August 11-13, 2006

Brainerd Lucas Oil Nationals

Sundy Eliminations

BRAINERD, Minn. --


Brandon Bernstein upset three-time series champion Tony Schumacher Sunday in the Top Fuel final of the $1.6 million Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals for his third victory of the season. Bernstein's 4.510-second pass at 329.34 mph was enough to dismiss the hottest driver on the NHRA tour, who smoked his tires a few hundred feet down Brainerd International Raceway.
Rounding out the Sunday winners were Tommy Johnson Jr. in his Skoal Racing Chevy Monte Carlo (Funny Car), Dave Connolly in his Skull Shine Chevy Cobalt (Pro Stock) and Antron Brown on his U.S. Army Suzuki (Pro Stock Motorcycle).


Bernstein shook off a forgettable Western Swing, where he failed to win a single round, with a stunning victory in his Budweiser dragster over the three-time and defending champion Schumacher, who went into tire-spin at half track. The pilot of the U.S. Army dragster was competing in his fifth consecutive final round, two short of his own NHRA Top Fuel record for consecutive final rounds (7).

"We knew we needed to run something in the final against Schumacher because he'd been running so well," said Bernstein, who improved to 11-3 running for the money in his career. "I figured we'd have a low 4.50 and that's what we did. We made up some serious ground in the points today. I really believe we have a car that can contend for the title. There are still seven races left. If we stay consistent like this anything can happen."

Schumacher defeated Top Fuel point leader Doug Kalitta in the second round and he was able to make up 45 points on Kalitta to move into a second-place tie with Melanie Troxel (81 points back). Six races ago, Schumacher was in eighth place and was 336 points off the pace.

Funny Car driver Tommy Johnson Jr. defeated reigning series champion Gary Scelzi, who also lost traction during his final-round run. Johnson saved his best pass of the event for the final, running a 4.741 at 321.73 mph to take the win and set low E.T. of the meet. Scelzi got a small jump at the lights in his Mopar/Oakley Dodge Charger, but was soon battling tire shake and smoke and could only watch as T.J. zipped away for the win.

"I saw sprinkles on the windshield when I was backing up from the burnout and I stepped on it because I was so ready to race I wanted to get it done," said Johnson, who recorded his first multiple win season since 1999. "This win is a credit to the crew. It was a long wait and then we had 65 minute rounds so it was a thrash."

Johnson previously won at Phoenix this season and Sunday's win moved him into sixth place in the POWERade Series standings. At the top of the Funny Car points there was little movement in spite of the fact that leader Ron Capps lost in the first round to Bob Gilbertson. His closest pursuer, John Force, once again lost in the quarterfinals so the spread is 48 points heading to Memphis for the O'Reilly Mid-South Nationals Aug. 18-20.

In Pro Stock, Dave Connolly stole one away from current points leader Jason Line on a four-hundredths of a second holeshot, winning with a slower 6.74 to Line's 6.73.

Connolly's reputation as a starting line expert definitely paid off Sunday as he tag-teamed the powerful Summit Racing team of Greg Anderson (who red-lighted in the semis) and Line (who lost on a holeshot in the final). Connolly had a .013- to .052-second starting line advantage for a three-hundredths victory over Line.

"Luck was going our way today," Connolly said. "With Greg going red and then Jason maybe thinking about it too much, I guess any time you can get in a driver's head a little bit it always helps. They still have the cars to beat but we're staying with them the best we can."

Line's third final-round showing in the last four races helped him increase his lead in the Pro Stock points from 64 to 83 points over his Pontiac GTO teammate Greg Anderson. Connolly remains in third, 108 points behind Line.

Antron Brown took the POWERade points lead in Pro Stock Motorcycle by winning his 16th career race and second this season, this one over Steve Johnson. After a runner-up finish at the last event in Sonoma, Calif., Brown made sure he took care of business here with a 7.108 to 7.159 win over 20-year veteran Johnson.

"I'm really proud of Steve Tartaglia," Brown said. "It's just his second year as a crew chief and he's hanging with all the big boys. Any one of the top four bikes can win the title this year. It's going to be exciting."

Brown's teammate Angelle Sampey was disqualified after her first-round win over Ryan Schnitz when she was found to be five pounds light at the scales. The miscue dropped her from second to fourth in the points. Brown, meanwhile, moved from fourth to first and now leads Andrew Hines by 15 points. Chip Ellis is third, 45 points behind Brown.

Sunday's final results from the 25th annual Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals at Brainerd International Raceway. The $1.5 million race is the 16th of 23 in the $50 million NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series:

Top Fuel -- Brandon Bernstein, 4.510 seconds, 329.34 mph def. Tony Schumacher, 7.098 seconds, 126.52 mph.

Funny Car -- Tommy Johnson Jr., Chevy Monte Carlo, 4.741, 321.73 def. Gary Scelzi, Dodge Charger, 7.387, 112.75.

Pro Stock -- Dave Connolly, Chevy Cobalt, 6.743, 204.17 def. Jason Line, Pontiac GTO, 6.737, 205.22.

Pro Stock Motorcycle -- Antron Brown, Suzuki, 7.108, 186.85 def. Steve Johnson, Suzuki, 7.159, 187.60.

Top Alcohol Dragster -- Bill Reichert, 5.244, 275.00 def. Arthur Gallant, 5.331, 272.23.

Top Alcohol Funny Car -- Frank Manzo, Chevy Monte Carlo, 5.625, 259.71 def. Cy Chesterman, Monte Carlo, 7.228, 118.41.

Super Stock -- Dan Fletcher, Chevy Camaro, 10.043, 132.33 def. Abe Loewen, Pontiac Grand Am, 9.514, 131.18.

Stock Eliminator -- Peter Biondo, Chevy Camaro, 10.933, 115.86 def. Jamey Picht, Pontiac Gran Sport, 11.359, 114.77.

Super Comp -- Terry Edwards, Dragster, 8.922, 165.29 def. Clarence Mayo, Dragster, 8.867, 175.59.

Super Gas -- John Blezien, Pontiac Firebird, 9.895, 159.49 def. Dan Smith, Chevy Camaro, 9.888, 133.03.

