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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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To: SouthTexas

Are you attending any NASCAR racing this weekend at Texas Motor Speedway? - TAB

151 posted on 04/03/2009 10:06:42 AM PDT by flattorney (See my comprehensive FR Profile "Straight Talk" Page)
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To: flattorney

Not this time around. Wife is not doing very good and that’s put a damper on my rambling.

Grandson most affected, he’s been gong with me for quite a few years.

152 posted on 04/03/2009 11:20:45 AM PDT by SouthTexas (When in the Course of human events it becomes necessary for one people.....)
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To: SouthTexas

Prayers for your wife.

153 posted on 04/03/2009 12:08:00 PM PDT by Jersey Republican Biker Chick (You cannot help the wage earner by pulling down the wage payer.)
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To: flattorney

Is this new to FR? if so great idea, if not I can’t believe I’ve missed it in the past!

154 posted on 04/03/2009 12:09:16 PM PDT by Arizona Carolyn
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To: flattorney

I don’t like NHRA’s new site at all...

155 posted on 04/03/2009 12:09:53 PM PDT by Arizona Carolyn
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To: Jersey Republican Biker Chick

Thank you.

156 posted on 04/03/2009 2:17:58 PM PDT by SouthTexas (When in the Course of human events it becomes necessary for one people.....)
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To: flattorney
04.03.09 Event Reminder: NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series Pro Stock world champ Jeg Coughlin, two-time 2009 Top Fuel event runner-up Cory McClenathan, Kragen O'Reilly NHRA Winternationals Top Fuel champ Doug Kalitta, and Tommy Johnson Jr. will participate in a Thunder Roadster exhibition race at the Bullring, Las Vegas Motor Speedway’s 3/8-mile asphalt oval, Saturday, April 4, during the NHRA Nationals weekend at The Strip. The evening also will include the USAC Focus Midget Series, MetroPCS Super Late Models, Chargers, Bombers, Legends Cars, and Bandoleros. Full information can be found here: The BullRing at Las Vegas Motor Speedway

Funny Car driver Ron Capps and 2008 NHRA Funny Car World Champion
Cruz Pedregon fight it out to the finish in last year's race.

# # # # #

1:45pm PDT >> 1st round of pro qualifying at the NHRA Nationals has been delayed due to rain as the front passed through Las Vegas. Currently the rain has stopped and the track is being dried and prepped. Current LV weather conditions: 57 degrees, cloudy and very windy - NNW @ 34 gusting to 48 mph, humidity 25%. # JJ


157 posted on 04/03/2009 2:54:27 PM PDT by flattorney (See my comprehensive FR Profile "Straight Talk" Page)
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To: SouthTexas

Sorry to hear about your wife ST. Hope everything goes the right direction and she is in my prayers. ~ fla

158 posted on 04/04/2009 8:10:56 AM PDT by flattorney (See my comprehensive FR Profile "Straight Talk" Page)
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To: lewislynn
You might find this interesting: Drag Cars In Motion thread from The H.A.M.B.

Thanks for the outstanding post. As of today that thread has 553 pages, 11,059 posts, 1,456,115 views. . . . says it all. For vintage hot rod and drag racing photos HAMB is one of the best forums on the internet, if not the best, which I'm a member. I was on their forum last year when researching a special NHRA Legends Tribute that I will FR NHRA thread post sometime this summer when everything slows down. It's so large I will probably make a special thread. Hope everything is going fantastic. ~ fla

159 posted on 04/04/2009 8:28:55 AM PDT by flattorney (See my comprehensive FR Profile "Straight Talk" Page)
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To: flattorney

Thank you.

This will be the first spring race I miss in many years.

160 posted on 04/04/2009 8:30:14 AM PDT by SouthTexas (When in the Course of human events it becomes necessary for one people.....)
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To: SouthTexas
I have this in my thread replies to post folder. Only weekend I'm home this month. Trying to get caught up a little bit this morning. ~ fla

to redirect dollars to a non-sports-enthusiast audience.


Really don't think that many going to the ballet are beer drinkers.

Probably the contrary ST. Do you know any guys that would look forward to attending a ballet unless they first shotgunned down a 12 pack of beer *lol*? It would probably make a funny Bud commercial with the happy drunk husband at the ballet, with a "trucker's friend" strapped to his leg - under his pants - , agreeable to everything his wife says and does. *Commercial close* "In these hard economic times drink Bud. It's cheaper than a divorce"

161 posted on 04/04/2009 8:48:31 AM PDT by flattorney (See my comprehensive FR Profile "Straight Talk" Page)
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To: SouthTexas

I don’t know about you but it takes some physical stamina to attend one of the major NASCAR races, like at TMS, because of the massive crowds. Gosh the day(s) can be long.

162 posted on 04/04/2009 8:56:03 AM PDT by flattorney (See my comprehensive FR Profile "Straight Talk" Page)
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To: flattorney

Very good point! Reminds me of a fund raising concert the Corpus Christi Symphony had a couple of years ago that had a “guest” orchestra. As a friend, who is also a symphony patron said, I don’t think they really knew who ELO was.

Both of us enjoyed it immensely. :)

163 posted on 04/04/2009 9:05:43 AM PDT by SouthTexas (When in the Course of human events it becomes necessary for one people.....)
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To: flattorney

That it does and you can spend 5-6 hours in traffic alone.

Either you go three hours early to avoid traffic or spend it on the road. There are no options after the race. LOL

164 posted on 04/04/2009 9:09:59 AM PDT by SouthTexas (When in the Course of human events it becomes necessary for one people.....)
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To: tubebender
Any luck?

# # # # #

Feb 3, 2007: Hillary Will's horrific Top Fuel crash during testing at The Strip. She walked away with no serious injuries. Towards the end of her run the rear wing breaks and the dragster chassis snaps in half behind the driver's compartment. The entire nitro engine exited the chassis flying over the track wall and into the desert sand. The videos clearly show the down the hill, bottom-out depression, then up the hill track at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. - Article and Photos (Scroll down page) | Videos: (1) | (2)

Hillary '08 Spring Nationals, Houston

165 posted on 04/04/2009 9:12:12 AM PDT by flattorney (See my comprehensive FR Profile "Straight Talk" Page)
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To: flattorney
I may not be the best fan of The Strip's track but we like going to Vegas for the Fall NHRA race because of all the great special events the drivers' participate. We now know something that Top Fuel driver "Hot" Rod Fuller is bad at with his last place "dirty dog" finish. A 56 in his first game?. . . . *roflol - baawaaa*. After bowling the best score of the NHRA event it looks like Del Worsham's arm gave out. I hope his arm gets better so Del has lots of strength to lift his "Wally" high after winning the Funny Car Finals on Sunday *hopeful thinking*. ~ fla

04.02.09 United States Bowling Congress:
NHRA Drivers Hit the Lanes at Las Vegas Open Championships
      On Thursday, 15 National Hot Rod Association drivers and crew members raced into Cashman Center to compete in the 2009 USBC Open Championships. The group was treated to the full tournament experience, from the pro shop to the scale room to the traditional march down Center Aisle. As they got their bowling balls drilled and weighed and threw their first shots on the tournament lanes, they started to see some similarities between bowling and drag racing. The NHRA group was divided into three teams(Top Fuel, Funny Car, and Pro Stock drivers teams - fla) for a friendly afternoon on the lanes Thursday, but it wasn't long before their competitive instincts took over. In the end, it was the NHRA Floppers who paced the field with a 2,180 team total. Funny Car driver Robert Hight led the way with a 525 series followed by bowling teammate Funny Car driver Del Worsham.
      “Bowling is a lot like a race car when you consider you have to make a lot of minor adjustments as you go and the lanes change just like a track will change,” said Robert Hight. “It was a fun experience. The other NHRA teams were really good too. It went right down to the tenth frame of the last game.” Hight’s third game total of 182 with three strikes and six spares was enough to give the Floppers the edge in the final tally. Bowling teammate Del Worsham garnered the best individual game score as he knocked out 198 pins in the first of the three-game set with six strikes and a spare.
      “I’ve never bowled in a tournament before,” Worsham said. "This really was a lot of fun and a great experience, and we got lucky and pulled it off." Worsham had previously joined Robert Hight at Cashman Center to watch pro bowler standout Danny Wiseman in the TV finals of the USBC Masters in February. "I was nervous, even though we had some good games, and I'm glad we came out ahead. It really was all in good fun, and the camaraderie was nice, especially because tomorrow, we're supposed to hate each other." "It's was definitely challenging out here, and the conditions are tough, but we had a great time," said Del's father Chuck Worsham, an avid bowler who has two bowling lanes at his racing shop in Orange, California.
      The 2009 Open Championships kicked off on Feb. 21 and will feature 17,200 teams, more than 86,000 bowlers, before it concludes on July 24. # SNIP # - See full article and photos

