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  • OBERTO BEEF JERKY SECURES PARTNERSHIP WITH JIM DUNN RACING
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    Drag Racing Hall of Fame member, Jim Dunn Racing, will introduce another major partner to its team, Oberto Brands, for the NHRA national event in Seattle. 

    Known around the world for its popular all natural beef jerky, Oberto, will engage the motorsports audience through association with the 300 mph Nitro Funny Car team.  The race in Seattle completes the third leg of NHRA’s “Western Swing” which has seen other major brands in the consumer segment such as ALO Drink gain exposure on-site at the races, through televised broadcasts, and interactive social media campaigns. 



    “We pride ourselves on bringing new sponsors to the sport of NHRA drag racing,” said Jim Dunn Racing team manager, Jon Dunn. “Oberto is a company with great leadership and products that match up well to fans of our team, and we look forward to a long relationship.” 



    “Oberto is thrilled to partner with Jim Dunn Racing and look forward to seeing the Oberto logo on the Nitro Funny Car this weekend,” said Tom Hernquist, CEO of Oberto.  “Fans in the northwest are passionate about drag racing and Oberto so it is a great combination.” 



    The 2015 NHRA Northwest Nationals gets underway in Seattle on Friday, August 7th starting at 3:00pm for qualifying session number one.



     

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  • BRIAN OLSON PASSES; FRIENDS REMEMBER HIM AS "THE BEST FRIEND YOU COULD HAVE"
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    Brian Olson is remembered by his friends as the kind of friend you always wanted.

    Drag Racing has lost a great fan and friend today.

    Veteran drag racing announcer Brian Olson, 58, of Peru, Ind., passed away sometime during the night on August 2, 2015.

    Olson, lead announcer for the Professional Drag Racers Association, had sustained injuries from a motorcycle accident on July 3, 2015. However, Olson was making a positive recovery from the incident.

    Olson's passing caught his legion of drag racing fans completely off-guard. He was expected to return to his role as announcer before the end of the 2015 season.

    "I never expected this," said coworker and friend Jimmy Biggs, who worked alongside Olson on various PDRA TV projects. "I had just talked to him last night."

    Friends and coworkers described  Olson as the kind of friend you'd always wanted to have. He was caring and passionate about drag racing and its community.

    "He was absolutely one of the most caring people I've met in my life," said Biggs. "And really, that was no big secret. He never let up when it came to caring about people and letting them know he cared. The man loved everybody. And he was loved back."


    Jimmy Biggs spent lots of time on the road with Olson, and described him as a true, caring people person. He said Olson never met a stranger. Case in point, "It used to make me mad when we'd come across a bum on the street, and there was Brian, reaching in his pocket for money," Biggs explained. "I would challenge him and point out that money was going for booze. Brian always responded, 'Then that's on him. But he needed help."

    Biggs said Olson never met a stranger, and when he did -- did the best he could to impact their lives in a positive manner.

    "It used to make me mad when we'd come across a bum on the street, and there was Brian, reaching in his pocket for money," Biggs explained. "I would challenge him and point out that money was going for booze. Brian always responded, 'Then that's on him. But he needed help."

    Al Tucci spent as much time as anyone with Olson in the announcing deck. The two initially met at a SUPER CHEVY event, and the two announced an event that would set the stage for what would become one of drag racing announcing's most dynamic duos.

    "We definitely worked well off of one another," Tucci said. "We were like the Hall & Oates of announcers, the Milli Vanilli until someone pulled the cord. Brian Olson was a true people person. And we got so wild in our announcing the first time we ever met, he pulled me off to the side and let me know he couldn't do that again because he had aspirations of one day being an NHRA announcer. I told him, 'Sorry, that's just how I roll."

    Tucci and Olson together became the early voices of the ADRL.

    "Every event we worked together was so much fun -- it was awesome," Tucci said. "Between his knowledge and being a racer, and understanding the equipment, he allowed me to be who I wanted to be. He'd bring up stuff, and before it was said and done, we might be in the floor laughing. We'd laugh so much our guts so much we'd end up hurting. He had the laugh the world would never forget."

    Tucci, who has decades in the sport and worked with some of the best announcers in the business, believes there will never be another Brian Olson.

    "No disrespect at all to anyone I've ever worked with, but he was the best," Tucci said as a thunderstorm rumbled in the background.


    Al Tucci, one of the most dynamic voices in drag racing, described Olson as one announcer he absolutely enjoyed working with.

    Then Tucci paused and offered, "Hear that? That's Olson looking down and saying, 'You tell 'em, Tucci."

