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2024 PlayNHRA Nationals – Pro Stock Motorcycle

NHRA Mission Foods Drag Racing SeriesPlayNHRA Virginia Nationals
Virginia Motorsports Park
June 21-23, 2024

Gaige Herrera sets record for most consecutive wins in NHRA History

Pro Stock Motorcycle’s Gaige Herrera added yet another record in his amazing two-year run on Sunday, going 6.755 at 199.26 on his RevZilla/Mission Foods/Vance & Hines Suzuki to defeat teammate Richard Gadson in the final round. With the victory, the defending world champion set the record for the most consecutive wins in NHRA history, winning his 10th straight race on his Suzuki and eclipsing the previous mark set by Bob Glidden.

He also now has 39 straight round wins, setting that record on Sunday as well. Herrera, who stayed undefeated in 2024 and hasn’t lost since early September of last year, defeated Chris Bostick and John Hall to reach the finals, picking up his fifth victory of the year and 16th since the beginning of last year, continuing an absolutely historic and dominant run.

“It’s kind of hard to process all of it,” Herrera said. “The amount of accomplishments that have been achieved in such a short time, I tried to sit back and just think about it, and it’s very hard, because there are so many of them. I have to thank Andrew [Hines, crew chief] and basically picking me out of a haystack to ride for them. I’ve got to give it all up to Andrew and all the guys at the shop. None of this is possible without them.

Gaige Herrera
Gaige Herrera

“It’s very surreal. Getting the 10 consecutive wins, I think that’s the biggest thing that really hasn’t set in. Last year, we were feeling like we were doing very good and making everyone else have to step up, so this year, if we go out there and do like we did last year, I think this year is really going to hit us in the face and make us realize what we’re doing right now.”

Gadson reached his first career final round after defeating Eiji Kawakami, Jianna Evaristo and Hector Arana Jr.

Richard Gadson
Richard Gadson

Eliminations Round 1

W – Jianna Evaristo – 0.022 / 6.905 / 195.73
L – Steve Johnson – 0.054 / 6.934 / 192.85
Evaristo with the starting line advantage and never trailed for the win.

W – Hector Arana Jr – 0.046 / 6.920 / 193.74
L – Marc Ingwersen – 0.046 / 6.989 / 193.13
Hector Arana Jr. Is 129 – 51 (72%) in Rd. 1. Marc Ingwersen is 0 – 4 against Arana Jr. Arana Jr is 4 – 0 against Ingwersen in prior events. They have identical reaction times, but it is all Arana Jr. from there on for the win.

W – John Hall – 0.027 / 6.884 / 197.36
L – Kelly Clontz – 0.108 / 6.889 / 196.19
John Hall wins 75% of his Rd. 1 races when he has lane choice. Kelly Clontz is making her 69th start. Hall with the starting line advantage and never trailed for the win. Clontz with her quickest pass of the weekend in the losing effort.

Kelly Clontz
Kelly Clontz

W – Chase Van Sant – 0.033 / 6.826 / 197.68
L – Ron Tornow – 0.022 / 6.966 / 195.90
Chase Van Sant is 11 – 6 in Rd. 1. Ron Tornow lost to Van Sant in Rd. 1 in Bristol. Tornow with the starting line advantage, but Van Sant has the lead as they go by the Christmas tree and never trails from there on for the win. Van Sant with the quickest pass of race day. He will have lane choice over Hall in the next round.

Chase Van Sant
Chase Van Sant

W – Angie Smith – 0.016 / 6.809 / 199.91
L – Matt Smith – 0.063 / 6.783 / 199.94
Matt Smith is 19 – 4 against Angie and 11 – 2 against her in Rd. 1. Angie with th starting line advantage and never trailed for the win. She will have lane choice over Arana Jr. in the next round. Angie Smith’s MOV: 0.0217 seconds (approximately 6 feet). Matt runs low E.T. of race day in the losing effort.

Matt Smith
Matt Smith

W – Richard Gadson – 0.059 / 6.871 / 197.59
L – Eiji Kawakami – 0.011 / 7.146 / 185.46
The #2 PSM qualifier is 7 – 0 in Rd. 1 at this event. Eiji Kawakami is making his 13th start. Kawakami with a great light, but Gadson has the lead by 330 feet and never trails for the win.

Eiji Kawakami
Eiji Kawakami

W – Gaige Herrera – 0.031 / 6.803 / 198.50
L – Chris Bostick – 0.007 / 6.870 / 194.41
The #1 PSM qualifier is 7 – 0 in Rd. 1 at this event. Chris Bostick is making his 56th start. He is 0 – 2 against Herrera. Bostick with a great light, but Herrera has the lead by half track and takes the win. He sets the record for most consecutive round wins at 36. He will have a bye in the next round. He makes the second quickest pass of race day.