== NHRA Floppers (2,180) ==
Robert Hight, 165, 178, 182 (525)
Del Worsham, 198, 171, 141 (510)
Jeff Arend, 168, 177, 160 (505)
Jack Beckman, 117, 115, 86 (318)
Matt Hagan, 95, 101, 126 (322)

== NHRA Holeshots (2,154) ==
Jeg Coughlin, 129, 165, 175 (469)
Allen Johnson, 141, 131, 145 (417)
Greg Anderson, 137, 136, 118 (391)
Jason Line, 157, 137, 145 (439)
Jason Gray, 158, 139, 141 (438)

== NHRA Eliminators (1,979) ==
Morgan Lucas, 157, 123, 131 (411)
Shawn Langdon, 167, 189, 172 (528)
Spencer Massey, 108, 104, 100 (312)
Chuck Worsham, 158, 165, 148 (471)
Rod Fuller, 54, 101, 102 (257)

Funny Car drivers, Team Force's Robert Hight(L) and Al-Anabi's Del "Main Man" Worsham(R).
Over Del's left shoulder is his father Chuck in the background ~ fla. Original photo courtesy JFR

An individual that discovered this thread sent us an FR profile email advising of this site. So here you go. . . Del Worsham.Love Fan Site

166 posted on 04/04/2009 9:32:30 AM PDT by flattorney (See my comprehensive FR Profile "Straight Talk" Page)
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To: flattorney

Final Qualifying Results
Due To Weather, Only Two Top Fuel Sessions
and Three Funny Car & Pro Stock Sessions

  Psn Driver               Vehicle                           ET   Speed
   1. Shawn Langdon        Lucas Oil/Dixie Chopper Dragst  3.874  311.41 
   2. Antron Brown         Matco Tools Dragster            3.878  312.86 
   3. Larry Dixon          Al-Anabi Racing Dragster        3.907  311.70 
   4. Tony Schumacher      U.S. Army Dragster              3.908  313.88 
   5. Cory McClenathan     Fram Dragster                   3.918  306.74 
   6. Spencer Massey       US Smokeless Dragster           3.951  305.08 
   7. David Baca           Mach 1/Global Services Dragste  3.957  303.30 
   8. Morgan Lucas         Geico Powersport/ Lucas Oil     3.987  301.81 
   9. Joe Hartley          Hartley Racing Dragster         3.989  305.63 
  10. Doug Kalitta         Technicoat No. 50 Dragster      3.991  301.07 
  11. Brandon Bernstein    Budweiser/Lucas Oil Dragster    4.027  281.13 
  12. Troy Buff            Bill Miller Racing/Okuma Drags  4.078  276.92 
  13. Terry Haddock        Dragster                        4.084  291.82 
  14. Urs Erbacher         Century Asphalt Materials Drag  4.098  292.01(4) 
  15. Mike Strasburg       B J Transmissions Dragster      4.213  220.73 
  16. Steven Chrisman      Chrisman Driveline Dragster     4.243  281.95 
          --------- Not Qualified ---------
  17. Steve Faria          System One Filtration Dragster  4.837  189.39 
  18. Rob Passey           MSP Motorsports/Mattinson Race 19.041   42.41 
  Psn Driver               Vehicle                           ET   Speed
   1. Tony Pedregon        Herzog/Palms Impala             4.100  302.62 
   2. Robert Hight         AAA of So. Cal Mustang          4.115  305.15 
   3. Mike Neff            JFR/Ford Mustang                4.125  304.46 
   4. Ashley Force Hood    Castrol GTX Mustang             4.139  303.23 
   5. Bob Bode             Alard Machine Products Impala   4.145  303.43(2) 
   6. Ron Capps            NAPA Auto Parts Charger         4.148  297.94 
   7. John Force           Castrol GTX Mustang             4.149  302.35(3) 
   8. Cruz Pedregon        Advance Auto Parts Solara       4.167  301.67 
   9. Bob Tasca III        Motorcraft/Quick Lane Mustang   4.167  301.67 
  10. Tim Wilkerson        Levi,Ray, Shoup Mustang         4.169  298.93 
  11. Brian Thiel          Olympus Trailers Monte Carlo    4.182  298.47 
  12. Matt Hagan  Charger              4.185  301.33 
  13. Jack Beckman         Valvoline/MTS Charger           4.202  302.69 
  14. Gary Densham         Asombroso Tequila Impala        4.212  289.94 
  15. Jeff Arend           DHL Solara                      4.251  297.88 
  16. Del Worsham          Al-Anabi Racing Solara          4.278  283.61 
          --------- Not Qualified ---------
  17. Jerry Toliver        Canidae Pet Food Monte Carlo    4.340  268.44 
  Psn Driver               Vehicle                           ET   Speed
   1. Mike Edwards         Young Life/Penhall GXP          6.656@ 206.16 
   2. Greg Anderson        Summit Racing Equipment GXP     6.668  206.70&
   3. Greg Stanfield       Attitude Apparel GXP            6.690  205.94 
   4. Jason Line           Summit Racing Equipment GXP     6.697  205.82 
   5. Allen Johnson        Mopar/JJ Racing Stratus         6.699  205.26 
   6. Warren Johnson       KN Filters GXP                  6.703  206.26 
   7. Tom Hammonds         Race For Achievement Cobalt     6.706  205.13 
   8. Jeg Coughlin Cobalt                 6.708  204.94 
   9. Kurt Johnson         AC Delco Cobalt                 6.715  205.38 
  10. Larry Morgan         Lucas Oil Stratus               6.723  204.91 
  11. Johnny Gray          Johnny Gray Racing Stratus      6.737  204.29 
  12. Rickie Jones         Quarter-Max/RJ Stratus          6.739  204.63 
  13. Dave Connolly        Nitro Fish Wear Stratus         6.751  203.22 
  14. David Beckley        Mountain View Tires Stratus     6.755  204.76 
  15. V. Gaines            Kendall Oil Stratus             6.758  203.61 
  16. Steve Spiess         Spiess Construction Cobalt      6.759  203.74 
          --------- Not Qualified ---------
  17. Rodger Brogdon       Kent Services Trucking GXP      6.764  204.32 
  18. Gordie Rivera        Gordies Speed Center GXP        6.777  202.39 
  19. Ben Watson           Pirhana Z GTO                   6.781  202.18 
  20. Ron Krisher          Valvoline Cobalt                6.782  204.57(5) 
  21. Erica Enders         Dragstar Racing Mustang         6.854  199.11(6) 
  @ = Track ET Record <> & = Track Speed Record
Credit: NHRA, Summit FastNews, FlA & Co.

