April 26-29, 2007

Summit Southern Nationals

Commerce Georgia

(David Smith Photos)

COMMERCE, Ga. -- Sunday eliminations

COMMERCE, Ga. --


Second-generation driver Brandon Bernstein raced to the Top Fuel victory Sunday at Atlanta Dragway and moved into first place in the POWERade Series standings. The son of NHRA legend Kenny Bernstein has won the last two races and 14 in his brief career.
Bernstein was joined in the winner's circle at the Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Southern Nationals by Robert Hight, who claimed the Funny Car title over Mike Ashley, Pro Stock points leader Greg Anderson, and Karen Stoffer, who won her second race of the year in Pro Stock Motorcycle.


Bernstein posted a 4.662 at 305.01 in his Budweiser/Lucas Oil dragster to claim the Top Fuel victory over Doug Herbert, who posted a 4.714 at 297.02 in his Snap-on Tools dragster.

"It's huge to grab the points lead heading into Anheuser-Busch's backyard," said Bernstein. "They've been a part of our family for so long and to be able to go into the race on a two-race win streak and with the points lead is quite a feeling. I'd love to make it three-in-a-row and the way Tim and Kim [Richards, crew chiefs] have this Budweiser car running right now it could happen."


The Funny Car final was a classic battle between the top two qualifiers with No. 2 Hight taking advantage of some late tire smoke from opponent Mike Ashley, the No. 1 qualifier. The two were side-by-side most of the way down the track until Ashley's Torco Dodge Charger started spinning its tires around 1,000 feet. That was all Hight needed to take the win in his Auto Club Ford Mustang, crossing the finish line with a 4.882 at 314.61 mph to Ashley's 5.167 at 229.66 mph.

With his seventh career victory, Hight cut Ron Capps' points lead to 45.

"We've got Eric Medlen and we've got Jimmy Prock and that's a pretty awesome combination," Hight said. "I think Eric is looking down on all of us out here racing but he's probably favoring these Ford Mustangs a little more than the others. Winning races sure lifts the spirits of everyone at John Force Racing and I'm happy to be able to give everyone something else to think about for a little while."

The marquee match-up of the day came in Round 1 when Ashley Force beat her famous father John in the first father/daughter pro category race in NHRA history. The 24-year-old rookie driver advanced to the semifinals in her Castrol GTX Ford Mustang, equaling the best Funny Car effort for a female in NHRA history.

"Today I'm a proud father," John said. "I've dreamed of this day for a long time and it makes me emotional to think it finally came true. She's a great young driver and she's probably gonna whip me a bunch, but I'm OK with it because she's my baby."


Anderson won his fourth Pro Stock race of the season to take a commanding 212-point lead in the POWERade standings. Racing his former boss Warren Johnson in an all-Pontiac final, Anderson claimed his 47th career victory by posting a 6.671 at 207.62 mph in his Summit Racing GTO to hold off the recent International Motorsports Hall of Fame inductee's performance of 6.719 at 205.79 mph in his GM Performance Parts GTO.

"I'm so proud of that guy," Anderson said of Johnson, who he helped win three world championship titles during the 1990s. "He did a great job today at his home track and I'm sure all his fans here are happy for him. It still means a lot to beat him, especially in a final. We've got some great history here too and the time I spent with him here for all those years certainly didn't hurt. I love this place and winning a race that has your sponsor's name on it is important."


Stoffer's second win of the year helped her regain the points lead she held after Gainesville and kept the 2007 streak of female winners alive in the Pro Stock Motorcycle class. Angelle Sampey won the Houston race, the only other event that featured motorcycles. Stoffer took an easy win on her Geico Suzuki in the final as opponent Matt Smith's Torco Buell broke as he let the clutch out at the start of the race.

"We've been striving for consistency for four years and it finally feels like we've found it," said Stoffer of her fifth career victory. "I never expected to be standing here after three races with two wins and the points lead. It's quite a feeling. Kudos to Gary [Stoffer, husband and crew chief] for helping me hit the lights and for setting up the perfect clutch combination."

Sampey slipped to third in the standings, 48 back of Stoffer. Smith is in between the two, 32 points off the lead.

The NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series Countdown to the Championship continues with the 11th annual O'Reilly NHRA Midwest Nationals at Gateway International Raceway, Madison, Ill.

Sunday's final results from the 27th annual Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Southern Nationals at Atlanta Dragway. The race is the sixth of 23 in the NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series-

Top Fuel -- Brandon Bernstein, 4.662 seconds, 305.01 mph def. Doug Herbert, 4.714 seconds, 297.02 mph.

Funny Car -- Robert Hight, Ford Mustang, 4.882, 314.61 def. Mike Ashley, Dodge Charger, 5.167, 229.66.

Pro Stock -- Greg Anderson, Pontiac GTO, 6.671, 207.62 def. Warren Johnson, GTO, 6.719, 205.79.

Pro Stock Motorcycle -- Karen Stoffer, Suzuki, 7.063, 188.65 def. Matt Smith, Buell, broke.

Top Alcohol Dragster -- Spencer Massey, 5.624, 249.58 def. Dan Mercier, 6.301, 177.32.

Top Alcohol Funny Car -- Frank Manzo, Chevy Monte Carlo, 5.577, 262.18 def. Marc White, Pontiac Firebird, 7.115, 130.40.

Competition Eliminator -- Glen Treadwell, Dragster, 8.109, 159.68 def. Steve Ambrose, '23-T Ford, 7.799, 164.59.

Stock Eliminator -- Michael Iacono, Ford Mustang, 11.005, 108.52 def. Peter Biondo, Chevy Camaro, 10.717, 114.63.

