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Final Elimination's (Carlson Photos)

Don Schumacher's "Army of One" Top Fuel team (if I can use the quote) "put an exclamation point" on the championship with a win over upstart Morgan Lucas in the final run in the 2005 POWERade Top Fuel season. The team also set the record for most Top Fuel wins in a season with their amazing tenth victory of the year in 13 final round appearances. Runner-up Lucas was in his second straight final round, in his eighth race in the Joe Amato dragster. They will be a strong force in 2005. Based on the average point total of Morgan a the late Darrell Russell, the car would of finished in 5th place just ahead of David Grubnic in the standings. Morgan's first round win over Larry Dixon was THE race in Top Fuel, as both drivers went 4.51, with Morgan's .024 holeshot as the difference in the race.

No changes in the top 10 at this race, as all spots were pretty well spaced out heading into the event. The race saw the quickest bump in history with a great 4.64 becoming the new bench mark in the class. With new sponsors possibly multi car operations and potential new teams coming on board, 2005 looks to be promising. Hopefully Goodyear can develop a new safer tire, and the NHRA will consider going back to 90% as that was the biggest complaint I heard from fans of the sport. The sound has changed alot with the reduced percentage of the go fast juice.

Final standings

01 Tony Schumacher 1994
02 Doug Kalitta 1668 -326
03 Brandon Bernstein 1531 -463
04 Scott Kalitta 1440 -554
05 David Grubnic 1368 -626
06 Larry Dixon 1242 -752
07 Cory McClenathan 1152 -842
08 Doug Herbert 1098 -896
09 Rhonda Hartman-Smith 840 -1154
10 Scott Weis 803 -1191

Top Fuel round one

(W) Morgan Lucas (Lucas Oil Dragster) 0.073 4.519 325.77
(L) Larry Dixon (Miller Lite Dragster) 0.097 4.516 327.43

(W) David Grubnic (Zantrex 3 Dragster) 0.097 4.543 329.42
(L) Brady Kalivoda (Bill Miller Engineering Drag0.214 5.109 223.17

(W) Cory McClenathan (Carrier Boyz/Berryman Drag0.088 4.546 325.69
(L) Clay Millican (104+ Performance Additives Dr0.043 4.606 320.58

(W) Brandon Bernstein (Budweiser/Lucas Oil Drags0.079 4.718 304.46
(L) Scott Weis (Race Girl Dragster) 0.084 8.579 96.78

(W) Scott Kalitta (Mac Tools/Jesse James Dragste0.072 4.542 326.95
(L) Rhonda Hartman-Smith (Fram Filters Dragster)0.111 13.701 59.52

(W) David Baca (D. Baca & Family Dragster) 0.089 4.568 325.06
(L) Doug Herbert (Snap-On Tools Dragster) 0.095 4.611 321.96

(W) Tony Schumacher (U.S. Army Dragster) 0.102 4.494 325.45
(L) John Smith (Prestone Dragster) 0.063 7.231 125.66

(W) Doug Kalitta(MAC Tools Dragster) 0.117 4.598 274.61
(L) Andrew Cowin (Cowin Family Racing Dragster) 0.102 8.931 76.73

Round two

Morgan Lucas (Lucas Oil) 0.095 4.526 326.08
def. Doug Kalitta (MAC Tools) 0.099 5.532 183.42
Scott Kalitta (Mac Tools/Jesse James) 0.110 4.658 278.92
def. Brandon Bernstein (Budweiser/Lucas Oil) 0.087 12.544 66.15
Tony Schumacher (U.S. Army) 0.095 4.488 321.88
def. David Grubnic (Zantrex 3) 0.088 11.460 77.21
David Baca (D. Baca & Family) 0.104 4.859 287.11
def. Cory McClenathan (Carrier Boyz Berryman) 0.117 6.778 125.71
semis
Morgan Lucas Left Lane (Lucas Oil) 0.088 4.615 312.64
def. Scott Kalitta (Mac Tools /Jesse James) 0.093 7.925 97.55
Tony Schumacher Left Lane (U.S. Army) 0.136 4.477 329.34 def. David Baca (D. Baca & Family) 0.094 4.802 257.73
Final round
Tony Schumacher Left Lane (U.S. Army Dragster) 0.081 4.550 313.07 def. Morgan Lucas (Lucas Oil Dragster) 0.087 4.807 228.50

Funny Car

Funny car had a little more drama heading into the final event of the year, because there were a number of potential changes to the top ten. None bigger than the race for #2 in the standings, as both Gary Scelzi and Del Worsham were locked in a tie heading into the 'Finals'. It got even more exciting when Gary dispatched Del in qualifying in the final session only to have Del retake the higher spot, by virtue of MPH (they has the exact ETs). Talk about close competition. Gary Densham and Eric Medlen were only separated by six points (4th and 5th) heading into the race, and Whit Bazemore was only another 16 points back. Tim Wilkerson (7th), Cruz Pedregon (8th), Tony Pedregon (9th) and Phil Burkart (10th) had only 81 points between them. (There was major drama in the final results).