FR 2009 NHRA Nationals homepage

167 posted on 04/04/2009 11:13:55 PM PDT by flattorney (See my comprehensive FR Profile "Straight Talk" Page)
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To: flattorney
      (1) On Friday, due to rain, very high winds, and a major Christmas tree malfunction, there was only one round of Funny Car and Pro Stock qualifying held. NHRA tried to have one round of Top Fuel qualifying but in the first run(solo) Arley Langlo's engine exploded and caught fire(see next post) leaving a large oildown on the track. By the time the track was cleaned up NHRA decided to cancel the session due to very high winds and it was starting to get late in the day. Langlo dropped out of the event. There was some outstanding qualifying on Saturday particularly Pro Stock and the final round of Funny Car.
      (2) Also on Friday, Bob Bode qualified No. 1 with a career best time. He had an excellent second round of qualifying to remain #1. In Bob's third and final round of qualifying he lost traction, resulting in a poor ET, and dropped to fifth which was still his best showing this season. - See next 2nd post
      (3) The last two years John Force DNQ at the NHRA Nationals and he has never won the event. When Force didn't qualify for the 2007 Summit event, it ended a record streak of 395 consecutive starts in the NHRA pro series, one that began in 1988. When he again failed to make the show last year, it marked just the second time in his 31-year NHRA career that he's missed a race in back-to-back seasons. NHRA Nationals
Top Nitro Drivers Than Did Not Qualify the Last Two Years
2008: John Force 5.020 306.05
2008: Scott Kalitta 5.049 307.02
2007: John Force 4.852 318.47
      (4) Urls Erbacher is running his old backup Top Fuel dragster this weekend. His crew chief estimated the massive explosion last Sunday at the Spring Nationals did $120,000 worth of damage to his new car. With the short turnaround time between Houston and Las Vegas there was no way they could properly inspect and get the new car ready to make Vegas on time. More Déjà vu: Like the Spring Nationals, tomorrow in the 1st round of Top Fuel Final Eliminations Larry Dixon is again up against Urs Erbacher. Last Sunday, it was the first round against Dixon that Erbacher had his massive engine explosion. Urs is basing his U.S. drag racing operations out of Houston. So we will call the Switzerland born European drag racing wonder a "provisional Texan" *lol*.
      (5) Last Sunday, Ron Krisher won the Pro Stock "Wally" at the Spring Nationals.
      (6) In Pro Stock, Houston home girl Erica Enders is 100% consistent this season. She DNQ for the fifth straight NHRA event.
      (7) Sunday's Las Vegas Forecast: Sunny, High of 72 degrees, Winds NE 5-10 mph, Humidity 13-16%, and a dome of high pressure will be over "The Strip". A+ drag racing weather conditions are forecast that are almost identical to last Sunday for the NHRA Spring Nationals at Houston Raceway Park in Baytown, Texas. The only difference is the humidity was 15-20% higher last Sunday, which was very rare for Baytown/Houston in the Spring where humidity is usually 50-100%. However, there is one major difference between the two cities. Las Vegas is 1,994 feet higher above sea level than Baytown, Texas. The increased LV altitude reduces a drag racing engine's maximum output making them harder to tune and run full power passes.
168 posted on 04/04/2009 11:15:24 PM PDT by flattorney (See my comprehensive FR Profile "Straight Talk" Page)
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To: flattorney
Photo 1, Fri. 04.03.09 Vegas1: Arley Langlo has a long way to go to beat veteran Urs Erbacher's master blast at the '09 Spring Nationals last Sunday. Photos are posted back up the thread. It was the largest Top Fuel explosion I've ever witnessed. Langlo wasn't alone in the explosions/fires departments. The next day, Sat April 4th, during qualifying three Top Fuelers followed his lead.

Photo 2, 1988 Firebird Raceway: Besides, Arley's blast Friday was way below his all-time best. Langlo has a pretty bad record for major engine explosions/fires. He was badly burnt in 2004 from one of his explosions and fires that required one month of hospitalization. Arley doesn't race very often. Maybe that's for the best.

As I stated in my pre-season thread post, the NHRA are fools for suspending the oildown monetary fine and points penalty. The number of track oildown's this season are substantially worse than previous years.… daa. ~ fla

169 posted on 04/04/2009 11:18:39 PM PDT by flattorney (See my comprehensive FR Profile "Straight Talk" Page)
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To: Loud Mime
Your main man is tearing up The Strip ~ fla

Fri, 04.03.09: Funny Car racer Bob Bode claimed the qualifying lead for the first time in his nine-year NHRA championship series drag racing career Friday at the NHRA Nationals. Bode powered his Alard Machine Chevy Impala to a performance of 4.145 seconds at 303.43 mph to claim the first provisional No. 1 qualifying position of his career. "I was way surprised our time held up," said Bode, a former powerboat racer. "By the time they got the cars going again and I went back to the radio to listen, there were about four or five pair, and I’m going, “Well, the worst I’m going to be is ninth. Then, I went. The worst I’m going to be is seventh, figuring these guys were going to hit their numbers. Then it got down to the final pair, and we were actually nervous, standing at the radio listening. The nine guys who work on this thing just jumped up and down after that final pair ran because we’ve had a couple of unsuccessful races so they know how hard it is when it runs bad. They were just unbelievably happy when it happened. "Coming in here, the dream was to maybe be in the top half after the first round or after all four rounds. Standing here being the No. 1 qualifier after the first day is amazing; all the stars lined up for us. We were 16th in Houston, but we had a good tune-up, and we knew we could step it up a little. We didn’t know we’d step it up to where I’d be No. 1." - Credit CP

== Bob Bode 2009 NHRA Qualifying Results ==
Winternationals: #15 4.891 seconds - 244.65 mph
Arizona Nationals: #17 4.307 - 285.05 DNQ
Gatornationals: #17 4.352 - 286.07 DNQ
Spring Nationals: #16 4.204 - 294.37 NHRA Nationals:
Fri Round 1: #1 4.145 - 303.43 (Career Best in very bad track cross-winds conditions)
Sat Round 2: #2 4.158 - 302.48 (R2 #1 John Force 4.156, Bode remains #1 FC qualifier)
Sat Round 3: #- 6.533 - 102.28 (Lost Traction)
Final Qual:. . #5 4.145 - 303.43 from R1 (Great R3 ET's by 4 other drivers knocked Bode to 5th)
Courtesy FlA & Co.

170 posted on 04/04/2009 11:22:18 PM PDT by flattorney (See my comprehensive FR Profile "Straight Talk" Page)
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To: flattorney
Hurray for Bob Bode!!

Darn! I'm smiling like a jackass eating cactus!
What great news to start my Sunday!

171 posted on 04/05/2009 5:33:35 AM PDT by Loud Mime (Things were better when cigarette companies could advertise and Lawyers could not.)
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To: flattorney

Look at the times; this is anybody’s race.

172 posted on 04/05/2009 6:05:09 AM PDT by Loud Mime (Things were better when cigarette companies could advertise and Lawyers could not.)
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To: Loud Mime
I just finished watching the 2 hour DVR of Vegas1 qualifying. Round 3 of funny cars was great. It's going to be a real brawl today. The weather for R3 was warmer and much less windy so Alice could dump the bulky clothes. I love the Jungle Jim-Jungle Pam nostalgia show Bob and Alice put on. And the nice thing is Bob is not crazy like Liberman(RIP) was.

# # # # #

Good article with photos on Bob Bode in the Las Vegas Review Journal

NHRA NATIONALS: Day goes Bode's way - - Funny Car driver Bob Bode must have felt as out of place as Dorothy in "The Wizard of Oz" on Friday. And not because of the afternoon wind that ended racing early in the NHRA Nationals at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Bode, a part-time professional racer, completed the best run of his NHRA career and won the provisional pole for the first time in his land-based racing career. "We didn't know we'd step it up to where we would be in here," the former speedboat racer said of his first appearance in the post-qualifying media center in the NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series. "We've always had hopes. All the stars lined up." Bode, who raced speedboats for 21 years before moving to Funny Cars nine years ago, said he entered this week optimistic after the team had a "good tuneup" last weekend at the NHRA event in Houston. "The guys are just unbelievably happy," Bode said.

It was a bizarre day for an estimated crowd of 10,000, roughly half the normal size for Friday racing at Las Vegas NHRA national events.

