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Dixon, Capps Give Prudhomme Daily-Double
at Pontiac Excitement Nationals

Anderson, Treble also score victories at
NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series event

By NHRA Communications

HEBRON, Ohio -- Larry Dixon earned a career-best seventh Top Fuel victory of the season while teammate Ron Capps broke a season-long drought from the Funny Car winner's circle to give team owner Don 'The Snake' Prudhomme a pair of NHRA trophies at the 38th annual Pontiac Excitement Nationals at National Trail Raceway.

"What a season," said Dixon of his 10th final round appearance of the season in 11 races. "It's more than I've ever imagined. We've had a good start and now we need a good finish. If we are going to win this championship we need to keep this pace going."

It was the third time that the two drivers have given Prudhomme a double-victory celebration, including last season's event in Brainerd, Minn. and the '98 Winternationals in Pomona, Calif.

"It's hard to win these races and what Larry is doing is phenomenal," said Prudhomme, who had a similar season in 1976, winning seven of eight races in Funny Car. "The chemistry that these guys have is the best I've ever seen. It's really cool to watch. I am happy to see Ron break out of his slump because he's had a tough season. This was just a great weekend."

Dixon claimed his 23rd career victory in a record sixth straight final, extending his season-long domination of the Top Fuel category. Dixon, who increased his points lead to 259 over chief rival and second-round loser Kenny Bernstein, clocked a 4.619 second time at 319.14 mph to oust final round opponent Doug Herbert, whose Snap-On Tools dragster lost traction at the start and posted a 6.278 at 163.61.

Capps drove to his 13th career Funny Car victory in a wild one, out-running Bruce Sarver in a tire-smoking duel. Sarver's Toyota Celica lost traction at the start just as Capps' Chevy Camaro's tires started to spin. Capps was able to get his machine back on track and cruised to the win.

"That was unbelievable," Capps said. "It will take me 10 minutes to tell you what happened on that run, even though the run only lasted for five seconds. Talk about a roller coaster of emotions, I had one on that run. When I left the line, I didn't see him and then all of a sudden my tires broke loose and started spinning. Then my reflexes just took over and started making me do the right things. My car quit at the end so I coasted across the finish line. I didn't know where he was on the track, so when I saw the win light come on I was pumped. I wanted to spin the car around because I was so happy and would've but the car quit. This team really needed this win."

Gary Densham remained the series leader, a single point ahead of teammate and car owner John Force. Densham was upset by Dean Skuza in the first round, while Force lost a second round thriller on a holeshot to Johnny Gray.

Greg Anderson and Craig Treble also were winners at the $2 million race in the 23 event, $50 million NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series.

Anderson scored his second Pro Stock win of the season and fourth of his career, defeating Darrell Alderman in a classic Chevy vs. Dodge final round. Anderson covered the distance in 6.924 at 199.05 in his Cavalier while Alderman's Neon lost traction for an 11.094 at 79.81.

"I am going to have to build a trophy case if I keep this up," said Anderson with a smile. "The track conditions changed today from what we saw during qualifying and my team made the right adjustments and my car didn't miss a beat. We started fast and finished fast. It was a great weekend."

Jim Yates, who advanced to the semifinals, extended his points lead to 86 over Warren Johnson, who lost in the second round.

Treble claimed his third Pro Stock Motorcycle victory of the season and fourth of his career with a run of 7.212 at 184.04 on a Suzuki, when fellow Suzuki rider Antron Brown fouled at the start.

"Our bike was a little faster today," said Treble, who defeated Steve Johnson, Mike Berry and top qualifier Matt Hines to advance to the final. "I don't know what happened to those other guys, they seemed to slow down a little. We'll take the win."

With the win, Treble cut Angelle Savoie's series lead to 36.
The NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series continues with the fourth annual Sears Craftsman Nationals, June 27-30 at Gateway International Raceway near St. Louis.

HEBRON, Ohio -- Sunday's final finish order (1-16) for professional categories at the 38th annual Pontiac Excitement Nationals presented by Summit Racing at National Trail Raceway. The $2 million race is the 11th of 23 events in the $50 million NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series.

