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_JA66817 copy.JPGThere were two Pro Stock Pontiacs bearing significant Mickey Thompson
Tires signage on their sides competing at the Mac Tools NHRA U.S.
Nationals, but neither were actually running the tires, nor are they
likely to at any time in the near future.  Matt Scranton, a former
Sport Compact racer of some renown, is driving a GTO that came out of
the Greg Anderson/Summit Racing camp (and first competed at this year’s
Gatornationals), with a second car being piloted by Bill Glidden, son of
the 10-time Winston champion, Bob.

Jason Moulton from M/T Tires told Torco’s CompetitionPlus.com that
“what we’re here to do with this new car (indicating Glidden’s silver
GTO) is shake it down and get as much data as we can.  Billy lives
close to Indy, and it’s a little bit of an extracurricular activity,
but we’re thinking we’ll be able to learn something and get our car
ready to do our development program.

Moulton admits that the company is far from ready to introduce a new
tire for Pro Stock, but that’s definitely their goal.  “It’s going to
be in the near future,” was as far as he appeared willing to go.  “We
don’t have our timeline figured out yet for the development of the big
tire, but I know it will be soon.  Mickey Thompson has been a part of
NHRA (drag racing) for a long time and we want to increase or


psm-winnerDSA_7142.JPGThe final round in
Indy's Pro Stock Motorcycle featured No. 8 Countdown hopeful Craig Treble, who showed
everyone he was serious about winning the championship with his final round
berth, pitted up against the Southern steamroller, Matt Smith. Smith entered
the final as the defending champ and the POWERade point's leader but the
pressure may have been too much, Smith lost his chance to repeat with a -.003
red light start, handing Treble his first career victory at the U.S Nationals.
Treble also sent a solid message to the rest of the pack that he is more than
capable of stealing the POWERade crown on his Team Tigue Suzuki. It was his
second victory of the season and 11th of his NHRA career and it also
vaulted Treble into second in the Countdown point's battle.

Treble didn't even qualify for the Countdown playoffs until
eliminations at the rain-delayed race in Maple Grove two weeks ago, when Matt
Guidera defeated Chris Rivas, thus giving Treble the final spot.

"I have to tell you," said Treble with a winning
smile, "Matt Guidera is my biggest hero in drag racing right now. That guy
saved my butt, that's the bottom line, and I showed my appreciation by taking
him out in round one today. What kind of guy am I," said Treble laughing.



Dave Connolly has already won quite a few Pro
Stock races at the young age of 24. This U.S. Nationals win has to rank up
there as one of the most memorable, however. Not only is it the ‘grandaddy of
all drag races’, but Connolly started the day with a win over Jason Line, then
wrapped it up with a narrow victory over Greg Anderson in the finals. It was
the second consecutive year that Connolly and Anderson met in the final round
at the U.S. Nationals. This year, it was Connolly’s turn.

At one point in time last
year, it was reported that Evan Knoll was considering withdrawing funding from
any car in the NHRA Pro Stock category. According to the report, Knoll was
tired of racing for third place behind KB Racing’s one-two punch.

It’s amazing how things can

In 2007, Anderson
has remained the Pro Stock car to beat, but Connolly and his Victor Cagnazzi
teammate Jeg Coughlin have been nipping uncomfortably close to Anderson’s heels all season long. With the
win over Anderson,
Connolly also moves into the points lead in the Countdown to the Championship.

“I felt real confident about
the whole situation going into the finals,” Connolly said. “We had the best car
all day long starting with that 6.64 in the first round, and we had lance
choice which was huge today. It’s nice to say that we are the car that knocked
Greg off that streak he had going. It’s also nice that we go up by one round
over Greg with the Countdown to the Championship, and he is finally the one
chasing us.”


fc-winnerDSA_7183.JPGMike Ashley said he knew he had the car to beat in Indy, but a
part of him couldn’t help but reflect to past Indy dreams.

