July 28-30, 2006

NHRA Autolite Nationals Sonoma CA

 


(results courtesy NHRA and DRC)

Sunday Eliminations

SONOMA, Calif. --

Photos courtesy Bob Johnson (Div 7 Photographer)

Sonoma Pit notes

Jirka Kaplan

Local (Division six competitors) teams performed very well especially in Comp and Top Alcohol. In Comp, no less than eight for the "Land of the Leaders were in attendance and a couple ran career bests in the sea level air at Infinion. Jirka Kaplan contnues to haul ass in his Altered. He was #1 with an awesome .789 under 6.861. Robbie Hasrrision was .64 under with the "Igor" powered "six-banger". Bob Marshall ran low 7.20's in B/AA to almost hit .500 under. Bruce Perkin was in the middle of the tough field as well. Washingron drivers Dave Barcelon Jim Warter and Jeff Lane qualified well in the top half.

Rob Harrison

Bob Marshall

Dave Barcelon

Canadian Roger Bateman was almost THE man in TAFC, as he ran career bests 5.61 on his way to the final round. Ken Kraus also ran career humbers, 5.67 @ over 252.

Ken Kraus


Top Fuel rookie J.R. Todd upset three-time NHRA POWERade world champion Tony Schumacher for the second time in three weeks Sunday to earn the trophy of the $1.3 million Fram-Autolite NHRA Nationals.
Just as he did in Denver 14 days ago, the 24-year-old Todd simply outran Schumacher, earning this win in 4.619 seconds at 309.27 mph to Schumacher's 4.679 at 316.01 mph.

Eric Medlen, Jason Line, and Chip Ellis joined Todd in Infineon Raceway's winner's circle. Medlen took the Funny Car crown against fellow Californian Tony Pedregon, 4.854 to 5.021. Pro Stock points leader Line got a holeshot victory over veteran Vieri Gaines, and Ellis benefited greatly from Pro Stock Motorcycle finalist Antron Brown's red-light start for his second win of the year.


Racing in just his 11th national event, Todd is now 2-0 in final-round appearances with both wins coming against Schumacher. The two men have faced each other in each of the last four national events, with each man winning twice.

"You couldn't write it any better than this," Todd said. "Beating Tony and that team once for your first trophy ever is like a dream. To do it twice in three races is unreal. I can't even believe this is happening. You work so hard just to get to this level and you don't even think what it will be like to actually win."

This was Schumacher's fourth final in a row and he moved up another spot in the championship standings to third place overall. He now trails POWERade leader Doug Kalitta by 106 points. He entered the race 150 points back. After her third first-round loss in a row, former points leader Melanie Troxel is now 82 points behind Kalitta and just 44 ahead of Schumacher.

Breaking a winless streak that dated back to last year's Memphis event, Medlen came through in the Funny Car final. After leaving with a slight advantage at the starting line, his Castrol Syntec Ford Mustang drove away from Pedregon's Q Racing Chevrolet Monte Carlo, taking the stripe in 4.854 seconds at 316.30 mph to Pedregon's 5.021 seconds at 271.62 mph.

"People ask me how aggravating it is to go a year without winning but I don't even think like that," Medlen said. "I'm out here having fun and we have a car that could have and should have won several times so you feel like you're right in there any way. Man, it's hard to win these things; that's the deal. It's not for lack of trying."

Ron Capps still leads John Force at the top of the standings, although Force did trim his deficit down to 70 points. Both Force and Capps lost to teammates Sunday, Capps to Whit Bazemore in Round 1, and Force to Medlen in the quarterfinals.


Line came through Sunday with a win over Vieri Gaines in the Pro Stock final. Line's 6.672 seconds at 207.15 mph was enough to beat Gaines' quicker but losing 6.668 seconds at 207.05 mph.

"This is a very, very satisfying win for me," Line said. "Especially doing it on a holeshot. Both of our cars ran great all weekend and between our two cars and V.'s car, I think we probably had the three best cars on the property. To be the one standing here [in the winner's circle] is probably the best feeling I've had as a driver."

Line's victory helped him increase his lead in the POWERade points to 64 over his Summit Racing teammate Greg Anderson.


Ellis remains perfect in final-round appearances after Antron Brown handed him his fifth career win and second of the year with a red-light. Brown will be reliving this one in his head for quite awhile after Ellis broke his motor halfway down the racetrack and had to abort his run. Still, his 8.863 seconds at 88.41 mph was more than enough to give him the victory.

"To go into the sixes is a big honor and it used to just be me and Andrew [Hines]," Ellis said. "Now there are two more in that six-second deal and that just tells you how competitive everyone else has become out here. Man, it's tough to win a round, let alone a race."

The win lifted Ellis past Brown and into third place in the POWERade points. Andrew Hines is still the leader by 33 points over Angelle Sampey. Both Hines and Sampey lost in the quarterfinals.

Sunday's final results from the 19th annual FRAM-Autolite NHRA Nationals at Infineon Raceway. The $1.3 million race is the 15th of 23 in the $50 million NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series:

Top Fuel -- J.R. Todd, 4.619 seconds, 309.27 mph def. Tony Schumacher, 4.679 seconds, 316.01 mph.

Funny Car -- Eric Medlen, Ford Mustang, 4.854, 316.30 def. Tony Pedregon, Chevy Monte Carlo, 5.021, 271.62.

