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Drag Racing Story of the Day!

Gann Wins Holley Dominator Duel For Pro Stock Bikes;
Bazemore Leads Record Assault At Mac Tools U.S. Nationals

By NHRA.com

CLERMONT, Ind. -- Shawn Gann won the $15,000 Holley Dominator Duel for Pro Stock Motorcycles Saturday while Funny Car driver Whit Bazemore led a parade of track record performances in qualifying at the Mac Tools U.S. Nationals, the world's most prestigious drag race. Warren Johnson and Mike Coughlin joined Bazemore in moving to the top of the order in their respective categories at Indianapolis Raceway Park, while Kenny Bernstein and Angelle Savoie continued to lead Top Fuel and Pro Stock Motorcycle qualifying at the $2.6 million race, the 18th of 24 events in the $50 million NHRA Winston Drag Racing Series. 

Gann rode his Suzuki to the Duel victory, joining Matt Hines (1996) and Jim Bernard (1991) as the only Pro Stock Motorcycle riders in NHRA history to win the Duel in their first start. He used a 7.258 second run at 184.80 mph to overcome a quicker start by defending Duel winner Antron Brown, who fell off the pace near the finish line and ran 7.334 at 180.55. "This was no easy victory," said Gann. "I had to beat Matt (Hines) in the first (round), Angelle (Savoie) in the second and Antron in the final. This was my first win and there's a lot more to come." Should Gann win Monday's eliminations, he could earn more than $35,000, which includes a $10,000 double-up bonus from the NHRA. 

Bazemore clocked the quickest and fastest Funny Car run in NHRA history, a 4.756 at 325.69 effort to leapfrog John Force in the qualifying order. Should Bazemore hold on to the top spot following Sunday's final two sessions, it will be his fifth No. 1 qualifying effort in the last six events.

"It's a great feeling when you've got the baddest hot rod out here," said Bazemore, a Georgia native who now calls Indianapolis home. "I knew that run was quick. I've never been in a situation to hold the national record and that's exciting. It's pretty neat because I live here now, but it wouldn't matter if I lived in Alaska -- this is the U.S. Nationals, this is the place -- we came here loaded for bear." Both performances are eligible for national record status under NHRA's one-percent certification rule. To set the records Bazemore needs to log a time quicker than 4.803 seconds and a speed faster than 322.44 mph during the remainder of the weekend. 

Bazemore, who is qualified among drivers for the $100,000 payday available in tomorrow's Budweiser Shootout (12:30 p.m.), says he isn't sure what his team's strategy will be for backing-up the record. "That's a Lee Beard (crew chief) decision," said Bazemore, who faces Ron Capps in the first round of the Shootout. "I'm sure he will make the right call. We don't want to go out there and try and run a 4.77 and make a mistake in the Budweiser Shootout. We're not going into a defensive mode by any means, but we want to make sure we're at our best for the Shootout.

I shut (the car) off two times this weekend and it still ran in the low 4.80s. We ran a 4.81 in the heat of the day today. It's going to be interesting. I think we have a shot at (the record)."

Bernstein continued to lead Top Fuel qualifying, by recording a track record run of 4.505 at 323.74. The elapsed time is the 10th quickest in NHRA history. Mike Dunn, who is second in the order, briefly held the top spot with a 4.530 at a track record speed of 327.82 in his Yankee dragster.

"(Tim Richards, crew chief) wanted to see what he could get out of (the car) today and push it a little," Bernstein said. "These cars are fickle, sometimes they do well and sometimes they don't.

You never know. We knew the track was there because it was there last night. A (4.53) is a heck of a number. To get under that, it's tough. I got in the car and said 'Timmy, let's do it. Let's get it on. Is it in there?' He said, 'I hope.'" In a drama-filled nighttime qualifying session, NHRA legends Shirley Muldowney and Don Garlits were paired as retired chief starter Buster Couch signaled the green light. Muldowney moved to 11th in the 16-car field by covering the distance in 4.647 seconds with a career-best speed of 320.20. Garlits, in his bid to run over 300 mph, lost traction immediately at the start. He has two qualifying attempts remaining in his Matco Tools dragster to move into the 16-car lineup.

