O'Reilly Fall Nationals

Texas Motorplex, Ennis (Dallas) Texas

Sept. 20-23, 2007

(Photos courtesy David Smith)

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John Force updates

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Monday, 1:30 a.m. Central: Good news from Baylor University Medical Center where doctors operating on 14-time NHRA Funny Car champ John Force were able to set his broken left ankle and determined that his wrist was not broken but just severely dislocated.

According to teamspokesman Elon Werner, doctors inserted three pins into Force's ankle to set it, and also inserted three temporary pins to stabilize his wrist.

Force came through the surgery well. A full update will be issued by the team midday Monday.

Sunday, 9:30 p.m. Central: Fourteen-time NHRA POWERade Funny Car champion John Force is undergoing surgery at Baylor University Medical Center to repair damage to his knee, ankle, and wrist sustained in a high-speed collision with fellow competitor Kenny Bernstein in the second round of eliminations at the O'Reilly NHRA Fall Nationals at Texas Motorplex.

Force entered surgery at 8 p.m. Central time for what is expected to be a four-hour surgery, according to team publicist Dave Densmore.

Sunday: 6:20 p.m. Central: Doctors updated John Force's family and team following a thorough evaluation of his multiple injuries and the prognosis for a full recovery is very good.

Force sustained a broken left ankle and severe abrasion on his right knee. Force's left wrist also was dislocated and broken and he sustained some severe abrasions and slight fractures on a number of fingers on his right hand.

Throughout all procedures Force was alert and responsive. CAT scans performed came back negative and showed no damage other than the injuries to his legs and hands. Surgeons will begin cleaning a number of his injuries tonight and possibly setting his fractures if the swelling is at an acceptable level.

Sunday Eliminations

Pro Stock Motorcycle newcomer Peggy Llewellyn won her first NHRA national event at a critical juncture in the season, pushing her way into the Countdown to One field by the slenderest of margins Sunday evening.
The San Antonio-based rider shared a somber Texas Motorplex winner's circle with new POWERade points leaders Larry Dixon and Tony Pedregon, as well as Pro Stock juggernaut Dave Connolly, who collected his fourth trophy in a row, at the 22nd annual O'Reilly NHRA Fall Nationals presented by Castrol Syntec.


Dixon used his third victory of the season to take the Top Fuel lead in the Countdown to Four. The driver of the SkyTel dragster was ready for the final, leaving with a .059-second reaction time. Final-round foe Bob Vandergriff was close behind in his UPS rail, taking off in .065 seconds, but his car was soon smoking its tires, allowing Dixon to take the 41st win of his career in 4.629 at 310.91 mph.


"I'm glad that [John Force is] alive," Dixon said. "From that point you can fix anything. A lot of credit goes to the Safety Safari, the medical team, and the rules package for the way the cars have to be built so that you can survive an accident like that. I feel safer in my car that goes 330 mph than I do in my rent car going 55 mph on the way to the track. I feel like I could run over a nuclear bomb, and I trust in that. He'll be back racing one day; you can count on that."

Vandergriff extended his record streak in final rounds to 0-11, but he did move to within 21 points of the top four. The Countdown to Four field now shows Dixon with 2,297 points, Rod Fuller with 2,252 points, Tony Schumacher with 2,247 points, and Brandon Bernstein with 2,221 points.


The battle of the Pedregon brothers went to younger brother Tony as Cruz had to give up his pass just before halftrack when his Advance Auto Parts Chevrolet Impala SS started smoking its tires. It was a fortunate outcome for Tony as his Q Horsepower Chevy neared the centerline at the top end of the track, which forced him to lift off the gas to avoid crossing the line and getting disqualified. His 5.010 at 254.06 mph was definitely beatable, but Cruz was already in spectator mode, eventually drifting across the stripe in 6.882 at 131.31 mph.

Both Pedregon's reached the final round with bye runs. Tony would have raced John Force, while Cruz would have faced Ashley Force, who left the track to be with her father at the hospital.

"I was watching Force's race on the monitor and I saw what happened," Pedregon said. "I have to admit it really shook me up. It took me back to when I was a kid and my dad told me about these wrecks where cars got cut in half. I ran over there to try and help and there was no cockpit. It really scared me. I just wanted to hear that he was okay. Broken bones will mend. I wanted to hear he was talking and if he was swearing, even better."

Tony's big weekend lifted him from out of the top four and into the points lead with one race remaining before the Countdown to One begins. Former points leader Robert Hight failed to qualify for this race. He dropped to second overall, 16 behind Tony Pedregon. "Fast Jack" Beckman is now third, 30 points back of Hight, while John Force moved up to fourth, 22 behind Beckman.


Connolly has now won four Pro Stock races in a row, the last three over three-time series champion Greg Anderson, to pad his lead in the Countdown to Four standings. This one was easy as Anderson began leaking oil after his burnout and was forced to shut off and surrender the race.

Connolly attempted a pass any way but quickly shut off and coasted to the win in his Torco/Seelye Wright Chevrolet Cobalt.

This was Connolly's seventh win of the year, which ties him for the class lead with Anderson, who fell to 7-4 in trophy rounds this year. Connolly is 7-1 on the year and 16-12 overall in his career.

"We were ready to do battle," Connolly said. "I guess Greg had some problems and I'm sure he isn't happy about it. Either way, the team did a great job for the first three rounds. The driver was a little off his game today. I feel a little under the weather and I know I didn't leave on anyone all day. The team jumped in and picked me up this time."

Connolly and Anderson both clinched berths in the Countdown to One this weekend, meaning they'll both run for the 2007 championship over the last two races of the season. Connolly is now 52 points ahead of Anderson, who in turn is 154 ahead of third-place Allen Johnson. Jeg Coughlin rounds out the top four. He's 16 points behind Johnson.


Llewellyn needed to win her first NHRA national event to make it into the Countdown to One field and she delivered with a huge holeshot victory over points leader Andrew Hines. Hitting the Christmas Tree with a .010 reaction time in front of Hines' .045-second start, Llewellyn managed to hold off a hard-charging Hines to take the win with a 7.020 at 190.00 mph to Hines' quicker but losing 7.007 at 191.16 mph.

"A year ago I was back in my real estate company working behind a desk thinking I wasn't gonna race any more," Llewellyn said. "I keep on telling my crew guys, 'pinch me, pinch me,' it's pretty exciting. At the same time, it's important to remember John Force right now and to keep him in all of our thoughts and prayers."

This is Llewellyn's 20th NHRA event. The San Antonio-based rider of the Rush Racing Products S&S Buell V-Twin was a clear favorite in her home state and when the win light came on in her lane, the crowd roared its approval. Hines will enter the final two-race sprint to the championship with the most points. His Screamin' Eagle Harley-Davidson V-Rod is 4-2 in final rounds this year.

Matt Smith and Chip Ellis will also run for the Pro Stock Motorcycle title.

The mood of the day was tempered greatly by an accident involving John Force, who suffered a broken left ankle and wrist and numerous abrasions, and Kenny Bernstein. Force was airlifted to Baylor University Medical Center in Dallas.

Sunday's final results from the 22nd annual O'Reilly NHRA Fall Nationals presented by Castrol Syntec at Texas Motorplex. The race is the 20th of 23 in the NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series:

Top Fuel -- Larry Dixon, 4.629 seconds, 310.91 mph def. Bob Vandergriff, 5.426 seconds, 307.72 mph.

Funny Car -- Tony Pedregon, Chevy Impala, 5.010, 254.86 def. Cruz Pedregon, Impala, 6.882, 131.31.

Pro Stock -- Dave Connolly, Chevy Cobalt, 8.553, 112.17 def. Greg Anderson, Pontiac GTO, broke.

