May 18-21, 2006

Pontiac Performance Nationals, Columbus Ohio

 

(results courtesy NHRA and DRC)

Final qualifying

HEBRON, Ohio --


Pro Stock veteran Allen Johnson used a personal-best pass of 6.679 seconds at the 42nd annual Pontiac Performance NHRA Nationals presented by Summit Racing to earn the first No. 1 qualifier of his career. The race is the eighth of 23 on the $50 million POWERade Drag Racing Series.
Johnson was joined at the top of the respective qualifying ladders by Tony Schumacher (Top Fuel), Robert Hight (Funny Car), and Chip Ellis (Pro Stock Motorcycle).

Racing in his 11th season as a professional, Johnson had never qualified No. 1 before Saturday. All that changed when he posted a 6.679 at 205.82 mph in his Johnson & Johnson/Mopar Dodge Stratus R/T in the final qualifying session.

"That's probably the best run we've ever made in our team's history," Johnson said. "We've come close to being No. 1 qualifier three different times but never got it done. It's nice to finally get one."


Schumacher (4.476 at 331.53 mph) and Hight (4.715 at 326.63 mph) didn't improve on their opening day runs and received no real challenges in Saturday's sunshine. Ellis was another story, coming from mid-pack to earn the top spot with a track-record 7.025-second pass on his Buell V-Twin.

This was Schumacher's fifth low qualifier award of the season but the back-to-back reigning champion is still looking for his first win of the year for the U.S. Army team.

"This is a good veteran team," Schumacher said. "These guys won't get rushed. We all know the clock is ticking but we're not going to panic with only a third of the season gone. With other teams, maybe they would worry. But we have Alan Johnson and everyone knows he's capable of turning it on big time."

Schumacher's teammate, points leader Melanie Troxel, ended up fifth with a 4.529 in the Skull Shine/Torco Race Fuels dragster.


Hight was No. 1 earlier this year in Las Vegas but it didn't pay off as he lost in the opening round on race day to the same opponent he'll face again this time around, Tony Bartone. He's hoping his eighth career low qualifier will turn out better for his Auto Club of Southern California Ford Mustang team.

"The last time I was No. 1 we raced Tony Bartone in Round 1 and he beat us," Hight said. "We got him again tomorrow so I guess we owe him one. You never forget those tough first-round losses and I'm sure I'll be thinking about it all night tonight."


Ellis grabbed the NTR speed record Friday with a 193.46 mph clocking. Saturday, he added the more important elapsed time mark Saturday when clocked a 7.025 to place his Drag Specialties S&S Buell V-Twin on top of the Pro Stock Motorcycle field for the first time this season.

"I was surprised with that 7.02 just because there was a pretty strong headwind and that usually slows the bikes down quite a bit," Ellis said. "I just got into my tuck and tried to get as small as possible. I was pretty excited when I heard what I had run."

Sunday's eliminations begin at 11 a.m.

Funny Car

1 5 Robert Hight, Yorba Linda CA, '05 Mustang 4.715@ 326.63 326.63
2 3 John Force, Yorba Linda CA, '05 Mustang 4.720 326.79 326.79
3 7 Tony Pedregon, Chino Hills CA, '05 Monte Carlo 4.728 323.58 323.58
4 9 Whit Bazemore, Indianapolis IN, '06 Charger 4.741 327.11 327.11
5 10 Cruz Pedregon, Camarillo CA, '05 Monte Carlo 4.744 326.56 326.56
6 1 Gary Scelzi, Fresno CA, '05 Stratus 4.749 329.58& 329.58
7 503 Tommy Johnson Jr., Avon IN, '05 Monte Carlo 4.752 325.92 325.92
8 4 Eric Medlen, Yorba Linda CA, '05 Mustang 4.756 313.73 317.72
9 28 Ron Capps, Carlsbad CA, '06 Charger 4.759 322.96 322.96
10 388 Jim Head, Columbus OH, '05 Stratus 4.777 320.05 320.05
11 319 Scott Kalitta, Ypsilanti MI, '05 Monte Carlo 4.797 316.67 319.14
12 8 Del Worsham, Chino Hills CA, '05 Monte Carlo 4.799 319.07 319.07
13 206 Bob Gilbertson, Gastonia NC, '05 Stratus 4.806 318.77 318.77
14 347 Tim Wilkerson, Springfield IL, '05 Monte Carlo 4.832 318.69 318.69
15 782 Gary Densham, Bellflower CA, '05 Monte Carlo 4.832 312.13 312.13
16 427 Tony Bartone, Long Island City NY, '05 Monte C 4.840 320.89 320.89