Final Qualifying

BRAINERD, Minn. --


Reigning Top Fuel champion Tony Schumacher continued his amazing second-half run Saturday at Brainerd International Raceway by qualifying No. 1 for the 25th annual Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals.
Schumacher has raced to four finals in a row and back-to-back low qualifiers to pull to within 121 points of the POWERade Series championship lead, held by Doug Kalitta.

Joining Schumacher on BIR's low qualifier podium was 13-time Funny Car champ John Force, three-time Pro Stock champ Greg Anderson, and rising Pro Stock Motorcycle star Chip Ellis. Final eliminations for this $1.6 million event are scheduled to begin at 11 a.m.

Schumacher didn't match his run of record from Friday -- the 4.499 at 330.72 mph that earned the U.S. Army race team its eighth low qualifier of the year and the 30th of his career -- but the 4.55 and 4.59 he did post on Saturday prove he's a solid contender for the Brainerd title. Kalitta ceded four points to Schumacher in qualifying eighth overall with a 4.580.

"This is so much fun," Schumacher said. "Last year I had a blast watching those three Funny Cars race down to the wire for the championship. Now it looks like we're going to have the same deal in Top Fuel and I'm happy to be a part of it. The beginning of the year was heartbreaking but we knew we had a car and that we'd get it going at some point. Chasing everyone down has been a blast."

1 1 Tony Schumacher, Long Grove IL, Hadman-TFX 4.499 330.72 330.72
2 7 Brandon Bernstein, Lake Forest CA, McKinney-TFX 4.538 325.14 325.14
3 91 Larry Dixon, Indianapolis IN, McKinney-TFX 4.550 323.97 323.97
4 10 Rod Fuller, Las Vegas NV, Hadman-TFX 4.558 319.98 322.42
5 507 Melanie Troxel, Avon IN, Hadman-TFX 4.564 325.22 325.22
6 9 Cory McClenathan, Lake Havasu City AZ, Hadman- 4.574 329.42 329.42
7 4 David Grubnic, Ypsilanti MI, Attac-TFX 4.577 323.27 323.27
8 3 Doug Kalitta, Ypsilanti MI, Attac-TFX 4.580 320.36 320.36
9 13 David Baca, Brentwood CA, McKinney-BAE 4.604 321.88 321.88
10 763 Hillary Will, Ypsilanti MI, Attac-TFX 4.619 322.65 322.65
11 5 Morgan Lucas, Brownsburg IN, Hadman-TFX 4.643 313.80 313.80
12 373 J.R. Todd, Avon IN, Hadman-TFX 4.647 309.56 313.15
13 12 Bob Vandergriff, Alpharetta GA, McKinney-BAE 4.655 312.50 312.50
14 6 Doug Herbert, Lincolnton NC, McKinney-BAE 4.662 316.82 316.82
15 201 Scott Weis, Ashland VA, McKinney-TFX 4.744 315.56 315.56
16 524 Joe Hartley, Portland OR, McKinney-BAE 4.826 287.11 287.11

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

17 5050 Scott Palmer, Highlandville MO, McKinney-BAE 4.830 290.32 290.32
18 394 Luigi Novelli, Crete IL, McKinney-TFX 4.860 318.92 318.92

 


Funny Car's Ron Capps made the biggest move Saturday but his 4.778 at 320.20 mph in his Brut Dodge Charger wasn't quite enough to unseat Friday leader Force's 4.773 at 323.74 mph. The Castrol GTX Ford Mustang driver now has 130 No. 1 qualifying efforts, second only to Pro Stock legend Warren Johnson's 136 No. 1 starts.

"It was very important to go down the track on that last run because it was still in the heat," Force said. "Now we know we have a car that can play on Sunday. We're just gonna go out and try to win the race."

Whit Bazemore, who won the Seattle race three weeks ago, failed to qualify for this event in his Matco Tools Iron Eagle Dodge

1 3 John Force, Yorba Linda CA, '05 Mustang 4.773 323.74 323.74
2 7 Tony Pedregon, Chino Hills CA, '05 Monte Carlo 4.773 321.04 321.04
3 28 Ron Capps, Carlsbad CA, '06 Charger 4.778 320.20 320.20
4 4 Eric Medlen, Yorba Linda CA, '05 Mustang 4.781 319.90 320.20
5 503 Tommy Johnson Jr., Avon IN, '05 Monte Carlo 4.796 321.19 321.27
6 1 Gary Scelzi, Fresno CA, '06 Charger 4.797 321.12 321.12
7 5 Robert Hight, Yorba Linda CA, '05 Mustang 4.799 316.97 316.97
8 180 Mike Ashley, Melville NY, '05 Stratus 4.827 316.15 323.19
9 8 Del Worsham, Chino Hills CA, '05 Monte Carlo 4.835 319.82 319.98
10 388 Jim Head, Columbus OH, '05 Stratus 4.859 313.44 317.05
11 10 Cruz Pedregon, Camarillo CA, '05 Monte Carlo 4.863 315.56 315.56
12 782 Gary Densham, Bellflower CA, '05 Monte Carlo 4.892 313.88 313.88
13 340 Bob Bode, Barrington IL, '06 Monte Carlo 4.897 308.28 308.28
14 206 Bob Gilbertson, Gastonia NC, '05 Stratus 4.908 311.63 313.22
15 347 Tim Wilkerson, Springfield IL, '05 Monte Carlo 4.920 306.46 306.46
16 156 Phil Burkart, Yorkville NY, '05 Monte Carlo 4.924 317.87 317.87

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

17 9 Whit Bazemore, Indianapolis IN, '06 Charger 4.924 268.01 309.13
18 427 Tony Bartone, Long Island City NY, '05 Monte C 4.949 304.53 304.53
19 319 Scott Kalitta, Ypsilanti MI, '05 Monte Carlo 5.011 302.96 308.43

Charger.


Anderson's No. 1 starting spot marks the eighth time this year he'll lead Pro Stock into race day. Just to make sure he'd keep the top slot, Anderson drove his Summit Racing Equipment Pontiac GTO through an improved 6.736 at 204.20 mph early Saturday.

