Houston Friday Story and Results

DUNN, FORCE, MARTINO AND HINES LEADERS AFTER FIRST ROUND OF QUALIFYING BAYTOWN, Texas - Matt Hines made the quickest Pro Stock Motorcycle run in NHRA history Friday at the Third annual Matco Tools Supernationals presented by Racing ...

DUNN, FORCE, MARTINO AND HINES LEADERS AFTER FIRST ROUND OF QUALIFYING

BAYTOWN, Texas - Matt Hines made the quickest Pro Stock Motorcycle run in NHRA history Friday at the Third annual Matco Tools Supernationals presented by Racing Champions. Mike Dunn, John Force, and Tom Martino also led their respective categories at the $1.7 million race at Houston Raceway Park. The event is the 21st of 22 events in the $40 million NHRA Winston Drag Racing Series. Hines, from Trinidad, Colo., sped down the quarter-mile in 7.179 seconds at 186.10 mph to lead qualifying in the two-wheel category. He needs to make a run of 7.250 or better this weekend to be within the required one-percent to establish a national record. "We weren't even trying to set a record on that pass," said Hines. "We're just trying to make the bike work better...I'm not really worried about backing (the run) up. We should be able to run a twenty-five with a zero no problem. The biggest thing is we're trying to win the next two races and hopefully that will happen." Dunn, from Wrightsville, Pa., trying to regain his early-season form set the pace for Top Fuel competitors with his run of 4.561 at 319.60 after losing traction on his first qualifying pass. "The first run was strictly driver error," said Dunn. "I was too conservative. I thought I felt something the first time out and I yanked on the brake and it shook the tires. Then we decided to have me go out there and have me do my normal deal. We tried to the leave the second run the same as our morning run and just have me drive the car right this time." The reigning NHRA Winston champion John Force, from Yorba Linda, Calif., once again led the Funny Car field in the early round as he covered the distance in 4.811 at 321.12. "The air is really good right now," said Force. "We are focused on (teammate) Tony (Pedregon) right now. We want my hot rod to stay in the hunt and take out some guys for him so he can finish second in the points. They put some new clutch discs in my car which makes me nervous because new stuff comes out. (Crew chief Austin) Coil said the car could have run a 75 and I asked why it didn't and he said it was because I'm a chicken." Farmingdale, N.J.'s, Tom Martino is on top after the first round of Pro Stock qualifying with his pass of 6.892 at 199.88. "I don't know why our cars like it here so much," said Martino. "Last year we were runner-up and the year before we won with my other vehicle. Whatever it is, I like it. We tested this past week and we felt really good about the things we learned. I just hope I'm on top tomorrow." Qualifying continues tomorrow for Top Fuel, Funny Car, Pro Stock and Pro Stock Motorcycle competitors at 11:15 a.m. and 4 p.m.

BAYTOWN, Texas - Friday's qualifying results for the third annual Matco Tools SuperNationals presented by Racing Champions at Houston Raceway Park, the 21st of 22 events in the $40 million NHRA Winston Drag Racing Series. Qualifying will continue Saturday for Sunday's final eliminations.

Top Fuel -- 1. Mike Dunn, Wrightsville, Pa., 4.561 seconds, 319.60 mph; 2. Larry Dixon, San Diego, 4.576, 317.27; 3. Gary Scelzi, Fresno, Calif., 4.592, 320.58; 4. Eddie Hill, Wichita Falls, Texas, 4.596, 315.86; 5. Cory McClenathan, Anaheim, Calif., 4.604, 323.27; 6. Bob Vandergriff, Cumming, Ga., 4.611, 300.06; 7. Tony Schumacher, Park Ridge, Ill., 4.637, 321.96; 8. Doug Kalitta, Ann Arbor, Mich., 4.641, 303.64; 9. Tim Gibson, Irvine, Calif., 4.648, 312.42; 10. Jim Head, Columbus, Ohio, 4.663, 312.78; 11. Mike Smith, Round Rock, Texas, 4.669, 301.60; 12. Randy Parks, Lombard, Ill., 4.670, 313.15; 13. Doug Herbert, Cherryville, N.C., 4.698, 308.71; 14. Scott Kalitta, Ypsilanti, Mich., 4.753, 240.94; 15. Bruce Litton, Indianapolis, 4.760, 289.45; 16. Doug Foxworth, Lytle, Texas, 4.792, 296.57.