------------ Not Qualified ------------

17 156 Phil Burkart, Yorkville NY, '05 Monte Carlo 4.849 316.60 316.60
18 180 Mike Ashley, Melville NY, '05 Monte Carlo 4.852 315.78 318.32
19 116 Paul Lee, Gaithersburg MD, '05 Monte Carlo 4.863 315.19 318.17
20 73 Frank Pedregon, Rancho Cucamonga CA, '04 Strat 4.865 306.05 306.05
21 34 Jack Wyatt, Corydon IA, '02 Firebird 4.950 303.98 303.98

Top Fuel

1 1 Tony Schumacher, Long Grove IL, Hadman-TFX 4.476@ 331.53 331.53
2 12 Bob Vandergriff, Alpharetta GA, McKinney-BAE 4.513 323.89 323.89
3 10 Rod Fuller, Las Vegas NV, Hadman-TFX 4.516 322.58 326.00
4 9 Cory McClenathan, Anaheim CA, Hadman-BAE 4.523 329.50 329.50
5 507 Melanie Troxel, Avon IN, Hadman-BAE 4.529 303.03 303.03
6 91 Larry Dixon, Indianapolis IN, McKinney-TFX 4.531 324.28 326.95
7 13 David Baca, Brentwood CA, McKinney-BAE 4.542 327.27 327.27
8 373 J.R. Todd, Lawrenceburg IN, Hadman-TFX 4.557 311.49 311.49
9 4 David Grubnic, Ypsilanti MI, Attac-TFX 4.558 321.96 321.96
10 7 Brandon Bernstein, Lake Forest CA, McKinney-TFX 4.566 326.08 326.08
11 3 Doug Kalitta, Ypsilanti MI, Attac-TFX 4.590 329.67 329.67
12 5 Morgan Lucas, Brownsburg IN, Hadman-TFX 4.610 299.53 299.53
13 6 Doug Herbert, Lincolnton NC, McKinney-BAE 4.617 316.30 316.30
14 763 Hillary Will, Ypsilanti MI, Attac-TFX 4.624 317.87 317.87
15 394 Luigi Novelli, Crete IL, McKinney-TFX 4.646 318.54 318.54
16 201 Scott Weis, Ashland VA, Attac-TFX 4.662 314.46 318.24

------------ Not Qualified ------------

17 5050 Scott Palmer, Highlandville MO, McKinney-BAE 4.780 294.88 304.67

Pro Stock

1 93 Allen Johnson, Greeneville TN, '06 Stratus 6.679@ 205.82 205.82
2 10 Jim Yates, Occoquan VA, '06 GTO 6.680 205.79 205.85
3 3 Jason Line, Terrell NC, '06 GTO 6.688 206.29& 206.61
4 430 Erica Enders, Houston TX, '06 Cobalt 6.689 205.98 205.98
5 55 V. Gaines, Lakewood CO, '06 Stratus 6.689 205.72 206.26
6 5 Dave Connolly, Elyria OH, '06 Cobalt 6.693 205.94 205.94
7 357 Larry Morgan, Newark OH, '06 Stratus 6.693 205.47 205.47
8 1 Greg Anderson, Concord NC, '06 GTO 6.695 205.47 205.60
9 8 Richie Stevens, New Orleans LA, '06 Stratus 6.696 204.98 204.98
10 4 Warren Johnson, Sugar Hill GA, '06 GTO 6.706 205.88 206.04
11 44 Mike Edwards, Coweta OK, '06 GTO 6.707 205.94 206.39
12 43 Rickie Smith, King NC, '06 GTO 6.712 205.13 205.16
13 9 Ron Krisher, Warren OH, '06 Cobalt 6.717 204.76 205.19
14 1186 Dave Northrop, Perkasie PA, '05 Stratus 6.718 205.44 205.44
15 3351 Dave Howard, Braidwood IL, '06 Cobalt 6.722 206.13 206.13
16 7 Greg Stanfield, Bossier City LA, '06 GTO 6.722 205.29 205.29

