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  • ASHER'S 2015 NORWALK INSIDER - FINAL EDITION
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    ASHER’S NORWALK INSIDER SUNDAY EDITION - HEARTLAND HOLIDAY


    Clay Millican went to the semifinal round in the Great Clips/PartsPlus machine tuned by David Grubnic and Lance Larsen.

    This is America, this state of Ohio. There’s no place else like it. Cruise around the Norwalk area, home of Summit Racing Equipment Motorsports Park (we promise not to use that lengthy name again!) and you’ll be overwhelmed by the greenery, but there’s a lot more. Fields of half-grown corn, as far as the eye can see. Clipped, manicured lawns that span a full acre or more abut the highways. Flowers grow in more than the gardens surrounding most homes, they grow wild along the edges of those highways. The towns are small, intimate – and old. And that’s a good thing. You won’t see the sprawl of southern California, or the endless housing tracts that surround Phoenix here. Everything’s individual in nature.

    Patriotism rules here. Yesterday we mentioned the hundreds of American flags decorating the track, but really, that’s nothing compared to the number of flags we saw being proudly displayed on front lawns, on flag poles and yes, even spaced evenly along the borders of people’s property. At Norwalk there’s no need to suggest that the fans stand for the national anthem; they’re on their feet before the announcement has even faded away. They may have bitter differences in political leanings, but that all disappears when the conversation turns to the country. They’re proud to be Americans, as everyone should be.

    The Saturday crowd at Norwalk was terrific. Today’s was also excellent, and we’re saying that with the full knowledge that this facility has rarely had standout Sunday crowds. We don’t know the reason for that, but regardless, today’s was excellent. What hurts the perception of events like this are the camera locations chosen by ESPN, because they unfortunately keep panning by the lesser populated portions of the grandstands. The only way to change that is to somehow convince ESPN to move the cameras, but don’t bet on that happening, because ESPN’s on the way out the door. They know it, and so do we, so in actuality the network is in a lame duck position.

    The racing today was excellent – until the left lane began to go away in the second round. It was nobody’s fault, but too many cars spun the tires about 300 feet out, and that was unfortunate. Still, this was an excellent contest from start to finish – in every pro category.


    Greg Anderson’s maroon Chevrolet topped a very good field in Norwalk, much to his sponsor’s delight.

     


    Drew Skillman is going to be a major league player in Pro Stock – and soon.

     


    Antron Brown’s Matco Tools Eagle is oh-so-close to dominance in Top Fuel.

     


    Top Fuel winner Doug Kalitta may not be the most demonstrative of drivers but hey, he wins.  What more could you ask for?

    There are always good stories, and Karen Stoffer’s is one of them. After losing her Geico sponsorship at the end of last year it looked like she might not race at all this season, but then she showed up at the Gators and won the season opener. She now has two wins to her credit aboard her Suzuki, but you know what we really like? She’s just like Alexis DeJoria in that she doesn’t hold her emotions in check. She repeatedly said, as she waited for her interview with Gary Gerould, “Oh my goodness. How did this happen? Oh my God!” We love stuff like that. Just let it all out, Karen!

    The runner-up was a stunner – Angelle Sampey. Why was that a stunner? As we wrote yesterday, team owner George Bryce was tearing his hair out because of the way the bike refused to go down the track in a straight line – and it’s not as if there was a novice aboard! As we recall it, Ms. Sampey is the winningest female driver in drag racing. But, she bulbed in the finale – and was less than pleased when she rolled around the top end corner on her Buell.

    Drew Skillman is becoming a force to be reckoned with in Pro Stock. The kid can definitely drive, and winning may be just a race away. There were some good lights in Pro Stock, but in the finale Skillman was up against one of the very best – Greg Anderson. After having spent the previous week visiting with and getting to know the entire staff at Summit Racing Equipment (and trust us, there are many, many employees at Summit), and then competing in his sponsor’s race, Anderson felt himself under considerable pressure. He delivered. It was a killer race, probably one of the few in which we’ll list the numbers. Anderson: 0.022 R.T. 6.592/212.19. Skillman: 0.026 R.T. 6.594/211.43.


    An almost relieved Karen Stoffer won her second Pro Stock bike title of the year.

     


    Journalist Todd Veney, a former staffer for National Dragster and now the lead drag racing writer for RACER Magazine, and contributor to CompetitionPlus.com, won his first national event in Top Alcohol Funny Car.

    Top qualifier Erica Enders-Stevens lost in the first round to Alan Prusiensky’s Mopar when her Camaro tried to turn itself inside out a few hundred feet off the line. And that’s why they race instead of just saying, Hey, you’re the Number 1 qualifier, so you go ahead and just take this round. The crowd reaction was interesting, because half of them cheered for the underdog while the other half bemoaned her early departure.

    Yesterday tuners Jimmy Prock and John Medlen let us in on a little secret. They were actually testing with the Infinite Hero Dodge driven by Jack Beckman. They’d front-halfed the car and it wasn’t reacting as they thought it should. In fact, they were almost ready to throw in the towel and just try to get through eliminations in one piece. But a funny thing happened on their way to an early exit – they kept on winning. Fast Jack drove well – as he always does – and the wins just keep on a-comin’.

    If you looked at the charts you would have picked Courtney Force to win it, because she downed some very big name guys. Beckman beat her father in the first round when his engine expired, but Courtney had a good side-by-side 4.06 second race against Ron Capps – and won. Then she stopped Matt Hagan (but we’ll still pick him if they decide to settle their next confrontation with fists and clubs! He’s a very big guy), and after that toppled Del Worsham. Beckman wasn’t beating clowns, by the way. After he got by Force, John, he beat Hight, Robert, and Wilkerson, Tim.


    The Greek may have lost in the first round, but he remains respected and loved by the fans.  How could you not root for a guy old enough to be your great-grandfather!


     


    John Hale happily signed this fan’s shirt, but he wasn’t as happy after losing to Cruz Pedregon in the first round.


    Courtney Force, surrounded by those who love her – the fans.Caption

    There was a time in drag racing when losing to a woman was an embarrassment. We can’t tell you how many times we’d hear guys getting the business. “You lost to a girl? What kind of racer are you anyway?” We know one old Funny Car driver who lost a few races to Paula Murphy back in the day, but he always had an excuse ready. “The windshield was fogged up,” he’d say, or “My goggles slipped down and I couldn’t see.” Yeah, right. Anyway, there’s no shame in losing to a girl these days, because every one of these women can really drive. Whether it’s Courtney, Karen, Alexis, Erica, Brittany, Angelle or someone else, there’s no shame in losing, there’s only losing. These days few guys would have the temerity to give a buddy a bad time after being defeated by one of these premier drivers.

    Shirley Muldowney set the standard, then Angelle won a championship and then Erica. And don’t shortchange Amy Faulk, the first Sportsman champ. Anyone who thinks women winning in drag racing is something special had better think again. It’s now commonplace, accepted and cheered for by an ever-growing legion of female fans.

    In the first round of Top Fuel Larry Dixon faced teammate Dave Connolly in a pair of Bob Vandergriff Racing-owned cars. Dixon won the race, but it was the speed that got everyone’s attention -- 332.51 MPH. No one else was even remotely close all weekend, which leads us to believe that first-year crew chief Mike Guger is really onto something. In the Cinderella world Dixon would have gone on to win the event, but that didn’t happen after he hazed the tires against Clay Millican in the next round. Still, 332 in a thousand feet is really haulin’ ass.




    Larry Dixon’s speed of 332 MPH was a stunner.