Funny Car -- 1. John Force, Yorba Linda, Calif., Ford Mustang, 4.811, 321.12; 2. Whit Bazemore, Indianapolis, Chevrolet Camaro, 4.934, 304.32; 3. Tommy Johnson Jr., Ottumwa, Iowa, Pontiac Firebird, 4.935, 314.46; 4. Frank Pedregon, Alta Loma, Calif., Firebird, 5.083, 288.03; 5. Al Hofmann, Umatilla, Fla., Firebird, 5.136, 287.72; 6. Tony Pedregon, Gardena, Calif., Mustang, 5.142, 227.08; 7. Dean Skuza, Brecksville, Ohio, Dodge Avenger, 5.148, 279.27; 8. Del Worsham, Costa Mesa, Calif., Firebird, 5.153, 275.73; 9. Scotty Cannon, Lyman, S.C., Chevrolet Camaro, 5.160, 292.65; 10. Kenny Sayers, Houston, Chevrolet Corvette, 5.175, 291.95; 11. Scott Weis, Ashland, Va., Mustang, 5.178, 280.60; 12. Ron Capps, La Costa, Calif., Camaro, 5.224, 207.56; 13. Cory Lee, Sierra Del Oro, Calif., Avenger, 5.425, 226.39; 14. Jerry Toliver, Huntington Beach, Calif., Corvette, 5.505, 193.65; 15. Gary Densham, Bellflower, Calif., Firebird, 5.628, 253.66; 16. Jim Epler, Phoenix, Firebird, 6.236, 146.94.

Pro Stock -- 1. Tom Martino, Farmingdale, N.J., Pontiac Firebird, 6.892, 200.38; 2. Mark Pawuk, Bath, Ohio, Firebird, 6.903, 199.79; 3. V. Gaines, Lakewood, Colo., Chevrolet Camaro, 6.911, 200.05; 4. Allen Johnson, Greeneville, Tenn., Dodge Avenger, 6.915, 198.61; 5. Rickie Smith, King, N.C., Firebird, 6.918, 198.47; 6. Jeg Coughlin, Columbus, Ohio, Oldsmobile Cutlass, 6.921, 199.37; 7. Warren Johnson, Buford, Ga., Firebird, 6.922, 200.77; 8. Troy Coughlin, Columbus, Ohio, Cutlass, 6.927, 198.90; 9. John Nobile, Melville, N.Y., Cutlass, 6.927, 199.35; 10. Steve Schmidt, Indianapolis, Firebird, 6.929, 198.88; 11. Richie Stevens, New Orleans, Firebird, 6.930, 198.61; 12. Greg Anderson, Jacksonville, N.C., Cutlass, 6.932, 198.55; 13. Ron Krisher, Warren, Ohio, Firebird, 6.940, 198.15; 14. Jim Yates, Alexandria, Va., Firebird, 6.940, 198.26; 15. Mike Thomas, Knoxville, Tenn., Firebird, 6.946, 198.17; 16. Darrell Alderman, Morehead, Ky., Avenger, 6.950, 198.23.

Pro Stock Bike -- 1. Matt Hines, Trinidad, Colo., Suzuki GSXR, 7.179, 186.10; 2. Angelle Seeling, New Orleans, Suzuki, 7.215, 183.99; 3. Antron Brown, Chesterfield, N.J., Suzuki, 7.234, 184.85; 4. Fred Collis, Americus, Ga., Suzuki, 7.247, 189.52; 5. David Schultz, Fort Myers, Fla., Suzuki, 7.273, 185.20; 6. Craig Treble, Chandler, Ariz., Suzuki, 7.318, 186.48; 7. Larry Cook, West Linn, Ore., Suzuki, 7.341, 181.45; 8. John Smith, Minneapolis, Suzuki, 7.356, 184.45; 9. Tony Mullen, Bradenton, Fla., Suzuki, 7.365, 184.95; 10. Steve Johnson, Chatsworth, Calif., Suzuki, 7.384, 188.62; 11. Joe DeSantis, Rootstown, Ohio, Suzuki, 7.419, 183.49; 12. Ron Ayers, Greenville, N.C., Suzuki, 7.421, 183.94; 13. Chris Reuter, Gretna, Neb., Suzuki, 7.421, 178.99; 14. Greg Underdahl, Minneapolis, Suzuki, 7.432, 182.16; 15. Brian Ayers, Greenville, N.C., Suzuki, 7.446, 181.18; 16. Reggie Showers, Philadelphia, Suzuki, 7.451, 177.44.

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Series NHRA
Drivers Jim Head , Doug Herbert , Bruce Litton , Antron Brown , Frank Pedregon , Mike Thomas , Matt Hines , Jeg Coughlin , Troy Coughlin , Larry Dixon , Mike Dunn , Darrell Alderman , Mark Pawuk , Warren Johnson , Scott Weis , Jim Epler , Tony Pedregon , Dean Skuza , Del Worsham , Whit Bazemore , Ron Capps , John Force , Tony Schumacher , Gary Scelzi , Doug Kalitta , Greg Anderson , Ron Krisher , Gary Densham , Scotty Cannon , Craig Treble , Cory McClenathan , Scott Kalitta , Tom Martino , Greg Underdahl , Allen Johnson , Chris Reuter , Fred Collis , Steve Schmidt , Rickie Smith , Tim Gibson , Cory Lee , Jerry Toliver , Bob Vandergriff , Steve Johnson , Joe DeSantis , Tommy Johnson Jr. , Mike Smit