Indianapolis: Saturday U.S. Nationals summary

Treble scores victory in K&N Filters Pro Bike Klash; T. Pedregon and Mcclenathan leaders at Mac Tools U.S. Nationals. CLERMONT, Ind. - Craig Treble won the $15,000 K&N Filters Pro Bike Klash for Pro Stock Bikes Saturday while Tony Pedregon led...

Treble scores victory in K&N Filters Pro Bike Klash; T. Pedregon and Mcclenathan leaders at Mac Tools U.S. Nationals.

CLERMONT, Ind. - Craig Treble won the $15,000 K&N Filters Pro Bike Klash for Pro Stock Bikes Saturday while Tony Pedregon led Funny Car qualifying at the 48th annual Mac Tools U.S. Nationals, the most prestigious drag race in the world.

Cory McClenathan, Ron Krisher and Angelle Savoie also led their respective categories at the $2.5 million race, the 17th of 23 events in the $50 million NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series.

Treble rode his Matco Tools Suzuki down the track in 7.301 seconds at 181.52 mph to hold off Mike Berry's run of 7.363 at 180.86 for the victory in the bonus program for the top eight riders in the two-wheel category.

"To me this is such a prestigious honor," said Treble. "I am only the sixth different winner of this event and it's been going on for 12 years, so that tells you how hard it is to win this race. I had to push the tree a little bit in the first two rounds. In the final I was ready for Mike (Berry). You can't take him lightly. If you do, he will get you. It didn't surprise me to see him in the final. I think you'll be seeing more of Mike Berry in the future."

Treble, currently qualified No. 5 entering the last day of qualifying, can earn a $10,000 bonus from the NHRA if he wins the Mac Tools U.S. Nationals Monday.

"I have the potential to walk out of here with $45,000 if I can win the double-up bonus and I know I could spend that money," said Treble, currently second in the NHRA POWERade standings. "On Monday I'm not going in there trying to win the bonus or the U.S. Nationals. I'm trying to win some rounds and become the first POWERade champion."

Pedregon blasted his Castrol Syntec Ford Mustang down the quarter-mile in 4.797 at 317.34 to lead the Funny Car category, improving on his top effort from Friday. Team-owner John Force was a close second clocking a 4.880 run at 318.84 to move into the No. 2 spot. Pedregon ran his final pass with teammate Gary Densham in the other

"We wanted it to run a 70 pretty bad and it ran a high one," said Pedregon. "Hopefully we can carry some of that momentum into tomorrow. We made a good run in the evening and we know we made a good run during the day. I feel very confident right now. I hope I have been here enough and can stay focused. I have the adrenaline going already. I feel good about the car and feel good about our chances. It's not about the money, it's just about winning the biggest race of the year."

McClenathan's performance of 4.553 at 322.34 from Friday in his Mac Tools U.S. Nationals dragster continued to lead all Top Fuel competitors into the final day of qualifying.

"I actually thought that somebody would take that away from us," said McClenathan, a two-time winner of the U.S. Nationals. "The later it got, I kind of figured somebody would step up and run right there with us or a little bit quicker."

McClenathan's team decided to skip the later run on Saturday and only make one qualifying attempt during the afternoon session.

"We just had everything together on (yesterday's run)," said McClenathan. "We decided to wait to run until tomorrow when basically that's the kind of times we'll be running on Monday and concentrate on that and not worry about the night stuff."

Krisher set the track record for time and speed as he steered his Eagle One Chevy Cavalier to the finish line in 6.819 at 201.31 to pace the Pro Stock field.

Savoie rode her Star Racing Suzuki down the drag strip in 7.152 at 185.64 to lead Pro Stock Bikes.

Qualifying continues Sunday at 11:15 a.m.

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Series NHRA
Drivers Tony Pedregon , John Force , Ron Krisher , Mike Berry , Gary Densham , Craig Treble , Cory McClenathan