------------ Not Qualified ------------

17 103 Max Naylor, New Buffalo PA, '06 Stratus 6.726 204.63 204.63
18 2 Kurt Johnson, Sugar Hill GA, '06 Cobalt 6.727 205.91 205.91
19 30 Steve Schmidt, Indianapolis IN, '06 GTO 6.738 204.39 204.70
20 207 Mike Thomas, Knoxville TN, '05 Stratus 6.743 205.04 205.04
21 713 Shaun Carlson, Ontario CA, '06 Stratus 6.751 204.01 204.01
22 387 Mark Pawuk, Akron OH, '06 Cobalt 6.761 204.60 204.60
23 772 Tony Rizzo, Tucson AZ, '06 Cobalt 6.817 203.28 203.28

Pro Stock Motorcycle

1 5 Chip Ellis, Americus GA, Buell 7.025 188.15 193.46
2 1 Andrew Hines, Brownsburg IN, Harley V-Rod 7.038 189.07 189.26
3 204 Matt Smith, King NC, Buell 7.059 186.00 189.79
4 10 Karen Stoffer, Smith NV, Suzuki 7.071 188.02 191.32
5 731 Matt Guidera, Rocklin CA, Buell 7.072 185.95 186.64
6 7 Craig Treble, Hensley AR, Suzuki GSXR 7.075 189.20 189.20
7 2 GT Tonglet, Metairie LA, Harley V-Rod 7.084 188.04 188.04
8 1000 Marco Andreano, Monroe Twp NJ, Buell 7.085 185.49 185.54
9 3 Angelle Sampey, Mathews LA, Suzuki GSXR 7.089 185.92 186.69
10 303 Tom Bradford, Eagle WI, Buell 7.110 186.69 192.58
11 412 Michael Phillips, Baton Rouge LA, Suzuki GSXR 7.126 187.31 187.31
12 6 Antron Brown, Indianapolis IN, Suzuki GSXR 7.127 184.95 185.03
13 205 Shawn Gann, Stoneville NC, Suzuki 7.145 188.99 188.99
14 8 Geno Scali, Palatine IL, Suzuki 7.145 184.52 186.98
15 4 Ryan Schnitz, Decatur IN, Buell 7.149 180.02 181.91
16 133 Paul Gast, Grand Island NY, Suzuki 7.154 183.94 185.82

------------ Not Qualified ------------

17 9 Steve Johnson, Birmingham AL, Suzuki 7.159 185.46 186.12
18 7487 Chris Rivas, Fresno CA, Buell 7.188 183.49 183.49
19 310 Joe DeSantis, Rootstown OH, Suzuki 7.241 182.75 182.75
20 371 Wesley Wells, Greenwood IN, Suzuki 7.278 181.18 181.74
21 503 David Feazell, Hudson IA, Harley FXDX 7.394 173.18 174.48
22 235 Hector Arana, Miami FL, Suzuki 7.400 174.59 183.12
23 322 Brian DeLong, Circleville OH, Suzuki 7.718 174.80 174.80

 

Friday qualifying

 

............................ Back-to-back Top Fuel champion Tony Schumacher posted a 4.476-second pass at 331.53 mph Friday night to highlight a record-setting opening day of Pro qualifying at the 42nd annual Pontiac Performance NHRA Nationals presented by Summit Racing.
Seven of eight National Trail Raceway records fell by the wayside in the opening two sessions of the $1.5 million race, the eighth of 23 events on the NHRA POWERade Series circuit.