Pro Stock -- Jason Line, Pontiac GTO, 6.672, 207.15 def. V. Gaines, Dodge Stratus, 6.668, 207.05.

Pro Stock Motorcycle -- Chip Ellis, Buell, 8.863, 88.41 def. Antron Brown, Suzuki, foul.

Top Alcohol Dragster -- Morgan Lucas, 5.400, 261.72 def. Duane Shields, 5.396, 263.31.

Semi Finals

Top Alcohol Funny Car -- Clint Thompson, Chevy Monte Carlo, 5.628, 255.00 def. Roger Bateman, Chevy Camaro, 5.682, 249.39.

Clint got his second Wally of the year (His first was the Divisional at MRP)

Competition Eliminator -- Glen Treadwell, '23-T Ford, 8.102, 158.58 def. Dean Carter, Dragster, 6.986, 176.33.

Super Stock -- Brad Rounds, Chevy S-10, 9.652, 116.81 def. Frank Grossi, Pontiac Sunfire, foul.

Super Comp -- Sheldon Gecker Sr., Dragster, 8.901, 168.66 def. Keith Downing, Dragster, 8.924, 161.36.

Super Gas -- Mike Blodgett Sr, '27-T Ford, 9.956, 145.00 def. Eric Reyes, Chevy Corvette, broke.

Saturday final qualifying

SONOMA, Calif. --


Three-time and reigning NHRA Pro Stock world champion Greg Anderson posted the quickest pass in history -- a 6.631 at 207.82 mph -- to lead all qualifiers at the 19th annual FRAM-Autolite NHRA Nationals.
Another three-time world champion, Top Fuel's Tony Schumacher, held onto the lead in his category, as did Robert Hight in Funny Car. In Pro Stock Motorcycle, Andrew Hines leads the quickest field ever assembled, which includes a record four riders in the six-second range. Tom Bradford became the fourth member of the NHRA Mickey Thompson 6-Second Pro Stock Bike Saturday afternoon.

Anderson is fighting to regain the POWERade championship lead from his Summit Racing Pontiac GTO teammate Jason Line and could benefit from a 20-point bonus for setting a national record if no one else betters his mark on race day.

"I feel like a stole one from Jason, to be honest," Anderson said. "His hot rod is the best right now and if he had gone straight he would have been quicker than me but we got it done and if it holds I'll get those 20 extra points. I sure do need them because it seems like they've been very hard to come by for me lately.


"If Jason or I manage to win the championship it might be the most rewarding of them all because it's been so tough. I hear Tiger Woods sometimes say that he had to grind it out to get through a round. That's how we feel right now. It's a grind."

Schumacher remained the only Top Fuel driver in the 4.4-second range Saturday, bagging his seventh low qualifier award of the season in his U.S. Army dragster. His top-qualifying 4.486 at 326.48 mph earned him the maximum points a driver can earn in qualifying, helping him continue to inch closer to points leader Doug Kalitta.

"I'd like to say we don't care what Doug does but that would be a lie," Schumacher said. "We watch what he does in qualifying and I'm smiling when he goes out early on race day. It's not personal. I like the guy. We're friends. But my sole purpose in life right now is to win the championship and he's in the way."

Hight's 4.738-second, 325.30 mph run from Friday kept his Auto Club Ford Mustang well ahead of anyone else in the Funny Car category.


"There's no doubt about it; we haven't gotten it done on race day," Hight said. "Especially when we've been No. 1 qualifier. We seem to be okay in the first round but the second round has been a real stumbling block for us lately. I have complete faith in [crew chief] Jimmy Prock and I know our luck is going to change one of these days. Hopefully it's tomorrow."

Cruz Pedregon qualified 15th with a 4.952 but he'll need to pull an all-nighter to prepare for race day after a spectacular fire consumed his Advance Auto Parts Chevrolet Monte Carlo during his fourth qualifying run. Pedregon emerged uninjured.


Pro Stock Motorcycle leader Hines stripped the top qualifying spot away from Friday leader Antron Brown with a quick 6.974 at 191.48 mph in Saturday's first session, which took place under thick cloud cover. This is the first time Hines and his Screamin' Eagle Vance & Hines Harley-Davidson V-Rod team has qualified No. 1 this year.

"To be the No. 1 guy in the quickest field ever feels great," Hines said. "We haven't been No. 1 since last year in Reading (Pa.) so it's pretty sweet to me. We qualified No. 1 here last year and won the event. We're pretty hungry right now. We got that win in Denver and we'd love to keep it going here."

MB Precision rider Mike Berry anchored the quickest Pro Stock Motorcycle field ever assembled with a 7.096 at 189.18 mph.

Sunday's eliminations begin at noon PT.