    Kathy Fisher, a veteran television host, and the voice of CompetitionPlus.tv said it was Olson who gave her confidence when she was a rookie in the drag racing scene.

    "He was the established announcer at the IHRA, and I was just the rookie pit reporter," Fisher said. "He was just so kind to me and made me feel comfortable. He was a true friend. Losing him is so devastating because he touched so many people on so many levels. He was more than just an announcer - he was a friend. I've laughed, cried and done it all today. I guess God needed another announcer. I'll tell you, Heaven got a good one."

    Bob Harris, PDRA Race Director, said Olson's passing leaves a hole in the hearts of those who interacted with him at the track.  

    "It's going to be a tough four races at the end of the year," Harris said. "We all expected him to be out here with us again. He was more than an announcer; Brian Olson was a friend. He knew everyone. It wasn't difficult to see how much he loved what he did. Drag racing and its people were important to him. His passing is something that will take us a long time to get over. We have lost a member of our family.

    "I think the thing Brian made so popular was the hug. That's something I will always remember. It takes a special person to give out hugs the way he did. A lot of people might not have had that kind of affection like he did, but he made it a practice that left you feeling it was the right thing to do."

    In the end, during his road to recovery from the accident, Biggs said Olson got to see how much the drag racing community cared for him.

    "He got to see just how much people loved him and cared about him -- and I'm not talking about at a funeral," said Biggs. "He got to see that, and it gave him so much inspiration. He always got emotional telling me how it made him feel. He said he never knew how many people loved and cared for him. It touched his heart in a way no one could imagine."

    And on this sad day, drag racing fans who remember Olson know all too well the feeling.

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  • BROWN WINS SONOMA TOP FUEL TITLE
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    What a difference a week makes for Antron Brown.

    A week after losing in the first round at the Mile-High Nationals in Denver, Brown, the 2012 world champion, was Top Fuel royalty at the Sonoma (Calif.) Nationals Aug. 2.

    Brown beat first-time Top Fuel finalist Dave Connolly to capture his fourth win of the season.

    Brown clocked a 3.787-second elapsed time at 320.74 mph in his Don Schumacher Racing Matco Tools/U.S. Army dragster to beat Connolly, who drives for Bob Vandergriff Racing. Connolly came across the line at 3.808 seconds and 319.14 mph.

    “This was just a great race weekend,” Brown said. “Anybody who can be a part of an organization such as DSR (Don Schumacher Racing), you’re just truly blessed to be a part of an organization like this. This whole organization has just grown over the years, and it’s not only a great organization, but also a great organization for the sport of NHRA.”

    Connolly, who has 26 career Pro Stock national event wins, was trying to become the fourth driver in NHRA history to win a national event in more than one Pro category. The short list consists of Brown (Pro Stock Motorcycle, Top Fuel), Mark Osborne (Pro Stock, Pro Stock Truck) and Greg Stanfield (Pro Stock Truck, Pro Stock).

    This was Brown’s 51st career national event win and fourth at Sonoma (2009, 2011, 2012 and 2014). He beat Steven Chrisman, Richie Crampton, Tony Schumacher and Connolly during his victory parade.

    “You know what is real special about this track, once you come from Denver and you get off the plane and you take a breathe, you have a lot of energy and the cars feel it as well,” Brown said. “Our crew chiefs Brian (Corradi) and Mark (Oswald) love sea level race tracks. The car makes great power and when you have a track like it is here at Sonoma, one of the Bruton Smith tracks, everything just works so well here. When you get off to a great start in the first round of qualifying, like we did, it sets the tone for the whole weekend.”

    Brown acknowledged nothing came easy in the semifinals and finals.

    “When you’re talking about the U.S. Army car, Mike Green and the whole crew, that car has been phenomenal this whole year,” Brown said. “We know if you want to try and win a championship, it goes through that team. When you race them, you better bring you’re A-plus game and that’s what we did and we snuck by them. Then when we raced Connolly in the final, that’s another Schumacher Racing car because they buy all the parts from us. I’m looking at our boss man right now (Don Schumacher) and I’m locking up our doors when the Countdown comes. Dave Connolly did a phenomenal job driving and he had lane choice in the final. We came up, I saw the tree and I hit it as hard as I could and kept the car in the groove and those boys did a phenomenal job putting the car together.”

     

     

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  • BECKMAN COMPLETES PERFECT WEEKEND WITH WIN, NATIONAL RECORD AND 147 POINTS AT SONOMA
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    How would you describe the perfect race weekend?

    A race win? Consistency? A national record? Huge ground made up in the championship standings? How about all four. In the same weekend. By one team.