The track record elapsed times of Funny Car's Robert Hight (4.715), Pro Stock's Dave Connolly (6.693), and Pro Stock Motorcycle's Andrew Hines (7.038) placed them atop their respective fields, although they had to share the spotlight with Gary Scelzi (329.58 mph), Jason Line (206.16), and Chip Ellis (193.46), who all set NTR speed records under nearly ideal conditions.

Schumacher's run was a true crowd-pleaser as the U.S. Army rail lit up the night sky with a perfect header flame pattern all the way down the track. When his E.T. and speed hit the scoreboard, the capacity crowd erupted.

"I didn't think that run would be as good as it was but we'll certainly take it given how we've been struggling lately," Schumacher said. "The key will be to put together two runs tomorrow so we have a good feeling going into race day."


Hight went from zero to hero in 4.715 seconds Friday evening with a track-record pass that lifted him from last place on the qualifying sheet to the provisional No. 1 qualifier slot. The Auto Club of Southern California Ford Mustang driver has been the top qualifier once this year and seven times in his career.

"I didn't think that time would stand, especially since we were the first pair up there in that round," Hight said. "There were a lot of cars that had run quick in the first round and I figured they'd really be stepping on it tonight. I didn't even think we'd be top four, to be honest, but here we are."

Reigning POWERade Series champion Scelzi continues his resurgence with a fast 4.749 at 329.58 mph in his Mopar/Oakley Dodge Charger.


Connolly remains the man to beat in Pro Stock. Coming off his win in Atlanta, the pride of Elyria, Ohio, thrilled the locals by leading both Day 1 sessions. His second pass of 6.693 seconds at 205.94 mph in the Tommy Utt-tuned Skull Gear Chevy Cobalt set a track elapsed time record.

"He's like Superman right now," Connolly said of Utt. "Everything he's doing is working. We made an absolutely beautiful pass just now. We made the right run at the right time, and it's great to do it here with all our friends and family here cheering us on."


Top-10 runners Erica Enders and Kurt Johnson failed to make the field Friday. They'll pray for dry weather along with five others as they wait for Saturday's final two sessions.

Hines ran a track-record 7.038 at 189.07 mph on his Screamin' Eagle Vance & Hines Harley-Davidson V-Rod in Round 2 to easily pace the two-wheel set by more than three hundredths of a second.

"That's the best run a V-Rod has made in a long time," Hines said. "We're trying very hard to go out there and run with the top bikes. We've had to work on improving our 60-foot times. The competition has forced us to change what we were doing. I'm not ready to say we're where we need to be but it's getting better, that's for sure."

Ellis opened with a 7.069 at 193.46 mph, a National Trail speed mark, but couldn't improve in the cooler evening session, so his S&S Buell V-Twin dropped one spot from first to second.

Saturday's final two time trials are scheduled for 12 and 2:30 p.m.

Top Fuel Friday

Top Fuel note.....Less than half (seven cars) got a chance to make the second qualifier, as the rains came down as Doug Kalitta and JR Todd were going to make their second lap of the day. Points leader Melanie Troxel, Dave Grubnic, Larry Dixon, Rod Fuller, Scott Palmer, David Baca, Luigi Novelli and Brandon Bernstein will get only two more attempts, to try and improve before Sunday eliminations.