In elimination's, the race became a huge advantage for the quicker car, The track became a one lane race track as the right lane went away big time, and got worse when Ron Capps oiled the track, causing a major clean-up. In round one Del got an easy win (4.99-8.58) over ex-teammate Johnny Gray when Gray smoked the tires. He would face the winner of the Burkart Cruz race. Teammate Burkart won that match-up handily and ran a much quicker 4.80, giving him lane choice. Would team orders take place. Having Cruzer go out in round one, opened the door for brother Tony to pass him in the standings, and he took advantage with a win over fore mentioned Capps. Gary Scelzi kept pace with Del, when he took out Bob Bode in the first round. Bazmore loss to TJ Jr., relegated him to 6th in the standings, and a tirade to 'Chief Starter' Rick Stewart on how lousy the right lane was. It captured on ESPN2 and had the Internet message boards humming in both support and bashing of Bazemore. Kudos to Whit for speaking his mind. The competitive spirit is very important so the fans can relate. Medlen defeated Wilkerson to keep pace with Densham, who defeated Jim Head. So the Del Worsham/ Phil Burkart race was huge. The two teams apparently had a meeting, and Phil gave Del the lane choice as he has much more at stake. A 50K difference in 2nd and 3rd, was what was at stake. And in Drag Racing, 50K is a hole bunch of Margarita mix. The lane choice was probably enough to guarantee a win,as by the end of racing for the top fuel classes, five right lane wins and 25 left lane victories were was end result. In their race both drivers were late off the starting line and Burkart did the expected, and smoked the tires giving Del the win. Del did go 4.78 in that race, so he would of been tough to beat. Scelzi kept pace though, with a shocking right lane victory over Tony Pedregon. The two drivers were one win away from a final round for what could be a $70,000 difference in each others bank account. Densham and Force won the other two 1/4 final races and both had lane choice, meaning there would be no advantage for either Scelzi or Worsham. More drama to a great finish.

In the semi finals, the Force Scelzi pairing was first. Shockingly, John gave Gary a tenth of a second at the starting line, but Gary could not capitalize, and he smoked the tires. Force blitzed low et of elimination's with a 4.72 and that gave Del the #2 spot in the final standings regardless of what Del did against Denhsam. Worsham won out of the bad lane with a great 4.78, while Densham smoked the tires.

Force was looking for his fifth win and Del wanted his record sixth of the season. A great start for both driver, but Del could not throw enough at the track and Force, "Put an exclamation mark" on the Funny Car season with a win and the 13th FC championship of his illustrious career.

Final standings

01 John Force 1883
02 Del Worsham 1586 -297
03 Gary Scelzi 1565 -318
04 Gary Densham 1405 -478
05 Eric Medlen 1375 -508
06 Whit Bazemore 1338 -545
07 Tim Wilkerson 1218 -665
08 Tony Pedregon 1192 -691
09 Cruz Pedregon 1188 -695
10 Phil Burkart 1159 -724

 

Round one

(W) Del Worsham (Checker Schuck's Kragen Monte C0.096 4.993 285.17
(L) Johnny Gray (Wonder Wagon Stratus) 0.068 8.589 100.84

(W) Tony Pedregon (Quaker State Monte Carlo) 0.103 4.766 325.06
(L) Ron Capps (Skoal Racing Monte Carlo) 0.069 5.184 227.11

(W) John Force (Castrol GTX Mustang) 0.114 4.780 323.27
(L) Tony Bartone (K&N Filters/Lucas Oil Camaro) 0.098 12.052 76.05

(W) Gary Densham (AAA of So. Cal. Mustang) 0.108 4.750 321.42
(L) Jim Head (Menards Celica) 0.077 10.307 78.02

(W) Phil Burkart (Checker Shuck's Kragen Monte C0.089 4.807 324.83
(L) Cruz Pedregon (Advance Auto Parts Monte Carl0.130 11.123 87.11

(W) Gary Scelzi (Hemi Oakley Stratus) 0.148 4.790 321.96
(L) Bob Bode (Alard Machine Firebird) 0.116 8.137 98.55

(W) Tommy Johnson Jr. (Skoal Racing Monte Carlo)0.074 4.831 323.81
(L) Whit Bazemore (Matco Tools Stratus) 0.074 6.196 208.55

(W) Eric Medlen (Castrol Syntec Mustang) 0.033 4.817 319.90
(L) Tim Wilkerson (Levi, Ray & Shoup Monte Carlo0.094 8.620 96.33

Round two

John Force .102 4.764 321.58 def. Eric Medlen .062 4.883 316.97
Gary Scelzi .083 4.802 325.14 def. Tony Pedregon .099 5.556 190.16
Gary Densham .119 4.764 326.48 def. Tommy Johnson Jr .078 5.496 187.11
Del Worsham .136 4.785 324.98 def. Phil Burkart .156 10.239 87.02
semis
John Force .188 4.728 323.97
def. Gary Scelzi .083 7.729 111.78
Del Worsham .028 4.786 322.34
def. Gary Densham .138 6.718 131.57
final round
John Force .077 4.734 320.28
def. Del Worsham .073 4.804 314.39

 

Pro Stock

Greg Anderson also Put an Exclamation mark" on his class a the POWERade series champion won the event. To the script, he took out #2 in the standings and teammate Jason Line. Anderson won an unprecedented 15th national event in 19 final rounds. Line was in his 8th final of the year. Most notable in the class, was the announcement that Warren Johnson would retire as a driver at the end of the 2005 season. After season in which he did not win a race for the first time in a couple decades and the first time he has not finished in the top 10. No replacement had been named yet, but it is expected that Gene Wilson will fill the seat. 4th to 7th place was also up for grabs as 57 points separated those four positions. Kurt Johnson was in fourth but since the 13th race of the season, Kurt has only gone past round one once, and has three dnq's in the last ten races. On the other hand, Larry Morgan has gone past the first round eight times in that same time span. After elimination's, Kurt was gone in round one, and Morgan had gone to round two, surpassing Johnson for fourth. Sixth and seventh place drivers, Jeg Coughlin and Bruce Allen stayed in their spots respectively, with first round losses.

