ENNIS, Texas – Tony Schumacher continued his impressive run at the Texas Motorplex by racing to the Top Fuel victory Sunday at the 25th Annual O’Reilly Super Start Batteries NHRA Fall Nationals presented by Castrol Syntec.
Matt Hagan (Funny Car); Greg Anderson (Pro Stock); and L.E. Tonglet (Pro Stock Motorcycle) also were winners in their respective categories at the NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series event.
Schumacher claimed victory at the Texas Motorplex for the fifth time, including a victory last year. He defeated Shawn Langdon in the final-round at the Texas Motorplex, after outrunning Cory McClenathan, Steve Torrence and Mike Strasburg in earlier rounds. Schumacher posted a 3.838 second run at 320.43 mph to hold off Langdon who finished with in 3.908 at 298.67.
Matt Hagan defeated crowd favorite John Force in the Funny Car final. Hagan finished in 4.155 at 294.63 in his DieHard Charger for his third win of the season and 5th of his career, while Force trailed with a 4.491 at 203.74 in his Castrol GTX Mustang. Hagan had to get past Ashley Force Hood, Cruz Pedregon, and Jeff Arend after entering the day qualified 14th. With the victory, Hagan, took sole possession of second place in the point standings.
Anderson claimed his second straight victory at this event and second straight win of the season in Pro Stock by driving his Summit Racing Pontiac GXP to a 6.595 at 209.39 to hold off points leader Mike Edwards, who finished with a 6.612 at 208.46 in his Penhall/K&N/Interstate GXP.
Anderson qualified ninth and beat Shane Gray, Allen Johnson and Ronnie Humphrey. With the win Anderson closes the gap with current points leader Mike Edwards to just 16 points.
In Pro Stock Motorcycle, L.E. Tonglet raced to his third consecutive victory of the season with a final-round performance of 6.972 at 187.94 on his Nitro Fish Suzuki to hold off former world champ current points leader Andrew Hines, who left early with a -.006 red-light on his Screamin’ Eagle Vance & Hines Harley-Davidson. With the win, Tonglet narrowed the gap with Hines to 44.
Tonglet who has defeated Hines in the last three event finals reached this final by getting wins over Eddie Krawiec, Karen Stoffer, and Angie Smith.
The racing action will continue at the Texas Motorplex with the Summit ET Bracket Finals on October 7th through the 10th and the ADRL World Finals VI on October 22nd through the 23rd. For more information log on to texasmotorplex.com.
Top Fuel — Tony Schumacher, 3.838 seconds, 320.43 mph def. Shawn Langdon, 3.908 seconds, 298.67 mph.
Funny Car — Matt Hagan, Dodge Charger, 4.155, 294.63 def. John Force, Ford Mustang, 4.491, 203.74.
Pro Stock — Greg Anderson, Pontiac GXP, 6.585, 209.39 def. Mike Edwards, GXP, 6.612, 208.46.
Pro Stock Motorcycle — LE Tonglet, Suzuki, 6.972, 187.94 def. Andrew Hines, Harley-Davidson, foul.
Top Alcohol Dragster — Chase Copeland, 5.239, 275.84 def. Marty Thacker, 5.377, 253.23.
Top Alcohol Funny Car — Mickey Ferro, Chevy Monte Carlo, 5.575, 257.04 def. Steve Harker, Monte Carlo, 5.595, 254.57.
Competition Eliminator — Bruno Massel, Chevy Cobalt, 7.726, 130.14 def. Clark Smiley, Pontiac GXP, 7.629, 150.75.
Stock Eliminator — Austin Williams, Plymouth Duster, 11.004, 111.36 def. Slate Cummings, Pontiac Firebird, 10.328, 125.27.
Super Comp — Steve Evans, Dragster, 8.911, 176.97 def. Scooter Choate, Dragster, 8.894, 172.45.
Super Gas — Tommy Phillips, Chevy Corvette, 9.909, 150.11 def. Charlie Stewart, Corvette, 9.925, 157.26.
Super Street — Trevor Land, Ford Mustang, 10.909, 138.57 def. Charlie Owens, Chevy Camaro, 10.887, 143.96.
Top Sportsman — Steve Benoit, Chevy Camaro, 6.762, 187.63 def. Joshua Vettel, Dodge Stratus, 6.916, 196.19.
The final day of the 25th Anniversary O’Reilly Fall Nationals has begun. The sportsman classes will kick the day off before the opening ceremonies. Texas Country music singer/songwriter Cory Morrow will be singing the National Anthem at the starting line. We will have surprises and special events throughout the day. The sun is out and the temperatures should stay below 80 making for great racing weather. Head out here and be a part of history.
After a long day of racing that was slowed by rain, Larry Dixon, Tim Wilkerson, Allen Johnson and Matt Smith came out on top of the respective classes at the 25th Annual O’Reilly Fall Nationals.
An early afternoon rain put a halt to the third round of Funny Car qualifying. After a five hour delay the third round was able to continue but it would be their last for the event. Due to the weather only Pro Stock Motorcycle, Pro Stock and Top Fuel were able to get in their fourth round of qualifying.
Larry Dixon broke his old track record with a time of 3.793 and secured his spot as the top qualifier in Top Fuel. Tony Schumacher ended the day second overall with a 3.799 at 321.65 mph which broke the previous track record that he also held. Cory McClenathan, Antron Brown and Brandon Bernstein rounded out the top five.
Tim Wilkerson, who won this event in 2008, bolted to the top of the field with a 4.079. Ashley Force Hood moved up to the number two spot just before rain halted the qualifying with a 4.100. Her teammate Jeff Arend earned the number three spot with a time of 4.1.21 at 305.56 mph which tied the track record held by Robert Hight. Bob Tasca III and Ron Capps finished out the top five.
Allen Johnson led the Pro Stock class with a 6.611 that he earned this morning. Mike Edwards took the second qualifying spot followed by Jason Line in third. Larry Morgan drove his way into the fourth spot with a time of 6.638 followed by rookie Shane Gray at fifth.
Matt Smith rode his Al-Anabi Buell into the number one qualifiers position in the final round of with a time of 6.923. Eddie Krawiec followed close behind in second while Karen Stoffer finished third. Andrew Hines and Steve Johnson rounded out the top five.
Sunday looks to be a perfect day for racing with sun and 70 degree temperatures. Get your tickets and be a part of history!
After a short rain delay, track crews are working to dry the track. Once the track is finished drying, racing will resume with the third round of Funny Car qualifying. The schedule will continue as planned with a couple changes to the alcohol classes. The drying is going well and should be finished soon. There is still a full schedule of events left today starting with the final round of qualifying. There is also the annual DRAW Auction and a concert by Kaley Caperton.
As proclaimed by Ennis Mayor Russell Thomas, Saturday, Sept. 26, 2010 is “Big Daddy” Don Garlits Day!
Come see the legend in action! Garlits is not only racing, he’s qualified in the No. 9 spot in Stock Eliminator! He will be honored for his work in drag racing, his innovation in the field of motorsports and for being an Eagle Scout.
Ceremony will be held on the starting line at 2:30 p.m.