    That was the weekend in a nutshell for Jack Beckman and crew chief Jimmy Prock, as Beckman blasted to a new Funny Car national record of 3.921-seconds in the Infinite Hero Foundation Dodge Charger R/T for Don Schumacher Racing and collected the win all while tying the record for the most points scored in a single race weekend during the 28th annual NHRA Sonoma Nationals at Sonoma Raceway.

    Beckman was quickest in seven of his eight passes during the weekend to earn his fifth Wally of 2015 and the 20th victory of his career on a historical afternoon that saw all four number one qualifiers visit the winners circle. Sunday’s other NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series winners were Antron Brown (Top Fuel), Chris McGaha (Pro Stock) and Eddie Krawiec (Pro Stock Motorcycle).

    “Everything about this win makes it extra special. Getting that trophy at the end of the day is satisfaction that your team did everything better than everyone else that day. I will qualify 16th if we can get the trophy. As it turns out, we got the trophy and qualified first and set the national record,” Beckman said. “That is icing, on top of icing, on top of the cake. It couldn’t have been any better.”

    Beckman completed the weekend sweep with a victory over Tommy Johnson Jr. on Sunday, finishing off the historic race with a 4.037-second pass at 310.63 mph to collect his fifth win of 2015. Johnson had a slight starting line advantage, but conceded the win by the 60-foot mark as Beckman blasted by for his second win in a row. Johnson had a 4.073 at 308.99 mph in his third final of the year.

    With the national record, number one qualifier award, quickest lap bonuses and race win, Beckman compiled 147 points in one race weekend to narrow the gap between himself and his championship-leading DSR teammate Matt Hagan from 145 points down to just 57 points with three races remaining before the Countdown. 

    “Prock is the favorite for the championship and I get to drive his car,” Beckman said. “Matt Hagan and Dickie Venables have been the class of the field all year. We were very fortunate this weekend. We made up a lot of points in qualifying, we made up 20 for the national record and they got beat in the second round, so we made up 90 points.You don’t do that on a car of that caliber in one race, but it happened here this weekend. You could just as easily lose them the next race, but we feel good about where we are right now.”

    Beckman, who had five passes in the three-second zone during the weekend including the two quickest passes in NHRA Funny Car history, made easy work of the competition during eliminations on Sunday. Beckman recorded wins over Tony Pedregon, Chad Head and Robert Hight to reach the final, before eliminating Johnson in the deciding round. Beckman had laps of 3.993, 3.979, 4.037 and 4.037 on Sunday, quickest in each session.

    Add in his 3.921-second pass Friday night, a new NHRA 1,000 foot national record, and even much heralded crew chief Jimmy Prock was taken aback by the extreme success of the car this weekend.

    “We have been working on some stuff and it has obviously made us much faster,” Prock said. “And to be honest, I wasn’t doing a very good job of predicting what this car could run. You analyze all of your data and I always look at it like, if you can guess it, you know you are doing good. As stuff has improved over the years, we are getting better at being able to control the variables and predict what these cars are going to do.

    “I missed it Friday night. I didn’t try to run for the record, but the thing left so good that it ran three hundredths better than we were trying to run. I knew it was running good, but when I saw it, I have to admit I was surprised.”

    But it wasn’t all fun and games for the Infinite Hero Foundation team. In the first round against Pedregon, Beckman felt the car may run into trouble and his prediction almost came true.

    “In the first round, I get in the car and I always go over everything. I make sure I am tightened in right, make sure the car is in the correct gear, I check all of the linkages and everything else on it. So when I go to touch the reverse lever and it goes forward more than I remember, I called my clutch guy over and he looks at it, but we didn’t have time to dig in there,” Beckman said. “I got on the radio with Jimmy and I told him I think we have a problem. I told him I am going to do a short burnout so that if I can’t get it in reverse, they can push me back.

    “I did the burnout, went into reverse and then I thought, I hope it goes into forward. When I put it in forward, there was no positive stop. All 10,000 foot pounds of torque goes through the reversers and they are not that beefy and they can explode on you, but you have to blank that out of your mind.

    “When we got it back to the pits, that thing was about ready to break. That was a lucky break for us. We could have been done first round, but boy did it turn out just fine.”

    With wins at the last two races, Beckman will travel to Seattle next week with a chance to sweep the famed NHRA Western Swing, becoming only the second Funny Car driver and eighth overall driver in the Mello Yello Drag Racing Series to accomplish that feat.

    So does Beckman feel that he is the favorite next week in Seattle? Just ask him.

    “I am a fan, so I am going to give you the fan perspective instead of the driver perspective. I think you would be a fool not to consider our car the favorite,” Beckman said. “Our performance has been stellar the last two races. But these cars have a 10-foot wheelbase and 10,000 horsepower and are hard to predict. But I like our chances.”

