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Kopp Wins Fram Nationals, Qualifying Completed By Rick Green COMMERCE, Ga. - SUMMIT FastNews - Larry Kopp took Pro Stock Truck honors in his Accurate Binding / G-Force Transmissions Chevy S-10 at today's NHRA Fram Nationals at...

Kopp Wins Fram Nationals, Qualifying Completed

By Rick Green

COMMERCE, Ga. - SUMMIT FastNews - Larry Kopp took Pro Stock Truck honors in his Accurate Binding / G-Force Transmissions Chevy S-10 at today's NHRA Fram Nationals at Atlanta Dragway, while Mike Dunn and Cruz Pedregon dominated qualifying in Top Fuel and Funny Car, respectively.

Kopp was the number one qualifier and dominated eliminations today, running quickest time in each round. He defeated John Lingenfelter in the final with an elapsed time of 7.712 at a speed of 174.79 to Lingenfelter's 7.751 at 173.37.

Kopp, who red-lighted in the first-ever Pro Stock Final at Houston last month, explained that this makes up for the earlier loss. "I'm tired of hearing 'why, why.' It's over now, I know I can do it," said the excited driver. "The crowd was great was great all day. When I came back down the return road the crowd went nuts." The Baltimore, Md. racer holds both the national Pro Stock Truck elapsed time record and mile per hour record, and is the current points leader followed by John Lingenfelter.

The next event where Pro Stock Truck will be contested is the Mopar Nationals in Englishtown, New Jersey.

Mike Dunn in the Darrell Gwynn-owned Mopar-backed Top Fuel Dragster took control of qualifying today, resetting the track elapsed time record in both rounds today. He ended the day with a early shut-off pass of 4.586 seconds at only 294.11 miles per hour. The top nine qualifiers ran quicker than 4.700 seconds. Paul Romine, the runner-up from the Winston Invitational, is on the bubble with an elapsed time of 4.806 seconds.

Shelly Anderson qualified the Parts America dragster for the first time this year, solidly in the show at the number eight spot. Shelly said, "We have stuck with it and we were determined to right this ship. We know that we need consistency and that's what we will look for from here on out."

Cruz Pedregon continues to set the mark for the rest of the Funny Car field here in Atlanta. This is the third consecutive event where Cruz has been number one qualifier, and his 20th career pole position. Cruz reset both ends of the track record in his Interstate Battery / Hot Rod Magazine Firebird with an elapsed time of 4.889 seconds at 318.58 miles per hour, faster than the Top Fuel track record. Dale Creasy Jr. finished on the bump with a 5.257 elapsed time. The middle of the field is bunched up between number six qualifier Randy Anderson at 5.072 through number fourteen Tom Hoover at a 5.096.

Mark Osborne qualified first in Pro Stock with a 6.946 elapsed time, continuing the momentum from his recent win at the Winston Invitational. Warren Johnson took top speed honors, running 198.58 miles per hour. Pro Stock Motorcycle qualifying is led by Matt Hines, at 7.310 seconds, with Angelle Seeling second at 7.329.

Rain delayed the start of the third day of qualifying for the Fram Nationals from Atlanta Dragway. The rain later interrupted the fast paced action three times during the course of the day. * * *

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Series NHRA
Drivers Paul Romine , Matt Hines , Mike Dunn , Warren Johnson , Larry Kopp , John Lingenfelter , Dale Creasy Jr. , Cruz Pedregon , Darrell Gwynn , Shelly Anderson