Top Fuel

1 1 Tony Schumacher, Long Grove IL, Hadman-TFX 4.486@ 326.48 328.94
2 7 Brandon Bernstein, Lake Forest CA, McKinney-TFX 4.532 327.11 327.74
3 4 David Grubnic, Ypsilanti MI, Attac-TFX 4.554 331.36& 331.36
4 10 Rod Fuller, Las Vegas NV, Hadman-TFX 4.569 326.40 326.40
5 3 Doug Kalitta, Ypsilanti MI, Attac-TFX 4.582 326.48 326.48
6 373 J.R. Todd, Lawrenceburg IN, Hadman-TFX 4.586 321.19 321.19
7 763 Hillary Will, Ypsilanti MI, Attac-TFX 4.597 322.27 322.27
8 5 Morgan Lucas, Brownsburg IN, Hadman-TFX 4.605 304.87 304.87
9 12 Bob Vandergriff, Alpharetta GA, McKinney-BAE 4.607 321.12 321.12
10 507 Melanie Troxel, Avon IN, Hadman-TFX 4.608 318.54 322.65
11 530 Alan Bradshaw, Odessa TX, Don Long-BAE 4.632 319.52 320.89
12 13 David Baca, Brentwood CA, McKinney-BAE 4.642 285.53 285.53
13 6 Doug Herbert, Lincolnton NC, McKinney-BAE 4.695 298.73 305.84
14 9 Cory McClenathan, Anaheim CA, Hadman-BAE 4.700 319.07 325.14
15 91 Larry Dixon, Indianapolis IN, McKinney-TFX 4.711 323.89 323.89
16 700 Steven Chrisman, Anaheim CA, Hadman-TFX 5.259 201.25 201.25

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

17 72 Mike Strasburg, Lindon UT, Hadman-TFX 7.298 112.94 112.94

Funny Car

1 5 Robert Hight, Yorba Linda CA, '05 Mustang 4.738@ 325.30 325.30
2 4 Eric Medlen, Yorba Linda CA, '05 Mustang 4.801 323.81 323.81
3 8 Del Worsham, Chino Hills CA, '05 Monte Carlo 4.803 323.89 323.89
4 319 Scott Kalitta, Ypsilanti MI, '05 Monte Carlo 4.806 319.14 319.14
5 7 Tony Pedregon, Chino Hills CA, '05 Monte Carlo 4.816 319.75 319.75
6 28 Ron Capps, Carlsbad CA, '06 Charger 4.821 320.81 320.81
7 782 Gary Densham, Bellflower CA, '05 Monte Carlo 4.825 319.14 319.14
8 156 Phil Burkart, Yorkville NY, '05 Monte Carlo 4.833 313.51 319.98
9 180 Mike Ashley, Melville NY, '05 Stratus 4.851 314.09 314.09
10 3 John Force, Yorba Linda CA, '05 Mustang 4.855 312.50 312.50
11 9 Whit Bazemore, Indianapolis IN, '06 Charger 4.857 322.73 322.73
12 503 Tommy Johnson Jr., Avon IN, '05 Monte Carlo 4.857 314.31 314.31
13 1 Gary Scelzi, Fresno CA, '06 Charger 4.865 317.64 317.64
14 427 Tony Bartone, Long Island City NY, '05 Monte C 4.879 301.60 304.39
15 10 Cruz Pedregon, Camarillo CA, '05 Monte Carlo 4.952 290.19 292.39
16 206 Bob Gilbertson, Gastonia NC, '05 Stratus 4.968 306.60 306.60

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

17 347 Tim Wilkerson, Springfield IL, '05 Monte Carlo 4.987 314.39 314.39

Pro Stock

1 1 Greg Anderson, Concord NC, '06 GTO 6.631$ 207.82& 207.82
2 3 Jason Line, Mooresville NC, '06 GTO 6.636 207.69 207.78
3 4 Warren Johnson, Sugar Hill GA, '06 GTO 6.644 207.40 207.40
4 55 V. Gaines, Lakewood CO, '06 Stratus 6.644 207.08 207.37
5 8 Richie Stevens, New Orleans LA, '06 Stratus 6.649 207.08 207.08
6 7 Greg Stanfield, Bossier City LA, '06 GTO 6.649 206.92 206.92
7 2 Kurt Johnson, Sugar Hill GA, '06 Cobalt 6.650 207.72 207.72
8 93 Allen Johnson, Greeneville TN, '06 Stratus 6.650 206.83 206.95
9 9 Ron Krisher, Warren OH, '06 Cobalt 6.653 207.27 207.37
10 186 Tom Martino, Farmingdale NJ, '06 GTO 6.667 206.92 206.92
11 10 Jim Yates, Occoquan VA, '06 GTO 6.679 205.72 205.72
12 44 Mike Edwards, Coweta OK, '06 GTO 6.680 206.23 206.73
13 357 Larry Morgan, Newark OH, '06 Stratus 6.688 205.76 206.10
14 5 Dave Connolly, Elyria OH, '06 Cobalt 6.689 206.48 206.48
15 387 Mark Pawuk, Akron OH, '06 GTO 6.693 206.73 206.73
16 207 Mike Thomas, Knoxville TN, '05 Stratus 6.693 205.51 205.94

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

17 430 Erica Enders, Houston TX, '06 Stratus 6.696 205.19 205.66
18 203 Tom Lee, Mooresville NC, '06 Cobalt 6.699 207.21 207.21
19 103 Max Naylor, New Buffalo PA, '06 Stratus 6.703 206.29 206.29
20 1186 Dave Northrop, Perkasie PA, '05 Stratus 6.710 205.79 205.79
21 701 Ben Watson, Concord CA, '06 GTO 6.724 205.04 205.04
22 713 Shaun Carlson, Indianapolis IN, '06 Stratus 6.731 205.85 205.85
23 772 Tony Rizzo, Tucson AZ, '06 Cobalt 6.764 204.23 204.23