TOP FUEL:
1. Larry Dixon; 2. Doug Herbert; 3. Tony Schumacher; 4. Shirley Muldowney; 5. Cory McClenathan; 6. Darrell Russell; 7. Doug Kalitta; 8. Kenny Bernstein; 9. Jim Head; 10. Scott Weis; 11. Chris Karamesines; 12. Mitch King; 13. Rhonda Hartman-Smith; 14. Andrew Cowin; 15. John Smith; 16. David Grubnic.

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

PRO STOCK:
1. Greg Anderson, Chevy Cavalier; 2. Darrell Alderman, Dodge Neon R/T; 3. Jim Yates, Pontiac Grand Am; 4. Mark Whisnant, Cavalier; 5. Troy Coughlin, Cavalier; 6. Warren Johnson, Grand Am; 7. Ron Krisher, Cavalier; 8. Allen Johnson, Neon R/T; 9. Jeg Coughlin, Cavalier; 10. Tom Lee, Neon R/T; 11. Tom Martino, Grand Am; 12. George Marnell, Grand Am; 13. Larry Morgan, Neon R/T; 14. Mike Edwards, Cavalier; 15. Mark Pawuk, Grand Am; 16. Larry Nance, Cavalier.

PRO STOCK MOTORCYCLE:
1. Craig Treble, Suzuki; 2. Antron Brown, Suzuki; 3. Angelle Savoie, Suzuki; 4. Matt Hines, Suzuki; 5. Geno Scali, Kawasaki; 6. Mike Berry, Suzuki; 7. Shawn Gann, Suzuki; 8. Thomas Miceli, Suzuki; 9. Reggie Showers, Suzuki; 10. Michael Phillips, Suzuki; 11. John Smith, Suzuki; 12. Joe DeSantis, Suzuki; 13. Steve Johnson, Suzuki; 14. Sam Hurwitz, Suzuki; 15. Brian DeLong, Suzuki; 16. Fred Camarena, Suzuki.

HEBRON, Ohio -- Sunday's final results from the 38th annual Pontiac Excitement Nationals presented by Summit Racing at National Trail Raceway. The $2 million race is the 11th of 23 in the $50 million NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series:

Top Fuel -- Larry Dixon, 4.619 seconds, 319.14 mph def. Doug Herbert, 6.278 seconds, 163.61 mph.

Funny Car -- Ron Capps, Chevy Camaro, 6.027, 235.60 def. Bruce Sarver, Toyota Celica, 6.942, 257.97.

Pro Stock -- Greg Anderson, Chevy Cavalier, 6.924, 199.05 def. Darrell Alderman, Dodge Neon R/T, 11.094, 79.81.

Pro Stock Motorcycle -- Craig Treble, Suzuki, 7.212, 184.04 def. Antron Brown, Suzuki, foul.

Top Alcohol Dragster -- Gary Ormsby Jr, 5.409, 243.06 def. Shelly Howard, 5.585, 252.90.

Top Alcohol Funny Car -- Marc White, Pontiac Firebird, 5.730, 250.13 def. Frank Manzo, Dodge Avenger R/T, 5.721, 249.07.

Competition Eliminator -- Jeff Taylor, Chevy S-10, 7.643, 169.66 def. Larry Pritchett, Pontiac Grand Am, 8.085, 164.39.

Super Stock -- Mike Walter, Pontiac Firebird, 10.561, 124.74 def. Sal Biondo, Firebird, 10.595, 123.33.

Stock Eliminator -- Jeff Potts, Chevy Camaro, 11.127, 116.90 def. Ed Wallace, Dodge Demon, 11.842, 107.41.

Super Comp -- Mike Coughlin, Dragster, 8.904, 171.16 def. Josh Kamplain, Dragster, foul.

Super Gas -- Tom Seemann, Pontiac Firebird, 9.910, 142.29 def. Bill Leber, Chevy Corvette, broke.

Super Street -- Chuck Lundquist, Chevy Nova, 10.821, 128.22 def. Terry Lynn, Nova SS, foul.