From the ESPN qualifying video attendance was really off Saturday too. I bet there is a big crowd today like what happened last Sunday at the Spring Nationals. ~ fla

173 posted on 04/05/2009 8:23:18 AM PDT by flattorney (See my comprehensive FR Profile "Straight Talk" Page)
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To: Jersey Republican Biker Chick
See Footnote #3 - There is another funny car driver that is tearing up the track this weekend.

John Force had great rounds of qualifying yesterday. It's the first time "Brute" has qualified for this event in three years and he has never won it. John has both Team Force Robert Hight and Mike Neff on his side of the FC Final's ladder. I doubt he will lay down for them like John did for Ashley last weekend. Hope everything is going fantastic for ya! ~ fla

174 posted on 04/05/2009 8:40:00 AM PDT by flattorney (See my comprehensive FR Profile "Straight Talk" Page)
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To: flattorney

Thanks for the PING.\\

<P.I aggrivates me so much that John does not push it against Ashley.

175 posted on 04/05/2009 9:28:57 AM PDT by Jersey Republican Biker Chick (You cannot help the wage earner by pulling down the wage payer.)
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To: Jersey Republican Biker Chick
      I hear you, but we have to look at the big picture. John giving Ashley a little help in winning both her two Wally's(2008 Atlanta in the Finals, 2009 Houston in round 2 of final eliminations) is good for the sponsors and NHRA. If I had won as many Wally's and NHRA Championships as John I would give my daughter a little help to keep pushing her down the career path, as long as she kept progressing. So John gives Ashley some winner help in say 2-4 races a year. There's still 20-22 more races he can win in order to win another NHRA FC Championship. And I'll tell you what, that was a huge Finals victory for Ashley at the Spring Nationals, last weekend, when she beat Jack Beckman - (W)Ashley Force Hood (0.092) 4.122 - 306.19 to (L)Jack Beckman (0.097) 4.227 - 303.43. One helluva drag race and the huge crowd went crazy when she won. Jack races for NHRA's largest multi-teams organization being Don Schumacher Racing. Trust me, both Don and Jack wanted to win the Wally but Ashley put 'em down fair and square. I figured Beckman would win since he was the veteran that taught Ashley how to drive a T/F Funny car. Frankly, I wasn't much of an Ashley fan when she first started running a T/F Funny Car. But she has earned my respect that she can handle one of those FC monsters and continues to progress. Ashley has become very steady inside the cockpit and the change in the Christmas tree timing rule this year greatly helps her. That's my 2-bits. . .
      Anyway, I talked to John a little bit on Friday at Gainesville. I could tell the one leg that got badly damaged in his accident at '07 Dallas was really bothering him. Like my father, John had polio when he was young. His Dallas legs injuries will probably give him problems the rest of his life. Dad, had a left knee replacement eight years ago, using the best orthopedic surgeon money could buy, and he never healed properly or has the flexibility in that knee that he should have. The surgeon said that childhood polio victims have permanent lower body nerves and muscles motor-units damage that never properly regenerates. Then Dad said the surgeon chewed on him a little bit that his new knee was doing great and he was no longer twenty *lol*. You would never know that John had polio, or my father, when they were young because they were not severe cases. Apparently, post-polio problems can pop-up with serious lower extremity injuries or major surgery. Plus, major damage to the lower extremities is serious to begin with. Not too long ago I read that Don Garlits said his foot, that part of it was blown off during his infamous 1970 Lions Drag Strip "digger" transmission explosion, still gives him lots of problems to this day. There is so many nerves and tiny bones in your feet.
      I'm not worried. I think Big John is going to have a very good season. Here's several FlAC enhanced and remastered photos of John from last weekend's Spring Nationals in Houston. He ran his gold FC body against Ashley. I like it. Wish he would run it for the rest of the season. ~ fla

Saturday Qualifying

Sunday Round 2 Eliminations Against Princess

John "accidentally" steps on the clutch and pops the blower
John's reaction when Ashley beats "Fast" Jack Beckman in the FC Finals

. . . "did you she her(Ashley's) ol' heap go down through there?"

176 posted on 04/05/2009 1:15:43 PM PDT by flattorney (See my comprehensive FR Profile "Straight Talk" Page)
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ESPN’s coverage was grand. It is so nice when the race is broadcast in the afternoon and some of it is live. What is the capacity their? Many empty seats. Wonder if Houston still had the largest season attendance last Sunday.

Have you seen this? Thoughts?
Charlotte-based Sonic Automotive, one of the nation’s largest auto dealers, reported staggering fourth-quarter and full-year 2008 losses Tuesday. The Fortune 500 company also said it may have to file for bankruptcy protection because of outstanding debts during a recession that has severely curbed car sales. The company’s fourth-quarter loss was $685.6 million, compared with a $23 million profit a year earlier. For the year, the loss was $685.9 million — or $17 per share — a huge swing from a $95.5 million profit in 2007.

Bruton Smith’s Sonic Automotive considering bankruptcy

Bruton Smith says dealerships aren’t bankrupt

177 posted on 04/05/2009 7:38:11 PM PDT by nancytx
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Top Fuel Tony Schumacher, Funny Car Ron Capps, and Pro Stock Jeg Coughlin Win at Las Vegas
as more track and personal career records are set.
Video: ESPN Vegas Wrap Up

Capps, Schumacher & Coughlin
Sunday, April 5, 2009 -- Tony Schumacher raced to his second consecutive victory of the season Sunday at the NHRA Nationals. Ron Capps, who is Tony's teammate, and Jeg Coughlin also were winners in their categories at the NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series event at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

Five-time defending world champion Schumacher moved into the Top Fuel points lead for the first time this season when he powered his U.S. Army dragster to a 3.874 second run at 311.77 mph to defeat Brandon Bernstein's Budweiser/Lucas Oil dragster, which finished in 4.003 at 295.66.

Schumacher's dragster was consistently quick in earlier round wins over Terry Haddock, Cory McClenathan and top qualifier Shawn Langdon.

Tony Schumacher
"The team won today," said Schumacher of his 58th career victory. "I didn't do it with a great driving job like I did in Houston. What a great tune-up we had. They carried me today. It went right down the track every time. That's what a team is all about. It's fantastic. That was a big (final) round. (Brandon) is an outstanding driver and they have a great team. You aren't just running an average guy. You've got to go up there and do your job. There are certain rounds that are just huge, and that was one of them."

Capps extended his series points lead in Funny Car with his third victory this season and 28th of his career, outrunning teammate Matt Hagan in the final. Capps finished in 4.182 at 297.81 in his NAPA Dodge Charger, while rookie Hagan's Charger lost traction near the finish line and trailed with a 4.335 at 248.89.

Capps, who ended a two-race mini-slump with his third victory at this track, defeated Brian Thiel, Mike Neff and Robert Hight to advance to the final.

Ron Capps
"I was asked several times by the media what was wrong the last two races, and I just never worried," said Capps, who posted back-to-back first round losses at Gainesville and Houston. "Ace [crew chief Ed McCulloch] needed to get in his comfort zone. You'll find a lot of teams seem like they may be struggling here the last couple of races, but with four test days for the whole year, there are a lot of teams, including us, testing stuff that you have to try in qualifying once you get in the show and even race day, believe it or not. So it's tough to gage how people are really doing. 'Ace' was trying things.

"We have found that just trying to approach the season like a NASCAR team and saying, 'OK, as long as we're in the Countdown and in the top 10,' and try to focus and peak at the right time doesn't work. So we stepped it up, and 'Ace' is trying to rip their throats out every single run. You can't run these cars anymore and be halfway safe and just look to go down the track. You can't do it. You have to step all over these things with the tune-up, and the driver has to be on their game. It is days like this where it's fun. It sounds cliche, but we're just focusing on one round at a time, one race at a time."

It is the 21st time that Don Schumacher Racing teams have won two separate categories at the same NHRA event.

Jeg Coughlin
In Pro Stock, Coughlin claimed his second victory of the season in his Chevy Cobalt and 43rd of his career when final round opponent Greg Stanfield fouled at the start in his Attitude Apparel Pontiac GXP.