Pro Stock Bike

1 1 Andrew Hines, Brownsburg IN, Harley V-Rod 6.974 191.48 192.69
2 303 Tom Bradford, Eagle WI, Buell 6.981 192.00 192.00
3 6 Antron Brown, Indianapolis IN, Suzuki GSXR 6.981 191.54 192.52
4 5 Chip Ellis, Americus GA, Buell 6.998 191.67 191.67
5 204 Matt Smith, King NC, Buell 7.015 190.70 190.70
6 8 Geno Scali, Palatine IL, Suzuki 7.018 192.22 192.22
7 3 Angelle Sampey, Mathews LA, Suzuki GSXR 7.021 188.57 190.54
8 4 Ryan Schnitz, Decatur IN, Buell 7.025 190.81 190.81
9 7 Craig Treble, Hensley AR, Suzuki GSXR 7.032 192.96 192.96
10 205 Shawn Gann, Stoneville NC, Suzuki 7.042 191.65 191.65
11 9 Steve Johnson, Irondale AL, Suzuki 7.072 190.06 190.06
12 7487 Chris Rivas, Fresno CA, Buell 7.081 187.57 187.57
13 10 Karen Stoffer, Smith NV, Suzuki 7.082 189.98 190.75
14 731 Matt Guidera, Rocklin CA, Buell 7.083 187.03 187.03
15 2 GT Tonglet, Metairie LA, Harley V-Rod 7.094 189.82 189.82
16 573 Mike Berry, Littleton CO, Suzuki 7.096 189.18 189.18

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

17 412 Michael Phillips, Baton Rouge LA, Suzuki GSXR 7.124 191.00 191.00
18 778 Scott Lewis, Orangevale CA, Suzuki GSXR 7.136 184.19 184.19
19 310 Joe DeSantis, Rootstown OH, Suzuki 7.221 186.98 186.98
20 32 Freddie Camarena, Placentia CA, Suzuki 7.259 185.69 185.69

TAD

1 611 TA/D Garrett Bateman, Cameron Park CA, Uyehar 5.243 269.73 269.73
2 777 A/FD Mark Niver, Phoenix AZ, Frameworks-BAE 5.252 273.11 273.11
3 421 A/FD Spencer Massey, Fort Worth TX, Bowen-TFX 5.298 260.91 260.91
4 74 TA/D Duane Shields, Boulder City NV, Hadman-B 5.321 266.11 267.64
5 7 TA/D Ashley Force, Yorba Linda CA, McKinney-B 5.345 268.33 268.33
6 7384 B/AD Sean O'Bannon, Fontana CA, Hadman-BAE 5.359 268.71 268.71
7 7438 A/FD Morgan Lucas, Brownsburg IN, Spitzer-BAE 5.365 265.74 265.74
8 71 B/AD Chris Demke, Sunland CA, Uyehara-BAE 5.365 265.27 265.27
9 2 B/AD Steve Federlin, Oregon City OR, Robeck-B 5.383 263.20 263.36
10 6610 B/AD Brandon Johnson, Shelton WA, Hadman-BAE 5.395 260.76 261.52
11 617 A/FD Gregg Lawrence, Salem OR, Hansen-KB 5.428 256.55 256.55
12 7051 B/AD Darren Nicholson, Mission Viejo CA, Hadm 5.443 254.14 259.46
13 5555 B/AD Jim Whiteley, Grand Junction CO, Neilson 5.451 253.95 257.43
14 75 A/FD Johnny Ahten, Santa Clarita CA, Uyehara- 5.478 259.11 259.11
15 9 TA/D Mike Austin, Medford OR, Uyehara-Fontana 5.582 247.88 247.88
16 712 A/FD Larry Miersch, Fallbrook CA, Spitzer-BAE 5.762 246.98 246.98

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

17 76 TA/D Frank Dischbein, Las Vegas NV, Framework 5.877 216.58 230.49
18 7222 A/FD Dennis Swearingen, Santa Clarita CA, Uye 6.057 190.73 190.73
19 7988 A/FD Mark Foster, Santa Cruz CA, Sterling-TFX 6.275 220.58 220.58
20 7178 A/FD Danny Valadez, Novato CA, Stirling-KB 6.614 234.57 234.57
21 7399 A/FD Chris Lane, San Leandro CA, Hadman-BAE DQ

TAFC

 

1 727 Ron August Jr, Pleasanton CA, '02 Camaro 5.588 256.94 258.42
2 4 Jay Payne, Claremont CA, '02 Camaro 5.598 258.47 261.52
3 6237 Roger Bateman, Calgary AB, '02 Camaro 5.611 254.52 254.57
4 6 Dennis Taylor, Anaheim CA, '02 Camaro 5.626 251.77 253.04
5 75 Mark Woznichak, Riverside CA, '02 Camaro 5.642 255.53 255.53
6 62 Brian Hough, Junction City OR, '04 Firebird 5.645 254.90 256.60
7 76 John Weaver, New Port Beach CA, '02 Camaro 5.650 253.90 253.90
8 3 Steve Gasparrelli, West Covina CA, '05 Monte C 5.663 257.58 258.37
9 6959 Ken Kraus, Great Falls MT, '02 Camaro 5.676 252.76 252.80
10 9 Bucky Austin, Fife WA, '05 Monte Carlo 5.681 253.23 253.95
11 756 Don Hudson, Stockton CA, '02 Camaro 5.687 254.52 254.52
12 79 Sean Bellemeur, Fullerton CA, '98 Cutlass 5.699 253.33 253.33
13 64 Clint Thompson, Klamath Falls OR, '06 Monte Ca 5.722 254.14 254.14
14 73 Doug Gordon, Paso Robles CA, '02 Camaro 5.722 250.00 250.23
15 766 Jason Rupert, Yorba Linda CA, '02 Camaro 5.748 254.71 254.71
16 757 Larry Miner, Woodbridge CA, '05 Monte Carlo 5.755 252.14 252.14