Super Comp -- Edmond Richardson Jr., Dragster, 8.913, 161.57 def. Mike Fuqua, Dragster, 8.916, 170.73.

Super Gas -- Dan Fletcher, Chevy Camaro, 13.219, 69.11 def. William Crenshaw, '27-T Ford, 9.876, 142.97.

Super Street -- Lamar Stevenson III, Chevy Camaro, 10.911, 122.64 def. Don Strickland, Chevy II, 10.970, 120.29.

Point standings

Top Fuel

1. Brandon Bernstein 440
2. Rod Fuller 421
3. J.R. Todd 375
4. Tony Schumacher 338
5. Whit Bazemore 330
6. Larry Dixon 324
7. Bob Vandergriff 294
8. David Grubnic 293
9. Melanie Troxel 280
10. Cory McClenathan 241


Funny Car

1. Ron Capps 532
2. Robert Hight 487
3. Tony Pedregon 369
4. Jim Head 333
5. Gary Scelzi 332
6. Mike Ashley 307
7. Jeff Arend 258
8. Ashley Force 246
9. Del Worsham 228
10. Cruz Pedregon 223


Pro Stock

1. Greg Anderson 602
2. Jason Line 390
3. Jeg Coughlin 371
4. Dave Connolly 363
5. Warren Johnson 298
6. Mike Edwards 296
7. Kurt Johnson 291
8. Allen Johnson 287
9. Richie Stevens 280
10. Greg Stanfield 273

Pro Stock Motorcycle

1. Karen Stoffer 261
2. Matt Smith 229
3. Angelle Sampey 213
4. Tom Bradford 173
5. Craig Treble 162
6. Chris Rivas 157
7. Steve Johnson 153
8. Chip Ellis 145
9. Antron Brown 142
10. Peggy Llewellyn 139


Final qualifying

Hot Rod Fuller

Top Fuel

1 5 Rod Fuller, Las Vegas NV, Hadman-TFX 4.506 326.71 326.71
2 11 Doug Herbert, Lincolnton NC, Spitzer-BAE 4.509 321.04 321.04
3 53 Brady Kalivoda, Phoenix AZ, Hadman-BAE 4.519 309.63 323.97
4 73 Whit Bazemore, Eugene OR, Hadman-TFX 4.524 327.19 327.19
5 4 Melanie Troxel, Avon IN, Hadman-TFX 4.525 328.06 328.06
6 1 Tony Schumacher, Long Grove IL, Hadman-TFX 4.526 321.96 323.43
7 8 J.R. Todd, Avon IN, Hadman-TFX 4.527 318.17 318.17
8 3 Brandon Bernstein, Lake Forest CA, McKinney-TFX 4.529 325.85 329.42
9 6 David Grubnic, Ypsilanti MI, Attac-TFX 4.545 323.74 323.74
10 10 Hillary Will, Ypsilanti MI, Attac-TFX 4.551 325.30 325.30
11 12 Bob Vandergriff, Alpharetta GA, McKinney-BAE 4.552 319.98 319.98
12 1301 Doug Foley, Sewell NJ, Attac-TFX 4.556 324.20 324.20
13 9 Cory McClenathan, Lake Havasu City AZ, Hadman- 4.566 319.22 323.97
14 255 Clay Millican, Drummonds TN, Hadman-BAE 4.567 308.35 308.35
15 91 Larry Dixon, Indianapolis IN, McKinney-TFX 4.576 314.53 320.36
16 2 Doug Kalitta, Ypsilanti MI, Attac-TFX 4.579 322.88 323.66

Kalivoda and Bazemore

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

17 530 Alan Bradshaw, Odessa TX, Don Long-BAE 4.600 298.07 323.04
18 743 Morgan Lucas, Brownsburg IN, Hadman-TFX 4.645 322.27 322.27
19 36 Scott Weis, Ashland VA, McKinney-TFX 4.759 255.97 255.97

Funny Car

Jeff Arend was #3. His best effort ever

1 180 Mike Ashley, Melville NY, '07 Charger 4.704 331.04& 331.04
2 2 Robert Hight, Yorba Linda CA, '05 Mustang 4.710 320.05 320.05
3 170 Jeff Arend, San Dimas CA, '05 Monte Carlo 4.712 327.66 327.66
4 5 Tony Pedregon, Brownsburg IN, '05 Monte Carlo 4.740 318.84 318.84
5 7321 Ashley Force, Anaheim Hills CA, '06 Mustang 4.746 316.60 316.60
6 28 Ron Capps, Carlsbad CA, '07 Charger 4.754 322.19 322.19
7 404 Kenny Bernstein, Lake Forest CA, '07 Charger 4.763 322.27 322.27
8 7 Gary Scelzi, Fresno CA, '06 Charger 4.765 326.79 326.79
9 711 Jack Beckman, Brownsburg IN, '07 Charger 4.768 317.79 322.11
10 750 Del Worsham, Chino Hills CA, '07 Impala 4.783 326.00 326.00
11 388 Jim Head, Galena OH, '07 Solara 4.783 321.96 321.96
12 1 John Force, Yorba Linda CA, '05 Mustang 4.785 311.99 314.09
13 319 Scott Kalitta, Ypsilanti MI, '07 Solara 4.786 289.20 289.20
14 782 Gary Densham, Bellflower CA, '07 Impala 4.792 313.88 319.82
15 427 Tony Bartone, Long Island City NY, '05 Monte C 4.792 310.13 310.13
16 347 Tim Wilkerson, Springfield IL, '07 Impala 4.801 319.07 319.07

