Gainesville: Post-race notes

POST RACE NOTES: 36th annual Mac Tools NHRA Gatornationals March 17-20, Gainesville Raceway, Gainesville, Fla. TOP FUEL * Doug Kalitta, from Ann Arbor, Mich., raced to his 20th career victory and...

POST RACE NOTES:
36th annual Mac Tools NHRA Gatornationals
March 17-20, Gainesville Raceway, Gainesville, Fla.

TOP FUEL

* Doug Kalitta, from Ann Arbor, Mich., raced to his 20th career victory and second at Gainesville Raceway in his Mac Tools dragster. It was Kalitta's first victory of the '05 season. He defeated three-time Gatornationals winner Larry Dixon in a thrilling final round where both machines lost traction at the start and the drivers were on and off the throttle in a tire-smoking finish.

* Dave Grubnic, from Ennis, Mont., earned the seventh No. 1 qualifying position of his career. He powered his Zantrex-3 dragster to a time of 4.481 seconds at 331.85 mph.

* Tony Schumacher set the track speed record by posting a speed of 333.95 mph during qualifying.

* Schumacher, who lost in the second round, maintained his POWERade Series points lead, eight points ahead of Morgan Lucas.

* The crew members on Doug Kalitta's Mac Tools dragster collected $3,000 for winning the Full Throttle Pit Crew Championship at this event.

FUNNY CAR

* Whit Bazemore, from Indianapolis, raced to his 18th career victory, and first at Gainesville Raceway in his Matco Tools Dodge Stratus R/T, defeating a red-lighting Bob Gilbertson in the final round. With the victory, Bazemore took over the POWERade Series points lead for the category.

* In his semifinal victory over John Force, Gilbertson's Autolite/Prestone Monte Carlo experienced an engine explosion and spectacular fire. His crew was able to rebuild the car in time to make the final round against Bazemore.

* Rookie driver Robert Hight claimed his first No. 1 qualifying award, driving his Auto Club Ford Mustang to a performance of 4.749 at 325.96.

* Force set the track speed record in his Castrol GTX Start Up Ford Mustang with a 329.42 mph blast.

* Phil Burkart, the points leader coming into the event, failed to qualify in his Checker Schuck's Kragen Chevy Monte Carlo, dropping him to fifth place in the points order.

* The crew members on Del Worsham's Checker Schuck's Kragen Chevy Monte Carlo collected $3,000 for winning the Full Throttle Pit Crew Championship at this event.

PRO STOCK

* Jason Line, from Terrell, N.C., earned his fifth career victory and first at Gainesville Raceway, driving his KB Racing Pontiac Grand Am past Dave Connolly's Bullet Motorsports Chevy Cavalier in the final-round.

* Line, a former NASCAR engine builder, is the third different winner in as many races in Pro Stock category in 2005. There were only four different winners in Pro Stock for the entire 2004 season.

* Greg Anderson, from Charlotte, N.C., collected his 34th career No. 1 qualifying award by clocking a national record performance of 6.633 seconds at 208.23 mph in his Summit Racing Pontiac Grand Am. Anderson earned 20 bonus points for setting the national elapsed time record.

* Dave Connolly's runner-up effort moved him back into the POWERade Series points lead.

* Connolly earned a $1,000 bonus for earning the Motel 6 'Who Got the Light' award when he defeated Warren Johnson by .0088-of-a-second margin in the semifinal round of Pro Stock eliminations.

* No. 16 qualifier Rickie Smith, driving a Chevy Cavalier, anchored the quickest field in NHRA history with his qualifying time of 6.709 seconds.

* The crew members on Greg Anderson's Summit Racing Pontiac Grand Am collected $1,500 for winning the Full Throttle Pit Crew Championship at this event.

PRO STOCK MOTORCYCLE

* Veteran rider Steve Johnson raced to his second career victory and moved into the POWERade Series points lead for the first time in his 18-year career. In a final-round battle between Suzukis, he defeated Craig Treble.

* Andrew Hines, from Indianapolis, collected his ninth career No. 1 qualifying award by clocking both ends of the national performance record with a 6.991 second elapsed time at 197.45 mph on his Screamin' Eagle Vance & Hines Harley-Davidson. Hines earned 20 bonus points for setting the national elapsed time record.

* For becoming the first rider to break the seven-second barrier, Hines earned a $10,000 bonus from Mickey Thompson Tires. Hines' milestone performance of 6.991 seconds gave him the coveted title of the inaugural member of the NHRA Mickey Thompson 6-second Pro Stock Bike Club.

* GT Tonglet posted the track speed record of 197.45 mph on his Screamin' Eagle Vance & Hines Harley-Davidson. Although Hines holds the national record at the same speed, Tonglet gets the track record because he posted the speed first.

* No. 16 qualifier Blaine Hale anchored the quickest field in NHRA history with his qualifying time of 7.149 seconds on a Suzuki.

* The crew members on Geno Scali's Trim-Tex Suzuki collected $750 for winning the Full Throttle Pit Crew Championship at this event.

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Series NHRA
Drivers Larry Dixon , Warren Johnson , Bob Gilbertson , Del Worsham , Whit Bazemore , John Force , Tony Schumacher , Doug Kalitta , Greg Anderson , Blaine Hale , Craig Treble , Geno Scali , Phil Burkart , Morgan Lucas , Jason Line , Rickie Smith , Andrew Hines , Steve Johnson , GT Tonglet , Robert Hight , Dave Connolly