    Either way, with Jimmy Prock on his side, Beckman feels there is nothing this team can’t accomplish the remainder of this year.

    “It is easy to get nervous when you are racing against Jimmy Prock. But the other side of it is when you are driving for Jimmy Prock, it is easy to let that pressure and expectation get to you,” Beckman said. “I have to do my best, to do my best.”

     

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  • MCGAHA FINALLY A WINNER WITH FIRST-CAREER PRO STOCK WALLY AT SONOMA
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    Finally.

    After three decades behind the wheel, countless passes, three career final rounds and six number one qualifier awards, Chris McGaha can finally call himself an NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series winner.

    The driver of the Harlow Sammons Chevrolet Camaro put together a masterful weekend at Sonoma Raceway, culminating with a win over Jonathan Gray in the Pro Stock final on Sunday to collect his first career Wally in the finale of the 28th annual NHRA Sonoma Nationals.

    “This win is 30 years in the making. All of those years running Comp, watching my dad and then doing this myself. All those years leaving my house thinking maybe this is my weekend. I just kept coming out here and kept trying,” McGaha said. “We have had a few heartbreakers along the way. To finally get it done is pretty special.”

    All three of McGaha’s finals have come in 2015, with losses to Erica Enders in the Houston finals in April and again to Enders at Bristol in June. Now McGaha finally has his win, having to defeat Enders and a number of heavy hitters along the way.

    In the deciding round, McGaha had to make up a slight starting line disadvantage, but was able to power past his opponent by the 200-foot mark and easily motor by for the win. McGaha crossed the stripe with a 6.531-second pass at 212.13 mph, easily besting Gray’s 6.560 at 211.03 mph in the runner-up effort.

    “I knew I was going to win as soon as I stuck it in high gear. I knew I was going to beat the car in the second round when I put it in high gear. I knew I beat Jeg (Coughlin) when I put it in high gear (in the semifinals). And I knew I beat (Gray) when I put it in high gear,” McGaha said. “I could see just enough out the window and that is probably why I am so hoarse. I started yelling before I even got to the scoreboards.

    “I will never forget that picture in my mind knowing I had it.”

    McGaha had little trouble in his road to the final, despite facing a number of heavy hitters along the way. The Texan recorded wins over V. Gaines, Enders and Jeg Coughlin to reach the final, and put together another stellar lap in the championship round. McGaha had passes of 6.530, 6.514, 6.531 and 6.531 on Sunday, with his closest race of the afternoon being a shootout against Enders - a 6.514 to a 6.529.

    But as the afternoon wore on, things became easier for McGaha and by the time he reached the final, he wasn’t quite as nervous as he has been in the past.

    “It definitely gets easier the more you are there,” McGaha said. “The first time you ever go to a semifinal, you are like wow, there are only four cars. And then the first time you go to a final it is really something realizing you are the last two cars.

    “Each time I went up there it got a little bit easier. Hopefully the next time it will be even easier than that.”

    Sunday’s Pro Stock battle featured another interesting kink as an above-average number of holeshot victories wreaked havoc on the class in the latter rounds. There were three holeshot wins in round two and another in the semifinals, adding an additional layer of pressure for a quick driver like McGaha.

    “I knew I could have been one of those victims if I didn’t get up there and get my part done,” McGaha said. “That always goes through your mind. When you are quick, that is the only way you are going to lose is lose on a holeshot. I was not going to let that happen.”

    In addition to the win, McGaha also set the Sonoma track record Friday night with a 6.499-second pass to qualify first.

    McGaha’s victory has been several years in the making with a small, tight-knit crew behind the scenes guiding the team.

    “Me and crew chief Brian Self, that is pretty much our engine shop. Everybody that is on my team is a crew chief in their own right. Most of us have raced our own cars completely by ourselves, so that really helps us put our heads together and get things done,” McGaha said.

    Now McGaha, who made up considerable ground on the top drivers in the championship standings, will shift his focus to the third leg of the western swing next week in Seattle knowing that, no matter what happens, nothing can take away the fact that he is finally a winner in the ultra-competitive Pro Stock class.

    “It is like a monkey has been taken off my back,” McGaha said. “I hope it is like the number one qualifiers have turned out. It just seems like it got easier to get those the more we had. Hopefully the same thing happens here.

    “But I would take just one win. If I never get another one, I will be more than content in this lifetime.”

     

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  • KRAWIEC CONTINUES PSM ROLL AT SONOMA
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    It’s safe to say things have been clicking the past two weeks for Pro Stock Motorcycle driver Eddie Krawiec.

