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    NHRA 50th Winternationals

    Defending series champion Robert Hight started the 2010 NHRA drag racing season Thursday night in Pomona, Calif., with a decidedly different view of the world, although his results on the race track looked remarkably the same.

    Hight led all Funny Car qualifiers at the 50th annual Kragen O'Reilly NHRA Winternationals, running a near-record 4.059 seconds at 313.86 mph in his Auto Club Ford Mustang. Pro Stock reigning champ Mike Edwards and Top Fuel veteran Cory McClenathan also went quickest in the first of three days of professional-class qualifying, but Hight was the one who created the buzz.

    "I feel like I have a huge target on my back now," said Hight, the son-in-law of 14-time NHRA champion John Force. "When I didn't have the No. 1 on my car I was always gunning for the guy that did, so now I know they're all gunning for us. A lot of people say it's harder to defend a championship than [it is to win] the first one. I don't know if that's true but I'm definitely looking forward to defending it."

    Celebrating his 40th birthday, Del Worsham clicked off an impressive 4.062 seconds at 312.35 mph, good enough to place the Al Anabi Toyota racer second overall. Ashley Force Hood was third with a 4.093 seconds at 310.70 mph in her Castrol GTX Ford Mustang.

    Despite a tumultuous offseason spent chasing down sponsors so he could continue racing, Edwards was up to task on the track, posting an efficient 6.580 seconds at 210.47 mph in his Interstate Batteries Pontiac GXP to pace the Pro Stock class.

    "We started off good today, that's for sure," Edwards said. "Man, it feels good to come out here and get to race again and see where we stack up."

    The much-hyped debut of the new Ford Mustang driven by veteran Larry Morgan was a bit of a disappointment. The car crept through the beams at the starting line, limiting him to a 6.707 seconds at 207.72 mph.

    McClenathan's 3.809 seconds at 320.05 mph was the fourth-fastest Top Fuel speed in the 1,000-foot era that started in the summer of 2008 after Eric Medlen's fatal crash in Gainesville, Fla., led the NHRA to shorten its traditional quarter-mile race distance. Lucas Oil/Speedco rail pilot Shawn Langdon was second, but his 3.847 seconds at 309.98 mph gave McClenathan a substantial cushion.

    "Me and the guys made a commitment to come in here with a better power package than we had when we left here in November," McClenathan said. "I think it shows, because that wasn't all of it, I guarantee it. The FRAM car is flying.

    "We plan on making some noise early this year and make our presence known. I like listening to all the hype, but it's one of those deals where I'm tired of waiting to see. We're going to go toe to toe with these guys starting from day one."

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    Order for Qualifying Round 4

    POMONA, Calif. - SUMMIT FastNews - Final order after 4 rounds of qualifying in Top Fuel at the NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series, 50th annual Kragen O'Reilly NHRA Winternationals presented by Valvoline:
    Psn Driver Vehicle ET Speed
    1. Cory McClenathan Fram Tough Guard Dragster 3.787 320.05
    2. Larry Dixon Al-Anabi Racing Dragster 3.788 317.79
    3. Tony Schumacher U.S. Army Dragster 3.801 320.05
    4. Doug Kalitta Technicoat Dragster 3.822 317.72
    5. Morgan Lucas Geico Powersport/ Lucas Oil Dr 3.823 316.90
    6. Steve Torrence Tuttle Motorsports Dragster 3.844 314.17
    7. Thomas Nataas Andersen Racing Dragster 3.844 310.34
    8. Shawn Langdon Lucas Oil/Speedco Dragster 3.847 309.98
    9. David Grubnic Kalitta Motorsports Dragster 3.849 319.60
    10. Brandon Bernstein Copart/Lucas Oil Dragster 3.863 312.57
    11. Antron Brown Matco Tools Dragster 3.869 313.73
    12. Troy Buff Bill Miller Racing/Okuma Drags 3.950 294.05
    13. Terry McMillen Amalie Oil Dragster 3.955 303.64
    14. Chris Karamesines Strange/Impact Dragster 4.035 308.00
    15. Steven Chrisman Chrisman Driveline Dragster 4.604 267.43
    16. Steve Faria System One Filtration Dragster 5.610 121.18
    --------- Not Qualified ---------
    17. Andy Carter Garlits/ProCare RX Dragster 6.093 218.34
    18. Mike Strasburg B & J Transmissions Dragster 7.791 96.14


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    Order for Qualifying Round 4