01 Greg Anderson 2402
02 Jason Line 1660
03 Dave Connolly 1526
04 Larry Morgan 1256
05 Kurt Johnson 1245
06 Jeg Coughlin 1109
07 Bruce Allen 1088
08 Steve Johns 1042
09 Kenny Koretsky 961
10 Rickie Smith 911


Round one

(W) V. Gaines (Kendall Oil Stratus) 0.102 6.742 204.45
(L) Dave Connolly (Bullet Motorsports Cavalier) 0.046 6.810 205.04

(W) Rickie Smith (Dart Cavalier) 0.041 6.801 204.51
(L) Kenny Koretsky (Nitrofish Wear Stratus) 0.140 7.189 152.12

(W) Mike Edwards (Young Life/A.R.T. Grand Am) 0.022 6.744 203.19
(L) Jeg Coughlin (Jeg's Mail Order Cavalier) 0.041 6.756 205.72

(W) Steve Johns (LivinIt.org Cavalier) 0.102 6.732 204.11
(L) Jim Yates (Sea Ray Boats Grand Am Grand Am) 0.062 6.782 204.54

(W) Jason Line (KB Racing Grand Am) 0.052 6.756 204.42
(L) Kurt Johnson (AC Delco Cavalier) 0.057 6.761 204.54

(W) Larry Morgan (Mopar Stratus) 0.071 6.727 204.91
(L) Bruce Allen (Reher-Morrison Grand Am) -0.038(R) 6.771 204.51

(W) Greg Anderson (Summit Racing Equipment Grand0.070 6.704 205.47
(L) Jerry Haas (Tony Rizzo Cavalier) 0.112 6.803 204.05

(W) Ron Krisher (Valvoline Cavalier) 0.108 6.756 203.86
(L) Fernando Cuadra (Corral Boots Cavalier) 0.099 6.772 204.91


round two

Greg Anderson (Summit Racing Equipment) 0.074 6.732 204.73
(L) Rickie Smith (Dart) 0.042 6.785 204.29

Mike Edwards (Young Life/A.R.T.) 0.045 6.765 204.32 def. Larry Morgan (Mopar) 0.085 6.753 204.91 Jason Line (KB Racing) 0.037 6.779 204.98 def. V. Gaines (Kendall Oil) 0.089 6.769 204.11 Ron Krisher (Valvoline) 0.084 6.763 204.85 def. Steve Johns (LivinIt.org) 0.089 6.780 202.30
semis
Greg Anderson (Summit Racing Equipment Grand0.052 6.710 205.94
def. Mike Edwards (Young Life/A.R.T. Grand Am) 0.041 6.748 205.16
Jason Line (KB Racing Grand Am) 0.030 6.755 205.82
def. Ron Krisher (Valvoline Cavalier) -9.999(R) NT-Left Before Tree
final round
Greg Anderson (Summit Racing Equipment Grand 0.019 6.722 205.35 def. Jason Line (KB Racing Grand Am) 0.015 6.825 205.29

 

 

PS Bike

PS Bike, saw Andrew Hines win his first championship and him becoming the youngest professional competitor in history to win a season championship. But it wasn't easy. He broke in the first round of qualifying and then destroyed his bike when the chain broke in the third session and injured his leg. The team thrashed to make repairs, with parts coming off their display bike in the repair process. He did stay in the field (in the bottom half though) and clinched the title. He did go out in round one. In a great gesture to the camaraderie of the drag racing fraternity, the team donated the broken bike to the Darrell Russell auction, which in turn they bid on, winning the bid with by a $10,00 final offer. While Andrew won the war, Angelle Savioe won the battle, when she raced her teammate Antron Brown in the final. Savioe was dominant in elimination's, running low et every round, and running a great 7.03 in the final round. She moved into second from third in the standings with the win. Antron finished third and Shawn Gann finished fourth despite him being disqualified for a fuel violation.

Round one

(W) Geno Scali (Trim-Tex Suzuki) 0.027 7.147 184.95
(L) Blaine Hale (Cornwell Tools Suzuki) 0.000 7.285 182.85

(W) Steve Johnson (K&N High Flow Filters Suzuki)0.048 7.215 184.80
(L) Joe DeSantis (Alamo City H-D Suzuki) 0.253 7.694 156.23

(W) Craig Treble (Matco Tools Suzuki) 0.033 7.191 184.04
(L) Kurt Matte (VRoom Racing Suzuki) -0.143(R) 7.255 180.86

(W) Chip Ellis (G2/Star/S&S Buell) 0.018 7.153 186.82
(L) Karen Stoffer (Jonco Motorsports Suzuki) 0.037 7.316 181.62

(W) GT Tonglet (Screamin' Eagle/Vance & Hines Ha0.000 7.165 187.34
(L) Andrew Hines (Screamin' Eagle/Vance & Hines 0.029 7.164 185.33

(W) Michael Phillips (Phillips Racing Suzuki) 0.053 7.250 182.23
(L) Chip Hunter (Lucas Oil/Team Tigue Suzuki) -0.042(R) 7.202 186.77

(W) Antron Brown (US Army Suzuki) 0.030 7.147 186.48
(L) Matt Smith (Red Line Oil Suzuki) 0.039 7.205 184.14

(W) Angelle Savoie (US Army Suzuki) 0.174 7.071 187.63
(L) Mike Berry (MB Precision Suzuki) 0.045 7.275 183.15

round two

Chip Ellis (G2/Star/S&S Buell) 0.026 7.228 179.78
def. Steve Johnson (K&N High Flow Filters Suzuki)-0.068(R) 8.135 117.19
Angelle Savoie (US Army Suzuki) 0.020 7.138 185.95
def. GT Tonglet (Screamin' Eagle/Vance & Hines Ha0.033 7.215 185.74
Michael Phillips (Phillips Racing Suzuki) 0.001 7.287 183.27
def. Geno Scali (Trim-Tex Suzuki) 0.071 7.240 181.20
Antron Brown (US Army Suzuki) 0.002 7.175 185.36
def. Craig Treble (Matco Tools Suzuki) 0.046 7.254 182.08
semi finals
(W) Angelle Savoie (US Army Suzuki) 0.051 7.081 187.96
(L) Chip Ellis (G2/Star/S&S Buell) 0.007 7.129 187.18
(W) Antron Brown (US Army Suzuki) 0.069 7.131 188.20
(L) Michael Phillips (Phillips Racing Suzuki) 0.036 7.244 185.54
final round
Angelle Savoie (US Army Suzuki) 0.013 7.036 188.04 def. Antron Brown (US Army Suzuki) 0.037 7.141 184.67

 

 


Saturday final qualifying (Joel Gelfand photos)

(Just a quick note, The "Russell Auction" nets a quarter million dollars)
The early numbers from Saturday night's Darrell Russell Memorial Auction in Pomona netted an estimated $250,000 in funds raised.

