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In A Twist, Points Snuck Up on Drivers in NHRA
Friday, 18 Sep, 2009 – 12:01 | Comments Off
In A Twist, Points Snuck Up on Drivers in NHRA

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
Concord, N.C. – The cell phone was out of Ron Capps’ pocket like a Colt .44 out John Wayne’s holster when he got the news that the NHRA Full Throttle drag racing series was going to adjust its point-paying system for the start of Countdown to 1.
He texted up the [...]

Pedregon Says Battle With Force Is Over
Wednesday, 16 Sep, 2009 – 5:45 | 2 Comments
Pedregon Says Battle With Force Is Over

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
NHRA Funny Car champions Tony Pedregon and John Force have hissed and made up.
Pedregon said he and former bossman Force cleared any ill will still simmering between them during an impromptu phone conversation last Saturday, five days after they engaged in an animated argument during final eliminations of the 55th [...]

Force Fined; Grudge Race Proposed
Thursday, 10 Sep, 2009 – 15:05 | 17 Comments
Force Fined; Grudge Race Proposed

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Funny Car racer John Force has been fined $10,000 by the NHRA for an incident involving physical contact with an NHRA official on Monday, Sept. 7 during the Mac Tools U.S. Nationals presented by Lucas Oil at O’Reilly Raceway Park at Indianapolis.
Videotape from the event showed Force making physical contact with an NHRA official at [...]

Pedley: The C-Word Slows Down Racing
Wednesday, 9 Sep, 2009 – 12:00 | 2 Comments
Pedley: The C-Word Slows Down Racing

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
Let’s see what’s in the Wednesday Morning Memo today:
* Did too, did not
I tend to continue right on with what I’m doing when I hear one person involved in professional sports accuse another of cheating. Why interrupt a perfectly good day dream just because one pro calls out another for [...]

Pedley: The Big Go Was An Incredible Go Sunday In Indy
Tuesday, 8 Sep, 2009 – 7:14 | 14 Comments
Pedley: The Big Go Was An Incredible Go Sunday In Indy

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
Who would have thought that sitting in front of a television set for five straight hours on a beautiful autumn holiday would ever be considered a wise investment of one’s time? Well, for sure, those who watched the final eliminations at the Mac Tools NHRA U.S. Nationals on Monday.
It was [...]

Pedley: Answers And Questions From The Nationals
Sunday, 6 Sep, 2009 – 19:00 | One Comment
Pedley: Answers And Questions From The Nationals

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
Clermont, Ind. – The eliminations are set for Monday’s finals at the Mac Tools U.S. Nationals.
Tops seeds are: Antron Brown in Top Fuel, Robert Hight in Funny Car, Mike Edwards in Pro Stock and Matt Smith in Pro Stock Motorcycles.
After rain subsided and the track opened for final [...]

U.S. Nationals Is Tour De Force
Saturday, 5 Sep, 2009 – 21:30 | Comments Off
U.S. Nationals Is Tour De Force

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The 2009 Mac Tools U.S. Nationals is turning into the John Force Racing show as the top four qualifiers through the first three rounds of qualifying in the Funny Car division race are JFR drivers.
Robert Hight leads that bunch, and behind him are Ashley Force Hood, Mike Neff and John Force.
“First off, 1, 2, 3, [...]

Hight Chips Away At Countdown Berth
Saturday, 5 Sep, 2009 – 9:15 | Comments Off
Hight Chips Away At Countdown Berth

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
Clermont, Ind. – It’s a baby-steps kind of weekend for Robert Hight at the Mac Tools U.S. Nationals. You know, pick up small victories here and there and hope that on Monday afternoon they add up to a berth in the Countdown to 1.
Friday night, in the first of five [...]

Stoffer’s Near-Perfect Run Not Good Enough
Friday, 4 Sep, 2009 – 21:10 | Comments Off
Stoffer’s Near-Perfect Run Not Good Enough

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
Clermont, Ind. – Karen Stoffer crossed the finish line Friday night in the Mac Tools U.S. Nationals with some pretty warm thoughts racing through her mind. The kind of thoughts that go along with moving ever so close to nailing a berth in the NHRA’s Countdown to 1.
She brought her [...]

Force To Go It Alone At U.S. Nationals
Friday, 4 Sep, 2009 – 15:00 | Comments Off
Force To Go It Alone At U.S. Nationals

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
Clermont, Ind. – John Force did not really need more incentive at this weekend’s U.S. Nationals. One of his team’s  Funny Car drivers needs a great showing to nail a Countdown to 1 berth, his daughter/driver needs to establish some momentum heading into the Countdown and, oh yes, this is [...]