Six-time U.S. Nationals winner Johnson moved to the front of the 16-car order in Pro Stock, clocking a track record time of 6.885 at 200.50 in his GM Goodwrench Pontiac Grand Am. Savoie continued to set the pace in Pro Stock Motorcycle on a Suzuki, with a track record run of 7.127 at 189.87, also a career best speed. Coughlin, the '99 winner here, took the top spot in Pro Stock Truck, driving his Chevy S-10 to a track record performance of 7.473 at 180.52. Qualifying continues Sunday with sessions at 10 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. for Monday's 10:30 a.m. eliminations. 

CLERMONT, Ind. -- Saturday's qualifying results for the 47th annual Mac Tools U.S. Nationals at Indianapolis Raceway Park, the 18th of 24 events in the $50 million NHRA Winston Drag Racing Series.

Qualifying continues Sunday for Monday's eliminations.

TOP FUEL 1. Kenny Bernstein, 4.505 seconds, 323.74 mph; 2. Mike Dunn, 4.530, 327.82; 3. Doug Kalitta, 4.555, 316.82; 4. Larry Dixon, 4.585, 316.97; 5. Darrell Russell, 4.591, 322.34; 6. Gary Scelzi, 4.592, 273.77; 7. Tim Gibson, 4.597, 316.75; 8. Tony Schumacher, 4.605, 319.14; 9. Andrew Cowin, 4.606, 319.82; 10. David Grubnic, 4.618, 315.64; 11. Shirley Muldowney, 4.647, 320.20; 12. Paul Romine, 4.688, 320.28; 13. Doug Herbert, 4.701, 265.48; 14. Scott Weis, 4.732, 316.67; 15. Bruce Litton, 4.736, 313.51; 16. Joe Hartley, 4.757, 295.66. 

FUNNY CAR 1. Whit Bazemore, Pontiac Firebird, 4.756, 325.69; 2. John Force, Ford Mustang, 4.810, 315.56; 3. Ron Capps, Chevy Camaro, 4.822, 312.35; 4. Frank Pedregon, Firebird, 4.832, 318.47; 5. Tommy Johnson Jr., Camaro, 4.835, 312.06; 6. Gary Densham, Mustang, 4.836, 319.52; 7. Del Worsham, Firebird, 4.843, 316.08; 8. Johnny Gray, Firebird, 4.852, 311.70; 9. Scotty Cannon, Firebird, 4.852, 309.98; 10. Dean Skuza, Dodge R/T, 4.880, 311.34; 11. Tim Wilkerson, Firebird, 4.891, 309.63; 12. Bruce Sarver, Firebird, 4.892, 308.21; 13. Jim Epler, Camaro, 4.893, 300.93; 14. Tony Pedregon, Mustang, 4.902, 309.84; 15. Chuck Etchells, Camaro, 4.904, 312.86; 16. Al Hofmann, Firebird, 4.905, 305.70. 

PRO STOCK 1. Warren Johnson, Pontiac Grand Am, 6.885, 200.50; 2. Ron Krisher, Chevy Cavalier, 6.889, 200.00; 3. Mark Osborne, Dodge Neon R/T, 6.903, 200.74; 4. Mike Edwards, Cavalier, 6.905, 200.29; 5. Tom Martino, Grand Am, 6.905, 199.58; 6. Kurt Johnson, Cavalier, 6.905, 199.32; 7. V. Gaines, Cavalier, 6.906, 198.79; 8. Jim Yates, Grand Am, 6.907, 199.11; 9. Greg Anderson, Pontiac Firebird, 6.913, 199.52; 10. Bruce Allen, Grand Am, 6.919, 199.17; 11. George Marnell, Grand Am, 6.920, 198.99; 12. Mark Pawuk, Grand Am, 6.921, 198.55; 13. Darrell Alderman, Neon R/T, 6.925, 199.23; 14. Jeg Coughlin, Cavalier, 6.927, 199.29; 15. Kenny Koretsky, Chevy Camaro, 6.934, 198.20; 16. Tom Hammonds, Cavalier, 6.939, 198.76. 