"We always say these races are won or lost at the shop," Anderson said. "After Sonoma we were able to get in four really good days back in Mooresville [N.C.] to work on everything and I think we actually helped ourselves a little bit. We've certainly come into this race with a lot of confidence, especially after the little bit of testing we were able to do at the track by the shop."

Anderson teammate Jason Line, a fellow Minnesotan and the current points leader, also improved slightly Saturday, posting a second-best 6.753 at 203.06 mph in his identical Summit Racing Equipment Pontiac GTO.

1 1 Greg Anderson, Mooresville NC, '06 GTO 6.736 204.20 204.20
2 3 Jason Line, Mooresville NC, '06 GTO 6.753 203.06 203.80
3 357 Larry Morgan, Newark OH, '06 Stratus 6.762 203.77 203.77
4 186 Tom Martino, Farmingdale NJ, '06 GTO 6.762 203.00 203.16
5 55 V. Gaines, Lakewood CO, '06 Stratus 6.764 203.28 203.49
6 93 Allen Johnson, Greeneville TN, '06 Stratus 6.764 203.00 203.00
7 2 Kurt Johnson, Sugar Hill GA, '06 Cobalt 6.767 203.31 203.68
8 203 Tom Lee, Mooresville NC, '06 Cobalt 6.767 203.00 203.25
9 44 Mike Edwards, Coweta OK, '06 GTO 6.767 202.33 202.33
10 10 Jim Yates, Occoquan VA, '06 GTO 6.768 202.61 202.73
11 4 Warren Johnson, Sugar Hill GA, '06 GTO 6.771 203.61 203.61
12 7 Greg Stanfield, Bossier City LA, '06 GTO 6.771 203.31 203.31
13 5 Dave Connolly, Elyria OH, '06 Cobalt 6.772 202.73 203.03
14 3351 Dave Howard, Braidwood IL, '06 Cobalt 6.775 203.40 203.40
15 107 Kenny Koretsky, Richboro PA, '06 Stratus 6.783 202.82 202.82
16 8 Richie Stevens, New Orleans LA, '06 Stratus 6.785 203.00 203.00

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

17 387 Mark Pawuk, Akron OH, '06 GTO 6.803 202.45 202.58
18 9 Ron Krisher, Warren OH, '06 Cobalt 6.804 201.85 201.85
19 136 Bob Benza, Briarcliff Manor NY, '06 Cobalt 6.810 202.33 202.33
20 430 Erica Enders, Houston TX, '05 Stratus 6.822 201.79 201.79
21 103 Max Naylor, New Buffalo PA, '06 Stratus 6.823 201.25 201.46
22 202 Tommy Brown, Gloucester VA, '06 GTO 6.836 201.10 201.10
23 772 Tony Rizzo, Tucson AZ, '06 Cobalt 6.863 200.35 200.35
24 5681 Pat Herold, Maplewood MN, '05 Cavalier 6.863 200.23 200.23


Soaring humidity readings and a strong headwind kept anyone in Pro Stock Motorcycle from challenging Ellis' Friday night pass of 7.086 at 186.41 mph. A winner of two of the last three events, Ellis has now earned five low qualifier awards this season.

"The adjusted altitude readings showed way over 3,000 feet today," Ellis said. "That, plus a 15-mph wind in your face makes a big difference. We're happy with the Drag Specialties Buell right now. If we tune it up right and I ride right we can win this deal."

Andrew Hines, who leads Ellis by 51 points and Angelle Sampey by 33 markers, moved up to second on the grid with a third-round 7.105 at 186.82 mph on his Screamin' Eagle Harley-Davidson V-Rod. Sampey and her U.S. Army teammate and fellow title contender Antron brown both earned top-half starting slots. Sampey is sixth with a 7.134, while Brown is eighth with a 7.143.

Defending event champion GT Tonglet missed the field by five-thousandths of a second.

1 5 Chip Ellis, Americus GA, Buell 7.086 186.41 186.41
2 1 Andrew Hines, Brownsburg IN, Harley V-Rod 7.105 186.82 187.63
3 10 Karen Stoffer, Smith NV, Suzuki 7.108 187.52 187.52
4 303 Tom Bradford, Eagle WI, Buell 7.119 187.08 187.08
5 204 Matt Smith, King NC, Buell 7.131 185.69 185.69
6 3 Angelle Sampey, Mathews LA, Suzuki GSXR 7.134 185.41 185.59
7 7487 Chris Rivas, Fresno CA, Buell 7.141 184.95 184.95
8 6 Antron Brown, Indianapolis IN, Suzuki GSXR 7.143 184.83 184.83
9 205 Shawn Gann, Stoneville NC, Suzuki 7.146 186.18 187.34
10 9 Steve Johnson, Irondale AL, Suzuki 7.162 185.46 185.46
11 4 Ryan Schnitz, Decatur IN, Buell 7.168 185.23 185.92
12 7 Craig Treble, Hensley AR, Suzuki GSXR 7.175 184.95 186.67
13 731 Matt Guidera, Rocklin CA, Buell 7.176 183.97 183.97
14 310 Joe DeSantis, Rootstown OH, Suzuki 7.186 185.84 185.84
15 1000 Marco Andreano, Monroe Twp NJ, Buell 7.194 183.47 183.47
16 8 Geno Scali, Palatine IL, Suzuki 7.203 184.93 185.26

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

17 2 GT Tonglet, Metairie LA, Harley V-Rod 7.208 185.56 185.56
18 573 Mike Berry, Littleton CO, Suzuki 7.222 182.58 183.54
19 412 Michael Phillips, Baton Rouge LA, Suzuki GSXR 7.232 185.72 185.72
20 567 Todd Doege, Shakopee MN, Suzuki 7.235 182.62 183.84
21 371 Wes Wells, Greenwood IN, Suzuki 7.266 185.26 185.26
22 235 Hector Arana, Milltown IN, Suzuki 7.320 176.40 179.37
23 500 Buddy Robinson, Princeton MN, Suzuki 7.381 179.90 179.90