Pro Stock Motorcycle -- Peggy Llewellyn, Buell, 7.020, 190.00 def. Andrew Hines, Harley-Davidson, 7.007, 191.16.

Top Alcohol Dragster -- Thomas Bayer, 5.407, 263.41 def. Darvin Martinets, 5.798, 190.00.

Top Alcohol Funny Car -- Von Smith, Chevy Camaro, 5.647, 256.36 def. Cy Chesterman, Ford Mustang, 5.702, 255.97.

Competition Eliminator -- Danny Gruninger, Chevy Cobalt, 7.061, 195.45 def. David Rampy, Bantam Roadster, 7.298, 180.86.

Super Stock -- Terry Pearson, Chevy Cavalier, 9.405, 139.23 def. Marcus Allen, Chevy Camaro, 10.672, 124.14.

R/U Dave Workman. Faul had not left the starting line in thephoto above)

Stock Eliminator -- Mark Faul, Chevy Chevelle, 12.035, 83.00 def. Dave Workman, Ford Mustang, foul.

Super Gas -- Shawn Carter, Chevy Cavalier, 9.887, 163.77 def. Terry Sullivan, Ford Mustang, 9.863, 151.87.

Super Street -- Chucky Wier S/ST 10.90 0.011 10.906 0.006 def. Mike Frederick S/ST 10.90 0.001 10.926 0.026


Pro FWD --(W) Gary Gardella ('07 Cobalt) 0.103 7.239 209.59 def. Jason Hunt ('07 Cobalt) 0.136 7.237 201.16


Pro RWD -- Brad Personett (Titan Mail Order '08 Scion) 0.127 8.116 204.54 def. Manny Cruz ('02 Solara) 0.159 11.230 83.46

Post race highlights

ENNIS, Texas -- Post race notes from the 22nd annual O'Reilly NHRA Fall Nationals, Texas Motorplex, Ennis, Texas.
TOP FUEL

Larry Dixon, from Indianapolis, powered his SkyTel dragster to his 41st career victory by defeating Bob Vandergriff in the final round. Dixon won with a time of 4.629 seconds at 310.91 mph. This is his third win of the season and his second win at Texas Motorplex.

J.R. Todd, from Lawrenceburg, Ind., claimed his second career No. 1 qualifying effort in his Torco dragster with a performance 4.541 seconds at 321.96 mph.

Clay Millican earned the Motel 6 "Who Got the Light" award by defeating Brandon Bernstein by a .0203-second margin of victory in the quarterfinal round.

Notable DNQ's: Doug Herbert.

Todd's Torco team earned the Full Throttle Pit Crew Championship award.

FUNNY CAR

Tony Pedregon, from Detroit, drove to a final-round win of 5.010 seconds at 254.86 mph in his Q Horsepower Chevy Impala, over his brother Cruz' 6.882 at 131.31 in his Advance Auto Parts Impala.

Tim Wilkerson in his Levi Ray & Shoup Chevy Impala SS earned his second No.1 qualifier of the 2007 season and the 10th of his career with a performance of 4.787 seconds at 318.17 mph.

John Force, driver of the Castrol GTX High-Mileage Ford Mustang, was involved in a second round accident with Kenny Bernstein, driver of the Monster Energy/Lucas Oil Dodge Charger. Force was transported to a Dallas hospital, where he was diagnosed with a broken left ankle and wrist, severe abrasions and slight fractures on several fingers. Bernstein was uninjured in the accident

Notable DNQs: Robert Hight.

Wilkerson's Levi Ray & Shoup team earned the Full Throttle Pit Crew Championship award.

PRO STOCK

Dave Connolly, from Elyria, Ohio, raced to his fourth win a row, the seventh of 2007 and the 16th of his career by defeating Greg Anderson in the final round with a performance of 8.553 at 112.17 mph.

Anderson earned his 62nd career No. 1 qualifying award with a performance of 6.668 seconds at 207.05 mph in his Summit Racing Pontiac GTO.

Anderson's Summit Racing Pontiac GTO team earned the Full Throttle Pit Crew Championship award.

PRO STOCK MOTORCYCLE

Peggy Llewellyn from San Antonio, Texas, raced to her first career win by defeating Andrew Hines in the final round with a time of 7.020 seconds at 190.00 mph. Llewellyn becomes the first black female rider to win in Pro Stock Motorcycle.

Chip Ellis earned his 10th career No. 1 qualifying award with a performance of 6.976 seconds at 191.32 mph on his Drag Specialties S&S Buell.

Andrew Hines, Matt Smith, Chip Ellis and Peggy Llewellyn clinched their spots in the Countdown to One of the POWERade Series' Countdown to the Championship.

Llewellyn's Rush Racing team earned the Full Throttle Pit Crew Championship award.

Saturday Final qualifying

TF

1 8 J.R. Todd, Avon IN, Hadman-TFX 4.541 318.47 321.96
2 4 Melanie Troxel, Avon IN, Hadman-TFX 4.545 331.94 331.94
3 2 Doug Kalitta, Ypsilanti MI, Attac-TFX 4.546 328.70 328.70
4 5 Rod Fuller, Las Vegas NV, Hadman-TFX 4.552 324.83 324.83
5 91 Larry Dixon, Indianapolis IN, McKinney-TFX 4.553 323.89 323.89
6 524 Joe Hartley, Portland OR, McKinney-BAE 4.557 329.58 329.58
7 530 Alan Bradshaw, Odessa TX, Don Long-BAE 4.577 323.81 323.81
8 743 Morgan Lucas, Brownsburg IN, Hadman-TFX 4.581 325.06 325.14
9 3 Brandon Bernstein, Fairview TX, McKinney-TFX 4.585 319.37 326.79
10 73 Whit Bazemore, Eugene OR, Hadman-TFX 4.586 326.56 326.56
11 12 Bob Vandergriff, Alpharetta GA, McKinney-BAE 4.589 328.14 328.14
12 6 David Grubnic, Ypsilanti MI, Attac-TFX 4.603 283.01 302.28
13 1 Tony Schumacher, Long Grove IL, Hadman-TFX 4.608 322.19 325.37
14 10 Hillary Will, Ypsilanti MI, Attac-TFX 4.630 323.27 323.27
15 9 Cory McClenathan, Lake Havasu City AZ, Hadman- 4.637 316.52 319.37
16 255 Clay Millican, Drummonds TN, Hadman-BAE 4.648 317.57 318.02

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

17 11 Doug Herbert, Lincolnton NC, McKinney-BAE 4.659 293.22 293.22
18 72 Mike Strasburg, Lindon UT, Hadman-TFX 4.808 307.30 307.30
19 1301 Doug Foley, Sewell NJ, Attac-TFX 4.812 293.47 293.47
20 5050 Scott Palmer, Branson MO, McKinney-BAE 4.881 247.79 247.79

FC

1 347 Tim Wilkerson, Springfield IL, '07 Impala 4.787 318.17 318.17
2 170 Jeff Arend, San Dimas CA, '07 Impala 4.788 320.36 320.36
3 1 John Force, Yorba Linda CA, '05 Mustang 4.801 321.35 321.35
4 750 Del Worsham, Chino Hills CA, '07 Impala 4.808 294.37 313.37
5 7321 Ashley Force, Yorba Linda CA, '06 Mustang 4.818 314.53 314.53
6 404 Kenny Bernstein, Fairview TX, '07 Charger 4.840 314.31 314.31
7 711 Jack Beckman, North Hills CA, '07 Charger 4.851 317.79 318.39
8 10 Cruz Pedregon, Camarillo CA, '05 Impala 4.860 317.34 317.34
9 7 Gary Scelzi, Fresno CA, '07 Charger 4.863 307.72 315.86
10 5 Tony Pedregon, Brownsburg IN, '07 Impala 4.866 295.72 295.72
11 180 Mike Ashley, Melville NY, '07 Charger 4.868 322.11 322.11
12 28 Ron Capps, Carlsbad CA, '07 Charger 4.884 316.82 316.82
13 388 Jim Head, Galena OH, '07 Solara 4.884 291.63 291.63
14 427 Tony Bartone, Long Island City NY, '05 Monte C 4.888 308.85 308.85
15 33 Tommy Johnson Jr., Avon IN, '07 Impala 4.907 305.15 305.15
16 729 Jerry Toliver, Temecula CA, '07 Solara 4.911 311.41 311.41

