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The Little Ol' FR 2009 NHRA Drag Racing Thread
FlAttorney's FR Racing ^ | March 12, 2009 | FlAttorney & Co. and a "cast of many"

Posted on 03/14/2009 4:53:38 PM PDT by flattorney

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101 posted on 03/27/2009 4:21:30 PM PDT by WestCoastGal (If he wants to come by the bus after the race and get his a$$ whooped, I'll do it. - Dale Jr)
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JFR really does great updates from the track on their Twitter page.

102 posted on 03/27/2009 4:59:57 PM PDT by WestCoastGal (If he wants to come by the bus after the race and get his a$$ whooped, I'll do it. - Dale Jr)
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Instead of two, there was only one round of Full Throttle Championship qualifying on Friday due to rain.

Sat Mar 28, 8:00 am, Baytown, Texas: 44 degrees feels like 36, Clear, Winds WNW 19-30 mph, 62% humidity.
-- High 65 degrees, Sunny, Winds WNW 20-30 mph, 35% humidity.

03.25.09: NHRA Spring Nationals: Remembering Legendary Scott Kalitta
      Jeff Arend and the DHL/Kalitta Motorsports Funny Car team have a little extra motivation to visit the winner’s circle this weekend at the Spring Nationals. In 1989, the late Scott Kalitta, drag racing legend and son of team owner Connie Kalitta, won the only Funny Car “Wally” (trophy) in the 50-year history of Kalitta Motorsports at the Houston event. Team Kalitta has over 50 Top Fuel class trophies on its mantle, but only one for a Funny Car victory.
      Arend joined Kalitta Motorsports last year to assume the driving duties of the DHL entry after the tragic death of Scott as the result of injuries he suffered in a high-speed racing accident in June in New Jersey. “Getting a win in Houston this weekend would be very special to us and everyone that loves NHRA drag racing and Kalitta Motorsports,” Arend, a 46-year old resident of San Dimas, Calif., said. “Twenty years ago Scott took the Kalitta Flying Services Funny Car all the way to a win at HRP. It would mean so much to this team to be able to repeat that fete 20 years later for him. We’ll all have a little extra spring in our steps this weekend to try to make that happen.”
      Arend and the DHL crew will also be part of a special event at the DHL Global Forwarding facility in Houston, Thursday, March 26. The DHL Funny Car will be on display to help celebrate the opening of the new and enormous facilities which house the DHL Global Forwarding group, as well as the DHL Industrial Projects group. - credit: Kalitta Motorsports

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2008 Spring Nationals Photos Video Cool video with Quite Riot . .Feel the Noise backing track.


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103 posted on 03/28/2009 6:12:25 AM PDT by flattorney (See my comprehensive FR Profile "Straight Talk" Page)
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On Thursday March 26, 2009, Team Kalitta's Jeff Arend and the DHL crew hosted a special event at the DHL Global Forwarding facility in Houston, Texas. Photos from the event.


104 posted on 03/28/2009 6:45:39 AM PDT by flattorney (See my comprehensive FR Profile "Straight Talk" Page)
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To: steve86; Jersey Republican Biker Chick
Karen Stoffer
NHRA Profile | NHRA Spring Nationals 2004 & 2005 Winner

385 horsepower Suzuki, Career Best 6.908 ET, 194.30 MPH
2 of her 5 PSM wins were at the NHRA Spring Nationals, Houston

03.21.09 FlA Says: Good article below on Karen Stoffer. Photos are from '09 Gatornationals. My comments from thread post #48: Karen is doing a number of things right. She and her team have a three year primary sponsorship from GEICO that runs through the end of the 2010 NHRA season. GEICO, owned by Berkshire Hathaway(Warren Buffett), is using the sponsorship to increase both their motorcycle and cars insurance sales. GEICO has been Karen's primary sponsor since 2004. The other PSM teams would kill to have her GEICO sponsorship. I hope Karen has a fantastic 2009 season. <> From my '09 Gatornationals Track Notes: PSM Karen Stoffer looked very good this weekend. She was real solid in qualifying ending up at #3 with a 6.963 @ 190.43. She won her first round of final eliminations with a great (0.070) 6.936 @ 192.11 pass. Karen had the 2nd lowest e.t. of the round with eventual PSM event winner, Hector Arana, the only one faster by one thousandth of a second @ 6.935. Karen's second round loss to Shawn Gann really hurt. When Gann started his burnout he bogged down the motor and it died. Karen had finished her burnout and had to wait while Gann's crew re-started his bike and he did another burnout. As can happen, the wait messed up Karen's rhythm/concentration and she was very late on the tree with a reaction time of 0.137. It was too bad as she ran both a faster e.t. and mph than Shawn. #SNIP#

03.18.09: Pro Stock Motorcycle rider Karen Stoffer Leads Geico's Big Leap Into Drag Racing
      There was a time when Karen Stoffer was the lone gecko in drag racing. Now she’s part of a grand scaled gecko invasion. The gecko we reference is the iconic cartoon icon pitching the Geico Insurance Company and their ability to save customers money. Geico Power Sports has made a splash in NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing and one can’t help but notice it all started with the personality-driven Pro Stock Motorcycle rider from Minden, Nev. Six years ago, Stoffer introduced Geico Motorcycle to the quickest and fastest motorsport in the world. Today she beams when discussing the company’s increased involvement in drag racing.
      “Geico Power Sports sees the value of what NHRA provides,” Stoffer explained. “Drag racing stands out among the other motorsports venues. In other forms of racing the main attraction happens in one little part of the real estate called the race track. But, in NHRA events, the activity and excitement actually spans the entire real estate. You watch a race for maybe five seconds or seven seconds or whatever and then go down from the stands and you get to interact with all of the drivers, you get to see the tear downs, you get to drive all the interactive activities, shop along the racer mall. It offers so much more and Geico sees that. They've really extended their footprint.”
      That footprint remains a source of pride for Stoffer, who first entered NHRA’s premiere two-wheeled eliminator in 1996 as one of three female riders alongside Angelle Sampey and Stephanie Reaves.
      She needs no reminder that she’s a blessed person and seeing the program expand to include Top Fuel driver Morgan Lucas and the NHRA only amplifies the feeling. Stoffer admits this is the first time in her career that she’s had a teammate. She always dreamed of the day she’d have a teammate but Stoffer will also quickly admit that she believed they would be on two-wheels. Having a Top Fuel teammate can have its advantages. “Having Morgan has brought a lot of publicity and support to the program,” Stoffer admitted. “We're really working well together.” Large amounts of publicity are uncommon for the Pro Stock Motorcycle division but that is rapidly changing with this new program, as well as other controversial intangibles related to the bikes. #SNIP#
      Stoffer and company are on the right track to elevate their program and Geico is putting the power to the Doug Johnson-owned team. One of the first investments, with the added Geico backing, was the addition of veteran Suzuki tuner Mark Peiser. In addition to Peiser, the team also debuted a new bike in Gainesville which won the event's Best Engineered Award. #SNIP#

Read Full Article with Photos
- - Stoffer watched from a distance as the Pro Stock Motorcycle community spent the winter up in arms over NHRA's legalization of Harley-Davidson four valves per cylinder engine. (Suzuki doesn't have one available yet. More of the on-going PSM V-Twin vs. Straight Line feud, i.e. Harley-D and Buell vs. Suzuki - fla)

Sorry I missed posting this earlier. "Someone" placed the post workup pieces in the wrong in-folder. You know who you are. :-) ~ TAB

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105 posted on 03/28/2009 8:55:03 AM PDT by flattorney (See my comprehensive FR Profile "Straight Talk" Page)
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106 posted on 03/28/2009 9:56:23 AM PDT by Jersey Republican Biker Chick (You cannot help the wage earner by pulling down the wage payer.)
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Wow sounds like a spectacular show today! I am so glad. I will sure be watching on ESPN 2 tomorrow. These are the times again from the lead post.
Sun, 03.29: NHRA Race Day 11:00 - 11:30 a.m.
Sun, 03.29: Eliminations 4:30 - 7:30 p.m.


