Pacific Raceways Shuck's NHRA Nationals

Kent Washington

July 20-22, 2007

Sunday eliminations

Photo gallery is here (all photos courtesy Bill Jeffery)

Sportsman results

Seattle Sportsman got completed and a couple locals (Canucks) had great results. Congrat's to Calgary's (not Edmonton as earleir stated) Ken Mostowich won got his first ever Wally in Super Comp in his door car, he defeated Dale Green. It will sit atop his mantle beside his previous Super Gas win. at Pomona. Jerry Earp went to the Super Gas final and came away with the R/U check. The "Ferd" was the victor. Brad Vinje did the same (R/U) in Super Street (ssorry Brad for that one slipping bay Yesterday). Jody Lang won (surprise) in Super Stock over Jimmy DeFrank. Eric Waldo defeated Steve Wann in Stock. David Rampy won Comp. He took out Clint Sallee.

....................The Pros are all done but it was not without major drama, as Ashley Force gets banged around big time (the car not her as she got out of the car okay) on the ride of her life. She pedals the car a couple times, it gets real loose, and hits the wall hard the back end comes around and hits the wall as well and then the car makes a couple spins while on fire. The body lifts up and she managed to get the car shut off and it spins to a halt in the middle of the lane. No word on whether she or her dad were the most animated. Likely pops. But he recovers enough to reach his second final in three races. Unfortunately his weekend got more expensive as he grenades his 'Stang at half track after leading by close to a tenth at the 660. Beckman drives around Force and gets his second win in a row. What a day of excitement after two and a half days of a whole lot of nothing happening."Shoe" gets his third win of the year over the "Prince". BB had a half tenth in et but a late .100 light cost him. Dave Connolly got the PS win over Allen Johnson. He is solidly in second points in the standings. Bob Panella goes to the semis in his seldom used "Sox & Martin" themed Hemi. His "Bullet" rental to Craig Donaldson went south when driver for the weekend Jerry Haas suffers a heart attack on Friday. He had surgery and was apparently okay. Tough luck for that team. The engine deal did not end up on good terms according to sources. More on that later.

In TAD, Shawn Cowie got outperformed by another blown car in the semi finals. Surprisingly Mike Austin squeaked by the local rookie 5.40 - 5.44. After a few 5.30's on the weekend, the .44 was a bit of a surprise. Tom Bayer was facing Austin in the final round, Bayer was in the mid 30's all day and looked strong all weekend long and took out Austin with his slowest lap of elims (run under cool conditions), a 5.45 to Austin's slowing 10 second et.


Bob Marshall went to round two in Comp, but broke (engine damage according to reports) and lost to Maureen Jondhal. Clint Thompson won in TAFC over Dennis Taylor. Clint ran mid 60's throughout and Taylor made his worst pass of eliminations after running low '60's all day. His 5.72 fell .05 short at the stripe. Other Canadians in the TA class:

Ed Douglas runs a career best 5.62 but faced Cowie in round one... Gone!

Tim Nemeth makes his best lap of the season, a solid 5.80 but up against a 6.58 by Clint Thompson in the other lane and you know the result.

Ken Kraus goes to round two but loses to Thompson in the 1/4's. He went 5.72 in round two but Thompson stayed in the '60s. Kraus got a huge holeshot of De Joria in round one. DeJoria ran a career best 5.73 but had an awful .34 light.

John Evanchuk ran well in qualifying (5.75) but rolled the lights in round one. Due to weather, he did not get to run the rescheduled Seattle final against Taylor.

Roger Bateman lost in the 1/4's to Taylor.

SpeedZone customer Don Hudson went into a huge wheel stand in the second round against Jay Payne. Payne blasted to a 5.57

Final Pro Eliminations

KENT, Wash. --


Four-time Top Fuel champion Tony Schumacher defeated Brandon Bernstein on a holeshot by just .004-second to claim the Top Fuel title on a rain-plagued Sunday at the 20th annual Schuck's Auto Supply NHRA Nationals.
"Fast Jack" Beckman made it two wins in a row in Funny Car when he defeated John Force in a final round that concluded with Force's Castrol GTX Ford in flames but, other than some singed paint, he was okay. Dave Connolly climbed back into the winner's circle and ended Allen Johnson's bid for not just a second straight win on the Western Swing but also his second straight in Seattle with the quickest pass of the weekend.