 

Greg Anderson paced the Pro Stock field Saturday at the 40th annual Automobile Club of Southern California NHRA Finals at Pomona Raceway.
Doug Kalitta, John Force and Chip Ellis will also lead their respective categories into Sunday's 11 a.m. (PT) eliminations at the $1.8 million race, the final of 23 events in the $50 million NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series.

Anderson set the single-season NHRA record for No. 1 qualifying awards by vaulting to the top of the Pro Stock field for the 16th time this season. Anderson powered his Summit Racing Pontiac Grand Am to a track record E.T. of 6.705 at 205.38 mph.

1. Greg Anderson Summit Racing Equipment Grand 6.705 205.94
2. Jason Line KB Racing Grand Am 6.715 205.57
3. Steve Johns LivinIt.org Cavalier 6.720 205.16
4. Larry Morgan Mopar Stratus 6.725 206.16&
5. Mike Edwards Young Life/A.R.T. Grand Am 6.728 204.76
6. Ron Krisher Valvoline Cavalier 6.739 205.19
7. V. Gaines Kendall Oil Stratus 6.741 204.91
8. Kenny Koretsky Nitrofish Wear Stratus 6.742 205.26
9. Rickie Smith Dart Cavalier 6.742 204.51
10. Dave Connolly Bullet Motorsports Cavalier 6.744 205.35
11. Fernando Cuadra Corral Boots Cavalier 6.753 205.26
12. Jeg Coughlin Jeg's Mail Order Cavalier 6.755 205.47
13. Bruce Allen Reher-Morrison Grand Am 6.756 204.91
14. Jim Yates Sea Ray Boats Grand Am Grand A 6.758 203.89
15. Kurt Johnson AC Delco Cavalier 6.766 204.08
16. Jerry Haas Tony Rizzo Cavalier 6.770 204.39

"I think that's the last (record) I'm going to break this year," Anderson said. "I don't think that there's any more for me to break. It feels great to break this record; I'm awfully excited any time I break records, but I think this one means more to me than some of the races I've won this year. It's a pretty serious accomplishment, and it feels even more special because my old boss, Warren Johnson, held the record I broke. "I thought we could go in the 60s here today, but it didn't come on like I thought it would, but no one else got any quicker either and we stayed ahead of the pack."


Kalitta captured a category-best seventh No. 1 qualifying award of the Top Fuel season and 23rd of his career with a 4.472 pass at 332.02 in his Mac Tools dragster.

"That was pretty exciting," Kalitta said. "At least it was from where I was sitting. I hope the fans liked it. That was probably the best we could do under those conditions so it was encouraging to back up what we did when there was a bunch of cloud cover Thursday.

"We spent the last few days trying to get ready for race day and I'd have to say we're as prepared as we can be. All three Kalitta cars look strong so we'd like to end the season with a good race day and walk out of here with the trophy."

Cory Mac felt the pressure all weekend as he was not in the field in what would end up being the quickest field in history. He had to run quicker that 4.64 just to play on Sunday and he did it with a solid 4.59 that put him in the #11 spot. Morgan Lucas was running a special edition Joe Amato dragster in memory of Darrell Russell. The auction Saturday night raised in excess of $250,000 for the wife of Darrell Russell. Included was a bid of 14,000 for a specially built table that Kenny Bernstein won and then gave it to Russell's closest friend NHRA.com's Rob Gieger.

 

 

1. Doug Kalitta MAC Tools Dragster 4.472 332.02
2. Tony Schumacher U.S. Army Dragster 4.485 327.11
3. David Baca D. Baca & Family Dragster 4.487 327.43
4. Scott Kalitta Mac Tools/Jesse James Dragster 4.509 328.54
5. Brandon Bernstein Budweiser/Lucas Oil Dragster 4.517 331.77
6. Clay Millican 104+ Performance Additives Dra 4.521 326.16
7. David Grubnic Zantrex 3 Dragster 4.522 330.31
8. Larry Dixon Miller Lite Dragster 4.534 326.16
9. Morgan Lucas Lucas Oil Dragster 4.546 320.66
10. Brady Kalivoda Bill Miller Engineering Dragst 4.594 322.19
11. Cory McClenathan Carrier Boyz/Berryman Dragster 4.598 319.22
12. Scott Weis Race Girl Dragster 4.600 321.12
13. Rhonda Hartman-Smith Fram Filters Dragster 4.602 320.43
14. Doug Herbert Snap-On Tools Dragster 4.606 315.64
15. John Smith Prestone Dragster 4.615 308.99
16. Andrew Cowin Cowin Family Racing Dragster 4.640 314.97

Force, who clinched the Funny Car championship for the 13th time in his career two weeks ago in Las Vegas, collected his seventh top qualifying award of the season and 124th of his career with a track-record pass of 4.698 at 329.18 in his Castrol GTX Startup Ford Mustang. Force's elapsed time was the third quickest for a Funny Car in NHRA history.

"Austin (Coil) said that he thought the car could run in the 4.60's," Force said. "I promised my daughter (Ashley) that if she would come and watch me run that we would run a 4.60 for her birthday. I have never made a promise like that before and we were able to do it so we are having a great night."

