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2 Antron Brown 269
3 Doug Kalitta 267
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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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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
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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, Johnson Top Chicago Qualifying

Arana leads Pro Stock Motorcycle
Sunday, July 1, 2012


John Force
Local favorite Tony Schumacher raced to the No. 1 qualifying position in Top Fuel Saturday at the O’Reilly Auto Parts Route 66 NHRA Nationals presented by Super Start Batteries.

John Force (Funny Car), Allen Johnson (Pro Stock) and Hector Arana Sr. (Pro Stock Motorcycle) also will lead their respective categories into Sunday’s eliminations at the NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series event near Chicago.

The Chicago resident powered his famed U.S. Army dragster to a performance of 3.763 seconds at 324.83 mph to claim his second top qualifying position of the season and 69th of his career. On the run the seven time world champ moved from ninth to first in the 16-car order. This is his seventh No. 1 qualifying position at Route 66 Raceway. He is a three-time winner at his home track.

Tony Schumacher
Schumacher, who broke a 32-race win drought at Bristol, Tenn. two weeks ago, will face another Chicagoland-based driver – T.J. Zizzo – in the opening round as he goes for his second win in a row.

“T.J. is a good friend of mine,” Schumacher said. “His shop is right down the street from me, so we go to lunch quite a bit. I’m sure he’s going to take his best shot at me. Of course, we’re going to give him our best shot as well. We planned on going for the pole and, fortunately, the car stuck all the way down the track.  It’s really nice to come off the win in Bristol and remain hot.”

Friday night qualifying leader Antron Brown dropped to second with his 3.773 at 322.50 in his Matco Tools dragster and Shawn Langdon held on to third with a 3.784 at 322.73 in the Al-Anabi Racing dragster.

In Funny Car, 15-time world champ Force earned his first No. 1 of the season and the 140th of his career with a 4.050 at 310.77 in his Ford Mustang. He will meet Terry Haddock in the first round.

“When we got to the other end, Jack Beckman asked me, “How long has it been since you were the low qualifier?’ I told him, ‘It doesn’t matter. I’m here now,” said Force. “I knew we were in, but two of my cars [Courtney and Mike Neff] weren’t. I’d rather go home than have Courtney go home. They had a gremlin and they found it. It was very satisfying when they both got in. We hopped it up, to see if we could push it because what you do tonight won’t apply tomorrow because it will be hot. It didn’t stick, but that’s okay. We’ll be fine tomorrow.”

Past Route 66 winner Tim Wilkerson posted the quickest run of the day to move to second in the starting order. He powered his Ford Mustang to a 4.052 at 308.00 to leapfrog Jack Beckman, who will start third with his 4.054 at 311.56.

Johnson claimed his fifth No. 1 of the season and 23rd of his career in Pro Stock with a 6.597 at 209.26 in his Team Mopar Dodge Avenger. Johnson will meet fellow Dodge Avenger driver Jeg Coughlin in the opening round.

“We made four great runs this weekend and picked up the three bonus points on every run so we maxed out on that,” Johnson said. “We probably left about a hundredth [of a second] on the table in the last session. We weren’t intentionally soft on that run. The track was just a bit better than we thought it would get. The temperature got a bit cooler in the 30 minutes before we ran and we didn’t expect that. The first run that we made when we got here today is probably going to be more like tomorrow’s race day conditions. We made a real good run in the heat, and so that’s what we’re concentrating on.”

Jason Line and Erica Enders tied for the second-quickest run of the weekend, but Line took the second spot in the qualifying lineup by virtue of his faster speed. Line posted a 6.616 at 208.17, while Enders also had a 6.616, but posted a slower speed of 207.08.

In Pro Stock Motorcycle, Arana claimed his third No. 1 of the season and 20th of his career, powering his Lucas Oil Buell to a category-best effort of 6.884 at 195.08. Arana will face veteran rider Michael Phillips in the first round.

Three-time world champ Andrew Hines was second with a 6.917 at 193.79, while Arana’s son, Hector Arana Jr., was third overall with a 6.939 at 193.21.

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