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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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05.26.09 Newport Beach, Calif.: Legendary Kenny Bernstein undergoes back surgery -- Doctors at Hoag Hospital performed back surgery today on six-time NHRA champion Kenny Bernstein to relieve stenosis, or narrowing of the spinal canal. The Budweiser/Lucas Oil team owner had been suffering from pain in his lower back and numbness in his legs. After undergoing a battery of tests, doctors determined surgery was needed to correct the trauma and inflammation that was causing the pain. As part of the recuperative process, travel has been precluded for the next few weeks. It is expected that in addition to the Topeka event, he will miss Chicago and Englishtown. "It seems that the years of driving race cars have taken a bit of a toll on my back," Bernstein said. "This isn’t unusual as many drivers suffer from back ailments after years of absorbing vibration from these 8,000-horsepower engines. "We’ll get this turned around and we’ll be back out with the team soon.

Prayers from all of us for a speedy recovery King. ~ fla

P.S. Wednesday, August 12, 2009 at the Fillmore Theater in Detroit, Kenny will be inducted into Motorsports Hall of Fame of America.

FR '09 NHRA: Kenny Bernstein Racing (#24)

301 posted on 06/11/2009 9:32:55 AM PDT by flattorney (See my comprehensive FR Profile "Straight Talk" Page)
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For some reason, when Ashly Force lost in the final on Sunday I was not surprised.

Congrats to Pedragon for a great win however.



302 posted on 06/11/2009 9:34:20 AM PDT by knews_hound (I for one welcome our new Insect overlords!)
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To: 38special
On the previous subject of Pro Mods, I was going to post this back but never got the chance. ~ fla

None of us like 1,000 feet nitro racing but there were some "redeeming values" at the NHRA Spring Nationals, Houston Raceway Park, when the blown Pro Mods ran.


To: flattorney

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 Sunday, March 29, 2009 8:36:43 PM by 38special (I mean come on.)


303 posted on 06/11/2009 9:36:26 AM PDT by flattorney (See my comprehensive FR Profile "Straight Talk" Page)
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To: flattorney; tubebender

TB, was Linda around when you used to race?

304 posted on 06/11/2009 9:40:27 AM PDT by SouthTexas (Waterboard Pelosi NOW!)
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To: flattorney
One more, for now, from my To-Post Folder. I added the fire burnout photos from my huge Jungle Jim Liberman(RIP) and Jungle Pam Hardy folder. Man-o-man was Liberman something else *lol*. ~ fla

Public Release of the Big Sounds of the Drags Los Angeles, CA – In the spirit of what is known as “Creative Commons,” the Nitronic Research founders have released the entire body of NR’s ambient sound f/x recording, “The Big Sounds of the Drags 2001″ for free public consumption. More than than just a fetishistic exercise in audio drag porn, the “Big Sounds” is made up of 37 distinct recordings, ranging from the intimate and ambient sounds of Top Fuel dragsters, Funny Cars, Fuel Altereds, Jet Cars, Wheelstanders and doorslammers, interspersed with interviews from drag racing luminaries such as “Big Daddy” Don Garlits, “Wild Bill” Alexander, Roland Leong, Dean Skuza, Ron Capps, “Techno Tim” Gibson and others, all of which is sporadically underscored by surf music. It was engineered, recorded, mixed and mastered by Ikky Shivers and Cole Coonce.

Good stuff, check it out ~ fla

305 posted on 06/11/2009 9:40:27 AM PDT by flattorney (See my comprehensive FR Profile "Straight Talk" Page)
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To: flattorney

Thank you

306 posted on 06/11/2009 9:43:15 AM PDT by Vaduz
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Thanks for the pings on the DP story. :)

307 posted on 06/11/2009 10:03:46 AM PDT by WestCoastGal (Destruction should never be confused with showing emotion...unless you're 5.)
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To: SouthTexas
Not in the early 50s >:)))
308 posted on 06/11/2009 11:50:58 AM PDT by tubebender (Whom stole my tag line. Why! I ask, Why?)
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Guess you should have extended your run. :)

309 posted on 06/11/2009 12:11:51 PM PDT by SouthTexas (Waterboard Pelosi NOW!)
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40th annual United Association NHRA SuperNationals
June 11-14, 2009
11th of 24 2009 NHRA Full Throttle Events
Second of Two United Association of Journeymen and Apprentices of the Plumbing and
Pipe Fitting Industry of the United States and Canada Sponsored '09 NHRA Events

United Association Route 66 NHRA Nationals ~ United Association NHRA SuperNationals

Event Schedule | Entry List | Team Reports | Live Sunday Audiocast (WMPlayer Direct) | Results
2008 Winners: TF Tony Schumacher ~ FC Tim Wilkerson ~ PS Greg Anderson ~ PSM Chip Ellis

Fans Assistance KBase | Track Virtual Satellite | Weather: Englishtown Race Track
Surface Maps: U.S. Northeast IR Satellite Wind | Live Radar: WU NWS Storm Loop-N/A

