Houston Post-Race Notes

POST RACE NOTES: O'REILLY NATIONALS PRESENTED BY PENNZOIL APRIL 8-11, HOUSTON TOP FUEL * Doug Herbert, from Cherryville, N.C., scored his first win of the season and second of his NHRA Top Fuel career, outrunning Tony Schumacher in the final....

POST RACE NOTES: O'REILLY NATIONALS PRESENTED BY PENNZOIL APRIL 8-11, HOUSTON

TOP FUEL

* Doug Herbert, from Cherryville, N.C., scored his first win of the season and second of his NHRA Top Fuel career, outrunning Tony Schumacher in the final. It was Herbert's first victory at Houston Raceway Park.

* With the victory, Herbert became the first $100,000 Winston No Bull Challenge winner. The Snap-on Tools dragster driver was selected as the Top Fuel candidate for the bonus through a special pre-race lottery-style drawing. It was the second consecutive event that Herbert was eligible to win the bonus. He lost to Mike Dunn in the final at Gainesville Raceway March 21 during his first attempt at winning the Winston No Bull Challenge bonus.

* Larry Dixon, from San Diego, became the first NHRA Top Fuel driver to record an elapsed time quicker than 4.5 seconds with his top qualifying, national record run of 4.486 seconds in his Don Prudhomme-owned Miller Lite dragster. Dixon earned a 20 point bonus in the NHRA Winston Top Fuel point standings for setting the record.

* Herbert's victory guarantees him a starting spot in the inaugural Winston Showdown, July 8-10 at Bristol Dragway, Bristol, Tenn. Top Fuel dragsters will compete against Funny Cars in the $727,000 NHRA all-star race.

* Team Mopar dragster driver Mike Dunn remained in the Winston points lead despite losing in the first round to Eddie Hill, driver of the Pennzoil dragster. Dunn holds a 32 point lead over Herbert.

* Defending NHRA Winston Top Fuel champion Gary Scelzi, driver of the Team Winston dragster, failed to qualify for the O'Reilly Nationals. It is the first DNQ in Scelzi's professional career and the first time a defending Top Fuel champion failed to make the 16-car field since '93 Top Fuel champ Eddie Hill missed the starting lineup at the 1994 ATSCO Nationals in Phoenix.

FUNNY CAR

* Eight-time NHRA Winston champion John Force, from Yorba Linda, Calif., claimed his third straight victory of the season and 73rd of his career defeating teammate Tony Pedregon in the final. It was Force's fifth career victory at the O'Reilly Nationals.

* Force dominated the weekend in his Castrol GTX Ford Mustang, taking the win, the No. 1 qualifying position and setting the national elapsed time record. Force lowered the elapsed time record to 4.788 seconds. Force's top speed of 321.88 mph is a track record. For his national elapsed time record, Force collected $10,000 from the MBNA World Record Club and added 20 bonus points to his Winston total.

* Ron Capps, from San Diego, failed to qualify his Copenhagen Chevrolet Camaro for the O'Reilly Nationals. It is the first DNQ for Capps since the 1997 Slick 50 Nationals at Houston Raceway Park.

PRO STOCK

* Kurt Johnson, from Lawrenceville, Ga., earned his second victory of the season and 14th of his career , driving his AC Delco Chevrolet Camaro to the win over Mike Edwards. It was Johnson's first victory at the O'Reilly Nationals.

* Warren Johnson, from Buford, Ga., claimed his fourth straight No. 1 qualifying effort of the season, driving his GM Goodwrench Pontiac Firebird to a low elapsed time of 6.898 seconds and top speed of 200.41 mph.

PRO STOCK TRUCK

* Mark Osborne, from Abingdon, Va., earned his second straight victory, driving his RCL Components Chevrolet S-10 to the win over fellow Chevy driver Bob Panella. It was Osborne's first career victory at Houston Raceway Park.

* Top qualifier Brad Jeter reset Houston Raceway Park's Pro Stock Truck track records with a low elapsed time of 7.584 seconds and top speed of 178.12 mph.

* There were 35 entries in Pro Stock Truck, an NHRA record.

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Series NHRA
Drivers Doug Herbert , Bob Panella , Larry Dixon , Mike Dunn , Brad Jeter , Kurt Johnson , Warren Johnson , Tony Pedregon , Ron Capps , John Force , Tony Schumacher , Gary Scelzi , Don Prudhomme , Mike Edwards