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Dixon, Force Hood Are Repeat Nationals Champs

| Managing Editor, RacinToday.com Monday, September 6 2010

Ashley Force Hood burns out during final-round action in Monday's Mac Tools U.S. Nationals. (Photos courtesy of the NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series)

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor

Larry Dixon, Ashley Force Hood, Greg Stanfield and LE Tonglet were crowned champions at the NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series’ Mac Tools U.S. Nationals on Monday afternoon.

Dixon is a repeat winner in Top Fuel while Force Hood won last year’s Nationals in Funny Car at O’Reilly Raceway Park.

Stanfield in Pro Stock and Tonglet in Pro Stock Motorcycles are first time winners of the biggest event in drag racing.

This year, the Nationals are the first event of the six-race Countdown to 1 playoff.

Dixon beat Cory McClenathan to get the Top Fuel victory. It was his fourth Nationals victory.

Dixon’s winning pass came in 3.838 seconds. It produced tears at the far end of the track.

He said he would trade every other win he has gotten just to win the Nationals.

“Indy means so much to me – as well as to Alan (Johnson, team manager at Al-Anabi Racing) and the Johnson family, who has sacrificed so much here,” Dixon said, referring to the fact that Johnson’s brother Blaine was killed at Indy in a wreck in 1996. “All the years coming here with my dad as a kid – not winning, but just being glad to qualify just makes this so special. Cory was really good all weekend and you’ve got to make a run to beat that team, they aren’t going to give you anything. The Al-Anabi team was just a little bit better this week.

“The whole team just did a great job. Allan and Jason (McCullough) are just so meticulous. Jason has been preparing for the Countdown in June making sure we have all of our best parts ready to go. There are no mulligans in the playoffs.”

Dixon started Monday from the  No. 1 qualifying spot – the 46th of his career. He ended the

Larry Dixon celebrates his Top Fuel win in Indy.

day with his 58th career win.

Dixon has now won all six of the races in which he was the No. 1 qualifier making him a perfect 24-0 in eliminations when the Al-Anabi dragster sits on the pole.

Ending Monday was Tony Schumacher’s four-year winning streak in the U.S. Nationals. He lost to McClenathan in the semifinals. Both drivers – who are teammates at Don Schumacher Racing – smoke their tires on the run but McClenathan spun his further down the track and got the win in the pedal-fest.

“There’s not a lot you can say,” offered Schumacher. “I thought I could get the car hooked up and get past him, but it just wouldn’t go. Of course, I’m disappointed. This is our biggest race of the year and you always want to win this one more than any other one on the schedule.”

To get her Wally, Ashley Force had to beat her father/boss, John Force in the finals. Last year, she became the first female to win the Nationals in Funny Car.

“This has just been an amazing day,” said Force Hood, who beat Del Worsham, Paul Lee and Jack Beckman in earlier rounds. “This may mean more than last year because we struggled so much this season. Last year we were on a roll – we had gone to some finals and won some races and were up high in the points – but this year it’s been the other end of the spectrum, but our team has stayed positive and we just said we’d use the start of the playoffs to turn it all around and forget the past.”

In the finals, Force’s shut down with a broken throttle cable.

Force Hood’s pass came at 4.141 seconds and at 308.07 mph.

“Dad and I were going out there and have a little fun and make our sponsors proud,” she said afterward.

Force was in a feisty mood after the race. He said he would prove that he had engine problems so he wouldn’t have to take shots from the critics who might accuse him of losing on purpose to his daughter.

In Pro Stock, Stanfield had to beat the 2010 division champion, Mike Edwards.

Stanfield moved to third in the points and had early round wins over Warren Johnson, Jason

Greg Stanfield launches his way to his U.S. Nationals victory in Pro Stock on Monday.

Line and Allen Johnson.

“This is just a huge win for me, especially after coming so close here last year (in a.001-second loss to Jeg Coughlin in the final),” Stanfield said. “And it was really exciting for our Nitro Fish Gear team owner, Kenny Koretsky, who was the Pro Stock runner-up at the 2004 Indy.

“We came here with our first complete DRCE-3 engine, which makes more power than our old combination, and we also got the suspension straightened out to make good use of that extra power. We were struggling a lot earlier in the year, and I was beginning to doubt if I could get the job done. But I had promised Kenny that I’d get him at least one Wally this season, and I’m going to give him the trophy right after this race. I hope that we can win a few more.”

