Courtney Force went back-to-back for the first time in her Funny Car career with a victory Monday afternoon at the 30th annual Menards NHRA Heartland Nationals presented by Minties at Heartland Motorsports Park.
The event was postponed until Monday after weather delayed the track activity until 7:00 p.m. on Sunday, which allowed for only two rounds of eliminations for Top Fuel and Funny Car, and one round for Pro Stock.
Clay Millican (Top Fuel) and Deric Kramer (Pro Stock) were also victorious in their respective categories at the eighth of 24 events on the Mello Yello Drag Racing Series schedule. All three drivers were the No. 1 qualifiers at the event.
Force, who last time out won in Atlanta, powered her Advance Auto Parts Chevrolet Camaro to a pass of 3.928-seconds at 329.83 mph to defeat defending world champion and teammate Robert Hight in the final round. She was the No. 1 qualifier for the event. Force locked-in her third win of the season and 11th of her career.
"Coming off a back-to-back win is just insane," Force stated. "I got on the radio and told my guys that they're unbelievable and that it's so much fun to drive this race car. Coming out to a track where the conditions have changed a lot, I have to give credit to my crew chiefs Brian Corradi and Dan Hood."
Clay Millican
Clay Millican was tops in the Top Fuel class on Monday. Photo by NHRA/National Dragster
Force defeated Richard Townsend, Matt Hagan and J.R. Todd before entering her third final round this season. Hight drove past Cruz Pedregon, Tommy Johnson Jr. and Shawn Langdon before entering his fourth career final round at Heartland Motorsports Park.
Millican clinched his second career national event title after he piloted his Strutmasters/Great Clips dragster to a 3.727 at 332.59 pass to defeat Terry McMillen in the finals. This was the first time that Millican and McMillen had faced each other in a final round. Millican secured his 10th career final round and first at the Menards Heartland NHRA Nationals presented by Minties.
"The car has been really good," Millican said. "Pretty much didn't matter what I did because that car was going to win today. It's just awesome with all of the work [crew chief] David Grubnic has put in. He found some consistency which is what I've been saying all along."
Millican defeated Terry Totten, Doug Kalitt a and eight-time world champion Tony Schumacher prior to entering his first final round of the season. McMillen raced past Mike Salinas, Billy Torrence and Steve Torrence before entering his fifth career final round.
In Pro Stock, Kramer drove to his first career victory in his American Ethanol Chevrolet Camaro with a pass of 6.615 at 209.36 to defeat two-time world champion Erica Enders in the final round. Prior to entering the event, he had 13 career round wins. He is the 67th different Pro Stock driver to win in NHRA history.
"I've been working a long time for this," Kramer stated. "The first win leaves me a little speechless but I'm already looking for the next one. Always great as a driver to do your part and I've certainly been doing that all weekend."
Kramer faced Will Hatcher, Matt Hartford and Jason Line to enter his second final round of his career. Enders took down Mark Hogan, Tanner Gray and Greg Anderson before her third final round this season.
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Deric Kramer won in Pro Stock. Photo by NHRA/National Dragster
FInal Results - Topeka
Monday's final results from the 30th annual Menards NHRA Heartland Nationals presented by Minties at Heartland Motorsports Park. The race is the eighth of 24 in the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series:
Top Fuel -- Clay Millican, 3.727 seconds, 332.59 mph def. Terry McMillen, 6.169 seconds, 104.47 mph.
Funny Car -- Courtney Force, Chevy Camaro, 3.928, 329.83 def. Robert Hight, Camaro, 4.087, 265.90.
Pro Stock -- Deric Kramer, Chevy Camaro, 6.615, 209.36 def. Erica Enders, Camaro, 7.409, 143.58.
Pro Modified -- Rickie Smith, Chevy Camaro, 6.262, 233.52 def. Chad Green, Camaro, 8.805, 107.70.