      The SuperNationals is one of NHRA’s original seven national events. It's the 5th oldest, tied with the Gatornationals. Numerous NHRA records have been set along with many memorable moments. Like Gainesville, many retired drag racing legends show up in the pits at Englishtown. The race is held at a historic facility and has some of the sport’s most knowledgeable, and definitely the most boisterous, fans. The event, once known as the Summernationals, has shifted on the schedule from its original scorching hot and humid July slot to June. It's the final chance for Pro Stock teams to earn points toward making the field for the K&N Horsepower Challenge.
      Until last year, when I thought of Englishtown I always thought of NHRA super legend Joe Amato (NHRA #9 Greatest). He won many races and set records at this track. Now, the SuperNationals will always be remembered for when God took Scott Kalitta from us in 2008. Due to his loss, and being the 40th anniversary of this event, there will be a number of special individuals in attendance this weekend that drag racing fans may not have seen in a long time. In the off-season, the track's emergency shut-down area was improved. The gravel trap was rebuilt, new durable catch nets that are twice as tall as the previous ones were installed, and all fencing was replaced and updated. ~ fla
      About Old Bridge Township Raceway Park: It all started when Vincent and Louis Napp, along with Vincent's sons, Vincent Jr. and Richard, had a vision to introduce major league drag racing to the New York Metropolitan area. After an exhaustive search for the ideal location, they chose a 308-acre farm in the scenic countryside of Madison Township, New Jersey (now known as Old Bridge Township), on which to erect their racing surface, timing tower, grandstands, and refreshment facilities. Work commenced, and by late spring of 1965 the immense project was nearing completion. Today, more than 40 years since its opening day in July, Raceway Park has grown into a 500-plus acre multi-functional motorsports entertainment venue. It now features two drag strips (1/4 mile and 1/8 mile), three motocross tracks, a 1.3 mile road course track, competition kart racing track, autocross, ride & drive site, airport and more. In addition to the many NHRA-sanctioned drag racing events it hosts, including the NHRA SuperNationals, Raceway Park also presents a full schedule of motorsport events that run from March through November. Some of these include motocross racing, ATV racing, Quad racing, motorcycle drag racing, our annual Englishtown Swap Meet & Auto Show, and the largest monster truck shows in NJ. Englishtown’s Raceway Park is currently owned and managed by the third generation of Napp family members. Like their grandfathers, fathers, and uncles before them, they look forward to a bright future.
Event Schedule: Nitro Qualifying (NI) & Pro Stock (PS) - Cars/Motorcycles
PS: Fri, Jun 12 3:00 pm
NI: Fri, Jun 12 4:00 pm (*)
PS: Fri, Jun 12 6:00 pm
NI: Fri, Jun 12 7:00 pm
PS: Sat, Jun 13 12:00 pm
NI: Sat, Jun 13 1:00 pm
PS: Sat, Jun 13 3:00 pm
NI: Sat, Jun 13 4:00 pm
Sun, Jun 14 Pre-Race Ceremonies 10:00 am (*)
Sun, Jun 14 Final Eliminations 11:00 am
(*) Scott Kalitta Tribute

NHRA SuperNationals Coverage (ET)
Sat, 06.13: Qualifying 7:00 - 8:00 pm
Sat, 06.13: Repeat Qualifying 11:30 pm - 12:30 am
Sun, 06.14: NHRA Race Day 12:00 - 12:30 pm
Sun, 06.14: Eliminations 10:00 pm - 1:00 am (1)(2)
Wed, 06.17: Repeat Eliminations 2:00 - 4:00 am
(1) Watch Full Coverage On-Line at ESPN 360
(2) ESPN is broadcasting the NCAA Baseball World Series in the 7:00-10:00 pm time slot

Legendary NHRA Chief Starter Rick "The Iceman" Stewart
"Ice" is one of the unsung legends that emerged from the Lions Drag Strip golden years along with Snake, Ace, Mongoo$e, Connie, and others, that are the foundation of NHRA. He held the Top Fuel speed record in the mid-60's. I don't know anyone that loves this sport more than Rick. I will post more about this rare Texan, including vintage photos and videos, at a later date.

You know you might be a diehard nitro pits fan when. . .

. . .you bring your own gas mask to NHRA events.

A special FlA & Co. tribute to two-time NHRA Top Fuel Champion Scott Kalitta
will be posted after the conclusion of the NHRA SuperNationals.

Home: The FR 2009 NHRA Championship Drag Racing Thread
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310 posted on 06/12/2009 1:49:38 PM PDT by flattorney (See my comprehensive FR Profile "Straight Talk" Page)
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United Association Union to sponsor Chicago and Englishtown events
Tuesday, March 10, 2009

United Association of Journeymen and Apprentices of the Plumbing and Pipe Fitting Industry of the United States and Canada (UA) has secured title-rights sponsorship of NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series events in Chicago and Englishtown. The United Association Route 66 NHRA Nationals will be contested June 4-7 at Route 66 Raceway in Chicago, and the United Association NHRA SuperNationals will take place the following week, June 11-14, at Old Bridge Township Raceway Park in Englishtown. “Through NHRA’s unique platform and proven ability to personally reach out to fans attending a national event, UA hopes to build awareness for the International Training Fund (ITF) and United Association as well as recruit new members,” said Gary Darcy, NHRA senior vice president-sales & marketing.

