EVENT ESSENTIALS:  NHRA Summer Nationals May 20-22nd, 2011 — Topeka KS          

TOP FUEL Name ET MPH Career Win
Winner: Spencer Massey 3.914 312.78 3rd
R/UP: Bob Vandergriff 3.962 302.21  
Low ET: Tony Schumacher 3.798    
Top Speed: Tony Schumacher   324.12  
Bump Spot:   7.313    
FUNNY CAR Name ET MPH Career Win
Winner: Robert Hight 4.284 264.86 21st
R/UP: Mike Neff 4.562 215.27  
Low ET: Jack Beckman 4.054    
Top Speed: Jack Beckman   313.66  
Bump Spot:   6.283    
PRO STOCK Name ET MPH Career Win
Winner: Shane Gray 6.679 206.95 2nd
R/UP: Greg Stanfield 6.693 206.29  
Low ET: Mike Edwards 6.640    
Top Speed: Allen Johnson   207.24  
Bump Spot:        
LUCAS OIL        
Sportsman Class Winners: Name ET MPH  
TA Dragster Cody Perkins 5.377 263.15  
TA Funny Car Frank Manzo 5.572 259.76  
Competition Lou Ficco Jr. 7.260 189.36  
Top Dragster Keith McCullar 6.669 198.64  
Super Stock Chris Chaney 10.01 131.22  
Stock Daryl Bureski 10.53 112.11  
Super Comp Bill Swann 8.934 174.12  
Super Gas Mike Wiblishouser 9.962 156.68  
Super Street Steve Domingues 10.90 151.00  

 200 Wins (& Counting) for John Force Racing!

 Posted by:  Michael Padian

Robert Hight outran teammate Mike Neff in the Funny Car final at the 23rd NHRA Summer Nationals Sunday to win the milestone 200th race for John Force Racing.

The other winners at the seventh of 22 races in NHRA’s 60th anniversary season were Spencer Massey (Top Fuel) and Shane Gray (Pro Stock).

It was the 21st career win for Hight, whose less-than-stellar 4.284-second final-round pass at 264.86 in his Auto Club Ford Mustang was still good enough to defeat Neff’s 4.562 and 215.27 in his Castrol GTX Ford Mustang.

 “I came to this race 16 years ago to be a part of John Force Racing and I thought then my dreams had come true. I didn’t know what I was going to do, I didn’t care,” Hight said. “To be part of history like this, 200 wins, this is now my dream come true. This is unbelievable.”

The list of drivers who have won races for John Force Racing includes John Force (132), Tony Pedregon (27), Hight (21), Gary Densham (8), Eric Medlen (6), Ashley Force Hood (4) and Neff (2).

Robert Hight produced a milestone 200th win for JFR at NHRA Topeka

“John Force Racing reaching 200 wins (in Funny Car) is such an incredible accomplishment and a milestone that will stand in NHRA history for many, many years,” added Jamie Allison, Director, Ford North America Motorsports. “John Force himself is such an icon of the sport, and someone whose success has stood the test of time. This 200-win mark is really a testament to his leadership, and it shows what a team can do when each person involved pulls in the same direction. Every driver in the John Force Racing stable contributed to that number and they should be proud.   I know all of us at Ford Racing are proud of them for reaching that incredible number of wins.”

Massey’s Top Fuel win came at the expense of Bob Vandergriff, who extended his NHRA record of runner-up finishes without a win to 13.

“It feels unbelievable,” said Massey, who ran a 3.914 at 312.78 to Vandergriff’s 3.962 at 302.21. “We have the consistency now and that’s what it takes to do it.

“We’ve smoked our tires and beat ourselves; at Atlanta (May 13-15), we talked about getting down the track and make the other car beat us and that’s what we did (reaching the semis), and we did it again here at Topeka.”

2nd generation Pro Stock driver Gray won for the second time in his career and moved back into the Top 10 in the standings with his final-round 6.679-second pass at 206.95 mph in his Service Central Pontiac to Greg Stanfield’s 6.695 at 206.29 in the NitroFish Pontiac.

Shane Gray won for the 2nd time in Pro Stock

“We’ve struggled pretty much since the year started, had car issues, engine issues, we just went back to the shop, regrouped, dissected the motor, dissected people, made probably 100 test runs, came here and the car ran really well,” Gray said.

“This win goes to (crew chiefs) Ian (Landies) and Craig (Hankinson) and the entire Service Central team,” Gray said.

NHRA’s 60th anniversary season resumes in two weekends with the NHRA SuperNationals June 2-5 at Old Bridge Township Raceway Park in Englishtown.

(DragRaceCanada File Photos – By Bruce Biegler)