Top Alcohol Dragster -- Shawn Cowie, 5.235, 275.62 def. Monroe Guest, 5.273, 272.83.
Top Alcohol Funny Car -- Shane Westerfield, Chevy Camaro, 5.508, 268.87 def. Doug Gordon, Camaro, 5.838, 261.17.
Super Stock -- Michael Mans, Pontiac Firebird, 8.668, 154.83 def. Gary Stinnett, Chevy Camaro, Broke - No Show.
Stock Eliminator -- Tyler Wudarczyk, Pontiac Firebird, 10.869, 99.71 def. Marion Stephenson, Chevy Camaro, Foul - Red Light.
Super Comp -- Danielle Jaramillo-Miller, Dragster, 8.920, 150.51 def. Don Nichols, Dragster, 8.897, 168.85.
Super Gas -- Kevin Theobald, Viper, 9.927, 155.81 def. Bob Fuller, Chevy Corvette, 9.956, 158.22.
Top Dragster presented by RacingRVs.com -- Phil Unruh, Dragster, 6.349, 218.12 def. Steve Will, Dragster, Foul - Red Light.
Top Sportsman presented by RacingRVs.com -- Dusty Meyer, Chevy S-10, 6.970, 196.96 def. Phil Dion, Chevy Corvette, Broke - No Show.
Top Fuel Harley -- Jay Turner, Dixie, 6.260, 226.54 def. Tii Tharpe, Dixie, 6.760, 182.72.
Round by Round Results
Final round-by-round results from the 30th annual Menards NHRA Heartland Nationals presented by Minties at Heartland Motorsports Park, the eighth of 24 events in the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series:
T OP FUEL
ROUND ONE -- Brittany Force, 3.723, 328.06 def. Richie Crampton, 4.264, 303.98; Terry McMillen, 3.934, 313.22 def. Mike Salinas, 4.674, 165.11; Leah Pritchett, 4.060, 304.39 def. Antron Brown, 4.254, 301.07; Clay Millican, 3.780, 331.36 def. Terry Totten, 5.452, 136.62; Steve Torrence, 3.734, 333.25 def. Terry Haddock, 9.583, 72.99; Billy Torrence, 3.734, 329.75 def. Kebin Kinsley, 4.333, 196.59; Tony Schumacher, 3.781, 326.24 def. Bill Litton, 3.950, 270.48; Doug Kalitta, 3.774, 326.24 def. Scott Palmer, 3.798, 327.90.
QUARTERFINALS -- Schumacher, 3.931, 231.71 def. Pritchett, 9.302, 87.02; S. Torrence, 3.684, 334.24 def. Force, 8.715, 78.72; McMillen, 3.781, 319.14 def. B. Torrence, 4.714, 175.64; Millican, 3.724, 334.90 def. Kalitta, 7.301, 72.09.
SEMIFINALS -- Millican, 3.676, 331.20 def. Schumacher, 5.198, 139.31; McMillen, 3.758, 326.48 def.S. Torrence, 3.784, 320.51.
FINAL -- Millican, 3.727, 332.59 def. McMillen, 6.169, 104.47.
FUNNY CAR
ROUND ONE -- Jonnie Lindberg, Ford Mustang, 8.883, 84.25 def. Jim Campbell, Dodge Charger, Foul - Red Light; Robert Hight, Chevy Camaro, 4.766, 262.18 def. Cruz Pedregon, Toyota Camry, 6.291, 103.95; Courtney Force, Camaro, 5.323, 176.70 def. Richard Townsend, Camry, 5.929, 138.39; J.R. Todd, Camry, 4.385, 237.17 def. Dale Creasy Jr., Dodge Stratus, 5.347, 155.06; Jack Beckman, Charger, 4.776, 186.77 def. Bob Tasca III, Mustang, Broke; Tommy Johnson Jr., Charger, 3.950, 325.06 def. John Force, Camaro, 4.391, 284.03; Shawn Langdon, Camry, 4.021, 322.19 def. Ron Capps, Charger, 4.322, 315.64; Matt Hagan, Charger, 3.942, 326.79 def. Tim Wilkerson, Mustang, 4.024, 314.31.