    POMONA, Calif. - SUMMIT FastNews - Final order after 4 rounds of qualifying in Funny Car at the NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series, 50th annual Kragen O'Reilly NHRA Winternationals presented by Valvoline:
    Psn Driver Vehicle ET Speed
    1. Robert Hight AAA of So. Cal Mustang 4.059 312.86
    2. Del Worsham Al-Anabi Racing Solara 4.062 312.35
    3. John Force Castrol GTX Mustang 4.066 310.41
    4. Bob Tasca III Motorcraft/Quick Lane Mustang 4.075 306.88
    5. Matt Hagan DieHard Charger 4.091 308.64
    6. Ashley Force Hood Castrol GTX Mustang 4.093 310.70
    7. Jack Beckman Valvoline/MTS Charger 4.101 310.91
    8. Jim Head Head Racing Solara 4.131 304.74
    9. Ron Capps NAPA Auto Parts Charger 4.144 301.54
    10. Tony Pedregon Quaker State Impala 4.151 307.58
    11. Tim Wilkerson Levi, Ray & Shoup Mustang 4.167 298.73
    12. Gary Densham Densham Motorsports Impala 4.167 293.60
    13. Melanie Troxel In-N-Out Burger Charger 4.180 304.67
    14. Bob Bode Alard Machine Products Impala 4.184 264.49
    15. Jeff Arend DHL Solara 4.200 281.13
    16. Cruz Pedregon Snap-On Solara 4.300 301.20
    --------- Not Qualified ---------
    17. Terry Haddock Terry Haddock Racing Stratus 4.652 257.09
    18. Jeff Diehl Ideal Racing Monte Carlo 5.869 283.91
    19. Paul Lee Jim Dunn/Canidae/Lucas Oil Imp 8.165 278.58


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    Order for Qualifying Round 4

    POMONA, Calif. - SUMMIT FastNews - Final order after 4 rounds of qualifying in Pro Stock at the NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series, 50th annual Kragen O'Reilly NHRA Winternationals presented by Valvoline:
    Psn Driver Vehicle ET Speed
    1. Mike Edwards Penhall/K&N/Interstae GXP 6.578 211.00
    2. Jeg Coughlin Jegs.com Cobalt 6.591 210.08
    3. Ron Krisher Valvoline Cobalt 6.595 209.75
    4. Allen Johnson Mopar/J & J Racing Avenger 6.595 209.56
    5. Rodger Brogdon Kent Services & Trucking GXP 6.603 209.36
    6. Greg Anderson Summit Racing Equipment GXP 6.608 209.82
    7. Vinnie Deceglie Mountain View Tire Avenger 6.613 209.23
    8. Greg Stanfield Nitrofish GXP 6.617 209.30
    9. Jason Line Summit Racing Equipment GXP 6.619 210.24
    10. Ronnie Humphrey Pro Stock Grills/THM GXP 6.619 209.75
    11. Kurt Johnson Mark Chriastopher Cobalt 6.627 209.39
    12. Johnny Gray Gray Motorsports GXP 6.627 208.52
    13. Steve Spiess Billet Specialties Cobalt 6.631 208.26
    14. Shane Gray Gray Motorsports GXP 6.642 208.23
    15. Larry Morgan Lucas Oil/Summit Mustang 6.645 207.88
    16. Justin Humphreys RaceRedi Motorsports GXP 6.650 209.10
    --------- Not Qualified ---------
    17. Bob Yonke Adrenaline Motorsports GXP 6.654 208.14
    18. Danny Gruninger usrecognition.com Stratus 6.657 207.62
    19. Warren Johnson K&N Filters GXP 6.659 208.36
    20. V. Gaines Kendall Oil Avenger 6.661 207.82
    21. Rickie Jones Elite GXP 7.859 129.29
    22. John Nobile Nobile Racing Mustang 14.265 207.82
    23. Gordie Rivera Gordies Speed Center GXP NT
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    I wonder if Gordie just drove past the scales after the .73 thinking he would do better in the next runs. And after such a good showing at the Pomona finals, I really hoped for more.
    Great event though.

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    Results for Final Round

    POMONA, Calif. - SUMMIT FastNews - Results of final, round 4 eliminations in Top Fuel at the NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series, 50th annual Kragen O'Reilly NHRA Winternationals presented by Valvoline:
    W/L Driver R-Time E-Time Speed

    (W) Larry Dixon (Al-Anabi Racing Dragster) 0.053 3.808 316.60
    (L) Doug Kalitta (Technicoat Dragster) 0.056 3.848 310.05

    Weather conditions: air temperature 74 degrees, relative humidity 28 percent, barometer 28.88 inches, adjusted altitude 2,611 feet, track temperature 83 degrees.
    Dixon is 29 - 26 against Kalitta in prior events and Dixon is 7 - 4 against Kalitta in prior final rounds. Kalitta is the defending event champion. They leave together with Dixon getting the slight advantage and he never trailed. This is Dixon's 49th win and that ties him with Don "Snake" Prudhomme for eighth on the all-time win list in all categories. Larry Dixon's incremental times: 60ft-0.850 sec., 330ft-2.146, 660ft-3.044/281.77 mph. Kalitta with a real nice pass in a losing effort. Doug Kalitta's incremental times: 60ft-0.865 sec., 330ft-2.173, 660ft-3.076/277.66 mph.






