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Dixon Moves To Top Of Top Fuel

Info Manager | , RacinToday.com Friday, November 13 2009
Larry Dixon No. 1 in Dallas.

Larry Dixon tops in Top Fuel at Pomona.

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There is a new points leader in the NHRA’s Top Fuel category.

Larry Dixon is now in front by one point after he earned the three points for being top qualifier in the division on Friday afternoon at the Auto Club of Southern California NHRA Finals.

Dixon earned the provisional pole for the season-ending, championship-deciding event in Pomona, Calif. with a 3.801 pass.

Points rival Tony Schumacher struck the tires on his run and slowed to a 5.255. Though he didn’t improve his time, Schumacher still sits third on the qualifying ladder.

Rookie of the year frontrunner Spencer Massey was second-best in the session with a 3.809 that puts him second in the order, and Brandon Bernstein was the third-quickest driver with a 3.832. Bernstein’s time tied that of Schumacher, but “the Sarge” was faster, relegating Bernstein to fourth overall.

In Funny Cars, John Force paced a spectacular session, posting a career-best 4.060 to grab the provisional No. 1 spot.

Ordinarily, Force would collect three points for the run but because he is over the testing limit, he is not earning points this event, and those three points go unclaimed.

Force has a 21-22 round-win record and no race wins this season; he hasn’t had a losing record since 1984 and been held winless since 1986.

Robert Hight was second-quickest with a 4.069 that gives him two more points and the second spot on the sheets.

Ron Capps was the third-best driver with a 4.076.

After struggling on Thursday, Ashley Force Hood got back in the groove, posting a 4.098 that just put her outside the bonus points, in fourth. Hight is now 110 points ahead of his teammate.

In Pro Stock Friday, Mike Edwards punctuated Thursday’s championship-clinching run with a 6.575 today that moved him back to the No. 1 spot and earned him another three points. Allen Johnson jumped up to second with a 6.611 that banked him two points, and Rodger Brogdon maintained his hold of third when he improved to a 6.621.

In Pro Stock Motorcycles, Larry Cook, who made his first PSM appearance in nine years at the Las Vegas event two weeks ago, was low in Friday’s lone session, clocking a 6.987 to steal the three bonus points and move up to third in the order.

Doug Horne was second-best with a 6.989 that places him fourth. After struggling yesterday, Eddie Krawiec rebounded today with a 6.995 that gives him one bonus points and moved him up to fifth on the sheets. Hector Arana, who is now back to a 54-point lead, struggled on his run and slowed to a 7.091. Polesitter Karen Stoffer also had troubles on her run as did Krawiec’s teammate, Andrew Hines.

Two more rounds of qualifying are scheduled for Saturday.

Final eliminations are scheduled for Sunday.

Results Friday after the first two of four rounds of qualifying for the 45th annual Automobile Club of Southern California NHRA Finals at Auto Club Raceway at Pomona, final of 24 events in the NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series. Qualifying will continue Saturday for Sunday’s final eliminations.

Top Fuel — 1. Larry Dixon, 3.801 seconds, 318.99 mph; 2. Spencer Massey, 3.809, 317.94; 3. Tony Schumacher, 3.832, 316.52; 4. Brandon Bernstein, 3.832, 312.28; 5. Doug Kalitta, 3.836, 316.82; 6. Cory McClenathan, 3.838, 316.38; 7. Antron Brown, 3.853, 313.88; 8. Bob Vandergriff, 3.881, 308.99; 9. Steve Torrence, 3.891, 306.53; 10. Chris Karamesines, 3.897, 308.57; 11. Morgan Lucas, 3.909, 303.84; 12. David Grubnic, 3.914, 317.42. Not Qualified: 13. Urs Erbacher, 3.994, 290.26; 14. Mike Strasburg, 3.999, 303.23; 15. Troy Buff, 4.004, 289.63; 16. Scott Palmer, 4.009, 276.97; 17. Tim Cullinan, 4.027, 285.35; 18. Ron August, 4.125, 291.01; 19. Lex Joon, 4.349, 205.01; 20. Stig Neergaard, 6.299, 96.18; 21. Steven Chrisman, 7.163, 94.24; 22. Shawn Langdon, 8.330, 82.90; 23. Thomas Nataas, 12.158, 72.33.

