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Russell, Worsham, Edwards, and Hines
Victorious at Mopar Parts Mile-High Nationals

By NHRA Communications

MORRISON, Colo. -- Darrell Russell earned his second Top Fuel victory of the season and the fourth of his career Sunday at the Mopar Parts Mile-High Nationals, continuing a legacy of dominance by Joe Amato Racing at Bandimere Speedway.

Del Worsham, Mike Edwards and Matt Hines also were winners of the $1.8 million race, the 13th of 23 events in the $50 million NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series.

Russell used a holeshot start in his Bilstein Engine Flush dragster to get the win over the quicker dragster driven by Cory McClenathan. Russell covered the quarter-mile distance in 4.877 seconds at 301.07 mph and crossed the finish line just in front of McClenathan's machine, which clocked a quicker, but losing 4.898 at 295.53.

Russell defeated Scott Weis, Paul Romine, and local favorite Melanie Troxel to advance to his seventh career final round, and put him in position to take the $40,000 victory.

"This is one of those big races that you want to win as a driver," said Russell, who gave team owner Amato his seventh Bandimere Speedway victory (Amato won six here as a driver). "Not just because of the great history of this race and all the success that Amato Racing has had here in the past, but because of the difficult conditions that we face at this track and the things you must do as a driver to get it done here. This is a real sweet victory."

Kenny Bernstein used a semifinal finish to trim first round loser Larry Dixon's points lead to 119.

Worsham captured his third win of the season and the 10th of his career in Funny Car, defeating two-time Denver winner Tony Pedregon in a classic Pontiac vs. Ford matchup. Worsham's Checker Schuck's Kragen Firebird posted a 5.160 at 293.15 to hold off Pedregon's Castrol Syntec Ford Mustang, which recorded a 5.193 at 291.13.

"After qualifying was over I don't think anyone felt we had a shot at winning this race," said Worsham, who qualified ninth before defeating Tommy Johnson Jr., top qualifier Scotty Cannon and former teammate Frank Pedregon to advance to the final and earn the $40,000 payday. "This gives our team a ton of momentum heading into a tough stretch of races. In the last 13 months, we've won a lot of races. Every season it seems like we get a little bit better. I hope we can keep building on this and win the POWERade championship. In the past, it seemed like we would blow a lot of opportunities. This year we've been taking advantage of those situations. I hope we can push this championship chase all the way to Pomona (Auto Club NHRA Finals, Pomona Raceway, Nov. 7-10)."

Worsham dedicated the victory to his team manager's late father, Del Wilber, who played professional baseball for the St. Louis Cardinals and was a former manager of the Triple-A Denver Bears. He passed away earlier this week.

With the victory, Worsham moved to third place in the POWERade points order for Funny Car, 112 behind leader John Force.

Mike Edwards took his second victory of the year and 11th of his career in Pro Stock, defeating Allen Johnson in a Chevy vs. Dodge finale. Edwards drove his Chevy Cavalier to a 7.339 at 188.41 to edge Johnson's Dodge Neon, which clocked a 7.347 at 189.07.

"Our car wasn't the fastest, but it ran good all day and we were able to get it done," said Edwards, who earned $25,000 for the win. "Pro Stock is so unpredictable. The only thing that's for sure is that if you can qualify, you've got a shot at winning the race. It's pretty competitive right now. We had fun today."

Pro Stock points leader Jim Yates remained in front, despite not qualifying for the event. Warren Johnson moved to second with a semifinal effort, 47 behind the leader. Greg Anderson, who could've tied Yates for the lead with a win, lost in the second round and dropped to third overall, 60 points out of first.

Hines, from nearby Trinidad, Colo., ended more than a year's absence from the winner's circle in Pro Stock Motorcycle, and was able to celebrate his 29th career victory in front of family and friends. Hines powered his Eagle One Suzuki to a winning run of 7.634 at 180.04, but didn't need the performance when final round opponent and rival Angelle Savoie fouled at the start on her CVEC Racing Suzuki.

"It's been a long time since we've won," said an elated Hines, who topped Greg Underdahl, Mike Berry, and Craig Treble to advance to his 44th career final. "We've been a win waiting to happen, but haven't been able to catch a break lately. We finally did it today. It feels good to get a win here at home."

Savoie remained in the points lead, 121 ahead of second place rider Treble. Hines moved to fourth in the order with the $10,000 victory, 208 behind the leader.