Del Worsham made a clutch final shot Saturday evening. He was displaced by Gary Scelzi earlier in the final session, and Scelzi moved in front of Del for second place in the standings. The two entered this event in a tie for second place. Del took the lead and had the lead over Scelzi in qualifying for the first three rounds, but Gary went 4.728 to sit #1. The next pair out Gary Densham over took Scelzi, but was still ahead of Worsham. Eric Medlen along side Densham, burned up his 'Stang as it ignited right at the finish line. He was quoted as saying his boss, that John must have a higher power or something. Force told him in the staging lanes prior to his lap, "Don't be a hero out there, 'You don't have to be a hero. We've got AAA insurance.' I'm not letting him talk to me no more before I run." In the final pairing, NHRA announcer Bob Frey guaranteed a 4.60 run, but he also made a for sure 6.60 prediction in Pro Stock (it was close but a 6.705 was the best), so he was hoping he would hit the nail with his Flopper prognostication. Del faced off with John Force and it was a run for the ages. Del drove past Gary by the slimmest of margins (it had to be broken by MPH), as both cars ran identical ets. But it was overshadowed by John Force's 4.698 lap. The third quickest in history and the quickest ever at the fabled Pomona parking lot.

Chip Ellis took home the top qualifying award for Pro Stock Bike for the second time in four races this season on his G-Squared S&S Star Buell with a track record pass 7.024 at 188.38.

"I was surprised with that 7.02 run," Ellis said. "I was looking for a 7.08 or 7.09. As usual the tune-up was right on and everything went like it was supposed to. It was the best run since I joined the team. Anytime you can be No. 1 is awesome. It doesn't matter whether it's NHRA or Little League, we're happy to get it. Tomorrow we forget about No. 1 and take it one run at a time. I'm going to try to cut good lights. The hope is to go four rounds."

Andrew Hines qualified for the 16-bike elimination round, earning him enough points to clinch his first career season championship in Pro Stock Bike and the first for Harley-Davidson.

"The first thought I have is what an outstanding accomplishment for my dad (Byron) this championship is," said Hines, who at 21 becomes the youngest pro category champion in NHRA history. "He's been in this sport for a long time and he's won a bunch of championships but to take this program with Harley-Davidson and build it up to a championship level this fast is really something.

"I'm so happy that I'm the guy on the seat. I have an outstanding team around me. From my dad and my brother Matt, to Joe Vanderbrink, Greg Cope, Meredith Schultz, and Ray Veirs, I'd take this group over anyone. There isn't a better team in all of motorsports in my opinion. I'm really just another name on the Vance & Hines roster of champions."

1. Chip Ellis G2/Star/S&S Buell 7.024@ 188.38
2. Geno Scali Trim-Tex Suzuki 7.091 188.65
3. Antron Brown US Army Suzuki 7.092 191.57
4. Angelle Savoie US Army Suzuki 7.111 186.85
5. GT Tonglet Screamin' Eagle/Vance & Hines 7.115 194.66&
6. Craig Treble Matco Tools Suzuki 7.131 191.59
7. Michael Phillips Phillips Racing Suzuki 7.137 187.26
8. Steve Johnson K&N High Flow Filters Suzuki 7.142 186.51
9. Joe DeSantis Alamo City H-D Suzuki 7.162 188.33
10. Chip Hunter Lucas Oil/Team Tigue Suzuki 7.167 186.18
11. Kurt Matte VRoom Racing Suzuki 7.179 186.05
12. Andrew Hines Screamin' Eagle/Vance & Hines 7.184 185.23
13. Mike Berry MB Precision Suzuki 7.185 185.84
14. Matt Smith Red Line Oil Suzuki 7.195 185.28
15. Blaine Hale Cornwell Tools Suzuki 7.199 190.40
16. Karen Stoffer Jonco Motorsports Suzuki 7.204 184.47

Saturday photo highlights

Medlen experienced his first fire in Funny Car competition.

Andrew Cowin sat in the bubble at the quickest race in history

 

Tony Pedregon is running a 4 hole injector hat

Tim Wilkerson found a little more performance this weekend.

Bruce Allen made it in the field on the last lap.

Mark Whisnant failed to qualify and has had a very tough season after all the promise of 2003

Gordie Rivera went 0 for 6 in his six events in 2003.


November 12, 2004 Friday Qualifying (Rich Carlson and Joel Gelfand photos)

Densham and Tony P. Friday afternoon.

Friday, day two qualifying

Doug Kalitta raced to the qualifying lead in Top Fuel Friday at the 40th annual Automobile Club of Southern California NHRA Finals at Pomona Raceway.
Del Worsham, Greg Anderson and Chip Ellis also were qualifying leaders in their respective categories at the $1.8 million race, the final of 23 events in the $50 million NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series. Kalitta, who has solidified his position in second place in the season point standings, did not improve on his leading effort of 4.472 seconds at 328.62 mph in his Mac Tools dragster, but remained in the top spot.

“It would’ve been great to get in a quick time tonight but it wasn’t meant to be,” Kalitta said. “We had it loaded it up and it lost traction. Tony (Schumacher) had a good run in the opposite lane. Tomorrow we’ll get the car in race mode and prepare for Sunday.” Schumacher posted the quickest run of the day at 4.485 seconds in the U.S. Army dragster, which moved him into second in the 16-car order.


 

 

1. Doug Kalitta MAC Tools Dragster 4.472 328.62
2. Tony Schumacher U.S. Army Dragster 4.485 327.11
3. David Baca D. Baca & Family Dragster 4.487 327.43
4. Scott Kalitta Mac Tools/Jesse James Dragster 4.509 328.54
5. Clay Millican 104+ Performance Additives Dra 4.521 326.16
6. Brandon Bernstein Budweiser/Lucas Oil Dragster 4.526 330.31
7. David Grubnic Zantrex 3 Dragster 4.529 330.31
8. Morgan Lucas Lucas Oil Dragster 4.566 320.66
9. Brady Kalivoda Bill Miller Engineering Dragst 4.594 319.45
10. Larry Dixon Miller Lite Dragster 4.598 320.43
11. Scott Weis Race Girl Dragster 4.600 321.12
12. John Smith Prestone Dragster 4.615 308.99
13. Rhonda Hartman-Smith Fram Filters Dragster 4.664 298.47
14. Gary Ormsby Jr Menards/Color Fast Dragster 4.714 278.06
15. Mitch King LA Kings Racing Dragster 4.794 297.02
16. Scott Palmer O'Reilly Auto Parts Dragster 4.801 305.29

Worsham, who entered the race tied with Gary Scelzi for second place in the Funny Car point standings, drove his Checker Schuck’s Kragen Chevrolet Monte Carlo to a 4.737 at 328.54 to pace the category. Worsham has won this race two of the previous three seasons.