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Hey girl, fantastic job on the FR Spring Nats posts. Quick scrawl em re huge day at HRP. Please FR post for me and put second half on the hub along with the final qualifying info per below links, on both. # # "Houston we have our supertrack again." Today was probably the best two rounds of qualifying I have witnessed in years. Even in difficult conditions with wind chill temps only in the low to mid 50's for Round 2, low 60's for Round 3, and very strong cross winds during both Rounds, we watched incredible lighting fast ET and MPH during qualifying, with records broken and several more drivers posting career bests. If I wasn't here, I wouldn't believe the numbers. It's like old times again after HRP was built back in 1987.

In TF, FC, and PS the top half of the fields destroyed the numbers they laid down in qualifying two weeks ago at Gainesville. PSM also did great, and would have done even better, if the 20-30 mph cross winds didn't give some of them major problems. Here we go. . . JJ just finished compiling the SpringNats to GatorNats comparatives that I added as an addendum. Please footnote add to qualifying stats to be posted. It says it all. . . unbelievable.

HRP's track was not only green from the heavy rains Thu and Fri (it was pouring when we arrived Thu night and off/on all day Fri with several major downpours and lightening) but the renovated track is so new that it really hasn't been broke in yet, particularly from 660 - 1320 feet. The NHRA Spring Nationals is its first major event. The American Drag Racing League's Dragpalooza V event on March 6-7 was only 1/8 mile (660 ft) racing. The Angel Brothers hit a home run with this track.

For the Finals tomorrow the weather will be perfect. The forecast is for a high in the low 70's, no chance of rain, winds only 5-10 mph, and humidity in the 30's % range. I believe we again are going to witness some of the best drag racing action I've seen in many years. All the pros I/we talked to in the pits are fired up about tomorrow. Needless to state, the three hour ESPN coverage tomorrow is a don't miss. # SNIP #

107 posted on 03/28/2009 7:46:04 PM PDT by flattorney (See my comprehensive FR Profile "Straight Talk" Page)
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Final Qualifying Results After Three Rounds
One Round Cancelled Due To Weather

  Psn Driver               Vehicle                           ET   Speed
   1. Antron Brown         Matco Tools Dragster            3.819  316.75 
   2. Brandon Bernstein    Budweiser/Lucas Oil             3.841  316.23 
   3. Tony Schumacher      U.S. Army Dragster              3.868  313.00 
   4. Clay Millican        MPE Motorsportd Dragster        3.871  313.80 
   5. Spencer Massey       US Smokeless Dragster           3.877  310.13 
   6. Morgan Lucas         Geico Powersport-Lucas Oil      3.881  305.77 
   7. Larry Dixon          Al-Anabi Racing Dragster        3.882  310.41 
   8. Shawn Langdon        Lucas Oil/Dixie Chopper         3.886  310.98 <+>
   9. Cory McClenathan     Fram Dragster                   3.889  313.00 
  10. Urs Erbacher         Century Asphalt Materials       3.922  307.16 
  11. David Baca           Mach 1/Global Services          3.935  310.55 
  12. Joe Hartley          Hartley Racing Dragster         3.972  305.56 
  13. Troy Buff            Bill Miller Racing-Okuma        3.997  288.52 
  14. Del Cox Jr           LA Kings-RG Industries          4.022  300.06 
  15. Terry Haddock        Dragster                        4.062  291.57 
  16. Todd Simpson         Dragster                        4.311  266.11 
          --------- Not Qualified ---------
  17. Doug Kalitta         Kalitta Motorsports             4.425  215.86 
  Psn Driver               Vehicle                           ET   Speed
   1. Cruz Pedregon        Advance Auto Parts Solara       4.075  301.00 
   2. Del Worsham          Al-Anabi Racing Solara          4.082  306.40 
   3. Ashley Force Hood    Castrol GTX Mustang             4.085  308.78 
   4. Tim Wilkerson        Levi, Ray, Shoup Mustang        4.086  307.16 
   5. Jack Beckman         Valvoline/MTS Charger           4.108  299.53 
   6. John Force           Castrol GTX Mustang             4.111  303.78 <+>
   7. Matt Hagan  Charger              4.127  300.60 
   8. Mike Neff            JFR/Ford Mustang                4.138  304.12 
   9. Tony Pedregon        Quaker State Impala             4.160  302.01 
  10. Gary Densham         All Floors-More Stratus         4.162  290.44 
  11. Bob Tasca III        Motorcraft-Quick Lane Mustang   4.172  298.27 
  12. Robert Hight         AAA of So. Cal Mustang          4.174  301.47 
  13. Jeff Arend           DHL Solara                      4.190  300.60 
  14. Ron Capps            NAPA Auto Parts Charger         4.194  298.14 
  15. Jerry Toliver        Canidae Pet Food Monte Carlo    4.198  288.52 
  16. Bob Bode             Alard Machine Products Impala   4.204  294.37 
          --------- Not Qualified ---------
  17. Brian Thiel          Olympus Trailers Monte Carlo    4.258  294.43 
  Psn Driver               Vehicle                           ET   Speed
   1. Jason Line           Summit Racing Equipment GXP     6.544@ 211.49  << 
   2. Kurt Johnson         AC Delco Cobalt                 6.562  210.44 
   3. Greg Anderson        Summit Racing Equipment GXP     6.563  211.89^ <<
   4. Mike Edwards         Young Life/Penhall GXP          6.567  210.87 
   5. Warren Johnson       KN Filters GXP                  6.567  210.44 
   6. Jeg Coughlin Cobalt                 6.574  209.98 
   7. Jim Yates            Wiley X Eye Wear GXP            6.575  209.59 
   8. Ron Krisher          Valvoline Cobalt                6.576  209.59 <+>
   9. Allen Johnson        Mopar-/J J Racing Stratus       6.587  210.18 
  10. Johnny Gray          Johnny Gray Racing Stratus      6.592  210.47 
  11. David Beckley        Mountain View Tires Stratus     6.592  209.75 
  12. Justin Humphreys     RaceRedi Motorsports GXP        6.599  208.88 
  13. Rickie Jones         Quarter-Max/RJ Stratus          6.603  209.85 
  14. Steve Spiess         Spiess Construction Cobalt      6.603  208.97 
  15. Larry Morgan         Lucas Oil Stratus               6.605  210.01 
  16. Tom Hammonds         Race For Achievement Cobalt     6.611  209.14 
          --------- Not Qualified ---------
  17. Greg Stanfield       Attitude Apparel GXP            6.617  209.04 
  18. Rodger Brogdon       Kent Services and Trucking P    6.642  208.88 
  19. V. Gaines            Kendall Oil Stratus             6.658  206.99 
  20. Dave Connolly        Nitro Fish Wear Stratus         6.695  207.85 
  21. Joe Swindoll         Swindoll Bros. GTO              6.705  205.60 
  22. Erica Enders         Dragstar Racing Mustang         6.759  203.28 
  23. Mark Buehring        Cobalt                          6.774  203.77 
  24. Ronnie Humphrey      Troy Humphrey Stratus           9.340  204.79 
  @ = Track ET Record
  ^ = National Speed Record
  Psn Rider                Vehicle                           ET   Speed
   1. Andrew Hines         Screamin Eagle/Vance-Hines      6.889@ 192.55 <<
   2. Craig Treble         Team Scream Suzuki              6.925  193.74 
   3. Matt Smith           Nitrofish Suzuki                6.939  192.96 
   4. Hector Arana         Lucas Oil                       6.945  193.63 <+>
   5. Douglas Horne        Horne Racing                    6.975  191.02 
   6. Eddie Krawiec        Screamin Eagle/Vance-Hines      6.983  191.24 
   7. Michael Phillips     MPR - Damn Sport Suzuki         6.996  191.32 
   8. Wes Wells            Kendall Suzuki                  7.030  189.82 
   9. Steve Johnson        Steve Johnson Racing Wyotech    7.031  189.07 
  10. Matt Guidera         Rocklin Motorsports Buell       7.043  185.56 
  11. Shawn Gann           Rum Bum Racing Buell            7.044  188.67 
  12. David Hope           VRoom Racing Buell              7.088  185.97 
  13. Karen Stoffer        Geico Suzuki                    7.089  191.21 
  14. Junior Pippin        Stone Mtn-Granite Mtn           7.106  187.34 
  15. Mike Berry           MB Machining-LAT Racing Oil     7.133  182.08 
  16. LE Tonglet           Suzuki                          7.200  186.02 
          --------- Not Qualified ---------
  17. Freddie Camarena     Embee/Clay Smith Cams Suzuki    7.210  184.77 
  18. Joe DeSantis         Javelina H-D-Green H-D          7.243  186.79 
  19. Redell Harris        Master P/No Limit Record        7.407  180.45 
  20. Ken Van Buren        AGP Turbo Suzuki                7.800  175.84 
  @ = Track ET Record
FlA & Co. Footnotes
<< Established New Record
<+> This car/bike and all above it ran a lower E.T than, or equal to, the No 1 Qualifier E.T.
        at the 2009 Gatornationals.
Credit: NHRA, Summit FastNews, FlA & Co.


