and Veteran Champs Round Out 43rd Annual Gatornationals
After a rain-filled Sunday, the 43rd annual Gatornationals came to a conclusion Monday morning at the Auto-Plus Raceway at Gainesville. Tony "the Sarge" Schumacher was denied his fifth Wally in Gainesville, as top fueler Morgan Lucas took home the top prize with a track record 3.743 run, the second-best all-time in NHRA history.
Robert Hight beat Johnny Gray for the Funny Car title, racing to a 4.866 to Gray's 6.074. It's Hight's first win at Gatornationals and the third of the season for a John Force Racing driver.
In Pro Stock, Mike Edwards used a holeshot start to defeat Greg Anderson. Edwards finished in 6.566 seconds to Anderson's 6.538, but the .067 better reaction time off the tree gave Edwards his first win of the season.
Two-time defending Gatornationals Pro Stock Motorcycle champ Eddie Krawiec completed the threepeat, defeating Harley Davidson teammate Andrew Hines with a run of 6.822. The hot track surface halted any chance of breaking the 200 mile per hour barrier, but did set the nation-record in the quarterfinals with a run of 199.14 mph.
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