In addition to sponsoring NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series events in Chicago and Englishtown, UA will receive display space at three additional events: the O’Reilly NHRA Midwest Nationals presented by Castrol at Gateway Int’l Raceway in Madison, the O’Reilly NHRA Summer Nationals presented by Castrol GTX at Heartland Park Topeka, and the Mac Tools U.S. Nationals presented by Lucas Oil at O’Reilly Raceway Park at Indianapolis. The interactive display space features welding booths and virtual simulators and is designed to drive awareness for and showcase the benefits of United Association and ITF.

“The UA team is thrilled with the partnership we have developed with NHRA,” said Michael Arndt, UA director of training. “The UA through this new partnership will have access to a yet unexplored group of apprenticeship applicants. These applicants will become a part of our ongoing recruitment effort and supply additional applicants to pipe-trade apprenticeship programs throughout the United States. These apprenticeship programs are in the welding, plumbing, pipefitting, HVACR, and sprinkler-fitting industries of the pipe trades.”

In addition to the title-rights sponsorships to the events in Chicago and Englishtown, UA is an associate sponsor on the U.S. Smokeless Tobacco Top Fuel dragster driven by Spencer Massey and owned by Don Prudhomme Racing.

About UA Training for the Future: No other organization serves the training needs of the piping industry like UA. For more than a century, UA has been training the most highly qualified workers in the United States and Canada. In the past several decades, UA’s training programs have produced a stable, skilled workforce responsible for building and maintaining piping systems in the various industrial and residential facilities that make up the North American landscape. No one can match UA’s commitment or investment. The UA spends more than $170 million annually on training-program efforts involving approximately 300,000 journeymen and apprentices in more than 400 local training facilities at any given time. In addition to five-year apprenticeship programs, UA offers continuing education opportunities that include journeyman training and certifications in valve repair, welding, backflow prevention, medical gas installation, safe removal of refrigerants, and many more. - NHRA, Edited by FLA & Co.

# # # # #

Great to see the Union jump in with NHRA sponsorship this season. At this juncture, we take all $ comers. At Chicago, one Texan Top Fuel driver let his thoughts be know about the political connection with his NOBAMA sticker. ~ fla


311 posted on 06/12/2009 1:52:21 PM PDT by flattorney (See my comprehensive FR Profile "Straight Talk" Page)
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Melanie Troxel to debut in Pro Mod at the NHRA SuperNationals, Englishtown

Melanie_Troxel 06.09.09, Pro Mod Challenge Series: She holds the honor of being the quickest woman in NHRA history, and most recently graced the seat of a nitro-burning Funny Car, but this weekend, Melanie Troxel will make her debut behind the wheel of an alcohol-burning supercharged Pro Mod, driving for Roger Burgess' R2B2 Racing as part of the Get Screened America Pro Mod Challenge presented by ProCare Rx as they compete in Englishtown, New Jersey at the United Association NHRA SuperNationals.

Sitting on the sidelines since last November due to lack of sponsorship funding, Troxel said she is "very anxious to get back behind the wheel in competition. "It's been a tough year sitting out, watching everyone else race, it's exciting to get in the car and get back out and get to make some passes," Troxel said. "We've been out testing a couple times with the Pro Mods and just recently in the Voodoo Corvette that I'll be driving this weekend. "I feel really comfortable in the car and I'm very excited to get out there and race," she said. "I had driven an alcohol Funny Car and alcohol Dragster quite a few years ago, so I thought there would be a lot of similarities between those cars and a Pro Mods, and there are mechanically - shifting, doing a lot of that stuff - but I was surprised at the difference from the alcohol cars and the Pro Mod. There's always a learning curve involved any time you move from the different classes, and it's taken me a little re-programming to get used to what the car is telling me. "I've most recently come from the nitro cars that make a ton of horsepower, but they also make a lot of down-force to use all the power, and in contrast, the Pro Mod cars kind of have the feeling of being really light and loose on the track. They get up on the tire a lot and turn a whole lot of rpm's. It's a whole different sensation from nitro," she said.

"Roger has put together a first-class operation, and I feel really fortunate to be a part of the R2B2 Racing team. He and Raymond [Commisso, Troxel's other teammate] have done such a great job this year, that I really feel like I'm trying to live up to the standards they have set. I'm hoping I can keep up with them this weekend. "The idea of having three cars on the track is to gather a little more information, and hopefully benefit all three of us. It's going to be a great weekend, and I know we'll all do very well, especially with Al Billes calling the shots. "I knew of Al when I was driving the Top Alcohol cars, and now that I get the chance to work with him, I'm realizing just what a great guy he is and how much he's done for the sport. It's been a lot of fun so far with all the guys on the team, they make me feel right at home, and it's been a really good learning experience. "Now, I just want to put all that learning to the test and get out on the track and race," Troxel said.

