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John Force notched another victory on Sunday. This time in Bristol. (Photo courtesy of the NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series)

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John Force regained the points lead and added to his NHRA-record victory total on Sunday when he  won the Funny Car portion of the 10th annual NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals at Bristol Dragway.

The victory was No. 130 for Force.

The other winners at the 12th race in the 23-race NHRA Full Throttle Series season were Tony Schumacher (Top Fuel) and Mike Edwards (Pro Stock).

Force defeated Paul Lee, Matt Hagan and Bob Tasca to reach his 207th career final round where he easily defeated Tim Wilkerson with a 4.317-second pass at 285.59 mph to Wilkerson’s stumbling 12.365 at 31.80.

“To get this win is really great. I’ll be honest, I was jacked up on so much Full Throttle I thought I was going to explode … oxygen, everything I could take just to keep up with the kids,” said the 61-year old Force, who left Bristol with a 58-point lead over teammate Robert Hight as he seeks to win his NHRA-record 15th championship. “I’m going to stay young and thank the fans who keep screaming and giving me the energy.”

Force, who drives the Castrol GTX High Mileage Ford Mustang, had led the point standings after the first nine races before ceding the lead momentarily to Hight for Races 10 and 11.

Wilkerson, meanwhile, wasn’t able to gain any positions in the point standings – he remained in ninth – but he and the Levi, Ray & Shoup Ford team did move 111 points clear of 11th-place Jeff Arend with five races left in the Countdown to 10 regular season.

Schumacher and the U.S. Army team also qualified sixth and seemed fated for a second-round matchup with rival and points-leader Larry Dixon and the Al-Anabi team in the second round, but No. 14 qualifier Morgan Lucas put that to rest with his upset of Dixon in the first round.

So Schumacher didn’t meet a higher qualified racer until the semis when he dispatched of No. 2 qualifier Cory McClenathan and the FRAM dragster team, and then he secured his fourth win of 2010 and 65th of his career with a 3.982 at 306.53 in the final-round win over No. 4 qualifier Brandon Bernstein and the Copart/Lucas Oil team (4.054 at 272.56).

This was also Schumacher’s 100th career final round.

“That was an amazing deal, me, Dixon (98) and (Joe) Amato were all at 99 (final rounds) and only one guy’s getting to 100 first. To be the first to go to 100 finals in Top Fuel is just awesome,” said Schumacher, who became the second Top Fuel driver and third overall to clinch his berth in the Countdown to 1.

In Pro Stock, Mike Edwards captured his NHRA-best eighth win before hitting second gear in his Penhall/Interstate Batteries Pontiac GXP as final-round opponent Rickie Jones red-lighted.

“(Bristol Dragway) is probably my favorite place to come race, just an awesome place. The fans … they’re just race fans, no matter what kind of racing it is, they’re race fans,” Edwards said. “It is my second time winning here and with so much heritage and tradition around here, this track and that big track over there, it’s just a real honor to come here and run good and win this race.”

The NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series continues next weekend with the Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals at Norwalk, Ohio, the fourth race in four weeks and the fourth race in a stretch of seven races in eight weeks.

Final finish order (1-16) for professional categories at the 10th annual NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals at Bristol Dragway.  The race is the 12th of 23 events in the NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series.

TOP FUEL:

1.  Tony Schumacher; 2.  Brandon Bernstein; 3.  Cory McClenathan; 4.  Antron Brown; 5.  Shawn Langdon; 6.  Troy Buff; 7.  Steve Torrence; 8.  Morgan Lucas; 9.  Doug Kalitta; 10.  David Grubnic; 11.  Larry Dixon; 12.  Bob Vandergriff; 13.  Doug Herbert; 14.  Terry McMillen; 15.  Scott Palmer; 16.  Pat Dakin.

FUNNY CAR:

1.  John Force; 2.  Tim Wilkerson; 3.  Del Worsham; 4.  Bob Tasca III; 5.  Ashley Force Hood; 6. Ashley Force Hood; 7.  Matt Hagan; 8.  Matt Hagan; 9.  Jeff Arend; 10.  Jim Head; 11.  Ron Capps; 12.  Paul Lee; 13.  Cruz Pedregon; 14.  Melanie Troxel; 15.  Jeff Diehl; 16.  Robert Hight.