The 14th race of the 23-race season -- and 17-race regular season -- saw three more drivers clinch berths in the Countdown playoffs: Rod Fuller in Top Fuel, Ron Capps in Funny Car and Connolly in Pro Stock. There are three races left in the regular season: the FRAM Autolite NHRA Nationals at Sonoma, Calif. (July 27-29), the Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals at Brainerd, Minn. (Aug. 9-12) and the Toyo Tires NHRA Nationals at Reading, Pa. (Aug. 16-19).

Four-time and reigning Top Fuel champion Schumacher rode a great car to the final and then let his driving do the talking, recording a giant holeshot victory over a much quicker Brandon Bernstein to win his third race of the year. Schumacher blazed from the gates with a .047-second reaction time in his U.S. Army dragster to Bernstein's .100 start in his Budweiser dragster. Schumacher then held on to win by less than two feet, crossing with a 4.607 at 307.79 mph to Bernstein's 4.558 at 328.86 mph.

"Now that was exciting," Schumacher said. "The car was running so good all day but something went wrong down at the other end and she was hurtin'. I would guess it was mixing up the cylinders pretty good. I couldn't wait for the finish line to get there.

Schumacher moved past J.R. Todd and into fourth place in the POWERade Series point standings and he is all but assured of a berth in the Countdown playoffs.

"This Countdown deal...it's as if the NHRA made it with us in mind. This team always comes alive in the second half of the season and I look down the schedule and see a bunch of tracks where we've always done well in the past. Anything can happen at the end, and it would suck to lose because a stupid part breaks, but the format of this deal is perfect for us."

Fuller is the first Top Fuel pro to earn a spot in the eight-car Countdown playoffs. He currently leads the POWERade standings by 134 points while Bernstein moved back around Larry Dixon for second place.


Drag racing instructor Beckman won his second Funny Car race in a row and the third of his career in grand fashion; removing 14-time champion Force from the equation with a 4.829 at 320.97 mph. Force's Castrol GTX High-Mileage Ford Mustang encountered engine trouble in the final and ended up engulfed in flames. He was uninjured.

Once everyone realized that Force was okay, the celebration ensued in the Mail Terminal Services Dodge Charger R/T lane.

"We waited 13 races to get back to the final and now we've made it two in a row," Beckman said. "I get the win and John blows up and gets all the TV. I stopped my car and ran over to help him, at least that's what it looked like, but I really wanted to get on TV. Seriously, beating them was special and I'm glad he's okay."

Three races ago, Force was 15th in the points with just two elimination round wins on his ledger. A win (at Bristol), a semifinal (at Denver) and a runner-up Sunday (at Seattle) later and he's pushed his way into the Countdown to the Championship field, passing Cruz Pedregon whom he now leads by 44 points. Force's daughter Ashley Force got into a pedaling contest with Kenny Bernstein in the quarterfinals and her Castrol GTX/AAA Ford Mustang veered into the left side retaining wall. She climbed from the car under her own power and was checked and released by track medical personnel.

"I was steering it a little too much and I got in trouble," said Ashley Force, who is 60 points back of her dad for the last playoff berth. "In testing you don't practice pedaling because you don't want to hurt the car or parts. You just work on going from A-to-B. But the best drivers are the ones that can pedal, that's why my dad's won so many championships, and I don't have that experience yet."

Funny Car points leader Ron Capps lost to Ashley Force in the first round but he still clinched a berth in the Countdown playoffs, the first in his category to do so.

R/U Allen Johnson


Johnson left first in his quest for back-to-back wins but Connolly had tracked him down by the 60-foot timer and went on to win with a track record 6.649-second pass at 206.20 mph over Johnson's 6.682 at 206.23 mph.

"We needed every bit of that run because I missed the Tree a little there," Connolly said. "The car saved me that time. What a perfect time for [crew chief] Tommy Utt to put that tune-up in there. It was a long day but definitely worth the wait."

The top two qualifiers at the event, Johnson and Connolly were quick all day. Johnson's J&J Racing Dodge Stratus posted two 6.67s and a 6.66 in carrying him to his 12th career final. Connolly's Torco Chevy Cobalt posted a 6.69, a 6.66, and a 6.67 en route to his 24th final.

Currently third in the POWERade Pro Stock points, Connolly joined Greg Anderson and Jeg Coughlin in the Countdown playoffs, leaving just five spots open in Pro Stock.

