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Pos Driver Points
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2 Antron Brown 269
3 Doug Kalitta 267
4 Steve Torrence 249
5 Clay Millican 242
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Pos Driver Points
1 Robert Hight 341
2 John Force 294
3 Ron Capps 289
4 Del Worsham 283
5 Jack Beckman 271
6 Courtney Force 265
7 Chad Head 236
8 Alexis De Joria 233
9 Tim Wilkerson 221
10 Matt Hagan 150
11 Tommy Johnson 149
12 Cruz Pedregon 146
13 John Hale 126
14 James Campbell 109
15 Terry Haddock 98

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Pos Driver Points
1 Jason Line 463
2 Greg Anderson 415
3 Bo Butner 331
4 Drew Skillman 264
5 Chris McGaha 214
6 Allen Johnson 212
7 Jeg Coughlin 191
8 Vincent Nobile 175
9 Erica Enders 171
10 Alex Laughlin 154
11 Deric Kramer 135
12 V Gaines 124
12 Matthew Hartford 124
14 Shane Gray 117
15 Joey Grose 94

Pro Stock Motorcycle
Pos Driver Points
1 Eddie Krawiec 129
2 Hector Arana 99
3 Andrew Hines 79
4 LE Tonglet IV 74
5 Chip Ellis 62
6 Michael Ray Jr 52
6 Gerald Savoie 52
6 James Underdahl 52
9 Angelle Sampey 35
10 Scott Pollacheck 33
10 Melissa Surber 33
12 Steve Johnson 32
13 Hector Arana Jr 31
13 Mike Berry 31
13 Michael Phillips 31
13 Angie Smith 31
Schumacher, Force Hood, Johnson Arana on Pole

by Pete McCole
Sunday, October 31, 2010

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Tony Schumacher
Tony Schumacher, Ashley Force Hood, Allen Johnson and Hector Arana held onto the top spots in Saturdays qualifying session as the Countdown to the Championship entered the homestretch at the 11th Annual Las Vegas Nationals at The Strip @ Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

All four top qualifiers from Friday’s sessions held onto their respective positions and the valuable bonus point that with them as the season comes down to the final two races.

With several oildowns and a crash in the final round of Funny Car put Saturday’s qualifying session well into the twilight hours. The cool desert air resulted in cooler track temperatures, but not necessarily fastest speeds, as most of the Saturday passes in Top Fuel and Funny Car were slower than the runs set on Friday night.

Schumacher led the Top Fuel class with a 3.812 and a new national speed record of 325.14 mph to earn just his second no. 1 qualifier honor of the season and the 60th of his career.

“Clearly, we've had a great couple of days here in Las Vegas,” said Schumacher. “Now, we need to come back tomorrow with the same kind of intensity. We want to collect another victory.”

Schumacher came into this weekend’s event third in the Top Fuel standings, 154 behind Larry Dixon and a long shot to win his eighth series title, but that didn’t stop him from gladly taking bonus points away from the guys in front of him

“We definitely want to stir the pot a bit over these last two races,” said Schumacher. “It would be nice if we could send a loud message that we'll be very much in the battle once again in 2011.”

Dixon will start third after falling from the no. 2 spot behind second-place points man Cory McClenathan, who ran a 3.822 on Saturday that bested Dixon’s 3.825. David Grubnic (3.838) and Steve Torrence (3.841) rounded out the top five.

Bob Vandergriff took the final spot with a run of 3.996. Countdown contenders Morgan Lucas and Doug Katella were among the ten drivers who failed to qualify.

Ashley Force
In Funny Car, Ashley Force Hood time of 4.032 from Friday’s sessions was enough to earn her fifth no. 1 qualifier spot of the season and barely hold off her father, John Force, who led Saturday qualifying session with a 4.050 to take the second spot.

“I was most nervous because I did not know what the conditions earlier would do,” said Force Hood. “We were hoping for a little delay to get to run in that cool temperature. Then we were really, really delayed and I was worried if it was getting too cold. You hate to wait all that time and then go ten feet on your run.

“I am surprised that more cars did not step up and run quicker. I really think it was up to the tuners to figure this race track and these conditions out. That is a long time to wait and the conditions were changing. I was really proud of my team the in spite of all those distractions and issues we still managed to have a really good run tonight.”

Ron Capps took the third qualifying spot with a run of 4.082, followed by Cruz Pedregon at 4.087. Funny Car points leader Matt Hagan was fifth at 4.090.

Countdown driver Robert Hight failed to make the field, marking his first DNQ of the season. Four other drivers went home early, including Jeff Diehl, who hit the wall after the throttle hung open during his run. Diehl was unhurt in the accident, but the cleanup meant an even longer delay for the already late qualifying session.

Pro Stock driver Allen Johnson continued his impressive run after his embarrassing disqualification last month at zMax Dragway, posting his third-straight top qualifying effort for his seventh no. 1 spot of the season.

Johnson posted a 6.651 at a track record 207.82 mph in the third round to hold onto the top spot over V Gaines, who ran a 6.665.

Jeg Coughlin (6.657), Ron Krisher (6.660) and Jason Line (6.664) made up the rest of the top five qualifiers. Mike Edwards, second in Pro Stock points, will start ninth with points leader Greg Anderson in 11th.

“We knew that this run was going to be the best one after being four hour behind,” said Johnson. “When the sun goes down, the track gets awesome here. We knew we had to get after it to keep it. We stepped it up and it’s the second race in a row now where the Dodges are one-two.

“Our car is a little bit unpredictable, that’s been our problem with race day setups. We’ve worked on it some and hopefully we’ve made that a lot better for tomorrow, were not going to change a lot for tomorrow on race day running behind the filed cars instead of in front of them you got to make a few adjustments, but we’re gong to keep that kill-button pushed.

Hector Arana raced back in the final session to regain the top spot in Pro Stock Motorcycle to earn his second straight no.1 qualifier and sixth of the season.

Arana improved on his time from Friday to hold onto the top spot with a 6.922. Eddie Krawiec briefly took the top spot away in the final round with a 6.911 before Arana topping him with a 6.909 on the final run of the session.

Krawiec maintained second while Karen Stoffer was third with a 6.950. Jim Underdahl (6.954) and Shawn Gann (6.968) rounded out the top five.

Points leader Andrew Hines qualified seventh while second-place points man LE Tonglet was ninth.

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