 

 

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

17 777 John Patton, Peoria AZ, '00 Trans Am 5.788 250.27 250.27
18 752 Mert Littlefield, Garden Grove CA, '05 Monte C 5.790 223.43 250.09
19 7306 Jeff Carroll, Santa Barbara CA, '05 Monte Carlo 5.810 248.93 248.93
20 715 Mike Drake, Glendora CA, '01 Avenger 5.886 247.57 247.57
21 7704 Dale Van Gundy, Anaheim CA, '97 Firebird 5.886 240.98 240.98
22 74 Bret Williamson, Campbell CA, '01 Corvette 9.919 106.96 106.96

Comp

 

1 6180 BB/AM Jirka Kaplan, Calgary AB, '23-T Ford 6.861 7.65 -0.789
2 7 F/EA Glen Treadwell, Sorrento FL, '23-T Ford 8.042 8.78 -0.738
3 76 B/A Tom Huggins, Santa Paula CA, '06 GTO 7.056 7.70 -0.644
4 750 D/EA Jim Cowan, Dewey AZ, '04 Cavalier 8.338 8.98 -0.642
5 6996 J/A Rob Harrison, N. Vancouver BC, '04 Cavalier 7.850 8.49 -0.640
6 72 A/A Vinnie Deceglie, Rancho Cucamonga CA, '63 6.558 7.19 -0.632
7 62 G/A Dave Barcelon, Bremerton WA, '06 Cobalt 8.433 9.05 -0.617
8 600 B/SR Jeff Lane, North Bend WA, '34 Chevy 7.985 8.59 -0.605
9 720 A/ND J.D. Zink, Chico CA, Uyehara-Chevy 6.954 7.54 -0.586
10 6018 F/SM Jim Warter, Olalla WA, '92 Camaro 8.875 9.45 -0.575
11 710 D/SMA Doug Lambeck, Northridge CA, '05 Pontiac S 8.531 9.09 -0.559
12 730 E/AA Bryan Fitzgerald, Newbury Park CA, '04 Cav 7.854 8.41 -0.556
13 735 E/SM Jeff Gracia, Corona CA, '04 Sunfire 8.688 9.24 -0.552
14 71 A/ND Dean Carter, Glendale AZ, Carter-Chev 6.988 7.54 -0.552
15 7098 PST Tom Mettler, Bakersfield CA, '01 Dakota 7.522 8.07 -0.548
16 74 A/AA Alan Ellis, Mapleton UT, '23-T Ford 6.834 7.38 -0.546
17 7737 B/AA Ken Justice Sr., Scottsdale AZ, '99 Firebi 7.186 7.73 -0.544
18 6869 E/SM Bruce Perkin, Maple Ridge BC, '87 Trans Am 8.698 9.24 -0.542
19 7093 F/A Jeff Lion, Fresno CA, '04 Cavalier 8.181 8.71 -0.529
20 7634 PST Kurt Hugger, Fremont CA, '01 S 10 7.554 8.07 -0.516
21 7828 A/ND Wayne Ramay, Simi Valley CA, Dragster-Chevy 7.032 7.54 -0.508
22 7230 E/SM Randy Jones, Monarch Beach CA, '04 Cavalier 8.742 9.24 -0.498
23 718 D/AA Alan Freese, Salinas CA, '00 Firebird 7.861 8.35 -0.489
24 6944 B/AA Bob Marshall, Langley BC, '04 Grand Am 7.247 7.73 -0.483
25 5800 G/SM Al Bresch, Osoyoos BC, '92 Camaro 9.075 9.52 -0.445
26 7041 AA/AM David Sumek, Temecula CA, '32 Bantam 6.829 7.17 -0.341
27 7998 B/ED Dustin Lee, Lake Havasu AZ, Weddle-Chevy 7.191 7.48 -0.289
28 768M C/AA Brian Moscini, San Mateo CA, '00 S-10 7.909 8.05 -0.141
29 7238 A/AA David Beckley, Wildomar CA, '63 Corvette 7.802 7.38 0.422


Friday Qualifying

TF

1 1 Tony Schumacher, Long Grove IL, Hadman-TFX 4.486@ 326.48 328.94
2 7 Brandon Bernstein, Lake Forest CA, McKinney-TFX 4.557 327.74 327.74
3 373 J.R. Todd, Lawrenceburg IN, Hadman-TFX 4.586 321.19 321.19
4 4 David Grubnic, Ypsilanti MI, Attac-TFX 4.593 324.20 324.20
5 5 Morgan Lucas, Brownsburg IN, Hadman-TFX 4.605 304.87 304.87
6 12 Bob Vandergriff, Alpharetta GA, McKinney-BAE 4.607 321.12 321.12
7 763 Hillary Will, Ypsilanti MI, Attac-TFX 4.626 320.81 320.81
8 530 Alan Bradshaw, Odessa TX, Don Long-BAE 4.632 319.52 319.52
9 507 Melanie Troxel, Avon IN, Hadman-TFX 4.640 322.65 322.65
10 13 David Baca, Brentwood CA, McKinney-BAE 4.642 285.53 285.53
11 3 Doug Kalitta, Ypsilanti MI, Attac-TFX 4.665 306.12 306.12
12 6 Doug Herbert, Lincolnton NC, McKinney-BAE 4.695 298.73 305.84
13 9 Cory McClenathan, Anaheim CA, Hadman-BAE 4.702 325.14 325.14
14 91 Larry Dixon, Indianapolis IN, McKinney-TFX 4.733 319.60 319.60
15 700 Steven Chrisman, Anaheim CA, Hadman-TFX 5.259 201.25 201.25
16 72 Mike Strasburg, Lindon UT, Hadman-TFX 9.482 94.39 94.39

