2014 O'Reilly Auto Parts NHRA Northwest Nationals Sunday photo gallery
Sunday, August 03, 2014

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Beautiful weather and a key race in the stretch run of the regular season brought the Northwest fans out in large numbers to Pacific Raceways for the O’Reilly Auto Parts NHRA Northwest Nationals presented by Super Start Batteries.

Sunday kicked off with the SealMaster NHRA Track Walk, allowing fans to stroll down the Pacific Raceways course prior to the start of final eliminations.

A large Cacklefest of vintage cars was a highlight of the day as the cars were fired on the return road in front of the appreciative fans before the final rounds.

Tony Schumacher’s U.S. Army dragster looked invincible from Friday’s first pass through Sunday’s semifinals before it fell off pace and dropped a 3.88 to 3.94 battle to teammate Antron Brown.

Shawn Langdon set low e.t. of the final eliminations with a 3.78 in round one but fell to the wayside against points leader Doug Kalitta in the Top Fuel semifinals.

Troy Buff ran a career-best 3.81 to upset Spencer Massey in the first round of Top Fuel but dropped out against Doug Kalitta in the second round.

Jack Beckman lost his second-round race to Alexis DeJoria in spectacular fashion when a massive explosion destroyed the body of his Valvoline Dodge.

Alexis DeJoria, a winner here in Top Alcohol Funny Car in 2011, had her hopes for an accompanying nitro win dashed in the semifinals by John Force.

Tim Wilkerson, who won this event three straight years (2009-2011), did well for special-event sponsor Rottler, reaching round two with their newly-painted Ford before losing to Gary Densham.

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No. 2 qualifier Shane Gray reached the semifinals of Pro Stock with his Camaro after beating younger brother Jonathan in round two but couldn’t get around Jason Line in the semi’s.

Pro Stock polesitter Allen Johnson looked strong in the first two rounds and knew that an event victory would give him the points lead, but his Dodge Dart got loose and fell to Greg Anderson in the semifinals.

Dave Connolly won a tough first-round matchup with Vincent Nobile to join his Gray brothers teammates in the second round, but his day ended there against Allen Johnson.

Jason Line, far lane, denied Summit/KB Racing teammate Greg Anderson his milestone 75th win, defeating him on a holeshot, 6.61, 210.67 to 6.60, 210.54. It was Line’s second straight victory and third of the season.

Longtime friends and fellow sexagenarians John Force (65) and Gary Densham (67) squared off in the Funny Car final where the victory, the 141st of his career, went to Force, near lane, with a 4.17 after Densham smoked the tires.

Points leader Doug Kalitta, far lane, fended off second place Antron Brown in the Top Fuel final for his second win of the season – both over Brown in the final – 3.84, 318.84 to 3.88, 311.70.

Event winners, from left, Jason Line, John Force, and Doug Kalitta