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108 posted on 03/28/2009 7:47:51 PM PDT by flattorney (See my comprehensive FR Profile "Straight Talk" Page)
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Final Qualifying Results: Antron Brown, Cruz Pedregon, Jason Line, and
Andrew Hines Takes No. 1 Qualifier In Houston

Cooler temperatures made for fast racing in all four categories at the fourth event on the 2009 NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing schedule. Cruz Pedregon, Jason Line and Andrew Hines also took the provisional No. 1 positions in their respective categories.

Brown drove his Matco Tools dragster to a 3.819-second run at 316.75 mph to take the No. 1 qualifying position in Top Fuel. It is Brown's second of the season and 16th of his career. “The good deal is that we got our Matco Tools dragster down the track every run and we did it with decent times,” said Brown. “I think we’re pretty geared up for tomorrow.”

In Funny Car, Pedregon drove his Advance Auto Parts Toyota Solara to a 4.075-second pass at 301.00 mph to take the top spot. It's Pedregon's 36th career No. 1 qualifier and fifth at Houston. “We were just trying to get into the field,” said Pedregon. “We weren’t looking at numbers or any particular way to run the car, we just knew we had to make a good run. I told Rahn (Tobler, crew chief) afterwards that a 4.07 is just a good clean run.”

Line ran the quickest time in the Pro Stock category, driving his Summit Racing Pontiac GXP to a 6.544 at 211.49. On his way to his 16th career No. 1 qualifier, Line set the track record for speed. “All and all we made a couple decent runs today and we have a real good car for tomorrow,” said Line. “I think we’ll see a little bit slower times (tomorrow) but I think you’re going to see some good racing and we feel like the condition tomorrow is a good condition for us to race in.”

Hines had the fastest run on a motorcycle, riding his Screamin’ Eagle Vance & Hines Harley-Davidson to a 6.889 at 192.55. It is Hine's 23rd career No. 1 qualifier, second at Houston and a new track record for time at Houston Raceway Park. You’re like a kid in a candy store when you come to a track and have mineshaft conditions like this,” said Hines. “You’re just waiting for the moment when you can get weather like this because the times just automatically come with the weather and we took advantage of it in the first session.”

Eliminations begin Sunday at 11 a.m. - Credit CP


109 posted on 03/28/2009 7:57:10 PM PDT by flattorney (See my comprehensive FR Profile "Straight Talk" Page)
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Please distribute. ESPN only showed 30 minutes of qualifying tonight. - Rob

March 28 2009 ESPN2 UPDATE:

ESPN2's coverage of qualifying from the O'Reilly NHRA Spring Nationals in Houston may start late and be shortened due to the network's live coverage of NCAA hockey. Because the show was only slated for one hour [instead of two] from 8-9 p.m. Eastern and ESPN2 is committed to a live soccer broadcast beginning at 9 p.m., if the show airs tonight it may be a truncated version, but ESPN2 will air the full one-hour show Sunday at 1 p.m. Eastern.


110 posted on 03/28/2009 8:24:56 PM PDT by flattorney (See my comprehensive FR Profile "Straight Talk" Page)
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FWIW, I live about three miles (As the crow flies) from Houston Raceway Park. It’s not even in Baytown. It’s further east in West Chambers County.
The dragsters were LOUD today. Could even hear them inside my house which is soundproof and extremely solid.
An interestig article in yesterday’s Baytown Sun: “Track whisperer Key in Aiding NHRA crews”

111 posted on 03/29/2009 4:51:51 AM PDT by BnBlFlag (Deo Vindice/Semper Fidelis "Ya gotta saddle up your boys; Ya gotta draw a hard line")
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It’s just not the same with the nitro cars only racing 1000 feet. I decided to save my money and not attend this year. It’s the first time in six years I haven’t atttended the O’Reilly Nat’ls.

112 posted on 03/29/2009 7:36:43 PM PDT by 38special (I mean come on.)
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Top Fuel Tony Schumacher, Funny Car Ashley Force Hood, Pro Stock Ron Krisher
and Pro Stock Motorcycle Craig Win at NHRA Spring Nationals during a Day of Upsets
and more National, Track, and Personal Career Records Set

Pro Winners (l-r): Treble,
Krisher, Schumacher, Force Hood
Sunday March 29 2009, Baytown, Texas -- Ashley Force Hood raced to her second career victory on a record-setting day at the 22nd annual O'Reilly NHRA Spring Nationals Sunday at Houston Raceway Park.

Ashley Force Hood
The 26-year old Force Hood defeated her former drag racing instructor, Jack Beckman, to earn the win that vaulted her up from 10th to third place in the Funny Car standings. The other winners at the fourth of 24 races in the NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series were Tony Schumacher (Top Fuel), Ron Krisher (Pro Stock) and Craig Treble (Pro Stock Motorcycle).

"Our first win was against my dad (14-time NHRA champion John Force in the final round at Atlanta, 2008) . so to be able to race against another team's driver in the final and win it, we're maybe a bit more cheerful than after that first win," said Force Hood, who ran a 4.122 at 306.19 mph in the final found to nose out Beckman's 4.227 at 303.43.

Schumacher's win - a holeshot 3.881 at 314.75 (0.059 RT) in his U.S. Army dragster to Cory McClenathan's 3.880 at 313.66 (0.098 RT) in his FRAM dragster -- was his first of the season and the first for the U.S. Army team since parting ways with longtime crew chief Alan Johnson, who tuned the Army dragster to five straight NHRA Full Throttle Series Top Fuel world championships.

Tony Schumacher
"Everyone knows we don't have (Alan Johnson) anymore, and people said we couldn't win without him, so we had to dig deep, and I love 'suck it up' moments - bottom of the ninth, bases loaded - and that's what we had all day," said Schumacher, who moved up from fifth place in the TF points all the way to second place with his 57th career win (breaking a tie with Joe Amato; he's now solo sixth place on the all-time NHRA wins list).

The victory celebration was perhaps made just a bit sweeter for Schumacher as he used another holeshot to defeat Larry Dixon in the Alan Johnson Al-Anabi Racing dragster in the semifinals - 3.895 with a 0.082 RT to Dixon's 3.889 with a 0.104 RT.