    This was Doug Kalitta’s race, and he wasn’t about to let it get away from him. He had the numbers in every round, and he left on everyone he faced save Antron Brown in the finale. But even then he had the better elapsed time and suddenly, the guy who should have won a title more than once, is looking like he has a real chance to score one this year. We’ve already said Kalitta is an exceptional driver, but there’s something else that goes along with that, and that’s the fact that regardless of what happens, he’s not going to get rattled. This is a guy who drove sprint cars (a serious handful) and flies jets. He’s not going to flinch if parts come off the car in the other lane, nor is he going to over correct if some of them come flying his way. He is very, very steady and very, very good. As evidence, look to the video of Dixon’s spectacular crash in Gainesville and see Kalitta, in the other lane, calmly dodging parts and debris.

    So, now it’s on to Chicago, and the week after that, Denver. The Mello Yellow Series trail continues. NHRA has a new president, and hopefully, a new television package for 2016 that will knock our socks off. Races like this one make everyone feel good and man, do we feel good. Just bring on the Night Under Fire here in Norwalk on August 15th. We’ll definitely be back for that!

     


    Brittany Force looked good – until she faced Antron Brown.

     


    Jeff Diehl was an unhappy camper after his car failed to fire in the first round.

     



    It’s not often that you write that John Force was a first round loser.  It’s even less likely that you’re writing that his car blew up.

     


    John Gaydosh’s wheelstand and violent move to the right cost him dearly in the first round.

     

    SATURDAY EDITION - HAPPY 4th EVERYONE!


    When you see a guy pulling on a Peak jacket and climbing into a Camaro, better hope you’re not racing him, ‘cause Dan Fletcher is one bad dude.  He’s won close to 100 national events.

    Ya know, there aren’t many places better than Summit Racing Equipment Motorsports Park in Norwalk, Ohio to spend the fourth of July holiday. When it comes to patriotism, well, it’s written all over the place, from the top end of the track through the campground and into the staging lanes. American flags are everywhere, even along the fences facing the highways around the track. And every night, after everyone’s gone home, or back to their motorhomes to crash, minions arrive to replace any flags that are missing. Fireworks? Norwalk’s got ‘em, big time. What a show!

    Trash? There’s no such thing at Norwalk, because the cleanup crew works all day and long into the night. Every member of the Norwalk team is decked out in red, white and blue. One worker told us this morning about not only the number of fans who had personally thanked her for the track’s hospitality, but about the woman who showed up with $75 clutched in her hand, hoping to buy a shirt like the workers are wearing. She might get her wish next year.

    Once again the on-track action was superior, and we fully expect to see more of the same on Sunday, when every run will really count. But until then, here’s a very brief re-cap of what took place today, along with a ton of photos (yes, we weighed them).


    Name another track with a carefully groomed picnic area.


    Tommy Johnson, Jr. gave this young man a hard time.  Why?  Because he’s wearing a John Force shirt, that’s why.


    Jimmy Prock and John Medlen really have something going with Jack Beckman’s Dodge.


    “I’m not sure.  Would I look good in pink?”  I just can’t decide.”


    You can’t tell the players from the spectators these days because they’re selling “team shirts” in the souvenir stands, as this trio of Del Worsham fans demonstrate.


    Larry Dixon tied Spencer Massey’s “old” track record on Saturday.  Spencer’s mark lasted less than 24 hours.


    Jason “No Pictures” Line is all smiles after the improved performance of the Mountain View Camaro, which he helps tune because of its KB Racing powerplant.


    It’s tough being a kid.  This guy nodded off with his Erica Enders-Stevens hero card clutched in his hand.


    Pro Mod, where burnouts come alive.


    Billy Glidden is a rising star in Pro Mod, a category that continues to amaze with stunning performances from a variety of cars.


    Arguably the finest doorslammer driver in drag racing history, Rickie Smith is a dominant force in Pro Mod.



    Angelle Sampey has been having a tough time aboard George Bryce’s Buell, as the machine is not running the way Bryce expects it to.


    Bo Butner is running in Super Stock as well as Pro Stock.  He’s talented, young and competitive – exactly what drag racing needs.


    Greg Anderson out qualified teammate Jason Line, but that’s all moot now.  Anything can happen on Sunday, and with Mike Edwards on hand to provide some advice, the two Summit cars will play a big role in the outcome of eliminations.


    Vincent Nobile’s Camaro has been giving the Mountain View team fits, but chassis builder Jerry Haas discovered some minor flaws, and things should improve from here on out.


    Ike Maier came all the way from Tottenham, Ontario, Canada only to miss the cut with a 3.977.


    Dave Connolly is doing a masterful job in his first year of Top Fuel.  His 3.851 is 13th.


    Shawn Langdon blew up one of Alan Johnson’s engines on Saturday afternoon, but came back strong with a 3.759 for seventh.


    Leah Pritchett is the gold standard of Top Fuel drivers.  Yeah, we know.  That one made you kind of groan…


    Steve Torrence had his hands full in the early session when his parachute failed to deploy, but he got ‘er stopped in time.


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    While brother Cruz is near the top of the chart, Tony P is near the bottom, struggling with his good-looking Vapor Toyota.



    Alexis DeJoria improves as a driver with each passing race.  She’s stuck back in 12th with a 4.097, but that’s meaningless now.  It’s all about race day.



    Red, white and Robert.  He’s fast.


    Ron Capps is lacking just one thing on his resume – a championship.  Could this be his year?Caption



    Del Worsham has been consistently quick in the DHL Toyota.Caption


     

    ASHER’S NORWALK INSIDER - FRIDAY EDITION: THIS IS THE PLACE!


    Tim Wilkerson is having one heck of a season, and he’d like nothing better than winning at SREMP.

    The NHRA Mello Yellow Series is tough. The races are often back-to-back, and there comes a time in every season where at least some of the teams are so worn down that, if asked, might admit they’d like another weekend off rather than another race. Ah, but that rarely happens when it comes to the Summit Racing Equipment Nationals in Norwalk, Ohio. This is a race everyone looks forward to. Why? Because the entire grounds are immaculately groomed, the staff is overwhelmingly friendly and helpful, and every racer works that much harder to put on a good show for the fans.

    Let’s put this another way: We don’t know of a single other national event facility about which at least one Safety Safari member said, “We love this place. It actually makes us work harder because the Bader family is so great – and so are the fans at this place.”

    Yes, this is a very special event, as is more than evident by the strong turnout of exceptional Sportsman competitors, by the 30 entries in Pro Mod, and by the fact that all of the Pro categories have enough, or just more than enough entries for full fields of competition come Sunday. And it’s gonna be real good – and we wouldn’t lie about something like that. Well, we might – but we aren’t!

    This is going to be short and sweet because it’s been a very long day, with qualifying running well into the evening hours, so let’s get to it.


    Gotta love The Greek, even though he’s dead last on the list right now.

    Milliseconds after you read this every motorcycle in the field will be in the sixes. Okay, that one is a lie because the third session doesn’t take place until late Saturday afternoon, so let’s leave it like this. By the dinner hour tomorrow there might be one bike in the sevens, and he or she will also be the lone non-qualifier in the class. Hector, Jr. is at the top of the list with a 6.868, and Chaz Kennedy is sitting at Number 12 with a 7.001. Four of the five bikes behind Kennedy are also in the seven-ohs, so you can see where this is going.


    Clay Millican’s wheels-up launch didn’t net much.  He’s in the fives.


    Doug Kalitta may be Top Fuel’s best pure driver.  He’s fourth with a 3.761.


    Jonathan Gray’s jumped up to the Number 1 spot in Pro Stock.

    While everyone would like to see the sport’s first 200 mile per hour pass in Pro Stock Motorcycle, it’s unlikely to happen due to the weather warming up a bit as the weekend goes on. But, we’ve made those foolish statements before, so don’t hold it against us when someone stops the clocks at 210 MPH! Sure, they will.