PRO STOCK:

1.  Mike Edwards; 2.  Rickie Jones; 3.  Jeg Coughlin; 4.  Allen Johnson; 5.  Ron Krisher; 6.  Jason Line; 7.  Greg Stanfield; 8.  Vinnie Deceglie; 9.  Greg Anderson; 10.  Kurt Johnson; 11.  Rodger Brogdon; 12.  Warren Johnson; 13.  Shane Gray; 14.  Johnny Gray; 15.  Larry Morgan; 16.  Bob Yonke.

Sunday’s final results from the 10th annual NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals at Bristol Dragway. The race is the 12th of 23 in the NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series:

Top Fuel — Tony Schumacher, 3.982 seconds, 306.53 mph  def. Brandon Bernstein, 4.054 seconds, 272.56 mph.

Funny Car — John Force, Ford Mustang, 4.317, 285.59  def. Tim Wilkerson, Mustang, 12.365, 31.80.

Pro Stock — Mike Edwards, Pontiac GXP, 7.570, 135.16  def. Rickie Jones, GXP, foul.

Final round-by-round results from the 10th annual NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals at Bristol Dragway, the 12th of 23 events in the NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series:

TOP FUEL:

ROUND ONE — Shawn Langdon, 3.975, 297.88 def. Terry McMillen, 4.026, 295.46; Steve Torrence, 3.970, 297.09 def. David Grubnic, 3.995, 297.35; Troy Buff, 3.968, 303.09 def. Bob Vandergriff, 4.010, 295.34; Antron Brown, 3.943, 309.06 def. Doug Kalitta, 3.959, 300.40; Morgan Lucas, 3.988, 294.63 def. Larry Dixon, 4.009, 298.67; Cory McClenathan, 3.918, 311.34 def. Scott Palmer, 4.160, 255.00; Brandon Bernstein, 3.919, 301.00 def. Pat Dakin, 7.722, 88.59; Tony Schumacher, 3.991, 303.57 def. Doug Herbert, 4.015, 282.07; QUARTERFINALS — Schumacher, 3.977, 299.60 def. Lucas, 6.067, 115.81; Brown, 3.952, 297.55 def. Langdon, 3.980, 292.33; Bernstein, 3.975, 300.80 def. Buff, 4.236, 257.73; McClenathan, 4.243, 252.19 def. Torrence, 4.327, 255.19; SEMIFINALS — Schumacher, 3.971, 302.62 def. McClenathan, 3.992, 291.89; Bernstein, 4.036, 275.67 def. Brown, 4.186, 222.77; FINAL — Schumacher, 3.982, 306.53 def. Bernstein, 4.054, 272.56.

FUNNY CAR:

ROUND ONE — Bob Tasca III, Ford Mustang, 4.236, 292.65 def. Ron Capps, Dodge Charger, 4.299, 277.77; Jack Beckman, Charger, 4.243, 285.47 def. Jim Head, Toyota Solara, 4.296, 268.17; Ashley Force Hood, Mustang, 4.279, 290.82 def. Jeff Diehl, Chevy Monte Carlo, 6.425, 111.57; Tony Pedregon, Chevy Impala, 4.289, 257.78 def. Cruz Pedregon, Solara, 4.405, 266.85; Del Worsham, Solara, 4.256, 291.63 def. Robert Hight, Mustang, 6.472, 100.05; Matt Hagan, Charger, 4.270, 285.17 def. Jeff Arend, Solara, 4.291, 282.48; John Force, Mustang, 4.246, 293.98 def. Paul Lee, Chevy Impala SS, 4.338, 282.30; Tim Wilkerson, Mustang, 4.233, 295.46 def. Melanie Troxel, Charger, 5.533, 141.65; QUARTERFINALS — Force, 4.290, 291.19 def. Hagan, 4.356, 274.83; Beckman, broke def. Beckman, broke; Worsham, 4.530, 266.74 def. Beckman, 5.120, 208.17; Tasca III, 4.336, 280.60 def. T.

Pedregon, 5.712, 127.04; Wilkerson, 4.313, 281.71 def. Force Hood, 4.329, 279.67; Force, 4.290, 291.19 def. Hagan, 4.356, 274.83; Worsham, 4.530, 266.74 def. Beckman, 5.120, 208.17; Tasca III, 4.336, 280.60 def. T. Pedregon, 5.712, 127.04; Wilkerson, 4.313, 281.71 def. Force Hood, 4.329, 279.67; SEMIFINALS — Wilkerson, 4.317, 279.27 def. Worsham, 4.390, 271.41; Force, 4.284, 292.71 def. Tasca III, 4.783, 190.32; FINAL — Force, 4.317, 285.59 def. Wilkerson, 12.365, 31.80.

