The NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series Countdown to the Championship begins with the next race, the Carlyle Tools NHRA Carolina Nationals presented by NAPA Auto Parts at zMAX Dragway in Concord North Carolina, taking place Friday through Sunday, September 13th through 15th. Here are the top 10 drivers competing for the honors in Pro Stock Motorcycle (reset points in parenthesis).
1. Hector Arana Jr. (2110) – the top seed won the first three events of the season (Gainesville, Charlotte and Houston), then added a late season win at Sonoma for a total of four. He was also the No. 1 qualifier at Charlotte and Houston.
2. Matt Smith (2080) – Smith won once (Norwalk) and was runner-up three times in 2013. He was also the No. 1 qualifier at Gainesville, Chicago and Sonoma.
3. Michael Ray (2070) – Ray won twice in 2013, and Englishtown and Chicago. He was also the No. 1 qualifier at New England and Norwalk.
4. John Hall (2060) – Hall won in both of his final round appearances this season, at New England and Indy.
5. Hector Arana (2050) – the patriarch of the Arana clan made the finals at Englishtown and took the No. 1 qualifier at Indy.
6. Scotty Pollacheck (2040) – Pollacheck appeared in two final rounds in 2013,leaving as the runner-up from Houston and Norwalk.
7. Eddie Krawiec (2030) – after dominating the category in 2012 and winning the title, Krawiec made just one final-round appearance in 2013, coming home runner-up at Charlotte’s Four-Wide Nationals.
8. Adam Arana (2020) – in his rookie season, the third Arana made it to the final round at New England before losing to Hall, and qualified No. 1 at Denver.
9. LE Tonglet (2010) – the 2010 PSM champ appeared in two semi-final rounds, at New England and Indy.
10. Shawn Gann (2000) – Gann took home a Wally from Denver.
Check below for a complete look at each of the Mello Yello categories and the participants in the 2013 Countdown to the Championship. Keep up with the action leading up to the Countdown at www.nhra.com.
Check out Paula’s Examiner columns on motorsports:
Follow Paula on:
· Twitter - @paulat14
· Website – paulathompsonfreelance.com
· Flickr – Paula Thompson Freelance
Contact Paula at email@example.com