"We'd love nothing more than to come out of Indy in first place in the Countdown with the extra bonus points that come with being No. 1, but there's a lot of races between here and there," Coughlin said. "We had a tough day. This is the most consistent our car has been, and that was our goal coming into here. We changed a lot of stuff in the suspension and with the car to try and get a more consistent race car. That's what's been plaguing us since the end of last year. The name of the game is to continue to better yourself and not make mistakes, and that's what we were doing - shooting ourselves in the foot - and that's what was hurting us."

Coughlin's day got off to an odd start when a piece of rubber jammed in the staging beams and inadvertently timed out first round opponent Kurt Johnson, forcing a rerun. When the pair returned about 25 minutes later, Johnson fouled at the start, and Coughlin took the win. In fact, three of Coughlin's opponents - Johnson, Mike Edwards and Stanfield -- turned on the red light today.

"I'm used to going multiple rounds each day with bracket racing, but the team isn't," said Coughlin of the added run today. "We just kind of had a hurry-up offense all day. Really, we weren't able to catch our breath until right before the final. NHRA did a great job of working with the situation and getting us delayed in the program enough to let us get prepared properly."

Sunday's NHRA Full Throttle Series Final Results:
Top Fuel: Tony Schumacher, 3.874 seconds - 311.77 mph def. Brandon Bernstein, 4.003 - 295.66
Funny Car: Ron Capps, 4.182 - 297.81 def. Matt Hagan 4.335 - 248.89
Pro Stock: Jeg Coughlin, 6.715 - 205.16 def. Greg Stanfield, N/A - Red Light Foul

The NHRA Full Throttle Series continues with the Summit Racing NHRA Southern Nationals, April 16-19 at Atlanta Dragway. - Credit DRC, edit JJ


178 posted on 04/05/2009 10:24:53 PM PDT by flattorney (See my comprehensive FR Profile "Straight Talk" Page)
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Don Schumacher Racing
Don Schumacher, Team Owner: The Legend Continues | NAPA Bio
Tony "The Sarge" Schumacher, NHRA Top Fuel Champion 2008, '07, '06, '05, '04, 1999
Top Fuel: Cory McClenathan
Funny Car Teams: Ron Capps | Jack Beckman | Matt Hagan
Pro Stock Motorcycle: Matt Smith, 2007 NHRA PSM Champion

Don Schumacher NHRA Bio: Remembered as one of the most fierce match racers to ever compete in a Funny Car, Schumacher was also one of the early stars of organized competition, winning the 1972 Coca-Cola Cavalcade of Stars Championship, the 1973 AHRA world championship, five titles — including the 1970 U.S. Nationals — and nine IHRA event titles. His popular Plymouth Barracuda Funny Car, dubbed “Stardust,” held countless records in all of drag racing’s arenas. As a car owner, Schumacher’s record was even more impressive. His engine, clutch, and aerodynamic advancements made his Funny Cars the leading performers in the country, and his safety innovations, such as roof-mounted escape hatches, reduced the threat of fire-related injuries at a time when many Funny Car drivers suffered serious burns. In 1974, Schumacher retired from the sport to develop his family business, Schumacher Electric Corp., one of the world’s leading manufacturers of battery chargers. He returned to the sport in the 1990s with son Tony behind the wheel. In July 1998, the duo introduced a new Top Fuel team with sponsorship from Exide Batteries. In 1999, the combination proved successful when the team won the NHRA Top Fuel championship. In 2000, the team unveiled the U.S. Army as their new sponsor and remains one of the most competitive teams on the circuit. They are now six-time and defending Full Throttle Series world champs.

04.05.09: Tony Schumacher Swipes Second Straight Top Fuel Win
U.S. Army Top Fuel pilot Tony “The Sarge” Schumacher captured his second straight victory of the season here Sunday in the Nationals at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. After beating Brandon Bernstein in the finals with a 3.874-second pass at 311.77 mph, Schumacher assumed control of the Top Fuel points lead. “Our Army Strong Soldiers operate using a team concept and so do we,” said the six-time world champion. “This was a total team effort, I will guarantee you that. Mike Green (his crew chief) and the boys were flawless all day. You can’t imagine how proud I am of each and every one of them.”
      For the Chicago-area resident, it was his 58th career win in 90 final round appearances. It was also his sixth career win at The Strip. “Needless to say, I don’t mind racing out here given the success that I’ve had over the years,” he said. “It’s a great facility with a great racing surface.” On the way to his confrontation with Bernstein, Schumacher pushed aside the likes of Terry Haddock, DSR teammate Cory McClenathan and rookie sensation Shawn Langdon. The win over Haddock was particularly noteworthy since it set a Top Fuel record for most consecutive races without a first round loss – 31. The previous mark was held by Larry Dixon. “To be honest, I wasn’t even aware of that,” offered Schumacher. “I’m just happy about getting another trophy for the team and our Soldiers. In the end, that is what’s most important.” - Credit: DSR

04.05.09: Ron Capps wins Vegas for Third Funny Car Victory in Five Season Events
      Ron Capps raced his NAPA Auto Parts Dodge Funny Car into his third victory of the season in five events at NHRA Nationals at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway and continued to rack up points as the class leader. He is now 106 points ahead of his DSR teammate Matt Hagan, whom he defeated in the final. Without lane choice for the final stanza and facing NHRA Rookie-of-the-Year contender Hagan in his first career final round, Capps put an exclamation point on the team's determination to win every round of every event and eventually Capps' first Funny Car championship. En route to his 28th career win in his 57th final round, Capps dismissed Brian Thiel, John Force Racing's Mike Neff (Ron's 600th round of NHRA racing - fla) and another JFR driver, Robert Hight, in the semifinal before facing off against his teammate. Capps launched with only a slight edge over Hagan but led all the way to the finish line, posting a stout 4.182-second elapsed time at 297.81 mph in the heat of the day to Hagan's 4.335/248.89.
      "I was asked several times by the media what was wrong," said Capps, referring to his two first-round losses of the season following victories in the fist two events, "and I just never worried. Ace (crew chief Ed McCulloch) needed to get in his comfort zone. You'll find a lot of teams seemed like they may be struggling here the last few races with [only] four test dates [allowed by the NHRA] for the whole year. There's a lot of teams including us testing things that you have to try in qualifying once you get in the show and even race day, believe it or not. "It's tough to gauge [what] people are actually doing in their pit area. For Ace, he was trying things. Don's a great owner. He comes in and pats him on the butt and says, ‘Keep doing what you're doing.’ And that's big. "We won that first round with a 4.21. It wasn't that good. Then we got put over in the right lane and everybody thought we were doomed. And so did I. And it went right down there.
      "It seems like when we don't have lane choice and Ace has his back against the wall a little bit...he comes out swinging. And it's such a great race car to drive. And even having no lane choice in the final and beating Robert Hight in the right lane, Ace wanted the right lane. So, (Hagan's crew chief) Tommy DeLago rolled up there and he'd been in the left lane and he chose the left lane. I thought this was cool. We're going to stage and let the cars do all the talking and lucky enough we got the win." McCulloch was beaming in the winner's circle. "I think it was a good day in Las Vegas,” he said. “If we had been on the crap table we would have gone home with a lot of money," he said. “We had some issues. I don't have to tell anybody the last couple of races haven't been good. We know they weren't good, but we had some things going on. And last night I said to myself, I know what it is I need to do today and let's go do it. So it worked out good. "As for lane choice, a lot of guys thought the left lane is where they wanted to go, but there's a bigger bump in the left lane than there is in the right and we figured since the car's really not handling quite as good as we want it to be, if we can keep Ron out of the bumps the better off he is, so as a rule we chose to stay in the right lane."
      With Tony Schumacher's win today, DSR teams now lead the NHRA Full Throttle points standings in the Top Fuel, Funny Car, and Pro Stock Motorcycle classes. "I'm tremendously ecstatic," said team owner Don Schumacher. "It was great to have Ron win today, to have Tony win today, [and] have Matt Hagan get to the final, a rookie like that. Tommy DeLago is doing a great job over there. All my Funny Cars are doing a great job, the dragsters are all doing a great job, and we're number one in the points with the Pro Stock Motorcycle also. "Ron and Tony are really stepping this program up. They're doing one great, great job." - Credit: DSR, edit FlA