PRO STOCK:

ROUND ONE — Vinnie Deceglie, Dodge Avenger, 6.743, 205.10 def. Greg Anderson, Pontiac GXP, 6.728, 205.04; Jason Line, GXP, 6.741, 203.46 def. Shane Gray, GXP, 6.762, 204.11; Jeg Coughlin, Chevy Cobalt, 6.750, 204.42 def. Johnny Gray, GXP, foul; Rickie Jones, GXP, 6.742, 204.01 def. Rodger Brogdon, GXP, foul; Greg Stanfield, GXP, 6.767, 203.37 def. Kurt Johnson, Cobalt, 6.744, 204.66; Mike Edwards, GXP, 6.720, 205.04 def. Bob Yonke, GXP, 6.788, 202.55; Allen Johnson, Avenger, 6.744,

205.04 def. Warren Johnson, GXP, 6.760, 204.32; Ron Krisher, Cobalt, 6.739, 205.38 def. Larry Morgan, Ford Mustang, 6.784, 203.22; QUARTERFINALS — Coughlin, 6.734, 205.04 def. Stanfield, foul; A. Johnson, 6.729, 205.04 def. Deceglie, 8.615, 111.02; Jones, 6.751, 204.39 def. Krisher, 6.734, 205.16; Edwards, 6.718, 204.91 def. Line, 6.748, 203.98; SEMIFINALS — Jones, 7.102, 187.21 def. A. Johnson, 10.759, 82.69; Edwards, 6.730, 204.82 def. Coughlin, 10.459, 86.26; FINAL — Edwards, 7.570, 135.16 def. Jones, foul.

Point standings (top 10) for NHRA professional categories following the 10th annual NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals at Bristol Dragway, the 12th of 23 events in the NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series -

Top Fuel

1.  Larry Dixon, 1,131; 2.  Tony Schumacher, 1,008; 3.  Cory McClenathan, 954; 4.  Doug Kalitta, 869; 5.  Antron Brown, 828; 6.  Brandon Bernstein, 781; 7.  Morgan Lucas, 575; 8.  Shawn Langdon, 571; 9.  Steve Torrence, 496; 10.  Terry McMillen, 443.

Funny Car

1.  John Force, 933; 2.  Robert Hight, 875; 3.  Matt Hagan, 807; 4.  Jack Beckman, 778; 5.  Ashley Force Hood, 768; 6.  Bob Tasca III, 759; 7.  Ron Capps, 697; 8.  Del Worsham, 666; 9.  Tim Wilkerson, 665; 10.  Tony Pedregon, 605.

Pro Stock

1.  Mike Edwards, 1,338; 2.  Allen Johnson, 886; 3.  Jeg Coughlin, 796; 4.  Greg Anderson, 686; 5. Greg Stanfield, 629; 6.  Jason Line, 624; 7.  Ron Krisher, 614; 8.  (tie) Rodger Brogdon, 530; Shane Gray, 530; 10.  Rickie Jones, 499.

GET SCREENED AMERICA PRO MOD SERIES

BRISTOL, Tenn. — Sunday’s final results from the 10th annual NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals at Bristol Dragway. The race is the 12th of 23 in the NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series:

Pro Modified — Von Smith, Chevy Camaro, 5.994, 241.54  def. Jay Payne, Ford Mustang, 6.039, 240.38.

LUCAS OIL DRAG RACING SERIES

Sunday’s final results from the 10th annual NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals at Bristol Dragway. The race is the 12th of 23 in the NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series:

Super Stock — Bob Dennis, Olds Calais, 11.018, 119.45  def. Joe Santangelo, Pontiac Trans Am, 10.013, 130.35.

Stock Eliminator — Slate Cummings, Pontiac Firebird, 10.792, 116.46  def. Russell Johnson, Ford Fairlane, 11.368, 116.08.

Super Comp — Lloyd Parfait, Dragster, 8.873, 173.81  def. Trevor Denton, Dragster, 8.878, 168.18.

Super Gas — Ed Apple, Chevy Roadster, 9.927, 148.66  def. Billy Upton, Chevy Corvette, broke.

Info Manager | , RacinToday.com Sunday, June 20 2010
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