Qualifying is scheduled for 2:30 and 5:30 p.m. Friday evening and 2 p.m. Saturday, with eliminations slated to begin at 5 p.m. Saturday evening and conclude Sunday afternoon.

FlA Says: While I am very happy for Melanie, and will continue to closely follow her drag racing career, I/we continue to have no interest in covering the NHRA Pro Mod Series. The cars are too unsafe and I guarantee another PMod driver(s) will be killed if NHRA continues to ignore the problems. This stated, Melanie is a very impressive individual and I/we respect her decision.

2009 NHRA Pro Modified Series Schedule:
ACDelco NHRA Gatornationals - Gainesville, Fla. (March 12-15)
O'Reilly NHRA Spring Nationals - Houston (March 27-29)
O'Reilly NHRA Midwest Nationals - St. Louis (May 1-3)
NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals - Bristol, Tenn. (May 15-17)
O'Reilly NHRA Summer Nationals - Topeka, Kan. (May 29-31)
NHRA SuperNationals - Englishtown, N.J. (June 11-14)
Mac Tools U.S. Nationals - Indianapolis (Sept. 2-7)
NHRA Nationals - Concord, N.C. (Sept. 17-20)
Virginia NHRA Nationals - Richmond, Va. (Oct. 9-11)
Las Vegas NHRA Nationals - Las Vegas (Oct. 29-Nov.1)


312 posted on 06/12/2009 1:56:13 PM PDT by flattorney (See my comprehensive FR Profile "Straight Talk" Page)
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After missing Topeka and Chicago, Houston's own Erica Enders will be debuting her updated Pro Stock 2010 Ford 500 CID Mustang at Englishtown. Hopefully the new Ford Racing R & D engine and drive-train components will make her Pro Stock car competitive. At this juncture, I would just like to see Erica qualify for an event. ~ fla

FR '09 NHRA: Erica Enders (#31)


313 posted on 06/12/2009 1:58:35 PM PDT by flattorney (See my comprehensive FR Profile "Straight Talk" Page)
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      06.11.09, Houston Chronicle: Kalitta Motorsports Carries On -- Returns to track where Scott lost his life: Legendary drag racer and team owner Connie Kalitta celebrated just behind the starting line at Houston Raceway Park in Baytown with a grin from ear-to-ear and celebration hugs from the team after watching son Scott grab his first NHRA Funny Car event victory. That moment came in 1989, when Scott Kalitta, nursing a freshly broken foot from a skiing accident, beat Bruce Larson off the start and then held off the eventual series champion to get the first, and only, Funny Car victory of his career. -- Note: Scott, who is a two-time NHRA Top Fuel World Champion(1994, 1995) is one of only 14 drivers to win "Wally's" in both Top Fuel and Funny Car ~ fla)
      Now, a little over 20 years later, there will be a few smiles like the one Connie sported that day. But there also will be tears and sadness as the NHRA pulls into Old Bridge Township Raceway Park in Englishtown, N.J., for this weekend’s SuperNationals at the track where Scott lost his life at the age of 46 in a qualifying accident last year. “The best way for us to honor Scott’s memory and his legacy is to continue to do what he loved, and what we love to do — go racing,” Connie Kalitta said. “We will go into this weekend in Englishtown with our heads held high and remember Scott for what he accomplished both on and off of the race track and most importantly we will be thinking of Scott’s greatest accomplishment, his family; his wife, Kathy, and his boys, Corey and Colin.”
      Scott was killed on June 21 when his car went out of control and crashed during the final round of qualifying for the SuperNationals. “It’s hard to believe it’s already been a year,” said Doug Kalitta, driver of the No. 50 Kalitta Motorsports Top Fuel dragster and Scott’s cousin. “I think about Scott, his wife Kathy, and his sons Corey and Colin every day. He was definitely one of a kind, and we all miss him a lot. I think the best way to honor his memory is to keep doing what we’re doing and keep trying to race as hard as we can.” After that tragic day last year, the NHRA moved quickly to make the sport safer. The biggest change was the shortening of the race distance for Top Fuel and Funny Car races from 1,320 feet to 1,000. “NHRA drag racing has changed in many ways since Scott’s accident, and there have been some big strides made in making all of the tracks safer,” Doug Kalitta said. “There are still many things that need to be addressed, but we’re all pushing forward to make our sport as safe as we can.”
      Kalitta Motorsports continued racing the next week with Doug and the Top Fuel team, but the Funny Car team was put on hold. Then in Indianapolis, just seven race weekends later, the KM DHL Funny Car was back at the track with Jeff Arend behind the wheel. Now a year later, Arend will make his first start at Englishtown still seeking his first victory for Kalitta Motorsports. “Indy was probably tougher emotionally on me than going to Englishtown this year, although I didn’t realize it until right after the first qualifying session and then the flow of emotions hit me pretty hard,” Arend said. “Englishtown is obviously going to be tough, but my focus now is on winning rather than not making any mistakes with a new team. However, I’m sure that what I feel is going to pale in comparison to what the entire Kalitta organization is going to be going through.” And while that first win is always special, if Arend can get it this weekend, it will mean even more. “There is nothing better than seeing Connie get excited after we make a good lap, and I hope to have him smiling all weekend,” Arend said. “We have everything we need to win the race. I hope that Scott can give us a hand from above this weekend.”

