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Birthday Boy Beckman Wins At Norwalk

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Jack Beckman holds up his birthday present - a Wally at Norwalk. (NHRA photo)

Jack Beckman holds up his birthday present - a Wally at Norwalk. (NHRA photo)

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Norwalk, Ohio – Jack Beckman received a birthday gift as he raced to his second Funny Car victory of the season Sunday at the Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals a first for him at this track.

Larry Dixon, Jason Line and Andrew Hines also were winners of the NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series event at Summit Racing Equipment Motorsports Park.

Beckman drove his Valvoline/Mail Terminal Services Charger to his second win of the season and moved to fourth in the Full Throttle Series points standings, by his nearly perfect .001 reaction time off the line against Bob Tasca. Beckman earned his eighth career victory with a performance of 4.315 at 277.54, while Tasca trailed in his Motorcraft Quicklane Ford Shelby Mustang with a 6.470 at 149.93.

“I think it’s only on your birthday that you get away with what I got away with,” said Beckman, who battled a head cold all weekend. “I made a mistake, pure and simple. We had a good car, but we were vulnerable. As I stepped on the throttle, I was looking down at the green light as I went by and it went green and I went, ‘Wow, we’re still very much in this thing.’

“We’ve been sliding down in points the last couple of weeks, so it was good to go from sixth to fourth. Our goal is to be a top-five car by Indy, and, more importantly, our goal is to be consistently quick come Indy. Once the points are reset anyone in the top five has a chance [to win the championships], and if you can hit your stride now, like we did last year heading into Denver, we’re going to be in good shape for the summer months.”

Dixon drove his Alan Johnson Al-Anabi Racing dragster to his fifth win of the season and first at this track with a performance of 3.981 at 294.54, while Bernstein smoked the tires in his Budweiser/ Lucas Oil dragster with a 7.257 at 94.06.

“Four win lights at the end of the day, that’s what counts,” said Dixon. “There were certain rounds that were not pretty, but at the same time, we were the quickest car every pair. I’m just real thankful to be able to get this win.”

“The biggest thing is that [this is] a good team and they’re working on trying to find the personality of all the brand new parts they have, and for me, it’s trying to find my comfort zone within the team. Being underneath one camp for a long period of time and then you switch, it’s different. It’s taken me a little while to adapt and try to fit in and hold up my end of the bargain.”

Line earned his fourth win of the season and 18th of his career in his Summit Racing Pontiac GXP at his sponsors home track, taking his place as 10th on the Pro Stock all-time list. This was the first race using teammate Greg Anderson’s 2008 car after Lines’ team had performance issues with his car.

“This was absolutely the biggest win for me, and it was a great time to do it,” said Line. “We’re tired of watching that yellow car win races, and we needed to get out there too. We just haven’t done a good job lately. But we’re starting to right the ship, and by Indy time, we’re going to be strong. It’s hopefully a sign of things to come for us, and it was a great day.”

“My truck driver, Sonny McCurdy, he told me a couple weeks ago, ‘Keep doing what you’re doing, you’ll keep getting what you’re getting.’ So we said, ‘We’ve gotta change something up here because we’ve just been terrible, and we’re a better team than that.’ It was Rob’s [Downing, crew chief] decision [to use Anderson’s old car], and it was time. There was really nothing wrong with the other car, we just couldn’t see the forest for the trees. So we made some changes, and obviously it’s paid off for us. And it’s going to get better.”

In Pro Stock Motorcycle, Hines won his first race of the season, 16th of his career with a performance of 7.024 at 189.98 on his Lucas Oil Buell, to hold off fellow Screamin’ Eagle Vance & Hines rider Eddie Krawiec, who finished in 7.032 at 190.78.

