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Veteran Worsham, Rookie Nobile Win Baytown

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Del Worsham and Larry Dixon squared off in an all Al-Anabi Top Fuel final in Texas on Sunday.

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Del Worsham won his second straight NHRA Top Fuel race and rookie Vincent Nobile won his first-ever Pro Stock event during in the final round of eliminations at the O’Reilly Auto Parts Sprint Nationals in Baytown, Texas on Sunday.

Also winning Sunday were Jeff Arend in Funny Car and Andrew Hines in Pro Stock Motorcycle.

After a 15-year absence from the Top Fuel ranks, Worsham has registered three victories in the season’s first five races.  Worsham earlier had won the Gatornationals in March and at Charlotte two weeks ago.  He also has advanced to the semi-finals or beyond in each of the season’s first five events.

To win in Baytown, Worsham had to be his teammate at Al-Anabi Racing, Larry Dixon, who was the 2010 Top Fuel champion.

Worsham and Dixon finishing one-two completed a second consecutive dominating weekend by the Al-Anabi team where both drivers advanced to the finals.  The two Al-Anabi Toyota dragsters have now won 12 consecutive elimination rounds and rank one-two in the Top Fuel point standings with Worsham maintaining a commanding 95-point advantage over Dixon.

“This is surreal,” said Worsham of his 28th career victory. “The way the day unfolded, we had some close races and it was amazing. It was great to race Larry in the final because he’s the champion and we’re all shooting for him. The final was a heck of a race. I’ve got to give all the credit to the Al-Anabi team. I am just a small part of it. The cars are so evenly matched it’s just a matter of who’s hot at that given second. When I saw the win light come on down there I was like this is just another unbelievable day.”

Arend took the Funny Car victory when final round opponent Mike Neff fouled at the starting line in

Vincent Nobile won his first NHRA Pro Stock event Sunday.

his Ford Mustang. Arend’s DHL machine crossed the finish line in 4.259 at 297.68 to take his first win of the season and third of his career.

Arend, who qualified 10th, claimed early round wins over Paul Lee, Tim Wilkerson and Bob Bode with his quickest winning time in the three rounds a 4.307. Meanwhile Neff had reeled off a string of low four teens to make the final. Arend was surprised to hear Neff hit the throttle twice in the opposite lane in the final and eventually leave before the tree turned green.

“We knew we needed a little bit of help against Mike because he was strong all weekend,” Arend said. “It was a long light and I kinda heard him go burp-burp, and I was going down the track thinking I should shut it off, but it was too much fun. You never know what is going to happen in drag racing and sometimes it surprises you. To get this win and dedicate it to Scott (Kalitta) that was huge.”

With the runner-up finish, Neff moved back into the series lead, 18 in front of teammate Robert Hight.

Rookie driver Vincent Nobile used a near-perfect reaction time of .007 of a second to earn his first Pro Stock victory. Nobile, 19, became the youngest driver to win in the history of NHRA’s 41-year-old factory hot rod category when his Mountain View Dodge Avenger finished in 6.625 at 209.72 to edge local favorite Rodger Brogdon of nearby Tomball, who posted a quicker but losing 6.624 at 208.78 in his Racers Edge Pontiac GXP.

“It was close, I didn’t even know who won at the stripe,” said Nobile, who also defeated Kurt Johnson, Jason Line and Greg Stanfield in his second career final round appearance. “Then everyone was screaming in my ear that we won. It was incredible. It’s crazy how competitive Pro Stock is. Every driver is great out here. There are no easy rounds. I race with a bunch of great people. We are definitely living on a high right now.”

Line regained the points lead in the 200 mph category with his quarterfinal finish and now holds a one point lead over Stanfield.

In Pro Stock Motorcycle, Hines claimed his first win of the season and 24th of his career by holding off Michael Phillips in the final round. Hines rode his Screamin’ Eagle Vance & Hines Harley-Davidson to a 6.900 at 195.14 while Phillips trailed with a 6.946 at 195.25 on his Racers Edge Suzuki.

Hines defeated Chip Ellis, Jerry Savoie and Karen Stoffer to advance to the final round and successfully defend his win here from a year ago.

“To come to Houston, a track that was our nemesis for 20 years, and get two wins in a row is pretty special,” Hines said. “These pewter Wallys are really cool. Eddie (Krawiec, teammate) won his at Gainesville and I told him I didn’t want to touch it until I got one of my own. I didn’t expect to win mine this fast, but I am glad to get it. My brother Matt (Hines, crew chief) gave me a great motorcycle all weekend long and it was consistent and going perfectly straight down the track.”