QUARTERFINALS -- Todd, 3.949, 323.12 def. Beckman, 4.058, 310.20; Hight, 3.924, 330.23 def. Johnson Jr., 3.986, 327.98; Langdon, 4.011, 324.12 def. Lindberg, 12.378, 75.64; C. Force, 3.934, 328.54 def. Hagan, 3.936, 328.94.
SEMIFINALS -- C. Force, 3.895, 330.39 def. Todd, 4.495, 1 88.81; Hight, 3.911, 330.55 def. Langdon, 7.038, 97.06.
FINAL -- C. Force, 3.928, 329.83 def. Hight, 4.087, 265.90.
PRO STOCK
ROUND ONE -- Matt Hartford, Chevy Camaro, 7.378, 135.81 def. Jeg Coughlin, Camaro, Foul - Red Light; Tanner Gray, Camaro, 6.645, 206.61 def. Bo Butner, Camaro, Broke; Drew Skillman, Camaro, 11.581, 77.19 def. Vincent Nobile, Camaro, Foul - Red Light; Jason Line, Camaro, 6.611, 208.97 def.
Alex Laughlin, Camaro, 7.736, 125.65; Deric Kramer, Camaro, 7.594, 135.40 def. Will Hatcher, Dodge Dart, 7.616, 145.20; Richard Freeman, Camaro, 6.650, 207.53 def. Chris McGaha, Camaro, 7.060, 158.20; Erica Enders, Camaro, 6.612, 208.39 def. Mark Hogan, Pontiac GXP, 6.935, 197.54; Greg Anderson, Camaro, 6.596, 209.79 def. Alan Prusiensky, Dart, Foul - Red Light.
QUARTERFINALS -- Kramer, 6.621, 208.91 def. Hartford, 6.604, 208.65; Enders, 6.550, 209.65 def. Gray, 6.574, 209.33; Line, 6.583, 210.05 def. Freeman, 6.635, 207.69; Anderson, 6.567, 210.93 def.
Skillman, 6.594, 209.04;
SEMIFINALS -- Kramer, 6.600, 209.49 def. Line, 6.580, 210.11; Enders, 6.603, 209.36 def. Anderson, 6.581, 210.60.
FINAL -- Kramer, 6.615, 209.36 def. Enders, 7.409, 143.58.
Updated Points Standings
Point standings (top 10) following the 30th annual Menards NHRA Heartland Nationals presented by Minties at Heartland Motorsports Park, the eighth of 24 events in the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series -
Top Fuel
1. Steve Torrence, 664; 2. Clay Millican, 569; 3. Tony Schumacher, 539; 4. Doug Kalitta, 497; 5. Leah Pritchett, 489; 6. Terry McMillen, 432; 7. Brittany Force, 428; 8. Antron Brown, 423; 9. Richie Crampton, 312; 10. Mike Salinas, 308.
Funny Car
1. Courtney Force, 670; 2. Jack Beckman, 590; 3. Matt Hagan, 540; 4. Robert Hight, 512; 5. J.R. Todd, 504; 6. Tommy Johnson Jr., 490; 7. Ron Capps, 440; 8. Cruz Pedregon, 399; 9. Shawn Langdon, 373; 10. Jonnie Lindberg, 351.
< p>Pro Stock
1. Vincent Nobile, 573; 2. Greg Anderson, 543; 3. Erica Enders, 541; 4. Deric Kramer, 539; 5. Bo Butner, 518; 6. Drew Skillman, 496; 7. Chris McGaha, 495; 8. Tanner Gray, 493; 9. Jason Line, 442; 10. Alex Laughlin, 381.