    Eleven of the Top 12 in Pro Stock have run quicker than six-sixty, and this race isn’t going to feature anyone running in the ‘forties – unless they’re, you know, using something other than gasoline for fuel, or maybe in addition to gasoline. Never mind. Anyway, Jonathan Gray’s fifty-four-two is the best of the bunch, with Chris McGaha right there with a fifty-four-three. The usual suspects are lined up behind him, including Larry Morgan, who is clearly having one of his best seasons in years. And nobody deserves it more. He’s missed one race since he turned pro in 1987. One. Yeah, he’s DNQed a few times, but the point is, he’s been there, trying, non-stop. Gotta give the guy credit for perseverance.

    Alas, there are but 16 entries in Funny Car, so unless someone’s been back in the pits hiding for some reason, everyone’s going to run on Sunday. What counts is positioning, and right now some farmer from Virginia is the lead guy. Just can’t think of his name ‘cause, ya know, no one’s ever heard of the guy before today. Oh, wait. I remember now. He has been racing for a while, and his name is, uh, lemme think. Hagan. Yeah, that’s it, Matt Hagan.


    Larry Morgan’s FireAde Camaro is pretty hot right now.

    Now, is this a portent of things to come? Friday afternoon Hagan and his gang had a little winner’s circle photo shoot. Okay, it was from the Bristol race, where circumstances prevented there being a formal photo shoot, but from the way his guys acted, you know darn well they’d like another one on Sunday afternoon. After Hagan thumped out a track-record 3.986/322.96 they might just be on their way to getting it, too.


    Love the eyelashes on Erica Enders-Stevens’ Camaro.  They just look right.  She’s seventh right now.


    Spencer Massey aced the track record in 3.741 seconds.


    Jerry Savoie’s Suzuki is the best of the breed with a 6.917 – but Hector Arana, Jr. is light years ahead of him with a 6.868.

    Let’s go over those numbers again, shall we? 3.986/322.96. That’s impressive. Now, Del Worsham was darn close with a speed of 321.42, but his elapsed time of 4.005 was just a little short. Sure, there might be another three second run out there, but it will have to come Saturday evening, because we don’t see it happening during the afternoon hours tomorrow, nor do we see it coming on Sunday.

    Worth mentioning? All 12 cars listed as “locked in” are in the four-ohs. That’s pretty darn good on any track.

    When Spencer Massey sped to the top spot in Top Fuel (in a track-record 3.741 seconds – Zowie!) Don Schumacher had a strangle hold on both fuel categories. Ah, but qualifying is one thing, and eliminations another. And few understand this as well as does Mr. Schumacher, because he’s lived it himself a time or two. You know, blistering the timers on Friday and Saturday and on Sunday, smoking the tires, or blowing up, or the car won’t start or something else. He just knows and understands how tough it is to win. From the outside it sometimes appears as if he’s too demanding as a team owner, but he’s really not. He wants to win. For his sponsors, for his fans and particularly for his drivers.

    Brittany Force is right behind Massey, but if her car keeps progressing as it has thus far this year, she won’t be behind anyone much longer. She’s a win waiting to happen, and that’s important. With each passing race more and more eyes are focused on the Force girls, and fewer are focused on the family patriarch. John Force is always going to have zillions of fans, but those fans are aging. Courtney and Brittany are the future, not only of John Force Racing, but of drag racing. We’re in an age when… Wait. We’re always in an age where the young, the talented and, let’s face it, the gorgeous are going to dominate the media and attract the most rabid of fans, and that’s as it should be.

    Nineteen dragsters ran on Friday, and the qualifying list, from first to last, is a mess. Guys that should be near the top aren’t even close, which means that guys who are usually, well, also-rans, are pretty darn close to getting into Sunday’s show. In the next two runs we’re bound to see major changes in the listings.

    So, we’ll be back again, late Saturday night, to try and sort it all out. But really, why bother reading this when you could be here in person? I mean, you oughta be. I know if I lived within a couple hundred miles of Norwalk, I’d be here. Either way, we’ll do our best to fill you in on everything. Later…


    Andrew Hines earned that Number 1 on his machine, but right now it’s not first, it’s fifth with a 6.930.


    What’s a Top Eliminator Club ticket include?  In Norwalk it included this 10 foot long sheet cake – or at least part of it!

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  • JANIS TAKES NHRA J&A SERVICE PRO MOD SERIES VICTORY AT NORWALK
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    Mike Janis raced to his first victory of the season Sunday in the J&A Service Pro Mod Drag Racing Series portion of the Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals. This weekend’s Pro Mod racing at Summit Motorsports Park was presented by The Real Pro Mod Association.
     
    Janis powered his supercharged Jan-Cen Racing late model Camaro to a final round performance of 5.902 seconds at 247.34 mph to hold off Ohio-native Troy Coughlin, who finished in 7.120 at 137.43 when his turbocharged JEGS.com Corvette encountered engine problems near mid-track.
     
    “We ran consistent,” Janis said. “We ended up putting the Goodyear tires back on it. We’ve been going fast in qualifying, but then struggling first round on a hot race track. Now the Goodyear tires have put us back in the winner’s circle like the last three times. We’re pretty happy about that.”
     
    To reach the final and take his fourth career victory and first at Norwalk, Janis defeated Clint Satterfield, Robert Patrick and Dan Stevenson. From the Buffalo, N.Y. area, Janis considers this his home track, so winning here was very special.
     
    “It’s awesome to be here and to do this in front of (friends and family),” said Janis, who moves to third place in the points with the victory. “It’s better than winning Indy having everybody here cheering us on. You have no idea of the feeling going through us right now.”
     
    It was defending event winner Coughlin’s second runner-up finish of the season and he moves into second place in the points standings. It was his third Norwalk final round appearance.
     
    "We're not sure what happened in the final, but runner-up's not bad,” Coughlin said. “There's only one other guy who wouldn't want our spot, so we'll take it."
     
    The next stop on the NHRA J&A Service Pro Mod Series schedule is Sept. 2-7 at the Chevrolet Performance U.S. Nationals at Lucas Oil Raceway at Indianapolis.
     
    Final finish order (1-16) at the ninth annual Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals at Summit Motorsports Park.  The sixth of 10 events in the NHRA J&A Service Pro Mod Drag Racing Series.
     
    PRO MODIFIED:
    1.  Mike Janis; 2.  Troy Coughlin; 3.  Dan Stevenson; 4.  Troy Coughlin Jr.; 5.  Robert Patrick Jr.; 6.  Mike Castellana; 7.  Khalid alBalooshi; 8.  Bob Rahaim; 9.  Rickie Smith; 10.  Jim Whiteley; 11.  Bill Glidden; 12.  Pete Farber; 13.  Kevin Fiscus; 14.  Danny Rowe; 15.  Clint Satterfield; 16.  Mike Knowles. 
     
    Final round-by-round results from the ninth annual Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals at Summit Motorsports Park, the sixth of 10 events in the NHRA J&A Service Pro Mod Drag Racing Series.
     
    PRO MODIFIED:
     
    ROUND ONE -- Khalid alBalooshi, Chevy Camaro, 5.907, 247.57 def. Danny Rowe, Camaro, 5.947, 247.11; Robert Patrick Jr., Ford Mustang, 5.948, 241.15 def. Mike Knowles, Mustang, 11.810, 69.58; Dan Stevenson, Camaro, 5.969, 241.11 def. Kevin Fiscus, Mustang, 5.931, 247.57; Troy Coughlin Jr., Chevy Corvette, 5.901, 250.18 def. Jim Whiteley, Chevy Chevelle, 5.866, 244.03; Bob Rahaim, Corvette, 5.824, 246.66 def. Bill Glidden, Mustang, 5.909, 223.32; Mike Castellana, Corvette, 5.922, 243.41 def. Pete Farber, Dodge Daytona, 5.910, 247.79; Mike Janis, Camaro, 5.867, 246.80 def. Clint Satterfield, Pontiac Firebird, 7.362, 136.69; Troy Coughlin, Corvette, 5.859, 250.27 def. Rickie Smith, Camaro, 5.856, 247.88;
     
    QUARTERFINALS -- Stevenson, 5.992, 240.68 def. Castellana, foul; Janis, 5.901, 247.29 def. Patrick Jr., 5.960, 242.71; Coughlin, 5.878, 252.85 def. alBalooshi, 6.019, 236.84; Coughlin Jr., 6.061, 249.39 def. Rahaim, 6.224, 231.24;
     
    SEMIFINALS -- Janis, 5.902, 247.79 def. Stevenson, 6.032, 241.15; Coughlin, 5.948, 247.66 def. Coughlin Jr., 10.875, 78.03;
     
    FINAL -- Janis, 5.902, 247.34 def. Coughlin, 7.120, 137.43.
     