"Winning on a holeshot, those are just numbers, man," Schumacher said. "Unless you have a great car that can leave like that, it doesn't mean anything, it takes the whole team. Take that exact same car with different pressure behind the barrel valve and it wouldn't leave at all. It's a group of guys doing a job and making me look good."

Ron Krisher
In Pro Stock, Krisher ran a solid 6.587 in his Valvoline Chevy Cobalt to defeat Jeg Coughlin's struggling 7.051 in his Chevy Cobalt.

"We did real good all day until the last round," Krisher said. "I let out the clutch and the car just spun and didn't go anywhere. We lost about six-hundredths to 60 feet and my light went right away with it. It was shaking and moving around, but I looked over and Jeggie was in worse shape than me so I decided I was going to stick with it."

Craig Treble
In Pro Stock Motorcycle, Craig Treble steered his Team Scream Suzuki to a 6.915 that was more than enough to beat the 7.260 from first-year rider Douglas Horne, (Aberdeen, Md.), who was making just his second career start.

"Running out of my own pocket, I originally I had planned on cutting it off after Atlanta, but this buys us some time to try to find some financial backing, probably through Madison," Treble said.

This race, though, may be remembered as much for what happened before the final rounds as what happened in the final rounds. Fans who were in their seats early witnessed two national records, a spectacular Top Fuel explosion (by European champion Urs Erbacher), the first heads-up duel between Larry Dixon and Tony Schumacher (won by Schumacher in the semifinals) and the third heads-up duel between Ashley Force Hood and John Force (won by Force Hood in the quarterfinals).

The new national records were set by Matt Smith (Pro Stock Motorcycle) and Mike Edwards (Pro Stock). Smith broke Angelle Sampey's nearly two-year-old record for elapsed time when he ran a 6.865 in a second-round win over defending series champion Eddie Krawiec. Mike Edwards set the new record for speed when he became the first Pro Stocker to surpass 212 mph with his 212.03 mph run in his semifinal loss to Ron Krisher.

Sunday's NHRA Full Throttle Final Results:
Top Fuel: Tony Schumacher, 3.881 seconds - 314.75 m.p.h. def. Cory McClenathan, 3.880 - 313.66
Funny Car: Ashley Force Hood, 4.122 - 306.19 def. Jack Beckman, 4.227 - 303.43
Pro Stock: Ron Krisher, 6.587 - 211.00 def. Jeg Coughlin 7.051 - 165.94
Pro Stock Motorcycle: Craig Treble 6.915 - 193.46 def. Douglas Horne 7.260 - 155.60

The NHRA Full Throttle Drag Series resumes in a week with the April 2-5 SummitRacing.Com NHRA Nationals at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. - Credit DRC, edits by JJ


113 posted on 03/29/2009 9:18:31 PM PDT by flattorney (See my comprehensive FR Profile "Straight Talk" Page)
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NHRA Full Throttle Top 10 Points Standing following the
22nd annual O'Reilly NHRA Spring Nationals at Houston Raceway Park

Top Fuel
01. Antron Brown, 317
02. Tony Schumacher, 297
03. Brandon Bernstein, 296
04. Larry Dixon, 279
05. Cory McClenathan, 270
06. Morgan Lucas, 230
07. Doug Kalitta, 204
08. Shawn Langdon, 170
09. Joe Hartley, 167
10. Spencer Massey, 156.

Funny Car
01. Ron Capps, 294
02. Del Worsham, 265
03. Ashley Force Hood, 261
04. Bob Tasca III, 257
05. Tony Pedregon, 232
06. Jack Beckman, 231
07. Matt Hagan, 210
08. John Force, 200
09. Robert Hight, 196
09. Mike Neff, 196.

Pro Stock
01. Jason Line, 343
02. Jeg Coughlin, 317
03. Mike Edwards, 286
04. Allen Johnson, 260
05. Greg Anderson, 248
06. Ron Krisher, 247
07. Kurt Johnson, 219
08. Jim Yates, 189
09. Greg Stanfield, 186
10. Rickie Jones, 168.

Pro Stock Motorcycle
01. Matt Smith, 194
02. Hector Arana, 172
03. Andrew Hines, 152
04. Craig Treble, 151
05. Douglas Horne, 125
06. Eddie Krawiec, 107
07. Steve Johnson, 105
08. Shawn Gann, 104
09. Karen Stoffer, 87
10. Matt Guidera, 84.


114 posted on 03/29/2009 9:22:52 PM PDT by flattorney (See my comprehensive FR Profile "Straight Talk" Page)
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Sunday, March 29: In the second pairing of the first round of Top Fuel final eliminations it was 2007 European Top Fuel champion Urs Erbacher up against two-time NHRA Top Fuel Champion [2002-03], and 2009 Gatornationals winner, Larry Dixon. As they both approached the finish line in a great side-by-side drag race, Urs's dragster began to slow and then his motor exploded in a huge fireball that lifted the entire rear of the car off the track. In the first two photos you can observe the entire supercharger is blow off the motor. The explosion blew engine and car fragments everywhere including all over Larry's lane. Luckily he was ahead of Urs at the time of the explosion. In addition to the extensive motor damage, the explosion and fire shredded and burnt part of the parachutes, exploded and shredded the left rear tire, and broke the left side of the rear wing. There probably is also major chassis and drivetrain damage. Erbacher was unhurt and did a masterful job controlling his dragster and bringing it to a stop in his lane. His engine explosion was right up there with Doug Herbert's massive blast at the starting line of the 1999 NHRA Finals, Pomona - [see thread post no. 79]. It took the NHRA track crew almost one hour to clean up the large oildown and debris field. Wild way to start Spring Nationals eliminations. # JJ for FlA & Co.

Full ESPN video of race and explosion | HRP Press Room Video: Urs Erbacher discusses explosion
Spring Nationals: Urs Erbacher Final Report Erbacher okay after massive engine explosion in Houston.


115 posted on 03/30/2009 11:04:38 AM PDT by flattorney (See my comprehensive FR Profile "Straight Talk" Page)
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To: flattorney

He blowed up real good.

116 posted on 03/30/2009 11:42:48 AM PDT by Vigilantcitizen (Maybe we should elect illegals to congress to cut costs.)
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To: flattorney

I love posting these little known facts about Top Fuel Dragsters;

One Top Fuel dragster’s 500-cubic-inch Hemi engine makes more horsepower than the first four rows at the Daytona 500.

A stock Dodge Hemi V-8 engine cannot produce enough power to drive the dragster’s supercharger.

With 3000 CFM of air being rammed in by the supercharger on overdrive, the fuel mixture is compressed into a near-solid form before ig-nition. Cylinders run on the verge of hydraulic lock at full throttle.

At the stoichiometric 1.7:1 air-fuel mixture for nitromethane, the flame front temperature measures about 7000 degrees Fahrenheit.

Nitromethane burns yellow. The spectacular white flame seen above the stacks at night is raw burning hydrogen, separated from atmospheric water vapor by the searing heat of the exhaust gases.

Dual magnetos supply 44 amps to each spark plug. This is the output of an arc welder in each cylinder.

Spark plug electrodes can be totally consumed during a single pass. After half-distance, the engine is dieseling from compression plus the glow of exhaust valves at 1400 degrees Fahrenheit. The engine is shut down by cutting the fuel flow.

If a spark plug fails early in the run, un-burned nitro can build up in the affected cylinder and explode with sufficient force to blow the cylinder head off in pieces or split the cylinder block in half.

In order to exceed 300 mph in 4.5 seconds, dragsters must accelerate at an average of more than 4 g’s. In order to reach 200 mph before half-distance, the launch acceleration approaches 8 g’s. A Top Fuel dragster reaches more than 300 mph before you have completed reading this sentence.