Don Schumacher Racing’s new 100,000 square foot facility, Brownsburg, Indiana
Photos Galleries: (1) (2) (3)


179 posted on 04/06/2009 1:13:49 PM PDT by flattorney (See my comprehensive FR Profile "Straight Talk" Page)
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To: SouthTexas; WestCoastGal; tubebender; NormsRevenge; diogenes ghost; flattorney
NASCAR Bruton Smith Ping


180 posted on 04/06/2009 1:24:00 PM PDT by flattorney (See my comprehensive FR Profile "Straight Talk" Page)
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To: nancytx

Thx girl! The feedback comments on the 2nd article are a scream. - TAB

181 posted on 04/06/2009 1:29:40 PM PDT by flattorney (See my comprehensive FR Profile "Straight Talk" Page)
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TB was ready to call out the troops to protect TMS, but we already had a fair sized contingent of FReepers on the way.

182 posted on 04/06/2009 4:01:26 PM PDT by SouthTexas (When in the Course of human events it becomes necessary for one people.....)
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Y’all are on your own this time.

Did you see that Sonic had a 1 BILLION PLUS credit card! Hell, even you and I could create a empire with a line of credit like that...

Now leave me alone so I can listen to the rerun of Mark Steyn

183 posted on 04/06/2009 4:22:35 PM PDT by tubebender
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We had a good crew up there to protect TMS.

I’m still moping around about missing Jeff Gordon’s win at Texas. First one I missed in 10 years. :(

184 posted on 04/06/2009 7:01:44 PM PDT by SouthTexas (When in the Course of human events it becomes necessary for one people.....)
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I am near hysterical for being the only one with the ability to pick the losers in the League week after week. I don’t think I can wait for you to give me a tow...

185 posted on 04/06/2009 7:06:32 PM PDT by tubebender
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TAB says

Go Jeff !

Jeff Gordon wins Samsung 500, snaps streak at Texas Motor Speedway -- Jeff Gordon hadn't forgotten how to win. He just forgot what it felt like. Until Sunday. The four-time NASCAR Sprint Cup series champion snapped his career-long 47-race winless streak by picking up his first win ever at Texas Motor Speedway. Gordon's No. 24 Chevrolet won the race off pit road before the final restart at lap 307 and his Chevrolet sliced through the clean air to find Victory Lane. Gordon was quiet on his radio until he crossed the finish line, when he said, "Yes! You guys got me a win at Texas. I LOVE YOU!"

Laps Led Average Speed: 146.372 MPH
Time of Race: 3 Hrs, 25 Mins, 22 Secs.
Margin of Victory: 0.378 Seconds
Lead Changes: 28 among 14 drivers
Cautions: 6 for 30 laps
Attendance: 176,300
- Credit: Orlando Sentinel

186 posted on 04/06/2009 7:09:52 PM PDT by flattorney (See my comprehensive FR Profile "Straight Talk" Page)
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I’m backing up as fast as I can and you didn’t lose any positions this week, so it shouldn’t be long.

187 posted on 04/06/2009 7:11:14 PM PDT by SouthTexas (When in the Course of human events it becomes necessary for one people.....)
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He did seem to flinch a little bit when he fired the pistols. :)

188 posted on 04/06/2009 7:16:51 PM PDT by SouthTexas (When in the Course of human events it becomes necessary for one people.....)
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I would flinch more than a little bit if Jeff fired his “pistol”. :) - TAB

189 posted on 04/07/2009 11:56:12 AM PDT by flattorney (See my comprehensive FR Profile "Straight Talk" Page)
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190 posted on 04/07/2009 7:01:46 PM PDT by SouthTexas (When in the Course of human events it becomes necessary for one people.....)
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Sin City Drags Wrap

      04.07.09-20:45 FlA Says; Gosh, there may be hope for this season after all. What a tremendous Saturday and Sunday. Many great match-ups and great racing. Two weeks in a row, lanes were fairly equal, unlike Gainesville and Phoenix. Congratulations to Don Schumacher, Tony Schumacher, and Ron "My Main Man" Capps. On the first anniversary of the NHRA fining Don $100,000 for having four unauthorized barrels of nitromethane in his pit at The Strip, it's great to see "The Don" stick it up NHRA's keister this weekend and now leads the points standings in all three Full Throttle divisions that Schumacher Racing("DSR") competes. That whole NHRA fabracated Nitrogate debacle last year still sticks in my craw.
      Also, congratulations to rookies Top Fuel Shawn Langdon who was #1 qualifier and lost to Tony Schumacher in the semi-finals. And to DSR's Funny Car driver Matt Hagen who qualified #12 and lost to DSR's Ron Capps in the Finals. Both these rookies are outstanding drivers. Shawn is 8th in TF points, and Matt is 2nd in FC points. - Las Vegas: Matt Hagan Final Report. Hopefully, Don Prudhomme's new TF rookie driver Spencer Massy will keep stepping it up. He qualified fifth and lost first round to Brandon Bernstein in a great drag race. Spencer cut a super 0.031 light, to Brandon's 0.075, and had his quickest pass of weekend. Brandon just had the faster dragster, both ET and MPH. Snake Racing's TF crew takes the loss.

Tony Schumacher: When Tony lost his super-legend crew chief Al Johnson and his crew to Al-Anabi Racing, and two-time NHRA Top Fuel Champion Larry Dixon left Don Prudhomme Snake Racing for Al-Anabi, many of the media experts? and NHRA veterans said Larry was a shoo-in to win the Top Fuel Championship this year. While Larry is my main TF man, I laughed at their ignorance. No one in drag racing is tougher, and hates losing more, than team owner Don Schumacher. And, Don has the big bucks and the connections. Many drag racing fans don't know "The Don" very well because he does not do very many media interviews. He leaves all that to John Force and John Force Racing, which makes good "bookends" by the two largest NHRA teams. His son Tony is a machine. How Tony lived through his massive 2000 Memphis Top Fuel crash is beyond me. It was only God shining on him, and a good dose of luck, that kept Tony from being another nitro driver death statistic. His crash was very similar to Shirley Muldowney's horrific 1984 Montreal crash, expect worse. Tony was the defending Top Fuel Champion(his 1st of 6), and despite his very serious injuries, I was amazed how fast he came back and started racing again. Here's a good Discovery Channel video on Tony's crash and aftermath.

From DSR Tony Schumacher Article: The win was particularly noteworthy since it set a Top Fuel record for most consecutive races without a first round loss – 31. Here's the rest of that story: ~ fla
Top Five Drivers: Most Consecutive NHRA Races Without A First Round Loss
1999-02 Angelle Sampey PSM 46 (3-Time PSM Champion)
1975-80 Bob Glidden PS 40 (NHRA No. 4 Greatest)
1995-97 John Force FC 34 (NHRA No. 2 Greatest)
2007-09 Tony Schumacher TF 31 (6-Time Top Fuel Champion. Record is still open)
2000-02 Larry Dixon TF 30 (2-Time Top Fuel Champion)

Ron Capps: What can I say about my other FC main man with 3 out 5 wins this season? Ron has had some great recent seasons and would have won a NHRA Funny Car Championship under the old points systems. But he lost under the new Crapola to the Championship I mean Countdown to the Championship format. I loathe motorsports playoff formats. It's just more marketing weenies garbage. But that's just my personal opinion.