The next event in the NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series is the Lucas Oil NHRA Northwest Nationals, July 26-28, at Pacific Raceways near Seattle.

MORRISON, Colo. -- Final finish order (1-16) for professional categories at the 23rd annual Mopar Parts Mile-High Nationals at Bandimere Speedway. The $1.8 million race is the 13th of 23 events in the $50 million NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series.

TOP FUEL:
1. Darrell Russell; 2. Cory McClenathan; 3. Melanie Troxel; 4. Kenny Bernstein; 5. Doug Herbert; 6. Paul Romine; 7. Mike Strasburg; 8. Doug Kalitta; 9. Jim Cavalieri; 10. Larry Dixon; 11. Scott Weis; 12. John Smith; 13. David Grubnic; 14. Andrew Cowin; 15. Tony Schumacher; 16. Rhonda Hartman-Smith.

FUNNY CAR:
1. Del Worsham, Pontiac Firebird; 2. Tony Pedregon, Ford Mustang; 3. Dean Skuza, Dodge Stratus R/T; 4. Frank Pedregon, Firebird; 5. John Force, Mustang; 6. Scotty Cannon, Firebird; 7. Whit Bazemore, Firebird; 8. Bob Bode, Dodge Avenger; 9. Johnny Gray, Firebird; 10. Dale Creasy Jr., Firebird; 11. Ron Capps, Chevy Camaro; 12. Tim Wilkerson, Firebird; 13. Tommy Johnson Jr., Camaro; 14. Bruce Sarver, Toyota Celica; 15. Todd Paton, Camaro; 16. Gary Densham, Mustang.

PRO STOCK:
1. Mike Edwards, Chevy Cavalier; 2. Allen Johnson, Dodge Neon R/T; 3. Warren Johnson, Pontiac Grand Am; 4. Greg Stanfield, Neon R/T; 5. Bruce Allen, Grand Am; 6. Greg Anderson, Cavalier; 7. Darrell Alderman, Neon R/T; 8. Kurt Johnson, Cavalier; 9. Ron Krisher, Cavalier; 10. Jeg Coughlin, Cavalier; 11. Larry Nance, Cavalier; 12. V. Gaines, Cavalier; 13. JR Carr, Pontiac Firebird; 14. Tom Lee, Neon R/T; 15. George Marnell, Grand Am; 16. Mark Whisnant, Cavalier.

PRO STOCK MOTORCYCLE:
1. Matt Hines, Suzuki; 2. Angelle Savoie, Suzuki; 3. Antron Brown, Suzuki; 4. Craig Treble, Suzuki; 5. Shawn Gann, Suzuki; 6. Michael Phillips, Suzuki; 7. Reggie Showers, Suzuki; 8. Mike Berry, Suzuki; 9. Chris Reuter, Suzuki; 10. John Smith, Suzuki; 11. Steve Johnson, Suzuki; 12. Andrew Hines, Suzuki; 13. Jay Matthews, Suzuki; 14. Greg Underdahl, Suzuki; 15. Scott Lewis, Suzuki; 16. Fred Camarena, Suzuki.

MORRISON, Colo. -- Sunday's final results from the 23rd annual Mopar Parts Mile-High Nationals at Bandimere Speedway. The $1.8 million race is the 13th of 23 in the $50 million NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series:

Top Fuel -- Darrell Russell, 4.898 seconds, 295.53 mph def. Cory McClenathan, 4.877 seconds, 301.07 mph.

Funny Car -- Del Worsham, Pontiac Firebird, 5.160, 293.15 def. Tony Pedregon, Ford Mustang, 5.193, 291.13.

Pro Stock -- Mike Edwards, Chevy Cavalier, 7.339, 188.41 def. Allen Johnson, Dodge Neon R/T, 7.347, 189.07.

Pro Stock Motorcycle -- Matt Hines, Suzuki, 7.634, 180.04 def. Angelle Savoie, Suzuki, foul.

Competition Eliminator -- David Kramer, Dragster, 7.162, 178.54 def. Tom Snyder, Chevy Roadster, 7.199, 159.14.

Super Stock -- Jim Beuthel, Oldsmobile Calais, 10.575, 125.23 def. Justin Jenkins, Calais, 10.501, 125.17.

Stock Eliminator -- Neal Rhodes, Ford Fairlane, 12.113, 105.91 def. Brad Erb, Chevy Chevelle, 12.456, 103.01.

Super Comp -- Damon Dabbs, Dragster, 9.473, 150.97 def. Tim Ekart, Dragster, 9.510, 148.72.