Tonglet beat Andrew Hines in the finals of the bike division.

Tonglet, who becomes the fourth rookie driver to win at Indy in the modern era, beat Joe

Rookie biker LE Tonglet and his U.S. Nationals Wally.

DeSantis, Chip Ellis and Eddie Krawiec in the first three rounds.

“In Brainerd, when we broke that engine, our season was over,” he said. “We weren’t coming here but Vance & Hines and Fuel Pak stepped up and helped us out. Even so, I never expected to be sitting here telling you all how good I feel right now.We knew the Harley-Davidson would put down a big number and we knew we needed to step up. We have been taking it easy on this engine all weekend but we finally got my dad [Gary] to lean on it and we outran Eddie [Krawiec] in the semis. Dad said, ‘We’ve come this far. We’re in it to win it.’ We’re still taking it race by race but after this, I think it’s safe to say we’ll be in Charlotte.”

Final finish order (1-16) for professional categories at the 56th annual Mac Tools U.S. Nationals presented by Lucas Oil at O’Reilly Raceway Park at Indianapolis. The race is the 18th of 23 events in the NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series.


1. Larry Dixon; 2. Cory McClenathan; 3. Shawn Langdon; 4. Tony Schumacher; 5. T.J. Zizzo; 6. Steve Torrence; 7. Morgan Lucas; 8. Brandon Bernstein; 9. Doug Kalitta; 10. Rod Fuller; 11. Antron Brown; 12. Bob Vandergriff; 13. Bruce Litton; 14. David Grubnic; 15. Terry Haddock; 16. Terry McMillen.


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


1. Greg Stanfield; 2. Mike Edwards; 3. V. Gaines; 4. Allen Johnson; 5. Ron Krisher; 6. Jason Line; 7. Jeg Coughlin; 8. Greg Anderson; 9. Johnny Gray; 10. Warren Johnson; 11. Shane Gray; 12. Steve Spiess; 13. Ronnie Humphrey; 14. Rodger Brogdon; 15. Kurt Johnson; 16. Justin Humphreys.


1. LE Tonglet; 2. Andrew Hines; 3. Eddie Krawiec; 4. Jim Underdahl; 5. Matt Smith; 6. Hector Arana; 7. Chip Ellis; 8. Steve Johnson; 9. Shawn Gann; 10. Redell Harris; 11. Michael Phillips; 12. Karen Stoffer; 13. Douglas Horne; 14. Wesley Wells; 15. Craig Treble; 16. Joe DeSantis.

Monday’s final results from the 56th annual Mac Tools U.S. Nationals presented by Lucas Oil at O’Reilly Raceway Park at Indianapolis. The race is the 18th of 23 in the NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series:

Top Fuel — Larry Dixon, 3.838 seconds, 319.60 mph def. Cory McClenathan, 3.870 seconds, 319.82 mph.

Funny Car — Ashley Force Hood, Ford Mustang, 4.141, 308.07 def. John Force, Mustang, 7.246, 91.61.

Pro Stock — Greg Stanfield, Pontiac GXP, 6.665, 207.59 def. Mike Edwards, GXP, 6.627, 208.75.

Pro Stock Motorcycle — LE Tonglet, Suzuki, 6.869, 195.22 def. Andrew Hines, Harley-Davidson, 6.962, 194.13.

Pro Modified — Brad Personett, Chevy Camaro, 6.001, 221.42 def. Joe Baker, Pontiac Firebird, broke.

Top Alcohol Dragster — Marty Thacker, 5.415, 266.85 def. Shawn Cowie, 5.488, 226.89.

Top Alcohol Funny Car — Jay Payne, Ford Mustang, 5.648, 256.36 def. Tony Bartone, Mustang, 8.653, 108.16.

Competition Eliminator — Al Ackerman, Dragster, 8.331, 126.84 def. Bruno Massel, Cobalt, 7.944, 130.47.

Super Stock — Jimmy DeFrank, Chevy Cobalt, 8.710, 155.33 def. Irvin Johns, Cobalt, 9.228, 141.34.

Stock Eliminator — Tim Bishop, Pontiac Firehawk, 10.321, 129.08 def. Brad Burton, Pontiac Firebird, 11.132, 101.56.

Super Comp — Troy Coughlin Jr., Dragster, 8.921, 175.80 def. Don O’Neal, Dragster, 8.954, 155.96.

