EVENT ESSENTIALS:    NHRA O’Reilly Spring Nationals — Houston, TX  (April 29-May 1st, 2011)            


19-year old Vincent Nobile made his father John very proud while winning in Pro Stock!



TOP FUEL Name ET MPH Career Win
Winner: Del Worsham 3.880 318.99  28th
R/UP: Larry Dixon 3.900 316.82  
Low ET: Tony Schumacher 3.817    
Top Speed: Tony Schumacher   323.81  
Bump Spot:   4.097    
FUNNY CAR Name ET MPH Career Win
Winner: Jeff Arend 4.266 297.68 3rd
R/UP: Mike Neff 10.58   75.17  
Low ET: John Force 4.097    
Top Speed: Mike Neff   310.34  
Bump Spot:   4.273    
PRO STOCK Name ET MPH Career Win
Winner: Vince Nobile 6.625 209.72 1st
R/UP: Roger Brogdon 6.624 208.78  
Low ET: Ronnie Humphrey 6.571    
Top Speed: Ronnie Humphrey   211.16  
Bump Spot:   6.722    
Winner: Andrew Hines 6.900 195.14  24th
R/UP: Michael Phillips 6.946 195.25  
Low ET: LE Tonglet 6.849    
Top Speed: Michael Phillips   197.39  
Bump Spot:   7.041    
Winner: Mike Castellana 5.920 243.15  
R/UP: Kahlid Balooshi 5.952 243.28  
Low ET: Roger Burgess 5.873    
Top Speed: Roger Burgess   253.47  
Bump Spot:   6.110    
LUCAS OIL        
Sportsman Class Winners: Name ET MPH  
TA Dragster Jim Whiteley 5.358 273.44  
TA Funny Car Tony Bartone 5.587 262.90  
Competition Chase Williams 8.374 115.49  
Top Sportsman Bob Gulitti 7.194 191.78  
Super Stock Larry Stewart 9.749 135.31  
Stock Hagen Gary 10.80 121.69  
Super Comp Tommy Phillips 8.911 161.00  
Super Gas Ryan Baudoin 9.897 157.14  
Super Street Rick Huffman 10.91 139.93  

 “All” Al-Anabi Top Fuel Finale!


Del Worsham continued his impressive start to the season by racing to the Top Fuel victory Sunday at the O’Reilly Auto Parts NHRA Spring Nationals presented by Pennzoil at Royal Purple Raceway.

Jeff Arend (Funny Car), Vincent Nobile (Pro Stock) and Andrew Hines (Pro Stock Motorcycle) also were winners of the NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series event near Houston.

With the victory, longtime Funny Car racer Worsham joined Mike Dunn as the only drivers to win this event in both nitro categories. Worsham powered away from Al-Anabi Racing teammate Larry Dixon to take his third win of the season and second in a row. He covered the distance in 3.880 seconds at 318.99 mph while defending world champ Dixon finished in 3.900 at 316.82.

Del Worsham's win increased his lead in NHRA Full Throttle TF points

After a sluggish qualifying effort, Worsham and his Brian Husen-tuned dragster got in the groove on race day and powered past Bob Vandergriff, David Grubnic and Doug Kalitta before slipping past Dixon in the final. With the victory Worsham increased his series lead to 95 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 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.

Canada's favorite son -- Jeff Arend -- won for the 3rd time in his FC career

“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.”

Fast rising rookie driver Vince Nobile -- earned his first win in Pro Stock

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.

Andrew Hines rode his HD to a big win in Pro Stock Motorcyle


“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

Posted by: Anthony Vestal – NHRA Communications

Castellana Wins all Nitrous PM Showdown

Mike Castellana was able to do what no one else had done the past two NHRA Get Screened America Pro Mod Drag Racing Series races and defeated Khalid Balooshi in the final round. 

Recent ADRL circuit winner Mike Castellana scored in Pro Mod

This was the first final round appearance of the season for Castellana who was behind the wheel of his 1969 Al-Anabi Camaro with a nitrous engine.  The cars were evenly matched down the course of the track but Castellana edged Balooshi with a winning time of 5.920 seconds at 243.15mph to a losing pass of 5.952 seconds at 243.28mph. He and Balooshi are teammates and this was the first time they raced each other in the finals.

With the runner-up finish Balooshi retains his lead in the Get Screened America Pro Mod Series points by 65 over Danny Rowe.

Series founder Roger Burgess was the quickest and fastest PM car during the event.  Burgess wheeled his R2B2 Racing turbocharged Corvette to a thrilling 5.873 secs at 253.47 mph while pacing the field during qualifying.

Burgess was however forced to shutoff his car during round one when the car’s  oil pressure gauge read zero.  That handed the round win to New York’s Mike Janis.

The series will see action next when they visit the Atlanta Dragway during the Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Southern Nationals on May 13-15.

Posted by: Scott Smith – NHRA Communicatons

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