Blake Alexander raced to first NHRA Top Fuel victory

NORWALK, Ohio (AP) Blake Alexander raced to his first Top Fuel victory Sunday in the Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals.

Alexander had a 4.011-second pass at 297.81 mph to beat Terry McMillen in the final.

”It felt really good,” Alexander said. ”I got a little emotional because I’ve tried to do this my whole life. I’ve come close but have lost sponsors, thought I was never going to drive the car again and basically we have gone through everything to climb back to the top.”

Matt Hagan won in Funny Car, Tanner Gray in Pro Stock, and Eddie Kraweic in Pro Stock Motorcycle.

Hagan edged points leader Courtney Force with a 4.094 at 288.21 in a Dodge Charger R/T for his first victory of the season.

Gray won for the third tiome this season and eighth overall, topping Erica Enders with 6.615 at 209.62 in a Chevrolet Camaro. Krawiec raced to his third victory at Summit Motorsports Park. He beat Jerry Savoie with a 6.923 at 195.05 on a Harley-Davidson.

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