Sunday's final results from the 20th annual Schuck's Auto Supply NHRA Nationals at Pacific Raceways. The race is the 14th of 23 in the NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series--

Top Fuel -- Tony Schumacher, 4.607 seconds, 307.79 mph def. Brandon Bernstein, 4.558 seconds, 328.86 mph.

Funny Car -- Jack Beckman, Dodge Charger, 4.829, 320.97 def. John Force, Ford Mustang, 5.235, 203.03.

Pro Stock -- Dave Connolly, Chevy Cobalt, 6.649, 206.20 def. Allen Johnson, Dodge Stratus, 6.682, 206.23.

Top Alcohol Dragster -- Thomas Bayer, 5.454, 259.66 def. Mike Austin, 10.127, 80.58.

Top Alcohol Funny Car -- Clint Thompson, Chevy Monte Carlo, 5.659, 253.23 def. Dennis Taylor, Chevy Camaro, 5.727, 251.81.

Final qualifying

KENT, Wash. -- The rest of Saturday's racing action at Pacific Raceways has been cancelled due to persistent rain showers. One complete round of professional qualifying was complete and two pairs of round two in Pro Stock had completed their runs when the rain returned.
Top Fuel and Funny Car qualifying will be set on the one round and the Top Ten rule. In Pro Stock everyone that was not in the field got a second shot at the track and failed to make the cut. In Top Fuel David Grubnic replace Morgan Lucas in the number 16 spot. Funny Car had three top ten players get into the field bumping out Gary Densham, Tim Wilkerson, and Jerry Toliver.

The Top Alcohol Dragster, Top Alcohol Funny Car and Stock fields were set after one round of qualifying. Competition Eliminator qualifying will be set using national event points, while Super Stock round one will be paired randomly.

Super Street got one time trial and will go into eliminations as will Super Comp and Super Gas, who have not been down the track.

Eliminations will start at 11:00 am with Top Fuel.

KENT, Wash. --


Due to persistent rain in the Seattle area, NHRA officials were forced to set the elimination fields for the 20th annual Schuck's Auto Supply NHRA Nationals Saturday evening after just one round of professional qualifying was completed.
Drivers in the POWERade top 10 who were not qualified after the lone round were placed in the bottom of the 16-car grids per rule. David Grubnic replaced Morgan Lucas in Top Fuel, while Jim Head, Cruz Pedregon, and Gary Scelzi will take the spots of Gary Densham, Tim Wilkerson, and Jerry Toliver.

J.R. Todd's Skull Shine dragster team ran the only 4.5-second pass of the day at Pacific Raceways, so his 4.577 at 318.39 mph was enough for his first career low qualifier award. John Force Racing pro Robert Hight broke in a brand-new Ford Mustang with a 4.800 at 300.53 mph for his sixth pole of the year for the Auto Club team. In Pro Stock, Dave Connolly took another step toward securing a berth in the Countdown playoffs by placing his Torco Racing Chevy Cobalt on top with a 6.664 at 206.42 mph.

Todd went to the starting line expecting a wild ride down the freshly-scrubbed racetrack. Instead, his Kevin Poynter-tuned hot rod went straight down the groove in 4.577 seconds at 318.39 mph. The reigning Rookie of the Year is just 33 races into his career but he already has five wins, two runner-up finishes, and one low qualifier honor.

"It kind of stinks that we only got one run but it's my first No. 1 so I guess I'll take it any way I can," Todd said. "We're all in the same boat heading into race day. No one really knows what to expect. The rain washes away the rubber and Top Fuel's going to be first out there so it'll be crazy. At least we get to pick what pair we're going to go so I'm sure we'll be back in the back."

Grubnic gets in on the bump, replacing hard-luck pro Morgan Lucas.


Hight was pleased with his first ride in his new Auto Club of Southern California Ford Mustang, which was put into service for the first time Saturday. The car looked strong in its debut, carrying the No. 2 man in the POWERade points to his sixth low qualifier of the year.

"We were a little nervous coming in with a brand-new car," Hight said. "We knew this morning that the most we could hope for was having two runs and with a new car you get anxious because you expect there to be bugs. But this thing drove just like the old car we had, the one I crashed in Topeka.

"One run definitely wasn't enough, especially with a new car. I think we could have gone much quicker. If we had another session probably a lot of cars would have gone quicker than a 4.80, our team included. It's really hard to guess what's going to happen tomorrow. We get Scelzi now in Round 1 and we know they're capable of big numbers. It'll be exciting."