    Point standings (top 10) following the ninth annual Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals at Summit Motorsports Park, the sixth of 10 events in the NHRA J&A Service Pro Mod Drag Racing Series.
     
    Pro Modified:  1.  Bob Rahaim, 403; 2.  Troy Coughlin, 398; 3.  Mike Janis, 394; 4.  Don Walsh, 391; 5.  Bill Glidden, 371; 6.  Troy Coughlin Jr., 334; 7.  Rickie Smith, 327; 8.  Pete Farber, 265; 9.  Danny Rowe, 264; 10.  Kenny Lang, 224.

     

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  • POINT STANDINGS FOLLOWING 2015 - NHRA NORWALK
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    Top Fuel
     
    1.  Antron Brown, 925; 2.  Tony Schumacher, 905; 3.  Doug Kalitta, 791; 4.  Richie Crampton, 764; 5.  Larry Dixon, 754; 6.  Spencer Massey, 730; 7.  Shawn Langdon, 674; 8.  Brittany Force, 641; 9. J.R. Todd, 597; 10.  Clay Millican, 583.
     
    Funny Car
     
    1.  Matt Hagan, 932; 2.  Ron Capps, 812; 3.  Jack Beckman, 782; 4.  Del Worsham, 781; 5.  John Force, 748; 6.  Tommy Johnson Jr., 680; 7.  Cruz Pedregon, 657; 8.  Tim Wilkerson, 642; 9.  Robert Hight, 633; 10.  Alexis DeJoria, 626.
     
    Pro Stock
     
    1.  Greg Anderson, 1,065; 2.  Erica Enders, 1,005; 3.  Jason Line, 900; 4.  Chris McGaha, 831; 5. Drew Skillman, 666; 6.  Larry Morgan, 629; 7.  Allen Johnson, 622; 8.  Shane Gray, 615; 9.  Vincent Nobile, 597; 10.  Rodger Brogdon, 580.
     
    Pro Stock Motorcycle
     
    1.  Eddie Krawiec, 375; 2.  Hector Arana Jr, 322; 3.  Andrew Hines, 320; 4.  Hector Arana, 291; 5. Karen Stoffer, 270; 6.  Jim Underdahl, 258; 7.  Scotty Pollacheck, 239; 8.  Jerry Savoie, 236; 9. LE Tonglet, 230; 10.  Angelle Sampey, 224.
     

     

     

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  • KALITTA, BECKMAN, ANDERSON AND STOFFER SCORE VICTORIES AT NORWALK

     

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    Doug Kalitta raced to his second Top Fuel victory of the season Sunday at the Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals.
     
    Jack Beckman (Funny Car), Greg Anderson (Pro Stock) and Karen Stoffer (Pro Stock Motorcycle) also raced to victories at the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series event west of Cleveland.
     
    Kalitta earned his 37th career victory by powering his Mac Tools dragster past defending event winner Antron Brown in the final round. Kalitta, also the event’s No. 1 qualifier, covered the distance in 3.823 seconds at 322.34 mph while Brown’s Matco Tools dragster lost traction and trailed with a 3.918 at 307.79.
     
    “This is our hometown track and it was great having a lot of family and close friends here, so it doesn’t get much better than that,” said Kalitta, whose team is based in Ypsilanti, Mich. “Even my mom actually showed up. I think she’s only shown up one other time in my entire career. She watches it on TV quite a bit but doesn’t come too often. I’m going to have to tell her that she has to come out [again since] we won with her here.”
     
    Kalitta used the good vibes from the home track advantage to race past Chris Karamesines, Steve Torrence and Clay Millican in earlier rounds. He moved to third in points with the victory. Runner-up Brown and semifinalist Tony Schumacher are first and second overall in the series standings.
     
    “It was a great team effort today,” Kalitta said. “It’s tough to win out here and I’m glad we were able to pull it off today. You have to be on your game. It was a great weekend and the Bader family put on a heck of a show.”
     
    In Funny Car, Beckman scored his third victory of the season by racing past Courtney Force in the final round. Beckman claimed his 18th career victory with a final round performance of 4.211 at 301.67 in his Infinite Hero Foundation Dodge Charger R/T, while Force’s Traxxas Chevy Camaro SS slowed near mid-track and finished in 4.609 at 199.64.
     
    Beckman, the 2012 world champ, has fully emerged from a two-year slump where he didn’t win a race in 2013-14. With new crew chief Jimmy Prock on board he has also posted victories this season at the NHRA Four-Wide Nationals in Charlotte, N.C. and Topeka, Kan.
     
    “This race was awesome for what we had to overcome and the fact that we beat all of the Force cars,” said Beckman, who ousted the 16-time champ John Force in the opening round and then beat Robert Hight and Tim Wilkerson before defeating Courtney in the final. “It was a fabulous win.”
     
    It was Beckman’s second Norwalk win and he moves to third in the points standings. He said the win light against Ms. Force couldn’t have flashed any faster.
     
    “We didn’t make a great run in the final,” Beckman said. “The interesting thing about a nitro Funny Car is that they are fast. At half-track, you think you’re in the fastest thing on the planet, but at that point, you can’t wait until the win light comes on. The finish line can’t come up fast enough.”
     
    Anderson took his fourth Pro Stock victory of the season and 78th of his career by holding off rookie sensation Drew Skillman in the final round. Anderson posted a 6.592 at 212.19 in his Summit Racing Chevy Camaro to finish just of front of Skillman, whose bright red Ray Skillman Chevrolet Camaro clocked a 6.594 at 211.43.
     
    “It’s pretty cool because we come here with high hopes,” said Anderson of his third win at one of his sponsor’s marquee events on the circuit. “We want to do so well in front of all the folks from Summit here. You put a lot of pressure on yourself. I keep saying it, ‘Most people would come in and say we don’t want that pressure, we’re going to dread this weekend. It’s just going to be too much stress.’ We love it. Then, when we went through qualifying and didn’t do that well, we thought we were embarrassing ourselves, so we put our heads together overnight and we got it right today. When [teammate] Jason [Line] and I were the two quickest cars in round one, we forgot all about qualifying. We raced like we’re capable of and I’m proud to be part of this team.”
     
    Anderson, who is showing glimpses of the form he used in some of his previous championship seasons, regained the series points lead over No. 1 qualifier Erica Enders, who was upset in the opening round. He now holds a 60-point lead over the defending world champ.
     
    “There is so much competition in this class,” Anderson said. “It is such a battle every weekend. It is so hard to win and it feels so good when you do win. I’m having a ball. It’s a dog fight every week. You feel fantastic at the end of the day if you can find a way to win, to conquer it. This is no less gratifying than it was with my very first win back in 2001.”
     
    In only the third pro final round featuring a pair of female finalists in NHRA history, Stoffer defeated Angelle Sampey to take the Pro Stock Motorcycle win. Stoffer earned her second win of the season and eighth of her career on her Stoffer Enterprises Suzuki when Angelle Sampey fouled with a red-light start on her Star Racing Buell.
     
    Stoffer, who was only planning to race a limited schedule this season, finds herself in second place in the points as the two-wheel category’s only multi-time winner this season, 45 back of series leader Eddie Krawiec.
     