TAD

1 421 A/FD Spencer Massey, Fort Worth TX, Bowen-TFX 5.281 267.91 267.91
2 4 A/FD Bill Reichert, Owosso MI, Bowen-Reich 5.343 269.78 271.19
3 303 A/FD Todd Datweiler, Herscher IL, McKinney-BAE 5.353 255.77 255.77
4 8 A/FD Arthur Gallant, Boxboro MA, Dan Page-BAE 5.375 261.98 261.98
5 42 A/FD Lee Callaway, Channelview TX, Monden-Con 5.399 261.93 262.23
6 318 A/FD Dave Hirata, Lowell IN, McKinney-TFX 5.435 258.02 258.32
7 5 B/AD Marty Thacker, Robinson IL, Spitzer-RTR 5.444 260.51 260.51
8 39 B/AD Jeff Veale, Hannon ON, Precision-BAE 5.460 259.86 259.86
9 518 B/AD John Haley, Wayzata MN, Uyehara-BAE 5.478 256.65 256.65
10 2 B/AD Steve Federlin, Oregon City OR, Robeck-B 5.486 257.38 257.38
11 19 A/FD John Finke, Selkirk NY, McKinney-BAE 5.493 259.46 259.46
12 7438 A/FD Morgan Lucas, Brownsburg IN, Spitzer-BAE 5.496 249.81 251.58
13 611 A/FD Garrett Bateman, Cameron Park CA, Uyehar 5.498 257.24 257.24
14 585 B/AD Jeff Hamelink, Savage MN, Hadman-BAE 5.518 257.24 257.43
15 3 A/FD Randy Meyer, Olathe KS, Meyer-BAE 5.564 262.39 262.39
16 52 B/AD Richard Putz, Earlville IA, Hadman-BAE 5.571 251.53 252.47

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

17 308 B/AD Dave Hedges Jr., Plainwell MI, Spitzer-B 5.594 252.71 253.28
18 25 A/FD Robin Samsel, Marion IN, Uyehara-BAE 5.621 240.42 240.42
19 38 B/AD Jared Dreher, Clinton IN, Burgan-BAE 5.644 245.36 245.36
20 54 B/AD Edwin Schmeeckle, Gothenburg NE, Hadman- 5.677 248.89 250.97
21 5107 A/FD Scott Murray, Winnipeg MB, McKinney-BAE 5.680 235.15 235.15
22 371 A/FD Dave Heitzman, Grand Rapids OH, Spitzer- 5.690 251.58 251.58
23 24 A/FD Dick Garlets, Lowell IN, Spitzer-BAE 6.815 144.57 144.57

TAFC

1 2 Frank Manzo, Morganville NJ, '05 Monte Carlo 5.637 256.26 256.26
2 4 Jay Payne, Claremont CA, '02 Camaro 5.641 255.87 255.87
3 7 Cy Chesterman, Sioux City IA, '05 Monte Carlo 5.703 252.57 252.57
4 6237 Roger Bateman, Calgary AB, '02 Camaro 5.704 248.93 249.63
5 65 Hank Coolidge, Sunburst MT, '02 Firebird 5.732 249.58 250.09
6 5 Mick Snyder, Demotte IN, '02 Firebird 5.756 250.92 251.30
7 54 Vern Moats, Des Moines IA, '02 Camaro 5.768 251.58 251.58
8 405 Jonathan Johnson, Beaumont TX, '05 Stratus 5.781 245.14 245.14
9 53 Kirk Williams, Glenwood IA, '99 Camaro 5.797 246.93 246.93
10 497 Brandon Lewis, Broken Arrow OK, '05 Monte Carlo 5.809 248.98 248.98
11 556 Lance Van Hauen, Reinbeck IA, '04 Firebird 5.831 244.12 244.12
12 56 Bruce Carlson, Prior Lake MN, '05 Corvette 5.840 244.78 244.78
13 1210 Marty Nothstein, Orefield PA, '05 Monte Carlo 5.871 245.14 245.14
14 55 Gage Chaffee, Big Lake MN, '02 Corvette 6.007 240.81 240.81
15 37 Bobby Martin, Beaver Falls PA, '01 Avenger 6.036 241.11 241.11
16 501 Scott McVey, Winnipeg MB, '00 Avenger 6.273 223.76 223.76

 

Friday Qualifying

Top Fuel

1 1 Tony Schumacher, Long Grove IL, Hadman-TFX 4.499 330.72 330.72
2 507 Melanie Troxel, Avon IN, Hadman-TFX 4.564 325.22 325.22
3 9 Cory McClenathan, Lake Havasu City AZ, Hadman- 4.574 329.42 329.42
4 10 Rod Fuller, Las Vegas NV, Hadman-TFX 4.601 322.34 322.42
5 7 Brandon Bernstein, Lake Forest CA, McKinney-TFX 4.607 322.42 323.04
6 763 Hillary Will, Ypsilanti MI, Attac-TFX 4.619 322.65 322.65
7 13 David Baca, Brentwood CA, McKinney-BAE 4.627 318.09 318.09
8 5 Morgan Lucas, Brownsburg IN, Hadman-TFX 4.643 313.80 313.80
9 91 Larry Dixon, Indianapolis IN, McKinney-TFX 4.644 320.89 320.89
10 4 David Grubnic, Ypsilanti MI, Attac-TFX 4.653 318.99 318.99
11 373 J.R. Todd, Avon IN, Hadman-TFX 4.660 313.15 313.15
12 6 Doug Herbert, Lincolnton NC, McKinney-BAE 4.679 314.24 314.24
13 12 Bob Vandergriff, Alpharetta GA, McKinney-BAE 4.685 312.35 312.35
14 3 Doug Kalitta, Ypsilanti MI, Attac-TFX 4.710 313.73 313.73
15 201 Scott Weis, Ashland VA, McKinney-TFX 4.744 315.56 315.56
16 5050 Scott Palmer, Highlandville MO, McKinney-BAE 5.249 201.01 201.01

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

17 394 Luigi Novelli, Crete IL, McKinney-TFX 6.621 128.64 128.64
18 524 Joe Hartley, Portland OR, McKinney-BAE 7.421 107.73 107.73