HEBRON, Ohio -- Sunday's final round-by-round results from the 38th annual Pontiac Excitement Nationals presented by Summit Racing at National Trail Raceway, the 11th of 23 events in the $50 million NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series -

TOP FUEL:

ROUND ONE -- Shirley Muldowney, 4.953, 285.53 def. Andrew Cowin, 9.020, 108.48; Tony Schumacher, 6.210, 258.71 def. David Grubnic, 13.273, 51.93; Larry Dixon, 4.807, 290.51 def. Scott Weis, 5.110, 210.21; Doug Kalitta, 4.782, 295.79 def. Mitch King, 5.887, 138.83; Doug Herbert, 14.115, 49.25 def. Chris Karamesines, foul; Cory McClenathan, 4.711, 286.13 def. Rhonda Hartman-Smith, 6.301, 131.36; Darrell Russell, 5.055, 276.13 def. Jim Head, 5.105, 216.41; Kenny Bernstein, 4.698, 316.15 def. John Smith, 10.744, 87.77;

QUARTERFINALS -- Schumacher, 5.275, 192.08 def. Russell, foul; Herbert, 4.786, 302.21 def. Kalitta, 4.796, 300.13; Dixon, 4.653, 302.21 def. McClenathan, 4.730, 306.53; Muldowney, 4.756, 314.39 def. Bernstein, 4.800, 303.98;

SEMIFINALS -- Herbert, 4.756, 302.35 def. Muldowney, foul; Dixon, 4.701, 302.82 def. Schumacher, 10.726, 91.17;
FINAL -- Dixon, 4.619, 319.14 def. Herbert, 6.278, 163.61.

FUNNY CAR:

ROUND ONE -- Tommy Johnson Jr., Chevy Camaro, 4.980, 286.98 def. Tim Wilkerson, Pontiac Firebird, 4.976, 302.14; Dean Skuza, Dodge Stratus R/T, 5.007, 295.66 def. Gary Densham, Ford Mustang, 9.604, 78.17; Bruce Sarver, Toyota Celica, 4.978, 286.50 def. Frank Pedregon, Firebird, 5.117, 276.07; Whit Bazemore, Firebird, 4.993, 294.11 def. Cruz Pedregon, Firebird, 5.266, 225.67; John Force, Mustang, 4.894, 305.63 def. Bob Gilbertson, Firebird, 5.545, 190.00; Johnny Gray, Firebird, 7.048, 166.76 def. Dale Creasy Jr., Firebird, foul; Scotty Cannon, Firebird, 4.982, 304.25 def. Del Worsham, Firebird, 5.065, 288.33; Ron Capps, Camaro, 4.982, 303.23 def. Tony Pedregon, Mustang, 5.112, 260.86;

QUARTERFINALS -- Capps, 5.051, 298.34 def. Bazemore, 11.485, 89.33; Johnson Jr., 4.940, 299.40 def. Skuza, 5.053, 296.76; Gray, 4.982, 311.77 def. Force, 4.981, No Speed; Sarver, 5.013, 291.57 def. Cannon, 5.909, 167.45;

SEMIFINALS -- Sarver, 5.021, 293.54 def. Gray, 6.095, 173.03; Capps, 6.917, 154.51 def. Johnson Jr., 7.851, 197.51;
FINAL -- Capps, 6.027, 235.60 def. Sarver, 6.942, 257.97.

PRO STOCK:

ROUND ONE -- Troy Coughlin, Chevy Cavalier, 6.964, 194.30 def. Mark Pawuk, Pontiac Grand Am, 7.083, 172.47; Darrell Alderman, Dodge Neon R/T, 6.914, 198.82 def. George Marnell, Grand Am, 6.958, 197.45; Mark Whisnant, Cavalier, 6.899, 198.70 def. Tom Martino, Grand Am, 6.957, 193.63; Greg Anderson, Cavalier, 6.900, 199.29 def. Larry Nance, Cavalier, 7.519, 143.11; Ron Krisher, Cavalier, 6.902, 198.50 def. Jeg Coughlin, Cavalier, 6.936, 197.88; Warren Johnson, Grand Am, 6.903, 199.35 def. Mike Edwards, Cavalier, foul; Allen Johnson, Neon R/T, 6.896, 199.61 def. Tom Lee, Neon R/T, 6.955, 198.20; Jim Yates, Grand Am, 6.879, 199.43 def. Larry Morgan, Neon R/T, 6.967, 196.62;

