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Hotlanta morphs into Wetlanta: Rain postpones NHRA Southern Nationals eliminations to Monday

May 18, 2014, 10:13 PM EDT

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Mother Nature was not a fan of NHRA drag racing on Sunday, as nearly day-long showers forced the postponement of the final eliminations of the 34th annual Summit Racing Equipment Southern Nationals until Monday.

After an eight-hour rain delay, NHRA officials began final eliminations in the Top Fuel category, getting through five pairs of racers, only to stop because track conditions were becoming too treacherous to race upon due to rapidly falling temperatures.

“Track conditions were challenging after the day long rain in the area,” said Graham Light, NHRA senior vice president, racing operations. “The NHRA Safety Safari worked hard to bring racing conditions around, but we decided to postpone until (Monday). We will scrape the starting line overnight like we do prior to the event and prepare it for racing on Monday.”

As a result, the Mello Yello Drag Racing Series pro categories will resume at 10 a.m. ET on Monday with the conclusion of the first round of Top Fuel, followed by Funny Car, Pro Stock and Pro Stock Motorcycle.

Shawn Langdon, Steve Torrence, Clay Millican, Spencer Massey and Pat Dakin were first round winners in Top Fuel. Monday’s Top Fuel racing will resume with Doug Kalitta facing 82-year-old Chris Karamesines in their first round pairing.

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  1. techmeister1 - May 19, 2014 at 1:47 PM

    Trying to run after a full day of rain was stupid and dangerous. It certainly didn’t take (5) pairs of T/F cars to determine the track was not suitable for racing. Naturally that means five teams got screwed over for points if they lost one of the pedal-fests. NHRA really does some arse clown things from time to time.

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