"That was a good run for us, much cleaner than last night's pass," said Worsham, who lives in Chino Hills, Calif. "We were probably a little lucky last night. There was a lot of tire shake during that run and I almost had to lift but it cleared up right at the last minute. Today's run was just smooth and perfect.

"We'll push it a little bit tomorrow to see if it goes back to tire shake or if we can get a little more E.T. out of it. The air should be good so we'll stand on it and see what happens. We have to be smart because we want to stay No. 1 if we can. It's so much fun having all your friends and neighbors reading your name in the headlines."

1. Del Worsham Checker Schuck's Kragen Monte 4.737 328.54
2. John Force Castrol GTX Mustang 4.747 324.12
3. Eric Medlen Castrol Syntec Mustang 4.764 321.04
4. Tim Wilkerson Levi, Ray & Shoup Monte Carlo 4.764 317.49
5. Gary Densham AAA of So. Cal. Mustang 4.775 326.71
6. Tommy Johnson Jr. Skoal Racing Monte Carlo 4.777 323.74
7. Tony Pedregon Quaker State Monte Carlo 4.779 321.12
8. Gary Scelzi Hemi Oakley Stratus 4.780 327.03
9. Cruz Pedregon Advance Auto Parts Monte Carlo 4.796 324.51
10. Phil Burkart Checker Shuck's Kragen Monte C 4.811 324.44
11. Bob Bode Alard Machine Firebird 4.829 307.44
12. Whit Bazemore Matco Tools Stratus 4.829 305.63
13. Jim Head Menards Celica 4.849 313.07
14. Tony Bartone K&N Filters/Lucas Oil Camaro 4.854 310.55
15. Ron Capps Skoal Racing Monte Carlo 4.887 315.86
16. Johnny Gray Wonder Wagon Stratus 4.891 320.36

Tony Bartone made one of his best laps of the season with a 4.85

Anderson stayed at the top of the Pro Stock field by virtue of his Thursday performance of 6.713 at 205.10 in his Summit Racing Pontiac Grand Am. Should he remain at the top spot Anderson will pass Warren Johnson for the most single-season No.1 qualifying awards in NHRA history.


"I thought we'd all be running 6.60s today after the way we started," Anderson said. "But the air went away and the (adjusted altitude) was probably 500, 600 feet worse, which knocked at least three hundredths of a second off our E.T.s. I guess tomorrow morning will now be the run where everyone shoots for the moon.

"I'm kinda surprised that more people didn't step up today, even though it was hotter. Larry Morgan did but not many others. After the tire spinning we saw yesterday I figured a lot of people would get better. I'm sure they will by tomorrow morning. It should be exciting."

Morgan clocked the quickest run of the day in Pro Stock in his Dodge Stratus at 6.725 at 205.22, which moved him into second in the 16-car lineup.

1. Greg Anderson Summit Racing Equipment Grand 6.713 205.94
2. Larry Morgan Mopar Stratus 6.725 205.22
3. Mike Edwards Young Life/A.R.T. Grand Am 6.728 204.76
4. Jason Line KB Racing Grand Am 6.729 204.82
5. Ron Krisher Valvoline Cavalier 6.739 204.39
6. Dave Connolly Bullet Motorsports Cavalier 6.744 205.35
7. Kenny Koretsky Nitrofish Wear Stratus 6.744 205.26
8. V. Gaines Kendall Oil Stratus 6.751 204.88
9. Steve Johns LivinIt.org Cavalier 6.751 204.98
10. Rickie Smith Dart Cavalier 6.753 204.05
11. Kurt Johnson AC Delco Cavalier 6.766 204.08
12. Jerry Haas Tony Rizzo Cavalier 6.770 204.11
13. Allen Johnson Mopar Stratus 6.774 203.61
14. Ben Watson Watson Racing Cavalier 6.776 203.46
15. Bruce Allen Reher-Morrison Grand Am 6.776 203.43
16. Fernando Cuadra Corral Boots Cavalier 6.777 204.20

Geoffrion and Panella square off.

Ellis leads the Pro Stock Bike category, running a track record time of 7.063 at 187.36 on his G-Squared S&S Star Buell. The former AMA Pro Star champion, who is in search of his second career No. 1 qualifying award, captured the honor at the Mac Tools U.S. Nationals in Indianapolis earlier this season. Andrew Hines, rider of the Screamin’ Eagle/Vance & Hines Harley-Davidson, is currently 11th in the Pro Stock Bike qualifying order. Should he remain qualified, Hines, 21, will win the category points title and become NHRA’s youngest world champion.

“Everyone keeps coming up to me congratulating me, but we haven’t done anything yet,” Hines said. “It’s great to be qualified for now, but the pressure isn’t gone. I’m concerned about race day and we need to step up and get ready for Sunday. I want to earn one more win before the season is over and that’s where the pressure comes from.”