QUARTERFINALS -- Anderson, 6.917, 199.32 def. Krisher, 6.977, 197.31; Whisnant, 6.904, 199.08 def. W. Johnson, 6.931, 199.52; Alderman, 6.934, 198.73 def. A. Johnson, 9.039, 105.59; Jim Yates, 6.921, 198.64 def. T. Coughlin, 6.912, 198.70;

SEMIFINALS -- Anderson, 6.915, 199.11 def. Jim Yates, 6.942, 198.44; Alderman, 6.926, 199.73 def. Whisnant, 7.220, 158.54;

FINAL -- Anderson, 6.924, 199.05 def. Alderman, 11.094, 79.81.

PRO STOCK MOTORCYCLE:

ROUND ONE -- Thomas Miceli, Suzuki, 7.282, 182.03 def. Joe DeSantis, Suzuki, 7.367, 180.79; Geno Scali, Kawasaki, 7.341, 184.25 def. Reggie Showers, Suzuki, 7.336, 182.58; Shawn Gann, Suzuki, 7.218, 188.86 def. Sam Hurwitz, Suzuki, foul; Angelle Savoie, Suzuki, 7.205, 183.89 def. Fred Camarena, Suzuki, foul; Matt Hines, Suzuki, 7.245, 188.46 def. Brian DeLong, Suzuki, 7.518, 175.32; Craig Treble, Suzuki, 7.241, 183.17 def. Steve Johnson, Suzuki, 7.432, 178.42; Antron Brown, Suzuki, 7.250, 186.10 def. John Smith, Suzuki, 7.354, 179.64; Mike Berry, Suzuki, 7.274, 181.45 def. Michael Phillips, Suzuki, 7.345, 178.83;

QUARTERFINALS -- Hines, 7.252, 184.47 def. Miceli, 13.974, 51.66; Treble, 7.210, 183.59 def. Berry, 7.307, 183.19; Brown, 7.320, 182.26 def. Gann, 7.320, 182.33; Savoie, 7.206, 183.10 def. Scali, 7.298, 180.79;

SEMIFINALS -- Treble, 7.214, 184.19 def. Hines, 7.251, 188.96; Brown, 7.286, 181.37 def. Savoie, foul;
FINAL -- Treble, 7.212, 184.04 def. Brown, foul.

HEBRON, Ohio -- Point standings (top 10) for NHRA professional categories following Sunday's 38th annual Pontiac Excitement Nationals presented by Summit Racing at National Trail Raceway, the 11th of 23 events in the $50 million NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series -

Top Fuel

1. Larry Dixon, 1,142; 2. Kenny Bernstein, 883; 3. Cory McClenathan, 706; 4. Tony Schumacher, 701; 5. Doug Kalitta, 580; 6. Darrell Russell, 568; 7. Doug Herbert, 539; 8. David Grubnic, 500; 9. Rhonda Hartman-Smith, 459; 10. John Smith, 445.

Funny Car

1. Gary Densham, 764; 2. John Force, 763; 3. Tony Pedregon, 688; 4. Del Worsham, 654; 5. Whit Bazemore, 646; 6. Scotty Cannon, 552; 7. Ron Capps, 543; 8. Tommy Johnson Jr., 526; 9. Johnny Gray, 513; 10. Tim Wilkerson, 482.

Pro Stock

1. Jim Yates, 764; 2. Warren Johnson, 678; 3. Greg Anderson, 628; 4. Darrell Alderman, 567; 5. Ron Krisher, 565; 6. Jeg Coughlin, 538; 7. George Marnell, 517; 8. Bruce Allen, 513; 9. Mike Edwards, 489; 10. Kurt Johnson, 469.

Pro Stock Motorcycle

1. Angelle Savoie, 585; 2. Craig Treble, 549; 3. Antron Brown, 471; 4. Matt Hines, 399; 5. Shawn Gann, 396; 6. Geno Scali, 316; 7. Reggie Showers, 295; 8. Mike Berry, 279; 9. John Smith, 254; 10. Steve Johnson, 230.

NHRA Communications

 

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