Indianapolis race recap (REVISED)

CLERMONT - Race Recap (Revised) by Larry Sullivan (Corrected version - corrects error in tenth paragraph) CLERMONT, Ind. - SUMMIT FastNews - The 44th annual NHRA U.S. Nationals came to a close in a smokey finale that found Gary Scelzi,...

CLERMONT - Race Recap (Revised)

by Larry Sullivan (Corrected version - corrects error in tenth paragraph) CLERMONT, Ind. - SUMMIT FastNews - The 44th annual NHRA U.S. Nationals came to a close in a smokey finale that found Gary Scelzi, John Force, Mike Edwards, and Matt Hines the winners in their respective Professional categories. The smoke came in Scelzi's final round Top Fuel race with Mike Dunn. Both drivers lost traction shortly after leaving the starting line and both tried to regain traction several times. Scelzi finally found enough traction to propel him to an elapsed time of 5.961 seconds at 282.57 mph, leaving Dunn far behind at 8.456 and 100.21. The two last met in the finals at Brainerd, Minn., which Scelzi also won. The win is Scelzi's third of the year, in four final round appearances, and moves the defending Winston champion into second place in the Winston points, 20 points behind Cory McClenathan. Joe Amato, second coming into this race, lost in the first round and fell back to third, 47 points back. Scelzi's crew chief, Alan Johnson, was awarded the Craftsman Crew Chief of the Race Award for Top Fuel. In Funny Car, the finale was very different, Force needing all the performance his team could deliver to defeat a resurgent Randy Anderson. Anderson struggled through qualifying, then rebounded and posted a series of upset wins to reach the final round, where Force prevailed with an elapsed time of 4.992 seconds and a speed of 306.43 mph to Anderson's 5.041 at 291.43. Anderson's strong performance during today's eliminations earned his crew chief, Jim Dunn, the Craftsman Crew Chief of the Race Award for Funny Car. The win is Force's second of the season, in seven final round appearances. It also moves Force into the lead in Winston points, 25 points ahead of Ron Capps, making this the ninth year in a row Force has led the points leaving the U.S. Nationals. In Pro Stock, Edwards was a surprise winner over Warren Johnson, ending a Johnson-family win streak at the U.S. Nationals. The win came in surprising fashion, Edwards outrunning Johnson after an almost-even start, with an elapsed time of 7.034 at 194.46 mph to Johnson's 7.045 at 196.46, Edwards about 18 inches ahead at the finish. The win was Edwards' second of the season, in three final round appearances, and he dedicated the race to his late car owner, John Kight. After Kight's death, John's wife, Marylou, teamed with Edwards to bring John's unfulfilled dream of winning Indy to fruition. Edwards' crew chief, Mike Elliott, was awarded the Craftsman Crew Chief of the Race Award for Pro Stock. In Pro Stock Motorcycle, Hines faced a familiar opponent, Angelle Seeling, who Hines faced five times previously this season in nine races, four times in final rounds. Hines won all five times and added the win today to that string, running an elapsed time of 7.461 seconds at 177.16 mph while Seeling redlighted. The win is Hines' ninth of the season, his only loss coming in a first-round upset at Englishtown, N.J., and he holds a commanding 293-point lead toward the Winston title. In final rounds for other categories: Pro Stock Truck -- Larry Kopp defeated Bob Panella Jr. in Sunday's eliminations Federal-Mogul Dragster -- Darren Nicholson defeated Rick Henkelman Federal-Mogul Funny Car -- Bob Newberry defeated Tony Bartone Competition Eliminator -- David Cook Jr. defeated David Rampy Super Stock -- Doug Lambeck defeated Peter Biondo Stock Eliminator -- Kevin Helms defeated Jeff Hefler Super Comp -- David Rampy defeated Chuck Walker Super Gas -- Sheldon Gecker defeated Rod Fuller Results provided by the FastNews Network, courtesy of Summit Racing Equipment ** http://www.summitracing.com/ **

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Series NHRA
Drivers Bob Newberry , Matt Hines , Bob Panella , Mike Dunn , Warren Johnson , Tony Bartone , John Force , Joe Amato , Gary Scelzi , Larry Kopp , Cory McClenathan , Peter Biondo , David Rampy , Kevin Helms , Rod Fuller , Chuck Walker