    “I certainly can’t imagine the way this season has gone,” said Stoffer, who defeated a trio of world champs – Matt Smith, Krawiec and LE Tonglet – to reach the final. “I’m still pinching myself, but we never planned how this season was going to go. I didn’t think I’d be here for a second. We just wanted to put our best foot forward, and to end up winning, that is icing on the cake.”
     
    Her win over Sampey avenged the only other final round meeting between the two veteran riders. Sampey beat Stoffer at Reading, Pa. in 2002. The only other Mello Yello Series final to feature an all-female pairing happened in Top Fuel in 1982 when Shirley Muldowney defeated Lucille Lee in Columbus, Ohio.
     
    "Racing Angelle in a final for the first time since 2002 was interesting,” Stoffer said. “We both struggled here, so we had to race a couple of times in qualifying. It was great to race her in the final. I would have liked to have seen two green lights, but we all live and die by the Tree in this class. We managed to get our tire hooked up, and we went down the track, so I think we’d have been in good shape no matter what."
     
    The NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series continues July 9-12 with the Route 66 NHRA Nationals at Route 66 Raceway near Chicago.

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  • 2015 - SPORTSMAN RESULTS FROM 2015 NHRA NORWALK

     

     

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    Top Alcohol Dragster -- Chris Demke, 5.357, 271.08  def. Corey Michalek, 5.478, 262.59.
     
    Top Alcohol Funny Car -- Todd Veney, Chevy Camaro, 21.794, 33.42  def. DJ Cox Jr., Chevy Monte Carlo, broke.
     


    Competition Eliminator -- Joe Santangelo, Chevy Roadster, 7.775, 168.87  def. Steve Ambrose, '23-T Ford, 7.704, 168.75.


    Super Stock -- Rylee Stufflebeam, Pontiac Firebird, 10.208, 125.92  def. Brad Zaskowski, Chevy Camaro, 9.825, 130.14.


    Stock Eliminator -- Aaron Allison, Pontiac Firebird, 10.278, 129.28  def. Mitch Truman, Chevy Camaro, 10.625, 122.21.


    Super Comp -- Billy Leber, Dragster, 8.917, 159.27  def. Dean McIlvain, Dragster, foul.


    Super Gas -- Ray Miller, Chevy Camaro, 9.944, 155.24  def. Bernard Weaver, dodge Daytona, 9.930, 150.98.


     Top Dragster -- Ron Biondo, Dragster, 6.574, 197.33  def. Joe Hessling, Dragster, 6.229, 224.92.


    Top Sportsman -- Tim Weise, Ford Mustang, 7.096, 193.05  def. Donald Horne, Mustang, 6.781, 202.21.


    AA Gassers -- Brian Spotts, Anglia, 5.635, 121.10  def. Alan Borowski, Anlia, 5.688, 131.37.

     

     

     

     
     

     

     

     

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  • 2015 - ROUND-BY-ROUND RESULTS FROM NORWALK
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    TOP FUEL:
     
    ROUND ONE
    -- Shawn Langdon, 3.794, 318.09 def. Leah Pritchett, 3.790, 324.05; Brittany Force, 3.797, 324.90 def. Pat Dakin, 3.891, 294.63; Larry Dixon, 3.757, 332.51 def. Dave Connolly, 3.849, 323.43; Antron Brown, 3.796, 324.67 def. Terry McMillen, 3.859, 319.14; Doug Kalitta, 3.774, 326.40 def. Chris Karamesines, 3.967, 307.02; Tony Schumacher, 3.798, 326.00 def. Cory McClenathan, 4.127, 256.84; Clay Millican, 3.868, 315.71 def. Spencer Massey, 4.351, 206.61; Steve Torrence, 3.783, 323.97 def. J.R. Todd, 3.956, 244.65;
     
    QUARTERFINALS -- Brown, 3.971, 277.49 def. Force, 4.326, 215.93; Schumacher, 3.829, 321.65 def. Langdon, 4.126, 233.56; Millican, 3.983, 309.42 def. Dixon, 4.324, 197.13; Kalitta, 3.846, 321.12 def. Torrence, 4.930, 153.46;
     
    SEMIFINALS -- Kalitta, 3.849, 322.19 def. Millican, 3.879, 315.64; Brown, 3.887, 315.86 def. Schumacher, 4.044, 265.22;
     
    FINAL -- Kalitta, 3.823, 322.34 def. Brown, 3.918, 307.79.
     
    FUNNY CAR:
     
    ROUND ONE
    -- Alexis DeJoria, Toyota Camry, 4.090, 312.57 def. Tommy Johnson Jr., Dodge Charger, 5.146, 157.14; Robert Hight, Chevrolet Camaro, 4.078, 316.97 def. Tony Pedregon, Camry, 4.304, 244.87; Cruz Pedregon, Camry, 4.049, 316.90 def. John Hale, Charger, 4.452, 210.64; Matt Hagan, Charger, 4.081, 313.15 def. John Bojec, Toyota Solara, 4.208, 297.29; Del Worsham, Camry, 4.115,
    308.35 def. Jeff Diehl, Solara, broke; Jack Beckman, Charger, 4.063, 314.02 def. John Force, Chevy Camaro, 4.657, 188.70; Tim Wilkerson, Ford Mustang, 4.090, 314.83 def. Chad Head, Camry, 4.159, 306.67; Courtney Force, Camaro, 4.069, 319.82 def. Ron Capps, Charger, 4.066, 312.93;
     
    QUARTERFINALS -- Worsham, 4.145, 306.67 def. DeJoria, 9.558, 81.34; Wilkerson, 4.528, 206.80 def. C. Pedregon, 5.720, 123.34; Beckman, 4.104, 311.56 def. Hight, 4.173, 274.72; C. Force, 4.097, 317.49 def. Hagan, 4.153, 305.29;
     
    SEMIFINALS -- Beckman, 4.141, 285.59 def. Wilkerson, 5.026, 162.25; C. Force, 4.143, 314.46 def. Worsham, 4.336, 226.51;
     
    FINAL -- Beckman, 4.211, 301.67 def. C. Force, 4.609, 199.64.
     
    PRO STOCK:
     
    ROUND ONE
    -- Drew Skillman, Chevy Camaro, 6.567, 211.26 def. Shane Gray, Camaro, 6.582, 211.89; Greg Anderson, Camaro, 6.553, 211.76 def. Allen Johnson, Dodge Dart, 6.592, 210.47; Rodger Brogdon, Camaro, 6.555, 211.69 def. Bo Butner, Camaro, 6.578, 211.66; Jason Line, Camaro, 6.550, 211.66 def. Vincent Nobile, Camaro, 6.557, 211.79; Larry Morgan, Camaro, 6.578, 212.19 def. V. Gaines, Dart, 9.007, 102.49; Chris McGaha, Camaro, 6.577, 211.13 def. John Gaydosh Jr, Chevrolet Camaro, 13.272, 65.31; Alan Prusiensky, Dodge Avenger, 6.704, 206.67 def. Erica Enders, Camaro, 9.776, 94.97; Jonathan Gray, Camaro, 6.566, 210.50 def. Curt Steinbach, Camaro, 6.955, 186.48;
     
    QUARTERFINALS -- Skillman, 6.592, 211.10 def. Prusiensky, 6.775, 205.66; McGaha, 23.907, 29.32 def. Brogdon, foul; Anderson, 6.575, 211.46 def. J. Gray, 6.620, 210.11; Line, 6.583, 210.73 def. Morgan, 6.583, 211.63;
     
    SEMIFINALS -- Skillman, 6.588, 211.36 def. Line, 6.568, 211.69; Anderson, 6.594, 211.83 def. McGaha, 8.841, 107.77;
     
    FINAL -- Anderson, 6.592, 212.19 def. Skillman, 6.594, 211.43.
     