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

17 10 Rod Fuller, Las Vegas NV, Hadman-TFX 9.732 75.36 75.36

FC

1 5 Robert Hight, Yorba Linda CA, '05 Mustang 4.738@ 325.30 325.30
2 8 Del Worsham, Chino Hills CA, '05 Monte Carlo 4.803 323.89 323.89
3 4 Eric Medlen, Yorba Linda CA, '05 Mustang 4.804 319.37 319.37
4 319 Scott Kalitta, Ypsilanti MI, '05 Monte Carlo 4.806 319.14 319.14
5 7 Tony Pedregon, Chino Hills CA, '05 Monte Carlo 4.816 319.75 319.75
6 782 Gary Densham, Bellflower CA, '05 Monte Carlo 4.825 319.14 319.14
7 156 Phil Burkart, Yorkville NY, '05 Monte Carlo 4.833 313.51 313.51
8 28 Ron Capps, Carlsbad CA, '06 Charger 4.851 314.17 314.17
9 180 Mike Ashley, Melville NY, '05 Stratus 4.851 314.09 314.09
10 503 Tommy Johnson Jr., Avon IN, '05 Monte Carlo 4.857 314.31 314.31
11 1 Gary Scelzi, Fresno CA, '06 Charger 4.865 317.64 317.64
12 427 Tony Bartone, Long Island City NY, '05 Monte C 4.922 304.39 304.39
13 10 Cruz Pedregon, Camarillo CA, '05 Monte Carlo 4.952 290.19 290.19
14 9 Whit Bazemore, Indianapolis IN, '06 Charger 4.966 265.59 265.59
15 206 Bob Gilbertson, Gastonia NC, '05 Stratus 4.975 301.33 301.33
16 347 Tim Wilkerson, Springfield IL, '05 Monte Carlo 4.987 314.39 314.39

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

17 3 John Force, Yorba Linda CA, '05 Mustang 9.855 70.51 70.51

PS

1 55 V. Gaines, Lakewood CO, '06 Stratus 6.651@ 206.86 206.92
2 3 Jason Line, Mooresville NC, '06 GTO 6.656 207.02 207.02
3 1 Greg Anderson, Concord NC, '06 GTO 6.657 207.24& 207.24
4 7 Greg Stanfield, Bossier City LA, '06 GTO 6.666 206.51 206.51
5 2 Kurt Johnson, Sugar Hill GA, '06 Cobalt 6.669 206.80 206.80
6 93 Allen Johnson, Greeneville TN, '06 Stratus 6.670 206.16 206.16
7 186 Tom Martino, Farmingdale NJ, '06 GTO 6.678 206.86 206.86
8 10 Jim Yates, Occoquan VA, '06 GTO 6.679 205.72 205.72
9 44 Mike Edwards, Coweta OK, '06 GTO 6.680 206.23 206.32
10 357 Larry Morgan, Newark OH, '06 Stratus 6.688 205.76 206.10
11 9 Ron Krisher, Warren OH, '06 Cobalt 6.692 206.42 206.42
12 8 Richie Stevens, New Orleans LA, '06 Stratus 6.692 205.76 205.76
13 387 Mark Pawuk, Akron OH, '06 GTO 6.708 205.41 205.41
14 4 Warren Johnson, Sugar Hill GA, '06 GTO 6.709 206.64 206.64
15 207 Mike Thomas, Knoxville TN, '05 Stratus 6.714 205.04 205.04
16 103 Max Naylor, New Buffalo PA, '06 Stratus 6.715 205.29 205.29

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

17 1186 Dave Northrop, Perkasie PA, '05 Stratus 6.721 205.04 205.04
18 430 Erica Enders, Houston TX, '06 Stratus 6.724 204.82 205.04
19 203 Tom Lee, Mooresville NC, '06 Cobalt 6.728 205.98 205.98
20 5 Dave Connolly, Elyria OH, '06 Cobalt 6.749 204.91 204.91
21 701 Ben Watson, Concord CA, '06 GTO 6.762 203.34 203.34
22 772 Tony Rizzo, Tucson AZ, '06 Cobalt 6.831 203.16 203.16
23 713 Shaun Carlson, Indianapolis IN, '06 Stratus 7.986 124.78 124.78

