Indy IRP U.S. Nationals end in style

INDIANAPOLIS (September 6, 2004) The 50th annual Mac Tools came to a historic close as Tony Schumacher continued his Indy dominance in Top Fuel; Gary Densham added to his winnings in Funny Car; Greg Anderson added to his historic season; and...

INDIANAPOLIS (September 6, 2004) The 50th annual Mac Tools came to a historic close as Tony Schumacher continued his Indy dominance in Top Fuel; Gary Densham added to his winnings in Funny Car; Greg Anderson added to his historic season; and Antron Brown won his second U. S. Nationals.

In the Top Fuel final it was Doug Kallitta against two-time and defending U. S. Nationals champion, Tony Schumacher. The Army car was strong all day long and Schumacher marched down the quarter mile to win the race for third year in a row and for the fourth time in his career. Schumacher's winning run was a 4.62mph seconds at 316.45 mph to Kalitta's 4.597 seconds at 323.66mph.

"The final was how it was supposed to b, one and two in the points, five races left and a battle to the end," said Schumacher. "It is a miracle to win three races in a row and for it to be Indy is a miracle."

In the Funny Car final it was three time U. S. Nationals winner, Cruz Pedregon up against the Skoal Showdown winner Gary Densham. When Pedregon smoked the tires at half track Densham motored on for his first U. S. Nationals win at a pass of 4.890 seconds at 317.64mph. Pedregon crossed the line at 6.497 seconds at 147.15mph. For Densham he gets $50,000 for winning both the Skoal Showdown and the U. S. Nationals.

"Nothing is like it, winning the Skoal showdown and the race is unbelievable," said Densham. "I came here 25 years ago and this is where it all started. If you want to win any race this is it and it is unbelievable."

In Pro Stock it was point's leader Greg Anderson going up again Kenny Koretsky. Anderson continued his domination of the class and the U. S. Nationals with his second straight win with a pass of 6.839 seconds at 202.29mph to a losing 6.870 seconds at 201.37mph.

"I have a fantastic car owner that allows me to hire a fantastic group of guys to have around me," said Anderson after his 13th win of the season. "It is such a feeling to win here, the crowd is better, the racing is better and it is hard to explain and there are no excuses not to due your best out here."

In Pro Stock Bikes it was Shawn Gann pitted against Antron Brown who had the lane choice. Having the choice helped Brown who was able to take his second U. S. Nationals win with a run of 7.213 seconds at 187.77mph to Ganns losing 7.238 second pass at 185.74mph.

"I got the win and that was awesome," said Brown. "He got me at the tree and I saw him at the 60 foot mark but I went around him at 330 feet and then I saw that win light and that was all that mattered to me."

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Series NHRA
Drivers Antron Brown , Tony Schumacher , Greg Anderson , Shawn Gann , Gary Densham , Kenny Koretsky