“It’s been 19 or 20 races [since last win], and it feels good to do it with my teammate in the other lane; it made it that much better,” said Hines, who also won here in 2007. “Eddie’s been kicking my butt lately, so I hit the Tree hard in the semifinals when I had a bye, and in the final, I figured I had nothing to lose I hadn’t been there in a while; if I go red, I go red. I threw everything I had at it because I knew I needed something against Eddie. It’s good to finally be back on my game on the starting line.

The NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series continues with the 30th annual Mopar Mile-High NHRA Nationals, July 10-12, at scenic Bandimere Speedway near Denver.

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NORWALK, Ohio — Final finish order (1-16) for professional categories at the Third annual Summit

Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals at Summit Racing Equipment Motorsports Park. The race is the 12th of 24 events in the NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series.

TOP FUEL:

1. Larry Dixon; 2. Brandon Bernstein; 3. Spencer Massey; 4. Antron Brown; 5. Cory McClenathan; 6. Tony Schumacher; 7. Clay Millican; 8. Troy Buff; 9. Rod Fuller; 10. Joe Hartley; 11. Pat Dakin; 12. Steven Chrisman; 13. Shawn Langdon; 14. Doug Kalitta; 15. Morgan Lucas; 16. Tim Cullinan.

FUNNY CAR:

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

PRO STOCK:

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

Ondrejko; 16. Rickie Jones.

PRO STOCK MOTORCYCLE:

1. Andrew Hines, Harley-Davidson; 2. Eddie Krawiec; 3. Angie McBride; 4. Matt Guidera; 5. Matt Smith; 6. Karen Stoffer; 7. Douglas Horne; 8. Shawn Gann; 9. Hector Arana; 10. Michael Phillips; 11. Craig Treble; 12. Junior Pippin; 13. Mike Berry; 14. Jim Underdahl; 15. Steve Johnson; 16. David Hope.

NORWALK, Ohio — Sunday’s final results from the Third annual Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals at Summit Racing Equipment Motorsports Park. The race is the 12th of 24 in the NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series:

Top Fuel — Larry Dixon, 3.981 seconds, 294.05 mph def. Brandon Bernstein, 7.257 seconds, 94.06 mph.

Funny Car — Jack Beckman, Dodge Charger, 4.315, 277.54 def. Bob Tasca III, Ford Mustang, 6.470, 149.93.

Pro Stock — Jason Line, Pontiac GXP, 6.665, 207.30 def. Mike Edwards, GXP, 6.747, 203.71.

Pro Stock Motorcycle — Andrew Hines, Harley-Davidson, 7.024, 189.98 def. Eddie Krawiec, Harley-Davidson, 7.032, 190.78.

Top Alcohol Dragster — Bill Reichert, 5.315, 268.54 def. Michael Manners, 9.976, 126.42.

Top Alcohol Funny Car — Frank Manzo, Chevy Monte Carlo, 5.618, 256.70 def. Chris Foster, Monte Carlo, 5.654, 253.28.

Super Stock — Joe Covert, Pontiac Grand Am, 8.872, 153.18 def. Jeff Dona, Chevy Camaro, 10.009, 126.51.

Stock Eliminator — Rick Baehr, Ford Mustang, 12.512, 103.34 def. Randy Simpson, Chevy Camaro, 11.329, 112.63.

Super Comp — Samantha Kenny, Page, 8.933, 184.04 def. Jason Folk, Dragster, 12.405, 112.20.

Super Gas — Craig Anderson, Chevy Corvette, 9.910, 148.22 def. Iggie Boicesco, Corvette, 9.895, 163.28.