Krawiec kept the points lead in the two-wheel class with his semifinal finish, and sits 18 ahead of Hines.

The NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series continues May 13-15 with the Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Southern Nationals at Atlanta Dragway.

Final finish order (1-16) for professional categories at the 24th annual O’Reilly NHRA Spring Nationals presented by Pennzoil at Royal Purple Raceway. The race is the fifth of 22 events in the NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series.

TOP FUEL:

1. Del Worsham; 2. Larry Dixon; 3. Doug Kalitta; 4. Tony Schumacher; 5. Antron Brown; 6. David Grubnic; 7. Morgan Lucas; 8. Spencer Massey; 9. Clay Millican; 10. Steve Torrence; 11. Brandon Bernstein; 12. Doug Foley; 13. Terry McMillen; 14. T.J. Zizzo; 15. Bob Vandergriff; 16. Troy Buff.

FUNNY CAR:

1. Jeff Arend; 2. Mike Neff; 3. Jack Beckman; 4. Bob Bode; 5. John Force; 6. Matt Hagan; 7. Ron Capps; 8. Tim Wilkerson; 9. Tony Pedregon; 10. Jon Capps; 11. Jim Head; 12. Robert Hight; 13. Cruz Pedregon; 14. Bob Tasca III; 15. Paul Lee; 16. Brian Thiel.

PRO STOCK:

1. Vincent Nobile; 2. Rodger Brogdon; 3. Mike Edwards; 4. Greg Stanfield; 5. Jason Line; 6. Erica Enders; 7. Ronnie Humphrey; 8. Larry Morgan; 9. Allen Johnson; 10. Steve Kent; 11. Kurt Johnson; 12. Shane Gray; 13. V. Gaines; 14. Warren Johnson; 15. Greg Anderson; 16. Ron Krisher.

PRO STOCK MOTORCYCLE:

1. Andrew Hines; 2. Michael Phillips; 3. Karen Stoffer; 4. Eddie Krawiec; 5. Shawn Gann; 6. Hector Arana Jr; 7. Gerald Savoie; 8. Steve Johnson; 9. Matt Smith; 10. LE Tonglet; 11. Chip Ellis; 12. Michael Ray; 13. David Hope; 14. Jim Underdahl; 15. Angie Smith; 16. Hector Arana.

Sunday’s final results from the 24th annual O’Reilly NHRA Spring Nationals presented by Pennzoil at Royal Purple Raceway. The race is the fifth of 22 in the NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series:

Top Fuel — Del Worsham, 3.880 seconds, 318.99 mph def. Larry Dixon, 3.900 seconds, 316.82 mph.

Funny Car — Jeff Arend, Toyota Solara, 4.266, 297.68 def. Mike Neff, Ford Mustang, foul.

Pro Stock — Vincent Nobile, Dodge Avenger, 6.625, 209.72 def. Rodger Brogdon, Pontiac GXP, 6.624, 208.78.

Pro Stock Motorcycle — Andrew Hines, Harley-Davidson, 6.900, 195.14 def. Michael Phillips, Suzuki, 6.946, 195.25.

Pro Modified — Mike Castellana, Chevy Camaro, 5.920, 243.15 def. Khalid Balooshi, Camaro, 5.952, 243.28.

Top Alcohol Dragster — Jim Whiteley, 5.358, 273.44 def. Mark Taliaferro, 5.343, 263.51.

Top Alcohol Funny Car — Tony Bartone, Ford Mustang, 5.587, 262.90 def. Steve Burck, Chevy Camaro, 9.774, 77.06.

Competition Eliminator — Chase Williams, Pontiac GXP, 8.374, 115.49 def. David Rampy, Bantam Roadster, broke.

Super Stock — Larry Stewart, Chevy Nova, 9.749, 135.31 def. Phil Unruh, Chevy Camaro, 9.642, 138.63.

Stock Eliminator — Hagen Gary, Chevy Camaro, 10.800, 121.69 def. Jody Simoneaux, Chevy II, 11.313, 113.94.

Super Comp — Tommy Phillips, Dragster, 8.911, 161.00 def. Larry Thomason, Plymouth Prowler, 8.855, 164.99.