Kenny Bernstein is second on the grid in his Monster Energy Drink Dodge Charger R/T after a 4.854 at 307.44 mph, the best effort for the "King of Speed" since his return to Funny Car. He will meet Cruz Pedregon, who is holding onto the eighth and final playoff berth in Funny Car, in one of the marquee first-round matchups Sunday. No. 10 in points Tommy Johnson Jr. vs. No. 13 in points Del Worsham will be a near elimination match with the loser's chances of making the playoffs diminishing significantly.

Ashley and John Force both earned bottom-half berths. Ashley is 10th in her Castrol GTX Ford Mustang and she draws points leader Ron Capps in Sunday's first round as she looks to reverse a recent trend that has seen her drop from seventh to 11th in points. John was on the bump but he moved up to 13th so officials could insert the three top-10 runners who were outside the field and he will look to continue his resurgence against Tony Bartone. He's entered this race ninth in the points, 16 behind Cruz Pedregon.


Currently third in the Pro Stock points, Connolly is next in line to earn one of the eight spots in the Countdown playoffs as teammate and No. 2 Jeg Coughlin and points leader Greg Anderson have already clinched their playoff berths. His first low qualifier of the year will help his Torco/Seeyle Wright Chevrolet Cobalt team move closer to earning a slot.

Allen Johnson, who shared the winner's circle in Denver with Beckman and Fuller one week ago, is second with a 6.671 at 206.95 mph in his J&J Racing Dodge Stratus.

Points leader Greg Anderson is fifth overall in his Summit Racing Pontiac GTO after a 6.688 at 207.18 mph.

Top Fuel

1 8 J.R. Todd, Avon IN, Hadman-TFX 4.577 318.39 318.39
2 91 Larry Dixon, Indianapolis IN, McKinney-TFX 4.601 316.08 316.08
3 255 Clay Millican, Drummonds TN, Hadman-BAE 4.604 313.22 313.22
4 73 Whit Bazemore, Eugene OR, Hadman-TFX 4.628 319.14 319.14
5 1 Tony Schumacher, Long Grove IL, Hadman-TFX 4.633 306.12 306.12
6 11 Doug Herbert, Lincolnton NC, McKinney-BAE 4.639 313.07 313.07
7 3 Brandon Bernstein, Fairview TX, McKinney-TFX 4.662 311.20 311.20
8 12 Bob Vandergriff, Alpharetta GA, McKinney-BAE 4.680 307.51 307.51
9 4 Melanie Troxel, Avon IN, Hadman-TFX 4.683 317.42 317.42
10 2 Doug Kalitta, Ypsilanti MI, Attac-TFX 4.690 272.17 272.17
11 9 Cory McClenathan, Lake Havasu City AZ, Hadman- 4.729 291.38 291.38
12 530 Alan Bradshaw, Odessa TX, Don Long-BAE 5.020 284.69 284.69
13 700 Steven Chrisman, Anaheim CA, Hadman-TFX 5.174 282.30 282.30
14 5 Rod Fuller, Las Vegas NV, Hadman-TFX 6.153 283.07 283.07
15 10 Hillary Will, Ypsilanti MI, Attac-TFX 7.260 109.14 109.14
16 6 *David Grubnic, Ypsilanti MI, Attac-TFX 10.268 82.03 82.03

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

17 743 **Morgan Lucas, Brownsburg IN, Hadman-TFX 8.391 94.70 94.70

Funny Car

1 2 Robert Hight, Yorba Linda CA, '06 Mustang 4.800 300.53 300.53
2 404 Kenny Bernstein, Lake Forest CA, '07 Charger 4.854 307.44 307.44
3 711 Jack Beckman, North Hills CA, '07 Charger 4.866 305.56 305.56
4 427 Tony Bartone, Long Island City NY, '05 Monte C 4.868 298.60 298.60
5 319 Scott Kalitta, Ypsilanti MI, '07 Solara 4.877 311.49 311.49
6 503 Tommy Johnson Jr., Avon IN, '07 Impala 4.887 287.90 287.90
7 28 Ron Capps, Carlsbad CA, '07 Charger 4.888 313.66 313.66
8 170 Jeff Arend, San Dimas CA, '07 Impala 4.894 307.51 307.51
9 180 Mike Ashley, Melville NY, '07 Charger 4.905 310.27 310.27
10 7321 Ashley Force, Yorba Linda CA, '06 Mustang 4.923 286.13 286.13
11 750 Del Worsham, Chino Hills CA, '07 Impala 4.936 302.21 302.21
12 5 Tony Pedregon, Brownsburg IN, '07 Impala 5.533 189.42 189.42
13 1 John Force, Yorba Linda CA, '05 Mustang 6.038 156.95 156.95
14 388 *Jim Head, Galena OH, '07 Solara 6.350 148.99 148.99
15 10 *Cruz Pedregon, Camarillo CA, '07 Impala 8.026 109.83 109.83
16 7 *Gary Scelzi, Fresno CA, '07 Charger 11.509 77.01 77.01

