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Pedregon Grabs Second Consecutive Win Of Season

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Pro Stock driver Ron Krisher toes the starting line in Englishtown N.J. (NHRA Photo)

Pro Stock driver Ron Krisher toes the starting line in Englishtown N.J. (NHRA Photo)

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Englishtown, N.J. – Tony Pedregon picked up his second consecutive win of the season in Funny Car at the 40th annual United Association NHRA SuperNationals at Old Bridge Township Raceway Park.

Larry Dixon picked up his fifth win in Englishtown, while Jeg Coughlin and Craig Treble also win in their respective categories.

Pedregon powered his Q Horsepower Chevy Impala SS to a 4.246-second run at 260.56 to grab the win. It’s Pedregon’s second consecutive win of the season, 42nd of his career and second win in Englishtown. Pedregon also moved past points leader Ron Capps to take the top spot in the Funny Car points standings with the win.

“I never thought I’d be afraid of a girl,” said Pedregon, who faced Ashley Force Hood in the final round. “Fear of losing was in the back of my head. I knew we had a good race car. It ran good in the heat, and it ran good with cloud cover. Before the final, I just knew that Dickie [Venebles, crew chief] was making a lot of adjustments and I had a feeling it would be a close race. I heard her for a while. My car was revving up, spinning the tires. We got after it because we had to. I could feel the G’s falling off, and I was worried. If the track was 1,320 feet, I’d be in big trouble. I didn’t get off throttle. I just hung on. It was just enough. You don’t know how relieved I was to see that win light.”

NHRA legend John Force moved into the seventh spot with his second-round appearance while rookie driver Matt Hagan dropped from seventh to 10th in the point standings with his first-round loss.

In Top Fuel, Dixon drove his Alan Johnson Al-Anabi Racing dragster past current points leader Antron Brown to grab his third win of the season. Dixon’s run of 4.553 seconds was enough to give him his fifth win at Englishtown and 46th of his career.

“We’ve had a lot of success at this race,” said Dixon. “The race used to be Father’s Day at Columbus, and we won out until they moved the Father’s Day to here. I was like, ‘Wow, I haven’t won Englishtown in a long time. It would be cool to do that,’ nonchalantly saying that at the beginning of the season. And then all of a sudden, you get to go to a bunch of finals and win here. This is a great track, and there’s so much history here. Racing on the same track as ‘Jungle’ and Garlits and Shirley and all my heroes that I grew up watching race is a great deal.”

With the win, Dixon was able to move past Top Fuel pilot Brandon Bernstein and take over the third spot, just 97 points behind leader Brown.

Defending Pro Stock world champion Jeg Coughlin drove his JEGS.com Chevy Cobalt to a 6.598 at 209.49 past runner-up Mike Edwards to grab his fifth win of the season and second consecutive win of 2009. It also gave the four-time world champ his third win in Englishtown and 45th of his career.

“It’s taken some craftiness on our part,” said Coughlin, of his two wins over Edwards, who had the better performing car in both instances. “In the pits, the guys have been doing a fantastic job. We qualified eighth, which was not where we wanted to be, but when the weather mixed up Saturday, we just wanted to make sure that we got down the racetrack. Ideally, we wanted to be in the top eight for lane choice first round, and we finished eighth. We knew we had a lot to work with. We figured we could get within a hundredth and a half or two-hundredths of Mike Edwards and could probably pace with anybody else out there, and as it turned out, that’s about the way it turned out.”

In Pro Stock Motorcycle Craig Treble drove his Honda of Kingston Suzuki to a 6.955 at 193.10 past defending world champion Eddie Krawiec and picked up his second win of the season, 14th of his career and second at Englishtown.

“This track loves me, and I love it,” said Treble. “I don’t know what it is but I really like it here. The guys like Matt Smith and Eddie [Krawiec] that went 6.90 were out of my league. I did not have a .90 in my bike. Of course, I don’t feel bad about the final because Eddie whipped my butt the last time we raced. I owed that to him. I was doing okay on the starting line, but I just let it fly in the final and went .007. I should have done that other three rounds, but it worked. I’m looking forward to the west coast swing now. I’ve got a major engine overhaul coming up after Norwalk, and I can afford it now.”

With the win, Treble moved from sixth to fourth in the Pro Stock Motorcycle point standings.

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Final finish order (1-16) for professional categories at the 40th annual United Association NHRA SuperNationals at Old Bridge Township Raceway Park. The race is the 11th of 24 events in the NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series.

TOP FUEL:

1. Larry Dixon; 2. Antron Brown; 3. Tony Schumacher; 4. Shawn Langdon; 5. Cory McClenathan; 6. Brandon Bernstein; 7. Clay Millican; 8. Morgan Lucas; 9. Terry McMillen; 10. Doug Kalitta; 11. Spencer Massey; 12. Steven Chrisman; 13. Terry Haddock; 14. Rit Pustari; 15. Joe Hartley.

