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John Force Racing NHRA Full Throttle Funny Car driver, Ashley Force Hood, grabbed the top spot in Friday’s NHRA qualifying session for the 21st Annual O’Reilly Summer Nationals.
With just eight events remaining before the start of the Countdown to the Championship, John Force is battling with reigning series champ Cruz Pedregon, Bob Tasca III and his own teammates, Mike Neff and Robert Hight, for the points lead.
Del Worsham and the Alan Johnson Al-Anabi Racing Funny Car have been a consistent qualifier most of the season. Through the first eight races, Worsham’s average qualifying position is 6.13. Throw out qualifying No. 16 in
Allen Johnson is getting restless. The Pro Stock drag racer has yet to visit the winner’s circle in 2009.
At Bristol’s Thunder Valley Nationals, Mike Edwards’ driving was near perfect. His GXP’s setup was flawless. He left his competition in his dust all weekend. He was the No. 1 qualifier. He won the race. And just for good measure, he set the low elapsed time for the event in his final-round victory over three-time series champ Greg Anderson.
So far this season the Budweiser/Lucas Oil team has scored three runner-up and three final four showings in eight races.
Northwest division racers head to
Post Falls, Idaho driver Dan Barton grabbed second in the Comp Eliminator qualifying rounds. Medical Lake’s Glen Hultberg sits in sixth place for Top Dragsters after two days of Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series qualifying at Mission Raceway in British Columbia.
NHRA Northwest division racers will be at Mission Raceway Park May 22-24 for the Lordco B.C. Nationals, a round of the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series. Racers in eight categories, including 260 mph Top Alcohol Dragster and Top Alcohol Funny Car, will be on hand vying for points leading to divisional and national championships. The division’s Auto Max USA Top Sportsman Series, Top Dragster Series and the Sportsman Motorcycle Series presented by Harley Davidson will also run in conjunction with the event. The race is the second of seven in the division.
Tony Schumacher crossed the finish line in 3.857 seconds at 310.91 mph in his U.S. Army dragster to edge Doug Kalitta, whose Kalitta Motorsports dragster trailed at 3.879 at 303.43. It was Schumacher’s third victory at the legendary Tennessee drag strip and the 59th of his career.
Next on the NHRA Full Throttle Series docket is the Thunder Valley Nationals at Bristol Dragway where Kurt Johnson was a winner in 2003. He enters the race eighth in the Pro Stock standings with the potential of advancing far up the points ladder. Johnson sits less than three round wins out of the top five.
Robert Hight is also looking to capture some of the magic his boss and teammate John Force grabbed in
Driving the FRAM Tough Guard Top Fuel dragster for Don Schumacher Racing, Cory McClenathan has shown quiet determination and skill this year, and his team, led by first-time Top Fuel tuners Todd Okuhara and Phil Shuler, have demonstrated their strength on the drag strip.
Brandon Berstein heads to Bristol, Tenn. aiming for Final Round. The Budweiser teams has three runner-up finishes and several top-5 qualifying runs as he chases the Top Fuel championship.
NHRA Funny Car Star Ron Capps Ready To Challenge DIRTcar Western Allstars Late Model Series Saturday Night
Ron Capps’s dirt Late Model will carry the same NAPA Auto Parts logos and colors as the 330-mph, 7,000-horsepower Don Schumacher Racing Dodge Charger that he campaigns on the NHRA Funny Car trail. Victory Circle Chassis in Bakersfield, Calif., provided a new body to Forster Racing so Capps’s machine could be customized with his familiar sponsor and colors for Saturday night’s program.
Del Worsham raced to his first win of the season and first win with Alan Johnson Al-Anabi Racing at the 13th annual O’Reilly NHRA Midwest Nationals at Gateway International Raceway.
Morgan Lucas, Ron Capps, Greg Stanfield and Andrew Hines take No. 1 positions in their respective NHRA categories heading into eliminations on Sunday at 11:00 a. m.
Firebird Raceway will host the 39th Annual NAPA Auto Parts Ignitor presented by Dan Wiebold Ford, a round of the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series, May 1-3, 2009. The race is the first of six on the NHRA Northwest division schedule and will feature drivers in six racing categories vying for valuable points leading to divisional and national championships.
If you think that 14-time NHRA champion John Force is ready to leave the strip-think again.
“I’m in better shape than I was before the crash,” the 126-time tour winner said of the September, 2007, accident that left him with injuries that confined him to a
Jeg Coughlin has collected three of his 56 career victories at Gateway International Raceway, the site of this weekend’s 13th annual O’Reilly NHRA Midwest Nationals, including two Super Stock titles in 1997 and ‘03, and the Pro Stock crown in 2002.
The Bernstein family has had backing from Budweiser for 30 years but this will be the final season of the fan favorite bright red Top Fueler. Brandon Bernstein aims to win this week’s NHRA stop in St. Louis, home of Anheuser-Busch as a proper send-off to the long-time sponsor.
One year ago Tim Wilkerson came to his home track – Gateway International Raceway – looking for a win and hunting down the No. 1 points position in the Full Throttle Series Funny Car standings. This year, the Springfield, Ill. racer is still hunting for a win, however, this time around he’s trying to navigate his way into the top 10 in the ultra-competitive Funny Car class in the NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series.
Mike Edwards needed one extra day over the rest of the NHRA field to grab the final round victory. Rain forced the Pro Stock division to run its final round Monday morning where Edwards jetted to the victory over Jeg Coughlin.
The NHRA season continues this weekend in Atlanta, Georgia. Check out the latest news and notes leading to this week’s event.
Cory McClenathan has embraced a new crew on his 7,000 horsepower FRAM Tough Guard dragster, led by co-crew chiefs Phil Shuler and Todd Okuhara, and they are quickly hitting their stride. In just five events they have produced two final round appearances, allowing McClenathan to display the driving form that has led him to 30 victories in 53 final round appearances and four second-place championship points finishes during his 18-years behind the wheel.
Coughlin, Three Others Win On Goodyears At NHRA Vegas Event