PRO STOCK MOTORCYCLE 1. Angelle Savoie, Suzuki, 7.127, 189.87; 2. Antron Brown, Suzuki, 7.189, 186.12; 3. Craig Treble, Suzuki, 7.200, 184.72; 4. GT Tonglet, Suzuki, 7.238, 185.82; 5. Shawn Gann, Suzuki, 7.248, 184.80; 6. Matt Hines, Suzuki, 7.262, 179.61; 7. Todd Doege, Suzuki, 7.268, 188.54; 8. Joe DeSantis, Suzuki, 7.317, 179.68; 9. Reggie Showers, Suzuki, 7.332, 183.72; 10. Chris Bostick, Suzuki, 7.341, 182.62; 11. Mike Berry, Suzuki, 7.351, 182.77; 12. Steve Johnson, Suzuki, 7.370, 183.44; 13. Brian DeLong, Suzuki, 7.382, 181.28; 14. Chris Reuter, Suzuki, 7.387, 175.02; 15. Ron Ayers, Suzuki, 7.395, 181.59; 16. C.J. Smith, Kawasaki, 7.410, 177.65. 

PRO STOCK TRUCK 1. Mike Coughlin, Chevy S-10, 7.473, 180.52; 2. Bob Panella Jr, S-10, 7.480, 180.26; 3. Randy Daniels, S-10, 7.492, 179.73; 4. John Coughlin, S-10, 7.504, 179.47; 5. Taylor Lastor, S-10, 7.509, 179.59; 6. Greg Stanfield, S-10, 7.512, 179.64; 7. Don Smith, S-10, 7.516, 178.87; 8. Bart Price, S-10, 7.518, 179.92; 9. Todd Patterson, Dodge Dakota, 7.520, 179.06; 10. Dale Eaton, Dakota, 7.522, 179.90; 11. Scott Perin, S-10, 7.527, 179.42; 12. Jeff Gracia, GMC Sonoma, 7.527, 178.87; 13. John Lingenfelter, Sonoma, 7.528, 179.78; 14. Craig Eaton, Dakota, 7.529, 179.54; 15. Victor Cagnazzi, S-10, 7.530, 179.25; 16. Joe Pigford, S-10, 7.542, 178.85. 

CLERMONT, Ind. - Saturday's results for the $50,000 Holley Dominator Duel for Pro Stock Motorcycles at the 47th annual Mac Tools U.S. Nationals at Indianapolis Raceway Park.


ROUND ONE -- Craig Treble, Suzuki, 7.200, 184.72 def. Geno Scali, Kawasaki, 7.478, 168.66; Shawn Gann, Suzuki, 7.248, 178.66 def. Matt Hines, Suzuki, 7.262, 179.61; Angelle Savoie, Suzuki, 7.127, 189.87 def. Steve Johnson, Suzuki, 7.442, 174.93; Antron Brown, Suzuki, 7.189, 186.12 def. Reggie Showers, Suzuki, 7.332, 183.72; QUARTERFINALS -- Brown, 7.251, 180.36 def. Treble, 7.241, 179.30; Gann, 7.239, 178.35 def. Savoie, 7.189, 184.37;

SEMIFINALS -- Gann, 7.258, 184.80 def. Brown, 7.334, 180.55.

CLERMONT, Ind. -- Sunday's pairing's for the $147,000 Budweiser Shootout, a lucrative bonus event for qualified Funny Car entries during the Mac Tools U.S. Nationals at Indianapolis Raceway Park.

John Force, Ford Mustang vs. Del Worsham, Pontiac Firebird; Ron Capps, Chevy Camaro vs. Whit Bazemore, Pontiac Firebird; Tony Pedregon, Mustang vs. Dean Skuza, Dodge R/T; Bruce Sarver, Firebird vs. Frank Pedregon, Firebird.

-- NHRA.com


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