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Sunday July 10, 2011
With the win, Neff gave Ford its milestone 200th NHRA Funny Car victory as he powered his Castrol GTX Ford Mustang to a performance of 4.246 seconds at 293.22 mph to defeat Jeff Arend, who posted a 5.168 at 186.54 in his DHL Funny Car.
The heat is what was hard for everyone out there today, Neff said. It was a challenge. With the conditions it was one of those races where you have to get your car down the racetrack if you want to win. Its a tribute to our Ford Mustang body. Its a great car and we have great preparation by the team because the car is so consistent right now.
Im feeling pretty good right now, said Neff, who increased his series lead to 172 points over second-place Beckman. Weve been going to a lot of finals, and thats like training. You get in a groove and now, everybody is feeling good.
Worsham raced to his fifth victory of the season in Top Fuel, powering his Al-Anabi Racing dragster past David Grubnic in the final round. A three-time Funny Car winner here, Worsham joined Gary Scelzi as the only drivers to win in both nitro categories at Route 66 Raceway when he posted a 3.978 at 299.40 to hold off Grubnics Kalitta Motorsports machine, which trailed with a 4.055 at 294.50.
Anderson earned his second victory of the season and 67th of his career, denying Erica Enders her first win in her fourth career final round. Anderson took his first Route 66 Raceway victory with a holeshot victory as he drove his Summit Racing Pontiac GXP to a 6.670 at 207.18 to cross the finish line in front of Enders, who had a quicker, but losing, 6.659 at 206.89 in her ZaZa Energy Chevy Cobalt.
When the track temperature is 135 there is not a lot of traction and it becomes a crew chiefs race," Anderson said. "The driver has to find a way to make it happen too. I dont know how it worked out, but it did. This was the last track I hadnt won at and now I have, so thats cool at least until we go to someplace new.
Anderson beat Steve Spiess, Rodger Brogdon and Shane Gray to advance to the final round from the No. 1 qualifying position.
In Pro Stock Motorcycle, Tonglet rebounded from a DNQ at the last event to claim his second victory of the season and pick up his second consecutive win at this event. He pulled away from Chip Ellis in the final with a 7.047 at 188.46 on his Nitro Fish Suzuki. Ellis, whose last final round was in 2008 at Englishtown, N.J., finished in 7.153 at 185.49 on his Kuryakyn/Lartigue Racing Buell.
We are back to our old motor from the end of last year, said Tonglet, the defending Full Throttle Series world champ. We had a bad race in Englishtown and blew up all of our motors so we had to get Vance and Hines to fix them all. We were just hoping to qualify after Norwalk. We were confident here after qualifying number three. For the final it stepped up and almost made a perfect run.
Tonglet, who raced past Angie Smith, David Hope and Matt Smith in earlier rounds, said he had a lot of support from the Route 66 Raceway spectators.
Pro Stock Motorcycle points leader Eddie Krawiec lost in the second round and now leads Karen Stoffer by six points. Tonglet moved into a tie for fourth with three-time world champ Andrew Hines.
While the warm summertime conditions provided a bit of a challenge for crew chiefs and drivers to make the correct tune-up decisions for their hot rods, the climate proved to be a great atmosphere for the thousands of Chicagoland fans who flocked to the track over the race weekend. New Route 66 Raceway track president Scott Paddock enjoyed his first NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series experience.
"We couldn't be more excited about the four days of racing we saw this weekend at the O'Reilly Auto Parts Route 66 NHRA Nationals, Paddock said. Today's gorgeous weather was the perfect backdrop for Greg Anderson's first-ever win at Route 66 Raceway, as well as the other outstanding winners: Del Worsham, Mike Neff and LE Tonglet. A big thank you to the city of Joliet and to our fans for their tremendous support along with the NHRA, who continues to be a terrific partner to work with. We look forward to bringing back all the excitement of the NHRA Nationals in 2012."
The NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series continues July 22-24 at Bandimere Speedway near Denver with the Mopar Mile-High NHRA Nationals.
Sunday's final results from the 14th annual O'Reilly Auto Parts Route 66 NHRA Nationals at Route 66 Raceway. The race is the 11th of 22 in the NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series-
Top Fuel -- Del Worsham, 3.978 seconds, 299.40 mph def. David Grubnic, 4.055 seconds, 294.50 mph.
Funny Car -- Mike Neff, Ford Mustang, 4.246, 293.22 def. Jeff Arend, Toyota Solara, 5.168, 186.54.
Pro Stock -- Greg Anderson, Pontiac GXP, 6.670, 207.18 def. Erica Enders, Chevy Cobalt, 6.659, 206.89.
Pro Stock Motorcycle -- LE Tonglet, Suzuki, 7.047, 188.46 def. Chip Ellis, Buell, 7.153, 185.49.
Top Alcohol Dragster -- Bill Reichert, 5.380, 260.56 def. Jim Whiteley, 5.428, 265.27.
Top Alcohol Funny Car -- Tony Bartone, Ford Mustang, 5.633, 256.36 def. John Lombardo Jr., Chevy Monte Carlo, 5.701, 253.99.
Competition Eliminator -- David Rampy, Bantam, 7.332, 171.36 def. Arnie Martel, GTO, 7.685, 167.99.
Super Stock -- Michael Mans, Pontiac Firebird, 9.570, 138.86 def. Chris Chaney, Chevy Cavalier, 9.881, 129.80.
Stock Eliminator -- Slate Cummings, Pontiac Firebird, 10.358, 127.33 def. Joe Sorensen, Chevy Camaro, 10.439, 127.32.
Super Comp -- Kevin Kleineweber, Chevy Lumina, 8.901, 171.77 def. Larry Bernshausen, Dragster, 8.891, 163.35.
Super Gas -- Jimmy Lewis, Chevy Corvette, 9.910, 151.12 def. Rusty Cook, Corvette, 9.928, 165.01.
Super Street -- Scotty Rienschield, Chevy Corvette, 10.909, 144.58 def. Dan Carter, Chevy Camaro, 10.933, 130.43.
Saturday final qualifying
Humphrey in the first round of eliminations as he tries to claim his first win at the Chicago track, the only one on the circuit where the four-time champ has not won.
Spencer Massey (Top Fuel), Mike Neff (Funny Car) and Hector Arana Jr. (Pro Stock Motorcycle) also will lead their categories into Sunday's 11 a.m. eliminations at the NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series event.
In Top Fuel, Massey claimed his second No. 1 of the season and third of his career with his performance of 3.819 at 319.29 from Friday. He will meet local favorite TJ Zizzo of nearby Linconshire in the opening round.
Neff, who is leading the Funny Car series point standings while serving as both driver and crew chief for his Ford Mustang, took his fifth top qualifying position of his career and first since 2009 as no one bettered his Friday run of 4.110 seconds at 298.01 mph. Neff, a three-time winner this season, will race Terry Haddock in the first round.
In Pro Stock Motorcycle, Arana Jr. earned his second consecutive No. 1 of the season by riding his Buell to a 6.950 at 191.65. The rookie rider will face GT Tonglet in the opening round.
Massey, Neff, Anderson, Arana lead Friday Chicago fields
Friday, July 08, 2011
Spencer Massey raced to the qualifying lead in Top Fuel Friday at the OReilly Auto Parts Route 66 NHRA Nationals.
Neff (Funny Car), Greg Anderson (Pro Stock), and Hector Arana Jr. (Pro Stock Motorcycle)
also were qualifying leaders at the NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series event
at Route 66 Raceway near Chicago.
have to think about before each run because its so many runs in a row,
Massey said. This track has always been killer, and theres been great
numbers put down here, so I figured this thing could run an 82 or 83 and if it
stuck it was going to make it. It surprised me with an 81, but Ill take
an 81 and a No. 1 anytime.