Super Gas — Shawn Langdon, Chevy Camaro, 9.922, 163.37 def. David Tatum, Chevy Cavalier, 9.930, 164.71.

Hemi Super Stock Challenge — Jim Daniels, Dodge Dart, 8.560, 155.74 def. David Barton, Plymouth Barracuda, 8.559, 155.15.

Final round-by-round results from the 56th annual Mac Tools U.S. Nationals presented by Lucas Oil at O’Reilly Raceway Park at Indianapolis, the 18th of 23 events in the NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series:


ROUND ONE — Steve Torrence, 3.855, 316.30 def. Rod Fuller, 3.846, 312.50; T.J. Zizzo, 3.854, 314.24 def. Doug Kalitta, 3.836, 320.51; Shawn Langdon, 3.853, 309.20 def. Antron Brown, 3.851, 316.75; Tony Schumacher, 3.815, 322.88 def. Terry Haddock, 5.567, 131.22; Larry Dixon, 3.815, 321.12 def. Bruce Litton, 3.967, 285.89; Cory McClenathan, 3.811, 324.05 def. Terry McMillen, 9.292, 87.41; Brandon Bernstein, 3.835, 314.53 def. Bob Vandergriff, 3.895, 313.66; Morgan Lucas, 3.885, 312.35 def. David Grubnic, 5.018, 139.79;

QUARTERFINALS — Langdon, 5.313, 111.65 def. Bernstein, broke; Dixon, 3.830, 319.37 def. Torrence, 4.177, 288.52; Schumacher, 3.881, 318.77 def. Lucas, 5.904, 112.44; McClenathan, 3.821, 321.27 def. Zizzo, 3.909, 309.13;

SEMIFINALS — Dixon, 3.843, 317.94 def. Langdon, 3.900, 306.19; McClenathan, 4.342, 236.05 def. Schumacher, 4.406, 235.76;

FINAL — Dixon, 3.838, 319.60 def. McClenathan, 3.870, 319.82.


ROUND ONE — Ashley Force Hood, Ford Mustang, 4.059, 313.07 def. Del Worsham, Toyota Camry, 4.457, 233.48; Cruz Pedregon, Toyota Solara, 4.103, 309.42 def. Jeff Arend, Solara, 4.531, 197.94; Melanie Troxel, Dodge Charger, 4.131, 308.64 def. Ron Capps, Charger, 4.165, 302.75; Matt Hagan, Charger, 4.096, 303.09 def. Tony Pedregon, Chevy Impala SS, 5.075, 152.24; Paul Lee, Impala SS, 4.114, 277.26 def. Robert Hight, Mustang, 4.473, 267.37; John Force, Mustang, 4.090, 311.05 def. Bob Bode, Impala SS, 5.025, 195.25; Jack Beckman, Charger, 4.512, 219.97 def. Tim Wilkerson, Mustang, 6.167, 110.19; Bob Tasca III, Mustang, 4.095, 304.87 def. Jim Head, Solara, 4.233, 267.80;

QUARTERFINALS — Force Hood, 4.137, 306.95 def. Lee, 4.446, 206.16; Hagan, 4.119, 291.13 def. Tasca III, 4.197, 295.08; Force, 4.143, 306.74 def. C. Pedregon, 5.758, 122.23; Beckman, 4.205, 294.43 def. Troxel, 4.893, 177.46;

SEMIFINALS — Force Hood, 4.156, 306.74 def. Beckman, 4.209, 298.93; Force, 4.710, 244.65 def. Hagan, 5.302, 189.04;

FINAL — Force Hood, 4.141, 308.07 def. Force, 7.246, 91.61.


ROUND ONE — Greg Anderson, Pontiac GXP, 6.632, 208.68 def. Johnny Gray, GXP, foul; V. Gaines, Dodge Avenger, 6.592, 209.04 def. Kurt Johnson, GXP, 6.679, 206.67; Jeg Coughlin, Chevy Cobalt, 6.620, 208.20 def. Rodger Brogdon, GXP, 6.670, 207.30; Jason Line, GXP, 6.612, 208.26 def. Ronnie Humphrey, GXP, 6.660, 208.33; Allen Johnson, Avenger, 6.605, 209.56 def. Steve Spiess, Cobalt, foul; Mike Edwards, GXP, 6.624, 208.75 def. Justin Humphreys, GXP, 6.690, 205.82; Greg Stanfield, GXP, 6.624, 208.42 def. Warren Johnson, GXP, 6.629, 209.01; Ron Krisher, Cobalt, 6.599, 209.59 def. Shane Gray, GXP, 6.650, 208.46;