FUNNY CAR:

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

PRO STOCK:

1. Jeg Coughlin; 2. Mike Edwards; 3. Greg Anderson; 4. Allen Johnson; 5. Warren Johnson; 6. Greg Stanfield; 7. Kurt Johnson; 8. Ron Krisher; 9. Larry Morgan; 10. David Beckley; 11. Rodger Brogdon; 12. Justin Humphreys; 13. Johnny Gray; 14. V. Gaines; 15. Jason Line; 16. Rickie Jones.

PRO STOCK MOTORCYCLE:

1. Craig Treble; 2. Eddie Krawiec; 3. Matt Smith; 4. Bailey Whitaker; 5. Matt Guidera; 6. Andrew Hines; 7. Karen Stoffer; 8. Douglas Horne; 9. Hector Arana; 10. Michael Phillips; 11. Shawn Gann; 12. Junior Pippin; 13. Steve Johnson; 14. Mike Berry; 15. Wesley Wells; 16. Joe DeSantis.

Sunday’s final results from the 40th annual United Association NHRA SuperNationals at Old Bridge Township Raceway Park. The race is the 11th of 24 in the NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series:

Top Fuel — Larry Dixon, 4.553 seconds, no speed def. Antron Brown, foul.

Funny Car — Tony Pedregon, Chevy Impala, 4.246, 260.56 def. Ashley Force Hood, Ford Mustang, 4.219, 272.72.

Pro Stock — Jeg Coughlin, Chevy Cobalt, 6.598, 209.49 def. Mike Edwards, Pontiac GXP, 6.587, 209.82.

Pro Stock Motorcycle — Craig Treble, Suzuki, 6.955, 193.10 def. Eddie Krawiec, Harley-Davidson, 6.906, 193.29.

Final round-by-round results from the 40th annual United Association NHRA SuperNationals at Old Bridge Township Raceway Park, the 11th of 24 events in the NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series:

TOP FUEL:

ROUND ONE — Clay Millican, 3.907, 309.27 def. Doug Kalitta, 3.924, 307.72; Brandon Bernstein, 3.865, 307.65 def. Spencer Massey, 3.983, 290.69; Morgan Lucas, 3.881, 309.84 def. Terry Haddock, 4.265, 236.05; Tony Schumacher, 3.816, 313.88 was unopposed; Larry Dixon, 3.823, 316.60 def. Rit Pustari, 7.597, 77.35; Cory McClenathan, 3.837, 312.35 def. Steven Chrisman, 4.115, 286.01; Antron Brown, 3.850, 314.53 def. Joe Hartley, 10.006, 86.33; Shawn Langdon, 3.844, 311.77 def. Terry McMillen, 3.891, 308.99; QUARTERFINALS — Brown, 4.373, 229.20 def. Lucas, 4.589, 272.56; Langdon, 3.894, 308.78 def. McClenathan, 3.881, 311.77; Dixon, 3.851, 310.91 def. Bernstein, 3.900, 310.05; Schumacher, 3.896, 307.02 def. Millican, 4.269, 243.68;

SEMIFINALS — Brown, 3.878, 311.20 def. Schumacher, 3.905, 296.89; Dixon, 3.883, 310.34 def. Langdon, 5.944, 115.17;

FINAL — Dixon, 4.553, no speed def. Brown, foul.

FUNNY CAR:

ROUND ONE — Del Worsham, Toyota Solara, 4.378, 245.05 def. Matt Hagan, Dodge Charger, 4.852, 175.55; John Force, Ford Mustang, 4.659, 285.29 def. Robert Hight, Mustang, 7.554, 64.67; Ashley Force Hood, Mustang, 4.067, 309.84 def. Jack Beckman, Charger, 4.124, 302.82; Mike Neff, Mustang, 4.051, 308.92 def. Jerry Toliver, Chevy Monte Carlo, 4.213, 303.43; Tony Pedregon, Chevy Impala, 4.074, 301.81 def. Cory Lee, broke; Bob Tasca III, Mustang, 4.108, 301.47 def. Jeff Arend, Solara, 4.143, 302.55; Tim Wilkerson, Mustang, 4.085, 301.60 def. Ron Capps, Charger, 4.138, 298.34; Cruz Pedregon, Solara, 4.679, 275.34 def. Jim Head, Solara, 13.136, 71.81; QUARTERFINALS — Tasca III, 4.166, 294.56 def. Force, 4.259, 270.75; Force Hood, 4.140, 305.15 def. C. Pedregon, 5.684, 132.21; Wilkerson, 4.196, 300.00 def. Neff, 4.167, 294.88; T. Pedregon, 4.132, 301.60 def. Worsham, 4.284, 269.62; SEMIFINALS — Force Hood, 4.153, 303.91 def. Tasca III, 4.271, 294.88; T. Pedregon, 4.132, 295.98 def. Wilkerson, 4.186, 290.26; FINAL — T. Pedregon, 4.246, 260.56 def. Force Hood, 4.219, 272.72.