Funny Car — 1. John Force, Ford Mustang, 4.060, 307.72; 2. Robert Hight, Mustang, 4.069, 310.55; 3. Ron Capps, Dodge Charger, 4.076, 307.65; 4. Ashley Force Hood, Mustang, 4.098, 307.58; 5. Matt Hagan, Charger, 4.107, 304.94; 6. Mike Neff, Mustang, 4.137, 300.00; 7. Tony Pedregon, Chevy Impala, 4.144, 303.98; 8. Jack Beckman, Charger, 4.145, 303.57; 9. Bob Tasca III, Mustang, 4.154, 295.08; 10. Tim Wilkerson, Mustang, 4.154, 294.18; 11. Gary Densham, Impala, 4.188, 294.63; 12. Jeff Diehl, Chevy Monte Carlo, 4.192, 292.20. Not Qualified: 13. Del Worsham, 4.214, 295.79; 14. Bob Bode, 4.234, 261.47; 15. Cruz Pedregon, 4.266, 286.38; 16. Jeff Arend, 4.940, 155.92; 17. Jerry Toliver, 5.932, 112.79; 18. Jim Head, 6.191, 106.59; 19. Grant Downing, 6.200, 110.37; 20. Leah Pruett-LeDuc, broke.

Pro Stock — 1. Mike Edwards, Pontiac GXP, 6.575, 210.31; 2. Allen Johnson, Dodge Stratus, 6.611, 208.78; 3. Rodger Brogdon, GXP, 6.621, 208.78; 4. Greg Anderson, GXP, 6.630, 209.72; 5. Jason Line, GXP, 6.630, 208.91; 6. Greg Stanfield, GXP, 6.632, 209.26; 7. Ronnie Humphrey, GXP, 6.632, 209.23; 8. Jeg Coughlin, Chevy Cobalt, 6.632, 208.26; 9. Ryan Ondrejko, GXP, 6.635, 208.07; 10. Dave Northrop, GXP, 6.637, 207.85; 11. Rickie Jones, Stratus, 6.641, 208.49; 12. Johnny Gray, Stratus, 6.642, 208.91. Not Qualified: 13. Kurt Johnson, 6.650, 208.88; 14. Vinnie Deceglie, 6.652, 208.20; 15. Larry Morgan, 6.655, 207.94; 16. Warren Johnson, 6.658, 208.97; 17. Ron Krisher, 6.671, 208.97; 18. V. Gaines, 6.676, 206.76; 19. Ben Watson, 6.713, 205.69; 20. Gordie Rivera, 6.725, 205.72; 21. Erica Enders, 6.753, 204.08; 22. Danny Gruninger, 6.792, 202.97; 23. Jim Cunningham, 7.409, 202.00.

Pro Stock Motorcycle — 1. Karen Stoffer, Suzuki, 6.982, 191.70; 2. Andrew Hines, Harley-Davidson, 6.986, 192.33; 3. Larry Cook, Buell, 6.987, 188.96; 4. Douglas Horne, Buell, 6.989, 191.54; 5. Eddie Krawiec, Harley-Davidson, 6.995, 193.13; 6. Hector Arana, Buell, 6.997, 189.71; 7. Michael Phillips, Suzuki, 7.021, 193.54; 8. Shawn Gann, Buell, 7.021, 188.81; 9. Craig Treble, Suzuki, 7.049, 188.96; 10. Freddie Camarena, Suzuki, 7.050, 192.03; 11. David Hope, Buell, 7.050, 188.41; 12. Jim Underdahl, Suzuki, 7.075, 191.08. Not Qualified: 13. Matt Smith, 7.077, 187.03; 14. Steve Johnson, 7.086, 187.73; 15. Bailey Whitaker, 7.116, 183.97; 16. Junior Pippin, 7.126, 189.36; 17. Mike Berry, 7.129, 186.05; 18. Redell Harris, 7.163, 185.23; 19. Joe DeSantis, 7.186, 189.47; 20. James Surber, 7.219, 184.50; 21. Gary Moreno, 7.266, 181.25; 22. Rhett Lougheed, 7.368, 178.90; 23. Katie Sullivan, 7.446, 180.55; 24. Dawn Matthews-Baugues, 7.697, 175.14.

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