TJ was a spectator Sunday

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

17 10 Cruz Pedregon, Camarillo CA, '05 Monte Carlo 4.809 316.01 316.01
18 503 Tommy Johnson Jr., Avon IN, '07 Impala 4.840 309.13 309.13
19 729 Jerry Toliver, Temecula CA, '07 Solara 4.895 310.20 314.90
20 206 Bob Gilbertson, Charolette NC, '06 Stratus 5.016 280.84 280.84

Pro Stock

Yates and WJ

1 2 Greg Anderson, Mooresville NC, '06 GTO 6.627@ 208.30& 208.71
2 6 Allen Johnson, Greeneville TN, '07 Stratus 6.640 206.61 206.67
3 25 Jeg Coughlin, Delaware OH, '07 Cobalt 6.653 206.80 206.80
4 1 Jason Line, Mooresville NC, '06 GTO 6.655 207.91 207.91
5 3 Dave Connolly, Elyria OH, '07 Cobalt 6.655 206.61 206.61
6 9 Richie Stevens, Metairie LA, '06 Stratus 6.659 206.51 206.51
7 10 V. Gaines, Lakewood CO, '07 Stratus 6.662 206.39 206.57
8 107 Kenny Koretsky, Richboro PA, '07 Cobalt 6.665 206.42 206.48
9 4 Mike Edwards, Coweta OK, '06 GTO 6.670 206.57 206.57
10 357 Larry Morgan, Newark OH, '07 Stratus 6.678 205.69 206.10
11 7 Jim Yates, Occoquan VA, '06 GTO 6.681 205.69 205.94
12 5 Kurt Johnson, Sugar Hill GA, '07 Cobalt 6.685 206.83 206.83
13 430 Erica Enders, Houston TX, '07 Stratus 6.685 206.20 206.20
14 8 Greg Stanfield, Bossier City LA, '06 GTO 6.685 206.01 206.20
15 208 Warren Johnson, Sugar Hill GA, '06 GTO 6.690 206.80 206.80
16 20 Tom Hammonds, Crestview FL, '07 Cobalt 6.696 205.72 206.01

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

17 103 Max Naylor, New Buffalo PA, '07 Stratus 6.701 205.54 206.07
18 1568 Justin Humphreys, Monrovia MD, '06 GTO 6.703 206.16 206.16
19 351 Ron Krisher, Warren OH, '07 Cobalt 6.718 204.23 205.04
20 701 Ben Watson, Concord CA, '06 GTO 6.727 204.63 204.63
21 41 Roger Brogdon, Houston TX, '06 Stratus 6.730 205.57 205.57
22 2006 Matt Scranton, Land O Lakes FL, '06 GTO 6.732 204.85 205.01
23 772 Tony Rizzo, Tucson AZ, '07 Cobalt 6.735 204.29 204.29
24 1186 Dave Northrop, Perkasie PA, '04 Stratus 6.736 205.60 205.60
25 30 Steve Schmidt, Indianapolis IN, '07 Cobalt 6.737 205.19 205.19
26 7111 Bill Windham, Eldorado Hills CA, '07 Cobalt 6.740 205.13 205.13
27 376 Kevin Lawrence, Palos Hills IL, '02 Cavalier 6.764 203.49 203.49
28 381 Jerry Haas, Fenton MO, '05 Escort 6.855 199.61 199.61

PS Motorcycle

1 3 Angelle Sampey, Mathews LA, Suzuki GSXR 6.976@ 191.59 191.59
2 5 Matt Smith, King NC, Buell 6.983 189.10 189.10
3 4 Chip Ellis, Plains GA, Buell 6.999 188.17 189.02
4 6 Karen Stoffer, Smith NV, Suzuki 7.011 189.84 190.51
5 1 Andrew Hines, Brownsburg IN, Harley V-Rod 7.018 191.73 191.73
6 499 Peggy Llewellyn, San Antonio TX, Buell 7.055 186.67 187.42
7 235 Hector Arana, Milltown IN, Buell 7.061 188.12 188.12
8 9 Geno Scali, Crystal Lake IL, Suzuki 7.062 189.92 190.00
9 10 Craig Treble, Hensley AR, Suzuki GSXR 7.064 191.87 191.87
10 2 Antron Brown, Indianapolis IN, Suzuki GSXR 7.073 187.78 187.78
11 1000 Marco Andreano, Monroe Twp NJ, Buell 7.077 185.87 186.41
12 25 Matt Guidera, Loomis CA, Buell 7.078 186.46 186.46
13 751 Steve Johnson, Irondale AL, Suzuki 7.081 188.44 188.44
14 133 Paul Gast, Grand Island NY, Suzuki 7.092 186.74 186.74
15 748 Chris Rivas, Fresno CA, Buell 7.110 185.49 186.05
16 8 Tom Bradford, Eagle WI, Buell 7.117 188.49 188.49

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

17 88 Eddie Krawiec, Brownsburg IN, Harley V-Rod 7.120 187.23 187.65
18 302 Barry Henson, Nicholasville KY, Suzuki 7.139 185.97 186.23
19 412 Michael Phillips, Baton Rouge LA, Suzuki GSXR 7.140 188.23 190.57
20 371 Wes Wells, Greenwood IN, Suzuki 7.143 185.79 185.79
21 778 Scott Lewis, Orangevale CA, Suzuki GSXR 7.177 184.12 184.12
22 310 Joe DeSantis, Rootstown OH, Suzuki 7.187 185.79 186.95
23 573 Mike Berry, Littleton CO, Suzuki 7.190 183.94 183.94
24 408 Jim Randolph, Theriot LA, Suzuki 7.362 179.30 180.60
25 457 Redell Harris, Prairieville LA, Suzuki 7.366 180.77 180.79