    PRO STOCK MOTORCYCLE:
     
    ROUND ONE
    -- Angelle Sampey, Buell, 6.890, 194.21 def. Jerry Savoie, Suzuki, 6.881, 194.88; LE Tonglet, Suzuki, 6.976, 193.99 def. Steve Johnson, Suzuki, 6.982, 192.88; Jim Underdahl, Suzuki, 6.918, 195.39 def. Hector Arana, Buell, 6.944, 195.31; Andrew Hines, Harley-Davidson, 6.902, 192.69 def. Scotty Pollacheck, Buell, broke; Karen Stoffer, Suzuki, 6.922, 194.63 def. Matt Smith, 6.974, 192.91; Angie Smith, 7.095, 188.75 def. Hector Arana Jr, Buell, 7.312, 146.32; Eddie Krawiec, Harley-Davidson, 6.880, 195.17 def. Chaz Kennedy, Buell, 6.977, 192.19; Chip Ellis, Buell, 6.872, 196.76 def. Joe DeSantis, Suzuki, 7.089, 190.86;
     
    QUARTERFINALS -- Sampey, 6.951, 192.93 def. Hines, 6.955, 192.58; Tonglet, 6.944, 194.35 def. A. Smith, 7.098, 188.44; Ellis, 6.892, 195.70 def. Underdahl, 6.982, 193.16; Stoffer, 6.972, 193.68 def. Krawiec, 6.997, 190.48;
     
    SEMIFINALS -- Stoffer, 6.937, 193.63 def. Tonglet, 6.942, 194.24; Sampey, 6.948, 194.30 def. Ellis, 6.910, 194.52;
     
    FINAL -- Stoffer, 6.984, 193.10 def. Sampey, foul.

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  • SPECIAL WEEKEND FOR ARANA JR. AS HE ONCE AGAIN TOPS PSM FIELD
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    There is truly something special about Summit Motorsports Park and the Arana family.There is truly something special about Summit Motorsports Park and the Arana family.

    In 2008, Hector Arana won his first career Pro Stock Motorcycle race in dramatic fashion over Craig Treble. Three years later, it was Arana’s son, Hector Arana Jr., adding to the family legacy with his first career top qualifier award at the Norwalk track.

    On Saturday, the Arana family continued that tradition of success in Norwalk.

    Arana Jr. once again topped the Pro Stock Motorcycle field at Norwalk, racing to a 6.868-second pass at 195.79 mph to earn his second top qualifier award of the season and 18th of his career at the Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals. The other top qualifiers on Saturday were Doug Kalitta (Top Fuel), Matt Hagan (Funny Car) and Erica Enders-Stevens (Pro Stock).

    “We have so much great history at this track. My dad won his first race, I had my first number one qualifier award here, we have just had so much luck at this track,” Arana said. “Hopefully we can carry this good luck and good mojo into Sunday and get some round wins.”

    Arana, who is currently third in points, will look to make up some ground on the Vance and Hines team in front of him as he seeks his first final round of the season.

    “We have got a really solid engine program right now and we have got a lot of power. We just have to focus on being more consistent and continue that momentum on Sunday,” Arana said.

    Arana took over the top spot on the charts Friday evening and held onto it for the next two rounds. He was one of only two drivers to dip into the 6.80s, with Chip Ellis qualifying second with a 6.880 at 195.19 mph. Just behind them was the most recent winner in the class, Jerry Savoie, in third. Points leader Eddie Krawiec qualified fourth.

    “When we looked at the weather, it was actually a little worse today. We just wanted to be able to run numbers as close as possible to yesterday and if we did better, that would be great to run a little better in worse conditions,” Arana said. “We are pretty happy with where we stand heading into eliminations.”

    Arana, whose father has one win already this season atop their twin Lucas Oil Buell machines, will look to add to his Wally collection on Sunday and earn his first victory since winning the NHRA Finals to end the 2014 season. He will face Angie Smith in round one.

    Fortunately, Arana will not have to worry about facing his father until much later in the day on Sunday, as the two find themselves on opposite sides of the ladder. In four races so far this year, the Arana’s have knocked one another out of the race three times. If they can survive on Sunday, it will be an all-Arana final to end the weekend.

    “That was the first thing we looked at was the ladder. The last few races we have been on the same side and having to race each other in the second round has put one of our bikes out early. Fortunately, we don’t have to do that this weekend,” Arana said. “Hopefully both of us can run to the finals.”

    While any win would be special in this ultra-competitive class, Arana would be lying if he didn’t think that a win in Norwalk wouldn’t have just a little bit extra sentimental value.

    “It is awesome to be out here racing on this big holiday weekend. We had the perfect paint scheme for it with our red, white and blue bikes with the stars,” Arana said. “It is great to run in front of such a big crowd and if we could get a win here this weekend, it would truly be something special.”

     

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  • KALITTA SHATTERS RECORD IN WILD EVENING QUALIFYING SESSION
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    It was a record-setting session and when it was over Doug Kalitta was the last man standing.

    Kalitta’s 3.731 blast at 327.82 miles per hour was one of five passes that would have set the track ET record during the Saturday evening session at Summit Motorsports Park. Spencer Massey set the record during Friday qualifying, but it lasted less than 24 hours as Kalitta, Tony Schumacher, Antron Brown and Larry Dixon all dipped below the 3.741 Massey clocked the previous night.

    Brown and Kalitta went down the track together in what was the quickest side-by-side pass in track history, and one of the quickest in the history of the sport.

    Brown carded a 3.739 at 321.58 to finish third on the qualifying sheet.

    “I don’t know if that was the fastest side-by-side run in history, but if it wasn’t it was one of them,” Kalitta said. “It’s great for the fans to see runs like that. That’s what they come out here to see and it’s pretty exciting now, with the NHRA and what they’re doing. It’s a great time to be part of it.”

    As he pulled up through the staging lanes to the starting line, Kalitta expected something special. His 2014 Hadman launched clean and kept the candles lit the entire 1,000 feet, pulling hard at the finish line.

    “I knew the guys had my car loaded for bear out there so I was just hoping it would stick and we’d get a good run in,” he said. “When everybody is out there throwing numbers like that down in great conditions…it doesn’t get much better.

    “The track is good and it’s pretty exciting to still be on the top at the end of all that.”

    Though he had posted a record-setting number, Kalitta had to wait out a few more pairs…all big hitters…before the celebration of his first top qualifying spot could begin.

    “Tony (Schumacher) went out there and ran just about the same time,” Kalitta said. “When you get towards the end of the pack is when you have to watch out, but we held on. Jim and my whole MAC Tools team, I can’t say enough about those guys.

    “They’ve been working their tails off. The couple of night session things we’ve been doing this weekend have been a little different. Two nights and now they have to get back here in the morning. They’re working hard but, hopefully, having the quickest time will keep them energized.”

    Kalitta will race 80 year-old Chris Karamesines, the No. 16 qualifier, in the first round of eliminations. He knows he has to be ready.

    Karamesines ended up on the bump spot of the sub-four second field with a 3.953 at 307.85.

    “He got down there tonight and is a guy I have a lot of respect for,” Kalitta said of the man everyone calls ‘The Greek.’ “You can’t take him lightly. He’ll go out there and rip off some super-low reaction time or have a good run. The history with him and my uncle, Connie Kalitta…it’s cool running against one of the legends of the sport.

    “I do know they get a lot of enjoyment out of beating us so you can’t let them get by you. There’s a class for everybody and The Greek has proven that age doesn’t have a lot to do with it.”

    Schumacher qualified second with a 3.732/322.41 pass. He will face Cory McClenathan in the first round.

    Brown, the current points leader, is third on the sheet with a 3.739/321.58 pass and will face Terry McMillen in the first round…if McMillen can get ready in time.

