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Topeka Sumer Nationals
May 20-22, 2011
Weekend Wrap up
It was the 21st career win for Hight, whose less-than-stellar 4.284-second final-round pass at 264.86 in his Auto Club Ford Mustang was still good enough to defeat Neffs 4.562 and 215.27 in his Castrol GTX Ford Mustang.
I came to this race 16 years ago to be a part of John Force Racing and I thought then my dreams had come true. I didnt know what I was going to do, I didnt care, Hight said. To be part of history like this, 200 wins, this is now my dream come true. This is unbelievable.
Masseys win came at the expense of Bob Vandergriff, who extended his NHRA record of runner-up finishes without a win to 13.
It feels unbelievable, said Massey, who ran a 3.914 at 312.78 to Vandergriffs 3.962 at 302.21. We have the consistency now and thats what it takes to do it.
Weve smoked our tires and beat ourselves; at Atlanta (May 13-15), we talked about getting down the track and make the other car beat us and thats what we did (reaching the semis), and we did it again here at Topeka.
Gray won for the second time in his career and moved back into the Top 10 in the standings with his final-round 6.679-second pass at 206.95 mph in his Service Central Pontiac to Greg Stanfields 6.695 at 206.29 in the NitroFish Pontiac.
Weve struggled pretty much since the year started, had car issues, engine issues, we just went back to the shop, regrouped, dissected the motor, dissected people, made probably 100 test runs, came here and the car ran really well, Gray said.
NHRAs 60th anniversary season resumes in two weekends with the NHRA SuperNationals June 2-5 at Old Bridge Township Raceway Park in Englishtown.
Sunday's final results from the 23rd annual Summer Nationals at Heartland Park Topeka. The race is the seventh of 22 in the NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series-
Top Fuel -- Spencer Massey, 3.914 seconds, 312.78 mph def. Bob Vandergriff, 3.962 seconds, 302.21 mph.
1. Del Worsham 613
Funny Car -- Robert Hight, Ford Mustang, 4.284, 264.86 def. Mike Neff, Mustang, 4.562, 215.27.
1. Mike Neff 593
Pro Stock -- Shane Gray, Pontiac GXP, 6.679, 206.95 def. Greg Stanfield, GXP, 6.693, 206.29.
1. Jason Line 578
LUCAS OIL DRAG
RACING SERIES RESULTS
Top Alcohol Dragster -- Cody Perkins, 5.377, 263.15 def. Aaron Tatum, 5.679, 250.09.
Top Alcohol Funny Car -- Frank Manzo, Chevy Monte Carlo, 5.572, 259.76 def. Tony Bartone, Ford Mustang, 5.680, 256.31.
Competition Eliminator -- Lou Ficco Jr., Pontiac GXP, 7.260, 189.36 def. David Billingsley, Olds Cutlass, 9.047, 147.37.
Super Stock -- Chris Chaney, Chevy Cavalier, 10.013, 131.22 def. Mike Stokes, Cavalier, 8.927, 141.34.
Stock Eliminator -- Daryl Bureski, Olds 442, 11.530, 112.11 def. Brett Speer, Chevy Nova, 10.639, 116.08.
Super Comp -- William Swann, Dragster, 8.934, 174.12 def. Jacky King, Dragster, 8.944, 171.42.
Super Gas -- Mike Wiblishouser, Chevy Corvette, 9.962, 156.68 def. Jarod Bowman, Corvette, 9.976, 158.32.
Super Street -- Steve Domingues, Chevy Camaro, 10.901, 151.00 def. Scott Cowles, Chevy Truck, foul.
Top Dragster -- Keith McCullar, Dragster, 6.669, 198.64 def. Larry Piper, Dragster, 7.343, 179.28.