With a redline that can be as high as 9500 rpm, Top Fuel engines turn approximately 540 revolutions from light to light. Including the burnout, the engine needs to survive only 900 revolutions under load.

Assuming that all of the equipment is paid off, the crew works gratis, and nothing breaks, each run costs an estimated $1000 per second.

The current Top Fuel dragster elapsed time record is 4.441* seconds for the quarter-mile (October 5, 2003, Tony Schumacher). The top-speed record is 333.25* mph as measured over the last 66 feet of the quarter-mile (November 9, 2003, Doug Kalitta).

Putting all of this into perspective: You are driving the average $140,000 Lingenfelter twin-turbo Corvette Z06. More than a mile up the road, a Top Fuel dragster is staged and ready to launch down a measured quarter-mile as you pass. You have the advantage of a flying start. You run the Vette up through the gears and blast across the starting line and past the dragster at an honest 200 mph. The “tree” goes green for both of you at that moment. The dragster launches and starts after you. You keep your foot down, but you hear a brutal whine that sears your eardrums, and within three seconds, the dragster catches you and beats you to the finish line, a quarter-mile from where you just passed him. From a standing start, the dragster spotted you 200 mph and not only caught you but nearly blasted you off the road when he passed you within a mere 1320 feet.



* These records have since been broken.

117 posted on 03/30/2009 11:58:57 AM PDT by knews_hound (I for one welcome our new Insect overlords!)
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To: flattorney

Wow Cool Photos!!

118 posted on 03/30/2009 12:02:17 PM PDT by Cheetahcat (Osamabama the Wright kind of Racist!)
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To: Vigilantcitizen; knews_hound; Cheetahcat
Here's a good 1 credit DRO contributed original, JJ


119 posted on 03/30/2009 1:21:07 PM PDT by flattorney (See my comprehensive FR Profile "Straight Talk" Page)
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To: SouthTexas; flattorney

I’ve watched Angelle gently roll her bike forward during the staging, hoping for an extra mph and small jump off the line, then act like a good sportsman afterwards.

Angelle was great reactions and “drives” more than the top fuel drivers, who do not have a throttle or shifting, I’ll give her that. But Danica’s sport is more challenging than Angelle’s. “Indy” racing involves far more than acceleration and reaction. Shall we start with stamina? Cornering? Maneuvering?

The driver doesn’t have their own lane in Indy racing. Oh, how I could go on!

120 posted on 03/30/2009 1:46:21 PM PDT by Loud Mime (Things were better when cigarette companies could advertise and Lawyers could not.)
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To: flattorney

Nice very nice!

121 posted on 03/30/2009 2:19:41 PM PDT by Cheetahcat (Osamabama the Wright kind of Racist!)
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To: Loud Mime
Uh no.

Angelle has won the championship three times, Danica has won one race.

122 posted on 03/30/2009 2:22:19 PM PDT by SouthTexas (When in the Course of human events it becomes necessary for one people.....)
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To: SouthTexas

If the number of wins is your sole unit of measure, you have a point. WHAT TYPE of race they are driving is my point. If Angelle won championships in the GP circuit, I would immediately concede the point. But straight-arrow racing does not hold a candle to the courses.

If the two motorsports were an even test of abilities, the great, incredible, super champion John Force would be earning a LOT more money from his "driving abilities" on the world circuit, as would other drivers. But John Force owes his success to his crew chief's (Austin Coyle) setups on the car, as does Ashley. As does Robert Hight.

GP racer Michael Schumacher made over $60 million per year for the last few. Force is NOT on the Forbes list. Do you think that is because Force does NOT want to make that much money? He does not have the driving talent to even qualify for a position to race against Schumacher, so he has to stay in drag racing. Angelle as well.

I know that Indy racing is not GP, but it is a far greater test of abilities than drag racing. One should give credit where credit is due.

Face the facts. Drag racing is the shortest auto race with the least driver involvement. The fact that both Angelle and Danica are competitive in their respective sports is enough to give credit to the better driver: Danica.


123 posted on 03/30/2009 3:21:09 PM PDT by Loud Mime (Things were better when cigarette companies could advertise and Lawyers could not.)
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To: Loud Mime

’ But Danica’s sport is more challenging than Angelle’s. “Indy” racing involves far more than acceleration and reaction. Shall we start with stamina? Cornering? Maneuvering?

The driver doesn’t have their own lane in Indy racing. Oh, how I could go on!’

But it’s such a long wait to see who wins.

124 posted on 03/30/2009 3:23:15 PM PDT by kickonly88
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To: knews_hound

this is amazing information that a coworker sent my way a year or so ago.

125 posted on 03/30/2009 3:25:13 PM PDT by the invisib1e hand ("...those issues can't interfere with the global economic crisis." - Hillary Clinton on Human Rights)
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To: flattorney

incredible shot.

126 posted on 03/30/2009 3:26:34 PM PDT by the invisib1e hand ("...those issues can't interfere with the global economic crisis." - Hillary Clinton on Human Rights)
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To: Loud Mime

I would like to see the other side of the coin.A few years ago one of the Pedregon brothers took second in an IROC style race.I bet a lot of “real” race car drivers would have to change their skivies if they were to strap themselves into a fuel car and mash the throttle.

127 posted on 03/30/2009 3:29:19 PM PDT by kickonly88
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To: Loud Mime

If the objective isn’t to win, what is the point?

We were not discussing John Force, his crew, nor Michael Shcmumacher, how much money they make, where they are on the Forbes list, yada-yada.

Angelle hands down.

128 posted on 03/30/2009 3:37:09 PM PDT by SouthTexas (When in the Course of human events it becomes necessary for one people.....)
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To: SouthTexas

Actually, I used the other drivers to validate my initial argument. Drag racing proves little about the driver’s ability. Saying a drag racer has comparable skills to an Indy or GP driver is like saying that a community organizer would make the best president.

On second thought, many people would agree with that. You win, we all lose.

129 posted on 03/30/2009 4:59:41 PM PDT by Loud Mime (Things were better when cigarette companies could advertise and Lawyers could not.)
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To: Loud Mime

There you go again...

130 posted on 03/30/2009 5:13:21 PM PDT by SouthTexas (When in the Course of human events it becomes necessary for one people.....)
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To: flattorney
Thank you for letting hubby and I tag up with you all last weekend. You certainly know how to host a racers and friends get-together. It was grand and we had a wonderful time! I am still on a high from watching Ashley win it all. She keeps getting better and better. I am so proud of her! The way John acted when Ashley won the finals you would have thought he won. A very proud father. We must do this again for the Fall Nationals. I hope your schedule allows you all to make the trip. Again thank you for the DRAW support and the link button on post one of this wonderful thread.

Drag Racing Association of Women

131 posted on 03/31/2009 3:35:05 PM PDT by nancytx
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To: Loud Mime
I’ll be at the Vegas races next month (if we reach a verdict by then).

You going to the Las Vegas NHRA Nationals? Thought we better not wait to post this with the rest of the NHRA Nationals event posts tomorrow night. Be well - TAB

03.31.09: Free NHRA Driver Autograph Session at The Palms Resort & Casino
      A free NHRA driver autograph session will kick off the annual NHRA Nationals, April 2-5, at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. The autograph session will take place in the Key West Room of The Palms Resort & Casino in Las Vegas on Thursday, April 2, from 6-8 p.m. Drag racing fans are invited to obtain autographs and take photos with their favorite drivers. Drivers scheduled to appear include: Tony Schumacher, Jeg Coughlin Jr., Cruz Pedregon, Ron Capps, Antron Brown, Jack Beckman, Kurt Johnson, Morgan Lucas, Shawn Langdon, Urs Erbacher, Matt Hagan, Jeff Arend, Johnny Gray, Kenny Koretsky and Bob Bode. Many more are expected to join the festivities.