    McMillen had a wild run in evening qualifying. His second parachute failed to engage and he lost his brakes. He rolled off the end of the track, through the sand trap and into a bean field, where he turned left to avoid a creek that runs through the field.

    Larry Dixon was fourth and will face teammate Dave Connolly while Spencer Massey rounded out the top five and will go up against Clay Millican.

     

     

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  • KALITTA, HAGAN, ENDERS AND ARANA JR. EARN NO. 1 QUALIFYING POSITIONS AT NORWALK
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    Doug Kalitta raced to the No. 1 qualifying position in Top Fuel Saturday at the Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals.

     

    Matt Hagan (Funny Car), Erica Enders (Pro Stock) and Hector Arana Jr. (Pro Stock Motorcycle) also will lead their categories into Sunday’s 11 a.m. eliminations as the No. 1 qualifiers in their categories at the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series event just west of Cleveland.

     

    Kalitta powered his Mac Tools dragster to a track record time of 3.731 seconds at 327.82 mph to earn his first No. 1 qualifying position of the season and the 43rd of his career. Kalitta will face Chris Karamesines in the opening round of eliminations.

     

    “I knew the guys had my car loaded for bear out there and I was just hoping it was going to stick,” Kalitta said. “It was great conditions and right now it doesn’t get much better. The track was good. We held on and I can’t say enough about my guys, they’ve been working their tails off with these night sessions. We’re definitely happy to be on top here today.”

     

    Defending world champ Tony Schumacher qualified second in the U.S. Army dragster and will meet old foe Cory McClenathan in the first round. Defending event winner and current points leader Antron Brown qualified third in the Matco Tools dragster and will face Terry McMillen. McMillen took a wild ride into a grassy field at the very end of the shutdown area following his final run when the brakes on his Amalie Oil Instigator dragster failed to slow his car down.


    Defending world champ and current points leader Hagan lowered the Funny Car track elapsed time record with a career-best 3.973 at 321.96 in his Rocky Boots/Mopar Dodge Charger R/T to claim his third No. 1 of the season and 20th of his career. He will open eliminations against John BoJec.

     

    “I really thought there would be more three second runs but I guess a lot of guys went over center because there was nothing to lose and they were pushing too hard,” Hagan said. “We thought we might be able to run a 3.94 but [crew chief] Dickie [Venables] pulled it back at the last minute. Still, I can’t be upset with a 3.97. Now, we have to throw that out the window and prepare for race mode tomorrow with the heat and sun on the track.”

     

    Two-time world champ Cruz Pedregon was the only other Funny Car driver to clock a three-second run, and posted a 3.991 at 312.21 in his Snap-on Tools Toyota Camry. He will meet John Hale in the first round. Robert Hight qualified third and will race former Norwalk winner Tony Pedregon in the first round. Defending event winner John Force qualified sixth in his all-white Chevrolet Camaro SS and will line up beside the Infinite Hero Foundation Dodge of Jack Beckman in the opener.

     

    Defending Pro Stock world champ and event winner Enders claimed her fifth No. 1 of the season and the 17th of her career with a performance of 6.532 at 211.23 in her Elite Motorsports Chevy Camaro. Enders will race Alan Prusiensky in the first round.

     

    “I know what my guys are capable of, and I know I have a really great race car underneath me, and Norwalk has been really good to us in the past,” Enders said. “We always enjoy coming here.”

     

    Jonathan Gray qualified second and will meet Curt Steinbach in round one and No. 3 qualifier Chris McGaha will race John Gaydosh. Summit Racing’s Greg Anderson, who has been to six finals this season with three wins, qualified seventh and will race rival Allen Johnson in the marquee first round pairing.

     

    Arana Jr. earned his second No. 1 qualifying position of the season in Pro Stock Motorcycle and 18th of career with his Friday run of 6.868 at 196.50 on his Lucas Oil Buell. He will meet Angie Smith in the opener.

     

    “It’s awesome to be out here racing on this big holiday weekend and we had the perfect paint scheme for it with our red, white and blue Lucas Oil bike,” Arana Jr. said. “We have a lot of good history at this track. I had my first No. 1 here and my dad won this race. Hopefully we can carry that good mojo on to four win lights tomorrow.”

     

    Chip Ellis qualified second and will race Joe DeSantis, while Jerry Savoie qualified third and will meet Angelle Sampey. Series points leader Eddie Krawiec will face Chaz Kennedy in the first round. Defending world champ Andrew Hines qualified sixth and will race Scotty Pollacheck.

     

    Sunday's first-round pairings for eliminations for the Ninth annual Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals at Summit Motorsports Park, the 12th of 24 events in the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series. Pairings based on results in qualifying, which ended Saturday. DNQs listed below pairings.

     

    Top Fuel -- 1. Doug Kalitta, 3.731 seconds, 327.82 mph  vs. 16. Chris Karamesines, 3.953, 307.86; 2. Tony Schumacher, 3.732, 326.87  vs. 15. Cory McClenathan, 3.862, 311.49; 3. Antron Brown, 3.739, 321.58  vs. 14. Terry McMillen, 3.851, 315.42; 4. Larry Dixon, 3.741, 329.50  vs. 13. Dave Connolly, 3.851, 316.60; 5. Spencer Massey, 3.741, 325.85  vs. 12. Clay Millican, 3.845, 313.07; 6. Brittany Force, 3.755, 325.92  vs. 11. Pat Dakin, 3.844, 312.86; 7. Shawn Langdon, 3.759, 322.73 vs. 10. Leah Pritchett, 3.801, 324.67; 8. Steve Torrence, 3.760, 325.61  vs. 9. J.R. Todd, 3.790, 324.83.  Did Not Qualify: 17. Ike Maier, 3.977, 293.92; 18. Richie Crampton, 6.246, 237.55; 19. Luigi Novelli, broke.

     

    Funny Car -- 1. Matt Hagan, Dodge Charger, 3.973, 322.96  vs. 16. John Bojec, Toyota Solara, 4.649, 186.18; 2. Cruz Pedregon, Toyota Camry, 3.991, 316.75  vs. 15. John Hale, Charger, 4.555, 308.00; 3. Robert Hight, Chevrolet Camaro, 4.003, 322.04  vs. 14. Tony Pedregon, Camry, 4.249, 296.24; 4. Del Worsham, Camry, 4.005, 321.42  vs. 13. Jeff Diehl, Solara, 4.241, 296.37; 5. Tommy Johnson Jr., Charger, 4.010, 314.75  vs. 12. Alexis DeJoria, Camry, 4.097, 309.70; 6. John Force, Chevy Camaro, 4.012, 322.04  vs. 11. Jack Beckman, Charger, 4.082, 312.78; 7. Chad Head, Camry, 4.019, 314.68 vs. 10. Tim Wilkerson, Ford Mustang, 4.063, 319.52; 8. Ron Capps, Charger, 4.021, 321.35  vs. 9. Courtney Force, Camaro, 4.029, 319.75.  Did Not Qualify: 17. Paul Lee, 4.830, 263.26.

     

    Pro Stock -- 1. Erica Enders, Chevy Camaro, 6.532, 211.43  vs. 16. Alan Prusiensky, Dodge Avenger, 6.690, 206.80; 2. Jonathan Gray, Camaro, 6.542, 211.03  vs. 15. Curt Steinbach, Camaro, 6.639, 207.66; 3. Chris McGaha, Camaro, 6.543, 211.39  vs. 14. John Gaydosh Jr, Chevrolet Camaro, 6.626, 208.39; 4. Larry Morgan, Camaro, 6.549, 211.86  vs. 13. V. Gaines, Dodge Dart, 6.601, 210.08; 5. Vincent Nobile, Camaro, 6.551, 211.49  vs. 12. Jason Line, Camaro, 6.575, 211.46; 6. Rodger Brogdon, Camaro, 6.552, 211.63  vs. 11. Bo Butner, Camaro, 6.570, 211.39; 7. Greg Anderson, Camaro, 6.555, 211.56  vs. 10. Allen Johnson, Dart, 6.566, 211.00; 8. Drew Skillman, Camaro, 6.558, 211.20 vs. 9. Shane Gray, Camaro, 6.565, 211.76.  Did Not Qualify: 17. Mark Hogan, 7.165, 203.03.