    The pilot of the Screamin’ Eagle Vance & Hines Harley-Davidson won his second NHRA national event in a row, his latest coming Aug. 2 at the Sonoma, (Calif.) Nationals.

    Krawiec clocked a 6.881-second elapsed time at 191.00 mph to beat Jerry Savoie’s 6.891-second lap at 194.13 mph at Sonoma Raceway.

    “We took some pictures with the broom because we sort of swept the mini swing,” Krawiec said. “We do have three races out here because one of them is the Pro Bike battle. I’m fortunate to be able to say I went to Denver and won, won the Battle and won Sonoma. That’s a testament to this facility. It sets itself apart from most because Bruton (Smith) takes care of his tracks and makes sure you have the best stuff and the best surfaces and everything to run on.”

    Krawiec’s last couple of weekends have been fantastic. He qualified No. 1 at the Mile-High Nationals in Denver with a new track record and then won the race. He then qualified No. 1 at Sonoma and also won the three round Pro Stock Motorcycle battle Aug. 1 at Sonoma.

    “The Aligator (Savoie) almost ate (in the finals),” Krawiec said. “Jerry is a great competitor. I’m fully aware of the (Suzuki) horsepower that he has because we supply it to him. He’s a great racer, and you can’t take that team lightly. Matter of fact, you can’t take any team lightly.”

    This was Krawiec’s 29th career. He won world championships in 2008, 2011 and 2012, and he’s currently leading the point standings.

    At Sonoma’s national event, Krawiec defeated Angie Smith, Steve Johnson, Scotty Pollacheck, before ousting Savioe. Last year, Krawiec also upended Savoie in the finals at Sonoma. This was Krawiec’s third career victory at Sonoma as he also won there in 2012.

    “I almost didn’t have a chance to come up here and talk (after the win),” Krawiec said. “The first round was a close one for me. I actually popped the clutch lever. I don’t know if we had a little bit of clutch malfunction, but it flared the motor and then blew the tire away and the bike really didn’t move. It was kind of odd because it hasn’t done that really ever for us. We just went back and tried to keep a cool head and make the proper changes and go. I ran Jerry in the final here last year and the result was the same. It’s just great racing for the fans, that’s the best thing.”

    Krawiec, who finished second in the points a year ago to his Harley-Davidson teammate Andrew Hines, likes where his team is headed.

    “I think we are starting to hit our stride,” Krawiec said. “We are running the way we expect to run. We’re still picking away on Andrew’s motorcycle a little bit. Mine is in a little bit of window and his is getting there.”

     

     

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  • BECKMAN, BROWN, MCGAHA AND KRAWIEC RACE TO NHRA SONOMA NATIONALS VICTORIES

     

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    Jack Beckman finished off a dominating weekend at the NHRA Sonoma Nationals on Sunday by racing to the Funny Car victory.
     
    Antron Brown (Top Fuel), Chris McGaha (Pro Stock) and Eddie Krawiec (Pro Stock Motorcycle) also were winners of the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series event at Sonoma Raceway. It is the first time in NHRA history where all four No. 1 qualifiers went on to win the race.
     
    Beckman kept alive his hopes of becoming the eighth driver to sweep the Western Swing and only the second in Funny Car to accomplish the feat when he sped past Tommy Johnson Jr. to claim his fifth victory of the season and 20th of his career. The NHRA Western Swing, an NHRA summertime tradition since 1989, begins in Denver, moves on through Sonoma and finishes in Seattle in a three-week stretch.
     
    Beckman took his first Sonoma win with a final-round performance of 4.037 seconds at 310.63 mph in his Infinite Hero Foundation Dodge Charger to pull away from Johnson near mid-track, whose Make-A-Wish Charger trailed with a 4.073 at 308.99.
     
    Beckman, who defeated Tony Pedregon, Chad Head and Robert Hight to advance to the final, also received a 20-point bonus this weekend for setting the national E.T. record at 3.921 seconds. 
     
    “I feel like I have the best crew in drag racing right now,” said Beckman of his team which is led by crew chief Jimmy Prock. “Winning the race and being No. 1 qualifier and setting the national record is icing on top of icing on top of the cake. It couldn’t have been any better. I don’t think this weekend will sink in until I’m on the plane going to Seattle.”
     
    Veteran tuner Prock said he was even blown away by how well the car ran all weekend.

    “We race a lot, we live it and you don’t have many weekends like this,” said Prock, who worked with John Force Racing for 15 seasons before joining Don Schumacher Racing late last year. “We had an opportunity and we got off to an excellent start. That was an advantage right out the gate, we already had a three-second run on the board so we had an opportunity to go after it Friday night.”
     