Photo: FlA & Co.

314 posted on 06/12/2009 2:31:26 PM PDT by flattorney (See my comprehensive FR Profile "Straight Talk" Page)
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Great ad by the owner of the NHRA Top Fuel dragster with the NOBAMA sticker. ~ fla


315 posted on 06/12/2009 2:33:04 PM PDT by flattorney (See my comprehensive FR Profile "Straight Talk" Page)
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To: prisoner6; luv2lurkhere; kickonly88; tubebender; knews_hound; Harold Shea; Vaduz; Loud Mime; ...

(Click to hear nitro motor start up)

NHRA Event Announcement

316 posted on 06/12/2009 2:36:01 PM PDT by flattorney (See my comprehensive FR Profile "Straight Talk" Page)
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I hope you didn’t miss watching the hockey game tonight!,, grand job on the new posts,, will reply tomorrow after I have finally settled down from watching the Penguins win the Stanley Cup.

317 posted on 06/12/2009 8:17:59 PM PDT by nancytx (Waxing Gibbous Moon)
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Full Throttle Final Qualifying Results After Three Rounds. 4th Rained Out

  Psn Driver               Vehicle                           ET   Speed
   1. Tony Schumacher      U.S. Army Dragster              3.818  314.46 
   2. Larry Dixon          Al-Anabi Racing Dragster        3.836  314.24 
   3. Cory McClenathan     Valvoline/Fram Dragster         3.844  315.34 
   4. Morgan Lucas         Geico Powersport/ Lucas Oil Dr  3.858  308.07 
   5. Antron Brown         Matco Tools Direct TV Dragster  3.871  315.05 
   6. Shawn Langdon        Lucas Oil/Dixie Chopper Dragst  3.882  306.67 
   7. Brandon Bernstein    Budweiser/Lucas Oil Dragster    3.884  302.48 
   8. Clay Millican        MPE Motorsports Dragster        3.885  311.05 
   9. Doug Kalitta         Kalitta M'Spts No. 50 Dragster  3.959  305.15 
  10. Spencer Massey       US Smokeless Dragster           3.985  294.11 
  11. Terry McMillen       Amalie Oil Dragster             4.061  293.60 
  12. Joe Hartley          Aeromotive Dragster             4.062  292.14 
  13. Terry Haddock        Dragster                        4.098  293.47 
  14. Steven Chrisman      Chrisman Driveline Dragster     7.697  284.56 
  15. Rit Pustari          Budweiser/Lucas Oil Dragster     NT
  Psn Driver               Vehicle                           ET   Speed
   1. Ashley Force Hood    Castrol GTX Mustang             4.071  303.37 
   2. Mike Neff            JFR/Ford Mustang                4.110  295.14 
   3. Tony Pedregon        Nitrofish Impala                4.142  291.95 
   4. Robert Hight         AAA of So. Cal Mustang          4.148  292.01 
   5. Bob Tasca III        Motorcraft/Quick Lane Mustang   4.166  295.92 
   6. Del Worsham          Al-Anabi Racing Solara          4.170  292.77 
   7. Tim Wilkerson        Levi, Ray, Shoup Mustang        4.177  294.50 
   8. Jim Head             Western Governors University    4.180  293.98 
   9. Cruz Pedregon        Advance Auto Parts Solara       4.196  290.44 
  10. Ron Capps            NAPA Auto Parts Charger         4.196  277.66 
  11. Matt Hagan           Freightliner Charger            4.244  286.74 
  12. Jeff Arend           DHL Solara                      4.271  292.65 
  13. John Force           Castrol GTX Mustang             4.344  232.55 
  14. Cory Lee             Fueled by the Fallen Dodge      6.140  119.05 
  15. Jerry Toliver        Canidae Pet Food Monte Carlo    6.311  119.86 
  16. Jack Beckman         Valvoline/MTS Charger           8.043   73.56 
  Psn Driver               Vehicle                           ET   Speed
   1. Ron Krisher          Valvoline Cobalt                6.583  209.30 
   2. Mike Edwards         A.R.T./Young Life GXP           6.598  209.46 
   3. Greg Anderson        Summit Racing Equipment GXP     6.600  209.23 
   4. Kurt Johnson         AC Delco Cobalt                 6.605  208.52 
   5. Allen Johnson        Mopar/JJ Racing Stratus         6.607  208.94 
   6. Warren Johnson       KN Filters GXP                  6.613  208.84 
   7. Greg Stanfield       Attitude Apparel GXP            6.618  208.68 
   8. Jeg Coughlin Cobalt                 6.620  208.91 
   9. Jason Line           Summit Racing Equipment GXP     6.629  208.88 
  10. Rickie Jones         Quarter-Max/RJ Stratus          6.629  207.30 
  11. Johnny Gray          Johnny Gray Racing Stratus      6.632  208.65 
  12. Larry Morgan         Lucas Oil Stratus               6.636  207.46 
  13. Justin Humphreys     RaceRedi Motorsports GXP        6.639  208.33 
  14. David Beckley        Mountain View Tires Stratus     6.642  208.10 
  15. Rodger Brogdon       Charter GXP                     6.654  207.05 
  16. V. Gaines            Kendall Oil Stratus             6.667  206.04 
          --------- Not Qualified ---------
  17. Dave Northrop        Nitro Fish Wear GXP             6.674  206.70 
  18. Ryan Ondrejko        Wiley X GXP                     6.688  205.38 
  19. Ronnie Humphrey      Troy Humphrey Stratus           6.716  205.88 
  20. Bob Benza            BNB Racing GXP                  6.734  205.35 
  21. Erica Enders         Dragstar Racing Mustang         6.764  203.65 
  22. John Gaydosh Jr      Gaydosh Performance GTO         6.825  202.42 
  Psn Rider                Vehicle                          ET    Speed
   1. Hector Arana         Lucas Oil Buell                 6.965  189.87 
   2. Matt Guidera         Rocklin Motorsports Buell       6.985  187.96 
   3. Craig Treble         Team Scream Suzuki              7.008  190.43 
   4. Eddie Krawiec        Screamin' Eagle/Vance-Hines     7.011  188.65 
   5. Andrew Hines         Screamin' Eagle/Vance-Hines     7.012  186.33 
   6. Karen Stoffer        Geico Suzuki                    7.023  188.73 
   7. Michael Phillips     MPR-Damn Sport Suzuki           7.042  191.35 
   8. Steve Johnson        Steve Johnson Racing Wyotech    7.049  188.20 
   9. Douglas Horne        Horne Racing Buell              7.049  186.43 
  10. Matt Smith           Nitrofish Suzuki                7.065  184.98 
  11. Shawn Gann           Rum Bum Racing Buell            7.069  186.69 
  12. Junior Pippin        Stone Mtn/Granite Mtn HD        7.102  185.61 
  13. Wesley Wells         Kendall Suzuki                  7.129  182.50 
  14. Mike Berry           MB Machining/ LAT Racing Oil    7.149  183.89 
  15. Joe DeSantis         Suzuki                          7.179  187.57 
  16. Bailey Whitaker      Rum Bum Buell                   7.187  182.97 