PSB

1 6 Antron Brown, Indianapolis IN, Suzuki GSXR 6.983 191.51 191.51
2 1 Andrew Hines, Brownsburg IN, Harley V-Rod 7.000 192.69 192.69
3 5 Chip Ellis, Americus GA, Buell 7.013 189.84 189.84
4 3 Angelle Sampey, Mathews LA, Suzuki GSXR 7.024 190.54 190.54
5 303 Tom Bradford, Eagle WI, Buell 7.038 191.13 191.13
6 205 Shawn Gann, Stoneville NC, Suzuki 7.042 191.65 191.65
7 8 Geno Scali, Palatine IL, Suzuki 7.044 190.57 190.57
8 4 Ryan Schnitz, Decatur IN, Buell 7.061 189.39 189.39
9 7 Craig Treble, Hensley AR, Suzuki GSXR 7.079 189.26 189.26
10 10 Karen Stoffer, Smith NV, Suzuki 7.082 189.98 189.98
11 2 GT Tonglet, Metairie LA, Harley V-Rod 7.104 189.82 189.82
12 9 Steve Johnson, Irondale AL, Suzuki 7.114 188.20 188.20
13 204 Matt Smith, King NC, Buell 7.119 185.28 185.28
14 7487 Chris Rivas, Fresno CA, Buell 7.144 187.47 187.47
15 412 Michael Phillips, Baton Rouge LA, Suzuki GSXR 7.204 189.39 189.39
16 573 Mike Berry, Littleton CO, Suzuki 7.220 185.84 185.84

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17 731 Matt Guidera, Rocklin CA, Buell 7.232 179.90 184.47
18 310 Joe DeSantis, Rootstown OH, Suzuki 7.245 186.05 186.05
19 778 Scott Lewis, Orangevale CA, Suzuki GSXR 7.288 179.54 179.54
20 32 Freddie Camarena, Placentia CA, Suzuki 7.400 178.66 178.66

TAD

1 421 A/FD Spencer Massey, Fort Worth TX, Bowen-TFX 5.298 260.91 260.91
2 74 TA/D Duane Shields, Boulder City NV, Hadman-B 5.321 266.11 267.64
3 7384 B/AD Sean O'Bannon, Fontana CA, Hadman-BAE 5.359 268.71 268.71
4 7438 A/FD Morgan Lucas, Brownsburg IN, Spitzer-BAE 5.365 265.74 265.74
5 777 A/FD Mark Niver, Phoenix AZ, Frameworks-BAE 5.368 267.32 267.32
6 7 TA/D Ashley Force, Yorba Linda CA, McKinney-B 5.401 266.58 266.58
7 2 B/AD Steve Federlin, Oregon City OR, Robeck-B 5.412 263.36 263.36
8 71 B/AD Chris Demke, Sunland CA, Uyehara-BAE 5.421 264.39 264.39
9 611 TA/D Garrett Bateman, Cameron Park CA, Uyehar 5.423 259.06 259.06
10 6610 B/AD Brandon Johnson, Shelton WA, Hadman-BAE 5.427 261.52 261.52
11 617 A/FD Gregg Lawrence, Salem OR, Hansen-KB 5.428 256.55 256.55
12 5555 B/AD Jim Whiteley, Grand Junction CO, Neilson 5.451 253.95 256.41
13 75 A/FD Johnny Ahten, Santa Clarita CA, Uyehara- 5.478 259.11 259.11
14 7051 B/AD Darren Nicholson, Mission Viejo CA, Hadm 5.580 259.46 259.46
15 76 TA/D Frank Dischbein, Las Vegas NV, Framework 5.877 216.58 230.49
16 7222 A/FD Dennis Swearingen, Santa Clarita CA, Uye 6.373 164.25 164.25

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

17 7178 A/FD Danny Valadez, Novato CA, Stirling-KB 6.614 234.57 234.57
18 9 TA/D Mike Austin, Medford OR, Uyehara-Fontana 12.206 64.10 64.10
19 7399 A/FD Chris Lane, San Leandro CA, Hadman-BAE DQ

TAFC

1 727 Ron August Jr, Pleasanton CA, '02 Camaro 5.601 258.42 258.42
2 75 Mark Woznichak, Riverside CA, '02 Camaro 5.642 255.53 255.53
3 6 Dennis Taylor, Anaheim CA, '02 Camaro 5.650 249.21 253.04
4 62 Brian Hough, Junction City OR, '04 Firebird 5.657 256.02 256.60
5 3 Steve Gasparrelli, West Covina CA, '05 Monte C 5.666 258.37 258.37
6 6237 Roger Bateman, Calgary AB, '02 Camaro 5.681 253.85 254.57
7 4 Jay Payne, Claremont CA, '02 Camaro 5.683 261.52 261.52
8 756 Don Hudson, Stockton CA, '02 Camaro 5.687 254.52 254.52
9 76 John Weaver, New Port Beach CA, '02 Camaro 5.690 252.95 252.95
10 64 Clint Thompson, Klamath Falls OR, '06 Monte Ca 5.722 254.14 254.14
11 73 Doug Gordon, Paso Robles CA, '02 Camaro 5.730 250.23 250.23
12 9 Bucky Austin, Fife WA, '05 Monte Carlo 5.731 253.95 253.95
13 6959 Ken Kraus, Great Falls MT, '02 Camaro 5.733 252.80 252.80
14 79 Sean Bellemeur, Fullerton CA, '98 Cutlass 5.735 250.78 251.63
15 766 Jason Rupert, Yorba Linda CA, '02 Camaro 5.748 254.71 254.71
16 757 Larry Miner, Woodbridge CA, '05 Monte Carlo 5.778 251.49 251.49