03.05.09: Palms Casino Gaming Chips to Feature NHRA Champions
      Reigning NHRA drag racing champions Tony Schumacher, Cruz Pedregon, and Jeg Coughlin Jr. will be honored in a uniquely Las Vegas manner when the Full Throttle Drag Racing Series returns to Glitter Gulch April 2-5 for the first of two annual visits to The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. In what is quickly becoming an annual tradition, the Palms Casino Resort will put into circulation a limited number of special-edition $5 and $25 gaming chips that feature the three reigning world champs. The chips will be made available April 2nd in advance of a prerace party taking place from 6-8 p.m. in the Key West Room at the popular hotel, located at 4321 West Flamingo Road.
      Schumacher, Pedregon, and Coughlin will headline the special meet-and-greet party that will be attended by at least 20 other professional drivers on the NHRA tour. "So many special things have happened as a result of our team winning the 2008 POWERade championship and I have to say being on a real chip in Las Vegas is way up there," Coughlin said. "We were lucky enough to have this honor bestowed on us last year as well and I can tell you it's a surreal feeling to sit at a Blackjack table and bet with a chip that has your face and racecar on it.      
"This year, Jim Baker of the Palms was looking for some input on the design and I asked him to put my father on there with me because he's such a big part of what we do. They graciously fulfilled my wishes and I promise you I'm going to fill my pockets with plenty of those chips before I leave. My thanks to the Palms Casino resort, not only for this very cool deal for me, but also for the support they show to our sport."
      As associate sponsors of Funny Car champions Tony and Cruz Pedregon, the Palms Casino Resort is offering a special "Pedregon Racing" room deal for race teams, sponsors, and fans for the April race. Palms Tower Deluxe rooms are $89 a night on April 1st, 2nd, 5th, and 6th, with reduced rates on April 3rd and 4th of only $159 a night. Fantasy Tower rooms are only $119 and $189, respectively.
      To book one of these special rooms, call the Palms Casino Resort at 866-725-6773 and mention the "Pedregon Racing" special. There are a limited number of rooms available and rates are subject to availability. Reservations should be booked ASAP to take advantage of this offer.

132 posted on 04/01/2009 12:46:15 PM PDT by flattorney (See my comprehensive FR Profile "Straight Talk" Page)
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To: WestCoastGal
Thanks for your posts. Your Dale Earnhardt Jr. profile page and NASCAR threads are awesome. At the start of the season I updated FlAttorney's FR Racing - NASCAR section and added links to your profile page and 2009 NASCAR threads in the Dale Jr. section. After a bad start Dale seems to be doing better. I like Jeff Gordon too. It was my first time to attend the Daytona 500 this year with other Firm members and clients. OMG it was exciting. "Someone" may have rated it a C but for me it was an A++. I hope you have an awesome time this weekend at the Samsung 500 at Texas Motor Speedway.

This needed to be pulled forward from the FR 2007 NHRA thread that FlA posted.


133 posted on 04/01/2009 1:00:08 PM PDT by flattorney (See my comprehensive FR Profile "Straight Talk" Page)
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If anyone has interest the second 2009 updated was performed on FlAttorney's FR Racing - Formula One section. Be well - TAB

04.01.09: During the off-season, Formula One teams experiencing significant loss of sponsorships. F1 has always been the most expensive motor racing in the world and many sponsors said enough was enough. To field a F1 team for one season it costs a minimum of 5-7 times more than a top NASCAR team. A NASCAR team costs on average 4 times more than a NHRA Top Fuel dragster or Funny Car team. Also in the off-season, FIA totally rewrote the rules book with the most significant changes in F1 history. Many of the changes I like. The cars have a much more traditional look, passing should be easier, and for the first time in eleven years they are racing on slicks again. There were many engine rules changes with the largest being that a driver is only allowed eight engines for the season before penalties are assessed. The maximum allowed engine RPM's was reduced from 19,000 to 18,000 but the reduction is not enough to realistically increase the engine's racing life. Last night, I/we DVR watched the season opening Australian Grand Prix. It was outstanding with a wild finish. Of the season opening NHRA, NASCAR, and F1 races, Formula One blew the other two away. Compared to last year's race, and all the '08-'09 off-season problems, I was surprised how good the race turned out. One last comment, F1 requires the most driver endurance and stamina, followed by NASCAR supertrack racing, and then NHRA's championship top fuel racing. Unlike NHRA and NASCAR, very few F1 drivers race past their early to mid 30's. ~ fla

134 posted on 04/01/2009 1:42:48 PM PDT by flattorney (See my comprehensive FR Profile "Straight Talk" Page)
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To: tubebender
Happy 29th Birthday Hillary!

Hope you find a TF ride soon. We missed seeing you at Gainesville and Houston. And I hope you make it to The Strip this weekend, with or without ____________ , and we see some face time on ESPN2 like the Winternationals.

FlA and all the crew

12.28.08: NHRA Top Fueler Hillary Will wins the Scott Kalitta Memorial Trophy in Sydney

135 posted on 04/01/2009 7:47:59 PM PDT by flattorney (See my comprehensive FR Profile "Straight Talk" Page)
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To: flattorney
Thanks! I'll try to get those photos down to Big Louie's Pizza on 4th street. They may be having a party down there tonight...
136 posted on 04/01/2009 7:54:24 PM PDT by tubebender (99% of Lawyers give the rest a bad name...)
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To: flattorney

April 2-5, 2009
5th of 24 2009 NHRA Full Throttle Events
First of Two Events at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway
First of Three Summit Racing Equipment Sponsored '09 NHRA Events NHRA Nationals, Las Vegas
Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Southern Nationals, Atlanta
Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals, Norwalk

Event Schedule | Entry List | Team Reports | Live Sunday Audiocast (WMPlayer Direct) | Results
2008 Winners: TF Cory McClenathan ~ FC Tim Wilkerson ~ PS Jason Line ~ PSM N/A

Fans Assistance KBase | Tickets | Weather: Las Vegas Race Track
Surface Maps: U.S. West IR Satellite Wind | Live Radar: WU NWS Storm Loop
Forecasts may be inaccurate. Las Vegas Spring weather is unpredictable and can change on short notice.
      04.01.09-22:00 FlA Says: Pro Stock Motorcycles don't race this weekend. Their next race is April 16-19 at the Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Southern Nationals Atlanta, GA. This weekend we may see a Déjà vu of the 2009 Spring Nationals as to weather. See my next post "Déjà vu? Maybe yes but I hope not". Last year's "Vegas1" NHRA event was marred by two situations of very poor judgments by NHRA "brass". One turned the event into a National media covered debacle and NHRA did it on purpose. I expressed my thoughts about this fiasco on thread post #41 * here * . Last year's nitro action was also poor due to the track getting very hot and it was windy.
      About The Strip: While opinions vary on the track, The Strip is an outstanding A+ facility. The inaugural NHRA Nationals was held at The Strip on April 6-9, 2000. The winners were, Top Fuel: Kenny Bernstein, Funny Car: Jim Epler, Pro Stock: Jeg Coughlin Jr. and Pro Stock Motorcycle: Angelle Sampey. There was still construction going on when many of the NHRA pro's arrived at the track. Workers were laying asphalt, painting and putting in glass just about everywhere you looked, according to Pro Stock legend Warren Johnson. But, it was ready to go for the first qualifying session. In the track's early days there were some surface and other problems. It reminded me of the problems Speedway Motorsports experienced after they built Texas Motor Speedway to host NASCAR events, but the problems at The Strip were not as serious.
      As to the drag strip, many veterans don't like the down the hill, up the big hill surface. When I first attended a NHRA championship event at The Strip in 2003, I didn't like the Top Fuel chassis compression at the bottom of the hill after the speed traps. This was the period of time when several TF chassis had snapped in half at the top-end. Frankly, I didn't like the thought process on how the drag strip was designed and built. I also don't like the fact that when it's windy sand blows on the track making traction difficult. In 2007, we were talking to some guys sitting in front of us during a break in the action. The subject of what I thought about the track came up. I told them I was a Southerner and liked our flat and long drag strips. They said some of their friends were not that hot about the track(layout) but The Strip had the best round-trip ET for getting cold beers of any track they had been to. I laughed and said yes this is a first class facility in all regards.
      Due to the track's proximity to California, many NHRA pro teams test at The Strip during the off-season. I will now yield to 2009 Miss Nevada USA, Georgina Vaughan, to tell you more about the NHRA event this weekend at The Strip. She's much hotter than I am. - 03.30.09 Video: This Week at Las Vegas Motor Speedway NHRA Nationals ESPN2 Coverage (ET)
Sat, 04.04: Qualifying 8:00 - 10:00 p.m.
Sun, 04.05: NHRA Race Day 11:00 - 11:30 a.m.
Sun, 04.05: Eliminations 4:00 - 7:00 p.m. (1)
Fri, 04.10: Repeat Eliminations 3:00 - 5:00 a.m.
(1) Watch Full Coverage On-Line at ESPN 360