    Despite earning a near-perfect 147 of 150 available points during the weekend, Beckman still trails series leader Matt Hagan by 57 points. Hagan qualified second and lost in the second round to runner-up Johnson Jr.
     
    In Top Fuel, Brown claimed his fourth win of the season and 51st of his career by outrunning first-time finalist Dave Connolly. Brown took his fourth Sonoma win by powering to a final round effort of 3.787 at 320.74 in his Matco Tools dragster and crossing the finish line just in front of former Pro Stock racer Connolly, whose C&J Energy Services dragster clocked a 3.808 at 319.14.
     
    The win was former Pro Stock Motorcycle racer Brown's 35th in Top Fuel, a mark that ties him with the legendary "Big Daddy" Don Garlits.
     
    “That’s a true, true blessing,” said Brown, who outran Steve Chrisman, Richie Crampton and Tony Schumacher en route to the final. “When I grew up in this sport, everybody knew who ‘Big Daddy’ was. What got me interesting in the sport was seeing him blowover in ’86 at Englishtown. I said, man, he’s crazy, but he got back in that car and did it again but ended up winning the championship that year. We have a unique relationship. To tie one of the greatest racers in history is unbelievable, but it hasn’t sunk in. It won’t sink in until I leave this sport, because I’m still hungry.”
     
    Semifinalist Schumacher remained in the series points lead in his U.S. Army dragster, 37 in front of Brown.
     
    Texas native McGaha earned his first career Pro Stock victory by racing past Jonathan Gray in the final round. McGaha powered his Harlow Sammons Racing Chevy Camaro to a 6.531 at 212.13 to hold off Gray’s Gray Manufacturing Camaro, which trailed with a 6.560 at 211.03.
     
    McGaha, who was a runner-up in his two previous finals, defeated V. Gaines, Erica Enders and Jeg Coughlin Jr. in the first three rounds.
     
    “This has been 30 years in the making,” McGaha said. “All those years that my dad [Lester] ran in Comp and with me in Pro Stock. There were plenty of times when we’d leave the house and think, ‘Maybe this is the week.’ My dad came close a few times, and we had a few heartbreakers along the way. This takes the monkey off my back. I really want more, but if I only get one of these [Wally trophies], I can live to be content with that."
     
    Greg Anderson maintained the series points lead, 47 in front of Erica Enders. McGaha remained in fourth, but cut his deficit to the leader to 210 points.
     
    Krawiec, who also won the NHRA Pro Bike Battle on Saturday, earned his second consecutive Pro Stock Motorcycle win of the season and 29th of his career by riding past Jerry Savoie at the finish. Krawiec rode his Screamin' Eagle Vance & Hines Harley-Davidson to his second consecutive victory and third overall at this event with a performance of 6.881 at 191.00 to hold off Savoie’s Alligator Farm Suzuki, which finished in 6.891 at 194.13.
     
    Krawiec said even though the bikes don't race in Seattle, and aren't a part of the official Western Swing, he decided to celebrate his own unique trifecta anyway.
     
    “We took a picture with a broom because this is sort of our mini-swing,” Krawiec said. “I was fortunate to win in Denver, and yesterday we won the [Pro Bike] Battle and today won Sonoma. That’s a good run for our Harley team. What sets this track apart is that this is one of the best surfaces we run on."
     
    Krawiec defeated Angie Smith, Steve Johnson and Scotty Pollacheck en route to the final. He increased his series points lead to 106 over second place Hector Arana Jr.
     
    “I give a lot of credit to my crew chief, Matt Hines, and everyone at Vance & Hines," Krawiec said. "They took an outsider and turned him into a race winner and a champion. Matt is a very unique individual. He is a thinker, and the way I look at it, he has [97] wins because all of my wins, all of Drew’s [teammate Andrew Hines] wins, and all of his wins count the same because he was a part of them.”
     
    The NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series continues next weekend, Aug. 7-9, with the final stop of the Western Swing at the NHRA Northwest Nationals at Pacific Raceways near Seattle.

