By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
Funny Cars 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.
AAA sponsored Funny Car pilot Robert Hight won the 2018 FallNationals. He defeated DHL Funny Car pilot J.R. Todd in the final round.
The Yorba Linda, California native went 3.955 at 325.69 mph to win the Wally. The Indianapolis, Indiana native went 3.984 at 319.52 mph in the losing effort.
Both Hight and Todd are on the entry list. The John Force Racing President will be joined by his legendary teammate John Force near Dallas.
Todd’s Kalitta Motorsports teammate Shawn Langdon will also be competing at the event. Don Schumacher Racing will have its four drivers on the property, including Tommy Johnson Jr., Jack Beckman, Ron Capps, and Matt Hagan.
Full-time competitor Tim Wilkerson will be piloting his Levi, Ray, and Shoup Inc. Funny Car in this event. Full-time competitor Cruz Pedregon — who is supporting the Pink Fund this weekend — will be there with his Snap-On ride.
Full-time pilot Bob Tasca III will be there with his Ford Motorcraft/Quick Lane ride. The other Funny Car pilots on the property include fellow full-time competitor Jim Campbell, Paul Lee, Terry Haddock, Jeff Arend, Blake Alexander, Todd Simpson, and Jonnie Lindberg.
There will be 18 Funny Cars on the property. Only 16 Funny Cars will make eliminations on Sunday. This means following the two qualifying sessions on Saturday, two teams and their driver will not make the show.
The living legend has the most wins at this facility all-time in the category. Force has won seven times, including 1993, 1998, 1999, 2000 (twice), 2003, and 2005.