Inaugural NHRA SummitRacing.Com Nationals
Finals Pre-Race Ceremonies, April 9, 2000
(L) Speedway Motorsports Inc.'s Chairman and CEO Bruton Smith - Track Owner/Builder
(R) NHRA's new President Tom Compton(Jan 2000) & NHRA Founder Wally Parks(2007, RIP)

Team Summit

Home: The FR 2009 NHRA Championship Drag Racing Thread
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137 posted on 04/03/2009 2:51:27 AM PDT by flattorney (See my comprehensive FR Profile "Straight Talk" Page)
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To: flattorney

      04.01.09-22:45 FlA Says: 2009 Spring Nationals Déjà vu? Maybe yes but I hope not. - - For last weekend's NHRA Spring Nationals in Houston, on Friday's Day 1 Qualifying, a weather front passed through the area bringing day long rain and it dropped the temperature 13 degrees. For Saturday's Day 2 Qualifying, it was somewhat humid, strong cross-winds affecting the track and a high temperature of only 65 degrees. For Sunday's Final Eliminations, it was a sunny high of 72 degrees, 5-10 mph winds and very low humidity. The track was under a high pressure dome and drag racing conditions were perfect.
      The current weather forecast for Las Vegas is: Thursday, a high of 81 degrees, winds WSW 23-30 mph, 16-20% humidity. For Friday, a weather front is passing through the area dropping the temperature about 15 degrees with a 20-30 % chance of rain and mostly cloudy. The front will bring NW winds 25-35 mph with gusts to 50 mph. For Saturday, sunny, high in the mid 60s, winds NW 10-18 mph, with gusts to 24 mph. For Sunday, sunny, high in the low-mid 70s, winds only SE 5-8 mph with typical desert low humidity. Like the Spring Nationals, Sunday will be another perfect day for drag racing at the NHRA Nationals.
      The point of this forensic analysis is that last Saturday at the Spring Nationals, despite the strong cross-winds condition, the final day of qualifying was nothing short of fantastic with National, track, and driver personal best records set. With perfect conditions forecast for Final Eliminations on Sunday, our group of fifty-four(54) people(I was very surprised - it was twice what I expected), could not wait to head out to the track. We were not alone, as the crowd for the Finals was much larger than at the Gatornationals. It was the largest Finals attendance of the '09 season. Unfortunately, the nitro crew chief's got greedy on Sunday and many cars over-powered the track, resulting in poor side-by-side racing. There was still some great races particularly the Top Fuel showdown everyone had been waiting for, since the start of the season, of Larry Dixon vs. Tony Schumacher. Great side-by-side race on Tony's march to his 1st '09 Wally. The only good side-by-side race Ashley Force had was in her Funny Car final against Jack Beckman. It was a great race but her previous three races were poor. Had it not been for the fantastic racing action in the two Pro Stock classes(cars/motorcycles), Sunday would have ended up a disappointment.
      If this Sunday ends up being another optimum race day, I sincerely hope the nitro crew chief's demonstrate good judgment in their set-ups and remember their team, car, and driver are there to entertain the ticket purchasing fans.

138 posted on 04/03/2009 2:52:20 AM PDT by flattorney (See my comprehensive FR Profile "Straight Talk" Page)
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To: flattorney
10th annual

WEDNESDAY, April 1, 2009  
Sponsor Midway Parking 8:00 AM  -  6:00 PM
Competitor Parking, Registration & Tech (all categories)  10:00 AM  -  6:00 PM
THURSDAY, April 2, 2009
Spectator Gates Open
7:30 AM
Registration/Tech Inspection (all categories)
7:30 AM  -  5:00 PM
Sportsman Qualifying
8:00 AM
Comp Eliminator Qualifying Session
4:00 PM
Secure Track
6:00 PM
FRIDAY, April 3, 2009
Spectator Gates Open
7:30 AM
Registration/Tech Inspection (Pro's and TAD/TAFC only) 
7:30 AM  -  12:00 PM  
Sportsman Eliminations
8:00 AM
Comp Eliminator Qualifying Session
12:00 PM
Pro Stock Qualifying Session (PS Car)
12:30 PM
Nitro Qualifying Session (Funny Car / Top Fuel Dragster)       
1:00 PM
Top Alcohol Qualifying Sessions (Funny Car / Dragster)
2:00 PM
Comp Eliminator Qualifying Session
3:00 PM
Pro Stock Qualifying Session (PS Car)
3:30 PM
Nitro Qualifying Session (Funny Car / Top Fuel Dragster)
4:00 PM
Top Alcohol Qualifying Sessions (Funny Car / Dragster)
5:00 PM
Secure Track
6:30 PM
SATURDAY, April 4, 2009
Spectator Gates Open
7:30 AM
Sportsman Eliminations
8:00 AM
Comp Eliminator - Round 1
11:30 AM
Pro Stock Qualifying Session (PS Car)
12:00 PM
Nitro Qualifying Session (Top Fuel Dragster / Funny Car)
12:30 PM
Top Alcohol Qualifying Session (Dragster / Funny Car)
1:30 PM
Pro Stock Qualifying Session (PS Car)
3:00 PM
Nitro Qualifying Session (Top Fuel Dragster / Funny Car)
3:30 PM
Top Alcohol (Dragster / Funny Car) - Round 1
4:30 PM
Secure Track
6:30 PM
SUNDAY, April 5, 2009
Spectator Gates Open
7:30 AM
Sportsman Eliminations
9:00 AM
Pre-Race Ceremonies
10:00 AM
Final Eliminations
11:00 AM
Secure Event
4:30 PM
Schedule subject to change

139 posted on 04/03/2009 2:53:34 AM PDT by flattorney (See my comprehensive FR Profile "Straight Talk" Page)
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To: flattorney

The Palms Resort & Casino Winners Odds
NHRA Nationals
April 2 - 5, 2009
Las Vegas, NV
== TOP FUEL ==
Larry Dixon 3/1
Tony Schumacher 4/1
Antron Brown 9/2
Brandon Bernstein 6/1
Cory McClenathan 7/1
Doug Kalitta 10/1
Morgan Lucas 12/1
Shawn Langdon 15/1
Spencer Massey 25/1
Joe Hartley 50/1
Field (all others) 18/1

Del Worsham 4/1
Ron Capps 5/1
Ashley Force Hood 5/1
Robert Hight 6/1
Tim Wilkerson 8/1
Jack Beckman 9/1
Cruz Pedregon 10/1
Tony Pedregon 10/1
Bob Tasca III 12/1
John Force 12/1
Field (all others) 18/1