TAD

Bill Reichert

1 1 A/FD Bill Reichert, Owosso MI, Bowen-Reich 5.219 274.61 275.51
2 9 A/FD Aaron Olivarez, Sandy UT, Page-BAE 5.229 276.63 276.63
3 11 A/FD Dan Mercier, St Timothee PQ, McKinney-BAE 5.294 267.69 267.69
4 440 A/FD Kate Harker, Gainesville GA, Monden-CRE 5.317 265.64 265.85
5 3 A/FD Spencer Massey, Fort Worth TX, Bowen-TFX 5.331 262.64 266.16
6 35 A/FD Dave Hirata, Lowell IN, McKinney-TFX 5.363 261.32 261.32
7 7000 A/FD Darryl Hitchman, Celeste TX, Swindahl-BAE 5.425 255.97 255.97
8 33 B/AD Marty Thacker, Robinson IL, Spitzer-RTR 5.452 252.33 252.33
9 7 A/FD John Finke, Selkirk NY, McKinney-BAE 5.454 266.64 266.64
10 1712 B/AD Dave DeAngelis, Middlesex NJ, Precision- 5.482 256.11 256.55
11 185 TA/D Mike Kosky, Cuddy PA, K & K-BAE 5.497 252.43 257.83
12 206 A/FD Bill Evans, Miramar FL, Fritz-BAE 5.561 243.99 243.99
13 2151 A/FD Lindsey Wood, McAlpin FL, McKinney-BAE 5.616 253.75 253.75
14 23 A/FD Artie Allen, Jacksonville FL, McKinney-B 5.630 237.67 246.03
15 1128 TA/D Karen Stalba, Fanwood NJ, Pro Start-BAE 5.637 212.73 238.17
16 110 A/FD Rich McPhillips, Phoenixville PA, Precis 5.744 245.90 245.90

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

17 56 A/FD Robin Samsel, Marion IN, Uyehara-BAE 5.976 247.16 247.16
18 267 B/AD Dan Lucas, Cumming GA, Dragster-BAE 9.351 87.35 87.35

TAFC\

1 1 Frank Manzo, Morganville NJ, '05 Monte Carlo 5.517 263.56 263.56
2 13 Mickey Ferro, Stamford CT, '02 Camaro 5.596 256.50 256.50
3 1350 Paul Gill, Brockton MA, '01 Avenger 5.596 254.18 256.65
4 1777 Bob Tasca III, Cranston RI, '07 Mustang 5.612 256.94 256.94
5 7 Steve Harker, Gainesville GA, '05 Monte Carlo 5.637 255.24 255.39
6 308 Marc White, Glendale Hts. IL, '02 Firebird 5.655 255.10 255.10
7 32 Marty Nothstein, Orefield PA, '07 Charger 5.667 253.33 253.33
8 4 Bob Newberry, Morriston FL, '05 Monte Carlo 5.670 254.76 254.95
9 6 Mick Snyder, Demotte IN, '02 Firebird 5.690 251.53 251.53
10 327 Chuck Cheeseman, Galena OH, '02 Firebird 5.705 254.47 254.47
11 347 Daniel Wilkerson, Springfield IL, '05 Monte Ca 5.724 253.18 253.18
12 35 Andy Bohl, Racine WI, '00 Firebird 5.776 246.35 246.35
13 289 John Sullivan, Pike Road City AL, '02 Firebird 5.800 248.48 248.48
14 7976 Keeter Ray, Newport Bch CA, '99 Mustang 5.869 241.02 241.02
15 49 Nancy Matter, Austin TX, '02 Camaro 5.903 246.30 246.30
16 189 John Headley, Newportville PA, '01 Mustang 6.183 199.61 199.61

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

17 222 Monty Todd, Wetumpka AL, '99 Camaro 6.196 226.58 226.58
18 24 Bill Naves, Salisbury NC, '01 Avenger 6.254 225.97 228.00
19 204 Bobby Martindale, Glen Allen VA, '97 Mustang 9.796 87.42 87.42


Pro Mod

1 4903 Joshua Hernandez, Conroe TX, '68 Camaro 5.974 241.28 241.28
2 4302 Doug Palmer, Prairieville LA, *'63 Corvette 5.996 238.64 238.64
3 1000 Raymond Commisso, Toronto ON, *'67 Camaro 6.003 241.97 241.97
4 1 Jay Payne, Ontario CA, *'05 Stratus 6.007 238.17 238.17
5 1010 Troy Critchley, Wylie TX, '70 Barracuda 6.030 240.08 240.08
6 38 Dan Rowe, Rossville GA, *'63 Corvette 6.052 235.35 235.56
7 4 Shelly Payne, Ontario CA, '05 Stratus 6.057 235.23 235.23
8 2814 Matt Hagan, Christiansburg VA, *'68 Camaro 6.067 237.30 237.30
9 217 Tim Tindle, Santa Rosa FL, *'67 Mustang 6.070 235.10 235.31
10 5083 Cody Barklage, Eldon MO, '05 GTO 6.110 235.89 235.89
11 7 Rick Stivers, Lexington KY, '67 Camaro 6.116 236.13 236.13
12 2805 Bryan Seward, Naples FL, *'04 Mustang 6.118 235.10 235.10
13 1152 Tony Pontieri, Bolton ON, *'57 Bel Air 6.123 234.21 234.21
14 1512 Mike Stawicki, Medina NY, *'63 Corvette 6.146 230.53 230.53
15 1941 Eddie Ware, Marietta GA, *'67 Camaro 6.159 231.95 231.95
16 11 Quain Stott, Columbus SC, *'63 Corvette 6.164 236.22 236.22