Bob Bode: It would have been fantastic if Bob had stole the Finals. It's always fun when an underdog blows away the field. He lost in the first round against DSR's rookie Matt Hagan. It looked like Bob's crew chief was too aggressive on the clutch set-up/timers when he went up in smoke at 330 feet, ending his weekend. Bob was also very late on the tree at 0.138 to Hagan's 0.089. But from the stats, he clearly had a potential winning hot rod last weekend:
Bob Bode Vegas1 Key Stats:
Fri. Round 1: #1 4.145 - 303.43 (Track temperature 77 degrees)
Sat Round 2: #2 4.158 - 302.48 (Track temperature 109 degrees)
== Better Sunday Elimination ET's ==
E1 - Mike Neff 4.117, Matt Hagan 4.144 (Bob lost to, Track Temperature 89 degrees)
E2 - None, TT 107 degrees
E3 - None, TT 109 degrees
FN - None, TT 109 degrees

With Bob losing in the first round did Alice Bode, dressed in an all black outfit, know something? How do women run in those stiletto heels? I'm impressed. It takes some real athletic ability. I would probably wipe up the drag strip with my face.

      ESPN Race Day did a great piece on Bob. They talked with him briefly then let the camera roll, with the mic on, in Bob's pits while they were working, before and after one of his qualifying runs, etc. Good stuff. During Sunday's eliminations Mike Dunn said Bob made it to the semi-finals last year at this event. I looked up the stats.
      2008 NHRA Nationals, Funny Car Final Eliminations: Because of the very hot track conditions, 120+ degrees, the nitro racing was very poor. Bob Bode, who qualified ninth, had to face three John Force Racing teams in final eliminations. In Round 1 he faced Mike Neff, who is driving for the late Eric Medlen. Bob won in a pedal fest by both cars. In Round 2 he faced Robert Hight. He won in another pedal fest when they both went up in smoke at the 330 mark. In Round 3 he faced Ashley Force. He lost to Ashley with both cars having mechanical problems with poor ET's and MPH's.
      Two items caught my attention. One, Bob's reaction times were poor with a 0.133, 0.149, and against Ashley a 0.114 which was better than her poor 0.136. I don't know if Bob's crew chief had the clutch set that soft due to the conditions, or if Santa needs to bring Bob an electric Christmas Tree to practice on. Second, in all three of Bob's runs he left oil/fluids on the track that required NHRA clean-up. Since the oildown penalties rule was in effect last year, NHRA fined Bob $4,000 and deducted earned championship points. While Bob lost in the first round of eliminations this year, his weekend performance was greatly superior to last year and much less expensive. ~ fla
      Currently, Bob is not entered for the Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Southern Nationals, Atlanta on April 16-19, 2009. He is not the only one as presently there is not a sixteen car Funny Car field entered.

One question - Where did they get those Vegas trophy girls?. . . ouch. They look like something from a '50's Frank Sinatra Vegas detective movie. If Del Worsham had won the Funny Car "Wally" those two would have been a major let down from the two smokin hot Spring Nationals, Houston trophy girls he had on his arms *lol*.

John Force lays down again for his teammate. This time to son-in-law FC jockey Robert Hight. It was John's 1,400th round of NHRA racing. From John Force Racing Vegas1 Final Report: Hight's Semi-Final Finish Lone Bright Spot In Vegas For JFR - - John Force continued to improve in his Castrol GTX High Mileage Mustang, however a mechanical failure with his manifold burst panels ended his day against Robert Hight. Crew chief Austin Coil said that they replaced a number of panels after his first round win over Tim Wilkerson but in the second round they are not sure why the burst panels let loose dropping the available horsepower at half track and slowing Force abruptly. <> Translated this means someone on John's crew loosened a bolt(s) on the burst plate mounting bracket. Come on John we all know the tricks. You're going to have to be a little more creative in your losing for teammates efforts, *lol*.
      Before FR's legendary Jersey Republican Biker Chick pops a brain artery let me state the following. With the current championship countdown format, these early season races don't mean squat except for the winner's paycheck, bragging rights, and hanging out with the hottie trophy girls. John, and everyone else, knows this. The teams don't have to really get serious about the champion until the start of the summer, which is the O’Reilly NHRA Summer Nationals at Topeka. Until then, drivers just need to maintain a reasonable Top Ten points position.
      Of interest, John had a great pass and win in the first round of eliminations against Tim Wilkerson(great and humble guy). Then in the shut-down area John jumped out of the top of the car and was really mad about something. I don't know what was going on. He was waving his hands around and striping off his gear and throwing it on the ground. It was funny.
      One last note: It was great to personally see John Medlen back at the Spring Nationals, after missing two races, and then watch him on TV at the NHRA Nationals. With the exception of Ed McCulloch, no one loves his crew chief job more than John. He eats and breathes championship drag racing. It looked like John lost a fair amount of weight in the hospital with this heart problem, which was the second time he had been hospitalized for his ticker. But, big bags of cheeseburgers and mass builders protein shakes will get his weight back up *lol*. It's great to see that John clearly has much more energy now. Further his JFR driver Mike Neff looks great this season. With John back in the saddle, I think Mike will step-up and start winning some "Wallys".

04.06.09: Team Kalitta Video:
-- Doug Kalitta raced against fellow NHRA nitro competitors Cory McClenathan and Tommy Johnson Jr. in a 20-lap exhibition race Saturday night, April 4, at the LVMS Bullring. Doug, the 1994 USAC National Sprint Car Champion, won the race.

Houston and Vegas Facilities Capacity Question: Both The Strip and Houston Raceway Park state their maximum capacity is 30,000. Unlike NASCAR, NHRA does not provide attendance information which is no surprise. However, from attending races at both facilities and looking at the Sat-Sun panoramic photos from both events, the Spring Nationals had the larger attendance. On the FR Vegas1 event lead post #137, the third top image shows all the people in the 660 ft. SRO pit last year. There was hardly anyone there for Saturday or Sunday. As previously stated, Houston's attendance was also larger than Gainesville, Phoenix, and Pomona.
      The problem with the Vegas1 event is hotels-casinos are still gouging on their room rates et. al. when large events are in town. It doesn't make sense because there is significant vacancy rates and corporate profits have taken a huge nose drive due to the serious recession. When Vegas was promoting their Bring the Family theme, rates were very reasonable and going there was a very good deal. When they went back to their current Sin City theme, rates went through the ceiling to the point I found them offensive. With their major current financial problems, seems like it would be smarter to reduce rates and increase volume again. But as the old saying goes, for some people, "you screw your friends because your foes never come around".
      NT, on other matters, I appreciate your post, you are on the list, and we will mail out the post-Spring Nationals care packages before I/we leave for Palm Beach for the BJ celebrity car auction/stay with personal friend this weekend.
      I'm knowledgeable about Bruton Smith's serious financial problems. I'll address that in another post when I have some time. However in short, the porn industry wants an Obama bailout so I would think that pimp Bruton should qualify *lol*. He should at least receive consideration due to his $2,500 political donation to corrupt scumbag Democrat, and Senate Majority Leader, Harry Reid.

