The NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series heads back to the East coast this weekend, Thursday through Sunday, May 31st through June 3rd, for the 43rd annual Toyota NHRA Supernationals at Old Bridge Township Raceway Park in Englishtown, New Jersey.2011 event winners Spencer Massey (Top Fuel), Mike Neff (Funny Car), Allen Johnson (Pro Stock) and Matt Smith (Pro Stock Motorcycle) will be back at the track for the Supernationals.
The Funny Car battle this season has been between the four-car teams of John Force Racing and Don Schumacher Racing. JFR won the first six events of the season, including a four-win streak from points leader Robert Hight, but DSR has won the last two events, with Ron Capps winning in Atlanta and Jack Beckman picking up his first win of the season at Topeka. “…Nothing would mean more than to be able to win at Englishtown, a track that has been running major events since NHRA’s first ‘super schedule’ in 1970,” said Beckman. “Englishtown is synonymous with Funny Cars because it was a real hotbed for match racing, and I can’t imagine a Funny Car driver who would want to retire without having a Wally from that track.”
Massey, who is leading the Top Fuel points standings, is looking forward to returning to Englishtown after a close runner-up finish to David Grubnic at the last race at Heartland Park Topeka. “We are off to such a great start, and it’s going to be good to go back to places where you won last year and try to repeat,” said Massey. “I’m looking forward to getting back there and having fun in Englishtown.” Massey’s DSR teammates Tony Schumacher and Antron Brown sit second and third, respectively, in points.
Johnson is not only the defending event winner at Englishtown, he’s the most recent race winner on the Pro Stock schedule, getting his second win of the season at Topeka. “My strategy for Englishtown is four words: more of the same,” said Johnson. “This Mopar Dodge Avenger team is hitting on all cylinders, with the team and our Hemi engines performing beautifully. I don’t want to change a thing. We’ve got to keep the consistency, and the driver has to do his job. My mantra all year has been consistency, and consistency is the trick to winning this whole deal.” Among the drivers he’ll be competing against are New Yorker Vincent Nobile, who calls “E-Town” his home track, and the Summit Racing duo of points leader Greg Anderson and 2011 Pro Stock champ Jason Line.
2011 PSM champ Ed Krawiec is looking for a Wally from his home track as well – he served as general manager at Raceway Park for a number of years prior to getting his Vance & Hines Screamin’ Eagle ride. “[Raceway Park] is where I learned everything,” said Krawiec. “My comfort level there is probably the highest out of everywhere we race. I want to win every race I go to, but man, I would love to win that one. It’s one of my goals – there are two major races that I really want to win: Indy [the Mac Tools U.S. Nationals] and Englishtown. Hopefully, 2012 is my year.”
Gates open Thursday through Saturday at 9:30 a.m. ET and Sunday at 8:30 a.m. ET. The Full Throttle classes begin qualifying on Friday at 3:45 and 6:15 p.m. ET, concluding Saturday at noon and 2:30 p.m. ET; eliminations begin Sunday at 11 a.m. ET. Visit www.etownraceway.com for more information and to purchase tickets.
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