1 1 Tony Schumacher, Long Grove IL, Hadman-TFX 4.476@ 331.53 331.53
2 12 Bob Vandergriff, Alpharetta GA, McKinney-BAE 4.513 323.89 323.89
3 9 Cory McClenathan, Anaheim CA, Hadman-BAE 4.523 329.50 329.50
4 507 Melanie Troxel, Avon IN, Hadman-BAE 4.529 303.03 303.03
5 91 Larry Dixon, Indianapolis IN, McKinney-TFX 4.531 324.28 324.28
6 13 David Baca, Brentwood CA, McKinney-BAE 4.542 327.27 327.27
7 10 Rod Fuller, Las Vegas NV, Hadman-TFX 4.558 326.00 326.00
8 4 David Grubnic, Ypsilanti MI, Attac-TFX 4.558 321.96 321.96
9 7 Brandon Bernstein, Lake Forest CA, McKinney-TFX 4.566 326.08 326.08
10 5050 Scott Palmer, Highlandville MO, McKinney-BAE 4.780 294.88 294.88
11 6 Doug Herbert, Lincolnton NC, McKinney-BAE 4.819 298.67 298.67
12 394 Luigi Novelli, Crete IL, McKinney-TFX 5.054 306.33 306.33
13 373 J.R. Todd, Lawrenceburg IN, Hadman-TFX 5.097 201.40 201.40
14 3 Doug Kalitta, Ypsilanti MI, Attac-TFX 8.559 98.07 98.07
15 5 Morgan Lucas, Brownsburg IN, Hadman-TFX 9.733 84.77 84.77
16 763 Hillary Will, Ypsilanti MI, Attac-TFX 10.370 75.58 75.58

------------ Not Qualified ------------

17 201 Scott Weis, Ashland VA, Attac-TFX 11.197 79.15 79.15

Funny Car Friday

1 5 Robert Hight, Yorba Linda CA, '05 Mustang 4.715@ 326.63 326.63
2 3 John Force, Yorba Linda CA, '05 Mustang 4.720 326.79 326.79
3 7 Tony Pedregon, Chino Hills CA, '05 Monte Carlo 4.728 323.58 323.58
4 9 Whit Bazemore, Indianapolis IN, '06 Charger 4.741 327.11 327.11
5 10 Cruz Pedregon, Camarillo CA, '05 Monte Carlo 4.744 326.56 326.56
6 1 Gary Scelzi, Fresno CA, '06 Charger 4.749 329.58& 329.58
7 503 Tommy Johnson Jr., Avon IN, '05 Monte Carlo 4.752 325.92 325.92
8 28 Ron Capps, Carlsbad CA, '06 Charger 4.759 322.96 322.96
9 4 Eric Medlen, Yorba Linda CA, '05 Mustang 4.765 317.72 317.72
10 388 Jim Head, Columbus OH, '05 Stratus 4.777 320.05 320.05
11 319 Scott Kalitta, Ypsilanti MI, '05 Monte Carlo 4.797 316.67 316.67
12 8 Del Worsham, Chino Hills CA, '05 Monte Carlo 4.799 319.07 319.07
13 347 Tim Wilkerson, Springfield IL, '05 Monte Carlo 4.832 318.69 318.69
14 782 Gary Densham, Bellflower CA, '05 Monte Carlo 4.832 312.13 312.13
15 427 Tony Bartone, Long Island City NY, '05 Monte C 4.840 320.89 320.89
16 156 Phil Burkart, Yorkville NY, '05 Monte Carlo 4.850 314.90 314.90

------------ Not Qualified ------------

17 180 Mike Ashley, Melville NY, '05 Monte Carlo 4.852 315.78 315.78
18 116 Paul Lee, Gaithersburg MD, '05 Monte Carlo 4.863 315.19 315.19
19 73 Frank Pedregon, Rancho Cucamonga CA, '04 Strat 4.889 295.21 295.21
20 206 Bob Gilbertson, Gastonia NC, '05 Stratus 4.980 256.94 256.94