After four rounds of grueling eliminations, Ashley drove the
special-edition Eric Blake Faulkner Foundation Tribute Car all the way to the
Winner's Circle and into second place in POWERade Championship points-race.
"This one is for the dreamers - because it's been a dream of mine to win
at Indy since we debuted two years ago," said an ecstatic Ashley.
"This means so much, not only for the team and for Evan Knoll, Torco, and
all our sponsors, but because of the Eric Blake Faulkner Foundation and how important
this win is to them."

funny that Ashley likens his 2007 success to that of the legendary
Bronx Bombeer Babe Ruth. Ruth led baseball in home runs and strikeouts


schumacherDSA_5965.JPGTony Schumacher now leads the NHRA POWERade points for
the first time this season. He’s ahead of Dixon
and previous leader Rod Fuller.

“I’m a fan but at the
beginning of the season, I probably wasn’t” Schumacher admitted. “So long as at
the end of the year they hand me the trophy because you’ve earned it. I don’t
want it to be a gift.

“Today was not a gift. It
was a hard-earned victory. The trophy means a lot. No matter at the end of the
season, if you pull off the victory, and they hand you the trophy – that’s

Schumacher wouldn’t say his
personal experience in Reading
was a gift, but clearly the format worked in his favor.

“I got spanked first round,
went home to test and gained 180 points and moved up some spots,” Schumacher
said. “I don’t get it. It’s a strange deal but I understand it. The fans are
going to love it.

“It’s not like I came in a
said I had an idea to change the system. We didn’t know what we were going to
do. If we would have been 180 points behind on the old system, we might not
have been trying new things and getting superchargers ready. We would have been
trying to win every race.



Reigning POWERade Top Fuel champion Tony Schumacher surged into the NHRA playoff
points lead Monday with his sixth Mac Tools U.S. Nationals victory in the last
eight years.
Schumacher drove away from runner-up Larry Dixon to take
the stripe with a 4.575 at 331.94 mph to earn a spot in the winner's circle with
emotional Funny Car victor Mike Ashley, new Pro Stock points leader Dave
Connolly, and stunned Pro Stock Motorcycle winner Craig Treble.


Monday's final results from the 53rd annual Mac Tools U.S. Nationals at O'Reilly
Raceway Park at Indianapolis. The  race is the 18th of 23 in
the  NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series:


Top Fuel -- Tony Schumacher,
4.575 seconds, 331.94 mph  def. Larry Dixon, 4.748 seconds, 268.44 mph.


Funny Car -- Mike Ashley,
Dodge Charger, 4.894, 323.74  def. Robert Hight, Ford Mustang, 8.072,


Pro Stock -- Dave Connolly,
Chevy Cobalt, 6.710, 206.32  def. Greg Anderson, Pontiac GTO, 6.729,


Pro Stock Motorcycle --
Craig Treble, Suzuki, 7.037, 190.83  def. Matt Smith, Buell,

Top Alcohol Dragster --
Marty Thacker, 5.390, 264.91  def. Dave Hirata, 5.442,


Final round-by-round results from the 53rd annual Mac Tools U.S. Nationals at
O'Reilly Raceway Park at Indianapolis, the 18th of 23 events in the  NHRA
POWERade Drag Racing Series:


Point standings for the eight drivers in each class who have qualified for the
NHRA playoffs, following the 53rd annual Mac Tools U.S. Nationals at O'Reilly
Raceway Park at Indianapolis, the 18th of 23 races in the NHRA POWERade Drag
Racing Series (after 21 races, the top four drivers in each class will advance
to the two-race championship round at Las Vegas and Pomona):


Responding to inquiries about Bruton Smith’s plans to build a new NHRA drag
strip on the grounds of Lowe’s Motor Speedway in Charlotte, Rockingham Dragway
owner Steve Earwood said such a facility “will do nothing but enhance the
region’s reputation as a motor racing Mecca.

“To be honest, all it
will do is elevate our industry,” Earwood said of the new track rumored to be
the site next year of an NHRA national event.  “I’m looking forward to working
with Humpy Wheeler and his talented staff at Lowe’s Motor Speedway to increase
interest in the sport throughout the region.”

Earwood, whose track
hosts a pair of races in the IHRA Nitro Jam Drag Racing Series, said he
anticipates a track similar to those Smith has built adjacent to his other
NASCAR tracks in Bristol, Tenn., Sonoma, Calif., and Las
Vegas, Nev.  Those
tracks presently are host to four NHRA events.