Qualifying Notes:
Ashley Force Hood continues to dominate NHRA Full Throttle qualifying. She has now been No. 1 at four of the last six events. Ashley is the only one of four John Force Racing funny cars that is having a successful season. Top Fuel does not have a full 16 car field. Funny Car has 16 with one driver I've never heard of. New Ford Racing parts are no help to Erica Enders PS team with another DNQ. Shawn Gann got in trouble and drove his pro stock motocycle into the new pea gravel trap and catch net. ## JJ

ESPN Broadcast Update:
Sat, 06.13: Qualifying 7:00 - 8:00 pm (Part 1)
Sat, 06.13: Qualifying 11:30 pm - 12:30 am (Part 2 - Not P1 repeat)
- - Credit: NHRA, Summit FastNews, FlA & Co.

FR 2009 United Association NHRA SuperNationals homepage


318 posted on 06/13/2009 6:03:57 PM PDT by flattorney (See my comprehensive FR Profile "Straight Talk" Page)
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OMG Journey was amazing!!,, simply amazing. Thx for letting us know,, we never heard of the download festival,, If you have a copy I want it,, that 05 Billy Idol too if not asking too much.

319 posted on 06/14/2009 7:36:33 AM PDT by nancytx (Waxing Gibbous Moon)
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Agree, Journey thundered. That's because Neal Schon is still the man. They should have been given a 70 or 90 minutes slot. I had not seen their new frontman. The guy is great. He sounds a lot like their heydays frontman Steve Perry. I was impressed how much the massive young crowd was into this '70's founded band. The flashing gals in the crowd were an added bonus *lol*. Here's a couple of live simulcast screen shots. Daughter has you on the email list for your requests. She said the album Journey came out with last year, Revelation, was very good. I was surprised she knew who Journey was. Will have to check it out and see if they are U.S. touring. ~ fla

Legendary Neal Schon, Journey Live at the 2009 Download Festival, Donington
The Official Neal Schon Website


320 posted on 06/14/2009 8:46:32 PM PDT by flattorney (See my comprehensive FR Profile "Straight Talk" Page)
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Top Fuel Larry Dixon; Funny Car Tony Pedregon; Pro Stock Jeg Coughlin,
and Pro Stock Motorcycle Craig Treble Win United Association NHRA SuperNationals

Dixon, Treble, Coughlin and Pedregon
Tony Pedregon picked up his second consecutive win of the season in Funny Car at the 40th annual United Association NHRA SuperNationals at Old Bridge Township Raceway Park.

Larry Dixon picked up his fifth win in Englishtown, while Jeg Coughlin and Craig Treble also win in their respective categories.

