Funny Car racer Mike Neff kept his championship hopes alive, racing to victory Monday at the rain-delayed NHRA Nationals at Maple Grove Raceway.
Neff won with a time of 4.030 seconds at 317.94 mph in a Ford Mustang to earn his fourth win of the season. Neff closed in on series leader Jack Beckman, who set a national record and advanced to the semifinals over the weekend.
Neff trails Beckman by 54 points as the tour heads to its final two stops in Las Vegas and Pomona, Calif.
Khalild alBalooshi earned his first career Top Fuel victory and V. Gaines (Pro Stock) also won at the fourth of six playoff events.
Due to rain, the Pro Stock Motorcycle final round between Andrew Hines and Eddie Krawiec was postponed until the Las Vegas event starting Oct. 25.