NHRA results, updated points from Kansas: Courtney Force goes back to back in Funny Cars

Courtney Force went back-to-back for the first time in her Funny Car career with a victory Monday afternoon at the 30th annual Menards NHRA Heartland Nationals presented by Minties at Heartland Motorsports Park.
The event was postponed until Monday after weather delayed the track activity until 7:00 p.m. on Sunday, which allowed for only two rounds of eliminations for Top Fuel and Funny Car, and one round for Pro Stock.
Clay Millican (Top Fuel) and Deric Kramer (Pro Stock) were also victorious in their respective categories at the eighth of 24 events on the Mello Yello Drag Racing Series schedule. All three drivers were the No. 1 qualifiers at the event.
Force, who last time out won in Atlanta, powered her Advance Auto Parts Chevrolet Camaro to a pass of 3.928-seconds at 329.83 mph to defeat defending world champion and teammate Robert Hight in the final round. She was the No. 1 qualifier for the event. Force locked-in her third win of the season and 11th of her career.
"Coming off a back-to-back win is just insane," Force stated. "I got on the radio and told my guys that they're unbelievable and that it's so much fun to drive this race car. Coming out to a track where the conditions have changed a lot, I have to give credit to my crew chiefs Brian Corradi and Dan Hood."
Clay Millican
Clay Millican was tops in the Top Fuel class on Monday. Photo by NHRA/National Dragster
Force defeated Richard Townsend, Matt Hagan and J.R. Todd before entering her third final round this season. Hight drove past Cruz Pedregon, Tommy Johnson Jr. and Shawn Langdon before entering his fourth career final round at Heartland Motorsports Park.
Millican clinched his second career national event title after he piloted his Strutmasters/Great Clips dragster to a 3.727 at 332.59 pass to defeat Terry McMillen in the finals. This was the first time that Millican and McMillen had faced each other in a final round. Millican secured his 10th career final round and first at the Menards Heartland NHRA Nationals presented by Minties.
"The car has been really good," Millican said. "Pretty much didn't matter what I did because that car was going to win today. It's just awesome with all of the work [crew chief] David Grubnic has put in. He found some consistency which is what I've been saying all along."
Millican defeated Terry Totten, Doug Kalitt a and eight-time world champion Tony Schumacher prior to entering his first final round of the season. McMillen raced past Mike Salinas, Billy Torrence and Steve Torrence before entering his fifth career final round.
In Pro Stock, Kramer drove to his first career victory in his American Ethanol Chevrolet Camaro with a pass of 6.615 at 209.36 to defeat two-time world champion Erica Enders in the final round. Prior to entering the event, he had 13 career round wins. He is the 67th different Pro Stock driver to win in NHRA history.
"I've been working a long time for this," Kramer stated. "The first win leaves me a little speechless but I'm already looking for the next one. Always great as a driver to do your part and I've certainly been doing that all weekend."
Kramer faced Will Hatcher, Matt Hartford and Jason Line to enter his second final round of his career. Enders took down Mark Hogan, Tanner Gray and Greg Anderson before her third final round this season.
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Deric Kramer won in Pro Stock. Photo by NHRA/National Dragster
FInal Results - Topeka
Monday's final results from the 30th annual Menards NHRA Heartland Nationals presented by Minties at Heartland Motorsports Park. The race is the eighth of 24 in the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series:
Top Fuel -- Clay Millican, 3.727 seconds, 332.59 mph def. Terry McMillen, 6.169 seconds, 104.47 mph.
Funny Car -- Courtney Force, Chevy Camaro, 3.928, 329.83 def. Robert Hight, Camaro, 4.087, 265.90.
Pro Stock -- Deric Kramer, Chevy Camaro, 6.615, 209.36 def. Erica Enders, Camaro, 7.409, 143.58.
Pro Modified -- Rickie Smith, Chevy Camaro, 6.262, 233.52 def. Chad Green, Camaro, 8.805, 107.70.
