EVENT ESSENTIALS:   56th Mac Tools U.S. Nationals – Sept. 1-6th, 2010  Indianapolis IN.         

TOP FUEL Name ET MPH Career Win
Winner: Larry Dixon 3.838 319.60 58th
R/UP: Cory McClenathan 3.870 319.82  
Low ET: Larry Dixon 3.776    
Top Speed: Tony Schumacher   324.83  
Bump Spot:   4.194    
FUNNY CAR Name ET MPH Career Win
Winner: Ashley Force Hood 4.141 308.07 4th
R/UP: John Force 7.246   91.61  
Low ET: Matt Hagan 4.039    
Top Speed: Ashley Force Hood   313.07  
Bump Spot:   4.151    
PRO STOCK Name ET MPH Career Win
Winner: Greg Stanfield 6.665 207.59 4th
R/UP: Mike Edwards 6.627 208.75  
Low ET: Mike Edwards 6.579    
Top Speed: Allen Johnson   210.28  
Bump Spot:   6.631    
Winner: LE Tonglet 6.869 195.22 2nd
R/UP: Andrew Hines 6.962 194.13  
Low ET: Andrew Hines 6.815*    
Top Speed: Andrew Hines   196.76*  
Bump Spot:   7.054    
* National Record        
Winner: Brad Personett 6.001 221.42 1st
R/UP: Joe Baker NTR NSR  
Low ET: Mike Janis 5.887    
Top Speed: Brad Personett   255.39*  
Bump Spot:   6.048    
* National Record        
LUCAS OIL        
Sportsman Class Winners: Name ET MPH  
TA Dragster Marty Thacker 5.415 266.85  
TA Funny Car Jay Payne 5.648 256.36  
Competition Al Ackerman 8.331 126.84  
Super Stock Jimmy DeFrank 8.710 155.33  
Stock Tim Bishop 10.32 129.08  
Hemi Challenge Jim Daniels 8.560 155.74  
Super Comp Troy Coughlin Jr. 8.921 175.80  
Super Gas Shawn Langdon 9.920 163.37  



(Pro Racing Summary – Courtesy of NHRA Communications)

Larry Dixon kept his perfect final round streak alive by racing to his 10th win of the season at the Mac Tools U.S. Nationals presented by Lucas Oil, the world’s most prestigious drag race.  Ashley Force Hood, Greg Stanfield and LE Tonglet also were winners in their respective categories at the NHRA Full Throttle Countdown to the Championship event, the first of six playoff races.

Larry Dixon clobbered the Top Fuel field

Dixon earned his fourth win at Indy and 58th of his career by outrunning Cory McClenathan in the final round. Dixon defeated Bruce Litton, Steve Torrence and Shawn Langdon in earlier rounds to advance to the final.

Top qualifier Dixon covered the O’Reilly Raceway Park at Indianapolis drag strip in 3.837 seconds at 319.60 mph in his Al-Anabi Racing dragster to hold off McClenathan, who trailed with a 3.870 at 319.82 in his FRAM dragster.

“Winning Indy is enough for me,” said Dixon, who with the victory became the first driver in NHRA history to win 10 consecutive finals in a season without a loss. He increased his series lead to 46 over McClenathan as he works on a third world championship title. “Nothing against Atlanta or Phoenix, but I would trade them all in to win at Indy.”

Force Hood claimed her first win of the season, second in a row at this event and fourth overall by outrunning her father, John Force, in the final round. She powered her Castrol GTX Ford Mustang to a winning performance of 4.141 at 308.07 while her father’s Castrol GTX High-Mileage Mustang lost traction at mid-track and finished in 7.246 at 91.61.

Ashley Force Hood won Indy for the 2nd year in a row...

“This has just been an amazing day,” said Force Hood, who beat Del Worsham, Paul Lee and Jack Beckman in earlier rounds. “This may mean more than last year because we struggled so much this season. Last year we were on a roll – we had gone to some finals and won some races and were up high in the points — but this year it’s been the other end of the spectrum, but our team has stayed positive and we just said we’d use the start of the playoffs to turn it all around and forget the past.”

The elder Force maintained his series lead, 60 in front of Beckman. Force Hood moved to fourth in the standings with the victory.

Stanfield used a quicker reaction at the starting line to defeat defending world champion Mike Edwards in the Pro Stock final round. Stanfield posted a 6.665 at 207.59 in a his NitroFish Gear Pontiac GXP to hold off the quicker-but losing 6.627 at 208.75 effort from Edwards in his Penhall/Interstate Batteries GXP. It was Stanfield’s first win of the season and fourth of his career.