Pedregon powered his Q Horsepower Chevy Impala SS to a 4.246-second run at 260.56 to grab the win. It's Pedregon's second consecutive win of the season, 42nd of his career and second win in Englishtown. Pedregon also moved past points leader Ron Capps to take the top spot in the Funny Car points standings with the win.

Craig Treble
"I never thought I'd be afraid of a girl," said Pedregon, who faced Ashley Force Hood in the final round. "Fear of losing was in the back of my head. I knew we had a good race car. It ran good in the heat, and it ran good with cloud cover. Before the final, I just knew that Dickie [Venebles, crew chief] was making a lot of adjustments and I had a feeling it would be a close race. I heard her for a while. My car was revving up, spinning the tires. We got after it because we had to. I could feel the G's falling off, and I was worried. If the track was 1,320 feet, I'd be in big trouble. I didn't get off throttle. I just hung on. It was just enough. You don't know how relieved I was to see that win light."

NHRA legend John Force moved into the seventh spot with his second-round appearance while rookie driver Matt Hagan dropped from seventh to 10th in the point standings with his first-round loss.

Larry Dixon
In Top Fuel, Dixon drove his Alan Johnson Al-Anabi Racing dragster past current points leader Antron Brown to grab his third win of the season. Dixon's run of 4.553 seconds was enough to give him his fifth win at Englishtown and 46th of his career.

"We've had a lot of success at this race," said Dixon. "The race used to be Father's Day at Columbus, and we won out until they moved the Father's Day to here. I was like, 'Wow, I haven't won Englishtown in a long time. It would be cool to do that,' nonchalantly saying that at the beginning of the season. And then all of a sudden, you get to go to a bunch of finals and win here. This is a great track, and there's so much history here. Racing on the same track as 'Jungle' and Garlits and Shirley and all my heroes that I grew up watching race is a great deal."

With the win, Dixon was able to move past Top Fuel pilot Brandon Bernstein and take over the third spot, just 97 points behind leader Brown.

Jeg Coughlin
Defending Pro Stock world champion Jeg Coughlin drove his Chevy Cobalt to a 6.598 at 209.49 past runner-up Mike Edwards to grab his fifth win of the season and second consecutive win of 2009. It also gave the four-time world champ his third win in Englishtown and 45th of his career.

"It's taken some craftiness on our part," said Coughlin, of his two wins over Edwards, who had the better performing car in both instances. "In the pits, the guys have been doing a fantastic job. We qualified eighth, which was not where we wanted to be, but when the weather mixed up Saturday, we just wanted to make sure that we got down the racetrack. Ideally, we wanted to be in the top eight for lane choice first round, and we finished eighth. We knew we had a lot to work with. We figured we could get within a hundredth and a half or two-hundredths of Mike Edwards and could probably pace with anybody else out there, and as it turned out, that's about the way it turned out."

Craig Treble
In Pro Stock Motorcycle Craig Treble drove his Honda of Kingston Suzuki to a 6.955 at 193.10 past defending world champion Eddie Krawiec and picked up his second win of the season, 14th of his career and second at Englishtown.

"This track loves me, and I love it," said Treble. "I don't know what it is but I really like it here. The guys like Matt Smith and Eddie [Krawiec] that went 6.90 were out of my league. I did not have a .90 in my bike. Of course, I don't feel bad about the final because Eddie whipped my butt the last time we raced. I owed that to him. I was doing okay on the starting line, but I just let it fly in the final and went .007. I should have done that other three rounds, but it worked. I'm looking forward to the west coast swing now. I've got a major engine overhaul coming up after Norwalk, and I can afford it now."

With the win, Treble moved from sixth to fourth in the Pro Stock Motorcycle point standings.

Full Throttle Series Final Results: 40th annual United Association NHRA SuperNationals
Top Fuel: Larry Dixon, 4.553 seconds @ (No speed) defeats Antron Brown, Foul-Red Light
Funny Car: Tony Pedregon, (0.068) 4.246 @ 260.56 def Ashley Force Hood, (0.125) 4.219 @ 272.72 (1)
Pro Stock: Jeg Coughlin, (0.025) 6.598 @ 209.49 def Mike Edwards, (0.038) 6.587 @ 209.82 (2)
PS Motorcycle: Craig Treble, (0.007) 6.955 @ 193.10 def Eddie Krawiec, (0.061) 6.906 @ 193.29 (3)
FlA Footnotes:
( __ ) = Starting line reaction time
(1) Holeshot win by Pedregon. Both drivers had trouble with their cars in this race. Pedregon got out of the gate first and extended his lead at 330 feet. His car started to move around and get a little loose, giving Force Hood a chance to close the gap. But then Force Hood's car started to move around a bit before it started heavily trailing smoke as it crossed the finish line.
(2) Holeshot win by Coughlin
(3) Holeshot win on an incredible light by Treble
<> Outstanding "tree cutting" in the Finals. Extremely rare to have 3 out of 4 holeshot wins. ~ fla
-- Credits: DRO, Summit FastNews Network, NHRA track report, edits/adds FlA & Co.


321 posted on 06/14/2009 8:54:04 PM PDT by flattorney (See my comprehensive FR Profile "Straight Talk" Page)
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I can not believe Ashley lost again!