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

17 782 Gary Densham, Bellflower CA, '07 Impala 4.923 309.70 309.70
18 319 Scott Kalitta, Ypsilanti MI, '07 Solara 5.271 265.38 265.38
19 2 Robert Hight, Yorba Linda CA, '06 Mustang 5.591 182.65 182.65

PS

1 2 Greg Anderson, Mooresville NC, '06 GTO 6.668 207.05 207.05
2 3 Dave Connolly, Elyria OH, '07 Cobalt 6.677 206.73 206.73
3 9 Richie Stevens, New Orleans LA, '07 Stratus 6.687 205.60 205.98
4 6 Allen Johnson, Greeneville TN, '07 Stratus 6.690 205.69 205.69
5 1568 Justin Humphreys, Monrovia MD, '06 GTO 6.692 205.94 205.94
6 351 Ron Krisher, Warren OH, '07 Cobalt 6.696 205.63 205.72
7 10 V. Gaines, Lakewood CO, '07 Stratus 6.697 205.26 205.35
8 357 Larry Morgan, Newark OH, '07 Stratus 6.698 205.35 206.26
9 25 Jeg Coughlin, Mooresville NC, '07 Cobalt 6.699 206.13 206.13
10 103 Max Naylor, New Buffalo PA, '07 Stratus 6.699 205.85 205.85
11 1 Jason Line, Mooresville NC, '06 GTO 6.703 206.67 206.67
12 5 Kurt Johnson, Sugar Hill GA, '07 Cobalt 6.703 206.51 206.51
13 7 Jim Yates, Occoquan VA, '06 GTO 6.703 206.04 206.04
14 208 Warren Johnson, Sugar Hill GA, '06 GTO 6.705 206.20 206.20
15 334 Craig Hankinson, Newark OH, '06 GTO 6.721 205.29 205.29
16 107 Kenny Koretsky, Richboro PA, '07 Cobalt 6.724 205.16 205.16

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

17 30 Steve Schmidt, Indianapolis IN, '07 Cobalt 6.725 205.04 205.19
18 4 Mike Edwards, Coweta OK, '06 GTO 6.730 204.94 205.19
19 8 Greg Stanfield, Bossier City LA, '06 GTO 6.738 205.04 205.26
20 20 Tom Hammonds, Holt FL, '07 Cobalt 6.739 205.32 205.32
21 1186 Dave Northrop, Perkasie PA, '06 GTO 6.750 205.16 205.16
22 701 Ben Watson, Concord CA, '06 GTO 6.752 203.52 203.52
23 6157 Todd Hoerner, Deer Park WA, '06 GTO 6.779 203.83 203.83

PSM

1 4 Chip Ellis, Plains GA, Buell 6.976@ 191.32& 191.32
2 1 Andrew Hines, Brownsburg IN, Harley V-Rod 6.986 190.46 190.62
3 5 Matt Smith, King NC, Buell 6.996 188.81 189.52
4 499 Peggy Llewellyn, San Antonio TX, Buell 7.029 188.65 188.83
5 6 Karen Stoffer, Smith NV, Suzuki 7.038 190.65 190.65
6 235 Hector Arana, Milltown IN, Buell 7.042 189.10 189.18
7 3 Angelle Sampey, Brownsburg IN, Suzuki GSXR 7.043 190.30 190.30
8 88 Eddie Krawiec, Brownsburg IN, Harley V-Rod 7.062 187.52 188.10
9 2 Antron Brown, Brownsburg IN, Suzuki GSXR 7.066 187.76 187.76
10 10 Craig Treble, Hensley AR, Suzuki GSXR 7.077 191.13 191.13
11 9 Geno Scali, Lake in the Hills IL, Suzuki 7.082 189.34 189.34
12 25 Matt Guidera, Rocklin CA, Buell 7.094 187.36 187.36
13 751 Steve Johnson, Irondale AL, Suzuki 7.099 189.10 189.10
14 412 Michael Phillips, Baton Rouge LA, Suzuki GSXR 7.144 190.40 190.40
15 8 Tom Bradford, Eagle WI, Buell 7.161 183.59 183.59
16 413 Michael Ray, New Braunfels TX, Buell 7.163 185.13 185.13

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

17 748 Chris Rivas, Fresno CA, Buell 7.168 184.60 184.60
18 405 Blaine Hale, Midland TX, Beull 7.170 186.15 186.64
19 573 Mike Berry, Littleton CO, Suzuki 7.184 185.49 185.49
20 310 Joe DeSantis, Rootstown OH, Suzuki 7.207 186.28 186.28
21 205 Shawn Gann, Stoneville NC, Suzuki 7.289 185.21 186.64
22 408 Jim Randolph, Theriot LA, Suzuki 7.335 184.50 184.50

TAD

1 1 A/FD Bill Reichert, Owosso MI, Bowen-Reich 5.304 264.91 272.72
2 9 A/FD Aaron Olivarez, Sandy UT, Dan Page-BAE 5.306 274.55 274.55
3 440 A/FD Kate Harker, Gainesville GA, Spitzer-CRE 5.340 267.11 267.11
4 471 A/FD Aaron Tatum, Moore OK, Monden-BAE 5.345 276.29 276.29
5 74 B/AD Jim Whiteley, Grand Junction CO, Neilson 5.384 264.60 264.60
6 7942 B/AD Thomas Bayer, Fontana CA, Uyehara-BAE 5.428 262.64 262.64
7 497 B/AD Troy Buff, Spring TX, Yancer-BAE 5.463 256.55 257.14
8 469 B/AD Darvin Martinets, Lake Jackson TX, Hadma 5.502 260.76 260.76
9 53 A/FD Jeff Hamelink, Savage MN, Hadman-BAE 5.505 253.95 253.95
10 33 B/AD Marty Thacker, Robinson IL, Spitzer-RTR 5.509 259.11 259.11
11 35 A/FD Dave Hirata, Lowell IN, McKinney-TFX 5.524 260.21 260.21
12 44 A/FD Brandon Pierce, Moore OK, Monden-TFX 5.536 265.12 265.12
13 596 A/FD Randy Meyer, Spring Hill KS, Meyer-BAE 5.536 257.92 257.92
14 4 A/FD Duane Shields, Boulder City NV, Hadman-B 5.538 269.03 269.03
15 416 TA/D James Thompson, Vernon TX, Monden-BAE 5.541 265.85 265.85
16 7334 A/FD Shawn Langdon, Mira Loma CA, Monden-BAE 5.549 257.78 257.78