Top Alcohol Dragster -- Shawn Cowie, 5.235, 275.62 def. Monroe Guest, 5.273, 272.83.
Top Alcohol Funny Car -- Shane Westerfield, Chevy Camaro, 5.508, 268.87 def. Doug Gordon, Camaro, 5.838, 261.17.
Super Stock -- Michael Mans, Pontiac Firebird, 8.668, 154.83 def. Gary Stinnett, Chevy Camaro, Broke - No Show.
Stock Eliminator -- Tyler Wudarczyk, Pontiac Firebird, 10.869, 99.71 def. Marion Stephenson, Chevy Camaro, Foul - Red Light.
Super Comp -- Danielle Jaramillo-Miller, Dragster, 8.920, 150.51 def. Don Nichols, Dragster, 8.897, 168.85.
Super Gas -- Kevin Theobald, Viper, 9.927, 155.81 def. Bob Fuller, Chevy Corvette, 9.956, 158.22.
Top Dragster presented by RacingRVs.com -- Phil Unruh, Dragster, 6.349, 218.12 def. Steve Will, Dragster, Foul - Red Light.
Top Sportsman presented by RacingRVs.com -- Dusty Meyer, Chevy S-10, 6.970, 196.96 def. Phil Dion, Chevy Corvette, Broke - No Show.
Top Fuel Harley -- Jay Turner, Dixie, 6.260, 226.54 def. Tii Tharpe, Dixie, 6.760, 182.72.
Round by Round Results
Final round-by-round results from the 30th annual Menards NHRA Heartland Nationals presented by Minties at Heartland Motorsports Park, the eighth of 24 events in the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series:
T OP FUEL
ROUND ONE -- Brittany Force, 3.723, 328.06 def. Richie Crampton, 4.264, 303.98; Terry McMillen, 3.934, 313.22 def. Mike Salinas, 4.674, 165.11; Leah Pritchett, 4.060, 304.39 def. Antron Brown, 4.254, 301.07; Clay Millican, 3.780, 331.36 def. Terry Totten, 5.452, 136.62; Steve Torrence, 3.734, 333.25 def. Terry Haddock, 9.583, 72.99; Billy Torrence, 3.734, 329.75 def. Kebin Kinsley, 4.333, 196.59; Tony Schumacher, 3.781, 326.24 def. Bill Litton, 3.950, 270.48; Doug Kalitta, 3.774, 326.24 def. Scott Palmer, 3.798, 327.90.
QUARTERFINALS -- Schumacher, 3.931, 231.71 def. Pritchett, 9.302, 87.02; S. Torrence, 3.684, 334.24 def. Force, 8.715, 78.72; McMillen, 3.781, 319.14 def. B. Torrence, 4.714, 175.64; Millican, 3.724, 334.90 def. Kalitta, 7.301, 72.09.
SEMIFINALS -- Millican, 3.676, 331.20 def. Schumacher, 5.198, 139.31; McMillen, 3.758, 326.48 def.S. Torrence, 3.784, 320.51.
FINAL -- Millican, 3.727, 332.59 def. McMillen, 6.169, 104.47.
FUNNY CAR
ROUND ONE -- Jonnie Lindberg, Ford Mustang, 8.883, 84.25 def. Jim Campbell, Dodge Charger, Foul - Red Light; Robert Hight, Chevy Camaro, 4.766, 262.18 def. Cruz Pedregon, Toyota Camry, 6.291, 103.95; Courtney Force, Camaro, 5.323, 176.70 def. Richard Townsend, Camry, 5.929, 138.39; J.R. Todd, Camry, 4.385, 237.17 def. Dale Creasy Jr., Dodge Stratus, 5.347, 155.06; Jack Beckman, Charger, 4.776, 186.77 def. Bob Tasca III, Mustang, Broke; Tommy Johnson Jr., Charger, 3.950, 325.06 def. John Force, Camaro, 4.391, 284.03; Shawn Langdon, Camry, 4.021, 322.19 def. Ron Capps, Charger, 4.322, 315.64; Matt Hagan, Charger, 3.942, 326.79 def. Tim Wilkerson, Mustang, 4.024, 314.31.