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

17 1212 Scott Ray, Greenville OH, *'63 Corvette 6.178 228.50 230.72
18 320 Steve Engel, Shandon OH, *'63 Corvette 6.178 225.18 225.18
19 5082 Zach Barklage, Lake Ozark MO, '57 Bel Air 6.292 213.77 221.20
20 24 Troy Coughlin, Delaware OH, '06 GTO 6.360 229.98 229.98

 

Friday Qualifying
Rod Fuller raced to the qualifying lead in Top Fuel Friday at the Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Southern Nationals at Atlanta Dragway.
Mike Ashley, Greg Anderson, and Matt Smith all posted track records to lead their respective categories at the NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series event.

Fuller has been impressive this season, leading the series standings since his victory in Phoenix. About the only thing he hasn't done is lead a qualifying field, which could change this weekend following his category best effort of 4.506 seconds at 326.71 mph in his David Powers Motorsports dragster.

"It's cool to be No. 1 in the points and No. 1 on the ladder at the same time," Fuller said. "I really expected someone to step it up and blow past us. We came into the session 14th and that was truly just a conservative tune-up because we wanted to make sure we got in. Rob [Flynn, crew chief] said we'd run a 4.50 and that's exactly what we did."

Top Fuel

1 5 Rod Fuller, Las Vegas NV, Hadman-TFX 4.506 326.71 326.71
2 11 Doug Herbert, Lincolnton NC, Spitzer-BAE 4.509 321.04 321.04
3 53 Brady Kalivoda, Phoenix AZ, Hadman-BAE 4.519 309.63 323.97
4 73 Whit Bazemore, Eugene OR, Hadman-TFX 4.524 327.19 327.19
5 4 Melanie Troxel, Avon IN, Hadman-TFX 4.525 328.06 328.06
6 1 Tony Schumacher, Long Grove IL, Hadman-TFX 4.526 321.96 323.43
7 8 J.R. Todd, Avon IN, Hadman-TFX 4.527 318.17 318.17
8 3 Brandon Bernstein, Lake Forest CA, McKinney-TFX 4.531 329.42 329.42
9 6 David Grubnic, Ypsilanti MI, Attac-TFX 4.545 323.74 323.74
10 10 Hillary Will, Ypsilanti MI, Attac-TFX 4.551 325.30 325.30
11 12 Bob Vandergriff, Alpharetta GA, McKinney-BAE 4.552 319.98 319.98
12 1301 Doug Foley, Sewell NJ, Attac-TFX 4.556 324.20 324.20
13 9 Cory McClenathan, Lake Havasu City AZ, Hadman- 4.566 319.22 319.22
14 91 Larry Dixon, Indianapolis IN, McKinney-TFX 4.576 314.53 314.53
15 2 Doug Kalitta, Ypsilanti MI, Attac-TFX 4.591 319.60 319.60
16 530 Alan Bradshaw, Odessa TX, Don Long-BAE 4.600 298.07 299.80

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

17 743 Morgan Lucas, Brownsburg IN, Hadman-TFX 4.645 322.27 322.27
18 255 Clay Millican, Drummonds TN, Hadman-BAE 4.754 256.41 256.41
19 36 Scott Weis, Ashland VA, McKinney-TFX 4.759 255.97 255.97


Two weeks after his first career No. 1 qualifying effort in Las Vegas, Ashley used a 4.704 at a track record speed of 331.04 mph in his Torco Racing Fuels Dodge Charger to top the Funny Car field once again.

"If you qualify No. 1 once, it shows potential," Ashley said. "If you do it twice, especially in a row, it shows consistency, and that's the main thing we've been after since we started."

Castrol GTX Ford Mustang driver Ashley Force out-performed her famous father John, qualifying fifth with a 4.746 to his 12th-best 4.785. If their positions remain the same following tomorrow's two qualifying sessions, they'll race each other in Round 1.

Funny Car

1 180 Mike Ashley, Melville NY, '07 Charger 4.704 331.04& 331.04
2 2 Robert Hight, Yorba Linda CA, '05 Mustang 4.710 320.05 320.05
3 170 Jeff Arend, San Dimas CA, '05 Monte Carlo 4.712 327.66 327.66
4 5 Tony Pedregon, Brownsburg IN, '07 Impala 4.740 318.84 318.84
5 7321 Ashley Force, Anaheim Hills CA, '06 Mustang 4.746 316.60 316.60
6 28 Ron Capps, Carlsbad CA, '07 Charger 4.754 322.19 322.19
7 404 Kenny Bernstein, Lake Forest CA, '07 Charger 4.763 322.27 322.27
8 7 Gary Scelzi, Fresno CA, '06 Charger 4.765 326.79 326.79
9 711 Jack Beckman, Brownsburg IN, '07 Charger 4.780 322.11 322.11
10 750 Del Worsham, Chino Hills CA, '07 Impala 4.783 326.00 326.00
11 388 Jim Head, Galena OH, '07 Solara 4.783 321.96 321.96
12 1 John Force, Yorba Linda CA, '05 Mustang 4.785 311.99 311.99
13 319 Scott Kalitta, Ypsilanti MI, '07 Solara 4.786 289.20 289.20
14 427 Tony Bartone, Long Island City NY, '05 Monte C 4.792 310.13 310.13
15 347 Tim Wilkerson, Springfield IL, '07 Impala 4.801 319.07 319.07
16 782 Gary Densham, Bellflower CA, '05 Monte Carlo 4.805 319.82 319.82

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

17 10 Cruz Pedregon, Camarillo CA, '05 Monte Carlo 4.809 316.01 316.01
18 503 Tommy Johnson Jr., Avon IN, '07 Impala 4.891 268.54 299.46
19 729 Jerry Toliver, Temecula CA, '07 Solara 4.895 310.20 310.20
20 206 Bob Gilbertson, Charolette NC, '06 Stratus 5.016 280.84 280.84


In Pro Stock, Anderson's Summit Racing Pontiac GTO led Pro Stock with a track-record run of 6.627 at 208.30 mph. As he made the turn off the track at the top end following his run, a small trail of fire followed his car.