1. Chip Ellis G2/Star/S&S Buell 7.063 187.36
2. Geno Scali Trim-Tex Suzuki 7.091 188.65
3. Antron Brown US Army Suzuki 7.118 187.31
4. GT Tonglet Screamin' Eagle/Vance & Hines 7.126 188.83
5. Michael Phillips Phillips Racing Suzuki 7.137 187.26
6. Angelle Savoie US Army Suzuki 7.157 185.95
7. Craig Treble Matco Tools Suzuki 7.157 185.51
8. Joe DeSantis Alamo City H-D Suzuki 7.162 185.23
9. Steve Johnson K&N High Flow Filters Suzuki 7.165 186.36
10. Mike Berry MB Precision Suzuki 7.185 185.84
11. Andrew Hines Screamin' Eagle/Vance & Hines 7.202 165.23
12. Chip Hunter Lucas Oil/Team Tigue Suzuki 7.204 185.95
13. Matt Smith Red Line Oil Suzuki 7.211 184.45
14. Blaine Hale Cornwell Tools Suzuki 7.216 186.54
15. Fred Camarena Racegirl/Embee Suzuki 7.219 182.95
16. Jay Matthews Suzuki 7.239 183.79

Geno Scali

Angelle Savioe

A couple other photo highlights

Boyd and Bradford

Hough and Hope

Cory Mac and John Smith

Clay Millican left and Ron Hope and Don Green's "Rat Trap" Fuel Altered

The Bradford Fiat and Mike Boyd in THE most famous Fuel Altered of all time, the "Winged Express".

 

 

November 11, 2004

Day one Qualifying

Top Fuel round one

Doug Kalitta ripped off a 4.47 on Thursday

Top Fuel

1. Doug Kalitta MAC Tools Dragster 4.472 328.62
2. David Baca D. Baca & Family Dragster 4.487 327.43
3. Tony Schumacher U.S. Army Dragster 4.503 318.99
4. Scott Kalitta Mac Tools/Jesse James Dragster 4.509 322.34
5. Clay Millican Werner Enterprises Dragster 4.521 322.04
6. Brandon Bernstein Budweiser/Lucas Oil Dragster 4.533 330.31
7. Brady Kalivoda Bill Miller Engineering Dragst 4.594 316.30
8. Larry Dixon Miller Lite Dragster 4.598 320.43
9. Scott Weis Race Girl Dragster 4.600 321.12
10. John Smith Prestone Dragster 4.615 308.99
11. Scott Palmer O'Reilly Auto Parts Dragster 4.801 305.29
12. Chris Karamesines Chizler Dragster 4.809 301.74
13. Mitch King LA Kings Racing Dragster 4.840 259.66
14. Steven Chrisman Chrisman Driveline Components 5.009 262.08
15. Andrew Cowin Cowin Family Racing Dragster 6.232 135.25
16. Mike Strasburg B&J Transmissions Dragster 6.287 141.15


David Baca ran a career best 4.48

Joe Hartley struggled

--------- Not Qualified ---------
17. Doug Herbert Snap-On Tools Dragster 7.263 135.10
18. Joe Hartley Hartley Racing Dragster 7.665 105.28
19. David Grubnic Zantrex 3 Dragster 8.059 91.76
20. Rhonda Hartman-Smith Fram Filters Dragster 10.090 84.93
21. Gary Ormsby Jr Menards/Color Fast Dragster 11.366 72.04

 

Funny Car

Force is #2 with a 4.74

Funny Car

Del Worsham Checker Schuck's Kragen Monte 4.737 328.54&
2. John Force Castrol GTX Mustang 4.747 324.12
3. Eric Medlen Castrol Syntec Mustang 4.764 320.28
4. Tim Wilkerson Levi, Ray & Shoup Monte Carlo 4.764 317.49
5. Tommy Johnson Jr. Skoal Racing Monte Carlo 4.777 323.74
6. Tony Pedregon Quaker State Monte Carlo 4.779 321.12
7. Cruz Pedregon Advance Auto Parts Monte Carlo 4.796 324.51
8. Whit Bazemore Matco Tools Stratus 4.829 305.63
9. Jeff Arend CMKX-treme Corvette 4.896 315.64
10. Gary Densham AAA of So. Cal. Mustang 4.909 248.52
11. Frank Pedregon Underdog Racing Firebird 4.950 304.46
12. Tony Bartone K&N Filters/Lucas Oil Camaro 4.983 310.55
13. Terry Haddock Barrett Enterprises Camaro 5.180 234.94
14. Jim Head Menards Celica 5.414 193.93
15. David Benjamin Nitromaniac Firebird 7.010 121.72
16. Bob Gilbertson Trick Tank Firebird 7.321 141.18

Cruz Pedregon is #7

Gary Scelzi is out side

Gary Densham was on a hot lap until 1000 feet

Johnny Gray is outside after one round.

--------- Not Qualified ---------
17. Johnny Gray Wonder Wagon Stratus 7.885 104.11
18. Phil Burkart Checker Shuck's Kragen Monte C 8.925 93.38
19. Gary Scelzi Hemi Oakley Stratus 8.964 85.08
20. Ron Capps Skoal Racing Monte Carlo 9.140 96.57
21. Jack Wyatt Race Girl Firebird 10.726 79.22
22. Jerry Toliver Schick Quattro Celica 10.824 80.53
23. Bob Bode Alard Machine Firebird 11.051 78.97
24. Grant Downing Standard Abrasives Firebird 17.981 50.48

Pro Stock

Ron Krisher made a great first lap.

Pro Stock

1. Greg Anderson Summit Racing Equipment Grand 6.717 205.94
2. Mike Edwards Young Life/A.R.T. Grand Am 6.728 204.76
3. Jason Line KB Racing Grand Am 6.729 204.82
4. Larry Morgan Mopar Stratus 6.733 205.22
5. Ron Krisher Valvoline Cavalier 6.739 204.17
6. Dave Connolly Bullet Motorsports Cavalier 6.744 205.35
7. Kenny Koretsky Nitrofish Wear Stratus 6.744 205.26
8. Steve Johns LivinIt.org Cavalier 6.751 204.17
9. Rickie Smith Dart Cavalier 6.753 203.92
10. V. Gaines Kendall Oil Stratus 6.754 204.88
11. Kurt Johnson AC Delco Cavalier 6.766 204.08
12. Jerry Haas Tony Rizzo Cavalier 6.770 204.11
13. Allen Johnson Mopar Stratus 6.775 203.61
14. Ben Watson Watson Racing Cavalier 6.776 203.46
15. Mark Whisnant Pirana-Z Cavalier 6.781 203.43
16. Jim Yates Sea Ray Boats Grand Am Grand A 6.787 203.80