Chris Bostick
Chris Bostick

Eliminations Round 2

W – Richard Gadson – 0.027 / 6.906 / 196.87
L – Jianna Evaristo – 0.067 / 6.871 / 198.64
Evaristo is 1 – 0 against Gadson in prior events. Gadson with the starting line advantage and the power to hold on for the hole shot win.

Jianna Evaristo
Jianna Evaristo

W – John Hall – 0.049 / 6.851 / 151.19
L – Chase Van Sant – -0.002 / 6.836 / 197.59
Hall is 1 – 0 against Van Sant in prior events. Van Sant is a couple tick too quick on the tree and turns it red to give Hall the freebie.

John Hall
John Hall

W – Hector Arana Jr – -0.009 / 6.892 / 196.44
L – Angie Smith – -0.034 / 6.834 / 160.12
Arana Jr is 20 – 7 against Smith in prior events. Smith goes red to give Arana Jr. the win. Arana Jr. will have lane choice over Gadson in the semifinal.

Angie Smith
Angie Smith

W – Gaige Herrera – 0.030 / 6.782 / 196.50
L – EARNED BYE
Herrera with the quickest pass of the round on the bye run. He will have lane choice over Hall in the next round.

Semi-Final

W – Richard Gadson – 0.012 / 6.813 / 198.09
L – Hector Arana Jr – -0.064 / 9.421 / 92.93
Gadson is 1 – 0 against Arana Jr in prior events. Arana Jr. goes red to give Gadson the win, who has a great light. Gadson is advancing his first final round.

Hector Arana Jr
Hector Arana Jr

W – Gaige Herrera – 0.084 / 6.760 / 199.70
L – John Hall – 0.053 / 6.816 / 198.58
Herrera is 3 – 0 against Hall in prior events. Hall with the starting line advantage, but Herrera chases him down by half track and takes the win. Gaige Herrera’s MOV: 0.0253 seconds (approximately 7 feet). He will have lane choice over Gadson in the final. Herrera is advancing to his fifth final round this season and 17th of his career.

Final

WIN – Gaige Herrera – 0.022 / 6.755 / 199.26
RU – Richard Gadson – 0.022 / 6.786 / 198.32
This is the first time Gadson and Herrera have faced each other in eliminations. They have identical reaction times and Gadson has the lead early. Herrera has the lead by half track and takes the win. He just continues to break record, now 10 wins in a row. Gaige Herrera’s MOV: 0.0315 seconds (approximately 9 feet).


Points Standings

Point standings (top 10) following the Fourth annual PlayNHRA Virginia Nationals at Virginia Motorsports Park, the ninth of 20 events in the NHRA Mission Foods Drag Racing Series:

Chase Van Sant
Chase Van Sant

1. Gaige Herrera, 618
2. Richard Gadson, 365
3. Matt Smith, 362
4. John Hall, 332
5. Chase Van Sant, 294
6. Angie Smith, 291
7. Hector Arana Jr, 268
8. Jianna Evaristo, 242
9. LE Tonglet, 233
10. Steve Johnson, 18

Hector Arana Jr
Hector Arana Jr

QUALIFYING – SATURDAY

On the hunt for history this weekend, Pro Stock Motorcycle’s Gaige Herrera threw down something spectacular to open qualifying on Saturday, going 6.703 at 200.83 on his RevZilla/Mission Foods/Vance & Hines Suzuki. That set the track E.T. record and handed the defending world champion his third No. 1 qualifier this year and the 17th in his career. More importantly, it puts Herrera in a great spot to potentially make more NHRA history.

He’s currently tied with legendary Pro Stock driver Bob Glidden for the most consecutive wins (9) and round wins (35) in NHRA history and can set the new mark with a memorable Saturday at a track that has served him well throughout his career.

“To be honest, on that 6.70, we were expecting a .72. We just happened to catch it before it really got hot out there today,” Herrera said. “Obviously these are the kinds of conditions we will be racing tomorrow., so we’re going in there with a lot of confidence.

“If I can (break the record), it’s going to be awesome. I’m happy with just tying Bob Glidden and to have my name in the same sentence as Bob. If I do it, that it’d be awesome, but going into tomorrow, no, I’m not thinking about it.”

Herrera’s teammate, Richard Gadson, took second with a 6.763 at 198.96 and defending event winner Matt Smith qualified third after going 6.788 at 200.80.Eliminations for the PlayNHRA Virginia Nationals begin at 12 p.m. on Sunday at Virginia Motorsports Park.