"I looked like a Funny Car driver down here," Anderson said as NHRA Safety Safari members extinguished the small fire under his car. "It's fine; just burning off some oil on the firewall I would assume. Either way, we're happy to make a run like that, especially at a Summit race.

"You sit there and watch all the cars in front of you going quicker and it makes you nervous. It was 25-30 degrees cooler than Round 1 and you know the potential to go quicker is there but you still have to execute. Believe me, there's a fine line between a great run and standing up on the wheelie bars too hard and shaking the tires."

Pro Stock

1 2 Greg Anderson, Mooresville NC, '06 GTO 6.627@ 208.30& 208.30
2 6 Allen Johnson, Greeneville TN, '07 Stratus 6.640 206.61 206.61
3 25 Jeg Coughlin, Delaware OH, '07 Cobalt 6.653 206.80 206.80
4 1 Jason Line, Mooresville NC, '06 GTO 6.655 207.91 207.91
5 9 Richie Stevens, Metairie LA, '06 Stratus 6.659 206.51 206.51
6 107 Kenny Koretsky, Richboro PA, '07 Cobalt 6.666 206.48 206.48
7 7 Jim Yates, Occoquan VA, '06 GTO 6.681 205.69 205.69
8 430 Erica Enders, Houston TX, '07 Stratus 6.685 206.20 206.20
9 357 Larry Morgan, Newark OH, '07 Stratus 6.685 206.10 206.10
10 8 Greg Stanfield, Bossier City LA, '06 GTO 6.685 206.01 206.01
11 5 Kurt Johnson, Sugar Hill GA, '07 Cobalt 6.687 206.39 206.39
12 208 Warren Johnson, Sugar Hill GA, '06 GTO 6.690 206.80 206.80
13 10 V. Gaines, Lakewood CO, '07 Stratus 6.691 206.57 206.57
14 4 Mike Edwards, Coweta OK, '06 GTO 6.695 206.16 206.16
15 20 Tom Hammonds, Crestview FL, '07 Cobalt 6.702 206.01 206.01
16 103 Max Naylor, New Buffalo PA, '07 Stratus 6.705 205.44 205.57

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

17 351 Ron Krisher, Warren OH, '07 Cobalt 6.718 204.23 204.23
18 3 Dave Connolly, Elyria OH, '07 Cobalt 6.720 204.79 204.79
19 701 Ben Watson, Concord CA, '06 GTO 6.727 204.63 204.63
20 41 Roger Brogdon, Houston TX, '06 Stratus 6.732 204.85 204.85
21 30 Steve Schmidt, Indianapolis IN, '07 Cobalt 6.737 205.19 205.19
22 1568 Justin Humphreys, Monrovia MD, '06 GTO 6.744 205.10 205.10
23 2006 Matt Scranton, Land O Lakes FL, '06 GTO 6.771 204.23 204.23
24 376 Kevin Lawrence, Palos Hills IL, '02 Cavalier 6.817 202.30 202.88
25 772 Tony Rizzo, Tucson AZ, '07 Cobalt 6.823 202.79 202.79
26 7111 Bill Windham, Eldorado Hills CA, '07 Cobalt 6.860 196.85 196.85
27 381 Jerry Haas, Fenton MO, '05 Escort 6.877 198.99 198.99
28 1186 Dave Northrop, Perkasie PA, '04 Stratus 17.096 41.00 41.00


Smith was quickest in Pro Stock Motorcycle, riding his Torco Buell to a track record time of 6.988 at 187.26.

"That was an awesome run," Smith said. "We've been doing so much testing and so much extra work at the shop. It's neat when it all pays off. We've been quick at all three races now so we just might be onto something."

Three female racers -- Karen Stoffer, Peggy Llewellyn and Angelle Sampey -- followed Smith on the provisional ladder. Stoffer posted a 7.011 on her Geico Suzuki. Llewellyn went 7.055 on her Klement Racing Buell, and Sampey posted a 7.063 on her U.S. Army Suzuki.

Pro Stock Motorcycle

1 5 Matt Smith, King NC, Buell 6.988@ 187.26 187.26
2 6 Karen Stoffer, Smith NV, Suzuki 7.011 189.84 189.84
3 499 Peggy Llewellyn, San Antonio TX, Buell 7.055 186.67 187.42
4 3 Angelle Sampey, Mathews LA, Suzuki GSXR 7.063 188.65 188.65
5 10 Craig Treble, Hensley AR, Suzuki GSXR 7.080 190.92 190.92
6 4 Chip Ellis, Plains GA, Buell 7.080 187.16 189.02
7 9 Geno Scali, Crystal Lake IL, Suzuki 7.084 190.00 190.00
8 25 Matt Guidera, Loomis CA, Buell 7.097 185.10 185.51
9 235 Hector Arana, Milltown IN, Buell 7.100 179.64 186.67
10 751 Steve Johnson, Irondale AL, Suzuki 7.105 187.63 187.63
11 133 Paul Gast, Grand Island NY, Suzuki 7.111 186.18 186.18
12 88 Eddie Krawiec, Brownsburg IN, Harley V-Rod 7.120 187.23 187.65
13 1000 Marco Andreano, Monroe Twp NJ, Buell 7.126 185.26 185.26
14 2 Antron Brown, Indianapolis IN, Suzuki GSXR 7.134 185.66 187.05
15 302 Barry Henson, Nicholasville KY, Suzuki 7.139 185.97 186.23
16 748 Chris Rivas, Fresno CA, Buell 7.143 186.05 186.05