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  • ROUND-BY-ROUND RESULTS FROM SONOMA
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    TOP FUEL:
     
    ROUND ONE
    -- Clay Millican, 3.738, 322.34 def. Doug Kalitta, 3.782, 324.20; Steve Torrence, 3.812, 322.96 def. Troy Buff, 3.911, 272.78; Dave Connolly, 3.784, 322.50 def. Terry McMillen, 4.726, 155.02; Antron Brown, 3.769, 321.27 def. Steven Chrisman, 6.090, 102.81; J.R. Todd, 4.050, 298.40 def. Jenna Haddock, 4.127, 219.19; Tony Schumacher, 3.767, 325.69 def. Brittany Force, 4.280, 201.25; Larry Dixon, 4.051, 269.83 def. Shawn Langdon, 4.445, 165.09; Richie Crampton, 3.805, 323.27 def. Spencer Massey, 6.383, 92.29;
     
    QUARTERFINALS -- Connolly, 3.792, 325.06 def. Dixon, 3.818, 322.42; Todd, 3.790, 323.66 def. Millican, 3.793, 319.98; Brown, 3.805, 318.09 def. Crampton, 4.536, 165.99; Schumacher, 3.810, 321.58 def. Torrence, 3.821, 320.43;
     
    SEMIFINALS -- Brown, 3.797, 319.45 def. Schumacher, 3.816, 322.34; Connolly, 3.787, 326.40 def. Todd, 3.887, 310.55;
     
    FINAL -- Brown, 3.787, 320.74 def. Connolly, 3.808, 319.14.
     
    FUNNY CAR:
     
    ROUND ONE
    -- John Force, Chevy Camaro, 4.891, 174.12 def. John Hale, Dodge Charger, 4.983, 157.15; Jack Beckman, Charger, 3.993, 314.09 def. Tony Pedregon, Toyota Camry, 4.127, 295.72; Matt Hagan, Charger, 4.099, 313.15 def. Paul Lee, Toyota Solara, 4.105, 307.44; Ron Capps, Charger, 4.376, 260.56 def. Jeff Diehl, Solara, 10.602, 70.95; Robert Hight, Chevrolet Camaro, 4.052, 314.24 def.
    Courtney Force, Camaro, 4.081, 317.64; Cruz Pedregon, Camry, 4.319, 225.56 def. Alexis DeJoria, Camry, 6.091, 100.37; Tommy Johnson Jr., Charger, 4.070, 309.63 def. Tim Wilkerson, Ford Mustang, 4.508, 190.06; Chad Head, Camry, 4.040, 315.86 def. Del Worsham, Camry, 4.065, 310.48;
     
    QUARTERFINALS -- Johnson Jr., 4.126, 305.98 def. Hagan, 4.139, 306.53; Beckman, 3.979, 319.67 def. Head, 7.415, 101.74; Hight, 4.095, 312.21 def. Capps, 4.113, 311.27; C. Pedregon, 4.051, 306.67 def. J. Force, 4.175, 310.63;
     
    SEMIFINALS -- Johnson Jr., 4.109, 307.93 def. C. Pedregon, 11.675, 67.24; Beckman, 4.037, 310.91 def. Hight, 4.095, 311.27;
     
    FINAL -- Beckman, 4.037, 310.63 def. Johnson Jr., 4.073, 308.99.
     
    PRO STOCK:
     
    ROUND ONE
    -- Erica Enders, Chevy Camaro, 6.531, 211.93 def. Shane Gray, Camaro, 6.530, 212.39; Bo Butner, Camaro, 6.516, 211.93 def. Allen Johnson, Dodge Dart, 6.537, 211.83; Jonathan Gray, Camaro, 6.519, 211.49 def. Deric Kramer, Dart, broke; Vincent Nobile, Camaro, 6.534, 211.33 def. Larry Morgan, Camaro, foul; Jeg Coughlin, Camaro, 6.529, 211.36 def. Matt Hartford, Pontiac GXP, 6.567, 211.10; Jason Line, Camaro, 6.518, 211.53 def. Aaron Strong, Camaro, 6.603, 208.68; Chris McGaha, Camaro, 6.530, 212.19 def. V. Gaines, Dart, 6.561, 211.33; Greg Anderson, Camaro, 6.502, 211.99 def. Alex Laughlin, Camaro, 6.556, 211.76;
     
    QUARTERFINALS -- McGaha, 6.514, 212.13 def. Enders, 6.529, 211.93; Coughlin, 6.537, 211.03 def. Nobile, 6.534, 211.83; Line, 6.528, 211.39 def. Butner, 6.527, 211.66; J. Gray, 6.533, 210.54 def. Anderson, 6.518, 211.86;
     
    SEMIFINALS -- J. Gray, 6.544, 211.10 def. Line, 6.514, 212.09; McGaha, 6.531, 212.29 def. Coughlin, 6.551, 211.20;
     
    FINAL -- McGaha, 6.531, 212.13 def. J. Gray, 6.560, 211.03.
     
