With the National Hot Rod Association currently on a hiatus due to the growing COVID-19 (Coronavirus) pandemic, leading online drag racing magazine Competition Plus has decided to fill the gap with a fun, new online drag racing league.
The Virtual Reality Hot Rod Association (VHRA) founded by CompetitionPlus.com launched this week on CompetitionPlus.com with an online, fan-vote style competition complete with multiple rounds of qualifying and eliminations.
The VHRA will pit real NHRA racers in the Top Fuel, Funny Car, Pro Stock, Pro Stock Motorcycle and Pro Modified classes against one another in an interactive “race” similar to past fan-vote competitions on CompetitionPlus.com.
The three-race VRHRA season opened with round one and round two eliminations March 19-20 at Orange County International Raceway, a well-known facility in the drag racing community until its closure in 1983.
Headlining the winners in round two was Terry McMillen in Top Fuel, Funny Car legend John Force, Aaron Stanfield in Pro Stock, Karen Stoffer in Pro Stock Motorcycle and Stevie “Fast” Jackson in Pro Mod. Stay tuned to vote for Round 2 winners on competitionplus.com
“Well like anytime we go racing we are not here to lose,” McMillen said.
McMillen edged Scott Palmer in the semis, 55 percent to 45 percent. He will now face Clay Millican in the finals. Millican edged Athur Allen 57 percent to 43 percent.
“We are going to do everything we can to pull out all the stops and see if we can get that win, and claim that championship,” McMillen said. “I think everybody is enjoying this (VRHRA racing). There are people playing this thing right now. I think while the situation is what it is with the virus that people are still looking for things to do. They are not working, there’s no school or what have you. They are looking for another form entertainment. I think it is outstanding that it was created. It does make me feel good to get the votes. Clay probably has more Twitter, Facebook than anybody I know. He has a ton. But I think it is cool how people rally behind somebody to make it work and that’s exciting. Plus, there are people from all over the world doing this and they are liking us. It makes you feel good and it is very humbling.”
In Funny Car, legend John Force defeated his teammate Robert Hight to move into the finals. Force meets Tim Wilkerson in the finals. Wilkerson upset Alexis DeJoria in the semis.
Pro Stock rising star Aaron Stanfield, the No. 1 qualifier, won in the semis over Matt Hartford. He meets fellow up-and-comer Kyle Koretsky in the finals. Koretsky upended veteran Jason Line in the semis.
Karen Stoffer, who is coming off a career-best year in 2019 in Pro Stock Motorcycle, finishing fourth in the points standings, upset No. 1 qualifier Matt Smith in the semis. Stoffer clashes with Angelle Sampey in the finals. Sampey, a fan-favorite, defeated Steve Johnson in the semis.
Pro Mod will feature Stevie “Fast” Jackson against star Rickie Smith in the finals.
Jackson ousted Steve Matusek in the semis and Smith beat Alex Laughlin.