322 posted on 06/16/2009 7:09:04 PM PDT by nancytx (Waxing Gibbous Moon)
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Bummed no ZZ Top webcast,, I keep singing the Journey songs in my head,, I had not seen them in ages,, wonderful treat,, they are playing Dallas July 19 but is outdoors,, dumb,, its already getting hotter than hell here. Tour schedule shows they are playing close to you all this summer in Hollywood, Fl. at the Hard Rock.

323 posted on 06/16/2009 7:15:43 PM PDT by nancytx (Waxing Gibbous Moon)
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ROFLOL,, luv the John and baby pic!

FlA or TAB,, could you pls pull your racing and NHRA comments on the hockey thread to here? That thread is dead,, dont want them forgotten. Cannot wait to hear about Fall Nationals plans,, I am horrible about having to wait :-)

324 posted on 06/16/2009 7:26:06 PM PDT by nancytx (Waxing Gibbous Moon)
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Prayers from all of us for a speedy recovery King. ~ fla

Ditto, not a good year for Kenny

325 posted on 06/16/2009 7:27:42 PM PDT by nancytx (Waxing Gibbous Moon)
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Flattorney; Great thread!!!!!! Just wanted to add that the cartoon was done by me. Jeff DeGrandis for Tom “The Mongoose” McEwen.

326 posted on 03/25/2010 6:14:17 PM PDT by DragFink (Jeff DeGrandis, Snake and Mongoose Drag Toon)
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Views differ on different racing distances
By Nathan Hague and Dave Rogers
The Baytown Sun
Published March 20, 2010
Earlier this week, Houston Raceway Park general manager Seth Angel issued a nationally-distributed press release calling for the National Hot Rod Association to return to the traditional quarter-mile distance for all its races.

Then he turned his track over to the American Drag Racing League, which is running this weekend’s Dragpalooza VI – and all its races — at half that length, one-eighth of a mile.

Angel said it was an unplanned coincidence that he chose this week to speak out against the NHRA’s 2008 decision to shorten races in its two fastest classes, the nitromethane-fueled Top Fuel and Funny Car, from one-quarter of a mile (1,320 feet) to 1,000 feet.

The NHRA cited safety concerns caused by the 2008 death of Scott Kalitta, whose Funny Car crashed into a concrete retaining wall at the end of a New Jersey drag strip after its braking parachutes failed to open.

Angel said the racing fans he has talked to have made it clear they want a return to the quarter-mile races.

“We’re gearing up for the 23rd annual O’Reilly NHRA Spring Nationals (April 9-11) and I’ve been jumping in and helping our staff with ticket sales over the phone and I can say without question that our fans want the NHRA to return to the quarter-mile,” he said. “They tell us this over and over again.”

NHRA has been working on other ways to reduce horsepower and top speeds, but has said the new 1,000-foot distance will remain in place through the 2010 season.

“Their main goal always is safety, and it’s important we support them at this time,” Angel stated in the release. “However, the first rule of customer service is listening to your customers and the vast majority are telling us they want quarter-mile racing. We must ... return to the quarter mile as soon as it is feasibly possible.”

Drivers and members of their support crews in town for the ADRL Dragpalooza offered their perspectives.

John Montecalvo of John Montecalvo Racing says his crew enjoys the eighth-mile races.

“It’s a lot of fun,” he said. “It takes some time to get used to it, but once you do, it’s great. It’s great for the spectators and it allows them to sit anywhere.”

Montecalvo said the biggest difference is the safety it has on the drivers.

Chad Hester, member of the pit crew for Rickie Smith Racing, said there’s not much of a difference between the two races.

“We run both,” Hester said. “The biggest difference is that in the quarter-mile, you’re pouring all your power into it and leaning on the engine more. That can affect the (car) parts.”

Hester agreed the eighth-mile race tends to be a tad bit safer.

“When you’re going at such high speeds, it gets pretty dangerous,” he said. “You don’t have that quite as much in the eighth-mile race.”

Greg Lair from Amarillo, owner of Greg Lair Racing, prefers the quarter-mile race from a driver’s perspective but said the difference between that of a quarter-mile and an eighth-mile race is bigger than most people might think.

“I’m not big on the eighth-mile, personally,” he said. “But the safety issue is serious,” he said. “I think maybe some of the drivers’ wives and families don’t want them to race in it because of that. It’s a fun challenge but you have to be careful.”

Angel said because of how valuable the fans are, he wants to give them what they want, but doesn’t want to do anything that might risk safety.

“We poll our fans calling in,” Angel said. “They’ve made it loud and clear that’s what they want. That’s what we want. Our race is in a month and I feel obligated on behalf of our fans to let their opinion be known.

“We’re all for safety,” Angel said. “Nothing is more important than the well being of the drivers and the fans. We have always supported the NHRA in its ongoing search for solutions.”

327 posted on 03/25/2010 6:45:14 PM PDT by BnBlFlag (Deo Vindice/Semper Fidelis "Ya gotta saddle up your boys; Ya gotta draw a hard line")
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