Jason Line 5/2
Jeg Coughlin Jr. 3/1
Greg Anderson 9/2
Mike Edwards 6/1
Allen Johnson 8/1
Kurt Johnson 10/1
Ron Krisher 12/1
Larry Morgan 15/1
Warren Johnson 25/1
Jim Yates 25/1
Field (all others) 20/1

140 posted on 04/03/2009 2:54:13 AM PDT by flattorney (See my comprehensive FR Profile "Straight Talk" Page)
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To: flattorney
"What happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas"


141 posted on 04/03/2009 2:54:50 AM PDT by flattorney (See my comprehensive FR Profile "Straight Talk" Page)
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To: flattorney

03.01.09: Las Vegas's own and NHRA Top Fuel Driver "Hot" Rod Fuller at the NASCAR Shelby 427, Las Vegas Motor Speedway. He and fellow Top Fuel driver Bob Vandergriff Jr., who both are without sponsors this season, are putting a Top Fuel team together and hope to compete at the NHRA Summit Racing Equipment Southern Nationals in Atlanta on April 16-19. 2009. Interesting primary sponsor rumor I was told by a "he really knows" NHRA nitro pro at the Spring Nationals. It will be interesting if the rumor turns out to be true as the sponsor has major bucks and would be the second new blood entry into NHRA for this type of company. ~ fla


142 posted on 04/03/2009 2:55:31 AM PDT by flattorney (See my comprehensive FR Profile "Straight Talk" Page)
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To: nancytx; SouthTexas; 38special; tubebender; prisoner6; luv2lurkhere; kickonly88; Harold Shea; ...

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NHRA Event Announcement

143 posted on 04/03/2009 2:58:12 AM PDT by flattorney (See my comprehensive FR Profile "Straight Talk" Page)
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To: sf4dubya
For your Nevada Ping list consideration.


144 posted on 04/03/2009 3:00:48 AM PDT by flattorney (See my comprehensive FR Profile "Straight Talk" Page)
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To: Loud Mime

One more thing I love about drag racing,over other forms, is the total access to the pits.See them working on the cars between rounds and a chance to actually meet the drivers. A few years ago, the wife and I were watching night qualifying at Indy and Erica Enders came and sat down by us to watch the fuel cars,pretty cool!

145 posted on 04/03/2009 5:07:53 AM PDT by kickonly88
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To: kickonly88

I believe drag racing is the better sport for the fan; you see the whole race and you get in the pits where you can talk to the drivers. I’m usually at the Las Vegas race, but will miss it this year.

Don’t get me wrong; I love drag racing. I actually photograph for one (sometimes two) cars. Before Melanie Troxel drove for Schumacher she drove for Larry Michael; good car but had a crew chief who couldn’t set the computers up properly. I talked with Mel many times....she’s good people. Bob Bode drives a funny car (Alard Machine Shop) and is one very nice guy; but never gets past the first round. Again, good car, but the setup just isn’t there.

I believe that Bob is using Wayne Dupwie (sp) for his setups at Vegas; I hope he does well. He needs to win some $$.

But two things bother me about drag racing:

1. I am sick of being force fed John Force and family. On TV they continue to refer to him and when Ashley loses they interview HER, not the winner. Oh, please. It has gotten to where if you don’t like John Force you won’t be able to watch drag racing.

2. Bring back the throttle. Who knows how good (or bad) these drivers actually are? The throttle setting is set by the crew chief; the driver just presses a BUTTON with their foot and the computerized sequence takes over. That is why four teams dominate drag racing. Those who can do the most research win the most.

146 posted on 04/03/2009 6:14:44 AM PDT by Loud Mime (Things were better when cigarette companies could advertise and Lawyers could not.)
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To: flattorney

Neat! Although my speakers at work don’t do it justice.

147 posted on 04/03/2009 6:23:08 AM PDT by SouthTexas (When in the Course of human events it becomes necessary for one people.....)
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To: Loud Mime

I agree on both points. I like Force but it’s the media that constantly pushes him. Maybe because the NHRA doesn’t want ‘clorful’ characters or there’s just not that many in the sport,I don’t know.
I would like to see the driver,in all categories, have complete control of the car,too.I’m not a fan of the new Pro Stocks. Back in the day they actually had to be able to shift a 4 speed. There were some real masters at it, Ronnie Sox,Bruce Larson and Grumpy Jenkins to mention a few.
Bring back Fuel Altereds!!!!

148 posted on 04/03/2009 7:22:32 AM PDT by kickonly88
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To: Loud Mime; kickonly88; SouthTexas; nancytx
Very good news for only partially funded Doug. Over the years Technicoat has been a very good NHRA sponsor. Hope Doug has a great weekend. He DNQ at the Spring Nationals. ~ fla

04.01.09 Kalitta Motorsports PR:
Doug Kalitta to fly the colors of Technicoat Companies on the No. 50 dragster in Las Vegas
      Las Vegas-based Technicoat Companies, a worldwide leader in industrial waterproofing and flooring and longtime associate sponsor with Kalitta Motorsports, will be the primary sponsor this weekend, April 2-5, on the 8,000-horsepower, nitro-fueled Top Fuel dragster driven by Doug Kalitta for the NHRA Nationals at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. A special edition, one-off Technicoat paint scheme will adorn Kalitta’s 300-mph machine for this weekend’s festivities. Technicoat Companies specializes in hi-tech performance coatings and floorings, wearing surfaces for pedestrian traffic and vehicular traffic, as well as new and existing roofs. Technicoat’s President Bob Coffman and C.O.O. Glen Williams, a.k.a. “the Cowboys”, are fixtures in the Team Kalitta pit area at most NHRA national events with their trademark cowboy hats. Technicoat Companies and Kalitta Motorsports began their marketing partnership near the end of the 2002 NHRA season.
      “I’m sure we’ll have some fun in our pit area this weekend,” Kalitta, a 44-year old resident of Ann Arbor, Mich., and 31-time NHRA national event winner, said. “The Cowboys are great. They come out to a lot of events and there’s always a good time waiting to happen around them. We’re really looking forward to having them as the primary sponsor this weekend and having them and their guests out to the race track to cheer for the Technicoat dragster.”
      Kalitta, a 12-year NHRA veteran, and his team won the season-opening Winternationals in Pomona, Calif., in early February. It was Kalitta’s first trip to the winner’s circle since the fall of 2007. Kalitta has finished in the top ten in Full Throttle Top Fuel championship points in every season of his drag racing career. He is currently in 7th place (204) in Full Throttle championship points, 113 points behind the leader. Also, beginning at this weekend’s event in Las Vegas, the competition number for Kalitta’s rail ride will be displayed throughout the remainder of the season as “50” to commemorate team owner Connie Kalitta’s 50 years in NHRA drag racing this year.

FR 2009 NHRA Nationals homepage

149 posted on 04/03/2009 9:54:13 AM PDT by flattorney (See my comprehensive FR Profile "Straight Talk" Page)
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To: Loud Mime; kickonly88; SouthTexas; nancytx
Bob Bode's Official Site - T/F Funny Car

Videos: Bob at Pomona with Alice backing him up. (1) | (2)

Alice and my main man Del Worsham last year

Great website. Check it out. The guys love it when Alice is backing Bob up after his burnout. Real Jungle Jim(Liberman-RIP) and Jungle Pam type nostalgia. Bob is racing his Funny Car at Vegas this weekend. Be thereeeeeeeee. . . Sundayyyyyyyyyy ~ fla

FR 2009 NHRA Nationals homepage


150 posted on 04/03/2009 10:03:20 AM PDT by flattorney (See my comprehensive FR Profile "Straight Talk" Page)
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