Super Gas -- Mike Bonfield, Chevy Corvette, 10.529, 140.59 def. Gary Vang, Ford Roadster, 10.510, 139.83.

Super Street -- Troy Grant, Chevy II, 11.622, 123.66 def. Steve Domingues, Chevy Camaro, foul.

MORRISON, Colo. -- Final round-by-round results from the 23rd annual Mopar Parts Mile-High Nationals at Bandimere Speedway, the 13th of 23 events in the $50 million NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series.

TOP FUEL:

ROUND ONE -- Kenny Bernstein, 4.997, 291.38 def. Rhonda Hartman-Smith, 6.853, 135.66; Melanie Troxel, 5.075, 286.74 def. Jim Cavalieri, 5.065, 283.61; Paul Romine, 5.004, 280.14 def. Larry Dixon, 5.065, 280.02; Doug Herbert, 5.087, 282.84 def. Andrew Cowin, 5.181, 275.56; Cory McClenathan, 4.856, 300.20 def. John Smith, 5.114, 257.38; Darrell Russell, 4.951, 289.69 def. Scott Weis, 5.075, 284.56; Mike Strasburg, 5.075, 285.83 def. Tony Schumacher, 5.660, 175.66; Doug Kalitta, 4.900, 303.84 def. David Grubnic, 5.139, 237.80;

QUARTERFINALS -- Troxel, 5.031, 291.70 def. Strasburg, 5.179, 271.62; McClenathan, 4.886, 294.11 def. Herbert, 4.915, 297.48; Russell, 4.940, 284.62 def. Romine, 5.165, 271.46; Bernstein, 5.315, 277.72 def. Kalitta, 6.181, 147.13;

SEMIFINALS -- Russell, 4.968, 289.76 def. Troxel, 5.129, 286.62; McClenathan, 4.930, 288.15 def. Bernstein, 5.584, 191.67;

FINAL -- Russell, 4.898, 295.53 def. McClenathan, 4.877, 301.07.

FUNNY CAR:

ROUND ONE -- Scotty Cannon, Pontiac Firebird, 5.521, 205.79 def. Todd Paton, Chevy Camaro, 9.061, 96.58; Bob Bode, Dodge Avenger, 5.216, 265.80 def. Bruce Sarver, Toyota Celica, 5.998, 173.03; John Force, Ford Mustang, 5.090, 300.26 def. Johnny Gray, Firebird, 5.183, 291.38; Tony Pedregon, Mustang, 5.195, 249.53 def. Ron Capps, Camaro, 5.274, 233.84; Frank Pedregon, Firebird, 5.205, 283.85 def. Tim Wilkerson, Firebird, 5.284, 252.57; Whit Bazemore, Firebird, 9.817, 85.53 def. Gary Densham, Mustang, broke; Dean Skuza, Dodge Stratus R/T, 5.161, 287.41 def. Dale Creasy Jr., Firebird, 5.249, 284.62; Del Worsham, Firebird, 5.086, 298.60 def. Tommy Johnson Jr., Camaro, 5.341, 236.67;

QUARTERFINALS -- T. Pedregon, 5.101, 291.76 def. Bazemore, 5.362, 265.22; Worsham, 5.122, 299.06 def. Cannon, 5.349, 271.52; Skuza, 5.194, 284.33 def. Force, 5.237, 280.02; F. Pedregon, 5.237, 288.64 def. Bode, 5.490, 210.37;

SEMIFINALS -- Worsham, 5.363, 270.48 def. F. Pedregon, 5.389, 272.56; T. Pedregon, 5.186, 282.42 def. Skuza, 5.219, 280.02;

FINAL -- Worsham, 5.160, 293.15 def. T. Pedregon, 5.193, 291.13.

PRO STOCK:

ROUND ONE -- Greg Stanfield, Dodge Neon R/T, 7.288, 188.99 def. George Marnell, Pontiac Grand Am, 7.323, 187.76; Warren Johnson, Grand Am, 7.270, 189.39 def. Jeg Coughlin, Chevy Cavalier, 7.301, 189.28; Greg Anderson, Cavalier, 7.311, 189.73 def. V. Gaines, Cavalier, 7.306, 189.39; Mike Edwards, Cavalier, 7.272, 189.42 def. JR Carr, Pontiac Firebird, 7.322, 188.89; Allen Johnson, Neon R/T, 7.294, 189.58 def. Larry Nance, Cavalier, 7.301, 188.81; Bruce Allen, Grand Am, 7.294, 188.89 def. Tom Lee, Neon R/T, 7.322, 188.46; Kurt Johnson, Cavalier, 7.265, 189.50 def. Mark Whisnant, Cavalier, 7.325, 188.96; Darrell Alderman, Neon R/T, 7.342, 188.31 def. Ron Krisher, Cavalier, foul;