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

17 782 **Gary Densham, Bellflower CA, '07 Impala 4.942 300.06 300.06
18 347 **Tim Wilkerson, Springfield IL, '07 Impala 4.968 257.78 257.78
19 729 **Jerry Toliver, Temecula CA, '07 Solara 5.595 221.49 221.49

 

Pro Stock

1 3 Dave Connolly, Elyria OH, '07 Cobalt 6.664 206.42 206.42
2 6 Allen Johnson, Greeneville TN, '07 Stratus 6.671 206.95 206.95
3 5 Kurt Johnson, Sugar Hill GA, '07 Cobalt 6.677 207.02 207.02
4 357 Larry Morgan, Newark OH, '07 Stratus 6.682 206.13 206.13
5 2 Greg Anderson, Mooresville NC, '06 GTO 6.688 207.18 207.18
6 10 V. Gaines, Lakewood CO, '07 Stratus 6.688 205.94 205.94
7 208 Warren Johnson, Sugar Hill GA, '06 GTO 6.689 206.26 206.26
8 7 Jim Yates, Occoquan VA, '06 GTO 6.690 206.01 206.01
9 103 Max Naylor, New Buffalo PA, '07 Stratus 6.691 204.60 204.60
10 9 Richie Stevens, Metairie LA, '07 Stratus 6.694 206.01 206.01
11 1 Jason Line, Mooresville NC, '06 GTO 6.704 206.76 206.76
12 25 Jeg Coughlin, Delaware OH, '07 Cobalt 6.704 206.29 206.29
13 712 Bob Panella, Stockton CA, '07 Stratus 6.704 205.07 205.07
14 8 Greg Stanfield, Bossier City LA, '06 GTO 6.718 204.85 204.85
15 1568 Justin Humphreys, Monrovia MD, '06 GTO 6.724 205.26 205.26
16 401K Erica Enders, Houston TX, '07 Stratus 6.733 205.57 205.57

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

17 107 Kenny Koretsky, Richboro PA, '07 Cobalt 6.754 204.35 204.35
18 701 Ben Watson, Concord CA, '06 GTO 6.761 204.11 204.11
19 351 Ron Krisher, Warren OH, '07 Cobalt 7.079 194.27 194.27
20 772 Tony Rizzo, Tucson AZ, '07 Cobalt 7.393 142.10 142.10

TAFC

1 799 Sean Bellemeur, Newport Beach CA, '04 Camaro 5.624 257.87 257.87
2 75 Dennis Taylor, Anaheim Hills CA, '02 Camaro 5.643 256.06 256.06
3 2 Jay Payne, Claremont CA, '07 Mustang 5.654 256.70 256.70
4 65 Ken Kraus, Great Falls MT, '02 Camaro 5.674 253.28 253.28
5 62 Clint Thompson, Klamath Falls OR, '05 Monte Ca 5.710 251.81 251.81
6 756 Don Hudson, Stockton CA, '02 Camaro 5.714 250.46 250.46
7 9 Roger Bateman, Calgary AB, '02 Camaro 5.752 249.90 249.90
8 6352 John Evanchuk, Edmonton AB, '02 Firebird 5.754 249.12 249.12
9 3 Brian Hough, Junction City OR, '02 Firebird 5.757 235.84 235.84
10 63 Hank Coolidge, Sunburst MT, '02 Firebird 5.760 249.86 249.86
11 654 Randy Parker, Graham WA, '04 Mustang 5.883 243.94 243.94
12 67 Tim Nemeth, Chilliwack BC, '02 Camaro 5.912 245.27 245.27
13 710D Alexis De Joria, Venice CA, '07 Charger 5.954 246.35 246.35
14 747 Pete Swayne, Santa Rosa CA, '05 Monte Carlo 5.991 247.93 247.93
15 73 Steve Gasparrelli, West Covina CA, '06 Monte C 6.301 232.87 232.87
16 6057 Dave Germain, Toledo WA, '01 Avenger 6.909 214.45 214.45