Funny Car

1 3 John Force, Yorba Linda CA, '05 Mustang 4.773 323.74 323.74
2 7 Tony Pedregon, Chino Hills CA, '05 Monte Carlo 4.773 321.04 321.04
3 503 Tommy Johnson Jr., Avon IN, '05 Monte Carlo 4.796 321.19 321.19
4 4 Eric Medlen, Yorba Linda CA, '05 Mustang 4.799 320.20 320.20
5 5 Robert Hight, Yorba Linda CA, '05 Mustang 4.799 316.97 316.97
6 180 Mike Ashley, Melville NY, '05 Stratus 4.841 323.19 323.19
7 28 Ron Capps, Carlsbad CA, '06 Charger 4.850 315.27 315.27
8 388 Jim Head, Columbus OH, '05 Stratus 4.859 313.44 317.05
9 1 Gary Scelzi, Fresno CA, '06 Charger 4.879 316.75 316.75
10 782 Gary Densham, Bellflower CA, '05 Monte Carlo 4.892 313.88 313.88
11 9 Whit Bazemore, Indianapolis IN, '06 Charger 4.924 268.01 309.13
12 206 Bob Gilbertson, Gastonia NC, '05 Stratus 4.928 313.22 313.22
13 10 Cruz Pedregon, Camarillo CA, '05 Monte Carlo 4.964 299.00 299.00
14 427 Tony Bartone, Long Island City NY, '05 Monte C 5.007 303.43 303.43
15 319 Scott Kalitta, Ypsilanti MI, '05 Monte Carlo 5.040 308.43 308.43
16 347 Tim Wilkerson, Springfield IL, '05 Monte Carlo 5.070 288.52 288.52

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

17 340 Bob Bode, Barrington IL, '06 Monte Carlo 5.236 268.17 268.17
18 8 Del Worsham, Chino Hills CA, '05 Monte Carlo 5.274 273.33 277.32
19 156 Phil Burkart, Yorkville NY, '05 Monte Carlo 5.565 218.23 218.23

Pro Stock

1 1 Greg Anderson, Mooresville NC, '06 GTO 6.744 203.86 204.11
2 3 Jason Line, Mooresville NC, '06 GTO 6.756 203.46 203.49
3 357 Larry Morgan, Newark OH, '06 Stratus 6.762 203.77 203.77
4 93 Allen Johnson, Greeneville TN, '06 Stratus 6.764 203.00 203.00
5 55 V. Gaines, Lakewood CO, '06 Stratus 6.765 203.49 203.49
6 10 Jim Yates, Occoquan VA, '06 GTO 6.768 202.61 202.61
7 2 Kurt Johnson, Sugar Hill GA, '06 Cobalt 6.770 203.68 203.68
8 4 Warren Johnson, Sugar Hill GA, '06 GTO 6.771 203.61 203.61
9 7 Greg Stanfield, Bossier City LA, '06 GTO 6.771 203.31 203.31
10 186 Tom Martino, Farmingdale NJ, '06 GTO 6.774 203.16 203.16
11 3351 Dave Howard, Braidwood IL, '06 Cobalt 6.775 203.40 203.40
12 203 Tom Lee, Mooresville NC, '06 Cobalt 6.784 203.25 203.25
13 5 Dave Connolly, Elyria OH, '06 Cobalt 6.790 202.70 203.03
14 8 Richie Stevens, New Orleans LA, '06 Stratus 6.792 202.97 202.97
15 9 Ron Krisher, Warren OH, '06 Cobalt 6.804 201.85 201.85
16 387 Mark Pawuk, Akron OH, '06 GTO 6.810 202.45 202.45

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

17 107 Kenny Koretsky, Richboro PA, '06 Stratus 6.810 202.00 202.00
18 44 Mike Edwards, Coweta OK, '06 GTO 6.816 193.88 201.76
19 430 Erica Enders, Houston TX, '05 Stratus 6.822 201.79 201.79
20 103 Max Naylor, New Buffalo PA, '06 Stratus 6.836 201.46 201.46
21 202 Tommy Brown, Gloucester VA, '06 GTO 6.836 201.10 201.10
22 772 Tony Rizzo, Tucson AZ, '06 Cobalt 6.884 200.26 200.26
23 136 Bob Benza, Briarcliff Manor NY, '06 Cobalt 7.002 200.83 201.55
24 5681 Pat Herold, Maplewood MN, '05 Cavalier 7.228 185.38 185.38

Pro Stock Bike

1 5 Chip Ellis, Americus GA, Buell 7.086 186.41 186.41
2 303 Tom Bradford, Eagle WI, Buell 7.119 187.08 187.08
3 1 Andrew Hines, Brownsburg IN, Harley V-Rod 7.123 187.63 187.63
4 3 Angelle Sampey, Mathews LA, Suzuki GSXR 7.134 185.41 185.59
5 6 Antron Brown, Indianapolis IN, Suzuki GSXR 7.143 184.83 184.83
6 205 Shawn Gann, Stoneville NC, Suzuki 7.146 186.18 186.56
7 10 Karen Stoffer, Smith NV, Suzuki 7.147 186.79 186.79
8 9 Steve Johnson, Irondale AL, Suzuki 7.162 185.46 185.46
9 4 Ryan Schnitz, Decatur IN, Buell 7.168 185.23 185.92
10 7487 Chris Rivas, Fresno CA, Buell 7.175 183.34 183.34
11 731 Matt Guidera, Rocklin CA, Buell 7.176 183.97 183.97
12 1000 Marco Andreano, Monroe Twp NJ, Buell 7.194 183.47 183.47
13 8 Geno Scali, Palatine IL, Suzuki 7.203 184.93 185.26
14 2 GT Tonglet, Metairie LA, Harley V-Rod 7.208 185.56 185.56
15 204 Matt Smith, King NC, Buell 7.215 181.74 182.82
16 573 Mike Berry, Littleton CO, Suzuki 7.222 182.58 183.54