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

17 7 A/FD John Finke, Selkirk NY, McKinney-BAE 5.585 265.17 265.17
18 499 A/FD Brandon Lewis, Broken Arrow OK, Monden-B 5.611 256.26 258.62
19 63 A/FD Brandon Johnson, Shelton WA, Hadman-BAE 5.619 243.81 245.14
20 7000 A/FD Darryl Hitchman, Celeste TX, Swindahl-BAE 5.632 247.84 247.84
21 206 A/FD Bill Evans, Hialeah FL, Fritz-KB 5.727 224.77 224.77
22 417 A/FD Karl Brounkowski, Magnolia TX, Dragster- 5.785 253.33 253.33
23 48 A/FD Chris Holley, Freeport TX, Holley-TFX 5.856 236.59 236.59
24 23 A/FD Artie Allen, Jacksonville FL, McKinney-T 6.236 218.48 218.48
25 405 A/FD Carl Magee, Victoria TX, McKinney-BAE 7.051 217.28 217.28
26 3 A/FD Spencer Massey, Fort Worth TX, Bowen-TFX 17.021 75.42 75.42

TAFC


1 2 Jay Payne, Claremont CA, '07 Mustang 5.629 250.88 257.09
2 237 Von Smith, Oak Ridge TN, '05 Camaro 5.634 254.90 255.29
3 7 Steve Harker, Gainesville GA, '05 Monte Carlo 5.641 256.26 256.26
4 4 Bob Newberry, Morriston FL, '05 Monte Carlo 5.644 255.82 256.70
5 41 Jimmy Jones, Cleburne TX, '99 Camaro 5.649 255.34 257.38
6 596 Paul Anderson, Erie CO, '07 Charger 5.676 253.37 253.37
7 75 Dennis Taylor, Anaheim Hills CA, '02 Camaro 5.691 254.86 254.86
8 5 Cy Chesterman, Sioux City IA, '07 Mustang 5.698 256.60 256.60
9 484 Kebin Kinsley, Kennedale TX, '02 Camaro 5.703 253.47 253.75
10 9 Roger Bateman, Calgary AB, '02 Camaro 5.714 252.57 252.57
11 799 Sean Bellemeur, Newport Beach CA, '04 Camaro 5.737 251.25 251.25
12 418 Lee Callaway, Channelview TX, '07 Mustang 5.740 251.39 251.39
13 6 Mick Snyder, Demotte IN, '02 Firebird 5.741 246.53 247.43
14 62 Clint Thompson, Klamath Falls OR, '05 Monte Ca 5.753 252.76 252.76
15 7976 Keeter Ray, Newport Bch CA, '07 Mustang 5.764 252.47 252.47
16 54 Vern Moats, Des Moines IA, '02 Camaro 5.769 250.32 250.32

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

17 738 Mike Bell, Fulton MO, '06 Monte Carlo 5.779 250.00 250.00
18 49 Nancy Matter, Austin TX, '02 Camaro 5.814 250.37 250.37
19 777 John Patton, Peoria AZ, '02 Firebird 5.835 248.98 248.98
20 46 Steve Burck, Corpus Christi TX, '02 Camaro 5.872 248.02 248.02
21 710D Alexis De Joria, Venice CA, '07 Charger 5.882 251.34 251.34
22 45 Ron Morrison, Oklahoma City OK, '06 Monte Carlo 6.154 236.05 236.05
23 7507 Paul Crifasi, Henderson NV, '02 Firebird 6.189 228.27 228.27
24 4238 Shayne Lawson, Broken Arrow OK, '05 Monte Carlo 8.469 100.14 100.14
25 7384 Sean O'Bannon, Ontario CA, '07 Charger 12.182 84.22 84.22

PM

1 1 Jay Payne, Ontario CA, *'05 Stratus 6.012 239.02 239.02
2 1986 John Russo, Middleton MA, *'68 Firebird 6.022 241.63 241.63
3 217 Tim Tindle, Santa Rosa FL, *'67 Mustang 6.051 236.51 236.92
4 3 Josh Hernandez, Conroe TX, *'68 Camaro 6.063 238.09 238.09
5 1152 Tony Pontieri, Toronto ON, *'57 Bel Air 6.073 235.15 235.15
6 320 Steve Engel, Shandon OH, *'63 Corvette 6.097 239.87 240.12
7 4610 Harold Laird, Baton Rouge LA, *'63 Corvette 6.098 235.80 235.80
8 7 Rick Stivers, Lexington KY, *'68 Camaro 6.098 226.77 235.80
9 4 Shelly Payne, Ontario CA, *'68 Camaro 6.100 236.80 236.80
10 1090 Raymond Commisso, Toronto ON, *'68 Camaro 6.127 233.16 233.16
11 1212 Scott Ray, Greenville OH, *'53 Corvette 6.226 228.00 228.00
12 501 Mike Knowles, Grand Junction CO, *'63 Corvette 6.268 229.78 229.78
13 7700 Scott Bailey, Folsom CA, *'70 Chevelle 6.356 226.62 226.62
14 5835 Raymond Vettel, Phillips NE, *'70 Barracuda 6.408 221.02 221.02
15 24 Troy Coughlin, Delaware OH, *'06 GTO 6.844 225.63 225.63

Friday Qualifying

ENNIS, Texas --


Reigning Rookie of the Year J.R. Todd knows he needs a big weekend to keep his championship hopes alive and he responded with a top-qualifying effort of 4.541 seconds at 318.47 mph Friday night at the 22nd annual O'Reilly Fall Nationals presented by Castrol Syntec.
The Top Fuel racer joined surprise Funny Car leader Tim Wilkerson, Pro Stock stalwart Greg Anderson, and Pro Stock Motorcycle points leader Andrew Hines on the provisional low qualifier's podium.

Currently 77 points behind the fourth and final spot in the Countdown to Four, Todd has two races to make up the deficit. He's off to a good start with a quick 4.541 seconds at 318.47 mph in his Skull Gear dragster.

"Last week we missed a perfect opportunity to make up some ground on the guys in front of us but, it is what it is, and now we've got our work cut out for us this weekend," Todd said. "Hopefully now can go some rounds, pick up some points, and go into Richmond and get in that top four. This is a good morale booster for us because we've all been down in the dumps. Right now everyone is pumped up."

Points leader Tony Schumacher had to surrender his second pass after smoking his tires a few hundred feet into the run. His earlier pass of 4.608 at 322.19 mph left his U.S. Army dragster 13th on the ladder. Countdown participant Doug Herbert is not qualified with two rounds on time trials remaining.


He's not in the Countdown to the Championship field, but independent Funny Car racer Wilkerson showed he can still match-up well with those teams by posting a 4.787 seconds at 318.17 mph in his Levi, Ray & Shoup Chevrolet Impala SS.

"We really feel like we have nothing to lose," Wilkerson said. "We're not in the Countdown or chasing points. But we do need to qualify because that money is important. That's what helps pay the guys. They're back in the pits doing handstands right now. I feel more for them than I do for me. I got the best job in the world."

Countdown participant Mike Ashley is 10th with a 4.868 in his Torco Dodge Charger R/T. The devout Jew will not race Saturday in observance of Yom Kipper, so he'll have to hope his qualifying time holds.

Points leader Robert Hight will have a sleepless night as his Auto Club of Southern California Ford Mustang has yet to crack the top 16.


The top two racers in the Pro Stock points are first and second on the qualifying sheets with No. 2 points earner Anderson edging current No. 1 ranked racer Dave Connolly by two-hundredths of a second. Anderson's 6.668 seconds at 206.92 mph in the second session put his Summit Racing Pontiac GTO in the lead with Connolly close behind with a 6.686 seconds at 205.72 mph in his Torco Chevrolet Cobalt.

"Dave definitely isn't going away and I don't expect him too," Anderson said. "He's running strong and basically mistake-free and that's what we're gonna have to do. And let's not forget about some of these other cats. I wouldn't be surprised at all to see some of these other teams step up in the next few weeks. We're gonna have to be perfect for the rest of the year or we're not gonna win this thing."

