By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
Top Fuel Dragsters return to the Texas Motorplex this weekend. This is event No. 22 of the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series. In addition, this is event No. 4 of the Countdown to the Championship.
The AAA Texas NHRA FallNationals take place in Ennis, Texas from Thursday, October 17 through Sunday, October 20, 2019.
Capco Contractors Top Fuel Dragster pilot Steve Torrence will attempt to repeat as the winner of the 2019 event. Last year in the final round, he defeated Amalie Motor Oil Top Fuel Dragster pilot Terry McMillen to win at his home facility.
The Kilgore, Texas native went 3.786 at 325.92 mph to win the Wally. This was his fourth straight win in the 2018 Countdown to the Championship.
The Elkhart, Indiana native went 3.826 at 321.04 mph.
Both Torrence and McMillen will be back in an attempt to make another finals appearance. Torrence’s father, Billy, will also be competing at this event.
John Force Racing duo Brittany Force and rookie phenom Austin Prock will be competing. Kalitta Motorsports pilots Doug Kalitta and Richie Crampton will be competing at this event.
Don Schumacher Racing duo Antron Brown and Leah Pritchett will be on the property. Full-time competitor Clay Millican will be on the property will his Parts Plus/Laris Motorsports Insurance Dragster.
Full-time competitor Mike Salinas will be competing at the Motorplex in his Scrappers Racing Dragster. Other Top Fuel Dragsters on the property include rookie Jordan Vandergriff, rookie Lee Callaway, Kebin Kinsley, Shawn Reed, Steven Chrisman, rookie Cameron Ferré, Cory McClenathan, and rookie Lex Joon.
This will be the debut race for Callaway, who recently received his license in Tulsa, Oklahoma. He will be piloting the Scott Palmer Racing Top Fuel Dragster, as Scott Palmer helps tune the dragster for the Texan.
In addition, McClenathan is making the first of his final three races. At the conclusion of the three races, he will retire into the sunset.
There will be 19 Top Fuel Dragsters on the property. Only 16 will make eliminations on Sunday. That means three teams will be sent home following Saturday’s two qualifying sessions.
Brown is the active driver with the most wins at this facility. He has two wins, including wins in 2012 and 2016.
Tony Schumacher — who is on a hiatus this season as he looks for a new sponsor for this Top Fuel Dragster — has the most Top Fuel wins ever at the Motorplex. He has six wins, as he won in 1999, 2004, 2005, 2009, 2010, and 2014.