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

17 8 Tom Bradford, Eagle WI, Buell 7.149 187.03 187.03
18 412 Michael Phillips, Baton Rouge LA, Suzuki GSXR 7.184 188.52 188.52
19 778 Scott Lewis, Orangevale CA, Suzuki GSXR 7.186 183.62 183.62
20 573 Mike Berry, Littleton CO, Suzuki 7.234 183.84 183.84
21 310 Joe DeSantis, Rootstown OH, Suzuki 7.272 184.40 184.40
22 371 Wes Wells, Greenwood IN, Suzuki 7.339 185.46 185.46
23 408 Jim Randolph, Theriot LA, Suzuki 7.363 180.60 180.60
24 457 Redell Harris, Prairieville LA, Suzuki 7.366 180.77 180.79
25 1 Andrew Hines, Brownsburg IN, Harley V-Rod 7.426 144.13 144.13

TAD

1 1 A/FD Bill Reichert, Owosso MI, Bowen-Reich 5.219 274.61 275.51
2 9 A/FD Aaron Olivarez, Sandy UT, Page-BAE 5.229 276.63 276.63
3 11 A/FD Dan Mercier, St Timothee PQ, McKinney-BAE 5.294 267.69 267.69
4 440 A/FD Kate Harker, Gainesville GA, Monden-CRE 5.317 265.64 265.64
5 3 A/FD Spencer Massey, Fort Worth TX, Bowen-TFX 5.331 262.64 266.16
6 35 A/FD Dave Hirata, Lowell IN, McKinney-TFX 5.363 261.32 261.32
7 33 B/AD Marty Thacker, Robinson IL, Spitzer-RTR 5.452 252.33 252.33
8 1712 B/AD Dave DeAngelis, Middlesex NJ, Precision- 5.482 256.11 256.55
9 185 TA/D Mike Kosky, Cuddy PA, K & K-BAE 5.497 252.43 257.83
10 7 A/FD John Finke, Selkirk NY, McKinney-BAE 5.510 264.13 264.13
11 23 A/FD Artie Allen, Jacksonville FL, McKinney-B 5.632 246.03 246.03
12 1128 TA/D Karen Stalba, Fanwood NJ, Pro Start-BAE 5.637 212.73 238.17
13 7000 A/FD Darryl Hitchman, Celeste TX, Swindahl-BAE 5.642 248.34 248.34
14 2151 A/FD Lindsey Wood, McAlpin FL, McKinney-BAE 5.713 246.71 246.71
15 110 A/FD Rich McPhillips, Phoenixville PA, Precis 5.744 245.90 245.90
16 206 A/FD Bill Evans, Miramar FL, Fritz-BAE 5.828 243.81 243.81

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

17 56 A/FD Robin Samsel, Marion IN, Uyehara-BAE 5.976 247.16 247.16
18 267 B/AD Dan Lucas, Cumming GA, Dragster-BAE 9.351 87.35 87.35

TAFC

1 1 Frank Manzo, Morganville NJ, '05 Monte Carlo 5.558 261.27 261.27
2 13 Mickey Ferro, Stamford CT, '02 Camaro 5.609 255.97 255.97
3 1350 Paul Gill, Brockton MA, '01 Avenger 5.624 256.65 256.65
4 7 Steve Harker, Gainesville GA, '05 Monte Carlo 5.643 255.39 255.39
5 308 Marc White, Glendale Hts. IL, '02 Firebird 5.655 255.10 255.10
6 1777 Bob Tasca III, Cranston RI, '07 Mustang 5.662 253.66 255.39
7 4 Bob Newberry, Morriston FL, '05 Monte Carlo 5.670 254.76 254.76
8 327 Chuck Cheeseman, Galena OH, '02 Firebird 5.723 249.35 249.35
9 32 Marty Nothstein, Orefield PA, '07 Charger 5.763 250.83 250.83
10 6 Mick Snyder, Demotte IN, '02 Firebird 5.767 246.39 246.39
11 35 Andy Bohl, Racine WI, '00 Firebird 5.776 246.35 246.35
12 289 John Sullivan, Pike Road City AL, '02 Firebird 5.853 246.93 246.93
13 7976 Keeter Ray, Newport Bch CA, '99 Mustang 5.869 241.02 241.02
14 347 Daniel Wilkerson, Springfield IL, '05 Monte Ca 5.876 208.88 208.88
15 49 Nancy Matter, Austin TX, '02 Camaro 6.051 243.63 243.63
16 222 Monty Todd, Wetumpka AL, '99 Camaro 6.196 226.58 226.58

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

17 24 Bill Naves, Salisbury NC, '01 Avenger 6.254 225.97 225.97
18 189 John Headley, Newportville PA, '01 Mustang 7.273 142.61 142.61
19 204 Bobby Martindale, Glen Allen VA, '97 Mustang 9.796 87.42 87.42

