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Dixon, Pedregon, Anderson and Collis
Race to Victories at National Trail

By NHRA Communications

HEBRON, Ohio - Larry Dixon raced to his third consecutive victory at the Pontiac Excitement Nationals presented by Summit Racing at National Trail Raceway becoming the first Top Fuel driver in the 39-year history of the event to accomplish the feat.

Tony Pedregon, Greg Anderson and Fred Collis also claimed victories in their respective categories at the $2 million race, the 11th of 23 events in the $50 million NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series.

Dixon used a run of 4.655 seconds at 313.58 mph in his Miller Lite dragster to take the easy victory over Darrell Russell, whose Bilstein Engine Flush dragster lost traction early in the run and slowed to a pass of 11.250 at 91.96. The victory was the 30th of Dixon's career.

"It was a great day," said Dixon. "I think we got lucky a couple rounds today. We got four win lights and that's the most important part. My crew chief Dick LaHaie is just strong here. He's won here driving himself and he's won as crew chief for Doug Herbert and Scott Kalitta. I feel fortunate to be on the winning side."

Dixon defeated Bruce Litton, Cory McClenathan and Tony Schumacher before outdistancing Russell in the final round. Dixon's victory extends his lead in the POWERade points standings to 268 points over Doug Kalitta.

Pedregon earned his sixth Funny Car victory of the season and 25th of his career when team owner John Force was disqualified for crossing the centerline in the final round. Pedregon's Castrol Syntec Ford Mustang immediately lost traction at the start and slowed to a pass of 8.449 at 134.81, while Force looked to cruise to the easy victory until he lost traction and crossed the centerline in his Castrol GTX High Mileage Ford Mustang handing the victory to Pedregon.

"What was more surprising was when I hit the throttle and our car smoked the tires," said Pedregon. "I wanted to focus on getting my car to recover. I did see the white haze on John's car and when I got my car to recover and I saw him come over into my lane. It was real odd, I had never been in that situation. I could see the win light in John's lane, but I knew when he crossed the centerline that we had won."

Pedregon took the win over Dale Creasy Jr., who fouled at the start in round one. He then defeated teammate Gary Densham in round two, before besting older brother Frank Pedregon in the semifinals. Pedregon now leads Whit Bazemore, who fell to Force in round two, by 101 points in the POWERade standings.

Anderson drove his Vegas General Construction Pontiac Grand Am to his fifth Pro Stock victory in five final round appearances this season and ninth of his career when he used a starting-line advantage and superior performance to take the victory over Scott Geoffrion. Anderson, who qualified No. 1 for the fifth consecutive race, clocked a performance of 6.883 at 199.88, while Geoffrion's NitroFish Ford Escort ZX2 recorded a run of 6.911 at 198.70.

"I just don't know how to describe it," said Anderson. "I ran the whole gamut of emotions today, especially after my buddy Jason (Line) crashed. I was never so scared to make a run in my life. We found a way to get it done though. There are so many great cars out here. It's going to be a tough battle."

Anderson edged V. Gaines, rival Kurt Johnson and Allen Johnson before knocking off Geoffrion. With the win, Anderson regained the POWERade points lead for the third time this season. He leads Kurt Johnson by 62 points.

Collis captured his first career NHRA Pro Stock Bike victory when Karen Stoffer fouled at the start. Collis used a performance of 7.249 at 182.40 on his Area 51 Motorsports Suzuki to take the win in his first final round appearance since 1999.

"On paper we were supposed to win the race," said Collis. "The key was making good laps each run in qualifying and eliminations. We stuck to the game plan and it worked out in our favor."

Collis rode to victories over Joe DeSantis, Craig Treble and Geno Scali prior to the victory over Stoffer. Collis' victory vaulted him to seventh place in the points chase. Angelle Savoie continues to lead the Pro Stock Bike points chase, 13 ahead of Scali.

The next NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series event is the seventh annual Sears Craftsman NHRA Nationals, June 27-29, at Gateway International Raceway in Madison, Ill.

HEBRON, Ohio -- Final finish order (1-16) for professional categories at the 39th 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. Darrell Russell; 3. Tony Schumacher; 4. Doug Kalitta; 5. Cory McClenathan; 6. Doug Herbert; 7. Scott Weis; 8. Jim Head; 9. Paul Romine; 10. Bruce Litton; 11. David Baca; 12. Chris Karamesines; 13. John Smith; 14. Josh Starcher; 15. Rhonda Hartman-Smith; 16. Kenny Bernstein. 

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

PRO STOCK:
1. Greg Anderson, Pontiac Grand Am; 2. Scott Geoffrion, Ford Escort; 3. Allen Johnson, Dodge Stratus; 4. Terry Adams, Chevy Cavalier; 5. Ron Krisher, Cavalier; 6. Kurt Johnson, Cavalier; 7. Jeg Coughlin, Cavalier; 8. Dave Connolly, Cavalier; 9. Warren Johnson, Grand Am; 10. Jim Yates, Grand Am; 11. V. Gaines, Cavalier; 12. Barry Grant, Cavalier; 13. Taylor Lastor, Cavalier; 14. Darrell Alderman, Dodge Neon; 15. Steve Schmidt, Cavalier; 16. Jason Line, Grand Am. 