I have one more Vegas1 wrap-up post that was great but totally slipped under the radar. I was disappointed it wasn't covered, nor did Paul or Mike say anything about it, during ESPN's coverage. Probably be next week before I can post it - Good stuff ~ fla

Upcoming FR FlA & Co. Covered:
Apr 09-11: Barrett Jackson Collector Car Auction, Palm Beach, FL (Attending, part)
Apr 16-19: 29th annual Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Southern Nationals, Atlanta

FR 2009 NHRA Nationals homepage

191 posted on 04/08/2009 5:08:18 PM PDT by flattorney (See my comprehensive FR Profile "Straight Talk" Page)
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As much as I greatly like Del Worsham, John Force, and several other funny car drivers, these are the guys I want to see win the 2009 NHRA Full Throttle Funny Car Championship. No one deserves it more than Ron Capps. He has paid his dues. And, legendary crew chief Ed McCulloch made it very clear at the first of the season that there was going to be no more excuses. Which I am sure his comments were the result of Ace's private meeting with "The Don". With DSR's Funny Car rookie Matt Hagen having a tremendous season so far, he is exactly what Ron and Ed need to push themselves to Ron's first NHRA FC Championship. ~ fla

(L-R) My No. 1 favorite active NHRA legend, Ed "The Ace" McCulloch;
he should have already won a NHRA FC Championship, Ron Capps;
and keep letting your teams' do all the talking on the drag strip, Don "The Don" Schumacher

192 posted on 04/08/2009 5:13:40 PM PDT by flattorney (See my comprehensive FR Profile "Straight Talk" Page)
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To: Loud Mime; Jersey Republican Biker Chick; SouthTexas; Arizona Carolyn; nancytx

Loud Mine: Bob Bode

JRBChick: John Force, John Medlen

SouthTexas: Angelle Sampey, Bruton Smith

NancyTx: Houston - Vegas Attendance; Bruton Smith; More

Arizona Carolyn: Thanks for your thoughts. NHRA treads are not new to FR just sporadic and "under the radar". Let's be honest, FR is NASCAR Country. We are only a small humble group doing our lil' thang. I hope everything is going fantastic for you! ~ fla


193 posted on 04/08/2009 5:30:47 PM PDT by flattorney (See my comprehensive FR Profile "Straight Talk" Page)
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To: flattorney
Thanks for the PING!!

I wish John would have the fire he had when he was young, he would not have laid down for ANY competitor.

194 posted on 04/08/2009 5:54:59 PM PDT by Jersey Republican Biker Chick (You cannot help the wage earner by pulling down the wage payer.)
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To: flattorney; tubebender

Need to get TB back over here, he practically invented drag racing! :)

195 posted on 04/08/2009 7:29:22 PM PDT by SouthTexas (When in the Course of human events it becomes necessary for one people.....)
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To: SouthTexas; tubebender
When the tribute posts start for the legendary 1950's - '60's Cali drag strips and drivers, the ol' bull will mosey down from the hill. ~ fla


196 posted on 04/09/2009 11:50:57 AM PDT by flattorney (See my comprehensive FR Profile "Straight Talk" Page)
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To: kickonly88; prisoner6; luv2lurkhere; Harold Shea; tubebender; SouthTexas; Vaduz; ...

Auction Cars Master Lists: Thursday | Friday | Saturday
With consignment spots sold out and the auction lineup finalized, the 7th Annual Barrett-Jackson Palm Beach Collector Car Auction is from April 9 to 11th. The all No Reserve auction will feature a memorable range of collector vehicles including muscle cars, foreign classics, customs and specials from individual collectors and auto manufacturers. A large collection of cars are available within distinguished groups including, Mustang Celebrates 45 Years by offering the first retail 2010 Ford Shelby GT500 and a pair of Mustang GT concept cars; Vintage Ford Mustangs; East Coast Muscle; Chevrolet Muscle Cars; British Beauties; The Fantastic 50s; NASCAR Legends; and more. Established in 1971 and headquartered in Scottsdale, Ariz., Barrett-Jackson specializes in providing products and services to classic and collector car owners, astute collectors and automotive enthusiasts around the world. The company produces the "World's Greatest Collector Car Auctions™" in Scottsdale, Palm Beach and Las Vegas. - Barrett Jackson Complete Press Release

Broadcast Schedule (ET) - 22 Hours of Coverage
Thu, April 09: 12:00 - 03:00 pm (Live)
Thu, April 09: 08:00 - 12:00 pm (Same Day Delayed)
Fri, April 10: 12:00 - 3:00 pm (Live)
Fri, April 10: 03:00 - 8:00 pm ('09 Scottsdale BJ Auction Highlights)
Fri, April 10: 08:00 - 12:00 pm (Same Day Delayed)
Sat, April 11: 11:00 am - 7:00 pm (Live)
Speed: Watch On-Line

Top Featured Racing Cars
NHRA Mike Ashley's 2007 Dodge Charger Funny Car. 2007 Mac Tools U.S. Nationals Winner.
for the Darrell Gwynn Foundation
FR 2009 NHRA Drag Racing Thread: Darrell Gwynn homepage
Top Fuel Antron Brown drives for Mike Ashley Racing. Currently, he is in second place
in the NHRA Full Throttle Top Fuel Points Standings. ~ fla

2006 Chevrolet Monte Carlo NASCAR "Jimmie Johnson #48"
1998 Chevrolet Monte Carlo NASCAR #24 Jeff Gordon (Butthead Car)
NOTE: The current schedule is Mike's funny car will be auctioned Friday afternoon.
Jimmie's stock car early Saturday afternoon and Jeff's stock car late afternoon. ~ fla

I hope everyone has a fantastic Easter weekend and remembers why God put you here. ~ fla

FlAttorney's FR Racing

197 posted on 04/09/2009 11:57:50 AM PDT by flattorney (See my comprehensive FR Profile "Straight Talk" Page)
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To: flattorney

Darrell Gwynn Foundation - Official Charity of Barrett Jackson

03.31.09: NHRA Winner's Funny Car to be Auctioned at Palm Beach Barrett-Jackson Event
      West Palm Beach, FL -- Drag racing champion Mike Ashley’s 2007 Custom Nitro Funny Car will be sold during Barrett-Jackson Palm Beach Collector Car Auction to benefit the Darrell Gwynn Foundation, a Florida-based nonprofit and an official charity of Barrett-Jackson. The Torco Racing Fuels Dodge Charger that Ashley drove to victory in the 2007 MAC Tools U.S. Nationals will be auctioned off April 10 during the “World’s Greatest Collector Car Event” in West Palm Beach. Proceeds will support the Foundation’s paralysis prevention, care and advocacy work.
      The same car sold for $130,000 at the 2008 Barrett-Jackson’s auction in Scottsdale. The car was donated back to the Darrell Gwynn Foundation by a noted collector and contributor to the Foundation. The car is not set up to run, and is being sold as is. The lot number is 374.4. The car was designed by Chip Foose as tribute to the Eric Blake Faulkner Foundation which has helped families with stillborn children. Donnie and the late-Hollie Faulkner had been the proprietors of the traveling Oakley merchandising trailer that has covered the 23-race National Hot Rod Association (NHRA) series. Ashley raced the car once and won with it in the U.S. Nationals.
      “We’re thrilled to auction off this car with such an incredible story,” Foundation president Darrell Gwynn said. “We know a lot of car collectors will want to own this car. It’s connected to tremendous causes.” Gwynn, a former NHRA star who is paralyzed from a 1990 racing accident, created the Foundation in 2002 to raise money for donating custom wheelchairs, providing long-term services for new spinal cord injury patients, funding paralysis research, and getting the public involved and educated about ways to avoid paralyzing injuries.
      Ashley will join Gwynn on stage in auctioning off the car. In conjunction with the auction, the Foundation will present custom wheelchairs to a 20-year-old college student and an 18-year-old with cerebral palsy. The agency has donated more than 70 wheelchairs at racing, fishing, car auction and other events, as well as when needs arise throughout the year. “Donating wheelchairs before large crowds gives bidders a true sense of what our work is all about,” Gwynn said.

One of my all-time favorite photos, The Kid and Big Daddy ~ fla

198 posted on 04/09/2009 11:59:12 AM PDT by flattorney (See my comprehensive FR Profile "Straight Talk" Page)
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To: WestCoastGal; SouthTexas; tubebender; Harold Shea; Joe Brower; nancytx

WestCoast Gal: For your NASCAR Ping List Consideration

NASCAR Related Ping: SouthTexas; TubeBender

Darrell Gwynn Ping: Harold Shea

Joe Brower: For your Florida Ping List Consideration. Thanks for the Crist censure ping ~ fla

NancyTx: Per your request


199 posted on 04/09/2009 12:03:16 PM PDT by flattorney (See my comprehensive FR Profile "Straight Talk" Page)
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To: flattorney; SouthTexas; WestCoastGal; glock rocks

Uh... 200

200 posted on 04/09/2009 12:47:55 PM PDT by tubebender
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