Surprisingly, Jason Line is all the way down on the bump with a 6.729 at 206.29 mph in his summit Pontiac. Line had to abort his first round when his car got lose halfway down the track. Fellow Countdown racer Jeg Coughlin failed to qualify Friday.


Hines took over the POWERade points lead in Pro Stock Bikes for the first time this season with his win last weekend in Memphis. Now he's trying to stretch his advantage with a top qualifying effort here. Hines' 7.015 at 190.62 mph crushed an eight-year-old elapsed time record by two and a half tenths of a second and put his Harley-Davidson V-Rod on top at the midway point of qualifying. The Pro Stock Motorcycle class last ran in Dallas in 2000.

"This is the time of the year when we usually do well, at least that's been our track record," Hines said. "The team's done a great job and stuck with it through the highs and the lows. I'm really proud of them. To be No. 1 at a track I've never run at is special. My brother [Matt] is defending champion of this race and he showed me the fast way down the strip."

Chip Ellis, who is grasping to the fourth and final spot in the Countdown to Four, has out-qualified his closest pursuers with a second-best 7.017 seconds at 190.75 mph, a track speed record. Ellis' effort is noteworthy because he entered the race exactly 40 points ahead of Angelle Sampey. By out-qualifying her, it will force Sampey to go at least three rounds further than him on Sunday. Sampey is sixth with a 7.075 seconds at 189.02 mph.

TF

1 8 J.R. Todd, Avon IN, Hadman-TFX 4.541 318.47 321.96
2 4 Melanie Troxel, Avon IN, Hadman-TFX 4.545 331.94 331.94
3 2 Doug Kalitta, Ypsilanti MI, Attac-TFX 4.546 328.70 328.70
4 5 Rod Fuller, Las Vegas NV, Hadman-TFX 4.552 324.83 324.83
5 91 Larry Dixon, Indianapolis IN, McKinney-TFX 4.553 323.89 323.89
6 524 Joe Hartley, Portland OR, McKinney-BAE 4.557 329.58 329.58
7 530 Alan Bradshaw, Odessa TX, Don Long-BAE 4.577 323.81 323.81
8 743 Morgan Lucas, Brownsburg IN, Hadman-TFX 4.581 325.06 325.14
9 3 Brandon Bernstein, Fairview TX, McKinney-TFX 4.585 319.37 324.05
10 12 Bob Vandergriff, Alpharetta GA, McKinney-BAE 4.589 328.14 328.14
11 73 Whit Bazemore, Eugene OR, Hadman-TFX 4.595 300.46 319.52
12 6 David Grubnic, Ypsilanti MI, Attac-TFX 4.603 283.01 283.01
13 1 Tony Schumacher, Long Grove IL, Hadman-TFX 4.608 322.19 322.19
14 10 Hillary Will, Ypsilanti MI, Attac-TFX 4.630 323.27 323.27
15 9 Cory McClenathan, Lake Havasu City AZ, Hadman- 4.645 286.13 286.13
16 255 Clay Millican, Drummonds TN, Hadman-BAE 4.648 317.57 318.02

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

17 11 Doug Herbert, Lincolnton NC, McKinney-BAE 4.659 293.22 293.22
18 5050 Scott Palmer, Branson MO, McKinney-BAE 4.881 247.79 247.79
19 72 Mike Strasburg, Lindon UT, Hadman-TFX 4.934 252.90 252.90
20 1301 Doug Foley, Sewell NJ, Attac-TFX 5.564 166.64 166.64

FC

1 347 Tim Wilkerson, Springfield IL, '07 Impala 4.787 318.17 318.17
2 170 Jeff Arend, San Dimas CA, '07 Impala 4.788 320.36 320.36
3 1 John Force, Yorba Linda CA, '05 Mustang 4.801 321.35 321.35
4 750 Del Worsham, Chino Hills CA, '07 Impala 4.808 294.37 313.37
5 7321 Ashley Force, Yorba Linda CA, '06 Mustang 4.818 314.53 314.53
6 404 Kenny Bernstein, Fairview TX, '07 Charger 4.840 314.31 314.31
7 711 Jack Beckman, North Hills CA, '07 Charger 4.851 317.79 317.79
8 7 Gary Scelzi, Fresno CA, '07 Charger 4.863 307.72 307.72
9 5 Tony Pedregon, Brownsburg IN, '07 Impala 4.866 295.72 295.72
10 180 Mike Ashley, Melville NY, '07 Charger 4.868 322.11 322.11
11 10 Cruz Pedregon, Camarillo CA, '05 Impala 4.882 303.09 303.09
12 28 Ron Capps, Carlsbad CA, '07 Charger 4.884 316.82 316.82
13 388 Jim Head, Galena OH, '07 Solara 4.884 291.63 291.63
14 427 Tony Bartone, Long Island City NY, '05 Monte C 4.888 308.85 308.85
15 729 Jerry Toliver, Temecula CA, '07 Solara 4.911 311.41 311.41
16 319 Scott Kalitta, Ypsilanti MI, '07 Solara 5.326 200.41 200.41

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

17 782 Gary Densham, Bellflower CA, '07 Impala 5.648 198.00 198.00
18 33 Tommy Johnson Jr., Avon IN, '07 Impala 5.673 185.38 185.38
19 2 Robert Hight, Yorba Linda CA, '06 Mustang 5.935 158.73 158.73

PS

1 2 Greg Anderson, Mooresville NC, '06 GTO 6.668 206.92 206.92
2 3 Dave Connolly, Elyria OH, '07 Cobalt 6.686 205.72 205.72
3 9 Richie Stevens, New Orleans LA, '07 Stratus 6.687 205.60 205.79
4 6 Allen Johnson, Greeneville TN, '07 Stratus 6.690 205.69 205.69
5 1568 Justin Humphreys, Monrovia MD, '06 GTO 6.692 205.94 205.94
6 351 Ron Krisher, Warren OH, '07 Cobalt 6.696 205.63 205.63
7 357 Larry Morgan, Newark OH, '07 Stratus 6.698 205.35 205.38
8 208 Warren Johnson, Sugar Hill GA, '06 GTO 6.705 206.20 206.20
9 5 Kurt Johnson, Sugar Hill GA, '07 Cobalt 6.711 206.04 206.04
10 10 V. Gaines, Lakewood CO, '07 Stratus 6.717 205.35 205.35
11 7 Jim Yates, Occoquan VA, '06 GTO 6.718 205.69 205.69
12 103 Max Naylor, New Buffalo PA, '07 Stratus 6.721 204.76 204.76
13 107 Kenny Koretsky, Richboro PA, '07 Cobalt 6.724 205.16 205.16
14 30 Steve Schmidt, Indianapolis IN, '07 Cobalt 6.725 205.04 205.04
15 334 Craig Hankinson, Newark OH, '06 GTO 6.725 204.63 204.91
16 1 Jason Line, Mooresville NC, '06 GTO 6.729 206.29 206.29

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

17 4 Mike Edwards, Coweta OK, '06 GTO 6.731 204.73 205.19
18 25 Jeg Coughlin, Mooresville NC, '07 Cobalt 6.738 205.51 205.51
19 20 Tom Hammonds, Crestview FL, '07 Cobalt 6.745 204.85 204.85
20 8 Greg Stanfield, Bossier City LA, '06 GTO 6.759 205.26 205.26
21 701 Ben Watson, Concord CA, '06 GTO 6.768 202.94 202.94
22 6157 Todd Hoerner, Deer Park WA, '06 GTO 6.779 203.83 203.83
23 1186 Dave Northrop, Perkasie PA, '06 GTO 6.798 203.31 203.31