NORWALK, Ohio — Final round-by-round results from the Third annual Summit Racing Equipment NHRA

Nationals at Summit Racing Equipment Motorsports Park, the 12th of 24 events in the NHRA Full

Throttle Drag Racing Series:

TOP FUEL:

ROUND ONE — Clay Millican, 4.054, 287.41 def. Doug Kalitta, 4.332, 244.12; Tony Schumacher, 3.991, 286.01 def. Morgan Lucas, 4.388, 236.13; Cory McClenathan, 3.949, 292.14 def. Rod Fuller, 4.006, 288.95; Spencer Massey, 4.072, 269.51 def. Pat Dakin, 4.126, 280.31; Larry Dixon, 3.983, 295.92 def. Steven Chrisman, 4.185, 248.29; Troy Buff, 4.127, 277.54 def. Shawn Langdon, 4.206, 238.01; Antron Brown, 3.945, 295.40 def. Joe Hartley, 4.122, 284.75; Brandon Bernstein, 4.096, 279.79 def. Tim Cullinan, 5.133, 127.93;

QUARTERFINALS — Bernstein, 4.310, 249.12 def. Buff, 10.359, 76.35; Massey, 4.052, 279.38 def. Schumacher, 8.392, 72.76; Dixon, 4.174, 251.81 def. Millican, 8.717, 72.75; Brown, 3.982, 291.45 def. McClenathan, 4.066, 278.00;

SEMIFINALS — Bernstein, 4.172, 260.56 def. Massey, 4.449, 195.39; Dixon, 4.117, 256.16 def. Brown, 6.966, 74.16;

FINAL — Dixon, 3.981, 294.05 def. Bernstein, 7.257, 94.06.

FUNNY CAR:

ROUND ONE — Jack Beckman, Dodge Charger, 4.344, 272.01 def. Bob Bode, Chevy Impala SS, 5.617, 130.83; Ashley Force Hood, Ford Mustang, 4.279, 276.41 def. Del Worsham, Toyota Solara, 4.356, 268.12; Robert Hight, Mustang, 4.279, 279.67 def. Cruz Pedregon, Solara, 4.397, 266.90; Mike Neff, Mustang, 4.250, 278.75 def. Tim Wilkerson, Mustang, 4.322, 273.83; Jim Head, Solara, 4.300, 253.95 def. Tony Pedregon, Impala, 4.661, 184.62; Ron Capps, Charger, 4.273, 275.45 def. Jeff Arend, Solara, 4.756, 180.57; John Force, Mustang, 4.268, 280.89 def. Jerry Toliver, Chevy Monte Carlo,

4.583, 201.61; Bob Tasca III, Mustang, 4.405, 266.69 def. Matt Hagan, Charger, 4.382, 269.35;

QUARTERFINALS — Beckman, 4.821, 196.24 def. Head, broke; Force Hood, 4.703, 205.72 def. Capps, 4.795, 174.23; Tasca III, 4.497, 248.43 def. Neff, 4.994, 172.83; Force, 4.303, 274.94 def. Hight, 4.326, 272.45;

SEMIFINALS — Tasca III, 4.435, 269.08 def. Force Hood, 4.489, 239.23; Beckman, 4.322, 271.41 def. Force, 4.441, 246.80;

FINAL — Beckman, 4.315, 277.54 def. Tasca III, 6.470, 149.93.

PRO STOCK:

ROUND ONE — Greg Stanfield, Pontiac GXP, 6.741, 204.79 def. Kurt Johnson, Chevy Cobalt, 6.735, 205.47; Ron Krisher, Cobalt, 6.733, 205.57 def. David Beckley, Dodge Stratus, 6.718, 204.85; Warren

Johnson, GXP, 6.726, 205.98 def. Rodger Brogdon, GXP, 6.726, 205.26; Jeg Coughlin, Cobalt, 6.693, 206.04 def. Rickie Jones, Stratus, 6.759, 204.35; Jason Line, GXP, 6.682, 206.35 def. Johnny Gray, Stratus, 6.737, 204.85; Mike Edwards, GXP, 6.659, 207.34 def. Justin Humphreys, GXP, 6.736, 204.91; Greg Anderson, GXP, 6.681, 206.83 def. Ryan Ondrejko, GXP, 6.744, 203.86; Allen Johnson, Stratus, 6.692, 205.66 def. Larry Morgan, Stratus, 6.740, 204.91;

QUARTERFINALS — Krisher, 6.964, 202.70 def. A. Johnson, 16.440, 50.07; Line, 6.702, 206.13 def. W. Johnson, 6.708, 206.73; Stanfield, 6.742, 205.16 def. Anderson, 6.705, 206.10; Edwards, 6.666, 207.15 def. Coughlin, 10.141, 91.38;

SEMIFINALS — Line, 6.697, 206.16 def. Krisher, 6.730, 205.66; Edwards, 6.702, 207.21 def.

