This weekend’s AAA Midwest Nationals at Gateway was a record setting show. From packed crowds at capacity all weekend long, to record blazing speeds, the weekend at the Gateway Motorsports Park was nothing short of amazing.
To make matters even better, it was upset city in the ladders.
In Top Fuel competition, none of the top four qualifiers made it past the second round. In Funny Car, Jonnie Lindberg advanced all the way to his third final round appearance of his career.
What a weekend it was.
Speaking of Top Fuel, No. 7 qualifier Steve Torrence continued his torrid pace in beating No. 4 qualifier Doug Kalitta in the final round. Torrence, took his eighth victory of the season and 16th of his career in the win in St. Louis.
Torrence, knocked off No. 10 Shawn Langdon, No. 2 Leah Pritchett and No. 6 Antron Brown en route to his second straight final and 11 of the 2017 season.
Kalitta, defeated No. 13 Scott Palmer, No. 5 Brittany Force and No. 8 Dom Lagna on his road to his fourth final of the season, two of which in the last three weeks.
As far as some tidbits, Tony Schumacher qualified third, but he had his third straight second round defeat and fourth in the last five races. In fact Schumacher, has been ousted in the first two rounds in 12 of the last 13 events.
Brown, made it to the semis for the second straight race, while top qualifier Clay Millican earned his third No. 1 qualifier over the last four events. Unfortunately, he’s never made it out of the second round in each. He was bested by Lagana today.
In Funny Car, Ron Capps also won for the eighth time this season and 58th of his career as he bested Lindberg in the finals. Capps, beat No. 14 Jim Campbell, No. 6 Jack Beckman and No. 2 John Force en route to his 11th final of the season and third in the last four races.
Lindberg, has three final round appearances, all this season. But, he’s had 14 straight losses in the first or second round, two of which he didn’t even qualify. But, he beat No. 12 Tim Wilkerson, No. 4 Alexis Dejoria and No. 1 Robert Hight en route to the finals.
For John Force, he beat his daughter Courtney in the second round which moved him to just his second semifinal appearance in the last 16 races. The second qualifier spot was his best qualifying effort since Sonoma.
In Pro Stock, Greg Anderson held his No. 1 qualifying spot to his advantage and won for the third time of 2017 and 89th time of his career. He beat Jason Line in the finals.