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

17 7384 Sean O'Bannon, Fontana CA, '07 Charger DQ

TAD

1 440 A/FD Kate Harker, Gainesville GA, Monden-CRE 5.326 269.19 269.19
2 681 B/AD Shawn Cowie, Richmond BC, Santos-BAE 5.389 266.00 266.00
3 499 A/FD Brandon Lewis, Broken Arrow OK, Monden-B 5.390 262.18 262.18
4 9 A/FD Aaron Olivarez, Sandy UT, Dan Page-BAE 5.402 270.00 270.00
5 7942 B/AD Thomas Bayer, Fontana CA, UCR-BAE 5.407 253.56 253.56
6 74 B/AD Jim Whiteley, Grand Junction CO, Neilson 5.412 263.92 263.92
7 7402 A/FD Randy Eakins, Carson City NV, CNE-TFX 5.417 259.11 259.11
8 2151 A/FD Lindsey Wood, McAlpin FL, McKinney-BAE 5.419 258.81 258.81
9 613 B/AD Joey Severance, Spanaway WA, Hadman-MBR 5.446 246.26 246.26
10 66 B/AD Greg Tacke, Great Falls MT, Hadman-MBR 5.538 249.81 249.81
11 76 B/AD Mike Austin, Medford OR, Tuttle-Fontana 5.541 259.66 259.66
12 628 B/AD Kim Parker, Graham WA, Parker-BAE 5.547 251.06 251.06
13 63 A/FD Brandon Johnson, Shelton WA, Hadman-BAE 5.568 257.83 257.83
14 7222 B/AD Dennis Swearingen, Santa Clarita CA, Uye 5.583 253.99 253.99
15 6555 B/AD Ed Douglas, Sexsmith AB, Hadman-BAE 5.783 197.10 197.10
16 617 A/FD Gregg Lawrence, Salem OR, Hansen-KB 5.974 243.77 243.77

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

17 6073 A/FD Ed Verenka, Sherwood Park AB, Hadman-TFX 21.516 59.92 59.92



Event preview

KENT, Wash. --

(photos will be courtesy Bill Jeffery and Rich Carlson)

The 20th annual Schuck's Auto Supply NHRA Nationals, the 14th of 23 events in the NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series. Professional competitors in three categories earn points leading to 2007 NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series world championships. Sportsman competitors in six categories earn points leading to 2007 NHRA Lucas Oil Series world championships.
WHERE: Pacific Raceways, Kent, Wash. The track is located 10 miles east of Interstate 5 on Highway 18. From I-5, use Exit 142A (Auburn exit) and travel east 10 miles on Highway 18, following the signs to the track. From other points, use Highway 18 and exit S.E. 304th St. or S.E. 312th St.

WHEN: Friday through Sunday, July 20-22.

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

SCHEDULE:
FRIDAY, July 20 - Sportsman qualifying and eliminations begin at 9:15 a.m.
PROFESSIONAL QUALIFYING SESSIONS at 3 and 6 p.m.

SATURDAY, July 21 - Sportsman eliminations begin at 9:15 a.m.
PROFESSIONAL QUALIFYING SESSIONS at 11:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m.

SUNDAY, July 22 - Pre-race ceremonies, 10 a.m.
FINAL ELIMINATIONS begin at 11 a.m.

TELEVISION:
Saturday, July 21, ESPN2 and ESPN2 HD will televise two hours of qualifying highlights at 11:30 p.m. (ET).

Sunday, July 22, ESPN2 and ESPN2 HD will televise three hours of eliminations at 7 p.m. (ET).

Sunday, July 22, ESPN2 and ESPN2 HD will televise NHRA Race Day, a 30-minute pre-race show at 11 a.m. (ET).

2006 EVENT WINNERS: Tony Schumacher, Top Fuel; Whit Bazemore, Funny Car; Allen Johnson, Pro Stock.

TRACK RECORDS:
Top Fuel - 4.490 seconds and 331.36 mph by Larry Dixon, July '05
Funny Car - 4.735 seconds by Eric Medlen, July '05; 325.85 mph by Gary Scelzi, July '05
Pro Stock - 6.661 seconds by Mike Thomas, July '05; 207.24 mph by Greg Anderson, July '05


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.) by Greg Anderson; 211.69 mph (March '07 Gainesville, Fla.) by Jason Line


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