Stanfield, 6.742, 205.07;

FINAL — Line, 6.665, 207.30 def. Edwards, 6.747, 203.71.

PRO STOCK MOTORCYCLE:

ROUND ONE — Douglas Horne, Buell, 7.116, 185.77 def. Michael Phillips, Suzuki, foul; Shawn Gann, Buell, 7.103, 186.95 def. Steve Johnson, Suzuki, 8.868, 98.75; Karen Stoffer, Suzuki, 7.087, 188.38 def. Craig Treble, Suzuki, 7.137, 188.91; Matt Guidera, Buell, 7.118, 182.18 def. David Hope, Buell, 29.128, no speed; Matt Smith, Suzuki, 7.049, 189.04 def. Junior Pippin, Buell, 7.144, 183.17; Eddie Krawiec, Harley-Davidson, 7.034, 189.07 def. Jim Underdahl, Suzuki, 7.161, 188.15; Angie McBride, Buell, 7.057, 188.81 def. Hector Arana, Buell, foul; Andrew Hines, Harley-Davidson, 7.044, 190.62 def. Mike Berry, Buell, 7.152, 185.15;

QUARTERFINALS — McBride, 7.135, 182.01 def. Gann, 7.197, 184.22; Guidera, 7.797, 127.76 def. Smith, foul; Hines, 6.992, 191.32 def. Horne, 7.130, 186.12; Krawiec, 7.013, 190.51 def. Stoffer, 7.105, 188.02;

SEMIFINALS — Krawiec, 7.069, 187.57 def. McBride, 7.142, 184.75; Hines, 7.033, 189.04 def. Guidera, broke;

FINAL — Hines, 7.024, 189.98 def. Krawiec, 7.032, 190.78.

NORWALK, Ohio — Point standings (top 10) for NHRA professional categories following the Third annual Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals at Summit Racing Equipment Motorsports Park, the 12th of 24 events in the NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series -

Top Fuel

1. Antron Brown, 938; 2. Larry Dixon, 885; 3. Tony Schumacher, 882; 4. Brandon Bernstein, 848; 5. Cory McClenathan, 702; 6. Spencer Massey, 669; 7. Shawn Langdon, 666; 8. Morgan Lucas, 664; 9. Doug Kalitta, 540; 10. Clay Millican, 502.

Funny Car

1. Ashley Force Hood, 872; 2. Tony Pedregon, 854; 3. Ron Capps, 847; 4. Jack Beckman, 729; 5. Del Worsham, 727; 6. Bob Tasca III, 680; 7. Tim Wilkerson, 657; 8. John Force, 631; 9. Mike Neff, 595; 10. (tie) Matt Hagan, 577.  Cruz Pedregon, 577.

Pro Stock

1. Jeg Coughlin, 1,072; 2. Mike Edwards, 1,004; 3. Jason Line, 896; 4. Greg Anderson, 861; 5. Allen Johnson, 738; 6. Greg Stanfield, 660; 7. Ron Krisher, 594; 8. Kurt Johnson, 585; 9. Warren Johnson, 492; 10. Rickie Jones, 484.

Pro Stock Motorcycle

1. Eddie Krawiec, 624; 2. Andrew Hines, 554; 3. Matt Smith, 506; 4. Craig Treble, 459; 5. Douglas Horne, 454; 6. Matt Guidera, 412; 7. Hector Arana, 394; 8. Shawn Gann, 325; 9. Karen Stoffer, 319; 10. Steve Johnson, 307.

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