PRO STOCK:

ROUND ONE — Jeg Coughlin, Chevy Cobalt, 6.588, 209.79 def. Jason Line, Pontiac GXP, 10.953, 81.07; Greg Stanfield, GXP, 6.589, 209.14 def. Rickie Jones, Dodge Stratus, 11.351, 78.06; Warren Johnson, GXP, 6.621, 208.75 def. Johnny Gray, Stratus, 6.810, 195.19; Allen Johnson, Stratus, 6.573, 209.07 def. Larry Morgan, Stratus, 6.618, 208.17; Kurt Johnson, Cobalt, 6.589, 209.39 def. Justin Humphreys, GXP, 6.640, 200.00; Mike Edwards, GXP, 6.555, 209.95 def. Rodger Brogdon, GXP, 6.631, 208.65; Greg Anderson, GXP, 6.576, 209.79 def. David Beckley, Stratus, 6.630, 208.81; Ron Krisher, Cobalt, 6.592, 208.88 def. V. Gaines, Stratus, 7.132, 147.33;

QUARTERFINALS — Coughlin, 6.608, 209.17 def. Krisher, 6.772, 208.26; Anderson, 6.603, 208.68 def. W. Johnson, 6.608, 209.26; A. Johnson, 6.601, 209.17 def. K. Johnson, 6.622, 208.97; Edwards, 6.572, 209.69 def. Stanfield, 6.613, 209.10; SEMIFINALS — Coughlin, 6.626, 209.26 def. A. Johnson, 7.547, 127.13; Edwards, 6.573, 209.95 def. Anderson, 6.614, 209.69;

FINAL — Coughlin, 6.598, 209.49 def. Edwards, 6.587, 209.82.

PRO STOCK MOTORCYCLE:

ROUND ONE — Douglas Horne, Buell, 7.026, 186.41 def. Steve Johnson, Suzuki, 7.050, 189.79; Matt Smith, Suzuki, 6.907, 192.55 def. Michael Phillips, Suzuki, 7.025, 191.78; Karen Stoffer, Suzuki, 6.983, 186.85 def. Shawn Gann, Buell, 7.043, 184.12; Matt Guidera, Buell, 6.916, 188.23 def. Joe DeSantis, Suzuki, foul; Craig Treble, Suzuki, 6.938, 192.47 def. Mike Berry, Buell, 7.104, 183.44; Bailey Whitaker, Buell, 7.157, 183.34 def. Hector Arana, Buell, 6.960, 190.03; Eddie Krawiec, Harley-Davidson, 6.921, 191.84 def. Wesley Wells, Suzuki, 7.145, 184.60; Andrew Hines, Harley-Davidson, 6.926, 189.90 def. Junior Pippin, Buell, 7.046, 184.22; QUARTERFINALS — Whitaker, 7.187, 182.53 def. Horne, foul; Treble, 6.978, 191.65 def. Stoffer, 7.055, 184.93; Krawiec, 6.994, 188.96 def. Hines, 7.051, 183.94; Smith, 6.952, 188.46 def. Guidera, 6.948, 186.54; SEMIFINALS — Krawiec, 6.954, 191.40 def. Whitaker, 7.193, 182.03; Treble, 6.961, 191.81 def. Smith, 6.904, 191.87;

FINAL — Treble, 6.955, 193.10 def. Krawiec, 6.906, 193.29.

Point standings (top 10) for NHRA professional categories following the 40th annual United Association NHRA SuperNationals at Old Bridge Township Raceway Park, the 11th of 24 events in the NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series -

Top Fuel

1. Antron Brown, 864; 2. Tony Schumacher, 830; 3. Larry Dixon, 767; 4. Brandon Bernstein, 754; 5. Cory McClenathan, 651; 6. Morgan Lucas, 631; 7. Shawn Langdon, 630; 8. Spencer Massey, 592; 9. Doug Kalitta, 507; 10. Clay Millican, 450.

Funny Car

1. Tony Pedregon, 818; 2. Ashley Force Hood, 798; 3. Ron Capps, 792; 4. Del Worsham, 695; 5. Tim Wilkerson, 626; 6. Jack Beckman, 615; 7. Bob Tasca III, 587; 8. John Force, 558; 9. Cruz Pedregon, 546; 10. Matt Hagan, 545.

Pro Stock

1. Jeg Coughlin, 1,018; 2. Mike Edwards, 909; 3. Greg Anderson, 803; 4. Jason Line, 780; 5. Allen Johnson, 681; 6. Greg Stanfield, 588; 7. Kurt Johnson, 552; 8. Ron Krisher, 521; 9. Rickie Jones, 452; 10. Warren Johnson, 438.

Pro Stock Motorcycle

1. Eddie Krawiec, 528; 2. Matt Smith, 452; 3. Andrew Hines, 436; 4. Craig Treble, 427; 5. Douglas Horne, 401; 6. Hector Arana, 357; 7. Matt Guidera, 337; 8. Steve Johnson, 274; 9. Shawn Gann, 273; 10. Karen Stoffer, 265.

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