QUARTERFINALS -- Todd, 3.949, 323.12 def. Beckman, 4.058, 310.20; Hight, 3.924, 330.23 def. Johnson Jr., 3.986, 327.98; Langdon, 4.011, 324.12 def. Lindberg, 12.378, 75.64; C. Force, 3.934, 328.54 def. Hagan, 3.936, 328.94.
SEMIFINALS -- C. Force, 3.895, 330.39 def. Todd, 4.495, 1 88.81; Hight, 3.911, 330.55 def. Langdon, 7.038, 97.06.
FINAL -- C. Force, 3.928, 329.83 def. Hight, 4.087, 265.90.
PRO STOCK
ROUND ONE -- Matt Hartford, Chevy Camaro, 7.378, 135.81 def. Jeg Coughlin, Camaro, Foul - Red Light; Tanner Gray, Camaro, 6.645, 206.61 def. Bo Butner, Camaro, Broke; Drew Skillman, Camaro, 11.581, 77.19 def. Vincent Nobile, Camaro, Foul - Red Light; Jason Line, Camaro, 6.611, 208.97 def.
Alex Laughlin, Camaro, 7.736, 125.65; Deric Kramer, Camaro, 7.594, 135.40 def. Will Hatcher, Dodge Dart, 7.616, 145.20; Richard Freeman, Camaro, 6.650, 207.53 def. Chris McGaha, Camaro, 7.060, 158.20; Erica Enders, Camaro, 6.612, 208.39 def. Mark Hogan, Pontiac GXP, 6.935, 197.54; Greg Anderson, Camaro, 6.596, 209.79 def. Alan Prusiensky, Dart, Foul - Red Light.
QUARTERFINALS -- Kramer, 6.621, 208.91 def. Hartford, 6.604, 208.65; Enders, 6.550, 209.65 def. Gray, 6.574, 209.33; Line, 6.583, 210.05 def. Freeman, 6.635, 207.69; Anderson, 6.567, 210.93 def.
Skillman, 6.594, 209.04;
SEMIFINALS -- Kramer, 6.600, 209.49 def. Line, 6.580, 210.11; Enders, 6.603, 209.36 def. Anderson, 6.581, 210.60.
FINAL -- Kramer, 6.615, 209.36 def. Enders, 7.409, 143.58.
Updated Points Standings
Point standings (top 10) following the 30th annual Menards NHRA Heartland Nationals presented by Minties at Heartland Motorsports Park, the eighth of 24 events in the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series -
Top Fuel
1. Steve Torrence, 664; 2. Clay Millican, 569; 3. Tony Schumacher, 539; 4. Doug Kalitta, 497; 5. Leah Pritchett, 489; 6. Terry McMillen, 432; 7. Brittany Force, 428; 8. Antron Brown, 423; 9. Richie Crampton, 312; 10. Mike Salinas, 308.
Funny Car
1. Courtney Force, 670; 2. Jack Beckman, 590; 3. Matt Hagan, 540; 4. Robert Hight, 512; 5. J.R. Todd, 504; 6. Tommy Johnson Jr., 490; 7. Ron Capps, 440; 8. Cruz Pedregon, 399; 9. Shawn Langdon, 373; 10. Jonnie Lindberg, 351.
< p>Pro Stock
1. Vincent Nobile, 573; 2. Greg Anderson, 543; 3. Erica Enders, 541; 4. Deric Kramer, 539; 5. Bo Butner, 518; 6. Drew Skillman, 496; 7. Chris McGaha, 495; 8. Tanner Gray, 493; 9. Jason Line, 442; 10. Alex Laughlin, 381.

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