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

17 7 Craig Treble, Hensley AR, Suzuki GSXR 7.223 186.67 186.67
18 310 Joe DeSantis, Rootstown OH, Suzuki 7.226 185.18 185.18
19 412 Michael Phillips, Baton Rouge LA, Suzuki GSXR 7.232 185.72 185.72
20 371 Wes Wells, Greenwood IN, Suzuki 7.266 185.26 185.26
21 567 Todd Doege, Shakopee MN, Suzuki 7.298 183.84 183.84
22 235 Hector Arana, Milltown IN, Suzuki 7.364 178.97 179.37
23 500 Buddy Robinson, Princeton MN, Suzuki 7.381 179.90 179.90

TAD

1 421 A/FD Spencer Massey, Fort Worth TX, Bowen-TFX 5.321 259.96 259.96
2 4 A/FD Bill Reichert, Owosso MI, Bowen-Reich 5.346 270.59 271.19
3 8 A/FD Arthur Gallant, Boxboro MA, Dan Page-BAE 5.375 261.98 261.98
4 42 A/FD Lee Callaway, Channelview TX, Monden-Con 5.450 251.53 262.23
5 39 B/AD Jeff Veale, Hannon ON, Precision-BAE 5.460 259.86 259.86
6 303 A/FD Todd Datweiler, Herscher IL, McKinney-BAE 5.461 253.18 253.18
7 318 A/FD Dave Hirata, Lowell IN, McKinney-TFX 5.475 258.32 258.32
8 518 B/AD John Haley, Wayzata MN, Uyehara-BAE 5.478 256.65 256.65
9 2 B/AD Steve Federlin, Oregon City OR, Robeck-B 5.486 257.38 257.38
10 19 A/FD John Finke, Selkirk NY, McKinney-BAE 5.493 259.46 259.46
11 7438 A/FD Morgan Lucas, Brownsburg IN, Spitzer-BAE 5.496 249.81 251.58
12 585 B/AD Jeff Hamelink, Savage MN, Hadman-BAE 5.523 257.43 257.43
13 3 A/FD Randy Meyer, Olathe KS, Meyer-BAE 5.564 262.39 262.39
14 52 B/AD Richard Putz, Earlville IA, Hadman-BAE 5.571 251.53 252.47
15 308 B/AD Dave Hedges Jr., Plainwell MI, Spitzer-B 5.603 253.28 253.28
16 25 A/FD Robin Samsel, Marion IN, Uyehara-BAE 5.621 240.42 240.42

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

17 38 B/AD Jared Dreher, Clinton IN, Burgan-BAE 5.644 245.36 245.36
18 611 A/FD Garrett Bateman, Cameron Park CA, Uyehar 5.645 252.19 252.19
19 54 B/AD Edwin Schmeeckle, Gothenburg NE, Hadman- 5.677 248.89 250.97
20 5107 A/FD Scott Murray, Winnipeg MB, McKinney-BAE 5.726 234.53 234.53
21 5 B/AD Marty Thacker, Robinson IL, Spitzer-RTR 5.768 206.42 206.42
22 24 A/FD Dick Garlets, Lowell IN, Spitzer-BAE 12.289 71.48 71.48
23 371 A/FD Dave Heitzman, Grand Rapids OH, Spitzer- 14.017 72.74 72.74

TAFC

1 2 Frank Manzo, Morganville NJ, '05 Monte Carlo 5.702 254.76 254.76
2 4 Jay Payne, Claremont CA, '02 Camaro 5.735 255.00 255.00
3 6237 Roger Bateman, Calgary AB, '02 Camaro 5.742 249.63 249.63
4 65 Hank Coolidge, Sunburst MT, '02 Firebird 5.755 250.09 250.09
5 5 Mick Snyder, Demotte IN, '02 Firebird 5.756 250.92 250.92
6 54 Vern Moats, Des Moines IA, '03 Camaro 5.768 251.58 251.58
7 405 Jonathan Johnson, Beaumont TX, '05 Stratus 5.781 245.14 245.14
8 53 Kirk Williams, Glenwood IA, '99 Camaro 5.797 246.93 246.93
9 7 Cy Chesterman, Sioux City IA, '05 Monte Carlo 5.811 251.06 251.06
10 497 Brandon Lewis, Broken Arrow OK, '05 Monte Carlo 5.828 247.11 247.11
11 556 Lance Van Hauen, Reinbeck IA, '04 Firebird 5.831 244.12 244.12
12 56 Bruce Carlson, Prior Lake MN, '97 Firebird 5.840 244.78 244.78
13 1210 Marty Nothstein, Orefield PA, '05 Monte Carlo 5.895 245.14 245.14
14 55 Gage Chaffee, Big Lake MN, '02 Corvette 6.007 240.81 240.81
15 501 Scott McVey, Winnipeg MB, '00 Avenger 6.273 223.76 223.76

 

 

July 14-16, 2006

Mile High Nationals

Denver CO

 

Weekend wrap-up

Rookie J.R. Todd upset Tony Schumacher Sunday afternoon at the Mopar Mile-High NHRA Nationals to score his first NHRA POWERade Series Top Fuel victory in just his ninth career start.
Todd, who with the victory becomes the first African-American to win an NHRA Top Fuel title, never trailed in the race at Bandimere Speedway, dismissing the three-time series champion with a performance of 4.906 at 291.63 mph in his Skull Shine/Torco Race Fuels dragster to Schumacher's 4.966 at 306.33 mph in the U.S. Army dragster.


"You never expect to get your first NHRA win by outrunning Tony Schumacher in the final," Todd said. "I didn't even know how to act down there. I was stunned. To beat that team straight up is almost unbelievable. They were talking about me being the first African-American to win in Top Fuel but out here it's all equal, especially when the helmet goes on."

Gary Scelzi scored his first Funny Car win of the season to join Todd in the winner's circle of the $1.5 million race, the 13th of 23 in the 2006 season. Pro Stock winner Dave Connolly and Pro Stock Motorcycle victor Andrew Hines also won in their categories to close out a weekend that ended with three new POWERade points leaders.