PSM

1 1 Andrew Hines, Brownsburg IN, Harley V-Rod 7.015 190.62 190.62
2 4 Chip Ellis, Plains GA, Buell 7.017 190.75 190.75
3 6 Karen Stoffer, Smith NV, Suzuki 7.045 190.16 190.16
4 499 Peggy Llewellyn, San Antonio TX, Buell 7.045 185.61 188.41
5 235 Hector Arana, Milltown IN, Buell 7.053 189.18 189.18
6 3 Angelle Sampey, Brownsburg IN, Suzuki GSXR 7.075 189.02 189.02
7 88 Eddie Krawiec, Brownsburg IN, Harley V-Rod 7.076 188.10 188.10
8 2 Antron Brown, Brownsburg IN, Suzuki GSXR 7.126 184.98 184.98
9 5 Matt Smith, King NC, Buell 7.128 185.89 186.87
10 25 Matt Guidera, Rocklin CA, Buell 7.132 186.02 186.02
11 9 Geno Scali, Lake in the Hills IL, Suzuki 7.137 188.25 188.25
12 10 Craig Treble, Hensley AR, Suzuki GSXR 7.144 190.06 190.06
13 751 Steve Johnson, Irondale AL, Suzuki 7.153 186.74 186.74
14 8 Tom Bradford, Eagle WI, Buell 7.161 183.59 183.59
15 748 Chris Rivas, Fresno CA, Buell 7.175 180.81 182.03
16 573 Mike Berry, Littleton CO, Suzuki 7.184 185.49 185.49

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

17 412 Michael Phillips, Baton Rouge LA, Suzuki GSXR 7.215 189.20 189.63
18 405 Blaine Hale, Midland TX, Beull 7.237 183.82 186.15
19 310 Joe DeSantis, Rootstown OH, Suzuki 7.249 186.28 186.28
20 413 Michael Ray, New Braunfels TX, Buell 7.271 181.50 183.10
21 205 Shawn Gann, Stoneville NC, Suzuki 7.291 185.54 186.64
22 408 Jim Randolph, Theriot LA, Suzuki 17.885 39.16 39.23

TAD

1 1 A/FD Bill Reichert, Owosso MI, Bowen-Reich 5.304 264.91 266.74
2 9 A/FD Aaron Olivarez, Sandy UT, Dan Page-BAE 5.306 274.55 274.55
3 440 A/FD Kate Harker, Gainesville GA, Spitzer-CRE 5.340 267.11 267.11
4 471 A/FD Aaron Tatum, Moore OK, Monden-BAE 5.345 276.29 276.29
5 74 TA/D Jim Whiteley, Grand Junction CO, Neilson 5.384 264.60 264.60
6 7942 B/AD Thomas Bayer, Fontana CA, Uyehara-BAE 5.481 262.28 262.28
7 497 B/AD Troy Buff, Spring TX, Yancer-BAE 5.496 257.14 257.14
8 469 B/AD Darvin Martinets, Lake Jackson TX, Hadma 5.502 260.76 260.76
9 33 B/AD Marty Thacker, Robinson IL, Spitzer-RTR 5.509 259.11 259.11
10 35 A/FD Dave Hirata, Lowell IN, McKinney-TFX 5.524 260.21 260.21
11 596 A/FD Randy Meyer, Spring Hill KS, Meyer-BAE 5.536 257.92 257.92
12 4 A/FD Duane Shields, Boulder City NV, Hadman-B 5.538 269.03 269.03
13 416 TA/D James Thompson, Vernon TX, Monden-BAE 5.541 265.85 265.85
14 7334 A/FD Shawn Langdon, Mira Loma CA, Monden-BAE 5.549 257.78 257.78
15 44 A/FD Brandon Pierce, Moore OK, Monden-TFX 5.559 265.12 265.12
16 499 A/FD Brandon Lewis, Broken Arrow OK, Monden-B 5.630 258.62 258.62

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

17 7000 A/FD Darryl Hitchman, Celeste TX, Swindahl-BAE 5.632 247.84 247.84
18 53 A/FD Jeff Hamelink, Savage MN, Hadman-BAE 5.697 251.11 251.11
19 206 A/FD Bill Evans, Hialeah FL, Fritz-KB 5.727 224.77 224.77
20 7 A/FD John Finke, Selkirk NY, McKinney-BAE 5.734 261.42 263.31
21 417 A/FD Karl Brounkowski, Magnolia TX, Dragster- 5.785 253.33 253.33
22 63 A/FD Brandon Johnson, Shelton WA, Hadman-BAE 5.835 245.14 245.14
23 48 A/FD Chris Holley, Freeport TX, Holley-TFX 5.856 236.59 236.59
24 23 A/FD Artie Allen, Jacksonville FL, McKinney-T 6.236 218.48 218.48
25 405 A/FD Carl Magee, Victoria TX, McKinney-BAE 7.051 217.28 217.28

TAFC

1 237 Von Smith, Oak Ridge TN, '05 Camaro 5.634 254.90 254.90
2 4 Bob Newberry, Morriston FL, '05 Monte Carlo 5.644 255.82 256.70
3 41 Jimmy Jones, Cleburne TX, '99 Camaro 5.649 255.34 257.38
4 2 Jay Payne, Claremont CA, '07 Mustang 5.667 255.34 257.09
5 596 Paul Anderson, Erie CO, '07 Charger 5.676 253.37 253.37
6 75 Dennis Taylor, Anaheim Hills CA, '02 Camaro 5.691 254.86 254.86
7 5 Cy Chesterman, Sioux City IA, '07 Mustang 5.698 256.60 256.60
8 484 Kebin Kinsley, Kennedale TX, '02 Camaro 5.703 253.47 253.47
9 799 Sean Bellemeur, Newport Beach CA, '04 Camaro 5.737 251.25 251.25
10 62 Clint Thompson, Klamath Falls OR, '05 Monte Ca 5.753 252.76 252.76
11 6 Mick Snyder, Demotte IN, '02 Firebird 5.761 246.75 247.43
12 7976 Keeter Ray, Newport Bch CA, '07 Mustang 5.764 252.47 252.47
13 54 Vern Moats, Des Moines IA, '02 Camaro 5.777 250.18 250.18
14 738 Mike Bell, Fulton MO, '06 Monte Carlo 5.779 250.00 250.00
15 418 Lee Callaway, Channelview TX, '07 Mustang 5.785 250.04 250.04
16 7 Steve Harker, Gainesville GA, '05 Monte Carlo 5.811 249.81 249.81

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

17 9 Roger Bateman, Calgary AB, '02 Camaro 5.819 251.06 251.06
18 46 Steve Burck, Corpus Christi TX, '02 Camaro 5.872 248.02 248.02
19 49 Nancy Matter, Austin TX, '02 Camaro 5.981 244.78 246.75
20 710D Alexis De Joria, Venice CA, '07 Charger 6.040 247.34 247.34
21 777 John Patton, Peoria AZ, '02 Firebird 6.067 192.14 192.14
22 45 Ron Morrison, Oklahoma City OK, '06 Monte Carlo 6.154 236.05 236.05
23 7507 Paul Crifasi, Henderson NV, '02 Firebird 6.189 228.27 228.27
24 4238 Shayne Lawson, Broken Arrow OK, '05 Monte Carlo 8.469 100.14 100.14
25 7384 Sean O'Bannon, Ontario CA, '07 Charger 12.182 84.22 84.22