Pro Mod

1 1 Jay Payne, Ontario CA, *'05 Stratus 6.044 235.10 235.10
2 1000 Raymond Commisso, Toronto ON, *'67 Camaro 6.059 240.55 240.55
3 217 Tim Tindle, Santa Rosa FL, *'67 Mustang 6.075 235.31 235.31
4 38 Dan Rowe, Rossville GA, *'63 Corvette 6.081 235.56 235.56
5 4 Shelly Payne, Ontario CA, '05 Stratus 6.106 233.36 233.36
6 4903 Joshua Hernandez, Conroe TX, '68 Camaro 6.111 235.60 235.60
7 1010 Troy Critchley, Wylie TX, '70 Barracuda 6.126 237.63 237.63
8 1512 Mike Stawicki, Medina NY, *'63 Corvette 6.185 230.37 230.37
9 7 Rick Stivers, Lexington KY, '67 Camaro 6.213 209.79 209.79
10 11 Quain Stott, Columbus SC, *'63 Corvette 6.228 235.15 235.15
11 1941 Eddie Ware, Marietta GA, *'67 Camaro 6.237 228.96 228.96
12 24 Troy Coughlin, Delaware OH, '06 GTO 6.360 229.98 229.98
13 5082 Zach Barklage, Lake Ozark MO, '57 Bel Air 6.385 221.20 221.20
14 1212 Scott Ray, Greenville OH, *'63 Corvette 6.423 186.61 186.61
15 2814 Matt Hagan, Christiansburg VA, *'68 Camaro 6.547 170.56 170.56
16 1152 Tony Pontieri, Bolton ON, *'57 Bel Air 6.936 185.08 185.08

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

17 4302 Doug Palmer, Prairieville LA, *'63 Corvette 7.229 117.50 117.50
18 5083 Cody Barklage, Eldon MO, '05 GTO 9.406 103.91 103.91
19 320 Steve Engel, Shandon OH, *'63 Corvette 13.341 61.69 61.69

Pro qualifying continues Saturday at 11:30 a.m.

Event Preview

COMMERCE, Ga. --

The 27th annual Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Southern Nationals, the sixth of 23 events in the $50 million NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series. Professional competitors in four categories earn points leading to 2007 NHRA POWERade Series world championships. Sportsman competitors in six categories earn points leading to 2007 NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series world championships.
WHERE: Atlanta Dragway, Commerce, Ga. I-85 to Exit 149 (Hwy 441). After exiting the freeway, go north on Highway 441 to Steven Tanger Blvd. Take left on Tanger and then go right on Ridgeway Road.

WHEN: Thursday through Sunday, April 26-29.

PURSE: Cash and contingency awards of more than $1.4 million.

SCHEDULE:
THURSDAY, April 26 -- Sportsman time trials and qualifying begin at 9 a.m.

FRIDAY, April 27 - Sportsman qualifying and eliminations begin at 9 a.m.
PROFESSIONAL QUALIFYING SESSIONS at 3:30 and 6:30 p.m.

SATURDAY, April 28 - Sportsman eliminations begin at 8 a.m.
PROFESSIONAL QUALIFYING SESSIONS at 11:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m.

SUNDAY, April 29 - Pre-race ceremonies, 10 a.m.
FINAL ELIMINATIONS begin at 11 a.m.

TELEVISION:
Saturday, April 28, ESPN2 and ESPN2 HD will televise two hours of qualifying highlights beginning at 6 p.m. (ET).
Sunday April 29, ESPN2 and ESPN2 HD will televise NHRA Race Day at 11 a.m. (ET).
Sunday, April 29, ESPN2 and ESPN2 HD will televise final eliminations beginning at 7 p.m. (ET).

2006 EVENT WINNERS: Doug Kalitta, Top Fuel; Tony Pedregon, Funny Car; Dave Connolly, Pro Stock; Antron Brown, Pro Stock Motorcycle

TRACK RECORDS:
Top Fuel - 4.448 seconds by Tony Schumacher, May '06; 331.28 mph by Schumacher May '06
Funny Car - 4.680 seconds by Robert Hight, May '06; 329.83 mph by Tony Pedregon, May '04
Pro Stock - 6.690 seconds by Jason Line, May '06; 206.23 mph by Line, May '06
Pro Stock Motorcycle - 7.045 seconds by Antron Brown, May '06; 192.91 mph by GT Tonglet, May '04


NATIONAL RECORDS:
Top Fuel - 4.428 seconds (Nov. '06, Pomona, Calif.) and 336.15 mph (May '05, Columbus, Ohio) by Tony Schumacher
Funny Car - 4.659 seconds (Feb. '07, Phoenix) by Tony Pedregon; 333.66 mph (Nov. '06, Pomona, Calif.) by Jack Beckman
Pro Stock - 6.536 seconds (March '07, Gainesville, Fla.) and 211.69 mph (March '07, Gainesville, Fla.) by Jason Line
PS Motorcycle - 6.911 sec. (March '07, Gainesville, Fla.) by Angelle Sampey; 197.45 mph (March '05, Gainesville, Fla.) by Andrew Hines


TICKETS: For tickets call NHRA, (800) 884-6472 or Ticketmaster at (404) 249-6400. Tickets also available at nhra.com.

GENERAL ADMISSION (includes pit pass) - Thursday: Adult, $10; Junior (6-12 years), free. Friday: Adult, $31; Junior (6-12 years), $10. Saturday: Adult, $44; Junior (6-12 years), $10. Sunday: Adult, $44; Junior (6-12 years), $10. Child (5 years-under), admitted free with paying adult in general admission and pit access areas each day.

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