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A KING OF A RIDE

Chip King had a tough go of things during a Friday's test and tune run at the Montgomery ADRL event. According the King, the car started
to haze the tires but then it hooked violently. Normally, he said, this
would be a good thing. King then explained that a heim joint broke
causing the tire to grab the main tube in front of it and caused it to
break. The computers and shock timers were on top of the bar. The tire then
grabbed the electrical cables and sent parts through the windshield and
the tubs. King added the incident also broke the master cylinder.
Fortunately for King, he has a second car which will be pressed into
action next weekend in Rockingham, NC.

TOLIVER: LOVE THE ROCKSTAR LIFE

Jerry Toliver and his new ROCKSTAR Energy Drink Toyota Funny Car delivered a
4.859-second qualifying run Saturday at the SummitRacing.com Nationals to
officially launch his return to NHRA competition.   
 
Not only that, but
the time came close to putting the Temecula, Calif.-based team into the starting
16. And it gave their confidence a boost.


“We had a great weekend,” Toliver said.  “It was our first weekend
back.  This team has been working hard trying to get things together.  We
finally got on a good race track where could actually put the power to it and we
had good results.  We didn’t qualify and that was disappointing but, looking at
the big picture, we have the information from that good run and we can tune from
that.”

LAS VEGAS1 FINAL RESULTS

HIGHT, BERNSTEIN DEDICATE LAS VEGAS VICTORIES IN MEMORY OF FRIEND ERIC
MEDLEN

 

Anderson increases POWERade Series lead with third Pro Stock victory of the
season

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Less than a month after losing Eric Medlen in a tragic testing
accident, John Force Racing celebrated a Funny Car victory Sunday as Robert
Hight raced to the victory over POWERade Series points leader Ron Capps at the
SummitRacing.com NHRA Nationals.

Hight was joined in an emotional winner's circle at The Strip at Las Vegas
Motor Speedway by Medlen's good friend Brandon Bernstein, who earned his 13th
Top Fuel title, and Greg Anderson, who claimed a track-record fifth Las Vegas
trophy in Pro Stock.

"It's amazing how many lives Eric has touched and it's not as fun coming to
the races without your best friend and teammate with you," Hight said. "But we
needed to come back out here and be with our family, our drag racing family, and
realize how many people Eric made happy in his life.

"I never have had much luck at Vegas but I felt like I had some extra help
today. Maybe Eric was watching over me. I know having his dad [John Medlen]
helping us with the car was special for all of us."

Both Hight and Bernstein, who beat Bob Vandergriff in the Top Fuel final,
immediately dedicated their wins to the Medlens. Hight presented his trophy to
Eric's father John, while Brandon sought out Eric's mother Mimi and gave her his
Wally. Anderson, meanwhile, was able to give Las Vegas-based team owners Ken and
Judy Black their fifth hometown win, making the team the most prolific in the
track's brief history. This time he beat Jeg Coughlin to get the hardware.

ROUND-BY-ROUND PRO RESULTS FROM LAS VEGAS1

Final round-by-round results from the Eighth annual NHRA SummitRacing.com
Nationals at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, the fifth of 23 events in
the NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series:

TOP FUEL:

ROUND ONE -- Morgan Lucas, 4.547, 316.82 def. Melanie Troxel, 4.611, 314.75;
Joe Hartley, 4.618, 328.70 def. David Grubnic, 4.686, 318.39; Bob Vandergriff,
5.955, 291.07 def. Brady Kalivoda, 6.576, 127.19; Larry Dixon, 4.588, 316.60
def. Hillary Will, 4.568, 326.56; J.R. Todd, 4.598, 315.86 def. Tony Schumacher,
6.153, 152.97; Cory McClenathan, 4.639, 316.60 def. Whit Bazemore, 6.270,
139.85; Rod Fuller, 4.580, 324.90 def. Mike Strasburg, 7.228, 114.79; Brandon
Bernstein, 4.955, 209.04 def. Clay Millican, 5.028, 240.64;

QUARTERFINALS -- Bernstein, 4.541, 328.14 def. McClenathan, 4.857, 226.47;
Vandergriff, 4.591, 319.07 def. Hartley, 4.669, 286.38; Fuller, 4.545, 327.11
def. Dixon, 4.584, 318.47; Lucas, 4.563, 324.83 def. Todd, 4.644, 313.15;

SEMIFINALS -- Vandergriff, 4.596, no speed def. Fuller, 5.413, 164.07;
Bernstein, 4.548, 326.95 def. Lucas, 4.585, 326.16;

FINAL -- Bernstein, 4.521, 330.07 def. Vandergriff, 4.828, 298.87.