PM

1 1 Jay Payne, Ontario CA, *'05 Stratus 6.041 237.88 237.88
2 217 Tim Tindle, Santa Rosa FL, *'67 Mustang 6.051 236.51 236.51
3 1986 John Russo, Middleton MA, *'68 Firebird 6.074 238.76 238.76
4 4610 Harold Laird, Baton Rouge LA, *'63 Corvette 6.098 235.80 235.80
5 7 Rick Stivers, Lexington KY, *'68 Camaro 6.111 235.80 235.80
6 3 Josh Hernandez, Conroe TX, *'68 Camaro 6.121 234.37 234.37
7 1090 Raymond Commisso, Toronto ON, *'68 Camaro 6.127 233.16 233.16
8 4 Shelly Payne, Ontario CA, *'68 Camaro 6.131 233.84 233.84
9 320 Steve Engel, Shandon OH, *'63 Corvette 6.137 240.12 240.12
10 1152 Tony Pontieri, Toronto ON, *'57 Bel Air 6.158 233.52 233.52
11 501 Mike Knowles, Grand Junction CO, *'63 Corvette 6.268 229.78 229.78
12 5835 Raymond Vettel, Phillips NE, *'70 Barracuda 6.408 221.02 221.02
13 7700 Scott Bailey, Folsom CA, *'70 Chevelle 6.628 205.35 205.35
14 24 Troy Coughlin, Delaware OH, *'06 GTO 6.844 225.63 225.63
15 1212 Scott Ray, Greenville OH, *'53 Corvette 7.410 134.10 134.10

Event Preview

ENNIS, Texas --

The 22nd annual O'Reilly NHRA Fall Nationals presented by Castrol Syntec, the 20th of 23 events in the NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series. Professional competitors in four categories earn points leading to 2007 NHRA POWERade Series world championships. Sportsman competitors in five categories earn points leading to 2007 NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series world championships.
WHERE: Texas Motorplex, 7500 W. Hwy. 287, Ennis, Texas. Follow I-45 or I-35E to Hwy 287, then follow 287 to the track.

WHEN: Thursday through Sunday, Sept. 20-23.

PURSE: Cash and contingency awards of more than $1.5 million.

SCHEDULE:
THURSDAY, Sept. 20
Sportsman qualifying begins at 10 a.m.

FRIDAY, Sept. 21
Sportsman qualifying and eliminations begin at 8:30 a.m.
Sport Compact Qualifying Session at 1:45 p.m.
PROFESSIONAL QUALIFYING SESSIONS at 3:45 and 6:45 p.m.

SATURDAY, Sept. 22
Sportsman qualifying and eliminations begin at 8 a.m.
Sport Compact Qualifying Sessions at 9:45 a.m. and 5:15 p.m.
PROFESSIONAL QUALIFYING SESSIONS at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.

SUNDAY, Sept. 23
Pre-race ceremonies, 10 a.m.
FINAL ELIMINATIONS begin at 11 a.m.

TELEVISION:
Saturday, Sept. 23, ESPN2 and ESPN2 HD will telecast an hour and a half of qualifying highlights at 12:30 p.m. (ET)

Sunday, Sept. 24, ESPN2 and ESPN2 HD will telecast NHRA Race Day, a 30-minute news magazine show, at 11 a.m. (ET).

Sunday, Sept. 24, ESPN2 and ESPN2 HD will televise three hours of final eliminations at 7 p.m. (ET).

2006 EVENT CHAMPIONS: Brandon Bernstein, Top Fuel; Robert Hight, Funny Car; Richie Stevens, Pro Stock.

TRACK RECORDS:
Top Fuel - 4.441 seconds by Doug Herbert, Oct. 2005; 333.95 mph by Scott Kalitta, Oct. 2003.
Funny Car - 4.694 seconds by Ron Capps, Oct. 2005; 330.31 mph by Robert Hight, Oct. 2005
Pro Stock - 6.643 seconds by Jason Line, Sept. 2006; 207.40 mph by Anderson, Oct. 2005
Pro Stock Motorcycle - 7.269 seconds by Angelle Sampey, April 1999; 186.91 mph by John Smith, April 1999
NATIONAL RECORDS: Top Fuel - 4.428 sec. by Tony Schumacher, Nov. '06, Pomona, Calif.; 336.15 mph by Schumacher, May '05, Columbus, Ohio
Funny Car - 4.659 sec. by Tony Pedregon, Feb. '07, Chandler, Ariz.; 333.66 mph by Jack Beckman, Nov. '06, Pomona, Calif.
Pro Stock - 6.536 sec. by Greg Anderson, March '07, Gainesville, Fla.; 211.69 mph by Jason Line, March '07, Gainesville, Fla.
PS Motorcycle - 6.871 sec. by Angelle Sampey, June '07, Englishtown, N.J.; 197.45 mph by Andrew Hines, March '05, Gainesville, Fla.
TICKETS: For tickets call (800) MOTORPLEX (668-6775). Tickets also are available at http://www.texasmotorplex.com.

Team PR (Top Alcohol)

Jimmy Jones


Jones hoping for homefield advantage at the Motorplex

ENNIS, Texas - Defending two-time NHRA Division 4 Top Alcohol Funny Car Champion Jimmy Jones and the Kelly & Jones Texas Tremor team will be looking to make a strong showing at their home track during this weekend's O'Reilly Fall Nationals presented by Castrol at the Texas Motorplex just south of Dallas. Jones, who scored a runner-up two years ago here, hopes to log his first national event win in front of his hometown friends and sponsors.

Jones, a Pharmacist from nearby Cleburne, Texas, enters the event hot off a runner-up finish two weeks ago at the Lucas Oil Series event in Shreveport, La. Homefield advantage is coveted in most sports, and Jones and co-owner Paul Kelly hope the same proves true in drag racing this weekend.

"This is our hometown race," said Jones. "Most of our sponsors and friends will be here this weekend. You always want to do the best you can, but when you're racing at your home track, you try just a little harder. We went to the final here in 2005, but it's always a tough race. There will be a lot of good cars here this weekend."

The Texas Tremor Team will debut new associate sponsor Skinz Wraps this weekend as well. Skinz Wraps recently completed a full truck and trailer vinyl wrap on the team's transporter, highlighting the team's 20+ years of racing in Top Alcohol Funny Car.

"We're very happy to bring Skinz Wraps on board," stated Jones. "They join our other associate sponsors Vistaplex Video Surveillance, Painless Performance, Royal Purple Motor Oil and Comp Cams. Hopefully we can make a good showing this weekend to reward their support of our team."

Qualifying begins on Friday for the alcohol cars, with two sessions followed by one final session Saturday afternoon. Eliminations begin with round one Saturday evening and conclude the event on Sunday.

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www.Skinzwraps.com - SkinzWraps, a publicly traded company, (SKZW.PK), is one of the nation's premier full-service vehicle wraps companies. SkinzWraps pioneered the concept of "wrapping"vehicles and continues to push this type of outdoor marketing to a new level. SkinzWraps has the capacity, experience and credibility to service the branding needs of any size company, large or small. In choosing SkinzWraps, you are assured that you are working with the best in the business.

Brandon Lewis

Lewis hoping to rebound close to home in Texas

ENNIS, Texas - While Oklahoman drag racer Brandon Lewis can't exactly call a race in Texas his 'home race,' without alienating many of his fellow statesmen who bleed Sooner Red, this weekend's O'Reilly Fall Nationals presented by Castrol at the Texas Motorplex is the closest national event to home for the Broken Arrow, Okla., based team. After making the switch to NHRA Top Alcohol Dragster from Top Alcohol Funny Car at midseason, the 21 year old Lewis has had an up and down year including two national event finals. With former sponsor ATTA Tanks returning for a one race deal this weekend, Lewis and team hope to rebound for their first win close to home.