Super Gas — Ryan Baudoin, Chevy Camaro, 9.878, 157.14 def. David Jones, Pontiac Firebird, 9.874, 160.14.

Super Street — Rick Huffman, Chevy Camaro, 10.914, 139.93 def. Buddy Wood, Chevy Camaro, 10.961, 137.71.

Top Sportsman — Bob Gulitti, Pontiac Firebird, 7.194, 191.78 def. Earl Folse, Chevy Camaro, 6.609, 208.91.

Final round-by-round results from the 24th annual O’Reilly NHRA Spring Nationals presented by Pennzoil at Royal Purple Raceway, the fifth of 22 events in the NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series:

TOP FUEL:

ROUND ONE — Morgan Lucas, 5.624, 177.56 def. Terry McMillen, 5.530, 146.93; Del Worsham, 3.874, 319.45 def. Bob Vandergriff, 8.663, 74.91; Antron Brown, 3.925, 317.27 def. Doug Foley, 5.334, 130.29; Doug Kalitta, 5.417, 117.11 def. T.J. Zizzo, foul; Tony Schumacher, 4.887, 149.18 def. Troy Buff, foul; Larry Dixon, 3.886, 318.09 def. Clay Millican, 3.941, 306.67; Spencer Massey, 3.861, 302.69 def. Steve Torrence, 4.273, 269.03; David Grubnic, 4.037, 296.05 def. Brandon Bernstein, 4.895, 169.59;

QUARTERFINALS — Schumacher, 3.991, 298.93 def. Lucas, 4.938, 157.65; Dixon, 3.864, 319.90 def. Brown, 3.966, 305.42; Worsham, 3.896, 317.87 def. Grubnic, 3.971, 307.72; Kalitta, 3.947, 317.12 def. Massey, 5.580, 126.15;

SEMIFINALS — Worsham, 3.896, 315.42 def. Kalitta, 5.055, 148.28; Dixon, 3.889, 317.27 def. Schumacher, 5.432, 137.00;

FINAL — Worsham, 3.880, 318.99 def. Dixon, 3.900, 316.82.

FUNNY CAR:

ROUND ONE — Tim Wilkerson, Ford Mustang, 4.208, 292.01 def. Jon Capps, Chevrolet Monte Carlo, 4.612, 193.38; Jeff Arend, Toyota Solara, 5.608, 161.48 def. Paul Lee, Chevy Impala SS, 15.167, 67.32; John Force, Mustang, 4.119, 308.78 def. Brian Thiel, Dodge Charger, DQ; Bob Bode, Impala SS, 4.379, 288.46 def. Cruz Pedregon, Solara, 4.962, 210.31; Mike Neff, Mustang, 4.132, 308.07 def. Tony Pedregon, Impala SS, 4.251, 287.23; Matt Hagan, Charger, 4.261, 297.02 def. Robert Hight, Mustang, 4.952, 163.35; Ron Capps, Charger, 4.211, 303.09 def. Bob Tasca III, Mustang, 6.250, 110.57; Jack Beckman, Charger, 4.237, 295.72 def. Jim Head, Solara, 4.765, 193.16;

QUARTERFINALS — Arend, 4.311, 296.44 def. Wilkerson, 5.029, 162.45; Bode, 4.295, 295.14 def. R. Capps, 4.438, 281.77; Beckman, 4.183, 303.64 def. Force, 4.177, 303.03; Neff, 4.122, 310.34 def. Hagan, 4.211, 300.73;

SEMIFINALS — Arend, 4.307, 296.76 def. Bode, 4.352, 289.07; Neff, 4.133, 308.43 def. Beckman, 4.214, 304.94;

FINAL — Arend, 4.266, 297.68 def. Neff, foul.

PRO STOCK:

ROUND ONE — Greg Stanfield, Pontiac GXP, 6.650, 207.50 def. Ron Krisher, GXP, 17.771, 64.82; Erica Enders, Chevy Cobalt, 6.629, 208.97 def. Allen Johnson, Dodge Avenger, 6.650, 209.49; Larry Morgan, Ford Mustang, 6.672, 208.17 def. Greg Anderson, GXP, foul; Vincent Nobile, Avenger, 6.643, 209.62 def. Kurt Johnson, GXP, 6.667, 208.10; Mike Edwards, GXP, 6.629, 209.17 def. V. Gaines, Avenger, 6.683, 208.36; Rodger Brogdon, GXP, 6.633, 208.68 def. Warren Johnson, Cobalt, 6.683, 208.36; Ronnie Humphrey, GXP, 6.636, 208.65 def. Steve Kent, GXP, 6.664, 207.08; Jason Line, GXP, 6.641, 208.36 def. Shane Gray, GXP, 6.673, 207.34;