Ron Capps was the only POWERade points leader to retain his top ranking through the weekend although his first-round loss to Bob Gilbertson allowed second-place runner John Force, who lost in the quarterfinals, to gain a round on him. Doug Kalitta took the Top Fuel points lead from Melanie Troxel, Line emerged with the Pro Stock lead and Hines moved in front of Angelle Sampey to regain the series lead in Pro Stock Motorcycle.

Prior to this weekend, four-time champion Gary Scelzi had never even reached the final round at this event. Now Bandimere becomes the 19th different racetrack where he's won a race as he took care of Cruz Pedregon with 5.132 at 301.94 mph in his Mopar/Oakley Dodge Charger to Pedregon's 5.820 at 202.82 mph in his Advance Auto Parts Chevy Monte Carlo.

"This is a tough place to race," said Scelzi of his 33rd career victory. "This weekend was the hardest we've ever had. The track temperatures were higher than anywhere we've ever been, including last year in St. Louis. To get through all that and win my first race here, especially with it being a Mopar race, it's pretty special.

"It's been a long time since I've won. You get that feeling like you're the weak link, and that's not a good feeling to have. Mike Neff (crew chief) and Jim Jannard (Oakley founder) stayed behind me and kept me pumped up. I got to the final and I just decided I wasn't going to let Cruz take it away from me."


Connolly became the first three-time winner this season in the Pro Stock class and he's moved to within 51 points of the POWERade lead. Since a DNQ in Bristol, Connolly has won three times in four finals and gone from 12th to third overall.

Top qualifier Line had the better car in this final, but Connolly's .008-second reaction time delivered a .05-second holeshot win. Connolly's 7.173 at 193.07 mph in his Skull Shine Chevy Cobalt was more than enough to hold off Line's 7.141 at 194.13 mph in his Summit Pontiac GTO, which was made irrelevant by his .093-second late start.

"If you had told me six races ago that we'd be a couple rounds out of the lead I wouldn't have believed it," Connolly said. "But ever since Atlanta when Tommy Utt came on board we've just taken it to a different level. Plus, Greg [Anderson] has stumbled a little and that's given us all a chance to catch up."


Defending back-to-back series Pro Stock Motorcycle champion Hines finally recorded a win this season in his third final-round appearance. Hines gave up a .058-second head start to Guidera, but his Screamin' Eagle Vance & Hines Harley-Davidson made up the gap by mid-track and he cruised away for the win in 7.435 seconds at 179.97 mph to Guidera's 7.566 at 176.63 on his Rocklin Motorsports Buell.

"We had an absolutely dismal qualifying effort but what a Sunday," Hines said. "The team did such a great job making the adjustments and my V-Rod went right down the track every pass today like it was on a rail. I was hoping this race would be the turning point of our season and it's looking like it really might be."

The NHRA POWERade Series continues with the Schuck's Auto Supply NHRA Nationals presented by Lucas Oil, July 21-23 at scenic Pacific Raceways near Seattle.

Sunday's final results from the 27th annual Mopar Mile-High NHRA Nationals at Bandimere Speedway. The $1.5 million race is the 13th of 23 in the $50 million NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series -

Top Fuel -- J.R. Todd, 4.906 seconds, 291.63 mph def. Tony Schumacher, 4.966 seconds, 306.33 mph.

Funny Car -- Gary Scelzi, Dodge Charger, 5.132, 301.94 def. Cruz Pedregon, Chevy Monte Carlo, 5.820, 202.82.

Pro Stock -- Dave Connolly, Chevy Cobalt, 7.173, 193.07 def. Jason Line, Pontiac GTO, 7.141, 194.13.

Pro Stock Motorcycle -- Andrew Hines, Harley-Davidson, 7.435, 179.97 def. Matt Guidera, Buell, 7.566, 176.63.

Competition Eliminator -- Dean Carter, Dragster, 7.412, 179.21 def. Richard Freeman, Pontiac GTO, 10.365, 84.73.

Stock Eliminator -- Ryan McClanahan, Pontiac Firebird, 11.061, 124.27 def. Scott Burton, Firebird, 11.471, 115.50.

Super Comp -- Gary Wamboldt, Dragster, 9.460, 159.02 def. Steve Johnson, Dragster, 9.452, 161.81.

Super Gas -- Duane Kohl, Chevy Corvette, 10.548, 146.97 def. Tim Landis, Corvette, 10.542, 144.47.


(results courtesy NHRA and DRC)

Final qualifying

Top Fuel

1 3 Doug Kalitta, Ypsilanti MI, Attac-TFX 4.631 319.60 319.60
2 373 J.R. Todd, Lawrenceburg IN, Hadman-TFX 4.638 316.45 316.45
3 7 Brandon Bernstein, Lake Forest CA, McKinney-TFX 4.640 324.28 324.28
4 1 Tony Schumacher, Long Grove IL, Hadman-TFX 4.642 321.96 321.96
5 4 David Grubnic, Ypsilanti MI, Attac-TFX 4.643 327.82 327.82
6 91 Larry Dixon, Indianapolis IN, McKinney-TFX 4.654 314.90 314.90
7 763 Hillary Will, Ypsilanti MI, Attac-TFX 4.662 318.69 318.69
8 10 Rod Fuller, Las Vegas NV, Hadman-TFX 4.673 316.60 316.60
9 13 David Baca, Brentwood CA, McKinney-BAE 4.703 308.71 308.71
10 12 Bob Vandergriff, Alpharetta GA, McKinney-BAE 4.704 311.41 311.41
11 6 Doug Herbert, Lincolnton NC, McKinney-BAE 4.739 305.29 305.29
12 507 Melanie Troxel, Avon IN, Hadman-BAE 4.785 312.42 312.42
13 5 Morgan Lucas, Brownsburg IN, Hadman-TFX 4.854 288.15 288.15
14 72 Mike Strasburg, Lindon UT, Hadman-TFX 4.902 254.38 254.38
15 9 Cory McClenathan, Anaheim CA, Hadman-BAE 5.140 302.28 302.28
16 5050 Scott Palmer, Highlandville MO, McKinney-BAE 5.563 176.47 176.47