QUARTERFINALS — Edwards, 6.628, 208.42 def. Anderson, 11.879, 73.52; Gaines, 6.620, 208.91 def. Coughlin, 6.655, 208.20; A. Johnson, 6.631, 208.55 def. Krisher, foul; Stanfield, 6.627, 207.78 def. Line, 6.626, 208.71;

SEMIFINALS — Stanfield, 6.645, 207.85 def. A. Johnson, 14.532, 58.90; Edwards, 6.656, 207.94 def. Gaines, foul;

FINAL — Stanfield, 6.665, 207.59 def. Edwards, 6.627, 208.75.


ROUND ONE — Steve Johnson, Suzuki, 6.991, 187.76 def. Karen Stoffer, Suzuki, foul; Chip Ellis, Suzuki, 7.602, 133.43 def. Craig Treble, Suzuki, foul; Matt Smith, Buell, 6.955, 189.90 def. Shawn Gann, Buell, foul; Jim Underdahl, Suzuki, 7.012, 188.57 def. Michael Phillips, Suzuki, 7.036, 189.36; Hector Arana, Buell, 6.965, 187.29 def. Redell Harris, Buell, 7.017, 186.33; Eddie Krawiec, Harley-Davidson, 6.975, 189.04 def. Douglas Horne, Buell, 7.106, 185.18; LE Tonglet, Suzuki, 6.954, 190.59 def. Joe DeSantis, Suzuki, foul; Andrew Hines, Harley-Davidson, 6.921, 191.21 def. Wesley Wells, Suzuki, foul;

QUARTERFINALS — Underdahl, 6.990, 190.40 def. Arana, 6.997, 189.87; Krawiec, 6.911, 192.60 def. M. Smith, foul; Tonglet, 6.879, 193.88 def. Ellis, 7.034, 188.12; Hines, 6.920, 192.63 def. Johnson, 7.052, 188.94;

SEMIFINALS — Hines, 6.891, 193.43 def. Underdahl, 43.848, 72.63; Tonglet, 6.901, 193.46 def. Krawiec, 6.931, 192.77;

FINAL — Tonglet, 6.869, 195.22 def. Hines, 6.962, 194.13.

Point standings (top 10) for NHRA professional categories following the 56th annual Mac Tools U.S. Nationals presented by Lucas Oil at O’Reilly Raceway Park at Indianapolis, the 18th of 23 events in the NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series.

Top Fuel

1. Larry Dixon, 2,234; 2. Cory McClenathan, 2,188; 3. Tony Schumacher, 2,147; 4. Shawn Langdon, 2,102; 5. (tie) Brandon Bernstein, 2,095; Doug Kalitta, 2,095; 7. Antron Brown, 2,087; 8. Morgan Lucas, 2,073; 9. Steve Torrence, 2,063; 10. David Grubnic, 2,035.

Funny Car

1. John Force, 2,206; 2. Jack Beckman, 2,146; 3. Matt Hagan, 2,145; 4. Ashley Force Hood, 2,137; 5. Robert Hight, 2,125; 6. Ron Capps, 2,091; 7. Bob Tasca III, 2,083; 8. Tim Wilkerson, 2,072; 9. Del Worsham, 2,043; 10. Tony Pedregon, 2,031.

Pro Stock

1. Mike Edwards, 2,216; 2. Allen Johnson, 2,164; 3. Greg Stanfield, 2,134; 4. Jeg Coughlin, 2,130; 5. (tie) Greg Anderson, 2,112; Jason Line, 2,112; 7. Ron Krisher, 2,087; 8. Shane Gray, 2,072; 9. Johnny Gray, 2,043; 10. Rodger Brogdon, 2,031.

Pro Stock Motorcycle

1. Andrew Hines, 2,243; 2. LE Tonglet, 2,155; 3. Hector Arana, 2,138; 4. Eddie Krawiec, 2,119; 5. Matt Smith, 2,115; 6. Michael Phillips, 2,104; 7. Steve Johnson, 2,103; 8. Karen Stoffer, 2,042; 9. Craig Treble, 2,032; 10. David Hope, 2,030.

| Managing Editor, RacinToday.com Monday, September 6 2010
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