PRO STOCK BIKE:
1. Fred Collis, Suzuki; 2. Karen Stoffer, Suzuki; 3. Geno Scali, Suzuki; 4. Angelle Savoie, Suzuki; 5. Shawn Gann, Suzuki; 6. Reggie Showers, Suzuki; 7. Craig Treble, Suzuki; 8. Andrew Hines, Harley-Davidson; 9. Sean Conner, Suzuki; 10. Mike Berry, Suzuki; 11. GT Tonglet, Harley-Davidson; 12. Antron Brown, Suzuki; 13. Steve Johnson, Suzuki; 14. Joe DeSantis, Suzuki; 15. Keith Dennis, Suzuki; 16. Michael Phillips, Suzuki. 

HEBRON, Ohio -- Sunday's final results from the 39th 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, 4.655 seconds, 313.58 mph def. Darrell Russell, 11.250 seconds, 91.96 mph. 

Funny Car -- Tony Pedregon, Ford Mustang, 8.449, 134.81 def. John Force, Mustang, DQ-Centerline. 

Pro Stock -- Greg Anderson, Pontiac Grand Am, 6.883, 199.88 def. Scott Geoffrion, Ford Escort, 6.911, 198.70. 

Pro Stock Bike -- Fred Collis, Suzuki, 7.238, 183.62 def. Karen Stoffer, Suzuki, foul. 

HEBRON, Ohio -- Final round-by-round results from the 39th 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 -- Doug Herbert, 4.703, 299.06 def. John Smith, 5.004, 269.29; Scott Weis, 4.911, 245.05 def. Kenny Bernstein, 7.166, 113.59; Cory McClenathan, 4.616, 324.12 def. David Baca, 4.656, 314.02; Darrell Russell, 4.640, 311.49 def. Rhonda Hartman-Smith, 6.077, 158.43; Jim Head, 4.587, 321.12 def. Josh Starcher, 5.041, 214.62; Larry Dixon, 4.535, 326.32 def. Bruce Litton, 4.650, 306.26; Tony Schumacher, 4.547, 324.44 def. Paul Romine, 4.580, 318.09; Doug Kalitta, 4.552, 324.98 def. Chris Karamesines, foul; 
QUARTERFINALS -- Russell, 5.491, 238.47 def. Head, 6.143, 167.80; Kalitta, 4.724, 298.80 def. Herbert, 5.267, 193.54; Schumacher, 7.518, 114.20 def. Weis, foul; Dixon, 4.761, 286.01 def. McClenathan, 4.887, 256.55; 
SEMIFINALS -- Dixon, 4.597, 316.67 def. Schumacher, 4.719, 283.91; Russell, 4.670, 305.70 def. Kalitta, 4.749, 297.48; 
FINAL -- Dixon, 4.655, 313.58 def. Russell, 11.250, 91.96. 

FUNNY CAR: 

ROUND ONE -- Gary Densham, Ford Mustang, 4.876, 319.45 def. Scotty Cannon, Pontiac Firebird, 5.164, 229.04; Del Worsham, Firebird, 4.941, 300.13 def. Tim Wilkerson, Firebird, 4.967, 313.15; John Force, Mustang, 4.817, 319.75 def. Bob Gilbertson, Chevy Camaro, 4.989, 304.80; Tony Pedregon, Mustang, 4.992, 293.09 def. Dale Creasy Jr., Firebird, foul; Ron Capps, Camaro, 4.849, 314.24 def. Arnie Karp, Firebird, 4.933, 287.84; Frank Pedregon, Firebird, 4.934, 306.67 def. Tommy Johnson Jr., Camaro, 5.008, 304.87; Gary Scelzi, Dodge Stratus, 4.830, 321.42 def. Cruz Pedregon, Firebird, 5.217, 223.95; Whit Bazemore, Stratus, 4.866, 315.93 def. Dean Skuza, Firebird, 4.913, 295.21; 
QUARTERFINALS -- F. Pedregon, 5.114, 241.41 def. Worsham, 5.100, 261.22; T. Pedregon, 4.898, 298.07 def. Densham, 14.821, 42.79; Force, 4.980, 286.13 def. Bazemore, 4.980, 292.20; Capps, 5.024, 294.75 def. Scelzi, 6.274, 167.20; 
SEMIFINALS -- Force, 4.961, 296.57 def. Capps, 5.147, 284.03; T. Pedregon, 4.995, 297.55 def. F. Pedregon, 5.148, 258.42; 
FINAL -- T. Pedregon, 8.449, 134.81 def. Force, DQ-Centerline. 