     

    Pro Stock Motorcycle -- 1. Hector Arana Jr, Buell, 6.868, 196.50  vs. 16. Angie Smith, Victory, 7.112, 187.52; 2. Chip Ellis, Buell, 6.880, 196.30  vs. 15. Joe DeSantis, Suzuki, 7.052, 188.91; 3. Jerry Savoie, Suzuki, 6.917, 193.96  vs. 14. Angelle Sampey, Buell, 7.037, 190.62; 4. Eddie Krawiec, Harley-Davidson, 6.924, 193.68  vs. 13. Chaz Kennedy, Buell, 7.001, 190.08; 5. Matt Smith, Victory, 6.928, 192.41  vs. 12. Karen Stoffer, Suzuki, 6.984, 191.19; 6. Andrew Hines, Harley-Davidson, 6.930, 192.55  vs. 11. Scotty Pollacheck, Buell, 6.976, 191.35; 7. Jim Underdahl, Suzuki, 6.934, 192.85  vs. 10. Hector Arana, Buell, 6.952, 193.77; 8. Steve Johnson, Suzuki, 6.935, 191.97  vs. 9. LE Tonglet, Suzuki, 6.937, 193.79.  Did Not Qualify: 17. Roy Olsen, 7.442, 178.14.

     

     

     

     

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  • SMITH TAKES NO. 1 QUALIFYING POSITION BUT LOSES IN THE FIRST ROUND OF PRO MOD AT NORWALK
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    Defending world champion Rickie Smith claimed the No. 1 qualifying position but then lost his first round matchup to Troy Coughlin Saturday during the NHRA J&A Service Pro Mod Drag Racing Series portion of the Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals. This weekend’s Pro Mod racing is presented by The Real Pro Mod Association.
     
    Coughlin used a holeshot start in his JEGS.com Corvette to hold off the quicker IDG Chevy Camaro at the finish line at Summit Motorsports Park. Coughlin finished in 5.859 seconds at 250.18 mph to pass Smith’s machine, which finished in a quicker but losing 5.856 at 247.88 at the finish line.
     
    “It was awesome just to get qualified and then to take out Rickie in the first round,” Coughlin said.  “I mean, he’s a five-star racer, I mean he is a true gem. It was a great win for the JEGS team and Rickie is fast, there’s no doubt about it, but we had a little more luck go our way.”
     
    Coughlin’s victory was one of six upsets in the first round of Pro Mod racing. Others to win from the bottom of the ladder included No. 14 qualifier Mike Castellana defeating Pete Farber, No. 12 Troy Coughlin Jr. defeating Jim Whiteley, No. 11 Dan Stevenson outran Kevin Fiscus, No. 10 Robert Patrick beat Mike Knowles and No. 9 Khalid alBalooshi powered by Danny Rowe.
     
    The only two favored seeds to win were No. 2 qualifier Mike Janis who beat Clint Satterfield and No. 4 Bob Rahaim, who knocked off Billy Glidden.
     
    Sunday’s second round pairings include Janis vs. Patrick; Rahaim vs. Coughlin Jr.; Castellana vs. Stevenson; and Coughlin vs. alBalooshi.
     
    First round results from the ninth annual Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals at Summit Motorsports Park, the sixth of 10 events in the NHRA Pro Mod Drag Racing Series.
     
    ROUND ONE -- Khalid alBalooshi, Chevy Camaro, 5.907, 247.57 def. Danny Rowe, Camaro, 5.947, 247.11; Robert Patrick Jr., Ford Mustang, 5.948, 241.15 def. Mike Knowles, Mustang, 11.810, 69.58; Dan Stevenson, Camaro, 5.969, 241.11 def. Kevin Fiscus, Mustang, 5.931, 247.57; Troy Coughlin Jr., Chevy Corvette, 5.901, 250.18 def. Jim Whiteley, Chevy Chevelle, 5.866, 244.03; Bob Rahaim, Corvette, 5.824, 246.66 def. Bill Glidden, Mustang, 5.909, 223.32; Mike Castellana, Corvette, 5.922, 243.41 def. Pete Farber, Dodge Daytona, 5.910, 247.79; Mike Janis, Camaro, 5.867, 246.80 def. Clint Satterfield, Pontiac Firebird, 7.362, 136.69; Troy Coughlin, Corvette, 5.859, 250.27 def. Rickie Smith, Camaro, 5.856, 247.88.
     
    Final order after 3 rounds of qualifying in Pro Modified at the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series, Ninth annual Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals:
     
    Psn---Num-Driver, Home Town, Car Type---------------Qual-ET--Qual-Spd-Top Spd
     
      1    1 Rickie Smith, King NC, '15 Camaro              5.838  246.98  246.98
      2    4 Mike Janis, Lancaster NY, '13 Camaro           5.861  246.35  250.92
      3    8 Pete Farber, Baldwinville MA, '69 Daytona      5.868  247.93  247.93
      4  360 Bob Rahaim, Grosse Pointe MI, '15 Corvette     5.900  244.92  244.92
      5 5087 Jim Whiteley, Grand Junction CO, '69 Chevelle  5.903  244.52  244.52
      6    7 Kevin Fiscus, Jacksonville FL, '12 Mustang     5.910  247.52  247.52
      7 5011 Mike Knowles, Grand Junction CO, '67 Mustang   5.913  242.50  244.21
      8    5 Danny Rowe, Laguna Hills CA, '68 Camaro        5.918  248.61  248.61
      9  327 Khalid alBalooshi, Doha QA, '69 Camaro         5.923  244.69  244.69
    10  262 Robert Patrick Jr., Fredricksburg VA, '12 Must 5.929  246.26  246.26
    11  303 Dan Stevenson, Bolingbrook IL, '13 Camaro      5.953  239.82  239.82
    12  394 Troy Coughlin Jr., Delaware OH, '13 Corvette   5.963  247.84  247.88
    13  324 Bill Glidden, Whiteland IN, '10 Mustang        5.964  241.76  241.93
    14    9 Mike Castellana, Muttontown NY, '15 Corvette   5.966  243.63  243.63
    15  701 Clint Satterfield, Albuquerque NM, '68 Firebi  5.979  248.84  248.84
    16    2 Troy Coughlin, Delaware OH, '15 Corvette       5.996  247.84  247.84
     
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    17 5200 Steven Whiteley, Grand Junction CO, '14 CTS    6.004  242.76  242.76
    18 1109 Gerry Capano, Greenville DE, '63 Corvette      6.007  237.59  237.59
    19    6 Steve Matusek, Olathe KS, '68 Camaro           6.014  244.21  244.60
    20 3681 Mike Yedgarian, Toronto ON, '68 Firebird       6.015  244.65  251.02
    21 1938 Eric Latino, Port Perry ON, '69 Camaro         6.017  239.36  239.36
    22 3382 Don Walsh, Wixom MI, '14 Camaro                6.030  248.75  248.75
    23 5012 Kenny Lang, Grande Pointe MB, '69 Camaro       6.051  241.97  241.97
    24  377 Harold Martin, New Hudson MI, '15 Corvette     6.094  235.97  235.97
    25  318 Michael Biehle, North Vernon IN, '13 Mustang   6.099  245.72  245.72
    26 6967 Jim Bell, Edmonton AB, '69 Camaro              6.599  210.21  210.21
    27 2105 Doug Winters, Pleasant Garden NC, '69 Chevelle 7.184  136.95  136.95
    28  213 Chip King, Semora NC, '70 Charger              8.616  102.81  102.81

     

     

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