Greg Stanfield used sharp driving to slay the PS field

Stanfield moved to third in the points and had early round wins over Warren Johnson, Jason Line and Allen Johnson.

“This is just a huge win for me, especially after coming so close here last year [in a.001-second loss to Jeg Coughlin in the final],” said Stanfield. “And it was really exciting for our Nitro Fish Gear team owner, Kenny Koretsky, who was the Pro Stock runner-up at the 2004 Indy [which was the 50th anniversary of the event]. We came here with our first complete DRCE-3 engine, which makes more power than our old combination, and we also got the suspension straightened out to make good use of that extra power. We were struggling a lot earlier in the year, and I was beginning to doubt if I could get the job done. But I had promised Kenny that I’d get him at least one Wally this season, and I’m going to give him the trophy right after this race. I hope that we can win a few more.”

In Pro Stock Motorcycle, rookie LE Tonglet captured his second win of the season and moved into second place in the playoff point standings. Tonglet powered his Tonglet Racing Suzuki to a 6.869 at 195.22 to hold off top qualifier and national record-setter Andrew Hines, who was denied an Indy victory once again and finished in 6.962 at 194.13 on his Screamin’ Eagle Vance & Hines Harley-Davidson.

The PSB Final went to LE Tonglet over Andrew Hines

Tonglet, who becomes the fourth rookie driver to win at Indy in the modern era, beat Joe DeSantis, Chip Ellis and Eddie Krawiec in the first three rounds.

“In Brainerd, when we broke that engine, our season was over,” he admitted. “We weren’t coming here but Vance & Hines and Fuel Pak stepped up and helped us out. Even so, I never expected to be sitting here telling you all how good I feel right now. We knew the Harley-Davidson would put down a big number and we knew we needed to step up. We have been taking it easy on this engine all weekend but we finally got my dad [Gary] to lean on it and we outran Eddie [Krawiec] in the semis. Dad said, ‘We’ve come this far. We’re in it to win it.’ We’re still taking it race by race but after this, I think it’s safe to say we’ll be in Charlotte.”

 Personett Wins GSA PM Title in Record Style

Brad Personett raced to his first career victory in the NHRA Get Screened America Pro Mod Series during  the Mac Tools U.S. Nationals

Personett, a home state racer from Elkhart, Ind., cruised to the win in the final when Joe Baker couldn’t make the call.

Brad Personett's Turbo Camaro was wicked fast!

In earlier rounds, Personett, driving the only turbo charged entry in the PM field, defeated Rick Stivers, Kenny Lang and Ed Hoover. During the weekend Personett reset the national speed record in the GSA series to a stunning 255.39 mph in his ultra-fast Big Stuff Performance sponsored ’68 Camaro.

Smith maintained his series points lead despite being upset in the first round by Hoover. With the win, Personett moved to fifth in the standings.

Mopar Hemi Challenge to Daniels

Jim Daniels, who is a Dentist by profession based in Bristol, PA., won the 10th Anniversary Mopar HEMI Challenge during Friday’s action at the Mac Tools U.S. Nationals. 

Driving his Ray Barton Racing Engines ‘68 Dodge Dart, Daniels defeated Ray Barton’s son David, of Robesonia, PA in the final round.  It was the second year in a row in which David Barton placed runner-up in the prestigious Shootout for SS/AH classed cars.

Daniels won by a razor-thin .008-second margin, turning a 8.560 second elapsed time to Barton’s one thousandth of  a second quicker 8.559 secs.

“The difference was in our reaction times,” said Barton, who had a .027 second mark. Daniels’ .018-second reaction time was a scant nine thousandths better, giving him the win.

Daniels defeated Randy Warford, Larry Perkins and Jim Pancake while advancing to the final round.  He had entered eliminations after qualifying #7 with a run of 8.637 secs.

The field was closely matched after perennial champion Charlie Westcott, Jr., Parma, Mich., exited the competition as a result of engine problems. Westcott had taken the top spot in qualifying with a dominant 8.413-second pass before retiring. His father, Charlie Westcott Sr., the defending event champion, also withdrew from competition with mechanical woes during qualifying.   

Jim Daniels won the 10th Anniversary Mopar Hemi Challenge

The Mopar® HEMI® Challenge Race Series made its debut back in 2001 at the Mac Tools U.S. Nationals at O’Reilly Raceway Park at Indianapolis. The race series pits Super Stock/A HEMI (SS/AH) 1968 Dodge Darts and Plymouth Barracudas against each other in fierce quarter-mile competition.

(Bruce Biegler Photos)

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