    PRO STOCK MOTORCYCLE:
     
    ROUND ONE
    -- Jerry Savoie, Suzuki, 6.858, 194.60 def. Katie Sullivan, Suzuki, 7.008, 189.36; Jim Underdahl, Suzuki, 6.869, 195.76 def. Hector Arana, Buell, 6.926, 193.32; Karen Stoffer, Suzuki, 6.921, 192.33 def. Mike Berry, Buell, 7.025, 186.54; Scotty Pollacheck, Buell, 7.031, 185.59 def. Chip Ellis, Buell, broke; Hector Arana Jr, Buell, 6.901, 196.47 def. Freddie Camarena, Suzuki, 7.010, 193.16; Andrew Hines, Harley-Davidson, 6.858, 192.88 def. Melissa Surber, Buell, 6.975, 187.81; Eddie Krawiec, Harley-Davidson, 6.963, 191.92 def. Angie Smith, 7.025, 183.87; Steve Johnson, Suzuki, 6.975, 192.36 def. Matt Smith, 7.155, 191.97;
     
    QUARTERFINALS -- Savoie, 6.832, 195.05 def. Stoffer, 6.911, 191.84; Krawiec, 6.859, 193.18 def. Johnson, 6.936, 192.00; Pollacheck, 7.002, 187.94 def. Arana Jr, foul; Underdahl, 6.878, 195.36 def. Hines, 6.900, 191.08;
     
    SEMIFINALS -- Savoie, 6.861, 195.08 def. Underdahl, 6.884, 195.39; Krawiec, 6.887, 193.27 def. Pollacheck, 7.053, 185.79;
     
    FINAL -- Krawiec, 6.881, 191.00 def. Savoie, 6.891, 194.13.
     

     

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  • SPORTSMAN RESULTS FROM SONOMA

     

     

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    Super Stock -- Justin Lamb, Chevy Cobalt, 8.724, 147.96  def. Dave Bridgewater, Chevy Camaro, 9.623, 137.12.


     Stock Eliminator -- Jimmy DeFrank, Chevy Camaro, 10.655, 120.13  def. Kyle Seipel, Camaro, 11.047, 114.36.


     Super Comp -- Robert Naber, Dragster, 8.920, 168.03  def. Val Torres, Dragster, 8.898, 179.95


    Super Gas -- Barry Willoughby, Chevy Camaro, 9.928, 146.85  def. Rick Cates, Chevy Corvette, foul.


    Super Street -- Ryan Giacone, Ford Thunderbird, 10.900, 138.70  def. Bernie Polvadore, Pontoiac Grand Prix, 10.916, 159.49.


    Top Dragster -- Kyle Seipel, Dragster, 6.838, 195.31  def. Dean Hall, Dragster, 6.730, 203.58.


    Top Sportsman -- Ted Kellner, Pontiac Firebird, 7.495, 177.70  def. Jeff Gillette, Pontiac GTO, 6.957, 199.46.

      

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  • POINT STANDINGS FOLLOWING NHRA SONOMA
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    Top Fuel
     

    1.  Tony Schumacher, 1,206; 2.  Antron Brown, 1,169; 3.  Larry Dixon, 960; 4.  Doug Kalitta, 912; 5.  Richie Crampton, 901; 6.  Spencer Massey, 820; 7.  Brittany Force, 794; 8.  Steve Torrence, 783; 9.  J.R. Todd, 782; 10.  Shawn Langdon, 780.
     
    Funny Car
     
    1.  Matt Hagan, 1,142; 2.  Jack Beckman, 1,085; 3.  John Force, 948; 4.  Tommy Johnson Jr., 947; 5. Ron Capps, 935; 6.  Del Worsham, 902; 7.  Cruz Pedregon, 855; 8.  Tim Wilkerson, 815; 9.  Robert Hight, 784; 10.  Alexis DeJoria, 765.
     
    Pro Stock
     
    1.  Greg Anderson, 1,263; 2.  Erica Enders, 1,216; 3.  Jason Line, 1,069; 4.  Chris McGaha, 1,053; 5.  Allen Johnson, 877; 6.  Larry Morgan, 874; 7.  Drew Skillman, 779; 8.  Jonathan Gray, 761; 9. Shane Gray, 757; 10.  Vincent Nobile, 735.
     
    Pro Stock Motorcycle
     
    1.  Eddie Krawiec, 702; 2.  Hector Arana Jr, 596; 3.  Andrew Hines, 546; 4.  Karen Stoffer, 468; 5. Jim Underdahl, 459; 6.  Jerry Savoie, 429; 7.  Hector Arana, 417; 8.  Matt Smith, 389; 9.  Scotty Pollacheck, 376; 10.  Angelle Sampey, 336.

     

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