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    Results for Final Round

    POMONA, Calif. - SUMMIT FastNews - Results of final, round 4 eliminations in Funny Car at the NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series, 50th annual Kragen O'Reilly NHRA Winternationals presented by Valvoline:
    W/L Driver R-Time E-Time Speed

    (W) John Force (Castrol GTX Mustang) 0.057 4.124 298.67
    (L) Ron Capps (NAPA Auto Parts Charger) 0.073 4.123 305.08

    5:22 p.m. Weather conditions: air temperature 74 degrees, relative humidity 28 percent, barometer 28.88 inches, adjusted altitude 2,611 feet, track temperature 83 degrees.
    Force is 41 - 21 against Capps in prior events and Force is 7 - 5 against Capps in prior final rounds. Capps is looking to repeat his win here in 2009 and Force is looking for his first win in over a year to celebrating his 25th year with Castrol.

    It's 2010 Charger vs. 2010 Ford Mustang [supposedly with "Chrysler" and "Ford" engines].

    WOW! What a great looking race. Force is away first and thunders right down the track in the lead from start to finish to take the seven foot win on a hole shot.

    Capps was right there behind him, all the was down the track and is 0.001 seconds quicker and almost seven MPH faster in the lights.

    This is Force's fist win at the new 1000ft race track length. What a great way to start the season!

    John Force's incremental margins: 60ft(0.020), 330 ft(0.014), 660ft(0.018). MOV: 0.0159 seconds (approximately 7 feet).

    Ron Capps' incremental times: 60ft-0.935 sec., 330ft-2.352, 660ft-3.325/263.05 mph.
    John Force's incremental times: 60ft-0.931 sec., 330ft-2.354, 660ft-3.323/265.12 mph.


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    Results for Final Round

    POMONA, Calif. - SUMMIT FastNews - Results of final, round 4 eliminations in Pro Stock at the NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series, 50th annual Kragen O'Reilly NHRA Winternationals presented by Valvoline:
    W/L Driver R-Time E-Time Speed

    (W) Mike Edwards (Penhall/K&N/Interstae GXP) 0.069 6.577 210.47
    (L) Greg Anderson (Summit Racing Equipment GXP) 0.031 6.618 209.62

    Weather conditions: air temperature 78 degrees, relative humidity 26 percent, barometer 28.88 inches, adjusted altitude 2,845 feet, track temperature 88 degrees.
    Anderson is 31 - 8 against Edwards in prior events and Edwards is 2 - 1 against Anderson in prior final rounds. Anderson is out of the gate first and has the until right before the finish line when edwards was able to chase him down. Mike Edwards' MOV: 0.0032 seconds (approximately 12 inches). Mike Edwards' incremental times: 60ft-0.986 sec., 330ft-2.759, 660ft-4.235/167.12 mph, 1,000ft-5.506.
    Greg Anderson's incremental times: 60ft-0.997 sec., 330ft-2.784, 660ft-4.266/166.31 mph, 1,000ft-5.543. Edwards set low E.T. of the event here. Edwards collects his 21st Wally.
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    Ya gotta love Mike Edwards. What a great guy. And great to see that he has found some things that are just making more power than the money can buy in some of the big dog shops. Couldn't happen to a nicer guy. (I remember those days when I was lining up against Edwards.)

    Also good to see Forces car running like it did. About time they went to their own "in house" chassis. I was telling them that when Pleugar stepped out. (But something tells me that it was not me they were listening to. )

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    It was great to see Force in the winners circle again.Edwards should have no problems repeating if he's going to run those numbers.Also why doesn't Warren put Kurt in the drivers seat of the K&N car,since Kurt apparently has no sponsor this year.
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    Warren has no sponsor and Kurt has no sponsor.
    Spoke to Arlene last week. Warren has enough money from K&N to run about five events, and has one iron in the fire. Kurt got enough to run the first two from Mark Christopher. He currently has very little nibbles, but nothing that even looks remotely substantial.
    Both will be parked for good if the one iron in the fire does not pan out. I don't know how well you know Warren, but he is not going to run on his own dime. Plus, he needs some time to get back to the engines and forget about the race car aspect for a while. He will make a great builder if he can just get back to the engines and stop the four link and clutch stuff from clouding his mind.

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    ^ Thanks for that update.Drag racing is really suffering from lack of sponsorship money,so many great racers are on the sidelines now.Todays economy FTL .
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    Spent the day with Warren and Arlene.
    They stated that they have a few sponsorship deals that have promised the world. But just in Warren fashion; "I don't believe nothing until the check clears."
    Took some nice shots while he was testing as well. Here is one;

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