Pro Stock Friday

1 5 Dave Connolly, Elyria OH, '06 Cobalt 6.693@ 205.94 205.94
2 3 Jason Line, Terrell NC, '06 GTO 6.701 206.16& 206.16
3 1 Greg Anderson, Concord NC, '06 GTO 6.701 205.60 205.60
4 10 Jim Yates, Occoquan VA, '06 GTO 6.704 205.85 205.85
5 55 V. Gaines, Lakewood CO, '06 Stratus 6.717 205.76 205.76
6 9 Ron Krisher, Warren OH, '06 Cobalt 6.717 204.76 205.01
7 8 Richie Stevens, New Orleans LA, '06 Stratus 6.719 204.60 204.73
8 44 Mike Edwards, Coweta OK, '06 GTO 6.720 205.82 205.82
9 3351 Dave Howard, Braidwood IL, '06 Cobalt 6.722 206.13 206.13
10 4 Warren Johnson, Sugar Hill GA, '06 GTO 6.726 205.76 205.76
11 43 Rickie Smith, King NC, '06 GTO 6.731 205.04 205.04
12 93 Allen Johnson, Greeneville TN, '06 Stratus 6.740 205.41 205.41
13 1186 Dave Northrop, Perkasie PA, '05 Stratus 6.742 203.22 203.80
14 207 Mike Thomas, Knoxville TN, '05 Stratus 6.743 205.04 205.04
15 357 Larry Morgan, Newark OH, '06 Stratus 6.743 204.76 204.76
16 7 Greg Stanfield, Bossier City LA, '06 GTO 6.744 204.70 204.70

------------ Not Qualified ------------

17 713 Shaun Carlson, Ontario CA, '06 Stratus 6.751 204.01 204.01
18 430 Erica Enders, Houston TX, '06 Cobalt 6.760 205.19 205.19
19 30 Steve Schmidt, Indianapolis IN, '02 Cavalier 6.768 204.51 204.51
20 103 Max Naylor, New Buffalo PA, '06 Stratus 6.771 203.89 203.89
21 2 Kurt Johnson, Sugar Hill GA, '06 Cobalt 6.797 204.54 204.54
22 772 Tony Rizzo, Tucson AZ, '06 Cobalt 6.871 202.70 202.70
23 387 Mark Pawuk, Akron OH, '06 Cobalt 7.385 144.43 144.43

Pro Stock Motorcycle Friday

1 1 Andrew Hines, Brownsburg IN, Harley V-Rod 7.038@ 189.07 189.07
2 5 Chip Ellis, Americus GA, Buell 7.069 193.46 193.46
3 10 Karen Stoffer, Smith NV, Suzuki 7.071 188.02 188.02
4 731 Matt Guidera, Rocklin CA, Buell 7.072 185.95 185.95
5 204 Matt Smith, King NC, Buell 7.073 186.56 189.79
6 7 Craig Treble, Hensley AR, Suzuki GSXR 7.075 189.20 189.20
7 2 GT Tonglet, Metairie LA, Harley V-Rod 7.084 188.04 188.04
8 1000 Marco Andreano, Monroe Twp NJ, Buell 7.085 185.49 185.54
9 412 Michael Phillips, Baton Rouge LA, Suzuki GSXR 7.126 187.31 187.31
10 6 Antron Brown, Indianapolis IN, Suzuki GSXR 7.127 184.95 184.95
11 303 Tom Bradford, Eagle WI, Buell 7.148 186.41 192.58
12 4 Ryan Schnitz, Decatur IN, Buell 7.149 180.02 180.02
13 205 Shawn Gann, Stoneville NC, Suzuki 7.152 180.72 182.11
14 9 Steve Johnson, Birmingham AL, Suzuki 7.162 186.12 186.12
15 3 Angelle Sampey, Mathews LA, Suzuki GSXR 7.172 185.69 185.69
16 8 Geno Scali, Palatine IL, Suzuki 7.184 186.98 186.98

------------ Not Qualified ------------

17 7487 Chris Rivas, Fresno CA, Buell 7.188 183.49 183.49
18 133 Paul Gast, Grand Island NY, Suzuki 7.217 173.85 173.85
19 371 Wesley Wells, Greenwood IN, Suzuki 7.291 178.59 181.74
20 235 Hector Arana, Miami FL, Suzuki 7.400 174.59 174.59
21 503 David Feazell, Hudson IA, Harley FXDX 7.471 174.48 174.48
22 322 Brian DeLong, Circleville OH, Suzuki 7.718 174.80 174.80
23 310 Joe DeSantis, Rootstown OH, Suzuki 21.317 23.75 23.75

 

 

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