1. Gaige Herrera – 6.703 / 200.83
2. Richard Gadson – 6.763 / 198.96
3. Matt Smith – 6.767 / 200.86
4. Chase Van Sant – 6.794 / 198.17
5. John Hall – 6.795 / 198.58
6. Hector Arana Jr – 6.796 / 199.91
7. Jianna Evaristo- 6.842/ 200.02
8. Steve Johnson- 6.859/ 195.70
9. Marc Ingwersen – 6.885 / 195.53
10. Kelly Clontz – 6.933 / 195.48
11. Ron Tornow- 6.959 / 194.66
12. Angie Smith- 7.044 / 165.19
13. Eiji Kawakami – 7.183 / 186.18
14. Chris Bostick – 11.380 / 70.27

Angie Smith
Angie Smith

#2Fast2Tasty Challenge – Pro Stock Motorcycle

Pro Stock Motorcycle’s Matt Smith earned his second straight in the Mission #2Fast2Tasty Challenge, defeating Richard Gadson in the final round with a solid run of 6.767 at 200.86 on his Denso Auto Parts/Matt Smith Racing Buell.

The six-time world champion disposed of both Vance & Hines bikes on Saturday, defeating points leader Gaige Herrera in the semifinals before getting past Gadson a round later. Smith, who is also the defending event winner at Virginia Motorsports Park, will look to carry that momentum into Sunday, where he’s looking to win for the first time this season and end Herrera’s NHRA record-tying streak of nine straight wins.

Richard Gadson
Richard Gadson

ROUND ONE
Win – Richard Gadson – 6.846 / 198.55
L – Jianna Evaristo – Foul – Red Light

Win – Matt Smith – 6.790 / 200.71
L – Gaige Herrera – 6.795 / 199.58

FINAL
Win – Matt Smith – 6.767 / 200.86
Runnerup – Richard Gadson, 6.889 / 180.45

“We knocked off Gaige (Herrera) in the first round and then we beat the other Vance & Hines bike with Richard (Gadson), so all in all great weekend so far,” Smith said. “I just keep rolling and trying to do the best I can to keep the momentum going, but we’ve got a really good bike. This Denso bike is strong. and it’s mean. We’ve been working on bike but it’s hard to control the tire when it gets hot but we’re doing a pretty good job of it so far.”

Mission #2Fast2Tasty NHRA Challenge Winner - Matt Smith

* There was no qualifying Friday for Pro Stock Motorcycle, all three sessions ran on Saturday.

Eiji Kawakami
Eiji Kawakami

ABOUT NHRA

The National Hot Rod Association, the largest auto racing organization in the world, has come a long way since Wally Parks founded it in 1951.

Though it has grown into a global sports-entertainment business, NHRA has not lost sight of Parks’ original goal: to provide competitors a place to race. But now those places are deluxe supertracks in major U.S. markets, and the racing runs the gamut from 11,000-horsepower Top Fuel dragsters to 5-horsepower Jr. Dragsters. Drag racing’s journey through the decades has been sometimes swift, sometimes rocky, but always exciting and always worth the trip.

In the 1950s, top performance marks were 140 mph in 9 seconds. Today, they’re more than 330 mph in less than 3.7 seconds. Back then, winners earned little more than a trophy and bragging rights. Today’s racers compete for trophies and bragging rights as well as a share of more than $3 million in prize money.

In 2024, NHRA joined forces with Mission Foods to present the world’s fastest motorsports attraction as the flagship sponsor of the national touring series, the NHRA Mission Foods Drag Racing Series.

Under the leadership of President Glen Cromwell, NHRA raced forward in 2020 with a number of key initiatives, including a multiyear partnership with FOX Sports to televise NHRA events from the NHRA Mission Foods Drag Racing Series, the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series, and the Pro Mod Drag Racing Series. FOX Sports networks aired more than 500 hours of programming throughout the year, highlighted by 22 race-day shows, including eight on FOX’s national network, in addition to primetime Friday night qualifying shows, and fans are in for more of the same this year.

NHRA has extremely loyal fans that are committed to the sport they love, and it’s easy to see why. They continue to have the best access to the behind-the-scenes action of racing. NHRA’s open-pits policy allows fans to get an up-close-and personal view of how teams rebuild engines. Drivers are often found in their pit areas, signing autographs and chatting with fans, who have the rare opportunity to get behind the wheel themselves in a variety of racing simulators in the Nitro Alley Fan Zone. Those are just a few reasons NHRA fans continue to be some of the most loyal in any sport.

For more information, log on to NHRA.com, or visit the official NHRA pages on Facebook, YouTube and Twitter.


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