PRO STOCK: 

ROUND ONE -- Kurt Johnson, Chevy Cavalier, 6.908, 199.58 def. Darrell Alderman, Dodge Neon, 7.278, 154.35; Ron Krisher, Cavalier, 6.903, 198.67 def. Taylor Lastor, Cavalier, 7.180, 140.85; Dave Connolly, Cavalier, 6.905, 199.40 def. Barry Grant, Cavalier, 6.999, 177.65; Jeg Coughlin, Cavalier, 6.893, 196.76 def. Warren Johnson, Pontiac Grand Am, 6.897, 198.79; Terry Adams, Cavalier, 6.953, 194.04 def. Jason Line, Grand Am, broke; Scott Geoffrion, Ford Escort, 6.954, 198.41 def. Steve Schmidt, Cavalier, 10.078, 86.26; Greg Anderson, Grand Am, 6.922, 199.17 def. V. Gaines, Cavalier, 6.968, 197.42; Allen Johnson, Dodge Stratus, 6.900, 198.96 def. Jim Yates, Grand Am, 6.925, 198.76; 
QUARTERFINALS -- Anderson, 6.919, 197.42 def. K. Johnson, 6.943, 199.40; Adams, 6.922, 198.15 def. Connolly, 7.361, 151.68; Geoffrion, 6.886, 199.49 def. Krisher, foul; A. Johnson, 6.907, 198.85 def. J. Coughlin, 7.053, 164.19; 
SEMIFINALS -- Anderson, 6.895, 199.91 def. A. Johnson, 6.907, 199.49; Geoffrion, 6.903, 199.94 def. Adams, 6.934, 199.64; 
FINAL -- Anderson, 6.883, 199.88 def. Geoffrion, 6.911, 198.70. 

PRO STOCK BIKE: 

ROUND ONE -- Andrew Hines, Harley-Davidson, 7.261, 177.09 def. Mike Berry, Suzuki, 7.266, 180.40; Craig Treble, Suzuki, 7.228, 187.42 def. Antron Brown, Suzuki, foul; Geno Scali, Suzuki, 7.229, 184.93 def. Sean Conner, Suzuki, 7.241, 184.19; Angelle Savoie, Suzuki, 7.328, 158.20 def. Michael Phillips, Suzuki, foul; Fred Collis, Suzuki, 7.201, 184.88 def. Joe DeSantis, Suzuki, 7.338, 181.59; Reggie Showers, Suzuki, 7.250, 184.72 def. Keith Dennis, Suzuki, 7.340, 180.48; Karen Stoffer, Suzuki, 7.371, 160.42 def. GT Tonglet, Harley-Davidson, foul; Shawn Gann, Suzuki, 7.213, 185.38 def. Steve Johnson, Suzuki, 7.315, 181.67; 
QUARTERFINALS -- Savoie, 7.269, 175.39 def. Hines, 7.304, 176.81; Scali, 7.219, 184.65 def. Showers, 7.272, 182.82; Stoffer, 7.256, 183.02 def. Gann, foul; Collis, 7.205, 187.81 def. Treble, 7.298, 182.33; 
SEMIFINALS -- Stoffer, 7.277, 183.52 def. Savoie, 7.282, 178.47; Collis, 7.231, 184.12 def. Scali, 7.220, 188.46; 
FINAL -- Collis, 7.238, 183.62 def. Stoffer, foul. 

HEBRON, Ohio -- Point standings (top 10) for NHRA professional categories following the 39th 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, 1,053; 2. Doug Kalitta, 785; 3. Darrell Russell, 646; 4. Brandon Bernstein, 629; 5. Cory McClenathan, 602; 6. Tony Schumacher, 562; 7. John Smith, 538; 8. Doug Herbert, 533; 9. David Baca, 508; 10. Jim Head, 422.

Funny Car

1. Tony Pedregon, 1,030; 2. Whit Bazemore, 929; 3. Gary Densham, 724; 4. Del Worsham, 690; 5. Ron Capps, 662; 6. John Force, 611; 7. Tommy Johnson Jr., 587; 8. Johnny Gray, 519; 9. Gary Scelzi, 482; 10. Frank Pedregon, 471.

Pro Stock

1. Greg Anderson, 1,006; 2. Kurt Johnson, 942; 3. Warren Johnson, 721; 4. Jeg Coughlin, 663; 5. Scott Geoffrion, 509; 6. Bruce Allen, 472; 7. Ron Krisher, 457; 8. Allen Johnson, 454; 9. Mike Edwards, 453; 10. Darrell Alderman, 433.

Pro Stock Bike

1. Angelle Savoie, 493; 2. Geno Scali, 480; 3. Shawn Gann, 397; 4. Antron Brown, 364; 5. Craig Treble, 363; 6. Reggie Showers, 361; 7. Fred Collis, 329; 8. Mike Berry, 275; 9. Karen Stoffer, 253; 10. Andrew Hines, 251.

NHRA Communications

 

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