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

17 777 John Patton, Peoria AZ, '00 Trans Am 5.788 250.27 250.27
18 752 Mert Littlefield, Garden Grove CA, '05 Monte C 5.793 250.09 250.09
19 7306 Jeff Carroll, Santa Barbara CA, '05 Monte Carlo 5.810 248.93 248.93
20 715 Mike Drake, Glendora CA, '01 Avenger 5.886 247.57 247.57
21 7704 Dale Van Gundy, Anaheim CA, '97 Firebird 5.886 240.98 240.98
22 74 Bret Williamson, Campbell CA, '01 Corvette 9.919 106.96 106.96

Top Alcohol Teams pre -race press releases

Don Hudson

Hudson looking to score at hometown race

SONOMA, Calif. - NHRA Top Alcohol Funny Car driver Don Hudson and his Red Line Oil backed team will be looking to score their first victory in front of their hometown fans during this weekend's Fram-Autolite Nationals at Infineon Raceway in Sonoma, Calif. Hudson enters the event fresh off a semifinal finish at last weekend's Schuck's Auto Supply Nationals in Seattle.

Hudson, of nearby Stockton, Calif., feels his shot at victory last week may have been derailed by a freak pit accident. While towing the car to the starting line for the semifinals, the tow vehicle was forced to make an abrupt stop. When it took back off, it broke the tow strap, which ended up breaking the front weight bar on the car. The broken weight bar went unnoticed, which is filled with thousands of small leadshot 'bb's. Upon acceleration, the leadshot got under the tires, causing Hudson to slow enough allow eventual winner Brian Hough to take the win.

"We're just hoping to pick up where we left off in Seattle," said Hudson. "We had our best numbers of the weekend to the 330 mark, so it would have ran into the 5.60's if I had run it out."

"This is our home track, and all our sponsors are within about an hour radius of here," Hudson continued. "Our primary sponsor Red Line Oil is based close to here, and we'll have lots of friends and family out here. We would also like to improve on last year's race here where we made the semifinals but were unable to make the call due to parts breakage. In addition to Red Line, we have some great associate sponsors in Jimmy Vasser Chevrolet, Delta Rubber, Vornhagen Body and Paint, Central Auto, and Fuel Delivery Services. Hopefully we can get the win for everyone we'll have out here."

Qualifying begins on Friday for the alcohol cars and concludes Saturday morning. Eliminations begin Saturday afternoon and conclude on Sunday

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Spencer Massey

Massey and Snow ready for battle in Sonoma

SONOMA, Calif. - Fresh off a runner-up finish at last weekend's Schuck's Auto Supply Nationals in Seattle, NHRA Top Alcohol Dragster rookie Spencer Massey will be looking to keep his and car owner/tuner Gene Snow's National Championship hopes alive during this weekend's Fram-Autolite Nationals at Infineon Raceway. Massey enters the last race of NHRA's "Western Swing" fourth in national standings, and will be looking to keep up with other championship hopefuls Sean O'Bannon and Steve Federlin this weekend.

Massey, from Ft. Worth, Texas, hopes that the forecasted mild conditions coupled with the near sea level altitude of the track will provide favorable conditions for Snow's injected nitro dragster.

"If the weather stays like it's supposed to be, it's going to take some good numbers to win," said Massey. "Hopefully, we can be one of those cars. There's some awfully tough cars that will be out there this weekend that have ran well when it cools off. Just like last weekend, we just want to go as many rounds if not more than O'Bannon and Federlin. Of course we want to win, I'm just trying to be logical about it. We'll just do the best we can and take it one round at a time."

The veteran Snow is pleased with his new driver's progress this season. What started as a learning year for Massey has turned into a full blown chase for both the national and divisional championship.

"Spencer has shown a lot of poise in the seat," stated Snow. "His reaction times have been incredible, and he's done it enough times, people realize he's the real deal. Everyone has their job. He's doing his as a driver, I just hope to do a little better as a tuner and maybe we can get the win this weekend."

Qualifying begins on Friday for the alcohol cars and concludes Saturday morning. Eliminations begin Saturday afternoon and conclude on Sunday.

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John Weaver

Weaver looking to rebound in Sonoma

SONOMA, Calif. - After a disappointing outing filled with parts breakage during last weekend's Schuck's Auto Supply Nationals in Seattle, John Weaver and the Meer Capital Partners NHRA Top Alcohol Funny Car team will be looking to rebound at this weekend's Fram-Autolite Nationals at Infineon Raceway. Armed with the confidence the parts problems are solved, the team hopes to enjoy the success they have enjoyed on the divisional level this year on a national stage.

Weaver, from Orting, Wash., entered the Seattle event just two weeks removed from a win on the Lucas Oil divisional trail, and hopes to revisit the winner's circle again.

"We just had a lot of freak problems last weekend," said Weaver. "We had pretty high hopes heading into the weekend. We had some oiling issues with one block and an issue with the crank in the next motor, so it really put us behind the 8 ball. Hopefully we can put those problems behind us and start from scratch this weekend."

Despite not achieving the on-track performance he had hoped for, Team Owner Ron Meer was energized by the effort and performance of his Bob DeVour lead team.

"The guys really did a great job," stated Meer. "The team was confronted by some really trying issues, and they came through every time like it was nothing. Seeing the guys in action makes me proud to be associated with them. We're cautiously optimistic we have our parts problems solved and can get back on track this weekend."

Qualifying begins on Friday for the alcohol cars and concludes Saturday morning. Eliminations begin Saturday afternoon and conclude on Sunday.

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