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

17 723 Rob Passey, Salt Lake City UT, McKinney-TFX 9.935 78.25 78.34


Funny Car

1 782 Gary Densham, Bellflower CA, '05 Monte Carlo 4.893 292.20 292.20
2 1 Gary Scelzi, Fresno CA, '06 Charger 4.896 310.20 310.20
3 503 Tommy Johnson Jr., Avon IN, '05 Monte Carlo 4.907 307.37 307.37
4 5 Robert Hight, Yorba Linda CA, '05 Mustang 4.916 301.87 311.41
5 28 Ron Capps, Carlsbad CA, '06 Charger 4.941 307.37 307.37
6 156 Phil Burkart, Yorkville NY, '05 Monte Carlo 4.952 313.37 313.37
7 9 Whit Bazemore, Indianapolis IN, '06 Charger 4.952 302.35 311.70
8 7 Tony Pedregon, Chino Hills CA, '05 Monte Carlo 4.956 308.28 309.91
9 8 Del Worsham, Chino Hills CA, '05 Monte Carlo 4.983 317.64 317.64
10 3 John Force, Yorba Linda CA, '05 Mustang 4.984 314.31 314.31
11 4 Eric Medlen, Yorba Linda CA, '05 Mustang 5.019 309.42 309.42
12 206 Bob Gilbertson, Gastonia NC, '05 Stratus 5.107 298.14 298.14
13 427 Tony Bartone, Long Island City NY, '05 Monte C 5.118 293.15 293.15
14 180 Mike Ashley, Melville NY, '05 Stratus 5.138 299.80 299.80
15 319 Scott Kalitta, Ypsilanti MI, '05 Monte Carlo 5.172 254.66 274.50
16 10 Cruz Pedregon, Camarillo CA, '05 Monte Carlo 5.177 286.32 286.32

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

17 347 Tim Wilkerson, Springfield IL, '05 Monte Carlo 5.440 210.54 210.54
18 121 Terry Haddock, Lynnwood WA, '05 Monte Carlo 8.103 110.92 110.92

Pro Stock

1 3 Jason Line, Terrell NC, '06 GTO 7.062@ 195.65& 195.65
2 93 Allen Johnson, Greeneville TN, '06 Stratus 7.064 194.60 194.60
3 5 Dave Connolly, Elyria OH, '06 Cobalt 7.079 194.88 194.88
4 9 Ron Krisher, Warren OH, '06 Cobalt 7.082 193.68 194.13
5 1 Greg Anderson, Concord NC, '06 GTO 7.094 194.60 195.14
6 2 Kurt Johnson, Sugar Hill GA, '06 Cobalt 7.098 194.24 194.77
7 357 Larry Morgan, Newark OH, '06 Stratus 7.100 194.49 194.49
8 44 Mike Edwards, Coweta OK, '06 GTO 7.104 194.30 194.30
9 8 Richie Stevens, New Orleans LA, '06 Stratus 7.105 193.07 193.74
10 10 Jim Yates, Occoquan VA, '06 GTO 7.108 193.63 193.63
11 55 V. Gaines, Lakewood CO, '06 Stratus 7.113 193.54 194.21
12 203 Tom Lee, Mooresville NC, '06 Cobalt 7.116 194.27 194.60
13 430 Erica Enders, Houston TX, '06 Stratus 7.127 192.96 193.05
14 103 Max Naylor, New Buffalo PA, '06 Stratus 7.140 193.82 193.82
15 7 Greg Stanfield, Bossier City LA, '06 GTO 7.143 193.52 193.77
16 207 Mike Thomas, Knoxville TN, '05 Stratus 7.147 192.28 192.85

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

17 261 Gene Wilson, Adairsville GA, '04 Stratus RT 7.153 192.33 192.80
18 713 Shaun Carlson, Indianapolis IN, '06 Stratus 7.155 192.88 192.88
19 701 Ben Watson, Concord CA, '06 GTO 7.166 192.49 192.49
20 4 Warren Johnson, Sugar Hill GA, '06 GTO 7.174 193.82 193.82
21 772 Tony Rizzo, Tucson AZ, '06 Cobalt 7.202 191.19 191.32

Pro Stock Bike

1 5 Chip Ellis, Americus GA, Buell 7.332@ 180.26 180.26
2 303 Tom Bradford, Eagle WI, Buell 7.399 180.55 180.55
3 3 Angelle Sampey, Mathews LA, Suzuki GSXR 7.427 177.91 179.14
4 204 Matt Smith, King NC, Buell 7.429 177.16 177.53
5 4 Ryan Schnitz, Decatur IN, Buell 7.435 179.80 179.80
6 6 Antron Brown, Indianapolis IN, Suzuki GSXR 7.436 179.90 180.60
7 205 Shawn Gann, Stoneville NC, Suzuki 7.448 180.26 180.26
8 10 Karen Stoffer, Smith NV, Suzuki 7.449 180.69 180.69
9 1 Andrew Hines, Brownsburg IN, Harley V-Rod 7.450 178.17 180.21
10 731 Matt Guidera, Rocklin CA, Buell 7.467 178.85 178.85
11 7 Craig Treble, Hensley AR, Suzuki GSXR 7.472 179.49 179.61
12 2 GT Tonglet, Metairie LA, Harley V-Rod 7.474 179.64 179.64
13 8 Geno Scali, Palatine IL, Suzuki 7.500 177.23 178.28
14 1000 Marco Andreano, Monroe Twp NJ, Buell 7.507 176.79 177.46
15 412 Michael Phillips, Baton Rouge LA, Suzuki GSXR 7.507 176.70 177.65
16 9 Steve Johnson, Irondale AL, Suzuki 7.521 178.47 178.47

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

17 7487 Chris Rivas, Fresno CA, Buell 7.521 177.84 177.84
18 573 Mike Berry, Littleton CO, Suzuki 7.537 176.72 176.88
19 500 Buddy Robinson, Princeton MN, Suzuki 7.588 175.43 175.43
20 405 Blaine Hale, Midland TX, Suzuki GSXR 7.704 174.37 174.37
21 778 Scott Lewis, Orangevale CA, Suzuki GSXR DQ

 

 


(results courtesy NHRA and DRC)

 

 

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