Lewis, who purchased the 2005 World Championship winning car from Tom Conway, who serves as the team's Tuning Consultant, has been plagued by a mysterious 'bug' the team has diligently tried to solve. It's the kind of problem that could give the 21 year old driver gray hair. Despite drawing the team into a short slump, Lewis and his team are confident they will get to the bottom of the problem and return to the top of the pack soon.

"We've tore the car down to a bare chassis and started over again," said Lewis. "We've replaced parts, checked parts and serviced parts. We're going to try a few new things to see if we can get it to respond. All the ignition has checked ok. If it doesn't respond on the first run in Dallas, we have another motor in the trailer that ran well for us earlier in the year we'll put back into the car to see if the car just likes that motor better. We will keep on changing things until we eliminate the problem. With as much as we've changed already, there isn't much more left, so hopefully it will be sooner than later."

Lewis also hopes to jump back to his early season form for this weekend's sponsor ATTA Tanks, who manufacture aluminum auxiliary fuel tanks for nearly any kind of truck or trailer application.

"ATTA sponsored us on our Funny Car last year," stated Lewis. "Gene Hackett and the guys over there have come back on board for a one race deal, and we'll see where it goes from there. We're very pleased to have them on board to join our associate sponsors Lucas Oil, Unifirst and A-1 Auto Body. ATTA is just down the road in Mansfield, Texas, so they'll have quite a few people on hand, and since this is the closest race to home for us, we'll have close to 20 of our own guests. We're really looking forward to it, and if we can pull off a win, they're will be one hell of a party!"

Qualifying begins on Friday for the alcohol cars, with two sessions followed by one final session Saturday afternoon. Eliminations begin with round one Saturday evening and conclude the event on Sunday.

For more information on Brandon "the Kid" Lewis, log on the team's site at www.BrandontheKid.com

For more information on the team's marketing partner's fine products and services, visit the websites below:

www.ATTATank.com - For all of your auxiliary aluminum tank needs!

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Alexis De Joria

De Joria hoping for some birthday luck in Dallas

ENNIS, Texas - NHRA Top Alcohol Funny Car rookie Alexis De Joria will be looking for a little birthday luck and to give herself the ultimate gift as she and the Tequila Patrón/Jack O'Bannon Racing Team go for the gold at this weekend's O'Reilly Fall Nationals presented by Castrol at the Texas Motorplex just south of Dallas. De Joria will turn 30 on the Monday following the event and hopes the weekend will be a 250 mph birthday party.

De Joria, from Venice, Calif., is also excited that her father John Paul De Joria, who founded Patrón Spirits Company and Paul Mitchell Hair Care Products and other family will be in attendance all weekend. While her father has seen her run, this will mark his first full event.

"There's a lot going on this weekend," said De Joria. "I'm really excited about it. I turn 30 on Monday, so we'll be celebrating my birthday all weekend. My dad lives in Austin, so he's coming up with his wife and my brothers, so this will be the first race my family will be there all weekend. I usually do well when my dad is around. He's like my good luck charm."

"I've been working really hard to become the best driver I can be," De Joria continued. "I've been riding my bike almost 10 miles a day to build up my leg strength, and it's starting to pay off. Both of the team cars have been fighting a lot of tire shake lately, but Randy [Anderson - Crew Chief and former World Champion] and the guys have been working real hard to get the car figured out. They completely stripped them down after Bakersfield a couple weeks ago. Jack O'Bannon has really put together a quality team, so I have all the faith in the world in those guys. Maybe with my dad and my birthday, we'll get a little luck on our side and go a few rounds with this Tequila Patrón hot rod."

Qualifying begins on Friday for the alcohol cars, with two sessions followed by one final session Saturday afternoon. Eliminations begin with round one Saturday evening and conclude the event on Sunday.

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To find out more about the Jack O'Bannon Racing Team, visit their website at www.JackOBannonRacing.com

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www.PatronSpirits.com - Find out more about the world's number one tequila - Tequila Patrón.

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www.LE-Inc.com - Lubrication Engineers - "Leaders in Lubrication"

Sean O'Bannon

O'Bannon hoping to return to late rounds in Dallas

ENNIS, Texas - After finishing second nationally last year in NHRA Top Alcohol Dragster, Sean O'Bannon is looking to find some of that late round magic in his rookie campaign behind the wheel of the Tequila Patrón/Forest River RV's Top Alcohol Funny Car during this weekend's O'Reilly Fall Nationals presented by Castrol at the Texas Motorplex just south of Dallas. After reaching the semifinals at their national event debut in Topeka, Kan., earlier in the year the Jack O'Bannon Racing Team has had it's share of up's and down's that has put Crew Chief Sam Shockley and the team working overtime to reach championship form for next season.

O'Bannon, 29, of Fontana, Calif., cites the team has went over both team cars with a fine tooth comb following their last event in Bakersfield, Calif. O'Bannon hopes some of the changes made will pay dividends on the racetrack.

"We're continuing to make changes to the car," said O'Bannon. "It's been an up and down year for us, but not bad considering this is our first year in Top Alcohol Funny Car. We're working hard to make this a championship-caliber team that can win anywhere we show up. We've had some real good runs this year, we just need to keep working at it. Hopefully we'll turn the corner in Dallas this weekend and make a solid showing with the Tequila Patrón/Forest River RV's Dodge Charger."

In addition to feeling good about his chances, O'Bannon just feels good in general.

"One of the things we've done to the car is put it on a diet, and we've taken a significant amount of weight off the car," stated O'Bannon. "I've also been on a diet and I'm lighter than I've been in a long time. I'm feeling great, and I'm looking forward to Dallas."

Qualifying begins on Friday for the alcohol cars, with two sessions followed by one final session Saturday afternoon. Eliminations begin with round one Saturday evening and conclude the event on Sunday.

About The Patrón Spirits Company:
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Lee Callaway

Callaway signs Royce Homes as primary sponsor

ENNIS, Texas - Former NHRA Division 4 Top Alcohol Dragster Champion turned Top Alcohol Funny Car driver Lee Callaway will debut new primary sponsor Royce Homes during this weekend's O'Reilly Fall Nationals presented by Castrol at the Texas Motorplex just south of Dallas. Despite being only the second national event behind the wheel of his 2007 Mustang Funny Car, Callaway hopes to lean on the experience of Crew Chief Jackie Stidham, who won six Division 4 Championships in Top Alcohol Funny Car as a driver.

Callaway, from Baytown, Texas, is excited to have Royce Homes on board for the remainder of the season. The team will also assist Royce Homes founder Mike Manners, who currently competes in Top Dragster and Top Sportsman, upgrade his license to Top Alcohol Funny Car during post-race testing on Monday.

"We're very pleased to have Mike Manners and Royce Homes on board," said Callaway. "We have a lot of experience in our corner in Jackie Stidham, Stacy McLemore and my dad Dickie. We feel like we have the right parts and pieces on the car, and adding Royce Homes as a sponsor will help us mix it up with the top cars in the class. This year has been a learning process for us and we hope to make a big step in the right direction this weekend."

"We have been experimenting running the smaller cubic inch motor from our dragster," Callaway continued. "We feel like it will be a more efficient combination that we'll be able to rev higher once we get it sorted out. We've sort of went another direction to see if we can get an edge on the competition."

With 28 of the top cars in the country entered for the event, Callaway looks forward to the competition.

"It will be a good weekend to judge our progress," stated Callaway. "It will be a tough show to make, but we always look forward to a challenge. We really feel like we're on the edge of running some good numbers, so hopefully we can go a few rounds with the Royce Homes Mustang. After the race, we'll be helping Mike get his Funny Car license, so it should be a fun weekend."

Qualifying begins on Friday for the alcohol cars, with two sessions followed by one final session Saturday afternoon. Eliminations begin with round one Saturday evening and conclude the event on Sunday.

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