QUARTERFINALS -- A. Johnson, 7.303, 189.02 def. Anderson, 7.341, 188.83; Stanfield, 7.321, 188.52 def. Alderman, 7.361, 187.96; Edwards, 7.291, 189.15 def. Allen, 7.311, 188.46; W. Johnson, 7.285, 189.44 def. K. Johnson, 7.444, 187.89;

SEMIFINALS -- A. Johnson, 7.329, 188.65 def. Stanfield, 7.334, 188.81; Edwards, 7.316, 189.20 def. W. Johnson, 7.287, 189.52;

FINAL -- Edwards, 7.339, 188.41 def. A. Johnson, 7.347, 189.07.

PRO STOCK MOTORCYCLE:

ROUND ONE -- Reggie Showers, Suzuki, 7.699, 173.43 def. Andrew Hines, Suzuki, 7.771, 170.86; Mike Berry, Suzuki, 7.707, 174.84 def. John Smith, Suzuki, 7.741, 173.58; Antron Brown, Suzuki, 7.638, 176.42 def. Chris Reuter, Suzuki, 7.738, 173.72; Angelle Savoie, Suzuki, 7.610, 175.14 def. Jay Matthews, Suzuki, 7.782, 170.62; Matt Hines, Suzuki, 7.575, 178.14 def. Greg Underdahl, Suzuki, 7.802, 167.95; Craig Treble, Suzuki, 7.608, 176.01 def. Scott Lewis, Suzuki, 7.833, 173.58; Michael Phillips, Suzuki, 7.667, 175.09 def. Fred Camarena, Suzuki, foul; Shawn Gann, Suzuki, 7.576, 182.90 def. Steve Johnson, Suzuki, 7.745, 171.90;

QUARTERFINALS -- Savoie, 7.621, 174.23 def. Showers, 7.731, 173.25; Treble, 7.649, 175.37 def. Phillips, 7.712, 179.37; Brown, 7.652, 175.52 def. Gann, foul; M. Hines, 7.599, 177.56 def. Berry, 7.741, 174.64;

SEMIFINALS -- Savoie, 7.594, 175.73 def. Brown, 7.638, 178.61; M. Hines, 7.604, 173.67 def. Treble, 7.676, 174.80;
FINAL -- M. Hines, 7.634, 180.04 def. Savoie, foul.

MORRISON, Colo. -- Point standings (top 10) for NHRA professional categories following the 23rd annual Mopar Parts Mile-High Nationals at Bandimere Speedway, the 13th of 23 events in the $50 million NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series.

Top Fuel

1. Larry Dixon, 1,186; 2. Kenny Bernstein, 1,067; 3. Cory McClenathan, 834; 4. Tony Schumacher, 814; 5. Darrell Russell, 735; 6. Doug Kalitta, 673; 7. Doug Herbert, 648; 8. David Grubnic, 564; 9. Rhonda Hartman-Smith, 544; 10. Andrew Cowin, 513.

Funny Car

1. John Force, 934; 2. Gary Densham, 873; 3. Del Worsham, 822; 4. Tony Pedregon, 816; 5. Whit Bazemore, 730; 6. Scotty Cannon, 708; 7. Ron Capps, 641; 8. Johnny Gray, 597; 9. Tommy Johnson Jr., 569; 10. Tim Wilkerson, 547.

Pro Stock

1. Jim Yates, 832; 2. Warren Johnson, 785; 3. Greg Anderson, 772; 4. Jeg Coughlin, 683; 5. Darrell Alderman, 670; 6. Ron Krisher, 640; 7. George Marnell, 626; 8. Mike Edwards, 613; 9. Bruce Allen, 601; 10. Kurt Johnson, 536.

Pro Stock Motorcycle

1. Angelle Savoie, 801; 2. Craig Treble, 680; 3. Antron Brown, 620; 4. Matt Hines, 593; 5. Shawn Gann, 546; 6. (tie) Reggie Showers, 380; Geno Scali, 380; 8. Mike Berry, 363; 9. John Smith, 340; 10. Steve Johnson, 293.

NHRA Communications

 

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