QUARTERFINALS — Nobile, 6.621, 209.95 def. Line, foul; Stanfield, 6.652, 208.01 def. Humphrey, 6.653, 208.88; Brogdon, 6.642, 208.97 def. Enders, 6.648, 208.97; Edwards, 6.620, 209.49 def. Morgan, 7.614, 134.56;

SEMIFINALS — Nobile, 6.636, 209.14 def. Stanfield, 6.646, 208.26; Brogdon, 6.641, 208.78 def. Edwards, 6.643, 209.20;

FINAL — Nobile, 6.625, 209.72 def. Brogdon, 6.624, 208.78.

PRO STOCK MOTORCYCLE:

ROUND ONE — Eddie Krawiec, Harley-Davidson, 6.910, 194.24 def. Jim Underdahl, Suzuki, 7.016, 191.81; Shawn Gann, Buell, 6.966, 190.08 def. Michael Ray, Buell, 6.986, 190.59; Gerald Savoie, Suzuki, 6.977, 189.92 def. Matt Smith, Buell, foul; Andrew Hines, Harley-Davidson, 6.902, 196.59 def. Chip Ellis, Buell, 6.974, 191.78; Michael Phillips, Suzuki, 6.922, 195.93 def. David Hope, Buell, 7.011, 189.92; Hector Arana Jr, Buell, 6.999, 189.73 def. Hector Arana, Buell, 9.553, 102.20; Karen Stoffer, Suzuki, 6.880, 196.62 def. Angie Smith, Buell, 7.020, 190.14; Steve Johnson, Suzuki, 6.953, 194.02 def. LE Tonglet, Suzuki, foul;

QUARTERFINALS — Phillips, 6.898, 196.70 def. Arana Jr, 7.003, 192.55; Krawiec, 6.971, 193.54 def. Johnson, 7.020, 193.68; Hines, 6.892, 196.62 def. Savoie, 7.012, 191.43; Stoffer, 6.904, 195.73 def. Gann, 6.975, 190.54;

SEMIFINALS — Phillips, 6.955, 196.53 def. Krawiec, 6.990, 193.24; Hines, 6.888, 196.70 def. Stoffer, 6.974, 195.59;

FINAL — Hines, 6.900, 195.14 def. Phillips, 6.946, 195.25.

Point standings (top 10) for NHRA professional categories following the 24th annual O’Reilly NHRA Spring Nationals presented by Pennzoil at Royal Purple Raceway, the fifth of 22 events in the NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series.

Top Fuel

1. Del Worsham, 505; 2. Larry Dixon, 410; 3. Antron Brown, 363; 4. Tony Schumacher, 353; 5. Spencer Massey, 324; 6. Doug Kalitta, 288; 7. Morgan Lucas, 264; 8. Shawn Langdon, 249; 9. Brandon Bernstein, 244; 10. Steve Torrence, 202.

Funny Car

1. Mike Neff, 399; 2. Robert Hight, 381; 3. Jack Beckman, 363; 4. Cruz Pedregon, 322; 5. Jeff Arend, 299; 6. Matt Hagan, 296; 7. John Force, 281; 8. Bob Tasca III, 247; 9. Ron Capps, 244; 10. Johnny Gray, 234.

Pro Stock

1. Jason Line, 390; 2. Greg Stanfield, 389; 3. Greg Anderson, 371; 4. Vincent Nobile, 367; 5. Mike Edwards, 342; 6. Rodger Brogdon, 316; 7. Erica Enders, 278; 8. Ron Krisher, 253; 9. Allen Johnson, 215; 10. Ronnie Humphrey, 213.

Pro Stock Motorcycle

1. Eddie Krawiec, 202; 2. Andrew Hines, 184; 3. Karen Stoffer, 179; 4. Hector Arana, 141; 5. LE Tonglet, 116; 6. (tie) Michael Phillips, 107; Gerald Savoie, 107; 8. Shawn Gann, 105; 9. Matt Smith, 88; 10. Steve Johnson, 82.

Info Manager | , RacinToday.com Sunday, May 1 2011
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