FINAL ROUND RESULTS FROM LAS VEGAS1

Sunday's final results from the Eighth annual NHRA SummitRacing.com Nationals at
The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. The race is the fifth of 23 in the NHRA
POWERade Drag Racing Series:

A REAL HEAD ACHE

Jim Head beat Ashley Force in the second round, but it wasn't before experiencing this nasty boomer. (Marty Reger photo)

SCHUMACHER'S NASCAR ASPIRATIONS?

Tony Schumacher, winner of
the past three POWERade Series Top Fuel
championships, showed Friday that he can also turn
left. The Chicago resident spent the down time
during Friday's qualifying by making laps at Las
Vegas Motor Speedway
at the Richard Petty Experience. The veteran Top
Fuel driver said he has no plans to switch fulltime to oval racing, but that he will compete in two NASCAR
Grand National West Series events for famed Bill
McAnally Racing.

"I just want to learn,"
Schumacher said. "It's just so different. I've run Formula Fords at Skip Barber's school. But it so
different. Every word, everything you do is the opposite of what we
do.

ADRL RACE SCRUBBED

Rain, high winds, and frigid temperatures in Alabama forced officials to cancel the Shelor.com Motor Mile Spring Drags at Montgomery Motorsports Park. The race will be rescheduled as soon as an appropriate date can be determined.

FORCE STREAK ENDS AT 395

Time finally ran out Saturday on John Force, the 14-time and reigning NHRA Funny
Car champion.  Drag racing's biggest winner will watch Sunday's eighth annual
SummitRacing.com Nationals from the sidelines at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor
Speedway after failing to make the 16-car starting lineup for the first time
since Oct. 31, 1987.

 
 Driving a heavier version of the Castrol GTX High Mileage Ford Mustang in
which he qualified for the first three races of the season, Force bumped into
the field on his final attempt Saturday – but couldn't stay there.  He wound up
17th with a time of 4.852 seconds, just shy of the 4.837 rung up by No. 16
qualifier Jack Beckman.
 
 "I was given the same opportunities as everyone else," Force said after
seeing his streak of 395 consecutive starts come to an unexpected end.  "We just
didn't get the job  done.  It's that simple.  I've still got two cars in and
there's a Force still out there still (daughter Ashley was the No. 3 qualifier
at 4.748 seconds in the Castrol GTX Ford and son-in-law Robert Hight No. 2 at
4.740 in the Auto Club of Southern California Ford). 
 
 "There's bigger things in life that I've faced," said the 14-time Auto
Racing All-America selection.  "Trust me.  So, this is only a little stone. 
We've been climbing mountains lately.

SATURDAY VEGAS QUALIFYING

JOHN FORCE'S AMAZING NHRA POWERADE SERIES QUALIFYING STREAK ENDS AT 395
RACES

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Schumacher, Ashley and Coughlin earn No. 1 qualifying positions; Kalitta also
sees qualifying streak end at 164 races

One of the most impressive streaks in motorsports came to an end
Saturday when 14-time Funny Car champion John Force failed to qualify for
eliminations for the first time in 395 races.

Force and Top Fuel contender Doug Kalitta, whose class-leading streak of
races also ended this weekend, will be observers when the SummitRacing.com NHRA
Nationals begin Sunday morning at 11 a.m.

Friday leaders Tony Schumacher, Mike Ashley, and Jeg Coughlin remained on top
of their respective fields at the NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series event at The
Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

Force last failed to qualify in 1987 at the NHRA Finals in Pomona, Calif.

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