DENVER, CO. (JULY 23, 2017) The Mopar Mile High Nationals serves as the first event on the three-race Western Swing and is by far the most technical. With the elevation being over a mile above sea level, teams are tasked with trying to pump out thousands of horsepower with very little air available. After having rough weather conditions on the first day of qualifying, Sunday’s final eliminations saw a dry racetrack and a great day of racing.
It was an all-DSR final with teammates Leah Pritchett and Antron Brown squaring off in the final round. Pritchett’s effort of 3.816 seconds at 324.90 mph was bested by Brown who ran a 3.792 second lap at 319.82 mph for the win. This is Brown’s fourth-straight final round appearance, and his first win of the lot. However, this is his 3rd win of the season.
The Funny Car final was a battle of the nitro juggernauts with Don Schumacher Racing’s Tommy Johnson Jr. racing against John Force Racing’s Robert Hight. DSR has been dominant having won 9 races on the season in the Funny Car category. This time, the Wally went to Robert Hight. Hight threw down a 3.995 second run at 317.57 mph over Johnson’s 4.099 second pass at 297.16 mph. This is his third win of the year and his 38th career victory. Hight also secured himself a spot in the upcoming TRAXXAS Nitro Shootout.
For the second race in a row Drew Skillman has walked away the victor. This is the first time Skillman has won back-to-back national events in Pro Stock and he is also the first driver this season to win back-to-back events in the class. He raced to the win against Bo Butner with a 6.916 mph lap at 198.15 mph. Butner gave his all with a 6.953 second run at 198.88 mph, but came up short. This is his 5th career victory in Pro Stock.
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Eddie Krawiec gave the new Harley-Davidson Street Rod its first victory since having debuted in Englishtown, New Jersey. Krawiec ran the low-ET of the meet with a 7.145 second elapsed time at 188.28 mph. Matt Smith handed the victory to Krawiec at the starting line after he red-lit by seven-thousandths of a second. Smith ran a much slower 7.497 second pass at 145.09 mph. This is Eddie Krawiec’s 38th Pro Stock Motorcycle victory.