Dave Connolly is #6

--------- Not Qualified ---------
17. Warren Johnson GM Performance Parts Grand Am 6.795 203.31
18. Mark Pawuk Summit Racing Equipment Grand 6.803 202.27
19. Bruce Allen Reher-Morrison Grand Am 6.813 202.15
20. Bob Panella Hurley Blakeney Escort 6.815 203.22
21. Gordie Rivera Gordies Speed Center Cavalier 6.820 202.85
22. Tony Rizzo Tony Rizzo Racing Cavalier 6.854 202.21
23. Barry Grant Barry Grant Cavalier 6.859 201.67
24. Scott Geoffrion Blakeney Motorsports Escort 6.873 203.22
25. Arturo Delgado veteran Construction Grand Am 6.888 195.14
26. Jeg Coughlin Jeg's Mail Order Cavalier 13.397 65.79

PS Bike

1. Chip Ellis G2/Star/S&S Buell 7.063 187.36
2. Geno Scali Trim-Tex Suzuki 7.091 188.65
3. Antron Brown US Army Suzuki 7.118 187.31
4. GT Tonglet Screamin' Eagle/Vance & Hines 7.126 188.83
5. Michael Phillips Phillips Racing Suzuki 7.137 187.26
6. Angelle Savoie US Army Suzuki 7.157 185.95
7. Joe DeSantis Alamo City H-D Suzuki 7.162 185.23
8. Mike Berry MB Precision Suzuki 7.185 185.84
9. Craig Treble Matco Tools Suzuki 7.187 184.57
10. Steve Johnson K&N High Flow Filters Suzuki 7.194 182.08
11. Blaine Hale Cornwell Tools Suzuki 7.236 186.54
12. Jay Matthews Suzuki 7.239 183.72
13. Karen Stoffer Jonco Motorsports Suzuki 7.284 176.81
14. Fred Camarena Racegirl/Embee Suzuki 7.294 181.03
15. Ryan Schnitz Muzzy Kawasaki 7.325 181.62
16. Wesley Wells Ray Skillman Performance Parts 7.332 177.58
--------- Not Qualified ---------
17. Connie Cohen Yankee H-D Suzuki 7.381 180.55
18. Shawn Gann MAC Tools Suzuki 7.384 178.83
19. Redell Harris P Miller/Clothing/Master P Suz 7.389 175.80
20. Mike Lozano Harley 7.441 177.09
21. Andrew Hines Screamin' Eagle/Vance & Hines 8.447 117.64
22. Chip Hunter Lucas Oil/Team Tigue Suzuki 28.000 0.00

 

Nov. 10, 2004 POMONA, Calif.

The 40th annual Automobile Club of Southern California NHRA Finals, the final of 23 events in the $50 million NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series. Professional competitors in four categories earn points leading to 2004 NHRA POWERade championships.
Sportsman competitors in seven categories earn points leading to 2004 NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series championships.

WHERE: Pomona Raceway, Pomona, Calif. Track is located off I-10 at Fairplex Drive. Go north on Fairplex drive to the Fairplex.

WHEN: Thursday through Sunday, Nov. 11-14.

PURSE: Cash and contingency awards of approximately $1.7 million.

SCHEDULE: THURSDAY, Nov. 11 -- Sportsman qualifying and time trials beginat 8 a.m. PROFESSIONAL QUALIFYING SESSION at 2 p.m.

FRIDAY, Nov. 12 -- Sportsman qualifying and eliminations begin at 8 a.m. PROFESSIONAL QUALIFYING SESSION at 2 p.m.

SATURDAY, Nov. 13 -- Sportsman eliminations begin at 8 a.m PROFESSIONAL QUALIFYING SESSIONS at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.

SUNDAY, Nov. 14 -- Pre-race ceremonies begin at 10 a.m. FINAL ELIMINATIONS begin at 11 a.m.


TELEVISION:
Saturday, Nov. 13, ESPN2 will televise two hours of qualifying highlights at 10 p.m. (ET).
Sunday, Nov. 14, ESPN2 will broadcast NHRA 2Day, a 30-minute news magazine show, at noon (ET).
Sunday, Nov. 14, ESPN2 will televise three hours of elimination coverage at 6 p.m. (ET).

2003 EVENT WINNERS: Kenny Bernstein, Top Fuel; Del Worsham, Funny Car; Greg Anderson, Pro Stock; Craig Treble, Pro Stock Bike.


TRACK RECORDS:

Top Fuel -- 4.451 seconds by Tony Schumacher, Feb. 2004; 333.25 mph by Doug Kalitta, Nov. 2003
Funny Car-- 4.721 seconds by Tony Pedregon, Nov. 2003; 328.38 mph by Gary Scelzi, Nov. 2003
Pro Stock-- 6.706 seconds by Greg Anderson, Feb. 2004; 206.13 mph by Anderson, Feb. 2004
Pro Stock Bike - 7.075 seconds by Craig Treble, Nov. 2003; 192.82 mph by Shawn Gann, Nov. 2002

NATIONAL RECORDS:
Top Fuel -- 4.441 sec. (Oct. '03, Reading, Pa.) by Tony Schumacher; 333.41 mph (May '04, Joliet,
Ill.) by Brandon Bernstein
Funny Car -- 4.665 sec. (Oct. '04, Joliet, Ill.) by John Force; 333.58 mph (Oct '04, Joliet,
Ill.) by John Force
Pro Stock -- 6.661 sec., 207.75 mph (Oct. '04, Joliet.) by Greg Anderson
Pro Stock Bike -- 7.016 sec. (June '04, Englishtown, N.J.) by Andrew Hines; 194.10 mph (May '01,
Englishtown, N.J.) by Matt Hines

TICKETS: For tickets call (800) 884-NHRA (6472). Tickets also available online at ticketmaster.com or at nhra.com.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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