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NHRA POWERADE SERIES POST RACE NOTES: 26th annual Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Southern Nationals May 5-7, Atlanta Dragway, Commerce, Ga. TOP FUEL * Doug Kalitta, of Ypsilanti, Mich., claimed his...

NHRA POWERADE SERIES POST RACE NOTES:
26th annual Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Southern Nationals
May 5-7, Atlanta Dragway, Commerce, Ga.

TOP FUEL

* Doug Kalitta, of Ypsilanti, Mich., claimed his second consecutive victory and the 26th of his career, by powering his Mac Tools dragster to the win over Melaine Troxel's Skull Shine dragster, which lost traction near mid-track. Kalitta posted a winning performance of 4.469 seconds at 327.59, while Troxel's dragster crossed the finish line in 7.234 at 133.55.

* With the victory, Kalitta moved to second in the POWERade Series point standings.

* It is the second straight season that Kalitta has earned back-to-back victories in Bristol and Atlanta.

* Troxel, who earlier in the week was named the first quarter winner of the prestigious Driver of the Year award, advanced to her sixth final of the season in seven races.

* Brandon Bernstein drove his Budweiser/Lucas Oil dragster to his first No. 1 qualifying effort of the season, clocking a category-leading 4.521-second run at 329.10 mph. It was his ninth No. 1 qualifying effort of his career.

* On his No. 1 qualifying performance Friday evening, Bernstein had to slow his car on three wheels after his left rear tire went down just past the finish line. The team went to their back-up car for the remainder of qualifying and eliminations.

* Tony Schumacher set both ends of the track record in his U.S. Army dragster at 4.448 seconds, 331.28 mph in a first round win. Schumacher lost in the second round.

* Morgan Lucas, who advanced to the semifinals, lost 10 points during his second round victory when his Lucas Oil dragster dropped oil onto the racing surface.

* With the runner-up finish, Troxel maintained her series lead at 132 over Kalitta.

* Hillary Will's KB Racing team won the Full Throttle Pit Crew challenge award.

FUNNY CAR

* Tony Pedregon, of Chino Hills, Calif., earned his first Funny Car victory of the season by driving his Q Racing Chevy Monte Carlo to the win over Robert Hight's Auto Club Ford Mustang. It was Pedregon's 30th career victory and his third victory at Atlanta Dragway, site of his first career victory in 1996.

* In a photo-finish, Pedregon's Monte Carlo posted a 4.740 at 325.69 to hold off the quicker, but losing, Ford Mustang of Hight, which posted a 4.738 at 321.81.

* Pedregon defeated all three Force Racing teammates in consecutive round wins, including John Force in the second round and Eric Medlen in the semifinals.

* Force raced to the No. 1 qualifying spot with a track record time of 4.686 at 329.58 in his Castrol GTX Ford Mustang. It was Force's fourth No. 1 of the season and 129th of his career.

* Hight set the track record for time at 4.680 seconds in his Auto Club Ford Mustang.

* Series points leader Ron Capps lost in the first round in his Brut Dodge, but maintained his lead at 96 over John Force, who lost in the second round.

* Cruz Pedregon defeated Ron Capps by .0029-second margin of victory in the first round of Funny Car eliminations.

* Robert Hight's Auto Club Ford Mustang team won the Full Throttle Pit Crew challenge award.

PRO STOCK

* Dave Connolly, of Elyria, Ohio, became the seventh different winner in as many races in the 200 mph category this season when he defeated Greg Stanfield in the final. Connolly drove his Skull Gear Chevy Cobalt to a 6.695 at 205.69 to beat Stanfield, whose PiranaZ Pontiac GTO lost traction near mid-track and crossed the finish line in 7.531 at 127.34.

* Greg Anderson claimed the No. 1 qualifying spot in his Summit Racing Pontiac GTO with a performance of 6.704 at 205.22 mph. It is Anderson's fifth No. 1 of the season and the 45th of his career.

* Despite setting the track records for time and speed at 6.690 seconds at 206.03 mph in his Summit Racing Pontiac GTO in the first round of eliminations, Jason Line lost to Larry Morgan on the run.

* Anderson maintained his series lead, 53 ahead of teammate Line.

* Greg Anderson's Summit Racing team won the Full Throttle Pit Crew challenge award.

PRO STOCK MOTORCYCLE

* Antron Brown, of Indianapolis, earned his first victory of the season and 15th of his career, when he used a holeshot start to hold off Andrew Hines in the final. Brown posted a 7.098 at 187.44 on his U.S. Army Suzuki to beat Hines' quicker, but losing, 7.089 at 187.94 on his Screamin' Eagle Vance & Hines Harley-Davdison.

* Brown claimed the No. 1 qualifying spot atop his U.S. Army Suzuki with a track record time of 7.080 seconds at 188.28 mph. It is Brown's first of the season and 11th of his career.

* Brown set the track record for time at 7.045 seconds in the first round of eliminations.

* Brown moved into the series lead, six points ahead of teammate Angelle Sampey.

* Brown's U.S. Army Suzuki team won the Full Throttle Pit Crew challenge award.

POWERADE FAN NATIONALS

* Dylan Stott, 13, of Columbus, Ga., won the seventh round of the NHRA POWERade Fan Nationals. Stott, an eighth grade student and O'Reilly Auto Parts Jr. Drag Racing League competitor, defeated hundreds of area fans to claim the POWERade Fan Nationals victory, driving realistic POWERade Funny Car simulators. With the victory, Stott, will have the opportunity to race for the ultimate title of 2006 POWERade Fan Nationals Series champion in November at the 42nd Annual Automobile Club of Southern California NHRA Finals.

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Series NHRA
Drivers Antron Brown , Tony Pedregon , Ron Capps , John Force , Tony Schumacher , Doug Kalitta , Greg Anderson , Larry Morgan , Cruz Pedregon , Greg Stanfield , Brandon Bernstein , Morgan Lucas , Jason Line , Andrew Hines , Robert Hight , Hillary Will , Angelle Sampey , Dave Connolly